reBar owner Jason Stevens has been arrested for multiple felonies
Jason Stevens, the owner of reBar in Dumbo, Brooklyn, was arrested in his home the morning of May 16th. On Friday, May 9th, Stevens abruptly closed the restaurant without any warning to his staff.
Aside from a terse email to managers and signs posted at the restaurant reading, “reBar is Closed and Bankrupt. DO NOT ENTER,” Stevens did nothing to inform his employees of plans to shutter his popular restaurant and bar.
The location was also a popular wedding venue for New York City couples, hundreds of which had already paid partially or in full for weddings in the coming months.
Stevens, who disappeared for several days after the closure with $175,000 in cash and wedding deposits, has been charged with multiple felonies, including grand larceny and tax fraud.
Stevens is accused of withholding nearly $1 million in taxes between 2009 and 2012 (although a reBar employee estimated a debt of $2.5 million), and faces up to 15 years imprisonment for grand larceny.
Karen Lo is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @appleplexy.
A Former Trump Hotel Partner Is Charged With Felony Theft
A former business partner of President Trump’s company was arrested last week on felony charges of stealing two pieces of luggage from the Memphis airport.
Dinesh Chawla and his brother were partners with the Trump Organization on multiple hotel projects in the Mississippi Delta until earlier this year.
Last year, The New York Times profiled Mr. Chawla, whose father, V. K. Chawla grew up in a refugee camp in Punjab, India, and started the family’s hotel business about three decades ago after seeking the advice of Mr. Trump, then a New York real estate developer.
According to police records, airport security footage recorded Dinesh Chawla on Aug. 18 removing another passenger’s suitcase from a baggage claim carousel and putting it in his car before taking a flight.
The airport police said they searched the car and discovered the suitcase and another piece of luggage that had been taken from the airport a month earlier. Mr. Chawla was arrested when he returned to Memphis on Thursday and that he admitted to stealing the two bags and their contents, valued at about $4,000, according to a police affidavit. The records also said Mr. Chawla had confessed to stealing other luggage “over a long period of time,” but it provided no details of other thefts.
Mr. Chawla told an officer “that he knows stealing luggage is wrong, but he does it for the thrill and excitement,” the records said.
The arrest, first reported by News Channel 3, a CBS affiliate in Memphis, resulted in two felony theft charges.
Mr. Chawla, who lives in Cleveland, Miss., declined to comment when reached by email.
The Chawlas had been developing properties that were to include the first of two new Trump hotel brands. In February, the Trumps shelved the new hotel lines, citing a difficult political climate, and amicably parted ways with the Chawlas.
In the months since, Mr. Chawla has continued construction on the biggest of the developments in Cleveland, which is to include a hotel, restaurants and entertainment. He told The Times earlier this summer that he was also working on other deals.
ReBar Owner Arrested and Charged with Multiple Felonies - Recipes
The owner of a controversial captive deer farming operation has been charged with multiple felonies following an investigation after his facility was given a state-mandated quarantine.
Depending on what may be uncovered because the investigation still is ongoing, more charges could be added. For now, though, Daniel Yoder, the owner of World Class Whitetails in Millersburg, Ohio, is charged with two counts of tampering with evidence in relation to his high-fence white-tailed deer farm.
The charges are third-degree felonies. Steve Knowling, the Holmes County prosecutor, said Yoder was charged because his alleged actions happened after the state put his deer facility on quarantine. The quarantine was put into effect April 24, 2014, due to concerns about chronic wasting disease. With the quarantine, no deer could be brought into or moved from the farm, state officials said.
Erica Hawkins, spokeswoman for the Ohio Department of Agriculture, said in the report that state officials found more issues, some “more egregious” than previously thought. More charges could be filed against Yoder pending the results of the continued investigation.
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Property owner arraigned on theft charges
TROY — The Sidney man who allegedly did not pay for services rendered for maintenance projects of several property was arraigned in Miami County Common Pleas Court on Tuesday.
Duaine E. Liette, 58, was arraigned and entered a plea of not guilty to seven counts of fifth-degree felony theft by grand jury indictment. He was released on his own recognizance. A pre-trial was set for Sept. 17 with Judge Christopher Gee presiding.
Liette is being accused of multiple thefts by deception after allegedly refusing to pay for services rendered to him, with some of the alleged incidents occurring in 2015.
Based on multiple complaints, the Piqua Police Department Investigation Division arrested Liette in September 2017.
The cases were all related to complaints from people stating they were hired to complete work for Liette, but did not receive payment, according to a press release from the Piqua Police Department.
