Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

New York Sues Trump Over Bogus ‘University’

August 27, 2013

New York Sues Trump Over Bogus 'University'

New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is suing Donald Trump for $40 Million for running a fraudulent “University.” The 5,000 students, who paid up to $35,000 each, should have known the deal was a fraud, since there was a warning label. It said “Trump” right on it.

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The NFL Gun Club

July 2, 2013

The NFL Gun Club

Indianapolis Colts safety Joe Lefeged’s Camaro convertible sped down Central Avenue like it was the Indianapolis Speedway until it was stopped by DC police. A loaded, unregistered .40-caliber H&K pistol was found under the driver’s seat.  The New England Patriots’ Aaron Hernandez favors the Glock .40, the same model New York Jet’s Plaxico Burress used to shoot himself in the thigh back in 2008.

Mr. Lefeged is being held on gun charges in DC jail; Mr. Hernandez is charged with murder. Plaxico Burress spent two years in prison for illegal possession of a handgun and poor marksmanship reckless endangerment.

As Chattanooga reporter Mark Wiedmer says, “Remember when the two biggest names in the National Football League were Brady and Manning rather than Smith and Wesson?”

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Berlusconi Big House Bound?

May 8, 2013

Berlusconi Big House Bound?

A Milan appeals court upheld the October tax fraud conviction of former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, which carries a four year prison sentence. Wednesday’s appellate court ruling also upheld the lower court’s decision barring Mr. Berlusconi from public office for five years and from management  of any company for three years.

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The Great Niederaula Nutella Heist

April 9, 2013

The Great Niederaula Nutella Heist

Police in the German town of Niederaula reported the theft of 5 tons of Nutella over the weekend. The artery-clogging spread, valued at 27 million calories, was stolen from a truck. Two weeks ago thieves in the same town helped themselves to a truckload of coffee worth US $39,000. Police spokesman Manfred Knoch agreed that local lowlifes might be planning a mighty big breakfast.

More:

“Thieves In Germany Make Away With Five Metric Tons of Nutella,” Neetzan Zimmerman, Gawker

“What Do You Do With Five Metric Tons of Stolen Nutella?” Justin Peters, Slate

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Foul Shooter?

April 3, 2013

Foul Shooter?

Former Washington Wizard Javaris Crittenton has been charged with a handgun murder in Atlanta.The highlight of his time with DC’s NBA team was his misdemeanor gun charge for brandishing illegal firearms in the Wizards locker room after a disputed card game.

More:

“Javaris Crittenton, Ex-Wizards Player formerly involved in Gilbert Arenas Gun Saga, Indicted on Murder, Gang Charges,” Simon Landau, WUSA-9 News

“Bourré-Playing Former Wizards Player Charged With Murder,” Will Sommer, Washington City Paper blog

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The Carolina Cookie Caper

March 5, 2013

The Carolina Cookie Caper

In South Carolina’s Spartanburg County, the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft of about 450 cases of Girl Scout cookies from a warehouse. The 5,000 boxes of Thin Mints and Shortbreads are worth $18,900.

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Trains, Cameras, and Crime

February 27, 2013

Trains, Cameras, and Crime

The Chicago Transit Authority spent $26 million installing 3,600 surveillance cameras in stations and on trains throughout the rail system. What happened? Crime increased.

“Surveillance cameras aren’t cure-alls—they’re tools, and imperfect ones at that. They can be easily foiled by the latest in apparel technology, including hooded sweatshirts and hats. They tend to break. They are susceptible to dirt, and bad weather, and darkness. And even if a suspect is photographed, he still has to be identified and located, which, for overworked police officers, can be a daunting task. While there are more than a million closed-circuit surveillance cameras in London, a police report found that, in 2008, one crime was solved per 1,000 cameras—an abysmal ratio.”

– “Chicago Installed Thousands of Cameras on its Rail Platforms. Crime Jumped by 21 Percent.” Justin Peters, Slate

CTA’s response: It’s installing another 850 cameras.

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Free Elmo!

November 14, 2012

Free Elmo!

“The man who accused Kevin Clash, the voice and puppeteer of the Sesame Street character Elmo, of an under-age sexual relationship has recanted that claim, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The reversal came a day after the claim was published by the gossip Web site TMZ, threatening Mr. Clash’s reputation and alarming parents and other fans of the beloved children’s television franchise.”

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Berlusconi: Big House Bound?

October 27, 2012

Berlusconi: Big House Bound?

Italy’s billionaire ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was convicted of tax fraud and sentenced to four years in prison.The sentence was later reduced to one year because he is rich old a TV station owner  powerful Milanese sexy a soccer team owner entitled to this under some inexplicable but very Italian law. Martyn McLaughlin says Mr. B. wants to serve his time in a women’s prison, but the Washington Post‘s Max Fisher thinks he’ll avoid the pokey. Again.

The sentence includes a 10 million Euro fine and a prohibition on serving in public office. Mr. Berlusconi can well afford the fine, and had already announced that he won’t run for PM again. [Expressive Italian shrug goes here].

More:

“Processo Mediaset, 4 anni a Berlusconi Replica in tv : ‘Giudici da paese incivile,'” Antonio Castaldo, Courierre della Serra

“Frode fiscale sui diritti tv Mediaset Berlusconi condannato a 4 anni interdizione dai pubblici uffici per 5,” La Stampa

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Dear Bike Thief

September 12, 2012

Dear Bike Thief

Sign in front of a house near the Potomac Avenue Metro Stop, Washington DC:

“HEY! YOU STOLE MY BIKE! THAT’S HOW I GET TO WORK. IT DID NOT BELONG TO YOU AND YOU TOOK IT FROM MY PORCH. BRING IT BACK AND YOU WILL RESTORE MY FAITH IN HUMANITY. IF YOU NEED A REWARD, WE CAN NEGOTIATE. THANK YOU, OWNER OF THE BIKE YOU STOLE.”

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