Crimes & Criminals

Toronto librarian admits shooting Chicago cop in '60s

The saga of an American who spent 39 years on the run for the attempted murder of a Chicago police officer, most of it hiding under an assumed name in Mississauga, Canada, ended today in a U.S. court, where he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, two years probation and a $250,000 fine.

“I wish the events which led to Mr. Knox’s injuries had never occurred,” Pannell said in court. “It was an American tragedy. By this plea, I accept responsibility for the part I played in that tragedy.”

MI Books owner charged in theft probe

Prosecutors charged the owner of a long-time Ann Arbor used-book store and three other individuals in a book-selling scheme that involved hundreds of stolen textbooks from a nearby store.

Police said in court Tuesday that the owner of David's Books requested a "shopping list" of books from the three other suspects, and they stole the items for cash to feed a heroin habit.

Librarian sentenced for child porn involving 10-year-old

Bad News From Kansas: former elementary school librarian was sentenced Monday to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for producing child pornography, including pictures of him having sex with a 10-year-old girl he tutored.

Anthony Baker, 36, of Leavenworth, pleaded guilty in October to one count of producing child pornography. In his plea, he admitted: "I enticed a 10-year-old female to engage in sexual conduct."

Teen charged in driveby shooting after suburban library patrons argue

From Minneapolis: A dispute among suburban library patrons escalated into a daylight drive-by shooting, and a Minneapolis teenager was jailed and charged in Hennepin County.

Laptop Thieves Hit Columbia Libraries

Two suspects accused of involvement in separate crimes—a spate of on-campus library computer robberies and a purse theft—were arrested this week by the Department of Public Safety and the New York Police Department.

Vandals flood library, smear feces at CA elementary school

Yuck: An alarm system hasn't deterred vandals from twice breaking into Ridgeview Elementary School's library to ruin more than 1,400 books, smear feces, and damage computers, printers and other property.

Vandals first struck on New Year's Day, then again Saturday afternoon when they knocked books, computers and other items off shelves and flooded the library.

"We are working on drying out the library and trying to save as many books as we can," Librarian Shelley Dearmin said.

Man tries to mail gun parts hidden in books

I Susupect A Librarian: Seattle police are looking for a man who attempted to mail to Paris a box full of books packed with handgun parts and ammunition. An alert clerk at a Wallingford UPS Store was preparing to ship the plastic-wrapped books on Jan. 31 when she noticed that one of the hardbacks rattled, according to police reports. The woman shook the book and spotted a gun part slipping through the pages.

Archivist: I Stole Papers to Pay Bills

A state archivist was charged Monday with stealing hundreds of artifacts — documents representing "the heritage of all Americans," according to the history buff who found some of them on eBay — to pay his household bills.

Daniel Lorello, 54, is accused of taking the rare items from the New York State Library, including Davy Crockett Almanacs, Currier and Ives lithographs and the 1865 railroad timetable for Abraham Lincoln's funeral train. Authorities believe he hawked them for tens of thousands of dollars, using much of that to pay off his daughter's credit card debt.

"This crime is especially repugnant, because it's dealing with historic documents," state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said. "It's literally stealing the legacy of the state of New York page by page."

Full story here.

Canadian Librarian expected to plead guilty to $1M fraud

A librarian accused of defrauding his employer of almost $1 million will plead guilty to the crime at his next court appearance in May, his lawyer said in court Wednesday. The former executive director of the Wheatland Regional Library, is accused of stealing the money by way of a scheme that began in the early 1990s in which books were paid for but never received.

Stolen rare maps find their way back to library's collection

Stolen rare maps find their way back to library's collection: More than 30 rare, antique maps stolen from the Boston Public Library by a Martha's Vineyard map dealer were returned to the library in 2007, library president Bernard Margolis said this week, part of the conclusion of an international scandal that rocked the staid world of map collecting.

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