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Wisconsin AFL-CIO
2005
State Legislative Update
Senate Bill 251
Regulation of Traveling Sales Crews

An employer would be required to register with the state Department of Workforce Development and meet strict requirements in order to legally allow a sales crew to travel throughout Wisconsin for the purpose of house-to-house sales. This legislation is in response to the exploitation of youth by certain businesses who circumvent child labor laws and other labor standards by classifying such employees as independent contractors. It is known as “Malinda’s Act” in memory of a young girl who was killed in van accident in 1999 near Janesville while working with a traveling sales crew.

Position: FAVORABLE
Status: SB 251 was referred to the Senate Job Creation, Economic Development and Consumer Affairs Committee.
Wisconsin AFL-CIO
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Senate Bill SB 251 Passes Through Committee Hearing
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CLC - Child Labor Coalition
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December 25, 2005
California dream job turned to nightmare
By Adam Jadhav
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
12/25/2005
GRANITE CITY
The employment ad sounded so promising: Earn up to $1,000 a week. Get paid to travel. Cash advances daily. A perfect sales gig for a young guy, a high school dropout desperate for work. One phone call, and Christopher Fields, 20, of Granite City, had his paid bus ticket to sunny California. He thought he had a glitzy sales job, but once he arrived in West Sacramento, Fields says he instead found a culture of drugs, alcohol, lies and abuse as part of a door-to-door itinerant magazine sales crew.
By Adam Jadhav
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
stltoday.com
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December 22, 2005
Salesman Accused Of Attacking Woman In Her Home
POSTED: 6:52 am EST December 22, 2005
UPDATED: 11:57 am EST December 22, 2005
Eyewitness News 9
WFTV
MOUNT DORA, Fla. -- A judge Thursday ordered no bond for the man accused of attacking a woman inside her home. Mount Dora police said he used his job as a magazine salesman to target the victim. Charles Hartman was booked early Thursday morning and it was a scary night for one Lake County resident who said a knock on her door turned suddenly violent. "He grabbed me by my neck and forced his way in and I wrestled him to the ground and started screaming, 'Help me! Help me! Help me!'" explained the unidentified victim. The victim, who didn't want to be identified, had no trouble identifying her attacker. She said it was Charles Hartman. "I know he was going to rape me. Why else would you come into somebody's house?" she questioned. The door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested shortly after the attack and, while police don't have proof of a sexual assault, they want Heartman off the streets. "We are going with burglary of an occupied dwelling. We don't have any proof of a sexual assault, but there were two small children in the house who were terrified," said Lt. Roger Children, Mount Dora Police Department. Along with arresting Hartman, the police dragnet picked up some of the other door-to-door marketers, telling them to either leave town or go to jail. The salesman work for Integrity Sales of Arizona. Their boss described the men as something other than upstanding citizens. "We pull them off the street from doing drugs, homeless shelters and get 'em out there. We teach them responsibly. We teach them structure," said Ryan Atkins, Integrity Sales.
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MOUNT DORA, Fla.
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December 16, 2005
Council approves 'No-Knock' law
Friday, December 16, 2005
By ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
FRANKLIN LAKES - The Borough Council unanimously passed an ordinance Wednesday night that will create a "No-Knock" list. Residents can register with the borough so that commercial solicitors cannot approach their homes. It is similar to the National Do Not Call Registry. Non-profit and religious groups are exempt from the No Knock law. "This gives the municipality a tool to use against overly aggressive door-to-door sales organizations," Business Administrator Bob Hoffmann said Thursday. Franklin Lakes Police Sgt. John Bakelaar said earlier this month that his department often gets complaints about the solicitors' demeanor, that the product they're selling seems fraudulent or that they hang around the neighborhood too long. The ordinance requires that salespeople be photographed and fingerprinted. Their names would also be run through a national database to see if they have a criminal history. If the salespeople violate the No Knock law they will be subjected to a fine of up to $1,250 and a one-year loss of permit. The list will be updated twice a year, in January and July.
By ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
northjersey.com
New Jeresy
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December 15, 2005
Local Girl Found After Two Days Missing
Magazine Sales Scam Leaves Girl Scared for Her Life
Sabrina Zimring
News Channel 7
WJHG
December 15, 2005
We have just been told 18-year-old Ashley Nicole Hanson is in the custody of California authorities. She was able to call 911 and her mother after running from the hotel she was being held at. Ashley left Bay County nearly six weeks ago to embark on a journey claiming to make her money and show her the world. "They spoke of $200 to $500 a day. Bonuses, football games, Las Vegas where their next stop was supposed to have been." An ad ran in our local newspaper in early November, seeking teens and young adults eager to travel the country, making large profits, and selling popular magazines door-to-door. Ashley Nicole Hanson, an 18-year-old Mosley High School graduate, joined the traveling team against her parents’ best advice.
Sabrina Zimring
News Channel 7
WJHG
wjhg.com
Panama City Beach, FL
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December 15, 2005
Missing 18-Year-Old Woman Found Safe In Dana Point
POSTED: 8:15 am PST December 15, 2005
UPDATED: 2:45 pm PST December 15, 2005
NBC 4 TV
LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. -- The 18-year-old woman from Florida who went missing in Orange County has been found in Dana Point and is safe, says Jim Amormino of the Sheriff's Department. Sheriff's detectives searched Thursday for the woman who disappeared while selling magazine subscriptions in Laguna Niguel. Ashley Hansen was last seen at Camino Del Avion and Barkentine Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Hansen works for a traveling magazine sales company that drops employees in designated areas to go door-to-door selling subscriptions and later picks them up at a predetermined time and location, according to a sheriff's department statement. Hansen did not return to be picked up at the scheduled time on Tuesday and her co-workers spent several hours in vain searching the area, the statement said.
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Ashley Hansen
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Please Contact Orange County Police
If you have any information on Ashley
(714) 628-7170
18 Year Old Woman Disappears While Selling Magazines
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LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. - Sheriff's detectives searched Thursday for an 18-year-old Florida woman who disappeared while selling magazine subscriptions in Laguna Niguel. Ashley Hansen was last seen at Camino Del Avion and Barkentine Boulevard around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. Hansen works for a traveling magazine sales company that drops employees in designated areas to go door-to-door selling subscriptions and later picks them up at a predetermined time and location, according to a sheriff's department statement. Hansen did not return to be picked up at the scheduled time on Tuesday and her co-workers spent several hours in vain searching the area, the statement said. Hansen is not familiar with the area and has no friends or relatives in California, according to the sheriff's department. The missing woman is white, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 105 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call (714) 628-7170.
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December 14, 2005
Orange County
Robbers wake sleeping victims
Posted December 14, 2005
What appears to be a random home invasion struck the Lake George area of south Orange County early Tuesday. Three robbers kicked in the front door of a house on Gatlin Place Circle about 3 a.m., abruptly waking the homeowners asleep in their bed, sheriff's reports show. The robbers then kicked open the bedroom door and ordered the husband and wife to hand over their cash and jewelry. While one of the men held the couple in their 60s at gunpoint, the other two ransacked the house for about 20 minutes, reports show. Robbery Detective A.J. Jones said the couple may have been targeted by solicitors selling magazines door to door. The men took jewelry, coins and the homeowners' 2001 black Lexus with Florida tag P51-3JY.
Orlando Sentinel
orlandosentinel.com
Florida
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December 9, 2005
Senate OK's bill inspired by crash
Posted: Friday, Dec 09, 2005 - 11:21:00 am CST
By Ann Montgomery
Daily News staff writer
Beloit Daily News
Traveling sales crew restrictions could prevent similar accidents Hoping to avoid the kind of tragedy that struck along Interstate 90 in 1999, the Wisconsin State Senate approved a bill on Wednesday that puts restrictions on traveling sales crews spending time in the state. Bill 251, co-authored by State Sen. Judy Robson, D-Beloit, requires traveling sales crews to secure a certificate of registration with the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) in order to conduct business in Wisconsin. The bill also prohibits minors from working on sales crews, requires all sales crew members be employees and not independent contractors, and limits the time of day crew members can work. The bill was authored in order to restrict the chances of a similar accident that took place in 1999. In that accident, the crew chief of a traveling sales crew, Jeremy Holmes of Clinton, Iowa, was driving without a valid driver's license on I-90 near Janesville when he lost control of the van and the vehicle rolled over several times. Seven crew members were killed and five more were injured. The majority of the crew members were under the age of 20. Holmes, who was 19 at the time of the accident, pleaded guilty to causing the accident and was sentenced to seven years in the Wisconsin State Prison system. He was also sentenced to four years probation and ordered to pay $492,000 in restitution to the families of the dead and injured. Holmes has since been released from prison. “Traveling magazine sales crews are the child sweat shops of our times,” Robson said. “Young people are lured into these jobs with promises of exciting cross-country travel only to realize that adventure involves sleeping on floors in seedy hotel rooms, long hours for little pay, and difficulty getting out of the job.” Robson pointed out Wisconsin was one of the first states to pass child labor laws, and if approved, Bill 251 would be one of the toughest in the nation in dealing with the exploitation of young workers. In addition to making the company register with the DWD and limiting the hours crew members can work, the bill also requires semi-monthly payment of all wages earned, and allows local enforcement to write tickets to any crew members found in violation of the bill. “This bill targets the traveling sales crews who operate outside the law by moving their young workers from state to state. Traveling sales crews take young employees for from home and make them dependent on the crew chief for their lodging and food. This bill would crack down on exploitative and dangerous practices.” The bill must now pass the Assembly before heading for Gov. Jim Doyle's desk. Doyle has the final say if the bill will become law.
By Ann Montgomery
Daily News staff writer
Beloit Daily News
Beloit, Wisconsin
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December 8, 2005
Senate OKs curbs on magazine firms
Published December 8, 2005
Chicago Tribune
WISCONSIN -- Wisconsin state senators on Wednesday passed a bill tightening regulations on companies that use itinerant magazine subscription sales crews. Magazine subscription clearinghouses throughout the country use the traveling sellers, who act as independent contractors. Critics say a lack of regulation has led to numerous fatal crashes involving vans transporting door-to-door sellers.On Nov. 27, a van belonging to Alliance Service Co., a Rolling Meadows magazine subscription company, crashed near Phoenix, killing two people and injuring seven. The bill passed Wednesday would require subscription clearinghouses to hire the sellers as employees, register with the state and prove their vehicles are roadworthy.
Chicago Tribune
chicagotribune.com
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December 7, 2005
Regulating Traveling Sales Crews
6:01 PM Dec 7, 2005
NBC 15 TV
Madison, Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Senate has passed a bill that will regulate traveling sales crews in Wisconsin. The bill was created after a horrific van crash back in 1999. Seven young people died and five others were injured when the large van they were traveling in overturned on the interstate. They were part of a traveling sales crew selling magazines. The company involved hired the kids to work as independent contactors. Therefore, the company was not held responsible for the accident. The bill approved today would require similar companies to hire the kids as employees.
NBC 15 TV
Madison, Wisconsin
nbc15.madison.com
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December 7, 2005
Crash a painful reminder
A wreck near Phoenix that killed two young magazine sellers is
similar to one six years ago that killed Daniel Ziegler (right) of Chicago
By Liam Ford
Tribune staff reporter
Published December 7, 2005
Daniel Ziegler left his Chicago home at 22 to strike out on his own, selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door across the country. The fast-paced, vagabond lifestyle and the chance to make good money appealed to him. He was dead two years later, killed in 1999 when a van rolled over on a road about 30 miles from Phoenix. The crash also killed a fellow magazine contract worker. After a similar wreck last month on a highway near Phoenix killed two young magazine sellers and injured seven others, Ziegler's mother, of the Northwest Side, had a strong sense of deja vu. "It's the same thing," Marie Ziegler said of the crash, which involved a van registered to a Rolling Meadows magazine subscription company. "It's horrible." With the push for federal legislation to rein in the itinerant magazine sales business stalled, activists are targeting state legislatures. The Wisconsin Senate was expected this week to debate proposed restrictions on magazine clearinghouses. "There's actually quite a few states that are interested in that bill," said Phil Ellenbecker, whose daughter, Malinda Turvey, died in a 1999 crash in Janesville, Wis., where seven young magazine sellers were killed. "Little by little, the states are trying to pick it up." The Wisconsin legislation would make subscription clearinghouses hire the salespeople as employees, register with the state and prove their vehicles are roadworthy. "As it stands right now, they're pretty much unregulated," said state Sen. Jon Erpenbach, the legislation's sponsor. After a number of fatal crashes in 1999, including the one that killed Daniel Ziegler and the one in Janesville, activists hoped publicity would spur tighter regulations.
By Liam Ford
Tribune staff reporter
Chicago Tribune
Published December 7, 2005
chicagotribune.com
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December 2, 2005
Bowling-Alley Killing: 4 to stand trial for murder
By Jason Auslander | The New Mexican
December 2, 2005
A District Court judge found probable cause Thursday to charge four Midwestern magazine-subscription salesmen with second-degree murder in connection with the October death of a Santa Fe man outside a bowling alley. However, District Judge Michael Vigil dismissed the remaining counts against the four men — each was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence — while acknowledging the culpability of the victim — 32-year-old Benjamin Suazo — makes the case difficult for prosecutors to prove. “The hard one is the murder case,” Vigil said. “This is such a tragedy for the Suazo family and for these four defendants.” He said the violent situation that led to Suazo’s death — which took place Oct. 20 in the parking lot of Silva Lanes off Cerrillos Road — was “out of control” and that the four defendants knew their acts created the possibility of death or great bodily harm. Suazo died after allegedly being beaten by the four defendants and run over by the Chevrolet Suburban in which they were riding. After Vigil announced his decision, the four men — James Combs, 20, of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Jason D. Furden, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Joshua Burgess, 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio; and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo. — alternately hung their heads and cried. Combs and Furden were allowed brief visits afterward with family members.
By Jason Auslander | The New Mexican
freenewmexican.com
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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December 1, 2005
Knock, knock is no joke in this town
Thursday, December 1, 2005
By ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
The door-to-door salesman could soon be a thing of the past, at least in one North Jersey town. The "No-Knock Registry" that's being considered by Franklin Lakes would allow residents to bar solicitors from their homes. Addresses would be put on a list that would be given to salespeople who apply for canvassing permits. If solicitors approach those homes they would be subject to a fine of up to $1,250 and a one-year loss of their permit. The Franklin Lakes council is expected to vote on the registry, modeled after the National Do Not Call List, at its Dec. 14 meeting. "They're very high pressured and they're very aggressive," Mayor Thomas Donch said of some salespeople. "This ordinance is probably overdue." One resident said she was badgered by a pushy salesgirl three weeks ago, the same day she moved from the Wyckoff side of town to the more affluent Walder Farms. "She was here for, I'd say, probably a half-hour to 45 minutes while I was trying to get rid of her," said the woman, who identified herself only as Cindy. Despite her best efforts, she couldn't shake the nagging salesgirl who was selling cleaning fluid. "I just didn't want to buy it," Cindy said. A No-Knock list "would be a good thing," she said. Roja Singh, a five-year resident, said her doorbell hasn't been rung by salespeople but she likes the idea of the list. "You're tired of being treated as the consumer all the time," she said. "Inside the house ... that's the space you really want to keep separate from being marketed." Singh also said, with teenage and preschool-age sons, she worries about who might be knocking. Under the proposed ordinance salespeople would be fingerprinted and photographed. Their names would also be run through a national database to see if they have a criminal record. If so, "they may not be allowed to solicit in Franklin Lakes," Borough Administrator Bob Hoffmann said. The No-Knock Registry would be updated twice a year, on Jan. 1 and July 1. Residents would sign up with the borough clerk and have the option to purchase a sticker to display their enrollment on the list. The number of solicitors seeking permits in the affluent borough has increased steadily, as have complaints from residents. The peak selling season occurs during the summer, Franklin Lakes Police Sgt. Jack Bakelaar said. Many salespeople are younger folks from out of state. They sell magazines, books and cleaning products. "We get complaints one right after the other," Bakelaar said. "It takes up a lot of time." Residents have called to say they are concerned about the solicitors' demeanor, that the product they're selling seems fraudulent or because they hang around the neighborhood waiting for a ride, he said. "I know some residents who have purchased things ... just to get rid of them," he said. The No-Knock Registry would only apply to for-profit groups. Charitable, non-profits, governmental and religious groups would not be subject to the restriction. No-Knock registries in other parts of the country that included non-profits or religious groups have been ruled unconstitutional. Several Ocean County towns have similar laws in place. Those were spurred by the June 2004 murder of a 77-year-old Dover Township woman by a teenage magazine salesman. Dover Township enacted a No-Knock law two months later. Beachwood, Berkeley, Lavallette, Mantoloking and Point Pleasant have followed.
By ALLISON PRIES
STAFF WRITER
northjersey.com
NORTHWEST BERGEN
New Jersey
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November 30, 2005
Door-to-door detective?
Police say salesman posed as officer, performed body search on woman
By Chris Paschenko
DAILY Staff Writer
cpaschenko@decaturdaily.com · 340-2442
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2005
A door-to-door salesman, who overheard a domestic disturbance, allegedly impersonated a police officer and threatened to jail a woman who refused a body search, authorities said Tuesday. Dustin Andrew Branton, 25, of Kingston, Ga., told Decatur police he was selling magazines at Wheeler Estate Apartments on Saturday at 6 p.m. when he heard a man and a woman arguing. Detective Jeremy Hayes didn't release the name of the victim but said Branton barged into her 134 McEntire Lane apartment and identified himself as a police officer. After searching the woman's boyfriend and escorting him from the apartment, Branton returned, Hayes said, and ordered the woman to submit to a body search so he could look for injuries. She initially refused, Hayes said, but changed her mind when Branton threatened to take her to jail. Hayes declined to describe details of the search but said the victim realized Branton wasn't a police officer when he ordered her to drive him to a Madison hotel. "The female transported Branton to the hotel due to fear and dropped him off," Hayes said. "She called 911 from the Ramada Inn parking lot. She was not physically injured." Police found Branton on Monday at the hotel at 9:30 p.m. and brought him to Decatur for questioning, where he allegedly confessed in writing to the incident. Hayes said Branton's criminal record prevented him from becoming a police officer, but he has a relative in Georgia working in law enforcement. "I think he saw an opportunity to use the knowledge he had and took advantage of it," Hayes said. Branton told police he worked for Universal Subscription Agency, but a company spokeswoman said an independent traveling sales company under contract with Universal Subscription Agency employed Branton. An attempt to reach the contracting company wasn't immediately successful.
By Chris Paschenko
DAILY Staff Writer
cpaschenko@decaturdaily.com · 340-2442
decaturdaily.com
Decatur, Ala.
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November 29, 2005
Man who broke into Decatur apartment claims to be a cop
Nov 29, 2005, 08:34 PM CST Fake cop really a salesman
WAFF48NEWS
A man claims to be a police officer. But the real men in blue say he's a door-to-door salesman. Decatur Police say Dustin Andrew Branton walked into an apartment on McEntire Lane in South West Decatur. He told the couple living there he was a police officer and he was investigating a domestic disturbance. Branton searched the man staying at the apartment. He forced the man to leave for the night. Branton then told the female to drive him to Madison to the Ramada Inn. The woman realized Branton was not a police officer but did as she was told.
WAFF48NEWS
www.waff.com
Huntsville, AL.
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November 29, 2005
Fatal van rollover impels activists
New rules urged for traveling sales firms after Arizona crash
By Liam Ford
Tribune staff reporter
Published November 29, 2005
A crash that killed two contractors for a Rolling Meadows magazine subscription company probably was caused by speeding, police said Monday, as activists renewed efforts to regulate the traveling sales-crew industry. Police were unable to speak to John Michael Wilds, 20, of Kiron, Iowa, the driver of the Alliance Service Co. van that crashed Sunday, because he was in critical condition at a Phoenix hospital, authorities said. Joshua James Wolf, 22, of Virginia Beach, Va., was killed, police said. Also killed was a Texas woman whose identity was not released, pending notification of her family. "They were working in Arizona, and they were on a day off," said Officer Frank Valenzuela of the Arizona state police. "Apparently, they borrowed this van from someone in the company and were headed to the Grand Canyon." Wilds was driving the 2004 Chevrolet passenger van north on Interstate Highway 17 just north of Phoenix about 12:30 p.m. Sunday when he swerved right to avoid something, then swerved back to the left and lost control, Valenzuela said. The van flipped over three times, ejecting all nine people, he said. On Monday, four people, including Wilds, remained hospitalized, but other surviving victims were less seriously injured, Valenzuela said. No victim has been identified from the Chicago area.
By Liam Ford
Tribune staff reporter
Chicago Tribune
Published November 29, 2005
chicagotribune.com
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November 29, 2005
Phoenix mom relieved to have daughter back
Syleste Rodriguez
12 News
Nov. 29, 2005 05:40 PM
A rollover crash killed two young people this past weekend. The accident happened at Interstate 17 and the Carefree Highway on Sunday. Several people remain in the hospital. One of them a 15-year old Phoenix girl and six others were rushed to the hospital. "Once we got here, it just kind of hit us all hard," Lesa Amoroso said, her daughter was in the van. Lesa Amoroso's daughter fortunatley made it out alive, but, she hasn't seen her daughter Desiree since October. Amoroso says her daughter is runaway. "My daughter is a cronic meth user, the people that she hangs out with are cronic meth users and she won't stay off the stuff," Amoroso said. Desiree is recovering at Saint Joseph's hospital. "She has contusions all over her back like she slid down the asphalt," Amoroso said. Major concerns for Desiree is her pelvic area, Mom says she'll need to recover in a wheelchair when she's released. Arizona Department of Public Safety Officers say in the crash, no one was wearing a seatbelt and everyone was thrown from the van. Including 20-year old Michael Seamon from Indiana. His mom learned of what happened while watching the news in her hometown. "I started screaming, all that I heard was two were dead and I saw the vehicle," Linda Seaman said.
Syleste Rodriguez
12 News
KPNX-TV
Phoenix, Arizona
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November 29, 2005
Concord
No new trial for Haniffy, judge decides
Message on his cell phone was at issue
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
November 29. 2005 8:00AM
A Merrimack County Superior Court judge has ruled that magazine salesman Joseph Haniffy will not get a new rape trial, even though jurors saw more than they should have on Haniffy's cell phone during deliberations. When jurors turned on Haniffy's phone, they saw the words "Joe Pimp," a discovery Haniffy's defense lawyers said tarnished Haniffy's image and jeopardized his chance at a fair trial. In his ruling, Judge Edward Fitzgerald dismissed that argument and said Haniffy was so crass on the stand that jurors would not have been surprised or influenced to learn that he had programmed "Joe Pimp" into his phone. Fitzgerald also said Haniffy's lawyers should have known the words were there before putting the cell phone into evidence and agreeing to let jurors turn it on. "In light of the evidence properly presented at trial, it can hardly be said that the sign-on message 'Joe Pimp' could have diminished the defendant in the eyes of the jury," Fitzgerald wrote. He went on. "Moreover, the court finds that this information cannot have prejudiced the jury by conveying that the defendant was out to satisfy his sexual needs and did not care about the victim, when the defendant's own statements are far more telling in that regard." Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., was convicted in September of raping a 19-year-old woman in her Concord apartment while selling magazines door-to-door with a company based in Florida. Two of his colleagues, Cassidy Coburn, 20, of Utah, and Christopher Armstrong, 24, of Arkansas, were also charged with raping the woman with Haniffy and await trial. Haniffy has not been sentenced. Once he is, public defenders Donna Brown and Meredith Lugo will appeal his conviction to the state Supreme Court. There, they will raise again their complaints with the word "Joe Pimp" as well as other issues that came up during trial.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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November 28, 2005
Malinda's Act
Channel 27 TV, Madison Wisconsin
Mon 11/28/2005
A tragic van accident six and half years ago took the lives of seven young men and women. Now, the father of one of those children fears their lives have been forgotten by those with the power to make changes. 27 news spoke with Phil Ellenbecker today who's daughter Malinda was one of seven killed while working for a traveling sales crew. Ellenbecker has tried for three years to get the state to regulate traveling sales crews and he fears it will take another accident for changes to be made. The memories of the van accident that killed his daughter and six other teenagers on I-90 near Janesville has scarred Phil Ellenbecker for life. "I promised my daughter that I would put an end to this to stop this terrible situation from happening to other families", said Ellenbecker. He said traveling sales crews lack any state regulation. The companies are not required to do background checks and the people they hire are often minors. An accident in Arizona on Sunday is a tragic carbon copy of the Janesville accident. "This recent accident in Phoenix brings all those memories back because two young kids were just killed in Phoenix", said Ellenbecker. He has worked tirelessly to pass a state law that would regulate traveling sales crews. He's even created a website dedicated to the memories of people killed while working for the crews nationwide. "The strength of this law is it would pretty much keep them out of the state of Wisconsin. Unfortunately they can still go to 49 other states", said Ellenbecker. But, despite his efforts and the deaths of the seven teens Malinda's Act has still not been scheduled for a vote. "I think if one of these kids father was a senator or a representative either state or federal there would have been a law years ago", said Ellenbecker, "I can't explain how important it is to get this bill and this law into affect for protecting our kids and protecting homeowners." Malinda's Act is currently in the senate organization committee waiting to be scheduled for a vote along with at least 80 other bills. Ellenbecker said if senators act now, it could be a model for other states across the country to pass similar bills.
Channel 27 TV, Madison Wisconsin
WKOW TV
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November 28, 2005
Crash kills 2, injures 5 on trip to Grand Canyon
USA Today/Associated Press
Posted 11/27/2005 9:38 PM
Updated 11/28/2005 3:19 AM
PHOENIX (AP) — Traffic along Arizona's Interstate 17 was backed up for 20 miles on the busiest travel day of the year after a van carrying a magazine sales crew on a trip to the Grand Canyon overturned, killing two and critically injuring five others, authorities said. The noontime crash on Sunday backed up traffic in both directions as rescue crews brought in a helicopter and ambulances to help the victims. Police identified the driver as a 20-year-old man from Iowa and said the others in the van ranged in age from 18 to 20. Details on their identities and conditions were not available early Monday. The driver and all eight passengers were thrown from the van when the driver overcorrected and the van rolled three times, ending up in the median, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Frank Valenzuela said. The driver, identified as John Michael Wilds, 20, of Kiron, Iowa, was in critical condition at a Phoenix area hospital Sunday night, Valenzuela said. The passengers were from several states and were members of a sales crew for the magazine sales firm, Alliances Services Co., the Department of Public Safety said. The van had Illinois licenses plates.
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November 28, 2005
Rolling Meadows van flips, killing 2
Published November 28, 2005
Chicago Tribune
ARIZONA -- Two teenagers were killed and seven more were injured Sunday when a van registered to a northwest suburban company that sells magazine subscriptions crashed outside Phoenix, Ariz., authorities said. The crash was reminiscent of a 1999 accident in which a van carrying 14 magazine sellers, ages 15 to 25, crashed on Interstate Highway 90 near Janesville, Wis. Seven died, and five were seriously injured. In Sunday's crash, a 2004 Chevrolet van registered to Alliance Service Co., 1875 Rohlwing Rd., Rolling Meadows, was heading north on Interstate Highway 17 just before noon when it flipped over, crossed the median and landed in the southbound lanes, said Frank Valenzuela, a spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. All nine occupants of the van were thrown from the vehicle, Valenzuela said. Two died at the scene, about 15 miles north of Phoenix, and the remaining seven were taken to area hospitals. One was in critical condition with severe head trauma, but the conditions of the other victims were not known, Valenzuela said.
Chicago Tribune
chicagotribune.com
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November 27, 2005
Suburban Company Van Involved In Fatal Crash
Dana Kozlov
Reporting
Nov 27, 2005 10:34 pm US/Central
(CBS) ROLLING MEADOWS Nine people on a trip to the Grand Canyon were involved in a deadly crash while riding in a van belonging to a suburban Chicago company. Witnesses to the deadly van crash scene say it's a disturbing sight. The van rolled over on Interstate 17 near Phoenix, Az. Sunday. CBS 2's Dana Kozlov shows what went wrong. The van came to a stop upright, after rolling across a Phoenix area highway Sunday afternoon. The plates show it is from Illinois, and investigators say it's hard to believe it was the only vehicle involved. "It’s incredible they didn't hit northbound traffic. They actually squeezed their way as it was sliding sideways between several vehicles, rolled over the median, landed on the southbound lanes, blocked both lanes. Again, it's incredible no one hit them," said Arizona investigator Rich Andrew Peles. Peles isn't sure what caused the van's driver to veer right on the highway. But he says at least six of the nine passengers were ejected from the van. Two were pronounced dead at the scene. The van is registered to Alliances Services Company, a magazine sales company based in northwest suburban Rolling Meadows. Investigators say those in the van may have been on their way to the Grand Canyon.
Dana Kozlov
Reporting
CBS 2 Chicago
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November 22, 2005
Better Business Bureau of Metropolitan Dallas, Inc.
dallas.bbb.org
Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company Delivers Complaints
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Dallas, TX, November 22, 2005 - One door-to-door magazine salesman demanded a beer. Another claimed that buying a magazine subscription would help him win a trip. Consumers across the country are complaining to the Better Business Bureau about Entrepreneurs Across America, based in Denton, TX, regarding high pressure, misleading selling practices, non-delivery of magazines, and difficulties in canceling subscriptions and in getting refunds. Entrepreneurs Across America, also doing business as PMA Sales, Inc., and Threedom Sales, Inc., 401 S. Locust St., #104, Denton, has an unsatisfactory record with the Better Business Bureau serving Dallas and Northeast Texas, due to a record of unanswered complaints regarding unsatisfactory customer service, non-delivery of magazines, and refund problems. During the Bureau's three-year reporting period, there have been 147 complaints, with 122 of those complaints remaining unanswered by the company. In February, 2005, and again in March, 2005, the BBB in Dallas telephoned the company and asked that complaints be answered. Most complaints remain unanswered. In a few cases, the company has replied to complaints with emails stating: "This customer has been refunded." Some complaints describe high pressure or misleading sales pitches, for example, insisting that a consumer listen to the pitch or make a decision immediately, or claiming that the salesperson will win a sales contest or qualify for a scholarship. The BBB points out that high pressure is always a sign to be more cautious, and recommends that any decision to purchase should be based on the product or service, not on an appeal for sympathy from a salesperson. In Maryland, a woman said the salesman "barged his way in" when she was alone at home. "The saleperson was pushy and became angry when I would not give him a beer that he asked for," she said. She placed an order because it was "the only way I felt I could get him out of my house." She tried to cancel but was still looking for a refund of the $101 she paid. A man in Missouri said: "I was told that if I ordered magazines from them that they would have the opportunity to win a trip and that they would receive credit for college in business or sales courses. I ordered the magazine … All I want to know is where are my magazines that I was charged for?" The Federal Trade Commission's Cooling-Off Rule, with some exceptions, applies to door-to-door sales of $25 or more. Customers have a three-day "cooling-off" period to cancel a purchase or contract without obligation. The salesperson must give the customer two copies of a cancellation form, one to send and one to keep. The form is sometimes part of the receipt or contract. The customer does not have to use the provided form, but should be sure the cancellation is postmarked by midnight of the third business day after the sale. Even if the customer calls, emails, or faxes the business about the cancellation, the written notice should be mailed. To check out a company or to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, visit http://www.dallas.bbb.org/ or call 214-220-2000, or from surrounding areas, call 1-800-705-3994. For more information on the Federal Trade Commission's Cooling-Off Rule, see http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buying/cooling.htm.


