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Breaking News 2006


Civil Lawsuit
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against World Wide Circulation, Inc.
February 21, 2006
World Wide Circulation, Inc is a member of
the National Field Selling Association
NFSA

A civil lawsuit has been filed against World Wide Circulation, Inc. in response to the brutal murder of Benjamin Suazo on October 20, 2005.

STATE OF NEW MEXICO
COUNTY OF SANTA FE
FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT

ELEANOR S. OCANA, as Personal
Representative of the Estate of
BENJAMIN SUAZO,

PLAINTIFF,

v.

WORLDWIDE CIRCULATION, INC.;
SILVA BOWLING, INC.; DEWELL
KEITH LAFLEUR individually and
d/b/a MEGA SALES INC.;
ANDREW LONG; JASON FURDEN;
JAMES COMBS; JOSHUA BURGESS,

DEFENDANTS.

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Civil Lawsuit
June 19, 2006
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Vincent Pitts
President of National Field Selling Association
NFSA

A civil lawsuit has been filed against Vincent Pitts (president of the National Field Selling Association) and owner of Palmetto Marketing, Inc. (palmettomarketinginc.com) in response to the brutal beating and rape of a 50 year-old Menomonie, Wisconsin Woman on July 1, 2005.

STATE OF WISCONSIN
CIRCUIT COURT
DUNN COUNTY

Ms.x
Menomonie, WI 54751

Plaintiff,

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Crime Victim Compensation Program
17 West Main Street
P.O. Box 7951
Madison, WI 53708-7951
and
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire County
2503 North Hillcrest Parkway
Altoona, WI 54720
Subrogated Parties.
Case No:
Case Codes: 30106, 30107

vs.

Vincent Pitts, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Palmetto, Marketing, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Robert Cecil, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Tina Michelle Cecil, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Gemini Subscriptions, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Brandon Green, an Individual
Dunn County Jail
615 Stokke Parkway
Menomonie, WI 54751

Read The Criminal Complaint Againsit Brandon Lee Green
Read The Civil Lawsuit Against Vincent Pitts






"Brandon Lee Green" and magazine

"Robert Cecil" and magazine

"Tina Michelle Cecil" and magazine

"Gemini Subscriptions" and magazine

Palmetto Marketing and magazine

Vincent Pitts and Palmetto Marketing

Vincent Pitts and Magazine

Vincent Pitts and NFSA

For additional information on the door to door magazine sales trade group:
National Field Selling Association

For additional information on the magazine publishers who supply the magazine sales crews, companies and clearinghouses:
Magazine Publishers of America

"sexual assault" and "selling magazine"

"sexual assault" and "palmetto marketing"

"palmetto marketing" and "rif off"

"national field selling association" and "magazine publishers of america"


Ypsilanti, Michigan
Ypsilanti Man Pleads No Contest To Sexually Groping Magazine Sales Agent!!!
December 19, 2006
Suspected groper pleads no contest
The Ann Arbor News
IN BRIEF
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
A 20-year-old Ypsilanti man suspected of groping three women earlier this year pleaded no contest to a charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Daniel B. Jackson will be sentenced Jan. 8 in the groping of a college student from Georgia who was selling magazines door to door in Ypsilanti in May. She told police a man stalked her, asked her out, then fondled her and ran off. A plea of no contest is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing purposes. As part of the plea agreement, a second charge of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct will be dismissed at Jackson's sentencing. Police said Jackson was suspected of groping two women over a six-hour span on July 11, and charges were authorized in one of those cases. In separate cases, Jackson also pleaded guilty this month to credit card fraud in a February case and no contest to marijuana possession in a May case. Other charges are expected to be dismissed when he is also sentenced in those cases Jan. 8.
The Ann Arbor News
mlive.com
Michigan
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Lebanon, Oregon
December 17, 2006
Missing teen found dead in Memphis
Mother has lots of questions, few answers
By Rachel Beck, Lebanon Express writer
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Last modified Wednesday, December 13, 2006 3:40 PM PST
A Lebanon woman received devastating news this week: Her 19-year-old daughter, missing since November, had been found dead in Memphis, Tenn. As terrible as the discovery was, Catherine Barbour would just like to know more. Finding answers has not been easy. Tracy Onawa Jones, 19, went missing on Nov. 15 from a truck stop near Galloway, Ark., outside of Little Roack She had been working since around late June for Pennsylvania-based Atlantic Circulation, Inc., which solicits magazine subscriptions door-to-door. The last time Tracy was seen, she was at a truck stop off Interstate 40. Standard procedure was for the sellers to get dropped off at a location and get picked up 30-45 minutes later. Barbour said Tracy apparently had been successful at the location before. "I don't know why they did it at a truck stop," she said. "I still kind of wonder about that." Barbour, Tracy's mother, has been living in the Lebanon area since early this summer. She previously lived in Albany. Barbour found out on Nov. 16 that her daughter was missing. Tracy had her cell phone, Oregon I.D., some money and a necklace with her when she was dropped off at the truck stop. Her purse was with the rest of her belongings, and was what the police recovered when she was first reported missing. Inside her purse was contact information for her father, Wade Jones, who lives in California. Jones was notified of Tracy's disappearance, and he told Teresa, Tracy's sister. It was Teresa who told Barbour. The family believes that untimely response by police contributed to her lengthy absence and possibly her death. They're also upset by what they see as a lack of communication from the police. When they found out she was missing, Barbour and her family went to local Oregon truck stops and passed her pictures out. They attempted to get the Little Rock police to circulate Tracy's photo, but were met with unwillingness. "Because of her tattoos and her piercings, they classified her as a runaway," Teresa Jones said. Despite the family's protestations that Tracy was not a runaway and that it was highly unusual for her to be out of contact, the police told the family that Tracy would probably be found when she wanted to be found. Unbeknownst to the North Little Rock police or the family, Tracy's body had been found in Memphis, Tenn. on Nov. 26. She was not identified until Dec. 10. She was eventually identified thanks to her photo, which had by then reached the police. "They would have found her a lot sooner if they'd listened," Barbour said. Though media outlets have reported that Tracy was stabbed, police have not confirmed to the family how Tracy died. So far, Barbour said the police have said information is pending on the results of an autopsy. As of Wednesday morning, Barbour still had no further information. The family found information on the internet that said Tracy had knife wounds and head trauma. News reports have also claimed that she was bound with duct tape. It frustrates the family that the media seems to know more than they do. "Where are (the media) getting all this stuff if they can't even tell us anything?" Barbour wonders. The FBI is involved in the investigation, as the case spans multiple states. Barbour described her daughter as outgoing and independent. "Tracy was, wow, full of energy," Barbour said. She called Tracy "chameleon" because Tracy "could see you and know what you want of her." Tracy attended West Albany High School and then went to Corvallis High School for a brief period before dropping out. She promised her mother that she would obtain her G.E.D. within a year. She kept in constant contact with her mother, calling every time the group moved to a new state. Her cell phone was in constant use. Barbour said that recently, Tracy had said she was homesick, but she wanted to hold out until February for a possible sales-related incentive. Barbour, who works at Mennonite Village, told her she could come home any time she wanted to. Tracy was in a relationship with her crew manager, Rob Blair. The necklace she was wearing had been a gift from Blair on her 19th birthday in September. It was Blair who went to the police to report Tracy missing. News Channel 16, KMTR, will air a segment about Tracy Jones tonight, Dec. 13.
Rachel Beck may be reached at 258-3151 or rachel.beck@lee.net.
By Rachel Beck, Lebanon Express writer
Lebanon Express
lebanon-express.com
Lebanon, Oregon
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Little Rock Arkansas
Missing Traveling Magazine Sales Agent Found Murdered!!!
December 13, 2006
Body found in Memphis was woman lost in NLR
BY JIM BROOKS ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
12/13/06
An Oregon woman reported missing last month in North Little Rock has been identified as the person whose body was found in a wooded area in southwest Memphis on Nov. 26, police said. Tracie Onaya Jones, 19, whose last known address was in Albany, Ore., was reported missing Nov. 17. She had last been seen two days earlier at the Pilot Truck Stop at 3300 Valentine Road in North Little Rock. Jones was in central Arkansas selling magazine subscriptions, police said. On Nov. 26, Memphis police were called to investigate a body found in a wooded area near Westview Road and Third Street. According to a news report, the body was clad in a pink shirt. When she was reported missing, Jones was wearing bluejeans and a gray hooded Georgia Tech sweat shirt, North Little Rock police said. Memphis police said there were several “apparent knife wounds” to her head and body. Memphis authorities were alerted to the North Little Rock missing person report regarding Jones by an employee of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, said North Little Rock police spokesman Sgt. Terry Kuykendall. “After providing the Memphis Police Department with information of Jones’ disappearance, including details of tattoos and clothing, it was determined there was a strong possibility the body discovered in Memphis was that of Ms. Jones,” Kuykendall said. On Monday, the body was positively identified. Jones was selling subscriptions for Epic Subscriptions of York, Pa., said company owner Robert Blair, who reported Jones missing and described himself as her employer and boyfriend. Blair said he was managing a group of 10 salespeople on Nov. 15 when they left a Malvern motel headed for the Little Rock area. “I took a group to the Rodney Parham area and dropped them off,” Blair said. But Jones wanted to go to a truck stop because she had good luck selling at places like that, so Blair dropped her off at the Pilot Truck Stop. “It turns out she’d worked there the Friday before,” Blair said. “When I let her out she was all motivated — she was stoked. “I stayed in contact with her throughout the day, to see if she wanted to be taken anywhere else. I talked to her in the afternoon and she told me she had six sales already and she was going to tear it up.” Blair said he called Jones’ cell phone again later in the afternoon, and his call went to her voice mail. “She didn’t call me back so I repeated the process of calling,” he said. “I waited a few minutes and she didn’t call me back, and this time my call went straight to voice mail like someone had turned the phone off.” But Blair didn’t immediately report his girlfriend missing. “I was thinking maybe she just made some poor decisions and decided to go out partying,” Blair said. “Because we travel so much we don’t have the opportunity to go out.” “The next day I called her family to see if they’d heard from her and they hadn’t,” he said. “I waited for the remainder of that day and then called police on Friday.” Blair said he met Jones about five months ago, when she first started working for Epic. “She was an excellent employee, one of the best we’ve hired in a while,” Blair said. He said Jones was living in Albany, Ore., a small town about 30 miles south of Portland, when an Epic salesman knocked on her door. “Tracie couldn’t afford a magazine, but she was interested in working for us,” he said. During her five months with the company, she had traveled halfway across the country, from Oregon to California, then to Nebraska and Arkansas. Blair said he told his other employees about Jones’ death on Monday, the same day he found out while he was being interviewed by FBI agents in Little Rock. “We broke the news to them last night, and they’re having a hard time dealing with it,” he said. “For me it’s very difficult, because I loved her.”
BY JIM BROOKS ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
arkansasonline.com
Little Rock, Arkansas
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EL CAJON, California
Door to Door Salesman Sentenced In Rape of Teenager!!!
December 12, 2006
Salesman sentenced in rape of teenager
Victim: 'My life will never be the same'
By Greg Moran
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 12, 2006
EL CAJON – A door-to-door salesman convicted of brutally raping and assaulting an El Cajon teenager in her home was sentenced to 80 years to life in prison yesterday.

Archie Lee Thomas, who worked selling cleaning products to households, was handed the sentence after the 18-year-old victim and her parents told Superior Court Judge Patricia Cookson of the lasting emotional damage from the attack. Jurors convicted Thomas in October of numerous charges, including rape and assault with intent to commit rape. Prosecutors said he forced his way into the home of the victim the afternoon of April 14, when the girl was home alone. She fought hard, kicking and punching Thomas as he dragged her around the house but eventually gave in out of fear Thomas would kill her. At the hearing yesterday, she told the judge the attack has turned her life upside down. She had intended to attend a school in Northern California on a softball scholarship. But because she does not feel safe, she has remained at home. Even there, however, she is reminded of the attack. “I no longer feel safe there,” she said. “My life will never be the same.” Her mother and father said the attack haunts them. The mother also said she does not feel safe in the home, even though they have increased security. During the attack, the father called home twice. Thomas allowed her to answer the phone, but each time she said she was too terrified to tell her father what was happening. The father asked Cookson to give Thomas the 80-years-to-life term, the maximum possible sentence. Thomas denied any wrongdoing. He told a probation officer for a report filed for the sentencing that the sex was consensual. That statement simply “added insult to injury” to the victim, prosecutor Terrie Roberts said. Thomas also criticized and blamed his lawyer, saying he was not aggressively defended during the case. Cookson was not swayed, noting that Thomas had shown no remorse. After Thomas left the victim's house, he continued going door to door in the neighborhood selling products, authorities said. El Cajon police arrested him a few blocks from the home after one of the victim's friends called 911. Cookson also lauded the victim for coming forward and testifying against Thomas, saying “she showed tremendous strength and willpower just to survive.”
Greg Moran: (619) 542-4586; greg.moran@uniontrib.com
By Greg Moran
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
signonsandiego.com
EL CAJON, California
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
May 21, 2006


DMPG research into the above cleaner sales company based on court documents and police reports indicates that the Archie Lee Thomas was working for T&B Sales:
T&B Sales Manager: Timothy Burgess
8405 Avalon Drive
Riverdale, GA 30274
Phone (800)323-6444

T&B Sales distributes Advanage Wonder Cleaner for:

Austin Diversified Products
16615 S. Halsted Street
Harvey, IL 60426
(708) 333-7644
FAX: (708) 333-4775
cs1@advanage.com
Owner: Nathan T. Edwards
Austin Diversified Products Website:advanage.com

Austin Diversified Products is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
100 North 20th Street
4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1443
215.564.1627
FAX: 215.564.2175
National Field Selling Association Website:nfsa.com

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Magazine Salesman Charged With Rape, Oral Copulation, Rape With A Foreign Object, And Kidnapping With The Intent To Rape
Claremont California !!!
December 9, 2006
TRAGEDY IN CLAREMONT Rondie Walz formally charged; suspect’s background comes into focus Will Bigham Claremont Courier Saturday, December 9, 2006
The door-to-door magazine salesman who allegedly raped a 20-year-old Claremont resident last Saturday was formally charged on 4 felony counts at an arraignment hearing on Wednesday.

Rondie Lamont Leland Walz, 22, did not enter a plea at the hearing; a second arraignment hearing is scheduled for December 13.

The suspect’s bail has been raised to $3.3 million from its original $1 million, a change that reflects the seriousness of the charges filed against Mr. Walz, said Samer Hathout, a deputy district attorney with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Mr. Walz could face a life sentence—with the possibility of parole after 31 years—if convicted on all 4 charges, which include rape, oral copulation, rape with a foreign object, and kidnapping with the intent to rape.

He is currently in custody at the Twin Towers jail in downtown Los Angeles.

Last Saturday, Mr. Walz was one of about 12 magazine salesmen canvassing the city. The salesmen were employed by a sales organization working in conjunction with the Gig Harbor, Washington-based Pacific Coast Clearing House, a company that works with independent sales organizations that employ individuals who sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door, said Ken Fryk, the company’s chief operating officer.

At about 3 p.m., Mr. Walz began walking the 1900 and 1800 blocks of Wheaton Avenue, where he came in contact with several residents before arriving at the victim’s house near the end of the street’s cul-de-sac.

Ellen Crawford, whose family’s home sits at the end of the cul-de-sac, said Mr. Walz visited her home at about 3:30.

“He came to our house and my husband talked to him,” she said.

Mr. Walz, she recalls, was acting short and aggressive while talking to her husband about a contest that he wished to enter, or win. The contest, presumably, was one that would award the winner with a vacation or an educational scholarship.

Her husband asked Mr. Walz to leave, and he walked away without incident. After leaving Ms. Crawford’s house, the magazine salesman continued down the block, and eventually arrived at the rape victim’s house between 4:30 and 5 p.m., according to a police timeline of the incident.

The victim, a 20-year-old woman, was home alone when Mr. Walz arrived. Details of the conversation that took place between the victim and Mr. Walz before his entry have not been revealed by police, but he did eventually talk his way in to the house on the pretense of filling out paperwork. He did not enter the home by force, nor was he carrying a weapon, Claremont Police Capt. Gary Jenkins said.

Once inside, with the front door closed behind him, Mr. Walz attacked. The details of the crime remain withheld by police, but Mr. Walz apparently forcibly moved the victim into a different room before raping her.

Mr. Walz did not strike or batter the young woman, but “it was more along the lines of fear that he would do that—and intimidation,” Capt. Jenkins said.

Claremont PD was not contacted regarding the crime until about 5:50 p.m., about 45 minutes after police believe the incident took place. The victim, Capt. Jenkins said, was shaken an unable to call police, but an anonymous call from a friend who she had contacted tipped police to the crime. By the time officers had arrived, Mr. Walz was far from the neighborhood, presumably in Norwalk after being picked up along with the rest of the group’s salesmen.

Previous reports that linked the suspect to the 600 block of Black Hills Drive have proved to be false, as police confirmed that Mr. Walz had left the city prior to the unusual man roaming that neighborhood at about 6:15 p.m.

Links to Oklahoma

Attempts to investigate Mr. Walz’s past—both criminal and personal—have uncovered links to 4 locations: Gig Harbor, Washington; Reno, Nevada; two small cities in northeast Oklahoma; and Bakersfield.

When arrested by Claremont PD, Mr. Walz listed his home address as Pacific Coast Clearing House’s corporate office in Gig Harbor. It is unknown whether Mr. Walz ever lived in Gig Harbor —company officials said its employees often have their mail sent there—but an Oklahoma man whose son was friends with Mr. Walz said he believed the suspect may have grown up in Washington state.

The Reno connection stems from an ID card obtained by police, Capt, Jenkins said, on which Mr. Walz’s listed address was in that city.

Mr. Walz may have also lived for a time in Bakersfield, where several sources in Oklahoma said his mother had lived at one time.

In 2004, Mr. Walz was arrested on petit larceny charges in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, a city of about 14,500 in northeast Oklahoma. Mr. Walz, 19 at the time, was arrested along with two juveniles for stealing less than $50 worth of merchandise from a local grocery story, Tahlequah Police Chief Steve Farmer said.

On his arrest form, Mr. Walz listed his home address as one in Stilwell, Oklahoma, another small city in northeast Oklahoma with a population of only about 3300.

Mr. Walz reportedly lived in Stilwell for about 2-3 years, according to several people in the city contacted by telephone who knew him. According to those who knew him said his mother had remarried and settled temporarily in Stilwell.

Detective Chad Smith of the Stilwell Police Department remembers Mr. Walz well—because he once arrested him. While still a juvenile, Mr. Walz was arrested on burglary charges after he attempted to break in to a local school to steal yard-work equipment, Detective Smith said. It was the only time he was in trouble with local law enforcement in that city.

Stilwell, Detective Smith said, is “a small home-town town,” with the nearest big city—Tulsa, Oklahoma—90 miles away.

Mr. Walz, during his time in Stilwell, mostly kept to himself, Detective Smith recalled. His mother worked at the Schwan’s Bakery factory in the city—nearly everyone in town is employed at a factory—and Mr. Walz may have worked there as well. When told that Mr. Walz was now in custody in Los Angles County, being charged with 4 rape-related felony counts, Detective Smith said the young man he remembered was not capable of raping someone. “I don’t think so,” he said, “but nothing surprises me as long as I’ve been doing this. …

“He just seemed like a quiet, alone-type person,” he said. “I didn’t see him hanging around a whole lot of people. When I did it was usually only the Blackman kids. They were really the only people who I saw him hang around.”

The “Blackman kid”—17-year-old Jacob Blackman—was one of Mr. Walz’s closest friends during his years in Stilwell, his father, Jimmy Blackman said.

Kim Curtis, one of Mr. Blackman’s roommates, remembered Mr. Walz as “a lot of trouble.”

“He was a real strange kid,” Mr. Blackman said. “He was real quiet, kind of like your nerdy type. We did let him stay with us, but I think he only stayed about 3 days, and then he split again. … I know he used to sneak out of his house and stuff.”

Mr. Walz left Stilwell two or 3 years ago—those in the city can’t recall the exact date—and some time after he became employed as a door-to-door magazine salesman.

Claremont investigation leads to quick arrest

When police investigators determined conclusively that the rape suspect was a door-to-door magazine salesman, they assumed he had visited other homes that night, and planned their investigation accordingly.

On Sunday, with the help of about 13 police volunteers and members of the city’s Community Emergency Response Team, police distributed 1200 crime bulletins to the neighborhoods surrounding the home where the crime took place.

The bulletin, which included the rough location of Mr. Walz’s canvassing that day and his physical description, yielded several responses from residents who had been visited by the salesman.

Several residents had purchased magazines from Mr. Walz and other salesmen from his company, and the order receipts listed that company’s name, which police have withheld from the public.

Investigators contacted the company, which police said was cooperative during the entire investigation, and determined that the salesmen who had canvassed Claremont on Saturday were staying in a motel in Norwalk.

On Monday night, the company took all of the salesman—about 12 total—to the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department’s Norwalk station, where 3 Claremont investigators and the victim went to investigate the crime, and hopefully identify the suspect.

When Claremont PD and the victim pulled into the station’s parking lot, the victim stayed in a car as the salesmen lined up in front her.

They were illuminated by a spotlight—which also prevented the salesmen from viewing the victim—and the victim pointed out Mr. Walz as the rapist.

Two Claremont investigators took Mr. Walz into the Norwalk station for questioning, and though the interrogation that took place there was not discussed by police for fear of tainting a potential jury pool, officers eventually made an arrest at about 10:30 that night.

Pacific Coast Clearing House, and solicitor regulations in Claremont

Pacific Coast Clearing House, the company that employed Mr. Walz through an intermediary sales organization, is one of several umbrella organizations in the country that manages door-to-door magazine sales operations.

The name of the smaller group—or sales organization—that Mr. Walz worked for has not been revealed by police or the parent company, but all sales organizations under Pacific Coast Clearing House have a similar function.

“There’s an umbrella company that has all these independent groups that contract with them, and they work under the name of the umbrella group,” Capt. Jenkins said.

The umbrella group itself, he said, would likely not have direct control over the hiring practices of the company that it contracts to work with. It would also not likely be privy to information regarding those companies’ employees’ criminal records, such as Mr. Walz’s theft charge in Oklahoma.

“I don’t think it’s an issue with that particular company,” he said.

Ken Fryk, Pacific Coast Clearing House’s chief operating officer, said his Gig Harbor, Washington-based company did not employ people who walk door-to-door, and instead focuses on data entry, refund issuances, and working directly with the magazine publishers.

“I’m in charge of processing the magazine subscriptions,” he said. “Each sales organization is contractually obligated to follow the laws and abide by ethical business practices.”

He was unwilling to name the sales organization that hired Mr. Walz, and was unsure when the alleged rapist was hired.

“We’re in the process of trying to do our own investigation, and we cooperated with the police, and so did the sales organization,” he said. “That’s how, from what I understand, this arrest was made.”

Asked if the company requires its sales organizations to practice any specific hiring standards, Mr. Fryk replied: “I’m going to have to end our conversation now.”

In Claremont, door-to-door solicitors are required to obtain a permit from city hall before canvassing the city, City Clerk Lynne Pahner said.

A search of the city’s licenses yielded no permit under Mr. Walz’s name, or that of Pacific Coast Clearing House, Ms. Pahner said, but it is unclear whether Mr. Walz’s sales organization had obtained a permit.

In order to legally solicit door-to-door in Claremont, the company must acquire a permit, Ms. Pahner said, so if Mr. Walz’s sales organization had proper permission he would have been legally permitted to canvass the city.

Local television descends on Claremont

After news of the rape in Claremont broke, and the subsequent arrest was made, Los Angeles-based television news stations were on the story throughout the day Tuesday.

At about 3 p.m. that afternoon, there were two ABC-7 trucks and a van from CBS 2 on Wheaton Avenue. As TV reporters filmed standups with the street’s tree-lined view in the background, residents walked their dogs and tried to go on with their daily routines.

But because of the prominent news coverage—it was CBS 2’s top story on its 2 p.m. broadcast—everyone in the neighborhood had already learned of the rape, and had already learned that Mr. Walz had been arrested.

“Well, it’s frightening,” said Marilou Doepke, who lives on the 1900 block of Wheaton Avenue, just down the street from where the crime took place. “This has been a nice neighborhood, a family neighborhood, and it’s really unsettling.”

Ms. Doepke had not been visited by the rapist on Saturday, and did not know the victim or her family. But she was apprehensive about opening her door when a reporter came by because, she said, the rape was fresh in her mind.

Ellen Crawford, whose husband spoke to Mr. Walz when he visited her home, said she was friends with the victim’s family. “I’m sure, just like all of us, they’re relieved,” she said. “It’s nice to have closure to it. …

“We’ve lived here for 12-13 years, and we’re a tight little street here. It’s like it’s happening to your own family when it happens to a neighbor.”

Later that evening, Claremont Police Lt. Paul Davenport chuckled as he sat in his watch commander’s office, as another resident call came through about a solicitor.

The comprehensive television coverage of the event, along with online and print accounts of the crime, had seemingly reached everyone in Claremont.

“It’s a bad time to be a solicitor in Claremont,” he said. “You won’t get far without police being called.” At about 6 p.m. Tuesday, 3 vans from NBC 4 were parked in front of the police department on Bonita Avenue.

A female reporter positioned herself, with a spotlight trained directly to her face, with the Claremont Police Department sign within the frame. As a cameraman and producer looked on, she relayed her standup.

“Residents say it’s unusual for a crime like this to happen in Claremont, especially one this brutal. …”
—Will Bigham
Will Bigham
Claremont Courier
claremont-courier.com
Claremont, California
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Magazine Salesman Rapes
Port St. Lucie, Florida Woman!!!
December 8, 2006
Police: How to stay safe during the holiday season
Posted: 2006 Dec 08 - 01:31
By Kim Cotton
Staff writer
Hometown News
PORT ST. LUCIE - An Alabama man remains in the St. Lucie County Jail without bond on a charge of burglary with sexual battery after a Port St. Lucie woman said he raped her in her home. Lanay L. Daniels, of Lafayette, Ala., was arrested Nov. 25 by the Port St. Lucie Police Department after the woman reported a rape. According to the arrest report, Mr. Daniels came to the woman's home selling magazine subscriptions on the day of his arrest. The woman told police she spoke with Mr. Daniels for several minutes and did not order magazines. The woman added that she tried to close the door on Mr. Daniels, but he pushed his way into her east Port St. Lucie home where he raped her, the report stated. Mr. Daniels told police the sex was consensual. Office Wagner Leite, crime prevention specialist with the Port St. Lucie Police Department, said there is a way to help prevent such a crime. "If you are home alone, do not open the door if you don't know the person," Officer Leite said. "We have laws in Port St. Lucie that are very strict with solicitors." Since it is the holiday season, with lots of delivery people in the neighborhoods, Officer Leite said to ask for identification when in doubt. "Criminals will pose as delivery people," he said. While criminals may not commit crimes right away, Officer Leite said they might approach a house to check out the security and then return later. "Criminals take advantage of people's generosity," Officer Leite said. "They will look at doors and windows, even if it's for a short time." The police department offers free home safety checks for residents who want to find out how safe their homes really are. Officer Leite said a crime prevention specialist will come to the house, inspect the exterior of the home and make recommendations about how to keep from becoming a crime victim. If there is an unknown person at the door who will not go away, the best thing to do is call 911, Office Leite said. "You don't want to be alone with the person," he said. "Scream real loud for help and don't corner yourself. Step out of the house and scream. "This is a type of crime where the criminal doesn't want to be seen," Officer Leite added. If holiday plans include a trip out of town, the police department offers house checks. Crime watch volunteers will drive by any resident's house who requests a watch and make sure it has not been broken into, Officer Leite said. He also advises that if a resident leaves town, make sure the house looks like someone is home. "We hope everyone has a safe holiday," Officer Leite said. For more information about safety checks, call (772) 871-5027. For more information about vacation house checks, call (772) 871-5035.
By Kim Cotton
Staff writer
Hometown News
myhometownnews.net
Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Little Rock Arkansas
Missing Traveling Magazine Sales Agent!!!
December 7, 2006
19-Year-Old Missing for Three Weeks
Posted By: Jessica Sahene
Fox 16, Little Rock, Arkansas
Last Update: 12/7/2006 8:56:40 AM
A 19-year-old Oregon woman vanishes from a truck stop in Arkansas. Three weeks later North Little Rock police are asking anyone that may have seen Tracy Jones to contact them. Her mother, thousands of miles away, is terrified by her daughter's sudden disappearance. "Well, when I first heard, I just fell apart totally," says Catherine Barbour. No one has seen or heard from Tracy Jones in what her mom says are the longest three weeks of her life. "They have been horrible, just a total nightmare. It's like my world is turned upside down," says Barbour. The Oregon native was working in Arkansas with a group from Atlantic Circulation Inc., a company that sells door-to-door magazine subscriptions. On November 15, she was dropped off at a Pilot Truck stop to do just that, except when her crew came back to pick her up around 5, she was gone. Her clothes and purse were still in her hotel room. "Obviously something has happened we don't know what. At this point we're still investigating this as missing persons," says Terry Kuykendahl. Police say there is surveillance video from that truck stop. They’ve looked at it and although there is a female that matches her description with a hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans on the tape, the tape quality itself is not good. So they're not able to definitively say it's her or not. "I did some trucking with my ex-husband and I know these truck-stops. You’re going to leave somebody, especially a pretty girl, by herself at a truck stop. Oh man, that's just trouble waiting to happen, that's all I could think of," says Barbour. It's not just police and family that are concerned; she kept a page on the social network site myspace.com on it one of her friends writes, "Seriously, are you still alive?" "I’m keeping busy at work and stuff has helped keep me sane, but it's just every mother's nightmare is what it is," says Catherine Barbour. Tracy had her Oregon ID on her and her cell phone, her voicemail box is full. "There are just so many things left unanswered at this point," says Kuykendahl. "I mean you hear about it on the news, but you never dream it would be your own child," says Barbour. Tracy Jones worked selling magazine subscriptions for the past four and a half months for the Atlantic Circulation Inc. out of York, Pennsylvania. Last time Tracy’s mother heard from her daughter was two days before she vanished and she said she was homesick.
Posted By: Jessica Sahene
Fox 16, Little Rock, Arkansas
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Morgan Hill, California
Four Magazine Salesmen Arrested For Harboring
A Missing 17-year-old Colorado Girl!!!
December 7, 2006
Man's suspicions lead to missing teen
By Howard Mintz
Mercury News
Posted on Thu, Dec. 07, 2006
A Morgan Hill man's intuition prompted him to tip off police to a missing 17-year-old Colorado girl who was found Tuesday selling magazine subscriptions in his neighborhood. The girl had been missing for months when she turned up in Morgan Hill with two men who also were selling magazines door-to-door, Morgan Hill police said. The resident told police he was suspicious when the teenager came to his door, and he then scoured the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Web site. His search turned up her picture, police said. Police found the girl in a van with two of the men who were part of the magazine sales group. The supervisor of the group, which police said was operating illegally in the city, had picked up the girl in Colorado three months ago. Police arrested four members of the group in connection with harboring the girl. Contact Howard Mintz at hmintz@mercurynews.com or (408) 286-0236.
By Howard Mintz
Mercury News
mercurynews.com
California
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Vista, California
Magazine Salesman Charged With Kidnapping With Intent To Commit Sodomy
And Attempted Sodomy With A Person Under 16 Years Old !!!
December 6, 2006
Man Accused Of Dragging Teen Into Bushes Pleads Not Guilty
KGTV
10News.com
POSTED: 6:30 am PST December 6, 2006
UPDATED: 3:01 pm PST December 6, 2006
VISTA, Calif. -- A self-described magazine salesman accused of dragging a teenager into bushes near a Carlsbad elementary school admitted to investigators after his arrest that he had intended to molest the boy, a prosecutor alleged Wednesday. Eric Rodney Hill, 27, was arrested last Friday by officers who'd been called to the area near Jefferson Elementary School on reports that a man had been harassing children, according to Carlsbad police Lt. Bill Rowland. Deputy District Attorney Christine Israel said Hill "made admissions" about what he planned to do with the boy. Based on those alleged admissions, the defendant has been charged with kidnapping with intent to commit sodomy and attempted sodomy with a person under 16 years old, Israel said. Hill pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday and was ordered held on $225,000 bail by Vista Superior Court Judge Adrienne Orfield. According to the prosecutor, Hill first followed two children home from school. They reported the man to their parents, who called police who went searching for the defendant. A father found the man with the teenager in the bushes, and since officers were arriving in the area by then, Hill was arrested, she said. "If those kids hadn't reported him to the parents, and they hadn't gone looking for him, we would have had a horribly completed crime," Israel said. She also charged the defendant with two misdemeanor counts of annoying children for allegedly following the two students home. Hill told investigators he took a bus from the Long Beach-Compton area to Carlsbad to sell magazines. Investigators are looking into whether Hill has prior criminal convictions, the prosecutor said. Hill was ordered to return to court on Dec. 14.
KGTV
10News.com
Vista, California
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Odessa, Texas
Magazine Salesman Warning !!!
December 1, 2006
Official: Don’t buy salesman’s claim of raising money for UTPB
ODESSA AMERICAN
University of Texas of the Permian Basin officials are warning Odessa residents not to buy magazines from someone claiming to be a university student. UTPB public information officer Melanie Nicholas said an Odessa apartment resident reported that a man posing as a UTPB student approached some apartment residents, claiming to sell the magazines as a fund-raiser. However, Nicholas said UTPB doesn’t have a student fund-raising campaign and doesn’t raise funds by selling door to door. UTPB Police Chief Mike Tacker asked that residents call the City of Odessa police department if solicited in this way. “This individual, and anyone he may be working with, does not represent this university,” he said.
University of Texas
ODESSA AMERICAN
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Odessa, Texas
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Palm Beach, Florida
Magazine Salesman Warning !!!
December 1, 2006
Police: Beware of strangers soliciting door-to-door
Friday, December 01, 2006
palmbeachdailynews.com
The Palm Beach Police Department said it has received reports of people going door to door selling books and magazine subscriptions, telling homeowners they represent youth or college sports teams. Residents are reminded that this type of activity is prohibited without a permit, police said. Residents are urged not to open the door to anyone not known to them. If the person is selling something, ask for his or her Town of Palm Beach solicitation permit, police advise. Residents also may call the Police Department at 838-5454, and an officer will respond to determine whether the person has the permit. To be placed on a no-solicitation list, police said, mail or fax a letter to the Town Clerk's Office. The fax is 838-5417; the mailing address is Town of Palm Beach, Town Clerk, 360 S. County Road, Palm Beach, FL 33480. The Clerk's Office phone is 838-5416. The letter should include the name and address to be placed on the no-solicitation list.
palmbeachdailynews.com
Palm Beach, Florida
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Minnesota
Magazine Salesman Charged With Statutory Rape !!!
November 30, 2006
Peddler sought in sex case
Police say man, 21, was selling magazines when he targeted girl, 14
BY ALEX FRIEDRICH
Pioneer Press
Posted on Thu, Nov. 30, 2006
A man acting as a door-to-door salesman of magazines is wanted by police on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old Forest Lake girl he was soliciting.

Authorities don't know where 21-year-old Quario Deeric Dozier lives or how to find him, though they say his last known address was in East Point, Ga.

They say he sweet-talked a teen and her friend over several days last spring as he went door to door selling subscriptions.

How much of a danger he presents is unclear, said Forest Lake Police Chief Clark Quiring.

"I have no idea whether it's a crime of opportunity," he said, or whether he got into door-to-door sales to have access to women "who are vulnerable."

According to a Washington County criminal complaint filed against him, Dozier came to the girl's door May 15 and struck up a conversation with the student, who went to Century Junior High School at the time.

During the chat, he told her he was "trying to start a new life," the complaint states. The girl did not allow him into the house.

A friend apparently gave Dozier the girl's number. He began "bugging" her with calls, the girl told police, yet they continued to talk on the phone - sometimes for as long as two hours.

Meanwhile, Dozier had his own problems. Police stopped him May 16 and warned him to stop going door to door without a license, Quiring said.

At the time, he told an officer he sold magazine subscriptions for Urban Development Solutions out of Grosse Pointe, Mich.

But a woman who identified herself as the office manager there said no one by that name had worked for the organization in the past year.

On May 16 or 17, as the teen and her friend were preparing to go to a wake, Dozier returned to her house, and she finally allowed him in, the complaint states.

After he repeatedly urged her to have sex, she told investigators, she finally gave in after her friend left the house. They had sex in the basement bathroom near her room, the complaint states, and then proceeded to watch television.

Soon the girl's grandmother came to the residence and asked Dozier who he was. He said his name was "Ryan," that he was 17 years old and recently had graduated from Forest Lake High School, the complaint states.

The woman told investigators Dozier looked older than 17 and that she asked him why he was "sniffing around" a 14-year-old. She made him leave.

Dozier returned to the teen's home about 1 a.m. May 19 after taking a cab from New Hope. But he failed to pay the cabdriver the fare - the amount wasn't stated - and police arrested Dozier after the cabbie flagged down a patrol car to complain, Quiring said.

He was released later that day.

The teen went to the police May 22, Quiring said.

Dozier faces a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Quiring said police have heard about no other such incidents in Forest Lake.

Alex Friedrich can be reached at afriedrich@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-2109.
BY ALEX FRIEDRICH
Pioneer Press
twincities.com
Forest Lake, Minnesota
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Nashville Tennessee
Magazine Salesman Alert !!!
November 30, 2006
Suspect Behavior
Death threat of a salesman
By Sarah Kelley
Nashville Scene
A door-to-door magazine salesman became irate when a woman rudely rejected his sales pitch, and he allegedly “threatened to come back to her residence later to kill her,” police say. When the woman said she wasn’t interested in a subscription, “words were exchanged, some racial in nature.” The 20-year-old suspect later admitted to officers that he “became angry and started kicking the front door because she called him a nigga (sic) several times.” Although he denied threatening to come back later to kill the woman, he was picked up for assault and vandalism.
By Sarah Kelley
Nashville Scene
nashvillescene.com
Nashville, Tennessee
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WANTED
St. Paul, Minnesota
Magazine Salesman Charged With Statutory Rape of 14-year-old Girl !!!

November 30, 2006
Peddler sought in sex case
Police say man, 21, was selling magazines when he targeted girl, 14
BY ALEX FRIEDRICH
Pioneer Press
Posted on Thu, Nov. 30
A man acting as a door-to-door salesman of magazines is wanted by police on suspicion of having sex with a 14-year-old Forest Lake girl he was soliciting. Authorities don't know where 21-year-old Quario Deeric Dozier lives or how to find him, though they say his last known address was in East Point, Ga. They say he sweet-talked a teen and her friend over several days last spring as he went door to door selling subscriptions. How much of a danger he presents is unclear, said Forest Lake Police Chief Clark Quiring. "I have no idea whether it's a crime of opportunity," he said, or whether he got into door-to-door sales to have access to women "who are vulnerable." According to a Washington County criminal complaint filed against him, Dozier came to the girl's door May 15 and struck up a conversation with the student, who went to Century Junior High School at the time. During the chat, he told her he was "trying to start a new life," the complaint states. The girl did not allow him into the house. A friend apparently gave Dozier the girl's number. He began "bugging" her with calls, the girl told police, yet they continued to talk on the phone - sometimes for as long as two hours. Meanwhile, Dozier had his own problems. Police stopped him May 16 and warned him to stop going door to door without a license, Quiring said. At the time, he told an officer he sold magazine subscriptions for Urban Development Solutions out of Grosse Pointe, Mich. But a woman who identified herself as the office manager there said no one by that name had worked for the organization in the past year. On May 16 or 17, as the teen and her friend were preparing to go to a wake, Dozier returned to her house, and she finally allowed him in, the complaint states. After he repeatedly urged her to have sex, she told investigators, she finally gave in after her friend left the house. They had sex in the basement bathroom near her room, the complaint states, and then proceeded to watch television. Soon the girl's grandmother came to the residence and asked Dozier who he was. He said his name was "Ryan," that he was 17 years old and recently had graduated from Forest Lake High School, the complaint states. The woman told investigators Dozier looked older than 17 and that she asked him why he was "sniffing around" a 14-year-old. She made him leave. Dozier returned to the teen's home about 1 a.m. May 19 after taking a cab from New Hope. But he failed to pay the cabdriver the fare - the amount wasn't stated - and police arrested Dozier after the cabbie flagged down a patrol car to complain, Quiring said. He was released later that day. The teen went to the police May 22, Quiring said. Dozier faces a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Quiring said police have heard about no other such incidents in Forest Lake.
Alex Friedrich can be reached at afriedrich@pioneerpress.com or 651-228-2109.
BY ALEX FRIEDRICH
Pioneer Press
twincities.com
St. Paul, Minnesota
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Port St. Lucie, Florida
Rape!!!

November 27, 2006
Salesman allegedly assaulted PSL woman
By staff report
TCpalm Local news
November 27, 2006
A Lafayette, Ala., magazine salesman was arrested Saturday night for allegedly forcing his way into a woman's home in the east central section of Port St. Lucie and sexually assaulting her. Lanay L. Daniels, 21, was charged with felony burglary with sexual battery and was being held without bond at the St. Lucie County Jail. The woman told Port St. Lucie police she had returned home from the gym around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when she answered her door to Daniels, who was selling magazine subscriptions. She said she didn't have any money to buy magazines and after a few minutes attempted to get rid of Daniels, according to the police report. Daniels instead forced himself into the house, pushed her into the bedroom and sexually assaulted her, despite her attempts to fight him off, she said. According to police, the woman had bruises on various areas of her body. Police said they stopped Daniels down the street continuing to try to sell magazine subscriptions and he voluntarily agreed to come to the police station. Daniels allegedly told police it was his belief the encounter was consensual and there was no force involved.
By staff report
TCpalm Local news
tcpalm.com
Port St. Lucie, Florida
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Oklahoma City
Van Crash!!!

November 20, 2006
At Least 10 Injured In Van Crash
POSTED: 12:45 am CST November 19, 2006
UPDATED: 12:57 pm CST November 20, 2006
KOCO 5 Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City -- Police are investigating a van crash in Oklahoma City that injured at least 10 people on Saturday night. Officers said at least 10 children or young adults were in the van, which rolled over on Interstate 44 near Southwest 119th Street. The driver told police he saw something on the road, tried to avoid it and then lost control of the van. At least two people were taken to local hospitals by helicopter, authorities said.
KOCO 5 Oklahoma City
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Seatle Washington
Door To Door Sales ALERT!!!

November 14, 2006
A black male in his 20s has been hanging around an Admiral gas station, approaching a female employee and masturbating in plain view. He has repeatedly asked about the same woman when she is not present. A man matching the description (blue cap, black do-rag, blue jacket with a red stripe and British flag on the chest, white shirt, red tie) was seen selling magazines door-to-door in the 5900 block of 37th SW and refusing to leave the area.
By Megan Sheppard
West Seattle News
westseattleherald.com
Seattle, WA
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November 2, 2006
Door-to-door salesman convicted in rape of teen
By Ray Huard
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
November 2, 2006
San Diego, CA
EL CAJON – A door-to-door cleaning supply salesman from Louisiana faces a prison sentence of 80 years to life for raping an El Cajon high school student in her home. Archie Lee Thomas, 20, was convicted Monday of five counts of rape, assault with intent to commit rape, rape with a foreign object and forced oral copulation, said prosecutor Terrie Roberts. Superior Court Judge Patricia K. Cookson ordered Thomas to remain held in jail without bail pending a Dec. 11 sentencing hearing. The 18-year-old woman Thomas was convicted of raping testified in a court hearing in May that Thomas came to the front door of her family home in April while she was home alone and forced his way in. The woman testified she tried to fight off Thomas as he dragged her from room to room. She said she finally gave in because she feared Thomas would kill her. Thomas worked for a Georgia-based company that moves door-to-door salesmen around the country selling cleaning products, prosecutor Roberts said. She said the company no longer does business in San Diego County. The company has a supervisor drive a van to drop off salesmen at various locations and pick them up once they've completed working the selected neighborhoods, Roberts said. “That's how we were able to catch him (Thomas). He was waiting for his ride,” Roberts said. Police said that after Thomas raped the woman, he continued going door to door through the neighborhood trying to sell cleaning products. Thomas was arrested a few blocks from the woman's home.
Ray Huard: (619) 542-4597; ray.huard@uniontrib.com
By Ray Huard
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
November 2, 2006
signonsandiego.com San Diego, CA
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May 21, 2006


DMPG research into the above cleaner sales company based on court documents and police reports indicates that the Archie Lee Thomas was working for T&B Sales:
T&B Sales Manager: Timothy Burgess
8405 Avalon Drive
Riverdale, GA 30274
Phone (800)323-6444

T&B Sales distributes Advanage Wonder Cleaner for:

Austin Diversified Products
16615 S. Halsted Street
Harvey, IL 60426
(708) 333-7644
FAX: (708) 333-4775
cs1@advanage.com
Owner: Nathan T. Edwards
Austin Diversified Products Website:advanage.com

Austin Diversified Products is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
100 North 20th Street
4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1443
215.564.1627
FAX: 215.564.2175
National Field Selling Association Website:nfsa.com

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Freehold, New Jersey
No Knock!!!

