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Posted: Mar. 14, 2014 @ 12:29 pm - Updated: Mar. 15, 2014 @ 07:29 pm
CANTON, OH -- Timothy A. Patterson, 57, of 105 W. Line St. in Minerva, was arrested at 8 p.m. Thursday in a parking lot in the 3200 block of Atlantic Boulevard NE, according to Stark County Jail records. Agents with the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force Thursday night arrested Patterson on several sex offenses, including rape, involving four teenagers. The victim in the rape case was listed as a 12-year-old girl, who was also a victim in the sexual imposition case along with a 14-year-old girl and two boys ages 12 and 17, court records show. Details of events that led to the his arrest and charges were not available Friday. Stark County court records, which list Patterson's address as 127 Bonnieview Ave. in Minerva, show he was arrested on a secret grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of rape, seven counts of gross sexual imposition and a single count of bribery.
Patterson had worked for the Minerva Police Department as a police officer, but not recently. Hired onto the force on a part-time basis in 1987, he moved into a full-time position the following April, First said. Patterson went back to part-time status in November 1991 and, in July 1999, became a full-time officer again. Patterson’s personnel file contained an award for Officer of the Month and letters from citizens praising his work.
Minerva Chief Robert First said he is shocked by the allegations. “I feel bad for the victims,” he said. “I was totally shocked that anything like this would happen.” As far as any disciplinary actions, he had “nothing serious” in his file, First said. First said Patterson left the force in April 2003, reporting that he had gotten a job driving a truck. Patterson remained in the jail Friday, held without bond pending a March 21 hearing in Stark County Common Pleas Court, court records show.
Posted: Friday, February 18, 2014 - Updated: 04:12 PM PST, Thursday, February 20, 2014
Business or Gambling!
Washington, D.C. -- Is it a federal crime to host a poker game? The U.S. Supreme Court may soon weigh in on the answer. At their private conference this Friday, the justices will consider a petition for review filed by a New York man facing up to five years in prison for hosting poker games in the back of his bicycle shop.
At issue in DiCristina v. United States is the reach of the Illegal Gambling Business Act, a federal law enacted as part of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, which lays out federal penalties for anyone who “conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs, or owns all or part of an illegal gambling business.” According to the Justice Department, small business owner Lawrence DiCristina violated that law by running games of “No Limit Texas Hold ‘Em” where DiCristina charged players a fee of five percent of each hand’s pot.
DiCristina counters the government’s position by arguing that because poker is a game of skill, and not a game of chance, it does not count as a form of gambling, and therefore the federal statute should not apply to his activities. “Using this anti-Mafia statute, federal prosecutors have targeted low-profile poker games with no connection to organized crime,” DiCristina told the Court in his petition. And because of that federal overreach, the petition continues, “DiCristina, a small business owner with no prior criminal record, now is a federal felon because he hosted poker games for money in his bicycle shop.”
Unsurprisingly, the case has caught the attention of professional poker players. In a friend of the court brief submitted on DiCristina’s behalf, a group of professional and amateur players, including Poker Hall of Fame member Michael Sexton and 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Gregory Raymer, urges the Supreme Court to side with DiCristina. “Poker is similar to golf, bridge, Scrabble, and numerous other games of skill where players put up a monetary stake, compete against each other, and reward the winning player,” the brief states. “Unlike poker, competitions involving these games have never been branded federal felonies.”
The Supreme Court could announce as early as next week whether or not it will hear the case.
Posted: 7:26 PM EST, Thu February 13, 2014 | Updated: 9:26 PM PST, Thu February 13, 2014
Lebanon, TN -- The son-in-law of a retired lawyer and his wife planted the bomb that killed them at their rural home this week, Tennessee authorities said Thursday as they announced his arrest.