November 17, 2005
Police Log
Belmont Police Department
Remember anyone selling magazines?
Belmont Citizen-Herald
Thursday, November 17, 2005
The Belmont Police Department is looking to hear from residents who may have been visited by members of a magazine sales crew in late August or early September. Crew members may have represented themselves as college students working on a project or earning points for a trip. Police are investigating an allegation of fraud made in connection with one magazine subscription sale, and suspect that other sales or attempts at making a sale followed in a similar pattern. If you have any information please contact Lt. J. Peter Hoerr at 617-484-1215, ext. 121, or jhoerr@belmontpd.org.
Belmont Citizen-Herald
Belmont, MA. www.townonline.com
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November 16, 2005
Police: Woman Attacked In Raleigh Home Invasion
POSTED: 1:03 pm EST November 16, 2005
UPDATED: 6:34 pm EST November 16, 2005
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Authorities are investigating a home invasion that happened Tuesday in the North Raleigh subdivision of Brier Creek. Police said a man stopped by the house and asked if he could go inside to make a telephone call. When a woman, who was taking care of her two grandchildren, answered the door told him that she would call the number for him, authorities said the man entered the house and assaulted the woman. "At which point she started screaming and pushing back; and he got behind her and put his hand over her mouth," said Lesley Bennett, the victim's daughter. Investigators said the man stole jewelry and money from the house and fled the scene. No one was injured. Raleigh police have been canvassing the area and even passed out a description of the suspect at a roadblock Wednesday morning. They said people should be on the lookout for thieves casing their neighborhood. While they are not sure if there is a connection, police said a magazine salesman had been reported going door-to-door in the neighborhood Monday.
WRAL.com
Reporter: Amanda Lamb
Photographer: Tom Normanly
Web Editor: Kelly Gardner
RALEIGH, N.C.
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November 15, 2005
Crime Stoppers: Rapist Posed As Door-To-Door Salesman
Officer Catherine Kent, Portland Police Bureau
PORTLAND -- The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, would like your help in identifying and apprehending a rape suspect. On Oct. 20, at about 5 p.m., the suspect knocked on the victim’s door, forcing his way inside, where he physically and sexually assaulted the woman. Prior to the assault, the suspect may have walked through the Sellwood neighborhood representing himself as a door-to-door magazine salesman, contacting other residents. Detectives have released an artist’s sketch of the suspect. He is described as a male with a dark complexion, 21-25 years old, with a thin face and build. He was clean-shaven, wearing a dark suit with a pink striped tie. Anyone with information about this incident or who can identify the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in this case, or any unsolved felony, and you may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
KOIN News 6
Portland, OR.
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November 15, 2005
Portland Police Bureau
Crime Stoppers: Rape Suspect
Officer Catherine Kent, Portland Police Bureau
The Portland Police, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, would like your help in identifying and apprehending a rape suspect.
Portland Police Bureau
Portland, Oregon.
portlandonline.com
Portland Info. On Rape Suspect


November 13, 2005
A road to trouble?
By Anne Constable | The New Mexican
November 13, 2005
50,000 young people work in the sometimes shady and dangerous world of traveling sales crews, such as the one involving the death of a Santa Fe man. When Carol Salter of Colorado Springs, Colo., heard about the arrest of five door-to-door magazine salesman in connection with the death of a Santa Fe man late last month, she got a big knot in her stomach. Salter’s 18-year-old daughter, LeAnn, had joined a similar crew selling subscriptions door-to-door in Denver and Colorado Springs. LeAnn had quit the crew two weeks earlier, but Salter couldn’t help but think how close her daughter had come to being in Santa Fe at the time of the killing. In late October, two crews selling subscriptions through the same company had been staying at a Ramada Inn in the Denver area, according to LeAnn. Her crew was preparing to go to Utah when she quit. The other crew was headed to Santa Fe. While LeAnn said in a telephone interview last week that she didn’t know any of the people arrested in Santa Fe, she said the traveling-sales environment was often rough. “I’d walk into the hotel room and 20 people would be smoking marijuana and drinking alcohol,” she said. “I didn’t feel safe.” One night, LeAnn said, the crew tried to persuade her and her boyfriend to go bowling, even suggesting it was mandatory. She declined, saying she was too tired. LeAnn’s crew and the Santa Fe crew both were independent contractors selling subscriptions through Michigan-based World Wide Circulation, one of many clearing houses in the United States involved in door-to-door magazine sales. Under this system, both the crew managers and crew members are independent contractors. The clearing houses aren’t responsible for the actions of crew members or subject to laws governing direct employers. There is high turnover among the crews. Managers are constantly recruiting new members, often through ads in local papers promising young people they will have the opportunity to make a lot of money and travel the country. Most salesman are hired with little or no background checks. The job doesn’t usually appeal to high-school graduates heading for college. But “if you’re a small-town kid and you want to travel and you can’t find a job, the ads in the newspapers look pretty good,” said Earlene Williams, director of an advocacy group called Parent Watch Inc. Williams often helps distraught parents find their children and bring them home.
By Anne Constable | The New Mexican
freenewmexican.com
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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November 13, 2005
Fake stories used to sell subscriptions
By Anne Constable | The New Mexican
November 13, 2005
The magazine salesman who rang Lauren Smith’s doorbell off Hyde Park Road at 7:30 p.m. late last month claimed to live with his mother around the corner. He said he was trying to sell enough magazine subscriptions to pay for a trip to London, and his deadline was that night. James Combs showed Smith a list of magazines but she protested they cost too much. She said she’d prefer to give him the money directly and offered to write a check for $40. Combs demurred. He said he would have to give her check to someone else — he mentioned a local hospital — and argued she would be better off buying the magazine subscription. She declined. All during the conversation, he kept saying, “Don’t hate me,” Smith recalled recently. She said the nervous but “likable-looking” young man “didn’t look threatening at all.” He even told her his mother had suggested he offer to do slave labor for neighbors and gave her an address and telephone number — which turned out to be false. The next day, Combs and a few other door-to-door magazine salesmen associated with a company called World Wide Circulation were charged with the murder of a 32-old Santa Fe man in the parking lot at the Silva Lanes bowling alley. “I will never again open the door at night,” Smith said. “But the neighbor thing — and the mom thing — obviously worked on me.” Combs’ spiel was typical of sales pitches used by traveling crews all over the country.
By Anne Constable | The New Mexican
freenewmexican.com
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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November 12, 2005
Superintendent: Watch out for scams in Fleming
By Jennifer Klein Journal-Advocate staff writer
Article Last Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 12:14:17 PM MST
jklein@journal-advocate.com
FLEMING - Fleming School Superintendent John Condie wants residents to be wary of a possible scam. The superintendent said a male who appears to be high school or college-aged is going door to door in the area selling magazine subscriptions. Condie said while the magazine subscriptions could be legitimate, their proceeds will not benefit the school. "We do not go door to door selling magazine subscriptions," Condie said.
By Jennifer Klein Journal-Advocate staff writer
Article Last Updated: Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 12:14:17 PM MST
jklein@journal-advocate.com
www.journal-advocate.com
The Journal Advocate
Sterling, CO.
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November 11, 2005
Police log: Teen magazine solicitor hauled off to jail
Published: November 11, 2005
Carmel-by-the-Sea: A female suspect, age 18, was contacted for soliciting magazines without a permit in the area of San Carlos and First. A records check revealed an outstanding warrant out of Oregon. The subject was arrested and booked into county jail.
The Carmel Pine Cone
Volume 91 No. 45
Carmel, California
carmelpinecone.com
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November 11, 2005
Charleston Police Warn Residents of Suspicious Activity
Posted 11/11/2005 10:58 AM
Watch Out For Possible Scams
Story by Nicole Ward
There has been some suspicious activity in the South Hills area of Charleston recently. Subjects have been going door to door with different stories to possibly try to scam people. They have used stories of selling magazines, door to door massages and even doing church visitation. Both of the subjects are strangers to the neighborhood. The subjects are described as white men. One about 19 years old and about 5 feet 8 inches tall and the other about 30 years old and about 5 feet nine inches.
WBOY 12
wboy.com
Charleston, WV.
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November 9, 2005
Milton to consider 'no knock' ordinance
(Published Wednesday, November 9, 2005 11:05:30 AM CST)
By Carla McCann
Gazette Staff
MILTON-A Milton police sergeant is urging the city to adopt a "no-knock" ordinance prohibiting out-of-town solicitors from visiting residents whose names are on a register. John Conger, the driving force behind the proposal, sees it as another safeguard against unscrupulous and sometimes dangerous door-to-door salespeople. "I view someone coming to the front door as more of an intrusion and potentially more dangerous than someone calling on the telephone," he said. The city's public safety committee will discuss the ordinance at its Thursday meeting. The ordinance would be similar to Wisconsin's No-Call List because residents could choose to have their names on the registry, Conger said. The ordinance would not apply to religious groups, political campaigns, Girl Scouts or another nonprofit organizations. Other communities and some states already have passed "no-knock" laws that carry stiff fines for violators, Conger said. The days of door-to-door solicitors serving communities as marketing links are gone, Conger said. Today, people can buy things they need on the Internet, he added. "How many times has someone come to your door selling something that you don't already know about or have?" he asked. "I can't imagine why this proposed ordinance wouldn't be well-received by the community." Conger believes the ordinance's benefits are two-fold: It would protect residents, and it would help keep young people from being lured into the world of traveling sales. Conger has been a staunch advocate of proposed legislation to regulate traveling sales crews since a March 25, 1999, van crash on Interstate 90 in Milton Township near Janesville. The crash killed seven young magazine salespeople and left several others with permanent injuries. Conger witnessed the crash. While moonlighting for the Town of Milton Police Department, he was running radar where Interstate 90 runs through town when the van passed him. Radar showed the van was traveling at 81 mph, Conger said in a previous interview. He added that he only had time to turn on his headlights and pull out from the median when the van flipped several times, ejecting several occupants. The driver, 20-year-old Jeremy Holmes, did not have a valid driver's license. He attempted to protect himself by switching seats with another salesperson. The 14 occupants of the van ranged in age from 15 to 22. In addition to the seven deaths, five others were seriously injured and now suffer lifelong disabilities. Conger testified before the state Legislature on a Senate bill that would regulate traveling sales crews. The bill carries strict guidelines that include making employers guarantee transportation home for sales crews, setting safe living conditions on the road and background checks for employers. Although Conger did nothing to cause the accident, he lives with the memory. "Since the accident, it's clear something needs to be done with pockets of this industry that are illegitimate," he said.
By Carla McCann
GazetteXtra
gazetteextra.com
Janesville, Wi.
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November 9, 2005
One freed in bowling-alley killing
By Jason Auslander
The New Mexican
November 9, 2005
Charges were dropped Tuesday against one of five out-oftown magazine-subscription salesmen accused of killing a Santa Fe man in a bowling-alley parking lot last month. The remaining four defendants, however, will have to wait to find out if a District Court judge believes evidence exists to charge them with murdering Benjamin Suazo, 32, because a Tuesday preliminary hearing ended before all testimony could be given. Judge Michael Vigil said he will resume the hearing — which lasted approximately nine hours Tuesday — as soon as possible. The five men began the day accused of beating Suazo until he was unconscious during a fight Oct. 20 at Silva Lanes in Santa Fe, then running him over as they fled the scene. The men — all from the Midwest — had been in town about three days selling magazine subscriptions doorto-door and were at the tail end of a “crew night” out when the incident occurred, according to testimony. At the start of Tuesday’s proceedings , each of the five men — Dewell Keith Lafleur, 30, of St. Clair, Mich.; James Combs, 20, of St. Clair, Mich.; Jason D. Furden, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Joshua Burgess, 23, of Miamisburg , Ohio; and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo. — was charged with an open count of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence. But when lawyers returned from a lunch break, Deputy District Attorney Barbara Romo announced that she would drop the charges against Lafleur.
By Jason Auslander | The New Mexican
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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November 8, 2005
Police concerned about solicitors
November 8, 2005
By Greg Elwell
The Oklahoman
EDMOND - Police are warning residents to take more care when dealing with door-to-door salesmen. People selling magazines for Maryland-based Atlantic Circulation have been arrested on suspicion of soliciting without a permit and may be involved in attempting to break into a home and looting packages left on doorsteps, Edmond police Detective Steve Day said. Door-to-door salesmen in Edmond are required to buy a $75 permit and carry it on them while they work, he said. "A lot of them don't carry any ID," he said. "If we arrest them, they usually post bond and are gone, so without a permit, it's hard to catch up to them." Danny Joe Dews, 18, of South Port, N.C., was arrested and ticketed on suspicion of selling magazines without a permit Oct. 22 near 4100 Sooner Court, according to police records. Keeping tabs on visitors to the city is important, especially after some were seen attempting entry into a locked home and near the site of a larceny, he said. One woman witnessed two young men trying to open the door of a neighbor's home Oct. 15, according to police reports. When she asked what they were doing, they approached her to sell her magazines, police said. On Oct. 21, the woman came home to find a cell phone that had been delivered to her house was missing. During the same time it was delivered, a magazine salesmen approached her next-door neighbor, according to reports. The salesmen work for Atlantic Circulation, but when contacted, the company refused to aid in the investigation, Day said. Police are still looking for the men in connection with the larceny.
Police concerned about solicitors
By Greg Elwell
The Oklahoman
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Oklahoma City, OK.
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November 4, 2005
Door-to-door salesman guilty of sex offenses
BY JAMES HAGGERTY
STAFF WRITER
11/04/2005
The Times Tribune
A New York state man was convicted in Lackawanna County Court of three sexual offenses Wednesday, but cleared of three others.

A seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated more than six hours before finding Delmar Hooks, 27, of Elmira, guilty of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and indecent assault. He was acquitted of rape, sexual assault and indecent exposure. Police alleged Mr. Hooks, a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old Clarks Summit girl who allowed him into her residence twice the evening of March 9. The girl, now 16, identified Mr. Hooks as her assailant during testimony on Wednesday. The girl, who was home alone at the time, said Mr. Hooks pursued her before he sexually assaulted her on a stairway.
BY JAMES HAGGERTY
STAFF WRITER
The Times Tribune
SCRANTON, PA
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November 3, 2005
Door to Door Dangers (Magazines Sales)
FOX 31
KDVR Denver, Colorado
(11.03.05) — RON
THEY GRAB OUR CAMERAS....AND MAKE VIOLENT THREATS -- WHY? A FOX 31 UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATION IS EXPOSING THEY'RE CRIMINAL WAYS. WHO ARE THEY? A TRAVELING MAGAZINE SALES CREW.
¶((LIBBY))
FOX 31 INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER CHARLES LEAF IS LIVE TONIGHT WITH A STORY THEY DON'T WANT YOU TO SEE.
((CHARLES LIVE))
ron and libby, if you want to get a magazine subscription, buy one off the shelves, take out that annoying little card in the center...and mail it in. our investigation makes it clear...buying a magazine from someone who comes to your door...is a bad idea. once you open the door...it's too late...they're in...and you could be in danger.
FOX 31
Charles Leaf
KDVR Denver, Colorado
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November 2, 2005
Concord
Judge must mull meaning of 'pimp'
Words on cell phone at issue in trial
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
November 02. 2005 8:00AM
As Judge Edward Fitzgerald decides whether an evidence mishap warrants a new rape trial for magazine salesmen Joseph Haniffy, he's being asked to consult the law books - and a rap dictionary. The lawyers from Haniffy's rape trial have been disputing the meaning and significance of thewords "Joe Pimp" since they learned that jurors inadvertently saw those words on Haniffy's cell phone. In their latest court filing, Haniffy's lawyers asked Fitzgerald to consult an Internet rap dictionary to understand how damaging they believe "pimp" is to their case. Attorneys Donna Brown and Meredith Lugo even photocopied the definition for Fitzgerald from http://www.rapdict.org: "Pimp," among other things, is "someone who has a lot of hoes around." Prosecutor George Stewart, disputing the significance of the words, also pointed Fitzgerald to the Internet. ESPN, he said, uses pimp on its site as a compliment. Furthermore, Stewart argued, no juror who saw Haniffy on the stand would be surprised or persuaded to vote guilty upon learning he had programmed "Joe Pimp" onto his cell phone's screen. Haniffy, Stewart said, was so rude, arrogant and vulgar that he turned out to be the prosecution's strongest witness.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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October 29, 2005
Berkeley council OKs 'no-knock' law
Published in the Asbury Park Press 10/29/04
By JOE ZEDALIS
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
BERKELEY -- The Township Council has adopted a "no-knock" ordinance, but not before making three changes, including eliminating a $1 fee for a door sticker. The ordinance, modeled after one passed in Dover Township earlier this year, prohibits door-to-door solicitation by profit-making organizations. Nonprofit and religious groups still will be able to canvass areas of the township and knock on doors, including those doors with no-knock stickers.
By JOE ZEDALIS
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
Asbury Park Press
New Jersey
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October 28, 2005
Jasmin K. Kermmoade
Jasmin K. Kermmoade, 19, Lincoln, died Monday (10/24/05) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born, Lincoln (2/21/86), to Daryl D'Wayne and Julie Kalleen (Wooten) Kermmoade. Sales and bookkeeper for Tower of Power.
Published in the Lincoln Journal Star on 10/28/2005.
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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Research:
Clearinghouse:
Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc.
Sales Crew:
Tower of Power

Pacific Coast Clearing Services Website: pccsonline.com
WA Dept. of State, Division of Corporations:  Pacific Coast Clearing Services
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Pacific Coast Clearing Service
BBB Report Jaguar Sales: JaguarSales
BBB Report Pacific Coast Clearing Services: BBB Washington
Wisconsin Consumer Protection: Door to door magazine sellers arrested
Wyoming Attorney General's Office: Attorney General Press Release
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
PCCS Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org



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October 28, 2005
19-year-old Washington Woman Drowns at Lanai Lookout
A 19-year-old woman from Washington drowned Monday morning at the Lanai Lookout after she was hit by a large wave and swept out into the ocean, according to paramedics. Witnesses say the woman was with a large group of people taking pictures on the lower shelf around 10:30 a.m.
Station: KHNL/KFVE/KHBC/KOGG
Affiliation: NBC/WB
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
khnl.com
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October 27, 2005
Defense: Footage Key in Murder Case ; Attorney says parking lot
surveillance will help determine what happened at Silva Lanes
JEREMY PAWLOSKI
Journal Staff Writer.
Albuquerque Journal.
Albuquerque, N.M.: Oct 27, 2005. pg. 4
Abstract (Document Summary)
The probable cause statements for each of the five defendants' arrests indicate that [Dewell Keith Lafleur] and Furden at first tried to break up the fight between [Benjamin Suazo] and the other magazine salesmen. But later, after Suazo broke the window of the SUV that Furden was driving, Lafleur is identified in the probable cause statements as having Suazo "in a head lock" and also as participating in punching, kicking and stomping on Suazo. Another of the salesmen, Jason Furden, 27, of Lawrence, Kan., is accused of running over Suazo after Suazo was already unconscious from the beating. Furden's attorney, Dan Marlowe, said Tuesday that Furden did not run over Suazo on purpose and did not deserve to be charged with murder.
By Jeremy Pawloski
Journal Staff Writer
ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL
abqjournal.com
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mwxico
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October 27, 2005
Concord
Magazine salesman's lawyer: Suppress police interview
He says police detectives coerced his client
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
October 27. 2005 8:00AM
A lawyer representing one of the two traveling magazine salesmen still awaiting trial on charges of raping a local woman says his client's interview with Concord police detectives should be suppressed because they coerced the salesman with promises of favorable treatment and lies about nonexistent evidence. Detectives have acknowledged that they told Cassidy Coburn, 20, of Utah, that the victim was injured and that they had copies of her distressed e-mails to friends, when neither was true. A prosecutor with the Merrimack County Attorney's office has objected to the request and told the court that Coburn not only agreed to be interviewed but told detectives at the end of their meeting that they had treated him fairly and promised him nothing.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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October 26, 2005
Victim not familiar with power of ocean
Vol. 10, Issue 299 - Wednesday, October 26, 2005
By Leila Fujimori
lfujimori@starbulletin.com
Star Bulletin
Jasmin Kermmoade grew up in landlocked Lincoln, Neb., not knowing the dangers of the ocean. The 19-year-old woman was with a group of fellow employees in magazine sales when she was swept off a rocky ledge near Lanai Lookout on the east shore of Oahu on Monday and drowned.
Vol. 10, Issue 299 - Wednesday, October 26, 2005
By Leila Fujimori
lfujimori@starbulletin.com
Star Bulletin
Honolulu, Hawaii
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October 26, 2005
Young man dies in I-75 wreck
By Charles Shiver
Adel News Tribune
Adel Georgia
October 26, 2005
A 20-year-old man died early Sunday morning, Oct. 23, in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75. Cook County Coroner Ron Lipsey identified the victim as James Stephens Crawford, of Hubert,N.C., a passenger in the van. The van's driver, Steven A. Smith III, 20, of Amherst, Mass., has been arrested and charged with homicide by vehicle, first degree, because he was allegedly driving under the influence of marijuana, according to the Georgia State Patrol, Tifton Post. Smith also was charged with serious injury by vehicle (two counts) because two other passengers were hurt in the wreck. Additional charges against Smith are failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions ( construction zone), driving under the influence of marijuana, and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. At last report, Smith was being held in the Cook County Jail. According to State Trooper D.L. Harnage, Smith was driving a 15-passenger,Ford E-350 van north on Interstate 75 about 3:50 a.m. Sunday. The van had five occupants. Smith stated to the GSP that he fell asleep and drove off the edge of the road around Mile Marker 38 on I- 75 (between the Adel Industrial Park Exit and main Adel Exit). Smith awoke and apparently oversteered. The rear of the van came around and the van crashed almost head-on into the concrete barrier. The van started flipping down the barrier. Crawford, who was seated right behind the driver, was ejected and killed on impact, according to Harnage. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:10 a.m. Sunday, Ron Lipsey said. Harnage said he believes that two of the other passengers also were ejected. They were seriously injured. One passenger received a severe laceration of the scalp. At last report, the condition of the other ejected passenger was unknown, but that person reportedly was on a back board at South Georgia Medical Center. "Only the driver was wearing his seatbelt," Harnage said. Another passenger was treated at the Memorial Hospital of Adel and released. According to warrants, less than 1 ounce of marijuana was found in a plastic container in the van. Smith submitted to a blood test, Harnage said. The van had been accompanied by two other vehicles. The vehicles were carrying 18 young adults from Tampa, Fla., north to Columbus. The young people had planned to sell magazine subscriptions for Fidelity Readers Service Inc., said Trooper Harnage. The Naple, Fla.-based company offers young people travel opportunities across the U.S. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) is continuing its investigation into the case, with plans to do measurements at the accident scene. Thus, the charges against Smith may be revised or upgraded.

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Research: Fidelity Reader Service
Fidelity Reader Service Website: frsnaples.com
FL Dept. of State, Division of Corporations:  Fidelity Reader Service
Criminal Profiles: Search For 'Fidelity'
Magazine Scams: Fidelity Reader Service
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
FRS Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org


October 22, 2005
Sales Groups Worry Children's Advocate
By Jeremy Pawloski
Journal Staff Writer
Saturday, October 22, 2005
The founder of a New York-based clearinghouse on child and youth labor abuse issues said Friday that door-to-door magazine sales organizations are a nationwide problem, recruiting young people into situations in which they are exploited or can become the victims of violence. "This is a nationwide problem and it has been for many years," said Earlene Williams, founder of Parent Watch, an organization that tries to help youngsters and young adults who join traveling groups that sell magazines. "The great majority of these kids are innocent kids who are lured into these sales crews because they want to travel and make a lot of money, but criminals also jump on board, who are running from the law," Williams said. "They are a danger to both kids on the crews and people in their homes." In Santa Fe on Thursday, five traveling door-to-door magazine salesmen who list out-of-state addresses were charged with the murder of Benjamin Suazo, 32, in a fight at the Silva Lanes bowling alley parking lot. The five homicide defendants are young— their ages range from 20 to 29. But Williams said the issues raised by the traveling sales groups are not bound by age. "There is no legal age for slavery," she said.
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October 22, 2005
5 Men Charged in Slaying; Report Suggests Fight Started Over Woman
By Jeremy Pawloski
Journal Staff Writer
Saturday, October 22, 2005
A group of out-of-state magazine salesmen killed a 32-year-old father of two at Santa Fe's Silva Lanes bowling alley early Thursday in a fight that started because one of the salesmen thought the victim was staring at his girlfriend, court records state. Benjamin Suazo of Santa Fe died after he was beaten to unconsciousness in the bowling alley parking lot, then was run over with an SUV, according to the records. Five of the traveling salesmen— Dewell Keith Lafleur, 29, and James Combs, 20, both of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Jason Furden, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Joshua Burgess, 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio; and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo.— were each arraigned Friday on an open count of murder for Suazo's death. Furden is identified in an officer's statement as the driver of the sport utility vehicle that ran over Suazo. Furden is accused of dragging the beaten Suazo in front of his Chevy Suburban, then re-entering the SUV before the group of salesmen "drove over Benjamin while he laid unconscious on the ground."
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October 22, 2005
5 plead not guilty in bowling alley killing
By Jason Auslander | The New Mexican
October 22, 2005
Five door-to-door magazine salesmen pleaded not guilty Friday to murdering a 32-year-old Santa Fe man in a bowling-alley parking lot after a fight early Thursday morning. Meanwhile, more details emerged Friday about the events that led to the death of Benjamin Suazo and the activities of the salesmen in the days before the killing. The five men -- all from the Midwest -- are each charged with an open count of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence. They are Dewell Keith Lafleur, 30, of St. Clair, Mich.; James Combs, 20, of St. Clair, Mich.; Jason D. Furden, 27, of Lawrence, Kansas; Joshua Burgess, 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio; and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo. Lafleur also was charged with driving while intoxicated. Magistrate Bill Dimas ordered each of the five held in lieu of a $1 million cash-only bond.
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October 21, 2005
Five men charged with Santa Fe murder
Last Update: 10/21/2005 9:40:28 AM
By: Reed Upton
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Five out-of-state men have been arrested and charged with murder, conspiracy and tampering with evidence after a fight at a bowling alley ended with a homicide. Santa Fe Deputy Police Chief Eric Johnson says 32-year-old Benjamin Suazo got in a fight with a group of men outside of Silva's Lanes in Santa Fe at about 1:00 Thursday morning. Suazo was killed. "He was getting jumped by six guys," recalls an eyewitness who didn't want to be identified. "And as he was getting up, he was stumbling to get back into the bowling alley and he get knocked down by two more guys and they jump into their truck and they just run over him." Seven men were taken into custody Thursday morning. By Thursday evening, five had been charged with murder: 30-year-old Dewell Lafleur of Chesterfield, Michigan; 20-year-old James Combs of St. Clair, Michigan; 27-year-old Jason Furden of Lawrence, Kansas; 23-year-old Joshua Burgess of Miamisburg, Ohio; and 22-year-old Andrew Long of Liberty, Missouri. Deputy District Attorney Barbara Romo says the five are part of a group who came to Santa Fe from Michigan to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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October 20, 2005
Magazine fraud unveiled
Students on guard against known subscription scam on campus
Anne Butler, Copy Editor
Issue: 10/20/2005
Section: News
Students need to be wary of magazine solicitors on campus, said Detective Preston Perrenot with the UNLV Department of Public Safety. He explained how students can avoid being scammed and losing money they will ultimately never get back. "I don't know what company they represent," Perrenot said. "It doesn't really matter because most of them aren't legitimate." The scam consists of solicitors who are dropped off at a certain areas and picked up hours later. The person behind the scenes is rarely ever caught, Perrenot said. "The way the scam works is that it's usually a mid-level distributor for magazines. You never see this guy. He hires these kids to go out and take the heat for him," he said. "They get arrested, but they can't tell anything about the guy who hired them. Whatever money they make, they give to the guy." The solicitors have one or two real subscriptions of the 100 or so they offer to an unsuspecting consumer. "There might be one or two [students] out there who actually get magazines," Perrenot said. "For the most part, it's just a basic confidence scam." The solicitors approach students – most recently in the dorms – and pressure them into subscribing to several magazines. Oftentimes, Perrenot stressed, students will sign up for magazines that they don't even need or want. "They use real high-pressure tactics to the point where [the students] don't care what magazines they get, just to get rid of them," he said. The solicitors often give victims a story regarding their own financial status – usually some kind of guilt or pity-inducing tale. Either way, once a check is handed over, and there is no guarantee that the victim will receive his or her magazines or ever get a refund.
Anne Butler, Copy Editor
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October 19, 2005
Three are charged with soliciting door-to-door without permit
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 10/19/05
BY JUSTIN VELLUCCI
STAFF WRITER
KEANSBURG — Three out-of-state residents remained in Monmouth County Jail, Freehold Township, on Tuesday after police charged them with soliciting magazine subscriptions door-to-door without a permit. Daniel Vermeer, 23, of Lincoln, Neb., Douglas Jarrell, 23, of Gulfport, Miss., and Jolene Reinhart, 21, of Mansfield, Mo., each were charged Monday by Patrolmen Francis Wood and Dave Gogan with soliciting without a permit, a municipal ordinance violation, Deputy Police Chief James Pigott said. Vermeer also was charged with criminal trespassing after, police said, he entered a Ramsey Avenue home around 12:40 p.m. without knocking and left only after realizing other people were in the house. Jarrell additionally was charged with providing false information to a police officer, and Reinhart was charged with obstruction of a police officer and operating an uninsured motor vehicle, Pigott said. Vermeer's bail was set at $2,500, and Jarrell and Reinhart were jailed on $5,000 bail, according to the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office. The solicitors, Pigott said, work for Integrity Sales, which also will receive a summons for soliciting without a permit. The Phoenix-based company could not be reached Tuesday for comment.
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October 19, 2005
Concord
New trial sought in magazine salesman's case
Lawyers say jury saw inadmissible evidence
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Lawyers for the magazine salesman convicted last month of raping a woman in her Concord apartment have asked for a new trial because jurors inadvertently saw evidence they shouldn't have. The defense lawyers said the state's case was so weak that the evidence could have persuaded jurors to convict Joseph Haniffy. Jurors discovered the words "Joe Pimp" on Haniffy's cell phone during deliberations, after a judge gave them permission to turn the phone on. Haniffy's lawyers did not object to jurors request to turn on the phone. But the discovery surprised lawyers, who had told jurors at trial that the phone only contained the victim's name and phone number and photos of her performing oral sex on Haniffy. Judge Edward Fitzgerald, who has since examined the phone, has indicated that jurors may have been exposed to additional potentially inadmissible evidence, and he has questioned jurors privately about what they saw. But Fitzgerald and the attorneys have declined to discuss what that evidence includes. Jurors took about eight hours to convict Haniffy of three counts of rape and acquit him of two related charges.
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October 19, 2005
Ordinance requires check of door-to-door solicitors
BY FRAIDY REISS
Correspondent
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP – Sales-men and semitrailers are the focus of a pair of ordinances scheduled to be introduced at the Oct. 25 meeting of the Township Committee. One measure would revise the township’s solicitation and canvassing ordinance, which currently divides solicitors into three groups with three different sets of rules and time restrictions. The new, simplified ordinance would differentiate only between commercial solicitors, including “vendors, peddlers, hawkers and canvassers of commercial products or services,” and non-commercial solicitors, including those involved in “political campaigning, advocacy, education or proselytizing.” Commercial solicitors would have to undergo a criminal history check before they could obtain a solicitation license, under the provisions of the ordinance. They would have their door-to-door activities restricted to 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Additionally, residents would have the option of joining a Do Not Solicit list, which both commercial and non-commercial solicitors would have to follow, if the new measure is adopted. The proposed ordinance is a response to a murder in Toms River in which a door-to-door magazine salesman stabbed a 77-year-old woman to death, Mayor David M. Salkin said.
BY FRAIDY REISS
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October 17, 2005
No-Knock List Considered In Milton
Similar To Wisconsin's No-Call List
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UPDATED: 8:53 pm CDT October 17, 2005
MILTON, Wis. -- While Wisconsin's no-call list keeps solicitors away from residents' phones, another list may keep solicitors away from some doors. It's called a "no-knock" ordinance and the small community of Milton may be the first in the state to put one on the books. Sgt. John Conger, of the Milton Police Department, is behind the proposed ordinance. Six years ago he vowed to do all he could to protect young people and the communities in to which they are sent. Conger made that promise after being one of the first responders on the scene of the horrific Janesville van crash that killed seven teenagers and seriously injured five others who were part of a controversial traveling sales crew.
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October 16, 2005
Door-to-door salesman to serve 3 years in prison
By VINCE LUECKE
Editor
Sunday October 16, 2005
TELL CITY - An Alabama magazine salesman arrested in April for allegedly attempting to rape a Tell City woman was sentenced late last month to three years in prison. Joey Evans, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery, a Class D felony, and was ordered to serve three years in the Indiana Department of Correction. Evans underwent a voluntary polygraph examination in August under an agreement that charges would be dismissed if he passed the state-police-administered exam. Police said Evans failed the test.
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October 9, 2005
Magazine scam alert in NCCo
Police warn: Always verify identification
By TERRI SANGINITI
The News Journal
10/09/2005
Hockessin Valley Falls resident Veronica Gallagher said she knew something wasn't quite right about the the slick, young door-to-door salesman who showed up at her doorstep Thursday evening. "I was thinking it was a neighbor's kid," Gallagher said Friday, "because he said he had just moved into the neighborhood from Rhode Island." She let the young man into her home. He told her he was a University of Delaware communications major trying to earn points for a trip to London by selling magazines. So she gave him a check for $132. The next day, she received an e-mail warning from a neighbor about a magazine scam in the area. Gallagher canceled her check immediately. Now she's warning others to be careful. "I want to save somebody else from being scammed," she said. Gallagher has since reported the incident to the consumer protection division of the state Attorney General's Office. She has also done research on the company, Integrity Sales in Glendale, Ariz., which listed only a post office box on its Web site. The Better Business Bureau in Arizona has processed 71 complaints against Integrity Sales since June 2003, when the company's file was opened. University of Delaware spokesman John Brennan said anyone representing the university should have a UD student identification card and be able to provide a document on university letterhead. Lori Sitler, spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's Office, said consumers should always check the reputation of the sales company if contacted by a telemarketer or door-to-door salesperson. Delaware's Home Solicitation Sales Act allows a buyer three days to cancel a transaction. New Castle County police spokesman Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said police have received one complaint about the magazine salesman. But another door-to-door salesman was also seen in the Cooper Farms development Thursday, and he was unable to produce any type of identification, police said.

