A Brief Look at Crime 04/10 – 04/16

Gambling Disagreement Leads to Shooting in Little Rock

Police in Little Rock say a man has been critically injured in a shooting that apparently stemmed from a gambling disagreement. Investigators say the man was injured at a residence about 8:25 p.m. Saturday. Officers who responded to reports of a shooting say no one was at the scene when they arrived but they found a shattered glass door, empty shell casings and a hand gun. Officers then learned that a victim had been taken to a local hospital and was in critical condition. Witnesses told police they were gambling inside the residence when the suspect lost, got mad and shot at the victim. The suspect then ran from the house. Authorities are unsure if he was also injured.

New Charges Leveled Against Mayor Accused of Hosting Underage Strip Poker Game

The former mayor of Stockton, California, pleaded not guilty to embezzlement, grand theft and money laundering on Monday, charges that were in addition to an earlier arrest for allegedly playing strip poker with minors at a youth camp, prosecutors said. Bail for Anthony Silva, 42, was set at $1 million by a Superior Court judge, who said he posed a potential flight risk in the case. Silva was ousted as mayor of Stockton, located in California’s San Joaquin Valley breadbasket, in November after his arrest for allegedly playing and recording a game of strip poker with teens at a camp in Amador County east of Sacramento.

Complete betrayal’: Ex-SPCA director put shelter at risk for gambling addiction

The disgraced ex-director of the CNY SPCA who stole almost $600,000 nearly took the animal shelter down with him, the non-profit’s board chair said today. Paul Morgan, 46, of Salina, betrayed the animals, the community and put the future of the shelter at risk, Carole Marsh said “The level of suffering is truly immeasurable,” she added. But Morgan said he never meant to hurt the animals. He had a gambling addiction that left him without any money to repay the shelter. Morgan was sentenced today to 4 to 12 years in prison for his thefts from May 2010 to August 2016. Two co-workers — Taylor Gilkey and Nicole Cafarchio — have also admitted stealing from the organization and will be sentenced in the coming days. All told, the trio stole nearly $900,000 from the SPCA. Gilkey will also be sent to state prison while Cafarchio, who stole a far smaller amount, will get probation. “Gambling destroyed my life,” Morgan said at sentencing today. “My intention was never to harm the organization in any way and I apologize for my actions.”

GE engineer killed by man he treated ‘like a son’

Two days before prosecutors say Donald Dawson-Durgan fatally shot Singh in the garage of Singh’s Symmes Township home, Singh began receiving anonymous, threatening text messages. Singh was killed the morning of May 4, 2016. Dawson-Durgan – a man who helped manage the properties and who Singh treated “almost like a son” – has admitted sending those texts. But he says he didn’t kill Singh Gibson told jurors Dawson-Durgan had “a raging gambling problem.” About a month before the killing, Gibson said his losses at what was then called the Horseshoe Casino in Downtown totaled about $50,000. “He was a desperate man who needed money,” Gibson said, “and he saw Mr. Singh as a way to get that money.”

Teen accused of killing Petersburg man during dice game

The first day of trial for a teenager accused of killing a father during an apparent robbery in 2016 began in Petersburg Circuit Court Tuesday. Daekwon Castelle, 18, is facing murder, robbery and multiple gun charges. Officers responded to an emergency call at the Jefferson South of the James apartment complex in the 1800 block of Boydton Plank Road during the early morning hours in February 2016. Police arrived and found 22-year-old DeShawn Shaw and his 20-year-old brother, Dontavia Shaw, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics rushed them to Southside Regional Medical Center where DeShawn Shaw died and his brother suffered non-life threatening injuries. Dontavia Shaw told CBS 6 that his brother died trying to shield him from a barrage of bullets. The Commonwealth’s Attorney told the jury during opening statements that the Shaw brothers, Castelle, and a 17-year-old were playing dice and gambling before the shooting.

Ames woman pleads guilty to theft from mother-in-law

An Ames woman accused of stealing nearly half a million dollars from her mother-in-law over the course of seven years has pleaded guilty to theft. The Carroll Daily Times Herald reports that 66-year-old Myrna Hockemeier pleaded guilty to the charge. In exchange, state prosecutors on Tuesday dropped a more serious charge of ongoing criminal conduct. Hockemeier faces up to 10 years in prison when she’s sentenced at a later date. Her ex-husband tells the newspaper that Hockemeier obtained a debit card from his mother’s bank back in 2007 and spent the Ogden woman’s life savings of about $484,000 on gambling and clothes. He discovered the theft in 2014 and filed for divorce.

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