A Brief Look at Crime 12/05-12/11

Argument over money preceded fatal game room shooting

A 26-year-old man charged in the shooting death of a 24-year-old man at an illegal McCully game room argued about money with the victim before gunfire broke out, according to a court document. A preliminary hearing for the suspect, Nathaniel Foster, is scheduled for Wednesday on a second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of Kioco Melson. Foster is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. The witness said he saw the two men arguing with each other as Melson sat in a chair and Foster stood near the door of the game room. Police said Foster then pulled out a black semi-automatic gun from his fanny pack and shot Melson multiple times, said the court document. Another witness said he heard both men talking about money before Foster abruptly opened the door and allegedly shot Melson several times. The document said Foster then stood over Melson as he was laying on the floor and shot him several more times before he fled.

Supervisor stole more than $900K from her credit union to feed gambling habit

She stole more than $900,000 from her credit union employer then lost it all feeding a crippling gambling addiction. But a personal history marked by tragedy, an anxiety disorder and possible bi-polar disorder was not enough to keep Rosalie Gurske out of prison, a judge ruled Tuesday. Gurske has had “a sad life… but that is not a reason to steal,” Judge Murray Thompson said before sentencing Gurske to 42 months in prison. “She is still responsible for her actions.” Court heard Gurske, 51, was a supervisor with the Crosstown Civic Credit Union`s Winnipeg Square branch and was responsible for its daily cash supply. Over the course of six years, ending in January 2013, Gurske diverted cash from the credit union`s treasury accounts into her own hands and manipulated ledger records to cover her tracks.

Two charged for conducting $2 million gambling operation in Phoenix

Police have arrested a man and a woman after a 17-month long investigation. According to reports, officials from the Arizona Department of Gaming infiltrated several “Sweepstake Internet Cafe” in the Phoenix area to investigate possible illegal gambling on computer style casino games. It was discovered that the two were using money obtained by these illegal cafes and gambling at legitimate casinos in order to, presumably, launder their money. They were making roughly $10,000 a week, totaling $2 million since June 2015.

3 injured in northwest Miami-Dade storefront shooting

Three men were injured Tuesday night in a shooting outside a northwest Miami-Dade County store. The shooting was reported about 7 p.m. outside the Midway Foodmart at 8201 NW 17th Avenue. Miami-Dade police Detective Daniel Ferrin said the men were standing in front of the store when they were shot by someone inside a light-colored SUV. Witnesses said the passenger inside the SUV got out and opened fire at the men, who were gambling on the side of the store. They said the shooter got back inside the SUV and fled east on Northwest 82nd Street.

Douglas Miller was charged with attempted murder over Chester-le-Street attack on his wife

A GAMBLING addict who tried to suffocate his ill wife and also stole £20,000 from her and his frail mother-in-law has been spared jail after a judge said it was right to extend a degree of mercy to him. Douglas Miller was originally charged with attempted murder after placing a pillow over the head of his wife, an MS sufferer. Teesside Crown Court heard that Miller, who lived with his wife in Murray Place, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, was her full-time carer and stole from her to fund an addiction to slot machines. Shortly before the attack on January 12 last year the woman had become suspicious that cash was going missing from bank accounts belonging to her and her mother, over whom she had power of attorney because of herdementia. The mother-of-three, who married Miller in November 1994 and whose children are from a previous relationship, said in a witness statement: “I have lived a lie for the past 20 years.” She said she felt betrayed by what Miller had done and that her mother treated him like a son. She said: “It is despicable and unforgiveable for him to treat a woman with dementia like that.”

Restaurant owner to state prison for stealing couple’s $315K

A Pennsylvania restaurant owner must spend 18 months to five years in prison for stealing $315,000 from a mentally disabled couple. County prosecutors believe 46-year-old Alfonso Picone spent the cash receipts from his La Dolce Casa restaurant to feed a gambling addiction, then stole from the couple to replenish those funds. The restaurant is based in Tamaqua, whose residents turned out in force at Picone’s Monday sentencing, describing him as a charitable pillar of the community. Deputy Attorney General Michelle Laucella says Picone’s crimes were “cold and calculated” and saying he took advantage of the elderly victims.

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