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STATE OF IOWA vs. JOHN DALE METZGER Arrest Made Following Spray Plane Shooting

For at least twelve years, Metzger felt harassed by planes from Steier Ag
Aviation Service flying so low over his farm that they would “shake the house.”
Around 2005 or 2006, Metzger telephoned Elmer Steier, the company’s founder,
to complain a crop-duster had flown too close to Metzger’s buildings. Steier
recalled Metzger saying “he was so upset that if an airplane flew clos... More...
   $0 (06-16-2017 - IA)

United States of America v. Ja'Quan Johnson

Austin, TX - Former A.B.I.A. Baggage Handler Pleads Guilty to Stealing Firearms

A 26-year-old baggage handler at Austin Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) faces up to twenty years in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing items from checked baggage, including a .40 caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol.

Appearing before United States Magistrate Judge Mark Lane, Ja’Qua... More...
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Jassmine D. Adams v. Toyota Motor Corporation

On June 10, 2006, Koua Fong Lee was driving his 1996 Toyota Camry on the
interstate. When Lee exited the interstate, the Camry failed to come to a stop and
rear-ended another car waiting at a stoplight, killing three of the other car’s five
passengers and injuring others, including those in Lee’s vehicle. Lee was convicted
of vehicular homicide, but his conviction was vacated after... More...
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United States of America v. Jason Michael Hayden Federal Courthouse - Gulfport, Mississippi

Gulfport, MS - Felon Pleads Guilty to Possession of Firearm

Jason Michael Hayden, 37, of Picayune, entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden on June 8, 2017, to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, announced Acting U. S. Attorney Harold Brittain.

Hayden faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The case was investigate... More...
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In re: Gary L. Bryan, a/k/a Gary L. Brian

This appeal arises out of an adversary proceeding brought by the trustee of
a Chapter 7 bankruptcy estate to determine how to divide the proceeds from the
sale of the debtor’s real property. Previous litigation has already established,
among other things, the validity, priority, and extent of the various liens on the
property. Bryan v. Peters (In re Bryan), 547 F. App’x 892 (10th C... More...
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Karen Vanover v. NCO Financial Services, Inc.

Plaintiff-Appellant Karen Vanover (“Vanover”) sued Defendant-Appellee NCO Financial Systems, Inc. (“NCO”), on April 23, 2014, for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), 47 U.S.C. § 227, after NCO attempted to collect medical debts from her. See Vanover v. NCO Fin. Sys., Inc., Case No. 8:14-cv-964-T-35EAJ (M.D. Fla. 2014) (hereinafter “Vanover I”). Nearly one year after Vanov... More...   $0 (05-18-2017 - )

Kenneth E. Savage v. Federal Express Corporation

Kenneth Savage worked as an aviation mechanic
for FedEx, while simultaneously serving as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve. He
was terminated by FedEx for violating its reduced-rate shipping policy and acceptable conduct
policy. Savage brought claims against Federal Express Corporation d/b/a FedEx Express, FedEx
Corporation Employees’ Pension Plan, and FedEx Corporati... More...
   $0 (05-10-2017 - TN)

Dr. David Dao v. United Airlines, Republic Aviation Holdings, Inc., and The City of Chicago

Chicago, IL - Dr. Dao Settles With United Airlines

Dr. David Dao claiming that he was wrongfully assaulted and battered by three City of Chicago airport police officers after the refused to get off of a United Airlines flight readying for departure from Chicago to Louisville. United Airlines and its operator Republic Aviation Holdings needed the seat to transport a flight crew to Louisvi... More...
   $1 (04-28-2017 - IL)

JOHN ROBERT PHELPS V. THE STATE OF TEXAS Court of Appeals Sixth Appellate District of Texas at Texarkana

After a jury heard evidence that John Robert Phelps engaged in sexual intercourse with his
nineteen-year-old biological daughter, they convicted him of prohibited sexual conduct.1 In
accordance with the jury’s verdict, the trial court sentenced Phelps to twenty years’ imprisonment,
ordered him to pay a $10,000.00 fine, and also ordered him to pay $400.00 for his court-appointed More...
   $0 (04-27-2017 - TX)

United States of America v. Arnold Gerald Leto, III Federal Courthouse - Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA - Orange County Pilot Who Operated Private Jets with Passengers Onboard without Proper License Sentenced to Federal Prison

An Irvine man who admitted that he illegally piloted private jet airplanes with passengers onboard without having a valid pilot’s license was sentenced today to 10 months in federal prison.

Arnold Gerald Leto III, 37, was sentenced by United S... More...
   $5500 (04-25-2017 - CA)

Kevin Wethherilt v. Patrick H. Moore

¶1 This lawsuit arises from a crash landing on January 28, 2011,
during the flight of an experimental kit aircraft—a RANS S-6ES—from
Sedona to Buckeye, Arizona. The plane was piloted by Kevin Wetherilt,
who was the only person onboard the plane at the time of the crash, and
owned by Patten Harvey (collectively, “Plaintiffs”). The aircraft’s elevator
control bracket assembly app... More...
   $0 (04-06-2017 - AZ)

Jane Doe v. Columbia North Hills Hospital Subsidiary, L.P., Columbia North Texas Subsidiary GP, LLC, and HCA Health Services of Texas, Inc.