Investigators arrested 49-year-old Richard Parker on two counts of felony first-degree murder and two counts of felony premeditated murder in connection with a package bomb that exploded at the rural Tennessee home of Jon and and Marion Setzer, investigators announced Thursday. Bond was set at $1 million, said Mark Gwyn, director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
Jon Setzer, a retired lawyer, died Monday when the package bomb detonated outside their home near Lebanon, about 30 miles east of Nashville. Marion Setzer died Wednesday evening at Vanderbilt Hospital. He was 74; she was 72.
Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said Parker lived next door to his in-laws. Investigators would not discuss a motive and provided little detail about the case against Parker, but Gwyn said he was the sole suspect in the Setzers' deaths.
"Right now we feel like we have the person responsible for committing this crime in custody," he said.
Parker was convicted of arson in 1993, for which he served four years on probation, the TBI said.
Amid the debris, investigators found a note they said may have been attached to the bomb, but would not divulge its contents."This is a very important piece of evidence, because now you may have handwriting," said former ATF agent and bomb expert Joseph Vince.
Authorities originally said they thought the bomb had been delivered by the U.S. Postal Service, but on Thursday they said they now believe that was not the case.
Officials said Setzer picked up the package from his mailbox, about 200 yards from the home. It detonated just inside the house, killing him and mortally wounding his wife.
"It doesn't make sense at all," family friend Ken Caldwell told media sources. "When I've heard it said that it was targeted, I thought, well, they must have targeted the wrong person."
Law enforcement sources said they're investigating how the package was delivered -- whether it came by commercial delivery or private carrier.
State and local authorities descended on the neighborhood. The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also are investigating.
Officials are testing items found in the home, including labels and pieces of paper, to determine whether they may have been part of the package or perhaps from previous deliveries from the same sender.
Before he retired, Jon Setzer worked on bankruptcy and other cases.
His former law partner, George Cate Jr., said Setzer was a dedicated servant and a pastor at "little country churches." The two met while serving in the Army Reserve.
Cate said he couldn't understand why anyone would want to target Setzer or his wife. "Nothing had happened in my recent times to make me anticipate anything of this kind happening," Cate told media sources.
Cate and Setzer became partners at the law firm bearing their names from 1979 to 1991. Setzer worked on general civil cases and specialized in living trusts, his former partner said.
But health problems eventually made it difficult for Setzer to take care of all of his clients' needs, and he quit practicing, Cate said.
Neighbors said the blast has scared them; some told media sources that officers checked other mailboxes on the street for similar devices.
"Of course, it makes us a little anxious to go check our own mailbox when we see something like this happen, because normally boxes are delivered and mail is delivered, and you don't question it," neighbor Tony Dedman told the affiliate.
Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: Friday, January 31, 2014 3:00 am
Lodi, CA -- A protocol investigation into an officer-involved shooting that killed a man who Lodi police say was armed with a knife will likely take a couple of months to complete, according to Lodi Police Lt. Sierra Brucia. The District Attorney’s office and Department of Justice officials are working with the Lodi Police Department to investigate a shooting that occurred at 9:06 a.m. Saturday near Elderica Way. Officers encountered Parminder Singh Shergill, 43, who they say was armed with a knife. Police say Shergill charged at the officers before they opened fire.
An eyewitness who claimed to have watched the incident from a nearby home said Shergill didn’t comply with the officers’ request to drop his knife, but that he never charged at the officers like Lodi police say.
Brucia said only the conclusion of the investigation will be made public, which will state whether the officers used justifiable force.
Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 12:20 pm | Updated: 5:11 pm, Mon. Jan 27, 2014
Lodi, CA -- Two Lodi police officers, one a 22-year veteran and another a 15-year veteran of the department, responded to a call of a disturbance on the 00 block of Elderica Way, west of Lower Sacramento Road, in Lodi at 9:06 a.m, police said. As the officers approached the home, they were confronted by a man armed with a knife, police said. A resident of the Parkwest neighborhood was shot and killed Saturday morning after allegedly charging the two Lodi police officers while brandishing the knife, according to Sgt. Sierra Brucia of the Lodi Police Department. Police identified the man as Parminder Singh Shergill, 43. “The man charged at the officers, and they had no choice but to shoot,” said Brucia. The officers fired their standard-issue Glock handguns, he said.
