Federal-State Settlement Resolves Environmental Violations at Hussey Copper Smelting Facility in Leetsdale, Pennsylvania

Source: United States Attorneys General 13

Hussey Copper has agreed to perform a comprehensive environmental audit, implement an updated environmental management system, and pay an $861,500 penalty to resolve alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) and Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law (PCSL) at its smelting facility in Leetsdale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

DHS Statement on Updated CDC Order

Source: US Department of Homeland Security

“As part the United States’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts, DHS will continue to process individuals in accordance with the CDC’s updated Title 42 Order. Title 42 is not an immigration authority, but a public health authority, and its continued use is dictated by CDC and governed by the CDC’s analysis of public health factors.

“Under Title 42, DHS continues to expel the majority of single adults, and, to the extent possible, families encountered at the Southwest Border.

“While we continue to defer to public health experts on decisions related to Title 42, the Biden-Harris Administration continues to work to build a fair, orderly, and humane immigration system, including by expanding lawful pathways to the United States and discouraging irregular migration. DHS recently expanded the Central American Minors program and made 6,000 H-2B visas available for Central Americans. DHS last week also resumed expedited removal flights for certain families who recently arrived at the southern border, cannot be expelled under Title 42, and do not have a legal basis to stay in the United States.”

Topics: Border Security
Keywords: Manage Borders, Public Health

Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group departs on deployment

Source: United States Navy Pacific Fleet

SAN DIEGO – The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (CVCSG), led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1, deployed from San Diego, Aug. 2, in support of global maritime security operations.

CVCSG will begin their deployment by taking part in Large Scale Exercise 2021. LSE 2021 is a live, virtual, and constructive, globally-integrated exercise that spans multiple fleets, designed to refine synchronized maritime operations based on a progression of scenarios that will assess modern warfare concepts in support of the joint force.

The deployment also marks the first time that a carrier strike group is deploying with the advanced capabilities of the F-35C Lightning II and Navy CMV-22B Osprey.

Less than a year ago, the strike group’s flagship, Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), completed a 17-month maintenance period and retrofit, during which the ship underwent a complete restoration and system retrofit to accommodate F-35C Lightning II mission capabilities.

“Vinson is the first carrier to accommodate a mix of 4th- and 5th- generation strike fighters, providing unprecedented lethality and survivability and ensuring the Navy team can operate and win in contested battlespace now and well into the future,” said Capt. Tommy Locke, commander, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2. “Integrating the new aircraft has truly been a team effort and using these new tools and technology—new sets of multispectral sensors and the information they provide—will increase lethality and survivability of the air wing and strike group. We plan on leveraging recently established tactics, techniques and procedures and developing innovative ways to use the new technologies to enhance our combined warfighting efforts.”

The strike group is a multiplatform team of ships, aircraft and more than 7,000 Sailors, capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions around the globe. Deploying ships and aircraft of the strike group include: USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70); nine squadrons of CVW-2; staffs of CSG 1 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1; Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57); and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers of DESRON 1, which include USS Chafee (DDG 90), USS Dewey (DDG 105), USS Higgins (DDG 76), USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112), USS O’Kane (DDG 77) and USS Stockdale (DDG 106).

CVW-2 consists of an F-35C squadron, the “Argonauts” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147; three F/A-18E/F Super Hornet squadrons, the “Bounty Hunters” of VFA-2, the “Stingers” of VFA-113, and the “Golden Dragons” of VFA-192; the “Gauntlets” of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 136, operating the EA-18G Growler; the “Black Eagles” of Airborne Command and Control Squadron (VAW) 113, operating the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye; the “Titans” of Fleet Logistics Multi-Mission Squadron (VRM) 30, operating the CMV-22B Osprey; the “Black Knights” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 4, operating the MH-60S Seahawk; and the “Blue Hawks” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 78, operating the MH-60R Seahawk.

Prior to deploying, the strike group successfully completed multiple interoperability operations in the Hawaiian Islands Operating area, which included integrated flight operations between CVW-2’s carrier-based aircraft and land-based Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard aircraft, as well as operations with Coast Guard cutters.

Most recently the strike group completed deployment workups, testing every core warfare area within the group’s mission sets through a variety of simulated and live events, ensuring the carrier strike group is fully capable across the full spectrum of military operations.

