A Beaver County man has pleaded guilty to smuggling military-style rifle parts to people in the Philippines for more than $1.3 million.
Federal prosecutors said 38-year-old Jack Michaluk smuggled M-16 and M-14 parts and ammunition by working with people in California, Illinois and Texas from 2006 until last year and labeling the weapons as auto parts.
Prosecutors said Michaluk was paid more than $833,000 total for 148 shipments to two Philippine men and $485,000 for 45 shipments to a third man.
Prosecutors have not said why Michaluk smuggled the rifle parts, or what those in the Philippines did with them.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment and Michaluk’s defense attorney didn’t immediately return a call Friday.
Michaluk will be sentenced Aug. 23.
This little boy from Colorado was suspended on a sexual harassment charge (from the school) after his mother said he kissed his “girlfriend” on the hand.
Hunter says he was sent to the office “fair and square” and “feels sorry” for the incident. And while his mom says he’s being disciplined for his actions at home, accusing the boy of sexual harassment is unfair and unjust.
Did the boy deserve to be suspended or do you think the punishment and charge against him are taking things to a new level?
The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, suffers from schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.
If you decided to help a local child have a better Christmas this year by partnering with Butler City Police and the Salvation Army, you’re asked to have your presents in by tomorrow (Fri).
The community was invited to pick a tag off an angel tree inside the city police station and purchase some gifts for a local child. If you did so, Friday is the last day to have those unwrapped gifts in.
City officers said they have had an overwhelming response to this initiative and thank all who have donated their time and efforts.
Temperatures in the teens combined with low wind chills makes for a very cold Thursday in Butler County.
There are no advisories in effect for our area but forecasters say temperatures won’t get out of the teens today. Wind chill values as low as -3 will make it bitter cold out there.
Make sure you bundle and cover any part of your skin that would be exposed if you head outside. Cold weather can be very dangerous, especially for children and the elderly.
The high of the day is 18 degrees.
Some of the Pittsburgh Pirates were in downtown Butler today helping our local community.
The Pirates CARE-a-van joined in a “Walk for the Warmth” event to benefit the Butler County Emergency Relief Initiative, which is a division of the Butler County United Way. Otherwise known as BERI, the organization meets essential needs of Butler County residents who lives have been affected by a significant emergency.
The Butler County Director of Service Integration Amanda Feltenberger said the need in Butler is growing.
“In 2009, we were helping 350 families per year,” she said. “In a three year period, that number grew to 1,000.”
Players Jaff Decker, Jared Hughes, and Byan Morris joined Coach Jeff Banister and broadcaster Steve Blass for the event.
Along the walk, the Pirates and other community members picked up items donated to benefit the Emergency Relief Initiative.
The CARE-a-van will head to New Castle for their next stop. All in all, over 15 cities will be visited in a three-day span to make a significant impact in various communities.
The community tour will culminate with the 2013 PiratesFest, presented by T-Mobile, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday, December 15.