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AlphaBay, The Largest Online Dark Market, Shut Down

July 20, 2017

The Justice Department today announced the seizure of the largest criminal marketplace on the internet, AlphaBay, which operated for over two years on the dark web. The 'dark net' site was a major source of heroin and fentanyl, stolen and fraudulent identification documents and access devices, counterfeit goods, malware and other computer hacking tools, firearms, and toxic chemicals throughout the world.

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U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies “Close Familial Relationship”

July 19, 2017

The United States Supreme Court today confirmed the expanded definition of “close familial relationship” related to the Trump travel ban, as specified by Hawaii federal district Judge Derrick K. Watson last week. The High Court, however, blocked Watson’s order with respect to refugees, pending resolution of the government’s appeal to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

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Police Arrest Man After Road Rage Incident, Shooting On Eisenhower Connector

July 19, 2017

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred on the Eisenhower Connector near the 495 off-ramp around 8 a.m. today. A road rage incident occurred between the occupants of two vehicles. The driver of one vehicle was shot in the upper body and transported to an area hospital where she is in stable condition. Ernest Stickell, 58, Mechanicsville, MD, has been charged with Malicious Wounding and Use of a  Firearm in the Commission of a Felony. Stickell was taken into custody by the Maryland State Police this afternoon.

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Police Investigate Shooting; Possible Road Rage Incident

July 19, 2017

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred around 8 a.m. today in the 4600 block of Eisenhower Avenue. The adult female victim is in stable condition at an area hospital. The suspect vehicle fled the area. Police are investigating this as a possible road rage incident.

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Thompson-Marshall Sentenced For Husband’s Murder

July 17, 2017

On July 13, Paula Thompson Marshall, a 48-year old Alexandria resident, was sentenced to serve 14 years in the penitentiary with 3 years of post-release supervision for the murder of her husband, Rolf Marshall, on Oct. 5, 2016. Thompson Marshall had been previously convicted of murder by a jury of her peers on April 21, 2017.

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Portillo Membreno Sentenced For Beverley Park Murder

July 17, 2017

On July 13, Reinaldo Mauricio Portillo Membreno, a 19-year old Alexandria resident, was sentenced to serve 60 years in the penitentiary with 30 years suspended, conditioned on compliance with supervised probation for a period of 20 years following his release from incarceration and 30 years of good behavior for the murder of Jose Luis Perez Ferman on in Beverley Park on Nov. 8, 2015.

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Virginia Man Sentenced For Felon In Possession Of Firearms

July 15, 2017

Yusuf Abdirizak Wehelie, 26, of Burke, was sentenced yesterday to 10 years in prison for possession of firearms by a convicted felon. Wehelie pleaded guilty on Nov. 15, 2016.

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Williams Sentenced For Bank Robbery

July 14, 2017

On July 13, 2017, Deshaun Anthony Williams, a 22-year old resident of Washington, DC, was sentenced to 24 ½ years in the penitentiary for committing an armed robbery of the Wells Fargo Bank located at 330 N. Washington Street in the City of Alexandria. 

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Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Travel Ban Plaintiffs

July 14, 2017

Hawaii federal district Judge Derrick K. Watson issued an order yesterday, which largely grants the State of Hawaii and Dr. Ismail Elshikh’s motion to enforce, or in the alternative, to modify the preliminary injunction, filed July 7 in Hawaii v. Trump.

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National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results In Charges Against 412 Individuals Responsible For $1.3 Billion In Fraud Losses

July 13, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., announced today the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force, involving 412 charged defendants across 41 federal districts, including 115 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals, for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes involving approximately $1.3 billion in false billings.

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