Monday, January 19, 2009

Great-Grandpa deals heroin... what?!!

On Nov 14, a 23 year old man died under "suspicious" circumstances. His girlfriend, then admitted to buying heroin earlier that day from 73 year old Elwood Williard. When police came to search his home, around two am on Nov 25, he claimed he hadn't a clue as to why he would be there. He also said that he and his lady friend 79-year-old Carolyn Hocker were the only ones there.

When police found, a pair of ladies panties that were the wrong size for Hocker, he claimed they were his. Cross dress much, Grandpa? They turned out to belong to Kim Renee Potts, 39, who was hiding under the bed with four-and-a-half “bricks” of heroin. Potts claimed that she was hiding because she knew there were warrants for her arrest after she failed to appear for a DUI sentence. During the search police also found a handgun, drug records and an undisclosed amount of cash.

Both Potts and Williard admitted to police that they dealt heroin out of the house. According to police Sgt. Jonathan Mays, Potts apparently ran the operation. Williard claimed that Potts had a heroin addiction, and was trying to help her with it. What was she using up all of the profit? Addiction or not, it was apparent to police at the time, that Potts was running the show. When Potts left every month to go to Myerstown, she would tell Williard who was coming by and he would conduct sales while she was gone.

It wasn't determined that Hocker had anything to do with the dealing at that time, so she wasn't arrested. The other two were held on $100,000 bond. The story doesn't end there though. While in prison, Williard and Hocker conspired to get 10 bricks of heroin from Bucks County to Cumberland County. Williard ran his mouth to another inmate, who in turn blabbed to the Cumberland County DA. The two had discussed thier plan in code, but after listening to the taped conversations with a more attentive ear, the cops hatched a plan of thier own. The cops set up and undercover sting, which resulted in the arrest of a New Jersey couple. And now, Ms. Carolyn Hocker joins her friends in jail.

The smorgasbord of charges include possible manslaughter charges pending the toxicology reports of the 23 yr old, charges for possession of drugs and paraphernalia, and charges for dealing drugs from jail.

"Debonair Bandit" hangs up his fedora

You have to give James Howze credit in at least one department, the man has style. Howze is suspected of robbing at least four Chicagoland bank robberies, in which he wore his signature brown overcoat, brown fedora, black scarf and black leather gloves. The FBI dubbed Howze the Debonair Bandit for his dapper fashion sense "when compared to most bank robbery suspects." No ski mask for this guy!

The two most recent robberies happened within a week of Christmas. One robbery on Dec. 18, and the other on Dec 23, the same day that the FBI released his pictures to the media. In each case, the dashing Debonair Bandit would stroll up to the teller, put a note on the counter, announced a robbery, and implied he had a weapon and threatened to harm the teller if his demands weren't met. He used a black leather attache case (he even accessorized!) to carry the money out of the bank, and would disappear into the crowds outside the bank.

After The FBI press release, five people came forward to identify Howze. Thanks to the tipsters, the FBI was able to track him to Atlanta where he was arrested. This apparently isn't the first time Howze is in trouble with the law. In 2002, he was convicted of passing counterfeit checks. And, in 2003, he plead guilty to two counts of bank fraud for trying to pass forged checks worth about $700,000.

As right now, he is only being charged with the Dec 23 robbery, though he is suspected of the others. The lone robbery charge could get him up to twenty years in prison if he is convicted.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Prayer saved 70-yr old woman from Zach Potts

"Does this darkness have a name? this cruelty, this hatred, how did it find us? did it steal into our lives?" An, excerpt from his myspace. Yes, this darkness has a name and it goes by Zach Potts.

At about 3 am on New Years morning, Zach Potts broke into his elderly neighbors home, by entering through an unlocked door. The victim was home alone at the time, and there's a good chance that Potts knew that. Potts entered her bedroom, where he began choking her, touching her under her clothing and pulled down her pants. When the victim began to pray out loud, he halted his attack and ran out the front door. He told police that when the woman started to pray, "he felt bad".
Police interviewed people in the area and were able to locate Potts, who knew his victim. He was arrested Wednesday and booked into the Salt Lake County jail and charged with aggravated burglary and aggravated sexual assault.

After abusing family members for years, Zion Dutro wanted to adopt

Neighbors thought Zion Dutro and his wife, Glenda were "very nice, they were good people" Sure, some of them knew he was an RSO, but believed he had turned his life around with church. " It does happen. People do change their lives." claimed one neighbor who wished to remain anonymous. Others said the Dutros were friendly but kept mostly to themselves, except around holidays when they came door-to-door with cookies and invitations for neighbors and their children to attend parties at their church.

