Friday, July 15, 2005

Monday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Kevin D. Abernathy, indicted for bank fraud/counterfeit checks, change of plea at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • David P. Henry, indicted for firearms violation, will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Damon Johnson, change of plea at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Vernon David Williams (KCMO), indicted for mortgage fraud, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Ricardo Antonion Scott, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Roy Ndidi Eledan (Illinois), who pled guilty to identity theft of federal employees, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Angela Rose Fennell, indicted on meth-related charge, change of plea at 11:45 a.m. in Courtroom 7C
  • Paul E. Johnson, indicted for firearms violation, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Mitchell A. Deadmond, indicted for firearms violation, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • David R. Salinas, indicted for firearms violation, change of plea at 2:15 p.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Dana W. McCoy, indicted for firearms violation, change of plea at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A

Nothing newsworthy in Springfield or Jefferson City.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Medal of Valor

A team of six Kansas City, Mo., firefighters (Phillip Atwood, David Bradley, Marvin Donaldson, Stephen Johnson, Patrick Martin, and Sean McKarnin) were honored today at a White House ceremony with Vice President Dick Cheney and Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales as recipients of the Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor. The recipients of the award represent fire, law enforcement and emergency medical service providers from across the United States. The Medal of Valor is the highest national award for valor by a public safety officer, honoring outstanding heroic deeds performed above and beyond the call of duty.

On February 23, 2004, the KC firefighters were called to a residential fire that resulted from an explosion in south Kansas City. Arriving firefighters came under heavy and rapid gunfire shortly after arriving on the scene. A paramedic suffered injuries from the gunfire, but was pulled to safety by team members. The firefighters then remained pinned down by 20-30 minutes of automatic weapon fire before a second explosion destroyed the building and the gunfire ceased.

"We are here today to honor Medal of Valor recipients who went above and beyond the call of duty -- putting their own lives at risk -- to earn this mark of heroism," said Attorney General Gonzales. "The commitment to service shown by these incredible public safety officers is indicative of the day-in and day-out dedication of police officers, sheriffs, emergency medical personnel, firefighters, and countless other first responders and public servants across our Nation."

A press release is posted at the Department of Justice.

Friday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Marcel Small, who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, will be sentenced at 10:45 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • James L. Woods, indicted for distributing crack cocaine and illegal firearms possession, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Raymond Patrick Jimenez, indicted for participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, change of plea at 2 p.m.

Springfield:

  • Randy Alan Hance (Rocky Comfort, MO), indicted for illegally possessing firearms while subject to a court order of protection, change of plea at 8:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • David B. Elliott (Aldrich, MO), a former Postal Service officer who pled guilty to embezzling mail, will be sentenced at 9 am. in Courtroom 1
  • Darrell Wayne Massey, Sr. (Lebanon, MO), who pled guilty to illegal firearms possession, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Claudine S. Colvin (Naples, Florida), change of plea at 11:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Philip D. Myers (address unknown), indicted for participating in a conspiracy to distribute meth in Greene, Stone, and Taney counties, change of plea at 11:30 a.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Joseph Shane Endicott (Carthage, MO), nidicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Israel D. Ward (Joplin, MO), indicted for participating in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, change of plea at 3:30 p.m. in Magistrate Courtroom

Jefferson City:

Grand Jury is in session.

DeShon Delayed ... Again

Former school superintendent Ronnie DeShon, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $844,000 from the Pattonsburg School District, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005, in Courtroom 7B.

Delay for Sewell trial?

The government is opposing a motion from defendant Walter Sewell, a St. Joseph, Mo., pharmacist indicted for child porn who is scheduled for trial on Aug. 1. In a formal response filed Wednesday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia Phillips states that, "The defendant continues to hire and fire his attorneys in an effort to delay the proceedings in this case," and argues that, "The defendant’s apparent 'attorney shopping' in an effort to delay resolution of the government’s case against him should not be tolerated by this Court."

Phillips also notes: "After the United States Magistrate Judge Robert E. Larsen granted three continuances ... Judge Larsen indicated in his final order that 'counsel are put on notice that this is a firm trial setting and will not be continued further absent extraordinary circumstances.'"

