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Slaying victim hit with own car ; Police say suspect took vehicle twice;
Gary V. Murray.
Telegram & Gazette. Worcester, Mass.Dec 4, 2004;

Abstract (Document Summary)

Written statements filed in court by Auburn police show that Mr. [Adam G. Lowery] was stopped for speeding on Route 12 about 3:20 a.m. Thursday while behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Aveo belonging to Mr. [William S. Hollister]. The Worcester slaying victim's body had not yet been discovered, and there was apparently nothing to suggest to police that Mr. Lowery was using the car without authority. Mr. Lowery was arrested for driving without a license after it was learned that his driver's license in Tennessee had been suspended, according to police. Sometime later Thursday, police say, Mr. Lowery went to Fuller Automotive Service at 505 Washington St., Auburn, where Mr. Hollister's car had been towed. His request for return of the car was denied after a check with police showed Mr. Lowery did not have a driver's license, court records show. After telling a secretary at Fuller Automotive he was going outside for a smoke, Mr. Lowery allegedly entered the area where impounded vehicles are stored and drove off in the Aveo without paying the towing and storage fees. Worcester police yesterday recognized their detectives' work on the case and thanked the Auburn and Oxford police departments for their help. "Without their assistance, this would have been hard to solve," said Worcester Police spokesman Sgt. Gary J. Quitadamo. Oxford officers checked specific places in their town for Mr. Lowery but did not find him, Oxford Chief Charles K. Noyes said. He did not know what, if any, connection Mr. Lowery might have to Oxford.

Jacqueline Reis and Milton J. Valencia
of the Telegram & Gazette staff contributed to this report.

Copyright Telegram & Gazette; Dec, 2004
Telegram & Gazette

2 Salesmen Sentenced in Magazine Scheme
The LA Times; March 18, 2004;


THE REGION 2 Salesmen Sentenced in Magazine Scheme They will each serve 150 days for selling an 85-year-old Camarillo woman 200 years' worth of subscriptions. From a Times Staff Writer

March 18, 2004

Two magazine salesmen will each serve 150 days in jail after being convicted of defrauding an 85-year-old Camarillo woman, who ended up paying for more than 200 years' worth of subscriptions, according to the district attorney's office.

Jeremy Marquez, 21, of Sacramento, and Jonathan Carey, 22, of Tacoma, Wash., each pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft from an elder. Both men also received 36 months' probation during their sentencing Tuesday.

According to authorities, Marquez and Carey were soliciting door-to-door Dec. 20 when they introduced themselves to the woman as representatives of United Family Circulation and requested donations for college.

The woman, who is nearly blind, agreed to donate $130 to each man and gave them two signed checks. She asked them to fill in the payee and amount because of her poor vision. Instead, the men each wrote out checks for $3,360, then mailed them to their employer, officials said.

The men used the money to purchase 210 one-year subscriptions to Disney Magazine for the woman, who discovered the fraud one month later on her bank statement. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department was contacted and deputies apprehended both men in Orange County, authorities said.

After being contacted by law enforcement, United Family Circulation agreed to refund the woman's money, authorities said. Company officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Copyright LA Times - March 18, 2004
LA Times

Press Wire Services

VENTURA, Calif. -- Two magazine salesmen were sentenced to jail for defrauding a nearly blind 85-year-old woman who bought 210 years worth of subscriptions.

Jonathan Carey, 22, and Jeremy Marquez, 21, were each sentenced to 150 days in jail and placed on three years' probation.

They went to the woman's home on Dec. 20, saying they wanted donations for college. The woman signed two blank checks with the promise that each check be made out for $130.

Instead, District Attorney Greg Totten said, the defendants wrote out each check for $3,360 and forwarded them to their employer, Empire Sales, a subsidiary of United Family Circulation.

The woman realized she had been defrauded when she received her bank statement.

United Family Circulation refunded the woman's money.