“Our crews and staffs have demonstrated tactical and technical expertise through teamwork; there is no doubt in my mind that the men and women of the Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group are ready to fight and win decisively from the sea as we deploy in support of sustained presence and power projection,” said Rear Adm. Dan Martin, the commander of CSG 1. “One of the hallmarks of aircraft carrier strike groups is their agility—specifically their ability to quickly and effectively respond to the entire spectrum of military operations. From combat missions to humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions, we can do it all. We sail forward as a visible and powerful symbol of our nation’s resolve to maintain America’s advantage at sea.”

Vinson, the strike group’s flagship, on-loaded more than 1,000 tons of ordnance and embarked CVW-2 personnel and aircraft as part of final preparations for deployment. With more than 5,000 crew embarked, and more than 70 aircraft, Vinson is capable of sustaining around-the-clock maritime operations.

“There is no substitute for a fully trained, equipped and integrated team,” said Capt. P. Scott Miller, Vinson’s commanding officer. “A modern aircraft carrier has the speed, agility and maneuverability to travel with its embarked air wing more than 5,000 miles in less than seven days, and to arrive on station ready to fight, defend or assist as directed. No other weapons system has the responsiveness, endurance, multi-dimensional might, inherent battlespace awareness, or command and control capabilities of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier and its embarked air wing.”

An integral part of U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary to flawlessly execute our Navy’s role across the full spectrum of military operations—from combat operations to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. U.S. 3rd Fleet works together with our allies and partners to advance freedom of navigation, the rule of law, and other principles that underpin security for the Indo-Pacific region.

To learn more about CSG 1 and Vinson, visit www.airpac.navy.mil/carlvinson/ and www.dvidshub.net/unit/CSG1.

Leader of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced to 11 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Kilograms of Cocaine in Maryland and Bribing U.S. Postal Letter Carriers

Source: United States Attorneys General 7

U.S. District Judge Paula Xinis sentenced Russell Stanley III, age 40, of Bowie, Maryland, today to 11 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine, conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, and bribery of a government official.

Providence Man Charged in Schemes to Defraud RI Businesses, MA Foundation

Source: United States Department of Justice

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Providence man has been charged in federal court based on allegations that he orchestrated schemes to defraud Rhode Island businesses and a Massachusetts foundation of tens of thousands of dollars by depositing fraudulent checks drawn on the entities and quickly withdrawing the funds before it was determined by the banks that the checks were bogus, announced Acting United States Attorney Richard B. Myrus.

Ohio Man Arrested for Sexual Contact with Minors

Ohio Man Arrested for Sexual Contact with Minors

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Toledo Resident Agency’s Northwest Ohio Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Northern District of Ohio United States Attorney’s Office, announce the arrest of John Charles Coy, 71 years old, of Van Wert County, Ohio.

The complaint alleges an initial tip was received in November 2020 by Marion Police Department that alleged John Charles Coy had engaged in sexual contact with minors and had produced child sexual abuse material. An investigation was initiated by the Marion Police Department who requested assistance from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cleveland Division, Toledo Resident Agency.

Through the course of this investigation, additional information concerning Coy’s alleged conduct with juvenile females was received by law enforcement. The information received involved allegations of Coy taking sexual photos of juvenile females and engaging in sexual conduct with juvenile females.

Over the course of the last eight months, numerous state search warrants and subpoenas were issued on social media, cell phone service providers, and digital storage providers identified as being accounts of John Charles Coy, including an account most recently used by Coy, “Coyjohn010@gmail.com. Multiple images of what is believed to be prepubescent females were obtained.

On Thursday, July 29, 2021, a search warrant was executed at Coy’s son’s home where Coy was known to be residing. Coy was interviewed by law enforcement investigators during the execution of the search warrant and denied any allegations made against him.

The investigation and interview of Coy resulted in a probable cause arrest for receipt and/or distribution of child pornography, 18 U.S.C. § 2252(a)(2). Coy was taken into custody without incident at the conclusion of the search warrant. Coy will appear in front of United States Magistrate Judge Darrell A. Clay today, July 30, 2021, at 4:00 p.m.

Law enforcement is encouraging anyone that has a child that has interacted with John Charles Coy and they feel any of those interactions could have been sexually inappropriate or was an attempt to “groom” a minor for future sexual interactions to please contact the FBI at 1-877-FBI-OHIO. (1-877-324-6446). Coy is known to have coached juvenile female softball teams over the past years in Marion County and Van Wert County, Ohio. Coy is also known to have traveled as a truck driver in the region and is also known to have traveled on several occasions to the Philippines.

