A Brief Look at Crime 01/25 – 01/31

Huntingdon Co. man charged with embezzling over $100K from local charity

 Huntingdon man has been charged, accused of embezzling over $100,000 from a local charitable organization, according to a release from Huntingdon County District Attorney’s office. Authorities say 44-year-old Adam Pfingstl faces 12 felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property following an investigating (sic) by state police. Troopers say between April and December of this year, Pfingstl, who was the executive director of Huntingdon County PRIDE, stole the money from the organization and used it to pay for online gambling, personal online purchases and lottery tickets. Huntingdon County PRIDE is an organization that provides programs and services to disabled residents.

Illinois Gaming Board Seeks $5 Million Fine Against Major Video Gambling Company Accel Entertainment

The Illinois Gaming Board is seeking to levy a $5 million fine against Accel Entertainment, a west suburban-based company that has become one of the largest video gambling operators in the nation. The complaint from state gambling regulators alleges the company entered into a deal with the online sports betting company DraftKings in order to pay commissions to business owners to entice them into putting Accel gambling machines in their establishments. It’s illegal for video gambling operators to offer “inducements” to try and drum up or maintain video gambling business, and regulators allege the $21,000 in commissions paid out by Accel violate the Illinois Gaming Act.

LVMPD investigating homicide at The STRAT hotel room

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide section is investigating a shooting at the STRAT Hotel and Casino that occurred Friday night. Officers responded to one of the towers at the STRAT at approximately 10:00 p.m. Friday after reports of someone being shot. Police, upon arriving, discovered a black male in his early 30s deceased on the scene. Investigators believe there was a birthday party in one of the rooms, where people who appeared to know each other got into an altercation that ended with gunshots. Police said many of the people fled and they are still looking for the suspect or suspects.

Shooting at Nevada Casino Leaves Woman Hospitalized, Boyfriend Behind Bars

A woman was hospitalized after sustaining injuries in a shooting at a Laughlin, Nevada, casino this weekend. A man identified as her boyfriend was taken into police custody, authorities said. The incident occurred before 7:20 am on Sunday in a hotel room at the Aquarius Casino Resort, according to the /Las Vegas Review-Journal/. The shooting allegedly happened during a struggle inside the hotel room. The woman’s boyfriend was arrested at the site without incident, the newspaper reported. On its website, the Aquarius bills itself as the “largest 24-hour gaming resort in Laughlin.” In August 2019, police shot and killed an armed man in the Aquarius parking lot after he had attempted to rob a cashiers’ cage inside the casino. The shooting on Sunday at the Aquarius is the second this weekend inside a hotel room at a Southern Nevada casino. 

Fentanyl, an $8,600 debt — and a fatal shooting in Marysville

Detectives believe a man found dead in Marysville earlier this month was shot in a drug deal-turned-robbery, according to police reports and charging papers filed in court. Jason M. Castle, 42, had a fentanyl addiction, and the suspected shooter, Lyon Nicholas Torns, 36, who goes by Nick, was his friend and drug dealer, according to Marysville police. Over the past year, the pair exchanged more than 6,000 text messages, police reports say. On Nov. 3, Castle began sending Torns text messages asking about money. Torns, who had a gambling problem, owed Castle as much as $8,600, deputy prosecutor Toni Montgomery wrote. “why did u do it again?” Castle wrote to Torns. “I’m not in a great spot I have spent 40k lately but no return yet. These pills are breaking me.” On Nov. 8, the day he was shot, Castle wrote Torns just before 1 a.m., arranging a meeting to buy 500 Fentanyl pills for $3,000.

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