Daily Archives: September 15, 2020

A Brief Look at Crime 8/31 – 9/06

Man shot and killed outside Tacoma’s Emerald Queen Casino

A man was shot and killed inside a parking garage at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on Friday. Puyallup Tribal Police responded to the shooting just before midnight, saying the suspect ran from the scene. Tribal police have called the FBI to investigate, which is standard procedure for major crimes on the Puyallup reservation. Police have not given a suspect description. At this time, it is unknown if the shooting was random or targeted. Tribal officers and casino security performed CPR on the victim. He was pronounced dead just after 1 a.m. Saturday.

Illegal Sports Book Arrests Made In Ontario

Illegal gambling and sportsbook operations remain a major challenge for Canadian lawmakers. This once again made news headlines when Ontario Provincial Police charged several people following an illegal gambling ring raid conducted provincewide. The Canadian Revenue Agency within a matter of weeks executed at least 12 warrants leading to assets to the value of CA$24 million being effectively seized by government. The operations raided are all assumed to be somehow connected to notorious motorcycle corporation, the Hells Angels. He recently seized assets include three residences, a vacant property, eight passenger vehicles, and a motorcycle. Police also managed to seize CA$82,590 and US$25,398 in cash, along with Psilocybin and Marihuana with a street value of CA$66,986.

Man sold fatal dose of fentanyl at Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, feds say 

A man from Wright City has admitted selling a dose of fentanyl at the Ameristar Casino that killed someone Sunday, the U.S. attorney’s office said. Ledra A. Craig, 43, was charged by complaint in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Tuesday with distribution of fentanyl. The investigation began after two men passed out in a car Sunday morning. The car rolled down a St. Charles street and into someone’s yard, charging documents say. Police and medical personnel were only able to revive one of the men, who later told investigators that the pair bought what they thought was cocaine from someone at the casino. Police found surveillance video showing Craig selling something to the two men, charging documents say, and an undercover officer then bought $400 worth of fentanyl from Craig. After police arrested Craig, he said he sold fake fentanyl to the officer, charging documents say. He said he met the men in the casino elevator and admitted selling them fentanyl, but said he told them what it was and that it was not cocaine, the charges say.

Thousands of cockfighting roosters found during raid on L.A. property 

California authorities are crying foul against occupiers of an L.A. property after approximately two to three thousand roosters were found being bred for cockfighting. On Monday, L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on a multi-acre property in the Chatsworth neighborhood as part of an investigation related to animal cruelty and possession of game fowl for fighting purposes, according to a news release. Police also found several hundred livestock on the property in “various states of health,” the sheriff’s department said. Pictures from the scene showed roosters packed into cages, as well as dogs and even a horse with what appeared to be blood on its legs. Several people at the property were detained and all animals will be inspected and documented by Animal Care and Control officers, the department said.

Grandma gets 17 years in prison after 5-year-old dies in hot car while she gambled at Oklahoma casino

A reckless Oklahoma grandma was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison Thursday after a 5-year-old boy who was in her care died inside a hot car while she gambled. Alanna Jean Orr, 50, left the victim in a casino parking lot for six hours on June 21, 2018, as the temperature in the city of Harrah reached as high as 90 degrees, federal authorities said. She called 911 after discovering the child unresponsive in her vehicle around 7 p.m. that day, but first responders could not revive him, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Oklahoma. A grand jury returned an indictment in April 2019 charging her with second-degree murder by child neglect. The Oklahoma City woman pleaded guilty in July, but her sentencing hearing only happened this week, nearly a year later.

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