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Federal Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday September 09, 2018 ( 36 items )  

Appalachian Trail Conservancy to Receive $55,600 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $55,600 cooperative agreement to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, for the preservation and protection of natural and cultural resources along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and West Virg  more

Army Reserve MPs Launch Senior Leader Course Needed for Promotions
FORT MEADE, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Army Reserve Command issued the following news: For the first time ever, the Army Reserve has a Senior Leader Course (SLC) specifically for military police who specialize in detention operations and criminal investigations. "I have a lot of appreciation for it. I'm among quite a few staff sergeants throughout the Army Reserve waiting on this course to progress in our career," said Staff Sgt. Jason Vetrano, a military police Soldier currently attending   more

Baltimore Man Charged With Running Tax Refund Scam in Central New York
SYRACUSE, New York, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York, Grant C. Jaquith, issued the following news release: Arkmallah Hilliard, 38, of Baltimore, Maryland, was arraigned today in federal court in Syracuse on one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Special Agent in Charge James D. Robnett, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), New York Field Office, and Special Agent in Charge Le  more

Carderock's Annual Award Ceremony, 'Magnificent Eight'
WEST BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 5 -- The Naval Sea Systems Command issued the following news: By Brooke Marquardt Public Affairs Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division hosted the 19th annual honor awards ceremony, the "Magnificent Eight," on Aug. 28, 2018. Employees who made a significant contribution to the Navy and Carderock Division in 2017 were honored by the West Bethesda, Maryland, command. Gravely Award The Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. Award for achievement in equity   more

Citizens Conservation Corps to Receive $25,441 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $25,441 cooperative agreement to the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia for the maintenance of landscapes at the Monocacy National Battlefield in Frederick, Maryland. The agency description of the grant states: "The intern's primary duties will be to assist in the cyclic and deferred maintenance of landscapes throughout the battlefield. Projects may include work in a  more

Citizens Conservation Corps to Receive $30,000 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $30,000 cooperative agreement to the Citizens Conservation Corps of West Virginia for interns to assist in the development of new parks as classrooms at the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. The agency description of the grant states: "This project will also expand Youth and Family programming year round at Antietam National Battlefield (ANTI(. The interns will presen  more

Daily Use of Marijuana Among Non-college Young Adults at All Time High
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute on Drug Abuse issued the following news release: The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced that the latest Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey results on substance use trends as teens transition to adulthood are now available online, comparing substance use patterns of full-time college students to their non-college peers. Most notably, more than 13 percent of young adults not in colle  more

Department of Commerce Launches Collaborative Privacy Framework Effort
GAITHERSBURG, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology issued the following news: Innovative technologies such as the "internet of things" (IoT) and artificial intelligence enhance convenience, efficiency and economic growth. At the same time, these and other technologies increasingly require complex networking environments and use detailed data about individuals that can make protecting their privacy harder. To help meet this challe  more

Essex Sex Offender Sentenced to Over 12 Years in Federal Prison for Transportation of Child Pornography
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett today sentenced Raymond Kilchenstein, age 53, formerly of Essex, Maryland, to 150 months in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release, for transportation of child pornography. Judge Bennett ordered that, upon his release from prison, Kilchenstein must continue to register as a sex offender in the places where he resides  more

Estimating the Number of Endangered False Killer Whales in the Main Hawaiian Islands
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Sept. 5 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following news: To help protect and recover endangered wildlife populations, we need to monitor them over time. By definition, however, endangered populations are at risk of extinction, which usually means they are small in size. As a result, studying them can be difficult, especially if we rarely encounter them because they have unpredictable behavior or live in areas we cannot easily access. So,  more

Executive of $50 Million Mail Fraud Scheme Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Federal Prison
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: Chief U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar sentenced Eric Epstein, age 58, of Pompano Beach, Florida (previously of Owings Mills, Maryland) today to 135 months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, and sentenced co-conspirator Andrew Stafford, age 58, of Bel Air, Maryland, to six years in prison for consp  more

Former Medical Assistant Sentenced for Oxycodone Conspiracy
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Sept. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger, issued the following news release: A Maryland woman was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for her role in leading a conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. "Ms. Edwards was responsible for supplying large amounts of a dangerous opioids for distribution," said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. "She abused the trust of the doctors who employed  more

Former Prince George's County State Delegate Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Accepting Bribes and for Conspiracy
GREENBELT, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced former Maryland State Delegate Michael Lynn Vaughn, age 60, of Bowie, Maryland, today to four years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for a bribery conspiracy in connection with a scheme in which he accepted bribes in exchange for influencing the performance of his official duties. A federal jury convi  more

