Brief Look at Crime 06/09 – 06/15

Teen charged for illegal gambling related murder 

ST. LOUIS – A 19-year-old man is accused of shooting at a group of people in a south city alley, killing one of them. Antonio Petty is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and two counts of armed criminal action. Police say a group of people were gambling behind a home in the 3500 block of Pennsylvania March 15 when Petty approached and started firing shots. Clem Russell, 19, was shot in his back and shoulder. He was pronounced dead at an area hospital. A 20-year-old man was shot in his shoulder. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. Petty is held without bond.

Suspect Gambler Killer Appears in Court 

Msibi has been charged with murder. He is alleged to have committed the offence on Tuesday. He allegedly stabbed Melusi Mangena Khumalo, 28, of Mgazini several times in the chest and back. Msibi is alleged to have inflicted fatal wounds on Khumalo from which he died. The men were gambling near the bus rank toilet which is one of the gambling hotspots in the city. Msibi was arrested at the scene of crime after being assaulted by members of the public. Khumalo is said to have pulled out after he enjoyed a winning streak in the  gambling game, something that did not go down well with one of the gamblers who had lost and confronted him out of anger. The deceased was a well known gambler in the Mbabane central business district gambling hot spots.

Curbing Illegal World Cup betting

Police launched an awareness campaign today to curb sports betting and internet gambling during the 2014 Fifa World Cup as such activities are illegal in the country. The Interpol Global Awareness Campaign – “Turn Back Crime” was launched by the commercial crimes investigation department (CCID) director Datuk Sri Mortadza Nazarene at Bukit Aman here. He said the ultimate goal of the campaign was to seek the support as well as create awareness in the community for the need to carry out global policing to make the world a safer place. The World Cup will be held in Brazil from June 12 to July 13. He said sports betting and internet gambling were among the transnational crimes where organized crime syndicates were involved.

Former Savannah police chief charged with gambling, extortion

Former Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Willie Lovett pleaded not guilty Thursday to a seven-count federal indictment charging him with commercial gambling and extortion. U.S. Magistrate G.R. Smith said the first count of commercial gambling accused Lovett of participating between Jan. 5, 2009, and May 8, 2013, while he was either a major or chief of police with the metro police department.  The indictment also charges that between March 16, 2004, and Sept. 27, 2013, Lovett participated in a scheme to obstruct enforcement of state laws prohibiting gambling. Along with Lovett two other defendants, Randall Wayne Roach and Kenny Amos Blount, were also charged in the superseding indictment with running an illegal gambling business and with conspiring with Lovett to obstruct the enforcement of Georgia gambling laws. A fourth defendant, Randall Wayne Roach, Jr., was charged with participating in an illegal gambling business. 

Government seeks to collect $905,000 from operators of alleged illegal cockfighting arena 

The federal government wants to collect $905,000 from people accused of operating an illegal cockfighting business in Floyd County that was allegedly one of the largest in the nation. A federal grand jury recently added more charges against five people who allegedly had a part in the operation. The charges included a forfeiture count seeking $905,208 — the amount the five allegedly obtained through the illegal operation from June 2009 through May, or which could be traced to the property, according to the indictment. The people accused in the case are Floyd County residents Walter Dale Stumbo, his wife Sonya K. Stumbo and son Joshua Dale Stumbo; and Wesley Dean Robinson and Jonathan Robinson, a father and son from Wise County, Va., which adjoins Kentucky.”Due to the enhanced stabbing and slashing ability bestowed upon the birds by the manmade weapons, cockfighting is an extremely painful, bloody, and deadly event,” Wojtkonski said in his statement. “Birds are stabbed, slashed open, eviscerated, and partially decapitated.” The Stumbos and Robinsons are charged with conspiring to exhibit or sponsor animals in an illegal fighting venture and with conspiring to conduct an illegal gambling business.

Teacher shot dead in robbery attempt spurred by soccer gambling debts

Chiang Mai Provincial officials report that a man has been shot dead by the owner of the Yaowaratruamchoke Gold Shop in an attempted robbery at the venue in Muang District. The man, later identified as Sakon Kunjana, was a physical education instructor from a famous school in the area. The wife of the alleged robber, told the police that her husband had a huge debt caused by his addiction to gambling on soccer matches. According to the gold shop owner Chawalit Chin-Anukulpong, the assailant visited the shop early yesterday morning while the owner was preparing to open his establishment, saying he assumed that the visitor was one of his employees and was taken by surprise when Mr. Sakon rushed in and hit him repeatedly with a hammer. Mr. Chawalit managed to break free from the man’s attack and was able to snatch his sidearm from behind the counter. The gold shop owner then shot Mr. Sakon three times in the chest, killing the man.

World Cup fans targeted by online gambling scams

World Cup fans are being targeted by online gambling scams, Shanghai police warned yesterday. Even though gambling is illegal on China’s mainland, some football fans are tempted to use sites and are paying the price, said officers. Some fans are being enticed by soccer gambling messages promoting sites promising good odds, said police. But those enticed often discover that after they provide bank details to transfer their stake cash, malware would drain their accounts. Other websites lure victims with promises of cash for registering, allow them to “win” and then only gradually swindle them by never paying out. One Shanghai web user, enticed by a scam message promising him 88 yuan (US$14) for registration, transferred 100 yuan to an account. He won with his first World Cup bets, but then realized that he could not access either his winnings nor his “registration bonus.” Football fans are also been scammed by “World Cup prediction” software, police said.

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