Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Driver from Pennsylvania sentencer after arrest with 13 pounds of cocaine

U.S. Department of Justice

TOPEKA, KAN. - A Pennsylvania man stopped on a highway in Kansas with more than 13 pounds of cocaine was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Jamal Shareef Williams, 37, Homestead, Penn., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. In his plea, he admitted he was driving a rented pickup on July 23, 2014, when the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped him on I-70 near exit 322 in Shawnee County. Investigators found the cocaine in metal compartments attached to the rims inside spare tires.

Grissom commended the Kansas Highway Patrol, the Drug Enforcement Administration and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Hough for their work on the case.

He is innocent until proven guilty. 

Indictment: Kansas man accused of manufacturing silencers in violation of federal firearms laws

A Chanute man was indicted Tuesday on charges of manufacturing silencers in violation of federal firearms laws, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Shane Cox, 44, Chanute, Kan., who owned an Army surplus store called Tough Guys, is charged with 12 counts.

The charges include making a false statement during a federal investigation, possession of an unregistered firearm, conspiracy, transfer of a firearm in violation of the National Firearm Act, making a firearm in violation of the National Firearm Act and engaging in business as a dealer and manufacturer of firearms.

The indictment alleges Cox:
  • Advertised for sale silencers that were not registered as required by federal law.
  • Manufactured silencers without paying federal taxes.
  • Possessed silencers that were not manufactured, sold or registered as required by federal law.
  • Manufactured a silencer that was not identified by a serial number as required by federal law.
The indictment alleges that on April 21, 2015, Cox made false statements to agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Upon conviction, the crimes carry the following penalties:
  • Making a false statement: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Possession of an unregistered firearm: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on each count.
  • Conspiracy: A maximum penalty of five years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Transfer of a firearm in violation of the National Firearm Act: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $10,000 on each count.
  • Making a firearm in violation of the National Firearm Act: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000.
  • Engaging in business as a dealer and manufacturer of firearms: A maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $10,000.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Debra Barnett is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

Former Manhattan city attorney indicted on child porn charges


KANSAS CITY, KAN. - The former city attorney of Manhattan, Kan., is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., today on charges of distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

Bill D. Raymond, 53, Andover, Kan., is charged with three counts of distributing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography. The crimes are alleged to have occurred in November 2014, February 2015 and May 2015 in Butler and Riley counties.

A federal grand jury indicted Raymond on Sept. 30, 2015.

If convicted, he faces a penalty of not less than five years and not more than 20 years on each distribution count, and a maximum penalty of 10 years and a fine up to $250,000 on the possession charge. The FBI investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

In all cases, defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The indictments merely contain allegations of criminal conduct.

Iconic bridge will shine in Royal Blue in honor of the Kansas City Royals

KANSAS CITY, MO.  – Thanks to continued success and the winning ways of the Kansas City Royals, the Christopher S. Bond Bridge over the Missouri River will once again shine in Royal blue.

Beginning Tuesday night, Oct. 6, The Missouri Department of Transportation will light up the iconic bridge in honor of the 2015 American League Central Division Champions. Each night while our Royals battle for the crown, the dual-span bridge, which features 40 bright lights, will come to life.

Crews used blue plexiglass shields to cover each light, which will light up the nighttime Kansas City skyline beginning at dusk every night.  The bridge is named for Christopher “Kit” Bond, the former governor and Missouri United States senator.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Stifling defense keys first Lady Blue Devil soccer win, 2-0


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- Thanks to a stifling defense, Kansas City Kansas Community College’s women’s soccer team is in the win column in the Jayhawk Conference.

A 2-0 win at Pratt has lifted the Lady Blue Devils to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the conference heading into a 10-day layoff.

Liz Falcon, a freshman from J.C. Harmon, and Allie Ledbetter, a freshman from Bonner Springs, scored the KCKCC goals. Topeka West sophomore Chase Holle assisted on Falcon’s goal; Piper freshman Katie Trzok on Ledbetter’s goal.

The win was set up by the Blue Devil defense, which limited Pratt to just three shots on goal and one corner kick snared by goalkeeper Maria Hansen, who recorded her second shutout of the season.

KCKCC Coach Jeremy Winzer said moving Ledbetter from defense to forward was a boost to the offense.

“We executed the game plan real well,” said Winzer. “We pressured high and at the midfield and the defense cleaned up when it had to.”

The Blue Devils are now idle until they play at Coffeyville Oct. 8. “The next few days we’re going to work on pressure, keep our fitness up to par and do more community service on our off days,” said Winzer.

