Daily Archives: April 21, 2021

A Brief Look at Crime 04/12 – 04/18

Man charged in fatal shooting at Motor City Casino

A 27-year-old Detroit man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of another man at Motor City Casino, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday. Nicholas White of Detroit is charged with first-degree murder and felony firearm in the early Monday slaying of Kermit McCants, 25, of Clinton Township. The shooting occurred around 1:48 a.m. on the second level of the Motor City Casino parking structure. White is accused of shooting McCants after the two men argued and then fled in his car. Police found McCants suffering from several gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Former Ohio County Sheriff Gets 3 Years Prison for Theft

A former Ohio county sheriff who rose to prominence for the investigation of the execution-style slayings of eight family members was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for theft in office and other charges. The former Pike County sheriff was originally indicted on 18 counts that included racketeering. He pleaded guilty in September to two counts of theft in office, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of conflict of interest. Reader was accused of taking loans from sheriff’s office employees and a vendor and stealing more than $14,000 in seized drug money from evidence envelopes to fund his gambling habit. He later returned most of the money to the evidence envelopes, authorities said.

Man Pleads Guilty to Embezzlement from Pentagon Law Enforcement Union 

A Quantico man pleaded guilty today to wire fraud in connection with a scheme to embezzle over $380,000 from his former union, which represented federal law enforcement officers at the Pentagon. “The defendant routinely embezzled money that belonged to a federal law enforcement union to fund his personal expenditures while vacationing in the Dominican Republic and to pay for his personal gambling at a casino,” said Raj Parekh, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “EDVA will continue to hold accountable those who steal and siphon off critical funds from our law enforcement partners. “As alleged, for years Arthur Penn stole money from funds intended to benefit his fellow law enforcement colleagues and used the money for his own personal benefit and entertainment,” said James A. Dawson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office Criminal Division. “The FBI and our partners are dedicated to rooting out this type of opportunistic corruption and fraud, and ensuring those who commit these crimes are brought to justice.”

Dog fights in car trunks? It’s a trend, and N.J. could soon make it a felony

A cruel trend that skirts dog fighting laws would be made a felony in New Jersey under a bill now on the governor’s desk. The bill (S975 would criminalize trunk fighting, which involves locking dogs in the trunk of a car or van and playing loud music or provoking them in another way to get aggressive and fight, and driving around until no noises are coming from the trunk. The disturbing trend began in Florida. The measure passed overwhelmingly in the state Senate and with no votes in the Assembly more than one year after it was introduced by Assemblyman Ron Dancer, R-Ocean.

If Gov. Phil Murphy signs the bill, trunk fighting would become a third-degree animal cruelty felony charge in New Jersey, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $15,000. “Pitting two animals against each other in a fight to the death or money is sickening enough. Now these criminals have gone mobile,” said Dancer, primary sponsor of the bill. “They have taken their gambling rings on the road in order to avoid raids by law enforcement.”

Woman Accused of Leaving Child Inside Vehicle While She Was Gambling

Tiffany Greene, 34, of Joliet was arrested by the Minooka Police Department for endangering the life or health of a child around 9 p.m. on Friday, July 10th. Minooka Police Chief Justin Meyer said officers were called to the Pilot Travel Center in Minooka where they saw a 9-year-old child in the passenger seat of a running vehicle. After an investigation, officers allegedly found the mother of the child, Greene inside the gas station playing the slot machines. Meyer said the Joliet woman was allegedly inside the gas station while the child was outside in the running vehicle for about 40 minutes. Greene was arrested and charged with endangering the life or health of a child and transported to the Minooka Police Department where she was released on an I-bond.

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