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Larry Kaplowitz v. Lane County

The issue in this land use case is whether the Land
Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) properly deferred to Lane
County’s interpretation of the meaning of “accessory” use
and development as used in the county’s forestland zoning
regulation. Under ORS 197.829(1), LUBA must affirm
a county’s interpretation of its land use regulations unless
that interpretation is inconsistent with t... More...
   $0 (06-01-2017 - OR)

United States of America v. Jeffrey Lewke

Milwaukee, WI - Wisconsin Farmer Sentenced to Federal Prison for Crop Insurance Fraud

Jeffrey Lewke (age: 39) was sentenced to six months in federal prison for a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1001, making a false statement within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the United States. In addition to the prison term, Lewke was ordered to serve an additional 6 mo... More...
   $0 (05-17-2017 - )


Following his convictions for aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of rape, Terrance Isaiah Sims was required to register under the Kansas Offender Registration Act (KORA), K.S.A. 22-4901 et seq., with his local sheriff's office in the months of January, April, July, and October of each year for the remainder of his life. He was also required under K.S.A. 2013 Supp. 22-4905(k) (now K.S.A. 2... More...   $0 (05-16-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Robert Arellano Federal Courthouse - Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Man Charged in 13-Count Dog Fighting Indictment

A federal grand jury in Albuquerque, N.M., returned an indictment charging Albuquerque resident Robert Arellano, 63, with 13 counts of violating the animal fighting prohibitions of the federal Animal Welfare Act, announced James D. Tierney, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico.

Arellano h... More...
   $0 (05-13-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Abdoulaye Diallo Federal Courthouse - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA - Philadelphia Man Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Defrauding Assistance Program

Abdoulaye Diallo, 52, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 42 months in prison for defrauding the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the federal food stamp program.

Diallo owned and operated Broth... More...
   $0 (05-09-2017 - PA)

Untied States of America v. Jacqueline Mills and Anthony Waits Federal Courthouse - Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, AR - Jury Finds Pair Guilty On All 40 Counts in Scheme to Steal USDA Funds Intended to Feed Hungry Children

A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Jacqueline Mills and Anthony Waits on all 40 counts in which the pair was charged in a multi-million dollar fraud scheme involving money intended to feed hungry children in Arkansas.

The jury found Mills, 41, of H... More...
   $0 (04-12-2017 - AR)

United States of America v. Tallat Mahmood Federal Courthouse - Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, CT - Waterbury Grocery Store Worker Pleads Guilty to Illegal Use of Food Stamp Benefits

TALLAT MAHMOOD, 64, of Waterbury, waived his right to be indicted and pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful use of food stamp benefits and one count of conspiracy to commit food stamp fraud.

The federal Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (“SNAP”) is administered by the U... More...
   $0 (03-31-2017 - CT)

United States of America v. San Chae Chun and Yong Chae Chon

Louisville, KY - Louisville Business Owners Sentenced For Defrauding A United States Department Of Agriculture Program

The owners of AP Deli Corporation were sentenced in United States District Court by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., to twelve months and one day in prison and ordered to pay $400,000 restitution for defrauding a program administered by the United States Department of ... More...
   $0 (03-17-2017 - KY)

United States of America v. Young Haw Jung

Philadelphia, PA - Grocery Store Owner Sentenced To Prison For Defrauding Federal Food Stamp Program

Young Hwa Jung, 57, of North Wales, PA, was sentenced to 15 months in prison for committing fraud against a government assistance program. The defendant had been charged by criminal information with one count of conspiracy and one count of trafficking in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance P... More...
   $0 (03-15-2017 - PA)


The land at issue was previously held as a right-of-way for railroad purposes by the Iowa River Railroad, “extending from milepost 243.35 near Marshalltown, Iowa, to milepost 209, outside Steamboat Rock, Iowa, a total distance of 34.35 miles, in Marshall and Hardin Counties, Iowa.” Sears I, 124 Fed. Cl. at 446 (quoting Second Am. Compl. ¶ 4, ECF No. 33). On August 2, 2012, the Surface Transporta... More...   $686940 (03-09-2017 - DC)

Sandra Diesel v. Jackson County

Petitioner seeks judicial review of an order by the
Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) affirming the adoption
of two ordinances by respondent Jackson County. Those ordinances
amended the county’s Land Development Ordinance
(LDO) to establish, among other things, the types of land on
which medical and commercial marijuana cultivation would
be permitted. In the first of her two... More...
   $0 (03-08-2017 - OR)

United States of America v. Deric Lostutter

Lexington, KY - Winchester Man Sentenced To 24 Months For Illegally Hacking Into Website And Lying To Federal Agents

A Winchester, Ky., man, who previously admitted to hacking and taking control of a high school sports website, to gain publicity for his online identity and harass and intimidate the website owner and others, has been sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.

