Category Archives: Crime

July 19, 2017

Federal grand jury indicts Baltimore police officers on additional robbery charges (Video)

In February, seven officers in the task force – the entirety of the unit — were indicted on federal racketeering charges.

A federal racketeering case against officers in an elite unit of the Baltimore Police Department deepened Thursday with a new indictment alleging three of them robbed civilians of more than $280,000 over five years.

The three veteran officers from the Gun Trace Task Force also plotted to sell drugs they confiscated during arrests and forged reports to cover their tracks, federal prosecutors said.

A grand jury indictment was unsealed Thursday bringing additional robbery charges against Sgt. Wayne Jenkins, 37; Detective Daniel Hersl, 48; and Detective Marcus Taylor, 30.

Jenkins is due in court Friday and will plead not guilty, his attorney Steven Levin said. Attorneys for Hersl and Taylor did not return messages Thursday.

The grand jury also indicted two civilians with impersonating police officers to commit an armed robbery while a detective from the gun unit served as a lookout. Thomas Finnegan, 38, of Easton, Pa., and David Rahim, 41, of Baltimore, are charged with conspiracy and robbery.

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July 16, 2017

Teamsters boss indicted on charges of extorting $100,000 from business

Coli and his relatives have also been accused in civil lawsuits in both state and federal court of running the union like a racket — accusations they have vehemently denied.

A politically connected Teamsters union boss was indicted Wednesday on federal charges alleging he extorted $100,000 in cash from a local business.

John Coli Sr., considered one the union’s most powerful figures nationally, was charged with threatening work stoppages and other labor unrest unless he was given cash payoffs of $25,000 every three months by the undisclosed business.

The alleged extortion occurred when Coli was president of Teamsters Joint Council 25, a labor organization that represents more than 100,000 workers in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

Coli, 57, an early backer of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was charged with one count of attempted extortion and five counts of demanding and accepting prohibited payment as a union official.

In all, Coli accepted five payoffs, most recently a $25,000 sum on April 4, according to the indictment. Last year, he also accepted four cash payments totaling $75,000, according to the charges.

The indictment seeks forfeiture from Coli of at least $100,000.

An arraignment in federal court in Chicago had not been set as of Wednesday.

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July 13, 2017

San Fran Transit: We Refuse To Release Crime Surveillance Videos Because It Will Make People Racist

Releasing videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

Video surveillance footage of crimes committed on the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) service by minority youths is being withheld by San Francisco authorities due to their concern that the videos might perpetuate racial bias and stereotyping.

In three months time, at least three robberies have transpired at the San Francisco station by groups of teenagers. One such attack, on April 22, was committed by some 40-60 teens, reports KPXI-TV.

“I think people are genuinely concerned — they are fearful about the stories that have come out about the recent attacks, the assaults, the thefts,” explained a member of the BART board of directors, Debora Allen.

Yet, authorities are refusing to release footage of the crimes.

So, when Allen pressed for the rationale behind withholding the important evidence from the public, she was eventually told the release of the videos “would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

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July 8, 2017

Stockton program would pay men not to shoot each other

The second option out of the Bay Area is more controversial. Richmond’s Advance Peace uses taxpayer dollars to pay men with firearm history to not shoot guns.

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs condemned the violence in the city over the weekend and is considering a couple different ways to combat crime, including one that pays people not to commit crimes.

There were four homicides in Stockton between Monday and Wednesday night, bringing the total number of killings in the city to more than 24.

Tubbs released a statement Wednesday night after the string of violence.

“All life is sacred and even one homicide is too many … overall, crime continues to trend downward but we must remain vigilant,” Tubbs said.

The city is exploring a couple options in the hopes of curbing the number of violent crimes in the city.

The first option is out of Detroit called Project Greenlight. In this situation, live cameras would be set up inside and outside of businesses in Stockton, and the cameras would be monitored in real-time from the police headquarters.

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June 29, 2017

Six Teens Accused of Stealing Porsche, Blowing $200K on Gold Teeth and Presents for Moms

“…$11,000 for gold teeth, $10,000 for a gold chain, $3,500 for a gold bracelet, $80,000 for a Dodge Challenger for one of the teen’s mothers, and $25,000 for a 2009 Mercedes C300…Another teen said he gave his mother $40,000 in cash and bought an Audi A4 car for her.”

Six Florida teenagers were arrested and accused of stealing an expensive Porsche automobile, $200,000 in cash, and two handguns, then blowing the money on gold teeth and expensive gifts for their mothers.

The suspects, between the ages of 14 and 16, stand accused of robbing the North Hutchinson Island, Florida, home of Brett Browning on April 27, according to the Daily Mail.

The robbery victim told police his 2014 Porsche Cayman–valued at up to $60,000–was missing, as well as $200,000 he had hidden in his home. The thieves also stole a 380-caliber Ruger pistol and a revolver.

The stolen Porsche was discovered near the home of one of the teens, and police reported that all six of the suspects left fingerprint evidence inside the car.

A police investigation eventually led to the arrests of Fort Lauderdale residents Michael Bush, 14; Joshua Sargeant, 14; Shomari Smith, 14; Rural Scott, 15; Jeremiah Laplace, 15; and 16-year-old Walter Walker.

Police said the first teen arrested was Rural Scott, who has a long arrest record.

