A brief look at crime 2/15 – 2/21

Man shot and killed with baby in his arms

Tammy Spivey can’t stand to live in her duplex on the corner of West 8th Street and Mangousine Avenue anymore. “It’s just really really sad,” Spivey said. This is where her boyfriend Dennis Andre Williams died. “Last night he was on the street gambling, someone saw that he had a couple of dollars in his pocket, so they thought they would follow him and rob him, right in front of the house.” But as Williams was about to walk inside with his 8 month old baby, his life took a terrible turn. “He was shot him with the baby in his arms and the baby fell to the ground and it bruised his face up everywhere,” Spivey said.

Mother kills 2 children over family feud

Mother killed her two children and later attempted to commit suicide in the district town yesterday.Sources said the tragic incident occurred at Hazipur Nayapara in the town following a family feud between Awlad Hossain and his wife Rabeya Begum. Mother Rabeya suffocated her son Asad (5) and daughter Tisha (3) to death and tried to commit suicide after she engaged yesterday morning in a fierce altercation with Awlad over her husband’s gambling.

Gambling addict gets three years for theft

A gambling addict who stole more than $460,000 from her employers – causing other staff to lose their jobs – has been jailed for three years. Toni Whatarau, 46, had blown all the money on pokie machines, her lawyer Eric Forster told Napier District Court yesterday. She could only offer $3000 reparation.  Whatarau, who had earlier pleaded  guilty to the theft, was addicted to gambling and had begun counselling, Mr Forster said.

Stephen Lee Arrested, Gambling Scandal in Snooker

Famous British snooker player Stephen Lee has been arrested in an ongoing match fixing and illegal gambling probe. A UK police spokesperson confirmed to London media 35-year-old father of four Stephen Lee had been arrested in relation to a 2 year invesigation into gambling and match fixing in the game of snooker. The spokersperson said: “A 35-year-old man from Wiltshire has this morning been arrested on suspicion of cheating. This follows a joint operation where West Midlands Police have assisted the Gambling Commission, following their concerns about suspicious betting patterns.”

Paralegal Gets 46 Months in $1.7M Theft

As a paralegal was sentenced to a 46-month federal prison term this week for stealing $1.7 million from the Connecticut law firm for which she formerly worked, new indictments were also announced in unrelated cases against at least two employees of different law firms in other states. Patricia Baddeley Meehan, 44, handled real estate closings for Berman & Russo and reportedly wrote 77 checks to herself from a client funds account. She is accused of using the money she stole from the firm to pay the personal credit card charges with which she financed her gambling and lavish lifestyle, according to the Hartford Courant

Man dead after SWAT standoff

Police have found a man dead inside a home after a SWAT standoff Monday afternoon. BSO, along with the SWAT team, surrounded the home at the request of the Seminole Tribe police department. Police have been working with the FBI and the Secret Service to locate a man, who allegedly robbed the Seminal Casino Coconut Creek at gunpoint on Jan. 29th. “One individual came into the second floor poker room, the cashier area, and stole several thousand dollars,” said Gary Bitner of the Seminole Tribe Police Department. Linda Martin, and her neighbors, watched as canines and officers closed in around a home on Northeast 56th Street and Third Avenue 4 p.m. “We heard shots, and that’s when the SWAT team and everyone came out,” said Martin.

Man charged in shootings of Calif. Couple

A man has been charged with murder and attempted murder after police say he killed a Southern California woman and critically injured her boyfriend while pretending he wanted to buy their car. Police say Loera went to the Westminster, Calif., home of Julie Palasko and Dennis Koire on Sunday, pretending he wanted to buy a vehicle they were selling, an Infiniti sedan. Prosecutors say Loera then shot Palasko to death and wounded Koire before ransacking their home. He then fled to Las Vegas in their sedan. Police say Loera crashed the car into a ditch while attempting to flee from security at a Nevada casino.

Woman charged over $2 million school scam

Mihoko Gaspar, 39, is accused of defrauding people who planned to send their children to the Australian Language Institute at Surfers Paradise. Police alleged in Southport Magistrates Court that Gaspar convinced parents to give her money in the belief they would receive dividends from any profits made by the school. However, the address Gaspar gave her victims for the school is  an empty office, and the phone has been disconnected. In documents tendered to the court, police claimed Gaspar had a gambling addiction and owed $1.6 million to casinos in Australia and New Zealand.

Borrego admits to stealing $3.4 million

The one-time business manager for the district admitted to cooking the books and taking $3.4 million. Borrego pleaded guilty to six embezzlement charges, four tax evasion charges and one charge of using her position to take money. While she was the business manager for the school district, she wrote hundreds of checks to herself from January 2005 to August 2009 when she was finally caught. No one knows where the money is. Borrego admitted to the superintendent that she had a gambling problem when first confronted about the missing money.

Man gets life sentence for strangling wife

MANILA, Philippines–A construction worker will spend the rest of his life behind bars after a Quezon City judge found him guilty of strangling his wife as they were arguing in a church compound nearly seven years ago. Delantar was accused of killing his wife, Evelyn, in a construction site at Christ the King compound in Barangay Libis on Aug. 5, 2003. Court records showed that he allegedly strangled his wife with a clothesline after they fought over his gambling habit.

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