Bill Powell

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA (STL.News) –United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding law enforcement efforts in 2018, as more than 275 kilos of illicit and dangerous drugs were taken off the streets in communities across the Northern District of West Virginia. More than 3 kilos of fentanyl alone was seized, enough to kill 83% of the … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney says Wheeling Police Chief’s new role is great news

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA –United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding the news that Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger will now sit on the executive board of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. “Appalachia HIDTA serves a vital role in our fight against the drug epidemic, providing much-needed funding to our task forces. It’s only … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney says Wheeling Police Chief’s new role is great news

WEST VIRGINIA News: A New York man, Amanze Antoine found guilty of firearms conspiracy and drug charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Amanze Antoine, of Mt. Vernon, New York, was found guilty this week of three counts involving illegal firearms sales and cocaine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. After a three-day trial, a federal jury found Antoine, age 37, guilty of one count of “Conspiracy to Violate Federal Firearms Laws” one … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: A New York man, Amanze Antoine found guilty of firearms conspiracy and drug charges

WEST VIRGINIA News: Wheeling Island woman, Carla Webb Daniels sentenced for heroin distribution

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Carla Webb Daniels, of Wheeling Island, West Virginia, has been sentenced to 12 months and one day incarceration to be followed by six years supervised release for distributing heroin near an Ohio County school, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Daniels, age 57, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Wheeling Island woman, Carla Webb Daniels sentenced for heroin distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County man, Robert C. Ard sentenced for making a destructive device

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Robert C. Ard, of Elkins, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 24 months incarceration for charge involving a homemade explosive device found in his home, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Ard, age 54, pled guilty to one count of “Making an Unlawful Firearm” in August 2018. Ard admitted to making … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County man, Robert C. Ard sentenced for making a destructive device

WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Phillip Ryan Williams admits to drug distribution

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Phillip Ryan Williams, of McCoole, Maryland, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Williams, age 24, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” He admitted to selling methamphetamine in Mineral County on June 13, 2018. Williams faces up to 20 years incarceration and a … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Phillip Ryan Williams admits to drug distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Marion County man, James Copen admits to drug charges

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Copen, of Fairmont, West Virginia, has admitted to methamphetamine distribution charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Copen, age 42, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute Methamphetamine” and three counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine in Proximity of a Protected Location.” Cope admitted to distributing methamphetamine in Marion … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Marion County man, James Copen admits to drug charges

WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Douglas Mills sentenced for drug charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Douglas Mills, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to probation for cocaine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Mills, also known as “D,” age 27, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base” in July 2018. Mills admitted to selling cocaine in Berkeley County in August 2015. … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Douglas Mills sentenced for drug charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: Hampshire County man, Grover Allen White sentenced for firearms charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Grover Allen White, of Romney, West Virginia, was sentenced to 30 months incarceration for a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. White, age 40, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm” in June 2018. White admitted to possessing a stolen .380 caliber pistol. The crime … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Hampshire County man, Grover Allen White sentenced for firearms charge

WEST VIRGINIA New: Detroit man, Charles Marquis Mitchell sentenced for heroin distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Charles Marquis Mitchell, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to 46 months incarceration for distributing heroin, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Mitchell, age 26, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location” in April 2018. Mitchell admitted to distributing heroin near a … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA New: Detroit man, Charles Marquis Mitchell sentenced for heroin distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Richard Ross Valentine sentenced for heroin charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Richard Ross Valentine, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 41 months incarceration for heroin distribution, United States AttorneyBill Powell announced. Valentine, age 35, pled guilty one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin” in June 2018. Valentine admitted to possessing and distributing heroin in September … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Richard Ross Valentine sentenced for heroin charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: Jefferson County woman, Amy Bowlin sentenced for heroin charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Amy Bowlin, of Ranson, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 4 years probation for heroin distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Bowlin, age 27, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting Distribution of Heroin” in July 2018. Bowlin admitted to selling heroin in July 2017 in Jefferson County. … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Jefferson County woman, Amy Bowlin sentenced for heroin charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: MARTINSBURG, Fourteen indicted on drug distribution and firearms charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Fourteen West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia residents are facing multiple drug and firearms charges after being indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Wheeling on October 3, 2018, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. The 28-count indictment alleges a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Mineral, Hardy, Hampshire Counties, and elsewhere … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: MARTINSBURG, Fourteen indicted on drug distribution and firearms charges

WEST VIRGINIA News: Tyler County woman, Desiree Morgan admits to drug distribution

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Desiree Morgan, of Paden City, West Virginia, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Morgan, age 23, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Morgan admitted selling methamphetamine in February 2017 in Tyler County. Morgan faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine of up … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Tyler County woman, Desiree Morgan admits to drug distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Tucker County man, Michael Brooks Ketterman admits to methamphetamine distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Michael Brooks Ketterman, of Hambleton, West Virginia, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Ketterman, age 31, pled guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Ketterman admitted to possessing more than five grams of methamphetamine, also known as “Ice,” in Randolph County … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Tucker County man, Michael Brooks Ketterman admits to methamphetamine distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Ohio County man, Justin Giesey admits to child pornography charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Justin Giesey, of Wheeling, West Virginia, has admitted to possessing child pornography, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Giesey, age 31, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of Child Pornography.” Giesey admitted to having child pornography depicting a minor under the age of 12 in June 2017 in Ohio County. … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Ohio County man, Justin Giesey admits to child pornography charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: Mineral County man, Thomas Edward Wright admits to a firearms charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Thomas Edward Wright, of Keyser, West Virginia, has admitted to a firearms charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Wright, age 29, pled guilty to one count of “Possession of a Stolen Firearm.” Wright admitted to possessing a stolen .22 caliber long rifle in February 2016 in Mineral County. Wright faces … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Mineral County man, Thomas Edward Wright admits to a firearms charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Department of Justice announces more than $70 million to support school safety and $64 million to improve state criminal record systems – Includes $500,000 to the West Virginia Department of Education

