A Brief Look at Crime 3/15 – 3/28

Leaders Speak Out After Dice Game Kills Teen

A memorial with flowers, photos and crime scene tape marks the spot in Miami’s Carol City Park where someone murdered 17-year-old LaDarius Frazer. Police said the teen was killed after an argument over a game of dice.  Derrick Macon said the teen died in his arms. Family and friends spent all day and night Sunday visiting the site where Frazer was killed. All were distraught that a roll of the dice could end in murder. Frazer’s death is the lastest in a string of shootings that erupted over dice games. Just last year nine people were gunned down in Liberty City near a game of craps.

Ex-office manager sentenced to prison

Pennington previously pleaded guilty to taking $275,000 from Dr. Stephen Zucker’s practice over the course of several years, even taking out a debit card in his name. The 33-month sentence coincided with what the government was asking that Pennington receive in the theft. Addressing the judge at the hearing, Zucker said he was astonished to find himself in court facing the betrayal of a lifelong employee. Pennington’s attorney William Stanley told the court that Pennington’s gambling problems and feelings or work pressure were not an excuse, but rather an explanation of her actions.

Mum planned to murder family: court

A mother put drugs into her husband’s and son’s food for four days as she prepared to kill them and then herself, a court has been told. The 45-year-old woman – who cannot be identified – made the decision to end their lives after her husband discovered she had gambled away $500,000 of the family’s money, the Supreme Court in Brisbane heard on Friday. The court was told the woman decided her family hated her because of her addiction, and that they would be better off if they were dead.

Suspect In Manhunt Found Dead In Big River

A wanted felon is dead after an early morning police pursuit that started in East St. Louis, Illinois, and ended with a manhunt near Eureka, Missouri.  The Missouri Highway Patrol identified the suspect as Gene Miller, 34, from Hillsboro, Missouri.  Investigators say Miller won an $18,000 jackpot from the Casino Queen, but when he went to show his identification the Illinois Gaming Board flagged him for outstanding warrants.  That’s when we’re told Miller took off.

East St. Louis Police started chasing Miller near the Casino Queen around 4:00 a.m. Monday, then the Missouri Highway Patrol picked it up at I-55 and Bayless.  They chased Miller all the way out to Eureka. We’re told at one point, Miller actually shot at troopers.  Fortunately, no one was hit. Miller eventually ditched his truck along Route W near Eureka and ran off.  That set off a massive manhunt with SWAT teams called in from the Highway Patrol and the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department.

Calif. man sentenced for bilking $7M from casinos

A San Diego man who led a card-cheating scheme that bilked dozens of casinos across the country out of a total of $7 million has been sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison. Phuong Quoc Truong was sentenced Monday in San Diego after pleading guilty in April 2008 to conspiracy to conduct a racketeering enterprise. He and 13 others were indicted in May 2007.

Gang-Related Shooting Injures 2 in Cali Casino

Authorities have arrested the alleged gunman in the gang-related shooting of two teenagers at an Amador County casino. The shooting took place inside one of the restaurants at Jackson Rancheria Casino around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. The 18-year-old and 15-year-old victims suffered gunshot wounds to the face and neck. They were taken to area hospitals, where authorities say they’re in stable condition.

Granny Barbara Wells stole half a million from her boss to blow on pokies

A YOUNG grandmother stole more than half a million dollars from her boss and blew it all playing pokies. Barbara Wells, 39, was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in jail for embezzling $545,222.  Maitland Local Court in Sydney was told that she stole the money to feed her gambling addiction.  To feed her habit, she siphoned company money into three of her own accounts.  Although she took only a few thousand dollars to begin with she soon started stealing amounts of $15,000 at a time.

St. Louis bookie pleads guilty, will forfeit $295,000

A St. Louis bookie pleaded guilty to a federal gambling charge Wednesday and agreed to forfeit  $295,431, as well as guns and computer gear, prosecutors said. As part of 54-year-old Douglas Lee Brown’s guilty plea to operating an illegal gambling business, Brown admitted making bets on sporting events from November 2006 to November 2007.

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