Crime

Idaho Skate Shop Owner Could Face Prison

by The Editors on December 12, 2017

Darin “D’Beau” Black, 46, the owner of the DeckadencE skateboard shop in Pocatello, Idaho could be up for 20 years in prison on charges stemming from a fight that happened in the alley beside his shop at 3 AM on September 16, 2017, according to a story in the Idaho State Journal.

Black was charged in connection to an altercation that involved five men attacking two other people in an alleyway near his skateboard shop on West Center Street. The attack left two people stabbed and ended when Black allegedly opened fire on two of the five attackers.

According to Black’s attorney the shop owner was acting in self defense. According to the Journal, “Black is back in court for a pretrial conference in February with a trial date currently set for March 13, 2018.”

[Link: Idaho State Journal]

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Patagonia Responds To Trump

by The Editors on December 4, 2017

In response to President Trump’s historic plundering of America’s protected public lands, Patagonia has this to say:

Americans have overwhelmingly spoken out against the Trump Administration’s unprecedented attempt to shut down our national monuments. The Administration’s unlawful actions betray our shared responsibility to protect iconic places for future generations and represent the largest elimination of protected land in American history. We’ve fought to protect these places since we were founded and now we’ll continue that fight in the courts. – Rose Marcario, President and CEO, Patagonia

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Former Zumiez Employee Accused of Theft

by The Editors on September 7, 2017

An $50,000 warrant has been issued for former Zumiez payroll employee Danielle Koehn, 39, who is suspected of stealing nearly $232,000 from the company according to a story in the Everett, Washington Herald.

Koehn reportedly created a computer file that compiled staffers’ birthdays, Social Security numbers and addresses. That information was used to activate 59 pay cards. . . Detectives believe she duplicated employees’ final payouts and diverted payments to those cards. In other instances, she changed the payment method on personnel accounts and added billable hours, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Koehn was supposed to be in court this week for a hearing, however, she never showed up. Wonder if she ever will?

[Link: Heraldnet.com]

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Marzo’s Bookkeeper Lands In Jail

by The Editors on July 13, 2017

Felicidad Alcon Rivera, a bookkeeper convicted of embezzling more than $373,000 from Clay Marzo and his mother has been sentenced to two years and 11 months in prison and must make restitution to the Marzos, according to story on Maui Now.

Rivera was indicted on 13 counts of wire fraud in October of 2016 in connection with her work as a bookkeeper for Marzo and his mother.  That complaint alleged that Rivera wrote herself 193 checks over six-and-a-half years from the accounts of Marzo and his mother.

It will probably take a while for Clay and his mom to get their money back, but it’s good to see justice served.

[Link: Maui Now]

 

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Aikau Family Suffers Possible Murder-Suicide

by The Editors on June 14, 2017

Sad news from Pauoa, Hawaii. The Star Advertiser is reporting that Gerald Aikau, 42, the nephew of big wave surfing legend Eddie Aikau, was found dead on the Aikau family property the morning of June 13, 2017. Inside a cottage his 7-year-old son Reef was also found dead. 

Police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide, pending the outcome of autopsies by a medical examiner. . . Myra said his [Gerald’s] uncle Clyde Aikau discovered Gerald’s body hanging from a tree and tried to resuscitate him but was unsuccessful. Clyde went into the cottage and found Reef and tried unsuccessfully to try to revive his nephew as well. Police, who received a call from the house at 5:45 a.m., said both the man and boy suffered “multiple injuries” with the boy injured by a sharp object.

Gerald and his wife Katherine Bullock Aikau were reportedly in the middle of a rough divorce. Our thoughts are with Clyde, Myra, Katherine, and the entire Aikau family.

[Link: The Star Advertiser]

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Ex-Billabong CEO Gets 8 Year Prison Sentence

by The Editors on January 27, 2017

Former Billabong CEO Matthew Perrin was sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud and forgery on January 27, 2017, according to a story on News.com.au.