U.S. ... More...
   $0 (03-08-2017 - KY)

Dale Lee Norman v. State of Florida

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On February 19, 2012, Dale Lee Norman received by mail a license issued
by the Florida Department ... More...
   $0 (03-06-2017 - FL)

Luke Gannon v. State of Kansas (Kansas Public School Funding Case)

This is the fourth school finance decision involving these parties and Article 6 of the Kansas Constitution, which imposes a duty on the legislature to "make suitable provision for finance of the educational interests of the state." Kan. Const. art. 6, § 6(b). The plaintiffs filed suit in 2010 asserting that the State violated this constitutional requirement by inequitable and inadequate funding ... More...   $0 (03-03-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Brandon Adam Leingang

Bismarck, ND - Solen North Dakota Man Sentenced for Theft of Farm Service Agency

Brandon Adam Leingang, 33, Solen, ND., was sentenced before Chief US District Judge Daniel L. Hovland to serve two (2) years of supervised release. Judge Hovland also ordered that Leingang pay restitution to be determined in 60 days, a $1000 fine, and a $100 special assessment to the Crime Victim’s Fund. Lein... More...
   $0 (03-01-2017 - ND)

Sweetwater Cattle Company, L.L.C. v. Leigh Murphy d/b/a Murphy Cattle Company

Leigh Murphy d/b/a Murphy Cattle Company appeals from the Bankruptcy
Court’s2 Orders holding that Sweetwater Cattle Company, L.L.C.’s lien in certain
cattle is superior to Murphy’s rights as an unpaid seller of the cattle. For the
reasons that follow, we AFFIRM.
This is a dispute over the validity and priority of interests in cattle. To
summarize, Leigh Murphy ... More...
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Craig S. Wilson appeals the ruling of the Leavenworth County District Court dismissing his habeas corpus petition contesting the decision of the Prisoner Review Board to deny him parole. On appeal, Wilson couches the review board's action as violating his equal protection and due process rights secured in the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. We disagree and affirm the distr... More...   $0 (02-26-2017 - KS)

Maria Cazorla, et al. v. Koch Foods of Mississippi, L.L.C.

Hispanic employees of Koch Foods (“Koch”), a poultry processor, allege harassment and abuse on the job. Koch claims they made up the allegations in order to get U visas, which are available to abuse victims who assist in government investigations. The company sought discovery of any information related to the employees’ U visa applications. Plaintiffs objected, pointing out that the discovery woul... More...   $0 (02-26-2017 - MS)

United States of America v. Weiquiang Zhang

Kansas City, KS - Kansas Agricultural Scientist Convicted in Theft of Engineered Rice

A federal jury returned guilty verdicts in the case of a Chinese scientist, who was charged with conspiring to steal samples of a variety of rice seeds from a Kansas biopharmaceutical research facility.

Weiqiang Zhang, 50, a Chinese national residing in Manhattan, Kansas, was convicted on one c... More...
   $0 (02-16-2017 - KS)

United States of America v. Roselyn Goodrum

Columbia, SC - Florence Woman Sentenced for Defrauding Farm Assistance Program

Roselyn Goodrum, age 47, of Florence, was sentenced to 27 months imprisonment after pleading guilty to Conspiracy, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, regarding the administration of farm-related disaster benefits. She also was ordered to pay over $146,000 in restitution to the federal government. United States Dis... More...
   $0 (02-16-2017 - SC)

United States of America v. Julie M. Drake

Springfield, MO - Nevada Woman Pleads Guilty to Taking 'Food Stamps' for Meth, Cash

A Nevada, Mo., woman pleaded guilty to her role in a conspiracy to exchange “food stamps” for methamphetamine or cash.

Julie M. Drake, 48, of Nevada, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.

B... More...
   $0 (02-09-2017 - MO)

United States of America v. Deborah Petty

Dallas, TX - Federal Jury Convicts Woman in ID Theft Case

Defendant Stole Identities From Medical Clinic and Used That Info to Obtain Food Stamp Benefits

Following a three-day trial before Chief U.S. District Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn, a federal jury convicted Deborah Petty, 48, of Mesquite, Texas, on several identity theft offenses.

The jury convicted Petty on seven coun... More...
   $0 (02-03-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Sergio Escobedo a/k/a Hugo

Albuquerque, NM - Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Defrauding Federal Food Stamp Program

Sergio Escobedo, 37, of Albuquerque, N.M., entered a guilty plea this morning to defrauding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as the Food Stamp Program.

Escobedo is one of six defendants charged with defrauding the Food Stamp Program in a 32-count indictment ... More...
   $4678 (01-28-2017 - NM)

United States of America v. Sandra Lee Bart, Wilian Socrate Cabrera and John James Svihel

Minneapolis, MN - Ohio Woman Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Conspiring to Exploit Foreign Workers at Minnesota Farm

SANDRA LEE BART, 69, to five years in prison for requiring foreign workers on temporary H-2A work visas to pay illegal fees and kickbacks. BART was found guilty by a jury of conspiring with others to commit fraud.

Co-defendant WILIAN SOCRATE CABRERA pleaded g... More...
   $0 (01-26-2017 - MN)

United States of America, (Bureau of Land Management) v. Barthelmess Ranch Corporation; Double O Ranch, Inc.; Lela M. French; William R. French; Conni D. French; Craig R. French; M Cross Cattle Company

In Montana’s ongoing water rights claims adjudication proceedings, the BLM
filed six water right claims related to five reservoirs and one natural pothole. The five
reservoir claims are based in Montana law while the Pothole Lake claim is based upon a
federal reservation of lands. The water sources are located wholly or partially on federal
land, and the BLM claims the right ... More...
   $0 (01-18-2017 - MT)

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