A Brief Look at Crime 02/24 – 03/01

2 transported following shooting at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming (FL)

Two people had to be transported following a shooting that took place at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming. The shooting happened near Krome Avenue and Southwest Eighth Street in West Miami-Dade, early Sunday morning. Two men were hurt and rushed to Kendall Regional Medical Center as trauma alerts. Rescue crews airlifted one of the victims, and the other arrived in an ambulance. Miccosukee Police has since released a statement on the shooting that read: “In the early morning hours, an incident occurred at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, which is under investigation. The safety of our patrons and guests is our number one priority, and we remain open for business.” The cause of the shooting remains under investigation.

Marlow IT boss used company cash to buy £175k-worth of phones to fund gambling habit

The IT boss of an international City law firm who used company cash to buy £175,000 worth of high-end mobile phones, which he sold to fund his online gambling habit has been spared jail. Instead, Marlow father-of-two Justin Lowdon, 44, who was employed by US-based Proskauer Rose at their Bishopsgate office received a suspended two year jail sentence on Thursday (February 6). Lowdon, of Newfield Gardens, pleaded guilty at Inner London Crown Court to fraud by abuse of position between January 1, 2013, and September 2015. Recorder SJ Phillips QC told him: “The amount was significant. You were employed as the IT manager and you ordered mobile phones, which were not required and sold them on for your own benefit. “The reason you did this is because you were under a lot of stress in your job, you had an online gambling addiction and significant personal debt. “There is no excuse for what you did and this criminal behaviour you know is wrong and you should not have done it. “This is a serious crime that must be reflected in the sentence I hand down, but the fact that it has taken three years to come to court must be taken into account.

Man Pleads Guilty to Beheading Winning Casino Patron

One of two men accused of decapitating a winning casino patron in Montana has pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide. The Billings Gazette reports 35-year-old Jeffery Haverty entered his plea Tuesday in the October 2017 death of 41-year-old Myron Knight. Attorneys agreed to recommend 50 years in prison with no parole restriction and 20 years of probation. Haverty had already pleaded guilty as part of a deal that called for 50 years in prison only, with no probation term. A judge rejected that plea, saying 50 years alone was insufficient. Haverty’s co-defendant, Donald Cherry, is facing trial for deliberate homicide, evidence tampering, witness tampering and intimidation. Prosecutors say he hid Knight’s remains and belongings and tried to intimidate his girlfriend and tell her that her memory was incorrect during conversations from the jail. Police say Cherry’s girlfriend previously told them both Cherry and Haverty killed Knight.

Vt. woman sentenced for embezzling $2M from employer

A St. Johnsbury woman who admitted to stealing more than $2.2 million from her employer has been sentenced to just over four years in prison. Choinere says even though family members questioned Dwyer’s lifestyle, he trusted her. “Our business is having kind of a tough time over this, but we will persevere,” he said. Choinere says they have had to take out a number of loans amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars to keep the business open. The 74-year-old says he has had to put his retirement on hold because of Dwyer’s actions. “I dont have anything to add besides what I said in court,” said Natasha Sen, Dwyer’s lawyer. In court, she said Dwyer spent the money primarily on online gambling. But federal prosecutors say she also bought a pickup truck, a camper, and paid personal debts. She apologized to the family in court, saying she was on a “vicious cycle” and wanted to confess, but was so overwhelmed and that the only was she could stop was to get caught.

Utah man makes $8 million a year in cash from illegal gambling machines 

Police said the owner of businesses with multiple locations across the county, was making eight million dollars a year in cash—just from his gambling machines. For months, detectives with the Millcreek Street Crimes division of Unified Police have played the slots, undercover. “Once you enter that room, the atmosphere is dark and it feels like a casino,” said Detective Two. Detectives learned gambling machines lined the stores of eight separate locations owned by the same man. Each time a customer would win, they had to walk up to the cash register for a cash payout.

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