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October 7, 2005
E-mail chain letter warns about salesman
By Patrick Cronin
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HAMPTON - Like a modern-day jungle drum, an e-mail from a Hampton woman warning of a magazine salesman who put a vial of "perfume" under her nose that caused her arms and legs to go numb has been passed from one mailing list to another in the area. It originated from Mary Sue Sanderson, who said that a man, claiming to be raising money for the University of New Hampshire by selling magazines, knocked on her door and tried to make her smell perfume that she believes was drugged. "Immediately, my arms and legs went numb," stated Sanderson. "With the grace of God, I immediately stood up and ran inside and locked the doors." Other neighbors told similar stories. Sanderson said she’s heard about the so called "knock-out perfume scam" (where someone tries to knock out another to steal their belongings or rape them) and thinks that’s what this guy was trying to do. In her e-mail, she wrote: "Please pass this on to everyone you know to protect them and their children."
By Patrick Cronin
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The Hampton Union
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Hampton, NH
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October 6, 2005
Teens learn self defense following attempted rape
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BAKERSFIELD - A door-to-door salesman is behind bars, accused of trying to rape a girl in Oildale. Authorities said the attack only stopped when the girl’s family came home.
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October 6, 2005
Salesman jailed for attempted rape of 16 yr.-old Bakersfield girl
By: Bill Curtis
5:46 PM Thursday, October 6th, 2005
kern County deputies were dispatched to a possible victim of a rape in the 400 blk of Wilson Av, in Oildale. When deputies arrived they discovered a 16 year old female had allowed a door to door magazine salesman into her residence for the purpose of ordering magazines. The salesman forced himself on the victim and attempted to rape her. The assault was interupted when a relative of the victim arrived at the residence. The suspect then fled out the door. A short time later the victim saw the suspect in the passenger seat of a blue Ford pick-up as it drove past her residence. A sheriff's broadcast was put out over the sheriff's radio describing the suspect and vehicle. About seven minutes later a deputy on patrol spotted the vehicle at Oildale Dr & Decatur St. The deputy made an enforcement stop on the pick-up. A passenger in the pick-up was identified as the suspect by the victim. The suspect was identified as Michael Anthony Prasser, 20 years of age,from Spokane, Washington. He had identification showing he works for, Free X Press. Prasser was booked into the Kern County Jail for Attempt Rape and Sexual Battery. The victim was not injured during the assault.
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October 6, 2005
Thugs in dorms accost student
Issue: 10/06/2005
Section: News
Anne Butler, Copy Editor
Unwanted pressure from a magazine salesman quickly turned from annoying solicitation to violence for one Dayton Complex resident Monday night. A man identifying himself as John knocked on a student's door around midnight Monday and demanded money for magazines. The victim had previously dealt with a salesman named Craig, whom he had asked to leave and had not purchased any magazines from. When the victim told John that he did not buy any magazines, John grew threatening and said he would hurt the student. John entered the victim's room and sat on the bed while his five colleagues stayed in the hallway. Shortly after a heated debate, John grew agitated and began to beat his fists on the victim's bed. Perrenot said that John also tried to take the victim's computer, but the victim grabbed his arm. Scuffling ensued in which John gave more threats and one of his collaborators tried to enter forcefully.
Anne Butler, Copy Editor
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University of Navada, Las Vagas
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October 6, 2005
Residents meet to discuss recent robberies
By Brandon Lowrey
October 06, 2005
Fort Collins Crime Prevention Officer Susan Vance explains how citizens can keep safe during a community meeting Wednesday night at St. Johns Lutheran Church. The meeting was in response to a recent jump in crime east of campus. Many of the residents attending the meeting showed their fustrartion with the way the Fort Collins police are handling the situation in the area.

Minimizing opportunities for criminals is key to crime prevention, a police officer said Wednesday night to a group of concerned residents whose neighborhood east of campus was recently rocked by two home-invasion robberies. Crime Prevention Officer Susan Vance outlined tips ranging from which kinds of lights to buy to what to do if you come home to a ransacked house-run-and what to do if a stranger knocks on your door. "Never, ever open your door to a stranger," she said. "I can't emphasize that enough." Vance mentioned recent cases where a robber would knock on a door and force his way past whoever opens it. In another instance, a woman let in a stranger claiming to be a magazine salesman. He grabbed her, forcibly kissed her on the mouth and fondled her before he left, Vance said.
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Colorado State University
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October 5, 2005
Teen calmly confesses to murdering widow, 77
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 10/5/05
BY KATHLEEN HOPKINS
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER — A teenage magazine salesman from Chicago showed no emotion in court Tuesday as he admitted using fireplace tools and a kitchen knife to beat and stab a 77-year-old widow to death last year after she let him into her Dover Township home for a drink of water. Azriel Bridge, now 19, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Edward J. Turnbach to murdering Shirley Reuter on June 9, 2004, while he was going door to door selling magazines. The case spurred several Ocean County towns to adopt "no-knock" ordinances that allow residents to bar door-to-door salespeople from going to their homes. Bridge faces a maximum of life in prison with no chance for parole before he serves 63 years and 9 months — the legal equivalent of 85 percent of a life term — under the state's No Early Release Act for violent criminals, said Executive Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ronald F. DeLigny. Bridge is scheduled to be sentenced by Turnbach on Jan. 6.
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TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER, New Jersey
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October 4, 2005
Teenager pleads guilty to killing Dover Township woman
Published in the Asbury Park Press 10/4/05
STAFF REPORT
TOMS RIVER — A teenaged magazine salesman from Chicago showed no emotion today as he admitted using fireplace tools and a kitchen knife to beat and stab a 77-year-old widow to death last year, after she had let him into her Dover Township home for a drink of water. Azriel Bridge, 19, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Edward J. Turnbach to the murder of Shirley Reuter on June 9, 2004, while he was going door-to-door in the widow's neighborhood selling magazines.
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October 4, 2005
Rape trial verdict now under scrutiny
Judge questions jurors after evidence revelation
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Article published OCtober 4, 2005
Concord
Jurors in Joseph Haniffy's rape trial inadvertently saw evidence during their deliberations that might have been inadmissible. Yesterday, Judge Edward Fitzgerald questioned jurors and gave lawyers in the case until late October to argue whether the development should affect the verdict. Haniffy, 25, was convicted two weeks ago of raping a woman in her Concord apartment in March while selling magazines door to door. Fitzgerald could let the guilty verdicts stand or decide the evidence was damaging enough to warrant a new trial.
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Monitor staff
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Concord, New Hampshire
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September 29, 2005
Distraught Father Calls on MPA Members to Halt Door-to-Door Sales
Monday, October 3, 2005
By DYLAN STABLEFORD AND KRISTINA JOUKHADAR
Phil Ellenbecker is on a mission. He is determined to do everything he can to halt the door-to-door sales of magazine subscriptions, and intends to personally call every single publisher on the Magazine Publishers Association membership list to explain his concerns. "I talked to Reader's Digest yesterday," says Ellenbecker, "and they told me they would be active in looking into it."
By DYLAN STABLEFORD AND KRISTINA JOUKHADAR
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September 29, 2005
Salesman charged with raping woman
Des Moines
Prosecutors have charged a 27-year-old door-to-door magazine salesman with second-degree rape in an alleged assault on a severely disabled woman in Des Moines. Police and prosecutors say Raymond H. Moultrie, a transient whose listed addresses are numerous hotels on Pacific Highway South, knocked on the door of a 28-year-old woman with Down syndrome on Sunday in an apparent attempt to sell magazines. Charging documents filed in King County Superior Court contend that Moultrie sexually assaulted the woman, who has the mental capacity of a grade-school child and is incapable of giving consent. Moultrie, who has a criminal history in at least four states, is being held in lieu of $750,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in the Regional Justice Center in Kent on Oct. 10.
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September 25, 2005
Guilty as charged
Haniffy rape case shows how society's views have changed.
September 25. 2005 8:00AM
Concord
The jury in the first of Concord's traveling salesman rape cases has issued its verdict. Jurors found Joseph Haniffy guilty. Often when a man is accused of rape and his defense is consent, there is no way to know with certainty what really happened. That's true in this case. But the jury unanimously agreed that at some point the victim said "no,"and that's all it takes. Continue, and it's rape. None of the players in the tawdry Concord case, including the victim, are sympathetic characters. None of their stories struck us as entirely truthful. In the end, the case turned not on whom the jury believed but on whom the jury believed more. The facts, as far as they can be known when four people's accounts of events differ and change with time, are sordid. The young woman who accused the three men of rape admits to inviting absolute strangers into her home, offering them beer, flirting with them, playing a kissing game, joking about her "stripper shoes" and dancing for them. At some point, she removed her skirt to reveal exceptionally short shorts. The sexual acts that occurred later are a matter of dispute, though at least one can be established with certainty since photographs of it appeared on Haniffy's camera phone. Was the sex, as the defendant claimed, consensual? As Concord defense lawyer James Moir said in this paper after the trial, "Juries tend to get it right," and they probably did in Haniffy's case.
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September 23, 2005
Boxford woman proposes 'Do Not Solicit' list
By Ben Aaronson/ tri-town@cnc.com
Friday, September 23, 2005
Fed up with uninvited salespeople at her front door, Boxford resident Sandy Karcher wants her town do something about it. Karcher has asked for a warrant article be placed on next month's Special Town Meeting agenda that would establish a 'Do Not Solicit' list. Karcher, who has lived in town for about two years, said unexpected visits from solicitors are an unwelcome intrusion on her privacy and that she decided to take action after having a negative experience with a solicitor who came to her home. "When this occurs, strangers obtain a great deal of information about our families (i.e. name, address, whether children live at a residence, what the children look like, the hours we may or may not be home, etc.). When this incident took place, I personally felt that my privacy had been violated," Karcher wrote in a letter to the Selectmen.
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September 22, 2005
Magazine solicitors approach students on campus, in residence halls
By Sarah Mast
The Rocky Mountain Collegian
Getting from one side of campus to the other without being interrupted by a solicitor may be difficult. Whether it is on the Plaza or in the residence halls, solicitors have found seemingly endless ways to reach students in hope of promoting their product. One of the more recent accounts of illegal soliciting reported around campus included men and women selling magazines as part of a contest to become a radio disc jockey. "A magazine salesman walked into my dorm room to try to get me to buy a magazine subscription," said Lauren Bryant, a freshman speech communications major . According to rules and regulations set forth by Housing and Dining Services, unauthorized soliciting in residence halls is a direct violation of the University Solicitation Policy. "No direct or indirect sales or solicitation by commercial enterprises is allowed in residence halls," said Allison Fox, assistant director of residence life. Not only are solicitors not allowed in the residence halls, they are not allowed in on-campus apartments either.
By Sarah Mast
The Rocky Mountain Collegian
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September 22, 2005
False sales pitch results in stolen items
by Jacqueline Wilde
The Vanderbilt Hustler
Students were victimized again Tuesday night when solicitors selling magazine subscriptions stole items from Highland Quad. Police reports cite that one laptop was stolen from Morgan. VUPD immediately paged Highland Quad Area Direction Brent McPherson after the incident occurred, and he then released an e-mail notifying all of his residents about the occurrence. Junior Andrew Bese was one of the residents who targeted by the magazine salesmen. He claimed the two individuals pretending to sell magazines knocked on his door and asked if he would like to sign up for a magazine subscription. Although Bese said they did not look or act like Vanderbilt students, the salesmen claimed they attend Vanderbilt and were selling magazines in order to compete in a contest to win a trip. Bese said they seemed legitimate and they were smooth talkers so he listened to their sales pitch and agreed to fill out an information card. The charlatans edged their way into Bese’s room as he filled out an information card. One of them then asked Bese if he could use his bathroom. At his point the person using the bathroom scoped out his room to see if anything was worth stealing. The individuals involved in the scam targeted rooms in which the bathrooms were detached from the common room. As the dorm resident filled out an informational card in the common area, the schemer checked out the bedroom for any electronics or other valuable items.
By Jacqueline Wilde
The Vanderbilt Hustler
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Nashville, TN
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September 22, 2005
Some door-to-door sales could stop in Millstone
Officials introduce ordinance to create do-not-solicit list
BY JENNIFER KOHLHEPP
Staff Writer
MILLSTONE — The township may create its own version of a do-not-call list. The Township Committee introduced an ordinance on Sept. 14 that, if passed, would limit solicitation and/or canvassing within the boundaries of Millstone through the creation of a do-not-solicit list. Although the list would not prevent phone solicitations, it would keep anyone who is selling something from knocking on the doors of those residents who have signed it. “Can’t we just not have solicitation in Millstone at all?” Deputy Mayor Nancy Grbelja asked the township attorney. Township Attorney Duane Davison said the township could not legally prevent all commercial solicitation. Grbelja said she proposed creating such an ordinance when a commercial solicitor recently asked the Township Committee for the opportunity to canvass Millstone residences door to door. “I wouldn’t mind if any Millstone resident came to my door,” Grbelja said, “but I don’t want someone I don’t know, from out of town, coming up and knocking on my door.” Grbelja said she wanted to give residents the option of keeping solicitors off their premises.
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September 22, 2005
Magazine salesman convicted of raping New Hampshire woman
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CONCORD, N.H.
A magazine salesman from Chicopee was convicted today of raping a New Hampshire teenager at her home. Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Haniffy was one of three salesmen charged with raping the 19-year-old Concord woman. The woman testified she met the men when two of them knocked on her door on March 28th to sell her magazines. She said she played a kissing game with them but did not agree to have sex. The woman said Haniffy showed up later and forced her to perform a sex act on her.
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September 22, 2005
Magazine salesman convicted, faces 20 to 40 years
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Article published September 22
Concord
A jury convicted Joseph Haniffy yesterday of raping a Concord woman in March while selling magazines door to door, but cleared him on a charge of conspiracy. Haniffy, 25, could face 20 to 40 years in prison. The jury of seven men and five women deliberated for about eight hours over two days before returning their verdict at 1 p.m. Haniffy did not visibly react in the courtroom. The victim and her husband wiped away tears when the verdicts were read. Haniffy's public defenders, Donna Brown and Meredith Lugo, could not be reached yesterday, and it was unknown if they will appeal. Some speculated a guilty verdict would prompt plea deals in the rape cases against two other salesmen who were with Haniffy, the first of whom is to stand trial late next month.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
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Concord, New Hampshire
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September 21, 2005
Magazine salesman convicted, faces 20 to 40 years
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Article published September 21, 2005 3:05PM
Concord
After nearly eight hours of deliberations, a jury cleared Joseph Haniffy today of one charge but convicted him of raping a Concord woman in March while selling magazines in Concord. Haniffy, 25, of Massachusetts was acquitted of conspiring with his two sales colleagues to rape the woman. But he was convicted of raping her twice, once in her bathroom and once in her bedroom. He faces 20 to 40 years in prison. Judge Edward Fitzgerald ordered him held without bail until his sentencing, which has not been scheduled. He did not visibly react in the courtroom yesterday.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
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Concord, New Hampshire
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September 21, 2005
Salesman's fate in jury's hands
Sides make closing remarks
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Article published September 21. 2005 8:00AM
Concord
Jurors in Joseph Haniffy's rape trial deliberated for four hours yesterday before going home without a verdict. They will reconvene today at 9 a.m. The case went to the jury at lunchtime, after lawyers on both sides made their closing remarks. Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., is charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault. He and two colleagues are accused of raping a woman in her Concord apartment in March while they were selling magazines door-to-door. If convicted, Haniffy faces 30 to 60 years in prison. Jurors got the case after nearly five days of testimony. In her final remarks, Haniffy's public defender told jurors the case was about the inconsistencies in the alleged victim's accounts - not Haniffy's crass talk and loose ways.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
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Concord, New Hampshire
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September 21, 2005
Magazine salesman convicted in gang rape
AP
CONCORD, N.H. --The first of three magazine salesmen charged in the gang rape of a 19-year-old Concord woman `was convicted Wednesday of three counts of rape. He was acquitted of two other charges. Joseph Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., was acquitted of one count of sexual assault and conspiracy in the Merrimack County Superior Court trial. Cassidy Coburn, 19, of Monroe, Utah; and Christopher Armstrong, 23, of Jonesboro, Ark., will be tried later. The three men say she consented to sex.
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September 20, 2005
Salesman: Sex was consensual
Haniffy takes stand, disputes statement he gave the police
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Article published September 20. 2005 8:00AM
Concord
Joseph Haniffy testified in his own defense yesterday, telling jurors in his rape trial that he had group sex with his alleged victim only after she agreed. He also said the woman was happy enough afterward to give him her phone number in hopes of joining his magazine sales crew. Prosecutor David Rotman asked Haniffy why, then, did she accuse him and his two colleagues of rape after they left. "She felt abandoned?" Haniffy ventured. "She lost the attention she got?" Jurors heard the last of the testimony yesterday afternoon and are expected to listen to closing arguments this morning. In five days, they have gotten conflicting accounts from most of the major witnesses, including the alleged victim and the other two salesmen. Of them all, Haniffy's story has remained the most consistent from what he told the police the day after the alleged assault to what he told jurors yesterday.
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Concord, New Hampshire
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September 19, 2005
Accused Gang Rapists Say Sex Was Consensual
Three Magazine Salesmen Face Charges in Alleged Assault
Sep. 19, 2005 - Prosecutors in the gang rape trial of a door-to-door magazine salesman plan to present the defendant's alleged confession today. Meanwhile, two other salesmen charged in the alleged assault are claiming the alleged victim wanted sex with the trio. Joseph Hannify, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., along with Cassidy Coburn, 19, of Utah, and Christopher Armstrong, 23, of Arkansas, is charged with raping a 19-year-old Concord, N.H., woman in March. The woman said that Coburn and Armstrong talked their way into her apartment selling magazines. Police said the two men drank beer they found in the woman's refrigerator and offered her one that was already opened. The woman told police that a few minutes after drinking the beer she started feeling as if she had been drugged. After a short time, they were joined by Hannify, she said, and the three of them ultimately gang-raped her. She said Hanify first forced her to perform oral sex on him, and when she resisted the three raped her. The three men were arrested in Maryland, a few days after the incident.
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September 17, 2005
Let's restrict traveling sales crews
(Published Saturday, September 17, 2005)
Editorial:
GazetteXtra
Janesville, Wisconsin
Almost 6½ years have passed since a horrific van crash on Interstate 90 near Janesville killed seven teenagers in a traveling magazine sales crew. Yet the state has done nothing to regulate such businesses. Wisconsin gets another chance with Senate Bill 251, and it shouldn't miss the opportunity. No one living here will ever forget that accident. Certainly not John Conger, the Milton police sergeant who was moonlighting that night for the Town of Milton Police Department when he clocked the van at 81 mph near the rest stop north of Janesville. He never had a chance to pursue it. Conger flipped on his headlights and started pulling out when the van started rolling, scattering occupants on the highway and median. The van's driver, 20-year-old Jeremy Holmes, didn't have a valid license and had tried to swap seats with another occupant. Besides those killed, five others suffered lifelong disabilities. Conger testified in support of a similar bill that passed a Senate committee last year. That bill failed to get a vote in the full Senate before the legislative session ended. He also spoke in favor of the new bill. The legislation is designed to protect youths who work for meager pay and in poor living conditions in an industry that sells magazine subscriptions and cleaning supplies. It specifically regulates sales crews that travel overnight, not local companies employing local kids for door-to-door sales. We would oppose such regulation of the latter.
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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September 16, 2005
Neil Frame to spend life in prison
Rapid Valley man pleads guilty to murdering a young woman
who came to his door selling magazines.
By Heidi Bell Gease, Journal Staff Writer
Friday, September 16, 2005
RAPID CITY -- Saying he wanted to "make things right" by taking his punishment, Neil Frame pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a 21-year-old woman who came to his door last April selling magazines. Frame, 41, will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of his plea. In exchange, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. Kristina Denise Moore, 21, of Lancaster, Calif., went missing April 21 after she was going door to door selling magazines in Frame's Rapid Valley neighborhood. Her nude body was found two days later in a field near Hermosa. Frame turned himself in April 26. On Wednesday, Frame stood before 7th Circuit Judge Janine Kern and calmly told her how he killed Moore in a moment of rage. "Kristina Moore came to my house to sell magazines," Frame, a retired military man with no criminal history, said. "I was pretty annoyed. ... I felt as though the magazine sales ... was pretty much an overpriced scam."
By Heidi Bell Gease, Journal Staff Writer
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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September 16, 2005
Other Suspects Testify In Gang-Rape Trial
Men Say Sex Was Consensual
POSTED: 5:40 pm EDT September 16, 2005
CONCORD, N.H. -- The rape trial of a door-to-door magazine salesman continued with dramatic testimony from his co-defendants on Friday. Joseph Hannify, along with Cassidy Coburn and Christopher Armstrong, is charged with raping a 19-year-old Concord woman in March. The woman said that the three talked their way into her apartment selling magazines but ultimately gang-raped her.
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September 15, 2005
Inconsistencies detailed in woman's rape
claims Friends say she was overcome by fear, shock
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Article published Sep 15, 2005
Concord
A state toxicology expert told jurors yesterday that he believes the woman allegedly raped by three magazine salesmen in March had more to drink than the one beer she claimed and that neither a date rape drug nor her cold medicine played a role in this case. Based on blood and urine samples, Dr. Michael Wagner of the state police laboratory believes the woman's blood-alcohol level was as high as .06 percent at some point the night she was allegedly assaulted. The woman had initially told the police she believed the salesmen had weakened her defenses by lacing her beer with a drug. Later she said the cold medicine she had taken the night before may have made her feel hazy and ill. Joseph Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., was the boss of the traveling magazine sales crew accused of raping the woman in her Concord apartment and is the first of the suspects to face trial. He is charged with four counts of sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to commit assault. If convicted, he could face up to 60 years in prison.
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Concord, New Hampshire
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September 13, 2005
Woman says she danced for rape suspects
Testimony opens in case against first of
three magazine salesmen
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Article published Sep 13, 2005
Concord
The woman allegedly raped by three magazine salesmen in March told jurors yesterday in sometimes tearful testimony that she agreed to dance for the salesmen, joked with them about her stripper shoes and played a kissing game with them, but did not consent to sex. She also acknowledged inviting friends to join her party with the men by phone and computer messages, but said she did not express fear or call for help because she thought the men might hurt her. Instead, she invited them to drink with her and her "friends." "I would have said pretty much anything to get (my friends) there,"the woman told a jury of eight men and six women. Yesterday, the first of the three accused magazine salesmen went to trial on four counts of sexual assault and one count of conspiracy to commit sexual assault. Joseph Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., is charged with forcing the woman, now 20, to perform oral sex on him twice and of conspiring with the other two salesmen to sexually assault her.
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Concord, New Hampshire
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September 12, 2005
Concord
Magazine salesman's trial opens today
He's among trio accused of rape
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
September 12. 2005 8:31AM
The first of the three magazine salesmen accused of raping a 19-year-old Concord woman in March goes to trial this morning on four counts of sexual assault and one of conspiracy to commit sexual assault. Over the weekend, Judge Edward Fitzgerald ruled on several motions regarding what evidence will be allowed at trial, but those rulings were not publicly available by press time. The defense asked him to prevent the prosecutor from calling the other two salesmen as witnesses at Joseph Haniffy's trial. And the prosecutor does not want jurors to know that the person the accuser reached out to during her alleged rape was a man she had never met but only talked to through a Web site called HotorNot.com. Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., has denied the charges and said the sex was consensual. If convicted, he could face up 10 to 20 years in prison on each charge. The other two salesmen, Cassidy Coburn, 19, of Utah and Christopher Armstrong, 23, of Arkansas await trial. Armstrong is scheduled to go to trial in late October; Coburn's trial has not yet been scheduled. All three are being held at the Merrimack County jail on high cash bail, the lowest of which is $500,000.
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Concord, New Hampshire
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BBB Alert 09/12/05 Boise Idaho
Unlicensed Magazine Sales Crew Hits Treasure Valley