Door-to-door salesman charged in assault
By Charmaine Smith; March 3, 2004;


A 23-year-old man who was going door-to-door selling Bible books and magazines Monday at an Anderson apartment complex has now been charged with sexually assaulting a woman he tried to make a sale to. Ronald Glenn Bell, 23, of an unknown address in Greenville, was arrested outside the north Anderson complex Tuesday afternoon when a 27-year-old woman reported the assault to police. Anderson Police Sgt. Mike Walters said the woman told officers that a man was going door-to-door selling books to earn points toward a scholarship to attend college. The police report said that the man entered the woman’s apartment — after she said she had no money on hand — telling her that he was taking massage therapy, and he could earn points by giving the massage. The man held the woman down on a bed and assaulted her. After a phone call startled the man, he rose from the bed, washed his hands and left the apartment. When officers questioned Mr. Bell, he was wearing a nametag that identified him as Isaiah Harris — an alias he has used in other states, Sgt. Walters said. He also could not give officers a business license or a name of a company or a manager that he worked for. Mr. Bell has been arrested in Texas, Florida, California and New York for trespassing without notice and other minor charges, but he has never been convicted for sexually assaulting anyone, Sgt. Walters said.

Copyright Independent-Mail; March 3, 2004


Weekly Police Report
The Arizona Daily Star; Oct 19, 2003;


FEDERAL WARRANT - A 23-year-old man was arrested on an outstanding federal felony warrant at 5:36 p.m. Oct. 8 after he was questioned for soliciting magazines door-to-door in the 600 block of East Windward Circle. The warrant was from Virginia for narcotics violations. He was taken to the Federal Correctional Institute-Tucson.

Copyright The Arizona Daily Star - October 19, 2003
Arizona Daily Star

Rape by salesman is reported
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution; July 30, 2003;


A 19-year-old Marietta woman was raped Monday morning by a man soliciting magazine subscriptions, police said. The resident of Wood Hollow Drive told the man she was not interested in a subscription and closed the door. About 10:30 a.m. as the woman was taking a shower the man grabbed her and raped her, said Cobb police spokesman Cpl. Brody Staud. The assailant is described as a 5-foot, 9-inch white man in his late 20s with a thin build. The man, who had light-colored hair cut short and a receding hairline, was seen leaving the area in a late model silver sedan, Staud said. Investigators aren't sure how the man gained entrance into the house, he said.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Cobb police at 770-499-3945

Copyright The Atlanta Journal-Constitution - July 30, 2003
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two Magazine Salespeople Arrested
Hartford Courant. Hartford, Conn.;
By THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, Courant Staff Writer; Jun 21, 2003;


State police have charged two young adults with trying to steal from homes in Westbrook while selling magazines door-to-door for an Indiana company with a record of run-ins with the law. American Community Services Inc. has had at least five of its salespeople, who are independent contractors, arrested in Connecticut in recent years. They were accused of soliciting without a permit or larceny. After a 1998 arrest, West Hartford police said numerous other salespeople from the company had been arrested in their town. Just over a week ago, two of the company's salespeople were charged in North Kingston, R.I., with soliciting without a permit, Sgt. Timothy Marsh said. In Westbrook, Danielle Cemore, 18, was charged Wednesday with fourth-degree larceny and interfering with police. Monique Taylor, 21, was charged on June 12 with third-degree burglary, sixth-degree larceny and criminal trespassing. Both women are from Minneapolis.

Copyright Hartford Courant Jun 21, 2003

Insurance firm denies liability for murder by salesman
News Sentinel; Knoxville, Tenn.;


Lloyds' lawsuit made temporary allies of ACS and attorney Bob Pryor, who is representing Eskalene DeBorde's children, at Thursday's hearing. Pryor told James Jarvis the "assault exclusion" specifically addresses employees of ACS. Broadway was not an employee of ACS but instead was hired by an independent contractor that contracted with ACS to provide a sales force, he said. Pryor argued that ACS controls most of the operations of the independent contractors and remains responsible for DeBorde's death. But he insisted Lloyds is also on the hook.

Copyright Knoxville News Sentinel Jun 13, 2003

Solicitor charged with Gurnee-area sex assault
Police say door-to-door magazine salesman invited into home, attacked woman

Daily Herald; Arlington Heights, Ill.;
Russell Lissau Daily; Herald Staff Writer; May 23, 2003;


Joshua W. Williams attacked the 19-year-old woman about 1:30 p.m. in the Grandwood Park subdivision near Gurnee, according to the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The victim told police Williams attacked her after she let him inside so she could fill out a customer contact card, Sgt. Gary Govekar said. Williams sells magazine subscriptions for Alliance Service Company, a Rolling Meadows firm. Williams is an independent contractor and not a full-time employee of the company, said a customer service manager who asked that her name not be used.

