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Mario Deon Watkins v. State of Indiana

At some point, a confidential informant told Evansville Police Detective Chris
Goergen that he had observed cocaine, marijuana, and a firearm at a residence
in Evansville. In the late afternoon or early evening on December 16, 2014,
Detective Goergen spoke with the informant who had seen the firearm in the
residence earlier that day. The informant confirmed through a photo th... More...
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In the fall of 2013, David Colaprete(Colaprete)and his girlfriend Mozelle Stewart
(Stewart) moved to a homeless camp under the Reserve Street Bridge in Missoula,
Montana. Colaprete met King and invited him to camp with him and Stewart at their
campsite. One day, Colaprete found food in their shared cooler and ate it, believing that
it had been left behind by a friend who had ... More...
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State of Louisiana v. Surcorey D. Odums

On February 11, 2010, James Pouncy was found in his vehicle on a
Shreveport residential street with multiple gunshot wounds. Pouncy later
died from his wounds. Upon investigation, Shreveport police officers were
unable to locate any eyewitnesses to the shooting or identify the shooter
from the evidence collected at the crime scene. The case remained unsolved
until 2013,... More...
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In the fall of 2012, Dobrowski and his wife Traci Dobrowski (Traci) lived on property located in Custer County, Montana, owned by Michael Burk (Burk) and Geraldine Burk (Geraldine). Dobrowski, Burk, Traci, and Geraldine each had medical marijuana patient cards issued to them by the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), which allowed each individual to possess four mature pl... More...   $0 (10-23-2016 - MT)

United States of America v. Yarann Im, Mark Green, John Pinkham, Thomas Reno, Michael Bryant, Thomas Choi and George Anestis

Portland, ME - Seven Men Plead Guilty for Illegally Harvesting and Selling American Eels

Between the dates of October 4 and October 6, seven individuals pleaded guilty in Federal District Court in Portland, Maine, to trafficking more than $1.9 million worth of juvenile American eels, also known as “elvers,” in violation of the Lacey Act.

Yarann Im, Mark Green, John Pinkham, Thoma... More...
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Joann Hochbaum, on behalf of her deceased husband Donald Hochbaum, appeals an order granting a motion to compel arbitration filed by defendants Palm Garden of Winter Haven, LLC; Palm Garden Healthcare Holdings, LLC; Palm Garden Healthcare Management, LLC, Summit Care II, Inc.; Summit Care Consulting, Inc.; and Summit Care, Inc. (collectively referred to as the nursing home defendants). We conclud... More...   $0 (10-08-2016 - FL)

United States of America v. Jay Anthony Anderson

Minneapolis, MN - Wabasha Antiques Dealer Sentenced To Pay $100,000 Fine For Smuggling Elephant Ivory

Jay Anthony Anderson, 66, was sentenced for smuggling elephant ivory from the United States in violation of the Lacey Act. ANDERSON, who pleaded guilty on June 6, 2016 to one count of smuggling and one count of violating the Lacey Act, was sentenced on September 20, 2016 before U.S. Dis... More...
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United States of America v. Vu Johnnie Nguyen

Asheville, NC - Virginia Resident Pleads Guilty to Engaging in the Sale of American Black Bear Parts

Vu Johnnie Nguyen of Virginia Beach, Virginia, pleaded guilty to federal charges for unlawfully trafficking in American black bear gall bladders and other American black bear parts. The conviction arose from a year-long investigation into Nguyen’s unlawful purchase, sale and transportatio... More...
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United States of America v. Coleman Virgil Slade, Dewayne Slade and Don Durrett

Hattiesburg, MS - Three Plead Guilty to Importing White-Tailed Deer in Mississippi

Coleman Virgil Slade, 70, of Purvis, Mississippi, Don Durrett, 72, of Aspermont, Texas, and Dewayne Slade, 44, of Purvis, Mississippi, pled guilty on August 31, 2016, to conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act by importing live white-tailed deer into Mississippi.

Coleman Virgil Slade pled guilty to a f... More...
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State of Nebraska v. James M. Saylor

Sometime in 1984, the State charged Saylor with first degree
murder. The original information is not in the record for this
appeal. At that time, hiring the killing of another person was an
aggravating factor supporting the death penalty. Neb. Rev. Stat.
§ 29-2523(1)(c) (Reissue 1979) (repealed 2015 Neb. Laws,
L.B. 268, § 35).
Police had arrested Saylor in April 1984, immed... More...
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Darrell Letease Ford a/k/a Darrell Latease Ford a/k/a Darrell L. Ford a/k/a Darrell Ford v. State of Mississippi

Eleven-year-old Z.L.1 had lived with her maternal grandmother, Thalia Ford, and step
grandfather, Ford, since she was in the first grade. Thaila and Ford, who had been in a
relationship for over twenty years, were married six months prior to trial.
¶4. Shanta Lacey, Ford’s biological daughter and Z.L.’s aunt, testified that she had a close
relationship with Z.L.2 Lacey went to T... More...
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Viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to the State, the jury
could find the following. Fourteen-year-old B.V. was checking on his turtle traps
in a creek when he heard pinging sounds. B.V. rode his bicycle toward the
nearby residence and encountered Lacey Holtz, age thirty-one, sitting outside
her home shooting an Airsoft gun at a bridge. B.V. approached Holtz, an... More...
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State of Tennessee v. Lindsey Brooke Lowe

