A Brief Look at Crime 01/04 – 01/10

No bond for two men in murder case 

Demicky Rogers and Kenzell Walker had their first appearances Wednesday morning in connection to the murder of 55-year-old Barry Kerper, and they were denied bond. Rogers is charged with armed robbery, and Walker is charged with murder and armed robber with a fire arm. The 21-year-old Rogers and 22-year-old Walker were arrested Tuesday in connection to the murder Kerper. 22-year-old Carl Randle, who is also being charged with armed robbery in the murder of Kerper, was already in jail on unrelated charges. In November of 2015, Kerper was shot through the glass door of his business on Palmyra Road shortly before 12:30 in the morning by a man police say Kerper had refused to let inside. Prosecutors said Kerper was operating illegal gambling machines.

New Jersey mob leader, 2 sons get prison for gambling ring

Three members of the Lucchese crime family in New Jersey have been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to running an international gambling enterprise. Sixty-nine-year-old Ralph Perna, of East Hanover, was sentenced to eight years in prison and his two sons, John and Joseph, were sentenced to 10 years. Authorities say Ralph Perna had led the mob family’s New Jersey operations. The father and sons were among six mob Lucchese crime family members who pleaded guilty for their role in the ring in October. The defendants were arrested in 2007 after investigators targeted an international criminal gambling enterprise that they say handled billions of dollars in wagers, primarily on sporting events. Charges are still pending against 20 of the 34 people originally indicted in the case.

 State agency raids several Moose Lodges for gambling

Six different Moose lodges targeted. Two in cape coral, one in Labelle, one in Port Charlotte and two in South Fort Myers. The organizations are service-oriented social clubs that serve food and alcohol. Investigators confiscated thousands of dollars and arrested several people, with more arrests pending. The Moose Lodge website says its an organization dedicated to helping others, celebrating life and having fun, but some of that fun may have been illegal! Sometime recently, the division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco conducted routine investigations of Moose Lodges when they discovered six different chapters were in “the act of keeping a gambling house.” ABT issued warnings to each lodge, but those warnings were apparently ignored. ABT investigators seized $39,428 in cash, 49 gambling machines, five poker tables and arrested four people Eight more arrests are pending.

 Woman who stole $123K from Lancaster Republican Club to pay gambling debts gets house arrest 

A 66-year-old Millersville woman was recently sentenced to house arrest and probation for stealing $123,000 from 7th Ward Republican Club in Lancaster. Linda J. Seibert will spend the next nine months on house arrest followed by three years on probation for stealing the money from the 7th Ward Republican Club between January 2012 and December 2014, according to a news release from the Lancaster County District attorney’s office. Officials said Seibert, a former treasurer of the club, admitted to using the money to support her gambling addiction. Wright also banned Seibert from gambling locations and places that host games of chance, according to the release. Seibert pleaded guilty to felony theft by unlawful taking in October.  Most of the funds Seibert stole had been designated for donation to charities and non-profits, according to the news release. Prosecutors said Seibert was ordered to pay back all of the money, $10,000 of which she paid back on Monday.

 

Man Went to Hard Rock Casino, Left Child Alone: Police

A man accused of leaving his 3-year-old son alone in his hotel room while he hung out with friends at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood was arrested for child neglect, authorities said. Gatchary Forth, 28, was arrested Sunday on a charge of child neglect without great bodily harm, Seminole Police Department officials said. Gatchary Forth, 28, was arrested Sunday on a charge of child neglect without great bodily harm, Seminole Police Department officials said. Forth was being held on $5,000 bond Monday and it’s unknown if he’s hired an attorney. Officials said officers responded after the boy was found alone in a corridor on the hotel’s third floor by a guest who brought the child to security. Forth allegedly left the boy alone in the room and went to the casino floor with friends, officials said. Video showed the boy walking out of the room minutes after Forth left, officials said.

Man Accused in Multi-Million Dollar Gambling Ring Turns Himself In 

A Valencia man turned himself in to the New York Police Department after fleeing charges in a multi-million dollar online gambling operation. Andres Arriaga, 41, was able to escape arrest after an indictment on Oct. 28, 2015, in which 17 other people, including five Santa Clarita Valley residents, were accused of running an online gambling operation worth over $30 million. Officers descended on the 17 suspect’s homes, including Arriaga’sresidence in Valencia. However, Arriaga was not at the home when the raid occurred. Most of the suspects were arrested within 24 hours of the incident. Arriaga turned himself in to authorities in December, said Hernandez Ricardo, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Officers from several police agencies worked together for the operation, including organized crime detectives with the New York and Los Angeles Police Departments. The supposed leader of the gambling ring, Cyrus Irani, was placed in custody in New York after waiving his right to an extradition hearing last month, according to LAPD officials. 

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