Copyright Daily Herald; Arlington Heights, Ill.;

16-year-old selling candy robbed, shot
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; MIKE GLENN; Apr 24, 2003;


Detectives said two 16- to 18-year-old males jumped Aldo Rene Rodriguez in the 1200 block of Genova in northeast Houston about 10 p.m. Tuesday. After shooting Rodriguez and taking his candy and money, the robbers fled in a green two-door Ford with tinted windows and a rear spoiler, police said. Rodriguez, who had been selling candy for about two weeks, was dropped off near the scene by the person who hired him.

Copyright Houston Chronicle; Apr 24, 2003

Killer gets life without parole ;
Ex-salesman cuts deal, avoids death penalty

News Sentinel; Knoxville, Tenn.; JIM BALLOCH,; Apr 23, 2003;


"We give Roger Eric Broadway life, in the memory of one who no longer lives," DeBorde's daughter, Elizabeth Noffsinger, said in a statement read in court. "Roger Broadway ... we pray daily that God will grant you a conscience so that you will understand the depth of what you have done, and that you will have a very long time to live with this knowledge."

"Of course, for my brother and I, the sun will come up again, but it will never come up again for the real victim of this crime, our mother," Noffsinger said. "... What Roger Broadway did to our mother on Aug. 20, 2001, was about control ... He controlled our mother's destiny, her future. But now, we are in control of Roger Broadway's future ...

"We are granting Roger Broadway life, as hard as it is to do ... Every time that you, Roger Broadway, wake up in that prison cell, remember that you had the opportunity and the ability to stop your actions that day. Every day you look around your cell, remember that you had a choice ... my brother and I believe that the decision to accept a sentence of life without parole is the best opportunity to be sure that you, Roger Broadway, will never have access to another innocent victim again. You robbed us of something very precious, and we will never forgive you for that."

Copyright Knoxville News Sentinel Apr 23, 2003

Salesmen booked with lack of permit
Advocate; Baton Rouge, La.; Feb 27, 2003;


When deputies questioned the six, they said they were trying to sell in Lafourche Parish because their manager sent them there. The six had a run-in with Terrebonne Parish law enforcement officers before their Lafourche visit because of the same problem, Webre said.

(Copyright 2003 by Capital City Press)


Man with stolen goods arrested at Amherst motel
Buffalo News. Buffalo, N.Y.: Jul 16, 2002. pg. B.2
Column Name: POLICE & COURTS
Section: LOCAL
July 16 2002;


Amherst police Monday reported the weekend arrest of an Albany- area magazine salesman accused of possessing stolen property and providing alcohol to minors in a party inside an Amherst motel. Officers were called late Friday night to the Motel 8 on Flint Road to investigate complaints of some vehicle break-ins. While there, the officers learned of unruly behavior by some young men staying in the motel, police said. Further investigation led to the recovery of one stolen VCR, two CD players and a headset. Officers David Kubiak and Tracy Martin charged Michael J. Blackburn, 20, of Colonie, with criminal possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia and providing alcohol to minors.

Copyright 2002 by Buffalo News; Buffalo, N.Y.

Man faces charges in molestation case
The News And Observer; From Staff Reports; June 20, 2002;


DURHAM -- A 24-year-old magazine salesman from Alabama was arrested on charges he molested and exposed himself to a mentally disabled teenage girl who answered the door, police said. Timothy A. Williams of Anniston appeared Tuesday in District Court on charges of statutory rape/sexual offense, taking indecent liberties with a child, assault on a handicapped person and second-degree sexual offense, arrest warrants show. Williams was in the Durham County jail Wednesday night with his bail set at $300,000. The 15-year-old girl has Down syndrome and normally doesn't answer the door, Investigator B.J. Kilgore said. Her 16-year-old brother found her with a man, who abruptly left, he said. When the girl communicated to him what had occurred by pointing to her body, Kilgore said, the boy and friends pursued the man and held him until police arrived. Kilgore said the assault occurred in southeast Durham, near N.C. 55 and N.C. 54.

Copyright 2002 by The News & Observer Pub. Co.

RAY COUNTY Assault charges
Kansas City Star, The (MO)
Section: METRO
Page: B2
April 13, 2002;


A magazine salesman from Colorado was charged with sex crimes Thursday in Ray County. Edward O'Neill Jr., 23, of Fort Collins, Colo., is accused of trying to rape a 17-year-old girl at her home. O'Neill is charged with the felonies of attempted forcible rape, attempted forcible sodomy and first-degree burglary and with misdemeanor false imprisonment. According to prosecutors:
O'Neill was selling magazine subscriptions and attacked the girl April 5 after she agreed to make a purchase at an apartment in Richmond. She left O'Neill in the hallway of the building to retrieve her purse. When she returned, he was in the living room. The man attacked the girl and removed some of her clothing. She begged him to stop, and he eventually fled. O'Neill was in the Ray County jail on Thursday.

