Author: Jason Johnson

Mandate likely ends Hastie’s appeal of criminal conviction

More than two years after former Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie was found guilty of illegally disseminating 30,000 local motorists’ email addresses to a political campaign, it appears her attempts to appeal the conviction may have ended at the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The conviction resulted from Hastie’s decision to turn over 30,000 email addresses from a database at the Mobile County License Commission to an employee of Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s campaign for mayor in 2013. The addresses were used in an email blast sent out in August 2013 that contained Hastie’s endorsement for Simpson over...

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Three convicted in ‘massive’ visa fraud conspiracy

Hugh Tran paid thousands of dollars to come to the United States, where she was expecting to participate in an internship program to help further her dream of becoming a hotel manager. When she arrived, though, Tran found herself sweeping floors — earning next to nothing and receiving no training related to the career she put on hold in Vietnam to come to America. “I tried to remain hopeful. I thought, ‘maybe it’s just like this in the beginning,” Tran said. “I spent $7,000, and I borrowed that money to come here because I thought I’d be able to pay...

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Search for missing work release inmate continues

Mobile County deputies are continuing a hunt for an inmate who walked off a work release site on Wednesday morning and has since robbed at least two other people. According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Jared Stokely left a work release detail on Dauphin Island Parkway around 7:45 a.m. on July 4 — stealing a 2001 white Dodge Durango with an attached trailer. According to authorities, the trailer was carrying a Toro lawn mower and the tag number of the vehicle was 2AV9479. Police say Stokely is also suspected of taking cash from an individual near the intersection...

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Daphne pain doctor indicted months after raid

Eight months after his office in Daphne was raided by federal agents, neurologist Dr. Rassan M. Tarabein was indicted on federal and state charges on Friday alleging his Eastern Shore pain management practice has run as a “money mill” pushing addictive drugs for profit. Tarabein, who owns Eastern Shore Neurology and Pain Center, has practiced medicine in Daphne since 1996, though not without incident. In 2004, an administrative complaint to the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners accused him of prescribing excessive pain medication. Later, Tarabein admitted to several allegations of “immoral, unprofessional or dishonorable conduct” that included prescribing excessive...

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Mobile terminal operating despite global cyber attack

Trucks are continuing to line up along Virginia Street as APM Terminals pushes forward with manual operations despite its IT systems being compromised in a widespread cyber attack targeting several European entities earlier this week. Tuesday night’s cyber attack, which has had global ramifications, affected Russia’s top oil producer, Rosneft, along with several banks in Ukraine. Another of its targets was Netherlands-based A.P. Moller-Maersk — the parent company of shipping giant Maersk and its port operator APM Terminals. According to Dutch news reports, the IT systems at 17 container terminals run by APM Terminals were implicated in the cyber...

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