As of 5 p.m. Saturday, officers were still on scene. A protocol team has been activated and is now investigating the shooting. The team includes representatives from the District Attorney’s office, the Department of Justice, and the Lodi Police Department, according to Brucia. The officers were being questioned by protocol team members Saturday afternoon. They will be placed on administrative leave for at least a few days. “Its a standard practice to give them time to decompress, to come to terms with this; it is a very traumatic event, obviously, for the officers and the family members of the suspect — for all concerned,” he said. The identities of the officers have not been released. It is not yet known whether the man who was shot was involved in the original domestic dispute, said Brucia.
He said detectives are still gathering information on the nature of the initial call. He did not yet have information on how close the officers were to Shergill when they fired or how many rounds were fired.
An eyewitness who claimed to have watched the shooting from inside a nearby home said Shergill did not move in the officers’ direction before they fired. However, he did not put down a knife he was carrying despite several orders from officers, who were standing 8 to 10 feet from Shergill, the witness said. “He wasn’t doing what they were saying,” the witness said. The witness did not wish to be named because of possible legal implications. The witness said that officers fired at least 10 rounds, striking Shergill several times in the lower body.
Residents of the neighborhood were out at Petersen Park, playing tennis and basketball as officers began to clear the scene at around 5:15 p.m. Neighbors of Shergill said the man walked the neighborhood during the day, and could often be seen sitting on a park bench. While Shergill was a common face in the neighborhood, neighbors said he did not often interact with them.
Posted: 01/23/14 10:10 AM EST - Updated: 01/23/14 04:40 PM EST
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. (WCJB) — An official says three Florida police officers have been suspended for giving Justin Bieber an unauthorized escort from the airport. Opa-locka Assistant City Manager David Chiverton said Friday that the officers were suspended with pay pending the outcome of an investigation.
Police escorts from the Opa-locka Executive Airport are not uncommon, but they must follow procedure. Chiverton says the one that accompanied Bieber on Monday had not been authorized.
According to Chiverton, investigators are still trying to get more information from the airport and the officers about where police escorted Bieber.
Bieber was free on bail Friday after an arrest on charges of DUI, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. Miami Beach police say Bieber smelled of alcohol when he was stopped after drag-racing down a residential street early Thursday.
Posted: 01/23/14 10:10 AM EST - Updated: 01/23/14 04:40 PM EST
New York -- Vincent Asaro, 78, an elderly reputed mobster was arrested at his New York City home on Thursday and charged with robbery and a 1969 murder. Authorities claim that in 1978 he was among hooded gunmen who pulled a $6 million airport heist, dramatized in the hit Martin Scorsese movie "Goodfellas." Asaro, 78, was named along with his son, Jerome, and three other defendants in wide-ranging indictment alleging murder, robbery, extortion, arson and other crimes from the late 1960s through last year. The unsealed indictment accused Vincent Asaro of helping to direct the Dec. 11, 1978, Lufthansa Airlines heist at Kennedy airport - one of the largest cash thefts in American history. The gunmen looted a vault in the airline's cargo terminal and stole about $5 million in untraceable U.S. currency that was being returned to the United States from Germany, along with about $1 million in jewelry. The cash was never found.
According to court papers, an unidentified mob associate who pleaded guilty and became a cooperating witness told investigators that he participated in the robbery at the direction of Asaro. The theft was hatched by James "Jimmy the Gent" Burke, a late Lucchese crime family associate who was close to Asaro, who told the bandits that he had a "score" that would make them rich, the papers say. Each robber was supposed to be paid $750,000, but the cooperating witness said "most did not receive their share, either because they were killed first or it was never given to them," according to the court papers.
