Juries Return Guilty Verdicts Against Couple For Murdering Government Witness

Source: United States Attorneys General 4

Ocala, Florida – Following eight days of trial in federal court, David Chappell Fey (57, Belleview) and Shari Lynn Gunter (58, Ocklawaha) have each been found guilty as charged for the murder of a government witness. The trial required special accommodations: a separate jury heard evidence for each defendant. In the end, each jury returned a guilty verdict on all four counts charged — distribution of methamphetamine, conspiracy to murder a government witness, murder of a government witness, and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and fentanyl causing death.

CMSAF Bass returns to Ramstein AB

Source: United States Air Force

On her way to becoming the 19th chief appointed to the highest noncommissioned officer position in the service, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force JoAnne S. Bass had two five-year assignments at Ramstein AB, including her time as the 86th Operations Group superintendent.

Borders, Bytes and Brokering Future Agreements: News from the Fourth SIRIUS Conference

Source: Europol

The SIRIUS project, a cross-border intelligence-sharing platform co-implemented by Europol and Eurojust, in close partnership with the European Judicial Network, concluded its fourth annual conference this week. Among the more than 800 participants in the online conference were law enforcement and judicial authorities, plus representatives from Online Service Providers. More than half of all criminal investigations today involve a cross-border…

Thousands gather virtually to share knowledge of virtual assets-based money laundering and other crypto-enabled crimes

Source: Europol

Virtual assets-based money laundering and other crypto-enabled crimes are threats not only to users and financial markets, but also to the dynamism and innovation of the sector itself. Protecting citizens and the global economy from the risks of abuse of cryptocurrencies and other virtual assets is a task that requires concerted and sustained effort by governments, law enforcement, regulators and…

Justice Department Awards More Than $17.5 Million to Support Project Safe Neighborhoods

Source: United States Attorneys General 11

PROVIDENCE – The Department of Justice announced today that it has awarded more than $17.5 million in grants to support the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) Program. Funding will support efforts across the country to address violent crime, including the gun violence that is often at its core. The Rhode Island Department of Public Safety has been awarded funding totaling $84,102 in this most recent round of grants, bringing the total of Justice Department funds channeled to Rhode Island this year to nearly three million dollars.

Coast Guard cutter completes Operation Blue Pacific patrol in Oceania

Source: United States Coast Guard

 

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HONOLULU — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter William Hart completed its 39 day patrol over 7,000 nautical miles in Oceania in support of the Coast Guard’s Operation Blue Pacific, last week.

Operation Blue Pacific is an overarching multi-mission Coast Guard endeavor promoting security, safety, sovereignty, and economic prosperity in Oceania while strengthening relationships between our partners in the region.

“This patrol had multiple goals which really displayed the adaptability of our crew,” said Lt. Cmdr. Cynthia Travers, the commanding officer of the William Hart. “While we continued to support international efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing in the region, we’ve also worked with our partners including New Zealand’s National Maritime Coordination Centre (NMCC), the nation of Samoa, the National Park Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a number of joint endeavors.”

In November the crew of the William Hart, one of the Coast Guard’s new Fast Response Cutters, participated in the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency’s (FFA) Operation Kurukuru, an annual coordinated maritime surveillance operation with the goal of combating IUU fishing.

IUU fishing presents a direct threat to the efforts of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to conserve fish stocks, an important renewable resource in the region.

Following the successful conclusion of Operation Kurukuru, the William Hart’s crew continued to patrol the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) of the United States, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribati and Fiji to prevent illicit maritime activity.

Upon request from NOAA, the crew visited Fagatele Bay in the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa, using the cutter’s small boat to ensure there was no fishing or activity which would damage the coral within the United States’ largest national marine sanctuary.

The crew of the William Hart also supported a National Park Service boat during a transit between Tutuila Island and the Manu’a Islands, providing search and rescue coverage.

The cutter’s crew then departed for Fiji’s EEZ, where they supported New Zealand’s NMCC by locating an adrift Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART) buoy and reporting the buoy’s condition to Headquarters Joint Forces New Zealand and other stakeholders.

DART buoys are real-time monitoring systems strategically deployed throughout the Pacific to provide important tsunami forecasting data to researchers.

“These expeditionary patrols are important to the continued stability and prosperity of Oceania,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jessica Conway, a Coast Guard 14th District operations planner. “Partnerships are key to promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific. Operation Blue Pacific allows us to coordinate with regional partners and most effectively employ our assets towards shared goals.”

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Third man charged with murder of Emmanuel Ogabi

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command have charged a third person with the murder of Emmanuel Ogabi in Woolwich.

Shai Bosman-Allen, 20 (26.12.00), of Windmill Close, SE13, was charged on Wednesday, 8 December. He is due to appear at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 9 December.

Police were called at 07:48hrs on Thursday, 21 October to Sandy Hill Road, SE18, after a 26-year-old man was found collapsed in the street. Emmanuel was pronounced dead at the scene, and a post-mortem examination found the cause of death to be a single stab wound.

+ On Friday, 12 November, officers arrested Denzel Maposa, 23 (01.10.1998), of Bromley Gardens, Dunstable and Onyema Olisa, 26 (15.11.1995) of Boone Street SE13. Both men were charged with murder and appeared in custody at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Saturday, 13 November. We await an update on their next appearance.

E-fit issued of man re: sexual assault near Clapham Common

Source: United Kingdom London Metropolitan Police

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they would like to identify after a woman was sexually assaulted near Clapham Common.

The incident happened at approximately 02:00hrs on Saturday, 25 September as the woman walked in Englewood Road, SW12.

She noticed the male suspect walking a short distance behind her. As she stopped to look for something in her bag, the male approached her from behind, grabbed her and sexually assaulted her.

The woman shouted at the man to get away and he walked off in the direction of Clapham Common.

Detective Constable Annie Henry of the Central South Command Unit said:

“We are releasing this e-fit in the hope that someone recognises the person pictured. This attack would have been terrifying for the woman and we are continuing to support her as our investigation continues.

“If you can assist our investigation, please don’t hesitate to contact police – this man needs to be identified and held to account for his actions.”

Anyone with information that could assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 1268/25Sep. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.