November 1, 2006
Public hearing scheduled on solicitation ordinance
Political candidates would be required to obtain 'no knock' list
BY CLARE MARIE CELANO
Staff Writer
News Transcript
November 1, 2006
Freehold, NJ
FREEHOLD - People who plan to go door to door for any purpose in the borough may be required to know which doors they are not permitted to knock on. The Borough Council is expected to conduct a public hearing at its meeting on Nov. 6 on an ordinance that will, if adopted, require everyone who wants to go door to door for any purpose to obtain a copy of the town's "no knock" list before embarking on their work. The "no knock" list will be developed by the borough if the amendment to the solicitor and canvasser ordinance, which was introduced on Oct. 2, is adopted. The local "no knock" list would be similar to the federal "no call" list people may sign up for to prevent unwanted telephone solicitation. Officials believe this ordinance will provide some measure of comfort by implementing a do not disturb policy for residents who do not wish to be bothered by anyone. In the month since its introduction, the section of the ordinance that addresses political canvassing has drawn some attention. As written, the ordinance would require any political candidate or representative to obtain the "no knock" list, pay a $10 administrative fee and obtain a permit from the borough before going door to door. A previous story in the News Transcript prompted a letter to the editor from Tinton Falls Councilman Michael Skudera, who said he believes the ordinance would violate an individual's constitutional right to free speech. "Free speech is a right, not a privilege in this great country," Skudera wrote. "Passing a law that requires people to inform their government in advance that they plan on sharing religious or political views with other residents is a threat to democracy. You should not have to ask permission to exercise your first amendment rights." When asked why a permit is necessary for political or charitable canvassers, Borough Attorney Kerry Higgins said, "It was really just a safety concern. Maybe the term is register rather than permit. But we want to know who is out there canvassing, so that if a resident calls and says so and so just knocked at my door, we can verify that they are who they say they are and that we have their information. And, if the police see someone going door-to-door, they can easily call the clerk and find out who registered to canvas." The ordinance defines a commercial solicitor, canvasser, peddler or hawker as one "traveling by foot, automobile or any other type of conveyance from place to place, to distribute circulars for business or commercial purposes." Other approaches include selling real property, taking orders for the sale of goods or personal property or for services. Any person talking a poll or a survey from house to house or on the streets, or distributing advertisements or handbills is also included and must obtain the "no knock" list. The section that addresses charitable and political canvassers defines them as "anyone going from house to house to interview, interact, or inform another person or persons in an attempt to convince him or her to embrace or support or vote for a proposition, person, candidate, philosophy, idea, concept or organization." The ordinance calls for anyone who wants to solicit for a commercial purpose to apply for a commercial solicitor's license at a cost of $100. Politicians and representatives of charitable organizations need not apply for a license, but would have to pay a $10 administrative fee, according to the ordinance. In addition to the license for solicitors or the permit for political and charitable canvassers, anyone knocking on doors for those purposes will also need a photo identification badge. The soliciting or canvassing can only take place between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. Freehold Township officials adopted a similar solicitation ordinance but they handled the section that dealt with political canvassing a bit differently. According to Township Administrator Tom Antus, there were some concerns about political canvassing which were discussed at length by Township Committee members. "We realized that we could not restrict everyone from knocking on doors," Antus said, citing fire department members, first aid squad members and the delivery of goods to a home as just a few examples. The Freehold Township ordinance does not require that politicians obtain a permit to go door-to-door, informing the public about their ideas and goals. Politicians are, however, required to obtain a copy of the township's "no knock" list which provides all the addresses of those people who do not wish to have solicitors and canvassers knocking on their doors. "We are not prohibiting politicians from going door-to-door," Antus said. "I believe it is an inherent right of political candidates to go door-to-door, but I also feel that it is equally important to respect the wishes of individual homeowners who do not want the candidates knocking on their doors." Antus said that in addition to the "no knock" list provided to politicians and solicitors by the township clerk, a small sticker is also provided for a resident to affix to his front door, reinforcing that he does not welcome solicitors or canvassers. Both towns call for the municipal clerk to prepare a list of addresses of those premises where the owner and/or occupant has notified the clerk that canvassing and soliciting are not permitted. The clerks must provide the non-solicitation list to all applicants who are seeking a license or a permit for commercial, charitable, political or philanthropic solicitation.
BY CLARE MARIE CELANO
Staff Writer
News Transcript
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Freehold, New Jersey
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Massachusetts
Door To Door Sales ALERT!!!

October 23, 2006
Police log
Man asks to be arrested, fired
The Daily News Transcript
Monday, October 23, 2006
WESTWOOD -- Police arrested a Kansas man Thursday afternoon on a bylaw violation after police said he asked to be arrested so he could get fired from his door-to-door salesman job and sent home. Jimmie Winslow, 19, of 200 South Ridge St., Yates Center, Kansas, was arrested at 1:44 p.m. on Beacon Street on a charge of violating a town bylaw by soliciting without a permit. Police said Winslow was selling magazines door-to-door in town, but didn't want to do his job anymore, and asked officers to arrest him. Winslow said he hoped he would get fired so he could go home, according to police. Police did not know on Friday if Winslow did, in fact, get fired.

Magazine seller nabbed on bylaw charge
WALPOLE -- Police picked up a Mississippi man on a bylaw violation Thursday evening. Douglas Glenn Jarrell Jr., 24, of 21299 Houston Ladner Road, Gulfport, Miss., was arrested at 7:44 p.m. at 755 North St. on charges of disturbing the peace and violating a municipal bylaw. Police arrested the man after getting a complaint of someone selling magazines door-to-door.
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Massachusetts
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Scranton Pennsylvania
Door To Door Sales ALERT!!!

October 23, 2006
Police issue advisory on door-to-door sales
BY MATTHEW KEMENY
STAFF WRITER
The Scranton Times-Tribune
10/23/2006
They’ll come to your house and offer to clean your carpet for free. Sound like a good deal? It may. But police are advising residents to be wary of door-to-door vacuum-cleaner salespeople and always ask to see a solicitation permit. Last week, South Abington Township police arrested two New York residents — Kelly T. Williams, 31, of Poughkeepsie, and Tourah Grant Jr., 20, of Beacon — for soliciting without a permit. Both fraudulently represented themselves as salesmen for a company called Kirby Vacuum, Patrolman Paul Wolfe said. A representative for Cleveland-based Kirby, a nationally known business that sells vacuums and other carpet cleaners, said he could not verify the two were employed by the company. He said the company does have independent salespeople in different parts of the country. In November, an Elmira, N.Y., man was convicted in county court of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Clarks Summit girl who allowed him into her residence on March 9, 2005. The man, Delmar Hooks, identified himself as a door-to-door salesman, according to police. In last week’s case, Patrolman Wolfe said, Mr. Williams and Mr. Grant tried to gain access to at least two homes. Residents at both homes asked to see a permit and would not let the men in. Patrolman Wolfe said the men were very aggressive in trying to gain entry to the homes. “Our advice is not to let them in the house,” he said. “If they are persistent, call police immediately.” Mr. Williams and Mr. Grant were charged under the township’s solicitation and canvassing ordinance, which requires all door-to-door salespeople to obtain permits. The violation is a summary offense, carrying fines from $25 to $300. In South Abington Township, a solicitation permit costs $5 a day, $15 a week, $40 per month or $120 per year. The money is used for background checks on the applicants, Patrolman Wolfe said.
Contact the writer: mkemeny@timesshamrock.com
BY MATTHEW KEMENY
STAFF WRITER
www.thetimes-tribune.com
Scranton, Pennsylvania
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October 18, 2006
Obnoxious Magazine Salesman
by Carlene R. written to unknown
Posted Wed October 18, 2006 9:49 am
On Monday, October 16 we had a magazine salesman come to our door. This would be the fourth salesman in six months. We turned him down, and told him we had already been asked to buy magazines three times, and weren't interested. He then told me that he would give me something I could put on my door so that other salseman would leave me alone. I declined, and he continued to push his magazines. I finally wished him good luck and politely shut the door. The kids stood outside and yelled at me, through my door. I finally went outside and asked him to keep it down, where he continued to insult me and yell. I finally had to get my apartment manager, who asked him to leave. Here is the clincher, this is the second kid who has been this rude. Another magazine salesman a couple months back did the same sort of thing to my husband. Does anyone have any idea what company this is? They are very aggressive, and claim they get $1000 for college and a possible vacation if they get points for selling. Inform their salesman of what constitutes appropriate behavior.
by Carlene R. written to unknown
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October 18, 2006
Residents may have chance to deny home solicitation
BY CLARE MARIE CELANO
Staff Writer
October 18, 2006
Freehold Borough
FREEHOLD - Most people are aware of a "no call" list implemented by the federal government to help people avoid unwanted telephone solicitations. Now there is a proposal for a "no knock" list in Freehold Borough. An amendment to the borough's solicitor and canvasser ordinance was unanimously introduced at the Borough Council's Oct. 2 meeting to bring it into compliance with a recent court ruling involving a similar law in another municipality. It further provides for a non-solicitation list by which no soliciting or canvassing may take place at any home that is on the list. A public hearing for the ordinance and a vote on its adoption is scheduled for the council's Nov. 6 meeting. Councilman Marc Le Vine said he started thinking about a "no knock" list after a resident told the council that people in her neighborhood were being bothered by solicitors. Sheryl Mott, of First Street, had informed the council that her neighbors were being harassed by people who were trying to buy their homes for cash. Le Vine said, "I realized the whole issue of solicitation could be addressed by bringing in an ordinance that other municipalities had already passed. This is another tool against slumlord blockbusters in our neighborhoods. "Our no-knock ordinance nicely complements the government's no-call list, which bars telemarketers from annoying people during their family time. We have no problem with people coming into our town and knocking on our doors as long as residents want that. "Those that do not can now place themselves on a list and solicitors will pass them by. Often, we don't know who many of these people really are or what they're selling or, in the case of slumlord blockbusters, sometimes even pressuring to buy. Some people worry about what their intentions are," Le Vine explained. A commercial solicitor, canvasser, peddler or hawker is defined in the ordinance as one "traveling by foot, automobile or any other type of conveyance from place to place, house to house, or street to street, to distribute circulars for business or commercial purposes." Other approaches include selling real property, taking orders for the sale of goods or personal property, or for services. Any person taking a poll or a survey from house to house or on the streets, or distributing advertisements or handbills is also included. A section also addresses charitable and political canvassing. "Anyone going from house to house to interview, interact or inform another person or persons in an attempt to convince him or her to embrace or support or vote for a proposition, person, candidate, philosophy, idea, concept or organization" is also included in the ordinance. The amendment will require anyone who wants to canvass or solicit in the borough to first obtain a license, unless they have already obtained a charitable solicitor or canvasser's permit. Persons engaged in political, charitable or philanthropic canvassing will need to first obtain a permit. Every applicant for a license must pay $100 to the Borough Clerk. Those who are applying for permits will not be required to pay the $100 license fee, but will need to pay a one-time processing fee of $10 for administrative costs. In addition to obtaining a license or a permit, every applicant will be required to wear a photo identification badge which will identify the person as a licensed commercial solicitor. All canvassing or soliciting must take place between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. The Borough Clerk will prepare a list of addresses of those premises where the owner and/or occupant has notified the clerk that canvassing and soliciting is not permitted on the premises. The clerk must provide the non-solicitation list to all applicants who are seeking a license or permit for commercial, charitable, political or philanthropic solicitation. Anyone found to be violating the law will have his license or permit revoked and if convicted, will be subject to a penalty not to exceed $1,250 or imprisonment for 90 days.
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PATTON TOWNSHIP Pennsylvania
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October 14, 2006
Police report
Three accused of subscription scam
Posted on Sat, Oct. 14, 2006
Centre Daily Times
PATTON TOWNSHIP -- Township police have arrested three people after several reports of suspicious activity in which individuals were going door to door selling magazine subscriptions, supposedly to raise money for school trips or to send to troops in Iraq. The individuals -- police did not say whether they are male or female -- were traveling neighborhood to neighborhood in a white van with out-of-state plates, police said in a release. The township had not issued any permits for sales of this type. Late Friday afternoon, police said they arrested three people, from Missouri, Georgia and Florida. The three were cited and fined. Police did not release their names. State College police also had a similar report from a resident there.
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Pennsylvania
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October 13, 2006
Three Arrested for Solicitation Violation
10/13/2006 5:14 pm
Penn State College
Patton Township Police on Friday afternoon arrested thee individuals and charged them violating the township's Soliciting Ordinance. The individuals, who are from Missouri, Georgia, and Florida, were allegedly going door-to-door within the township selling magazine subscriptions that they claimed were to raise money for school trips and/or to send to troops in Iraq. The trio were traveling in a white van with out-of-state license plates. Police advise residents to always use caution when dealing with door-to-door salespeople. Salespeople should not be invited in homes, and residents should always ask for identification and company information.
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Elkridge Maryland
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October 5, 2006
Police charge man in assault of girl
Another man sought for unrelated Columbia attack
COLUMBIA FLIER
10/05/06
By MIKe Santa Rita
Police have arrested a 23-year-old California man in connection with a Oct. 2 sexual assault of a young girl in Elkridge. Meanwhile, police are still searching for a man who attacked a woman on a bike path in a separate incident in Columbia on Sept. 26. Howard County police arrested and charged David Fernando Garcia, of W. Sacramento, Calif., with multiple counts of sex offenses and assault, according to an Oct. 4 police press release. Garcia was arrested without incident at a Wal-Mart on Dobbin Road in Columbia at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 3, the release said. Garcia was charged with second- and third-degree sex offenses and three counts of second-degree assault, police said. Police said the incident took place at about 2 p.m. Oct. 2 in a wooded area near a shopping center in the 6500 block of Waterloo Road. Police said a man in his late teens or early 20s approached three girls in the shopping center and engaged them in conversation by telling them he was selling magazines. The girls walked away from the man but he followed them into a wooded area. Two of the girls, aged 12 and 13, were able to flee after the man began kissing and touching them, police said. But the remaining 12-year-old girl was unable to flee and was forced by the man to engage in a sex act, police said. The two other girls returned with a group of friends who confronted the man, who fled, police said. Police were called to the Wal-Mart after receiving an anonymous tip that a man matching the description of the attacker was at the store, police said. Police approached Garcia at the store when they saw that he had a tattoo similar to one described by the victim, police said. Garcia was being held on $100,000 bail as of Oct. 4, according to a court spokeswoman.

Woman grabbed, assaulted
The Columbia incident occurred when a 23-year-old woman was grabbed from behind and fondled on the bike path near the 6300 block of Tamar Drive in Long Reach at 2:50 p.m., Sept. 26, police said. A bicyclist interrupted the incident, police said. The man police are seeking is described as an Asian male in his late 20s or early 30s, about 5-foot-9, weighing 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was clean-shaven, and wearing glasses with thick black rims and a red short-sleeved polo shirt at the time of the incident. Police are offering a $1,000 reward for information the Columbia incident.
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Traveling Magazine Salesman
Sexual Assault of a 12-year-old girl
October 2, 2006

DMPG research into the above crime:
Police reports (0696118) indicate that David Fernando Garcia
works for Chapel Sales, Inc. out of New Jersey.

Howard County Police Department Case Number: 0696118
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info@chapelsales.com
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Elkridge Maryland
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October 4, 2006
Police Make Arrest In Assault Of 12-Year-Old Girl
Oct 4, 2006 10:31 am US/Eastern
CBS 13 WJZ-TV
(WJZ) Howard County, MD Howard County Police arrested a man Tuesday in the sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Elkridge. David Fernando Garcia, 23, of 941 West Capital Ave. in West Sacramento, Calif., was charged with multiple counts of sex offenses and assault. The 12-year-old girl told police Monday that an unknown man approached her and two friends around 2 p.m. at a shopping center in the 6500 block of Waterloo Road. He struck up a conversation with the girls and told them he was selling magazines in the area. The girls reported that they walked away from the man, but he followed them to a wooded area. Two of the girls, ages 12 and 13, were able to flee after the suspect began kissing and touching them. The 12-year-old victim, who was unable to flee, reported that the man forced her to engage in a sex act. The two other girls returned with a group of friends to help the victim. The group confronted the man and he fled. Detectives received an anonymous tip from a caller after releasing a composite sketch of the suspect. Though investigation, police learned Garcia was at a Wal-Mart store in 6400 block of Dobbin Rd. in Columbia yesterday. The officers approached Garcia and saw that he had a tattoo that matched the description of a tattoo provided by victim. Garcia was taken into custody at that time. Garcia was charged with committing a sex offense in the second and third degree and three counts of second degree assault. Through investigation, police learned Garcia travels from state to state selling products door to door.
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New York
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September 27, 2006
4 magazine salesmen accept plea agreements
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
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Four men jailed in July for fraudulently selling magazines door to door were released Tuesday after accepting plea agreements in Village Court. Randy S. Blair, 26, West Palm Beach, Fla.; Sean M. Lopez, 18, Kent, Wash.; Thaddeus J. Johnson, 20, Lawton, Okla., and Kenneth S. Butler, 20, no address, each pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of petit larceny during appearances before Justice Michael C. Crowe. They were each ordered to pay $165 in court fees. "I'll tell you, it will be a long time before I wear orange again," Mr. Johnson said after being released from the shackles and handcuffs he was required to wear while being brought to court from jail. He added that he was not sure if he would be rejoining the magazine sales crew. Other salesmen, Justin S. Dowsett, 25, Asheville, N.C., and Jose A. Rico, 24, Roswell, N.M., were released from jail on bail in July and are expected to accept the same plea agreement by mail, said attorney David P. Antonucci, Watertown, who represented all six. "I think it was absurdly blown out of proportion by the district attorney's office. It should have been resolved weeks ago," Mr. Antonucci said. The salesmen were arrested July 19 by Canton village police following investigation of complaints about their activities in the Canton area. They each were charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and admitted Tuesday that they solicited magazine subscriptions under false pretenses. Police in other communities, including Watertown, Potsdam and Massena, chose not to file charges against this group or other teams of magazine salesmen during the summer.
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Little Rock, Arkansas
Door To Door Sales ALERT!!!

September 27, 2006
Crime Where You Live: Door to Door Salesmen
Fox16
Posted on 9/27/2006 9:00:48 PM
by Sandra Kirk
Police in Saline County are issuing a strong warning about door to door salesmen in the area. They say instead of selling you magazines, they might be casing your home for a burglary. Pat Roberts says, “I was yelling at my friend 'call 911, tell them to get the cops out here and stop this car it's the burglars.'" Pat Roberts lives in a neighborhood off Salty Creek Road, north of Benton. It's here that Roberts says burglars have been casing, then burglarizing homes, and that door to door salesmen might be involved. Roberts says, “They were probably in this area for about 3 and a half, 4 weeks. And they stayed extended amounts of time in those subdivisions, which was a clue that they were up to something besides selling magazines to me.” Detective Dwain Davidson with the Saline County Sheriff's Department says over the last few months they've received dozens of calls about the salesmen selling magazines. Adding that on more than one occasion, a short time after the calls came in, a burglary followed. Davidson says, “In the area where the burglaries were we had door to door salesmen during that day or during that time frame.” Saline County Sheriff Detectives tell FOX16 News they believe one of the reasons this part of Saline County is being targeted is because of limited view. There are a lot of trees here, and while they might be nice to look at, they also provide perfect cover for any criminal. Roberts says, “I think that the people that are breaking into these homes like the homes that are in the county better cause they are a little bit further out, less watched and everything. They knew what they were doing.” Detectives say they have evidence they're processing for leads and have arrested 2 people in the area on other charges. At this point they can’t tie them to the burglaries. And water cooler talk in Saline County still centers around the criminals and their crime. Saline Counties finest say, stay smart and don't let yourself become another victim. Davidson says, “If I'm going to buy something off somebody then I'm going to make them prove to me if they are who they say they are. And if they get pushy with me then I'll be firm and just say you need to get off my property.” Police say if a door salesman comes to your door, the first thing you should do is step outside closing the door behind you. Then ask to see their permit and ask for their company information. At this point, if you feel like things just aren't adding up, tell them you're not interested. If they become confrontational, call the police.
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September 26, 2006
Magazine sales job guarantee disputed
By Heidi Cenac
Independent-Mail
September 26, 2006
Teresa Trice was livid when she realized she would have to pay for her daughter's bus trip back from a direct sales job in Virginia Beach, Va. Ms. Trice’s 18-year-old daughter, Courtney Hall of Anderson, decided seven days into the magazine-selling job that it wasn’t for her. At the bottom of a recruitment ad, it states, "Return is guaranteed." Unfortunately, company officials say, Miss Hall broke a contract when she quit before completing the minimum two-week training period, and they were under no obligation to pay for her return trip. Miss Hall found the job by responding to an Anderson Independent-Mail classified ad seeking men and women between 18 and 24 to travel and sell magazines door-to-door. Participants could earn between $400 and $800 plus bonuses, according to the advertisement. "I begged her not to leave, cause it sounded to good to be real," Ms. Trice said. Ms. Trice said her daughter worked from 8:30 a.m. to midnight, and often didn’t eat until late at night. Miss Hall did not want to comment for the story, but her mother alleges that the sales team snuck onto a Marine base to sell magazines. When Miss Hall said she wanted to leave, the team manager dropped her alone at the bus stop five hours before her bus would arrive. "I know she’s an adult and I understand that ? but to me she’ll always be a kid," Ms. Trice said. Force One Recruiting Agency of Litchfield, Ill., has a different version of the story. Vickie Furman, one of the company’s owners, said Miss Hall understood her obligation before leaving, but didn’t want to work once she arrived. "From what I understand, she didn’t sell magazines because she refused to even get out of the car," Ms. Furman said. Recruiters want participants to understand the job, because they don’t get paid when someone like Miss Hall leaves, she said. Her company interviews candidates on the phone, calls references and runs a background check. The process is set up to deter those who aren’t serious. Ms. Furman said parents often chose to listen to the interview, which the newspaper ad welcomes. Her company now has plans to record interviews for quality control and to prevent disagreements, like the one with Ms. Trice and her daughter. Meanwhile, Ms. Trice said she plans to report the recruiting agency to the Better Business Bureau and ask local government officials to ban the recruiting ads. The Better Business Bureau did not have any records for Force One Recruiting Agency, according to its Web site.
Heidi Cenac can be reached at
(800) 859-6397 ext. 248 or by e-mail at
cenache@IndependentMail.com.
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Force One Recruiting Agency, Inc. Website:
forceoneteam.com

Force One Clearing House: Interstate Subscription Services
Interstate Subscription Services Website:
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Interstate Subscription Service:
aka Interstate Subscription Services
aka Youth Incentive Promotions
aka Youth Incentive Promotions of America
aka Avalanche
aka The Force
aka Furman
aka Future
aka Pure Platinum
aka The Raiders
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Phone: 1-800-701-1442
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
Door To Door Sales ALERT!!!

September 21, 2006
Man charged with peddling
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Northwest Herald
Regan Foster
WOODSTOCK – A 20-year-old Phoenix man was charged with violating a city peddling ordinance this week when he and two coworkers were stopped in the 1200 block of Timothy Lane. Sgt. Richard Johns of the Woodstock Police Department said Chaz B. Newcombe was selling magazines door to door Tuesday, Sept. 19, without a permit from City Hall. "It is not uncommon to get complaints of solicitors, but generally ... they secure the proper documents," Johns said. "In this case, he did not." In order to sell merchandise legally within the city, a peddler must obtain a $10-a-day license from the city. Woodstock city code defines peddling as the "door to door seeking to obtain the sale of goods, wares, merchandise, foodstuffs, services of any kind, nature or character for any kind of consideration for delivery at the premises where sold." One of Newcombe's co-workers, 25-year-old Nicholas R. Rees of Littleton, Colo., was served with a DuPage County warrant for failure to appear in court. The other, Timothy Alderman, 21, of Bells, Texas, was charged with driving while license revoked. Newcombe posted $75 bond and is due back in court Oct. 25.
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Regan Foster
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Crystal Lake, IL
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Pittsburgh, Pa.
Door To Door Sales ALERT!!!

September 21, 2006
Police want you to call if you see something suspicious
Thursday, September 21, 2006
By Len Barcousky, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
North Neighborhoods
Although the rash of summer burglaries that plagued a half-dozen north suburban communities appears to have subsided, police are urging residents to keep their eyes open for suspicious activity. During July and August, about a dozen homes were broken into in Franklin Park, Hampton, Marshall, Richland, Pine and West Deer. Money, jewelry and other items that can be disposed of easily were taken, officials said. Police said they have few clues. Officers from local, state and Allegheny County police met this month with representatives of the district attorney's office to compare notes and share information on the crimes. The burglaries share some common characteristics, said Chief T. Robert Amann, who heads the Northern Regional Police Department, which patrols Bradford Woods, Marshall, Pine and Richland. The thieves struck during the day when no one was home, often kicking in the door. Some residents reported seeing door-to-door solicitors in neighborhoods where the crimes took place. "It's possible they would knock on the door. If no one answered, then the house became a target," Chief Amann said. All of the communities served by Northern Regional police require salespeople who are going door to door to register. "Anyone who comes to your door selling something should have a permit signed by me," Chief Amann said. "They appear to have gotten in and out very quickly," Hampton Detective Rob Grondwalski said. Two homes in Hampton were hit over the summer, he said. Some of the homes robbed were in out-of-the-way places, he said, which made them easier targets. The law enforcement authorities offered residents similar advice. "If someone sees something out of the ordinary, we advise them to call us right away. If [the suspects] have a car, get a description of the car, the individuals or the license plate," West Deer Police Chief Jon Lape said. "We're asking the public to keep their eyes open for anything suspicious at their homes or at their neighbors," Detective Grondwalski said. "Don't feel stupid about calling," Chief Amann said.
(Len Barcousky can be reached at lbarcousky@post-gazette.com or 724-772-0184.)
By Len Barcousky
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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Ohio
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September 20, 2006
A summary of recent criminal activity in Boardman:
vindy.com
Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
September 18, 2006
Arrest: After being called to Applewood and Oakridge drives to investigate someone soliciting magazines without a permit, officers arrested a 21-year-old Columbus, Ind., woman after finding out she was wanted on a warrant from Shelby County, Ind. The charge was probation violation.
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Youngstown, OH
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Connecticut
Door To Door Sales ALERT!!!

September 14, 2006
Crime And Punishment
A Roundup Of The Police Reports From Around The Region
September 14, 2006
Get Ye a Permit
Hartford Advocate
A rash of illegal magazine sales by out-of-state youths hit West Hartford recently, police said. On a recent morning officers arrested 18-year-old Shawn Fairchild of Marion, Ohio, in the area of Four Mile Road and Boulevard for allegedly going door-to-door and selling magazine subscriptions without a solicitation permit. Nearby they found his companion, 19-year-old David Lawrenz of Waukesha, Wisconsin, who was arrested as well. Both men were working for an outfit called DSS Inc., according to the police report. Later in the day officers nabbed a third alleged carpetbagger, 18-year-old Delonte Campbell of Fredericksburg, Virginia, who was accused of soliciting without a permit on High Farms Road.
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Candy Sales
September 10, 2006
Police: Man Put Kids At Risk Selling Door-To-Door
POSTED: 1:47 pm MDT September 10, 2006
UPDATED: 2:09 pm MDT September 10, 2006
The Denver Channel
DENVER -- A Denver man was arrested Saturday for allegedly putting a number of children at risk, Fort Collins police said. Police said Steven McQuay dropped off 11 children, ages nine to 14, near downtown Fort Collins Saturday and then left. The children then reportedly walked door-to-door selling candles unsupervised for a business called Positive Teens, police said. It was raining at the time and the temperature was about 59 degrees. Police said several of the children were wet when they found them and the kids said they had been driven from Denver earlier in the day. Police said McQuay drove the children to Fort Collins in a van that was seated for only five people. Police said McQuay would drop the children off in pairs in neighborhoods where they would solicit unsupervised and he would later come back and pick them up. McQuay was arrested and charged with child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Shortly after he was arrested, police said McQuay told them that they had only found nine of the children and that there were two other children missing. Police said they later found the two children in the neighborhood waiting on a curb wearing soaking clothing. All 11 children were from Denver and they were released to their parents later in the night.
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Denver, Colorado
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California
Magazine Salesman Rape Case

September 2, 2006
Solicitor may face 27 years for rape
SOLICITOR ADMITS ATTACKING 74-YEAR-OLD
By Scott Herhold
Mercury News
Posted on Sat, Sep. 02, 2006
Prosecutors said Friday that a magazine salesman who pleaded guilty to raping a 74-year-old woman near Prospect High School in San Jose would face a minimum of 27 years in prison. The solicitor, Larry Gene Jackson, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to rape, forcible oral copulation and threatening a witness as his jury trial was to begin. ``I think he basically saw the writing on the wall,'' said Deputy District Attorney Tim McInerny. ``There was never any question that he did it.'' The crime received wide attention, in part because it was one of a series of assaults involving traveling sales crews. Police have urged residents, particularly retirees, not to open their doors to the crews. In the San Jose case, which occurred in December, authorities said Jackson knocked on the woman's door, flashed identification and asked whether he could go inside for a glass of water. Once inside the house, he dragged the woman to a back bedroom, where he raped her. ``It was a terrible case,'' McInerny said. The San Jose rape occurred fewer than three weeks after the rape and smothering of a 90-year-old woman in Lafayette; a 32-year-old magazine salesman from Missouri was charged in that case. In August 2005, a magazine salesman from Georgia was sentenced to 11 years in prison for severely beating a Menlo Park woman. Several Bay Area communities have enacted ordinances that require the sellers to have permits. But critics of the sales crews say they are trained to get inside a house to make a sale, a practice that puts residents at risk. Jackson is expected to be sentenced in mid-November by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Linda Condron.
By Scott Herhold
The Mercury News
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San Jose, California
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California
Magazine Salesman Rape Case

September 1, 2006
Magazine salesman sentenced in rape of 74-year-old
By Scott Herhold
Mercury News
Posted on Fri, Sep. 01, 2006
Prosecutors said Friday that a magazine salesman who pleaded guilty to raping a 74-year-old woman near Prospect High School in San Jose would face a minimum of 27 years in prison. The solicitor, Larry Gene Jackson, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to rape, forcible oral copulation and threatening a witness as his jury trial was to begin. ``I think he basically saw the writing on the wall,'' said Deputy DA Tim McInerny. ``There was never any question that he did it.' The crime received wide attention, in part because it was one of a series of assaults involving traveling sales crews. Police have urged residents, particularly retirees, not to open their doors to the crews. In the San Jose case, which occurred in December, authorities said Jackson knocked on the woman's door, flashed identification and asked whether he could come inside for a glass of water. Once inside the house, he dragged the elderly woman to a back bedroom, where he raped her. ``It was a terrible case,'' McInerny said. The San Jose rape occurred less than three weeks after the rape and smothering of a 90-year-old woman in Lafayette; a 32-year-old magazine salesman from Missouri was charged in that case. And in August, 2005, a magazine salesman from Georgia was sentenced to 11 years in prison for severely beating a Menlo Park woman. Several Bay Area communities have enacted ordinances that require the sellers to have permits. But critics of the sales crews say they are trained to get inside a house to make a sale, a practice that puts homeowners at risk. Jackson is expected to be sentenced in mid-November by Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Linda Condron.
By Scott Herhold
The Mercury News
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San Jose, California
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New Jersey
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

September 1, 2006
Seaside Park cops charge Mo. man in door-to-door scam
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 09/1/06
BY JEAN MIKLE
STAFF WRITER
The Asbury Park Press
SEASIDE PARK — Police arrested a 21-year-old man from Cape Girardeau, Mo., Wednesday evening and charged him with four counts of theft by deception after residents complained that he was going door-to-door soliciting donations and attempting to sell magazine subscriptions, Patrolman Stephen Shadiack said. Weston Theon Loveland was also charged with violating a borough ordinance by soliciting without a borough permit, and was taken to the Ocean County Jail, Dover Township, after being arrested shortly after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Shadiack said. A jail spokesman said that Loveland's $2,000 bail had been posted late Thursday afternoon and he would leave the jail by evening. Shadiack said police received a complaint from a resident that Loveland was soliciting in the neighborhood and arrested him at G Street and Ocean Avenue. Loveland told police he was soliciting in the area for a Missouri company that he named first as Tuzscan Readers Services and then changed to Tuscan Readers Services. The victims said they had either agreed to buy magazines or had donated to Loveland after he told them that he was 16 and was raising money to help pay for his Little League baseball team to go to Japan for a game, Shadiack said.
BY JEAN MIKLE
STAFF WRITER
The Asbury Park Press
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Alaska
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

August 31, 2006
Woman thwarts a bogus charity magazine salesman by closing door
Anchorage Daily News
Published: August 31, 2006
Last Modified: August 31, 2006 at 04:36 AM
ANCHORAGE -- A man posing as a local charity group representative knocked on the door of a Turnagain woman's home and tried to get into her house before she slammed the door and called police Wednesday morning, police said. No one has been arrested. The man, who said he was selling magazines for Big Brothers Big Sisters, threatened the woman when she did not let him in her house. Big Brothers Big Sisters told police they are not conducting a magazine-sales fundraiser. Police say those wishing to contribute to charitable organizations should do so by calling the organizations.
-- Anchorage Daily News
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California
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

August 30, 2006
Action Line:
Door-to-door salespeople can too often be hucksters
By Dennis Rockstroh
The Mercury News
San Jose, California
Posted on Wed, Aug. 30, 2006
Mercury News
Q In regard to your Q&A on door-to-door solicitors (Action Line, Aug. 18), let me tell you about a solicitation that I was victim to.

A few years ago a young man came to my home selling magazines. He told me that his parents live down the street; he even gave me a last name and street. He told me that he plays soccer for UC-Berkeley as a goalie and was raising money to go to a tournament in France. Since my stepson played soccer, I had a soft spot for him and gave it a listen. He showed me his ID card for the company he was selling magazines for and it all seemed legit. I bought four magazine subscriptions from him and even referred him to a fellow neighbor. After he left, I decided to go online and look up his stats at UC-Berkeley. I couldn't find him anywhere. Later I found he had changed my order. I ordered four magazine subscriptions, but the kid changed it to six.

Since this event, my husband and I have been approached three different times with the same type of story. One time the kid even got belligerent with my husband. There may be some legitimate sellers out there, but I will never buy from them again. You'd be better off ordering through Publishers Clearing House and maybe have a chance to win millions! LOL.

C.C.
San Jose

A Thanks, C.C. Everyone, take note.

Q Last year I convinced one of those kids to come inside, have a soda, and tell me all about the ``Disneyland vacation'' he was trying to earn by selling magazines.

He disclosed that the ``vacation'' (or college or whatever) story was indeed a lie fabricated as a sales tactic by his company. He was just a traveling salesman, but working under unusual conditions. The company, he said, picks up teenagers from the streets (this young man had been in foster care and then homeless), puts them up in motels, and gives them a few bucks every week for food. Their ``commission'' is put away into a ``savings account'' that the kids never see.

He described himself as caught between a rock and a hard place: On the one hand, he knew he would never see his ``commission,'' but on the other, he had a roof over his head at night (or at least most nights).

J.R.
Berkeley

A Thanks for the enlightening details, Judith. Q I would like to suggest that you NEVER open your door to solicitors. Simply say, ``No thank you'' through your closed door. If you are truly interested in the product being sold, you can buy it somewhere else through a guaranteed safe and legitimate location. Opening your front door exposes you to many risks; keeping your door closed keeps you safer.

S.S.B.
San Jose

A You get the last word, Susan.

Here is how to reach Action Line:

• Mail: San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, Calif. 95190
• E-mail: actionline@mercurynews.com (most efficient).
• www.mercurynews.com. Click Columnists, then Action Line.
• Phone recording: (888) 688-6400.
• Fax: (408) 288-8060.
Please include full name, address and daytime phone number.
Because of the volume of requests, I cannot respond to everyone.
For tips, self-help, news and discussion, see the Consumer Action Line Weblog ( http://blogs.mercurynews.com).
By Dennis Rockstroh
The Mercury News
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San Jose, California
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Wisconsin
Magazine Salesman Sentenced To 21 Years In Prison !!!

August 29, 2006
Prison Sentence for Door-to-Door Salesman
The court sends a door-to-door salesman behind bars.
News 18 ABC TV
Updated: August 29, 2006, 11:19 pm
Eau Claire, WI
Brandon Green will spend more than 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman. It happened last July in Menomonie. Police say Green was selling magazine subscriptions when he forced his way into a woman's home and assaulted her. Green was sentenced to 21 years. He'll have to register as a sex offender and can never work as a door-to-door salesman again.
News 18 ABC TV
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Vincent Pitts and Palmetto Marketing

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Vincent Pitts and NFSA

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National Field Selling Association

For additional information on the magazine publishers who supply the magazine sales crews, companies and clearinghouses:
Magazine Publishers of America

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Vermont
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

August 22, 2006
Sex Offender Escapes Courthouse
Burlington, Vt -- August 22, 2006
3 WCAX-TC NEWS
A door-to-door salesman facing minor charges escaped from the Burlington courthouse today after authorities learned he is a fugitive sex offender. It started Monday when police arrested an overly-aggressive door-to-door magazine salesman in Shelburne. Tuesday authorities learned he is a convicted California sex offender who jumped probation. David Banda,24, showed up in court as ordered Tuesday morning facing charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful trespass. Police arrested him Monday as he went door-to-door hawking magazine subscriptions in several Shelburne neighborhoods. Several residents called police claiming he was too aggressive -- and they were scared. " Um people described him as pushy, obnoxious, aggressive in his mannerisms," said Shelburne Police Corporal Aaron Noble. Shelburne police say they did check into his record, and found no indication that Banda was wanted anywhere. In court Banda pled innocent to the two misdemeanor charges and was about to be released on 500 dollars cash bail, until the prosecutor pointed out that Banda has a lengthy record of sex convictions with juvenile victims in California. "It has been confirmed that the defendant is on probation for a sex offense out of California. So I do believe that bail is appropriate your honor. I am concerned about the defendant's activity in the area. I think it'simportant to get to the bottom of this to keep the community safe," said Rosemary Gretkowski, Chittenden Deputy Prosecutor tothe judge. In response, Judge Robert Bent doubled bail to one thousand dollars immediately and he ordered Banda to stay in the courtroom while prosecutors called California authorities to see if they would seek to extradite Banda back to that state. But Banda was not shackled and sometime after two o'clock he made a clean getaway. Now police really would like to recapture this man, but they think he may have already skipped out of state with his friends. After the escape -- the judge increased the bail to 10-thousand dollars. As of Tuesday night Banda was still missing.
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
August 24, 2006


DMPG research into the above magazine sales company:
Police reports indicate that David Banda
works for Buckeye Sales, Inc.
Buckeye Sales is a magazine sales crew owned and operated by:
Points Across America and George Frederick Senner IV
Magazine Company Name Change:
Formerly:
Entrepreneurs Across America
Website: Entrepreneurs Across America
Points Across America
Entrepreneurs Across America, Inc.
Phone: (940) 565-1000
Fax: 214-975-1269
401 S. Locust St. Ste. 104
Denton, TX 76201
Owner:
George Frederick Senner IV

Sales Crews:
Threedom Sales, Inc. - 333
PMA, Inc. - 037
Buckeye Sales, Inc. - 528
Schaefer Sales - 247
Titan Sales, Inc. - 046
Kenmore Sales - 057
Attitude Sales - 501
Power Plus Sales - 011
Tomohawk Sales - 094
Production Sales - 143




California
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

August 18, 2006
Action Line:
Door-to-door solicitors must have contact phone
By Dennis Rockstroh
The Mercury News
San Jose, California
Posted on Fri, Aug. 18, 2006
Mercury News
Check out Dennis Rockstroh's Consumer Action Line blog
Q People often come around attempting to sell newspaper or magazine subscriptions.

Generally, they are teenagers who claim that they are in some sort of school-related program to help them raise money for college. Once, just to be nice, I took a subscription to the S.F. Chronicle to help a kid with this program. When I called at the end of the initial subscription period to cancel and explained that I had only subscribed to help the kid out, I was informed by the person working for the paper that they weren't really in any sort of a program, they just worked on a straight commission. The next time someone came around doing the same thing, I told him what the person at the newspaper had told me and this guy insisted it was a real program and offered to have the guy in charge call me. I declined. Is there really any sort of program of this nature or is it just a sales tactic? If this is really a scam, I'm sure it would be very helpful to many other people to know about it. Also, the guy had requested to come into my apartment and sit down at the table to write out the subscription form. I didn't let him, but I think it would be wise for you to remind people that many of these door-to-door solicitors can be dangerous.

A.F.
San Jose

A This seems to be a seasonal thing. And this is the season, A.F. You need to be careful with door-to-door solicitors. If you don't say ``no'' right away, then ask to see a card or brochure. California law requires that solicitors have something that shows the name and contact numbers for the organization they represent. If they can't produce that information, thank them politely and close the door. If you are interested in buying, get everything in writing first and ask the sales person to check back later after you've gone over everything.

Q My company has mandatory automatic paycheck deposit. They are supposed to provide me with a pay stub informing me of how much was deposited, how much of the earnings went to taxes, medical insurance, etc. But the company is often lax in providing those pay stubs. I have gone for several months without receiving one. I have asked human resources but get the runaround. Is there some law concerning the employer's obligation for pay stubs?

S.H.
San Jose

A Yes, S.H. Section 226 of the California Labor Code requires that an employer provide employees with a pay stub at least twice a month. If this is not corrected, you might want to contact one of your local state legislators for help contacting the Department of Industrial Relations.
Here is how to reach Action Line:
• Mail: San Jose Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, Calif. 95190
• E-mail: actionline@mercurynews.com (most efficient).
• www.mercurynews.com. Click Columnists, then Action Line.
• Phone recording: (888) 688-6400.
• Fax: (408) 288-8060.
Please include full name, address and daytime phone number.
Because of the volume of requests, I cannot respond to everyone.
For tips, self-help, news and discussion, see the Consumer Action Line
Web log (http://blogs.mercurynews.com).
By Dennis Rockstroh
The Mercury News
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San Jose, California
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North Dakoda
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

August 18, 2006
Bismarck woman warns of magazine sales
Bismarck Tribune
By JENNY MICHAEL
08-18-2006: news-local
A Bismarck woman says she had second thoughts after buying magazines from boys who stopped at her home. She was able to act in time to save her money. Trudy Wise said two teenage boys came to her door Wednesday night, allegedly selling magazine subscriptions to earn college scholarships. She said the boys were "not very clean," but were well versed in their sales pitch. She described them as "very smooth." Wise said she agreed to purchase magazine subscriptions from the boys. They told her to write her check to "Cash." Bismarck Police Lt. Dan Donlin said most kids going door to door for fundraisers have a company or school name to write on a check. Writing a check to "Cash" is dangerous, he said. "Then, anybody can cash it," he said. When the boys left Wise's house, a van with out of state plates picked them up, Wise said. She had a bad feeling about the operation, because the boys had said they were from the area. Thursday morning, Wise called her bank and stopped payment on her check. After some research on the company name, Mags R Us, which was on the ticket stub the boys gave her, Wise learned that the national magazine-sales effort is questioned. She said she realized that information on her check could be used to hurt her worse financially, so she went to her bank to close her account and open a new one. While Wise was at the bank, she said a teller came up and said two girls were attempting to cash the check Wise had written the night before. "I never dreamed that when I was there, they'd come in with my check,"she said. The girls looked surprised when the teller told them that they couldn't cash Wise's check, but they proceeded to exchange $10 and $20 bills for larger currency, Wise said. Wise got a license number, but not a state, off the van she had seen pick up the two boys the previous night. The police arrived, but the girls and the van were already gone, she said. Donlin said detectives were able to contact two males and two females, who are not from North Dakota, who are associated with the van. The van was from Missouri, he said. Donlin said the police department has taken at least one other report from someone reporting being sold the magazines Wednesday night. He said police have no information to prove that the company is committing fraud or conning customers. "I don't know if it is a legitimate business,"he said. Donlin said the two males and two females they were able to locate were warned to stop selling magazines door to door in Bismarck, as it is illegal by city ordinance. Parrell Grossman, director of the state attorney general's consumer protection division, said his office has researched the companies that youth are claiming to work for. They are known as AM Press Association of Miami, Fla., and Mags R Us of Phoenix. The companies may be associated with each other and with the young people in Bismarck, Grossman said. The Better Business Bureau of Southeast Florida has received 233 complaints about AM Press Association during a 36-month period, Grossman said. "In our mind, that is a significant number of complaints," he said. Grossman said that even if the companies are legitimately involved in magazine subscription sales, they are still not operating legally in North Dakota. Neither company has applied for a transient merchant license from the attorney general's office, he said. "It's our position that they are engaged in illegal sales activities,"he said. Companies involved in door-to-door sales, regardless of where they are based, must obtain a transient merchant license and post a bond with the attorney general's office, Grossman said. The bond is to refund disgruntled customers in case problems arise in dealing with the company, he said. Companies also are required to inform consumers orally and in written form of their cancellation rights, and it appears the sales representatives are not doing that, he said. Barb Grieman, vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota, said her bureau has only received one complaint about the companies. However, she cautioned against buying products or services peddled door to door without knowing more about the companies and their locations. Grieman said she usually has a bad feeling about businesses using young people door to door. "I'm always a little leery of this sort of thing," she said. Grossman said the attorney general's office may be able to help people get refunds from such companies. But if they've already paid, it may be too late, he said. Anyone who has been approached by the salespeople should call the Bismarck Police Department at 223-1212, Bismarck Area Crime Stoppers at 224-TIPS (224-8477), or any other local law enforcement agencies. Grossman said people also can call the attorney general's office at 328-3404.
(Reach reporter Jenny Michael at 250-8225 or jenny.michael@;bismarcktribune.com.)
Bismarck Tribune
By JENNY MICHAEL
bismarcktribune.com
Bismarck, North Dakoda
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North Dakoda
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

August 17, 2006
Questionable Sales Practices
Chris Gallegos
KFYR-TV News Stories
Bismark, North Dakoda
8/17/2006
Buying magazines is usually an easy experience. You usually walk into a store or buy online. But what if they are offered to you at the door of your own home? The person we spoke with today didn`t really want any magazines, but she got a little more than she bargained for. These are what Trudy Wise has to show for her recent purchase. "They basically said I could buy a coupon book or magazines and that they got money for selling that merchandise," said Trudy Wise, a victim in this potential scam. She said they were very personable and easy to talk to. In fact, they talked her into two subscriptions, one for her grandson and one for herself. "And I asked them, while I`m writing them (the checks) out, why am I writing them out to cash and he had some fast answer for that," sahe said. She knows she shouldn`t have done it. According to ripoffreports.com, there is a lengthy list of claims against the company. These range from not delivering merchandise to identity theft. "The Better Business Bureau says they have processed 230 complaints in the past 36 months on this company alone. This is not good news for those who say they may have been victims of these practices. "That`s a high number of complaints. Consumers should be very concerned when they see that high of a number," said Parrel Grossman, Director of the Consumer Protection Division in Bismarck. And he is right. Almost 3,200 consumers have requested a reliability report on this company in the past three years. "There are some simlilarities between this illegal activity with the magazine sales by AM Press Associates and Mags R Us and other magaznie companies. They come to North Dakota. They blitz the community," he said. And through all of this, Trudy has a warning for others. "I just want to warn people that if you want a magazine, go the normal route and never make a check out to cash," she said. The state Attorney General`s office says that it is illegal to sell merchandise door to door without proper licenses and that there needs to be a written and oral cancellation notice given to consumers. They say the biggest red flag is if sales reps ask you to write a check out to cash. If you think you`ve come in contact with these sales people, contact the consumer protection division or your local law inforcement.
Chris Gallegos
KFYR-TV News Stories
kfyrtv.com
Bismarck, North Dakoda
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Oregon
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

August 11, 2006
Subscription for disaster
PART I: Door-to-door magazine sales crews
ensnare young, vulnerable
By Todd Murphy
The Portland Tribune Aug 11, 2006
First of two parts.
On a sunny Monday afternoon eight days ago, on a street in the Brentwood-Darlington neighborhood of Southeast Portland, 25-year-old Brittany Pierce and 20-year-old Sally Slone told the truth — finally — to a stranger.

Instead of trying to get him to buy a magazine subscription at a highly inflated cost, they hesitatingly asked for help.

And with that, the two young women found a way to break free from a slimy, violent and mostly invisible underworld — an underworld that turns homeless, naive and scared young adults from across the country into what often amounts to 21st-century indentured servants. It was an underworld that had ensnared Pierce for almost five years.

“I feel like I’m 40,” Pierce says quietly, as she sits in the shade of a Southeast Portland backyard, taking a drag on a cigarette and talking about the life she’d led for the last half-decade. “Not 25.”

What Pierce and Slone revealed on that Monday afternoon first to Mark Freimark, an inquisitive Brentwood-Darlington homeowner, and later to the Portland Tribune, were the twisted and sordid details of life working for a door-to-door magazine subscription sales company called Integrity Program.

The company sent dozens of agents door-to-door in Portland all of last week, while basing itself out of a Gresham hotel. After a week of knocking on doors, trying to get people to buy magazine subscriptions, the company and its crew apparently left the area Sunday morning — for Denver, Pierce believes.

Industry watchers and various public records suggest that Integrity Program is closely linked to, or possibly part of, a company called Integrity Sales.

