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Dog the Bounty Hunter knew the recently captured criminal (0)

Posted in Misc Crime May 7th, 2010 @ 8:42 am by Linda 

According to a Denver, Colorado, police report 27-year-old Jerrad Lowell Leonard of Commerce City, Colorado, was arrested after a series of hit-and-run crashes that injured six people. This was the same man that Dog the Bounty Hunter Chapman captured in 2006 and turned over to authorities.

At the time, Dog told Mr. Leonard that he had a chance to turn his life around – to go away from the “dark side and straighten up”. Leonard served his time and had a job at a Taco Bell. But last week, Leonard must have once again turned to the “dark side.”

Police arrested him for driving under restraint, driving without a license, duty to report an accident, duty to give information and aid, driving without proof of insurance, DUI and reckless driving charges. He sped down a busy street at 80 mph in an Expedition, caused four crashes, including a police car, and injured six people and himself. When he hit a police cruiser, he injured a suspect who was in the back seat and then sped off hitting two other vehicles and injuring three people inside one of them. Authorities say Leonard continued on, hitting a fourth vehicle, dragging it 30 yards and injuring one person inside.

When Dog the Bounty Hunter was questioned about Leonard he said that all he wanted to say was, “I told you so.” Dog was relieved that no one died in the crashes and hopes that Leonard would get another chance to redeem himself. Dog also said that about 40 percent of people he arrest do not live a life of crime, but the rest do.

Man shoots guns to relieve stress (0)

Posted in Stupid Criminals May 6th, 2010 @ 8:39 am by Linda 

How would you like to live next door to this man? A rural Menomonie, Wisconsin man is accused of threatening a neighbor with a shotgun. Dustin Valla, age 27, lives in the town of Red Cedar. He claims that he likes to shoot his guns to relieve stress and that’s why he lives in a rural area.

However, a neighbor called police when Mr. Valla threatened him. The neighbor heard shots in the nearby woods and thought someone was hunting illegally. When he found out it was Mr. Valla, he asked him to stop. Mr. Valla said to the neighbor that he could hunt anywhere he wanted and added, “I’m the one with the gun, and I could kill you.”

Shortly after this incident, the neighbor heard more shots. He then heard Valla yell that he was shooting at you guys now. Valla was firing six to eight shots from the deck of his home. When confronted by police, Valla told him that he had just purchased an old shotgun that wasn’t working properly. He was shooting in the woods in an attempt to fix it.

Valla faces a felony charge of first-degree reckless endangerment and several misdemeanor counts that include discharging a firearm within 100 yards of a building and disorderly conduct. He’s not exactly the neighbor of the year.

Do you know who is delivering your mail? (0)

Posted in Sex Offenders May 5th, 2010 @ 9:59 am by Linda 

Recently a televised report exposed a dirty little secret of the Post Office. They found more than 20 registered sex offenders in Texas work for the postal service. Inside Edition focused on four North Texas postal workers who are listed on the state’s registered sex offenders list.

In Texas, convicted sex offenders have to list their place of employment. Inside Edition reported they found sex offenders working for the postal service. Many of the sex offenders were convicted in the 1990’s and served their time. Now they are delivering your mail to your house every day.

Gerald McKiernan, the US Postal Service media relations manager, has defended their employment practices. His statement said that they approach these types of matters on a case-by-case basis. The postal service does examine the facts surrounding each individual case and takes the action necessary to protect the public while at the same time affording its employees and applicants for employment the due process required under the law, as well as by applicable collective bargaining agreements, federal statutes, federal regulations and postal regulations.

Sounds like the postal service didn’t do adequate background checks on these employees. Even though these sex offenders offended over ten years ago or more, why would the postal service allow them to deliver mail to homes? Aren’t they taking a chance that they may re-offend? Why didn’t they give these sex offenders a clerical job at the post office? There are many questions still unanswered.

Facebook hit with advertising scams (0)

Posted in Scams May 4th, 2010 @ 10:54 am by Linda 

If you use Facebook, you may have seen this type of ad on its pages. The ad claims, that if you are the first 20,000 to sign up as a fan, Best Buy will give you $1,000 to buy electronics. When you click on the “gift card” link, it takes you to a Facebook fan page where you need to fill out personal information

This type of marketing just doesn’t make sense. Why would a company spend $20 million to get only 20,000 Facebook fans? The answer may be that this is just another scam. Once you complete your personal information it may be sold to marketing companies so they can spam your email or worse scenario someone is looking to steal your identity.

It seems that this type of bogus gift card offers have popped up on Facebook too much that federal fraud alert has been issued. The scammers are posing as big companies offering non-existent gift cards.

A Best Buy spokesperson said that the company has been fighting these scams on Facebook as well as on Twitter. Best Buy’s legal team is now trying to find the scammers.

Once again, if it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably nothing but a scam. Don’t be fooled by outlandish advertising. It may result in you shelling out money or even worse, identity theft.

St. Paul officer ambushed and murdered (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News May 3rd, 2010 @ 8:21 am by Linda 

Last weekend, a suburban St. Paul officer was ambushed and murdered. This set off a massive manhunt that ended with one suspect dead and another in custody.

Maplewood Police Sgt. Joseph Bergeron age 49, was married, father of two and a 26-year police veteran. He was responding to a reported carjacking when two suspects shot and killed him as he sat in his patrol car. A jogger witnessed the shooting and used the officer’s radio to call for help. The police knew that at least one of the suspects was armed.

More than 100 officers from over a dozen law enforcement agencies carried out a search for the two suspects. Officers used automatic rifles and police helicopters to circle overhead as they searched a wooded area and neighborhoods east of Lake Phalen, near the shooting scene.

After four hours, a man darted out of the woods holding a toolbox and an officer tried to question him. The two scuffled, and authorities said the officer shot the man multiple times. Police said the 21-year-old man was one of the shooting suspects and has a criminal history that includes armed robbery. His name hasn’t been released. Unfortunately, the officer suffered a broken nose and possibly a fractured eye socket.

About two hours later, police closed in on the second suspect at a nearby apartment near St. Paul and Maplewood area. The man threatened to commit suicide, but was taken into custody with non-life threatening injuries. His name and what charges he faces have not been released.

This senseless murder of officer Bergeron by two low-life criminals makes it the 17th officer to die in the line of duty in the state of Minnesota since 2000.

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