September 12, 2005 Boise, ID-- The Better Business Bureau advises local consumers to be aware of one or more traveling magazine sales programs actively contacting Boise area homeowners. Callers to the BBB report aggressive sales tactics by unlicensed solicitors claiming to be College or University students.

"Several residents tell us that young adults claiming to be earning points toward a trip or scholarship have contacted them at their home, according to Nora Carpenter, executive director of the BBB. "At this time none of the solicitors are licensed to sell door-to-door in Boise or any of the Treasure Valley communities." The BBB confirms that no local College or University sends students door-to-door to sell magazines or other products on their behalf.

To avoid problems with door-to-door purchases, the BBB offers these tips:
" Never allow a solicitor into your home.
" If you do make a purchase with a value greater than $25, the Federal three-day-cooling-off rule applies. However, you must act quickly to cancel the order.
" All door-to-door solicitors must be licensed by the city or county in which the homeowner resides.
" Never pay with cash.
" Check the history of any soliciting company with the BBB before signing a contract.
" Report questionable activity to the BBB or your local police authority.

According to the BBB, it is common for traveling sales crews to move through Idaho and Oregon in early fall. Consumers purchases at their own risk.
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September 9, 2005
Howell acts to tighten peddler rules
Published in the Asbury Park Press 09/9/05
BY BOB JORDAN
FREEHOLD BUREAU
HOWELL — The Township Council is advancing an ordinance that would require fingerprinting and criminal background checks for peddlers, including door-to-door salespeople and ice cream truck vendors. The change would expand the current peddler-licensing process, which includes a local records check by the Police Department, verification of an applicant's residence, a motor-vehicle records review and a search of outstanding police and court warrants. Laws similar to the one being contemplated here were enacted in nearby towns following the 2004 beating and stabbing death of a Dover Township woman who had let a 17-year-old door-to-door magazine salesman into her home when he asked for a drink of water and to use the bathroom. Dover now has a "do-not-knock" list, a registry that bars salespeople who work for profit-making entities from soliciting at homes on the list and requires fingerprints and criminal background checks for peddlers.
BY BOB JORDAN
FREEHOLD BUREAU
Asbury Park Press
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Howell, New Jeresy
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September 7, 2005
Police: Teen neglected baby
BY MICHAEL MCNARNEY STAFF WRITER
A Missouri teen selling magazines door to door in Scranton has been accused of malnourishing her infant son, who at the age of 6 months weighed 9½ pounds. Jessica Harrington, 19, was released Tuesday after she waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Central Court. She is charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children. The baby is now in foster care, and Miss Harrington — herself a product of foster homes, authorities said — is free on bail. Miss Harrington’s lawyer argued Tuesday that she has done the best she can caring for her child while moving state to state selling magazines.
MICHAEL MCNARNEY STAFF WRITER
The Scranton Times-Tribune newspapers
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Scranton, PA.
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August 30, 2005
Police Blotter
SWOYERSVILLE – A 21-year-old man who was wanted on a probation violation out of New York was arrested on resisting arrest charges on Slocum Street on Friday, police said. John Bonilla, no address reported, was stopped after police reported to Slocum Street for a report of a man going door to door trying to gain access into homes. When stopped, Bonilla said he had no identification except a form from the magazine company he represented, police said. Police said they discovered Bonilla was wanted out of New York and while arresting Bonilla, he pushed away from the officers and fled on foot. After a short pursuit, Bonilla was arrested. He was charged with simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, escape and resisting arrest. He was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.
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August 27, 2005
1 of 5 in fatal beating gets early release
Posted on Sat, Aug. 27, 2005
By Sara Eaton
The Journal Gazette
Courts
A 23-year-old Tennessee man who helped beat a Fort Wayne man to death in 2000 with four other traveling salesmen was granted early release from prison Friday in Allen Superior Court. Benjamin D. Brooks pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in August 2001 and agreed to testify against his co-defendants in exchange for leniency at sentencing. Five traveling magazine salesmen were charged and convicted in connection with the June 5, 2000, beating death of Brett D. King, whose body was found outside the Valu Lodge motel, 3527 Coliseum Blvd. W. His death was ruled a homicide.
By Sara Eaton
The Journal Gazette
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Fortwayne, Indiana
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August 26, 2005
WBZ
I-Team: Door-To-Door Magazine Sales, Part 2
CBS 4 Boston
Aug 26, 2005 10:09 pm US/Eastern
(WBZ) Quick action after an exclusive I-Team investigation uncovers door to door sales crews that are compromising your safety. The I-Team found crew members with criminal records doing a lot more than selling magazines. Kathy Curran has been working with the I-Team and has the latest on what’s being done to keep you safe. Donna Peltier-Saxe, Marblehead: “It made me extremely fearful, it went from an experience where I thought I was helping someone change his life to being really frightened.” Donna Peltier-Saxe says a good deed went bad when she realized a convicted murderer was knocking at her door. Donna Peltier-Saxe, Marblehead: “He told me he was selling magazines, part of a re-education program.” Steven Shores showed up at her Marblehead home hawking magazines. Shores was making a living traveling door to door after serving time for murder.
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Boston, MA.
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August 25, 2005
I-Team: Door-To-Door Magazine Sales, Part 1
CBS 4 Boston
Aug 25, 2005 9:58 pm US/Eastern
(AP) In this exclusive investigation, the I-Team focuses on door-to-door sales crews, young people who canvass your neighborhoods selling magazines. The problem, they are doing a lot more than making a sale. Kathy Curran has been working with the I-Team and shows you the danger that could begin with a knock on your door. Lt. James Pierce, Winchester Police Department: “They literally walk through the neighborhood and they can pick and choose their targets." It starts with a knock on the door, and in some cases ends with a crime. Lt. James Pierce, Winchester Police Department: “I think some of them are very dangerous. Our sister city, Woburn, a woman was killed. We've had breaks, thefts from various areas. ”From Winchester and Marblehead to every end of the state door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement armed with a pitch.
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August 25, 2005
Abusive salesman earns prison term
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Palo Alto online
A roving magazine salesman who assaulted an 80-year-old Menlo Park woman in 2004 was sentenced to 11 years in state prison today in San Mateo County Superior Court. D'Angelo Langford, 19, a door-to-door solicitor from Georgia, pleaded no contest in June to assault with intent to commit rape and physical elder abuse resulting in great bodily harm, according to Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The victim was attacked in her Alice Lane apartment at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, Wagstaffe said. Langdon allegedly shoved the woman onto her bed, pulled up her blouse, and attempted to sexually assault her while repeatedly beating her, Wagstaffe said.
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August 24, 2005
Regulation sought on traveling sales jobs
Bill calls for standards in industry on pay, safety
By STACY FORSTER
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
sforster@journalsentinel.com
Posted: Aug. 23, 2005
Madison - Daniel Burrus went to work for a traveling magazine sales crew because he thought the "rock 'n' roll job" would give him a chance to see the country while making money.
Traveling Salesmen

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I've seen a lot of lives ruined and a lot of abuse, lies and it's definitely something that needs to be stopped.
- Daniel Burrus,
Former magazine salesman

Section: State Politics
After five years in the industry, Burrus, now 31, said the only thing that got rocked was him. Burrus, who lives near St. Louis, didn't attend a hearing Tuesday before the state Senate's Committee on Job Creation, Economic Development and Consumer Affairs to support a bill to regulate door-to-door, traveling sales crews working in the state. But now that he has left the business, Burrus said he is determined to prevent other people from being taken advantage of by businesses that operate under few guidelines. "I've seen a lot of lives ruined and a lot of abuse, lies and deceit . . . it's definitely something that needs to be stopped," Burrus said. The bill (SB 251) is intended to protect youths who are employed in the industry at low wages and who work under sweatshop-like conditions selling such products as magazine subscriptions or household cleaners. The push for the legislation was spurred by a 1999 van crash near Janesville that killed seven teenagers and injured other members of a sales crew.
By STACY FORSTER
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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August 22, 2005
Getting permits a tough sell
By Danielle Williamson / Daily News Staff
Monday, August 22, 2005
MEDWAY -- Selectmen do not mind organizations approaching the board for permission to go door-to-door to seek donations for a particular cause, or sell products. If any of the solicitors have substantial criminal records, however, selectmen are going to have a problem. This was apparent Aug. 8 when the board rejected applications from two solicitors. "These two specific solicitors had highly questionable criminal records -- burglary, car theft, battery -- there is no way we could subject the town of Medway and our citizens to individuals who have recently been accused or convicted of those criminal acts," selectmen Chairman Kent Scott said.
By Danielle Williamson / Daily News Staff
Millford Daily News
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Milford, MA.
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August 22, 2005
Magazine salesman robbed by two men
Police Blotter
8/22/05
SuburbanChicagoNews.com
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A magazine salesman from Cincinnati, Ohio, was robbed by two men in their early 20s, one of whom put the victim in a "bear hug" before making off with $44 in cash, reports stated. Police said the victim, Salem F. Shaun, 20, was selling magazine subscriptions door to door when he was approached by two men, described as Hispanics, at about 8:05 p.m. Saturday on St. John Street near Slade Avenue, reports stated. The men reportedly feigned interest in Shaun's magazines before one of the assailants put him in a bear hug and took his subscription envelope containing the cash in addition to the victim's white gym shoes, according to reports. Police officers canvassed the area for robbery suspects with negative results, according to reports.
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August 21, 2005
Warning and reward out for door-to-door salesman
Home alone teen victim of sexual assault crime


