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Rob a bank and go play golf (0)

Posted in Stupid Criminals November 4th, 2009 @ 10:11 am by Linda 

A Twin Cities Pioneer Press article, reported a St. Paul, Minnesota bank robber who robbed a bank and then decided to head to the driving range to hit golf balls. Frazier Eugene Turner, age 50, admitted he robbed a teller at the TCF Bank in a Cub Foods back in July. He robbed the bank with a golf shoe cleat tool hidden in a newspaper making it look as though he had a gun.

Turner told police that he lost his job in February and was having money troubles. In fact, his money troubles included a $3,500 gambling debt. He got away with only $600 from the bank. He took $30 from the robbery to fill up his van with gas and hid the remaining money in a zippered pocket of his golf bag.

Turner is no stranger to the law. He has two prior convictions in state court. In 1996, he was sentenced to a year and 25 days in the Hennepin County workhouse after being found guilty of fifth-degree assault in Hennepin County. Three years before that, he was sentenced to 21 months in prison for second-degree criminal sexual conduct. This time Turner could face up to 20 years in prison.

Are unlicensed drivers driving on your roads? (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News November 3rd, 2009 @ 1:34 pm by Linda 

When you are driving during rush-hour traffic, you probably don’t think about the other drivers around you. However, statistics show that there are drivers who are driving without a license. In fact, in Colorado, drivers without valid licenses were involved in 24 percent of crashes last year.

A recent state audit estimates that as many as 225,000 people in Colorado are driving illegally and were involved in nearly one-fourth of all fatal crashes last year. Who are these drivers? They are most likely teenagers, illegal immigrants and people who have lost their license due to driving convictions.

Throughout the years, state legislatures have tried to stop drivers from driving without a license by using several methods. Some states impound vehicles or issue special stickers for the car that has been driven by people without valid licenses. Do these methods work? Obviously not, according to the latest statistics.

So be careful the next time you are driving, that driver next to you may be an unlicensed driver.

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