Crimes & Criminals

Go read this: women help fuel rise in ebook piracy

How do you know you are doing something wrong?

When 35-year-old women are a problem for your industry. Seriously, does ANYONE really believe that this age-group are pirating ebooks because they ‘hate’ publishers or dislike copyright?

No, they are downloading ebooks from illegal sources because they can’t find legal ones, the prices at legal sites are well beyond what they think are fair or simply because they haven’t been reached by legitimate publishers.

Full story at Teleread

Skimming Off the Top...for a Faux Fireplace??

From North Jersey News: The former director of the Haledon Free Public Library was arrested Friday on an official misconduct charge in connection with online purchases she allegedly paid with library funds.

Judith Erk, currently an assistant librarian at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, is charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception in excess of $75,000. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in state prison. North Haledon Municipal Court Judge Harold Cook set Erk’s bail at $50,000. It could not be confirmed late Friday if she had posted bail and was free.

Authorities executed a search warrant of Erk’s home Friday morning, according to authorities, where evidence pertaining to the case was recovered. Items seized included electronics, kitchen appliances, jewelry and a faux fireplace.

East Texas Librarian Robbed at Gunpoint

For a jar that contained less than $100.00 --

DAINGERFIELD, TX (KLTV) : An East Texas woman was robbed at gun point in the Daingerfield Public Library just after 9:00 am Monday morning. Police have arrested a a 19 year-old on an aggravated robbery charge.

The suspect entered the library shortly after it opened and requested to use a computer. Earlene Walton was working and agreed to sign him in and get him all situated, since he did not have a library card.

The suspect told Walton that he had forgotten something and left the building. When he returned, he pulled out a gun. Within minutes, the suspect had fled with a jar that friends of the library used to collect donations.

Ex-Revere Library Director Pleads Not Guilty to Embezzelment

Follow up to our story from mid-March, here...

Boston Herald reports: The former director of Revere’s public library has pleaded not guilty to embezzling more than $200,000 from the city (however, he did admit in this article to being a 'shopaholic') .

Robert Rice Jr. was released without bail at his arraignment Wednesday on charges of larceny, fraud and embezzlement, but was ordered to surrender his passport.

Authorities say the 45-year-old Rowley resident used city money to buy items, which he either kept for himself or resold online. The items he allegedly bought with city funds included a replica of a Thompson submachine gun and a camera which prosecutors say he described on purchase orders as books.

The alleged thefts took place between 2005 and his resignation in January 2009.

Ex-Library Official charged with Embezzling $200k from City

Ex-Revere library official charged with embezzling at least $200k from city
The former director of the Revere (MA) Public Library has been indicted on charges that he embezzled at least $200,000 from the city to buy items he kept for himself or that he resold for profit on eBay and other venues.

Woman who dumped condiments in book drop pleads guilty

Woman who dumped condiments in book drop pleads guilty
An Idaho library has closed the book on a string of condiment attacks against its book-drop now that the ketchup-wielding criminal has been jailed, a Boise librarian said on Saturday.
Authorities say the 75 year old dumped an assortment of condiments including ketchup, maple syrup and mayonnaise into the book deposit because of conflicts the senior citizen had in the past with library patrons and staff.

Librarian Wants Police to Crack Down on Unruly Tweens

A NYC Upper West Side librarian says unruly tweens have become such a threatening menace to her and her staff that she needs police protection.

"They're 12 and they have no respect for us," said Bloomingdale Library manager Rebecca Donsky at a recent 24th Precinct Community Council meeting, her voice shaking with emotion as she pleaded for help controlling the youngsters.

Donsky said she asked her husband to get her pepper spray because she's worried the pre-teens might jump her one night as she's locking up at the end of a shift.

She's regularly forced to kick out rude tweens, who have called her "b--ch" more times than she can count, Donsky said.

Full article

Retired UT County library worker accused of stealing 40K

Retired S.L. County library worker accused of stealing $40,000
The Salt Lake County auditor has called for a criminal investigation into a retired library accountant accused of skimming $40,000 from a government account over seven years.

Although the accountant returned much of that money before he was caught, the auditor says an estimated $10,000 remains unaccounted for.

Suspect Nabbed in Portsmouth VA Library Arson

Authorities have a suspect in custody in connection with the Christmas Day arson at the Portsmouth VA Public Library as reported by Hampton Roads.

Brannon Godfrey, a deputy city manager, said in an e-mail to city officials Friday that the man was in police custody on an unrelated case and confessed to setting the fire. The Fire Department identified him as Tyrone Donte Taylor of Portsmouth. He was being held in the Portsmouth jail without bond.

The fire was set about 6 p.m. in the book drop at the rear of the building and damaged the area near the book drop. But soot and ash spread through the building, and the library will be closed for at least 90 days for cleanup and repairs.

Inmate Sentenced for Kidnapping Prison Librarian

A few days ago, we ran a story on how important the work of a prison librarian can be. Unfortunately, there's also a down-side to being a prison librarian:

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — A 36-year-old Maine prison inmate is going to serve 40 additional years for kidnapping and assaulting a prison librarian and another inmate.

A judge told Michael Chasse Tuesday his actions were "unspeakably cruel" when he stabbed the librarian and the other inmate while he held them hostage for about seven hours on June 30, 2008 at the Maine State Prison in Warren. The hostages were not seriously hurt.

Chasse was convicted in August. Chasse was originally in prison for breaking into the home of the brother of former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen. Chasse argued he should be sentenced to about 15 years.

The Bangor Daily News says Chasse's latest sentence will not begin until his current sentence has been completed. His release is scheduled for 2070.

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