Daily Archives: March 16, 2021

A Brief Look at Crime 03/08 – 03/14

San Diego County’s Sycuan Casino Site of Reported Shooting

California’s Sycuan Casino Resort reportedly was the scene of a shooting Wednesday evening. Homicide investigators went to the crime site. But as of early Thursday local authorities did not reveal if the solitary victim was alive. Details on the extent of wounds were not released to the local media. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of injuries, according to /KSWB/, a San Diego TV station. The homicide unit of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department went to the area of Sycuan Casino in El Cajon at about 6 pm to investigate the crime, according to the /San Diego Union-Tribune/ newspaper. News reports from/KSWB/ said the shooting occurred at the gaming property. The tribal casino is operated by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation. The property is located about 16 miles east of downtown San Diego.

Longtime Hells Angel shot dead on the Danforth was killed amid tension over illegal gambling, sources say 

A longtime Hells Angel biker who was shot to death in a parking garage on the Danforth was embroiled in a bitter ongoing dispute over control of illegal gambling in the area, several sources say. Harry Lainas, 47, of the Hells Angels’ Simcoe South charter, is Toronto’s ninth homicide victim of 2021 and the eighth killed in a shooting. Two sources said that criminals running illegal gambling networks are smarting because of social gathering restrictions because of COVID-19, saying the Super Bowl is generally a major moneymaker for illegal gamblers, but the game last Sunday was a bust. Tensions were perking in illegal gambling circles even before COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Lainas was fired upon in the area roughly two years ago while collecting illegal gambling revenues in the same area where he was slain, source  who knew him said. Lainas was well-known by police and in the biker world.

Case Of Children Left In Hot Car Outside Casino Draws Sharp Gaming Board Discussion

It is common for the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to addindividuals to its involuntary exclusion list  each month, barring them from casinos for various infractions such as theft and cheating. But the Feb. 10 meeting added an unusually high 19 names to a list that already exceeded 900, and one case in particular drew anxious discussion over how casinos handle cases of potential child endangerment.

The board had no hesitation permanently barring 42-year-old Michael Harper of Philadelphia from casinos for having left a 4-year-old and 2-year-old in a car for about a half hour at Rivers Casino Philadelphia while he placed a sports wager last Aug. 2. It was 93 degrees outside at the time and the car windows were cracked about a half-inch, the gaming board’s Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement reported. The casino’s security officers found Harper and had him permanently evicted. However, state police who are stationed at the casino did not arrive before he drove off, nor did local police who may file child neglect charges in such cases, according to the documents presented to the board by its Office of Enforcement Counsel.

1 dead after shooting outside illegal gambling location in Santa Ana: Police 

An investigation is underway following the death of a male victim who was shot outside an illegal gambling operation in Santa Ana, police said Wednesday. Officers found the victim in the 400 block of North Harbor Boulevard after responding to reports of a male down with gunshot wounds around 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Santa Ana Police Department news release. He was discovered with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso near the north entrance doors of the Cozy Corner Drive-In, the release stated. The victim was rushed to a local hospital where he later died. Authorities have not released his name or age. Investigators determined the shooting occurred outside an illegal gambling location in the 300 block of North Harbor Boulevard, according to police.

Over 70 Sports Betting Accounts In TN Closed Due To Illegal Super Bowl Wagering

The Tennessee Education Lottery said Wednesday that two of the state’s four regulated online sports books saw “illegal” betting activity on the most recently completed Super Bowl. At a meeting of its board of directors, the lottery said that there were “significant anomalies” with two operators. It didn’t say which books. As a result of the activity, 74 sports wagering accounts between the two platforms were permanently closed. “Several” open Super Bowl bets were voided. The lottery said that it wouldn’t provide any more information at this time as the investigation continues. The lottery said that it ended up declining operator requests to offer non-football props on the big game, such as the color of the Gatorade, which some other sports betting states in the U.S. allowed. The lottery didn’t provide any information on what kind of bets were suspicious. The four books handled a combined $15.5 million on the big game, and they paid out $12.6 million in winning bets, keeping the rest as revenue. Through Jan. 31, the books handled $523 million in wagers since the Nov. 1 launch, the lottery said.

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