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DAVID LAWRENCE SMITH v. STATE OF KANSAS

A jury convicted Smith of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child under 14 years of age and two counts of aggravated indecent liberties with a child over 14 years of age but less than 16 years of age. In his direct appeal, Smith alleged eight trial court errors, which included the district court's denial of his motion for a new trial. The Court of Appeals affirmed Smith's convictio... More...   $0 (08-18-2018 - KS)

JANICE M. GILLETTE v. AMY HAYS THOMAS

Janice and Edward Gillette were married on July 4, 2009. Edward was a wellknown lawyer in the community and well liked. He previously dated several women including Thomas. The record reflects prior incidents where Thomas went to the Gillette home and the police were called. During the summer of 2014 or 2015, the Gillettes saw Thomas driving a black vehicle near their home on several occasions. More...   $0 (08-18-2018 - KS)

United States of America v. Evan Greebel Eastern District of New York Courthouse - Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn, NY - New York Attorney Sentenced to 18 Months’ Imprisonment for Securities Fraud and Wire Fraud Conspiracies, and Ordered to Pay More Than $10 Million in Restitution
Evan Greebel Conspired with Martin Shkreli to Steal Millions of Dollars from a Biopharmaceutical Company and Conceal the Scheme

Earlier today, in federal court in Brooklyn, Evan Greebel, a former partner at the ... More...
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SONNY CHAVARRIA GONZALEZ v. STATE OF KANSAS

In 2010, Gonzalez pled guilty to first-degree felony murder and aggravated robbery. The district court sentenced Gonzalez to life in prison for the first-degree murder conviction and an additional 24 months' imprisonment for the aggravated robbery conviction. Gonzalez did not appeal.

Six years later, on June 23, 2016, Gonzalez filed a K.S.A. 60-1507 motion seeking to set aside his pleas... More...
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United States of America v. Valerie M. Stevens District of Nebraska Federal Courthouse - Lincoln, Nebraska

Lincoln, NE - Former Office Manager for Lincoln Family Wellness Sentenced for Wire Fraud

Valerie M. Stevens, 36, formerly of Lincoln, Nebraska, was sentenced on August 16, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska, to 15 months in prison by United States Senior District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for wire fraud. In addition to the prison sentence, Ms. Stevens will also be required to pay restitution in the ... More...
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United States of America v. Cydrea Nicholes District Court Dakota Federal Courthouse - Rapid City, South Dakota Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Montana Woman Sentenced for Aiding and Abetting Receipt of Stolen Mail Matter

United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Missoula, Montana, woman convicted of Aiding and Abetting Receipt of Stolen Mail Matter was sentenced by Chief Judge Jeffrey L. Viken, U.S. District Court.

Cydrea Nicholes, age 26, was sentenced on August 15, 2018, to time served, 2 years of supervised... More...
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United States of America v. Paul R. Hansmeier District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Minneapolis, MN - Minnesota Attorney Pleads Guilty To Federal Charges In Connection With Multi-Million Dollar Pornography Film Copyright Fraud Scheme

PAUL R. HANSMEIER, 37, pled guilty to orchestrating a multi-million dollar fraud scheme to obtain payments from extortion victims to settle sham copyright infringement lawsuits by lying to state and federal courts throughout the country. HAN... More...
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United States of America v. Shelton Oliver, a/k/a Sinbad Northern District of Iowa Federal Courthouse - Cedar Rapids, Iowa Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Sioux City, IA - Jury Finds Three Time Convicted Felon Guilty of Heroin Conspiracy
Also guilty of distributing heroin on 4 separate occasions near parks and schools

A man who conspired to distribute heroin within protected locations was convicted by a jury on August 14, 2018, after a 3 ½-day trial in federal court in Sioux City.

Shelton Oliver, a/k/a Sinbad, 47, from Sioux Ci... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. URTIS ANTHONY THAXTON

On January 28, 2016, Brandy Blomgren reported to the police that someone had stolen her 1999 Ford Explorer from the driveway in front of her house. Blomgren saw her car drive down the street away from her house, but she did not see who was driving it. About two weeks later, on February 11, 2016, Kansas City Police Officer Michael Moulin was on patrol at night when he saw a Ford Explorer stopped on... More...   $0 (08-18-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CALVIN T. WILLIAMS JR.

On January 27, 2014, Williams pled guilty to aggravated robbery in case No. 12CR2882 and promoting the sale of sexual relations in case No. 13CR3400. Although the district court imposed consecutive prison sentences of 94 months and 13 months—for a total of 107 months—the court granted Williams a departure sentence to probation for 36 months. Williams did not appeal his convictions or sentences. <... More...   $0 (08-18-2018 - KS)

STATE OF KANSAS v. CHESSIEAN WALKER

In March 2015, the State charged Walker in Sedgwick County case 15CR789 with one count of burglary and one count of misdemeanor theft. In May 2015, the State charged Walker in case 15CR1517 with possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and failure to yield the right-of-way.

In July 2015, the parties reached a plea agreement in which Walker would plead guilty to b... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. DAMIEN M. TERRELL

In 2011, Terrell pled guilty to possession of cocaine and marijuana, a drug tax stamp violation, and two offender registration violations. The district court imposed a 120-month underlying prison sentence, although the court granted a dispositional departure to probation. Terrell filed no appeal.

In 2013, Terrell admitted to violating the terms of his probation. The district court revo... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. WENDELL E. TUMBERG

On May 28, 2015, Tumberg's girlfriend and her 9-year-old daughter, A.R., moved in with him. During the next 19 days, Tumberg sexually assaulted A.R. several times. After his girlfriend saw Tumberg and A.R. together in a bathtub, A.R. was taken to a hospital. A sexual assault examination revealed that A.R. had redness on her vaginal area.