Four-Time Baltimore Felon Sentenced to 19 Years in Federal Prison for Series of Armed Robberies
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced William McFadden, age 33, of Baltimore, to 19 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for robbing a gas station in Greenbelt, Maryland, and for using, carrying, and brandishing a firearm during the robbery. McFadden pleaded guilty to those charges on July 9, 2018, just before his trial was sched  more

Ghanian Fraudster Sentenced to Over 10 Years for a $1.4 Million Conspiracy to Commit Bank and Wire Fraud
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Mohammed "Kofi" Kwaning, age 37, of Laurel, Maryland late on September 4, 2018, to 121 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud, as well as bank and wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft. The sentence was imposed in connection with a fraud sch  more

HHS Secretary Azar Issues Remarks at Cyberbullying Prevention Summit
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following remarks by Secretary Alex M. Azar II at a Cyberbullying Prevention Summit: "The Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention serve as a wonderful way to bring departments and agencies together to protect children across our country from bullying. Bullying has a profound effect on our kids and their mental health, a topic that doesn't always get the attention it deserves. "That's why I'm very happy   more

JBA to Build Wetlands Bank at Mattawoman Creek
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Maryland, Sept. 7 -- The U.S. Air Force (11th Wing) issued the following story: By Airman 1st Class Michael S. Murphy Public Affairs The Joint Base Andrews and 11th Wing commander Col. Andrew Purath took part in a ceremonial commemoration of the first wetlands umbrella mitigation banking instrument for the Department of Defense in Maryland along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Baltimore District, Maryland Department of the Environment, GreenTrust Alliance and GreenVe  more

Leaders in St. Mary's County Cocaine Distribution Conspiracy Each Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison
GREENBELT, Maryland, Sept. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel sentenced Joseph Darren Brooks, age 42, of California, Maryland, and Marvin Leon Young, age 42, of Lexington Park, Maryland, each to 11 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute powder and crack cocaine. Brooks was also convicted of being a felo  more

Lover and Co-Conspirator Af U.S. Army Sergeant Who Murdered His Wife Sentenced to 17 Years in Federal Prison
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: U.S. District Judge George L. Russell, III sentenced Dolores Delgado, age 33, of San Antonio, Texas, today to 17 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for interstate travel to commit domestic violence resulting in death, in connection with the death of Karlyn Ramirez. Army Sergeant Maliek Kearney, age 37, of San Antonio, Texas, with whom Delg  more

Maryland Man Sentenced to Prison in Bank Scam That Defrauded Victims Out of Over $560,000
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued the following news release: A Maryland resident was sentenced today to 33 months in prison for defrauding victims into paying for falsified bank documents from a bank in the Dominican Republic. Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez for the Middle District of Florida, and Assistant Director in Charge Nancy McNamara of the FBI's  more

Maryland MS-13 Program Leader Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy, Including Attempted Murder
GREENBELT, Maryland, Sept. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland, Robert K. Hur, issued the following news release: Jose Augustin Salmeron-Larios (a/k/a Joseph Morales-Martinez, Angel Salvador Gutierrez, Yankee, and Kean), age 25, of Severn, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13; attempted murder in aid of racketeering; and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of v  more

Maryland MS-13 Program Leader Pleads Guilty in Federal Court to a Violent Racketeering Conspiracy, Including Attempted Murder
WASHINGTON, Sept. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued the following news release: Jose Augustin Salmeron-Larios aka "Joseph Morales-Martinez," "Angel Salvador Gutierrez," "Yankee," and "Kean," 25, of Severn, Maryland, pleaded guilty today to a conspiracy to participate in a racketeering enterprise known as La Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13; attempted murder in aid of racketeering and using and carrying a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Assistant At  more

McCain's Life Celebrated at Washington National Cathedral
WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's American Forces Press Service issued the following news: By Terri Moon Cronk DoD News, Defense Media Activity The nation bid farewell to Arizona Sen. John S. McCain III -- former Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, war hero and Vietnam prisoner of war -- in a patriotic and emotional service today at the Washington National Cathedral. McCain lost his battle with brain cancer Aug. 25 at age 81. He will be laid to rest tomorrow at th  more

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Issues Remarks on National Security Summit
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Deputy Director Justin Poole issued the text of the following remarks at the 4th Annual Intelligence and National Security Summit: "Thank you, Dr. Hamre [Dr. John Hamre, CSIS President, former DepSecDef]. And thanks to INSA and AFCEA for the invite. "It's an honor to be here with Secretary Rood [USD-P John Rood], George [Barnes, DD/NSA] and Jimmy [Boss, DIA CFO] at this terrific summit. "I'll just touch on five key   more

