Traveling by Jeep, boat and foot, Tribune-Review investigative reporter Carl Prine and photojournalist Justin Merriman covered nearly 2,000 miles over two months along the border with Mexico to report on coyotes — the human traffickers who bring illegal immigrants into the United States. Most are Americans working for money and/or drugs. This series reports how their operations have a major impact on life for residents and the environment along the border — and beyond.
A Bentleyville man wanted for auto theft, fraud and impersonating a state trooper was arrested in Missouri Tuesday by the U.S. Marshals Service in coordination with the Southwest Regional Police Department and local police department.
Timothy Rossell, 25, of Main Street, invented identifies to defraud people of vehicles and money on several occasions, police said.
Rossell alternately identified himself as a Pennsylvania state constable “Timothy Brandhorst” and a Missouri state trooper, according to police.
Several victims signed contracts with Rossell to sell him their cars, but he never made payments. One victim paid Rossell for a vehicle he never received, police said..
Rossell was arrested in Washington, Mo., on felony charges including auto theft, fraud and impersonating a public servant. He is in the Franklin County Jail awaiting extradition to Washington County.
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