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Under Ms. Rom-Rymer, WIROC has served as a cooperative arena to facilitate conversation between local and federal law enforcement along with communities of faith.
Ms. Rom-Rymer is an experienced freelance journalist raising awareness about issues impacting minority communities in the United States and Europe. She is a motivated, driven, and dedicated community member striving to strengthen and unite communities of faith and their partnerships with law enforcement agencies.
On April 20, 2018, Ms. Rom-Rymer attended a ceremony at FBI Headquarters where she, along with recipients from across the country, was presented with the award by FBI Director Christopher Wray.
These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service.
“Suzanne’s record of outstanding community service and partnership with the FBI make her truly deserving of this year’s award. One of her greatest passions is working with inner-city youth and giving back to the community. Her work has fostered strong partnerships with community leaders, educators, and law enforcement,” said SAC Shaw.
Among the various community engagement initiatives that Ms. Walmsley has been involved with, is the Road to Wellness, a 5K road race and community festival that attracted more than 500 participants in the Boston area. She also was instrumental in coordinating the Boston Marathon Youth Running Jamboree, providing an opportunity for inner-city youth to experience the joys of track and field, along with Boston Middle School Cross Country Championship program which is a four-week course focused on teaching the fundamentals of running, teamwork, and good health to inner-city youth.
Under Ms. Nelson’s direction, the staff and volunteers at Safety Compass demonstrate their commitment to survivors of violence every day with a promise to respect each victim’s unique background and set of experiences. Another core belief of those who serve at Safety Compass is that people in need deserve a diverse community of social service providers, law enforcement and community leaders who are willing to work together to bring about real change.
“The FBI’s partnership with Safety Compass is incredibly important to our shared responsibility of ensuring justice for those we both serve,” said Renn Cannon, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon. “Sex trafficking is not something law enforcement can effectively address alone. Our collaboration with Ms. Nelson and Safety Compass allows us take a holistic approach to breaking that cycle of violence; we can work through the legal system while at the same time their counselors are helping survivors build a path forward.”
About the Award
Every year, each of the FBI’s 56 field divisions chooses one person or organization to receive the Director’s Community Leadership Award. Each recipient must have shown a commitment to crime prevention or community service.
You can find out more about Safety Compass on its webpage at http://www.safetycompass.org
Hermanitas has served more than 800 at-risk girls ranging in age from 12 to 18 years old. The goal of the program is to elevate the potential of young women in the Hispanic community. The program features monthly educational programs, community service, and leadership seminars. Additional elements of the program include support in applying to college, financial aid, and scholarships. The MANA scholarship program has helped almost 450 young Latinas with financial assistance to make their dream of attending college a reality.
The success of this program is illustrated by the journey of current MANA President, Venus Molina. At the age of 12, Ms. Molina joined the very first Hermanitas class, where her connection to MANA began as a mentee. Today, Ms. Molina is the president of MANA and a leader in the San Diego community.
Special Agent in Charge John A. Brown and the San Diego Division of the FBI honor MANA de San Diego as a 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award recipient and thank the organization for the significant contributions and service provided to the San Diego community.
The Director’s Community Leadership Award, presented by the Director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, was formally created in 1990 as a way to honor individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence in America. Visit the FBI website at www.fbi.gov for details on the people and organizations who have most recently been recognized around the country for their service above and beyond the call of duty to help keep America and its kids safe.
The Fatima Family Center joins the ranks of recent Cleveland recipients: Robby’s Voice, Dr. Tom Collins, Yvonne Pointer, Fred Szabo, Jimmy Malone, the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, and Toledo’s Second Chance organization, the latter two of which partner with the FBI to care for victims of crimes in Northern Ohio.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Anthony said, “The list of Cleveland-area FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award recipients is extraordinary. Our community has benefited greatly from the commitment of each of these incredible leaders. The FBI thanks the Fatima Family Center for the services provided to the community and for assisting in continuing the strong partnerships built between the neighborhood and law enforcement.”
For any questions regarding the FBI’s Community Outreach Program, visit www.fbi.gov or contact Cleveland FBI’s Community Outreach Program at 216.522.1400.
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Through the years, Ms. Jacobs has built partnerships in the community with public libraries, which host the tutoring sessions; Southern University at New Orleans, which recruits college student volunteers; and community and corporate partners, who provide much needed supplies and funding for the program. In 2017, Ms. Jacobs was able to secure a partnership with Entergy, which provided the funding to sponsor 20 students in the program for an entire year. Ms. Jacobs also provides a monthly parent involvement class to ensure the students' academic success. She believes a parent’s sustained participation in their child’s schooling and education programs increases the student’s achievement.
On Friday, April 20, 2018, Noreen Jacobs, along with her family and friends, traveled to FBI Headquarters, where FBI Director Christopher Wray formally presented all 56 field office recipients with their 2017 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Awards for their tremendous efforts and work within their communities.
Please join the Library of Congress and the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) for a full day symposium on “Ancient Oman: Archaeological Digs and Historical Discoveries in the Sultanate of Oman.” Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
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Location: Jefferson Building Northeast Pavilion, 2nd floor, 10 First Street, SE, Washington, DC 20540.