The FBI wishes to commend the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation, the Marion Police Department, and the Van Wert County Sheriff’s Office for their cooperation and continued assistance in this investigation.

Law enforcement considers this an ongoing investigation and information outside of the federal complaint affidavit cannot be provided.

Any questions regarding this press release can be directed to SA Vicki Anderson at 216-522-1400 or at vagregg@fbi.gov.

FBI Denver Division Announces JEWISHcolorado as FBI Director ’s Community Leadership Award Recipient for 2020

FBI Denver Division Announces JEWISHcolorado as FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award Recipient for 2020

Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider is pleased to announce JEWISHcolorado as the FBI Denver Division’s recipient for the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) for 2020.

Every year since 1990, FBI field offices have had the opportunity to nominate one individual or organization for the FBI DCLA in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the education and prevention of crime in their communities. For 2020, FBI Denver nominated JEWISHcolorado due to their commitment to raising awareness in the diverse communities we serve through educational programming related to preventing fraud and increasing awareness about hate crimes, domestic terrorism, and violent extremism.

In January 2020, JEWISHcolorado supported FBI Denver’s objective of increasing engagement and raising awareness with our communities through hosting an interagency elder fraud prevention presentation in the theater of a local Jewish community center. This event featured presenters from FBI Denver with state and federal partners, which was attended by more than 150 community members.

“The pandemic impacted the way we engage with our communities, but JEWISHcolorado and their partners, the Rose Community Foundation and Secure Community Network, continued to seek opportunities to actively engage with FBI Denver in support of community outreach efforts, demonstrating their dedication to enhancing the relationship between the FBI and the communities we serve,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “The FBI is grateful for their support, proactive efforts, and continued partnership.”

In July 2020, JEWISHcolorado accepted a role in Colorado Courage, FBI Denver’s multi-faith and affinity-based council established to raise awareness and collaboration among community organizations to identify and share concerns about civil rights, hate crimes, domestic terrorism, and violent extremism. The council consists of faith-based, gender-based and affinity groups, and local chapters of national organizations. Colorado Courage meets quarterly with the FBI Denver Field Office and local law enforcement to encourage information sharing and awareness concerning these threats. JEWISHcolorado has utilized its membership on this council to offer informational seminars and best practices to other council members who have experienced violence or threats of violence.

“FBI Denver is proud to partner with JEWISHcolorado. It is an honor to recognize this organization for its support in serving and protecting the communities of Colorado. We are grateful for their collaboration and commitment to serving the public,” said SAC Schneider.

The Rose Community Foundation strives to support inclusive, engaged, and equitable Denver communities through philanthropy driven by values. The Foundation works to strengthen diversity and generosity and utilizes grantmaking, advocacy, and philanthropic services to achieve this. Since its founding in 1995, the Foundation has granted more than $322 million to nearly 2,000 organizations and initiatives and has supported nearly 70 nonprofit organizations in creating and growing endowments to sustain their vital work into the future.

The Secure Community Network was founded in 2004 under the auspices of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The Network is focused on ensuring the safety, security, and resiliency of the Jewish people on behalf of 146 Federations, 50 Jewish nonprofit organizations in North America, 300+ independent communities, and partners in the public, private, nonprofit, and academic sectors.

Local Bank Robbery Fugitive Captured in South Dakota

Local Bank Robbery Fugitive Captured in South Dakota

ST. LOUIS, MO—Special Agent in Charge Richard Quinn of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) St. Louis Division announces Ricardo Rusan, 55, was captured in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, after two years on the run.

Rusan was believed to be living in the area of Portland, Oregon. A detective with the Hillsboro Police Department, outside of Portland, recognized Rusan from the FBI Wanted Poster that was circulated among law enforcement. The FBI was then able to track Rusan traveling to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where FBI agents arrested him without incident on July 29, 2021.

Rusan is charged federally with robbing a bank in Clayton, Missouri, on April 16, 2019, and a second bank in St. Peters, Missouri, on April 18, 2019. He lived in St. Louis County at the time of the two bank robberies.

Thank you to the FBI Portland Division and Hillsboro (Oregon) Police Department for their assistance, as well as the Sioux Falls Resident Agency of the FBI Minneapolis Division.