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June 3, 2017

‘There’s going to be a lot of dead gangsters’: Inside King County’s surging gang war

Police attribute a troubling increase in gang-related shootings from Seattle to South King County to warring Hispanic gangs, including some that previously got along. “I’m very concerned about this heating up in the summer months,” says Federal Way’s mayor.

Arturo Marcial-Alvarez’s face was covered with a blue bandanna and he had a stolen revolver in his waistband when he was intercepted by two King County sheriff’s detectives in February as he got off a Metro bus.

The detectives, who were also on the bus, noticed him reaching for his waist while glaring at another man who was stepping off the coach, court records say.

“Looks like we just missed some gang stuff,” one detective texted the other before they arrested the 19-year-old for carrying a concealed pistol, according to court records.

Whether the detectives thwarted a shooting by arresting Marcial-Alvarez will likely never be known. Two months after his release from jail, Marcial-Alvarez, who police called an “avowed” gang member, was fatally shot at a bus stop in Federal Way on April 11.

Police say he was a targeted victim of a war between rival Hispanic gangs that detectives trace to the January shooting death of Manuel Ortiz, 18, over the defacing of gang graffiti near his Burien apartment.

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May 23, 2017

Sweden: Men of Foreign Origin Responsible for 90 Per Cent of Shootings

Almost all murders and attempted murders in Sweden using firearms are carried out by people with foreign backgrounds, according to a new study.

According to research carried out by Dagens Nyheter, 90 out of the 100 offenders and suspected offenders examined by the liberal daily newspaper have at least one foreign-born parent, the vast majority having roots in the Middle East and North Africa.

In around half of the cases, the men were born in Sweden whilst others migrated to the country at a young age. The study looked at 53 convicted and 47 suspected perpetrators involved in shootings in public places which have taken place since 2013.

“The fact is that street gangs, and violence are phenomena that occur in some areas, and most of the people who live in these areas are of foreign descent,” said Amir Rostani, a sociologist at Stockholm University.

Around 80 per cent of the men have roots in the Middle East and North Africa, with offenders having roots in Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Turkey, Somalia, and Eritrea.

“This is well in line with a study I previously conducted, on members of criminal networks,” Amir Rostami told Dagens Nyheter.

The newspaper noted that whilst Sweden’s Crime Prevention Council (Brå), which is responsible for compiling official crime statistics, have released a number of reports on gun-related violence, none of these have looked at the background of perpetrators.

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May 18, 2017

Criminals can now escape to sanctuary cities, legal expert maintains

Sanctuary cities have become the new hideouts for a handful of immigrants committing crimes and making all immigrants look bad, Alfred Regnery, chairman of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, said on a radio talk show recently.

anctuary cities have become the new hideouts for a handful of immigrants committing crimes and making all immigrants look bad, Alfred Regnery, chairman of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, said on a radio talk show recently.

In a conversation with Dan Proft and Amy Jacobson, the hosts of “Chicago’s Morning Answer,” Regnery argued that sanctuary cities pose a danger to the entire country.

Proft is a principal of Local Government Information Services, which owns this publication.

Although Regnery said he agrees that, as The New York Times pointed out, immigrants commit less crimes than people born in America, he also argued that there are thousands of cases of victimization committed by people who shouldn’t be in the United States.

“Most immigrants are law-abiding citizens — 5 or 6 percent of the population commits 85 to 90 percent of the crime,” he said.

As an example, Regnery pointed to Chicago, a sanctuary city.

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May 17, 2017

Jerry Brown’s AB 109 ‘Reform’ Put L.A.’s Most Wanted Back on Streets

On Monday, an accused cop killer, gang member Michael C. Mejia, reportedly laughed as he was arraigned in court, according to the local ABC News affiliate.

Mejia was once released under AB 109, Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature prison reform, and now stands accused of committing two murders, including the murder of a Whittier police officer in February.

The explosion of violent and serious crimes across Southern California in the past several months — some committed by offenders that Brown released from state supervision, promising they were “non-violent, “non-serious” and “non-sexual”— has sparked a heated discussion about whether or not the controversial “prison reforms” known as AB 109 and Propositions 47 and 57 are responsible for recent deadly assaults on law enforcement officers.

Three days after the February 20 murder of Keith Boyer, a 53-year old Whittier Police Officer, the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board wrote a scathing editorial attacking Officer Boyer’s grieving boss, Whittier PD Chief Jeff Piper, for putting the blame on “criminal justice reforms” championed by Gov. Brown and the Times.

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May 15, 2017

Former judge caught in mega-million-dollar Social Security fraud scheme

The scheme resulted in Conn receiving at least $7.1 million in representative fees from the SSA, and Daugherty obligating the SSA to pay in excess of $550 million in lifetime benefits to claimants.

A former administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration (SSA) pleaded guilty Friday for participating in a scheme to fraudulently collect more than $550 million in federal disability payments from the SSA for thousands of claimants.

David Black Daugherty, 81, of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of receiving illegal gratuities. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 25, 2017.

As an administrative law judge at the Social Security hearing office in Huntington, West Virginia (Huntington Hearing Office) for more than 20 years, Daugherty’s primary role was to adjudicate disability claims on behalf of the SSA.

From November 2004 to April 2011, Daugherty collected over $609,000 in cash payments in approximately 3,100 cases from Social Security disability lawyer, Eric Christopher Conn, of Pikeville, Kentucky, for ordering disability benefits for claimants represented by Conn. Daugherty divided cash deposits into several bank branches and accounts in an attempt to conceal the source of the payments.

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