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2017/10/16 DARPA Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hackfest Selects Teams to Explore Cyber-Physical Intersection of SDR and Drone Technology
The increased use of wireless and internet-enabled devices – from computers to home appliances – and the data they generate are creating opportunities and challenges for the defense and commercial sectors. To help explore and better understand the complex relationship created by the intersection of physical and cyber technology within the ever more congested electromagnetic spectrum, DARPA program manager Tom Rondeau embarked on a year-long effort to build an engaged community of engineers and scientists operating within relevant technical areas. The results of these efforts will culminate in November during the weeklong DARPA Bay Area Software Defined Radio (SDR) Hackfest at NASA Ames Conference Center in Moffett Field, California. ####Source####[...]
The FBI and MPD are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Dajana Houston, 11, of Washington, D.C., who was last seen on Saturday, October 14, 2017.
Public’s Assistance Requested After Incident Occurring at Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park
On Saturday, October 14, 2017, a device was located on the grounds of the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park in Middletown, Virginia. News Source: https://www.fbi.gov/contact-us/field-offices/richmond/news/press-releases/publics-assistance-requested-after-incident-occurring-at-cedar-creek-and-belle-grove-national-historical-park
October 13–After a July 2016 balloon accident in Lockhart, TX that caused 16 fatalities, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) took proactive steps to increase the safety of hot-air balloon tourism. As the result of a year-long FAA “Call to Action” with the commercial hot-air balloon industry, the Balloon Federation of America (BFA) has developed an “Envelope of Safety” accreditation program for balloon ride operations.
Consumers can use the program to select a ride company or pilot that strives to reach a higher safety standard – a move the agency applauds.[...]
BIODEFENSE Federal Efforts to Develop Biological Threat Awareness
What GAO Found Key biodefense agencies—the Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense (DOD), Agriculture (USDA), and Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Environmental Protection Agency—conduct a wide range of activities to develop biological threat awareness for intentional and naturally occurring threats, and reported using that information to support investment decisions. • Intelligence gathering: Agencies use a combination of intelligence gathering on adversaries’ capabilities to cause harm with a biological weapon and global disease surveillance to monitor threats from naturally occurring health threats that might impact humans, animals, or plants.[...]
Arizona Man Sentenced to Prison for Trafficking in Pet Products with Counterfeit Labels
An Arizona man was sentenced today to serve 37 months in prison for trafficking in pet products with counterfeit labels into the United States.
Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson of the Southern District of Texas; Special Agent in Charge E. Spencer Morrison of the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations (FDA-OCI) Kansas City, Kansas, Field Office and Special Agent in Charge Mark Dawson of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations’ (ICE-HSI) Houston Office made the announcement.[...]
Beginning in January 1, 2018, the FAA will require newly designed aircraft to be quieter which will help toward lowering noise around airports and surrounding communities. Called “Stage 5 Airplane Noise Standards,” this FAA rule ensures that the latest available noise reduction technology is incorporated into new aircraft designs. As a result, new airplane type designs in the subsonic jet airplanes and subsonic transport category large airplanes will operate at least 7 decibels (dBs) quieter than airplanes in the current fleet.[...]
If you’ve got student loan debt, you’ve probably seen ads or been contacted by companies promising they can help. Some are scams – and the FTC is going after them.
Today the FTC announced Operation Game of Loans, a joint FTC and state law enforcement sweep against student loan debt relief scammers. The operation includes seven actions filed by the FTC, with five new cases announced today.
El Paso Special Agent in Charge Announces Reward in Civil Rights Investigation Involving Vandalism on Tigua Reservation
The El Paso FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas have opened a civil rights investigation into the vandalism of the Nestora Granillo Piarote Memorial Statue located adjacent to the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center on the Tigua Reservation. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence.
The El Paso FBI is announcing a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who committed this crime. The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo already has offered a $2,000 reward and the Sociedad Cultural de España also has offered a $2,000 reward. In total, a reward of $10,000 is now being offered.[...]
