Man enters guilty plea to theft of mail


SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Monroe County man pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Scranton, before Senior United States District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, to the charge of theft of mail.

University Professor charged in wire fraud scheme

PHILADELPHIA, PA — Xioaxing Xi, 47 years of age, of Penn Valley, PA, was charged by indictment, unsealed today, with four counts of wire fraud in an alleged scheme involving the exploitation of technology for the benefit of third parties in China. Xi, a naturalized U.S. citizen and a native of the People’s Republic of…

Opinion: Obama misleads cadets on climate change


UN climate reports not a reliable foundation for US policy By Tom Harris and Bryan Leyland President Barack Obama’s approach to climate change is based on an acceptance of the conclusions of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Perhaps the most widely cited of these conclusions are those of the 2013 IPCC…

Man sentenced to 10 years for child pornography

PITTSBURGH, PA — A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court to 10 years imprisonment, followed by a lifetime supervised release, on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, according to a statement by United States Attorney David J. Hickton.

Covey, George, Olson earn GOP Supreme Court nominations

HARRISBURG, PA — Republican Party of Pennsylvania Chairman Rob Gleason released the following statement regarding tonight’s statewide Primary Election results. “Congratulations to Judge Anne Covey, Judge Mike George, and Judge Judy Olson on earning the Republican nominations for the state Supreme Court,” Gleason said. “At a time when the ideological makeup of the state Supreme…

Man sentenced for violating federal gun laws

ERIE, PA — A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 4 years probation, 24 months home detention and ordered to forfeit firearms, destructive devices and explosive materials on his conviction of violating federal gun laws, according to a recent statement made by United States Attorney David J. Hickton.

Brothers plead guilty in cocaine distribution scheme

ERIE, PA — Two residents of Erie, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal drug laws, according to United States Attorney David J. Hickton. Levonne Rowan, 32 years of age, and Dywon Rowan, 31 years of age, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

14 charged with violating various drug and gun laws


PITTSBURGH, PA — Following a multi-agency investigation into drug trafficking in Clairton, Pa., 14 people – 13 residents of Pennsylvania and one resident of New Jersey – have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal narcotics and firearms laws. The charges are contained in six separate, but related,…

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sentenced – lethal injection


BOSTON, MA — A jury sentenced Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death by lethal injection in the killing of three people at the Boston Marathon of 2013. Legal experts said that Tsarnaev’s will not come soon, however, due to a mandatory appeal, and what some attorneys say will be years of additional appeals.