Boeing, U.S. Navy to Demo Future Ramjet Missile Technology


The demonstrator will help the Navy determine technical requirements for future carrier-based weapons systems

ST. LOUIS, MO (STL.News) Boeing [NYSE: BA] and the U.S. Navy will demonstrate advanced missile technologies that will make carrier air wing strike fighters more lethal against threats into the next decade.

Boeing has been awarded a $30 million contract from the Navy to co-develop the Supersonic Propulsion Enabled Advanced Ramjet (SPEAR) flight demonstrator with the Navy’s Air Warfare Center Weapons Division.  The contract award comes after the Department of Defense requested information from the defense industry to help the Navy determine technical requirements of future carrier-based land and sea strike weapons systems.

“The SPEAR flight demonstrator will provide the F/A-18 Super Hornet and carrier strike group with significant improvements in range and survivability against advanced threat defensive systems,” said Steve Mercer, Boeing’s SPEAR program manager.  “We have a talented team of engineers to meet the challenging technical demands and schedule timeline that the SPEAR program requires.  We look forward to working with Navy experts to advance technologies for the Navy’s future capabilities.”

Boeing and the Navy Air Warfare Center Weapons Division plan to fly the SPEAR demonstrator in late 2022.  Prior successes by Boeing in developing supersonic and hypersonic technologies include the X-51 Waverider test vehicle in 2010 and the Variable Flow Ducted Rocket propulsion system under the Triple Target Terminator program in 2014.

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading provider of commercial airplanes, defense, space and security systems, and global services.  As a top U.S. exporter, the company supports commercial and government customers in more than 150 countries.  Building on a legacy of aerospace leadership, Boeing continues to lead in technology and innovation, deliver for its customers and invest in its people and future growth.

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Goodyear to Announce Third Quarter 2020 Financial Results


AKRON, Ohio (STL.News) The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company will report third quarter 2020 financial results on Friday, October 30, to be followed by an investor conference call at 9:15 a.m. EDT.

Prior to the commencement of the call, the company will post the financial and other related information that will be presented on its investor relations website: http://investor.goodyear.com.

Investors, members of the media and other interested persons can access the conference call on the website or via telephone by calling either (800) 895-3361 or (785) 424-1062 before 9:05 a.m. and providing the conference ID “Goodyear.”  A replay will be available by calling (800) 926-1902 or (402) 220-5398. The replay will also remain available on the website.

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Terrance Leon Washington Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Offenses


(STL.News) – A Southport man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for six counts of Distribution of Cocaine Base (Crack), one count of Distribution of Cocaine, and one count of Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

According to court documents, Terrance Leon Washington, 36, pleaded guilty to the charges on August 7, 2018.

In early 2017, investigators with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received information that Washington was selling controlled substances from Washington’s home in Southport, North Carolina.

On February 2, 2017, investigators conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle that was leaving Washington’s home, and cocaine was found in the car.

Agents obtained a search warrant, and at Washington’s residence, agents seized 15.02 grams of cocaine, 3.87 grams of cocaine base (crack), marijuana, plastic bags, digital scales, a 12-gauge shotgun, a 7.62 assault rifle with a 30-round magazine, a .40 caliber handgun, and ammunition of various calibers.

A few months later, agents learned that Washington was continuing to sell controlled substances, and investigators used a confidential informant to purchase cocaine and cocaine base (crack) from Washington on seven dates from June 22, 2017 to December 15, 2017.

On August 26, 2017, investigators conducted a traffic stop of Washington.  He was found with a white substance around and inside his mouth, and he admitted he had ingested cocaine base (crack) prior to the traffic stop, a tactic that is often used to prevent investigators from finding the drugs.

On December 15, 2017, investigators obtained a second search warrant for Washington’s residence, and investigators seized 9.4 grams of cocaine base (crack), 3.8 grams of cocaine, marijuana, a marijuana grinder, and digital scales.

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III.  The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott A. Lemmon prosecuted the case.

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Jamieson C. Mason charged in stabbing in Indian Country


(STL.News) – Jamieson C. Mason, 28, of Upper Fruitland, New Mexico, and an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, waived his preliminary hearing in federal court today on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.  Mason will remain in custody pending trial.

According to a criminal complaint, on Oct. 8, Mason allegedly was present at a residence for a birthday party, remaining mostly outside while others were inside preparing food.  Mason allegedly entered the residence, approached the victim, who was sitting on a couch, pushed her torso forward and stabbed her in the back multiple times.  Mason then reportedly fled the home.