In sentencing the 44-year-old to eight years behind bars, District Court Judge Julie Dick said he still had “no self realisation or remorse”. . . “You seem to simply refuse to recognise that it was you who forged documents and you who caused them to be presented to the bank,” Judge Dick said. . . She said he blamed his ex-wife Nicole Bricknell, the Commonwealth Bank and his former business partners.

Doesn’t sound like odd behavior for a corporate CEO. This one just got caught, it seems. But it’s not over for him. He’s 44 year old and will be eligible for parole in 2021, unless his lawyers can overturn his conviction on appeal, which is exactly what they are going claiming “the jury’s verdict ‘was unsafe and unsatisfactory’.”

Unfortunately, in Australia it seems that they don’t have special country club prisons for white-collar criminals and Perrin will be placed in Arthur Gorrie Prison with “rapists and murderers” according to a story in the Gold Coast News

[Link: News.com.au]

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Clay Marzo Penniless, Bookkeeper Indicted

by The Editors on October 19, 2016

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It seems Maui surfer Clay Marzo has lost pretty much everything after his bookkeeper allegedly siphoned off more than $400,000 over the past six and half years, according to a story on The Maui News.

Felicidad Rivera, 51, pleaded not guilty during her arraignment Monday in U.S. District Court in Honolulu. Her bail was set at $50,000. . . Marzo, 27, lost his home and his life savings and was left $30,000 in debt, his mother, Jill Marzo Clark, said in a phone interview Tuesday. Clark said that she also lost a significant amount of money. . . According to the federal indictment, Rivera wrote herself 193 checks from January 2010 to October 2015 totaling more than $330,000 from the accounts of Marzo and his mother. Rivera also paid more than $75,000 of her own Chase credit card charges from Marzo’s account in 87 transactions from May 2010 to September 2015.

The Marzo’s say they treated Rivera like family. If she is guilty we hope Rivera spends the rest of her life in a high desert prison.

[Link: The Maui News]

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Bay Boys’ Club House Is Coming Down

by The Editors on September 21, 2016

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The Lunada Bay Boys are going to be down one clubhouse on the point after the Palos Verdes Estates Planning Commission voted unanimously last night (September 20, 2016) to tear the fort down, according to story in the LA Times.

. . . the structure [was] used by the notorious Bay Boys, a self-appointed gang of enforcers who people from outside the upscale community have, for decades, accused of using violence and intimidation to keep them away from the famous surf spot. . . The commission approved the motion unanimously and without comment. No one from the public spoke on the matter.

Guess the men will have to move their weekly surf protection meetings to one of their parents’ rec rooms.

[Link: LA Times]

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Pappas Pleads Guilty To Assault

by The Editors on September 7, 2016

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Former professional snowboarder and skateboarder George Pappas has reportedly pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and vehicular assault in charges stemming from a car crash in which he allegedly tried to kill his girlfriend, according to a story in the Boulder Daily Camera. In exchange prosecutors agreed to drop attempted murder charges against Pappas.

As part of the deal, attorneys agreed that Pappas will be sentenced to somewhere between eight and 16 years at a hearing on Nov. 7, 2016. . . While being read the plea deal, Pappas asked for a second to discuss the sentencing range with this attorneys, but then ultimately took the deal a few minutes later.

Pappas is currently being held on a $100,000 bond until sentencing.

[Link: Daily Camera]

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Zumiez Manager Shot, Killed In Store

by The Editors on September 1, 2016

thewalk_shootingChristopher Romero, 26, a manager at the Zumiez store in Atlantic City, New Jersey’s The Walk mall, was shot and killed by an acquaintance in his store Thursday, September 1, 2016, according to a story in the Press of Atlantic City.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office said Lewis Maisonet, 55, of Somers Point, fatally shot Christopher Romero, 26, of Absecon, at the store where Romero worked and later shot himself at White House Black Market, officials said. . . . “This was an unfortunate domestic violence … two individuals were involved … I think since this is an active investigation it would be inappropriate for me to release any additional information,” Guardian said.

The shooter has reportedly survived his self-inflicted gunshot wound. Our thoughts are with Romero’s friends and family.

[Link: Press of Atlantic City]

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