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, the reported incidents took place at residences on:
• Lincoln Street on June 1, 2015
• The 1200 block of Broadway Street on June 15, 2015
• The 1000 block of Broadway Street on June 30, 2017
• The 1500 block of Broadway Street on June 30, 2017
• Broadway Street on July 1, 2017
William Ingle, 21, of Piqua, was arraigned on a new charge stemming from the series of events when he allegedly threatened to “shoot up” the Piqua Junior High School on May 22.
Ingle was arraigned on one count of third-degree gross sexual imposition on Tuesday. Judge Gee set bond at $10,000 and ordered Ingle if he were to post bond not to contact the minor victim. Ingle previously entered a plea of not guilty to third-degree felony making false alarms.
Last May, a coworker Ingle contacted Piqua police to report threatening statements Ingle allegedly made about “shooting up” the junior high, using explosives at the school, and referring to other school shooters as “amateurs.”
According to Miami County Municipal Court records, Ingle was overheard talking about shooting up the school because his 14-year-old girlfriend was “being bullied there.” Ingle also allegedly discussed how he would carry out a mass shooting at the school, although he told his coworker that he did not own any guns.
According to court records, Ingle admitted to making the statements to “shoot up the school,” but stated that “he was very sorry and had no intentions of following through with this attack.” Ingle also admitted to being in a relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
He was charged with making false alarms, a third-degree felony.
Ingle was arraigned in Miami County Municipal Court on Wednesday. He remains incarcerated in Miami County Jail.
Suspect from REBAR shooting now in SAPD custody
SAN ANTONIO – The man accused of shooting eight people at a local bar earlier this month is now in San Antonio police custody.
The suspect, 37 year-old Jenelius Crew, was first arrested in Florida after officers spotted him leaving a hotel room.
Crew, a Live Oak resident, is now back in Bexar County and charged multiple times for his involvement in the shooting that took place late Friday night on June 12, according to police.
A total of eight people were shot outside REBAR, a bar on Broadway, and authorities said Crew fired gunshots and fled the scene.
Eight arrest affidavits have Crew listed as the suspect, and he is charged eight times for the same crime, which is aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police said Crew had walked across the street from a nearby bar with a group of friends before the incident. He and the group intended to enter REBAR, but were denied by staff multiple times because they were drunk.
Investigators said Crew later opened fire near the main entrance of REBAR with a rifle, wounding eight people.
Now, Crew faces a felony charge for each victim injured.
According to an arrest affidavit from San Antonio police, a witness submitted a tip through Crime Stoppers on June 16. A name and description of the shooter was provided.
The next day, another witness called to identify the shooter. The information left investigators to look for and eventually find a booking photograph of Crew. Crew’s photograph matches the description of the man captured on video inside the bar located across the street from REBAR.
Man arrested after chase with deputies in Randolph County
RANDOLPH COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — A man was arrested on Friday after a chase with deputies, according to a Randolph County Sheriff’s Office news release.
On April 20, the RCSO responded to West Main Street in Franklinville in reference to a 911 hang up.
An arriving deputy saw a dark blue SUV with two men inside the driveway. The deputy stepped out of his vehicle to speak with the men, but the driver accelerated through the grass while the deputy asked the driver to stop multiple times.
The deputy returned to his vehicle and caught up to the SUV going north on NC Highway 22N and tried to pull it over. When the SUV didn’t stop, deputies chased after it.
The SUV left Henley Country Road and entered a trail that the deputy couldn’t navigate due to the terrain.
Deputies established a perimeter around the area on Highway 64, Henley Country Road and Old Cedar Falls Road, but they couldn’t find the SUV.
During the investigation, deputies found the owner of the SUV who said she had allowed 36-year-old Jeffrey Dale Hogan to use it. They then obtained warrants for Hogan’s arrest.
On May 4, around 1:40 a.m., the RCSO responded to Grange Hall Road when they were told about a suspicious vehicle parked in a driveway.
When they arrived, deputies found the vehicle in question. Randolph Communications told deputies that the VIN number returned to a vehicle that had been reported stolen from the Burney Road area of Asheboro.
The property owner was able to identify the driver as Hogan and said he had been asked numerous times to not be on the property.
On Friday, deputies with the RCSO found Hogan in the McDermott Street area of Asheboro and initiated a traffic stop, but Hogan refused to stop. Deputies chased after the suspect onto US 220 Business South and Pisgah Covered Bridge Road.
As Hogan approached Hopewell Friends Road, deputies performed a forced vehicle stop, and he was taken into custody. Hogan was arrested and taken to the Randolph County Detention Center.
Fugitive Waverly man arrested on multiple felonies
(WBNG) -- Authorities say they arrested a fugitive following a string of crimes in Tioga County.