The assault took place on the Navajo Nation.  The victim, who is also an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, required treatment for her wounds at San Juan Regional Medical Center.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.  A criminal complaint is only an allegation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

The Farmington Office of the FBI and the Navajo Police Department investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander F. Flores is prosecuting the case.

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Postal Service Employee Daniel Talorico Admits Stealing Mail


(STL.News) – A Gloucester County, New Jersey, man today admitted to stealing gift cards and cash from mail that passed through post offices where he was employed, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Daniel Talorico, 40, of Sewell, New Jersey, pleaded guilty by videoconference today before U.S. District Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez to an information charging him with one count of theft of mail by a postal employee.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Talorico was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a laborer custodian in post offices in Burlington County and Camden County, New Jersey.  Between May 2019 and October 2019, Talorico stole gift cards and cash from greeting cards and other mail that passed through the post offices where he worked.

The theft of mail by a postal employee charge carries a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for March 1, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Carpenito credited special agents of the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Eastern Area Field Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Kenneth Cleevely, with the investigation leading to today’s guilty plea.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel A. Friedman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division in Camden.

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Shawn Goodine Pleads Guilty to Unlawfully Possessing Firearm and Ammunition


(STL.News) – Shawn Goodine, 44, of Nashua, pleaded guilty in federal court to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, United States Attorney Scott W. Murray announced today.

According to court documents and statements made in court, on October 25, 2019, members of the Nashua Police Department were called to a residence for a report of domestic violence.  When Goodine saw the police arrive at the residence, he went inside the first floor apartment and refused to leave.  For the next 11 hours, he made several calls to friends and family, claiming that he had a firearm and that he would “not come out alive.”  Several people reported these calls to the police.  Officers also heard the defendant yelling, “This isn’t going to end well,” and “If they come in my house, I’m gonna light it up.”  Eventually, the police threw chemical munitions in the basement window which resulted in Goodine coming out.  Goodine later admitted that he possessed a firearm during the stand-off and the Nashua police recovered the firearm and ammunition in the basement of the residence.  Goodine is a convicted felon and prohibited from possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Goodine is scheduled to be sentenced on January 27, 2021.

“In order to keep our communities safe from violence, it is imperative to keep guns out of the hands of criminals,” said U.S. Attorney Murray.  “Each day, we work closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute criminals who endanger our citizens by unlawfully possessing firearms.  I am grateful to the Nashua Police Department and ATF for their work in protecting our citizens from potential violence.”

This matter was investigated by the Nashua Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra M. Walsh.

The case is part of ATF’s Project Safe Neighborhoods initiative, which is a federally-funded program intended to reduce gun violence through law enforcement training, public education, and aggressive law enforcement efforts to investigate and prosecute gun-related crimes.

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Middle District Of Georgia Election Officers Named


Macon, Ga: Middle District Of Georgia Election Officers Named, Election Fraud Complaint Phone Numbers Open

(STL.News) – Two Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Middle District of Georgia have been named as election officers for the district, said Charlie Peeler, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys (AUSAs) Will Keyes and Todd Swanson will lead efforts in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the November 3, 2020, general election.  AUSAs Keyes and Swanson have been appointed to serve as the District Election Officers (DEOs) for the Middle District of Georgia, and in that capacity are responsible for overseeing the District’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

“Every citizen must be able to vote without interference or discrimination and to have that vote counted without it being stolen because of fraud.  The Department of Justice will always act appropriately to protect the integrity of the election process,” said U.S. Attorney Peeler.

The Department of Justice has an important role in deterring election fraud and discrimination at the polls, and combating these violations whenever and wherever they occur.  The Department’s long-standing Election Day Program furthers these goals, and also seeks to ensure public confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the Department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open through election day.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input.  It also contains special protections for the rights of voters and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them.   For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law.  Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice (where voters need assistance because of disability or illiteracy).

The franchise is the cornerstone of American democracy.  We all must ensure that those who are entitled to the franchise exercise it if they choose, and that those who seek to corrupt it are brought to justice.  In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights concerns during the voting period that ends on November 3, 2020, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, AUSA/DEOs Keyes and Swanson will be on duty in this District while the polls are open.  They can be reached by the public by calling 478-621-2685.

In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on election day.  The local FBI field office can be reached by the public by calling 770-216-3000.