Contact: Joan Weeks, (202) 707-3657
Saturday, April 28, 2018, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday Research Orientation to Asian Reading Room at Library of Congress
This free course is an introduction to the Asian Reading Room for researchers and the general public. The first part of the orientation gives the history of the Asian Division, as well as overviews of the six collections: Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian and Tibetan, South Asian, and Southeast Asian. The second part includes guidelines on using the Library’s online catalog most effectively, requesting materials in a closed-stack library, accessing popular electronic resources available on-site, and finding materials (e.g., maps, photographs, manuscripts, motion pictures, newspapers and periodicals, etc.) in the Library’s other reading rooms.
Location: Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 139-B (next to 1st floor elevators at entrance to the Main Reading Room entrance).
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Monday, May 7, 2018, noon – 1 p.m.
Jewish American Heritage Month
Book Talk: Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and Their American Journey
In celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month, the Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, the Library of Congress and the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington present Professor Hasia Diner of New York University speaking about her newest book, “Roads Taken: Jewish Peddlers and Their American Journey.” Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: The African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor.
Contact: Sharon Horowitz, 202-707-3780, email@example.com
The Asian Division of the Library of Congress and the National Sikh Campaign present “The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan,” a book talk by author Amardeep Singh. In this talk, Amardeep Singh will discuss the past and present of Pakistani Sikhs, as told through his two recent publications documenting his extensive travels throughout lands that have witnessed centuries of Sikh history. By highlighting the unknown and untold stories embedded within centuries of Sikh tradition in Pakistan, his work will also demonstrate how learning from the past can build bridges for the future. Free and open to the public. Please allow time to clear security.
Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building, 6th Floor, Room 649
Contact: Jonathan Loar, South Asian reference librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hebraic Section of the African and Middle Eastern Division, Library of Congress presents: “From the Depths of Antiquity: An Ancient Torah Scroll Sheet from the Book of Exodus Newly Acquired by the Library of Congress,” a lecture and PowerPoint Presentation by Gary A. Rendsburg, Distinguished Professor of Jewish History, Blanche and Irving Laurie Chair in Jewish History, Rutgers University. A display of rare books will follow.
Location: The African and Middle Eastern Reading Room, LJ-220, Thomas Jefferson Building, 2nd floor.
Contact: Dr. Ann Brener (202) 707-4186 or email@example.com
HAMMOND – Daniel Murchek, 57, of Schererville, Indiana was indicted for making false statements to federal authorities, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch.
United States Attorney Kirsch said, “Mr. Murchek lied to FBI agents who sought truthful information from him in connection with what was then an ongoing public corruption investigation of which he was aware. Mr. Murchek did so purely to protect his self-interest and conceal his criminal conduct from the FBI. Mr. Murchek was a police officer, sworn to uphold the law, at the time he told the lies, making his conduct particularly egregious.”
“Public corruption is a priority of my Office. Along with our law enforcement partners, we will continue to investigate and prosecute public corruption across the Northern District of Indiana. Citizens demand, and in fact deserve, honest public service from their elected and appointed officials. I encourage anyone with information about possible corruption in their town or city to report it to me or to the FBI.”
According to documents in this case, at all times relevant to the indictment, the FBI was investigating public officials and towing businesses for bribery activity, among other things. Also, at times relevant to indictment, Murchek was a candidate for Lake County Sheriff in the 2018 sheriff’s election.
On November 10, 2016, federal agents executed search warrants at the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and at the home of John Buncich, who then was the elected Lake County Sheriff. On November 14, 2016, Murchek was interviewed by the FBI about Lake County towing contracts and donations made to Murchek’s campaign for Lake County Sheriff by specific firms towing for Lake County Sheriff’s Department. At the time of the interview, Murchek was Deputy Chief of the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, a position that he had held since 2011. During this interview, agents specifically asked Murchek about contributions from Person A and whether any of those contributions were structured to avoid Indiana campaign finance laws. During this interview, Murchek denied he had received a structured campaign donation through Person A. Indiana finance law prohibited persons from knowingly accepting a political contribution made by one person in the name of another, commonly known as a structured campaign contribution. Indiana finance law also prohibited corporate political contributions to candidates seeking local offices in excess of $2,000 during a 1-year period.
In fact, during the investigation, Person A recorded conversations with Murchek and others. During these recorded conversations, Murchek explained how to structure campaign contributions to avoid Indiana campaign finance laws. Specifically, Murchek explained that an individual could structure campaign donations by giving money to another person who could then write a check to the campaign committee to conceal from whom the donation actually was made. On September 23, 2016, Person A met with Murchek for the purpose of donating money to Murchek’s campaign. Person A explained to Murchek that Person A gave $500 to one of his employees, and the employee then wrote a check for $500 to Murchek’s campaign, which check Person A provided to Murchek on that date. Person A specifically told Murchek that the contribution was actually from Person A and not from whom the check was written. Person A further told Murchek that Person A structured the donation as Murchek directed to avoid Indiana campaign finance laws and to “stay under the radar.”Murchek stated in part that he was “all good with that.” During these conversations, Murchek also indicated that he would reduce the number of companies on the sheriff’s approved tow list, which action was intended, at least in part, to benefit Person A.
Along with this Indictment, a plea agreement relating to making the aforementioned false statements has been filed. Murchek’s initial court appearance has been scheduled for today at 9:45AM before U.S. Magistrate Judge John E. Martin. A date for the plea hearing is not yet scheduled.
The United States Attorney's Office emphasized that an Indictment is merely an allegation and that all persons charged are presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty in court.
If convicted in court, any specific sentence to be imposed will be determined by the judge after a consideration of federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.
This case was being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division; and the Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General. This case will be handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Benson.
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