A Brief Look at Crime 03/19 – 03/25

Tucson robbery, police chase ends in deadly crash

Two men suspected of following a group of women and robbing them in their home are dead after a chase lead to a car crash in the early morning hours on Tuesday, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. Four men approached a group of women late Monday night at Casino del Sol in Tucson. The women left the casino shortly after the encounter because they felt uncomfortable, according to the Sheriff’s Department. When the women arrived home, they realized were followed by the four men in a white Jeep Cherokee. The women were able to get inside of the garage of the house. However, the four men were able to crawl under the garage door, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Filipino Counter-Strike Gambling Leaves One Dead

Police in the Filipino capitol of Manila have arrested a suspect they believe murdered a man following an argument over a game of Counter-Strike. The two men, along with a group of others, were playing the popular Valve shooter in one of the city’s many internet cafes. A 300 peso (roughly $7 USD) bet was placed on the outcome of the match, but when it came time to pay up the losing team began arguing the result. The alleged murderer then followed Eric Cristobal back to his home, where police say Cristobal was stabbed to death. “He [Cristobal] did not start the quarrel. He just got caught up in it. But they all had long been betting on Counter-Strike,” said police investigator Noel Ibanez, following the unnamed assailant’s arrest. There’s no punchline here, boys and girls. A man is dead over a petty dispute and an even more petty amount of money. Sometimes the world is a swirling ball of terrible.

 Pinnacle faces penalty for falling short on riverfront investments  


In 2004, Pinnacle Entertainment made a deal with the city to invest $50 million in revitalizing the riverfront area within five years of opening its $507 million Lumière Place casino. A year later, Pinnacle promised a $25 million condo tower on Laclede’s Landing. In 2006, the company announced plans to build stores and additional condos as part of a second phase of Lumière Place, which opened in December 2007.  But the recession hit — and the projects were canceled. Pinnacle now faces a December deadline. Its only investment outside of its casino complex: the $9.8 million Stamping Lofts project. And even though it is getting full credit for the project, its financial investment was just $2 million. If the company does not make, or get credit for, the remaining $37.6 million in real estate investments by the end of the year, the redevelopment agreement requires Pinnacle to pay a $1 million penalty, called an “additional city services fee,” in January 2013.


Online Gambling Addict Jailed for £230k Theft

An accounts clerk that stole £236,000 from her employer to fund her online gambling addiction has been sentenced to nearly four years in jail for her fraudulent actions. Kay Fearnley, 55, was jailed for three years and nine months having admitted to stealing the money from Leeds-based Brahm PR. The Crown Court in Leeds was told how offences were committed over a six year period and were not uncovered until she was made redundant from the company. Defending Fearnley, Graham Parkin, claimed: “She was shocked when the total sum was put to her in interview. “She could not believe the total amount. As often happens, she took the first payment with a then addiction to gambling. “She always believed she could win enough money to put the money back.”

Judge jails IT analyst who defrauded employers of $1.5M 

An information technology analyst who defrauded his employer of more than $1.5 million by buying and then reselling computer equipment to support his gambling addiction has been sentenced to three years and eight months in prison. Marc J. Morrissette, 43, was working with Golder Associates, a ground engineering and environmental service company, when he used an internal ordering system to purchase $1,516,156 worth of computer equipment from Dell, Insight and the company’s own internal supply kept at their Calgary headquarters over a three-year period from 2006 to 2009. One man said he bought 40 to 60 Panasonic laptop computers from Morrissette. Morrissette was fired from that job and seven months later became the IT manager at the Westin Hotel.

 Kids Left in Car While Mom Gambled, Police Say

Kansas City, Kan. mother faces charges of child endangerment after police say she left her children alone while she was gambling inside a casino. Police say Katrina Denise Roades, 31, left her three children, ages 9, 8 and six months old outside in the parking lot on March 3, while she went to play slots at the Argosy Casino. A security officer found one of the older girls wandering in the parking lot. The girl told the officer her mom’s name and led the officer to the family’s car. That’s when the officer found the other daughter and the infant. Police believe Roades was inside the casino for about an hour and a half from 4:00 p.m. until 6:20 p.m., leaving the kids alone in 40 degree temperatures.

 Two Joplin, Missouri Men Indicted for Internet Gambling

Two Joplin, Mo., men have been indicted by a federal grand jury for operating an illegal gambling operation over the Internet. Springfield, MO – infoZine – Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that William Lisle, 57, and Kenneth B. Lovett, 72, both of Joplin, were charged in a 16-count indictment that was returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield, Mo., on Feb. 29, 2012. The indictment was unsealed upon the arrests and initial court appearances of Lisle and Lovett. The federal indictment alleges that Lisle and Lovett utilized the Internet to transmit wagering information, including placing bets on sporting events, as part of their gambling business from Jan. 1, 2003, to Feb. 8, 2011. Lisle is also charged with 15 counts of money laundering. The indictment alleges that Lisle sent money from the gambling operation to Costa Rica by Federal Express in an effort to conceal the proceeds.

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