According to a news release, the New York State Police Department arrested 36-year-old Chad J. Soper of Waverly who was charged with the following:
- Burglary in the second degree, a felony
- Grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony
- Attempted grand larceny in the fourth degree, a felony
- Petit larceny, a misdemeanor
State Police say Soper tried to steal a vehicle from a property on Barton Road in the town of Apalachin on the morning of Feb. 23 but got stuck in a rock wall before leaving.
Then, police say, Soper walked to a home on Beach Road and broke into it. There, he stole items and stayed in the residence for a short time.
Around 2:30 p.m., police say Soper stole a vehicle from a business on Pennsylvania Avenue. The business owner saw him and called 911.
State Police found Soper on State Route 434 in the town of Apalachin during a traffic stop.
There, State Police say troopers learned he was wanted on charges from Pennsylvania.
Soper was remanded to the Tioga County Jail with no bail. He was issued an appearance ticket to the Town of Owego Court.
No charges filed against Chinatown store owner who fired gun to stop robbery in Oakland
An Oakland Chinatown shop owner fired four gunshots Monday evening when they intervened in the robbery of a woman with a camera. Oakland police say no one was hurt and the suspect got away.
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - The Alameda County District Attorney&aposs Office on Tuesday declined to file charges against a store owner in Oakland&aposs Chinatown who opened fire to stop a robbery.
Liquor store owner Aaron Yee fired four shots at multiple suspects attempting to rob a woman for her camera last month outside his store. The men also hit the woman with a car before fleeing the scene.
"The District Attorney’s Office does not condone vigilantism," said District Attorney Nancy O’Malley. "However, after a thorough review of the facts of the incident, it is clear that Mr. Yee fired his weapon in lawful defense of the victim of the robbery or what appeared to be a possible kidnapping."
O&aposMalley said Yee was justified in his use of force to defend the woman.
Oakland police officers who arrived at the scene were reluctant to arrest Yee, but a captain ordered that Yee be jailed, a decision that divided the department.
"We don&apost want people to fire weapons into our community. There could be unintended victims," Chief LeRonne Armstrong said a day after the Feb. 15th incident.
Yee, 36, was subsequently arrested on one count of felony assault with a firearm.
Yee, who has a valid concealed weapon carry permit in California, has helped police investigators find suspects in the past.
Alameda County District Nancy O’Malley said Yee&aposs actions come "during a substantial uptick in crime against Asian Americans in Oakland’s Chinatown and across Alameda County."
Some of the recent high-profile crimes include the January attack on a 91-year-old Chinese man that was caught on video, following assaults on a 55-year-old Chinese man and a 60-year- old woman. Yahya Muslim, 28, was later charged with all three attacks.
Prosecutors seek new felony charges against Patriots owner
Florida prosecutors just raised the stakes in New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft's fight against prostitution charges.
It's been nearly a year since the 78-year-old part-time Palm Beach resident paid for sex acts at a Jupiter massage parlor likened to a brothel.
But now lawyers for the state are arguing for the first time that Kraft — charged with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution — actually committed a felony.
The latest court filing from the attorney general's office suggests Kraft could face a third-degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison, if the state wins its appeal of a lower-court order favoring the billionaire.
Elevating multiple misdemeanors to a felony would be an unusual move.
"I literally have never seen that enhancement used in any county," said veteran criminal defense attorney Jack Fleischman, who is not connected with the litigation. "It has to be rare."
So, for that matter, is the high-profile Kraft case.
Observers across the country view it as a constitutional test that pits police powers to investigate crimes — specifically the authority to use secret cameras — against individual privacy rights.
Florida is challenging a judge's order in May that tossed all evidence against Kraft, including sex videos that cops surreptitiously recorded during their prostitution sting.
The judge ruled police did not have a lawful "sneak-and-peek" warrant when surveillance cameras ran continuously for five days at Orchids of Asia Day Spa.
Kraft took Bentley-chauffeured trips to the business on Jan. 19 and 20, which was the day before and the morning of the AFC Championship game. Reports say he showed a Super Bowl ring to an officer and asked the cop if he was a Miami Dolphins fan.
Nearly 300 men charged
Kraft emerged as the most well-known figure from undercover investigations of 10 spas around the state. Nearly 300 men were charged overall last February, along with owners and employees.
Riding on the court outcome is the possibility that Kraft could be hit with sanctions from the NFL. He has already apologized to his family, friends and fans "who rightfully hold me to a higher standard."
The legal fight is now at the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach. Lawyers for the state have requested an opportunity for both sides to iron out their positions in person, before a three-judge panel makes a ruling.
Robert Kraft’s lawyers dispute filing
Kraft's representatives most recently slammed the state's lawyers for violating a rule that restricts page counts in pleadings. The state had asked for special permission to file a 28-page argument, which is 13 pages longer than typically allowed.
