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Federal Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 21 items )  

$300,000 Funding Available for Environmental Education in EPA Region Three
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The Environmental Protection Agency announced that it expects to award up to four discretionary grants for environmental education in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The estimated total program funding available was cited as $300,000 with a ceiling of $100,000 for each award in the program. The agency said the grant was associated with environment. The agency description of the grant states: "The purpose of the Environme  more

Bisconti Farms, Inc. and Bisconti Management, Inc. to Pay $200,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit
READING, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: * * * - Female Manager and Two Female Employees at Mushroom Farm Sexually Harassed Multiple Female Workers, Federal Agency Charged * * * Bisconti Farms, Inc. and Bisconti Management, Inc. (collectively, "Bisconti Farms"), operators of a mushroom farm in Temple, Pa., will pay $200,000 and furnish significant equitable relief to settle a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit, the  more

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: Marine Accounted For From World War II (Kocopy, M.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news release: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Michael Kocopy, 20, of Gardendale, Pennsylvania, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Aug. 27, 2019. (This identification was initially published Sept. 9, 2019.) In November 1943, Kocopy was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division  more

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: Soldier Accounted For From Korean War (Knight, H.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news release: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pfc. Harold K. Knight, 20, of Erie, Pennsylvania, killed during the Korean War, was accounted for Sept. 3, 2019. (This identification was initially published Sept. 5, 2019.) In late November 1950, Knight was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 31st Infantry Regiment, 31st Regimental Com  more

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency: Soldier Accounted For From World War II (Middleton, H.)
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency issued the following news release: The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that Army Pvt. Horace H. Middleton, 20, of Northumberland, Pennsylvania, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Oct. 31, 2019. (The official DoD release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.) In the spring and summer of 1944, Middleton was a member of Company F, 2nd Battalion, 53  more

DLA Distribution Commanding Officer's Veterans Day Message
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Distribution teammates, As Veterans Day approaches, I hope you're all able to connect in some way with the brave service members of our present and past. We can all better value the freedoms we have because of the men and women who serve and have served in defense of our nation. There are currently nearly 20 million veterans living among us, in every state and territory.  more

DLA Distribution Commanding Officer's Veterans Day Message
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: As Veterans Day approaches, I hope you're all able to connect in some way with the brave service members of our present and past. We can all better value the freedoms we have because of the men and women who serve and have served in defense of our nation. There are currently nearly 20 million veterans living among us, in every state and territory. And, nearly 40% of the D  more

DLA: Military Working Dogs Have Food Options Thanks to Subsistence Efforts
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Ensuring warfighters across the world have nutritious meals each day is the primary role of the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support Subsistence supply chain. That role was expanded to include more variety for man's best friend after recent updates to the military working dog catalogs that provide 27 new options starting in 2020. Over the last several months, the Subsist  more

DLA: Resiliency Fair Highlights New Wellness Center
NEW CUMBERLAND, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Logistics Agency issued the following news: Participants in the 2019 Resiliency Fair, sponsored by the Defense Logistics Agency Installation Management Susquehanna Family Advocacy Program, were able to take part in the first meditation sessions held in the Fitness Center's new Wellness Center. Ann Walker, Family Advocacy program manager, DLA Installation Management Susquehanna, organized and facilitated the sessio  more

FEMA Awards Pennsylvania Over $33 Million to Help First Responders in 2019
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: Our firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responders and State Fire Associations work hard every day to keep our communities safe. They rely on equipment, training and resources to make sure that when there is an emergency, such as a building fire or medical emergency, they can respond quickly and efficiently. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (F  more

Jonathan Parker Named Acting Superintendent for Sagamore Hill National Historic Site
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service issued the following news release: Interior Region 1 Regional Director Gay Vietzke has selected Jonathan Parker as acting superintendent at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site. He will serve a 120-day detail assignment. Parker currently serves as the chief of Interpretation at Valley Forge National Historical Park in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. He previously served as the chief of Interpretation, Education an  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory Aids West Virginia Veterans With Small Business Day
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL was proud to celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week by hosting the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) West Virginia District Office Veteran Small Business Day Tuesday, Nov. 5. 2019, at its Morgantown, West Virginia, site. The event included contacts, resources and professionals available to give small business owners the tools they need for m  more

