Marion County man sentenced for meth charge

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James Charles Costello, of Fairmont, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 60 months of incarceration for distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced. Costello, 53, pleaded guilty in March 2021 to one count of “Distribution of Fifty Grams or More of Methamphetamine.”

Michigan man admits to drug and firearms charge

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Alante Martel Nelson, of Detroit, Michigan, has admitted to drug and firearms charges, United States Attorney William Ihlenfeld announced. Nelson, 29, pleaded guilty today to one count of “Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin” and one count of “Unlawful Possession of a Firearm.”

Owner Of Blair Pharmacy Sentenced to a Year and a Day in Federal Prison for Providing Illegal Payments to Independent Marketers to Induce Them to Refer Business to His Pharmacy

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U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander today sentenced Matthew Edward Blair, age 48, of Timonium, Maryland, to a year and a day in federal prison, followed by 18 months of supervised release, for payment of illegal remunerations to encourage independent marketers to refer federal health care related business to Blair’s pharmacy. Judge Hollander also ordered Blair to pay restitution of $3,176,470.83.

FBI Announces a $10,000 Reward for Information Leading to the Identification, Arrest, and Conviction of the Route 91 Bandit

Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI Crime News (b)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the individual allegedly responsible for at least 11 bank robberies located in various cities and towns along Rt. 91 in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Vermont.

The white male suspect, who is considered armed and dangerous, is between 5’6” to 5’8” tall with a medium build. He has blue eyes and light-colored hair and typically wears a hood or a hat and white sneakers. The suspect has threatened the use of a firearm and during at least six of the robberies, he attempted to enter the vault.

The FBI Boston Division is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the Route 91 Bandit’s identification, arrest, and conviction.

Investigators believe the suspect may be operating a newer model Nissan sedan.

The public is being asked to review photos of the robber and share the images on social media.

“In the interest of public safety, we’re asking anyone with information about this individual to contact us immediately. We need to put a stop to this man’s crime spree before someone gets hurt. He’s considered armed and dangerous so please take a close look at these images and reach out to us if you know who he is,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division.

The individual is alleged to be responsible for the following robberies:

  • September 9, 2021, at approx. 10:21 a.m., Arrha Credit Union, 63 Park Ave., West Springfield, MA
  • September 20, 2021, at approx. 11:50 a.m., American Eagle Credit Union 201 Elm St., Enfield, CT
  • October 4, 2021, at approx.4:50 p.m., People’s United Bank, 479 Canal Street, Brattleboro, VT
  • October 15, 2021, at approx. 10:45 a.m., Webster Bank, 2 North Road, East Windsor, CT
  • October 22, 2021, at approx. 11:45 a.m., Webster Bank, 637 Main Street, Somers, CT
  • November 5, 2021, at approx. 3:18 p.m., Workers Credit Union, 107 Tower Road, Athol, MA
  • November 19, 2021, at approx. 4:42 p.m., Liberty Bank, 27 Dale Road, Avon, CT
  • November 20, 2021, at approx. 8:46 a.m., Savings Bank of Walpole, 400 West Street, Keene, NH
  • December 16, 2021, at approx. 11:48 a.m., Greenfield Cooperative Bank, 176 Avenue A, Montague, MA
  • January 6, 2022, at approx. 10:50 a.m., Keystone Bank, 122 Prospect Hill Road, East Windsor, CT
  • January 27, 2022, at approx. 5:52 p.m., Franklin First Federal Credit Union, 57 Newton Street, Greenfield, MA

The FBI is offering a monetary reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the person responsible for these robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the FBI at 1-857-386-2000. Tips can also be electronically submitted at tips.fbi.gov.

District of Columbia Fire/EMS Employees Arrested on Charges Alleging Bribery Conspiracy

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WASHINGTON—Two District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (FEMS) employees were arrested today on conspiracy and bribery charges for allegedly accepting payments from a District of Columbia contractor in exchange for directing purchase agreements and orders to the contractor and then falsely certifying that goods that FEMS had paid for had been delivered.

Thirteen in Akron Charged with Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Source: United States Department of Justice

Acting U.S. Attorney Michelle M. Baeppler announced that a federal grand jury returned an eighteen-count superseding indictment charging 13 individuals as part of a drug trafficking conspiracy that sought to distribute approximately 16 kilograms of fentanyl, nearly 10 kilograms of methamphetamine and other controlled substances in the Akron area.