When interviewed, A.R. described the incident in ... More...
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United States of America v. Roger Duane Goodwin Southern District of Iowa - Federal Courthouse - Des Moines, Davenport & Council Bluffs Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Des Moines, IA - Central Iowa Insurance Agent Convicted of Defrauding Clients

On August 9, 2018, following a four-day trial, a jury found Roger Duane Goodwin, age 59, of Windsor Heights, guilty of seven counts of mail fraud. The jury also determined Goodwin’s residence in Windsor Heights and two Harley Davidson motorcycles are subject to forfeiture

During trial, the government pr... More...
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United States of America v. Gerald L. Holmes, also known as “Jerry” or “Joker” Western District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, MO - KC, Independence Men Plead Guilty to Drug Trafficking That Led to Kidnapping, Torture

A Kansas City, Mo., man and an Independence, Mo., man have pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in a drug-trafficking conspiracy that involved the kidnapping and torture of an Independence, Mo., man.

Gerald L. Holmes, also known as “Jerry” or “Joker,” 26, of Kansas C... More...
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United States of America v. Lywayne Marquis Scott Eastern District of Missouri Federal Courthouse - St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis, MO - Felon in Prison Pleads Guilty to Possessing Heroin

Lywayne Marquis Scott, 35, of St. Louis, pled guilty to two counts – one count of felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. He appeared in federal court on Wednesday afternoon before U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey.

According to court documents, prior to Octo... More...
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Debbie Sheltra, et al. v. Nevada Division of Forestry

Reno, NV - Jury Finds Nevada Forestry Department Grossly Negligence

Debbie Sheltra sued the Nevada Division of Forestry and the University of Nevada on a governmental tort claim negligence theory claiming that her house was burned down in 2016 as a direct result of gross negligence.

The State apparently admitted some fault starting and managing a controlled burn that got out of c... More...
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Benjamin Thomas Reavis and Kristi Carol Reavis, individually and as next frient of Owen and Emily Reavis v. Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Sales Dallas County Courthouse - Dallas, Texas

Dallas, TX - Benjamin Thomas Reavis and Kristi CArol Reavis, individually and as next friends of Owen Reavis, age 3, and Emily Reavis, age 5, sued Toyota Motor Corporation and Toyotya Motor Sales, U.S.C., Inc. on product liability theories claiming that the 2002 Lexus ES 300 sedan was defective and unreasonably dangerous and that the defect in the vehicle directly caused injuries to the children i... More...   $202000000 (08-18-2018 - TX)

Lisa Levingston v. Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc.

The attorneys for plaintiff Lisa Levingston, O.D., failed to file an opposition to a
motion for summary judgment. They had been substituted into the case after
Levingston’s former attorneys were disqualified and the opposition that the former
attorneys had filed was stricken. At the hearing on the motion, Levingston’s new counsel
claimed they had not known that they needed to file... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. WILLIE FLEMING

The State charged Fleming with theft, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary after an investigation revealed evidence that he and others broke into a residence at night and took property. The noise they made while entering the residence startled Carrington Dean and Quintez Secka, who had been asleep in separate upstairs bedrooms.
Dean was a guest who was sleeping over that night, and Sec... More...
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STATE OF KANSAS v. LOARN EARL FITZGERALD II

K.L. and her daughter, C.C., lived in a small home with Fitzgerald and others for a few months in late 2012 and early 2013. A few months after K.L. and C.C. moved, K.L.'s friend asked C.C. about what to do if anyone touched her "bad spots." C.C. responded that she should tell her mother. K.L. then asked C.C. if anyone had touched or hurt her. At that point, C.C. said Fitzgerald had "been doing bad... More...   $0 (08-17-2018 - KS)

LARRY D. LINCOLN; BRAD C. MOSBRUCKER v. BNSF RAILWAY COMPANY

On October 9, 2007, a BNSF tank car sprung a leak near where Appellants were working, exposing Appellants to 2-chlorobenzyl chloride. Following the tank car spill accident, Appellants attempted, for over two years, to negotiate a monetary settlement with BNSF as to the injuries they sustained from the accident. During that two-year period, Appellants continued to perform their duties as MOW wo... More...   $0 (08-17-2018 - )

Zach Hillesheim v. Holiday Stationstores, Inc. District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Zach Hillesheim alleges that Holiday Stationstores discriminated against him
by failing to have an accessible parking lot at one of its stores. Hillesheim’s
complaint identifies three alleged problems with the parking lot, each giving rise to
a separate claim. For two of the three claims, Hillesheim suffered no injury, so we
vacate the district court’s decision and instruct the cou... More...
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Samuel Scudder v. Dolgencorp. L.L.C., d/b/a Dollar General Store Federal Courthouse Eastern District of Arkansas - Little Rock, Arkansas

After returning from military service in Afghanistan, Samuel Scudder brought
suit against Dolgencorp, LLC, doing business as Dollar General Stores (“Dollar
General”), alleging the company denied him reemployment as required under the
Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994
(“USERRA”), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301-4335. Scudder appeals the district court’s order
g... More...
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United States of America v. Deborah Brabant-Scriner District of Minnesota Federal Courthouse - Minneapolis, Minnesota Morelaw Internet Marketing National Find A Lawyer Directory 888-354-4529

Deborah Brabant-Scribner incurred half a million dollars in tax liabilities,
waited until the IRS was on the brink of taking her home, and then offered to pay a
tiny fraction of her debt. She now argues that the district court1 could not approve the
seizure of her home until the IRS first responded to her offer. She is mistaken.
When this case began, Brabant-Scribner owed $577,940.... More...
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