The Harris County Sheriff's Department, Sex Crimes Division, is asking for public assistance in identifying the white male in the composite drawing. The male is wanted for questioning in a sexual assault that occurred on June 16, 2005, at a residence located in the Perry Road and FM 1960 area, south of Tomball. The complainant, a 17-year-old female was at home alone at the time the suspect knocked on her door and told her that he was selling magazines. The suspect was able to talk his way into the residence eventually sexually assaulting the complainant. The man is described as 5-foot, 10-inches tall, in his late teens or early 20s, with blue eyes and blond hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt with blue jean shorts. It is believed that the suspect has been in the area before attempting to sell magazines door-to-door. The sheriff's department is seeking information in identifying the suspect or the name of the company that had individuals selling magazines door to door in the area. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact the Harris County Sheriff's Office Sexual Assault Division at (713) 967-5743 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477). A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this crime or any felony suspect. All calls are confidential.
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August 18, 2005
Police Warn of Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam
Practice Victimizes Buyers and Sellers, Authorities Say
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 18, 2005; VA09
Authorities are warning area residents about young scam artists going door-to-door selling books and magazine subscriptions and falsely claiming they are raising money for school teams, sports clubs and other nonprofit organizations. In the last year, police and consumer groups in Virginia and Maryland have received complaints from residents who say they have been subjected to high-pressure solicitations to buy items to benefit local kids' programs. Some salespeople claim they attend local high schools or are members of local teams.
By Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
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August 18, 2005
Illicit Solicitors on Prowl
Young people pose as fund-raisers for non-profit group.
The Connection Newspapers
Gale Curcio
For years, parents have been warning their children not to go door to door selling things unless they’re accompanied by an adult. They worried that some adult might take advantage of them. Now, there’s a new twist. Adults need to watch out for the children who are selling to them. An alert put out to local neighborhood associations recently states that, “There are groups of people, some as young as 13 to 14 years old, who are conducting a scam in our area, trying to sell magazine subscriptions with the pitch that by getting a subscription, you are supporting Little League. This is absolutely false and the operation is under investigation by the Fairfax County Police Department.
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Gale Curcio
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Fairfax, VA.
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August 17, 2005
Two men arrested in credit card scam
Call Staff 08/17/2005
WOONSOCKET -- Two out-of-state men who claimed to be selling magazines door-to-door on Blackstone Street Monday night were both wanted on warrants. Justin Liles, 22, of Philadelphia, Pa., was charged with being a fugitive from justice in Gloucester County, N.J., police said. Also, Richard J. Bogart, 22, of Augusta, Wis., was arrested on a warrant for failure to appear for a hearing in District Court, Providence. At about 10:30 p.m., police said they ran background checks on the two men after neighbors questioned their activities. The men claimed they were selling magazines for a company identified as Liberator Sales of Gig Harbor, Wash., for which they provided a telephone number and the name of a supervisor. The police said a woman on Blackstone Street divulged her credit card number to someone on a cell phone provided by the two men.
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Woonsocket, R.I.
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August 13, 2005
Salesman pleads guilty to killing Worcester man
WORCESTER, Mass. A magazine salesman from Tennessee who beat a 61-year-old Worcester man to death is sentenced to serve up to 20 years in prison. Twenty-year-old Adam Lowery pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter in the death of William Hollister. Prosecutors say the two men met at a Worcester bus terminal last December after Lowery's girfriend kicked him out of her home. After Hollister agreed to give Lowery a ride, the two men got into an argument in the car. That's when Lowery allegedly struck Hollister in the head with a metal pipe and kicked him in the head and face. Lowery was arrested a day later after police found him in Hollister's car. Lowery was originally charged with murder, but prosecutors reduced the charge to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for his guilty plea.
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August 12, 2005
Scammers peddle magazines
Solicitors in Columbia are claiming to be journalism students.
By KEN SWEET
Columbia Missourian
It’s as much a part of summer as county fairs and dried-out lawns: college-age magazine solicitors going door to door claiming to be raising money for their education or, say, a foreign-exchange program. This week, Columbia residents in all parts of town have encountered young people claiming to be MU School of Journalism students, specifically broadcast students, sponsored by Integrity.com and selling magazine subscriptions.“We deal with this every year,” Columbia Police Sgt. Diane Bernhard said. “Typically, somebody comes in with these college-aged kids, drops them off and picks them up later, then move onto the next area.”
By KEN SWEET
Columbia Missourian
Columbia, Missouri
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August 5, 2005
Confession allowed in murder case
17-year-old told police he killed woman
Published in the Asbury Park Press 08/5/05
BY MARGARET F. BONAFIDE
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER — A Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that he will allow the confession of a then-17-year-old Illinois magazine salesman charged with the brutal killing of an elderly Dover Township woman last year to be used as testimony in the murder trial. The victim's granddaughters looked on quietly as the judge ruled that Azriel Rashad Bridge's confession to police in the June 9, 2004, killing of 77-year-old Shirley Reuter can be used. Bridge had waived his right to an attorney when he confessed the slaying to police on June 11 — eight days before he turned 18. Defense attorneys had requested the confession be suppressed on the grounds that he was a juvenile. Superior Court Judge Edward J. Turnbach also ruled the opinion of a forensic psychiatrist, who testified for the defense that Bridge was borderline mentally handicapped, was flawed and "lacked any evidential value whatsoever."
Published in the Asbury Park Press 08/5/05
BY MARGARET F. BONAFIDE
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER, NJ.
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August 4, 2005
Defense wants confession tossed
Suspect's age when questioned in killing becomes an issue
Published in the Asbury Park Press 08/4/05
BY KATHLEEN HOPKINS
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER — While a detective was interrogating a young, door-to-door magazine salesman from Chicago about the murder of a 77-year-old widow in her Dover Township home, documents that showed the subject of the interrogation was under 18 lay in the detective's mailbox. The defendant's attorney wants to use that fact to suppress his client's confession. Superior Court Judge Edward J. Turnbach is scheduled to rule today on defense attorney Philip Pagano's motion to suppress the confession of Azriel Bridge, now 19.
Published in the Asbury Park Press 08/4/05
BY KATHLEEN HOPKINS
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER, NJ.
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August 3, 2005
Defense: Strike teen's confession
Dover woman killed in June 2004
Published in the Asbury Park Press 08/3/05
BY MARGARET F. BONAFIDE
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER — The suspect in the brutal slaying of a 77-year-old Dover Township woman was a juvenile lacking the IQ to understand what he was doing when he waived his right to legal representation prior to his confession, his defense contended in seeking to suppress the defendant's statement. In that confession, Azriel Rashad Bridge recalls how on June 9, 2004, he beat Shirley Reuter unconscious before poking her with a knife to ensure her death after she tried to stop the magazine salesman from Chicago from stealing her checkbook — from which Bridge later took a check to show he had met his quota of subscription sales.
Published in the Asbury Park Press 08/3/05
BY MARGARET F. BONAFIDE
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
TOMS RIVER, NJ.
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August 2, 2005
Posted on Tue, Aug. 02, 2005
COURTS
Coral Springs firm loses King World suit
The producer of TV show Inside Edition prevailed in a federal lawsuit
that accused it of breaking laws for an undercover report on a
Coral Springs magazine sales company.
Coral Springs' Pitts Sales lost a lawsuit that accused King World Productions, the producer of TV program Inside Edition, of breaking federal laws by sending a producer undercover to obtain hidden-camera footage for an exposé on the magazine sales company. The Inside Edition report, which aired in February 2004, found that Pitts Sales and other door-to-door magazine sales companies exploited and abused sales agents -- many of them youngsters.
BY PATRICK DANNER
Miami Herald
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August 2, 2005
Magazine sales company loses lawsuit against Inside Edition
The Associated Press
August 02. 2005 11:13AM
Coral Springs magazine sales company lost a lawsuit that accused the producer of the television news program Inside Edition of breaking federal laws by sending an employee undercover to obtain hidden-camera footage. Inside Edition reported in February 2004 that Pitts Sales Inc. and other magazine sales companies exploited and abused sales agents. Pitts Sales sued Viacom Inc. subsidiary King World Productions Inc. three months later, alleging violation of anti-wiretapping laws, fraud and trespass. U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn ruled against Pitts on all three charges, with his latest decision coming Friday. "We have maintained throughout the litigation that Inside Edition's news gathering activities were proper, and we feel vindicated by the court's rulings," program spokesman Jim Kelly said.
Information from: The Miami Herald
Florida
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August 2, 2005
Sketch Released In Case Of Teen's Sexual Assault
Police Want To Question Man About 17-Year-Old's Attack
POSTED: 8:56 am CDT August 2, 2005
UPDATED: 9:02 am CDT August 2, 2005
HOUSTON -- Sheriff's deputies are trying to find a man who forced his way into a northwest Harris County home and sexually assaulted a teen, Local 2 reported Monday.Officials with the Harris County Sheriff's Office released a sketch Monday of a man wanted for questioning in the June 16 sexual assault of a 17-year- old girl inside her family's home near Perry Road and F.M. 1960. Deputies said the man was in a northwest Harris County neighborhood on June 16 when the girl opened the door and the man forced his way in. Investigators believe the attacker had been in the area before, selling magazines door to door. "She was very trusting, had no reason to believe anyone would hurt her and that trust has now been broken and she's going to have to rebuild some of that," the girl's mother told Local 2. Authorities need help identifying the man or the name of the company that had individuals selling magazines in the area.
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Houston, Texas
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August 2, 2005
Man posing as salesman sexually assaults teenager
ABC13 Eyewitness News
(8/02/05 - HOUSTON) — A northwest Harris County neighborhood is on edge after a door-to-door salesman sexually assaults a special needs teenage girl. Police released this sketch of a man they say posed as a salesman and assaulted a young girl. It happened back in mid-June in the home near Perry Road and FM 1960. Investigators released a sketch of the man who they say was trying to sell magazines. He gained access inside the home by pretending to have special needs himself. Authorities say that is what the suspect used to gain the 17-year-old's trust. "This individual is a predator and he is out there and he's knocking on doors, going door to door. If you or your children don't know already not to open your doors to anyone, please don't open the door," said the victim's mother, who we're not identifying. The so-called salesman has not been found. But investigators believe the attacker is a young white man with blonde hair and blue eyes either in his late teens or early twenties. If you have any information, you are urged to call Houston area Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You will remain anonymous. (Copyright © 2005, KTRK-TV)
KTRK-TV
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Houston, Texas
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July 2005
BBB ALERT - Concord, New Hampshire
Young Sales Crews Not Always "Charitable
Concord, New Hampshire
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July 29, 2005
Stranded Peddlers
Magazine Sellers Stranded
"I'm stuck in Nebraska"
Two young men recruited to sell magazines door-to-door found themselves out of a job and a long way from home Thursday. Daniel Bonney said, "I'm stuck in Nebraska. I can't get home." Bonney quit his job Thursday and his friend Tyrone Allen joined him. The two were stuck in Omaha with no money, 1,100 miles from New Orleans where they live. Their boss dropped them off at the bus station shortly after they turned in their shirts and ties. Tyrone says they were told, "We're not gonna pay your way home if you don't stay here for a month. You have to find your own way home." They quit because, in their words, they didn't like the lies of selling magazines door-to-door.
WOWT Channel 6
Omaha, Nebraska
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July 28, 2005
Police Beat
Pair robs woman selling magazines door-to-door
Two men stole $220 from a 19-year-old woman who was selling magazines door-to-door near Fairfield and 17 Mile on July 20. The woman told police the men inquired about purchasing magazines around 6:30 p.m. when one of the men pulled a knife and took cash from a binder she was carrying. The man told the woman that the other suspect was carrying a gun. The woman was not injured, and the men fled when she used a cell phone to call for help.
Detroit Free Press
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI.
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July 28, 2005
East Newark to limit door-to-door sales
Thursday, July 28, 2005
By ROSE DUGER
JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
EAST NEWARK - The greeting "Ding, dong, Avon calling" may soon be a thing of the past in East Newark, where officials recently introduced an ordinance that would limit unsolicited door-to-door canvassing. The measure, which is up for adoption next month, would create a "no knock" registry that would enable residents to register with borough police and receive stickers to place on their front doors notifying door-to-door canvassers of their inclusion on the registry. Violators could be fined up to $1,250 per offense and could have their licenses for door-to-door sales revoked for a year. If enacted, East Newark would be the first municipality in Hudson County to pass such legislation, according to Acting Borough Clerk Robert B. Knapp. Local officials say that while the ordinance would help to control unwanted intrusions into East Newark homes, it is really aimed at protecting seniors from scammers who fabricate a story to enter homes and victimize seniors. Knapp said the borough based its proposed ordinance on a similar measure recently enacted by Dover Township, the South Jersey municipality where a 77-year-old grandmother was murdered last year, allegedly at the hands of a door-to-door magazine salesman.
By ROSE DUGER
JOURNAL CORRESPONDENT
nj.com
Newark, New Jersey
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July 27, 2005
Boise Police cite nine people for unlicensed soliciting
Sales crews pose as charity workers
Boise Police cited nine people in a West Boise neighborhood for soliciting without a license July 11. The incidents occurred in neighborhoods off McMillan and near Centennial High School. Boise Police say they received numerous calls from residents of as many as 30 young adults going door-to-door selling cleaner and magazines. Residents say they suspect the solicitors were from Texas because they traveled in vehicles with Texas license plates. Two citizens also reported burglaries from their homes after the sales people had come knocking. One resident reported that a salesperson came to the door, asked for a drink, which she went to get, and after she returned, her purse and the salesperson were gone, police say. On July 10, officers confiscated as evidence a large amount of checks, receipts, and purchases. The checks and cash totaled several hundred dollars. Also found by police was an instruction book the solicitors carried urging them to tell people the sales were raising money for college or charities.
By Randall Post
The Arbiter
Boise, Idaho
July 27, 2005
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July 14, 2005
Phony salesman uses hospital as pitch
Magazine scam in neighborhood in south Mesa
If a fresh-faced young man comes to your door selling magazine subscriptions to benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital, turn him and down. It has happened a couple of times recently in a south Mesa neighborhood, and Debbie Donahue wants to warn other residents not to fall for the same scam that took her and some neighbors for $40 each. If it happens to you, report the incident to police, Donahue said. "If people don't report it, they can't catch him," she said.
JJ Hensley
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 16, 2005 12:00 AM
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July 14, 2005
Police News
"We had a lady that says she wrote a check to a magazine salesman, you know the ones that go door-to-door, for $10," said Police Chief Mike McKenna. "She didn't want the magazines, so she just wrote the check. "When she got the check back, it had been altered and forged to read $110," McKenna said.
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Baldwin City Signal
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Baldwin City, KS
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July 14, 2005
Brick council may enact law limiting door-to-door sales
BRICK — Want to sell your wares door-to-door here? The Township Council is about to restrict the number of homes where you can knock. The council Tuesday introduced an ordinance that, if adopted, would prohibit door-to-door salespeople from knocking on the doors of residents who have signed up for the township's "Do Not Knock" registry. If approved, Brick will join the list of Ocean County municipalities with similar ordinances. Those ordinances were adopted last year, after 77-year-old Shirley Reuter was murdered on June 9, 2004, by a salesman selling magazines door-to-door. Reuter, who lived on Dover Township's Chestnut Street, was beaten and stabbed to death after she let a 17-year-old salesman into her home when he asked for a drink of water and to use her bathroom.
Published in the Asbury Park Press 07/14/05
BY NAOMI MUELLER
TOMS RIVER BUREAU
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TOMS RIVER, NJ.
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July 13, 2005
Magazine crews posing as BSU students in Boise
There have been reports made recently to the Boise Police Department of young people misrepresenting themselves and their intentions in order to sell books or magazine subscriptions. These reports have come in from throughout Boise and Ada County. One incident involved young men posing as BSU students soliciting cash donations for the Children"s Home Society of Idaho. In another incident, a young woman selling magazines forced her way into a west Boise home and then stole a DVD that was sitting on the table after she was asked to leave. There were also reports of purses being stolen in two different Boise-area homes. 'It sounds like a magazine crew,' says Sam, a former magazine salesperson. 'They say they are working with organizations and posing as college students--it sounds like the kind of things that magazine crews do.' Magazine crews, or 'magcrews,' are essentially traveling salespeople. These crews consist of a crew leader and anywhere from ten to fifty salespersons. They travel from door to door and state to state soliciting magazine subscriptions or selling books.
By Tim Hood
July 13, 2005
The Arbiter
Boise, Idaho
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July 13, 2005
SCAM ARTISTS HIT HOMES
ASK FOR PEDDLER'S PERMIT AND PHOTO, POLICE SAY
Author: NANCY NGO, Pioneer Press
Dateline: LAKEVILLE
Jennifer and Richard Larson opened their Lakeville home to a man selling magazine subscriptions in the name of at-risk youths. They wrote the door-knocker a check on June 24, only to later find out he wasn't the person they thought he was. A $20 "charity" check ended up costing them almost $600. "We happen to be Christians, and he was using that to get to us," said Jennifer Larson, 33. "We decided that we're too giving." Police say the Larsons are the latest Lakeville residents to fall victim to scam artists working the area. Lakeville police have seen an increase in the number of such incidents and are warning residents to make sure that solicitors have a city-issued permit that displays their photos for identification. Door-knocking scams have become such a problem that last year the city made it a requirement for peddlers and solicitors to register. "We've seen an increase in the number of peddlers around town," said Det. Mike Sheady, who estimates the number of illegal door-to-door sellers has increased 40 percent since May. "We get one to two calls (from residents) a day. ... They're selling magazine subscriptions, lawn services, trips for college students." The scam artists have cited charities that benefit at-risk youths, veterans and other groups. Last month, police arrested five illegal peddlers -- one from Lakeville, another from Georgia and three from Florida. Authorities believe they took an approach similar to what the Larson family encountered, selling magazine subscriptions to benefit a charity. Despite the arrests, Sheady said, there are more scam artists out there. He estimates that at least 30 illegal peddlers have canvassed Lakeville's neighborhoods this spring and summer. "It's such a big city with so many young families that they might think this is the place to go," he said. In the Larson case, the couple wrote a check to the door-knocker after he said he was part of a program to get at-risk youths off the streets. He claimed to be a Chicago gang member who was trying to clean himself up by selling magazines to earn points that could be exchanged for scholarship money. Richard Larson wrote him a $20 check. The couple now believes that the door-knocker distracted them by calling their attention to details of a receipt or magazine list while he took their checkbook. In an odd twist, he rang the doorbell and returned the checkbook a few minutes later, claiming it got mixed in with his papers. A week later, the Larsons found the last check in their book had been written for $570. Because authorities cannot ban the practice of soliciting or peddling because of interstate commerce, Lakeville police are trying to thwart the problem by enforcing the permit program. Before they issue a permit, police conduct background searches that include criminal records. Applicants who pass get a city permit badge with their photo on it. They are then required to wear the badge where it is visible, such as around their neck. Larson said the badges will help her distinguish legitimate solicitors from illegitimate ones. However, she said, the most recent experience will diminish her enthusiasm to give to anyone who pulls at her heartstrings. "We would never trust anyone at face value any more, which is sad because there are legitimate people out there trying to do kind things," she said.
By Nancy Ngo
St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)
July 13, 2005
Edition: Dakota County
Section: Local
Page: B1
Nancy Ngo can be reached at nngo@pioneerpress.com
or 651-228-5172.


July 10, 2005
Magazine salesman charged with sexual assault
A Forest Lake, Minn., magazine salesman has been charged with four counts of sexual assault after a reported assault at 8:14 p.m. on Friday, July 1. Brandon Lee Green, 1001 7th Avenue S.W., #120, Forest Lake, Minn., is currently incarcerated in Dunn County jail. He is charged with second-degree sexual assault, burglary, battery and false imprisonment. The battery charge is a misdemeanor, the other three felonies. According to Menomonie police, the adult female victim reported that a man selling magazine subscriptions forced entry into her home and physically and sexually assaulted her. The victim fought against the suspect, who subsequently ran from the scene.
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Menomonie, Wisconsin
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July 8, 2005
Undercover television reporter may be liable for trespass
A reporter who went undercover to expose mismanagement of a magazine sales company could be liable for trespassing, but not for wiretapping and fraud, a federal district court judge ruled last week.

July 8, 2005 · The television news magazine "Inside Edition" will go to trial on trespass charges but cannot be held liable for wiretapping and fraud charges brought by a door-to-door magazine company that was the subject of an undercover investigation, a federal judge in Miami ruled last week.

In moving the trespass claim forward, U.S. District Judge James Cohn relied in part on the 1999 Food Lion v. Capital Cities/ABC ruling in which the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond (4th Cir.) ruled that when reporters go undercover to obtain consent to enter otherwise private and inaccessible property, they may be liable for trespassing

The Florida claims arose after "Inside Edition" reporter Matthew Yule misrepresented his qualifications to gain employment as a sales agent with Pitts Sales, Inc., a door-to-door magazine sales company based in Coral Springs, Fla. During his brief employment with Pitts in 2003, Yule used a hidden camera and microphone to record the inner activities of the company, which included cruel and abusive treatment of sales agents, deceptive sales practices and deficient employee supervision. The magazine company sued King World Productions Inc., which produces Inside Edition, for illegal wiretapping, fraud and trespass after the investigative expose aired.

Cohn dismissed the wiretap claims because he concluded that Yule was a "party" in all of the recorded communications, exempting him from liability under federal wiretapping law.

The judge also dismissed the fraud claim after determining that Yule's misrepresentations during the hiring process were not the actual cause of Pitts Sales' financial losses, which included administrative and training costs. Looking to the Food Lion case, the judge concluded that the magazine company did not have a reasonable assumption that Yule would remain employed there for any length of time because Florida is an at-will employment state where employment can be terminated at any time by either party, like North Carolina where Food Lion is headquartered.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
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July 8, 2005
Defense: Accuser of magazine salesmen lied
Woman says she was drugged, gang raped
July 08. 2005 8:00AM
The Concord woman allegedly raped by three magazine salesmen in March told the police she had instant messaged someone during the ordeal to ask for help. According to a defense attorney, that person told the police her message actually invited him to Concord for a party.

That was one of several developments made public yesterday in the criminal cases against the three salesmen, who are being held on high bail. A defense lawyer also said the alleged victim played a kissing game, offering to kiss the salesman who had the best voice. And for the first time, court records said the woman had sex with two of the men a second time, after leaving the apartment and returning with them.

Two of the three men were in Merrimack County Superior Court yesterday, in part to ask for reduced bail. The third was in with the same request on Wednesday.

Judge Larry Smukler lowered bail for Joseph Haniffy, 24, of Chicopee, Mass., from $3 million cash to $500,000 cash or corporate surety because Haniffy has not skipped court hearings in other cases. Smukler maintained bail for the other two because they have failed to appear in other, less serious cases. Cassidy Coburn, 19, of Monroe, Utah, is being held on $1 million cash bail, and Christopher Armstrong, 23, of Jonesboro, Ark., is being held on $1.5 million cash.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
Concord, New Hampshire
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July 7, 2005
Police probe possible scam
Police were called to investigate a group of suspicious people going door-to-door offering cleaning service. They were described as operating a maroon dodge van and an older pick-up truck with a gray primer bed. Police remind residents not to allow strangers inside their residence without first investigating their legitimacy. Door-to-door sales in Parkesburg require the individual to possess a permit issued by the borough. Police said they are investigating whether these persons are part of a burglary ring known to be stalking older residents in other areas, and have received information from the East Fallowfield and Sadsbury Township police departments on similar incidents in those areas. Residents are asked to call police if these persons are seen in the area.
©ParkesBurg Post Ledger 2005
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Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
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July 7, 2005
Who's there ?
A troubling case raises questions about solicitors
By KEN WOOD
Sun Newspapers
Data Source:
Menlo Park California Police
Case Number: 040121071
Twinsberg Ohio Police Department
Case Number: 0414626
Synopsis:
Derrick Todd Jones two time convicted sexual offender
selling magazines door to door.
Unified Stars
Go Doers
American Community Services, Inc.
Selling Magazines Door to Door
By KEN WOOD
Sun Newspapers
Cleveland, Ohio sunnews.com
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July 7, 2005
COLORADO
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales ALERT !!!


Tulsa man charged with rape
Teen victim was baby-sitting
A 34-year-old man has been charged with raping a teenage baby sitter while selling magazines door to door in Loveland. The 8th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a felony charge — sexual assault by overcoming someone’s will — against Marcus Wayne Ritchie.= The man, who lives in Tulsa, Okla., has not entered a plea to the allegation. He is due in court Friday. A 17-year-old girl called Loveland police June 29 and reported that she was assaulted by a man who came to the door of the home at which she was baby-sitting. She told police she didn’t invite him in, while he said she did, according to Loveland police. Once inside the home in the 100 block of Ranae Drive, he allegedly raped the teen, according to Loveland police. The teen gave police a description of her attacker, and a short time later, police arrested Ritchie nearby at First Street and Tyler Avenue. The Arizona-based company for which Ritchie worked takes vans of salespeople into cities to sell magazine subscriptions door to door, Loveland detective Paul Arreola said. They usually stay at a local motel and work the area for a few weeks, then move on, he said. In Loveland, such door-to-door sales are illegal.
By Pamela Dickman
The Daily Reporter-Herald
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LoveLand, Colorado
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July 5, 2005
WISCONSIN
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales ALERT !!!


Police Give Warning About Door To Door Solicitation
5:18 PM Jul 5, 2005
Menonomine Police officials say twenty-year-old Brandon Green was working for a company selling magazines door-to-door last Friday. Police say he went into a 50 -year- old woman's home, beat her up, then sexually assaulted her. Police say people need to be aware of these types of solicitors. The police or city hall can be contacted to see if the companies are legitimate. Cash bond for Brandon Green is set at $50,000. He's charged with burglary, second degree sexual assault, and other crimes. He's also been charged with two burglaries and an assault in Minnesota. Green's last known address is Forest Lake, Minnesota, but says he's now homeless.
Salina Heller
weau.com
WEAU.com
Menonomine, Wisconsin
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July 1, 2005
Salesman arrested on sex-assault charge
A magazine salesman was arrested in Loveland after a 17-year-old girl reported to police that she had been sexually assaulted. The alleged incident happened Wednesday evening at a home in which the girl was baby-sitting. She said the 34-year-old suspect entered the house and attacked her.
rockymountainnews.com
Loveland
Colorado
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June 30, 2005
Magazine Salesman Arrested For Sexually Assaulting Baby Sitter
Loveland Teen Says Man Forced His Way Into Home
A man police say sexually-assaulted a 17-year-old girl is in custody. Loveland police arrested the 34-year-old man while he was selling magazines door to door near West 1st Street and S. Tyler. The teenager told police said she was babysitting at a home in the 100 block of Ranae Drive Wednesday evening when the man forced his way into the home and assaulted her.
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Colorado
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June 29, 2005
Salesman pleads no contest in elderly woman's beating
A 19-year-old door-to-door magazine salesman pleaded no contest Tuesday to beating and trying to rape an elderly woman during an October home invasion that rattled her downtown Menlo Park neighborhood. D'Angelo Langford, a Georgia resident, could face up to 11 years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 25 for the attack, which left the 80-year-old woman hospitalized.
By Jessie Seyfer
Mercury News
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California
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June 28, 2005
Plea agreement in elder assault
REDWOOD CITY — A roving magazine salesman who assaulted an elderly woman inside her Menlo Park apartment reached a plea agreement Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court. D'Angelo Langford, 19, a magazine subscription solicitor from Georgia pleaded no contest to two felonies — assault with intent to commit rape, and elder abuse with the special allegations of an elderly victim and causing great bodily injury, Deputy District Attorney Mary Allhiser reported.
By Bay City News
Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2005 10:50 PM PDT
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California
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June 28, 2005
MAGAZINE SALESMAN REACHES PLEA
IN MENLO PARK ELDER ASSAULT
06/28/05 1:35 PDT
REDWOOD CITY (BCN)
A roving magazine salesman who assaulted an elderly woman inside her Menlo Park apartment reached a plea agreement this morning in San Mateo County Superior Court. D'Angelo Langford, 19, a magazine subscription solicitor from Georgia pleaded no contest today to two felonies, assault with intent to commit rape, and elder abuse with the special allegations of an elderly victim, and causing great bodily injury, Deputy District Attorney Mary Allhiser reported. According to testimony at an April 19 preliminary hearing, Langford attacked the 80-year-old victim at her Alice Lane apartment about 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 6.
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California
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2005 NCL WARNING
Clocking in for Trouble:
Teens and Unsafe Work
National Consumers League
NCL Labor Warning
Five Worst Teen Jobs
National Consumer League
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June 24, 2005
Crackdown on door-to-door sellers
The TSI says door-to-door selling should be illegal
A campaign to create no-go zones for doorstep salesmen is being launched.
People who are sick of uninvited callers and residents should work together
against the practice, the Trading Standards Institute says.
England
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MISSING SISTER
Last Seen Working For A Traveling Magazine Sales Crew
Last Seen: May 1999

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Please help Cindi Firmingham find her missing sister, Alice Morgan.
If you have any information about Alice
Please contact Cindy here:
(989)865-6435 or at niinimoshe@chartermi.net
Or you can contact the DMPG WebMaster:
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Posted on Info Site: 07/09/05

June 22, 2005
Magazine mafia hits area
If you recently purchased a magazine subscription from someone representing American Circulation Enterprise, you may have been lured into a scam, police say. Sgt. Chris Edmonds of the Pikeville Police Department said members of American Circulation Enterprise, a company that travels the nation selling magazine subscriptions, have been preying on people in this area for more than two weeks.
BY JOEY LESLIE
STAFF WRITER
NEWS-EXPRESS
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Pikeville, Kentucky
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June 21, 2005
POLICE REPORT
THESE ARE INCIDENTS REPORTED BY THE DOWNERS GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
WHERE CHARGES HAVE BEEN FILED, THE REPORT INCLUDES WHEN AND WHERE THE
SUSPECT WAS STOPPED OR TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AND THE NATURE OF THE CHARGES.

