East Bay thieves using ‘sleight of hand’ to steal jewelry, police say. Here’s how their alleged scam works


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File photo of police car lights. Union City police are searching for two people who have allegedly scammed victims by stealing their jewelry and replacing it with fakes.

File photo of police car lights. Union City police are searching for two people who have allegedly scammed victims by stealing their jewelry and replacing it with fakes.

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Union City police are searching for two people who have allegedly scammed victims by stealing their jewelry and replacing it with fakes.

The suspected thieves — a man and woman both believed to be in their 30s — allegedly stole jewelry from victims in three separate incidents on Jan. 13 and 14, Union City police said in a statement.

Police said the suspects offered and placed costume jewelry onto the victim’s necks and wrists. On all three occasions, police said the victims declined the jewelry and the suspects then used “confusion and sleight of hand” when removing it to take the victim’s authentic jewelry and watches.

Police said they believe the victims were possibly targeted because of their visible jewelry.

People were encouraged to be cautious when approached by strangers and to travel and walk in pairs or with small groups to protect themselves, police said.

Anyone who has been targeted in a similar incident or have witnessed a similar event were asked to contact the police department’s tip line at 510-675-5207 or by emailing [email protected].

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Collision Reconstruction Units Seek Assistance with Fatal Hit and Runs – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Sunday, January 16th, 2022

Delaware – The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Units (CRU) based throughout the State are seeking the assistance with Cold Case Fatal Hit and Runs.

The following are six cold case investigations the units have been working to solve, but have not had any leads or further information provided over the course of the years.

This incident occurred around 11:48 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2017 as an unknown driver operating a dark sedan southbound on McKee Road approached Kevin S. Freese, 52 of Dover, who was riding his bicycle in the same direction. The vehicle approached the bicycle from the rear and struck the bicycle’s rear tire which caused the victim to be ejected and come to rest on the grassy shoulder along the southbound lane. The dark sedan fled the scene in a southern direction.

Kevin S. Freese, who was not wearing a bicycle helmet, was transported to the Bayhealth Kent General Hospital Emergency Room where he succumbed to his injuries.

Troopers investigating the collision were able to recover a piece of hood molding and matched the part number to a GMC Envoy between the years of 2002-2009. Witnesses on the scene described the vehicle as a small dark SUV which is concurrent with the part recovered.

Anyone with information regarding this crash should contact Sergeant J. Wheatley by calling 302-698-8518. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

The investigation determined that at approximately 9:02 p.m., Monday, December 24, 2018, two pedestrians were walking northbound on DE Rt. 141 (Centre Rd.) within the right turn lane for DE Rt. 48 (Lancaster Pike). An unknown make and model vehicle traveling northbound on DE 141 in the right turn lane struck both pedestrians from behind, approximately 400’ south of the intersection with DE 48.

One pedestrian, a 37 year old Wilmington man, was thrown into a ditch off the east side of the roadway. He was evaluated by EMS on scene and refused medical treatment.

The second pedestrian, 32 year old Bryan K. Lott of Philadelphia PA, was thrown into the roadway where he came to rest in the right thru lane of DE 141 northbound. He was transported to the Christiana Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Early into the investigation, the fleeing vehicle could only be described as being dark gray in color and should be missing the passenger side mirror. Detectives now believe the vehicle may be a GMC SUV or Pickup or a Chevrolet SUV or Pickup between the years 1998-2005. It will still be missing the passenger side mirror and may also be missing the pictured license plate ornament.

Bulls Head Ornament
License Plate Ornament

Anyone with information regarding this crash should contact Master Corporal J. Breen by calling 302-365-8486. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

The incident occurred on Monday, December 23, 2019, at approximately 8:11 p.m., when an unknown vehicle was traveling westbound on Zoar Road west of Fieldwood Drive and struck 44-year-old Katrina M. Hudson, of Millsboro, who was walking  in the westbound travel lane of Zoar Road. The suspect vehicle continued traveling westbound on Zoar Road and fled the scene in an unknown direction.  Hudson was pronounced deceased at the collision scene.