They often did missionary work in other countries, including Mexico. Zion and Glenda Dutro member's of a group formed by their church, called Forgiven. The group's objective is described as "restoring Lives and relationships by helping people develop a lifestyle of Biblical forgiveness," and include goals like "eliminating self-condemnation," "sincerely asking others for forgiveness" and "restoring broken relationships." IMO, these two should never stop condemning themselves, or restore any of their broken relationships. And, they do not deserve to be forgiven.

Some of the alleged victims are the children of the suspects' family members. They were taken away from their parents because of abuse. And they were sent to live with Dutro. The system seriously failed these kids. In 95, Zutro was arrested and put in jail for sexual abuse. The victim was one of the women that came forward to file the complaint. After he did his time, and got out of jail the abuse continued. According to Antioch police Sgt. Diane Aguinaga, "They kept a tight (control) over these kids. They were all home-schooled. There was a lot of brainwashing."

In fact, when new allegations came to light in 2003, the children were told that "police were a test from Satan" and were to be ignored, so the police were unable to get anywhere in the investigation.

When family members learned the couple was planning on adopting children from Mexico, they came forward. There were six female victims, now in their twenties, and one male, in his forties. However, the statute of limitations on his abuse has lapsed. The most recent case occurred about three to five years ago, when one of the victims was 21 years old, Aguinaga said. Some of the victims had been abused as young as 18 months.

The Contra Costa District Attorney's Office filed 21 counts against Zion Dutro, who is being held on more than $8 million bail.

Glenda Dutro was charged with two counts of felony cruelty to children and two counts of lewd and lascivious acts on minors and is being held on $2 million bail.

"She is an accessory," Aguinaga said. "The mother is being charged because she knew about this all along and did nothing to protect the children."

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Christinia Rubin didn't like it when her dad yelled at her

Why is it that people who should be studied by psychologists, often end up studying psychology themselves? Christina Rubin had graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology from Pennsylvania State University last spring. But, it apparently aggravated her, and her boyfriend, when her father yelled at her.

Christina's boyfriend, Jeffrey W. Leinheiser heard Christinia's father, Marc Rubin yell at her sometime around Nov. 17 and said, "That's not right. I wish I could kill him." Christinia thought that was a good idea, and they plotted for the killing to take place the day after thanksgiving.

The slaying was quick and easy - a single gunshot to the back of Marc Rubin's head with Christina's .357 magnum revolver. He never knew it was coming, they shot him in his sleep. The couple then fled and stayed in hotels for a week, having no immediate plan to dispose of the body.They returned Dec. 5 after purchasing a chainsaw and planned to chop up the body and dispose of it in trash bags. The dismemberment attempt failed when Marc Rubin's shorts got caught in the chainsaw. Realizing that this was a two man job, Leinheiser asked his friend, Daniel Dougherty to help get rid of the body. After wrapping it in trash bags and an area rug, the crew dragged the body down nine flights of steps, put it in Christina Rubin's car, and dumped it in Hamilton Township. A deer hunter found the body of Marc Rubin on Dec. 8 in a wooded area in Hamilton Township, N.J. The body had been covered in trash bags, rolled up in a beige carpet and duct-taped. Inside the home, police found a chainsaw, blood covered latex gloves, and blood on the living room walls and floor.

Rubin and Leinheiser were charged with first-degree murder and other offenses on Sunday and ordered held without bail. Dougherty was charged with tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, and was being held yesterday in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Raymond Jackson isn't quite Prince Charming

Raymond Jackson is apparently quite the ladies man. When he met a 49 year old divorcee, in September, she was no match for this charming con man.The woman apparently fell hard for Jackson's charms and accepted his marriage proposal only 2 months after they met. The woman took Jackson into her home when he told her he was without a job and penniless but on the lookout for job. The woman would drive him to what she thought were job interviews, but there were no actual interviews. Nobody knows what he was doing in those office buildings.

He told the woman he had a big interview in South Dakota two days before Christmas. Jackson asked his fiancee for her credit card to pay for his flight. She gave it to him and then came home after taking him to the airport to find a lot of things missing including an electronic toothbrush, a pearl necklace, a laptop and her cell phone.

She called her phone and had a voicemail from a Hawaiian florist saying her flowers were arriving at her hotel room in Maui. The flowers were charged to her credit card, and were for another woman.He also stole the engagement ring he didn't even pay for to give to this woman he met up with in Hawaii. Jackson racked up thousands of dollars in charges to the victim's credit card paying for his affair in Hawaii. He reportedly married the other woman, who is presumed to be from Russia. Finally, the victim figured out what was happening and called Wisconsin authorities.