Wednesday, June 21
Disorderly conduct: Brandon T. Avery, 21, St. Charles; between 2 and 3:32 p.m on the 500 block of Bunning Drive; charged with two counts disorderly conduct and noncommercial solicitation without a permit while soliciting magazines.
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Downers Grove, Illinois
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June 20, 2005
Consumer Alert
Wisconsin Department of Consumer Protection
Glen Loyd
~And~
WISC TV
Dateline: Madison, Wisconsin; June 20, 2005
Magazine and Cleaner Crews Recruiting Local Kids
Susan Siman
WISC TV, Madison WI.
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June 18, 2005
Magazine salesmen indicted for sexual assault
Defense lawyer asks for victim's laptop as evidence
A grand jury has indicted the three magazine salesmen
charged with raping a 19-year-old Concord woman in
March on several sexual assault charges.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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June 17, 2005
Peddlers calling themselves 'The Doers' going door-to-door,
including Somersworth
SOMERSWORTH — A group of about 13 door-to-door peddlers
calling themselves "The Doers" have been making their rounds
in the Seacoast area over the last few weeks — including the Hilltop City.
Somersworth Police Sgt. Matt Duval said he arrested one of the well-dressed
peddlers for disorderly conduct on Thursday after she continued trying to
sell magazines door-to-door without a permit.
fosters.com
Dover, New Hampshire
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June 14, 2005
Salesman charged with sexual assault
Huron OPP: News Release; June 14th, 2005.
HURON COUNTY MEDIA RELEASES

SALESMAN CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT - CENTRAL HURON


A woman approached Huron OPP on June 6th, 2005 at approximately 2 p.m. over a sexual assault. The officer found that the incident occurred on June 2nd during the early afternoon at a residence on the Main Street of Holmesville in Central Huron. The woman told police that in the morning she received a call from a female telemarketer over a previous survey that she completed weeks before. The woman told her that she was the winner of a quantity of cleaning supplies and that a person working for Miracle Mate vacuum cleaners sales would drop it off that afternoon. A man attended the house entered the home who asked many questions mostly of personal matters. The 38-year-old woman not wanting to be rude answered the questions some that seemed inappropriate. Things escalated with this man evading her personal space, fondling her and touching her in other inappropriate locations of her body. The woman after a period of time was able to get the man to leave who was showing signs of frustration and angry towards her.The Miracle Mate Company was contacted and provided full cooperation in solving this case. As a result Ibrahim Moumin Mead (45 yrs) of Cambridge was arrested on June 10th in the early evening and charged with sexual assault. He will attend court in Goderich on August 15th, 2005. Huron OPP are continuing their investigation and are looking for other woman who may have been victims in similar incidents throughout Huron County or Counties around us. If you have been approached in the same manner please call the closest OPP office to you or contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477(TIPS). LP0510814

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June 12, 2005
PAIN, ANXIETY REMAIN A YEAR AFTER SLAYING
OF WOMAN IN HER HOME
Staff writers Richard Quinn and Naomi Mueller
contributed to this story.
Jean Mikle
app.com
Asbury Park Press
Neptune, NJ.
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June 9, 2005
Young Sales Crews Not Always Charitable
East Texas Review
Longview, TX
easttexasreview.com
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June 7, 2005
Man who ran purported charity gets 18 months on tax charges
By Onell R. Soto
STAFF WRITER
signonsandiego.com
June 7, 2005 Lonnie Divine says he got into magazine sales while working undercover in Mississippi in the 1960s uncovering civil rights violations for the federal government. After he fell seriously ill, he said, a federal agent – he won't say from which agency – told him his identity had been wiped from the system and he had to avoid using his Social Security number from then on. As a result, he didn't file tax returns. But everyone knows he or she has to pay taxes, a judge said yesterday before sentencing the 65-year-old former Vista man, now living in Boca Raton, Fla., to 18 months in prison for tax violations.
By Onell R. Soto
STAFF WRITER
signonsandiego.com
California
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June 6, 2005
Three Sentenced for Federal Criminal Tax Offenses
On June 6, 2005, in San Diego, CA, Lonnie R. Divine, Yvonne R. Ruel and Deanna M. McKinnon were sentenced for federal criminal tax offenses. Divine, pleaded guilty to tax evasion and was sentenced to serve 18 months in prison, ordered to pay a $6,000 fine, and serve three years supervised release. Divine operated a door-to-door business that earned over $11 million in gross receipts from 1993 through 1997. Divine evaded his taxes by converting a substantial portion of the gross receipts to cash, often after transferring the money through several bank accounts; transferring gross receipts of the business from business bank accounts to personal bank accounts for non-business purposes; and using the gross receipts of the business to make payments of about $1.8 million to his casino accounts in Las Vegas and Tahoe, NV; acquire assets and invest funds; and disguise his ownership in assets. Also sentenced were Divine's wife, Yvonne Ruel receiving 5 months in prison, followed by 5 months home confinement and ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and daughter, Deanna McKinnon, who received three months in prison, followed by three months home confinement and ordered to perform 192 hours of community service both admitting to failing to file a tax return on income earned from Divine’s business.
irs.gov
California
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June 3, 2005
Police Warn Of Door-To-Door Scam
Minneapolis police are warning residents about a group
of traveling burglars that are likely headed to the Twin
Cities. Investigators believe members of the group try
to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door. They say they
work for American Community Services.
WCCO TV
wcco.com
Minneapolis, MN.
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American Community Services
Total Dedication Inc
Omni-Horizons Inc
Dedicated Too Inc
Roussaw Enterprise
Shirley's Globetrotters
Unified Gold Key Inc
Unified Producers

Total Dedication Inc., Omni-Horizons Inc., Dedicated Too Inc., Roussaw Enterprise, Shirley’s Globetrotters, Unified Gold Key Inc., Unified Producers


June 2, 2005
Police charge four in solicitations
Police charged four people from several states in with solicitation
May 24, after West Billerica residents complained about salesmen going
from door to door, according to Lt. Commander Jack Glavin.
By Matthew Keough
townonline.com
West Billerica, MA.
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June 1, 2005
Cops try to halt solicitors
Police are attempting to crack down on a magazine distributor they
say is flaunting Newton's solicitation laws, using out-of-state
teenagers and early-20-year-olds to illegally sell door-to-door
magazine subscriptions.
They say the company, Michigan City, Ind.-based American
Community Services, has "repeatedly violated the city ordinance [on
door-to-door solicitations], typically each summer," and one violator
reportedly told police that "getting arrested for attempting to sell
magazines" was the "cost of doing business."
By Bernie Smith/ Staff Writer
townonline.com
Newton, MA.
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Research:
Clearinghouse:
American Community Services, Inc.
American Community Services Website: americancommunity.com
Indiana Secretary of State:  American Community Services
Criminal Profiles: Search For: American Community Services
Magazine Scams: American Community Services
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
Consumer Advocacy:
Employer of man who killed Knoxville woman has other employees accused of same
ACS Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org


June 1, 2005
More magazine salesmen arrested
Less than two months after an alleged rape prompted the police to
caution the public against opening their doors to traveling magazine
salesmen, a new batch of door-to-door salesmen have been charged
with selling magazines in the city without a permit.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor and New Hampshire Patriot
concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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June 1, 2005
Bill targets door-to-door sales
Several weeks ago, Police Chief Tom Casady opened the door to a teenage door-to-door salesman.
The teen was hot and tired. He said he was 17 but had no identification, so, "I had to take
his word on that," the chief said. "I insisted on seeing his solicitor's permit and bid him
good day," said Casady, who wants to discourage the use of older teens and ban the hiring of
younger teens as door-to-door salespeople.
BY NANCY HICKS / Lincoln Journal Star
journalstar.com
Lincoln NE
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May 28, 2005
Crime Alert
Brooklyn Park Police have been notified that there is a traveling
group of people going into neighborhoods and selling magazines door
to door. This group is also known to come back and burglarize homes
they’ve solicited at. The group is traveling in a large white van and
they do not have a permit or license to sell magazines in Brooklyn
Park. If you see this group in your neighborhood or have them come
to your door please call 9-1-1 and notify the police.
brooklynpark.com
Brooklyn Park, MN.
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May 20, 2005
Salesman arrested on fugitive charge
NARRAGANSETT -- A door to door salesman working in the pier
area turned out to be a fugitive from justice wanted on burglary
charges in New Jersey.
After running his name through a national criminal database
police arrested Michael W. Cooper, 23, of Millville, N.J.,
as he was selling magazine subscriptions on Atlantic Avenue
Wednesday evening. The police obtained his name, age and
address from a list of salesmen working in town provided to
the police and the town clerk by their employer, Jaguar Sales.
By Arthur Gregg Sulzberger
Journal Staff Writer
The Providence Journal Co.
Providence, RI.
projo.com
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Research:
Clearinghouse:
Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc.
Sales Crew:
Jaguar Sales

Pacific Coast Clearing Services Website: pccsonline.com
WA Dept. of State, Division of Corporations:  Pacific Coast Clearing Services
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Pacific Coast Clearing Service
BBB Report Jaguar Sales: JaguarSales
BBB Report Pacific Coast Clearing Services: BBB Washington
Wisconsin Consumer Protection: Door to door magazine sellers arrested
Wyoming Attorney General's Office: Attorney General Press Release
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
PCCS Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org



Pacific Coast Clearing Services

Jaguar Sales


May 19, 2005
Sex offender works as door-to-door salesman
Level 3 offender recognized selling vacuums
An alert homeowner in Schodack called police after she recognizes
a Level 3 sex offender trying to sell her a vacuum.
According to Rensselaer County District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis,
30-year-old Joshua Heichel was selling vacuums door to door in Schodack.
Heichel is a convicted sex offender and is not licensed to sell vacuums.
SCHODACK, May 18
News Channel 13
By WNYT Staff
Albany, NY.
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Joshua Heichel, 30, was sentenced to one year in prison in 2003
for sexually abusing to young girls.
Joshua Heichel's entry on the Sex Offender Registry:
View Sex Offender Registry


May 18, 2005
Sex offender arrested for peddling
District Attorney Patricia DeAngelis said 30-year-old Joshua Heichler
was allegedly going door to door, selling vacuum cleaners late in the
evening Friday -- that in itself is troubling for her because of his history.
By: Capital News 9 web staff
Albany, NY
capitalnews9.com
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May 10, 2005
High-Pressure Tactics Have Citizens Uncomfortable
Magazine sellers are canvassing neighborhoods, targeting residents,
refusing to take "no" for an answer.
Fidelity Reader Service
Alison Grande
kirotv.com
Seattle, Washington
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Fidelity Reader Service


Research: Fidelity Reader Service
Fidelity Reader Service Website: frsnaples.com
FL Dept. of State, Division of Corporations:  Fidelity Reader Service
Criminal Profiles: Search For 'Fidelity'
Magazine Scams: Fidelity Reader Service
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
FRS Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org


May 9, 2005
Commentary
Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave...
IN A TRADE MAGAZINE COLUMN slugged as "opinion," my old pal Nina Link,
president and CEO of the Magazine Publishers of America, published an
836-word, long-form advertisement for magazines in which she dusted off
"analysis from Northwestern University's Media Management Center"
(without disclosing that the MPA paid for it), saying it "demonstrated
how powerfully magazines connect with readers." She goes on to prove
her point with carefully selected quotes from readers who were surveyed,
including this music to the magazine industry's ears:
"When I read this magazine, I lose myself in the pleasure of reading it."
"I trust it to tell the truth."
"The magazine stimulates my thinking about things."
"I like the ads as much as the articles."
By George Simpson
mediapost.com
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DMPG POSTED: May 7, 2005
Fargo Police News
March 16, 2005
March 16: Police look for missing Bismarck sex offender
Fargo Police were informed today of a high-risk offender
who is wanted for absconding from North Dakota Department
of Corrections and Rehabilitation Probation and Parole.
Michael P. Davenport is wanted on a felony warrant for
failing to abide by the conditions of his probation.
Davenport’s probation is a result of a conviction in 1998
for Gross Sexual Imposition in Burleigh County. The North
Dakota Sex Offender Risk Assessment Committee previously
assessed Davenport as a high-risk sex offender.
cityoffargo.com/Police
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May 6, 2005
Magazine seller attacks 84-Year-old woman
CENTENNIAL - An 84-year-old Centennial woman may have escaped
further injury by an attacker by playing dead.
It happened on Tuesday near Arapahoe and I-25.
Investigators say a 23-year-old man came to her door,
trying to sell magazine subscriptions.
written by: Chris Vanderveen
9NEWS Reporter
9news.com
Denver, CO.
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May 5, 2005
High-risk sex offender is found in Connecticut
A high-risk sex offender on probation, who in March
took all of his things from a Bismarck motel and
disappeared, was found in New Haven, Conn., on Tuesday.
Burleigh County Sheriff's Capt. Collin Rixen said Wednesday
that Michael Paul Davenport, 26, apparently had been
panhandling in New Haven and possibly involved in selling
magazines door to door. Connecticut police officers had
apparently made contact with him regarding those activities
and discovered he was wanted in Bismarck on a probation violation.
By VIRGINIA GRANTIER
Bismarck Tribune
bismarcktribune.com Bismarck, ND
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May 5, 2005
Consumer Report: Magazine Crews
This past weekend a women from Missouri was stranded in Fort Wayne after the magazine crew she worked for deserted her. The group of magazine sales people who travel around the country have a history of misconduct, so the Better Business Bureau is issuing an alert again. Each year as the summer approaches teenagers become the focus of magazine crews. "It start as a summer job, but its not easy to leave," Mike knows, he was a part of a magazine crew for 6 years until he left in the middle of the night. He doesn't wants to hide his identity but says he used to write the ads in the paper that would solicit new employees. "We offer everything someone young loves, travel, quick and easy money." But all that comes at a price, Mike says the company controls all the money, young women are sexually harassed, and he lost 3 of his friends who worked on crews. One a Fort Wayne girl named Crystal Mathey, she died in a car accident. "It was a mistake, but the cars are not in top condition and many are driving without insurance." In June of 2000, Two teens traveling with magazine crew confessed to beating another man to death, they were staying at the Valu-Lodge on West Coliseum . This past Saturday a local woman spent 3 hours helping a 26 year-old woman who came to Fort Wayne with a magazine sales crew, but they left without her. "She said they don't won't her anymore because she got sick," said Dunyal Tolliver who found the woman. A friend eventually took the Missouri woman home and Tolliver hasn't heard from the woman since. None of these stories are unheard of at the Better Business Bureau. "They have very little supervision, and are put in a motel with 10 people, sex assault occurs and beating," said BBB President Mile Coil. Mike says from a consumer standpoint don't buy door to door, and while not all door to door sales are bad, when a teenagers doing it, that should raise a red flag. Also check out the company before buying or working for them. If you feel your a victim of scam or fraud e-mail Justin at justin.robinson@wane.com
Justin Robinson
WANE-TV
www.wane.com
Fort Wayne, IN
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May 4, 2005
Fugitive Sex Offender Captured
A HIGH RISK SEX OFFENDER WHO'S BEEN ON THE RUN SINCE
MID-MARCH HAS BEEN CAUGHT IN CONNECTICUT.
26-YEAR-OLD MICHAEL DAVENPORT WAS ARRESTED YESTERDAY IN
NEW HAVEN. BURLEIGH COUNTY CAPTAIN COLLIN RIXEN SAYS
THE ARREST CAME AFTER POLICE THERE RECEIVED A CALL ABOUT
A MAN SELLING MAGAZINES DOOR TO DOOR.
KFYR TV
kfyrtv.com
Bismarck, ND
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May 4, 2005
High-risk Bismarck sex offender found in Connecticut
1:40 p.m. - A high-risk sex offender on probation
who in March took all of his things from a Bismarck
motel and disappeared was found in New Haven, Conn.,
Tuesday. Burleigh County Sheriff's Capt. Collin Rixen
said Wednesday that Michael Paul Davenport, 26, apparently
had been panhandling in New Haven and possibly involved
in selling magazines door to door. Connecticut police
officers had apparently made contact with him regarding
those activities and discovered he was wanted in Bismarck
on a probation violation.
By VIRGINIA GRANTIER
Bismarck Tribune
bismarcktribune.com Bismarck, ND
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May 1, 2005
Felony theft
OAKDALE
Felony theft: A 21-year-old Oshkosh, Wis., man was arrested Monday after
he allegedly stole prescription narcotics from a resident in the 1400
block of Goodwin Avenue. The man, who was selling magazines door-to-door,
reportedly entered the home after getting permission, asked to use the
restroom and stole the pills, which were valued at $174.98. Police located
the suspect about 1:30 p.m. with the pills and booked him at the county jail.
Nick Ferraro
St. Paul Pioneer Press
www.twincities.com
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
May 22, 2005


DMPG research into the above Felony Theft reveals that the 'traveling door to door' magazine salesman was working for Liberator Sales, Inc.. LSI is a Sales Crew clearing magazine subscriptions through Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc..

DMPG resource: OakDale Police Department,
police report: CR-2005-622.


Research:
Clearinghouse:
Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc.
Sales Crew:
Jaguar Sales

Pacific Coast Clearing Services Website: pccsonline.com
WA Dept. of State, Division of Corporations:  Pacific Coast Clearing Services
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Pacific Coast Clearing Service
BBB Report Liberator Sales, Inc.: Liberator Sales
BBB Report Pacific Coast Clearing Services: BBB Washington
Wisconsin Consumer Protection: Door to door magazine sellers arrested
Wyoming Attorney General's Office: Attorney General Press Release
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
PCCS Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org



Pacific Coast Clearing Services

Liberator Sales


April 29, 2005
2 Charged With Selling Vacuums Illegally In Edmond
Salesmen Accused Of Selling Vacuums Door-To-Door Without Permit
EDMOND, Okla. -- Two men looking to make some extra money
in an Edmond neighborhood were facing charges Friday of selling
items without a permit.
channeloklahoma.com
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April 26, 2005
New rules deter sales
Rather than allowing solicitors to get their foot in the door,
Paradise Valley officials are examining ways to give them the boot.
By Wendy Miller
Independent Newspapers
newszap.com
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April 25, 2005
BBB ALERT- Spokane Washington
Man Going Door-to-Door in Spokane Selling Magazines for All Star Race
Spokane Washington BBB
thelocalbbb.com
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All Star Race


April 23, 2005
Salesmen say sex was consensual
Lawyers for three men claim woman made up rape story
CONCORD - Lawyers for three magazine salesmen charged with raping
a Concord woman told a judge yesterday the sex was consensual
and accused the woman of concocting the rape story out of regret.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor
concordmonitor.com
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April 23, 2005
Magazine salesmen say woman made up rape story
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Lawyers for three magazine salesmen charged
with raping a Concord woman have told a judge the woman made up the
rape story because she had consensual sex with the men, and regretted it.
AP Information from:
Concord Monitor, http://www.cmonitor.com
hosted.ap.org
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Posted: April 22, 2005
The Pitfalls of Door-to-Door Magazine Sales
“A FUN JOB” “SEE THE WORLD & HAVE FUN”

One of these may be the eye-catching headline of a classified
ad for young people to be part of a traveling sales crew for a
magazine distributor. Frequently the ads further promise “paid
training”, “free travel to fun places” and “daily pay”. In
actuality, the experience had by some young people is quite
different than the ads had led them to expect.
Fort Collins, CO. BBB Consumer Report
fortcollins.bbb.org
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April 20, 2005
Consumer Report: Magazine Crews
This past weekend a women from Missouri was stranded in Fort Wayne
after the magazine crew she worked for deserted her. The group of
magazine sales people who travel around the country have a history of
misconduct, so the Better Business Bureau is issuing an alert again.
News Channel 15
wane.com
Indiana
Read This Story


April 19, 2005
Life in prison handed down for flower shop slaying
Nearly two decades after his wife's slaying in her Near
North Side flower shop, Thomas Lhee still grapples with
the agony of an untidy grief. That was clear Monday as
Lhee, 63, sat in a Cook County courtroom awaiting the
plea and sentencing of his wife's killer, Michael Ray Hughes.
BY STEFANO ESPOSITO Staff Reporter
suntimes.com
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April 19, 2005
MAGAZINE SALESMAN HELD TO ANSWER IN MENLO PARK ASSAULT
A 19-year-old Georgia man accused of assaulting an elderly
Menlo Park woman inside her apartment will face a trial for
the alleged crime, San Mateo County Superior Court Judge
Thomas McGinn Smith ruled today. D'Angelo Langford, a roving
magazine subscription solicitor, allegedly attacked the
80-year-old victim around 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Bay City News Wire
04/19/05 12:25 PDT
REDWOOD CITY (BCN)
cbs5.com
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April 16, 2005
Official: Company front for salesmen in rape case
CONCORD — The owner of a Florida company named in a rape
investigation involving three door-to-door salesmen is disputing a
prosecutor's statement that his business is a front for criminal activity.
"He's a liar," Belo Kellam said yesterday of prosecutor Scott Murray.
"For him to say that we encourage people to do those acts, well, that's
just out of order." Kellam owns Fidelity Readers Service Inc., in Naples,
Fla. The company hires traveling crews to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
Author: BEVERLEY WANG
The Associated Press
Date: April 16, 2005
unionleader.com
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April 16, 2005
Fla. firm cited in rape case rejects claim
CONCORD - The owner of a Florida company named in a rape
investigation involving three door-to-door salesmen is disputing a
prosecutor’s statement that his business is a front for criminal activity.
“He’s a liar,” Belo Kellam said Friday of prosecutor Scott Murray. “For
him to say that we encourage people to do those acts, well, that’s just
out of order.” Kellam owns Fidelity Readers Service Inc., in Naples, Fla.
The company hires traveling crews to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
At a hearing Thursday, Murray said the company “appears to be a cover
for an organization which engages in home invasion, burglary, theft and
sexual assault.”
Author: BEVERLEY WANG
The Associated Press
Date: April 16, 2005
Publication: Telegraph, The (Nashua, NH)
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Fidelity Reader Service