National Energy Technology Laboratory to Showcase Innovative Research at Premier Chemical Engineering Forum
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory issued the following news: NETL experts will share their innovative research and development (R&D) work with scientists from around the world next week at the nation's premier educational forum for chemical engineers. Dozens of NETL personnel will converge in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 10-15 for the American Institute for Chemical Engineers' (AIChE) 2019 Annual Meeting. Academic and industry e  more

NRC Receives Event Notification Involving Beaver Valley Power Reactor in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued the following event notification (No. 54366) involving the Beaver Valley power reactor in Pennsylvania: REFUELING WATER STORAGE TANK DECLARED INOPERABLE DUE TO LOW LEVEL "At 1515 on November 2, 2019, the Refueling Water Storage Tank (RWST) was declared inoperable due to a Low Head Safety Injection relief valve discharging to the Safeguards Sump during routine surveillance testing. The leakage from the Low Head Safety Injection syst  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Downingtown Man Sentenced to Nearly Six Years in Prison for Defrauding PennDOT Disadvantaged Business Program
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Stamatios "Tom" Kousisis, 62, of Downingtown, PA was sentenced to 70 months' imprisonment, three years' supervised release, and a $17,500 fine by United States District Judge Wendy Beetlestone for a multi-million dollar fraud he perpetrated against the Pennsylvania Department of Transport  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Four Philadelphia Men Charged in Connection With Nearly 50 Burglaries, Attempted Burglaries of Delaware Valley-Area Pharmacies
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following news release: United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that William Limper, 41, Raul Rivera, 42, Michael Dombrowski, 30, and Robert Hopkins, 24, all of Philadelphia, were charged by a Second Superseding Indictment for their roles in a conspiracy to burglarize or attempt to burglarize 49 pharmacies in the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding su  more

Pa. U.S. Attorney: Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud in Multi-Million Dollar Nationwide Ponzi Scheme
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Nov. 5 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, David J. Freed, issued the following news release: The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Perry Santillo, age 39, of Rochester, New York, pleaded guilty on November 4, 2019, to mail fraud. According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Santillo admitted to defrauding investors around the country as part of a Ponzi scheme that included victims in   more

Pennsylvania Guard Cyber Branch Supports 2019 Election
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command issued the following news: Approximately 30 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard joined other state agencies at three locations Nov. 5 to ensure the security of the commonwealth's general election. A team at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) focused on network monitoring, while teams at Fort Indiantown Gap and Horsham Air Guard Station focused on social media reporting. "Th  more

Pennsylvania National Guard Cyber Supports 2019 Election
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force (25th Air Force) issued the following news: Approximately 30 members of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and Army National Guard joined state agencies at three locations Nov. 5 to help ensure the security of the commonwealth's election. A Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) team focused on network monitoring, while teams at Fort Indiantown Gap and Horsham Air Guard Station concentrated on social media reporting. "T  more

U.S. Attorney McSwain Issues Statement on Shootings of 11 Month-Old Yazeem Jenkins, Two Year-Old Nikolette Rivera
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, William M. McSwain, issued the following statement on the shootings of 11 month-old Yazeem Jenkins and two year-old Nikolette Rivera in Philadelphia: "Philadelphians are shocked and outraged by two recent shootings of the most innocent among us: 11 month-old Yazeem Jenkins, who was shot four times on October 19 in Hunting Park while in a car with his father and stepmother, and two year-old Nikolet  more

Whiteman Air Force Base Airman Performs Life-Saving Aid on Airline Flight
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Missouri, Nov. 6 -- The U.S. Air Force (509th Bomb Wing) issued the following news: Travelling from Pennsylvania to Ohio, Oct. 3, 2019, on an airline flight, Senior Airman Caleb Smith, a 509th Munitions Squadron munition systems technician assigned to Whiteman Air Force Base, Missouri, encountered extreme turbulence. "Halfway through my flight there were strange sounds and commotion about five seats behind me," said Smith. When Smith turned around he immediately notic  more