Coast Guard responds to injured fishermen 70 miles southwest of Marco Island

Coast Guard responds to injured fishermen 70 miles southwest of Marco Island
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater MH-60 file photoST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard responded to the report of an injured fishermen Monday approximately 70 miles southwest of Marco Island. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received a call on VHF marine radio Channel 16 at approximately 7:15 a.m. from a crew member on board the 34-foot fishing vessel reporting a fellow crew member...

Fishing Boat Captain Sentenced for Interfering with Coast Guard Inspection

Fishing Boat Captain Sentenced for Interfering with Coast Guard Inspection
BOSTON – The former captain of a New Bedford fishing boat owned by Carlos Rafael, a/k/a “The Codfather,” was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for interfering with a U.S Coast Guard inspection of a fishing boat off the Massachusetts coast. Thomas D. Simpson, 57, of South Portland, Maine, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to two years of probation, with the first...

Mexican National Charged with Murder Aboard Fishing Vessel 55 Miles off Massachusetts

Mexican National Charged with Murder Aboard Fishing Vessel 55 Miles off Massachusetts
BOSTON – A Mexican national was arrested and charged Monday in federal court in Boston in connection with the murder of an individual aboard a fishing vessel off the coast of Massachusetts. Franklin Freddy Meave Vazquez, 27, was charged with one count of murder within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, and one count of attempted murder within the special maritime...

Coast Guard Training Center Searching for Pilot after Plane Lands on Secured Beach

Coast Guard Training Center Searching for Pilot after Plane Lands on Secured Beach
CAPE MAY, N.J. – Personnel from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May are searching for the pilot of a plane that illegally landed on a secured Coast Guard beach. Multiple agencies responded to the aircraft landing, including the Coast Guard Fire Department, Cape May County Police Department, the Cape May County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit, the Coast Guard Police Department and Coast Guard Investigative...

Chicago woman sentenced for making hoax distress call in 2013

Chicago woman sentenced for making hoax distress call in 2013
CHICAGO – A Chicago woman was sentenced in federal court Thursday for making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach. Leona Chewning, 24, was sentenced to 180 days of community confinement, three years of probation and $13,613 in restitution for knowingly and willfully...

Chicago woman pleads guilty for making hoax distress call in 2013

Chicago woman pleads guilty for making hoax distress call in 2013
CHICAGO – A Chicago woman pleaded guilty to making a false distress call nearly two years ago which led to several agencies launching a dangerous search and rescue operation in Lake Michigan off of Rogers Park Beach, the U.S. Attorney and Coast Guard announced, Thursday. Leona Chewning, 24, was charged earlier this month with one count of communicating a false distress message to the Coast...

Coast Guard member to face court martial for Michigan City sexual assault case

Coast Guard member to face court martial for Michigan City sexual assault case
CLEVELAND — The commander of the Coast Guard 9th District referred the case of a Coast Guard petty officer charged with sexually assaulting two Coast Guard coworkers in Michigan City, Indiana, to general court martial Wednesday. Petty Officer 2nd Class Alyssa Schiele, 26, is charged with multiple violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which include sexual assault, providing false official...

Man sentenced for piloting commercial ships on the Great Lakes with fraudulent license

Man sentenced for piloting commercial ships on the Great Lakes with fraudulent license
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard investigation has led to the sentencing of a man by the Department of Justice for piloting commercial ships on the Great Lakes with a fraudulent Coast Guard license.  Mark Anselm, 37, of Clayton, New York, was sentenced to seven years in prison by a U.S. District Judge on Monday after having pled guilty to six felony offenses.  googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0');...

Coast Guardsman charged with sexual assault, maltreatment, faces court-martial

Coast Guardsman charged with sexual assault, maltreatment, faces court-martial
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Coast Guardsman charged with sexual assault, maltreatment and four other violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice will face a court-martial, scheduled to convene 9 a.m. Monday at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington. Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Green, is charged with the following Uniform Code of Military Justice violations: Article 80 – Attempts Article...