A court cannot compel arbitration in the absence of a valid arbitration
agreement, and a valid arbitration agreement cannot exist in the absence of
employee notice and acceptance. In re Dallas Peterbilt, Ltd., L.L.P., 196 S.W.3d
161, 162 (Tex. 2006); In re AdvancePCS Health L.P., 172 S.W.3d 603, 605 (Tex.
2005). In this appeal from a final judgment confirming an arbitr... More...
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Joan E. Mulvania, et al. v. Sheriff of Rock Island County and Rock Island County

This appeal presents two distinct
claims. The first arises from plaintiff Joan Mulvania’s arrest
and detention at the Rock Island County Jail in November
2010. Mulvania claims the jail has a widespread practice of
conducting strip searches with excessive force and without
accommodating people who are experiencing mental distress.
The second claim arises from ten other plain... More...
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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...
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U.S. Specialty Insurance Company v. Estate of John Charles Earley, Jr.

John Earley, Jr. was the named insured on an aircraft insurance contract (the
Policy) with U.S. Specialty Insurance Company (U.S. Specialty). Earley and Michael
Schlarb died during an instructional flight when an aircraft listed in the Policy crashed
shortly after takeoff. U.S. Specialty sought a declaratory judgment that the Policy doesn’t
cover any potential claims arising from t... More...
   $0 (03-05-2017 - CO)

Kenneth A. Thomas v. Wasco County

Petitioner Kenneth Thomas appeals from judgments
of the circuit court dismissing his petition for a writ
of review and his second amended complaint seeking a
declaratory judgment.1 The proceedings arise out of petitioner’s
objections to an order of the Wasco County Board
of Commissioners granting a permit for an “outdoor mass
gathering” to petitioner’s neighbor. ORS 433.750... More...
   $0 (03-01-2017 - OR)

United States of America v. Kenneth R. Douglas

Kenneth Douglas appeals his sentence, arguing that the District Court incorrectly held him responsible for trafficking more than 450 kilograms of cocaine, erroneously applied sentencing enhancements for abuse of a position of trust under U.S.S.G. § 3B1.3 and obstruction of justice under U.S.S.G. § 3C1.1, and failed to appropriately consider the disparity between his sentence and those imposed on h... More...   $0 (02-26-2017 - PA)

United States of America v. Kiana Scott Clark

Oakland, CA - ormer TSA Transportation Security Officer Sentenced To 21 Months In Prison For Circumventing Security Checkpoint Screening

Defendant Corruptly Abused Her Position at Oakland International Airport And Conspired to Distribute Drugs Nationwide for Smuggling Ring

Kiana Scott Clark, 29, of Oakland, Calif., was sentenced to 21 months in prison for conspiring to defraud t... More...
   $0 (02-06-2017 - CA)

State of Florida v. Christopher Markus

The factual events of the incident began in the early evening of Saturday,
April 17, 2010, at the home of Justin McCumbers, Brandon Junk, and Eric Blair.
At the time, Christopher Markus had an agreement under which he would live in
the home for two to four nights per week in a spare bedroom and pay $400 rent per
month. McCumbers testified that Markus was staying overnight on ... More...
   $0 (02-03-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Brian Charles Tolley

Miami, FL - Virginia Man Convicted at Trial of Abusing Corporate Position to Defraud Employer and United States Government

A West Palm Beach jury convicted Brian Charles Tolley, 41, of Bedford, Virginia, of wire fraud, identity theft, aggravated identity theft, possession of counterfeit government seals with the intent to defraud, money laundering, making and subscribing false federal in... More...
   $0 (01-27-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Esteban Santiago Ruiz

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Esteban Santiago Has Initial Appearance in Federal Court in Connection with Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Esteban Santiago Ruiz (Santiago) had his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia O. Valle this morning in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Santiago is being temporarily detained without bond. A detention hearing has been sche... More...
   $0 (01-10-2017 - FL)

United States of America v. Douglas Ray, Victor Hugo Valdez Pinon, Kamta Ramnarine, and Daniel Perez

Houston, TX - Four Businessman and Two Foreign Officials Plead Guilty in Connection with Bribes Paid to Mexican Aviation Officials

Charges have been unsealed against six individuals, all of whom have pleaded guilty for their involvement in schemes to bribe Mexican officials in order to secure aircraft maintenance and repair contracts with government-owned and controlled entities, and two ... More...
   $0 (01-01-2017 - tX)


Defendant and his cousin Mr. Shore lived in mobile homes across the street
from each other in Hays, North Carolina. Various other members of their family also
lived nearby. The two men had a combative history, having engaged in multiple
verbal and physical altercations. Defendant testified that, on the evening of
19 December 2011, Mr. Shore threatened to kill defendant and h... More...
   $0 (12-15-2016 - NC)


BoDe Tower is an Oklahoma limited liability company which owns a tract of land in the Gooseneck Bend area of Muskogee County. The property lies less than three miles outside of the City of Muskogee near a sharp meander in the Arkansas River. In 2009, BoDe Tower began the process of securing authorization from state and federal officials for the construction of a telecommunications tower on the tra... More...   $0 (12-08-2016 - OK)

United States of America v. Jason Michael Ehret

Corpus Christi, TX - Marine Pilot Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

A 44-year-old Corpus Christi man admitted to possessing child pornography. Jason Michael Ehret, an active duty Marine Corps major serving as an aviation flight instructor.

The court heard that Corpus Christi Police Department detectives, while using peer-to-peer software, were able to successfully... More...
   $0 (11-15-2016 - TX)

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