A Brief Look at Crime 12/02 – 12/08

Police Say Alabama Student Called in LSU, Florida Game Threat Due to a Gambling Bet   

A University of Alabama student is accused of calling in a threat at Louisiana State’s Tiger Stadium during the school’s Saturday night football game against the University of Florida. The Tuscaloosa News reports 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll of Crozet, Virginia, was arrested by Tuscaloosa officers and jailed Sunday as a “fugitive from justice.” He faces unspecified charges in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Authorities didn’t immediately provide further detail about the nature of the threat or say whether Croll intended to carry it out. The newspaper didn’t say if Croll had a lawyer. WBRZ, Baton Rouge’s ABC affiliate, reports that Croll admitted to authorities that he wanted to stop the game because “his friend was on the verge of losing a large bet.”

Wichita Lawyer Who Stole From Elderly Client Sentenced 

A Wichita lawyer who stole more than $900,000 from an elderly client with dementia was sentenced to probation. The Wichita Eagle reports Toomey’s attorney, Steven Mank, told the court Toomey was entitled to the money because of a gift memo drafted by the 104-year-old client. Prosecutors say Toomey spent nearly $962,000 from the woman’s bank accounts, including for a gambling addiction. Under his sentence, Toomey was ordered to be evaluated for a gambling addiction and follow the recommended treatment. Prosecutors alleged Toomey stole from the women for seven years, while she was living in a Wichita nursing home.

Steelers’ Anthony Chickillo pushed Olympian girlfriend Alysha Newman in casino fight

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo was arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend during an argument over gambling at a resort in southwestern Pennsylvania, court records show. Chickillo, a 26-year-old backup outside linebacker, was arrested early Sunday after state police responded to the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, where Chickillo and girlfriend Alysha Newman gave investigators differing versions of events leading up to the dispute, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Newman, according to a state police report, said she and Chickillo began arguing at the Lady Luck Casino inside the resort before returning to their room, where the disagreement continued and turned physical. Newman is a star pole vaulter who competed in the Olympics in 2016 and won gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Chickillo said Newman hit him first, striking him in the head, leading the 6-foot-3, 255-pound linebacker to push her to the floor. Newman, inturn, claimed that Chickillo grabbed her “by the biceps and forced her against a wall and door” at the hotel, leaving her with visible injuries. That prompted Newman to punch Chickillo in the head and he responded by throwing her to the floor, she told police.

Kansas City man sentenced to 91 years for shooting trooper during casino confrontation

A 39-year-old Kansas City man was sentenced to 91 years in prison for shooting a Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper in the leg during a confrontation at a casino. Ronald Morris was sentenced Wednesday for shooting at Harrah’s Casino in North Kansas City. He pleaded guilty to assault on a law enforcement officer, armed criminal action and attempted assault on a law enforcement officer. Clay County Prosecutor Daniel White said in May 2016, casino security reported a man with a handsaw on the roof of a car. During a confrontation with a highway patrol corporal and another trooper, Morris became combative. At some point, Morris grabbed a pistol and shot the corporal in the leg. When Morris broke away, he was shot by the other trooper. The Kansas City Star reports Morris had a lengthy criminal record.

Londonderry admits defrauding £590,000 from employer to feed gambling addiction

 Londonderry woman has admitted six charges of fraud amounting to more than £590,000. [She] pleaded guilty to fraud by using her former employer’s credit cards to withdraw the money. The offences took place between January 2016 and April 2017. Londonderry Crown Court was told the defendant spent all of the money on the 32 Red internet gambling site. “She obtained all of the money through fraud and the money has all been lost to the gambling site,” a Public Prosecution Service barrister told the judge. A defence barrister said he wanted to engage the services of an accountant to determine the exact amount involved in the fraud. He also submitted a document to the judge from the Gambling Commission which, the barrister said, contained information directly linked to the Offending. The defendant has been released on bail.

Woman embezzled over £248,000 from Glasgow car dealership over brothers gambling debt

A woman who embezzled more than £248,000 from a car dealership blamed her brother’s gambling debt for her actions. Andrea Gibson, 31, stole the money over a three-year period while an accounts assistant for Evans Halshaw in Glasgow. The mother-of-one manipulated financial systems to cover 45 transactions made to her personal bank accounts. Gibson was only caught when she went on maternity leave and the irregularities came to light. Glasgow Sheriff Court heard she had worked for Evans Halshaw for seven years before her promotion to accounts assistant in 2014. She admitted embezzling a total of £248,652 from the dealership in Cumbernauld Road in the east end of Glasgow between March 2015 and March Gibson initially denied stealing money from the company but confessed after Ford UK carried out their own investigation. Ms Carroll added: “Gibson stated her brother had a gambling debt and didn’t know what to do. She made reference that she would return the money.

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