A Brief Look at Crime 02/06 – 02/12

Suspect killed at Jean casino 

The knife-wielding suspect who was shot and killed by a Metro officer at a Jean casino on Saturday had several self-inflicted stabbing wounds. That was some of the information shared by Undersheriff Kevin McMahill during a news conference this morning at Metro headquarters. Paul Carr Palmer, 50, of Sedona, Ariz., was naked and only wearing a pair of socks, armed with a knife and had charged at two security guards of the Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall when Metro was summoned. Officer Peter Bicsanszky, 42, gave numerous verbal commands to which Palmer did not comply. Bicsanszky deployed his low-lethal shotgun, which was ineffective. Palmer, according to Metro, then charged toward Bicsanszky, causing him to fire his handgun; the suspect was struck multiple times. Despite the quick response from Clark County Fire Department who were already at the casino, Palmer died at the scene.

Valve Corp’s illegal skin gambling crackdown spills over Team Fortress 2


ESports developer Valve Corporation continues to purge online gambling sites taking advantage of its open application program interface. Valve – the folks behind the popular Counter Strike: Global Offensive eSports title – this time targeted online gambling sites catering to the first-person shooter multiplayer video Team Fortress 2 by blocking their accounts. It isn’t clear how many accounts of Team Fortress 2 gambling sites have been shut but Valve said that the move is a reiteration of their position that the company doesn’t tolerate skin betting. “In July of last year we outlined our position on gambling web sites, specifically noting that Valve has no business relationship with these sites. At that time we also began blocking many CSGO gambling accounts,” the company said in a statement posted on the TF2 blog. “More recently, some gambling web sites started leveraging TF2 items. Today we began the process of blocking TF2 gambling accounts as well. We recommend you don’t trade with these sites.” Valve came under fire from Washington state gaming regulators last year after YouTube stars Trevor “Tmartn” Martin and Tom “ProSyndicate” Cassel were caught skin betting on a gambling site they own without full disclosure. The eSports game developer, which is facing two separate lawsuits in Connecticut and Florida for its alleged relationship with skin betting websites, denied it profited in any manner from skin gambling.

Father-of-three hanged himself after battling a gambling addiction

The tracker on Mr McEwen’s van showed that he arrived at Otterspool Lane at around 4am. He had very small traces of cocaine and alcohol in his system, and there was an empty bottle of vodka on the roof of his van, an inquest heard today. He had been on a number of gambling sites in the days that led up to his death and had texted his boss asking him to pay his car loan. In a message addressed to his wife and children, he apologised for never having money and for being a gambler. Hertfordshire Coroners’ Court heard that he saw a doctor in 2014 because he believed he had depression. He was signed up for counselling sessions but never attended them.

2 suspects shot by deputies at San Manuel casino 

Two car-theft suspects were injured in a deputy-involved shooting at the San Manuel casino Wednesday night, officials said. The incident began when San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies responding to a stolen car report approached a vehicle on the fourth level of the casino’s parking structure, officials said. Shots were fired and the persons in the car attempted to drive off, making it only to the third level. They were taken into custody and transported to a local hospital. No further details were immediately available. The San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino remained open.

Two ex-cops helped run $4 million illegal sports-gambling operations

Two former cops, including one who once served state prison time for participating in an advertising scheme, were key members of illegal Internet-based sports gambling operations that hauled in about $4 million in wagers, said authorities. Each defendant pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in state Supreme Court, St. George, and was released on his own recognizance. They are charged with conspiracy and multiple counts of first-degree promoting gambling. A conference date was set for March 21. According to separate indictments, Glazewski and Rossi were “master agents” who each managed bettor accounts from a wire room. The two men set up Internet gambling accounts with user names and passwords, the indictments say. Ciro Barone and Muro worked with Glazewski and gave the accounts to bettors, who made wagers through them on gambling web sites, the indictment said. Ciro Barone and Muro were responsible to recruit new clients, collect money from bettors and distribute winnings, said the indictment.

Middletown woman sentenced for forgery, embezzlement; to pay $535,000 restitution

Diane Fabian’s gambling addiction was so all-encompassing that even a car accident couldn’t stop her from heading to the casino. She told those assembled in Dauphin County Common Pleas Court during her sentencing hearing on Thursday a story from years ago, when she was broadsided in her car in a serious accident. All she could think about was how she would get to the casino that night. She called her son and rented a car so she could go to the casino. That addiction caused her to steal from her employer. She will spend 11 1/2 to 23 months in Dauphin County Prison and was ordered to pay $535,179.77 in restitution for embezzling money while she worked at a Lower Paxton Township insurance agency from 2008 to 2015. She could have started before 2008, but the bank records only went back to 2008 so that is all that investigators could document. She obtained money by creating refund checks that were to be paid to clients of the insurance agency where she worked, according to court records that were filed by Lower Paxton Township police, who arrested Fabian in March. Fabian forged signatures of the insurance agency clients on bogus refund checks. She then deposited the proceeds from each fake check that was paid by the agency into her own personal bank account.

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