St. Louis, MO – Angela Huskey, was sentenced to 63 months in prison on mail fraud charges in connection with her embezzlement of approximately $1.6 million from the Grandview R-2 School District. She was ordered to pay $1,813,900.63 in restitution.
According to court documents, Huskey worked for Grandview for more than 20 years, being elevated to the position of business manager in 2009. In court today, Huskey admitted that she embezzled no less than $1.6 million from the school district during that time, falsifying the school district’s records to conceal her crimes. In some cases, Huskey admitted, she concealed her embezzlement by inflating the reported wages for other employees of the school district, causing those individuals to pay excess taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. As a result, those individuals paid an additional $13,368.28 in income taxes they did not in fact owe.[...]
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – An owner of a Fairfax gaming center was sentenced to prison today for obstructing justice and making false statements involving international terrorism.
Michael Queen, 28, of Woodbridge, was sentenced to 2 years in prison. According to court documents, Queen and Soufian Amri, 32, of Falls Church, lied to FBI agents to prevent them from learning about and investigating their friend Haris Qamar’s attempt to travel to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Queen and Amri knew that Qamar had attempted to travel overseas to join ISIS in 2014, yet they lied to and misled the FBI by saying that the only person they knew who might travel to join ISIS was a “tall, thin, Indian” individual. Queen later told Qamar that Queen and Amri gave the FBI the name of a Hindu individual as someone who might support ISIS. Queen told Qamar, “I’m never going to throw a Muslim underneath the bus to try to do the right thing.”[...]
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WILLIAMSPORT – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Hakim Handy, age 34, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania was indicted on October 12, 2017, by a federal grand jury for conspiring to distribute heroin and crack cocaine, the distribution of heroin, and the unlawful possession of ammunition.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Handy sold heroin on January 9 and 15, 2015, and possessed with the intent to distribute crack cocaine and heroin on January 16, 2017, in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. The indictment also alleges that Handy unlawfully possessed 24 rounds of .44 caliber Remington ammunition.[...]
SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Briani Gomez, age 21, of New Jersey, pleaded guilty on October 12, 2017, before U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, to participating in a heroin trafficking conspiracy that stretched from Stroudsburg to New York to the state of Maine.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Gomez admitted to transporting more than 100 grams of heroin (which is equivalent to more than 4,000 retail bags of heroin) to co-conspirators in Maine during 2012 through June 2014.[...]
WILLIAMSPORT – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Joshua Mike, Sr., age 25, an inmate at United States Penitentiary, Lewisburg (USP Lewisburg) was indicted on October 12, 2017, by a federal grand jury for possession of a weapon in prison.
According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Mike possessed a homemade sharpened piece of plastic, commonly referred to as a “shank,” on June 16, 2017. [...]
Vandalism of the “Nestora Granillo Piarote” Statue
Tigua Reservation, El Paso, Texas
October 9, 2017
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person(s) responsible for this crime. Additional reward money may be available.
The El Paso Division of the FBI, the Tigua Tribal Police, and the El Paso Police Department are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the person or persons responsible for vandalizing the “Nestora Granillo Piarote” statue located adjacent to the Ysleta del Sur Cultural Center on the Tigua Reservation in El Paso, Texas.[...]
Admittedly, Andrew Luger was not entirely clear why he was part of a conference call on New Year’s Day, 2015: He was speaking with his national security prosecutor, FBI agents from across the nation and globe, and representatives from the Department of State.
“I said, ‘You’re going to have to pardon me. This is my first coup—what’s the crime? What exactly did these people do that violated U.S. federal law?’” said Luger, the former U.S. attorney for District of Minnesota. “And someone said, ‘The Neutrality Act.’”[...]
DALLAS, TX—FBI Dallas continues to seek the public’s assistance in identifying unknown individuals dubbed the “Country Boy Bandits” and their getaway driver, who are believed to be responsible for bank and convenience store robberies in White Settlement, Grapevine, and Fort Worth, Texas between June and September 2017. North Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of these individuals.
The “Country Boy Bandits” are believed responsible for the following robberies:[...]