Jackson was charged with two felonies for theft and fraud. She wishes not to be identified because she fears for her safety. Jackson was convicted of domestic assault on his ex-wife in California some time ago. He also has convictions for theft and swindle in Tennessee and Missouri.

Asia Jordan is a terrible role model

As parents, many of us want to instill values in our young children. We want them to learn the value of hard work, and earning what you get, honesty, and being there for the people who are important to you, are just a few. Asia Jordan didn't think those things were important to teach her daughter. Instead, she took her two year old daughter with her on a shoplifting spree at the local Target. She even tried to use her daughter to conceal the merchandise, stuffing over three hundred dollars worth of stuff into the stroller.
When store security caught on to what she was doing and approached her, she took off running. Leaving her daughter behind. That's a great mom for ya.
She was caught, and is being charged with theft and child endangering.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Graham Road National City Bank doesn't have the brightest employees

If I worked in a bank, I'd probably be on the look out for suspicious people. I think most of us would. In my opinion, a man wearing a ski mask would probably fit the description of a suspicious person. Especially, if he was told to remove his mask, but didn't. Not many people wear their ski masks to conduct bank business, or they take it off at the door. The man in question was asked to remove his mask, but didn't. I guess it really was just a suggestion, because they didn't do anything, and a masked man continued to wait until it was his turn to rob the bank.
Feliks Goldshtein entered the Graham Road National City Bank and waited patiently in line, wearing his mask. He was asked to remove the mask, but neither replied nor complied. Just stood waiting silently until he was next in line. When it was his turn, he walked up to the unsuspecting teller, and simply said "give it to me". I guess she didn't realize she was being robbed, because he then showed her the (toy) handgun he had in his coat and demanded she give him all the money. So, she forked over the cash and he took off. If anybody in the bank had had a lick of sense, they would have notified police before Goldshtein had a chance to get to the teller. A silent alarm, or a quiet cell phone call would have done the trick. Come on people, a little situational awareness. It won't kill you, and might save your life one day.

After fleeing the bank, he led the police in a short chase, and was apprehended when he drove into somebody's yard. In the car they found the money and the ski mask. Police also found a toy handgun in the snow where police suspect it had been thrown out the window during the chase.

Arnold Adams, RSO, does it again, this time gets beat by victim

On January 4, the victim (who will not be identified for obvious reasons) had called Arnold Adams,and asked him for a ride. Apparently, Adams and his victim are related, because Incest is among the charges. Adams drove the victim to a pasture. Once arriving at the pasture, Adams grabbed the victim as she attempted to exit the vehicle, and forced her back into the vehicle. The victim tried to run, but she was tackled from behind by Adams. The victim began fighting Adams by grabbing him, scratching him and resisting him. She put up a pretty good fight, according to his mug shot, but unfortunately it wasn't enough of a fight to stop him. Adams raped her and beat her repeatedly throughout the course of the attack leaving notable abrasions and lacerations.

After the battery, the victim re-entered the vehicle asking Adams to leave and take her home. While driving Adams refused to stop and the victim fearing for her safety, jumped out the passenger side window.

The victim reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and alerts were placed for Adams and his vehicle (Green Mini Van). A deputy spotted the vehicle at the Citgo located at 3939 Highway 301 North and Adams was arrested without incident.

This isn't the first time Adams has been in trouble with the law. In 1991, Adams was arrested for indecent assault on a child under the age of 16. He was sentenced in 1994 to 15 years in prison. He was released in August. He also, apparently has been bouncing in and out of prison, since the eighties. I think it's time we lock him up and throw away the key. He's obviously never going to change. Below, you can see his prison history, according to the Florida Corrections Offender Network

rior Prison History: (Note: Data reflected covers periods of incarceration with the Florida Dept.of Corrections since January of 1983)
Offense DateOffenseSentence DateCountyCase No.Prison Sentence Length
1Y 0M 0D
03/01/1991L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/1605/04/1994HILLSBOROUGH911248115Y 0M 0D
03/01/1991L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/1605/04/1994HILLSBOROUGH911248115Y 0M 0D
03/01/1991L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/1605/04/1994HILLSBOROUGH911248115Y 0M 0D
03/01/1991L/L, INDEC.ASLT CHILD U/1605/04/1994HILLSBOROUGH911248115Y 0M 0D

Incarceration History:
Date In-CustodyDate Out-of-Custody

Melissa Gray, catholic school teacher, and child raper/pimp

Melissa B. Gray, a former catholic school teacher, has been arrested on allegations that she traded child pornography with a Florida man and tried to arrange sexual encounters for him with two children, one of them a family member.

