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Craigslist killer only wanted car parts (0)

Posted in Misc Crime September 14th, 2010 @ 11:18 am by Linda 

Dao Xiong age 19 of Oakdale has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of Youa Lor age 33 of St. Paul. Xiong contacted Lor when he saw an ad on Craigs list for a 2003 silver Nissan 350Z that Lor was selling. This low-life criminal took the car for a test drive and shot Lor in the stomach and left him to die on the side of the road.

Xiong told police he really didn’t want to buy the car. He only wanted the supercharger in Lor’s car for his 350z Nissan car. After he shot Lor with a .40 caliber handgun, he drove the car to his house in Oakdale and removed several parts and then abandoned the car in a Lake Elmo park.

The police were able to track down Xiong from cell phone calls he made to Lor’s house. The cell phone was purchased just several days before the murder. What a senseless crime this was. Bail has been set for Xiong as $1.5 million.

Victim of robbery kills robber (0)

Posted in Misc Crime August 31st, 2010 @ 11:02 am by Linda 

In a bizarre twist, the victim of a robbery in Cleveland, Ohio grabbed the gun from the robber and shot him dead. The criminal, Terrance Manning age 20 died from shortly after the robbery.

He served two years on robbery and weapons charges and was recently, August 21st, released from prison. Obviously, he hadn’t learned his lesson because he and three of his criminal friends tried to rob again.

Witnesses to the robbery said that the victim was walking toward his apartment when he was approached by four men wearing hooded sweatshirts. Police said one of the men pulled a gun and said, “You [know] what this is, get on the ground.” The robbery victim complied. The robbers took his apartment keys and other items from the victim, and then forced him to take them to his apartment.

As one of the suspects attempted to unlock the apartment door, he switched the gun from one hand to the other. This is when the victim grabbed the gun, and a struggle ensued between the victim and two of the suspects. Two of the suspects ran and the other two and the robbery victim struggled over the gun. The gun fired several times, striking one of the suspects.

Homicide detectives are investigating the incident. No charges had been filed and unfortunately the other suspects had not been caught. Police did not have a detailed description of the remaining suspects.

Counterfeit money and meth ring suspect arrested (0)

Posted in Misc Crime August 26th, 2010 @ 11:41 am by Linda 

Recently, after a year-long investigation, Longmont, Colorado police arrested Rebecca Ingles for passing more than 125 fake $20 bills over the past year. She also was charged with meth possession.

However, she may be just the beginning of people charged in a counterfeit money ring. The police think that there may be more people involved. Police believe that over 200 counterfeit bills have been entered into the economy in Longmont, Colorado.

The police know for sure that Ingles passed the money at places such as McDonald’s, area gas stations and 7-11’s. She would by low-priced items with the twenty dollar bill and get back real money which she would funnel back into her drug habit and a meth ring. The meth organization is working from Denver up to Fort Collins.

Counterfeit money is getting harder to tell because these criminal are getting better at counterfeiting the twenty dollar bills. However, here are few tips to know if your twenty dollar bill is fake: the fine scroll lines on the border of a genuine bill are sharp. On the fake, the lines are blurred. The serial numbers on the twenty dollar are evenly spaced. Not so with the fake. They may even be discolored. Finally, look for the watermark, it should look exactly like the picture.

Ingles is in the Boulder County Jail and faces 15 or more years behind bars. Investigators continue to look for the other people involved.

Feds warn that online “sextortion” on the rise for teens (0)

Posted in Misc Crime August 23rd, 2010 @ 12:21 pm by Linda 

Sextortion is when someone sends a text or nude cell phone photos of themselves to a friend or upload it to a chat room. The result is that this gives the opportunity for someone to click save and use that photo against the person, blackmailing them into giving them what they want while threatening to release the picture.

As a result, Federal prosecutors and child safety advocates are warning parents that there is an upswing in cases of online sexual extortion. Unaware teens who text nude cell phone photos of themselves or show off their bodies on the Internet are being contacted by pornographers who threaten to expose their behavior to friends and families unless they pose for more explicit porn. This creates a vicious cycle of exploitation.