There have not been any leads or description of the vehicle involved in this case. The Delaware State Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is asking anyone that has information in reference to this crash or information regarding the striking vehicle that left the scene to please contact Sergeant N. DeMalto at 302-703-3269.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

The crash occurred on August 11, 2020, at approximately 1:06 a.m., when an unknown vehicle was traveling eastbound Ogletown Stanton Road (Rt. 4), East of Churchmans Road. Aleesha Lingafelt, 27 of New Castle, was walking in the right travel lane of eastbound Ogletown Stanton Road and was struck by the vehicle. The unknown vehicle did not stop after the collision.

27-year-old Aleesha Lingafelt of New Castle, DE, was transported by EMS to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Troopers investigating this crash have determined the striking vehicle is red would have had noticeable front end damage.

The Delaware State Police Reconstruction Unit is asking anyone that has information in reference to this crash or information regarding the striking vehicle that left the scene to please contact Det. Calio at Troop 2, (302)-365-8483.  Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

The incident occurred on November 5, 2020, at approximately 6:34 a.m., when a vehicle traveling eastbound on County Seat Highway, just west of Old Furnace Road, was approaching a slight curve. The pedestrian, a 49-year-old Jamal L. Woodlin of Lincoln, was walking eastbound on the shoulder of the roadway. The vehicle failed to negotiate the curve in the road and drove onto the shoulder, striking Woodlin with the right front. He was projected down an embankment, landing in a shallow ditch. The vehicle did not stop for the collision.

Through the investigation, a possible vehicle involved in the collision is a white Ford E-Series van with right front damage. The picture shown is similar to the suspect vehicle.

Ford E-Series Van
Similar Vehicle

The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit asks anyone who has information in reference to this crash to contact Sergeant N. DeMalto at 302-703-3269. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

On September 8, 2021, at approximately 4:14 a.m., troopers received a report of a pedestrian located in the right thru northbound lane of DE SR 100 (South DuPont Road), within the area of the intersection with Taft Avenue. The investigation determined an unknown vehicle was traveling northbound on DE SR 100 in the right thru travel lane when it struck the pedestrian. The vehicle continued traveling northbound towards the intersection of DE SR 100 and Faulkland Road to an unknown destination.

The victim identified as Jason Gooden, 34, of Wilmington was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

Troopers request anyone who witnessed this collision, resides in the area who may have doorbell or surveillance footage, or any suspect vehicle information to contact Master Corporal John Breen by calling 302-365-8486 or emailing [email protected] Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at [email protected].

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Police: Driver fatally shot at SW Miami-Dade intersection, gunman at large – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports


SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are searching for a gunman who, they said, shot at a car with an infant and a child inside at an intersection in Southwest Miami-Dade, killing the driver.

7SkyForce HD hovered above police units blocking the intersection of Southwest 152nd Street and 127th Avenue, north of Zoo Miami, just after 6 p.m., Friday.

A vehicle was seen partially covered with a yellow tarp and with bullet holes in the driver’s side door.

Investigators said the victim was driving when someone pulled up next to the vehicle on the driver’s side and discharged a firearm, striking the victim.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units responded to the scene and pronounced the driver dead.

Inside the victim’s car, police said, was a 1-year-old in a car seat, a 5-year-old and another adult. None of the other occupants were injured.

Police are searching for a gray four-door Lexus that fled the scene.

Officers shut down Southwest 152nd Street, from 122nd to 133rd avenues, while they investigate. Traffic was seen backed up near the scene of the shooting.

Just after 8 p.m., Miami-Dade County officials confirmed the COVID-19 testing site at Zoo Miami has been closed due to police activity in the area. It is scheduled to reopen Saturday at 7 a.m.

As of 9:30 p.m., police have not identified the victim.

