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Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, Jury Convicts Narcotics Trafficker Involved in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (STL.News) – A federal jury convicted a narcotics trafficker from the Dominican Republic yesterday who was involved in a multi-million dollar deal to obtain a large quantity of cocaine. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, 32, traveled from New York to Northern Virginia last October to assist … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Luis M. Liriano-Toribio, Jury Convicts Narcotics Trafficker Involved in Multi-Million Dollar Deal

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Local Business Settles Claims it Violated Servicemember’s Rights

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  (STL.News) – Lawn Doctor of Stafford-Culpepper, doing business as Beck I, LLC, has agreed to settle claims that the business and its owners violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) by suspending and terminating a U.S. Army Reserve soldier following his return from active duty military service. “Military reservists make … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Local Business Settles Claims it Violated Servicemember’s Rights

Virginia News: RICHMOND, James Pixley, Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Controlled Substance

RICHMOND, Va. – A Maryland man pleaded guilty today to possessing suboxone, a Schedule III controlled substance, while in federal prison. According to court documents, James Pixley, 29, of Leonardtown, was in the visiting area of the Petersburg Federal Correctional Institution in July 2018 when he received 35 12mg suboxone strips from a visitor. Suboxone … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, James Pixley, Federal Inmate Pleads Guilty to Possessing a Controlled Substance

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Lumber Liquidators Agrees to $33 Million Penalty for Securities Fraud

RICHMOND, Va. – Lumber Liquidators Holdings, Inc. has agreed to pay a total penalty of $33 million for filing a materially false and misleading statement to investors regarding the sale of its laminate flooring from China to its customers in the United States. “This resolution holds Lumber Liquidators accountable for misleading the investing public,” said … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Lumber Liquidators Agrees to $33 Million Penalty for Securities Fraud

Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Jury Convicts Two Men of Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – A federal jury convicted two men late yesterday on charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, crack cocaine, and fentanyl, and possession with intent to distribute heroin. “Armed drug traffickers pose serious threats to the safety of our communities,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The … Continue reading Virginia News: NEWPORT NEWS, Jury Convicts Two Men of Heroin Trafficking Conspiracy

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, William Hemphill, Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Springfield man was sentenced today to total of 16 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release for receipt of child pornography and a supervised release violation. According to court documents, William Hemphill, 39, admitted that he downloaded thousands of images and videos of child pornography in February and March … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, William Hemphill, Repeat Offender Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Brian Thomas Reynolds, Convicted Felon Arrested for Fraud Scheme Involving Local Newspaper

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A previously convicted felon was arrested last night on charges related to defrauding investors of a local newspaper, unlawful possession of firearms by a previously convicted felon, and making false statements to the FBI. According to allegations in the indictments, Brian Thomas Reynolds, 52, of Leesburg, defrauded both investors and lenders to … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Brian Thomas Reynolds, Convicted Felon Arrested for Fraud Scheme Involving Local Newspaper

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Andrew W. Cheveers, Former State Department Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Computers

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former federal contractor pleaded guilty today to theft and embezzlement of up to 16 government computers from the U.S. Department of State. According to court documents, Andrew W. Cheveers, 31, of Bowie, Maryland, was an Information Technology contractor for the State Department’s Office of Inspector General. In this role, Cheveers held … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Andrew W. Cheveers, Former State Department Contractor Pleads Guilty to Stealing Computers

Pennsylvania News: Virginia Man, Thomas Powell Pleads Guilty in Money Laundering Scheme

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – A resident of Salem, Virginia, pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to a charge of money laundering conspiracy, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today. Thomas Powell, 64, pleaded guilty to one felony count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone. In connection with the guilty plea, the court was … Continue reading Pennsylvania News: Virginia Man, Thomas Powell Pleads Guilty in Money Laundering Scheme

VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Tyrone Dwayne Young Sentenced on Wire Fraud, Identity Theft, Student Loan Fraud Charges

Tyrone Young Defrauded More than a Half-Dozen Universities Danville, VIRGINIA – A Danville resident, who committed federal student loan fraud by enrolling dozens of individuals in online universities for personal financial gain, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to more than nine years in prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced. Tyrone Dwayne Young, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Danville Man, Tyrone Dwayne Young Sentenced on Wire Fraud, Identity Theft, Student Loan Fraud Charges