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can be made directly to the Civil Rights Division in Washington, DC by phone at 800-253-3931 or by complaint form at https://civilrights.justice.gov/.

Please note, however, in the case of a crime of violence or intimidation, please call 911 immediately and before contacting federal authorities.  State and local police have primary jurisdiction over polling places, and almost always have faster reaction capacity in an emergency.

“Ensuring free and fair elections depends in large part on the cooperation of the American electorate.  It is imperative that those who have specific information about discrimination or election fraud make that information available to my Office, the FBI or the Civil Rights Division,” said U.S. Attorney Peeler.

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Former employee of medical packaging company Christopher Dobbins sentenced


Atlanta: Former employee of medical packaging company Christopher Dobbins sentenced to federal prison for disrupting PPE shipments

(STL.News) – Christopher Dobbins has been sentenced to federal prison for hacking his former employer and sabotaging their electronic shipping records, causing more than $200,000 in damage and delaying the shipment of personal protective equipment (“PPE”) during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As businesses worked to get PPE into the hands of those most in need of it, Dobbins chose to hack his former employer and maliciously interrupt that process,” said U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak.  “His actions caused delays in the delivery of desperately needed equipment in the midst of a worldwide pandemic.”

“During the height of a world-wide pandemic this defendant disrupted the distribution of critical medical supplies to health care workers on the front lines of the battle,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta.  “This swift and efficient result sends a message that anyone who puts the lives of American citizens at risk will be pursued and punished for their egregious behavior.”

According to U.S. Attorney Pak, the charges and other information presented in court: In early March 2020, Dobbins was terminated from his employment at a medical device packaging company.  While employed at the company, Dobbins had administrator access to the computer systems containing the company’s shipping information.  When his employment was terminated, he also lost his access to the company’s computer systems.

On March 26, Dobbins received his final paycheck from the company.  Three days later, on March 29, 2020, he used a fake user account that he had previously created while still employed at the company to log into the company’s computer systems.  He then conducted a computer intrusion that disrupted and delayed the medical device packaging company’s shipments of PPEs.

While logged in through the fake user account, Dobbins created a second fake user account and then used that second account to edit approximately 115,581 records and delete approximately 2,371 records.  After taking these actions, Dobbins deactivated both fake user accounts and logged out of the system.  The edits and deletions to the company’s records disrupted the company’s shipping processes, causing delays in the delivery of much-needed PPEs to healthcare providers.

Christopher Dobbins, 41, of Duluth, Georgia, has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $221,200.  Dobbins was convicted on these charges on July 10, 2020, after he pleaded guilty.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Samir Kaushal prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Georgia’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Fraud Task Force, aimed at better protecting the citizens of Georgia from criminal fraud arising from the pandemic.  Formed by Georgia’s leading state and federal prosecutors, the task force serves to open channels of communication between partner agencies and more rapidly share information about COVID-19 fraud, while ensuring each fraud complaint is reported to the appropriate prosecuting agency.  The task force member agencies include the Office of the Governor of Georgia, the Office of the Attorney General of Georgia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia and the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia (PAC).  Georgia’s three U.S. Attorneys, the Attorney General of Georgia, the Executive Counsel for the Governor’s Office and the PAC Executive Director serve on the task force.

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Mark Davis admits attempting to hire a hit man in murder plot


(STL.News) – A Chatham County man has admitted that he attempted to hire someone to commit murder on his behalf.

Mark Davis, 60, of Savannah, pled guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of Murder for Hire, said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia.  The charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, in addition to substantial possible fines and up to three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison term.  There is no parole in the federal system.

“Protecting the life and safety of people in the community is among the most important duties of law enforcement personnel,” said U.S. Attorney Christine.  “Detecting and stopping Mark Davis’ heinous murder plot demonstrates our law enforcement partners’ commitment to that effort.”

As described in court documents and testimony, Davis admitted that he attempted to hire someone in May 2020 to kill another person.  An undercover agent, posing as a hit man, met with Davis to discuss a price for the would-be murder.  Law enforcement officers arrested Davis after he paid the undercover agent an agreed-upon installment in cash.

“This case is another example of the lengths the FBI will go to protect the citizens of this country,” said Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta.  “We will always work together with our citizens to hold criminals accountable and prevent violence from happening in our communities.”

The case is being investigated by the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, the Port Wentworth Police Department and the Chatham-Savannah Counter Narcotics Team, and is being prosecuted for the United States by the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia.

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