If you have any information on this shooting or the gunman’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

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Pedestrian hit and killed on Boulder Hwy; police blocking traffic in both directions


LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police have closed down both directions of Boulder Highway near Russell Rd because of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian.

At this time, Metro Police have confirmed one person was killed after being hit by a vehicle that was heading south.

According to the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) Boulder Hwy is closed in both directions at Gibson. Drivers are asked to avoid the area if possible.

This is a developing story – this article will be updated as needed throughout the overnight hours.



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Icy conditions cause 'pandemonium' across NWI; hazardous travel conditions, police caution – nwitimes.com



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Denver Police Got Tip About Spree Shooter Lyndon McLeod Months Before Attack


Police in Denver were warned nearly a year before last week’s deadly spree shooting that the eventual gunman might be preparing a “devastating” attack. A German man named Andre Thiele told The Denver Post on Monday that he’d contacted police on Jan. 3, 2021, to alert them to the “undeniable possibility” that Lyndon McLeod “may commit a terrorist attack.” Almost a year later—on Dec. 27, 2021—that warning proved true as McLeod gunned down five people in a multi-city rampage before he was shot dead by police. After Thiele came forward, a Denver police spokesman confirmed they had received his tip but said there was “not sufficient evidence to file criminal charges or a legal basis for monitoring McLeod at the time.” Thiele had reportedly read several of McLeod’s books and been part of a chatroom where the author himself sometimes joined the discussion. The German man said he felt compelled to contact authorities after McLeod began to make increasingly frightening comments in the group chat. McLeod named two of his five victims in his books and even described similar attacks, the Post reported.

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*UPDATE #2* Delaware State Police Investigate Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision- Seaford – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Thursday, January 6th, 2022

Seaford, DE- Delaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred in the Seaford area early Thursday afternoon. 

On January 6, 2022, at approximately 12:33 p.m., a 2009 Nissan Altima operated by a 53-year-old Seaford man was traveling southbound on Atlanta Rd. At the same time, a 2018 Kia Soul driven by a 36-year-old Seaford woman was traveling northbound on Atlanta Rd. in the area of the Nissan. For unknown reasons, the driver of the Nissan crossed the double solid yellow line and struck the Kia head-on in the northbound lane of travel. 

The driver of the Nissan was properly restrained and airlifted to an area hospital where he was admitted in serious condition. 

The driver of the Kia was properly restrained and transported by ambulance to an area hospital, where she was admitted with non-life-threatening injuries.

The Kia driver’s 14-year-old daughter was properly restrained in the left rear passenger seat. The driver’s 7-year-old son was properly restrained with a backless booster seat in the right rear passenger seat. Unfortunately, due to injuries sustained during the collision, the juveniles were pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Delaware State Police extend our condolences to the victims’ families during this difficult time. The Delaware State Police Troop 7 Collision Reconstruction Unit asks if anyone witnessed this collision to please contact Cpl/2 Ryan Albert at (302) 703-3266. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppers.com.

Atlanta Rd. in the area of the collision was closed for approximately 5.5 hours as troopers conducted their on-scene investigation.

*UPDATE* Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision- Seaford

Road Closure due to Serious Motor Vehicle Crash- Seaford

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll-free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the Victim Services Unit at [email protected]

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Delaware State Police Investigating Fatal Crash – New Castle – Delaware State Police


Date Posted: Tuesday, January 4th, 2022

New CastleDelaware State Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred Sunday afternoon on North DuPont Highway (Route 13) at the intersection with East Franklin Avenue.

On Sunday, January 2, 2021, at approximately 3:03 p.m., a 2010 Chevrolet Malibu was traveling northbound on Route 13 approaching the intersection with East Franklin Avenue.  The Malibu entered the right shoulder with the intent to make a right turn onto eastbound East Franklin Avenue. At this time, a 2004 Toyota Corolla was within the left turn lane of southbound Route 13 and proceeded to make a left turn across all northbound lanes of travel, attempting to turn onto eastbound East Franklin Avenue.  The Corolla entered directly into the path of Malibu, and subsequently the front of the Malibu struck the passenger side of Corolla. The force of the impact forced both vehicles in a northeasterly direction where they eventually came to final rest. 