Former Washington High School student graduates from basic military training

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ---- Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Jamechia T. Prater graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Prater is the daughter of Rafetta Denise Crook-Prater of Gadsden, Ala., and Timmye L. Prater of Stockbridge, Ga., granddaughter of Elizabeth A. Malone of Gadsden, Ala., Mary Julia Prater of Piedmont, Ala., and John Crook of Gadsden, Ala.

She is a 2007 graduate of Wyandotte High School, Kansas City, Kan. She earned a bachelor's degree in 2011 from Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa.

Lawrence man sentenced to 16 years in marijuana trafficking case

KANSAS CITY, KAN. – A Lawrence man was sentenced Tuesday to 201 months in federal prison in a marijuana trafficking case. He also was sentenced to a consecutive 30 months on a supervised release violation in a prior case.

Roosevelt Rico Dahda, 33, Lawrence, Kan., was convicted in a jury trial in July 2014 on conspiracy (count 1), using a telephone in furtherance of drug trafficking (counts 42, 45, 53, 55, 70) possession with intent to distribute marijuana (counts 43, 49, 73) possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of Holcomb Sports Complex in Lawrence (count 56).

During trial, prosecutors presented evidence Dahda was a member of a drug trafficking organization that was responsible distributing $16.9 million worth of marijuana in the Lawrence area. Starting in 2008 law enforcement agencies began receiving information that Dahda’s brother and co-defendant, Los Rovell Dahda, was distributing marijuana in the Lawrence area. When Roosevelt Dahda was released from prison in November 2010 in a prior case, he joined his brother in the trafficking organization.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Sporting Kansas City's Benny Feilhaber voted MLS Player of the Week

Sporting Kansas City midfielder Benny Feilhaber was named MLS Player of the Week on Tuesday for Week 29 of the 2015 regular season. Feilhaber scored the opening two goals in Sporting Kansas City's 3-1 victory over FC Dallas on Friday at Sporting Park.

In the 65th minute, Feilhaber won a set piece 20 yards out and curled the ensuing free kick around the wall with a shot that glanced off the post before nestling into the back of the net. The goal was Sporting Kansas City's first scored directly from a free kick in the regular season since July 19, 2014 when Feilhaber was also the goal scorer against the LA Galaxy.

Feilhaber then added his second goal of the night 11 minutes later, converting his fifth penalty in five attempts this season. The 30-year-old playmaker is now tied for the team lead with 10 goals in the regular season and is also tied for the League lead with 14 assists, making him only the third player in club history to reach double digits in both goals and assists in a single season.

An MLS MVP candidate, Feilhaber has scored or assisted on 24 of the team's 44 regular season goals this season and set a new club record with 19 assists across all competitions. Toronto FC Designated Player Sebastian Giovinco is the only other MLS player with 10 or more goals and assists to date.

Feilhaber was voted MLS Player of the Month for April and received MLS All-Star honors for the first time in his career. In his fifth MLS season, he now has 22 goals and 33 assists in 137 MLS regular season appearances.

Feilhaber played professionally in Germany, England and Denmark prior to signing with Major League Soccer in 2011. He debuted with the the U.S. Men's National Team in 2007 and has 41 caps, including appearances at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The MLS Player of the Week is selected each week of the regular season by a panel of journalists from North American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of print, television, radio and online media.

Sporting KC's MLS Player of the Week History
  • 1996 - Preki (Week 8), Mark Chung (Week 12)
  • 1997 - Preki (Weeks 12 & 14)
  • 1998 - Vitalis Takawira (Week 10)
  • 1999 - Chris Klein (Week 19)
  • 2000 - Peter Vermes (Week 10), Tony Meola (Week 15)
  • 2001 - Chris Klein (Week 2), Chris Brown (Week 3)
  • 2002 - Chris Klein (Week 4), Tony Meola (Week 21)
  • 2003 - Chris Klein (Weeks 2 & 27), Preki (Weeks 9 & 12), Igor Simutenkov (Week 15)
  • 2004 - Davy Arnaud (Week 14)
  • 2005 - Josh Wolff (Weeks 7 & 20)
  • 2006 - Scott Sealy (Week 12), Davy Arnaud (Week 24), Josh Wolff (Week 27), Jose Burciaga (Week 28)
  • 2007 - Eddie Johnson (Weeks 2, 8 & 9), Scott Sealy (Week 24)
  • 2008 - Claudio Lopez (Week 30)
  • 2009 - Josh Wolff (Weeks 5, 9 & 25)
  • 2011 - Omar Bravo (Week 1), Graham Zusi (Week 23)
  • 2013 - Graham Zusi (Week 10)
  • 2014 - Graham Zusi (Week 4), Benny Feilhaber (Week 19)
  • 2015 - Paulo Nagamura (Week 24), Benny Feilhaber (Week 29)