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National Crime Victims Rights Week (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention April 12th, 2010 @ 10:27 am by Linda 

The week of April 18 through the 24th is National Crime Victims Rights Week. The state of Minnesota has proven leadership in protecting crime victims and to help them feel safe at home.

Nearly forty years ago, St. Paul, Minnesota opened its first shelter for battered women. The state was the first to fund services for victims of domestic violence in 1977. Over the past four decades, leaders in Minnesota have worked to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights as well as establish programs to help protect those who fear for their personal safety. Today the “Safe at Home” confidentiality program is statewide and administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Most of the people being served are victims of stalking and domestic violence.

This program is in its third year and is serving more than 600 people. There may be more people needing help in Minnesota. With the help of application assistants, who are local victim advocates trained to assist people with “Safe at Home” enrollment through community-based partners, the program can reach out in communities throughout Minnesota. In this way, the program can serve many more people in the years ahead. There are 140 application assistants to help serve as a gateway to the program, providing critical services and referrals in most counties.

For more information about the program or how to find a “Safe at Home” Application Assistant in your community, visit www.sos.state.mn.us or contact the program at: 651-201-1399.

Arrested for texting while driving (0)

Posted in Misc Crime April 9th, 2010 @ 11:05 am by Linda 

A Massachusetts man driving in New Hampshire has been arrested for texting while driving. The new law took effect on January 1st of this year.

Stephen Judd age 20, of Dracut, Massachusetts was texting on his phone while driving when a police officer spotted him. Judd was also driving with a suspended license. The texting violation only could not have lead to an arrest. The fine for texting while driving in New Hampshire is $100. However, because Judd’s license was suspended the police officer had to arrest him.

New Hampshire is one of 21 states with texting laws. However, texting bans are hard to enforce. Law enforcement have to look for telltale signs of distracted driving such as swerving to not moving with the flow of traffic. When texting you take your eyes off the road and that is when accidents may occur. Texting while driving is just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

No Death Penalty for Illegal Aliens charged with murder (0)

Posted in Gangs April 8th, 2010 @ 9:17 am by Linda 

Attorney General Eric Holder had told prosecutors in a federal conspiracy and murder trial not to seek the death penalty for three El Salvadoran men who are in the U.S. illegally. The three men are accused of robbing and shooting Claros Luna on July 29, 2009 in Alexandria, VA. Luna was transporting a prostitute from Maryland to Virginia when he was murdered

The three suspects Eris Arguera, Alcides Umana and Adolfo Amaya Portillo, are admitted gang members of the MS-13 gang. They were indicted on November 24th on federal racketeering and murder charges.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Virginia said that Eric Holder, as U.S. attorney general, makes death penalty decisions in federal cases and not the local U.S. Attorney’s office. Court documents indicate that the death penalty at one time was being considered for these Salvadorans.

A FBI press release issued the day after the three men were indicted by a grand jury stated that the case was under investigation by the FBI, Alexandria Police Department, Fairfax County and Arlington County Police Departments and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

An ICE spokesperson said the immigration agency filed paperwork to begin deportation proceedings in case the men are not convicted or if they are released on parole. If that happens, the Salvadorans would be remanded to ICE custody.

The trial is set to begin on May 10.

Identity theft at a bar in Minnesota (0)

Posted in Identity Theft April 7th, 2010 @ 1:01 pm by Linda 

In a recent article in the Star Tribune, credit card numbers were stolen from a Stillwater bar and restaurant. Police authorities traced the identity theft to the Mad Capper bar and restaurant.

The identity thieves used the credit card numbers worldwide to rack up charges as mush as $1,200. Charges from Spain and Russia have appeared on the customer’s bank charges. Others have seen charges from restaurants, clothing stores, discount stores and other businesses in California, Texas, South Carolina and New Jersey.

How this may have happened is that the thieves may have set up software in the computer that takes the credit card number when it is swiped. The numbers are then sent to the thief’s computer. In this way, criminals don’t need the physical card to use or they may make “dummy” credit cards with the stolen numbers. Then these criminals can sell the credit card or keep the credit card for their purchases.

Local police are asking for help from the federal government to get involved in catching these identity thieves.