The defendant was interviewed by police and ultimately gave a statement in which she admitted placing her hand over each baby‟s mouth in order to stifle the child‟s cry. Prior to trial, the defendant moved to suppress her statement.
On November 5, 2012, the trial court held a hearing during which the State presented the testimony of Detective Steve Malach, who had obtained the... More...
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United States of America v. Terry Schmit and Reid Viertel

Milwaukee, WI - Two Men Sentenced in Federal Court for Wildlife Offenses

Two Milwaukee area men pleaded guilty to and were sentenced in federal court for criminal violations of the Lacey Act, Title 16, United States Code, Sections 3372 (a)(2)(A) and 3373(d)(2). The violations related to the unlawful importation into the United States of wildlife that had been killed in Ontario, Canada, i... More...
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Stewart Lindsay Sherrod v. The State of Texas

The record shows that appellant was initially arrested for forgery and was released
from custody on a personal-recognizance bond. Approximately two months later, the State indicted
him for four counts of forgery and one count of engaging in organized criminal activity. The district
court set a pre-trial hearing in the case for April 1, 2010, and sent notice of the hearing to appellan... More...
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In 2012, Lacey & Associates, LLC, (Lacey), contracted with Everest Homes, LLC, (Everest), to purchase a commercial building. In addition, Lacey and Everest executed an escrow agreement on October 5, 2012, for the release of additional funds to Everest if the roof was replaced after title had transferred to Lacey. After title passed to Lacey, Everest entered into a contract with the Williams Group,... More...   $9999 (06-23-2016 - Ok)

United States of America v. Jay Anthony Anderson

Minneapolis, MN - Antiques Dealer Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Elephant Ivory

Jay Anthony Anderson, 66, pleaded guilty for smuggling elephant ivory from the United States in violation of the Lacey Act. ANDERSON, who was charged on May 16, 2016, pleaded guilty to knowingly importing and exporting objects made from elephant ivory in violation of the laws and regulations of the United States, ... More...
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State of Oklahoma v. Ronald Edwin Fasinpaur, III MoreLaw Suites Legal Suites and Virtual Offices In Downtown Tulsa 406 South Boulder and 624 South Denver 918-582-3993 or Info@morelaw.com

Tulsa, OK - State of Oklahoma charged Ronald Edwin Fasinpaur, III with:

Count # 1. Count as Filed: DI2DM, DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF DRUGS - 2ND OFFENSE, in violation of 47 O.S. 11-902(A)(3)
Date of Offense: 12/17/2015
Party Name Disposition Information
FASINPAUR, RONALD EDWIN III Disposed: DISMISSED, 06/06/2016. Dismissed- Request of the State
Count as Disposed:... More...
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United States of America v. Lance Edward Gloor

Seattle, WA - Owner of String of Marijuana ‘Dispensaries’ Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison for Drug Trafficking

Owner of ‘Cross’ Group of Dispensaries Operated in Violation of Federal and State Law

A south Puget Sound area resident who tried to hide his illegal drug dealing behind what he falsely claimed was a ‘medical marijuana dispensary’ operating consistent with state law, wa... More...
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United States of America v. Yiwei Zheng a/k/a Steve Zheng

Minneapolis, MN - Yiwei Zheng Sentenced To Pay $500,000 Fine For Smuggling Elephant Ivory And Rhinoceros Horns

Yiwei Zheng a/k/a Steve Zheng, age 43, was sentenced to intermittent confiement and 150 hours of communication service for smuggling elephant ivory and illegally exporting rhinoceros horns from the United States to China.

ZHENG was ordered to pay $500,000 into the Lacey ... More...
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Within the span of two weeks in June 2011, defendant Vichitvongsa planned and executed two armed robberies (in LaVergne and Smith County, Tennessee) with several coconspirators with the hopes of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars and large amounts of illegal drugs from two drug dealers. Each robbery was violent. They ransacked houses, restrained and beat victims, and shot one man in the c... More...   $0 (04-05-2016 - TN)

United States of America v. John Tokosh

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Smuggle Turtles out of the United States

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that JOHN TOKOSH, age 54, from Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to smuggle turtles out of the United States and to violation of the Lacey Act, as well as using a fictitious name and address in a mailin... More...
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Adym Barth was convicted for failure to comply with the sex offender
registry, an aggravated misdemeanor, in violation of Iowa Code sections
692A.104 and 692A.111 (2013). On appeal, Barth contends the district court
erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence allegedly obtained in violation
of his federal and state constitutional rights. We review de novo a ruling on a <... More...
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United States of America v. Michael Dangelo Johson and Lacey Sharell Freeman

Muskogee, OK - Hugo Man, Woman Sentenced For Firearm Possession And Methamphetamine Distribution

MICHAEL DANGELO JOHNSON, age 27, and LACEY SHARELL FREEMAN, age 27, both of Hugo, Oklahoma, were sentenced in federal court.

JOHNSON was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release for POSSESSION OF FIREARM IN FURTHERANCE OF DRUG TRAFFICKING CRIME, i... More...
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United States of America v. Daniel Alfred Adams, a/k/a "Funk" and Percy Minifer Lacey, Jr., a/k/a "P3"

Minneapolis, MN - Seven Defendants Plead Guilty To Roles In Violent South Minneapolis Gang

Two defendants played role in August 2014 shooting at Hennepin Co. Medical Center 10z and 20z gangs engaged in multi-year war with Bloods and Bogus Boys

Two defendants from an August 2015 indictment charging seven members of the 10z and 20z street gangs with crimes related to a multi-year g... More...
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