Because this is a new type of crime, no one can currently track the numbers of cases involving online sexual extortion in state and federal courts. However, prosecutors and others point toward several recent high-profile examples victimizing teens in a dozen states.

In Alabama, Jonathan Vance, 24, of Auburn was sentenced to 18 years in prison in April after he admitted sending threatening e-mails on Facebook and MySpace extorting nude photos from more than 50 young women in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Missouri.

In Wisconsin, Anthony Stancl, 18, received 15 years in prison in February after prosecutors said he posed as a girl on Facebook to trick male high school classmates into sending him nude cell phone photos, which he then used to extort them for sex.

A 31-year-old California man was arrested in June on extortion charges after authorities said he hacked into more than 200 computers and threatened to expose nude photos he found unless their owners posed for more sexually explicit videos. Forty-four of the victims were juveniles, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said he was even able to remotely activate some victims’ webcams without their knowledge and record them undressing or having sex.

What we need to teach our kids is that privacy is nonexistent on the Internet. If they upload any type of indiscretions online even only once, they are virtually impossible to take back. A nude photo sent to a boyfriend’s cell phone can easily be circulated through cell phone contacts and wind up on websites that post sexting photos. Once there, it’s available for anyone who wants to trace it back to the person who made it.

Teens are more vulnerable to blackmail because they’re easy to intimidate and embarrassed. They won’t to seek help. Unfortunately, these low-life extortionists are often willing to make good on their threats.

Colorado Postal Employee arrested on mail theft charges (0)

Posted in Misc Crime August 11th, 2010 @ 1:34 pm by Linda 

Recently, an overnight mail handler has pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft by mail in Colorado Federal Court. David Schmauder, age 48, stole more than 11,000 packages over two years. He admitted to stealing about 50 packages two or three nights a week since January 2008.

This low-life criminal targeted boxes from online retailers including Amazon.com, stealing CDs, DVDs and Victoria’s Secret lingerie. He would give the stolen lingerie to his wife. He would resell the CDs and DVDs to Angelo’s Movies, Music and Gifts, which bills itself as the largest independent music store in the Denver, Colorado area.

The owner of the music store claims that he had no idea that these items were stolen. He claimed that Schmauder had different types of stuff to sell and thought that he was running a legitimate business. Receipts showed that Schmauder was paid $85,174 for 11,829 items to the store. You would think, that the owner of the music store be suspicious of the volume of the CDs and DVDs and ask for the very least a business license from Schmauder? In fact, Schmauder sold more items to the store than any other re-seller and the owner of the music store thinks that some of the products he bought from this criminal may have been some of his own intercepted packages.

The postal service estimated losses at $283,913 but the actual amount is unknown. Schmauder has to pay a fine of $4,000 to $40,000 and could be sentenced to one and a half to two years in prison at a sentencing hearing in November.

When cops go bad (0)

Posted in Misc Crime August 5th, 2010 @ 12:13 pm by Linda 

A cop’s life is to protect and serve the people but when a cop goes bad, it is a sad day. An ex-Wyoming State Trooper had a plan to kidnap a truck driver and murder the driver for money.

The truck driver was driving a Wal-Mart truck when Trooper Franklin Ryle pulled him over on the highway last January. His intent was to stage an accident involving the truck and his patrol car to get money from Wal-Mart. In addition, he intended to murder the driver but Ryle released him unharmed.

It was obvious that Trooper Ryle had mental problems, was suicidal and was suffering from depression prior to this incident. He also told the court that he was planning to kill his wife but never followed through with it. At the sentencing Ryle apologized to the people of Wyoming and to the State Patrol for his actions.

The prosecution said that this was just a coldly premeditated plan to murder two people and defraud a company for the monetary benefit. The judge agreed with the prosecution and gave no sympathy to Ryle when he sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

Even police horses aren’t safe on the streets anymore (0)

Posted in Misc Crime August 3rd, 2010 @ 1:18 pm by Linda 

Recently, the Star Tribune online reported that five people were arrested for assaulting Minneapolis police horses after bar-closing time.

The Minneapolis Mounted Patrol was created in 1996 with two riders and three horses. Today the unit has eight horses, mostly donated by private citizens. More than 20 sworn officers are fully trained riders.