The owners and managers tied to both companies are infamous in an infamous industry — including one crew manager who’s spent time in a Texas prison for felony theft and another who owned a company that was involved in one of the worst vehicle accidents in Wisconsin history, a 1999 rollover van crash that killed seven magazine sales agents.

The rollover happened when an unlicensed driver working for the magazine sales crew tried to switch places with another passenger while traveling 80 mph on an interstate highway.

But Pierce and Slone, and two other former magazine sales agents who spoke to the Tribune, suggest that sketchy backgrounds and tragic accidents are only part of the sordidness of the magazine sales industry.

To work for Integrity Program, they suggest, was to naively answer a newspaper “help wanted” advertisement promising free travel and easy money and suddenly enter a world of violent and abusive sales crew managers who transport vanloads of young “sales agents” from town to town and state to state.

A world of being put up in cheap hotels, where young agents are sometimes physically and sexually assaulted and often emotionally abused, and are forced to work 12 and 14 hours a day, six days a week, for $20 dollars a day or less.

And, in essence, the young people, usually age 18 to 25 but occasionally younger, have no choice — or believe they have no choice — but to stay on the job. Because crew managers won’t give them the money — either the money they’ve earned or money they were promised when they hired on — to get a bus ticket back home.

Pierce says she asked to quit the job and to leave the Integrity Program — she knew it as Integrity Sales for most of the time she worked for the crew, she says — several times during her five years, and asked for the promised money for a bus ticket home to Illinois. Each time, she says, her crew manager refused.

The last time, her crew manager, Jonathan Tork, who has been in the business since at least the 1980s and has the theft conviction in Texas, threw her into a closet in her hotel room and raised his fist to hit her, before leaving the room, Pierce says. He later called her to his room and told her to get back to work.

As it turns out, Pierce’s and Slone’s details about working for Integrity Program are hardly unusual in the door-to-door magazine sales industry, according to people who’ve watched the industry over the years. The industry operates in a strange parallel universe that most of the public doesn’t know or care about, and that law enforcement and other authorities either can’t or won’t do much to regulate.

“These people are devils on the face of the Earth,” Phil Ellenbecker, whose 18-year-old daughter was killed in the Wisconsin van crash two days after she joined a magazine sales crew, says of the people who own and run many of the crews.

The owner of the sales company that operated the van was sentenced to three years in prison in connection with the accident. The driver was sentenced to seven years.

Since his daughter’s death, Ellenbecker has been on a crusade. “My daughter was killed by these people,” says the Verona, Wis., telecommunications engineer. “What I’ve tried to do over the years is focus my anger and my pain and my energy toward stopping these people.”

He has established a Web site, www.travelingsalescrews.info, that chronicles and monitors problems with the decades-old industry. And he has lobbied to pass more stringent Wisconsin and federal laws to govern it.

“What can be worse than a human being exploiting a kid?” asks Ellenbecker, who says his daughter joined the crew because she wanted to see the ocean. “As far as I’m concerned, they are all very evil. The kinds of things they do to these kids … it’s beyond horrific. It’s criminal. It’s evil.”

The man most directly involved with Integrity Program — Tork — isn’t talking.

Last Wednesday morning, the Portland Tribune went to the Gresham hotel to talk to him, about Pierce’s and Slone’s charges and about his company. A message was left with a company official at the hotel, but Tork did not respond to it.

He also did not return messages left on his cell phone.

Meanwhile, Dan Smith, general counsel for the National Field Selling Association, the trade group that represents door-to-door sales crews, says he believes most criticism of the companies and the industry are secondhand rumor or just wrong.

“To be horribly frank, I think a lot of the comments made by Phil (and other critics) are in some respects exaggerated and based on things that may have happened many years ago,” Smith says.

• • •

Better Business Bureaus across the country have received thousands of complaints against magazines sales companies, most often from people who never received their subscriptions. But for anyone who thinks the industry is mostly about scamming people out of $40 for a subscription to Rolling Stone — industry watchers point out some numbers.

• In the last three decades, at least 32 young door-to-door sales agents — almost all of them working for magazine sales crews — have died in vehicle accidents, often in mutliple-victim incidents. At least 13 of the deaths were considered vehicular homicide because of sleepy, drunken, reckless or unlicensed drivers or poorly maintained vehicles.

Most of the deaths have happened in the last 15 years.

Seven years before the Wisconsin accident, an eerily similar one occurred: A driver of a magazine sales van with no license and little driving experience rolled into a freeway median in May 1992 near Des Moines, Iowa. The van rollover ejected nine people onto the freeway. Five sales agents were killed, and six were injured.

More recently, in September 2002, a sales van jammed with 15 people — it had seats for eight and seatbelts for six — rolled over on a desolate highway in New Mexico. The rollover killed two teenage girls. The investigating police officer says in a report that “all four tires (on the van) … were lacking tread (bald) and had dry rot on the sidewalls.” He estimated the van was traveling 80 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Earlene Williams, whose Manhattan, N.Y.-based Parent Watch group has been monitoring the industry for 23 years — ever since her son was briefly in a crew — says the accidents often happen during “jumps.” That’s the industry term for when the sales crews move from one community, or one state, to another.

Many of the accidents happen because of reckless drivers or dangerous vehicles.

“There’s a lot of drinking and drugs in a number of crews. And if they go on long jumps, they’re going to change drivers,” she says. “Sometimes they fall asleep at the wheel.”

Then there’s the magazine sales agents themselves, who also can pose a danger to others.

• Ellenbecker’s research has found more than 275 felony charges against door-to-door traveling sales crew members over the last few decades. He suspects the actual number of felonies is much higher. Included in that number are dozens of sexual assaults against women who answer their doors to the sales agents, and at least a half-dozen murders.

One of the more recent assaults happened in Portland.

Last October, a man who represented himself as a magazine sales agent and who was going door-to-door in Sellwood, physically and sexually assaulted a woman after knocking on the victim’s door and forcing his way inside. Police say the man, age 21 to 25, was cleanshaven and wore a dark suit with a pink-striped tie. No one has been apprehended in the crime.

The problem is caused, Ellenbecker says, because the magazine sales companies do minimal or no background checks of their prospective sales agents before they hire them. “So you’ve got convicted rapists and sex offenders” who are hired as agents, he says.

“They don’t care. They don’t care who it is,” Ellenbecker says of the magazine sales companies. “They need the body to sell the magazine, to make the subscription sale. If they do background checks — and they say they do — they’ll look the other way” if a criminal record turns up.

Smith of the National Field Selling Association says the association does recommend to its members that background checks be done on prospective employees, and believes that, as opposed to a few years ago, most association members now do them.

But it appears unlikely that a background check ever was conducted by Integrity Program for Pierce or Slone.

Slone says that Integrity Program wanted her to get on a bus, from the small town in Illinois where she was homeless, the day that she called the toll-free number to ask about a job.

As is common in the industry, the company arranged for a paid bus ticket to be waiting at the local bus station for Slone. She was on a bus, headed for the magazine crew’s location in Dallas, the day after she called, Slone says.

Meanwhile, the numbers attached to the accidents or the assault cases don’t speak to another, almost entirely unreported, category of violence: The assaults against sales agents by their bosses or by other members of the crew.

Jan Margosian, a spokeswoman for the Oregon Department of Justice, who also has monitored the industry for years, says: “There have been indications that kids are murdered. They can’t find them. They’re never found again.”

Ellenbecker and Williams say they also often hear directly from sales agents and former sales agents about assaults and rapes of sales agents, by other crew members and often by crew managers.

Ellenbecker says he also has photos, delivered to him by a former crew manager who became disenchanted with the industry, of boxing matches in which sales agents who had low sales were forced to box each other without gloves — “beat the hell out of each other,” says Ellenbecker — while other crew members bet on the match. “Like a dogfight or chicken fight,” Ellenbecker says.

In the photos, Ellenbecker says, there is “blood coming out of their mouths … they’ve got bruises on their face.

Most assaults against sales crew members likely go unreported to police, the industry watchers say, because the sales agents do not know how to or don’t want to or are afraid to file criminal charges.

The young agents, Margosian says, are told by crew managers: “‘Don’t you say a thing or we’re going to come after you.’ And when you’re just a kid, that scares the hell out of you.”

• • •

It’s 8:45 last Wednesday morning, just outside the Quality Inn near the corner of Northeast Division Street and Burnside Road in Gresham.

In the parking lot are several large white vans, and a couple of brown ones. Most of them are dented; one has tape over a broken side window.

Also in the parking lot are two large panel trucks, with “Integrity Sales” emblazoned across the side. Painted on the side, as well, are reproductions of photos of young adults having fun — sky-diving, partying, sunning on a beach.

“Call today, travel tomorrow,” read words printed on the side of the truck. “All expenses paid. No experience necessary. Travel and benefits. Return trip guaranteed.”

“1-877-PAID-FUN.”

Shouts spill from a small conference room on the edge of one wing of hotel rooms. Inside are 20 or 30 people, most of them in their early 20s, listening to someone talking. They intermittently cheer, hoot, chant.

After 20 minutes or so, the people stream out of the room, and into the vans, eight or 10 to a van. The vans bolt out of the parking lot, going in several different directions, apparently to points in neighborhoods throughout Portland, maybe Gresham as well.

They will be dropped off at corners, to walk neighborhoods for two or three hours, before they are picked up again to be dropped in another neighborhood. There will be three or four “drops” before the 12- or 14-hour day ends.

This was Brittany Pierce’s normal day, six days a week, for the last five years, she says. By Wednesday, she and Slone had been away from the crew for almost two days. Thanks to Freimark, who decided he wanted to help them, they were staying in a house rented by his nephew. The nephew will temporarily stay with his uncle.

They don’t know what next week might bring, they say. But they won’t be going back to the magazine crew.

Pierce and Slone have both left the crew with no money.

The sales agents seldom see the money they supposedly are making — don’t often see any real money at all, according to Pierce and Slone and the two other former magazine sales crew agents.

Sales agents are supposed to get a credit of $8 for every magazine subscription they sell, but generally get a maximum of $20, always in cash, at the end of every day. The rest of the money ostensibly is kept in an account, or goes on their “books.”

That $20 — $40 dollars on Saturday, which needs to last until the end of the day Monday — is what the sales agents live on. That has to pay for all their food — they often get only a quick lunch stop at a gas station — their toiletries, their cigarettes.

And that $20 daily, a little more than $1 an hour for their work, is often the only money they will ever get from the company, say Pierce and Slone and the two former agents.

The agents aren’t required to be paid any minimum or hourly wage, because the magazines sales companies consider them not to be company employees but “independent contractors,” and they are deemed outside salespeople not governed by most federal or state labor laws.

Often, agents won’t be able to sell enough magazine subscriptions to cover their daily hotel and other costs. They actually acquire a negative balance on their “books.”

Even the agents who do well selling don’t see any extra money, because deducted from the supposed credits on their “books” are the cost of hotel rooms, “supplies,” and “fines” that the crew manager might have assessed against them.

Agents get fined $100 or $150 for being late to the daily 8:30 a.m. meeting, Pierce says.

“I got fined $100 once for wearing sandals,” she says.

“He makes up rules as he goes along,” Pierce says of Tork.

“You’d get weekly papers saying how much is on your books and stuff, but they would never let you draw out your entire bank account,” says Tony Wattanaparuda, who worked for Integrity Sales for six months last year before quitting in September.

Wattanaparuda is now back home in the St. Louis area. “It’s crazy,” he says of life on a magazine crew. “It’s definitely not normal.”

The low daily pay forces agents sometimes to beg for money from people they’re trying to sell to — sometimes to pay for drugs or alcohol, which are widely used by the crews — but also just to eat, or buy toothpaste, Pierce says. “They almost have to do it because they’re not getting any money from the boss,” she says of agents. “And they have to eat.”

There are no days off. “You’re not allowed to be sick,” Pierce says.

And, say the four former Integrity Program or Integrity Sales agents, there is constant yelling from crew managers, for everything from not selling enough to not making enough of the sales in untraceable cash rather than checks. And there is the constant threat of sexual assault or other violence if an agent somehow displeases the crew manager, the four say.

Pierce says she has never witnessed a crew manager beating agents, although she has heard stories, and believes it has happened. But, there was the time Tork shoved her into the closet, she says. And she says of Tork: “I’ve seen him throw things at people. He’s thrown lamps at people, a typewriter at people. He’s thrown a table at people. I’ve seen him throw lots of things at people.”

Williams, from Parent Watch — which gets about five calls from sales agents or former sales agents daily, talking about their life in the industry — says she has “a large number of complaints from people who have worked for Integrity Sales and Subscriptions Unlimited Plus,” a company owned by some of the same people who’ve owned or run Integrity Sales.

“Those complaints consist of drugs and beatings, management (using) drugs, no pay, stranding (of sales agents), not enough to eat, no medical treatment when they need it, reckless driving,” she says.

And she’s heard other charges directly from young adults who’ve worked for the company, allegations strange even for this industry: “My other complaints about this company — managers can buy and sell kids,” Williams says.

If a crew manager wants a sales agent on his team, the allegation goes, he must pay the other crew manager for the agent. And the “sale” must be approved by Integrity Sales’ owner, Robert Spruiell.

The Portland Tribune attempted several times to reach both Spruiell and his ex-wife, Karleen Hillery-Spruiell, who has been a crew manager for Integrity Sales and has owned a range of magazine sales companies during the last decade or more.

A company that Hillery-Spruiell owned was the subscription processor for the company that operated the Wisconsin van that rolled over and killed the seven agents. The man who ran that company also was a former husband of Hillery-Spruiell’s. Hillery-Spruiell was not charged, but she and her companies have been banned from doing business in Wisconsin.

Messages left for Hillery-Spruiell at an Integrity Sales phone number were not returned.

Spruiell, meanwhile, reached last week on his cell phone with a sales crew in Montana, says that while he owns Integrity Sales, he has no ownership of or control over Integrity Program, the crew that was operating in Portland last week. (He says Tork bought the “Integrity Sales” trucks from him.)

Spruiell acknowledged, however, that he takes Tork’s crews’ subscription orders and “clears” them by transferring them to a magazine clearinghouse for Tork. And Pierce’s Internal Revenue Service 1099 form for 2005 shows Integrity Sales LLC as her employer.

Spruiell says that “every individual in my company … if they get fired, they get paid … and they get a (paid) return trip.”

He also says he tolerates no physical or other abuse of agents.

“If I know about it, they’ll definitely be fired — zero tolerance,” he says. He then says he has to pick up an agent and has no more time to talk. He did not return subsequent phone calls.

• • •

Sometimes, Pierce says, she wonders how it became five years. Five years of dealing with violence and abuse and exploitation, and of coming up with a way to leave.

But the people who run the companies have a way of convincing people — at least some people, Pierce says — that the outside universe is just as bad as the ugly universe they’re living in.

“They make you think that you have to stay there because … there’s nothing out there for you,” she says. “You’re not going to be able to get a job. And you’re not going to have anywhere to go.”

Some young adults — runaways, kids who are homeless, kids from abusive homes — can’t come up with a real good argument against that.

Slone actually left Tork’s crew last year and went back to Illinois, before joining up again in the last couple of weeks. “Because I was homeless,” she says. “I didn’t have no place to live, and I didn’t want to sleep outside no more … I was hoping that maybe, like, things had changed.”

“People that have something usually don’t stay very long,” Pierce says. “But the people who have nowhere else to go, and have no money, and that are on a lot of drugs … apparently those are the people they like,” she says. “Those are the people they’re aiming for. That makes it easier to hold them.”

Neither Pierce or Slone are drug users, they point out.

And they are no longer a part of a magazine sales crew.

By Sunday morning, the Integrity Program trucks and vans had cleared out of the Gresham Quality Inn parking lot, on their way to the next stop, their next neighborhoods, their next group of doors to pound on.

And left behind were Pierce and Slone, free at last.

“I like it a lot,” Pierce says Sunday. “I’m my own person now.”

She and Slone are looking for jobs in Portland. And they’re looking for housing.

After several nights of staying at the nephew’s house, his landlord has said they must leave by Monday.

They don’t know where they will be sleeping Monday night.

This is the first part of a two-part story by the Tribune's Todd Murphy on Integrity Program and the door-to-door magazine sales industry. To read the second part and its related stories, click the links below.

Subscription for disaster, Part II:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525463085268000

Daughter’s death sets off father’s crusade:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525667016166000

Industry complaints aren't new:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525687461688100

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By Todd Murphy
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August 11, 2006
Subscription for disaster
PART II: Trio’s easy to track in shady industry, but cash trail isn’t
By Todd Murphy
The Portland Tribune Aug 11, 2006
Second of two parts.
The magazine sales agents who go door-to-door selling often-bogus subscriptions – including the crew of agents who were in Portland last week – are at the bottom of the tawdry industry’s food chain.

They barely make enough money, maybe $20 dollars a day, to eat.

At the top of the food chain – where the real money is made, according to industry watchers – are people like Robert Spruiell. And Karleen Hillery. And Jonathan Tork.

The three manage, own or are otherwise closely linked to the sales crew that was in Portland last week, a crew that works for a company operating under the name of Integrity Program.

And in an industry known for checkered histories, few people have histories more checkered than two of the three – Hillery and Tork.

Tork is the manager, and, according to Spruiell, the owner, of Integrity Program. Tork was in Portland with the Integrity Program crew last week. (A Portland Tribune reporter went to the Gresham hotel where the crew was staying last week and asked to speak to Tork, then left a message when a company official said he wasn’t there. The Tribune later left phone messages for Tork. He never responded.)

Tork has been in the magazine sales business since at least the 1980s, operating and owning various companies. In 1992, he was assessed a $50,000 penalty by the Federal Trade Commission for handing out fraudulent receipts to customers that effectively prevented them from canceling magazine orders.

And in 1993, he was sentenced to a Texas prison on a felony theft charge.

Hillery is more recently infamous in the industry, however – in large part because of a horrific 1999 Wisconsin van accident that killed seven magazines sales agents working for a company to which she was linked.

Hillery – at various times also known as Karleen Hillery-Spruiell, Kay Hillery, Kay Hillery Spruiell and several other aliases – is the former wife of Spruiell, the current owner of Integrity Sales. She apparently still manages a sales crew for Integrity Sales, the company that appears to be either a sister company or parent company of Integrity Program.

Wisconsin issues its ban
Five years ago, Hillery settled a multimillion-dollar lawsuit filed by the Wisconsin attorney general related to her company’s involvement in the Wisconsin accident.

The accident happened when a driver with a suspended license working for a magazine sales company called Youth Employment Services tried to switch places with a van passenger while traveling 80 mph on an interstate highway. The driver tried to make the switch after seeing a patrol officer but lost control of the vehicle, which rolled several times. Twelve sales agents were thrown from the vehicle.

According to the Wisconsin attorney general’s lawsuit complaint, Hillery owned 20 percent of Youth Employment Services and another ex-husband, Choan Lane, owned the rest and managed the company.

Hillery also wholly owned a company called Subscriptions Plus, which processed Youth Employment Services’ magazine orders by sending them on to magazine publishers. As part of the Wisconsin settlement, Hillery agreed to personally pay $25,000 in forfeitures and fees and was banned from doing business in Wisconsin.

“She’s the woman responsible for my daughter’s death,” Phil Ellenbecker, whose 18-year-old daughter was killed in the Wisconsin accident, said of Hillery.

A receptionist for Integrity Sales said Hillery worked for the company, and messages were left for her there. She did not return the calls.

The driver of the van, Jeremy Holmes, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and was given a seven-year prison sentence. Lane pleaded guilty to several charges related to the accident and was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and jail.

Hillery was not criminally charged.

Midwest lawsuit looms
More recently, a pending Illinois lawsuit against Hillery and one of her companies could result in her being fined $3.5 million and being banned from selling magazine subscriptions anywhere in the United States.

A consumer fraud lawsuit filed by the Illinois attorney general in 2002 charges Hillery and two companies she owned with defrauding six Illinois consumers and 64 other consumers in 14 states by selling them subscriptions to magazines that never came.

The lawsuit is demanding civil penalties of up to $50,000 per violation, and is asking for a permanent injunction prohibiting Hillery from selling magazines anywhere in the U.S. Meanwhile, an Arizona court has a pending warrant for Hillery’s arrest for something not related to magazines – for her failure to pay fines related to a drunken driving conviction, in January of last year.

The conviction was at least her fourth drunken driving conviction. In November 2000, an Iowa court sentenced her to five years in prison after her third drunken driving conviction. She served less than a year of the sentence, in a halfway house, before she was paroled and moved to Illinois.

Cash trail’s hard to follow
The arrests, convictions and civil penalties connected to Hillery and Tork are easy to find. What’s harder to find is their money – the significant money that industry watchers believe the Hillery, Tork and Spruiell have made from the business.

Brittany Pierce, who just left Integrity Program while her crew was in Portland and who described the difficult five years she spent working for the company, said Spruiell “has a lot of cars.” Pierce said she thinks her crew was working for Spruiell’s company, and she said he would visit her crew periodically.

“He’s had a couple of different (Cadillac) Escalades,” Pierce said of Spruiell. “Some really, really old restored (Ford) Mustangs. All really expensive cars. … Every time I see him he has a different vehicle.”

Real estate’s attractive, too Arizona real estate records show that Spruiell has in recent years purchased two fairly modest Arizona residential properties. He also, in partnership with an entity called the “Martha Ann Rice Revocable Living Trust,” bought a $200,000 piece of land in Maui, Hawaii, in April 2005.

Hillery also appears to like unusual cars. When she was arrested on her third drunken driving charge in October 1999, she was stopped driving a recent-model Chevrolet Corvette Indy Pace Car.

But she apparently doesn’t like paying taxes.

In 2002, the federal government placed a $213,000 lien on a home she owned in Coal Valley, Ill., then worth about $370,000, for unpaid federal taxes.

The next year, she and Spruiell moved to Arizona.

This is the second part of a two-part story by the Tribune's Todd Murphy on Integrity Program and the door-to-door magazine sales industry. To read the first part and its related stories, click the links below.

Subscription for disaster, Part I:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115501199061804400

Daughter’s death sets off father’s crusade:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525667016166000

Industry complaints aren't new:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525687461688100

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The Portland Tribune
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August 10, 2006
Industry complaints aren’t new
Calling agents ‘contractors’ shields sales firms from some laws
By Todd Murphy
The Portland Tribune, Aug 10, 2006

The former magazine sales agents testifying before a U.S. Senate subcommittee repeatedly recounted a similar story.

They received no salary but had an “account” in which the crew manager ostensibly kept track of pay they were due. From the account were deducted hotel expenses, canceled orders and fines for being late to meetings.

The agents seldom made any real money, and sometimes had a negative balance on their account.

They were forced to work long days and often felt intimidated by their managers, who ignored most state and local laws regarding door-to-door sales.

“A disturbing number of (agents) described – with striking uniformity – very troublesome situations and unsavory crew leaders – persons who might best be described as merchants of venom,” the chairman of the Senate subcommittee said.

It sounds very much like what two former magazine sales agents – who found a way to free themselves from an Integrity Program sales crew that was in Portland last week – told the Portland Tribune about their recent lives.

And when was that Senate subcommittee hearing, with the outraged subcommittee chairman?

April 1987.

The moral: Violence, danger and exploitation within the door-to-door magazine sales industry have existed for years. And almost nothing has been done over the past two decades to deal with the problems.

There are local ordinances as well as state and federal laws and regulations that in some ways regulate the industry. For the most part, the measures deal with business permits and consumer fraud issues.

The companies are sometimes fined for violations. But there is no real governmental oversight of the aspects of the industry that lead to its biggest problems – working conditions for the sales agents, and the frequent criminal environment that can lead to danger, both for sales agents and for people who open their door to them.

Status complicates things

The companies avoid most labor regulations because they consider the agents “independent contractors.”

Their status as outside sales agents makes them exempt from the minimum wage and overtime regulations of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.

The fact that the companies consider the agents independent contractors means company owners make themselves exempt from many normal employer duties – including paying for workers’ compensation insurance and paying the agents in a consistent way.

The assertion that the agents and even the crew managers are independent contractors is what the entire door-to-door magazine sales industry is based on, industry watchers say. That assertion is critical both in how employees are treated and in how companies have tried to avoid liability for dangers and violence that have for years swirled around the industry.

“These magazine companies are set up on an economic fiction,” says Elden Rosenthal, a Portland lawyer who has successfully sued two magazine companies for crimes – a brutal assault and a murder – that their sales agents have committed. “The economic fiction is that everyone all up and down the chain are independent contractors.”

Rosenthal and others say crew managers are seldom if ever independent contractors. And the individual sales agents certainly are not, he says.

One of the most common tests for independent contractor status, formulated by the Internal Revenue Service, is that a company has limited control over when, where and how the independent contractor does the work. Rosenthal and others say the crew manager has almost total control over when, where and how the sales agents do their work.

And, in liability cases where a sales agent committed a crime or was responsible for recklessness, courts often have considered them employees of the company.

Still, the company’s assertion that the agents are independent contractors makes it more difficult for governments to regulate their labor practices.

Earlene Williams, whose Manhattan-based Parent Watch group has been monitoring the industry for 23 years, says she believes some crews are committing civil rights and other criminal violations that federal authorities could prosecute.

Laws against indentured servitude, for instance, could apply with many magazine sales agents, she says, since the agents believe they can’t leave the crews because they owe their bosses money for hotel rooms and other expenses and don’t have the money to pay them.

She believes federal agencies – or a consortium of state attorneys general – could find a range of significant violations of current law if they conducted a real investigation.

But it would require the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other state and federal agencies to “do a huge prosecution,” she says. “(And) that’s expensive and time-consuming. And the FBI focuses on terrorism.

“We don’t have labor on our minds in this country right now,” she says of the federal government. “We have religion and war on our minds right now.”

Apart from regulatory oversight, even crimes committed within sales crews – often against sales agents by their crew managers – are seldom prosecuted, says Jan Margosian, an official with the Oregon Department of Justice who has followed the magazine sales industry in the state. That’s because the sales agents typically don’t file charges with local police, because they don’t have the opportunity or are afraid to do so.

Meanwhile, how much local police care about the existence of sales crews in their towns depends on how much they may relate door-to-door sales crews to larger crime trends, Williams says.

“It’s really way down the list of priorities for police in towns where there have been no significant crimes,” Williams says. “I’ve seen that change overnight as soon as there’s a rape or killing or some big crime … then police pay a lot more attention to it.”

Williams believes the percentage of magazine sales agents who have criminal records or who are dangerous is relatively small.

Still, since last October, the magazine sales industry certainly has had Portland Police Bureau Detective Liz Cruthers’ attention. Cruthers is investigating the October 2005 sexual assault of a Sellwood woman. A man who told the woman he was a magazine sales agent sexually assaulted her after knocking on her door and forcing his way inside.

The crime compelled Cruthers to do more research on other crimes apparently linked to the crews.

“There seems to be like a wake of crime left behind by these people wherever they go,” she says. “These people are dangerous.”

Some push for change

But even after 20 years of seeing little action on policing the industry, its critics hold out hope for change.

Massachusetts and Wisconsin are among the states considering “no-knock” legislation, which would allow people to put themselves on a list that would demand that their homes be free from door-to-door solicitors.

And the Wisconsin Legislature also this year considered one of the most comprehensive pieces of legislation that any state has considered to deal with traveling sales crews.

Wisconsin’s political environment is probably more receptive to policing the industry than many states because of a 1999 traveling sales crew van accident, caused by a reckless sales crew driver, that killed seven agents.

Among other things, the proposed Wisconsin legislation would have defined all sales agents as “employees” of the company rather than independent contractors; required traveling sales crews to register with state officials and give officials a list of their sales agents three days before they entered the state so their criminal records could be checked; and required that all sales crew companies post a $10,000 bond when they enter a state, to cover any damages they might be assessed.

“The intent of the bill is to keep them the hell out of here,” says Phil Ellenbecker, whose 18-year-old daughter was killed in the 1999 accident and who was one of the major proponents of the bill.

The Wisconsin Senate approved the bill 33-0, but it died in a committee of the Legislature’s other chamber, the Assembly.

“We’ll come back,” Ellenbecker says.

He says he expects the bill will be filed again Jan. 1, for consideration by next year’s Legislature.

Related stories:

Subscription for disaster, Part I:
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Subscription for disaster, Part II:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525463085268000

Daughter’s death sets off father’s crusade:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525667016166000

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The Portland Tribune
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August 10, 2006
Daughter’s death sets off father’s crusade
Accident spurs legislative action
By Todd Murphy
The Portland Tribune, Aug 10, 2006

It has been more than seven years since he lost her, his only daughter.
But it still feels like yesterday, Phil Ellenbecker says. So every night, and on most weekends, there’s a good chance the Verona, Wis., telecommunications engineer is in front of his computer at home.

Checking one more criminal court case. Finding one more news article. Talking to one more reporter from some distant newspaper. And putting another new Web link, another new warning, onto the Web site he created to monitor and dog an industry he thinks cavalierly exploits and throws away vulnerable young adults, such as his daughter, to make a buck.

“It’s something that never leaves you, you know,” Ellenbecker says, talking about losing a child — in his case, his 18-year-old daughter, Malinda Turvey. “What I’ve tried to do over the years is focus my anger and my pain and my energy toward stopping these people.”

Turvey was one of seven agents from a traveling magazine sales crew killed in a van accident outside Janesville, Wis., in March 1999, when a driver for the crew tried to switch places with a passenger while the van was traveling 80 miles per hour down an interstate highway.

The driver, who had a suspended license and a bad driving record, had spotted a patrol officer. He lost control of the van, which rolled several times. Twelve sales agents were ejected from the vehicle.

The driver of the van pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. The owner of the magazine sales company was sentenced to three and a half years of incarceration on charges related to the accident.

While the Wisconsin accident was one of the most horrific, it was only one of a number of fatal accidents involving magazine sales crews in which reckless, drunken or sleepy drivers or poorly maintained vehicles were to blame.

And for his daughter’s death and the others, Ellenbecker blames an entire industry that, he says, routinely exploits young agents, working them long hours while paying them $20 or less a day, caring little about their safety and in some cases actually allowing crew managers to physically and sexually assault them.

“If I had my way, I’d herd them up and dump them into the ocean — every one of them,” he says of the people who own and run the magazine sales crews.

Web sites raise awareness

Ellenbecker’s focus during the past several years has been twofold. One is to create and update Web sites — especially www.travelingsalescrews.info — that detail, monitor and chronicle the industry’s problems and problem companies.

The other has been to lobby the Wisconsin Legislature to make changes in state law that would make it more difficult for the magazine sales crews to operate in that state.

A bill in last year’s Wisconsin Legislature — which Ellenbecker helped champion and which was called Malinda’s Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act — won unanimous approval in the state Senate but was stalled in a committee of the other house, the state Assembly.

Ellenbecker says the bill will be sponsored again in next year’s legislative session. And, he said, he will continue working on his Web site, monitoring the industry, finding ways to either change the way it operates or kill it entirely.

He doesn’t mind the work, which he figures is 100 hours a week beyond his 40-hours-per-week job. And that work is spurred on not only by his daughter’s memory but by some of the “agonizing and painful” phone conversations he has had with other parents whose children have been killed or have died in an accident while on a magazine sales crew, Ellenbecker says.

“If you talk to these people like I’ve talked to these people … and seen the things I’ve seen … you’d want to stop them, too,” he says.

Related stories:

Subscription for disaster, Part I:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115501199061804400

Subscription for disaster, Part II:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525463085268000

Industry complaints aren't new:
www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?story_id=115525687461688100

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By Todd Murphy
The Portland Tribune
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July 28, 2006
Cops round up door-to-door salesmen
Kinnelon police say nine of 11 solicitors had criminal records
07/28/06 - Posted from the Daily Record newsroom
DAILY RECORD STAFF REPORTS
KINNELON -- Police rounded up a gang of 11 magazine solicitors working for a Colorado company on Thursday -- nine of whom had criminal records that included theft, drug possession, home invasions and possessions of firearm.

After receiving several complaints of solicitors selling magazines door-to-door on Thursday, police picked up the group, who told police they had been dropped off in various locations around Kinnelon to sell magazines for Fun Inc and Magazine Inc., a company based in Colorado. Police contacted a coordinator for the company to pick up his workers. The coordinator, McCollium Landers, 28, of Evergreen, Colo., was issued a summons for soliciting without a permit. John Anthony, 22, of North Fort Myers, Fla., was charged with driving without liability insurance. A computer check revealed that insurance on the company-owned van Anthony was driving was canceled in May, authorities said. The solicitors were released from custody. Three solicitors had previously spent time in prison. Police asked the public to be aware of door-to-door sales people and to call immediately if one comes to the door.
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Rip Off Report: Great Lakes Circulation
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/14/06:
Great Lakes Circulation
Face-to-Face Technologies dba Great Lakes Circulation, Inc.
aka: Fun Sales
aka: Gold Coast Subscriptions
aka: Youth Incentive Marketing
aka: American Cash Award
aka: Payne Sales
aka: Shumate Sales
aka: Magazines Inc.
aka: Mountain Subscriptions
Great Lakes Circulation Contact Info:
Great Lakes Circulation (edumacation.com)
2656 S Kittredge Park Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439
P.O. Box 1060, Kittredge, CO 80457
Great Lakes Circulation (nfsa member directory)
29029 Upper Bear Creek Rd.
Suite 202
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 674-8252
FAX (303) 679-9909
Principle:
Mark Shumate
Google Search: Mark Shumate
Google Search: Great Lakes Circulation

Great Lake Circulation is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

Article Info: Great Lakes Circulation
State To Investigate Company That Allegedly Abandoned 2 Teens
Organizations Leaves Girls, 17, At Bus Stations In Dallas, Austin
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Magazine sales work ends in tale of terror
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Crews live and die to sell
Young magazine peddlers nationwide face abuse, danger
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July 24, 2006
Swampscott has anti-solicitor program
By Debra Glidden
The Daily Item
Weekend Edition
Monday, July 24, 2006
SWAMPSCOTT -- Swampscott has is its own version of the federal do not call registry. The Police Department has established a no solicitors list, which allows residents to opt out of having solicitors, hawkers and peddlers knocking on their door. Police Chief Ronald Madigan said the list is now active and anyone who would like to sign up for it should call the police department at 781-595-1111. A new regulation in town requires vendors, peddlers and solicitors to register with the police and obtain a license before canvassing the town. At the time of registration, each solicitor is provided a list of addresses that are on the no soliciting list. "The regulation bars any door-to-door salespeople from going to any address on the list," Madigan said. Madigan said the regulation allows the department to refuse to issue a license to any individual with a felony conviction. "It also allows us the right to revoke a license if necessary," he said. Each solicitor is also required to furnish identification, a phone number, business address and license plate number. "It is important for us to know who is in town and going door-to-door," Madigan said. There have been numerous licenses issued to solicitors since the new regulation went into effect in May, Madigan said. "We saw a sharp increase in the number of applications around the Fourth of July," he said. Madigan said the new regulations governing solicitation were due to complaints from residents about the previous policy. "We developed the regulation and this list to meet a need in the community," he said. "We have had numerous complaints from residents regarding vendors using high pressure sales tactics, running scams and engaging in criminal behavior."
By Debra Glidden
The Daily Item
Weekend Edition
thedailyitemoflynn.com
Swampscott, Massachusetts
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Oregon
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

July 19, 2006
Two arrested for theft in Drain
The News-Review
July 19, 2006
DRAIN: Sheriff's deputies arrested two men thought to have stolen $1,500 from a bank envelope in a car in Drain. Aaron Lloyd Schwab, 20, of Roseburg and Kevin Leo Oxford, 21, of Nebraska were in Drain selling magazines door-to-door, said Dwes Hutson, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. When the money was discovered missing by the alleged victim, he confronted both Schwab and Oxford. Both denied taking the money, and said they found it on the side of the road, Hutson said. The two suspects have been charged on suspicion of first-degree theft and unauthorized entry of a motor vehicle, and were lodged at the Douglas County Jail.
The News-Review
newsreview.info
Drain, Oregon
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
July 30, 2005


DMPG research into the above Felony Thefts reveals that the 'traveling door to door' magazine salesmen were working for Atlantic Circulation Inc. operating out of Mountville, PA..

DMPG resource: Douglas County Oregon Sheriff's Office,
police report: 06-3594.


For more info on Atlantic Circulation see: http://edumacation.com/AtlanticCirculationInc


Atlantic Circulation, Inc.




July 18, 2006
Police seeking suspect in 3 attacks
Ypsilanti man named following groping incidents
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
BY SUSAN L. OPPAT
News Staff Reporter
The ANN ARBOR NEWS
Ypsilanti Police have linked three recent attacks on women in the city to a 20-year-old man who has so far eluded capture. Daniel Jackson of Ypsilanti is wanted on a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct warrant issued last week in connection with a May incident. In that case, he is accused of groping a woman selling magazines door-to-door, and then running off. Interim Police Chief Matt Harshberger said investigators believe the violence escalated Friday with two attacks over a six-hour period. Investigators are linking Jackson to the assault of a woman in Peninsular Place apartments on Huron River Drive just after midnight, Harshberger said. The woman was walking to her car when a man rode up on a bicycle, grabbed her buttocks and fled when she screamed. At 6 that morning, another woman was grabbed on Washtenaw Avenue near Summit Street. During that incident, a man rode past the woman on his bicycle, turned and grabbed her by the jaw from behind, threw her to the ground, and groped her, police said. The woman hit the attacker with her cell phone, and he ran off - this time with police chasing him. One police car camera caught an image of the attacker on tape, but he disappeared by the time the officer turned around, Lt. Craig Annas said. Harshberger said the attacker fled to the 300 block of Ainsworth Street, ditched the bike and ran through a family member's home, then escaped from police in a wooded area. The attacker slipped through a police perimeter before a tracking dog arrived, although police confiscated the bicycle. Over the weekend, the suspect was spotted and chased by officers, but managed to escape and remains at large, Harshberger said. The chief is warning residents to be aware of their surroundings and to report anyone who matches Jackson's description to police because he is believed to be hiding out with friends or relatives in the area. Jackson is 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and 200 to 225 pounds. Harshberger said police recovered evidence from the cell phone of the victim who struck her attacker and hope to link that to Jackson. Anyone who has information on Jackson's whereabouts or sees someone matching his description is asked to call Ypsilanti Police at 734-483-9510.
Susan Oppat can be reached at soppat@annarbornews.com or 734-482-1166.
BY SUSAN L. OPPAT
News Staff Reporter
The ANN ARBOR NEWS
mlive.com
ANN ARBOR, Michigan
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New York
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

July 14, 2006
Pushy peddlers in Greece get arrested
Victoria E. Freile and Meaghan M. McDermott
Staff writers
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
GREECE — Police have arrested nine out-of-state door-to-door magazine salespeople, all with criminal records, including a 27-year-old Maryland man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in Ohio in similar circumstances earlier this year, said Greece Police Lt. Stephen Wise. The group was arrested Saturday and charged with soliciting without a license. Police received complaints from residents living around North Greece Road that a group of pushy salespeople were going door-to-door selling high-priced magazine subscriptions, said Greece Police Officer James Leary Jr. "Their sales techniques weren't on par with what they should have been, and that drew some suspicion," said Leary. He added that the town requires licenses and background checks for anyone who wants to legally solicit in Greece. "Since they didn't have a license, that was one easy way to get them to cease," he said. For the past four summers, aggressive vendors have flocked to Greece neighborhoods, police said. Police have received numerous complaints over the years, but those vendors could not be located by the time police officers arrived on scene. Vendors often pose as students, seeking donations for a class trip or to benefit a specific university. Others are selling fake magazine subscriptions, while some just ask for cash or a donation for a local charity, Wise said. And, officers noted, such vendors tend to target people — particularly women — who are home alone. While driving to work on Saturday, Greece Police Sgt. Jason Helfer spotted Scott M. Allison, 27, of Columbus, Ohio, selling magazines door-to-door in North Greece. After his arrest, Allison led police to nine other people in his group, which apparently had traveled to Greece from Syracuse in a van. A driver — also known as a car captain — dropped off vendors so they could sell. The driver was not arrested or charged. Helfer said some members of the group had peddled in Monroe County before. Greece officers arrested nine people, including Julian A. Ezirike, 27, of Laurel, Md., who was soliciting a Greece woman in her yard on Crystal Creek Drive when police approached him, Helfer said. Ezirike, who was arrested in May and is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in Canton, Ohio, in similar circumstances, had talked his way into entering two Greece houses that day, Wise said. Other towns have received complaints about aggressive vendors. Monroe County Sheriff's deputies also received complaints on the west side of Monroe County. In 2003, aggressive salesmen targeted Irondequoit, and officers picked up two young salesmen for selling magazine subscriptions without a permit. Irondequoit Police Sgt. Al D'Agostino said he's sure other vendors have illegally peddled in Irondequoit since then, but nothing major has happened. "People in town do call us if people are soliciting door to door," D'Agostino said. "Even if we don't make contact with these people, we respond. They may see a patrol car drive by, and that presence may have become enough of a deterrent to keep them out." Rochester also has had problems with door-to-door solicitors, but officers have not received any complaints of aggressive vendors in recent months, said Rochester Police Officer Deidre Taccone. Anyone selling subscriptions door-to-door in Rochester must obtain a license, she said. Those arrested with Allison and Ezirike include: Christina M. Brands, 19, of Vancouver, Wash.; Elliot C. Hansen, 23, of Carson City, Nev.; Sierra Sandifer, 20, of Elgin, Texas; Danielle Romaniuk, 29, of Memphis, Tenn.; Brandon D. Walker, 21, of Georgetown, Texas; Nicholas J. Jones, 24, of Muscatine, Iowa; and Maurice D. Myers, 20, of Altadena, Calif. Officers returned some of the hundreds of dollars collected Saturday to a dozen residents who had donated money or purchased subscriptions. Leary said penalties range from a fine to 15 days in jail. Those who were arrested will answer the charge in Greece Town Court on July 20. Helfer said the department has not received any complaints since Saturday.
VFREILE@DemocratandChronicle.com
MCDERMOT@DemocratandChronicle.com
Victoria E. Freile and Meaghan M. McDermott
Staff writers
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
democratandchronicle.com
Greece, New York
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July 8, 2006
Missing Arizona teen found in Decatur
By Seth Burkett
DAILY Staff Writer
While investigating thefts from mailboxes Thursday afternoon, Decatur police discovered the alleged thief was a runaway Arizona teen working as a door-to-door salesman. The 17-year-old became involved with the magazine sales company after running away from home and living as a hitchhiker, police Detective George Silvestri said. The teen told investigators he was sitting on a bench when a man drove up in a car and asked him if he wanted a job. Police located four out-of-towners selling magazines in Decatur on Thursday, but Silvestri said the juvenile acted alone when he took mail from a mailbox on Cecil Avenue Southwest. As far as he knew, Silvestri said, none of the four possessed business licenses, which are required for door-to-door sales. "They didn't have it on their person, and we didn't have them on the list of persons doing solicitation that's on our wall, which they're supposed to be on," he said. The runaway told Silvestri that the company, Atlantic Circulation Inc., had about 100 salesmen quartered at a hotel in Cullman. Silvestri said he spoke with the mother of a 20-year-old Florida man who was working with the 17-year-old, and she told him Friday the group had apparently pulled up stakes and left Alabama on Friday. Silvestri said no charges were filed against the teen. He was placed in the custody of a juvenile probation officer and transferred to a juvenile detention facility. His parents were notified that he had been found, and authorities will soon return him to Arizona, Silvestri said.
By Seth Burkett
DAILY Staff Writer
THE DECATUR DAILY
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355
decaturdaily.com
Decatur, Alabama
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Washington
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

July 6, 2006
Salesman arrested after brawl with a customer;
deal falls through, altercation ensues
By Journal Staff
The King County Journal
July 6, 2006
MAPLE VALLEY - A door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested here after losing a sale and brawling with a homeowner. The 21-year-old salesman was invited inside a home in the 27600 block of 239th Place on Friday evening, and he was about to seal a subscription deal when he mentioned an additional $14 charge. The 36-year-old woman of the house immediately soured on the transaction and began ripping apart the paperwork she had filled out. She tried to throw the receipt in the trash, but the salesman grabbed her shoulder, according to a police report. The woman's 36-year-old husband then grabbed the front of the salesman's shirt, and they began wrestling on the family room floor. The woman called police, who found the man walking on a nearby street and arrested him for assault. He was holding a marijuana pipe in his hand, police said. The homeowner scraped his knees and tore his jeans in the scuffle, but no one was seriously injured. A King County sheriff's deputy called the salesman's boss at Integrity Sales and informed him his salesman was no longer welcome in Maple Valley.
By Journal Staff
The King County Journal
msnbc.msn.com
MAPLE VALLEY, Washington
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Integrity Sales
Website

Integrity Program
Website


Integrity Sales On The Web
Magazine Fulfillment Services
Website
Search: Magazine Fulfillment Services + Integrity
Search: Magazine Fulfillment Services + Magazine


Research:
Magazine Company:
Integrity Sales/Integrity Program
Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
Rip Off Report: Integrity Sales
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/13/06:
Magazine Fulfillment Services - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Sales, Inc. - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Program, Inc.- Operated by Robert Spruiell
Circulation I - Operated by Karkeen Hillery
Circulation II - Operated by Karleen Hillery
SERVICES UNLIMITED PLUS - Operated by Karleen Hillery Spruiell/Robert Spruiell
National Community Clearing, INC - Operated by Karleen Hillery
TEAM X-TREME
DYNASTY SALES
POWERHOUSSE SALES
KAYS NATURALS - Karleen Hillery Crew
Crew Name: 029
Crew Name: 032
IP MARKETING
IMPACT PUBLICATIONS
Subscriptions Plus - Operated by Karleen Hillery
(old mag. company name - may be in use again)

Google Search: Karleen Hillery
Google Search: Robert Spruiell

Integrity Sales is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

RIP-OFF Report.com
Integrity Sales ripoff
Phoenix Arizona *Consumer Comment ..New Info
Read This Rip-Off Report On Integrity Sales

Lookup: Karleen Hillery on Profiler:
Karleen Hillery Profile

Lookup: Karleen Hillery - Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash March 25, 1999
Karleen Hillery Profile

View Recent Criminal Activities of Karleen Hillery Spruiell:
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
(NOTE: for search on Arizona State Supreme Court Criminal Records
Enter: Last Name: Spruiell, First Name: Karleen in search box.