Platinum Plus Sales

Crew 96

Joseph Haniffy

Christopher Armstrong

Cassidy Coburn


April 15, 2005
It went 'too far,' suspects in rape say
3 traveling salesmen charged with assault on 19-year-old
CONCORD - The three magazine salesmen charged with raping a 19-year-old Concord
woman in March admitted to the police that they had sex with her and
said they had taken it "too far." The police believe the salesmen may
have reduced the woman's defenses by lacing her drink with a drug.
The three suspects, who were arrested in Maryland on April 1, were
arraigned yesterday in Concord District Court on rape charges.
Prosecutor Scott Murray asked Judge Michael Sullivan for high bail,
arguing, in part, that the men's door-to-door sales operation was a
front for criminal activity.
"Fidelity Reader Service (the company the men sold magazines for)
appears to be a cover for an organization which engages in home
invasion, burglary, theft and sexual assault," Murray said. "There
is an extreme threat to the public."
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor
concordmonitor.com
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April 15, 2005
Magazine salesmen arraigned on rape charges
CONCORD - The three magazine salesmen charged with raping
a 19-year-old Concord woman in March admitted to the police
that they had sex with her and said they had taken it "too far."
The police believe the salesmen may have reduced the woman’s
defenses by lacing her drink with a drug. The three suspects,
who were arrested in Maryland on April 1, were arraigned yesterday
in Concord District Court on rape charges.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor
seacoastonline.com
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April 15, 2005
Prosecutor: Magazine company is a front for salesmen in rape case
CONCORD, N.H. (AP)
The owner of a Florida company named in a rape investigation involving
three door-to-door salesmen is disputing a prosecutor’s statement that
his business is a front for criminal activity. “He’s a liar,” Belo Kellam
said Friday of prosecutor Scott Murray. “For him to say that we encourage
people to do those acts, well, that’s just out of order.” Kellam owns
Fidelity Readers Service Inc., in Naples, Fla. The company hires
traveling crews to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
By BEVERLEY WANG
Associated Press Writer
fosters.com
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Fidelity Reader Service


Research: Fidelity Reader Service
Fidelity Reader Service Website: frsnaples.com
FL Dept. of State, Division of Corporations:  Fidelity Reader Service
Criminal Profiles: Search For 'Fidelity'
Magazine Scams: Fidelity Reader Service
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com


April 15, 2005
Jonesboro Man Implicated in New Hampshire Rape Investigation
CONCORD, NH - The owner of a Florida company named in a rape investigation
in New Hampshire involving a door-to-door salesman from northeast Arkansas
and two others is disputing a prosecutor's statement that his business if
a front for criminal activity. Belo Kellam says the prosecutor is
misrepresenting the facts about Kellam's Fidelity Readers Service.
He says his company hires traveling crews to sell magazine subscriptions
door-to-door. But the prosecution says the company "appears to be a cover
for an organization which engages in home invasion, burlgary, theft and sexual assault."
www.kait8.com
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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April 15, 2005
Informant: Sales front for crimes
A prosecutor won high bail yesterday for three magazine salesmen charged with raping a Concord
woman after describing their sales operation as a front to rip off and sexually assault
unsuspecting people. That description came from a member of the sales crew who went to the police.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor
concordmonitor.com
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April 15, 2005
Temple Police Receive Complaints About Door-To-Door Salesmen
Salesmen who are going door-to-door in Temple and telling residents
they are raising funds for Toys for Tots are not affiliated with the
U.S. Marine Corps, which sponsors the annual toy drive, Temple police said Friday.
kwtx.com
Waco, Texas
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April 15, 2005
Pushy Salesmen Get Locked Up
Two door-to-door salesmen are behind bars in Bannock County
after they forced their way into a woman’s home.They were
selling magazine subscriptions throughout Chubbuck, but as
didn’t follow the city’s rules while selling door to door.
localnews8.com
Idaho Falls, ID
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April 15, 2005
Prosecutor: Magazine company is front for salesmen in rape case
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) The owner of a Florida company named in a rape investigation
involving three door-to-door salesmen is disputing a prosecutor's statement that
his business is a front for criminal activity. ``He's a liar,'' Belo Kellam said
Friday of prosecutor Scott Murray. ``For him to say that we encourage people to
do those acts, well, that's just out of order.'' Kellam owns Fidelity Readers
Service Inc., in Naples, Fla. The company hires traveling crews to sell magazine
subscriptions door-to-door.
wbz1030.com
By BEVERLEY WANG
Associated Press Writer
Read This Story


April 12, 2005
Another Mag Salesman Nabbed For Burglary
Spokane County
-Sheriff-
News Release
A second traveling magazine salesman has been arrested for burglary,
this suspect for smashing out a window at a West Plains motel and entering
the room where a resident was watching television. Deputy Shawn Audie and others
were called to the Cedar Village Motel at 5415 West Sunset about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
When he arrived, Audie found a man standing in front of the victim's room. The suspect
was bleeding profusely and screaming for an ambulance. Audie detained the man in handcuffs,
identified him as Andre A. James, 23, of Massachusetts, and turned him over to paramedics.
Spokane County
-Sheriff-
News Release
spokanesheriff.org
Spokane Sheriff Press Release - PDF


April 11, 2005
Magazine readers suspect scam is afoot
Shelby County residents may be targets of a questionable Florida-based
operation involving door-to-door magazine subscriptions. One local resident
recently purchased a magazine subscription from two young men just to get them
to leave. Her neighbor refused to order anything because the boys were
"rude and belligerent."
By JANUARY WETZEL
Staff writer
shelbynews.com
Shelbyville, Indiana
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April 2005
Magazine Sales Scheme Nets Over 70 Area Victims
Authorities caught up with an alleged magazine salesman who
had been burglarizing area homes and bilking innocent citizens
out of thousands of dollars by stealing checks and forging purchase
orders for magazines.Twenty-two-year-old Duwane C. Walker, an
"independent contractor" for World Wide Reader's Services, Inc.
out of Miami, went door to door throughout Spokane and Stevens
County neighborhoods knocking on doors and waiting for a response.
KHQ-TV
msnbc.msn.com
Spokane, WA.
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World Wide Reader's Services

World Wide Readers Services

World Wide Readers Service


April 9, 2005
Door-to-door sales linked to fraud, theft
Suspect used checks stolen from customers, deputies say
Mike Prager
Staff writer
Spokesman Review
April 9, 2005
Spokane sheriff's investigators Friday said they are seeking additional victims in a theft and burglary spree that led to the arrest this week of a 22-year-old transient magazine salesman and a woman who worked with him. An unknown number of residents were victimized in a monthlong run of crimes associated with the door-to-door sales operation. At least 10 victims have been identified so far. Blank checks and cash were taken in break-ins or through thefts from residents who had answered their doors and allowed a magazine salesman to enter, deputies said. Duwane C. Walker, who has no permanent address, was being held in Spokane County Jail Friday on 19 separate charges, with another 24 charges pending. Together, they comprise nine counts of residential burglary, 24 counts of forgery and 10 counts of identity theft. Also being held in jail is a woman who identified herself as Ebony C. Daniel, 21, of New York, on a single charge stemming from possession of stolen checks. Deputies said they had not confirmed her identity Friday. Deputies arrested Walker on Tuesday when a woman living near Colbert reported a suspicious magazine salesman working in the area. The department had already identified Walker as a suspect when the call was received. Deputy Shawn Hause spotted a man later identified as Walker sitting on an outdoor utility box in the vicinity of the call. He was carrying a large quantity of coins. While Walker was being detained, the sheriff's department received a report of a home burglary in the same area. A footprint on the kicked-in door was matched to Walker's boot and he was arrested, deputies said. Through investigation, detectives learned that Walker and Daniel worked for World Wide Reader's Services Inc., which is a legitimate Miami-based company that sends teams of sales persons door-to-door around the country. Detective Sgt. Steve Barbieri said that Walker is alleged to have used blank checks stolen from victims to place large magazine and encyclopedia orders, for which he received as much as 50 percent of the sales. His orders earned him $400 to $500 a day compared with sales of $20 to $30 a day for other employees. "He sold a lot of encyclopedias," Barbieri said. Crimes reported so far occurred in Stevens County, on the North Side, Spokane's city core and South Hill. Some victims said the salesman was aggressive with them and sought access to other parts of their homes. Walker has burglary and forgery convictions in Florida and Ohio, deputies said. He also had worked for the company in Portland and Salt Lake City. He arrived in the Spokane area on March 5 and was staying with his sales team at the Cedar Village Motel on 5415 W. Sunset Highway. A search of three rooms there uncovered evidence and marijuana paraphernalia. No drugs were found in the search. Cpl. Dave Reagan, sheriff's spokesman, said people who may have been victimized should check their supply of unused checks to make sure none were taken. Victims may not realize what happened until magazines begin appearing in coming weeks. Crime reports may be made to the Spokane Crime Reporting Center at 532-9266. Reagan said door-to-door sales are common, and that many of the workers are legitimate. However, he said residents should never let salespeople inside their homes and should be cautious about any purchases.
Mike Prager
Staff writer
spokesmanreview.com
Spokane, Washington
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April 9, 2005
Traveling sales and crimes
Rape charge one of many accusations

The three traveling magazine salesmen charged with raping a Concord woman
last month are part of an industry critics say condones unethical, even illegal,
practices and operates with almost no oversight or consequences.

By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord Monitor
concordmonitor.com
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April 8, 2005
Fraud Suspect Faces Scores Of Felonies
Spokane County
-Sheriff-
News Release
It was a profitable scheme, but one that left a paper trail a mile long,
across the country, in fact.Duwane C. Walker, a 22-year-old “independent
contractor” for World Wide Reader’s Services, Inc., would walk through
Spokane and Stevens County neighborhoods, knock on doors and wait for
a response. If no one was home, the suspect would break in and steal cash
and checks. If someone did answer the door, he would simply try to sell
him or her magazines. With the stolen checks, Walker would order magazines
from World Wide, typically hard-to-move magazines that earned him a higher
cash bonus. He’d also order so many magazines with the stolen checks that
he’d get a bonus for moving greater amounts of periodicals for the company.
Spokane County
-Sheriff-
News Release
spokanesheriff.org
Original URL Spokane Sheriff Press Release - PDF
Spokane Sheriff Press Release - PDF


April 8, 2005
Caution urged with door-to-door magazine sellers

Officers are asking Gainesville residents to beware of a group
of door-to-door magazine salespeople who may be after more than
getting subscriptions.

By LISE FISHER
Sun staff writer
gainesville.com
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WANTED
ARMED ROBBERY!

Please help the Gainseville, Florida Police Department Capture
Antonio M. Smokes.

Wanted Bulletin
Posted April 7, 2005


American Global

Paragon Management


April 7, 2005
Door To Door Crime

By Ashley Glass/WCJB TV 20 News
wcjb.com
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April 6, 2005
Protect your family from sales crew abuse
Stricter regulation of traveling sales crews would help to crack down
on the reckless behavior so often exhibited by these door-to-door businesses.
But government action is not the only way or the most conclusive means by which
families can keep from becoming victims of the crimes and abuses linked to the
traveling sales industry. Every Wisconsin household can help shut out
traveling sales crews by depriving them of the two things they require:
employees and customers. With the prime season for sales crews approaching,
we repeat the advice we have offered before:
Wisconsin State Journal
Opinion
madison.com/wsj
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April 4, 2005
Magazine salesmen face sexual assault arraignment
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three magazine salesmen who police said
raped a 19-year-old woman could be arraigned in New Hampshire on
Monday. The salesmen — Christopher Armstrong, Cassidy Coburn and Joseph
Hannify — were arrested late Thursday in Aberdeen, Md. The men were selling
magazines door-to-door for a Florida company called Fidelity Reader Service
at the time of the alleged rape, authorities said. The woman was raped Monday night.
wrgb.com
Albany, Schenectady, Troy
New York
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April 2, 2005
Suspects in rape arrested
Magazine salesmen had been on the run

Three magazine salesmen wanted for allegedly raping a Concord woman
were arrested late Thursday night without incident in Aberdeen, Md.,
as they exited the highway and pulled into town. The police had been
tipped they were coming and were waiting with extra officers.
Article published Apr 2, 2005
Concord Monitor, NH.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
concordmonitor.com
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April 2, 2005
Men accused of posing as salesmen, raping woman who let them in
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three door-to-door magazine salesmen who
police say raped a Concord woman were arrested Thursday in Maryland.
(AP)
fosters.com
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April 2, 2005
Men working for magazine seller accused of rape
Three men selling magazines door to door
for a Naples-based company, Fidelity Reader Service,
repeatedly raped a 19-year-old Concord, N.H.,
woman inside her home, police said.
By CHRIS W. COLBY
Naples Daily News
naplesnews.com
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Posted April 2, 2005
Magazine Publishers of America
Post New Educational Guides
Guidelines on Relations with Subscription Agents
MPA Guidelines


April 1, 2005
Utahn Among Suspects Arrested for NH Rape
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Three traveling salesmen
accused of raping a Concord (New Hampshire)
woman have been arrested in Maryland.
Story by AP
tv.ksl.com
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Research: Fidelity Reader Service
Fidelity Reader Service Website: frsnaples.com
FL Dept. of State, Division of Corporations:  Fidelity Reader Service
Criminal Profiles: Search For 'Fidelity'
Magazine Scams: Fidelity Reader Service
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com
Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com


April 1, 2005
Police: salesmen raped woman in home
Residents warned not to open doors to strangers

The Concord police are looking for three men accused of raping a 19-year-old
Concord woman in her apartment while selling magazines door to door Monday.
The men were working for a Florida company that has had at least two other
employees face charges for criminal behavior.
Article published Apr 1, 2005
Concord Monitor, NH.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
concordmonitor.com
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April 1, 2005
Accused rapists arrested in Concord
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three men accused of posing as door-to-door
salesmen to rape a Concord woman were arrested overnight in
Maryland, police say.
Police say the men were selling magazines Monday evening when they
raped a 19-year-old woman who let them into her apartment. They were
arrested late Thursday night in Aberdeen, Md.
(AP)
fosters.com
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April 1, 2005
Men accused of posing as salesmen, raping woman
(Concord, NH - AP) — A Massachusetts man and two others accused of posing
as door-to-door salesmen to rape a New Hampshire woman are arrested overnight
in Maryland. Concord police say the men were selling magazines Monday evening
when they raped a 19-year-old woman who let them into her apartment.
wrgb.com
Albany, Schenectady, Troy
New York
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March 26, 2005
Local Father Wants Magazine Sales Crews Regulated
One local father says this time of year marks high recruiting season for
traveling magazine sales crews. The Verona man says the industry
promises young people an adventurous lifestyle but the job can come
with a deadly cost.
Dana Brueck
NBC 15 News Madison, Wisconsin
nbc15.madison.com
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March 25, 2005
Bill seeks to regulate traveling sales industry
Father of magazine seller killed in van crash
says businesses are largely unregulated.
Phil Brinkman
Wisconsin State Journal
madison.com/wsj
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March 19, 2005
Some knock Mapleton's no-knock rule
By Mark Eddington
Staff Writer
The Salt Lake Tribune
sltrib.com
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March 18, 2005
Police say man raped Clarks Summit girl
CLARKS SUMMIT -- An ex-convict working as a door-to-door vacuum cleaner salesman
is accused of raping a Clarks Summit girl nine days ago. Delmar Hooks, 26, was charged
with rape and other crimes Thursday after he was extradited
to Scranton from his hometown of Elmira, N.Y. He allegedly talked his way into a Clarks Summit
home the evening of March 9 and raped a 15-year-old girl who was home alone.

By Michael P. McNarney and Josh Brodesky STAFF WRITERS
scrantontimes.com
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March 17, 2005
Door To Door Salesman Charged With Rape
Lackawanna County Detectives arrest a door to door salesman
Thursday for raping a teenage girl. 26 year-old Delmar Hooks,
from Elmira New York was arrested, and charged with rape,
sexual assault, indecent assault and indecent exposure.

wbre.com
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Fargo Police News
March 16, 2005
March 16: Police look for missing Bismarck sex offender
Fargo Police were informed today of a high-risk offender
who is wanted for absconding from North Dakota Department
of Corrections and Rehabilitation Probation and Parole.
Michael P. Davenport is wanted on a felony warrant for
failing to abide by the conditions of his probation.
Davenport’s probation is a result of a conviction in 1998
for Gross Sexual Imposition in Burleigh County. The North
Dakota Sex Offender Risk Assessment Committee previously
assessed Davenport as a high-risk sex offender.
cityoffargo.com/Police
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March 7, 2005
State To Investigate Company That Allegedly Abandoned 2 Teens
Organizations Leaves Girls, 17, At Bus Stations In Dallas, Austin

Article Abstract
HOUSTON -- The Texas Workforce Commission said they are launching an investigation
into a company that allegedly abandoned two Houston-area teens at bus stations in
cities hundreds of miles away, Local 2 reported Monday.
The commission told Local 2 they are looking into whether the magazine sales company,
Great Lakes Circulation, violated any child labor laws.
The company reportedly recruits teens to sell magazines door to door in Houston and
other Texas cities, promising them they can earn money and qualify for trips.
Two Houston-area families told Local 2 they were outraged after the organization
apparently abandoned their teenage daughters hundreds of miles from home after
things did not work out.

click2houston.com
HOUSTON TEXAS
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March 4, 2005
15 Year Old Girl Raped by two Traveling Salesmen
Sexual assault suspects give up
Pair accused of raping teenage girl

CLERMONT — Two men wanted on charges of sexual battery were arrested
late Wednesday night after they turned themselves in to sheriff’s
deputies in Clermont.

JODIE MUNRO O’BRIEN
Staff Writer
mywebpal.com
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March 4, 2005
Out-of-town solicitors pose security issue
Trespassers found in gated areas

People selling magazine subscriptions for a company called Xtreme Marketing
have proved an extreme nuisance to local gated communities on at least
a few recent occasions.

BY NOAH HAGLUND, The Island Packet
Published Friday, March 4th, 2005
islandpacket.com
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March 3, 2005
Canby Police Department
Press Release
Suspect cited for Trespass and Theft

Sgt. Brian Howarth
Public Relations Officer
Canby, Oregon
canbypolice.com
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March 2, 2005
Girl Sexually Assaulted By Traveling Salesmen, Police Say
CLERMONT, Fla. -- A Lake County community is on alert after two men
allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl in her home.
wesh.com
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March 2, 2005
Police Log
A man from Idaho was arrested Monday in the McCauley Street area and charged with one
misdemeanor count of soliciting without a permit, Chapel Hill police reports state.
Christopher William Fowler, 21, of Buhl, Idaho, a seller with Palmetto Marketing Inc.,
was arrested at 5:24 p.m. on the charge.
He was transported to Orange County Jail on a secured $150 bond.
He is scheduled to appear April 25 in Orange County District Criminal
Court in Hillsborough.
dailytarheel.com
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Palmetto Marketing


March 1, 2005
Idaho man faces no-permit charge
CHAPEL HILL -- A man from Idaho wound up in the Orange County Jail
Monday after police charged him with soliciting without a permit.
The Herald-Sun
herald-sun.com
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March 1, 2005
Opening door to stranger asks trouble inside
sunherald.com
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February 24, 2005
Having issues with magazine subscription
ANGELA CURRY
kansascity.com
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February 16, 2005
Woman Paid For Magazines She Never Received
Action 9
wsoctv.com
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February 14, 2005
Reward offered in slaying of Cerritos woman
Monday, February 14, 2005
- CERRITOS -
It has been almost three months since gunfire
disrupted the quiet life on Jeanette Avenue.
Kristine Holmstedt was shot to death at about 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 19 the day before her 64th birthday
in the doorway of her home in the 17000 block
of the secluded cul-de-sac.
Long Beach Press Telegram
By Kevin Butler
Staff writer
presstelegram.com
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February 5, 2005
Sheriff's office warns of magazine scam
Monterey County Sheriff's officers issued a warning on Friday
to local residents about phony magazine solicitors.

Herald Staff Report
montereyherald.com
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February 3, 2005
Two door-to-door salespeople arrested
Two magazine salespeople were arrested Tuesday on charges
they were soliciting door-to-door without city permits.

ardmoreite.com
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January 29, 2005
Kenner busts 5 traveling sellers
Permit is required to hawk goods in city

They come from New York and Texas, from Pennsylvania and Arizona.
But if they come door to door selling magazines in Kenner,
they probably aren't doing it legally.

The Times-Picayune
Kenner bureau
nola.com
By Mary Swerczek
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January 29, 2005
Door-to-door salesman faces assault charges
A Modesto man selling cleaning products door-to-door was arrested on sexual assault,
battery and false imprisonment charges after unlawfully entering a North Salinas home on Friday.

The Monterey County Herald
Police briefs
montereyherald.com
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January 28, 2005
Incident: Assault to Rape/Burglary/False Imprisonment/Sexual Battery
Michael Anthony Smith (18) is in town from Modesto selling cleaning products door-to-door.
He contacted a woman at her residence on Inglewood and began demonstrating his wares,
even though the woman asked him to go away.

Salinas Police Department
Salinas Police Department Website
salinaspd.com
Read This Police Release


January 19, 2005
Magazine salesman accused of assault to be arraigned
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for a magazine salesman
accused of assaulting an elderly Menlo Park woman after she
opened the door of her home to the salesman on October 6.

Bay City News
almanacnews.com
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American Community Services




January 19, 2005
Magazine sales arrest
COLLIER COUNTY SHERIFF
Police Beat: Jan. 19, 2005
NAPLES POLICE
By Daily News staff
naplesnews.com
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January 14, 2005
MENLO PARK ASSAULT SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT
The case of a roving magazine salesman charged with assaulting an elderly Menlo
Park woman will go to a preliminary hearing in February, San Mateo County Superior
Court Judge Mark Forcum ruled today.

REDWOOD CITY (BCN)
kpix.com
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Dangelo Langford

American Community Services


January 13, 2005
Police warn of magazine sellers
Tony Parra
pntonline.com
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Civil RICO

January 7, 2005

SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF ORANGE
CENTRAL JUSTICE CENTER


DANIEL WILKINSON, an individual;
STEPHANIE LAURITO, an individual; and
MARCUS HENKHAUS, an individual, on behalf
of themselves and all others similarly situated,
Plaintiffs,
v.
HY-PRO CHEMICAL PRODUCTS, INC., a
Texas corporation; EDGE SALES, INC., a Texas
corporation; JOSEPH w. EDGE, an individual;
and DOES 1 through 100, inclusive,
Defendants.

COMPLAINT FOR DAMAGES
AND INJUNCTIVE RELIEF






Hy-Pro Chemical





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