Thursday, May 18, 2006

Vacation Break

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Anti-meth initiatives

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today announced new anti-methamphetamine domestic initiatives as well as new partnerships between the U.S. and Mexico in fighting meth trafficking at the National Methamphetamine and Chemicals Initiative(NCMI) Strategy Conference.

“These initiatives represent a policy of true mutual cooperation that will put meth use and all its horrors firmly on the road to extinction,” said Attorney General Gonzales.

Here is today's news release from the Justice Department.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Project Safe Childhood

Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales today announced the beginning of the nationwide implementation of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a Department of Justice initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

"We are in the midst of an epidemic of sexual abuse and exploitation of our children," said Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. "Project Safe Childhood will help law enforcement and community leaders prevent, investigate, and prosecute sexual predators and pornographers who target our children and grandchildren."

Here is the news release from the Department of Justice, and the text of Gonzales' remarks at today's press conference.

Wednesday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Russell Charles Peters (Cameron, MO), indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth as a result of a NITRO investigation, change of plea at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Chauncey S. Dawson (KCMO), indicted for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, change of plea at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Bobby E. Dady, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Jan H. Fichman (Leawood, KS), owner of 7th Heaven stores who was indicted for selling more than $3 million worth of illegal drug paraphernalia, change of plea at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Wesley A. Bass (KCMO), indicted for illegally possessing firearms, change of plea at 10:45 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Claudell Ann Bruyer (Kidder, MO), indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth as a result of a NITRO investigation, change of plea at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Robert A. Boleware (KCMO), indicted for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, change of plea at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Cody J. Gilreath, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute meth as a result of a NITRO investigation, will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 7A
  • Steven B. Frencher (KCMO), indicted for conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine, change of plea at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A

Grand Jury is in session, with returns expected late this afternoon

Springfield:

  • Randy Dabney (Strafford, MO), who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, will be sentenced at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • William D. Carpenter, indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth in Greene County, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Jesus Gonzalez (Monett, MO), indicted for possession with intent to distribute meth, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Tuesday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Francisco Magana-Rodriguez, change of plea at 9 a.m. in Corutroom 7B
  • Donald Wayne Evans (Phoenix, AR), who pled guilty to bank fraud, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Steven W. Wait (Independence, MO), who pled guilty to illegally possessing a firearm, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • William Robert Simmons (Gallatin, MO), indicted for illegal firearm, change of plea at 10:45 a.m. in Courtroom 8C
  • Airton Mosquera (Houston, TX), who pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in the Kansas City area, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Gregory O. Watkins (Independence, MO) will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Wanda L. Barber (Belton, MO), who pled guilty to perjury, will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8E
  • Shawn M. Roe (Belton, MO), indicted for possession with intent to distribute meth, change of plea at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8A
  • Nathan O. Kirby (KCMO), who pled guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, will be sentenced at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 7B

Grand jury is in session, with returns expected late this afternoon.

Springfield:

  • Alyna Wilson, indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth in Greene County, change of plea at 9 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Danita Porter (Ava, MO), indicted for illegally possessing firearms, change of plea at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Michael Joe Neal, indicted for possession with intent to distribute cocaine in Greene County, change of plea at 11 a.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Gerald Behr (Joplin, MO), indicted for illegal firearms, change of plea at 11:30 a.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Lee M. Smith (Thayer, MO), indicted for illegally possessing a firearm, change of plea at 11:30 a.m. in Magistrate Courtroom
  • Gilberto Bolanos-Cazarez (Tijuana, Mexico), indicted for bulk cash smuggling, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Josh Hurst (Kissee Mills, MO), indicted in a large-scale meth conspiracy as a result of Operation Leapfrog, change of plea at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 1
  • David Climer, change of plea at 3 p.m. in Courtroom 1
  • Aaron Dominguez, indicted for conspiracy to distribute meth in Greene County, change of plea at 4 p.m. in Courtroom 1

Monday, May 15, 2006

Monday's Schedule

Kansas City:
  • Christopher Lee Bears (Blanchard, Iowa) will be sentenced at 10 a.m. in Courtroom 7B
  • Carolyn R. Harris (Gilbert, ARIZ), a former IRS employee who was indicted for stealing taxpayers' refund checks, change of plea at 2 p.m. in Courtroom 7B