The 28-year-old female operator of the Malibu was transported by ambulance to Christiana Hospital where she was treated and released.

The 47-year-old operator of the Corolla was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported by ambulance to the Christiana Hospital where he was admitted for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The 40-year-old male rear left rear seat passenger of the Corolla was not wearing a seatbelt and was airlifted by Delaware State Police Aviation to Christiana Hospital for serious, life-threatening injuries.  The victim succumbed to his injuries several hours later and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Identification of the victim is pending notification to next of kin.

There were two additional passengers in the Corolla who were transported to Christiana hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation remains on-going. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Master Corporal Breen with the Delaware State Police Troop 2 Collision Reconstruction Unit by calling 302-365-8486. Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at http://www.delaware.crimestoppers.com .

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the Delaware State Police Victim Services Unit/Delaware Victim Center is available to offer you support and resources 24 hours a day through a toll free hotline 1800 VICTIM-1. (1-800-842-8461). You may also email the unit Director at [email protected]

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Hun Sen tells police to form Telegram tip-line for drivers


Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed police to form a Telegram group for people to provide tips to them regarding law-breaking drivers as a means to reduce the number of road accidents in 2022.

“Is it possible for the road traffic authorities to do this? We allow our police to form the Telegram group so that the people help report these bad drivers and they can send the pictures to that Telegram channel that we keep open on standby.

“Can we do that? This is the idea that I received from a public opinion suggesting that we have a channels to receive information,” he said while presiding over the groundbreaking ceremony for a major infrastructure upgrade project on the 148km National Road 48 running from Preah Sihanouk to Koh Kong province.

He ordered that Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol discuss the idea with Minister of Interior Sar Kheng about the forming of the group.

Hun Sen said that on January 2 alone, road accidents killed 14 people and injured 17. The number was high compared to the fatalities from Covid-19 at this point, he noted.

“We should form a Telegram group for the provincial police stations or the National Police and whenever people see an offence related to speeding or driving the wrong way, they can capture the vehicles’ number plates and then send them to the group.

“We should do this because the only thing people fear enough to make them obey the laws are the police. When they are approaching the police station they drive slowly, but upon leaving the station, they accelerate to high speeds. Logically, only those who travel on the roads with those who break the law can identify the culprits.

“But we can’t just immediately arrest them. They have to be called in for questioning about the incident after we’ve got their number plates. We show them evidence of it with the photographs in hand. That’s the plan that I’ve just come up with to contribute to a reduction in the number of road accidents in 2022,” Hun Sen said.

According to the National Police, in the first two days of this month a total of 29 people were killed and another 17 injured in road accidents.

Kim Panga, director of the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation (AIP), supports Hun Sen’s initiative. He urged relevant institutions to enforce the laws consistently even during festivals and holidays and to especially target major national roads where accidents occur frequently.

“I call on the government to deploy law enforcement officers including mobile patrolling and intervention groups along with the officers doing traffic facilitation during festivals because when citizens know that officers are monitoring them, they will be more attentive,” he said.





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Virginia state police urge motorists to delay travel during storm


State police said Sunday that Virginians should plan ahead and avoid traveling during the upcoming storm that will strike large portions of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia State Police say they’re preparing for the winter weather that’s poised to affect much of the state. And they say Virginia’s drivers should be too.

State police said Sunday that Virginians should plan ahead and avoid traveling during the upcoming storm that will strike large portions of Virginia.

The National Weather Service is calling for accumulations of snow as well as combinations of rain and sleet in the early morning hours of Monday morning. State police are urging motorists to delay travel to give crews an opportunity to treat and clear the roadways.

State police are already preparing. The agency said it will have all available troopers on patrol in order to respond as quickly as possible to traffic crashes, emergencies and disabled motorists.

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