View Wisconsin DOJ Civil Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 00-CV-0852)
State of Wisconsin V. Karleen Hillery

View Illinois Magazine Sales Fraud Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 02-CH125)
State of Illinois V. Karleen Hillery

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July 4, 2006
Door to Door Salesman Rape Suspect
Published: 7/4/2006 10:01:36 AM
A mental competency examination was ordered Monday for a door-to-door salesman accused of forcing his way into a woman's home in El Cajon and repeatedly raping her. Criminal proceedings were suspended for 20-year-old Archie Lee Thomas, who is charged with five counts of rape and one count each of rape with a foreign object and burglary. The woman told police she was raped when a man selling cleaning products forced his way into her home about 5:40 p.m. on April 14. The man was in the home for about an hour, and was detained by police at Bradley and Mollison avenue soon after fleeing. The woman subsequently identified Thomas, of St. Louis, Mo., as the man who allegedly raped her, according to El Cajon police Lt. Tim Henton. After an examination by doctors, a judge is expected to rule on the defendant's mental competency on July 20. If charges are reinstated, Thomas faces up to 73 years to life in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney Terrie Roberts.
FOX 6 (XETV-TV) San Diego
Bay City Television
live.fox6.com
San Diego, California
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
May 21, 2006


DMPG research into the above cleaner sales company based on court documents and police reports indicates that the Archie Lee Thomas was working for T&B Sales:
T&B Sales Manager: Timothy Burgess
8405 Avalon Drive
Riverdale, GA 30274
Phone (800)323-6444

T&B Sales distributes Advanage Wonder Cleaner for:

Austin Diversified Products
16615 S. Halsted Street
Harvey, IL 60426
(708) 333-7644
FAX: (708) 333-4775
cs1@advanage.com
Owner: Nathan T. Edwards
Austin Diversified Products Website:advanage.com

Austin Diversified Products is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
100 North 20th Street
4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1443
215.564.1627
FAX: 215.564.2175
National Field Selling Association Website:nfsa.com

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July 3, 2006
Police urge caution with door-to-door sales
July 3, 2006
Staff reports
(July 3, 2006) — AVON — The Avon Police Department is advising area residents to be wary of door-to-door salespeople after a Kansas man was arrested for allegedly swiping a village resident's wallet while in the house selling magazine subscriptions. Kelly Parker, 20, faces a charge of petit larceny. The village resident told police his wallet was taken from inside the house, and the only person who had been in the house was the magazine salesman. The wallet, containing $182, was recovered. The village police department is warning residents that while some reputable companies do business through door-to-door sales, there are others that are not legitimate.
Staff reports
Democrat and Chronicle
democratandchronicle.com
Rochester, New York
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July 2, 2006
Bowling-alley killing jury acquits salesmen of murder
By JASON AUSLANDER | The New Mexican
July 2, 2006
Victim’s mother says jurors send wrong message
Two members of an out-of-town magazine subscription sales crew were acquitted Saturday of second-degree murder in the death of a 32-year-old Santa Fe man last year in a bowling-alley parking lot. The families of Jason Furden, 28, of Lawrence, Kan., and James Combs, 20, of Ruidoso let out yelps of relief and shed tears of joy as District Judge Michael Vigil read the verdicts about 4:45 p.m. The pain on the faces of family members of Benjamin Suazo, however, was palpable. “That jury killed my son for the second time,” said a sobbing Eleanor “Sadie” Ocana, Suazo’s mother, after the verdict. “This jury sent out a message that anyone who wants to commit a crime or murder can come to Santa Fe.” Kathie Nelson of Grand Junction, Colo., mother of Suazo’s 12-year-old son, Joey, held up the boy’s picture and said, “This is who is paying. This is who the jury has given a life sentence of suffering.” Suazo also was the father of a 6-year-old boy, Benjamin, who lives with his mother in Santa Fe. Combs, who has spent the last eight months in the Santa Fe County jail, was released from custody at the District Courthouse and called the verdict by the jury of six men and six women “a good example of justice.” He said he was happy to head home to Ruidoso with his mother, Pamela Combs, and celebrate his 21st birthday July 10. Asked what he wants to do first when he gets home, James Combs said, “Just hang out with my mom.” Furden, the sales crew’s driver who now works as a contractor, proclaimed the verdict “a miracle” and said he was looking forward to heading home to Kansas to see his 3-year-old daughter, Madison. “We’ve all gone through hell for the last eight months, and now it’s finally over,” said Furden, whose wife, Kayla, attended the trial and sobbed with relief afterward. The judge required spectators and defendants to remain in the courtroom after the jury was dismissed to allow them to leave the building, but Damian Horne, Combs’ attorney, said he thought the verdict hinged on intent. “I don’t think any clearthinking person in the courtroom actually thought these kids intended to murder or kill Benjamin Suazo. Certainly no one thought they were without remorse,” he said. Saturday’s verdict brought to an end a tragic story that defense attorney Diane Allen, one of Combs’ lawyers, once termed “a terrible combination of alcohol, testosterone and machismo.” Four members of the sales crew originally were charged with second-degree murder in the case. Two of them — Joshua Burgess, 24 of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo. — pleaded no contest in May to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. According to testimony: The incident with Suazo began late on a Wednesday night in October, after the ninemember sales crew spent about two hours bowling, drinking alcohol and eating pizza at Silva Lanes during a weekly “crew night.” At one point, a member of the crew and his girlfriend stepped outside the bowling alley, off Cerrillos Road, to smoke cigarettes. While they were outside, Suazo came out and said something under his breath to the salesman, which offended the salesman. The two exchanged words, but the confrontation didn’t turn violent until Burgess exited the bowling alley, witnessed the tail end of the exchange and took issue with Suazo. Suazo and Burgess began throwing punches at each other. Combs, who exited soon after Burgess, joined the physical encounter. The leader of the crew, Keith Lafleur, 31, of St. Clair, Mich., and Furden then came out and broke up the fight. Lafleur attempted to calm Suazo, while Furden corralled the fired-up members of the sales crew and tried to get them into the group’s Chevrolet Suburban. The attempt at pacification was briefly successful, until Suazo, who was with a female companion, drove his Dodge Neon in front of the Suburban and Combs and Burgess began taunting him. Again, Lafleur calmed Suazo, but Combs and Burgess continued to taunt him. After another round of backand-forth name-calling, Suazo approached the Suburban and punched the vehicle’s back window without breaking it. Suazo then went to the front passenger window, where Combs was sitting, tugged on the window, broke it and began throwing punches at Combs. Furden got out of the driver’s seat and punched Suazo once in the temple, causing Suazo to fall to the ground. Combs, Burgess and Long also got out and began punching and kicking Suazo until he was unconscious. Furden said he dragged Suazo’s body from the back of the Suburban, where the fight had taken place, to a spot closer to the front of the vehicle to get him away from the three men beating him. By that time, several patrons of the bowling alley had begun coming outside to see what was happening, spooking the sales crew, whom they thought they might be Suazo’s friends coming to his aid. The salesmen piled back into the Suburban, and Furden began to pull slowly out of the parking spot. However, Suazo’s female companion cut off the Suburban by driving the Neon partially in front of it, causing Furden to take a sharp right-hand turn and run over Suazo from his waist to his shoulder with the Suburban’s right rear tire. Testimony from a medical examiner indicated Suazo died of a lacerated liver suffered when the 4,000-pound Suburban rolled over him. He would not have died from the wounds he suffered in the beating, the examiner said. Furden, who testified Friday, admitted to punching Suazo once, but said he never kicked him. Long, who testified earlier in the week, said he saw Furden kick Suazo once. Furden, who testified that he’d lost his glasses and has bad eyesight, said once he saw the Neon coming from the left side, his natural reaction was to cut sharply right. He said he had no idea Suazo was in the way of the vehicle and didn’t know Suazo had been run over, even though nearly every other passenger in the vehicle testified they felt the Suburban roll over him. Three eyewitnesses testified that Furden had room to avoid Suazo. Furden admitted under questioning from prosecutor Barbara Romo that though some of the passengers in the car had cell phones, no one ever called 911 to report the incident. Romo told jurors during her closing argument that the punch Furden threw at Suazo began the chain of events that led to Suazo’s death. She argued that both men were equally culpable for Suazo’s death. “Benjamin Suazo was laying on the pavement because of the acts of Mr. Furden and Mr. Combs,” she said. Horne told jurors it was Suazo “who set in motion the chain of events that caused his death.” Horne, who later had to choke back tears in arguing his client’s innocence, said while Combs participated in the beating, there was no evidence tying him to the cause of Suazo’s death. “That beating did not kill Benjamin Suazo, period,” Horne said. Combs — whom the crew had nicknamed “Butters” after a character from the TV show South Park — did not testify during the trial. Dan Marlowe, Furden’s lawyer, relied on a surveillance video to show jurors his client had no choice but to make the sharp right turn that ended up killing Suazo. Marlowe blamed Suazo’s death squarely on Suazo and his female companion, Jessica Perea. “If she hadn’t done that, (Furden) wouldn’t have swerved, and Benjamin Suazo would still be alive,” he said. “If Benjamin Suazo hadn’t started the whole thing, he wouldn’t have been lying there.” After the verdict, Horne was drained and relieved. “If I had not won that case, it would have been the biggest failure in my 20-year legal career,” he said. “I’m so happy the jury saw the tragic truth.”
Contact Jason Auslander at 995-3877 or jauslander@sfnewmexican.com.
By JASON AUSLANDER
jauslander@sfnewmexican.com
The New Mexican
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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July 1, 2006
Jury now deliberating in Santa Fe bowling alley murder case
Last Update: 07/01/2006 2:21:50 PM
By: Todd Dukart
Eyewitness News 4 and KOBTV.com
After a trial that lasted less than a week, the jury is now deliberating the fate of two men accused of beating a Santa Fe man then running him over. James Combs, 20, of Ruidoso and Jason Furden, 28, of Lawrence, Kan., face second-degree murder charges in the death of Benjamin Suazo, 32, in October outside a Santa Fe bowling alley. The trial started on Tuesday, and closing statements wrapped up Saturday morning. Two other men, Andrew Long, 20, of Liberty, Mo., and Joshua Burgess, 24, of Miamisburg, Ohio, pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. Stay tuned to Eyewitness News 4 and KOBTV.com for updates on this developing story.
By: Todd Dukart
Eyewitness News 4 and KOBTV.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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June 30, 2006
Passenger: Driver in fatal SUV acted as peacekeeper
By Bo Rosser
Court TV
Updated June 30, 2006, 3:43 p.m. ET
SANTA FE — The driver of an SUV that crushed a 32-year-old man following a brawl outside a bowling alley acted as a peacekeeper throughout the confrontation, according to a passenger in the car. "He was saying, 'That's enough. That's enough,' and trying to get them back in the Suburban," Jesse Weinstein told jurors. Weinstein, one of a band of traveling magazine salespeople who were passing through town in October 2005, testified in the case of Jason Furden, 28, and James Combs, 20. Both men are charged with second-degree murder for their role in the death of Benjamin Suazo. Jason Furden was the driver of the SUV. "Jason gets out of the driver's side and pulls Suazo away, and Jason hits him one time," Weinstein said. On cross-examination, Weinstein said that Furden broke up the dispute, which allegedly began when Suazo called one of the salesmen a "punk" at least three times before the victim attacked the defendant's SUV by shattering a window and ripping it out of its casing. Suazo then hit the co-defendant, James Combs, in the face through the window frame, according to Weinstein. "[Combs] was trying to roll up the window and Suazo tugged on it and shattered it," Weinstein said. Furden then jumped out of the car and knocked Suazo to the ground with one punch, according to Weinstein. The magazine salesman's testimony echoed that of several other witnesses who claimed Furden struck the victim only once. Prosecutor Barbara Romo alleges that after the fight Furden intentionally drove over Suazo when he made a sharp right as he left the parking lot. Romo also contends the severe beating the Santa Fean received was unjustified, even if Suazo instigated the fight. During his nearly two hours on the stand, Weinstein, who still works for Worldwide Circulation Inc., shed light for the first time on why Furden may have been in a rush to leave the parking lot when he swerved right. "I was afraid they were running towards us because they were friends of Suazo and they may have been there to back him up," Weinstein said of the fight spectators. Near the end of Thursday's proceedings, Andrew Long, one of the two men who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery in the case, testified for the state. Long reiterated much of the same story told by three other members of the sales team who testified previously. Long confirmed Suazo as the aggressor and said everyone in the car was shocked when Furden ran over the intoxicated man. Suazo had a blood-alcohol level of .227, according to the defense. But the 23-year-old waiter, who was recorded in the back of a police car calling the victim a "f---ing Mexican," testified repeatedly that he did not know why Furden made the fatal swerve. Long said he did remember Furden backing up and hitting another car in an attempt to get away from Suazo. "He backed up," Long said. "I felt a jolt." Long told jurors he was not offered a plea deal in exchange for his testimony. But he was given an opportunity to express his remorse for the incident during his testimony for the prosecution. Long has not yet been sentenced. "If I could take it back, I would in a heartbeat," Long said. "It's terrible. I have to live with for the rest of my life." Four of the salesmen were charged in the incident. Andrew Long and Joshua Burgess pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. Judge Michael Vigil, who is presiding over the case, dropped charges against a fifth man. The trial is being streamed live on Court TV Extra.
By Bo Rosser
Court TV
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June 28, 2006
Prosecutor: Salesmen boasted that man they beat up,
crushed with their car 'got what he deserved'
By Bo Rosser
Court TV
Updated June 28, 2006, 1:59 p.m. ET
SANTA FE — Two traveling salesmen charged with murder showed no remorse for beating an intoxicated man into unconsciousness and then crushing his body with their SUV, according to prosecutors. James Combs, 21, and Jason Furden, 28, are charged with second-degree murder for the Oct. 20, 2005, death of Benjamin Suazo. "You'll hear Combs say, 'The f---ing Mexican got what he deserved,'" Deputy District Attorney Barbara Romo told jurors in her opening statement Tuesday. Combs and Furden are also charged with tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit murder. If convicted, they each face 15 years in prison. Romo does not deny that Suazo instigated the fight in a bowling alley parking lot when he made a lewd remark about a girlfriend of one of the salesmen. But she contends the brutal beating he received was not justified. "Whatever was said back and forth was not sufficient," Romo said. "That will not be sufficient provocation when you consider that four people jumped on him long after he was a threat to Combs or anyone else." Romo said four of the seven salesmen, who were out for a "crew night" after a long week of selling magazine subscriptions, beat and kicked Suazo until he could no longer stand. Furden, who had been hired to drive the salesmen on their cross-country tour, dragged Suazo's body in front of a car wheel and then drove over him. Two other salesmen involved pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. Both are expected to testify for the prosecution. Suazo had at least three opportunities to walk away from the dispute, according to defense attorney Damien Horne. But the 32-year-old would not let the incident go. "Suazo began beating the Suburban. He went to the passenger side ... and began savaging my client," Horne said in his opening statement. Horne is representing Combs, who was riding in the passenger seat at the time of the incident. Combs, 20 at the time, retaliated after Suazo punched him in the face, Horne said. Horne denied the prosecution's portrayal of Combs as unrepentant for Suazo's death. On the contrary, Horne told jurors, Combs' reaction was the opposite. "He didn't deserve that," Combs reportedly said in the back of a police car after finding out Suazo died. Daniel Marlowe, who is representing 28-year-old Furden, led the jury frame-by-frame through surveillance video taken in the bowling alley parking lot. Marlowe also claimed that Furden and Combs retaliated only after repeated attacks by Suazo. "What it shows is that Suazo was the aggressor the entire time," Marlowe said. "He never let it die." Marlowe also rejected the prosecution's claim that Furden intentionally dragged the victim's body in front of the car. Marlowe contends the Kansas-based contractor was trying to protect Suazo when the victim's cousin cut him off with her car. Furden then had no choice but to drive over the man. "[Furden] bends over and drags him away from all these guys who are beating and kicking him," Marlowe said. "He moves him to get him out of the way." The two sides have conflicting accounts of the surveillance video. The tape will be shown in full to the jury and their interpretation may determine the outcome of the case. The prosecution is scheduled to continue its case Wednesday. The trial is being streamed live on Court TV Extra.
By Bo Rosser
Court TV
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June 28, 2006
Two salesmen on trial for murder after bowling-alley brawl
By Bo Rosser
Court TV
Updated June 28, 2006, 1:58 p.m. ET
SANTA FE — A rowdy night of bowling and beer ended in the brutal murder of a New Mexico man allegedly by a gang of traveling salesmen who beat him to death, then crushed his body with an SUV. James Combs, 21, and Jason Furden, 28, are charged with second-degree murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit murder for their role in the parking-lot brawl outside the Silva Lanes bowling alley on Oct. 20, 2005. As the victim, 32-year-old Benjamin Suazo, entered the bowling alley, he allegedly leered at a woman accompanying one of the traveling magazine salesmen. The band of men had just ended a night of drinking and karaoke, according to the complaint filed in Santa Fe District County Court. One of the salesmen, Nick Shoults, confronted Suazo for "checking out" his date, according to Shoults' statement to police. As the argument grew heated, two other salesmen joined the fracas. One was defendant James Combs. But before the argument turned bloody, Combs' co-defendant, Furden, came out of the bowling alley and broke up the fight. Furden allegedly pushed Suazo out of the way and yelled, "Leave them alone. They're just kids!", according to the complaint. As the salesmen walked to Furden's car, some taunted Suazo, yelling insults across the parking lot, according to police. Suazo raced across the parking lot to his own car and pulled up next to Furden. Suazo jumped out and smashed the SUV's windshield, then punched the passenger-side window and ripped it out of the car, according to police. As the shattered glass fell over the passengers, they jumped on Suazo and beat him unconscious. As one man held the victim in a headlock, Combs punched him in the side of the head. The brawl ended allegedly with four of the men beating and punching Suazo as he lay on the ground. Afterward, Furden allegedly dragged the body in front of the passenger-side wheel. The salesmen then climbed back in the car. Furden drove straight over Suazo's body with one wheel. The passengers knew they had driven over the body because they later told police "they felt it," according to the complaint. The defense is expected to argue that another vehicle was blocking the parking lot exit and that Furden was forced to drive over the body. But Deputy District Attorney Barbara Romo denies the exit was blocked and is expected to enter into evidence surveillance video of Furden's car leaving the parking lot as proof. After crushing Suazo, Furden allegedly told the passengers, "We just ran over him. Don't say anything." The five men then returned to the Luxury Inn Hotel. Furden told the others to "shut up and go to their rooms," according to the complaint. The 28-year-old then hid his blood-soaked clothes under the hotel bed. When Furden spotted a squad car outside the hotel, he fled on foot and was captured crouching behind a Dumpster in a T.J. Maxx parking lot, according to the complaint. All five men were arrested. Andrew Long, 22, and Joshua Burgess, 24, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. Both are expected to testify for the prosecution. Judge Michael Vigil, who will be presiding over the trial, threw out the charges against the fifth salesman, Dewell LaFleur. Openings are expected Tuesday. The trial will be streamed live on Court TV Extra.
By Bo Rosser
Court TV
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June 28, 2006
Court TV covers trial
By JASON AUSLANDER
The New Mexican
June 28, 2006
A reporter and cameraman from Court TV's Web site  were in the courtroom Tuesday as the trial got under way for two men charged with second-degree murder in the death of Benjamin Suazo of Santa Fe. Stories about the trial will appear on Court TV's Web site  at courttv.com, though live streaming video of the proceedings, as well as stories, will be available on the subscription-only Court TV Extra, said Bo Rosser, a reporter and producer for the network. Rosser said the network tracks trials around the country, and various factors are weighed in the decision to cover a particular trial can be made for a number of reasons. In addition to expectations about the potential interest in a case, factors include logistical questions such as whether a judge will allow cameras in a courtroom or whether a digital service line can be installed, she said. The trial of James Combs, 20, of Ruidoso and Jason Furden, 28, of Lawrence, Kan., features several interesting aspects, including the fact the defendants are traveling magazine salesman, Rosser said. Rosser and cameraman Marc Yellin will cover the entire trial, she said.
By JASON AUSLANDER
jauslander@sfnewmexican.com
The New Mexican
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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June 22, 2006
Know who’s knocking?
By Cheryl Lecesse/ Staff Writer
Thursday, June 22, 2006
townonline.com
As word spreads about a state bill proposing a do-not-knock list, town officials work to research the best way to strengthen Lincoln’s own solicitation regulations. State legislators filed the bill last week, spurred by reports of crimes occurring during and after door-to-door soliciting visits. Under the legislation, police departments would maintain "a no sales solicitation listing of residents who do not wish to receive unsolicited visits by sales people at their home." In addition, "all solicitors and transient vendors who intend to conduct door to door sales" and companies that employ them would be required to register with police before selling in communities. The bill also calls for civil penalties of up to $5,000 and not less than $1,500 for violations involving senior citizens. The proposal was spurred by reports of crimes committed during and after walk-up solicitations, including the rape of a 19-year-old woman in Concord, N.H. Exemptions provide for religious organizations, non-profits, and non-commercial groups to continue to door-to-door business. State Rep. Susan Pope, R-Wayland, who represents Lincoln, said she isn’t sure how the proposed do-not-knock list would work. "Who’s to know which house has a do-not-knock?" she said. State Sen. Susan Fargo, D-Lincoln, also said, with so many other important pending bills before the state Legislature, it’s hard to tell whether this bill will be discussed before the session ends July 31. Neither Pope nor Fargo said they have heard complaints from constituents about solicitors. Instead, residents are calling the police. Many of those suspicious activity reports in each week’s police log are reports of solicitors. "The complaints are usually the hour that they’re coming," said Sgt. Sean Kennedy of the Lincoln Police. Callers have also reported rude or intimidating solicitors, he said. "I understand the aggressiveness," said Council on Aging Director Karen Santucci, adding that, although there is a law that regulates peddling at town buildings, solicitors have come by Bemis Hall twice while Santucci was working. The first time, the aggressive solicitor refused to move from the doorway, and a male board member had to take the solicitor’s wares - pictures - and move toward the street. "The second time, I was alone and he was asking very intimidating questions," she said. Until a recent discussion she had with one senior, Santucci said seniors in town haven’t spoken to her about their concern with solicitors. "I think a lot of people just don’t answer their door if it’s somebody they don’t know," she said. In Wayland, Pope said solicitors have to register at the police station before going door to door. But in Lincoln, there is no set bylaw on solicitation, according to Police Chief Kevin Mooney. Although the town’s bylaws do state that solicitors need written permission from the Board of Selectmen before peddling in a public way, there’s no regulation over what time they can sell. In addition, although many solicitors do check in with police before going door to door, the town’s bylaws do not require them to do so. "To their credit they do stop in here and offer up names," Mooney said, and police run background checks on those who are going door to door in town. In many cases, door-to-door sales companies bring solicitors to two or three neighboring communities in one van, dropping them off in the early afternoon and picking them up in the evening. Mooney said town officials are doing the research to change that. The police have discussed strengthening the town’s bylaws with Town Administrator Tim Higgins and town counsel. They have also looked into solicitation bylaws from other communities, including Wilmington and North Reading. "It gives us something to enforce," he said. But Mooney said cities and towns that do have bylaws regulating solicitors still receive complaints. At the same time, Mooney was wary of a do-not-knock list, because the responsibility of keeping the list up to date could fall on the individual police departments. Fargo said the legislation was filed as a local option bill, allowing cities and towns the choice of offering a do-not-knock list. "The solicitor situation, it varies in each community," she said. Fargo said the recent coverage of this bill has alerted people in their homes to be careful and cautious about opening their doors to strangers. "I think a lot of people just don’t answer their door if it’s somebody they don’t know," said Santucci, adding that Lincoln Police have offered presentations about scams at the COA before. "For the most part I think people have been diligent," she said. Information from the State House News Service was used in this report.
By Cheryl Lecesse/ Staff Writer
Town Online
townonline.com
Massachusetts
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June 22, 2006
Mother Attacked In Home By Door-To-Door Salesman
Reported by: Shannon Kettler
Web produced by: Mark Sickmiller
Photographed by: 9News
First posted: 6/22/2006 5:14:36 PM
A door-to-door salesman is in jail after police say he attacked a mother in her home. It happened in Union Township, Clermont County, just off Summerside Road. The mom had four kids in her home at the time when the salesman, 20-year-old Dyangle Turner of Los Angeles, allegedly forced his way inside. 9News talked with the victim, who described the suspect as clean cut and well spoken. "I would never have guessed he was capable of doing something like this," the woman, who asked not to be identified, told 9News. Police say Turner was trying to sell magazines in the Summerside neighborhood last week when he allegedly forced his way into the victim's home. "That's when I told him no and he needed to leave. That's when he picked me up and threw me on my bed. I was trying to get him out the door as I walked around here and he wouldn't take no for answer," she said. With her kids distracting the suspect, she was able to free herself and call a neighbor for help. Police caught up with Turner not far from the home. "When we located Mr. Turner, it did still appear he was attempting to sell magazines door-to-door," said Lieutenant Scott Gaviglia of Union Township Police. Turner is facing charges of burglary, abduction and attempted rape. For the last month, he's been working for a Texas based company called "Points Across America." A spokesperson says they do door-to-door magazine sales across the country. "We believe he was dropped off to sell magazine subscriptions door-to-door. Through our investigation we've determined the company selling the magazines did not a permit to vend in Union Township," said Lt. Gaviglia. Union Township Police have since sent out an alert to law enforcement throughout the country informing them of the attack. As for the victim, she is keeping her guard up. Turner is being held at the Clermont County jail on a $100,000 bond.
Reported by: Shannon Kettler
9News
wcpo.com
Union Township, Ohio
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
July 8, 2006


DMPG research into the above magazine sales company:
"Points Across America."
Magazine Company Name Change:
Formerly:
Entrepreneurs Across America
Website: Entrepreneurs Across America
Points Across America
Entrepreneurs Across America, Inc.
Phone: (940) 565-1000
Fax: 214-975-1269
401 S. Locust St. Ste. 104
Denton, TX 76201
Owner:
George Frederick Senner IV

Sales Crews:
Threedom Sales, Inc. - 333
PMA, Inc. - 037
Buckeye Sales, Inc. - 528
Schaefer Sales - 247
Titan Sales, Inc. - 046
Kenmore Sales - 057
Attitude Sales - 501
Power Plus Sales - 011
Tomohawk Sales - 094
Production Sales - 143




June 22, 2006
Residents: Watch out for scam
by Kristin Pazulski
TheChestnutHillLocal.com

Young men claiming to be college students have been hitting the streets of Chestnut Hill and Wyndmoor, going house-to-house to raise money for an educational program in London in what residents suspect is an organized scam. Two women, who asked not to be named, contacted the Local to report such visits. Detective Walter Underwood of Springfield Township said this week that there had been several such reports in the township, but that there was no proof of a scam. Any of the men police caught up with were cited for soliciting without a permit, and he said one woman did begin receiving her magazine. He said solicitors gave a magazine company name like “Michigan Precision” in their spiel. Philadelphia police said they have received no reports on such solicitation. Township Police Officer John Fitch said spring and summer solicitors are not rare. A few years ago the department warned residents about a group of people that would pull up to a house in a truck and offer to repaint the driveway for a fee. The group would spray the driveway with oil (which makes the driveway appear painted), then drive away, leaving behind a biohazard mess. A woman who lives in Wyndmoor near the Chestnut Hill line said that a man who looked about 20 came to her door last week selling books that he said would be donated to children. He said he was a student at the Pennsylvania State University and that part of the money would go towards his trip to study on a London campus. She decided that he was a fraud and, after he left, called the Springfield police, who unsuccessfully toured the streets looking for the man. She said that on that same day, one of her neighbors made out a $175 check to WWC for the young man. A similar report came from a woman in Chestnut Hill. She said two young men had knocked at her door, individually, on different days. The first she described as a blue-eyed blonde in his mid-20s who gave the name of Trey Holt. He said he was selling magazines to raise money and practice his speaking skills to study at the BBC in London. The details of the educational program were “kind of vague,” the woman said. The young man told her that she might know his mother, Karen Holt, who lives on Rex Avenue and walks their two yellow Labradors around Chestnut Hill. He presented her with a laminated sheet of magazines, mostly children’s magazines, and said part of the money would go towards his trip and the rest to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She declined to buy any and, she said, he asked her in a “baby voice”: “You’re not mad at me for asking, are you?” “It was really strange,” the woman said. He also told her that he had been directed to her door by another resident of her street. She later checked with the neighbor, who told her that he never said such a thing. Her neighbor had given the young man a check for $38, written out to WWC. Two days later, this same woman opened her door to a young man she said seemed 19 or 20, with brown hair and eyes, who “told almost the same story” under the name Matt Holt. He asked for money for a BBC trip, was selling magazines, and said that his mother, of Rex Avenue, was often seen walking their two Pomeranians. The woman told “Matt” about “Trey” telling her the same story, except the dogs were yellow Labs, not Pomeranians. “Matt” said “Trey” was his brother, and that he didn’t realize he had already worked the block – saying his brother was supposed to have visited their grandmother’s neighborhood. He also said his family owned the two Labs and the two Pomeranians, as well as a cat, and some wild and domestic rabbits. “Their stories were so polished, it was amazing … they were very practiced,” said the woman, adding that the young man answered every question without hesitation. She said the young men looked very different, though they both had Asian symbols tattooed on their forearms – “Trey” had one on the top of his forearm and “Matt” had two on the underside. Officer Fitch offered tips on what to do when confronted with a solicitor. He said it’s always safer not to answer the door if the person is unrecognizable. Instead of buying whatever they are selling right there on the spot, take their phone number and offer to call later. Fitch said they may try to pressure you, but insist you are not sure if you are interested. And always keep a barrier between you and the solicitor. If a problem arises or the person is too insistent, call the police.
Contact staff writer Kristin Pazulski at 215-248-8819 or kristin@chestnuthilllocal.com.
by Kristin Pazulski
TheChestnutHillLocal.com
chestnuthilllocal.com Chestnut Hill and Wyndmoor
Northwest Philadelphia
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June 21, 2006
Lawyers wrangle over restitution for rape
NH news briefs
June 21. 2006 8:00AM
CONCORD
Lawyers cannot agree on how much money a magazine salesman convicted earlier this year of raping a Concord woman should be required to pay the victim to cover her doctor bills. Prosecutor David Rotman presented a judge Monday with three Concord Hospital bills totaling roughly $1,950, but defense attorneys for Joseph Haniffy said restitution could not be determined, because they had not seen the bills. Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., was sentenced to 7½ to 15 years in prison in January. At the time, a judge ordered him to pay restitution estimated at $2,000, but the exact amount has still not been set. Haniffy's public defender, Meredith Lugo, told Judge Edward Fitzgerald that Haniffy's defense team should have received a notice about the medical bills from the prosecutor months ago. Rotman said he wasn't sure why that notice never went out; it could have been the mistake of his office, or the victim may not have provided the bills in time. Fitzgerald said he would take the matter under advisement.
NH news briefs
concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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Civil Lawsuit
June 19, 2006
Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Vincent Pitts
President of National Field Selling Association
NFSA

A civil lawsuit has been filed against Vincent Pitts (president of the National Field Selling Association) and owner of Palmetto Marketing, Inc. (palmettomarketinginc.com) in response to the brutal beating and rape of a 50 year-old Menomonie, Wisconsin Woman on July 1, 2005.

STATE OF WISCONSIN
CIRCUIT COURT
DUNN COUNTY

Ms.x
Menomonie, WI 54751

Plaintiff,

Wisconsin Department of Justice
Crime Victim Compensation Program
17 West Main Street
P.O. Box 7951
Madison, WI 53708-7951
and
Group Health Cooperative of Eau Claire County
2503 North Hillcrest Parkway
Altoona, WI 54720
Subrogated Parties.
Case No:
Case Codes: 30106, 30107

vs.

Vincent Pitts, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Palmetto, Marketing, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Robert Cecil, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067
Tina Michelle Cecil, an Individual
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Gemini Subscriptions, Inc., a Florida Corporation
7522 Wiles Road, Suite 112
Coral Springs, FL 33067

Brandon Green, an Individual
Dunn County Jail
615 Stokke Parkway
Menomonie, WI 54751

Read The Criminal Complaint Againsit Brandon Lee Green
Read The Civil Lawsuit Against Vincent Pitts




Washington
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

June 15, 2006
Face-to-Face Technologies Going Door-to-Door Selling Magazines for Cause
Date: June 15, 2006
TheLocalBBB News Release: Face-to-Face Technologies
Going Door-to-Door Selling Magazines for Fundraising Purposes
Spokane, WA - June 16, 2006 - TheLocalBBB wishes to relay some pertinent information regarding a magazine subscription agency sending people door-to-door selling magazines for "fundraising efforts." The company is called Face-to- Face Technologies dba Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. located at 29029 Upper Bear Creek Road #202, Evergreen, CO, 80439, phone 888-888-9025.

According to BBB Denver reports, this firm is an order processing center for magazine and book sales groups. They process orders, handle customer issues and issue refunds that have been approved by the sales groups.

The groups typically include school youth or church youth using door-to-door or telephone solicitation practices. These groups are trying to raise funds for their own causes.

Consumers report the prices for the magazine subscriptions are usually higher than if they had just subscribed to the magazine by themselves. This is because a portion of the amount received is kept by the sales group doing the solicitation for the purposes of their fundraising.

Consumers also report they don't get magazines after they order. The sales contract says that the company has up to 6 months to complete the delivery of the individual magazine subscriptions that are being processed for the sales group.

Consumers sometimes report that the sales groups in door-to-door sales have questionable or vague fundraising causes. Consumers should always ask and be clear what the fundraising is intended for. It is legal for anybody to solicit door-to-door for any reason so do not assume these door-to-door sales groups are charities.

Complaints against this group concern sales, delivery and refund issues.

This company also does business as Fun Sales; Gold Coast Subscriptions; Magazines Inc., and Youth Incentive Marketing, and it participates in the Denver/Boulder BBB Complaint Extranet Program. This means that the company has agreed to expedite the handling of any complaints filed with that bureau.

TheLocalBBB began hearing about this company from callers who were concerned about the company's pitch. Regionally, the sales group currently working here is going door-to-door stating that your magazine "donation" will be going to either Seattle Children's Hospital or GIs in the Middle East. One customer paid over $50 for a Nickelodeon subscription to be sent to the kids at Seattle Children's Hospital. Another customer wrote a check to the company donating his subscription to the GIs. In both cases, each consumer felt that the "cause" presented was vague, causing concern after the fact.

TheLocalBBB decided to give the company a call to find out more details about how their sales groups are operating, and to address concerns regarding "causes" with them. We spoke with a manager named India, who was very forthright about their company's mission. She stated the following:

1. Unless you specifically designate a cause to which your subscription will go, it will go to one of two places (right now): Military hospitals throughout the USA, or Seattle Children's Hospital. She stated that if you wish for your subscription to go to a specific place, tell the agent, and they will make that happen.

2. Anyone purchasing magazines from this company's agents can track their order by calling the number on the back of their receipt. Rather than six months, India stated that magazines are getting out to the places within 120 days. If in tracking your order you come to find that it is going somewhere you don't want it to go, contact the company directly and let them know!

3. India stated that their company was told by the federal government that they can't ship magazines overseas to military personnel in the Middle East or anywhere else they may be out of country, thus the shift to "military hospitals" across the US. (You just have to specify.)

TIPS Given this additional information from the company, if you have already entered into an agreement with them for donating magazines and are not satisfied with how the transaction went down, or feel there was deception in getting you to sign up, file a formal complaint with the company directly first for a resolve by calling India at: 866-675-9869. If you gain no resolve going directly to the company, then file a formal complaint with the Denver BBB for resolve at: www.denver.bbb.org

Better Business Bureau
Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho & Montana
Hosted by Hurdman Communications
BBB
thelocalbbb.com
Eastern Washington, North Idaho & Montana
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Great Lakes Circulation

Magazines Inc


Research:
Magazine Company:
Great Lakes Circulation
Great Lakes Circulation Website: americancashaward.com
Colorado Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Colorado S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Magazine Scams: Great Lakes Circulation
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Great Lakes Circulation
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Mountain Subscriptions
BBB Reliability Report
As reflected in the Denver/Boulder BBB on: 05/14/06 at 9:45 AM PST
BBB Report: Great Lakes Circulation
Western Virginia BBB
Consumer Alert
Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. d/b/a Gold Coast Subscriptions
Read This PDF Consumer Alert
ripoffreport.com:
Rip Off Report: Great Lakes Circulation
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/14/06:
Great Lakes Circulation
Face-to-Face Technologies dba Great Lakes Circulation, Inc.
aka: Fun Sales
aka: Gold Coast Subscriptions
aka: Youth Incentive Marketing
aka: American Cash Award
aka: Payne Sales
aka: Shumate Sales
aka: Magazines Inc.
aka: Mountain Subscriptions
Great Lakes Circulation Contact Info:
Great Lakes Circulation (edumacation.com)
2656 S Kittredge Park Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439
P.O. Box 1060, Kittredge, CO 80457
Great Lakes Circulation (nfsa member directory)
29029 Upper Bear Creek Rd.
Suite 202
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 674-8252
FAX (303) 679-9909
Principle:
Mark Shumate
Google Search: Mark Shumate
Google Search: Great Lakes Circulation

Great Lake Circulation is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

Article Info: Great Lakes Circulation
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Organizations Leaves Girls, 17, At Bus Stations In Dallas, Austin
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Crews live and die to sell
Young magazine peddlers nationwide face abuse, danger
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Note: The DMPG collects information from various sources:
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The DMPG is not responsible for inaccurate data in any of the above sources of information.
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June 14, 2006
Bill would slam the door on aggressive salesmen
By KAREN JEFFREY
STAFF WRITER
WEST BARNSTABLE - It was nearly 9 p.m. when Sally heard the doorbell ring. Wary because her husband of 55 years was visiting their son off-Cape and she was alone for the evening, she asked, ''Who is it?'' through a closed front door. She stood on tiptoe and peered through the peephole, catching sight of a young woman whose youthful voice did nothing to alarm Sally. ''I figured it was a high school student selling magazines for her school. So, I told her to come back the following morning,'' said Sally, who has asked that her last name not be used. But the young woman persisted, ringing the doorbell again, insisting Sally open the door because ''tomorrow would be too late.'' And this bothered the retired schoolteacher, who is 76. ''She wouldn't leave. It was dark and she was more than persistent, she was demanding. I became concerned enough to call our neighbor Bob who came right over and told the girl to leave.'' This scenario of two weeks ago is familiar to police across the Cape as a new season of door-to-door solicitation gets under way on Cape Cod and the Islands. ''It's almost like they're locusts descending on the Cape every summer,'' said Barnstable police Sgt. Sean Sweeney. ''These crews of young people selling magazines get dropped off on the Cape and we get barraged with complaints from people who don't like strangers knocking on their doors at night or wandering onto their property during the day.'' If recent legislation proposed by Rep. Cleon Turner, D-Dennis, and Sen. Michael Morrissey, D-Quincy, is passed, the door-to-door salesman could go the way of the buggy whips and horse-drawn carriages in Massachusetts.
Registration required
The proposed ''No Knock'' bill would require door-to-door solicitors, including magazine salespeople, to register with municipal police departments. It also makes police departments responsible for maintaining No Knock lists, a registry of addresses supplied by residents who do not want solicitors showing up at their homes. Door-to-door salespeople would be prohibited from visiting these homes in much the same way businesses are prohibited from calling telephone numbers listed on No Call lists. Although initially aimed at magazine solicitors, the law would also apply to driveway pavers, fly-by-night landscapers and all for-profit enterprises. The law would not apply to religious or charitable organizations. Four years ago the Jehovah's Witnesses' Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York sued Stratton, Ohio, when that town passed an ordinance requiring permits for canvassers, including religious groups. The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled that Stratton could not require a permit for canvassers such as religious groups. Stratton's ''no knock'' list, however, was not challenged by the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Current law has no teeth
Current state law requires businesses to register with police departments when coming into a town to do business, but there are no teeth in the law, according to area police. Failing to register is not an arrestable offense, nor is solicitation after sunset. ''About the worst we can do is yell at someone - that's if we can find them,'' Sweeney said. ''Often, by the time we get to a neighborhood, the people have cleared out.'' ''The push behind this (legislation) came as a result of a series of crimes in New Hampshire, including the rape of a woman,'' said Yarmouth police Lt. Frank Frederickson, who worked with Turner in creating the bill. ''Our particular interest arises out of the situation we face every summer - groups of people come here to sell magazines. They work for these big out-of-state concerns, have no local ties and in a few instances we have arrested fugitives from other states, or found runaway juveniles working on these crews,'' he said. According to Frederickson, across the country crime has come to be associated with work crews of door-to-door solicitors going from town to town. He points to a Web site - http://travelingsalescrews.info/ - operated by a Wisconsin man whose daughter was killed in a van crash involving a working crew of young people hired for door-to-door solicitation. Among other things, the site includes stories about crimes and accidents involving door-to-door salespeople. Under the proposed Massachusetts law, door-to-door solicitors would have to provide police with name, age, address and Social Security number, and police could run criminal history checks. Under the provisions of this legislation, violators would also be subject to arrest. Special protections for the elderly call for civil penalties of up to $5,000 and not less than $1,500 for knowing violations involving someone 65 or older.
Other towns on board
Several municipalities across the country already have No Knock provisions in place. Two years ago the city of Alexandria, Ky., adopted a No Knock ordinance. The ordinance was popularly received in the community of about 9,500 people, said Alexandria city clerk Karen Barto. However, only about 100 people have signed up for the No Knock list, which is maintained and enforced through the city clerk's office. Door-to-door solicitors are required to register and are provided with a list of addresses to avoid. Additionally, residents who sign up with the No Knock list are given a sticker to place on their doors, warning away would-be solicitors, Barto said. ''The people most interested are our senior citizens,'' she said. On the Cape, police say the most frequent complaints about door-to-door salespeople come from senior citizens. ''One of the big issues is that the magazine solicitors are usually young, usually from out of state, and often are from the city,'' Frederickson said. ''Many of our older residents feel intimidated when someone shows up on their doorstep and just refuses to leave.''
Karen Jeffrey can be reached at kjeffrey@capecodonline.com.
(Published: June 14, 2006)
By KAREN JEFFREY
STAFF WRITER
Cape Code Times
capecodonline.com
Yarmouth, Massachusetts
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Additional Info on Massachusetts "No Knock" Legislation:
Yarmouth Police Department Press Release - 06/13/06
Read Proposed Massachusetts "No Knock" Legislation


June 13, 2006
Union Township
Police Department
Media Release
On 06/13/06 the Union Township Police Department arrested Dyangle Turner for Aggravated Burglary, Abduction, and Attempted Rape. At approximately noon, the suspect, Dyangle Turner was soliciting magazines door to door in a Summerside neighborhood. After making contact with the victim, he forced his way into the home and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The victim was able to escape and contact police. The Union Township Police Department arrested Dyangle Turner a short time later. He was then transported to the Clemront County Jail.
union-township.oh.us
Union Township, Ohio
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June 8, 2006
Plea Reached In Silva Lanes Death
Thursday, June 8, 2006
Around Northern New Mexico
Journal Staff Reports
Two of the four men charged in the Oct. 20 slaying of Benjamin Suazo outside the Silva Lanes bowling alley reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday. Joshua Burgess, 24, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo., each pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. Each could face a maximum sentence of 4 1/2 years in prison at sentencing for their roles in Suazo's death. Two other defendants charged in connection with Suazo's homicide, James Combs and Jason Furden, have turned down plea offers and are slated to go to trial June 27. Suazo, a 32-year-old Santa Fe resident, was beaten into unconsciousness, but was still alive after a fight with a group of out-of-state magazine salesmen outside the bowling alley Oct. 20. While Suazo was lying on the ground unconscious, a sport-utility vehicle being driven by Furden and containing other magazine salesmen ran Suazo over, according to evidence at a preliminary hearing in the case last year.
Around Northern New Mexico
Journal Staff Reports
Albuquerque Journal
abqjournal.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Missouri
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

June 6, 2006
Missouri Magazine Door-to-door Salesman
to Pay Restitution and Penalties
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Kansas City info Zine
A man who sold magazine subscriptions door to door in central and southwest Missouri but never delivered the magazines will pay $2,699 in restitution to consumers and $2,000 to the state of Missouri. Jefferson City, Mo. - infoZine - Under a court order obtained by Attorney General Jay Nixon, Jason E. Cogbill is also permanently barred from selling magazines or engaging in door-to-door sales in Missouri. Last December, Nixon filed a lawsuit in Boone County Circuit Court against Cogbill, one of the owners of Creek House Subscription. At the time of the lawsuit, Cogbill had a Joplin address as his current residence. Cogbill's co-defendant, Kameron C. Johnson, was ordered to pay $6,863 in restitution and penalties as part of an agreement reached with the Attorney General in April. Nixon said his office received more than 60 complaints from consumers in Boone, Callaway, Camden, Christian, Cole and Greene counties who said they paid for subscriptions they never received. Cogbill and Johnson also falsely claimed to be students from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri State University in Springfield. Cogbill is prohibited by the court order from continuing to operate Creek House Subscription in the state of Missouri. Consumers who purchased magazine subscriptions from Creek House can file a complaint through the Attorney General's Office Web site, www.ago.mo.gov, or by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222. In addition to the restitution, Cogbill will pay a $1,000 civil penalty and $1,000 to cover the costs of the Attorney General's investigation and prosecution of the case. The consent judgment and permanent injunction approved by Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton also prohibits Cogbill from engaging in door-to-door sales or soliciting magazine sales in Missouri.
Kansas City info Zine
infozine.com
Kansas City, Missouri
Jefferson City, Missouri
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June 6, 2006
Magazine salesman ordered to pay for undelivered material
Posted: Tuesday, Jun 06, 2006 - 04:25:07 pm CDT
News Tribune
A second door-to-door magazine salesman who failed to deliver the magazines he had promised to Mid-Missouri customers has been ordered to pay restitution and penalties. Under a court order obtained by Attorney General Jay Nixon, Jason E. Cogbill is ordered to pay $2,699 in restitution to consumers and $2,000 to the state. He's also permanently barred from selling magazines or engaging in door-to-door sales in Missouri. Last December, Nixon filed a lawsuit in Boone County against Cogbill, one of the owners of Creek House Subscription. Cogbill's co-defendant, Kameron C. Johnson, was ordered to pay more than $6,800 in restitution and penalties as part of an agreement with Nixon's office in April. More than 60 complaints from Cole, Boone, Callaway and Camden counties were filed with Nixon's office saying they paid for subscriptions they never received. Cogbill and Johnson also falsely claimed to be students from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri State University in Springfield. Consumers who purchased magazine subscriptions from Creek House Subscription can file a complaint through the Attorney General's web site at www.ago.mo.gov or by calling the consumer protection hotline at 800-392-8222.
News Tribune
newstribune.com
Jefferson City, Missouri
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AGO Communications Attorney General's News Release

June 5, 2006

Second door-to-door salesman who stiffed consumers
on magazine subscriptions to pay $4,699 in restitution, penalties

Columbia, Mo. — A man who sold magazine subscriptions door to door in central and southwest Missouri but never delivered the magazines will pay $2,699 in restitution to consumers and $2,000 to the state of Missouri. Under a court order obtained by Attorney General Jay Nixon, Jason E. Cogbill is also permanently barred from selling magazines or engaging in door-to-door sales in Missouri.

Last December, Nixon filed a lawsuit in Boone County Circuit Court against Cogbill , one of the owners of Creek House Subscription. At the time of the lawsuit, Cogbill had a Joplin address as his current residence. Cogbill's co-defendant, Kameron C. Johnson, was ordered to pay $6,863 in restitution and penalties as part of an agreement reached with the Attorney General in April.

Nixon said his office received more than 60 complaints from consumers in Boone, Callaway, Camden, Christian, Cole and Greene counties who said they paid for subscriptions they never received. Cogbill and Johnson also falsely claimed to be students from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri State University in Springfield.

Cogbill is prohibited by the court order from continuing to operate Creek House Subscription in the state of Missouri. Consumers who purchased magazine subscriptions from Creek House can file a complaint through the Attorney General's Office Web site, www.ago.mo.gov , or by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 800-392-8222.

