LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The former president of Continental Express Inc. has been found guilty of defrauding the trucking company and its owner out of $872,000.
A federal jury acquitted Kelly Wooldridge of credit card fraud Thursday but convicted him of mail fraud conspiracy after hearing testimony for over a week, including descriptions from his co-defendant Todd Tiefel, the company’s former chief financial officer.
U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright will set a sentencing date after receiving a pre-sentence report in about two months. Wooldridge faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Continental Express was based in Little Rock but was sold in December to Celadon Trucking Services Inc. of Indianapolis, leading to the layoff of more than 250 employees. More HERE
RIVERSIDE — Authorities believe gasoline thieves are behind an explosion at a U-Haul lot in Cathedral City.
The blast was reported just before 1 p.m. Tuesday at 68075 Ramon Road. Four trucks were destroyed and a nearby storage facility was charred. Damage was estimated at $120,000.
Firefighters found telltale signs of gas siphoning, which included cut-off sections of garden hoses that were left in the tanks of three trucks, according to Cathedral City Fire Chief Mike Hatfield. Gas caps had also been removed from six other trucks – all of which had been drained of fuel, Hatfield added. More from KTLA
When Gene Angelino pulled a motorist over for a parking violation Wednesday night, he broke the first rule of impersonating a police officer:
Don’t pull over a real officer.
Police in Winslow Township, Camden County, say that Angelino, 40, of Wildcat Branch Drive, in Winslow, was driving a white, unmarked Ford Crown Victoria, complete with tinted windows, sirens and a light bar, when he tried to pull a driver over for a parking violation at 6:32 p.m.
Angelino’s alleged traffic violator was really an undercover Winslow officer working a narcotics detail, police said. More from Philly.com
NOGALES, Ariz. — Arizona Department of Public Safety officers pulled over a tractor trailer truck for a violation and said they discovered more than 3,000 pounds of marijuana hidden between a load of tomatoes.
The truck was stopped in the northbound lanes of Interstate 19 near Nogales for an equipment violation, officers said.
A search revealed 3,379 pounds of bundled marijuana on pallets concealed between a load of tomatoes, DPS said.
The driver was taken into custody and the commercial vehicle was seized, officers said. From KPHO
Associated Press – May 6, 2008 7:35 PM ET
CLAYTON, N.C. (AP) – Police in Clayton are looking for a half-million dollars worth of stolen liquor, but they’re not sure the thieves know what they took.
According to police, a tractor-trailer was reported stolen from a lot behind a Bojangles’ restaurant. Inside the trailer was an assortment of hard liquor.
Police Chief Glen B. Allen told The News & Observer of Raleigh that it’s unclear whether the thieves were after the rig, the alcohol – or both.
Police said the driver of the truck parked the truck behind Bojangles’ on Thursday night. When he returned Friday, it was gone. Allen wouldn’t identify the driver.
The truck was destined for Raleigh.
Police are seeking a 2006 Volvo tractor-trailer bearing a Cowan Systems company logo and Maine license plate number 0975737. More from WAVY-TV 10
Or maybe he was after the diesel fuel in the tank…..
By: Mark R. Taylor
Our country is stuck in a quagmire. Unrelenting terrorism and violence mean families are held hostage in their own homes as gun-toting thugs sweep neighborhoods. The collateral damage is staggering. Twenty shootings in government-run schools have left innocent children dead. With 336 confirmed shootings in three and a half short months, we should ask for an immediate withdrawal of all law enforcement and first responders because they seem to do not much good, and there is a pervasive sense that we have lost. Perhaps America should echo the words of Barack Hussein Obama regarding Iraq. Pull our forces out – now. Chicago is too dangerous, too far gone to save
Not even the bigoted Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose well-armed body guards come courtesy of Louis Farrakhan’s racist organization, the Nation of Islam, wants to live among the thieves, thugs and murderers, as he builds his multi-million dollar mansion in an upscale white neighborhood, while Chicago’s South Side becomes a haven for gangland terrorism
And Barack Hussein Obama? His elitist answer is more gun control in a city with some of the most restrictive gun control laws in the country. Does he honestly believe that the terrorism and mayhem is caused by law-abiding gun owners who fill out the paperwork, go through the background checks and pay the fees to own a gun? Is he so isolated from the reality of his own home town that he doesn’t believe the guns on the streets are bought and sold by drug dealers and other criminals? More from FamilySecurityMatters
JACKSON COUNTY, Ohio (WSAZ) — Deputies in Jackson County, Ohio say it could be the biggest pot bust they’ve ever seen.
Now, nearly a ton of marijuana is off the streets, and five people are behind bars.
Wednesday a trucking company in North Carolina called the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and told them a large amount of pot was hidden in an inflatable slide.
The 975 pound inflatable was supposed to be delivered to a Jackson address, but when officers looked into it they found more than just a toy.
“After the scene was secured another tractor trailer showed up, for the same address. We asked the driver for the bill and what it was and he said it’s another blow up toy, 975 pounds. So we had a dog hit on it and low and behold we have almost a ton of seized marijuana,” Jackson County Sheriff John Shasteen said.
Jackson County deputies drove to North Carolina to confirm their suspicions and then allowed the company to make the delivery. That’s when the made the arrest. From WSAZ
Excellent bust! Nearly a ton of pot taken off the streets. Hats off to the Jackson County deputies.
Rescue crews responding to a wreck on a Los Angeles freeway found a driver fatally shot in the head early Sunday, while another driver was shot and wounded in a separate attack about 30 miles away, authorities said.
The shootings were the latest in a string of attacks on Southern California freeways that have alarmed motorists and authorities.
Investigators did not know what led to the fatal shooting on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley on Sunday. The wreck snarled traffic for several hours near Van Nuys.
“There’s absolutely no witnesses at this time, no information,” Los Angeles police Officer Norma Eisenman said. More from the KansasCity.com
Mandatory sentence in child porn case; William Leask to be jailed for one year for importing child pornography
In a three-minute video, a young boy believed to be around five to seven years old is raped by an adult male.
In a second video, around two minutes long, a 10-year-old girl is forced to perform a sex act on her father.
The videos, played before a judge in an Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines Wednesday, were two of 35 child pornography videos found on William Leask’s computer after customs officers on the Peace Bridge searched his transport truck in September 2006.
Leask, a truck driver from Cambridge who had no previous criminal record, had been convicted of possession of child pornography and importing child pornography following a trial in Fort Erie in January.
He returned to court Wednesday to learn his fate. More from the Niagra Falls Review
Another pervert and black mark on the trucking community is taken down – In my opinion, creeps like this should get a lot more jail time. This is sick and inexcusable.