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office Transition Commercial Imagery Acquisition Contract
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issued the following news release: The National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency transitioned the EnhancedView commercial imagery acquisition contract from NGA to NRO. As part of the transition, on August 29, 2018, NRO awarded DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, the EnhancedView Follow-On (EVFO) contract to provide the U.S. Government with continued access to DigitalGlobe's W  more

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office Transition Commercial Imagery Acquisition Contract
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency issued the following news release: The National Reconnaissance Office and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency transitioned the EnhancedView commercial imagery acquisition contract from NGA to NRO. As part of the transition, on August 29, 2018, NRO awarded DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company, the EnhancedView Follow-On (EVFO) contract to provide the U.S. Government with continued access to DigitalGlobe's W  more

Naval Academy: Fall 2018 Parade Schedule
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: The Naval Academy Brigade of Midshipmen will present four formal dress parades on Worden Field this semester on the Naval Academy grounds at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, Sept. 14, Oct. 12, and Oct. 19. The public is invited to attend without charge. Parades are a visual presentation of the military discipline, professionalism and teamwork necessary to succeed as a member of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, a  more

NCATS Funding Available to Repurpose Existing Drugs
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences issued the following news release: NCATS has announced funding opportunities to use partially developed therapeutic candidates (also known as assets) to identify new treatments for a broad range of diseases. Through the Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules (New Therapeutic Uses) program, NCATS helps academic researchers and pharmaceutical compa  more

NIH Vision Researcher T. Michael Redmond Recognized With Champalimaud Vision Award
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The National Eye Institute issued the following news: Vision researcher, T. Michael Redmond, Ph.D., chief of the National Eye Institute (NEI) Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology, is a recipient of the 2018 Antonio Champalimaud Vision Award for foundational science discoveries about the molecular biology of the retina, the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye. His work deduced how the RPE65 gene converts dietary vitamin A into a form of the vita  more

NOAA Seafood Inspection Program Ship Stores in Transit
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration issued the following news: On September 5, 2018, the Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection Director of Seafood Commerce and Certification, Steven Wilson, announced the upcoming changes to procedure for Ship Stores in Transit certification. The new procedures apply specifically to Ship Stores in Transit (Cruise line) exports. Previously, the Ship Stores in Transit certificate was stamped to   more

September 11 Remembrance Events at USNA
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, Sept. 6 -- The U.S. Naval Academy issued the following news release: Naval Academy midshipmen will participate in the following events as a remembrance of 9/11. These midshipmen are working in conjunction with the Midshipman Action Group, which volunteers thousands of hours in the local community and beyond each year. This year the midshipmen participated in placing American Flags on Stribling Walk, the 9/11 Day of Service, a Flag Run and a 9/11 Honoring Event to conclude t  more

Severe Complications Rise Sharply Among Women Giving Birth in Hospitals
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality issued the following news release: The proportion of women who experienced serious complications while giving birth in U.S. hospitals rose 45 percent between 2006 and 2015, according to a report released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The analysis, based on data from AHRQ's Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), explored overall   more

Shepherd University to Receive $56,749 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $56,749 cooperative agreement to the Shepherd University of West Virginia for development of a historic resource study of the Blackford House, Ferry Hill, and Bridgeport community African American history in Maryland. The agency description of the grant states: "The research products will provide a comprehensive approach to the study of enslaved and free African American worke  more

Stress Wracks Worm Nerves, Leaving Lasting Memories
BETHESDA, Maryland, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke issued the following news release: Scientists stunted the puberty of male worms by starving them before they underwent sexual maturation. In a study funded by the National Institutes of Health, the scientists suggested that stress from starvation even days before sexual maturation prevented normal changes in the wiring patterns of key neuronal circuits, which   more

UMBC, National Security Agency Celebrate More Than 20 Years of STEM Education, Research
BALTIMORE, Maryland, Sept. 4 -- The National Security Agency issued the following news release: The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and the National Security Agency (NSA) are kicking off the 2018 fall semester by celebrating 20 years of collaboration in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and research. UMBC and NSA's partnership helps to prepare students for rapidly-growing career fields such as cybersecurity, drive innovative research, support student sc  more

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science to Receive $354,085 from Interior
WASHINGTON, Sept. 5 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service announced that it intends to award a $354,085 cooperative agreement to the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science for the assessment of threats to marine water quality conditions. The agency description of the grant states: "This project will collect and evaluate information about current marine water quality conditions adjacent to Assateague Island. This information is needed so that the NPS can  more