In addition to the restitution, Cogbill will pay a $1,000 civil penalty and $1,000 to cover the costs of the Attorney General's investigation and prosecution of the case. The consent judgment and permanent injunction approved by Circuit Judge Gene Hamilton also prohibits Cogbill from engaging in  door-to-door sales  or soliciting  magazine sales  in Missouri.

All media inquiries should be directed to Press Secretary John Fougere.

E-mail     Phone: 573-751-8844    Fax: 573-751-5818

Missouri Attorney General
ago.mo.gov
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New Mexico
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

June 5, 2006
Missing teen returned to home
Source: KRQE News 13
Posted: 6/5/2006 12:21:00 AM
ALBUQUERQUE -- A mentally challenged Albuquerque teen is home after going missing Tuesday afternoon. Arthur Anaya is 18 years old, but has the mental capacity of a 10 year old. His grandmother, Mary Montoya, says someone took advantage of that. Arthur Anaya says he went willingly last Tuesday with the traveling magazine salesman who came to his door. But Montoya says her grandson isn't capable of making his own decisions. By Tuesday evening Anaya was in Denver training to sell magazines. Montoya says she was sick and went to lay down for a nap, when she woke up a few hours later Anaya was gone. His younger brother says he was lured away by door to door salesman, the only thing he left was an 8-hundred number that went right to voicemail. Wednesday Montoya got a message from her grandson. "Sorry I got cut off the phone, card expired, card expired. Please pick up the phone, please pick up the phone, goodbye." Montoya says that there were two voices on the message. She says the second voice is a man who's coaching Anaya on what to say. KRQE News 13 reported Friday that Anaya was taken from his home by a group of door to door salesmen. After the story aired someone who knew the salesmen told the group Anaya was all over the news. By Saturday night Anaya was on a bus heading back to Albuquerque. "Some lady told him they saw him on TV and I think they got scared,” said Montoya. By Saturday night Anaya was on a bus heading back to Albuquerque. Arthur claims the week long experience wasn't bad. "They were very nice people, they didn't take nothing, they didn't hurt me or nothing, they treat me like family," said Anaya. Anaya says he spent the night in a Denver motel with other teens, some he says were 16 or 17 years old.
KRQE News 13
krqe.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Wisconsin
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

June 4, 2006
Traveling Magazine Sales Crews Recruiting Wisconsin Kids
Consumer Protection Warns Parents To Check Out Companies
POSTED: 9:06 pm CDT June 4, 2006
UPDATED: 9:53 pm CDT June 4, 2006
channel3000.com
WISC TV Channel 3 CBS
MADISON, Wis. -- There is a warning from the state about teens who are out searching for the perfect summer job. Experts warn some jobs might sound like fun, but be more dangerous than you think. The state Department of Consumer Protection is warning young people and their parents about traveling sales crews that are currently recruiting in the Madison area. Many teens are lured in by being told the jobs will allow them to travel and meet new friends. But consumer advocates said don't go knocking on doors unless you've thoroughly researched the company. "Young people should know that they're risking their life," said consumer protection's Glen Loyd. "It is a highly dangerous occupation." In 1999, seven teens were killed when their magazine sales crew van crashed. That might be the most memorable event, but Loyd said it's not the only bad experience Wisconsin teens have had. "Young women come back from these things pregnant," said Loyd. "Some kids get beat up. Some kids find themselves in another part of the country unable to get back to Wisconsin. A lot of bad things can happen." A bill regulating traveling sales groups passed in the Senate, but is still in committee in the Assembly. Current law requires sales crews to get a house-to-house employer certificate, which gives teens their employment terms in writing. It also allows the state to revoke the certificate if necessary. The proposed law would increase stipulations to get that certificate, including requiring the Department of Workforce Development to investigate companies before they can be registered. It would also regulate employee work times. If parents have questions about a company their child has been recruited to work for, or if teens have questions about their potential door-to-door employer, they are urged to call the Wisconsin Department of Consumer Protection, 1-800-422-7128.
WISC Channel 3 CBS channel3000.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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May 2006
Fraud of the Month
The Latest Scams Circulating the Consumer World.
Be warned.
Be informed.

Magazine Sales Scams
consumerjungle.org
Summer is fast approaching, and many teenagers will be looking for a job to earn money. Magazine sales companies often target young adults to sell magazines door-to-door promising them a chance to see the country. Read on to find out why you should discourage teenagers from signing up for this job and what to do if a young adult shows up on your doorstep selling magazines.

How the Scam Works

A teenager knocks on your front door to sell you a magazine and convince you that a portion of the proceeds will go towards one of the following or something similar:
Charity
Earning tuition
Going to camp
Winning a prize
Working their way through school

There are two victims in this scam:
1. You
If you buy a magazine from them, it is highly likely that you will be overcharged and never receive the magazine(s) that you order. While most magazine publishers take 90 days to deliver the first issue, you’ll be waiting even longer for these magazines to show up.

2. The Teenager
The young adults who sign up for this work often get scammed as much as the customers who buy the subscriptions. They receive promises of reasonable incomes but find out later that the work is not as easy or profitable as advertised. The sales companies prompt the teenagers with the misleading sales pitch, even though none of the sale proceeds goes to charity, tuition, or camp.

Play it Safe
• Discourage young adults from magazine sales jobs.
• Beware of the emotional appeal of buying from a teenager selling door-to-door.
• If you buy from a door-to-door salesperson in your home, and the purchase is more than $25, you're protected under the FTC's Cooling-Off Rule. The Rule gives you three days to cancel your order and receive a full refund. The seller must tell you that you have a right to cancel, and give you a summary of your cancellation rights and two copies of the cancellation form. Ask to see the required cancellation notice before you agree to buy. If the salesperson doesn't have it, don't place an order.
Source: www.ftc.gov
consumerjungle.org
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Wisconsin
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!


May 31, 2006
Traveling sales crew warning
"Whatever they're selling... you don't want it"
By Jim Dick
Wisconsin Radio Network
Wednesday, May 31, 2006, 10:19 AM

"Whatever they're selling. You don't want it". A blunt warning from the state Consumer Protection folks about sales crews now going door-to-door. Consumer Protection's Glen Lloyd who doesn't mince words of warning when talking about door-to-door sales crews now reportedly recruiting Wisconsin high school graduates. The crews lure kids with promises of money and fun but Lloyd says selling magazines or liquid cleaner door-to-door on the road is not what it's cracked up to be. He says the kids are "put through hell". Lloyd says he's checked out reports of kids being molested by potential customers and crew chiefs, drugs, alcohol and of course there's the memory of the Janesville van crash in 1999 that killed 7 young people. Lloyd's simple warning to young high school graduates in the state: Stay away from these traveling sales crews. And if a young sales person comes to your door trying to sell magazines, liquid cleaner or just about anything, don't take any chances.Lloyd says it's better to report them and let police see if they're legit or not.

AUDIO: Jim Dick reports
Listen To Audio Interview Glen Loyd
Wisconsin Department of Trade and Consumer Protection
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By Jim Dick
Wisconsin Radio Network
wrn.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Press Release


May 31, 2006
Don't Go With Door-To-Door Crews
Contact: Glen Loyd
608-224-5007
"Some door-to-door sales crews pass through Wisconsin leaving misled consumers and even sexually molested homeowners," says Janet Jenkins, administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection. "They also take advantage of the young workers they recruit here." "Sales crews sometimes tell young people about how fun it is to travel the country with other kids, selling products door to door," says Jenkins. "Unfortunately, we often see a far different outcome -- a scenario of exploitation and mistreatment." "Our advice: Don't go with them unless you've checked them out thoroughly!" Wisconsin leads other states in deaths related to these crews. Unfortunately, most young people don't remember the seven Wisconsin teenagers who died in Janesville in a magazine van crash in 1999. "In addition to being in life threatening situations," says Jenkins, "people who join these crews often learn how to mislead and steal. Some crew members may be wanted for prosecution in their hometowns. Other crew members may be doing drugs. Go with a door-to-door crew and you may find yourself in jail. In the past, a crew member was arrested in Appleton for threatening to burn down an elderly man's home if he didn't buy magazines." Other young people say it's a hard life to be out on the street all day selling door to door, sleeping two to a bed or on the floor of a motel room. Some Wisconsin girls have come home sexually assaulted and pregnant. Jenkins also asks consumers to be on alert and contact local law enforcement officials if they suspect violations or see suspicious activities. For more information, call the toll free hotline of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection: 1-800-422-7128.
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection
PO Box 8911
Madison, WI 53708-8911
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May 24, 2006
Magazine salesman charged with multiple felonies
Amanda C. Tinnin
Of the Suburban Journals
St. Charles Journal
05/24/2006
ST. CHARLES COUNTY
A 19-year-old woman invited a magazine salesman into her home Wednesday, according to police, but when she refused to buy his product he made sexual remarks and pinned her to the floor. Derell Lee Sikes, 20, of Cleveland, was charged Friday with first-degree burglary and sexual abuse — both felony charges. "She didn't suffer any physical injury," said St. Charles County Sheriff Tom Neer. "Just scared to death of course." The incident happened in the Oak Ridge Subdivision, which is located outside of the city of St. Peters in unincorporated St. Charles County. Neer said the 19-year-old invited Sikes into her home, but eventually told the salesman his magazine subscriptions were too expensive. Neer said Sikes kept putting pressure on the potential customer, but she again refused and asked him to leave. "Then he asked if he could use the bathroom," Neer said. "He went into the bathroom, but she didn't hear him use it." When Sikes came out of the bathroom, Neer said he once again began to push the sale. The customer again refused. The victim then grabbed for her cell phone. Neer said Sikes took the phone away and broke it. "He made a few sexual comments to her and then grabbed her and put her down on the floor," Neer said. "She started screaming for her mother who wasn't at home, but he didn't know that." Police don't know if Sikes otherwise would have sexually assaulted the women, Neer said. "If you have a man that's 175 pounds and 5-foot-7 push you on the floor what do you think is going to happen?" Neer said. "He didn't want to smell her shampoo." Once Sikes fled, the woman called the police and responding officers stopped a group of young men walking near the subdivision. "She identified one of those men as the one who had sexually abused her," Neer said. Sikes had no current address, Neer said. Sikes was working with Magazine Inc., a company out of Kitteridge, Colo. Neer said the sheriff's department has responded to a few calls about pushy door-to-door salesmen over the years. But Neer said he does not remember anything similar to this incident. "Right now we don't have a soliciting ordinance in the county so they'll bring a group of mostly young people in and drop them off in a subdivision," Neer said. "What I would personally like to remind the residents is don't admit anyone into the house that they did not call or don't know. Even a utility person is required to carry some kind of identification."
Amanda C. Tinnin can be reached at atinnin@yourjournal.com
Amanda C. Tinnin
Of the Suburban Journals
St. Charles Journal
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
stltoday.com
St. Louis, Missouri
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Great Lakes Circulation

Magazines Inc


Research:
Magazine Company:
Great Lakes Circulation
Great Lakes Circulation Website: americancashaward.com
Colorado Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Colorado S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Magazine Scams: Great Lakes Circulation
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Great Lakes Circulation
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Mountain Subscriptions
BBB Reliability Report
As reflected in the Denver/Boulder BBB on: 05/14/06 at 9:45 AM PST
BBB Report: Great Lakes Circulation
ripoffreport.com:
Rip Off Report: Great Lakes Circulation
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/14/06:
Great Lakes Circulation
Face-to-Face Technologies dba Great Lakes Circulation, Inc.
aka: Fun Sales
aka: Gold Coast Subscriptions
aka: Youth Incentive Marketing
aka: American Cash Award
aka: Payne Sales
aka: Shumate Sales
aka: Magazines Inc.
aka: Mountain Subscriptions
Great Lakes Circulation Contact Info:
Great Lakes Circulation (edumacation.com)
2656 S Kittredge Park Rd, Evergreen, CO 80439
P.O. Box 1060, Kittredge, CO 80457
Great Lakes Circulation (nfsa member directory)
29029 Upper Bear Creek Rd.
Suite 202
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 674-8252
FAX (303) 679-9909
Principle:
Mark Shumate
Google Search: Mark Shumate
Google Search: Great Lakes Circulation

Great Lake Circulation is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

Article Info: Great Lakes Circulation
State To Investigate Company That Allegedly Abandoned 2 Teens
Organizations Leaves Girls, 17, At Bus Stations In Dallas, Austin
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Crews live and die to sell
Young magazine peddlers nationwide face abuse, danger
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May 23, 2006
Men Make Deal in Bowling Alley Death;
Two of Four Face Six-Year Sentences
By Martin Salazar
Albuquerque Journal
May 23,2006
Two of the four men charged in the Oct. 20 slaying of Benjamin Suazo outside the Silva Lanes bowling alley have reached a plea agreement with prosecutors, the case's presiding judge was told Monday. "We have reached a tentative plea agreement," Prosecutor Barbara Romo told District Judge Michael Vigil during a status hearing on the case. Joshua Burgess, 24, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo., are slated to plead to charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery, Romo said. She added that the state will make no sentencing recommendation, and that Burgess and Long face up to six years in prison. The other two defendants, James Combs and Jason Furden, have turned down plea offers and are slated to go on trial June 27, Romo said. Romo said Combs, 20, of St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Furden, 28, of Lawrence, Kan., weren't offered the same deal as Burgess and Long. "I don't think it would be appropriate to offer them anything less than a voluntary (manslaughter charge), and they wouldn't accept that," Romo said. All four men were set to go on trial together next month on second-degree murder charges; all were accused of beating Suazo and then running him over with a sport-utility vehicle in the Silva Lanes parking lot. The four were members of an out-ofstate magazine sales crew. The beating followed an alcohol-fueled verbal dispute, according to testimony presented during the preliminary hearing. Suazo, a 32-year-old Santa Fe resident, was beaten into unconsciousness, but was still alive when the SUV driven by Furden and containing the other magazine salesmen ran over him, according to testimony presented during a Nov. 8 preliminary hearing. Suazo died shortly thereafter. A fifth man, Dewell Keith Lafleur, 31, was arrested and charged in the incident, but charges against him were dropped after witnesses testified that he had acted as a peacemaker during the incident. Suazo had a blood-alcohol level of .227 when he was killed, and Judge Vigil said after hearing testimony that he could have walked away from the fight several times during the night. At one point during the fight, Suazo attacked the men while they were in their SUV and broke a window on the vehicle. Suazo's mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Silva Lanes, the men charged in the death and their employer, Michigan- based Worldwide Circulation Inc.
By Martin Salazar
Albuquerque Journal
May 23,2006
abqjournal.com
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Minnesota
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
SCAM ALERT !!!


May 21, 2006
Neighbors question magazine sales
BY DAN WEST
STAFF WRITER
Article published May 21, 2006
Residents of one Livonia neighborhood said they were scammed by a smooth-talking magazine salesman who asked for people to pay with cash and may have stolen prescription drugs. "Usually, I say no when someone asks me to buy magazine subscriptions, but he said he was my neighbor, he said he was a college student and he acted like he belonged so I wanted to help him," said Barbara Bauman, who paid $19 for one subscription plan. "We fell for it, and now I feel like an idiot." Livonia police said they are investigating the activities of an 18-year-old man who claimed to live in the Livonia Hills Estates neighborhood in the Eight Mile-I-275 area. Detective Martin Donnelly said he is looking into a report from one homeowner who accuses the magazine salesman of stealing prescription drugs while using the homeowner's restroom. "The victim provided receipts from a legitimate company," Donnelly said. "It's possible this salesman may have been a rogue employee, or he used to work for the company, but he uses their materials to do this on his own." Bauman said the man was asking people to pay $76 for a package of magazine subscriptions and books, where some proceeds would benefit a children's hospital, sold by the St. Clair Shores-based company World Wide Circulation-Infinity Sales. He told her that he would get extra credit if he received cash payments. "He pointed to an exact house where he said he lived, but after talking with my neighbors, we realized he or someone he described as his mother did not live there," said Bauman, who added a number of her neighbors paid for some sort of magazine package. The young man was described as 5-foot, 5-inches tall, with short black hair and wearing a T-shirt and cargo shorts. Donnelly suggests that residents should not deal with solicitors who do not obtain permits or show documentation issued by the Livonia City Clerk's office. People who peddle sales without such permits are breaking city laws and can be arrested by police.
BY DAN WEST
STAFF WRITER
dwest@hometownlife.com (734) 953-2109
Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
hometownlife.com
Livonia, MI.
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May 19, 2006
Magazine salesman charged in attack
ST.Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. CHARLES COUNTY
Lee Sikes, 20, of Cleveland, had been selling magazines in the Oak Ridge subdivision near St. Peters. A woman let him into her home to talk about the magazines, but she told him they were too expensive. Sikes asked to use her bathroom and when he came out, he made several sexual comments to the woman, police said. They said she asked him to leave and tried to call for help on her cell phone but Sikes forced her to the floor and then fled when she started screaming. He was arrested a short distance from the home and charged with sexual abuse and burglary.
ST.Louis Post-Dispatch
stltoday.com
St. Louis, MO.
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Akron Ohio BBB Alert !!!
BBB cautions students
seeking traveling sales work
May 18, 2006
GREATER AKRON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) of Akron is sending a word of caution to college and high school students who find summer employment with traveling magazine sales crews. According to the BBB, information has revealed these offers often begin with ads promising good pay, all-expenses-paid travel, free training and interviews conducted in hotels or motels. Students may be pressured to sign on quickly, but young adults may potentially be working with dangerous individuals. Parents should be aware that traveling sales crews may pose dangerous working conditions, according to the BBB. Complaints have included being forced to work long hours, unsupervised co-ed living conditions in motels, and the risk of arrest by local authorities for not getting legally required permits to sell door-to-door. The BBB cautions consumers to keep their homes secure and resist the temptation to answer the door when a stranger knocks. The BBB also offers these suggestions in considering traveling sales employment:
• Request written details of travel, food and housing arrangements.
• Determine who pays for expenses, how long training lasts and if you will be paid during the training period.
• Get documentation of your rate of pay and how often you are to be paid.
• Ask what happens if a customer cancels an order. Will the canceled order be deducted from your income?
• Find out whether you can return home or call home any time you want. Ask how family and friends can reach you while traveling. Anyone joining a traveling sales crew should have a way to call home if they become stranded with no money available.
• If you feel in danger, call the local police department and ask for assistance.
• Check the company offering employment with the BBB. Reliability reports can be obtained by calling (330) 253-4590 or (800) 825-8887, or by visiting the Web site www.akronbbb.org.
BBB
Akron, Ohio
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May 17, 2006
Magazine salesman nabbed in Cohasset
By Sue Reinert
Patriot Ledger
COHASSET - Police arrested a Louisiana man on a six-year-old warrant after several residents complained that his door-to-door sales tactics were too aggressive. Terrence McKinney, 30, who said he lived in Mansfield, La., was selling magazines on Monday night in Cohasset, Police Chief James Hussey said. He said officers found McKinney after "we had three or four calls from residents about aggressive soliciting." A check showed that he was wanted on a warrant from Dedham District Court, Hussey said. A court official said a judge issued the warrant when McKinney didn't show up for a June 1, 2000, hearing to answer charges that he was soliciting without a permit in Wellesley.
By Sue Reinert
Patriot Ledger
ledger.southofboston.com
COHASSET, MA.
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May 17, 2006
Salesman to be tried in rape
By Ray Huard
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
May 17, 2006
EL CAJON – A high school student told a judge yesterday that a door-to-door cleaning supply salesman forced his way into her El Cajon home and repeatedly raped her during a violent struggle while she was home alone on spring break in April. “He was choking me, holding me. It seemed like he wanted to kill me when he choked me,” the 18-year-old woman testified in El Cajon Superior Court. After hearing the testimony Judge Patricia K. Cookson ruled there was sufficient evidence for a trial and ordered Archie Lee Thomas held in jail in lieu of $1.5 million bail pending a May 30 hearing to set a trial date. Thomas, 20, of St. Louis is charged with six counts of rape, rape with a foreign object, forced oral copulation, residential burglary with intent to commit rape, assault with intent to commit rape and tampering with a telephone. He faces a maximum penalty of 80 years, eight months in prison if convicted of all charges, prosecutor Terrie Roberts said outside the courtroom. The woman Thomas is accused of raping said Thomas came to the front door of her family home around 4 p.m. selling cleaning products. She said Thomas forced his way in and grabbed her around the neck after she opened the door to see what he wanted. She testified that Thomas dragged her from room to room as she tried to fight him off, punching, kicking and poking him. She said she picked up a potted plant and tossed it at his head, then tried hitting him with a dining room chair. Nothing stopped him, she testified, as they stumbled into furniture, knocking a cup to the floor and smashing a ceramic framed photograph. When Thomas dragged her into the kitchen, the woman said she grabbed for a nearby phone, but Thomas snatched it from her and threw it on the floor. Ultimately, the woman said she gave in because she feared Thomas would kill her. “I was scared,” she testified. The woman said that after Thomas raped her in her bedroom he told her “we could hook up sometime as girlfriend and boyfriend” and told her she couldn't tell anyone what happened because it would ruin his chances to get into college. Thomas then forced her to clean up broken glass and dirt that had spilled from the plant during the struggle before taking her back into her bedroom and raping her again. The woman testified that her father called twice during her hourlong ordeal. She said Thomas let her answer the phone, but she was too terrified to tell her father what was happening. After Thomas left he continued going door-to-door through the neighborhood selling cleaning products, according to police. El Cajon police arrested him a few blocks from the woman's home after one of her friends called 911, testified Police Officer Keith MacArthur.
By Ray Huard
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Ray Huard: (619) 542-4597; ray.huard@uniontrib.com
signonsandiego.com
EL CAJON, California
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
May 21, 2006


DMPG research into the above cleaner sales company based on court documents and police reports indicates that the Archie Lee Thomas was working for T&B Sales:
T&B Sales Manager: Timothy Burgess
8405 Avalon Drive
Riverdale, GA 30274
Phone (800)323-6444

T&B Sales distributes Advanage Wonder Cleaner for:

Austin Diversified Products
16615 S. Halsted Street
Harvey, IL 60426
(708) 333-7644
FAX: (708) 333-4775
cs1@advanage.com
Owner: Nathan T. Edwards
Austin Diversified Products Website:advanage.com

Austin Diversified Products is a member of the National Field Selling Association:
100 North 20th Street
4th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103-1443
215.564.1627
FAX: 215.564.2175
National Field Selling Association Website:nfsa.com

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May 12, 2006
Staying safe during visits from door to door salespeople
May 12, 2004
By DON DARE
6 On Your Side Reporter
WATEChannel 6
KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- It's the time of the year when door-to-door sales people peddle magazines or coupons and 6 On Your Side tells you ways to stay safe. The sales people are usually young. Many say they're on summer break from college, trying to earn extra money. But be extra careful. If a solicitor comes to your door, you don't have to answer it. If you do answer, you need to ask questions. And if you're in Knox County, ask to see a solicitation certificate from the clerk's office. The salesperson is also required to register. The best advice is, don't let them into your home. Remember, you didn't invite them. A young door-to-door salesman came to Ben Burks' home May 7th, selling magazines for a company called AM Press, out of Miami. Ben said, "I ordered Forbes magazine. It would've cost me $25." After the sale, Ben said the salesman went to other homes in the neighborhood. But Ben didn't have a good feeling about the salesman. So he went online to inquire about AM Press. He learned that it's a subsidiary of Mags R Us. Then Ben went to the Miami Better Business Bureau web site where "I learned that they don't deliver goods. They've had complaints for non-delivery of goods." Knox County Sheriff Tim Hutchison said, "You don't know who's knocking on your door to solicit...to sell you something." Hutchison said that despite local measures to monitor solicitors, home owners must be on guard when a salesperson comes to the door. "There's no background check. We have no idea who these people are, what they've done in the past. And that's a scary thought." Ben Burks said the salesman at his house flashed some kind of ID. Don Dare told Burks, "In the city of Knoxville, solicitors don't have to carry identification. But in Knox County, they do. Did it seem as if he had a Knox County ID?" "Well you know, I didn't look at it like I should have," Ben said.
WATEChannel 6 and WATE.com
wate.com
KNOXVILLE (WATE), Tennessee
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May 12, 2006
Runaway caught peddling door-to-door
MidHudsonNews.Com
Friday, May 12, 2006
A teenaged runaway from Missouri is back home after she showed up in a Putnam County neighborhood peddling magazines door-to-door. Marlyse Skinner, 18, of Kansas City, who absconded from a secure residential facility in that city back in January, was returned to the custody of Missouri officials after a deputy sheriff found her knocking on doors along Weatherhill Road in Southeast. A resident of that area had called the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office and reported that two suspicious females were walking from house to house and knocking on doors. A deputy investigated and found two females, Skinner and another teenage girl, walking down a private driveway. They told the deputy they were selling magazine subscriptions for a Missouri-based company, however, neither could show him a peddling permit. The deputy ran a computer check and received a hit from the national Crime Information Center revealing Skinner was wanted on a warrant from the Jackson County Family Court in Kansas City.
midhudsonnews.com
Putnam County, New York
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Nebraska
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

May 11, 2006
Woman Reports Injury From Door-To-Door Salesman
Sarpy County Has Several Reports Of Aggressive Salesmen
POSTED: 8:19 am CDT May 11, 2006
UPDATED: 8:37 am CDT May 11, 2006
KETV 7 Omaha
SARPY COUNTY, Neb. -- Investigators in Sarpy County warned about some aggressive door-to-door salesmen that have been knocking on doors in the Omaha metro area. One woman said a salesman attacked her when she refused to buy his magazines. Brandy Heywood said she opened the door to find a salesman, and she told him she wasn't interested and tried to close the door. "He tried to get me to buy a magazine, told me he was trying to earn points to become a youth counselor. He slammed the door. I was standing right here (and) this part of the door hit me in the head and I fell back. Almost hit this and landed on the stairs," Heywood said. She called 911, and that's when she said the man jumped into to a white van with Oklahoma plates and got away. She now has a bump on her head and she's fearful. "It violated me a lot. I'm afraid to let my son go out of the house. I'm afraid to answer the door," Heywood said. Sarpy County Lt. Kevin Greiger said the salesmen are often selling magazines people would recognize for a company they've never heard of. "We've had numerous complaints in the last few months, most recently a few days ago about aggressive salespeople," Greiger said. Investigators said the salesmen are picked up in cities across the country and dropped off in neighborhoods such as Heywood's. "If they have idle time on their hands, there's a garage door open and it's accessible to them, that could be a problem," Greiger said. "Cars that are unsecured and things left in the yard (could go missing.)" Door-to-door sales people are required to get a permit inside the city of Omaha.
KETV 7 Omaha
ketv.com
Omaha, Nebraska
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Virginia
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
SCAM ALERT !!!


May 11, 2006
Police Warn About Magazine Solicitors
By Melissa Martin
WSLS NewsChannel 10
Thursday, May 11, 2006
Lynn Hines had just gotten home from work when a magazine salesman ignored trespassing signs, and walked up to her porch. Lynn Hines: You know, at first he was nice, everything was peaches and cream until I said no And she says he got aggressive. Lynn: I kept backing up, but he kept coming a little closer. I was like no I don't want to do that but he kept on, and kept on and he was very persistent, more or less he wasn't leaving until he got my check. And he got it. Here's a copy of Lynn's check. She bought a 51 dollar subscription to people magazine, and the salesman went away. That sales person should not have been going door to door in the first place. We checked with the BBB and the Commissioner of Revenue, the company does not have a solicitor's license, so if they try and sell you a magazine, it's against the law. The BBB warns this company, Great Lakes Circulation based in Colorado has 76 complaints in the last three years. They say some people don't get their magazines, or end up paying more than they would on their own, pressured in by questionable sales tactics. Julie Wheeler, Better Business Bureau: The really hard pitch, I'm trying to raise money for school, or I'm trying to raise money for charity. Any time people are using anything other than the product they are selling as the hook or reason you need to support it, people need to be weary. Lynn: It was harassment. I would have probably called the police had I had my phone on me, just to get him to leave me alone. Lynn wrote the company this letter asking them to refund her money, she hopes other people will won't be cornered when someone comes knocking on their door. We checked with Roanoke County Police. They tell me they are trying to track down these solicitors and say they could be charged if they're caught. In the meantime, if you are not interested close the door. If they won't go away, call police. They tell us it's ok to use 911, they want to know when a group is in your neighborhood. If you are interested in buying a magazine, write down the information, and check the company's record with the BBB. Always write a check to a company, not an individual. And remember, you've got 3 days to cancel, but make sure the receipt has a proper date.
By Melissa Martin
WSLS NewsChannel 10
wsls.com
Roanoke, VA.
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Great Lakes Circulation


Research:
Magazine Company:
Great Lakes Circulation
Great Lakes Circulation Website: americancashaward.com
Colorado Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Colorado S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Magazine Scams: Great Lakes Circulation
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Great Lakes Circulation
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Mountain Subscriptions
BBB Reliability Report
As reflected in the Denver/Boulder BBB on: 05/14/06 at 9:45 AM PST
BBB Report: Great Lakes Circulation
Western Virginia BBB
Consumer Alert
Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. d/b/a Gold Coast Subscriptions
Read This PDF Consumer Alert
ripoffreport.com:
Rip Off Report: Great Lakes Circulation
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/14/06:
Great Lakes Circulation
Face-to-Face Technologies dba Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. aka: Fun Sales
aka: Gold Coast Subscriptions
aka: Youth Incentive Marketing
aka: American Cash Award
aka: Payne Sales
aka: Shumate Sales
aka: Magazines Inc.
aka: Mountain Subscriptions
Great Lakes Circulation Contact Info:
Great Lakes Circulation
29029 Upper Bear Creek Rd.
Suite 202
Evergreen, CO 80439
(303) 674-8252
FAX (303) 679-9909
Principle:
Mark Shumate
Google Search: Mark Shumate
Google Search: Great Lakes Circulation

Great Lake Circulation is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

Article Info: Great Lakes Circulation
State To Investigate Company That Allegedly Abandoned 2 Teens
Organizations Leaves Girls, 17, At Bus Stations In Dallas, Austin
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Magazine sales work ends in tale of terror
Read This Story
Crews live and die to sell
Young magazine peddlers nationwide face abuse, danger
Read This Story

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Virginia
Door To Door Sales ALERT !!!

May 10, 2006
Consumer Alert Western Virginia
Door-To-Door Magazine Crew In Area
For Immediate Release
A door-to-door magazine sales operation is making its way through western Virginia. To date, the business, Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. d/b/a Gold Coast Subscriptions, does not have a license to solicit in Roanoke localities. The Bureau has been unable to verify if the firm has obtained the necessary permits through the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry. Consumers have reported that the sales representatives are offering long-term subscriptions to a number of magazines.

Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. is located in Evergreen, CO. According to the Denver, CO BBB, the company is an order processing center for magazine and book sales groups. Consumers report the prices for the magazine subscriptions are usually higher than if they had just subscribed to the magazine by themselves. This is because a portion of the amount received is kept by the sales group doing the solicitation for the purposes of their fund-raising. The firm is NOT a member of the Better Business Bureau.

Consumers also report they don't get magazines after they order. The sales contract says that the company has up to 6 months to complete the delivery of the individual magazine subscriptions that are being processed for the sales group. Consumers sometimes report that the sales groups in door- to-door sales have questionable or vague fund raising causes. Consumers should always ask and be clear for what the fund raising is intended. It is legal for anybody to solicit door-to-door for any reason; so do not assume these door-to-door sales groups are charities. The Denver BBB has processed 76 complaints on the firm in their current three-year reporting period. The majority of complaints involve sales issues, delivery issues, and refund and exchange issues. The firm has resolved complaints presented by the Bureau.

"Consumers should be aware that many door-to-door magazine sales often involve hidden costs," said Julie Wheeler, president of the BBB Serving Western Virginia. "Unscrupulous salespeople sometimes trick consumers into purchasing multi-year magazine subscriptions costing hundreds of dollars. When a salesperson offers a package of magazines for a few dollars a week, it may sound like a real bargain, but it may include inflated prices and subscriptions stretching over several years."
Western Virginia BBB
Consumer Alert
Great Lakes Circulation, Inc. d/b/a Gold Coast Subscriptions
Read This PDF Consumer Alert


Arizona
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
SCAM ALERT !!!


May 9, 2006
Door-to-door sales may be fraudulent
By DOMINIKA MASLIKOWSKI
Tuesday, May 9, 2006 7:33 PM PDT
BULLHEAD CITY - Marie, a Laughlin Ranch resident who wanted her last name withheld, said a young man was going door-to-door in her neighborhood last week selling books for sick children. The man claimed to be a student at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, raising money for a chance at an internship at the BBC. “I know people have given him money,” Marie said. “He showed me a check from one of the neighbors and he had other checks in his binder. He also had a wad of cash in there, too.” Marie said the man looked about 19 or 20 years old and had short blond hair and slight acne. He carried a handwritten form for donors to fill out and a worn magazine brochure. The checks he had collected were made out to “Integrity.” Marie said the man was unable to produce a piece of I.D. when asked. Gary Larson, undergraduate coordinator at UNLV, said the fundraiser had nothing to do with any of their internship programs. “I did talk to Marie,” Larson said. “She said she notified the police, which is just fine. We have nothing going on that's like that.” Carrie Conner, public information officer at the Bullhead City Police Department, said the case is similar to the types of fraud reports the department sees. “Luckily most reports are alerts of fraud,” Conner said. “Kudos for our community for doing an excellent job of not falling victims and for educating themselves.” A business license issued by Bullhead City is required of anyone going door-to-door. Everyone should ask to see that license before handing over any money, Conner said.
By DOMINIKA MASLIKOWSKI
Tri-State OnLine
mohavedailynews.com
Bullhead City, Arizona
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Integrity Sales
Website

Integrity Program
Website


Integrity Sales On The Web
Magazine Fulfillment Services
Website
Search: Magazine Fulfillment Services + Integrity
Search: Magazine Fulfillment Services + Magazine


Research:
Magazine Company:
Integrity Sales/Integrity Program
Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
Rip Off Report: Integrity Sales
Magazine Company/Sales Crews as of 05/13/06:
Magazine Fulfillment Services - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Sales, Inc. - Operated by Robert Spruiell
Integrity Program, Inc.- Operated by Robert Spruiell
Circulation I - Operated by Karkeen Hillery
Circulation II - Operated by Karleen Hillery
SERVICES UNLIMITED PLUS - Operated by Karleen Hillery Spruiell/Robert Spruiell
National Community Clearing, INC - Operated by Karleen Hillery
TEAM X-TREME
DYNASTY SALES
POWERHOUSSE SALES
KAYS NATURALS - Karleen Hillery Crew
Crew Name: 029
Crew Name: 032
IP MARKETING
IMPACT PUBLICATIONS
Subscriptions Plus - Operated by Karleen Hillery
(old mag. company name - may be in use again)

Google Search: Karleen Hillery
Google Search: Robert Spruiell

Integrity Sales is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
National Field Selling Association is a member of:
Magazine Publishers of America: magazine.org

RIP-OFF Report.com
Integrity Sales ripoff
Phoenix Arizona *Consumer Comment ..New Info
Read This Rip-Off Report On Integrity Sales

Lookup: Karleen Hillery on Profiler:
Karleen Hillery Profile

Lookup: Karleen Hillery - Janesville Wisconsin Van Crash March 25, 1999
Karleen Hillery Profile

View Recent Criminal Activities of Karleen Hillery Spruiell:
Karleen Hillery Spruiell
(NOTE: for search on Arizona State Supreme Court Criminal Records
Enter: Last Name: Spruiell, First Name: Karleen in search box.

View Wisconsin DOJ Civil Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 00-CV-0852)
State of Wisconsin V. Karleen Hillery

View Illinois Magazine Sales Fraud Lawsuit Against Karleen Hillery (case # 02-CH125)
State of Illinois V. Karleen Hillery

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Colorado
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
SCAM ALERT !!!


May 7, 2006
Officials warn of sales scams
Girls act as students, go door-to-door selling magazines
By SARA REED
The Coloradoan
Article published May 7, 2006
A recent incident of girls posing as Fort Collins High School students selling magazines to raise money has police reminding citizens to protect themselves from fraud. The girls, whom police determined were not students, were selling magazines door-to-door in south Fort Collins, telling residents they were trying to raise money for a six-week trip to London, according to police spokeswoman Rita Davis. A resident alerted police after a neighbor told him of the scam, Davis said. The man then noticed a black van with New York license plates in the neighborhood. When he went to write down the license plate number, the driver yelled and made obscene gestures at him, Davis said. Police were unable to find any ties between the registered owner of the van and Fort Collins, Davis said. No charges have been filed in the case, Davis said. It is not unusual for people running scams to come from out of town, Davis said. It is illegal to mislead someone in order to sell them something, Davis said. City code also prohibits solicitors from ignoring posted "No trespassing" or "No soliciting" signs. Students from Fort Collins High School rarely solicit door-to-door, said principal Mark Eversole. "They (students) usually sell to friends or family just because of the safety aspect," Eversole said. "(Going door-to-door) is not something we promote." When students do raise money for a school program, they will tell those they are soliciting specifically what the money is for, whether it is the football team, forensics team or any other team, Eversole said. Students also are encouraged to wear their uniforms, he added. Eversole said that anyone with questions about solicitations from students claiming to be from Fort Collins High should not hesitate to call him. "If it smells fishy, it probably is," he said. Counterfeiting checks, stolen or obtained otherwise, and using them for personal use is one of the most common types of fraud, said Detective Brien O'Malley. Residents who believe they are victims of check fraud should immediately contact their banks and close their checking accounts, police said. The easiest way to protect yourself from this type of fraud is to not leave checkbooks in mailboxes or cars and to only write checks to people you know, O'Malley said. People should not be afraid to say "no" if they do not want to buy what the solicitor is selling, O'Malley said, and should never be afraid to ask for a phone number they can call to get more information.
By SARA REED
SaraReed@coloradoan.com
coloradoan.com
Ft. Collins, Colorado
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Ohio
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
SCAM ALERT !!!


May 4, 2006
Police cancel man's plan to peddle mags
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Nordonia Hills Sun
MACEDONIA _ Police warned a man to stop soliciting magazines door to door without a permit about 5:30 p.m. April 29. The man said he was trying to make money to support his kids. Two hours later, a resident called police to complain about a solicitor. It was the same man. He got upset when police approached him a second time and started swearing at officers. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and cited for soliciting without a permit.
Nordonia Hills Sun
cleveland.com
Macedonia, Ohio
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Texas
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
SCAM ALERT !!!


May 3, 2006
I-Team: Be cautious of scamming solicitors
Joe Conger
KENS 5 Eyewitness News
Web Posted: 05/03/2006 12:23 AM CDT
Door-to-door solicitors can often be trusted. However, the KENS 5 I-Team discovered that some solicitors selling magazines might be selling only a subscription to trouble. Meet James. He says his mom lives on the next street over. He also says he's a communications major at the University of Texas at Austin, and his teacher, Professor Matthews, has him selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door to get enough money for a class field trip to Europe. "We sure don't send people out on the street, soliciting magazines," said Barry Brummett, a professor of communication studies at UT. "There's no unit in the college that does that, I'm not aware of anyone at UT that does that." Brummett is right. James is no student. He's a solicitor, selling subscriptions to magazines a buyer may or may not ever receive. His sales pitch is designed to grab a buyer's emotions, and what he won't tell you is he's working out of a non-descript van from Nevada with a bunch of other young men and women, who are all part of what's known as a mag-crew. "They come from New York, New Jersey, California, companies from all over the United States, and they hire people and travel all over the country," said Dean Taylor with the Better Business Bureau. Ignoring posted signs against soliciting, James and his crew comb neighborhoods looking for sales. Margaret Cullins, who lives in the neighborhood, didn't buy James' act this time. She says she's been burned before. "Why are you coming to my door selling these if they're not going to arrive on time?" she asked. "Somebody's getting ripped off somewhere. They are or we are." James wasn't carrying the proper peddler's permit the city of San Antonio requires of solicitors. He also was unable to produce a UT identification card for the I-Team and was unwilling to tell reporters what he was doing in San Antonio or where he was from. When James was asked if he was part of a scam, he got defensive. "Why don't you guys just get back in the truck and leave me alone?" he asked. As he waited for his ride, the I-Team traced the van to a company called Integrity LLC out of Las Vegas. The company has no listed phone number. However, there were dozens of complaints against the company and similar subscription companies on the Internet. The complaints were remarkably similar, all from consumers scammed by youngsters claiming they were studying communications at local universities, and financing overseas trips through magazine sales. "It is a sales pitch, and we just have to be good consumers and ask the right questions," said Assistant Attorney General Marsha Acock, with the Texas Attorney General's Office's charitable trust division. A check with the AG's office and the Better Business Bureau shows that the state does little more than compile consumer complaints against mag-crews. But the Integrity mag-crew had plenty of complaints against the I-Team when we tried talking with them. "Get the (expletive) out of my face! That's harassment," said a youth with the group. When the I-Team explained that reporters just wanted to ask some questions about the solicitors, the verbal assault continued. "Cause we're solicitors, quit harassing us," said another youth. It's a far cry from the life depicted on Web sites that entice teens with vacations, travel and their own businesses. The Better Business Bureau says the solicitors often become bigger victims than the people they sell to, as they're transported from state to state, making very little money for themselves. "They take them out and dump them, and they're out all day and then pick them up at night and go somewhere. I mean it's a tough way to make a living," Taylor said. Are the magazine sales legitimate? Authorities said it depends on the company, and the companies frequently change their names to avoid consumer complaints. Consequently, we found none for Integrity LLC from the Better Business Bureau or the Attorney General's Office. If you do happen to sign up for a subscription, federal rules give three days to send the company a written cancellation notice. Once your check is cashed, a buyer can wait up to six months for the first issue of their magazine.
Joe Conger
KENS 5 Eyewitness News
The San Antonio Express-News
mysanantonio.com
San Antonio, Texas
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May 3, 2006
Magazine Salesman Robbed In West Chester
Reported by: 9News
Web produced by: Mark Sickmiller
Photographed by: 9News
First posted: 5/3/2006 5:31:45 PM
Police in West Chester want you to be on the lookout for three men who allegedly robbed a door to door saleswoman on Wednesday. The trio is accused of approaching a woman who was selling magazines in the Quail Run Farms neighborhood off Hamilton Mason Road. Investigators say they appeared to be interested in making a purchase when they stole her money bag and took off. They're worried the group could attack again. "They could be out here looking for people who are doing this kind of stuff and they could be an easy victim. They're trying to make money and sell a product, and the suspect's going to know they have cash on them," said Joseph Buschelman of West Chester Police. The descriptions of the suspects are vague. The victim says they were in a blue pickup truck.
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wcpo.com
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Apr. 29, 2006 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic
As salesman goes door to door, red flags go up
'It's not illegal to lie,' bad businessman says
JJ Hensley
The Arizona Republic
The line between scam artist and bad businessman is a thin one. Matthew David Longo insists he is the latter, but some of his potential customers disagree. Longo, 23, is a self-employed door-to-door magazine salesman for a company he started called Impact Publications. Longo caught the attention of a south Mesa neighborhood last summer when residents complained that he took $40 for magazines that were never delivered and promised carwashes that never happened. He used the same sales pitch in Ahwatukee last week, but Longo contends he has turned his business around and that his actions last summer were those of a naïve businessman, "I really do take pride in what I'm doing, but I screwed up in the beginning and I didn't do this right," Longo said. "I would like to make that better. I don't want people out there thinking I'm a scam artist or a con artist." That's what residents in one Ahwatukee Foothills neighborhood think. Neighbors said a young man using the name "Matt" worked the neighborhood last week, selling magazines and claiming to raise money for a number of groups, including Arizona State University's soccer program and Mesa Community College's Speech and Debate team. ASU does not have a men's soccer program and MCC nor longer has a traveling debate team. "We just host on-campus tournaments," said Erin Rawson, MCC's director of speech activities. "We've never done any kind of fund-raising for it because the school provides an adequate budget." Longo says that "Matt" wasn't him. But another aspect of "Matt's" sales pitch caught the neighbors' attention. He said residents could purchase subscriptions and have the magazines sent to Phoenix Children's Hospital. Longo said he was selling magazines in the neighborhood last week and offering to send subscriptions to the hospital, but denies presenting himself as a representative of Phoenix Children's Hospital or evoking the name of college clubs to solicit funds. Steve Schnall, vice president of the hospital's foundation, said the group never solicits door-to-door. "To my knowledge, nobody has purchased magazines and donated it to the hospital. If they have, they have not informed us so we would have no way of knowing," Schnall said. To Dawn Chin, the entire pitch, including references to living in the neighborhood and offers to wash cars, sounded familiar after a cursory Internet search turned up a story about Longo's antics in south Mesa last summer. Chin initiated her search after Longo and her husband fought in their Ahwatukee driveway when Richard Chin refused to purchase the magazine subscription. Last summer, Longo admits he canvassed Mesa neighborhoods promising to wash subscribers cars, which never happened, and selling magazines of which he has never been able to verify delivery. He also said he told residents he lived in the neighborhood and said his name was "Matt Williams, like the ballplayer." "It's not illegal to lie," said Longo, who was arrested in Mesa in 2003 on a suspicion of check forgery and is serving a probation sentence for theft from a Tempe residence. He declined to provide contact information for satisfied customers, citing their right to privacy. Dawn Chin said Longo would probably be better off if he were up front with people. "If he really is trying to do a business, he's just not good at it," she said. "He needs to get his temper under control and stop lying to people." Still, Longo said his criminal past is behind him and he's concentrating on raising his 6-month-old daughter by himself. "Am I going to (sell magazines) anymore? I don't even know. I may look into doing something different," Longo said. "Most importantly, I am trying to look out for the well-being of my daughter. Do you have kids? It's a whole different story, man." Mesa police Sgt. Chuck Trapani said residents who were interested in doing something to help a charity or school group should contact the recipients directly if someone comes soliciting funds. "If somebody comes knocking on your door and says they're trying to raise money for some charitable organization, if you don't know the person and you're not 100 percent sure it's legitimate, get a business card and contact the charity directly," he said. For any residents who think Longo ripped them off or even those who feel owed a carwash, Longo has a request. "If I can get a hold of all these people and make things right with certain things I said and did in the past, I really would, I really would make it right," he said.
JJ Hensley
The Arizona Republic
azcentral.com
Phoenix, Arizona
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Apr. 28, 2006
Miss. Man Faces Sexual Assault Charge
Connecticut Nightbeat
FARMINGTON — Police on Thursday charged a Mississippi man with the sexual assault of a mentally disabled man. Donnie McDonald, 31, of Rose Hill, Miss., was charged with second-degree sexual assault and second-degree burglary. He was ordered held on bail set at $75,000. Police said McDonald was illegally selling magazine subscriptions door to door when he influenced the resident of a home to give him cash and checks for the magazines. McDonald also engaged in a sexual act with the man, police said in a press release. McDonald was not authorized to solicit door-to-door sales in town, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
Courant Staff Report
courant.com
FARMINGTON, Connecticut
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Wisconsin
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
SCAM ALERT !!!