The papers say the cooperator wore a wire and recorded a conversation he had with Asaro in 2011 in which the pair discussed being slighted. "We never got our right money, what we were supposed to get," Asaro said, according to the court papers. "Jimmy Burke kept everything."
In addition to the heist, the elder Asaro was charged in the 1969 murder of Paul Katz, whose remains were found last year during an FBI dig at a house once occupied by Burke. According to the cooperating witness, Asaro and Burke were business partners in Robert's Lounge, the papers say. Katz once owned a warehouse where mobsters stored stolen goods, according to the court papers. After a raid at the warehouse, Asaro and Burke began to suspect Katz was a law enforcement informant. Asaro told the cooperator that Burke "had killed Katz with a dog chain because they believed he was a 'rat,'" the papers say. The cooperator told investigators that Asaro and Burke brought Katz's body to a vacant home in Queens where it was concealed beneath a cement floor.
The saloon was described by a fellow Lucchese associate of Burke, the late Henry Hill, as Burke's private cemetery. "Jimmy buried over a dozen bodies ... under the bocce courts," Hill wrote in his book, "A Goodfella's Guide to New York." In the 1980s, Burke ordered the cooperator to dig up the remains and move them to another location. Burke inspired Robert De Niro's character in "Goodfellas," which was based on Nicholas Pileggi's book "Wiseguy" and told the story of Hill's time in the mob and subsequent cooperation with law enforcement.
The Asaros, both identified as captains in the Bonanno organized crime family, pleaded not guilty through their attorneys and were ordered held without bail at a brief appearance in federal court in Brooklyn. A lawyer for Jerome Asaro declined comment. The elder Asaro's attorney told reporters outside court that his client was framed by shady turncoat gangsters, including former Bonanno boss Joseph Massino - the highest-ranking member of the city's five organized crime families to break the mob's vow of silence. Massino "is one of the worst witnesses I've ever seen," the attorney said. He added that Asaro had given him "marching orders" that "there will be no plea and he will walk out the door a free man."
Massino was convicted in 2004 on charges he had a hand in multiple gangland murders, including the execution of a mobster who vouched for FBI undercover agent Donnie Brasco - a story that was also turned into a movie. It was following that conviction on seven murders, and while still awaiting trial on an eighth, that Massino also agreed to turn stoolie. As part of his cooperation agreement with the FBI, Massino agreed to turn over $7 million in cash and hundreds of gold bars. In July, Massino saw his life prison sentence reduced to time served after prosecutors praised his work as a government cooperator.
Posted: 01/22/14 10:10 PM EST - Updated: 01/23/14 04:40 PM EST
Shots Fired ... Fake Gun!
SEATTLE, WA (WCJB) — Seattle's Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey says a 36-year-old man fatally shot at a bus stop after police say he threatened them with a gun was actually armed with a fake gun.
Bailey told a Wednesday news conference that it would've been difficult to tell a real gun from the fake during the shooting late Monday night. Andrew Law died later of his injuries.
Officer Jason Atofau is on paid leave while the shooting is investigated.
The Seattle media reports another recent officer-involved shooting was the result of a suspect drinking and making a threat with a firearm. Bailey says an officer shot and wounded a man early Sunday after receiving reports that a man was threatening to shoot and kill another man in a parking lot. Assistant Police Chief Carmen Best identified the officer as gang Detective Jon Huber. He, too, is on leave while the Sunday shooting is investigated.
Posted: Jan. 21, 2014 - Updated: 8:11 AM PST, Fri. January 24, 2014
Dublin, CA -- BART began buying the cameras in 2012 and had fully deployed them by early last year after the high-profile killing of an unarmed Grant at the Fruitvale BART station by a BART officer who said he was reaching for his stun gun instead of his weapon, but was ultimately convicted of involuntary manslaughter. BART adopted a policy stating that uniformed officers equipped with cameras should activate them "prior to making contact with individuals" in several circumstances, including stops, arrests and probation searches. The goal is to capture an "objective, unbiased video and audio record." The body cameras were issued to all of the transit agency's officers in the wake of the 2009 Oscar Grant shooting.