Adult sentenced in sexting case in Minnesota (0)

Posted in Sex Offenders April 6th, 2010 @ 11:07 am by Linda 

A 33-year-old Case Lake, Minnesota woman was sentenced to probation in a recent sexting case. Maria Kremper was sending out about 1,500 sexually explicit text messages to a 15-year-old boy last August. She knew this boy from a grocery store where they both worked.

She was sentenced to 15 months in prison but the sentencing was stayed because she will be serving three years of supervised probation. She will be serving in-home electronic monitoring for 60 days instead of going to jail. In addition, she will be attending a sex offender treatment program and must register as a predatory offender. According to her sentencing, she is allowed no contact with males under the age of 18.

Sexting has become a serious problem among teenagers who may face the same type of punishment for their crime. Teenagers may be put on a predatory offender list for a long time. However, an adult woman sexting to a 15-year-old boy is a different story. She should know better and her sentencing should have included jail time. Instead, she received a slap on the hand. Will she continue her predatory ways because of this light sentencing? When will judges seriously take sexting as a crime especially among adults.

Death penalty for criminals are decreasing world wide (0)

Posted in Misc Crime April 5th, 2010 @ 2:46 pm by Linda 

According to a recent Amnesty International annual survey report, ninety-five countries have abolished the death penalty. Nine countries throughout the world have abolished the death penalty for ordinary crimes but use it for wartime crimes such as treason. In 2009, only eighteen countries executed people. However, China was high on the list of the most death penalty cases but refused to release official figures. Seventeen other countries saw 714 people executed for their crimes.

Thirty-five countries have stopped using the death penalty in the last ten years. The death penalty has been abolished in Burundi and Togo, Africa. In 2009 there were no executions in Europe except for Belarus which still has the death penalty. There one person was executed in the first months of 2010. In North and South America, the United States was the only country to use the death penalty. The U.S. executed 52 people in 2009. Of that 24 were in Texas.

Other countries that do use the death penalty include Iran with 388 by hanging or stoning, Iraq with 120 by hanging, Saudi Arabia with 69 by beheading or crucifixion, and the United States with 52 by lethal injection or electrocution. The U.S. is virtually alone among recognized democracies to use the death penalty.

Saudi Arabia is planning to execute a Lebanese citizen for the crime of sorcery. In China, people are being executed if they are convicted of economic crimes like theft of state property and corruption. Iran saw a big spike in executions between the June 12 elections and the August inauguration of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Some 100 people were executed in that eight week period. It seems that both Iran and China are using the death penalty for political purposes and not for punishment fitting the crime.

Amnesty International sees the death penalty for crimes dwindling. For instance, in Asia the death penalty is decreasing. India occasionally executes people but it did not carry any executions out in 2009. Thailand does occasionally execute people and Japan rarely. In sub-Saharan Africa only Botswana and Sudan carried out judicial executions in 2009. Kenya commuted the death sentences of 4,000 prisoners who were on death row. That was the largest commutation of death sentences ever known

Of course Amnesty International would like to see the end of the death penalty for non-violent crimes as well as political opposition in a country. In addition, they say if a country is going to use the death penalty they would like to see rigorous safeguards in place to minimize the chances that innocent people are executed as well as any juveniles under the age of 18.

iPad scammers eager to steal your money (0)

Posted in Identity Theft April 2nd, 2010 @ 11:10 am by Linda 

The new iPad from Apple isn’t even out in stores yet, but scammers are out there waiting to steal your money and identity. In Colorado, the Boulder-Denver Better Business Bureau is warning people not to be fooled by iPad offers that sound to good to be true.

Scammers are sending out e-mails, have web sites and even using Facebook pages offering free iPads. One scammer is claiming that they need testers of the iPad and claim that you can keep the iPad after two months. This site asks for your e-mail address and password. Never give out your password to anyone!

You know you are being scammed when you receive an e-mail offer for a free iPad but they ask you to provide a credit card number. If it is suppose to be free, why do they need your credit card number?

On Facebook once you agree to try the iPad you are tricked into buying cell service.

The best way to get an iPad is to buy it an authorized Apple dealer. Once again, if it is too good to be true, it is a scam. Don’t be fooled, protect you identity and your credit.

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