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U.S. Attorney: Two Men Plead Guilty for Their Respective Roles in Illegally Possessing Firearms Stolen From Jefferson County Patrol Vehicle
ST. LOUIS, Missouri, May 17 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri issued the following news release:

Timothy Hopkins, 43, of O'Fallon, MO, and Richard O'Hara, 30, of Richwoods, MO, each pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Each appeared in federal court this afternoon before U.S. District Judge John A. Ross who accepted the pleas. Sentencing for both Hopkins and O'Hara has been set for August 27, 2019.

According to court documents, on June 20, 2018, Hopkins, a previously convicted felon, was arrested by a Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy ... Show Full Article

U.S. Attorney: Houston Man Sentenced for Federal Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Violations
BEAUMONT, Texas, May 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas, Joseph D. Brown, issued the following news release:

A 41-year-old Houston man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking and money laundering violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown today.

John D. Leontaritis, owner and operator of Vanderhall Exotics of Houston, and former owner operator of Global Motorcars of Houston, car dealerships that specialized in exotic, luxury automobiles, was found guilty by a jury on Dec. 4, 2018 of conspiracy to possess with intent ... Show Full Article

U.S. Attorney: Former Washington State Bank CEO Sentenced to One Year in Prison for Multi-Year Tax Fraud of More Than $865,000
SEATTLE, Washington, May 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington, Attorney Brian T. Moran, issued the following news release:

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- Defendant took $2.3 million in Fees and Failed to Report the Income on His Taxes

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The former Chief Executive Officer of a Pacific Northwest community bank was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Wisconsin to one year and a day in prison and one year of supervised release and a $150,000 fine for filing a false tax return, announced U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran. Between 2010 and 2016, VICTOR KARPIAK, 64, now of La Crosse, Wisconsin, ... Show Full Article

U.S. Attorney: Federal Jury Convicts Champlin Man For String of Twin Cities Robberies
MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, May 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, Erica H. MacDonald, issued the following news release:

United States Attorney Erica H. MacDonald today announced the conviction of MARTAVIS SHAWN DEMAR JAMES, 38, for the robbery and attempted robbery of 10 Twin Cities businesses. Following a four-day trial before U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, the jury found JAMES guilty on all counts.

United States Attorney Erica MacDonald said, "Over the course of several weeks, Mr. James carried out a brazen crime wave across the Twin Cities, targeting businesses ... Show Full Article

U.S. Attorney: Eight People From Northwest Ohio Indicted for Firearms Violations or Armed Robbery Charges As Part of Continued Collaborative Effort to Reduce Violent Crime in Toledo Area
CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 17 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Justin Herdman, issued the following news release:

Eight people from Northwest Ohio were indicted for firearms violations or armed robbery charges as part of a continued collaborative effort to reduce violent crime in the Toledo area.

Among those indicted are people accused of illegally having firearms after domestic violence convictions, making illegal straw purchases of firearms, possessing stolen firearms, armed robbery and other offenses.

Indicted are: Brock Andrzejak, 23, of Toledo; Marco Roane, 35, of Sandusky; ... Show Full Article

Soldiers Train With Army's First Personal Unmanned Aerial System
FORT BELVOIR, Virginia, May 17 -- The U.S. Army issued the following news release:

By Patrick Ferraris

Public Affairs

Imagine a battlefield where Soldiers have access to near-real time video transmitted back to them on a handheld device. Program Executive Office Soldier (PEO Soldier) fielded the first personal Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) in the U.S. Army to Soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, April 29 -May 3, 2019 at Fort Bragg, NC.

Soldiers did more than just inventory and take possession of the system during the week-long fielding. The Soldiers were also trained ... Show Full Article

Air Force Research Laboratory Launches ARCNet, Autonomy Research and Development Portal
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, May 17 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news:

By John Van Winkle

Public Affairs

The future of autonomy research is a click away, with the launch of the Air Force Research Laboratory's ARCNet portal.

ARCNet is the Autonomy Research Collaboration Network, and is a new electronic platform and business opportunity which facilitates collaborative research and development related to autonomous technologies for AFRL.

This newest AFRL activity, ARCNet, is a critical component of AFRL's strategy to accelerate the pace of technology transition, utilizing ... Show Full Article