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Thursday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • Jose Miguel Rosas Santoyo, a Mexican national convicted at trial on meth charges, will be sentenced at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Rita Jean Lewis, waiver and plea at 10:45 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Stephen Burrows, indicted for child porn, change of plea at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Jesus Morales, indicted for firearms violation, change of plea at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 8A

Springfield:

  • Eduardo Yanez-Moreno, who pled guilty to immigration violations, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. in District Courtroom 1
  • Scott M. Hannaford (Douglas County, MO), who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in District Courtroom 1
  • Yovani Diaz-Cruz, who pled guilty to immigration violation, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in District Courtroom 1
  • Kim Olesen (Joplin), who pleaded guilty to distributing meth ingredients, will be sentenced at 4 p.m. in District Courtroom 1

Jefferson City:

  • Dana Lynne Moore (Versaillse, MO), who pled guilty to possession with intent to distribute meth, will be sentenced at 9 a.m.
  • Four co-defendants who pled guilty to participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana in Boone County will be sentenced: Joseph Blair Nardi (Columbia, MO, 10 a.m.), Jonathan Eric Whitworth (Columbia, MO, 11 a.m.), David Scott Steinbruegge (St. Peters, MO, 1 p.m.), and Robertson Blake Alexander (Columbia, MO, 2 p.m.)
  • Anthony Rudolph Vasquez (Boone County, MO), who pled guilty to crack and powder cocaine charges, will be sentenced at 3 p.m.
  • Matthew Andrew Key (Jefferson City, MO), who pled guilty to crack cocaine charges, will be sentenced at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Wednesday's Court Docket

Springfield:
  • Richard Dale Campbell (Morrisville, MO), indicted for bank robbery, change of plea at 9:30 a.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Mark Allen Barnett (Stark City, MO), indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea at 10 a.m. in District Courtroom 1
  • Sarah Tindle, indicted for being a felon in possession of a firearm, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Kelly R. Flow (Rockaway Beach, MO), indicted in a conspiracy to distribute meth, change of plea at 1:30 p.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Jorge Usiel de LeonRivera, indicted for immigration violation, change of plea at 3 p.m. in District Courtroom 1
  • Roberto Mendoza-Loaeza, indicted for immigration violation, change of plea at 3:30 p.m. in District Courtroom 1

Nothing newsworthy to report in Kansas City or Jefferson City.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Tuesday's Court Docket

Kansas City:
  • Robert Wise (Overland Park, KS), who pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute oxycontin,will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Jesus Anjulo-Lopez, narcotics indictment, change of plea at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 6D
  • Jason G. Rice (Oak Grove, MO), who pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Andrea Nixon (Belton, MO), who was indicted for possessino with intent to distribute meth, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 6D
  • Robert E. Le (correct spelling), who pleaded guilty to his role in a conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Luis Cital-Montes, narcotics indictment, change of plea at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 6D

Springfield:

  • Eric Edwin Emery, indicted for bank robbery, change of plea hearing at 9 a.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • John Allen Wenzel (Douglas County, MO), indicted for firearms violation, change of plea hearing at 9 a.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Christina Hill-Cox (Nevada, MO), indicted for firearms violation, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Brock Suntken (Springfield, MO), indicted for firearms violation, change of plea hearing at 1:30 p.m. in Magistrate Courtroom

Jasper County Sentencings

Five co-defendants who have pleaded guilty for their roles in a Jasper County crack cocaine conspiracy will be sentenced on Sept. 22, 2005, in Springfield. The co-defendants are Brian L. McDaniel, Justin L. Triplett (Joplin), Larry D. Saddler (Carterville), Ernesto V. Bell and Victoria Gonzalez (Carthage).

Here is the most recent news release, from Dec. 7, 2004.

DeShon Sentencing Reset

Former school superintendent Ronnie DeShon, who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $844,000 from the Pattonsburg School District, will be sentenced at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, 2005, in Courtroom 7B.