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The Time J. Edgar Hoover Enlisted the Army to Assist in a Nationwide Manhunt

The bullet that pierced the heart of Patrolman Joe Zanella in a small Pennsylvania town was the opening moment of a crime story with few parallels.

It wasn’t the robberies, rapes, the daring escape or even the cop killing that catapulted Stanley Barton Hoss to the FBI’s most wanted man, but it was the broad daylight kidnapping of the lovely young mother and her child. In a nearly unprecedented step, J. Edgar Hoover enlisted the army to assist in a nationwide manhunt. An engaged public followed the drama by hour, day and week – and year to year … for when all thought the carnage was over, it wasn’t. And how Hoss struck again, in virtually impossible circumstances, and who fell, brought a governor to a funeral and provoked racial divide in a county.

Distinguished by Hoss’s  exceptional cruelty, heartbreak and landmark trials, this story about a resolute criminal is one of superlatives, thick with intrigue, blunder and surprise. It was a guess which legislature more often referenced Stanley Hoss as the perfect reason for capital punishment.

Beyond researching traditional sources and having been granted access to previously sealed state and federal archives, as well as Hoss’s most personal and revealing letters, the author has interviewed scores of individuals who lived the roles depicted on the pages of Born to Lose: Stanley B. Hoss & the Crime Spree That Gripped a Nation (True Crime History). Hoss’s victims of assault and rape, police and prison personnel, assorted cutthroats, the prosecution and defense, judges, the wife, mistress, all have talked for the first time on record.

Yet, it wasn’t precisely what Hoss did in Pennsylvania and Maryland, it was to whom and why and how that his reign of violence has sunk into the psyche of a region. This notable saga is a natural read for any true crime devotee, but will as well captivate an audience drawn to a dark tale that explores – and explains – how occasional human error and the very systems set in place to protect us can so easily be the cause for tragedy.

To the unsung heroes in training schools

Many, many moons ago, freshly graduated from Iowa State with a Psych degree, I started a career at a juvenile training school.

It was right around this time of year. The first thing I learned was that it was time to start releasing some residents to the outside world. It was getting cold, and some of the outside kids were starting their annual crime spree (so they would have three squares and a warm bed for the winter). Sounds a little jaded? It was a working winter fact. We knew what was going to happen, and were just making room.

Those released were generally the less harmful to the public. However, it WAS a correction facility. Statistically speaking, 70 percent would later return. We did what we could and hoped for the best. Sometimes it appeared we may have actually been a good influence, and yet sometimes you would

Read more at: http://courier-tribune.com/opinion/20190120/to-unsung-heroes-in-training-schools

Four Juveniles Arrested After Local Crime Spree

$1,000+ in damage to three city locations

Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) has reported that four juveniles have been arrested and booked into Pinal County Juvenile Detention on multiple counts of Burglary, Aggravated Criminal Damage, Theft of Means of Transportation and Criminal Trespass.

According to an official release:

“During the evening hours of January 14, 2019, and into the early morning of hours of January 15, 2019, the Apache Junction Police Department (AJPD) responded to the 800 block of W. Southern Ave, on reports of criminal damage to property at the Superstition Shadows Aquatic Center and Cactus Canyon Junior High School.

Upon arrival officers found that numerous fire extinguishers were discharged in the main pump room of the aquatic center. In addition several doors, a golf cart and some computers were damaged at the Junior High School

Officers later responded Robinson Golf Car Supply located in the 2100 block of S. Coconino Drive, on reports

Read more at: https://ajnews.com/four-juveniles-arrested-after-local-crime-spree/

He told of a deadly attack and his escape from an accused double murderer – Tri

Eleven months after an early morning attack on a Pasco street, a 35-year-old man faced Hector Orozco Jr.

Shegow Gagow told jurors Friday that the man seated in front of him in court attacked him and stabbed to death an acquaintance, Demetrius A. Graves.

Orozco, 43, is on trial in Franklin County Superior Court for the deaths of Graves and Bonnie D. Ross in unrelated killings several hours apart.

However, Ross’ death was not discovered until more than 48 hours later when concerned friends told her family that the 82-year-old and her car had not been seen around her Pasco house.

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Ross was then linked to Orozco’s Valentine’s Day crime spree, especially since the suspect was driving her Toyota Corolla shortly before his arrest at a motel.

Orozco is charged with seven crimes, including first- and second-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

The defense has suggested

Read more at: https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/crime/article224780750.html

Suspects In Piedmont Home Invasion May Be Linked To String Of Crimes

PIEDMONT (CBS SF) – Three suspects involved in the frightening home-invasion robbery of a family in Piedmont last weekend were still at large Friday, but police are hopeful newly released surveillance video might lead to clues about the culprits.

The brazen home invasion happened at 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Police tell KPIX 5 that it may be connected to string of crimes.

Home surveillance video shows the three suspects walking up the driveway to the home before approaching the victim’s front door.

Piedmont Police Captain Chris Monahan described the scary scene.