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – U.S. Attorney Bill Powell joined the Department of Justice today in announcing more than $70 million in grant funding to bolster school security, educate and train students and faculty, and support law enforcement officers and first responders who arrive on the scene of a school violence incident, including $500,000 for the … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Department of Justice announces more than $70 million to support school safety and $64 million to improve state criminal record systems – Includes $500,000 to the West Virginia Department of Education

WEST VIRGINIA News: Monongalia County woman, Margaret Parker sentenced for firearms conspiracy

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Margaret Parker, of Dellslow, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 12 months incarceration for her involvement in an illegal firearms operation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Parker, age 33, pled guilty to one count of “Conspiracy to Violate Federal Firearms Laws” in June 2018. She admitted to being involved in … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Monongalia County woman, Margaret Parker sentenced for firearms conspiracy

WEST VIRGINIA News: Oklahoma man, Marvin Gene McLaughlin sentenced for sex offender registry violation

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Marvin Gene McLaughlin, of Enid, Oklahoma, was sentenced today to 30 months incarceration for a sex offender registry violation, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. McLaughlin, age 58, pled guilty to one count of “Failure to Update Sex Offender Registration” in June 2018. McLaughlin, a person required to register under the Sex … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Oklahoma man, Marvin Gene McLaughlin sentenced for sex offender registry violation

WEST VIRGINIA News: Philadelphia man and Wheeling man sentenced for drug charges

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – James R. Stewart, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Deion J. Jones, of Wheeling, West Virginia, were sentenced today to a combined 78 months for drug distribution charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Stewart, also known as James R. Steward, Jr., age 32, was sentenced today to 41 months incarceration. He pled … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Philadelphia man and Wheeling man sentenced for drug charges

WEST VIRGINIA News: Hampshire County man, James Albert Slonaker admits to failing to report for sentencing

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – James Albert Slonaker, of Augusta, West Virginia, admitted today to failing to report to serve his federal sentence, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Slonaker, age 49, was sentenced in January 2018 to 46 months incarceration for a firearms charge. He was to self-report to begin serving the sentence on February … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Hampshire County man, James Albert Slonaker admits to failing to report for sentencing

WEST VIRGINIA News: Taylor County woman, Karen Kinsley admits to bank fraud

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Karen Kinsley, of Grafton, West Virginia, has admitted to taking out loans and opening accounts in bank customers’ names without their knowledge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Kinsley, age 46, pled guilty to one count of “Bank Fraud.” Kinsley admitted to originating several loans in bank customers’ names without their … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Taylor County woman, Karen Kinsley admits to bank fraud

WASHINGTON News: Justice Department honors Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy in Second Annual Attorney General’s Award For Distinguished Service In Policing

WASHINGTON – United States Attorney Bill Powell joined Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Justice Department leadership this week in announcing the recipients of the Second Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Policing, recognizing the exceptional work of 25 law enforcement officers and deputies from 12 jurisdictions across the country. “The Trump Administration supports … Continue reading WASHINGTON News: Justice Department honors Ohio County Sheriff’s Deputy in Second Annual Attorney General’s Award For Distinguished Service In Policing

WEST VIRGINIA News: Ohio physician, Dr. Tod Haginsa sentenced to nearly five years for fraudulently distributing controlled substances

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Dr. Tod Hagins, of Wintersville, Ohio, was sentenced today to 57 months incarceration for writing fraudulent prescriptions to be sold on the streets from his Weirton, West Virginia practice, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. “This case should send a clear message to all those who practice medicine that neither their … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Ohio physician, Dr. Tod Haginsa sentenced to nearly five years for fraudulently distributing controlled substances

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney’s Office Celebrates First Responders

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Families from across the Ohio Valley will have the chance to see their favorite emergency response, military and construction vehicles up close this weekend, thanks to the United States Attorney’s Office, Cabela’s, first responders, and other businesses in our community. United States Attorney Bill Powell proud to announce the third “Meet … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney’s Office Celebrates First Responders

WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Kenneth Earle Ewing admits to transporting a minor across state lines for sex

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Kenneth Earle Ewing, of Hagerstown, Maryland, has admitted to transporting a 12-year-old across state lines for sex, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Ewing, age 38, pled guilty to one count of “Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity.” Ewing admitted to transporting a 12-year-old girl … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Kenneth Earle Ewing admits to transporting a minor across state lines for sex

WEST VIRGINIA News: Upshur County man, Marlin E. Beckner admits to drug charge

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Marlin E. Beckner, of Buckhannon, West Virginia, has admitted to a methamphetamine distribution charge, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Beckner, age 44, pled guilty to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.” Beckner admitted to possessing crystal methamphetamine, also known as ice, in September 2017 in Upshur County. … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Upshur County man, Marlin E. Beckner admits to drug charge

Virginia News: MARTINSBURG, U.S Attorney Bill Powell announces Operation Synthetic Opioid surge (S.O.S.) in Berkeley County

MARTINSBURG, Va. – United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the creation of Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), which, in the Northern District of West Virginia, will focus on a surge in prosecutions of those distributing fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in Berkeley County. Berkeley County saw the highest rate of … Continue reading Virginia News: MARTINSBURG, U.S Attorney Bill Powell announces Operation Synthetic Opioid surge (S.O.S.) in Berkeley County