April 28, 2006
Door-to-door salesman's antics result in citation
By Patty Brandl
fdlreporter.com
Posted April 28, 2006
Questionable behavior by a door-to-door magazine salesman prompted calls to police from two local women in separate incidents over the past few weeks. A 19-year-old New York State man was cited for disorderly conduct after the women called police to report his aggressive, and in one case, sexually suggestive behavior, according to a Fond du Lac Police Department report. Police were on the lookout for the man after an 18-year-old woman told officers that the man had come to her 14th Street residence selling magazines at about 1:30 p.m. April 19. He said he was selling subscriptions to earn a trip to Mexico. The woman agreed to buy a subscription and left the door to get her checkbook. When she returned, she found the man inside the house. The man made several sexual comments to her, asking her to shake her breasts and give him a show, according to the report. He told her he provided a free backrub with each magazine subscription purchased and offered the woman a full body massage. The officer who responded to the residence later that day noted in his report that the woman cried while providing details of the incident. He took a description of the man. On April 22, a woman on Rockrose Drive called police to report that a man had come to her home selling subscriptions and asked to use her bathroom. When he asked for a soda and seemed reluctant to leave, she became nervous and got him out of the house. She checked the bathroom and noticed the window had been opened, but said she was unsure if the man had opened it. She immediately called police. According to the report, the man fit the description of the suspect in the April 19 incident. Officers located the man in the neighborhood a short time later. He told officers he was employed with a company from Milwaukee and was living in a motel there, the report said. The man said he worked for a man named "Bob Barker." He was cited for disorderly conduct.
By Patty Brandl
fdlreporter.com
The Reporter pbrandl@fdlreporter.com
fdlreporter.com
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
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D.M.P.G. Info Clip
May 07, 2006


DMPG research into the above magazine sales company based on police reports indicates that the offender was working for a magazine sales company out of Pilot Point, Texas by the name of "Direct Subscription Services, Inc." Coincidently, Direct Subscription Services, Inc. has the same exact address as All-Star Promotions aka AllStar Promotions.
Direct Subscription Services, Inc.
1017 N Hwy 377
Pilot Point, TX 76258

Website: Direct Subscription Services, Inc.

edumacation info on All-Star: All-Star Promotions



April 25, 2006
Sales job meant death for Mesquite teen
10:51 AM CDT on Tuesday, April 25, 2006
By BRAD HAWKINS / WFAA-TV
Brad Hawkins reports
An estimated 50,000 young people will journey the streets every day this summer, selling magazines, candy and cleaning products. But before you let your teen take that kind of a job, you'll want to hear one Mesquite mother's story. Just six months after her daughter graduated high school, Karen Oldaker faced teenage independence with an uneasy feeling. Shamblin Rodriguez, 18, was setting out to sell magazines and see the country. "She told me about it and she was packing while she was telling me about it. She thought it was such a great deal," said Oldaker. "She wanted to do it and she wanted to see the world. So, I let her go. I let her go and now she's not coming back." Days into her new job, Shamblin saw something else. "It wasn't enough to live on. Not for her personal needs, it wasn't. And that's the most infuriating thing is - the way she sounded and the way they made it sound to her." Long hours, in rough parts of town, dreams of finding wealth door-to-door turned over on an interstate highway. When the crew van flipped, throwing nine passengers into the median in the Arizona desert, two people died, including the always-smiling teen from Mesquite. "A couple of hours before the accident, I talked to her. She told me they were going to the Grand Canyon on their way to California," Oldaker continued. "None of her friends have deleted her number from their cell phone. I haven't even deleted her number from my cell phone." The Internet is littered with anonymous stories of deception, abuse, exploitation for teens and young adults on their own; they become either stories of survival or death. The Illinois company that owned the van - Alliance Services Company - did not return our calls, and when a grieving mother had to call them for information. "They said she was a subcontractor so she didn't work for them. But yet, their name was on the insurance for the vehicle and I'm sure they paid for the hotel rooms and the meals," said Oldaker. Another parent turned a similar fatal crash into a crusade for door-to-door sales regulations in Wisconsin. This mom wants Texas to be next. "I don't want another kid to go to their parents and say: 'Mom, this is a great deal. I could be making $500/month or more.' And then, not come home," said Oldaker.
E-mail bhawkins@wfaa.com
By BRAD HAWKINS / WFAA-TV
WFAA-TV
wfaa.com
Dallas, Texas
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West Virginia
Door To Door Magazine Sales
CONSUMER FRAUD ALERT !!!


April 25, 2006
West Virginia Sues To Stop Collection Efforts For Bogus Magazine Sales
consumeraffairs.com
West Virginia has gone to court to stop a Florida collection agency from trying to collect debts supposedly based on magazine subscription purchases. West Virginia Attorney General Darrell McGraw took the action against Check Game Solutions and its President, Catherine Key of Vero Beach, Florida. McGraw says problems began when CGS's client, Universal Subscription Agency, sent vendors into West Virginia selling magazines door to door. Consumers were taken in by the young vendors' pleas for assistance in meeting sales quotas, and wrote checks on the spot to purchase subscriptions for various magazines. Some consumers regretted the purchase right away and, when they could not find the salesperson in their neighborhoods, decided to stop payment on their checks. Under West Virginia law, contracts for multiple magazine subscriptions can be canceled at any time and for any reason. Instead of canceling the purchases, McGraw says Universal hired CGS to send debt collection letters to consumers, accusing the consumers of writing the magazine company bad checks. In one case, CGS threatened to turn the debt over to the "Worthless Check Division" of the "State Attorney's Office," a fictitious entity made up by CGS to frighten consumers. CGS has never obtained a license to conduct business as a collection agency in West Virginia, and has failed to post a bond as required by law. McGraw's office attempted to resolve complaints against CGS informally, but he says CGS refused to settle the matter. McGraw said his office had no other choice but to sue CGS. In his suit, McGraw seeks a preliminary injunction barring CGS from conducting any debt collection activity in West Virginia until the case can be resolved, and asks that the Court eventually order restitution, debt cancellation, and civil penalties.
consumeraffairs.com
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April 25, 2006
Attorney General Darrell McGraw's
Consumer News
Press Releases and Consumer Information
Posted: Tue Apr 25, 2006 12:18 pm
Post subject: Attorney General
McGraw Sues Check Game Solutions
April 25, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Chris Hedges
1-800-368-8808
304-558-8986

ATTORNEY GENERAL DARRELL McGRAW SUES TO STOP CHECK GAME SOLUTIONS, A FLORIDA COLLECTION AGENCY, FROM HARASSING CONSUMERS OVER BASELESS DEBTS

Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed suit today in the Circuit Court of Kanawha County against Check Game Solutions (“CGS”), a Florida collection agency, and its President, Catherine Key of Vero Beach, Florida, for trying to collect money from West Virginia consumers for debts they claim were based on magazine subscription purchases. Problems began when CGS’s client, Universal Subscription Agency (“Universal”), sent vendors into West Virginia selling magazines door to door. Consumers were taken in by the young vendors’ pleas for assistance in meeting sales quotas, and wrote checks on the spot to purchase subscriptions for various magazines. Some consumers regretted the purchase right away and, when they could not find the salesperson in their neighborhoods, decided to stop payment on their checks. Under West Virginia law, contracts for multiple magazine subscriptions can be canceled at any time and for any reason. Instead of canceling the purchases, Universal hired CGS to send debt collection letters to consumers, accusing the consumers of writing the magazine company bad checks. In one case, CGS threatened to turn the debt over to the “Worthless Check Division” of the “State Attorney’s Office,” a fictitious entity made up by CGS to frighten consumers. CGS has never obtained a license to conduct business as a collection agency in West Virginia, and has failed to post a bond as required by law. McGraw’s office attempted to resolve complaints against CGS informally, but CGS refused to settle the matter. McGraw’s office had no other choice but to sue CGS. In his suit, McGraw seeks a preliminary injunction barring CGS from conducting any debt collection activity in West Virginia until the case can be resolved, and asks that the Court eventually order restitution, debt cancellation, and civil penalties.

Consumers who would like to file a complaint are encouraged to call Attorney General McGraw’s Consumer Protection Division at
1-800-368-8808 or 304-558-8986.
Consumers may also write to Post Office Box 1789, Charleston, WV 25326-1789
West Virginia AG Consumer News
Fraud Update Florida State University




Check Game Solutions

Universal Subscription Agency

United Subscription Agency

MyTravelJob

"Catherine Key" + vero

"Catherine Key" + magazine

"Charles Key" + vero

"Charles Key" + magazine


D.M.P.G. Info Clip
Check Game Solutions
Posted May 27, 2006


DMPG Research:
Check Game Solutions:
State of Minnesota
Commissioner of Commerce
Commerce Enforcment Actions:
Date: 05/26/05
Cease and Desist order and notice of right to hearing
Enforcement Actions May 2005
Cease and Desist order

CHECK GAME SOLUTIONS INC Lic# UC20519978

Against: Unlicensed Company
Action: Cease & Desist/Hearing
Signed: 5/26/2005
File # CA 2500661 KRJ
Allegation:
Respondent conducted themselves as a collection agency without
first applying for and receiving a collection agency lincense.


D.M.P.G. Research:
United Subscription Agency (mytraveljob.com)
Check Game Solutions
Universal Subscription Agency
MyTravelJob

United Subscription Agency: mytraveljob.com
PRINCIPAL ADDRESS
1850 43RD AVENUE
SUITE C-10
VERO BEACH FL 32960
Changed 05/23/2005
Registered Agent:
CATHERINE M KEY
Business Types: For-Profit Magazine Sales
Florida Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website
United Subscription Agency Sales Crews:
New Generation #001
New Edition #003
M.P.R. #004
T.K.O. #005
Untouchables #006
Power House Sales #007
#008
Team USA #009
Momentum Sales #010
Total Power Sales #011
Trailblazers #012

Check Game Solutions, Inc.:
1850 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32960-0504
Phone: (772) 299-1787
Registered Agent:
CATHERINE M KEY
Business Types: Collection Agency Service
Florida Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website

Universal Subscription Agency
6380 McLeod Drive
Suite 8
Las Vegas, NV 89120
(702) 795-0038
FAX (702) 795-0039
Registered Agent:
Steve Ingraham
President:
Richard Lamb
Business Types: For-Profit Magazine Sales
Nevada Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website

Criminal Profiles: Search For: United Subscription Agency
Magazine Scams: United Subscription Agency
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: United Subscription Agency
Consumer Advocacy: Alabama man jailed for attempted rape
Consumer Advocacy: Six magazine salesmen arrested after complaint

Check Game Solutions, Inc.
Florida BBB Reliability Report
As reflected in the Florida BBB on: 05/27/06
Florida BBB Report

Universal Subscription Agency
Nevada BBB Reliability Report
This company has an Unsatisfactory Record with the Bureau due to failure
to eliminate the underlying cause of consumer dissatisfaction.
As reflected in the Nevada BBB on: 05/27/06
Nevada BBB Report

United Subscription Agency Rip Off Reports as of 05/27/06:
complaints.com:
complaints.com Report: United Subscription Agency
ripoffreport.com:
Rip Off Report: United Subscription Agency
Rip Off Report: United Subscription Agency
Rip Off Report: United Subscription Agency
Rip Off Report: United Subscription Agency
Rip Off Report: United Subscription Agency


Universal Subscription Agency Rip Off Reports as of 05/27/06:
ripoffreport.com:
Rip Off Report: Universal Subscription Agency
Rip Off Report: Universal Subscription Agency
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Rip Off Report: Universal Subscription Agency
Rip Off Report: Universal Subscription Agency
Rip Off Report: Universal Subscription Agency


Check Game Solutions Rip Off Reports as of 05/27/06:
ripoffreport.com:
Rip Off Report: Check Game Solutions

United Subscription Agency is a Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
Check Game Solutions is a Supporting Member of National Field Selling Association: nfsa.com
Universal Subscription Agency is a 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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April 24, 2006
Protecting Traveling Sales Crews?
Traveling Sales Crews
Updated: 6:28 AM Apr 24, 2006
NBC 15
A state lawmaker says one out of state company is standing in the way of protecting kids who work in traveling sales crews. This memorial off the Interstate near Janesville serves as a reminder of a van crash in 1999. It killed seven young people and injured five others, who were doing door to door sales. Phil Ellenbecker lost his 18-year-old daughter Malinda in the crash. He says companies recruit kids with promises of adventure and good money but then put them in danger. The state Senate passed a bill last year to regulate the industry. It then went to the Assembly. But the author, Senator Jon Erpenbach, says he can no longer support it because the Assembly committee's amendment leaves "the loophole the size of a semi." "There was one company in particular out of Nashville, TN, that didn't want to change what they called their business practices that they've had over the past 100 years so they got the committee chairman to write an amendment that basically guts the bill, and that's probably the most frustrating part about all of this stuff," says Erpenbach. If the Assembly approves the bill, it heads back to Senate, where lawmakers could approve the amended version or try to work out the differences. Ellenbecker says he would rather see no bill than a bad bill. The legislation would have required companies to register with the state and treated recruits more like employees than independent contractors.
NBC 15
nbc15.madison.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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April 21, 2006
Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act
Gutted By Assembly Small Business Committee
And
Southwestern Company

Wisconsin Senator Jon Erpenbach
Press Release
April 21, 2006

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The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Needs Your Support

Please help us pass Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Regulation Act here in Wisconsin

Senator Jon Erpenbach is re-introducing Malinda's Act into the Wisconsin State Senate. The SB 251 is a comprehensive bill to regulate the traveling sales crews here in Wisconsin. If passed it would protect both homeowners and sales kids from violence and exploitation. Please help us support this very important legislation by sending Senator Erpenbach an Email casting your support.
Thank you
The Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Staff
Please Support The SB 251 Bill

Senate Bill SB 251 Passes Through Committee Hearing
Read PDF Record Of Committee Proceedings and Letters Of Support

Letters Of Support

CLC - Child Labor Coalition
Read PDF Child Labor Coalition Letter Of Support
Janesville Van Crash Mom Supports SB-251
Pam Christman Letter Of Support
Milton, Wisconsin Police Officer Supports SB-251
Officer Conger Letter Of Support
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group Testimony
DMPG Testimony

Lobbying For The SB-251 Bill:

American Federation of Teachers
ATF 0f Wisconsin
Wisconsin Council On Children And Families
The Voice for Wisconsin's Children
wccf.org
Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
wisaflcio.org

Wisconsin State Agencies In Support Of The SB-251 Bill:

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection
datcp.state.wi.us
Wisconsin Department of Justice
doj.state.wi.us
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
dwd.state.wi.us
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
dpi.state.wi.us
Wisconsin Cooperative Educational Service Agency
cesa11.k12.wi.us

Lobbying Against The SB-251 Bill:

Southwestern Company
southwestern.com


April 1, 2006
OPINION
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
MALINDA’S TRAVELING SALES CREW PROTECTION ACT
POUNDED BY OUT-OF-STATE COMPANY

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April 21, 2006
Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act
Gutted By Assembly Small Business Committee
And
Southwestern Company

Wisconsin Senator Jon Erpenbach
Press Release
April 21, 2006

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April 21, 2006
3rd verdict in rape case
Salesman takes guilty plea
He avoids his boss's longer sentence
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
April 21. 2006 8:00AM
Christopher Armstrong, the only magazine salesman who was still facing criminal charges, pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a woman in her Concord home nearly a year ago. In exchange for pleading guilty to four charges yesterday, Armstrong, 24, of Jonesboro, Ark., will spend about one more year in the Merrimack County jail and will have to register as a sex offender for life. He also received a 5- to 10-year suspended prison sentence and must spend five years on probation. It's the same sentence his sales partner Cassidy Coburn, 20, of Monroe, Utah, received late last month when he pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman. It's much less time than what their sales boss, Joseph Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., received after he took his case to a jury in September and lost. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Edward Fitzgerald gave Haniffy a 7½ to 20-year prison sentence and a second 10-20 year suspended sentence. Haniffy is appealing. The men were working as salesmen for Fidelity Reader Services out of Florida when they raped the woman in March 2005. Coburn and Armstrong arrived at the woman's apartment before Haniffy, and they listened to music and drank with her. Haniffy arrived later and took the woman into a bathroom and forced her to perform oral sex on him. Later, all three men raped her together, she said. When they were first interviewed, Coburn and Armstrong said they thought the sex had gone too far. "I wasn't really sure if she wanted to do this or not," Armstrong told Concord detectives in 2005. "Then definitely, by . . . a minute or two into it, I could tell that she didn't want it to happen." Later, the three men said the sex was consensual. Yesterday, Armstrong pleaded guilty to aggravated felonious sexual assault, conspiracy to commit sexual assault and two counts of simple assault that allege he touched the victim against her will. Prosecutor David Rotman dropped a second charge of aggravated felonious sexual assault as part of the negotiated plea. Fitzgerald gave Armstrong one year's jail time each for the two simple assault charges and the aggravated felonious sexual assault. Armstrong has already served just more than a year of that time because he's been in jail awaiting trial since March 2005. Because the jail awards "good time" off for each day served, Armstrong could end up serving just one year of the two he has left. For the charge of conspiracy to commit rape, Armstrong received a 5-10 year suspended prison sentence. He must also complete a psycho-sexual evaluation and spend five years on probation. He can have no contact, directly or indirectly, with the victim. In addition, the men must pay $1,288 in restitution to the victim. The woman was in court yesterday but did not make a statement. Armstrong also did not speak, other than to confirm for Fitzgerald that he understood the terms of his plea agreement. His lawyer asked if Armstrong could serve his probation in Arkansas, where his family resides. Fitzgerald said that was up to probation officials. In an e-mail yesterday, Armstrong's sister Rachael said her family is eager to have Armstrong home. She said Armstrong was the first person she told after she learned she was pregnant, and she's eager for him to meet his niece, Zoey. "Our hearts are with him, and (we are) praying for him," she wrote. "We know what a good man he is." The owner of Fidelity Reader Service, the magazine sales company, said yesterday that this rape case has prompted him to improve the company's training and hiring practices. Belo Kellam said his employment contracts now clearly forbid his salesmen from fraternizing with customers in any way. And his company uses this case as an example in trainings, he said. If a woman lets a salesman into her home and offers him a beer or initiates physical contact, the salesman will be fired if he does not decline and leave, Kellam said. "He has to say, 'If you don't want to buy a magazine, I'm done. I gotta go and sell magazines somewhere else,'" Kellam said. "Everybody understands now that you not there to do anything but sell magazines," Kellam said. Kellam said he fired Aaron Harvey, the man who was supervising Haniffy, Coburn and Armstrong in New Hampshire, but he wouldn't say why. He also said Haniffy wrote him from jail, before his trial, seeking work if he was acquitted. Kellam said he told Haniffy he wouldn't hire him again.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
concordmonitor.com
Concord, New Hampshire
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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


April 20, 2006
Business fined for missing magazines
60 mid-Missourians said they didn’t receive their orders.
By MATTHEW HAAG
MISSOURIAN
April 20, 2006
A Joplin business that solicited magazine subscriptions from Columbia residents but never delivered them was ordered to stop soliciting, advertising or selling magazines in Missouri. Judge Gene Hamilton of the 13th Judicial Circuit granted the permanent injunction against Kameron Christian Johnson and his business, Creek House Subscription, after more than 60 people from mid-Missouri complained that they had never received magazines they ordered. Johnson was ordered to pay $4,863.50 in restitution to the customers and $2,000 in civil penalties and fees to Missouri. The ruling in the case of Jason Erhart Cogbill, who is also named in the lawsuit, is still pending. “We have reason to believe that they may have been selling the subscriptions out of the back of their car as they went to different areas of the state,” said John Fougere, press secretary for Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon. The two defendants went door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions to people in mid-Missouri, including 18 residents in Boone County, according to the lawsuit filed by Nixon in December in Boone County. Johnson and Cogbill told residents in Columbia and Springfield that they were students at nearby universities and were selling the subscriptions to “earn points toward a trip,” according to the lawsuit. A total of 63 people — the greatest number of them from Boone County — contacted the Better Business Bureau and the attorney general. They were bilked by the defendants of a total of $4,273.50 as of Dec. 13, 2005, according to the lawsuit. Johnson and Cogbill’s attorney couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday evening.
By MATTHEW HAAG
MISSOURIAN
columbiamissourian.com
Columbia, Missouri
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April 20, 2006
Rapist in Court
Fox 6 News
Published: 4/20/2006 1:05:49 AM
A door-to-door salesman accused of sexual assault was in court today. According to authorities 50 year old Archie Lee Thomas was arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in her El Cajon home. Thomas was selling cleaning supplies door-to-door on Friday evening when he forced his way into the woman’s home, according to the El Cajon Police Department. Thomas could face up to 73 years to life in prison if convicted. According to officials he is charged with suspicion of rape, false imprisonment with violence, burglary, damage to power lines, robbery, kidnapping and assault with intent to commit lewd acts. Archie Lee Thomas remains in custody
Fox 6 News
fox6.com
San Diego, California
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Missouri
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
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April 19, 2006
Magazine salesman who didn't deliver will pay back customers
BREAKING NEWS 12:07 pm | April 19, 2006
Springfield News-Leader
A man who sold magazine subscriptions door-to-door in central and southwest Missouri but never delivered the magazines will pay $4,863 in restitution to consumers and $2,000 to the state, the Attorney General?s Office announced Wednesday. Kameron C. Johnson has been permanently barred from selling magazines or engaging in door-to-door sales in Missouri, according to a judge's order issued in Boone County Circuit Court. In December 2005, Attorney General Jay Nixon filed suit against Johnson, one of the owners of Creek House Subscription. Johnson had a Joplin address at the time. Nixon said his office received more than 60 complaints from consumers in Greene, Christian, Camden, Boone, Callaway and Cole counties who said they paid for subscriptions they never received. Johnson and Jason E. Cogbill both of whom falsely claimed to be students from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Missouri State University, Nixon said. A second suit against Cogbill is still pending. In addition to restitution, Johnson will pay a $1,000 civil penalty and $1,000 to cover the costs of investigating and prosecuting of the case. Consumers who purchased magazine subscriptions from Creek House can file a complaint through the Attorney General?s Web site, www.ago.mo.gov, or by calling the Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-800-392-8222.
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Springfield, Missouri
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Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
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April 18, 2006
Door-to-door magazine scam reported in Santa Cruz area
The Mercury News
Mercury News.com
Posted on Tue, Apr. 18, 2006
Bay City News Service
Santa Cruz County officials are warning residents about a door-to-door magazine salesman they say has scammed residents. A man in his 20s who reportedly goes by the name Devin and claims to be a student representing a business called Blue Water Sales has arrived at doorsteps in both city and rural neighborhoods in Santa Cruz, Aptos and Soquel, offering subscriptions to various national magazines, according to Robin Gysin of the Consumer Affairs Division of the Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office. The man has taken advance payments for the magazine subscriptions and the checks have been cashed, but no magazines have arrived. Gysin said that they began receiving complaints about the possible scam one year ago, and have received 20 calls from the public just this morning. Neither the Blue Water Sales nor the organization it claims to be a part of, World Class Publications, have been located by the District Attorney's Office, though Gysin reported that the business address is in Long Beach, and that the scam may be going on in Southern California as well. The Consumer Affairs Office advises residents to be wary of door-to-door salespeople and solicitors and to take precautions such as asking salespeople for business identification or printed literature to review, never allowing a door-to-door salesperson into your home, and contacting the police about suspicious activity. The office is also advising residents who have been victimized by Blue Water Sales to call the office at (831) 454-2050 and mail copies of checks and receipts from any transaction with this business. Bay City News, Inc.
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April 18, 2006
TUESDAY MIDDAY NEWS ROUNDUP
A door-to-door magazine salesman has been scamming
Santa Cruz County residents
San Francisco Oakland San Jose
cbs5.com
04/18/06 12:05 PDT
Bay City News Wire
A door-to-door magazine salesman has been scamming Santa Cruz County residents in recent days and officials are warning residents to be on alert. A man in his 20s who reportedly goes by the name Devin and claims to be a student representing a business called Blue Water Sales has arrived at doorsteps in both city and rural neighborhoods in Santa Cruz, Aptos and Soquel, offering subscriptions to various national magazines, according to Robin Gysin of the Consumer Affairs Division of the Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office. The man has taken advance payments for the magazine subscriptions and the checks have been cashed, but no magazines have arrived. Gysin said that they began receiving complaints about the possible scam one year ago, and have received 20 calls from the public just this morning. Neither the Blue Water Sales nor the organization it claims to be a part of, World Class Publications, have yet been located by the District Attorney's Office, though Gysin reported that the business address is in Long Beach, and that the scam may be going on in Southern California as well. The penalty for such a scam could be a misdemeanor and/or civil lawsuit for unfair business practices, Gysin said. The Consumer Affairs Office advises residents to be wary of door-to-door salespeople and solicitors and to take precautions such as asking salespeople for business identification or printed literature to review, never allowing a door-to-door salesperson into your home, and contacting the police about suspicious activity. The office is also advising residents who have been victimized by Blue Water Sales to call the office at (831) 454-2050 and mail copies of checks and receipts from any transaction with this business.
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April 15, 2006
Police: Door-To-Door Salesman Rapes Customer
Man Fled Scene
POSTED: 1:52 pm PDT April 15, 2006
UPDATED: 2:18 pm PDT April 15, 2006
10News.com
EL CAJON, Calif. -- A door-to-door salesman was behind bars Saturday, arrested on suspicion of raping a woman in her El Cajon home, authorities said. The woman was raped around 5:40 p.m. Friday when a man selling cleaning products forced his way into her home, according to El Cajon Police Lt. Tim Henton. After the rape, the man fled the scene, but was detained around 6 p.m. at Bradley and Mollison avenues by El Cajon police. The victim identified Archie Lee Thomas, 20, of St. Louis, Mo. as the man who raped her, Henton said. Thomas was booked into the county jail on suspicion of rape, false imprisonment with violence, burglary, damage to power lines, robbery, kidnapping and assault with intent to commit lewd acts, a clerk said. He remained in custody in lieu of $1 million bail, pending arraignment at the El Cajon Courthouse April 19, the clerk said.
10 News.com
San Diego, California
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April 15, 2006
Salesman accused of rape in El Cajon
Pauline Repard
CRIME WATCH: EAST EDITION
signonsandiego.com
April 15, 2006
EL CAJON – A door-to-door salesman was arrested last night on suspicion of raping a woman about half an hour earlier, El Cajon police said. The woman, 18, told police that the man knocked on her door with some cleaning products to sell. When she opened the door, the man forced his way inside. The woman tried to fight off the man, but he overpowered her and raped her, police Lt. Tim Henton said. The man then left, and the woman called police about 5:40 p.m. A description of the man was broadcast to officers around the city. Officer Keith MacArthur saw a man of the same description carrying cleaning supplies, walking at Bradley and Mollison about 6 p.m. Henton said the victim identified the man as the rapist. Archie Lee Thomas, 20, of St. Louis was jailed on suspicion of rape.
Pauline Repard
signonsandiego.com
EL CAJON, California
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April 14, 2006
DMPG Press Release
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April 14, 2006
Soap scam reported
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, April 14, 2006
Murrysville police are advising residents to be wary of a trio who are going door to door trying to sell cleaning products purported to be new to the market. Police said the sales are suspicious because the products are available in grocery stores, said Sgt. Bob Jones. In one instance, he said, the product offered for sale was a bottle of Dawn dish detergent. The three also failed to obtain a required permit for door-to-door sales, Jones said. Three residents told police they were approached by the soap sales team Thursday, but they turned them away. Jones said the three were described as a heavyset black male, a heavyset white male approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and with short brown hair, and a white female 5 feet 8 inches tall, approximately 160 pounds, with long blond hair and glasses. The three are believed to be traveling in a silver or gray minivan with out-of-state plates, possibly from Ohio. Jones said the same people may have been involved in a similar incident March 27, as well as another incident in neighboring Washington Township. Jones said residents should not let the sales people into their homes. He said anyone who is approached by them should contact police as soon as possible.
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Murrysville, PA.
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April 11, 2006
Tennessee
Traveling Door To Door Magazine Sales
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MTSU Students Not Selling Door-to-Door
Posted: 4/11/2006 3:51:47 PM
News Channel 5
Nashville, TN
Middle Tennessee State University is out with a notice. They don't have any college students selling magazines door-to-door. MTSU says some residents in the Belmont area of Nashville, as well as people in LaVergne in Rutherford County, have told them that young people are going door-to-door selling magazines and identifying themselves as MTSU students. The university says that's just not true. MTSU doesn't have any students selling magazines to benefit the school.
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April 5, 2006
Police logs
Alamogordo Daily News
Night shift
Wednesday, April 5
ADPS units responded to Alamo Apartments in reference to subjects soliciting magazines. The following were arrested for soliciting without a license and jailed in lieu of bond to appear in Alamogordo Municipal Court: Danielle R. Belair, 21, of Logan, Mont.; Sherie Middleton, 20, of Denton, Texas; Matthew L. Hubbs, 19, of Muskogee, Okla.; Brandon Sewell, 19, of Eagle Point, Ore.; and Daniel Earl, 22, of Ellsworth, Ill.
Alamogordo Daily News
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Alamogordo, NM
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April 1, 2006
OPINION
Dedicated Memorial Parents Group
MALINDA’S TRAVELING SALES CREW PROTECTION ACT
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April 1, 2006
Concord
Salesman pleads in rape case
He receives lighter sentence than cohort
By JOELLE FARRELL
Monitor staff
Article published Apr 1, 2006
A 20-year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to raping a Concord woman in her apartment last year. Cassidy Coburn of Monroe, Utah, is the second of three magazine salesmen sentenced in the assault of the woman in March 2005. He pleaded guilty to aggravated felonious sexual assault, conspiracy to commit sexual assault and two counts of theft for taking the woman's camera and identification. Coburn is expected to serve one year at the Merrimack County House of Corrections as part of the plea bargain. A 5 to 10-year state prison sentence for the conspiracy charge was suspended for 10 years after his release. Until Coburn's hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court yesterday, all three salesmen had contended that the sex was consensual. Coburn hesitated when the judge asked if he was pleading guilty because he was guilty. "Is there some doubt in your mind?" asked Judge Edward Fitzgerald. "I feel I must have missed something that night," Coburn said. The first salesman to stand trial for the charges, Joseph Haniffy, was found guilty of three counts of rape and sentenced to 7½ to 20 years in prison. Another 10- to 20-year sentence was suspended. Haniffy, 25, of Chicopee, Mass., has appealed, said his attorney, Donna Brown. The third salesman, Christopher Armstrong, 24, of Arkansas, awaits trial. The men met the woman on March 28, 2005, when they knocked on her door and asked her to buy magazine subscriptions, according to the police. Coburn and Armstrong showed up first and had a beer with the woman, according to the police. Haniffy later came to the apartment and took the woman into the bathroom. A Merrimack County jury convicted Haniffy of forcing the woman to perform oral sex on him in the bathroom. The men later had group sex with the woman in her bedroom. When questioned by the police after his arrest, Coburn said he knew the woman "did not want to do something with all of us." All three men told the police that things had gone too far. But Brown and Coburn's former attorney, Ted Barnes, said the police pressured the men to give the statements. At Haniffy's trial, the woman admitted to flirting with the men and kissing them but said she never consented to sex. Coburn said at the trial that the woman asked them to stay the night. Brown believes the prosecutors sought a long sentence for Haniffy to scare the other two salesmen into pleading guilty. Coburn hesitated in court yesterday because he doesn't feel he's guilty of rape, she said. "He was offered a 12-month sentence: That's the only reason he confessed," Brown said. "This sentence is further evidence that the state knows their weaknesses in this case." Coburn's attorney, Jim Rosenberg, said Coburn accepted responsibility for the charges by pleading guilty. The 12-month jail sentence "appropriately reflects the nature of conduct charged in this case," he said. David Rotman, who prosecuted the case for the Merrimack County Attorney's office, said the state is satisfied with the outcome. He said he could not comment further because Armstrong's case is still pending. Merrimack County Attorney Dan St. Hilaire said that he could not comment on the specifics of Coburn's case. But he said that in seeking a sentence, prosecutors consider a person's criminal history and whether they take responsibility for a crime. Prosecutors also consider whether the victim would be happier with a lesser sentence if he or she would not have to go through a trial, which can be a painful experience. The woman did not speak at Coburn's hearing, but she asked the victim advocate from the Merrimack County Attorney's office to read a statement. In it, she said she still has nightmares about the men and has a strong fear of men. The woman also said she was relieved that Coburn admitted guilt, but "the relief doesn't erase what he did to me," she said in her statement. Haniffy's trial was a difficult experience for her, she said, and "I do not want to relive this any more than I have to." Coburn was sentenced to three years in jail, one year for each of three charges: one count of felonious sexual assault and two counts of theft. He received credit for the year he has already served, and he is expected to receive another year of credit for good behavior, Rosenberg said. Coburn will be on probation for five years after his release and could face 10 to 20 years in prison if he violates his probation, Rosenberg said. He must also pay $1,288 in restitution to the victim and he will be a registered sex offender. Armstrong's attorney, James Laura of Concord, said yesterday that he's still preparing to take their case to trial. But he's also talked at least briefly with prosecutors about plea options. Laura attempted to have the charges against Armstrong dismissed. Fitzgerald denied that request, and Laura has recently asked the judge to reconsider that denial. Laura said he is also considering appealing a part of the case to the state Supreme Court, a move that would put Armstrong's criminal charges on hold until the high court ruled. Laura's complaint is with the immunity agreement the state offered Armstrong when it forced him to testify during Haniffy's trial. Laura believes the terms were unconstitutional because Armstrong was offered partial, not complete immunity.
By JOELLE FARRELL
Monitor staff
(Staff writer Annmarie Timmins contributed to this article.)
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March 30, 2006
FW resident robbed by door-to-door salesman
05:44 PM CST on Thursday, March 30, 2006
By MACIE JEPSON / WFAA-TV
Not much gets past 74-year-old Suzanne Reynolds. She still works hard for her money as full-time account executive. "I won't ask anybody for anything. If I want something I get what I call a job and earn the money for it." And she chose to spend some of it when a boy in need came to her door. "He was very personable, very clean cut. He said he was selling magazine subscriptions and the more magazines he sold, the more points he would get and he was trying to make a better life for himself." Reynolds invited the boy in, twice. A second time he asked for water and a cigarette. Not until the next day did she realize she'd been had. "I picked up my purse and it was very light and I said to myself, 'what's wrong with this picture?' My credit card case was gone - I had over $300 in my case. "I wish I could get him, to talk to him. I'd speak to him by hand." Reynolds isn't the only one complaining. Fort Worth police made two arrests this week after solicitors bullied homeowners. They arrive from out of state, usually without a license, to sell and no legitimate charity. At risk kids come by the busloads, make the rounds, and leave. Reynolds is through with them - and just about everybody else - for that matter. "I will never let anyone in my house again, unless I gave birth to them," she says. Homeowners in Highland Park, Coppell, Dallas and Arlington are being hit, too. Their main complaint - solicitors who won't take no for an answer - who even get belligerent. Police say the solicitors will go away as soon as it gets hot outside. Meantime, call police if you feel threatened.
By MACIE JEPSON / WFAA-TV
wfaa.com
Fort Worth, Texas
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March 27, 2006
Teens duped into selling mags and duping you
The Clark Howard Show
We’re getting closer to summer and the time when more scam artists try to take our money. One of these scams involves young people who sell magazines door-to-door. They claim they are working their way through school by selling magazines, and it’s a lie. The worst part is that these young people work for real lowlifes who have recruited them, moved them across the country and put them out on the road selling all hours of the day. These people, who are usually 18 or 19, are just dropped off in a van and told to sell magazines or they won’t eat. It’s mental abuse and for some reason the young people see no way out. Clark’s advice is to give the young people a little money or help getting home, but don’t buy the magazines. You will pay an exorbitant amount and will probably never see them. And, if you have teenagers who will soon be adults and are looking for a job, remember that this is going on. The ads will claim that the young people will “see the world” and make money while doing it. The truth is it’s extortion and it’s a con. Keep an eye on your kids.
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March 25, 2006
Seven years on, fatal van crash at center of Senate bill
Published Saturday, March 25, 2006
By Frank Schultz
Gazette Staff
This is the time of year it happens: Companies recruit teens and young adults, promising good wages and travel. Some of them end up far from home, selling magazine subscriptions or cleaning supplies door-to-door. They often work long hours, sleeping in crowded motel rooms with strangers. Sometimes they're abused and sometimes they assault their fellow workers or their customers, said Phil Ellenbecker of Verona, who has monitored such practices for seven years. On this date in 1999, a van loaded with 14 young people was headed to a motel in Janesville after a day of selling subscriptions. The van was going 81 mph when it rolled over on Interstate 90/39. Seven died. Five others were critically injured. One of the dead was 18-year-old Malinda Turvey. She was Ellenbecker's daughter. In the years since that tragic day, Ellenbecker has worked to document other deaths, injuries and crimes connected to traveling sales crews. He says 28 people have died while working for such companies nationwide since 1999. In 2004, Ellenbecker began working with Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, to get a bill passed to regulate such sales crews. The bill sailed through the state Senate last fall. But it stalled in an Assembly committee after a company objected. The Southwestern Co. of Nashville, Tenn., contracts with college students to sell books door-to-door. It hired a lobbyist to try to change the bill. Lobbyist Peter Christianson calls the magazine-selling companies "snakes." Christianson said Southwestern isn't like that; it operates differently and has been doing so for more than 100 years. Southwestern is a book publisher that recruits college students as independent contractors, Christianson said. It gives them a week of training in Nashville and sends them to mostly suburban communities around the country, where they sell reference books door-to-door. They stay in one community all summer. They earn money and learn how to run a business, Christianson said. "It's a completely different animal from what they're after," Christianson said of Erpenbach and Ellenbecker. The bill would forbid traveling sales people from being independent contractors, which would ruin Southwestern's way of doing business. Christianson noted that the bill is very complicated and seems designed to make it impossible for such companies to operate in Wisconsin. That's a laudable goal when it comes to companies that exploit their workers, but Southwestern is not that kind of company, he said. Ellenbecker doesn't see a difference between Southwestern and the companies that hire young people to sell subscriptions or cleaning supplies. Tryg Knutson, an aide to Sen. Erpenbach, said Southwestern is simply trying to avoid complying with Wisconsin labor laws. The bill, known as SB 251 in the Senate, would require a company to post a $10,000 bond, register with the state Department of Workforce Development and follow Wisconsin laws, Knutson said. Knutson, too, sees Southwestern as an exploiter of its workers. He said the company does not allow its contractors to work in their home states. "That's a way to isolate them from friends and family under the guise of allowing them to focus on their work," Knutson said. By using "independent contractors," Southwestern doesn't have to pay unemployment or workers' compensation and doesn't have to comply with work-hour rules, Knutson said. Southwestern's Web site states that its most successful contractors work more than 75 hours a week. After the bill stalled in committee, lawmakers, state agencies, Southwestern, Ellenbecker and a governor's representative worked out a compromise, but Southwestern later rejected it, Ellenbecker said. "This has been the most frustrating experience I've had since my daughter died," Ellenbecker said in a telephone interview this week. Ellenbecker said Southwestern arranges for its workers to carpool to Nashville and to their ultimate destinations. He said the company is being sued in Minnesota after one carpooler was paralyzed in an accident. Christianson replies that thousands of people have contracted to work with Southwestern and when people get into cars, sometimes accidents happen. Ellenbecker tells of talking to another victim of the '99 crash, Monica Forgues of Madison, at a memorial service two years ago. Forgues was 15 at the time of the crash, which paralyzed her from the waist down. It was a cold day at the Interstate rest stop near Janesville. Ellenbecker offered Forgues his gloves for her bare hands. "She looked up at me and she said, 'Phil, I can't feel my hands.' "And I had to walk away because I started crying," Ellenbecker said, choking up at the memory. "That's what they did to Monica. That was just one kid." Ellenbecker said its just wrong that an out-of-state company can stall the legislation at the last minute. "One kid's death is not worth Southwestern's business in this state," he said.
By Frank Schultz
Gazette Staff
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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March 25, 2006
Crash Anniversary
Channel 15 NBC News
Updated: 8:42 PM Mar 25, 2006
Saturday marks the 7th anniversary of a fatal crash that left 7 dead and 5 others injured near Janesville. Family and friends held a memorial near the site of the accident Saturday afternoon. The passenger van involved in the crash was carrying teenagers who were hired to be door-to-door magazine salesmen. The State Senate approved a bill that would stop door-to-door agents from recruiting minors. That bill is now stuck in the Assembly. Phil Ellenbecker, whose daughter died in the crash, says there's a lot at stake. "They have basically gridlocked our bill and I personally can't understand how our legislators would even listen to this company, because what's at stake here is public safety, the well being of our kids and our homeowners." Ellenbecker is referring to the Southwestern Company, which is lobbying against the bill. The company claims they only hire college kids as independent contractors. The assembly's eight member small business committee will decide the bill's fate.
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March 17, 2006
Town meeting to have final say on door-to-door solicitations
By Mary Ford/ mford@cnc.com
Friday, March 17, 2006 - Updated: 01:24 PM EST
When daylight saving time returns in April - the police log could again be filled with complaints from residents about solicitors who come knocking on their doors at dinnertime and later. However, Town Meeting voters will have the chance to potentially curb some of this activity through a proposed bylaw. According to Selectman Ralph Dormitzer, the bylaw would allow some restrictions on commercial solicitation and on those who are paid to solicit for non-profits. Solicitors would not be prohibited from going door-to-door but would be required to register with the Cohasset Police Department where they would apply for a $25 license. They would be required to wear a badge issued by the police that includes their name and photograph. In addition solicitors would have to provide police with their name, address, date of birth and height, weight and eye color, social security number; dates and times of canvassing activities; name and address of employer; and a brief description of the purposes of the solicitation. Exceptions to the bylaw would be town, state or federal officers or employees on official business; minors under 18 unless in connection with a commercial activity; candidates for public office or campaign workers; those promoting political causes and those soliciting for charitable organizations unless those solicitors are paid. Dormitzer said the proposed bylaw is modeled after one in Duxbury. He said it is difficult to restrict door-to-door solicitation, which is protected by the First Amendment. "But we would at least know who is in town doing the soliciting," he said. He described the bylaw as "a baby step" but not a panacea for stopping undesirable solicitation in town. He explained even attempts to restrict solicitors to early evening hours before dusk has been rejected by the courts. Dormitzer said the proposed bylaw would at least ensure police have conducted background checks on door-to-door solicitors. "Last year I received complaints about magazine solicitation by individuals who did show up on peoples’ doorsteps at dusk," Dormitzer said. "According to the Duxbury Police Chief, whom Chief Hussey contacted, their solicitation by-law was effective in limiting the number of solicitors who came to town with the intention of getting in and quickly getting out. It also provided some comfort to residents that the people who were soliciting had background checks performed by the police department. "The bylaw is not a panacea for unwanted solicitation. It is narrowly defined to meet court challenges particularly with respect to the First Amendment to the Constitution," he said. In an interview Wednesday, Hussey said he and Sgt. William Quigley were meeting with the Duxbury chief that afternoon to talk further about the bylaw. Hussey said the police would provide solicitors with an ID card or badge that would be worn and be clearly visible. He also said the police would conduct a quick background check on the individuals. He did not think the bylaw would increase the workload at the department. He said the department has a device that can laminate ID cards and is looking to purchasing special holders for the cards that could be worn around the neck. Hussey is in favor of the proposed by law describing it as a "quality of life" issue. "Anything that makes residents feel safer is a good thing," he said. Dormitzer also pointed out it is unlawful for solicitors to visit a residence that has a "no trespassing" or "no soliciting" sign or poster. "One can put out a ’no trespassing, no solicitation’ sign even today (without the bylaw)," Dormitzer said. "The courts have held that is enforceable. It is not more enforceable because of the bylaw." A detailed description of the bylaw is in the Town Warrant that will be mailed to all households. Violators of any provision of the bylaw, should it be adopted, could be subject to loss of solicitation license and fines.
By Mary Ford/ mford@cnc.com
Town Online
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Massachusetts
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March 16, 2006
Slam the door on sales crews
A Wisconsin State Journal editorial.
March 16, 2006
The come-ons are glitzy. They refer to travel, cash and scholarships. But all too often the young people lured into the world of traveling sales crews end up broke, stranded or even worse the victims of accident or assault. This is the time of year when Wisconsin students and parents should be on guard against the recruiting pitches of traveling sales businesses stocking their crews for the summer door-to-door selling season. The traveling sales business is ugly, tragic and criminal. Wisconsin knows that firsthand. In a tragedy that reverberated nationwide, seven young members of a sales crew died when the van in which they were riding rolled over on Interstate 90 near Janesville in 1999. The van was driven by a 20-year-old serial traffic offender whose license was suspended. The company employing the crew was cited by state officials for nearly 100 violations of employment and wage laws. The Janesville tragedy was regrettably representative. Just last November, near Phoenix, two teenage members of a sales crew died and seven were injured when their van flipped over on an Interstate highway. There's more. On New Year's Day in Los Angeles a young man who tried to flee from his traveling sales crew was kidnapped at gunpoint by other members of his crew. Last fall a Florida girl escaped from a hotel where she was being held by her sales crew mates. In Dunn County in west-central Wisconsin last summer a Minnesota man who was in a traveling sales crew was charged with second-degree sexual assault, burglary, battery and false imprisonment. A woman accused him of coming to her door to sell magazines, forcing his way inside and assaulting her. In Des Moines, authorities filed rape charges against a 27- year-old traveling sales crew member. In Portland, Ore., a sales crew member was accused of raping a woman and was linked to two rapes near San Francisco. The list goes on. Legislation to improve regulation of the traveling sales industry has been introduced at the federal and state levels. To the discredit of Congress, bills from Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., and Rep. Tom Petri, R-Wis., went nowhere. In Wisconsin, the state Senate finally passed a regulatory measure in December, but it is stalled in the Assembly. The legislation deserves to pass, but the most effective way to shut down traveling sales crew abuses is to deprive them of the two things they need: Recruits and sales. Don't join a traveling sales crew, and don't buy from traveling crews.
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Wisconsin State Journal
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March 10, 2006
Rape-murder suspect enters not-guilty plea
Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, March 10, 2006
A traveling magazine salesman from Missouri pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he raped and killed a 90-year-old Lafayette woman in her home in December. Richard Craig McNew, 32, a felon from St. Louis, entered his plea in Contra Costa County Superior Court in the slaying of Anna Elizabeth Vuori. He faces special circumstances of murder committed during the commission of rape, robbery and burglary, making him eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty, Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves said. Vuori was bound and gagged in her Moraga Boulevard home, sexually assaulted and found smothered to death Dec. 10. The killer took $18,000 in savings bonds and $200 in cash and Vuori's keys, according to court documents. McNew worked for Overachievers, a Missouri magazine-subscription company. He is jailed without bail in Martinez. Investigators said DNA at the crime scene matched a sample of McNew's DNA included in a national database. McNew has a criminal record in Missouri that dates to 1993 and includes convictions for assault, robbery and drug and weapons possession, court records show. Contra Costa sheriff's investigators believe McNew went into Vuori's home and drank from a cardboard container of fruit juice in her living room. Her relatives said Vuori always used a drinking glass and ate and drank in her kitchen, according to an affidavit.
Henry K. Lee
San Francisco Chronicle
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San Francisco, California
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March 9, 2006
VUORI MURDER SUSPECT PLEADS NOT GUILTY
03/09/06 6:15 PST
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A St. Louis man accused of raping and murdering a 90-year-old Lafayette woman in December pleaded not guilty today in Contra Costa County Superior Court, according to Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves. Richard Craig McNew, 32, entered his plea in a Walnut Creek courtroom this morning. The victim in the case, Anna Vuori, was found dead in her home on Dec. 10. McNew, who worked as a magazine salesman in the Lafayette area around that time, is charged with sexually assaulting and murdering the elderly woman. McNew also faces three special circumstances charges, including murder in the commission of rape, making him eligible for the death penalty, according to Graves. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to pursue the death penalty. Authorities learned of McNew after submitting DNA evidence collected from the Vuori crime scene into a DNA database. The recovered DNA was checked against local, state and national records. Contra Costa County sheriff's detectives arrested McNew in January at Missouri's St. Louis City Justice Center where he was held on an unrelated drug charge. He was extradited from Missouri on Feb. 24. McNew will return to court on April 6 to have a date set for his preliminary hearing, according to Graves.
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March 9, 2006
Bill To Regulate Traveling Sales Crews Stymied In Legislature
Victim's Father Angered Over Bill Being Blocked
UPDATED: 8:50 pm CST March 9, 2006
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MADISON, Wis. -- Opposition by a Tennessee company has effectively killed a bill in the state Legislature that would regulate traveling sales crews. Supporters of the legislation said that the book-selling company was able to stall the bill long enough in committee and it's now too late to pass during this session. The bill first gained support in the wake of a 1999 Janesville van crash that killed seven and injured five others. Those in the van were young people working as magazine sales crew selling around the state, WISC-TV reported. Phil Ellenbecker lost a daughter in the crash and has been fighting every since for greater regulation of the industry. Previously, Ellenbecker said that he believes the out-of-state employer that his daughter was working for was culpable for her death and six others killed in the crash in March 1999 because of negligence, WISC-TV reported. He said that he's furious this bill was blocked. The legislation would have required the registration of traveling sales crew employees and their companies with the state. The measure sailed through the state Senate on a voice vote in December. But, three months later, the bill is still in the Assembly and is effectively dead for this session. Ellenbecker, along with state Workforce and Consumer officials, said that they are upset. They said that one out-of-state company testifying at one Assembly committee hearing has been able to stall the bill. Southwestern, based in Tennessee, recruits college students to sell books. It opposed the bill once at an Assembly Small Business Committee hearing. Bill sponsor Jon Erpanbach and others said that delaying the bill until it was too late seemed to be Southwestern's goal all along, WISC-TV reported. Last week, a special meeting to address their concerns ended with consensus on an amendment, but Southwestern just rejected the language and wanted an exemption from the bill altogether. Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development said that Southwestern effectively killed the bill, and they wanted us to create a loophole employers "could drive a truck through." Southwestern's lobbyist said that it shouldn't be lumped into an industry full of "murder, burlgaries, sexual assaults and other crimes." Peter Christianson wrote in an e-mail to lawmakers on Wednesday morning that "Southwestern does not believe that it is -- or should be -- the target of the bill ... and that it is possible to craft an exemption which permits workforce development and consumer protection to regulate 'bad actors' without jeapordizing Southwestern's business model." Bill backers said that the resistance is confusing and frustrating. This year's effort is the third attempt in recent years to get the measure passed, WISC- TV reported.
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March 9, 2006
Not guilty plea in Lafayette woman's slaying
By John Simerman
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Posted on Thu, Mar. 09, 2006
WALNUT CREEK - A Missouri traveling magazine salesman pleaded not guilty Thursday to the murder of a 90-year-old Lafayette woman who was raped, smothered and left bound and tied to her bed in December. Richard Craig McNew, 32, faces a charge of murder, with special circumstances for murder in the commission of a rape, robbery and burglary. No decision has been made about whether to seek the death penalty, said Paul Graves, a deputy district attorney assigned to the case. Last month, authorities extradited McNew from Missouri, where he was being held in a St. Louis jail on an unrelated warrant. Police say they found him through a DNA database from evidence left at the Moraga Boulevard home of Ann Elizabeth Vuori. A caretaker discovered her body Dec. 10. Police say McNew worked for a magazine crew called Overachievers. The roving group of about 20 salespeople had been working various Bay Area neighborhoods -- including a San Jose area where another of its salesmen allegedly raped a 74-year-old woman in her home on Dec. 30. McNew next appears in court April 6. He is being held at County Jail without bail. The county public defender's office is representing him.
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Febuary 28, 2006
Suspect in Vuori slaying goes to court
By John Simerman
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Posted on Tue, Feb. 28, 2006
A Missouri man accused in the December rape and murder of a 90-year-old woman in her Lafayette home made his first court appearance on Monday but did not enter a plea. Richard Craig McNew, 32, a traveling magazine salesman from St. Louis, arrived Friday at County Jail in Martinez after extradition from Missouri, where he was being held without bail on an unrelated robbery warrant. He is charged with the murder of Ann Elizabeth Vuori, whose body was found Dec. 10, gagged and bound to her bed. She had been raped and smothered, according to police and coroner's reports. Wearing a mustard-colored jail outfit, McNew appeared relaxed and joked to a court bailiff as he awaited his appearance before Contra Costa Superior Court Judge Bruce Mills in Walnut Creek. He said only a few words in response to questions from Mills, who referred him to the county public defender. Authorities say McNew worked for Overachievers, a roving crew with past ties to an Indiana clearinghouse that has faced several lawsuits over violence by traveling salesmen. The crew of about 20 people was selling magazines in neighborhoods across the Bay Area at the time of Vuori's killing. Another member of Overachievers, Larry Jackson, 40, of Arkansas, was arrested and charged last month in the Dec. 30 sexual assault of a 74-year-old woman in her San Jose home. Paul Graves, a Contra Costa County deputy district attorney who is handling McNew's case, declined to elaborate on the connection. McNew faces a charge of murder with three special circumstances, for murder in the commission of rape, robbery and burglary. The District Attorney's Office has not yet announced if it will seek the death penalty. McNew is scheduled to enter a plea March 9.
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Febuary 28, 2006
Man arraigned in death of 90-year-old
Penalty could be execution if suspect is convicted of killing Lafayette woman
By Kristin Bender, STAFF WRITER
Inside Bay Area
Article Last Updated: 02/28/2006 5:29 AM PST
A man accused of raping and killing a 90-year-old Lafayette woman in her home in December was arraigned Monday on felony murder charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Walnut Creek. Richard Craig McNew, 32, of St. Louis is charged with homicide with three special circumstances because the murder was committed during the commission of rape, robbery and burglary, police said. McNew could be put to death for the crime if convicted, although prosecutor Paul Graves said Monday he has not decided whether to pursue the death penalty. Anna Elizabeth Vuori was found dead on her bed inside her home on Dec. 10. Police say she had been sexually assaulted and then suffocated. Vuori, a former accountant who never married, lived alone. Neighbors became suspicious that something was wrong when newspapers piled up outside her house. Vuori was known to pick up the morning newspaper in a timely manner every day. Graves said there is no evidence that McNew, who was working as a door-to-door magazine salesman when the killing occurred, knew Vuori. McNew apparently had been sent to California by a Missouri-based company to sell magazines when he knocked on Vuoris door, police said. A hit on a national DNA database linked forensic evidence found at the Lafayette crime scene to McNew, a convicted felon, said Jimmy Lee, a spokesman for the Contra Costa County Sheriffs Department. Detectives interviewed and then arrested McNew in Missouri following the database hit. He was already in custody on an unrelated drug charge at Missouris St. Louis Justice Center when arrested. On Friday, he was extradited to the Bay Area, police said. He is being held at the Martinez jail without bail. On Monday, McNew was referred to a public defender. He is to return to court March 9 to enter a plea, Graves said. Before McNew was arrested for the crime, police had detained 35-year-old Jeremy King of Moraga on suspicion of murder. King was released two weeks after lab results showed that his DNA did not match DNA found at the scene. Police have declined to say what led them to arrest King, or whether King had any connection to Vuori.
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Febuary 25, 2006
Magazine Sales Could Be Subscription To Trouble
Feb. 25, 2006
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Across the United States, groups of young adults travel in vans to city after city and solicit magazines from door to door. They offer potential buyers stories of working to earn scholarships or trips, but often the youths are not who they claim to be, according to some consumer watchdogs. People who pay for magazine subscriptions frequently do not receive the publications. North Texan Jennifer Parks was one of thousands of people who paid for an unfulfilled subscription. She said she realized the deceit when the publication failed to arrive four months after she had paid. She also said she felt pressured into the decision to buy the publication. A representative with the Better Business Bureau said the groups of magazine salespeople typically employ high-pressure sales tactics and that tales of earning trips or scholarships usually are untrue. NBC 5 contacted the company behind Parks' missing magazine order. Reporter Grant Stinchfield talked with Keitha Carson, the office manager of Denton-based Entrepreneurs Across America. At first, Carson offered no comment to Stinchfield's questions. Eventually, Carson said one of the company's owners disappeared and left Entrepreneurs Across America with significant debts. Still, Carson said she believed the company would fulfill customers' orders or issue refunds. During a follow-up telephone conversation with Stinchfield, Carson acknowledged that she was dissolving Entrepreneurs Across America. Consumer advocacy groups that monitor the magazine sales industry say Parks might have been lucky to be out only the cost of a subscription. Other door-to-door sales people have physically confronted potential customers in their homes and, in one example, barged inside a home in search of beer. Stinchfield discovered a case in upstate New York in which James Maxon, who was selling magazines, turned violent and stabbed to death a woman insider her home, according to police who investigated the case. In another instance involving door-to-door magazine solicitations, the salespeople were in danger. In Wisconsin, Jeremy Holmes, who was driving a van filled with magazine salespeople, tried to switch seats with another sales agent after he spotted a highway patrol officer. The resulting crash killed seven people in the van and seriously injured another seven people, according to the NBC 5 report. News of the stabbing and the van crash left Parks feeling relatively fortunate. She only lost $48.