“They confronted the nine-year-old who answered the door. They pushed him aside and forced their way into the house,” said Monahan. “At that time, the Dad heard the commotion of what was happening in the house. Then he came upstairs and confronted those same three individuals. One of them pulled a weapon on the dad and held him at gunpoint.”

The criminals suddenly fled

Read more at: https://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2019/01/18/suspects-in-piedmont-home-invasion-may-be-linked-to-string-of-crimes/

Juvenile suspects arrested after crime spree ends in chase on I-25

KUSA – Three suspects have been taken into custody following a southern Colorado crime spree that the Pueblo Police Department said ended in a pursuit and crash off Interstate 25.

The suspects are all younger than 18 years old, according to a news release from Pueblo police. Their exact ages were not released. 

The incident began at around 8:40 a.m. Friday, when Pueblo officers received a report of a 2006 Pontiac Montana being stolen at gunpoint in the 1300 block of East 21st Street. A few hours later, police said the three suspects attempted to rob a victim at gunpoint in the 100 block of Ely Street in Colorado Springs.

Fountain police officers and deputies from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office tried to stop the stolen Pontiac, but according to the news release, a pursuit ensued instead. It continued on southbound I-25 for several miles before the suspects lost control of the

Read more at: https://www.9news.com/article/news/juvenile-suspects-arrested-after-crime-spree-ends-in-chase-on-i-25/73-5e6cf5b7-bd02-4461-a69b-92aecaef40e5

Kelowna man was allegedly selling stolen bikes online

Bike thefts in Kelowna and the Central Okanagan continue to be a problem and a priority for RCMP, who say there are thieves in the area whose specialty is stealing bikes.

Stats show that bike thefts are on the increase. In 2017, more than 470 bikes were stolen in the Central Okanagan. That number climbed to a staggering 704 last year.

But RCMP have put dent in the climbing number of bike thefts with the arrest of a Kelowna man who was no ordinary bike thief.


Read more at: https://globalnews.ca/news/4865240/kelowna-man-was-allegedly-selling-stolen-bikes-online/

WATCH: Police looking for South County ‘crime spree’ suspects caught on cam

SOUTH ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOV.com) — St. Louis County police are asking for your help identifying two suspects who broke into local businesses, stole a car and damaged a few other cars.

Around 1:30 on January 7, the two suspects arrived at Gravois Auto Repair on Tesson Ferry in a white Ford Crown Victoria with the plate number MJ7-EOE.

The suspects then broke into several customer vehicles and damaged the steering columns in an attempt to steal a vehicle, but were unsuccessful.

At 2:10 a.m. police said the suspects went to Norrenberns Lumber nearby and cased the area before stealing a red 1989 Ford F-150 from the parking lot and leaving in both cars.

Around 2:30 a.m. the suspects returned in the Ford truck and broke into Norrenberns Lumber, stealing tools, a guitar and a cash drawer.

The suspects were in the Ford truck in Fenton around 4:20 a.m. and broke into Fenton Pawn Shop

Read more at: https://www.kmov.com/news/watch-police-looking-for-south-county-crime-spree-suspects-caught/article_f7911af2-1b68-11e9-8f5f-5f3bc691af72.html

‘Traveling Bandit’ Bank Robber Started 6 State Crime Spree In South Florida

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The FBI is releasing a series of photographs of an unidentified bank robber wanted for robbing at least seven banks in six states, including Florida, in the last three weeks.

Traveling Bandit bank robber outside Aventura Capital Bank on Dec. 28, 2019 (FBI)

Investigators have dubbed him the “Traveling Bandit” based on the great distances he has covered committing these robberies.  They believe the robber may strike again in the near future given his pattern of past robberies.

His crime spree started in Aventura at a Capital Bank on December 28, 2018.

He also hit an Asheville, North Carolina Suntrust Bank, on Jan. 2, 2019, and a Johnson City, Tennessee Mountain Commerce Bank on Jan. 4.

He stayed in Tennessee for his next target, robbing a US Bank in Mt. Juliet on Jan.8, followed by a TrustMark Bank in Prattville, Alabama

Read more at: https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/01/18/traveling-bandit-bank-robber-south-florida/

PIC:Teenage duo’s Crime Spree comes to an end After CAPTURE by the police

Teenage duo’s Crime Spree comes to an end

The police in Dangamvura have nabbed four suspects – two of them teenagers – for allegedly committing a series of burglary cases in which they stole household appliances valued at more than $5 000.

The quartet comprising of Promise Nyagwaya (18) from Honde Valley and his brother who is 17 and cannot be named because of his age, Bornwell Mandeya (31) of Number 52 Devonshire Sakubva and Tichaona Magaya (23) of Number 210 Devonshire, were yesterday expected to appear in court facing six counts of unlawful entry cases they perpetrated in Mutare.

The suspects are also wanted in Masvingo in connection with similar cases committed there.

Manica Post reports that the crime crew was apprehended after a team of police intelligence officers comprising

Read more at: https://iharare.com/teenage-duos-crime-spree-comes-to-an-end/