Italy’s Democrats vote for new leader to revive faded party

ROME (AP) — Members of Italy’s Democratic Party voted for a new leader Sunday in hope of reversing their party’s slumping popularity. The primary vote by rank-and-file Democrats comes a year after the party lost its five-year hold on the Italian government amid leadership squabbles. Whoever is chosen as Democratic Party secretary needs to woo … Continue reading Italy’s Democrats vote for new leader to revive faded party

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, South American Couple Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Conspiracy

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A South American couple were each sentenced today to nearly two years in prison for conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud. According to court documents, Rodrigo Pardo, 46, of Argentina, and Lorena Medina, 46, of Ecuador, defrauded homeowners in Northern Virginia and mortgage lenders by promising the homeowners to assist them … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, South American Couple Sentenced to Prison for Fraud Conspiracy

Virginia News: RICHMOND, Christopher Brannan, Former High School Teacher Sentenced for “Celebgate” Hacking

RICHMOND, Va. – A Richmond man was sentenced today to almost three years in prison for charges of unauthorized access to a protected computer and aggravated identity theft. According to court documents, Christopher Brannan, 31, intentionally accessed without authorization Internet and email accounts, including Apple iCloud, Yahoo!, and Facebook accounts, and obtained complete iCloud backups, … Continue reading Virginia News: RICHMOND, Christopher Brannan, Former High School Teacher Sentenced for “Celebgate” Hacking

The Latest: Trudeau denies ex-AG’s claim of interference

TORONTO — The latest on questions in Canada over whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau‘s office tried to wrongly influence the former attorney general on whether to prosecute a major Canadian engineering company (all times local): 8:25 p.m. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he completely disagrees with his former attorney general and says that he … Continue reading The Latest: Trudeau denies ex-AG’s claim of interference

OMAHA, Neb | Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Billionaire Warren Buffett says the company he built through decades of acquisitions continues to perform well even though he hasn’t found any major deals at attractive prices recently. Buffett released his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc. shareholders on Saturday. He wrote that investors should continue betting on the American economy … Continue reading OMAHA, Neb | Buffett encourages investors to bet on American economy

WASHINGTON | US ambassador to Canada emerges as favorite for UN post

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft is emerging as the front-runner to be the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is backing Craft for the post, and she also has the support of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and national security adviser John Bolton, according to … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US ambassador to Canada emerges as favorite for UN post

WASHINGTON | Judge imposes gag order after Roger Stone posted photo on Instagram of judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of gun

WASHINGTON (AP)— Judge imposes gag order after Roger Stone posted photo on Instagram of judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of gun. By Associated Press

WASHINGTON | Democratic group to spend $100M targeting 2020 battlegrounds

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major Democratic group plans to spend at least $100 million in battleground states during the 2020 election in hopes of denying President Donald Trump a second term. Surveys conducted by Priorities USA suggest Trump is vulnerable in many of the same Rust Belt states that sealed his victory in 2016, such … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Democratic group to spend $100M targeting 2020 battlegrounds

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Desmond Littlejohn, Jury Convicts Man for Armed Robbery of Firearms Dealer

NORFOLK, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Norfolk man today on charges of robbery and brandishing a firearm during a robbery. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Desmond Littlejohn, 33, and his co-conspirator robbed a firearm and ammunition dealer in Virginia Beach. On Oct. 9, 2017, the owner and an employee … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Desmond Littlejohn, Jury Convicts Man for Armed Robbery of Firearms Dealer

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Patrick Steven Hyde, Husband Sentenced on Federal Charges—Wife to be Sentenced Later in March

Patrick Steven Hyde Sentenced to Federal Prison on Gun Charges Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A St. Paul, Virginia man, who illegally possessed more than a dozen firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition, was sentenced yesterday to 71 months in federal prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced. … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Patrick Steven Hyde, Husband Sentenced on Federal Charges—Wife to be Sentenced Later in March

VIRGINIA News: Former Blacksburg Doctor, Roanoke, Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

Frank Purpera Jr. Sentenced to 20 Months After Being Convicted of 69 Counts Following Four-Day Trial in February 2018 Roanoke, VIRGINIA – The former owner of the Virginia Vein Institute in Blacksburg was sentenced yesterday to 20 months in federal prison resulting from his conviction on nearly 70 federal drug charges for illegally obtaining 3,200 … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Former Blacksburg Doctor, Roanoke, Sentenced on Federal Drug Charges

VIRGINIA News: Lebanon Doctor, Dr. Dwight L. Bailey Sentenced on Federal Drug Distribution Charges