Sources familiar with Tuesday's fatal shooting of Sgt. Tom "Tommy" Smith told media sources that he and two other detectives who entered the apartment of a robbery suspect were not wearing cameras. The five officers who entered the apartment either weren't wearing the devices or didn't activate them, according to sources in media. Two uniformed BART officers who accompanied the detectives did wear cameras but failed to activate them, the sources told the newspaper. The deadly friendly-fire shooting of a Smith on January 21, 2014, in Dublin was thus not captured by the body cameras.
As for uniformed officers, BART policy says they should activate the cameras in a variety of situations that include interacting with members of the public. But the subject of the probation search in Dublin was not home. He was already in custody, having been arrested Jan. 16 after police say he led San Leandro officers on a chase to Oakland in a car stolen from a BART lot.
BART Police Chief Kenton Rainey said at a transit agency board meeting in Oakland on Thursday that the two uniformed officers at the scene "did have video cameras, as required by policy. As far as what they actually captured, I don't know."
Posted: Jan. 21, 2014 - Updated: 3:11 PM PST, Tues. January 21, 2014
Mrs. “Money Bags”
Williston Park, L.I., NY -- The feds say She's Mrs. “Money Bags.” Federal officials allege 74-year-old Long Island granny Mae Rabuffo (pictured above, center) controlled the purse strings for a $49 million real estate fraud scheme with her ex-husband, a former Genovese mob associate. Frail and hard of hearing, Mae Rabuffo was arrested Jan. 9 by the FBI at her modest home in Williston Park, L.I., just over the Queens border. Rabuffo is facing the heat in Miami, where she was indicted this month along with ex-husband Domenico Rabuffo, 77. Domenico became a government witness after his business partner was whacked in an infamous New York rubout in 1987.
“Domenico Rabuffo’s modus operandi is to keep the proceeds of his fraudulent schemes in the hands of his ex-wife Mae Rabuffo and various shell companies,” federal prosecutors said in court papers. Federal prosecutors allege the couple bilked at least four major banks — including Bank of America and Wachovia — in a complex mortgage fraud scheme involving property they said they were developing in North Carolina called Hampton Springs.
“I don’t want to comment, thank you,” she told media sources on Tuesday from the doorway of her home, which the feds are seeking to seize. According to the indictment, the Rabuffos, who have addresses in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., used shell companies to get ownership of a “purported” residential property in North Carolina. They and five co-conspirators then allegedly recruited “straw buyers” who used fraudulent documents to take out construction and mortgage loans. The millions were funneled through the shell companies controlled by the Rabuffos, court papers say. The property was never developed.
A land surveyor in North Carolina told the feds that he was paid with checks in the name of Mae Rabuffo and described her as the “money bags behind (Domenico) Rabuffo,” the court papers say. Her Defense lawyer said the feds have it all wrong. “We will prove her ex-husband used her as a nominee and that Miss Rabuffo had neither intent to defraud or knowledge that anyone was being defrauded,” the attorney said. “She’s as much a victim as anyone in the indictment.”
Mae, whose Facebook profile picture shows a fluffy white dog and whose page is dotted with links to bingo apps, seems to have only one extravagance — the late-model Mercedes-Benz S550 neighbors say she drives. “Sometimes when it snows, my husband will clear her driveway for her and she will come over with a tray of homemade cookies to thank us,” another neighbor said. “That’s the kind of person we know her to be.”
Domenico Rabuffo (pictured above, center) made headlines in 1987 when his 400-pound business partner Irwin Schiff was whacked inside the Bravo Sergio restaurant on the Upper East Side. Authorities discovered that Schiff and Rabuffo had ties to the Mafia and had carried out frauds together. Fearing that he was next on the hit list, Rabuffo ran to the feds for protection. Later, he reinvented himself as a real estate mogul in Florida, but apparently did not go straight.
