A Brief Look at Crime 06/11 – 06/17

Grandmother wanted in 2 murders arrested after weeks-long manhunt

A woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman who resembled her in order to assume a new identity, was captured Thursday night at a South Texas resort. Two federal deputy marshals arrested Lois Riess, 56, about 8:30 p.m. at a South Padre Island, Texas, restaurant, the U.S. Marshals Service said in a statement. South Padre Island is a beach resort community 27 miles from the crossing into Mexico. She had been seen on March 23 at a convenience store and casino in northern Iowa. Authorities released video showing Riess approaching the store cashier, buying a sandwich and asking for directions south of the state. The store is next to a casino where authorities say Riess spent the day gambling before stopping at the gas station.

Deadly-double shooting sparked by argument over gambling

Atlanta Police are trying to determine the connection between two victims in a deadly double-shooting. They said an argument over gambling led to the gun violence Saturday night in northeast Atlanta. Detectives interviewed several witnesses at the scene on Parkway Drive after gunfire erupted around 9 p.m. “They informed us there was some sort of argument that happened amongst several parties out here,” said Atlanta Police Captain Reginald Moorman. Captain Moorman told *Channel 2 Action News* officers first on the scene found a man lying on the sidewalk outside of an apartment complex. “Once they arrived on the scene, they found a male that was deceased,” he said. A number of people gathered around the crime scene, as detectives investigated. “We do know there was a dispute here over gambling, and that one person ended up dead after that argument,” said the police captain.

Officer fatally shoots man who tried to disarm him during scuffle after chase from casino

A man died after being shot during a struggle with a Shreveport police officer. It was reported at 5:43 p.m. Sunday on Clyde Fant Memorial Parkway in downtown Shreveport, Caddo 911 dispatch records show. Preliminary investigation indicates that the man, who had been barred from El Dorado Casino, was chased from the casino to the city’s Red River District. That’s where the man and officer got into a scuffle outside Proud Mary’s and the man was shot while trying to disarm the on-duty officer, authorities said. The officer suffered minor injuries.

Nurse charged with defrauding employer of $350,000

A Bangor Township registered nurse is accused of stealing a six-figure sum over a five-year period, all to pay for a gambling habit, police are alleging. Back on Aug. 9, 2017, an investigator with the National Insurance Crime Bureau contacted the Michigan State Police to report he was looking into a possible insurance fraud scheme regarding Peridore. Investigators determined Peridore, a registered nurse, was a contract employee with Mid-Valley Interim Healthcare and was supposed to provide nursing services to an area woman who had been severely injured in a 1992 traffic crash. Peridore had provided services to the injured woman for about 11 years, but the woman’s family fired her in the spring of 2012. Peridore neglected to report this to her employers and continued billing them for services she was not, in fact, providing, police allege. This continued until February 2017, when a National General Insurance Company investigator discovered it, court records show. Between June 2012 and February 2017, Peridore had fraudulently obtained $356,809.70, court records state.

Two men fatally shot in north Houston warehouse

Two men were fatally shot in north Houston Monday morning after an attempted robbery in a warehouse that appeared to be housing an illegal gambling operation, Houston police said. Just a minute before the robbery and shooting, three men in masks robbed another man outside the warehouse, Turner said. It is unclear whether that robbery and the shooting are connected. A woman who identified herself as the sister of one of the dead men said she heard the men were shooting dice. The woman said she had no idea her brother, Ezavian Stanley, gambled, if he did. She said she was also “very surprised” he was caught up in anything like illegal gambling and that his shooting came “out of nowhere.”

Woman who embezzled from trucking company sentenced to jail, gambling counseling

A 55-year-old woman who police say embezzled hundreds of thousands of dollars from a Kentwood trucking company has been sentenced to six months in jail. May Beth Knapp also was ordered to complete six months of home arrest following her jail time, five years of probation, 200 hours of community service and go to counseling for gambling problems. Knapp was operations manager for D & M Logistics and responsible for loading Comdata cards for drivers. they would then use them at truck stops to purchase fuel. Police said Knapp loaded the cards andbrought them to local truck stops where she had them cashed weekly throughout 2014, 2015 and 2016, according to a police affidavit. In an initial police affidavit, she was accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $500,000.

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