"That the State here is seeking to criminally prosecute one of its citizens — using evidence obtained during a dragnet video surveillance scheme that breaks from Fourth Amendment constraints agreed on by other courts — hardly entitles it to special dispensation or sympathy," wrote Kraft lawyers Frank Shepherd and William Burck.
In response, the appeals court Monday ordered the state to abide by the 15-page maximum and refile it.
The state attorney general's office says it won't discuss a pending case.
"As litigation is ongoing, we cannot comment at this time," press secretary Kylie Mason wrote in an email Thursday.
Kraft's legal representatives could not be reached this week.
‘Committed a felony’
The extra-long document from the state remains on the docket for all to see. In it, the prosecutors took aim at one of Kraft's main positions — that police went to extreme and unnecessary lengths over simple misdemeanor crimes.
"The investigation at issue here culminated in numerous felony charges against the owner, manager, and employees of the Spa," the state's attorneys wrote Dec. 17. "In addition, any person who purchased prostitution services on multiple days, as Mr. Kraft did, committed a felony."
Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey Paul DeSousa also made the point that the police had a much-wider scope than low-level, money-for-sex transactions.
"Finally, this Court need not turn a blind eye to the fact that investigations into illicit prostitution schemes often yield evidence of more serious crimes, including the modern-day slavery that underlies the felony offense of sex trafficking," DeSousa wrote.
No proof of trafficking
Kraft's representatives have accused authorities of misleading the public about human trafficking at the massage parlor, before prosecutors admitted they can't prove it.
Officials said state health department inspections, before the sting, strongly suggested that sex workers from China were living at the business. Later, prosecutors explained they were unable to file trafficking charges because the workers declined to cooperate with investigators.
The issue of cameras
The main battle in the pending appeal focuses on whether the warrant for the stealth cameras was proper.
Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser decided the warrant was flawed because it didn't require the officers to "minimize" their surveillance by focusing entirely on criminal acts.
At least four people — women and men — were videotaped receiving real massages with their clothes off while the cameras were rolling. During the same period, 35 videos captured some sexual activity, records show.
Seeking to overturn Hanser's ruling, the attorney general's office contends "more stringent minimization procedures were not required" by law given the circumstances.
The appeal urges that "police must be afforded greater leeway" to fight crime, "though it is of course preferable that no customer be recorded receiving a lawful massage."
"Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty" based on the massage parlor videos, the state asserts in its bid to use the footage against him.
Lawyers for Kraft argue the "drastic, invasive" snooping was out of bounds for "investigating alleged offenses like prostitution."
They say they want this case to be over soon because the "specter of renewed criminal prosecutions hangs like a Sword of Damocles" over their wealthy client.
Bar Owner Accused of Selling Fake Vaccination Cards
May 6, 2021 -- A bar owner in California was arrested after being accused of making and selling fake COVID-19 vaccination cards, according to ABC News.
Todd Anderson, 59, owner of the Old Corner Saloon in Clements, was arrested on Wednesday by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and charged with falsifying a medical record, falsifying an official government seal, and several counts of identity theft.
“It is disheartening to have members in our community show flagrant disregard for public health in the midst of a pandemic,” Tori Verber Salazar, the district attorney for San Joaquin County, said in a statement.
“Distributing, falsifying or purchasing fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is against the law and endangers yourself and those around you,” she said.
The California agency received a tip that Anderson was making and selling the cards at his bar and began an undercover investigation. Agents purchased cards at the bar on “multiple occasions” in April, the department said.
The agency found that Anderson was selling cards for $20 apiece. He sold at least eight cards before the undercover agents shut down the operation, ABC News reported. Under a search warrant, agents confiscated a laminating machine and 30 blank cards, as well as a loaded, unregistered firearm, which is a felony.
The agency will file disciplinary action against the business, which could include suspension or revocation of the bar’s alcohol license. Investigators are also seeking a criminal complaint against one of Anderson’s employees, who may have been involved in the operation.
In March, the FBI issued a warning about potential fraudulent vaccination cards, which have been advertised on social media sites and e-commerce platforms this year.
“If you did not receive the vaccine, do not buy fake vaccine cards, do not make your own vaccine cards, and do not fill in blank vaccination record cards with false information,” the FBI wrote.
Those who make or use fake vaccine cards can be charged with falsifying a medical record or unauthorized use of an official government agency seal, such as the CDC logo.
“By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated when entering schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms or places of worship, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19,” the agency said.
ABC News: “California bar owner busted for making phony vaccination cards: Investigators.”
California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control: “ABC Makes Arrest in Fraudulent COVID-19 Vaccination Card Case.”
FBI: “If You Make or Buy a Fake COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, You Endanger Yourself and Those Around You, and You Are Breaking the Law.”