Gray had plans for her and Milton resident Jonathan Daniel Bervig to have sex this weekend with an 8-year-old girl. Gray met Bervig in an online chat room and shared their sick fantasies involving having sex with children. Bervig has visited Gray’s house several times, including an initial visit in which the two had sex. About a month ago Gray tried to set up a sexual liaison with Bervig, a 7-year-old family member and a female friend of the child. Gray gave Benadryl to the two children at her house, then told Bervig to come so that they could “play” with the children. Bervig drove to Gray’s house, but left because the children were still awake. He told authorities that Gray was angry that the children had not yet fallen asleep. Since those plans failed, Gray and Bervig discussed drugging the child with Percocet for the upcoming weekend.

Bervig was arrested Tuesday, and an investigator assumed Bervig’s identity online and contacted Gray. She started making plans during the instant messaging chat for Bervig to come to her house. Alabama authorities obtained a search warrant for Gray’s home on Tuesday. She initially said denied having any chats about engaging in sex with children, but fessed up after officers confronted her with chat logs.

Gray and Bervig face child pornography charges. Gray is being held in the Mobile County Metro Jail until a federal magistrate judge will decide whether to grant her pre-trial release.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Is Lawton Mackenzie a taxidermist in training, or a budding serial killer

On Dec 3, investigators found dozens of animal carcasses in the home of Lawton Mackenzie. He denies killing the animals, and claims that he collected the carcasses of already dead animals that died of either natural causes, or were killed by hunters or vehicles. Some of what investigators found include the remains of a decapitated dog, also with its front paws cut off, dead snakes, a dead turtle, dead puppies, dead owls, goats, sheep, a fox and what appeared to be the head of a puppy in a plastic storage bag. They also found a goat's head on a homemade grill apparently used to cook the animals. Investigators say they will never be able to get an accurate count of how many dead animals there are, because of how many unmatchable, dismembered parts they found on the property.

This is what he has to say for himself. "All of the animals … being left on the side of the road or left in the middle of the road, why don’t we do something with that? It could be used as a learning tool The animals are dead. People don't have any regards for the animals. Let it be a human being and you keep rolling over it" He doesn't see what he's doing as anything different than a farmer or a hunter, and when he is done turning the animals into jewelry, or decorations for his home, he burns whatever is left over. He said he also understands why people would think his behavior odd, as many people " don't even know where their eggs come from, They think it's cloned eggs. Where does your chicken come from? Where does your beef come from?"

They didn't only find dead animals though, investigators removed 26 living animals from the house, including a dying goat. The goat was rushed to a local veterinarian's office and is doing well. Mackenzie says he raises goats, turkeys and chickens and slaughters them himself for food. He is also in the dog breeding business. I'm a little confused, because the man said he didn't kill the animals, because he's an animal lover, but he kills his own food. So, he killed some of them, but not all of them, or he only mutilates the ones he finds, and not his pets/dinner? I think I might keep tabs on this one and see where the investigation goes.

Gary Gomez killed, then dressed up Robyn Mendez

Gary Gomez has a not to nice little history of hurting people, and Robyn Mendes should have had better taste in men. If she had, she may still be alive. Gomez has already been convicted twice, once in '05, and again in '06, for trying to kill Robyn. But she "still had feelings for him" according to a friend. In '05 he was charged with assault and battery on Ms. Mendes with a dangerous weapon, when he grabbed her by the throat, threw her down, then held a knife to her throat and told her, ‘You’re never going to leave me.”

"You're never going to leave me". I guess he was right. She did try to leave once in '06, and in return, the bastard tried to run over both Robyn, and her ex husband, Victor Mendes. He then got out of the car, and dragged Robyn into the woods. When police arrived on the scene, Gomes had his hands around her neck, but luckily, Robyn lived to tell the tale, that time.

Her luck didn't last long, while Gary was in jail, he and Robyn exchanged letters, and they apparently renewed their relationship. I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but I personally just can't understand why she would press to keep this relationship going. He had threatened to kill her, and tried to kill her. She had an ex husband who took her in, time after time, but she would sneak out of the safety of that house, to spend time with an abusive man.

Police believe, that Gary kept true to his promises to kill her on either Friday or Saturday of last week. He stabbed her multiple times, and also killed his own mother. He then dressed up the body of his girlfriend, and put make up on her face. He then scrawled a message in blood on the wall saying " I (heart) you". But he didn't stop there. He apparently tried to blow up the apartment by leaving the stove’s pilot light on as well as a nearby space heater. Neighbors noticed the strong smell of gas, and alerted authorities. The bodies were then discovered.

Gomes was arrested Tuesday night at Mendes’ Philip Street condo where he had barricaded himself in a room with Mendes’ 12-year-old daughter. Luckily the daughter was not physically harmed.