A Brief Look at Crime 09/18 – 09/24

Dramatic moment armed cops stormed Las Vegas casino in hunt for ‘active shooter’ after Mayweather v McGregor fight 

Dozens of cops stormed the Cromwell Hotel as panic spread among thousands of fans who descended on Sin City for the blockbuster contest. A video shot by super-middleweight star Eubank Jr shows officers drawing their weapons and shouting “hold that door” as they charge towards the venue in what was treated as an “active shooter” scenario. Footage shows hundreds of people cowering on the floor inside the Cromwell Hotel before cops and security order everyone to evacuate the building. DailyMail.com reported that it is believed a brawl had broken out near the casino entrance which led to heavy ornamental statues being knocked over – causing the loud noises which sparked the panic. Cops later confirmed no active shooter was on the loose.

Woman receives life sentence for husband’s murder

A 49-year-old Sand Lake area woman convicted of first-degree murder in the death of her husband will spend the rest of her life in prison. Duram was convicted of first-degree murder and a felony firearm charge in the shooting death of her husband, 46-year-old Martin Duram. The man was shot five times in May 2015 at the couple’s Ensley Township home, police said. Officers arrived at the home to find Martin Duram dead and Glenna Duram with a bullet wound in her head. She was transported to a hospital for treatment, and survived. The scene was initially reported to be a suicide. Police suggested financial issues may have led to a fight between the Durams. Their probe into the incident looked at the couple’s gambling habits and the fact that their home was in foreclosure.

Hermosa Beach Ironman champ gets probation for role in gambling, narcotics ring

Five-time winner of the Hermosa Beach Ironman competition, Jeff Bellandi, was sentenced last week to three years probation including eight months of house arrest for his role in a criminal gambling and money laundering ring. Bellandi, also a co-owner of Waterman’s on Pier Plaza, reportedly served as a bookmaker for Owen “O-dog” Hanson, a Redondo Union High School graduate and former USC football player, who faces a minimum of 20 years in prison. Bellandi pled guilty in January to operating an illegal gambling business and money laundering, though none of the charges traced back to the popular Hermosa Beach bar. According to federal prosecutors with the Southern District of California, Bellandi set up a shell corporation and laundered roughly $4.1 million in cash for Hanson that was obtained through illegal gambling proceeds and narcotic sales.

West Salem woman pleads guilty to embezzling over $800,000 from Onalaska church

A West Salem woman has pleaded guilty to financial and tax crimes in a scheme to defraud an Onalaska church of $832,210. Snyder served as the secretary and accounting clerk for the church, and the embezzlement she’s accused of took place between 2006 and 2015. Snyder took a portion of the church’s funds during that time and used them for gambling, according to Acting U.S Attorney Anderson. To avoid detection, Snyder discarded records of church collections, created false entries in accounting records and lied to church auditors, Anderson said. Snyder filed a false Individual Income Tax Return for 2015, where she underreported her gross income, Anderson said.

Man killed in shooting at Hon-Dah Casino

A man was killed around 10 a.m. Monday during an apparent failed armored car robbery attempt the Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center. The incident was a second violent incident in more than a month at the White Mountain Apache Tribe-owned resort and casino. The FBI’s Phoenix office, along with Bureau of Indian Affairs officials, said a cash courier making a stop at the Hon-Dah Resort Casino was approached by a man who sprayed her with an unidentified chemical irritant. The courier then reportedly pulled her pistol and shot the man on the spot at the front door of the casino, where he fell and died a short time later. No one else was injured in the shooting and no one else is suspected in the robbery attempt, Phoenix FBI representative Jill McCabe said. “The cash carrier was treated on scene and is expected to be OK,” she said. The FBI has not yet released the name of the deceased man, but plans to do so pending notification of his family.

Online gambling firm 888 hit with record £7.8m penalty

Online gambling firm 888 is to pay a record penalty of £7.8m after it failed to protect vulnerable customers. The Gambling Commission said there were “significant flaws” in the firm’s social responsibility processes. The regulator highlighted a technical failure which meant 7,000 customers who had chosen to bar themselves from their 888 accounts were still able to gamble. Another customer bet more than £1.3m over 13 months before he was identified as having a problem. Sarah Harrison, chief executive at the Gambling Commission, said the penalty would ensure that “lessons are learnt”. Part of the penalty package will be used to repay £3.5m in deposits made by the customers who had self-excluded themselves when they wanted to stop gambling.

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