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FBI's Top Ten News Stories For the Week Ending November 23, 2007
For the Week Ending November 23, 2007

Washington, D.C. November 23, 2007
  • FBI National Press Office (202) 324-3691

1. FBI Releases 2006 Hate Crime Statistics

The FBI’s 2006 Hate Crime Statistics, released on November 19, 2007, includes data from hate crime reports submitted by law enforcement agencies from across the country. 

2. FBI Laboratory to Increase Outreach in Bullet Lead Cases

The FBI Laboratory has undertaken an additional round of outreach, analysis, and review efforts concerning bullet lead analysis. 

3. Baltimore: Former State Senator Sentenced on Racketeering Charges

Former Maryland State Senator Thomas L. Bromwell was sentenced for racketeering conspiracy and filing a false tax return. Bromwell’s wife was also sentenced for mail fraud. 

4. Houston: Laredo Woman Sentenced to Prison for Kidnapping Scheme

Maria Christina Rodriguez, 31, a legal permanent resident alien, was sentenced to 168 months for her role in conspiring to hold two U.S. nationals hostage in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, until payments were made for their release. 

5. New York: Former District Court Judge Sentenced

Former Nassau County District Court Judge David A. Gross was sentenced for conspiring to launder money obtained through the sale of purportedly stolen diamonds and watches.

6. Dallas: Operation Fish Bowl Defendants Sentenced to Lengthy Prison Terms

As a result of Operation Fish Bowl, three defendants were sentenced to substantial prison terms for their roles in a crack cocaine distribution organization.

7. New York: U.S. Army Officer Arrested in Gas-for-Cash Scheme

U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer Joseph Crenshaw was arrested for participating in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for stealing fuel from Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

8. Albany: Suspicious Powder Mailed to FBI Office

The FBI along with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies is conducting a joint investigation into the mailing of 12 letters which contained a powdery substance. 

9. Albany: Guilty Plea in Violating Airport Security

William Contreras Ramos pled guilty to entering an aircraft and airport area in violation of security requirements. 

10. New Orleans: Former City Council Member Sentenced on Public Corruption Charges

Former New Orleans City Councilman Oliver Thomas was sentenced for soliciting and accepting illegal cash bribes.