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February 26, 2006


DMPG research into the above magazine sales company:
Entrepreneurs Across America
Website: Entrepreneurs Across America
Entrepreneurs Across America, Inc.
Phone: (940) 565-1000
Fax: 214-975-1269
401 S. Locust St. Ste. 104
Denton, TX 76201
Owner:
George Frederick Senner IV

Sales Crews:
Threedom Sales, Inc. - 333
PMA, Inc. - 037
Buckeye Sales, Inc. - 528
Schaefer Sales - 247
Titan Sales, Inc. - 046
Kenmore Sales - 057
Attitude Sales - 501
Power Plus Sales - 011
Tomohawk Sales - 094
Production Sales - 143




Febuary 25, 2006
EAST BAY ROUNDUP
Lafayette
LAFAYETTE SLAYING SUSPECT EXTRADITED:
Contra Costa Times
Posted on Sat, Feb. 25, 2006
A 32-year-old Missouri man was extradited Friday to Contra Costa County, where he will face charges in the December rape and murder of an elderly Lafayette woman. Richard McNew was booked into County Jail in Martinez after flying back to the Bay Area with two Contra Costa Sheriff's detectives, said Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. McNew has been fighting extradition from a St. Louis, Mo., jail where he was held on an unrelated robbery warrant. He was charged in January with the rape and slaying of 90-year-old Ann Vuori. A relative found Vuori's body Dec. 10 in her Moraga Boulevard home. Her ankles and wrists were bound, and a gag was wrapped around her mouth and tethered to a bedpost. McNew was identified as a suspect through a national DNA database from body fluid found at Vuori's home. Authorities have speculated that McNew may have met Vuori while working as a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman. McNew has a history of convictions in Missouri for burglary, robbery, assault with injury, and drugs and weapons charges. Prosecutors have not announced whether they will seek the death penalty.
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Febuary 22, 2006
Outsourced Employees Triggering More Suits
Tresa Baldas
The National Law Journal
02-22-2006
Corporate America's growing use of outsourcing to cut labor costs -- without adequate background checks -- has put it at substantially greater risk of litigation, employment lawyers are warning. Employees with troubled or criminal pasts are sneaking into the labor force, upping the liability stakes for companies. At issue is one critical question: Who is responsible for the background check -- the employer or the staffing agency? That legal debate has already surfaced in the courts, where companies and staffing agencies are pointing the finger at one another, each blaming the other for a bad employee that has slipped through the cracks. "More and more what you're seeing now is that when companies get into trouble with a non-employee doing something, they're pointing their finger at these staffing agencies," said Craig Annunziata, partner in the Chicago office of Fisher & Phillips, a national employment law firm based in Atlanta. Annunziata also views outsourcing as new ammunition for plaintiffs' lawyers. "If an employer has someone working for them and something goes wrong, a diligent plaintiffs' lawyer -- when they find out there's a staffing agency involved -- is going to sue both," he said. "If you think about it, where there might have been just one defendant, now there potentially could be two. It is double the litigation."

A MURDER IN NEW JERSEY

And it very well should be, argued plaintiffs' attorney Chris Coffey, a Tennessee lawyer who is currently suing American Community Services (ACS), an Indiana-based magazine subscription processor, over the death of a 77-year-old New Jersey widow who was murdered in 2004 by a door-to-door magazine salesman. According to Coffey, the salesman, Azriel Bridge, 18, who was sentenced to 55 years for the woman's death, had a criminal record in Chicago when he was hired to sell the magazines. The lawsuit names both ACS, the magazine clearinghouse, and Phoenix Imagery, the agency that hired Bridge. Reuter v. American Community Services Inc., No. OCN-L-3036-05 (Ocean Co., N.J., Super. Ct.). Coffey of Pryor, Flynn, Priest & Harber in Knoxville, Tenn., claims that both defendants should have known about the salesman's criminal record and the potential risk he posed. "I think it's the responsible thing to do to make employers and staffing agencies aware of the dangers of hiring unsuitable employees for a particular job," said Coffey. Coffey said he is going after American Community Services, which oversees the sales crews. Coffey said ACS should know if someone is potentially dangerous. But Mike Bergerson, outside general counsel to ACS, said the magazine clearinghouse is not responsible for the sales crews. He said that ACS is strictly a clearinghouse that deals with processing, shipping and handling matters. ACS does not interview, oversee or hire the door-to-door salespeople, he said, and is "under no duty" to perform background checks. "We are not hiring them. These people who are direct sellers are either working on a commission basis for themselves, but not an employee basis," said Bergerson. As for the murder suspect in the New Jersey case, Bergerson said, "We never hired him and we have no duty to monitor his whereabouts. Honestly, we feel sorry for the family." Bergerson said that in recent years, ACS has been sued several times over crimes committed by salespeople. He said that the courts have either found that ACS is not responsible for the hirings of the door-to-door salespeople, or the cases have been settled by the insurance company. Meanwhile, temporary workers hired by staffing agencies have created many legal headaches for companies nationwide. Recent lawsuits trigged by outsourcing include: In Virginia, a woman has filed lawsuits seeking more than $60 million against a hospital, a temp agency and several credit companies after her Social Security number was stolen from a hospital billing department by a temporary worker who had recently been released from prison. Sloane v. Prince William County Hospital, No. LA66910, (Prince William Co., Va., Cir. Ct.). In California, temporary workers were recently indicted for bilking the American Red Cross out of thousands of Hurricane Katrina dollars at a California call center. Last year, federal agents arrested 27 illegal immigrants who were working for an outsourced repair vendor whose customers included commercial and cargo airlines. As labor attorney Don Benson can attest, illegal immigrants are also creating some big legal headaches and a new source of liability for employers that rely on third-party vendors. According to Benson, six federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act actions are currently pending around the country against employers accused of conspiring with temp agencies and subcontractors to recruit and hire illegal immigrants to drive down wages. A key issue in these cases, he said, is whether an employer could be held liable for the acts of third-party vendors. Benson, a shareholder in the Atlanta office of San Francisco-based Littler Mendelson who is defending a seed company in one such case in Idaho, argued that his client had nothing to do with the hiring of illegal immigrants. In that case, he said, the seed company bought seed from a farmer, who hired someone to supply the labor. Canyon County v. Syngenta Seeds, No. CV-05-306 (D. Idaho). "This could be a whole new source of liability for the acts of others. It's not going to be safe to just watch your own immigration paperwork. But you're going to have to worry about how these people came in through the community," said said Benson. Employment lawyer Eric Gabrielle, a shareholder in Miami-based Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson's Fort Lauderdale, Fla., office, said that temporary workers are also turning up as plaintiffs in lawsuits against employers. He is currently defending a company in a sexual harassment case filed by a temporary worker who was on the job just a few days and claims that the employer didn't do anything to prevent the harassment. "What we've seen time and time again is where a placed employee ends up suing both the placement agency and the employer," said Gabrielle, who believes outsourcing will lead to more litigation in the future. "It seems to me that an employer who is not signing someone up for the long term, for a career with a company, won't have the same commitment to selecting the right person ... And I think the more outsourcing increases, the greater the area of exposure." Gabrielle referred to unscreened temporary workers as "landmines." "I use the term landmines because landmines are dangers that you know are there, but don't know where, and you don't know who," he said, adding companies put themselves at greater risk by relying on staffing agencies to weed out potentially bad employees. "When you're relying on someone else to find the mines for you, they're not going to have the same commitment to finding them because they don't have to walk the path."

HURDLES TO CAUTION

While companies ideally want to weed out bad employees, attorney John J. Myers, who chairs the labor department at Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott in Pittsburgh, noted that some state laws impede an employer's ability to do so. For example, he said, Pennsylvania has a statute that prohibits the use of a criminal record in making a hiring decision unless it's relevant to a particular job. And if an employer refuses to hire someone based on a criminal history, it has to notify him or her in writing. New York, and other states, have laws that prohibit refusing to hire someone because of an arrest, and prohibit a company from even inquiring about arrests, according to Myers. As a result, he said, companies facing outsourcing issues are stuck between a rock and a hard place: If they don't do a thorough background check, they could get sued. And if they ask too many questions, they could get sued. Myers recommends companies err on the side of caution: Have a staffing agency do vigilant background checks. And get everything in writing. "The more employees you outsource," he said, "the higher the risk of making a mistake."

To avoid a lawsuit, take these steps
While outsourcing can open the door to litigation, it doesn't mean that companies should shy away from it entirely. Employment attorneys note that there are steps that a company can take to avoid a lawsuit when using nonemployees. Rule number one: Get a background check. "The background check is the biggest thing," said Tyler Paetkau of the San Francisco office of Chicago's Winston & Strawn, who counsels staffing agencies and companies on outsourcing issues. "I think it just makes good sense to spend money on a thorough background check. Even just basic stuff is good."
Background checks should be done on:
• Anyone with access to Social Security numbers, bank accounts, trade secrets, etc.
• Top company executives and CEOs.
• People who will work with children, the elderly or in people's homes.
Attorneys note that companies can rely on staffing agencies to conduct the background checks, but solid contractual agreements should be drafted first. Fisher & Phillips, an employment law firm, offers the following tips for companies that use nonemployees:
• Require agencies that supply such workers to certify that they have conducted background checks for all workers and, in doing so, complied with the Fair Credit Reporting Act and any relevant state laws.
• Insist that the supplying agencies certify that there is nothing revealed by the workers' background checks that would contraindicate their placement at particular work sites and positions.
• Include language in any agreement with the agency that it will defend and indemnify the company for any liability that results from the workers' actions. • Mandate that the supplying agencies carry appropriate insurance for their workers, with the company listed as an additional insured.
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02-22-2006
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Febuary 10, 2006
Toughen sales laws
Contra Costa Times
Posted on Fri, Feb. 10, 2006
EDITORIAL
WHAT'S WRONG with this picture?
Magazine sales companies hire violent felons, then send them into unsuspecting communities across the country to pitch their products, door-to-door. A disturbing number of these traveling salesmen have been accused of rape and murder of elderly women who mistakenly opened their doors. Many more have been accused of burglarizing and robbing people. Yet the companies that hired them say that they bear no responsibility because the workers are independent contractors. They defiantly insist that there is no reason to change the way that they do business. The sexual assault and murder of 90-year-old Ann Elizabeth Vuori in her Lafayette home two months ago has cast a much-needed spotlight on the unregulated industry of door-to-door magazine sales. The man charged in her murder, Richard Craig McNew, 32, was a traveling magazine salesman. Authorities believe that is how Vuori met McNew, who had a long, violent rap sheet in Missouri. McNew worked for an Indiana clearinghouse that has faced several lawsuits over violence by its traveling magazine salesmen. A salesman with the same company has been charged with sexually assaulting a 74-year-old San Jose woman the same month Vuori was killed. Meanwhile, there have been increasing reports nationwide of sexual assaults, often involving elderly women, by door-to-door magazine salesmen. The nature of the business makes it difficult to rein in abuses by predatory salesmen. Clearinghouses hire sales companies that hire sales crews. Companies frequently change names to help shield them from legal troubles and hide their tracks. But it's high time that something was done to help protect the public. For starters, cities and counties should require door-to-door salesmen to get permits and submit to mandatory criminal background checks. Lafayette already has a permit ordinance. But since it is rarely enforced, it's just an empty law on the books. True, there will be those who thumb their noses at the law. But they might think twice if they know they're risking a stiff fine. The Wisconsin Senate just passed a bill requiring all door-to-door sales crews to register with the state, post a bond and submit to background checks on employees. Supporters of tougher restrictions say it doesn't go far enough. But if it passes the Assembly, the law would be the stiffest in the country. It is a good first step, and California should follow suit. Magazine clearinghouses and sales companies have lobbied hard against efforts to make them more accountable. One of their favorite arguments is that requiring permits and background checks will drive the traveling salesmen away. In our view, that's the best argument yet.
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Febuary 7, 2006
Victims' Families Back Bill To Regulate Traveling Sales Crews
Bill Has Failed To Pass Twice Before
UPDATED: 6:51 pm CST February 7, 2006
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MADISON, Wis. -- Families whose loved ones were killed in a van crash seven years ago are again backing a bill that aims to regulate traveling sales crews. The state Assembly's Committee on Small Business heard testimony on the Senate legislation on Tuesday. The families are hoping that the third attempt to get the measure passed in the Legislature might be the charm, WISC- TV reported. During the hearing, Phil Ellenbecker, who lost his daughter Malinda in the horrific crash near Janesville almost seven years ago, shared his story with the committee. Ellenbecker said that he believes the out-of-state employer that his daughter was working for was culpable for the death of Malinda and six others killed in the crash in March 1999 because of negligence. The van was carrying 14 young, magazine sales people when it crashed on the highway. The people were selling magazines around the state. He said he's supporting the bill, which would require traveling sales crews to get solicitation permits, contracts and make sure minors have parental consent, WISC-TV reported. Ellenbecker has spoken at the state Capitol on behalf of the bill before. It's failed to become law twice before, but he's encouraged because it recently passed the Senate. "This time around we've had success because we've passed it through the Senate unanimously," Ellenbecker said. "That's powerful. That says something. "So far, I'm not frustrated," he added. "I'm just tired walking around the Capitol delivering press kits." Besides hearing testimony, the committee discussed amendments to the bill, including one that would define a traveling sales crew as two or more people. The committee will have more hearings before deciding whether to pass it to the full Assembly, WISC-TV reported. Ellenbeckers said that he's holding out hope the Assembly will pass the bill this time.
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Febuary 3, 2006
Traveling rapists stalk N. California
February 03, 2006 at 10:44 AM
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A roving band of rapists passing themselves off as door-to-door salesmen is terrorizing northern California communities. Police have already interviewed Yusuf Kargbo about the men he has hired to sell magazine subscriptions. One of Kargbo's employees is facing charges of rape, another is being held on rape and murder. Recent attempts to find Kargbo have proven unsuccessful. Last month Ann Elizabeth Vuori opened the door of her Lafayette home to a man selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. Once inside the 90-year-old's home, Richard McNew bound and raped the defenseless woman. Once his wretched hunger had been satisfied, he smothered her to death. Less than three weeks later, in San Jose, Larry Jackson, an Arkansas parolee, told a 74-year-old woman he was tired and thirsty from walking the streets selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. She welcomed Jackson, 40, into her home. He promptly dragged her into a back room and raped her. McNew has a history of convictions in Missouri of burglary, robbery, assault with injury and drugs and weapons charges dating to 1993, according to St. Louis County Circuit Court records. Just a month before murdering Vuori, McNew had been picked for trespassing in the home of a 63-year-old Sandra Cancel. Luckily, Cancel's son came home first. "He said he worked for some company selling magazines," Cancel said. "He was hungry and said my neighbor was getting him a sandwich, when he thought he heard someone yelling for help in my house. But that's baloney because no one was home." Jackson's arrest record spans four states. Whether Kargbo was aware of his employees' pasts is unknown.
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Febuary 3, 2006
Palo Alto police warn magazine salesman after string of burglaries
Associated Press
PALO ALTO, Calif.
Palo Alto police are warning a group of door-to-door magazine sales reps to stay out of their city. Police suspect a string of residential burglaries in Palo Alto may be linked to the out-of-town solicitors. As part of their investigation, detectives told the sales reps they would arrested if they tried to sell magazine subscriptions in Palo Alto without a permit. The move comes less than a month after a door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested in San Jose on suspicion of raping a 74-year-old woman. And earlier this week, Palo Alto police arrested a magazine salesman for prowling after a homeowner found him standing at a sliding back door.
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Febuary 3, 2006
Suspects worked for same firm
By John Simerman
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Posted on Fri, Feb. 03, 2006
The crimes bore an eerie resemblance -- two elderly women sexually assaulted last month in Lafayette and San Jose, one of them killed, and in each case a traveling magazine salesman charged. Now, police in both cities acknowledge a closer link, saying the two door-to-door salesmen worked for the same company -- a roving crew with past ties to an Indiana clearinghouse that has faced several lawsuits over violence by traveling salesmen. It is unclear whether the two men worked together. The firm, called Overachievers, may have overseen a few dozen salespeople and might have split them into smaller groups to cover more territory, said San Jose police Detective Mike Carlson. But investigators are looking to see if there is more than just coincidence, aiming to trace the movements and dealings of a sales crew that roved between Portland, Ore., and the Bay Area, part of a largely unregulated industry that watchdogs say is rife with bad actors. "We're still investigating this case, and there are people out there checking on connections," said Lafayette police Chief Mike Fisher. In the meantime, Lafayette city leaders are mulling whether legal action is possible, perhaps against Overachievers or a company through which it processed subscriptions. Contra Costa County authorities on Monday will seek to bring Richard Craig McNew, 32, back to California to face a murder charge in the death of Ann Elizabeth Vuori, 90, of Lafayette. McNew is fighting extradition from a St. Louis jail, where he is being held on an unrelated robbery warrant. He is accused of binding, raping and smothering Vuori, who was found dead on her bed Dec. 10. McNew has a history of convictions in Missouri for burglary, robbery, assault with injury and drugs and weapons charges. Prosecutors have not announced whether they will seek the death penalty. In San Jose, Larry Jackson, 40, a parolee from Arkansas, was arrested and charged last month in the Dec. 30 sexual assault of a 74-year-old woman in her home. Police say the salesman talked his way into the woman's home by asking for a glass of water, dragged her into a back room and raped her. Jackson, a parolee, has an arrest record that spans four states. Detectives have interviewed Yusuf Kargbo, identified as the owner of Overachievers. The Times could not locate Kargbo this week, and Overachievers' staffing director did not return several calls. It is unclear where Kargbo lives now. A computer search lists a former address for him that matches the Michigan City, Ind., address of American Community Services Inc., a large subscription clearinghouse. ACS processes subscriptions for dozens of sales companies like Overachievers, which in turn hire independent contractors to go door-to-door. Industry watchdogs say the sales crews really work for the clearinghouses, but the crews use different and ever-changing names as a legal shield. Advocates say some companies exploit and trap salespeople, sending them to far-off states and withholding their promised pay. Mike Bergerson, an attorney for American Community Services, said Overachievers once processed its subscriptions through ACS but that Overachievers hasn't cleared any orders through the company in five years. "They must be clearing them through some other company. We have no connection," he said. Bergerson said the company's only remaining tie to Overachievers was a trickle of subscription cancellations or other old business. ACS has been sued several times over violence by door-to-door salesmen. Chris Coffey, a Tennessee attorney, said he won two large but confidential settlements in cases against American Community Services. One involved a salesman who raped, smothered and stabbed to death a 66-year-old Tennessee woman in her home. The manager of the sales crew, who identified the killer to police, reportedly used an American Community Services business card. The other settled case involved the rape of a Tennessee woman in front of her children. A third suit is pending, filed on behalf of the family of 77-year-old Shirley Reuter, who was beaten and fatally stabbed by a magazine salesman two years ago in Toms River, N.J. Coffey said the company started to run background checks for the sales crews a few years ago but then ignored the results. "Finding out they have criminal records and letting them work anyway is worse to me than turning a blind eye," he said. "It's irresponsible and people are getting hurt because of it." Bergerson insisted that ACS has never admitted fault in the cases and that it wasn't the company but its insurers who settled. He said ACS encourages and facilitates background checks but could not demand it because the sales crews are independent. "There are no standards that would require this industry to have background checks done. Until there (are), there's no duty to do it," he said. "Without a duty, there's no liability." What's sorely lacking, say industry watchdogs, are federal or state laws to hold the crews more accountable, and stiffer labor laws to protect sales people from exploitation. A pending Wisconsin bill would force the crews to register with the state and post a bond, do state background checks and hire salespeople 18 or older. Publishing companies have balked at the bill. If the Wisconsin bill passes and other states don't follow, the problem will only migrate, said Earlene Williams of Parent Watch, an advocacy group. "It's a federal issue that needs to be dealt with by Congress. It's a national issue," she said. "The problem is that law enforcement can deal with a crime in their jurisdiction, but that's one crime. It doesn't hit at the core of the problem. They're chasing this problem all over the country."
Reach John Simerman at 925-943-8072 or jsimerman@cctimes.com.
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Febuary 1, 2006
Door-to-door salesman held on charge of prowling in yard
Jessie Mangaliman
The Mercury News
Palo Alto police Monday arrested a door-to-door magazine salesman and charged him with prowling in the back yard of a home in the 1200 block of University Avenue, police said. Michael Williams, 19, was arrested one block from the back yard where a homeowner spotted him late Monday afternoon, agent Kara Apple said. Williams, booked into jail in San Jose, did not have a city peddler permit, police said. Williams' arrest follows a string of burglaries in the neighborhood. Apple said no suspects have been arrested in connection with the burglaries and that no connection with people who solicit door-to-door has been found. The burglaries Jan. 30 were reported in the 2200 block of St. Francis Drive; the 900 and 1000 blocks of Oregon Avenue; and the 600 block of Melville Avenue. Police said all the burglaries -- within a six-block radius of where Williams was reported prowling -- occurred in the morning and late afternoon. The homes were accessed by forcing open back windows, or entering through unlocked back doors, police said. Anyone with information about the burglaries can call Agent Adrienne Moore at (650) 329-2669.
-- Jessie Mangaliman
Jessie Mangaliman
The Mercury News
San Jose, California
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January 31, 2006
Prowler arrested in area of burglaries
Don Kazak
Palo Alto Online News
Uploaded: Tuesday, January 31, 2006, 5:11 PM
Palo Alto police arrested a man on charges of prowling at 4:38 p.m. Monday after a resident saw him in the backyard of a house in the 1200 block of University Avenue. The man was arrested a block away. Police are also investigating four residential burglaries that were reported Monday within a six-block radius of the prowling incident, Detective Kara Apple said. The four burglaries were in the 2200 block of St. Francis Drive, the 900 and 1000 blocks of Oregon Avenue and the 600 block of Melville Avenue. The homes were all broken into through rear windows or doors by force, or through an unlocked door. Apple said police have not established any direct connection so far between the prowler arrest and the residential burglaries. Michael Williams, 19, was booked into the San Jose Main Jail on a charge of prowling. He is listed as transient, but may be from Missouri or Tennessee. Williams was working as a door-to-door magazine salesman but he did not have a Palo Alto peddler permit, Apple said. Anyone with information about the residential burglaries is asked to call Agent Adrienne Moore at (650) 329-2669.
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Palo Alto Online News
Palo Alto, California
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January 29, 2006
Criminal threat knocks on door with goods to sell
Safety - Police say a door-to-door salesman raped a woman
in Sellwood, in what could be a growing problem
Sunday, January 29, 2006
MAXINE BERNSTEIN
The Oregonian
and ASHBEL S. GREEN
He came to a Sellwood home last fall to sell magazine subscriptions. The neatly groomed man in his 20s was sharply dressed in a black suit, crisp white shirt, pink-striped tie and polished black leather shoes. Instead of talking sales, police say he forced his way inside and raped a woman. Police think he left town shortly afterwards, heading south with a traveling sales crew to California. Prosecutors and police suspect the Sellwood rapist might be one of a growing number of violent criminals who find their victims while roving door-to-door selling magazines. Portland investigators now are working to see whether there is a link between the Portland rape and two similar cases, one ending in murder, of elderly women in the San Francisco Bay area by traveling magazine salesmen. Law enforcement and victims' advocates say these cases highlight a shadowy national magazine sales industry where companies recruit heavily to attract workers by promising quick cash and easy work. Police say such tactics often attract people with serious criminal backgrounds. "They've got people who are predisposed to criminal activity, and they're placing them legitimately on the doorstep," said Chris Coffey, a Tennessee lawyer who has sued companies on behalf of families of people who have been raped and murdered by traveling magazine sellers. Portland, unlike some other cities, also does not require neighborhood solicitors to obtain a permit, leaving residents particularly vulnerable to questionable characters knocking on their doors, authorities said. "It's the perfect job for a criminal," said Don Rees, a Multnomah County senior deputy district attorney. "Instead of trying to isolate a victim or breaking into someone's house, they can just put on a suit, politely knock on the door and then attack their victim. After they've committed their crime, they can get into a van with other salespeople, and be in a different state a short time later. They can commit more crimes and move to the next city." Three similar crimes The Portland case occurred about 5 p.m. on Oct. 20, when a door-to-door salesman knocked on a door in Sellwood. The stranger's neat appearance was deceiving. The victim told police her attacker looked clean, polished and professional. Portland detectives suspect he was one of about 80 door-to-door salespeople who blanketed Portland's streets for several weeks last fall. They've located a motel where they believe the traveling sales crews stayed. The crews left Portland a few weeks after the rape, traveling south by van on Interstate 5 to California. Portland police are sharing a sketch of the Sellwood rape suspect with several law enforcement agencies in Northern California where similar crimes have occurred. On Dec. 10, a 90-year-old woman was raped and killed in her home in Lafayette, Calif., located about 20 miles northeast of San Francisco. She was found bound and gagged on her bed. Earlier this month, a 32-year-old magazine salesman with a lengthy criminal record was arrested in Missouri and charged in the crime. The Lafayette police used DNA to identify the Missouri man as their suspect, Lafayette Police Chief Mike Fisher said. On Jan. 4, a 40-year-old door-to-door salesman was charged in the Dec. 30 sexual assault of a 74-year-old woman at her San Jose home. The salesman persuaded the woman to let him inside her home. Once inside, the man grabbed the woman and forced her to a back bedroom where he sexually assaulted her. A question of screening Investigators say there is little oversight of the traveling sales crews, making it difficult for police to track them down. Magazine publishing companies contract with magazine clearinghouses, which contract with the sales crews. The salespeople work on commission. The companies take out ads in newspapers and put up signs on utility poles to draw workers. If they need sellers in another city, they'll provide a free bus ticket. "In this industry, they seek out homeless shelters, halfway houses. They hire from anywhere. They want to keep the vans full," Coffey said. "I can't speak to all these crews, but it's clear to me that some companies are not adequately screening because there are criminals on these crews and bad things are happening to people." Phone messages left at the National Field Selling Association, a trade group representing the direct sales industry, were not returned. Fisher, the Lafayette police chief, said about 200 people were selling magazine subscriptions in his town on the day of the killing. "Let's face it," Fisher said. "Who takes that job?" Often, the traveling door-to-door salespeople are placed in upscale neighborhoods, and taught how to get inside a home where it is easier to clinch a sale. In a murder case in New Jersey, the seller asked for a glass of water. Some cities and counties require a permit for door-to-door salesmen or require them to register with the local sheriff and provide names and social security numbers of the sellers. Lake Oswego, for example, requires all door-to-door solicitors to obtain a temporary business license. It costs $25 for a week of sales. For the past year, because of citizen complaints, all solicitors have been required to provide the city with photo identification, and copies are given to Lake Oswego police, said Debbie Russell, Lake Oswego's business license specialist. "People in Lake Oswego don't like solicitors," Russell said. Portland has no such rules, said Scott Karter, audit supervisor in Portland's business license section. Sales crews try to avoid towns with restrictions. When they do hit those towns, Coffey said they'll often avoid giving the names of criminals to local sheriffs. But even if the crime subsequently occurs, at least the police have the name of a company to track down. Phil Ellenbecker, who runs a Web site highly critical of the industry, said magazine-selling companies not only can expose homeowners to violent criminals but also exploit young workers. They call their workers independent contractors so they can work them 12 to 15 hours a day for as little as $15, he said. His daughter worked briefly in the industry. She died when the van she and six other young people were riding in got into a wreck in 1999. Since then, he founded the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group. Ellenbecker says he has tracked about 200 felonies committed by magazine sellers in the past three years. "These are bad felonies," he said. "These are rapes and murders and burglaries and assaults and frauds." Ellenbecker said pending legislation would make Wisconsin the first state to crack down by requiring the companies to pay minimum wage and run criminal background checks. Ellenbecker said a similar effort in Congress failed after the National Field Selling Association lobbied against it. Police seek information Portland detectives have not been able to determine what company employed the Sellwood rapist. "It's been extremely difficult to determine who was here, who was in charge and who was employed by the company," Rees said. For that reason, Portland Detective Liz Cruthers and prosecutors are asking anyone who was solicited to buy a subscription from a door-to-door salesman last fall to call police. They want to know what the sales workers said, and whether they left any paperwork. Detectives also are not discounting the possibility that the Sellwood suspect could still be in the Portland area, Rees said. The Multnomah County prosecutor urges residents to exercise caution and common sense when a salesperson comes to their door. "Certainly when you look at the cases around the country, and this one in Portland, people should be wary about opening the door to salespersons that they don't know," Rees said. "They certainly should not let salespeople they don't know into their home."
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January 29, 2006
The Naples Daily News
naplesnews.com
Police Beat: Jan. 29
Sunday, January 29, 2006
To report a crime or suspicious activity, call the Naples Police and Emergency Services Department at 213-4844, the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 774-4434 or the Marco Island Police Department at 389-5050.

Naples police

Woman offering magazines arrested; no permit cited A 22-year-old woman was arrested Friday after she was found selling magazines without a permit on Gulf Shore Boulevard North, police say. Maranda Salgado of Augusta, Ga., was arrested and charged with solicitation without a permit. She works for Integrity Sales.

Collier County sheriff

Three people arrested; magazine offers alleged Sheriff's deputies arrested three people on Friday after they were found to be selling magazines door-to-door without permits. Arrested were: Dustin James Marshall, 22, of Colorado Springs; Andrew Scott Klokow, 19, of Omro, Wis.; and Magen Brittany Bowen, 19, of Phoenix. All were charged with door-to-door solicitation without a permit. Reports say Bowen and Klokow were arrested near 60th Street Southwest near Golden Gate Parkway. They had been misrepresenting themselves as college students, deputies say. Marshall was arrested on Dorado Drive. All are employed by Integrity Sales, a magazine subscription sales company. Sellers come into the Naples area every winter season with employees recruited from around the country. Not all of the firms have county permits to sell door-to-door.
Police Beat: Jan. 29
Sunday, January 29, 2006
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Naples, Florida
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Integrity Sales
Integrity Sales Website: integritysale.com
Integrity Program Website: integritypgm.com
Arizona Secretary of State Corporation/LLC Website:
Az. S.O.S. Corp/LCC
Arizona Secretary of State: Integrity Sales:  Integrity Sales
Criminal Profiles: Search For: Integrity Sales
Magazine Scams: Integrity Sales
Consumer Advocacy: Edumacation.com: Integrity Sales
BBB Report Phoenix, Az.: unsatisfactory
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January 27, 2006
Children's Hospital warns of sales scam
Published 01/27/06 00:00:00
The Clovis Independent
NEWS BRIEFS
Children's Hospital Central California has learned that an organization called Entrepreneurs Across America has been selling magazines door-to-door in the Fresno area, claiming its sales benefit cancer patients at Children's Hospital in Madera. But the organization has no affiliation with Children's Hospital, and is not participating in a hospital fundraiser, officials say. Anyone with questions about the legitimacy of any fundraiser for Children's Hospital is instructed to call administration at 353-7100.
The Clovis Independent
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Clovis, California
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January 29, 2006


DMPG research into the above magazine sales company:
Entrepreneurs Across America
Website: Entrepreneurs Across America
Entrepreneurs Across America, Inc.
Phone: (940) 565-1000
Fax: 214-975-1269
401 S. Locust St. Ste. 104
Denton, TX 76201
Owner:
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Sales Crews:
Threedom Sales, Inc. - 333
PMA, Inc. - 037
Buckeye Sales, Inc. - 528
Schaefer Sales - 247
Titan Sales, Inc. - 046
Kenmore Sales - 057
Attitude Sales - 501
Power Plus Sales - 011
Tomohawk Sales - 094
Production Sales - 143