Dr. Dwight L. Bailey was Convicted of 61 Counts Including Drug Conspiracy Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A medical doctor who previously practiced in Lebanon, Va. was sentenced today to serve 151 months in federal prison following convictions on federal drug and healthcare fraud charges. First Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Bubar and the Office of … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Lebanon Doctor, Dr. Dwight L. Bailey Sentenced on Federal Drug Distribution Charges

VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Offers Condolences to the Virginia State Police As They Mourn Slain Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell

Roanoke, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen joins the Virginia State Police and law enforcement throughout the Commonwealth in mourning the loss of Virginia State Police Trooper Lucas B. Dowell, a Chilhowie, Virginia native who died in the line of duty Monday, February 4, 2019. “As this terrible incident illustrates, police officers risk … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Roanoke, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Offers Condolences to the Virginia State Police As They Mourn Slain Virginia State Trooper Lucas B. Dowell

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Defendants in Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced

Conspiracy Trafficked Crystal Methamphetamine in Smyth County Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A Saltville, Va., man, convicted of trafficking a large quantity of methamphetamine in Smyth County, was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 72 months in prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen and Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring announced today. Zachary Blue Carter, 38, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Defendants in Methamphetamine Conspiracy Sentenced

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Six Members of Drug Trafficking Organization Plead Guilty For Roles in Conspiracy that Brought Methamphetamine from California to Southwest Virginia

Defendants Admit to Trafficking Large Amounts of Methamphetamine Abingdon, VIRGINIA – United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced today that six individuals who conspired to traffic methamphetamine from California into Southwest Virginia recently pleaded guilty in the United States District Court in Abingdon to federal firearms and methamphetamine distribution charges. “Methamphetamine is a deadly drug … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Six Members of Drug Trafficking Organization Plead Guilty For Roles in Conspiracy that Brought Methamphetamine from California to Southwest Virginia

Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Logan Roy McCauley, Jury Convicts Man of Producing Child Pornography

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A federal jury convicted a Hamilton man today on charges of producing child pornography. According to court records and evidence presented at trial, in November 2017, Logan Roy McCauley, 25, drove from his residence in Hamilton to West Virginia and picked up a minor he recently had met online. He then drove … Continue reading Virginia News: ALEXANDRIA, Logan Roy McCauley, Jury Convicts Man of Producing Child Pornography

Virginia News: Suffolk, Robert Patrick King, Former Military Dependent Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

Suffolk, Virginia – A 39-year-old man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for sexual exploitation of a child, announced U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. U.S. District Judge Claire V. Eagan sentenced Robert Patrick King, of Suffolk, Virginia, to 20 years in prison. Upon, release from prison, King is required to register as a … Continue reading Virginia News: Suffolk, Robert Patrick King, Former Military Dependent Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of a Child

VIRGINIA News: California Man, Eun Soo Lee Sentenced for Lying to Federal Agents

Eun Soo Lee Lied About Making Threats Against Former Congressman Tom Garrett Abingdon, VIRGINIA – A California man, who made threats of violence against then-United States Congressman Tom Garrett, was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court in Abingdon to serve six months in federal prison, United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen announced. Eun Soo Lee, … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: California Man, Eun Soo Lee Sentenced for Lying to Federal Agents

VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Kevin Thomas Seigler, Jury Convicts Las Vegas Man of Conspiring to Traffic Methamphetamine

Final defendant convicted in Operation Leaving Las Vegas, which charged 32 individuals Abingdon, VIRGINIA – The final defendant charged in Operation Leaving Las Vegas, a 32-defendant conspiracy that trafficked methamphetamine and other drugs between Las Vegas and Southwest Virginia, was convicted earlier this week in U.S. District Court in Abingdon following a two-day jury trial. … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Abingdon, Kevin Thomas Seigler, Jury Convicts Las Vegas Man of Conspiring to Traffic Methamphetamine

VIRGINIA News: Martinsburg, West Virginia Man, Kendall Demarko Wysinger Convicted of Sex Trafficking, Distributing Fatal Dose of Fentanyl and Evidence Tampering

Harrisonburg, VIRGINIA – A Martinsburg, West Virginia, man, who used heroin as a means to control numerous women he trafficked as part of a commercial prostitution ring that operated in the Western District of Virginia, and elsewhere, was convicted this week following a jury trial in U.S. District Court in Harrisonburg. United States Attorney Thomas … Continue reading VIRGINIA News: Martinsburg, West Virginia Man, Kendall Demarko Wysinger Convicted of Sex Trafficking, Distributing Fatal Dose of Fentanyl and Evidence Tampering