The police horses that the Mounted Patrol uses vary from quarter horses to thoroughbreds. Jesse, one of the horses assaulted, is a Percheron. This breed of horse typically weighs around 2,000 pounds when fully grown.

However, five people who appeared intoxicated were slapping horses on their face or hindquarters. One of the people grabbed a horse by the bridle that nearly caused the officer in the saddle to lose control of the animal.

Kyle Soderberg age 22 of northeast Minneapolis was arrested along with Anthony William Gonzalez also 22 of Brooklyn Center was arrested. This low-life slapped police horse Jesse. Police arrested Matthew J. Semler age 24, of Glenshaw, Pa., and Randy D. Schock age 35, of Eden Prairie for obstructing the legal process during their alleged equine confrontation. Justin Mobley 25 of Eagan was also arrested for assaulting a horse and fleeing a police officer.

Sadly, there have been at least 10 assaults on police horses in Minneapolis this year. In 2009 there were 16 and four each in 2008 and 2007. The police horses are just doing their job to help officers to keep the streets safe. Only a low-life idiot criminal would think about assaulting a horse.

The number of juvenile criminals has decreased substantially (0)

Posted in Misc Crime June 7th, 2010 @ 11:04 am by Linda 

According to the Winona Daily News , fewer young criminals are being incarcerated causing many state institutions to close. The reason for the closing is lower juvenile arrests, softer treatment policies and of course state budgets.

In Ohio, the number of juvenile offenders is nearly half over the last two years. This has caused the closing of three facilities. California has closed a youth institution near Los Angeles that has operated for nearly 115 years. In Texas a facility is closing, that was once a World War II era training base.

The juvenile arrest rate has dropped 33 percent between 1997 and 2008 according to the latest U.S. Justice Department data. Justice Department also reported that the number of juvenile offenders declined 26 percent between 2000 and 2008, from about 109,000 to 80,000.

In Wisconsin, state corrections officials are considering closing the Ethan Allen School, a former tuberculosis sanitarium near Wales, about 25 miles west of Milwaukee. The school’s population has dropped from 460 in 1998 to 195 in May.

Criminologists aren’t sure why fewer kids are getting in trouble. Some believe more kids are avoiding drug trafficking. Others think programs such as group homes, halfway houses and after-school tutoring closer to kids’ homes have reduced recidivism.

Mail carrier’s home filled with undelivered mail (0)

Posted in Misc Crime May 14th, 2010 @ 1:05 pm by Linda 

If you live in or around Northeast Philadelphia and haven’t received your mail yet, you may want to check with the police. A local postal carrier was stashing over 20,000 letters including checks, bills and a college acceptance letter from 2007 in his house.

The postal service in Philadelphia thought something was unusual with this mail man didn’t show up for work for several days. They went to his house and found tubs of undelivered and unopened mail.

Some of the pieces of mail included a $900 check dated December 2007, mail from Social Security Administration, the IRS and an acceptance letter to college dated 2007 to West Chester University. The recipient, who received the letter on Thursday, is now a senior in college. In fact, there was mail dated as far back as 1997.

Delaying mail and stealing mail are both federal offenses. Investigators have yet to question the mail man because they have not been able to locate him.

A nice, friendly volunteer census worker beats and rapes young woman (0)

Posted in Misc Crime May 10th, 2010 @ 9:33 am by Linda 

In a small town of Pekin, Indiana, a volunteer census worker is accused of beating and raping a physically handicapped woman in her home. Earlier that week he was making his rounds for the census bureau but came back to a house he previously interviewed. There he broke in and beat and raped a physically handicapped young woman.

The people at the house agreed that he was a friendly person and seemed nice. Daniel Miller, a self-employed tile-layer and volunteer Census worker is accused of this crime. After his crime, he drove around the house several times as if he was drunk. According to Miller’s friends, he had been drinking that night. They too can’t believe that he would be involved in this type of crime. Miller has been married for 13 years and has two daughters.

Miller is incarcerated at the Washington County Detention Center. He is being held with no bond and will appear in court soon. It just goes to show you, you really can’t trust anyone today.

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