Posts Tagged ‘Crime’

June 18th, 2024 - 3:12 pm § in Law and Courts

How great a risk is home title theft?

A few such cases have made news recently, notably a high-profile attempted theft of Elvis Presley’s former home, a tourist attraction owned by his granddaughter. It’s something that gives property owners the willies, and computer technology enabling crooks to create very realistic-lookin[...]

June 16th, 2024 - 3:21 pm § in Law and Courts

A psychiatric patient took the fall for a killer cop

A very confused psychiatric patient spent 43 years in prison for a murder committed by a cop. The only evidence against her was a string of rambling, incoherent, and frequently changing confessions, ultimately coerced by threatening her with the death penalty. Absolutely nothing tied her to the cr[...]

June 15th, 2024 - 11:47 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism, Republicans

Racist punches Bellingham boy

Republicans deny racism exists. In June 2023, the Atlantic said, “One of the core beliefs that binds the modern GOP coalition is rejection of the idea that minorities and women face structural bias in American society” (see story here). In January 2024, GOP candidates Nikki Haley and Ro[...]

June 12th, 2024 - 10:42 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

FBI arrests racist plotting mass shooting to start race war

Mark Prieto, 58, of Prescott, Arizona, would later tell cops he wasn’t serious when he told an FBI informant at a gun show that he wanted to incite a race war before the 2024 election by shooting up an Atlanta rap concert. Nobody should believe that. When somebody tells strangers he’s tr[...]

June 9th, 2024 - 11:06 pm § in Misc.

Policing in Brazil (video)

What it’s like to do police work in Sao Paulo’s slums. Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

June 8th, 2024 - 9:29 pm § in Law and Courts

Pizzeria owner guilty of forced labor

In Boston, the gulag may be as close as the corner pizza shop. Stavros Papantoniadis (photo, left), 48, owner of a pizza chain, was convicted of forced labor on Friday, June 7, 2024 (details here). According to a Boston legal aid office, he hired illegal immigrants and used threats, intimidation, an[...]

June 8th, 2024 - 4:13 pm § in Law and Courts, Misc.

Bicycle rage

This incident happened on Sunday, June 2, 2024, in Wyoming, Michigan, a city of 76,500 people in Kent County (read story here). I’ve encountered aggressive cyclists, probably we all have, and problems are especially likely to arise on foot paths where bicycle and pedestrian traffic mingle. But[...]

June 7th, 2024 - 12:58 am § in Law and Courts, Misc.

Top climber trades rock walls for prison walls

A federal judge in California sentenced a professional rock climber to life in prison on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. Charlie Barrett (photo, left), 40, has a shocking history of assaulting women, threatening victims, and retaliating against witnesses (see details here). He preyed on female climbers, and [...]

June 5th, 2024 - 9:31 pm § in Law and Courts

Bremerton “swatter” gets 3 years in prison

Ashton Connor Garcia, 21, of Bremerton, Washington, was sentenced to 3 years in federal prison on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, for a multistate series of “swatting” hoaxes. Dubbed a “cyberterrorist,” which he thought was funny, Garcia eventually confessed to “20 false repor[...]

June 5th, 2024 - 12:30 am § in Business, Misc.

Scam Alert: Mexican cartel preys on timeshare sellers

Technically, a “timeshare” is merely a legal structure of shared ownership (or lease rights). As a concept, it can be legitimate; it’s used to sell access to luxuries to consumers who can’t otherwise afford them. For example, you can buy timeshares (aka “fractional owne[...]