She was released on $1 million bail. Her ex is still in custody. The Rabuffos and the co-defendants face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
Posted: Jan. 31, 2014 - Updated: 01:11 PM PST, Mon. Feb. 03, 2014
WEST LAFAYETTE. Ind. (WCJB) – Marcia Gentry, 51 (pictured below, center) a Purdue University professor, was seriously injured and her husband killed in what appeared to be an attempted murder-suicide. Gentry is in serious condition after being shot multiple times inside a home in the 4000 block of Farmstead Lane. Her husband, 64-year-old William Byers, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot. Police were called to the home around 8:45 p.m. Thursday.
Gentry was taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital before being transferred to IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with multiple gunshot wounds to her lower extremities, according to the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.
Gentry is a professor in Purdue’s Department of Educational Studies and Gifted, Creative and Talented Studies. The university’s website also lists her as the director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute.
The news comes as Purdue holds a “Day of Healing” following the Jan. 21 shooting that killed student Andrew Boldt.
Posted: Jan. 21, 2014 - Updated: 023:11 PM PST, Tues. January 21, 2014
West Lafayette, Ind. -- One person died in a shooting today on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., and one person is in custody. The shooting took place at about noon in the electrical engineering building, in the basement area. Police said no one else was injured. Police said there was no ongoing threat to the university. Police said the victim was a male and they were trying to identify him. A campus news website, reported the man killed was a teaching assistant.
The suspect was apprehended moments after the shooting as he ran outside and was caught by West Lafayette, Ind., police, campus Police Chief John Cox said at a news conference today. The suspect is not cooperating at all with authorities, according to Cox. Sources reported that Cody Cousins, 23 (pictured above, center) was being held without bond in connection with the killing.
The shooting triggered a "shelter in place" text message alert for the rest of campus, students told media sources. Classes were in session when the shooting occurred, Cox said. Twenty to 25 campus police officers responded to the electrical engineering building within two minutes, Cox said. He noted the campus police and city police trained together for active shooter situations.
The campus was reopened around 1:30 p.m., though the Electrical Engineering building remains closed. "I'm off campus but near the (electrical engineering) building. You can hear the emergency sirens and there have been 30 to 40 cop cars surrounding the EE building over the last 30 minutes," Daniel Hatfield said.
Hatfield said that police searched other buildings in addition to the engineering building. He said students and teachers are taking the lockdown "very seriously."
Kevin Brown said he was in lockdown at the business school, nearly three-quarters of a mile away from the engineering building and he has not yet been able to get in touch with friends in the engineering building.
Posted: 9:11 PM EST, Fri. January 17, 2014 - Updated: 12:42 PM PST, Mon January 20, 2014
Ardmore, Oklahoma -- A teen was shot and killed Thursday night in Oklahoma after shooting several people, including two ATF agents, police said. The teen, identified as Henry Jackson, was killed at 9:30 p.m. Thursday after going on a two-day crime spree, said Sgt. Ryan Hunnicutt of the Ardmore Police Department.
Authorities say the incident started on Wednesday night when a 19-year-woman called 911 and said she had been shot in the arm. About four blocks away from that shooting, another man was shot in the hip Thursday afternoon. Officers began to gather information that pointed to Jackson as a suspect in both incidents, Hunnicutt said.
Local police officers were searching for Jackson and two ATF agents in the area for a different matter joined the search. The agents found Jackson in a car Thursday evening. He opened fire on them, wounding them, Hunnicutt said. One of the agents was treated at the scene, the other was hospitalized with minor injuries.
Later, Ardmore police saw Jackson traveling in a Ford Taurus and a chase ensued. The suspect fired at officers, Hunnicutt said, and officers fired back, killing him.
All the victims shot by the 19-year-old are expected to survive, police said.
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