January 21, 2006
Traveling sales crews worry police
SOME PEDDLERS LINKED TO CRIME
By Elise Ackerman
Mercury News
Posted on Sat, Jan. 21, 2006
The salesman who showed up at the house near Prospect High School in San Jose was neatly dressed and carried identification. When an elderly woman opened the door, he asked if she would buy some magazines to help him ``earn points for his magazine sales job.'' The woman hesitated. The salesman begged for a glass of water. Once inside, he asked to use the bathroom. And then, according to Santa Clara County prosecutors, the 40-year-old parolee dragged the 74-year-old woman into a back bedroom and raped her. Law enforcement has long been leery of traveling sales crews, whose members have been associated with everything from petty theft to murder. In an effort to keep residents safe, more than a dozen local cities and counties require door-to-door sales workers to obtain permits, and in some cases to disclose criminal backgrounds. But the difficulty of enforcing such laws continues to leave people -- particularly elderly retirees -- vulnerable to violent predators, police said. ``We advise that you don't even open the door,'' San Jose police spokeswoman Gina Teeporten said. All too often, police said, residents don't distinguish between the danger posed by an out-of-town person peddling magazines and a neighborhood Girl Scout selling cookies. (Technically, both are required to have permits.) Earlier this month, Richard McNew, 32, a magazine salesman from Missouri, was charged with raping and smothering a 90-year-old woman in Lafayette on Dec. 10. Less than three weeks later, solicitor Larry Jackson allegedly attacked the 74-year-old woman in San Jose. In August, a 19-year-old magazine salesman from Georgia was sentenced to 11 years in prison for beating an 80-year-old Menlo Park woman so badly she had to be hospitalized. Around the country, traveling crews of magazine sellers have been associated with at least a dozen rapes and murders over the past few years, said Chris Coffey, a Knoxville attorney who has represented the families of three victims. Coffey said the problem lies in the recruitment of the crews, which typically sell on behalf of large clearinghouses. He alleges crew owners ``recruit out of halfway houses, homeless shelters, and they will take anyone who will go with them,'' he said. Mike Bergerson, an attorney for American Community Services, one of the leading magazine clearinghouses, said people who sign up are ``looking for work'' and shouldn't be stigmatized. He said ACS encourages door-to-door sales companies to do background checks. But Coffey said documents he has obtained showed that firms still knowingly hire people with criminal backgrounds. McNew has a long criminal history dating back to 1993. Jackson, who was charged with raping the 74-year-old woman in San Jose on Dec. 30, told police he was on parole for selling narcotics. The sales crews are trained to try to get inside a house in order to make a sale, a situation that puts residents at risk, Coffey said. He alleged peddlers are not always paid and are charged for transportation and board. Sometimes they get frustrated ``and they snap,'' he said. Bergerson said ``no one is forced to sell magazines'' and that ``there are probably a lot of other sales people who are quite satisfied with the sales structure.'' Lafayette Police Chief Mike Fisher said sales crews sporadically descend upon his upscale suburban East Bay community in such large numbers that they overwhelm the 15-member police force. Fisher said the city requires sellers to have permits, but that his officers generally will just ask the peddlers to leave rather than cite them for misdemeanors. ``It kind of depends on how busy we are, unfortunately,'' he said. With only two officers on patrol at any given time, Fisher said he is loath to tie them up citing sales crew members. Other communities that have passed laws requiring peddlers' permits have similar practices. During the past 10 years, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office has prosecuted only 10 people for failure to comply with county peddling requirements. Punishments included fines from $150 to $450. San Jose police rarely cite door-to-door peddlers because residents rarely complain, said Deputy Chief Ken Ferguson. The department is trying to raise awareness about the law so that residents will be more likely to call. But Coffey said the laws also need to be toughened. For example, he said the crews should be required to register with law enforcement each time they come to town and to provide the names and Social Security numbers of each crew member. ``After five or six years of doing this, if I saw a van of magazine salesmen in my neighborhood,'' Coffey said, ``I would call the police whether they knocked on my door or not.''
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By Elise Ackerman
Mercury News
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California
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January 21, 2006
When they knock, it's danger at door
By John Simerman
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
Posted on Sat, Jan. 21, 2006
Grisly crimes against two elderly women last month in Lafayette and San Jose are only the latest in a mounting toll of violence by members of roving bands of salesmen, say police and victims' advocates who claim the firms often hire convicted felons to knock on doors. Early this month, Contra Costa County prosecutors charged Missouri magazine salesman Richard Craig McNew, 32, in the rape and smothering death of 90-year-old Ann Elizabeth Vuori of Lafayette, whose body was found bound and gagged on her bed Dec. 10. McNew remains in a St. Louis jail as he fights extradition. On Jan. 4, prosecutors charged another door-to-door magazine salesman, Larry Jackson, 40, in the Dec. 30 sexual assault of an unnamed 74-year-old woman at her West San Jose home. San Jose police are looking into a possible link to crimes elsewhere, including the unsolved rape of a Portland, Ore. woman in October. Don Rees, a prosecutor for Multnomah County, Ore., said investigators believe the rapist worked for a magazine sales team that drove south to San Jose. "This is going on all across the country, and it's a growing concern," San Jose police Sgt. Nick Muyo. "Clearly we're seeing more cases involving these door-to-door salesmen, who are typically not from the area. They roll into town, they make some money and head off. "A lot of them are legitimate. The problem is a lot of them are not." Bay Area law enforcement agencies are urging caution when the doorbell rings. They say residents shouldn't open their door to strangers. If they do, they should ask to see a salesperson's permit or company identification and report anything suspicious to police. Several communities, including Lafayette and San Jose, require door-to-door salesmen to apply for peddler or solicitor permits. But the traveling crews often ignore them, and enforcement is difficult. Many arrive in vans packed with 15 or more people, blanket an area and leave. In Lafayette, neighbors of Vuori said magazine salesmen swarmed the area in the days before her murder, pestering some residents and lingering on front lawns. Often, several sales crews work side-by-side and stay together in motels, authorities say. "It's this gypsy-type thing where they go from neighborhood to neighborhood. The more affluent the neighborhood, the more of this you'll see," said Lafayette police Chief Mike Fisher. "Sometimes they get aggressive. Sometimes they get frustrated and act out inappropriately." Sometimes, they rob, rape or kill. Rodger Eric Broadway, 19, was just out of prison and living in a halfway house in New York when he joined a sales team. In August 2001, he beat, raped, smothered and stabbed to death 66-year-old Eskaline DaBorde in her Tennessee home, later pleading guilty. In New Jersey, 18-year-old magazine salesman Azriel Bridge of Chicago was sentenced to 55 years in prison in the beating and stabbing death of 77-year-old Shirley Reuter two years ago in Toms River, N.J. Door-to-door magazine salesman D'Angelo Langford, 20, of Georgia was sentenced in August to 11 years in prison for the 2004 beating and attempted rape of an 80-year-old woman in her Menlo Park home. Prosecutors and victims' advocates say the magazine clearinghouses that oversee the sales crews often escape discipline. Publishing companies contract with the clearinghouses, which contract with the sales teams, creating an arms-length buffer. The teams go by dozens of ever-changing names, and the salesmen, in turn, work as independent contractors. Police estimate thousands of them roam the country. The National Field Selling Association, which represents several of the clearinghouses, did not answer or return calls for comment from the Times. "The great majority are ordinary kids that answered ads to travel to resort areas, make a lot of money and friends, laugh all the way to the bank," said Earline Williams, who runs ParentWatch, a New York-based group that advocates stiffer labor laws for the industry. Many find themselves captive in a far-off state, much of their promised pay withheld, she said. Occasionally, exploited young salespeople, trained to coax their way into homes, turn to crime. Some firms looking for sales crews tap halfway houses for convicted felons, said Chris Coffey, a Tennessee lawyer who has won two large settlements for victims' families in lawsuits against one of the clearinghouses. In one case, the company did a background check on a convicted murderer, but let him sell door-to-door anyway. "They have people who are predisposed to criminal activity. They take them to the nicest neighborhoods they can find and drop them off unsupervised," Coffey said. "A lot of times their motives are not to sell magazines." McNew, charged in Vuori's killing, has a history of convictions for burglary, robbery, assault with injury and drugs and weapons charges dating to 1993, according to St. Louis court records. On Nov. 11, he was arrested on suspicion of trespassing in the Murrieta home of a 63-year-old woman. A sheriff's spokesman declined to name his sales crew. Advocates have pushed in vain for tighter national labor laws for traveling sales crews. In Wisconsin, a pending bill would force the crews to register with the state and post a bond, undergo background checks and hire salespeople who are 18 or older. A few towns have instituted "no knock" laws, similar to the no-call lists for telephone solicitors. Sales crews that fail to comply can face stiff fines and be charged with trespassing. Elsewhere, regulation and enforcement remain spotty. "This is a nasty industry," said watchdog Phil Ellenbecker of Wisconsin, who runs a Web site, www.travelingsalescrews.info, that chronicles numerous crimes in the industry. "The thing that really disturbs me is, why in the name of God isn't anyone doing anything about it?"
By John Simerman
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
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California
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January 20, 2006
Town could curb selling door-to-door
By Samantha Brown/ sambrown@cnc.com
Friday, January 20, 2006
Selectmen may bring an article before Town Meeting April 1 to help put some rules in place for door-to-door solicitation. In October, selectman Ralph Dormitzer reported he had been contacted by a number of residents who were concerned with the increase in solicitation, especially during dusk. Tuesday, he came back before the board with a sample bylaw from the town of Duxbury which could be modified to meet Cohasset’s needs. Cohasset does not have any bylaws regulating solicitation and Dormitzer said in his research, he found there is nothing that can be done to stop solicitation in a town altogether. There are a number of Supreme Court rulings which protect the practice under freedom of speech, he said. "You can’t limit it," said Dormitzer, but rules can be put in place that will ensure there are some regulations on who can solicit and when. Dormitzer said the bylaw would require solicitors register with the police department "So you’d always know who’s in town," he said. Solicitors would be required to give very detailed information, including their social security number, which would allow the department to look into the background of each person and ensure they and the company they work for are legitimate. He said that way, residents could feel confident there were no sexual predators or any other criminals wandering the streets, knocking on doors. However, he pointed out the research done on the matter indicates there is no real evidence there is a high risk of crime from door-to-door solicitation. Duxbury’s bylaw has certain exceptions to those who must register to solicit. There is an "under 18" clause which means groups such as the Girl and Boy Scouts or local sports teams would not be required to register with the police department in order to ask their neighbors for support. In addition, those running for public office are spared the registration process in Duxbury, which Dormitzer joked some on the Cohasset board of selectmen might be happy to hear.Selectman Michael Sullivan said he thought the bylaw was a good idea, but added he would like to see some limitation on when solicitation must stop for the day. He said perhaps an hour before dusk would be an appropriate time. "It can be very intimidating when someone shows up at your door in the dark," he said. However, Dormitzer said he has found in the Supreme Court rulings that it is not legal to limit solicitation in the early evening because "that is the most probable time people will be home. That is likely to interfere with freedom of speech," he said. He said it might be possible for the town to impose a solicitation curfew of 9 or 10 p.m., which would provide ample time during those hours when people typically come home from work. Sullivan pointed out 9 p.m. can have more of an impact at different times of the year, and in his opinion, it is still too late. Selectman Chairman Fred Koed said 1-1/2 hours after dusk seems like an appropriate cut-off point for solicitation. But Dormitzer said it simply won’t be legal due to the rulings which have already come down on the matter. "Let’s fight it all the way," Koed joked. Dormitzer assembled information for board members to look over including the Duxbury bylaw and some Supreme Court rulings on the matter. He said he would give selectmen time to read it all over, and they agreed to discuss the issue at an upcoming meeting.
By Samantha Brown/ sambrown@cnc.com
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Massachusetts
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January 19, 2006
Sick of solicitors? Put up a sign, city says
Burlingame takes another look at policy on peddlers
By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2006 11:21 PM PST
BURLINGAME — Concerned by the recent report of a sexual assault by a salesman in West San Jose, nearby home invasion robberies and the intimidating tactics even nonviolent door-to-door peddlers can sometimes use, the city retooled its ordinances concerning solicitors this week. Though some of the changes streamline the application process for solicitation permits and another drops requirements to bring the city in tune with federal law, one of the city’s new policies offers worried residents a way to escape solicitors altogether. The City Council adopted the changes, which were advised by City Attorney Larry Anderson. Under the old policy, solicitors seeking charitable and political donations were required to obtain a permit to do so from the city’s Police Department, Anderson said. Under new stipulations, they will no longer be required to — as federal courts have indicated local governments have a “very minor part” in regulating charitable solicitation. “You can’t hold them up for two weeks trying to determine whether they’re good people or not,” Anderson said. For other solicitors, the timeline for the application process itself will be slashed to less than two weeks and questions on the application itself will be less subjective, Anderson said. The city’s fingerprinting requirement will be retained so police can perform a background check on each applicant. Additionally, private residents can now simply erect a “No Soliciting” sign to ward off peddlers, door-to-door salesman and individuals seeking charitable or political contributions — and will have the city on their side, Anderson said. Residents bothered by solicitors despite their signage will be able to summon police — who may revoke the offender’s solicitation permit or issue a fine, he said. The sign must be posted in a highly visible place and may also say anything that clearly indicates the resident’s wishes, according to the ordinance. Burlingame police Commander Brad Floyd said that although summertime can be an especially busy time for solicitors, complaints aren’t generally made because of violence or break-ins, which are rarely associated with solicitors. “They get pushy sometimes, there can be disagreements and these solicitors can be overly assertive,” he said. “That’s usually when we get the telephone calls.” A survey of other local municipal codes and city clerks in Hillsborough, Millbrae, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Bruno and Belmont revealed Burlingame to be one of the first in the area to adopt such an ordinance. San Bruno’s city attorney said her city probably hadn’t adopted one because the issue fell under established trespassing laws.
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January 18, 2006
Salesman Arrested In Elderly Sexual Assault
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Modus Operandi 'Very Similar' To Other Cases
Jan. 18 - BCN - A door-to-door magazine salesman remains in custody today on suspicion of sexually assaulting an elderly woman at her West San Jose home last month, San Jose police reported today. After knocking on the 74-year-old woman's door in the area of Prospect High School, the 40-year-old man identified himself as a general subscription magazine salesman to persuade the woman to let him inside, police said. Once inside the house, police said the man grabbed the woman and forced her to a back bedroom where he allegedly assaulted her sexually. After the man fled the scene, the woman, whose identity is being withheld, called her husband who then contacted police. Police located the suspect in the area and the woman later identified him, police said. He was arrested on Dec. 30 and was booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of burglary and various sex offenses, police reported. San Jose police Detective Mike Carlson, who is investigating the case, said the modus operandi is "very similar" to other cases reported elsewhere, including the murder of Anna Vuori, a 90-year-old Lafayette woman who was sexually assaulted and killed by suffocation in her home on Dec. 10. The man charged with Vuori's murder, 30-year-old Richard McNew of Missouri, also allegedly contacted his purported victim while selling magazines door to door. McNew was previously arrested by police in Southern California for trespassing on a woman's property while selling magazines in November. "We'd like to warn the public that if someone is going door to door selling magazines, it might not be innocent," Carlson said. "He might be there to harm you." Police have not yet released the name of the suspect in the West San Jose sexual assault, but Carlson said the case appears to be an isolated incident. "Because (the incidents) are all so similar, we think it might be a front for criminal activity," Carlson said, referring to the door-to-door magazine sales technique used by the perpetrators. No magazine-sales company has been singled out as a front for such assaults, Carlson said. Police ask that anyone with information on the case contact Carlson at the Police Department's sexual assault investigations unit at (408) 277-4102 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP.
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January 18, 2006
Magazine salesman held in sexual assault of 74-year-old San Jose woman
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SAN JOSE, Calif. A door-to-door magazine salesman is being held on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 74-year-old San Jose woman. Police aren't releasing the name of the suspect because they're trying to determine if he might be connected to similar attacks in other cities. Investigators say the woman was attacked while the salesman knocked on doors in her West San Jose neighborhood on December 30th. The arrest of the salesman comes after Santa Clara County authorities issued an alert to Cupertino, Saratoga and Los Altos Hills residents about door-to-door salesmen and a series of burglaries.
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January 18, 2006
Salesman Suspected Of Assaulting 74-Year-Old
POSTED: 7:15 am PST January 18, 2006
UPDATED: 8:16 am PST January 18, 2006
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A door-to-door magazine salesman remains in custody on suspicion of sexually assaulting an elderly woman at her West San Jose home last month, according to San Jose police. After knocking on the 74-year-old woman's door in the area of Prospect High School, the 40-year-old man identified himself as a general subscription magazine salesman to persuade the woman to let him inside, police said. Once inside the house, police said the man grabbed the woman and forced her to a back bedroom where he allegedly assaulted her sexually. After the man fled the scene, the woman, whose identity is being withheld, called her husband, who then contacted police. Police located the suspect in the area and the woman later identified him, police said. He was arrested on Dec. 30 and was booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of burglary and various sex offenses, police reported. San Jose police Detective Mike Carlson, who is investigating the case, said the modus operandi is "very similar" to other cases reported elsewhere, including the murder of Anna Vuori, a 90-year-old Lafayette woman who was sexually assaulted and killed by suffocation in her home on Dec. 10. The man charged with Vuori's murder, 30-year-old Richard McNew of Missouri, also allegedly contacted his purported victim while selling magazines door-to-door. McNew was previously arrested by police in Southern California on suspicion of trespassing on a woman's property while selling magazines in November. "We'd like to warn the public that if someone is going door to door selling magazines, it might not be innocent," Carlson said. "He might be there to harm you." Police have not yet released the name of the suspect in the West San Jose sexual assault, but Carlson said the case appears to be an isolated incident. "Because (the incidents) are all so similar, we think it might be a front for criminal activity," Carlson said, referring to the door-to-door magazine sales technique used by the perpetrators. No magazine-sales company has been singled out as a front for such assaults, Carlson said. Police ask that anyone with information on the case contact Carlson at the Police Department's sexual assault investigations unit at (408) 277-4102 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP.
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January 18, 2006
After recent assaults, police advise caution with door-to-door salesmen
Suzanne Herel, Chronicle Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
(01-18) 13:52 PST SAN JOSE -- Police are warning Bay Area residents to be careful when opening their doors to peddlers after a magazine salesman was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in San Jose, and another magazine salesman was charged with last month's sexual assault and killing of a 90-year-old Lafayette woman. In the most recent incident, a man going door-to-door in a West San Jose neighborhood near Prospect High School convinced a 74-year-old woman to let him inside her home around 12:20 p.m. Dec. 30. Once inside, he allegedly grabbed the woman, forced her into a rear bedroom and sexually assaulted her, San Jose police Sgt. Nick Muyo said. The man told the victim not to call police and then fled her home. The woman phoned her husband, who in turn alerted police. Police detained a man in the area that afternoon and later arrested him on burglary and sexual assault charges. The burglary charge applies to the act of entering a home with the intention to steal something or commit a felony -- in this case, the sexual assault. Muyo said police were not releasing the name of the suspect in hopes that other potential victims would come forward and independently identify him in order to strengthen their case. The suspect would have been knocking on doors in the area of Prospect High Dec. 30 and is described as a 40-year-old black man standing 6 feet tall and weighing 250 pounds. "We're seeing it as a growing problem," Muyo said of daytime break-in crimes, noting that the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Department also has alerted residents of Los Altos, Cupertino and Saratoga of burglaries being committed by transient salesmen. In Lafayette, police have charged Richard Craig, 32, of Missouri with raping and killing Anna Elizabeth Vuori, whose body was discovered Dec. 10. Craig, a traveling salesman with a history of violence, allegedly bound and gagged Vuori in her Moraga Boulevard home, sexually assaulted her and smothered her to death. Like the suspect arrested in San Jose, Craig worked for an out-of-state company, though police are having trouble tracking it down -- it's called Overachievers Inc. "Here's typically what happens: You get a magazine company that may not be based in California. They have people that they hire who come out to San Jose, San Francisco, the Bay Area, to sell this company's magazines," Muyo said. "They're typically picked up in a car or van, eight or 10 men, then they flood a neighborhood. "They're basically being taken to a neighborhood where they don't live, where they don't belong," he said. In San Jose, a legitimate salesman will be able to provide a peddler's permit or canvassing permit obtained from the police department, which fingerprints, photographs and runs a background check on applicants, Muyo said. "Any legitimate salesman who balks at telling you who he or she is -- that's a red flag," he said. Police ask anyone with information in the San Jose case to call the Sexual Assault Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4102. Callers can remain anonymous by using the Crime Stoppers tip line, (408) 947-7867. E-mail Suzanne Herel at sherel@sfchronicle.com.
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January 18, 2006
Detective: Victim Tried To Leave Crew
Salesmen Accused Of Kidnapping Man
Author: JEREMY PAWLOSKI
Journal Staff Writer
Burt Dials was trying to flee his door-to-door magazine sales crew in Los Angeles on New Year's Day when he was kidnapped at gunpoint from a city bus by members of the crew who tried to stop him, according to court records and a Los Angeles County sheriff's detective. One of the men charged with Dials' kidnapping, Dewell Keith Lafleur, 32, was initially charged with murder in Santa Fe in connection with Benjamin Suazo's October beating death at the hands of the group of out-of-state magazine salesmen at the Silva Lanes bowling alley parking lot. But Lafleur, the leader of the Santa Fe sales crew, saw those charges dropped after a preliminary hearing in November, when eyewitnesses from the bowling alley homicide said Lafleur acted as a peacemaker the night that Suazo was beaten, and then run over, by the other members, according to court records. Four other young men who list out-of-state addresses and were members of Lafleur's crew in Santa Fe still face second-degree murder and other charges connected to Suazo's death. During a phone interview on Tuesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective Jeanine Lum painted a disturbing picture of the magazine sales crew that Lafleur headed in Santa Fe and California. She said Lafleur's victim in Los Angeles was trying to leave the sales crew because he was "tired of ripping people off" and felt guilty about selling magazine subscriptions that they would never receive to old women. "They hustle people for money," Lum said. "They normally prey after the elderly because they're easy victims." Members of Lafleur's sales crew are typically paid only $20 a day for working 12-hour shifts, well under the minimum wage, Lum said. She added that sales crew leaders justify the low wages by saying that they pay for members' room and board as they travel the country. Lum said most of the members of Lafleur's crew have lengthy criminal records. Lafleur himself has a criminal record, she said. Members of Lafleur's sales crew tell prospective clients they are trying to raise money for college, or for college trips to Europe, but they are lying, Lum said. "These kids have their speeches down," she said. Lum said that going door to door to sell magazines is a perfect way for salesmen to "case" neighborhoods where they can break into homes or cars. During the incident in Los Angeles County on New Year's Day, Dials was on a city bus around 7:15 p.m. but did not know that another member of the sales crew, Chassidy Tolliver, had spotted him and told Lafleur and other members of the group that Dials was trying to escape, Lum said. "This employee was trying to break out of this ring," Lum said. Lafleur, Tolliver, 22, and another member of the group, Robert David Richie, 38, are all charged with kidnapping for ransom and assault with a deadly weapon, to wit, a handgun, according to their felony complaints. Richie is additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun, according to his felony complaint. According to court records, Richie is the person who wielded a handgun during the kidnapping. The vehicle that Lafleur was driving during the commission of the alleged kidnapping was the same make and model as the Cadillac Escalade sport-utility vehicle that he was arrested in during the early morning hours of Oct. 20, 2005, in Santa Fe, according to court records. Lum said Lafleur, Tolliver and Richie were arrested in the Los Angeles area on Jan. 3, after an alert police officer learned that Lafleur's Escalade had the same license plate as the vehicle used in the Jan. 1 kidnapping. When Dials was located by police several days later, he had "numerous visible injuries" to his face, Lum said. "He probably should have gone to the hospital," Lum said. The founder of a New Yorkbased clearinghouse on child and youth labor issues has said that door-to-door magazine sales organizations are a nationwide problem, recruiting young people into situations in which they are exploited or can become victims or violence. "This is a nationwide problem, and it has been for many years," said Earlene Williams, founder of Parent Watch, in October. Parent Watch 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 lots of money, but criminals also jump on board, who are running from the law, Williams has said. "They are a danger to both kids on the crews and people in their homes." On Tuesday, Williams said she was not surprised by the alleged kidnapping in Los Angeles County. "It happens often," Williams said. "Believe it or not, this is not the first case that I have heard of. They really don't like to lose one of their top salespeople. I don't know if that is the case in this situation, but it has happened in other cases that I've handled."
Author: JEREMY PAWLOSKI
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January 18, 2006
SJ Police Issue Warning About Door-To-Door Salesmen
POSTED: 7:49 am PST January 18, 2006
By KTVU.com and Bay City News
SAN JOSE -- Police were warning local residents Wednesday to be cautious when answering the door and being confronted by a door-to-door salesman following the sexual assault of an elderly woman in the neighborhood near Prospect High School. "We'd like to warn the public that if someone is going door to door selling magazines, it might not be innocent," San Jose police Detective Mike Carlson said. "He might be there to harm you." According to San Jose police, after knocking on the 74-year-old woman's door, a 40-year-old man identified himself as a general subscription magazine salesman to persuade the woman to let him inside. Once inside the house, police said the man grabbed the woman and forced her to a back bedroom where he allegedly assaulted her sexually. After the man fled the scene, the woman, whose identity is being withheld, called her husband who then contacted police. Police located the suspect in the area and the woman later identified him, police said. He was arrested on Dec. 30 and was booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of burglary and various sex offenses. Carlson, who is investigating the case, said the modus operandi is "very similar" to other cases reported elsewhere, including the murder of Anna Vuori, a 90-year-old Lafayette woman who was sexually assaulted and killed by suffocation in her home on Dec. 10. The man charged with Vuori's murder, 30-year-old Richard McNew of Missouri, also allegedly contacted his purported victim while selling magazines door to door. McNew was previously arrested by police in Southern California for trespassing on a woman's property while selling magazines in November. Police have not yet released the name of the suspect in the West San Jose sexual assault, but Carlson said the case appears to be an isolated incident. "Because (the incidents) are all so similar, we think it might be a front for criminal activity," Carlson said, referring to the door-to-door magazine sales technique used by the perpetrators. No magazine-sales company has been singled out as a front for such assaults, Carlson said. Police ask that anyone with information on the case contact Carlson at the Police Department's sexual assault investigations unit at (408) 277-4102 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP.
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January 17, 2006
SALESMAN ARRESTED IN WEST SAN JOSE SEXUAL ASSAULT
01/17/06 9:05 PST
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A door-to-door magazine salesman remains in custody today on suspicion of sexually assaulting an elderly woman at her West San Jose home last month, San Jose police reported today. After knocking on the 74-year-old woman's door in the area of Prospect High School, the 40-year-old man identified himself as a general subscription magazine salesman to persuade the woman to let him inside, police said. Once inside the house, police said the man grabbed the woman and forced her to a back bedroom where he allegedly assaulted her sexually. After the man fled the scene, the woman, whose identity is being withheld, called her husband who then contacted police. Police located the suspect in the area and the woman later identified him, police said. He was arrested on Dec. 30 and was booked into Santa Clara County jail on suspicion of burglary and various sex offenses, police reported. San Jose police Detective Mike Carlson, who is investigating the case, said the modus operandi is "very similar" to other cases reported elsewhere, including the murder of Anna Vuori, a 90-year-old Lafayette woman who was sexually assaulted and killed by suffocation in her home on Dec. 10. The man charged with Vuori's murder, 30-year-old Richard McNew of Missouri, also allegedly contacted his purported victim while selling magazines door to door. McNew was previously arrested by police in Southern California for trespassing on a woman's property while selling magazines in November. "We'd like to warn the public that if someone is going door to door selling magazines, it might not be innocent," Carlson said. "He might be there to harm you." Police have not yet released the name of the suspect in the West San Jose sexual assault, but Carlson said the case appears to be an isolated incident. "Because (the incidents) are all so similar, we think it might be a front for criminal activity," Carlson said, referring to the door-to-door magazine sales technique used by the perpetrators. No magazine-sales company has been singled out as a front for such assaults, Carlson said. Police ask that anyone with information on the case contact Carlson at the Police Department's sexual assault investigations unit at (408) 277-4102 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP.
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Title: Sexual Assault
Location: West San Jose
Suspect:
Address:
Date: January 17, 2006
Full Story: TYPE OF CRIME: Sexual Assault
CASE NUMBER: 05-364-0544
LOCATION: West San Jose
DATE: 12-30-05 TIME: 12:20PM

VICTIM: Withheld
AGE: 74 years (Adult Female)
ADDRESS: San Jose Resident

SUSPECT: Withheld (In-Custody) AGE: 40 years (Adult Male)

ADDRESS: None

DETAILS:
On 12-30-05 , the suspect was selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door in the area of Prospect High School in the city of San Jose . The suspect contacted an elderly woman at her home and convinced the woman to let him inside her residence. Once inside the house, the suspect grabbed the woman and forced her to a back bedroom where he sexually assaulted her. The suspect fled the home after telling the woman not to contact the police. The victim called her husband who, in turn, called the police. Officers responded to the area and detained a subject, who was later Identified as the suspect. The suspect was interview and booked into Santa Clara County Jail for Burglary and various Sex Offenses. Several other agencies have experienced similar cases, some of which are currently under investigation.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Detective Mike Carlson of the San Jose Police Department’s Sexual Assault Investigations Unit at (408) 277-4102. Persons wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (408) 947-STOP.

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January 17, 2006
Police snag vacuum salesmen
By TOM MORTON
Star-Tribune staff writer Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Police conducted a clean sweep of four men trying to sell vacuum cleaners without the proper city license on Saturday, according to a police affidavit filed with Casper Municipal Court. An anonymous caller told police dispatch at 10:30 a.m. Saturday that four males in a white van were going door-to-door selling merchandise in the area of 47th and Elm streets, according to the affidavit by officer D. Douglas. The three officers located the van at 50th and Oak streets, where the driver Payton Lein said he was working for a vacuum cleaner manufacturer and that he and his co-workers were going door-to-door selling the cleaners. Lein didn't have a solicitation license from the city and he had been warned previously about selling merchandise without a license, according to the affidavit.
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January 15, 2006
Sales-crew leader arrested in L.A.
By THE NEW MEXICAN
In brief, 01/15/2006
The leader of a door-to-door magazine-sales crew who was arrested in the October death of a Santa Fe man at the Silva Lanes bowling alley has been charged with kidnapping and assault in California. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested Dewell Keith Lafleur, 31, and two others Jan. 3. He is being held at the North County Correctional Facility in Saugus, Calif. Bail was set at $1 million. Chassidy Tolliver, 22, and Robert David Richie, 38, who also were in Santa Fe last fall, were arrested on similar charges and are being held at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. Murder charges against Lafleur in Santa Fe were dropped. But four other members of his traveling sales crew still face second-degree murder charges in connection with the beating death of Benjamin Suazo.
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January 14, 2006
Magazine Salesman Sees New Charges;
Man once accused in Santa Fe death suspected in Calif. kidnapping
JEREMY PAWLOSKI
Journal Staff Writer
Albuquerque Journal
Albuquerque, N.M.:
Jan 14, 2006
A member of an out-of state magazine sales crew who was initially charged with murder after Benjamin Suazo's Oct. 20 death outside the Silva Lanes bowling alley in Santa Fe has been arrested in Los Angeles County, Calif. Dewell Keith Lafleur, 32, is charged with "kidnapping for ransom" and "assault with a deadly weapon, to wit, a handgun," for a Jan. 1 incident in Los Angeles County, according to his felony complaint. In October, Lafleur was arrested by Santa Fe police and charged with murder for the beating death of Benjamin Suazo outside Silva Lanes. But Lafleur's murder and other charges were dropped after witnesses said during a Nov. 8 preliminary hearing that Lafleur acted as a peacemaker during the altercation that left Suazo dead. Four other members of the out-of-state magazine sales crew who were with Lafleur at the bowling alley still face second-degree murder charges for allegedly beating Suazo and then running him over with a sport-utility vehicle as he lay semi-conscious in the Silva Lanes parking lot. Lafleur was the supervisor of the magazine sales crew that was in Santa Fe in October, according to court testimony. Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives who arrested Lafleur Jan. 3 could not be reached for comment late Friday. A felony complaint indicates that Chassidy Tolliver, 22, who was with Lafleur and the other magazine salesmen in Santa Fe in the fall, also has been charged in connection with the Jan. 1 incident in Los Angeles County. Like Lafleur, Tolliver is charged with kidnapping for ransom and assault with a deadly weapon, according to her felony complaint. Although a member of the magazine sales team that was at Silva Lanes Oct. 20, Tolliver was not accused of participating in Suazo's homicide, according to court records and police. After Suazo's homicide, Earlene Williams, the founder of a New York-based clearinghouse on child and youth labor issues, said 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 Williams, whose group, Parent Watch, tries to help young people who join traveling magazine sales crews. "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. They are a danger to both kids on crews and people in their homes." Details on Lafleur and Tolliver's Jan. 3 arrest in Los Angeles were sketchy from their felony complaints, and it wasn't clear whether they were working on magazine sales at the time of their California arrests. A third individual who was with them on Jan. 1, Robert David Richie, 38, faces the same charges as Lafleur and Tolliver, plus an additional charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm. The felony complaints state that the trio "did unlawfully seize, confine, inveigle, entice, decoy, abduct, conceal, kidnap, and carry away Burt Dials, with the intent to hold and detain, and who did hold and detain the said Burt Dials, for ransom, reward, extortion, and to exact from relatives and friends of Burt Dials money and other valuable things, to wit, $10,000 bond and backpack."
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Albuquerque Journal
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January 10, 2006
AUTHORITIES SAY VUORI MURDER SUSPECT FIGHTING EXTRADITION
01/10/06 7:50 PST
Bay City News Wire
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A St. Louis man arrested Friday in connection with the murder of a Lafayette woman is fighting extradition from Missouri, a Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman said today. An extradition hearing will take place in early February for 32-year-old Richard Craig McNew, according to sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. The timeframe for extradition depends on how hard a suspect fights the process, according to Contra Costa County District Attorney Robert Kochly. The district attorney's office has charged McNew with the murder of 90-year-old Anna Vuori, Kochly said. Vuori was found dead in her Lafayette home on Dec. 10. Authorities say she was sexually assaulted before she was suffocated. "I would hope (McNew's extradition) would be resolved in a month or two," Kochly said today. Sheriff's detectives arrested McNew on Friday in St. Louis after interviewing him at the St. Louis City Justice Center. McNew was being held there on unrelated drug charges, according to Lee. Authorities learned of McNew after submitting DNA evidence collected from the Vuori crime scene into a DNA database, Lee said. The recovered DNA was checked against local, state and national records. When the search yielded McNew's name, two sheriff's detectives immediately flew to Missouri, Lee said. Lee said in addition to being linked to the crime through DNA evidence, McNew also worked as a magazine salesman in the Lafayette area around the time of the murder. Neighbors told police there were door-to-door magazine salespeople in the neighborhood in the days leading up to the homicide, according to Lee.
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January 10, 2006
Police Say Door To Door Sales Led St. Louis Man To Kill In California
Created: 1/10/2006 10:00:18 PM
Updated: 1/11/2006 11:01:22 AM
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(KSDK) - The attack near San Francisco was chilling. A 90 year old woman was tied up, sexually assaulted and suffocated. Police say Richard McNew, 30, of Missouri committed the crime. McNew allegedly went to the victim's house as part of his job. Authorities in northern California identified Richard McNew as a murder suspect after DNA collected from the scene matched a national database. McNew's criminal record is lengthy. He was already in the St. Louis jail when detectives in California linked him to the December murder and rape of Anna Vuori, 90, in a San Francisco suburb. Authorities in Contra Costa County say a Missouri-based business sent McNew to California. "He was actually going door to door selling magazine subscriptions. That's how he initially contacted Anna Vuori," says Jimmy Lee with the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office.
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January 10, 2006
Suspect in Lafayette killing sold door to door
Posted on Tue, Jan. 10, 2006
By Kelli Phillips
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
LAFAYETTE - The Missouri man held in the rape and killing of a 90-year-old Lafayette woman may have met his victim while selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, according to the District Attorney's Office. Richard McNew was arrested and charged Friday with the Dec. 10 slaying of Ann Elizabeth Vuori. He sold magazine subscriptions for a Missouri company that often dispatched groups of salesman to neighborhoods in other states. Robert Kochly, Contra Costa deputy district attorney, said the work may have brought McNew into Vuori's Moraga Avenue neighborhood. Residents said a spate of scruffy-looking door-to-door salesman had been in the area in the week before Vuori's body was found bound and gagged on her bed. She had been raped and smothered. Detectives identified McNew as a suspect through a national DNA database, using body fluid found at the victim's home. He was in jail in St. Louis on an unrelated robbery warrant when police arrested him. He remains in custody there and is fighting extradition to California. A hearing is set for Feb. 2. McNew has a history of convictions in Missouri of burglary, robbery, assault with injury and drugs and weapons charges dating to 1993, according to St. Louis County Circuit Court records.
By Kelli Phillips
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
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Staff writer John Simerman contributed to this story.
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January 9, 2006
Suspect in Lafayette woman's killing was a door-to-door salesman
Posted on Mon, Jan. 09, 2006
By Kelli Phillips
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
A Missouri man held in the rape and murder of a 90-year-old Lafayette woman may have met his victim while selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, according to the district attorney's office. Richard McNew, was arrested and charged Friday in the Dec. 10 slaying of Ann Elizabeth Vuori.. He sold magazine subscriptions for a Missouri company that often dispatched groups of salesman to neighborhoods in other states. Robert Kochly, Contra Costa deputy district attorney, said the work may have brought McNew into Vuori's Moraga Avenue neighborhood. Residents said a spate of scruffy-looking door-to-door salesman had been in the area in the week before Vuori's body was found bound and gagged on her bed. She had been raped and smothered. Detectives identified McNew as a suspect through a national DNA database, from body fluid found at the victim's home. He was in jail in Saint Louis on an unrelated robbery warrant when police arrested him. He remains in custody there and is fighting extradition to California. A hearing is set for Feb. 2. McNew has a history of convictions in Missouri for burglary, robbery, assault with injury, drugs and weapons charges, dating back to 1993, according to St. Louis County Circuit Court records.
By Kelli Phillips
CONTRA COSTA TIMES
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January 7, 2006
St. Louis Man Charged With Rape, Murder Of 90 Year Old California Woman
St. Louis Man Fighting Extradition For Murder of Woman, 90, in California
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updated: 1/7/2006 10:16:10 AM
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DNA evidence has linked a St. Louis man to the rape and murder of a 90 year old woman near San Francisco, California. 32 year old Richard McNew was already in custody in St. Louis for unrelated charges. Friday morning, two detectives with the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department in California flew to St. Lous to interview McNew. "After the interview and based on the forensic evidence, they arrested him for the murder of 90 year old Anna Vuori," said Contra Costa County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jimmy Lee. Anna Vuori's body was found by a friend on December 10th. She had been sexually assaulted. DNA evidence recovered from the crime scene was uploaded to a national database, and McNew came up as a match. McNew has a criminal past having been charged with possession of drug paraphenalia and robbery. Said Lee, "We're making efforts now to extradite him back to Contra Costa County where he'll face the homicide charge."
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January 7, 2006
MURDER PROMPTED LAWS:
After Shirley Reuter of Dover Township was killed by a magazine salesman,
area towns adopted 'no-knock' ordinances

Good Samaritan's killer gets 55 years in prison
77-year-old widow let salesman in home
By Kathleen Hopkins
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 01/7/06
TOMS RIVER — Anything short of life in prison without parole is too good for the selfish teenager who brutally murdered a 77-year-old widow after she let him into her Dover Township home for a drink of water on a hot day when he was going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions, tearful relatives of the victim told a judge Friday. The family of murder victim Shirley Reuter left the Ocean County Courthouse disappointed after Superior Court Judge Edward J. Turnbach imposed a 55-year prison term on 19-year-old Azriel Bridge of Chicago. "I'm very disappointed that this guy has the opportunity to perhaps go back into society and do this again,'' said David Reuter, son of the victim, after Turnbach imposed the sentence on Bridge. "He's obviously a deviant,'' David Reuter said of Bridge, who sat speechless with a blank stare throughout the sentencing hearing. "I don't understand the judge's decision. I don't,'' Reuter said. "He got away (with it),'' Shirley Reuter's granddaughter, Devena Gargano of Bayville, Berkeley, said of Bridge. "It should have been life.'' Turnbach sentenced Bridge for the June 9, 2004, murder that terrorized Shirley Reuter's Chestnut Street neighborhood. The judge ordered that Bridge serve 85 percent of the prison term, or 46 years and nine months, before he can be considered for parole. Turnbach could have imposed a maximum of life in prison with no chance of parole before 63 years and nine months … the legal equivalent of 85 percent of a life term under the No Early Release Act. The judge did not explain why he handed down a lesser sentence, but said the crime was "particularly heinous, cruel and depraved,'' and that there was no reason for Bridge to do what he did to Reuter, whom the judge called a good Samaritan. Bridge on Oct. 4 told Turnbach that he beat Reuter with a fireplace bellows and poker and stabbed her with a knife he grabbed from her kitchen after she let him into her Chestnut Street home on a spring day in 2004 when he was canvassing her neighborhood for magazine sales. The crime prompted a number of communities to pass "no-knock'' ordinances, giving residents the option of barring salespeople from their homes. Bridge, who was days shy of his 18th birthday at the time, had traveled to New Jersey with a group of at least 11 others from the Midwest selling magazines for Phoenix Imaging, a subsidiary of American Community Services, a magazine clearinghouse based in Michigan City, Ind. Bridge was prosecuted as an adult because of the seriousness of the crime. After his arrest on June 11, 2004, Bridge told police he had tried to steal Reuter's checkbook after she let him into her home. But when confronted by her, Bridge said he pushed the widow to the ground, struck and stabbed her, wiped the knife clean and placed it back in the butcher block in the kitchen. After that, he said, he left the house and called his supervisor to say he had met his sales quota. Reuter had been on the phone with a friend when her phone went dead. Before it did, she had told her friend that she had let a young magazine salesman into her home for a drink of water and to let him use her bathroom. That, said Executive Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ronald F. DeLigny, was the irony. Shirley Reuter "extended kindness and compassion to an individual, taken him out of the sun to give him water,'' DeLigny said. "And where did her kindness get her?'' DeLigny asked. Bridge beat her with the fireplace bellows until it broke, DeLigny said. Not satisfied with that, he grabbed a fireplace poker and struck the widow with it with "such force, the hook on the end was broken off,'' DeLigny said. Then Bridge grabbed a knife from the kitchen and used it to slit the victim's throat, DeLigny said. "I cannot think of a more depraved, cruel, savage murder,'' DeLigny said, asking Turnbach to impose a life prison term. DeLigny's request echoed that of David Reuter and two of the victim's granddaughters. "The best thing you can do for me, except to put me in a room with him for five minutes, is to put him away for the rest of his life,'' David Reuter told the judge. Reuter said his mother was "a giving member of the community.'' She was active in Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Dover Township and belonged to its choir. She ferried elderly people in her community to doctor's appointments and to stores. "We all miss her. We miss her very much,'' Reuter said. About 15 people … relatives, friends and neighbors … sat with him in the courtroom. Shirley Reuter's two granddaughters wept openly. "My grandmother had a lot of years left in her life,'' Gargano told Turnbach. "She was a very active, strong woman, and I wish my second daughter was able to meet her.'' Gargano said she was pregnant with her second daughter when her grandmother was murdered, and she nearly went into early labor because of the shock of the crime. Another granddaughter, DeAnne Fischbach, told Turnbach her grandmother will not have the opportunity to see her grandson, Fischbach's son, grow up. Fischbach said she can no longer enjoy a night by a fireplace because of the violent images that go through her mind when she thinks of a fireplace poker or bellows. She said her grandmother suffered because of her compassion. "She was trying to be nice by giving him a drink of water and letting him in to use the bathroom, and he turns around and does this awful thing to her,'' Fischbach said. "He needs to stay in jail forever.'' When asked by Turnbach if he had anything to say before he was sentenced, Bridge stared blankly and barely shook his head. His attorney, Deputy Assistant Public Defender Philip Pagano, asked Turnbach to impose a 30-year sentence. He said Bridge was born to a 15-year-old mother and was in and out of psychiatric hospitals for most of his life. At age 8, Bridge began to smoke marijuana, Pagano said. By age 13, he was drinking and taking Ecstasy pills, Pagano said. DeLigny said it was Bridge's choice to use drugs. The psychiatric treatment was needed, DeLigny said, because of Bridge's violent tendencies. In fact, a psychiatric report on Bridge noted that his thoughts of murder, sexual assault and dismemberment were of "significant concern'' and that he "does not show remorse'' for the murder, DeLigny said. "He is a threat, a danger,'' DeLigny said. "He should not be amongst the rest of society.''
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Asbury Park Press
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January 7, 2006
Killer salesman jailed for 55 years
The Star-Ledger
Saturday, January 07, 2006
BY MARYANN SPOTO
Star-Ledger Staff
A young magazine salesman plagued by thoughts of murder and violence was sentenced yesterday to 55 years in prison for killing a "good Samaritan" who opened her door to him in Dover Township last year. As Superior Court Judge Edward Turnbach meted out the punishment, Azriel Rashad Bridge, 19, kept his head bowed, much as he did moments earlier when relatives of 77-year-old Shirley Reuter urged in vain that he be put to death for her fatal beating. Although she was approaching 80, Reuter was vibrant, and active in her church and the community -- always driven by the desire to help others, her family said. "My wishes are that Bridge would be put to death, but I know that's not going to happen here," a tearful Devena Gargano, Reuter's granddaughter, told Turnbach before the sentencing in Toms River. "I do want him away for the rest of his selfish life." Bridge, who did not speak during the hearing, never faced the death penalty in this case. However, he could have been sentenced to life in prison with no parole. Under yesterday's sentencing, Bridge could be eligible for parole after serving nearly 47 years of his term. Reuter's June 9, 2004, death spurred many New Jersey towns, including Dover Township, to adopt variations of "no-knock" ordinances restricting traveling sales crews in residential neighborhoods. A Chicago resident then just a week shy of his 18th birthday, Bridge was part of a traveling sales crew working for American Community Services and selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door in Reuter's neighborhood. When he reached her Chestnut Street home, he asked for a glass of water, which she gave him, and he returned later to use the bathroom, which she also allowed. Authorities said he killed her to steal a personal check he saw in the house. "She was a good Samaritan," Turnbach said. "You, Mr. Bridge, saw a check lying on the table and decided to and did murder her." Executive Assistant Ocean County Prosecutor Ronald DeLigny said Bridge beat Reuter so hard with fireplace bellows and a poker that they broke.
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Star-Ledger Staff
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January 7, 2006
Magazine salesman sentenced in rape of N.H. teen
By Associated Press | January 7, 2006
CONCORD, N.H. -- A judge has sentenced a magazine salesman from Massachusetts to 7.5-15 years in prison for raping a Concord, New Hampshire, teenager at her home. Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Haniffy of Chicopee was one of three salesmen charged with raping the 19-year-old. She testified she met the men when they knocked on her door to sell her magazines. She said she played a kissing game with them but did not agree to have sex. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Edward Fitzgerald said he hopes the sentence sends a message to the community that no means no. The woman said Haniffy forced her to perform oral sex. She said she then was raped by the three men. Haniffy was convicted of three counts of rape. The two other men charged in the case are awaiting trial.
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January 7, 2006
Concord
Haniffy gets 7½ to 15 years
Sentence in rape case in between suggestions
Article published Jan 7, 2006
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
Concord
A superior court judge sentenced magazine salesman Joseph Haniffy to 7½ to 15 years yesterday for raping a Concord woman in March, a sentence that fell between what the prosecutor and defense team wanted. Judge Edward Fitzgerald said he hoped the prison term would send a message to the community. "No means no," Fitzgerald said. "That's the lesson that has to go out in this case." Fitzgerald also said Haniffy's callousness toward the victim left him little hope that Haniffy could be rehabilitated in prison, although Fitzgerald did make a sex offender course part of Haniffy's sentence. "You showed disdain for the victim in this matter, the likes of which I have not seen from the bench, "Fitzgerald told Haniffy. Haniffy, who faced 20 to 40 years in prison, did not speak yesterday. He was convicted in September of raping the woman in her apartment while he and his traveling sales crew were canvassing Concord. The jury concluded that he had forced the girl to perform oral sex on him. Haniffy's two sales colleagues, Cassidy Coburn, 20, of Utah, and Christopher Armstrong, 24, of Arkansas, await trial. All three have said the sex was consensual.
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Monitor staff
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Concord, New Hampshire
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January 6, 2006
Lawyer asks to interview rape victim
Second salesman on trial in Febuary
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
January 06. 2006 8:00AM
Concord
A lawyer representing one of the three magazine salesmen charged with raping a Concord woman asked a judge yesterday for permission to interview the alleged victim before trial about her sexual history. Attorney Ted Barnes wants to ask the 19-year-old woman whether she said on a website that she was seeking group sex, according to court records. Barnes also wants to ask the woman if she has had sex with strangers. The woman, who was not in court yesterday, has accused the three salesmen of gang raping her in her Concord apartment in March after they came to her home selling magazines. The three men have denied the rape allegations and said the sex was consensual. One of the salesmen, Joseph Haniffy, 25, of Massachusetts, was convicted in September of raping the woman and is to be sentenced today in Merrimack County Superior Court. Cassidy Coburn, 20, of Utah, who is represented by Barnes, is scheduled to go to trial in February. The third salesman, Christopher Armstrong, 24, of Arkansas, has a March trial date. Yesterday's hearing was a chance for Barnes to raise several issues on Coburn's behalf, including a request that the prosecutor handling this case be removed. Barnes also wants Judge Edward Fitzgerald to suppress Coburn's interview with the Concord police, during which Coburn initially denied having sex with the woman but eventually said he had consensual sex with her.
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Breaking News 2005


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.

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Status: SB 251 was referred to the Senate Job Creation, Economic Development and Consumer Affairs Committee.
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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.
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ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
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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
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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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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.
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STAFF WRITER
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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.
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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.
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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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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.
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Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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Journal Staff Writer
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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mwxico
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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."
By Jeremy Pawloski
Journal Staff Writer
ABQJournal ONLINE EDITION
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ALBUQUERQUE, New Mwxico
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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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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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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
KOBTV
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.
By: Reed Upton
kobtv.com
The Associated Press contributed to this report
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
The Rebel Yell
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University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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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.
BY JUSTIN VELLUCCI
STAFF WRITER
The Asbury Park Press
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KEANSBURG, New Jersey
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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.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
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Concord, New Hampshire
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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
Correspondent
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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, New Jersey
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October 17, 2005
No-Knock List Considered In Milton
Similar To Wisconsin's No-Call List
POSTED: 8:27 pm CDT October 17, 2005
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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By VINCE LUECKE
Editor
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Tell City, IN.
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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
pcronin@seacoastonline.com
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
pcronin@seacoastonline.com
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, California
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.
By: Bill Curtis
One Bakersfield
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Bakersfield, California
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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
The Rebel Yell
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.
By Brandon Lowrey
Colorado State University
The Rocky Mountain Collegian
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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.
Posted by the Asbury Park Press on 10/5/05
BY KATHLEEN HOPKINS
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.
Asbury Park Press
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TOMS RIVER, New Jersey
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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.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
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
FOLIO
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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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Concord, New Hampshire
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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.
By Ben Aaronson/ tri-town@cnc.com
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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
www.vanderbilthustler.com
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.
BY JENNIFER KOHLHEPP
Staff Writer
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September 22, 2005
Magazine salesman convicted of raping New Hampshire woman
EyeWitness News Fox 12
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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
Monitor staff
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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
Monitor staff
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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
Monitor staff
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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.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
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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.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
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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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Monitor staff
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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.
By ANNMARIE TIMMINS
Monitor staff
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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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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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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
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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

Quotable
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
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Milford, MA.
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August 22, 2005
Magazine salesman robbed by two men
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8/22/05
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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.
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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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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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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.”
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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.
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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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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)
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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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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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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
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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. Investigation of the incident continued into the afternoon of Saturday, July 2. At about 3:13 p.m., the Dunn County Communications Center received an anonymous call of a salesperson for a magazine company soliciting sales in a Menomonie residential area. Menomonie police officers located the salesperson, as well as the motor vehicle containing several other sales employees. Police learned that the suspect was selling magazines in a neighborhood in north Menomonie. Officers then apprehended the suspect and transported him to the Dunn County jail.
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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
rcfp.org
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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
concordmonitor.com
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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
zwire.com
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
Daily Reporter-Herald
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.
thedenverchannel.com
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
mercurynews.com
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
sfexaminer.com
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.
cbs5.com
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
news.bbc.co.uk
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MISSING SISTER
Last Seen Working For A Traveling Magazine Sales Crew
Last Seen: May 1999

Read It Here
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:
WebMaster

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
news-expressky.com
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.
suburbanchicagonews.com
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.
WISC TV
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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

HURON COUNTY MEDIA RELEASE
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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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."
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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
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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 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
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Please help the Gainseville, Florida Police Department Capture
Antonio M. Smokes.

Wanted Bulletin
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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
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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 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 Thu