A Brief Look at Crime 8/23 – 8/29

18-year-old arrested in fatal shooting at Dallas gambling hall

Dallas police have arrested an 18-year-old in the fatal shooting of a doorman at an illegal gambling hall last week.  Police said they received information from a Crime Stoppers tip that [suspect] shot [the victim] last Friday night during the robbery of a gambling hall in the 9200 block of Skillman Street, off LBJ Freeway in far northeast Dallas.    [He] was arrested Wednesday and admitted that he and another man robbed the gambling hall, according to a police affidavit. They were told “they could get thousands of dollars from the location and that it would be an easy lick,” the affidavit said.

One victim, eight suspects in shooting

Eight people have been arrested and charged after an early-morning shooting at 235 Fourth Street, the location of the now closed Paradise Pub, where illegal gambling and drug use was taking place. Police have not yet identified or charged the shooter, and code enforcement officers said the building — including two upstairs apartments — will most likely be shut down. Police responded to the scene at 3:45 a.m. and found 22-year-old Demonte Miller with multiple gunshot wounds in a white Suburban. Demonte was treated at the scene and transported to Albany Medical Center Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Former Freehold Raceway president Donald Codey pleads guitly to stealing vouchers, helping pass bad checks

Attorney General Paula T. Dow and Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor announced that Donald R. Codey Jr., former president and general manager of Freehold Raceway Park, pleaded guilty today to stealing $3,045 in raceway promotional vouchers and assisting two patrons to cash more than $1.3 million in bad checks at the track. Thomas must pay $349,080 in restitution to FR Park Racing, L.P., the owner of Freehold Raceway, and Siragusa must pay $553,660, representing the total bad checks each man cashed, less amounts previously paid or credited against the debts. Under his plea agreement, Codey is made jointly and severally liable with Thomas and Siragusa for paying those restitution amounts.

Florida Man to Plead Guilty in $880 Million Fraud

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) — Nevin Shapiro, the former owner of Capitol Investments USA Inc. accused of leading an $880 million Ponzi scheme, is to plead guilty, court papers showed Shapiro, 41, of Miami Beach, Florida, is charged with defrauding more than 60 investors in his bogus wholesale grocery distribution business. He is accused of using new investors’ money to pay earlier ones, as well as to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Prosecutors said Shapiro stole $35 million to pay illegal gambling debts and make payments on a $5.3 million house, a $1.5 million yacht, a Mercedes-Benz and seats to Miami Heat basketball games. He also bought a pair of diamond-studded handcuffs to give to a prominent professional athlete and donated $150,000 to the University of Miami for an athletic lounge, prosecutors said.

Man shot while attempting to break into bingo hall

HOUSTON — A man was shot at a bingo hall in northeast Harris County. It happened last night on FM 1960 near Aldine Westfield.  Deputies say the man walked up to the door and smashed the door with a hammer.  A security guard fearing the safety of the customers and his own life shot at him. “There was one shot, but it was so close because as the hammer was coming up and he hit the door it was like bam, bam,” said an eyewitness. Deputies say the man was only grazed and treated at the scene.  They say he also smashed the door of a liquor store in the same shopping center.

Lister gets 15 years in Sheriff’s Office theft

A former Escambia County Sheriff’s Office employee convicted of stealing $1.4 million from the agency was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison, less than half the recommended term of 33 years. Circuit Judge Paul Rasmussen also ordered Cathy Lister, 58, to pay back the money and serve  10 years probation after her prison sentence. Testifying at her trial in July, Lister didn’t deny taking money, though she disputed that the amount was $1.4 million. She admitted to using some of the money to gamble at casinos and go shopping.

Mexican mafia member gets 35 years in prison for Coleman killing

OCALA — A member of the so-called Mexican mafia, convicted of beating and stomping to death a fellow gang “brother” at the federal prison in Coleman, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for the killing. Most of the attack in the fenced-in recreation area was captured on videotape by surveillance cameras at the prison, the largest federal correctional complex in the nation. The beating took 47 minutes. Yazzi also was stabbed 13 times with a shank, a knife-like weapon, and died en route to a hospital. Farias and Yazzi were members of the gang, which has been linked to extortion and gambling operations in Texas, while Martinez was considered an associate of the gang, required to follow orders.

Suicide pact: 2 kids die as mom battles for life

In a tragic incident, a woman along with her two kids attempted suicide at G Konduru village in Krishna district on Tuesday. While the two children died, the woman is battling for her life in a hospital. Shaik Mastan Bi, 28, made her children Farjana, 3, and 18-month-old Karishma consume a pesticide-mixed soft drink before she herself drank the liquid. She allegedly took the extreme step after failing to convince her husband Rasool, an auto driver, not to indulge in betting and gambling.

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