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.
Last week, two young thieves planning to steal an iPad from a man in Denver, Colorado stalked him, attacked him and severed his little finger.
All of this happened in the middle of the afternoon at a busy shopping mall. The man just bought the iPad as a business gift. When he was leaving the Apple Store in an upscale mall in Denver, one of the thugs started to struggle with the man to get the bag from his hand. The thief was trying to pull the bag out of the man’s hand but his fingers were caught in the handles of the bag. Finally, the thief pulled the bag out of the man’s hand; ripped off the flesh and tendons of his little finger. As a result, the man’s little finger had to be amputated.
The thief and his accomplice got away but the police are looking for the two suspects. Police are looking at video from the mall to identify these thieves.
Because iPads are very popular, it now gives criminals another reason to steal. It seems that some criminals who are stalking people are looking to steal them to make money.
This may be bittersweet, scamming lawyers, but lawyers are people too and don’t deserve to be duped by a criminal. Recently a large law firm in Denver, Colorado was almost a victim of a major scam.
Because of the bad economy and the sophistication of counterfeiting cashier’s checks, a scam artist tried to rip off this law firm. Last month the law firm received an email from a potential client living in Japan. The woman claimed that she was trying to collect money from her ex-husband who lives in Colorado. The email said that they were divorced in 2003 and that a “huge” settlement was still outstanding. She wanted to collect this amount from him. After six weeks of on-line correspondence, the scam artist sent a cashier’s check for $197,000 to the law firm claiming it was from her ex-husband’s part of the settlement. She asked the law firm to deposit the check, keep a retainer fee and wire her the difference.
Of course, the cashier’s check is phony and whatever real money she receives from the law firm is her easy money to keep. This scam is very smooth and very professional and unfortunately law firms nationwide are falling for this cyber-scam.
Even law firms are hungry for business during this poor economy. That’s why scammers are targeting law firms in hope of cashing in. Lessons learned from this scam is to never cash suspicious looking checks and never wire funds to unknown clients. Once again if it looks too good to be true, it probably is. The FBI has issued a nationwide alert regarding this type of law firm scam.
Trevor Cook of Minneapolis pleaded guilty in a Ponzi scheme that stole $190 million from investors. This criminal choked back tears when he admitted in federal court in running an international Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 1,000 people.
Mr. Cook’s career started out as a sports bookie in college and then rose to a multi-million dollar commodities trader. As a commodities trader, he placed client money into a Swiss brokerage firm called Crown Forex SA. He continued to trade even when he learned late in 2008 that the firm was going bankrupt.
He had promised investors low double-digit annual returns with no risk to capital if they would invest their savings in a currency investment program that he claimed relied on Islamic banks to forgo interest in the deals. While Cook said he did invest some of the investors’ money in currencies, federal regulators contend that the rest of his pitch was a fiction.
Cook told the court that he lied to investors about a number of things. One claim was to have $4 billion in assets under management. He plead guilty to a single count of mail fraud and one count of tax evasion. This carries a statutory maximum penalty of 25 years in prison, followed by up to three years of supervised release. This sentence is less than he might have faced under the advisory sentencing guidelines. These guidelines are based on the number of victims and amount of loss and could have called for 27 to 33 ¾ years in prison.
His guilty plea still doesn’t get him off the hook. If Cook fails to help the government locate and return assets for investors up to the day of sentencing, his plea bargain can be voided and he may face a longer time in jail.
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.
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.
Thieves broke into an Eli Lilly warehouse over the weekend in the town of Enfield, Connecticut and stole as much as $75 million in prescription drugs. This warehouse stored Eli Lilly & Co (LLY.N) prescription medicines such as Prozac, Cymbalta, Zyprexa and other medicines.
During a violent rainstorm, the thieves drilled a hole in the ceiling of the warehouse, disabled a burglar alarm in the building and carted away dozens of pallets. Police officials speculate the drugs could be headed for the black market and possibly overseas where the demand is great for medicines made in the U.S. Common sense says that this seems to be the real the reason for the burglary.
However, an Eli Lilly spokesperson said in a published report that the loss may not have a material financial impact for the company and has not disrupted supply of medicines to the east coast. Both Connecticut police and the FBI are investigating this burglary.
According to a recent article, thieves are now targeting catalytic converters on vehicles in the metro Denver, Colorado area. A catalytic converter is a device used to reduce the toxicity of emissions from an internal combustion engine. First widely introduced in 1975 for automobiles in the U.S. to comply with tightening EPA regulations on auto exhaust, catalytic converters are still most commonly used in motor vehicle exhaust systems.
Catalytic converters contain precious metals including platinum, palladium and rhodium. With the economy as bad as it is today, the cost of the metals contained in the coverter makes stealing the converters very lucrative for thieves. Accessing the converters located on the underside of a vehicle is easy to do. These thieves have targeted areas such as park-n-ride partking lots. Seventeen thefts have been reported in Aurora and six in Thornton, Colorado.
Toyota trucks and SUVs are the most targeted vehicles because of their high ground clearance and easily removable bolt on the catalytic converters. Even if the converters are welded on, thieves are still able to steal it.
Damage to the vehicles’ wiring or fuel line from stolen converters occurs. Plus the cost of replacing the converter can run into several hundred dollars.
Ten years ago, Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado saw tragedy hit their quiet suburban school. Two students were responsible for the shooting spree that killed their classmates. Then a couple of years ago, Platte Canyon High School nestled in the southwest foothills, saw a deranged man kill a high school student.
Once again, we have a tragedy in the school system. A deranged man shot at two innocent middle school students.
Bruco Strong Eagle Eastwood age 32 is accused of shooting two students with a high-powered rifle. It was the end of the school day and the kids were leaving school and waiting to board school buses. A man with long hair, wearing a black hat and black jacket walked up to the front of the school and fired several shots. A brave teacher tackled the man and held him down until the Sheriff’s department arrived to arrest him.
The reason for the shooting is not clear. However, Eastwood, the shooter, has an arrest record dating back to 1996. He was involved in three incidents of threatening someone with a weapon. He was also arrested on five assault charges and a domestic violence charges. In fact, his father said that he was having financial problems and he was hearing voices.
Why was this man allowed to be walking around free? Why wasn’t this man in jail or at the very least in a group home where he could be watched over? Once again, our judicial system has failed to keep the bad guys behind bars. Now two innocent middle school students were injured. One student, a girl, was shot in the shoulder and the second one, a boy, is in serious condition with a gun shot to the chest.
A former Minneapolis mail carrier was sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing mail from the Ronald McDonald House and other places in Minneapolis.
What a low-life to steal mail containing nearly 16,000 Best Buy reward certificates that was to be used to buy about $200,000 in merchandise. These certificates were supposed to go to the kids and their families at the Ronald McDonald House. Timothy Krolick was also ordered to pay $1,350 in restitution to the house.
But that isn’t all he stole. He also stole mail that had cash from at least 250 victims living around the University of Minnesota.
Eight months in prison seems too lenient for this type of crime. Another local postal employee also admitted stealing mail. Prosecutors are looking to seek a three to four year sentence for this low-life. Why not for Timothy Krolick?