Copyright 2002 Kansas City Star

DMPG research has discovered through police reports that Edward O'Neill Jr. worked for Atlantic Circulation, Inc.
Case # 02CR103405-01

Fugitive arrested on warrant of sexual abuse
Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton, CA)
Section: Local
March 21, 2002;


DUBLIN -- A door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested on a warrant for a felony sexual abuse charge after Dublin police detained him for peddling subscriptions without a permit. Patrick Adams, 18, of Chicago was arrested Saturday evening in a neighborhood near Mangrove Drive and Finch Way following complaints to police from residents that he was "aggressively soliciting magazine sales." "He apparently was not taking 'no' for an answer," Dublin Police Services Sgt. John Pecoraro said. A police records check on Adams showed he was wanted on a warrant out of Cook County, Ill., for aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a 13-year-old girl in September 2001. He had been released on bond after pleading innocent to the charge on Dec. 11, but he failed to show up for a Jan. 30 court date, said Cook County Sheriff's Police Spokeswoman Penny Mateck. "This is a very serious crime," Mateck said. Adams waived his right Wednesday to an extradition hearing at the Hayward Hall of Justice and will be taken back to Illinois shortly, the Alameda County District Attorney's office reported.

Copyright 2002 by Tri-Valley Herald

Witnesses tell of fatal kicking Murder defendant denies any role
Journal - Gazette; Ft. Wayne, Ind.;
Laura Emerson The Journal Gazette; Feb. 13, 2002;


Benjamin Brooks, 19, said the fight started on the second floor of the motel, in one of the motel rooms the group had rented for the night. His boss, Eric Werczynski, had told him there was a strange man in one of the rooms and asked Brooks to go with him, Brooks said. Brooks testified he didn't know how the man got into the room. Brooks said he punched King several times in the face and kicked him once in the stomach. While another person held King in a headlock, Shaw violently kicked him in the face, Brooks testified. The man held a beer bottle as if he were going to strike Shaw with it and yelled for him to get out of the way, Shaw testified.

Copyright Journal - Gazette Feb. 13, 2002


Suspect in '00 death extradited
Journal - Gazette; Ft. Wayne, Ind.;
Sara Eaton The Journal Gazette; Dec. 15, 2001;


A probable cause affidavit alleges Steven Johnson and others chased King down outside the motel. Johnson then used his knee to hold King down, put him in a headlock and choked him while another salesman beat him on the face, the affidavit said.Johnson told Stacey Jenkins he joined in the chase of King after Johnson saw his boss running down a motel hallway in pursuit of King, the affidavit said. Johnson's boss also threw a beer bottle at King during the sprint, Johnson told Jenkins, the affidavit said. Johnson was formally charged in late October in King's death after detectives spoke with him and witnesses they had not spoken to before, the affidavit said. It was not clear late Friday whether the Allen County Prosecutor's Office will seek a more serious charge against Johnson like they did with Shaw.

Copyright Journal - Gazette Dec 15, 2001

Salesmen arrested in Valley incidents
Spokesman Review; Spokane, Wash.; Lorie Hutson Staff writer
Sep 15, 2001;


Officers arrested a North Dakota man suspected of criminal trespass and possession of drug paraphernalia near 15th Avenue and McDonald Road on Monday. Raymond E. Romaniuk, 18, told police he was working for Fidelity Reader Service.

(Copyright 2001 Cowles Publishing Company)

Virginian - Pilot; Norfolk, Va.; THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT; May 22, 2001;


Their victim, John W. Skyles III, 31, was in town selling magazine subscriptions when he was shot to death on March 15, 2000, in a room at the Quality Inn on West Ocean View Avenue. Skyles, originally from Luther, Mich., worked for Palmetto Marketing in Coral Springs, Fla. He was here with a group of salesmen.

Copyright Virginian Pilot May 22, 2001

Virginian - Pilot; Norfolk, Va.; THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT; Jan 27, 2001;


John Skyles III, 31, was in town selling magazine subscriptions when he was shot to death on March 15 in a room at the Quality Inn on West Ocean View Avenue. Skyles was from Luther, Mich., and worked for Palmetto Marketing in Coral Springs, Fla. He was here with a group of salesmen.

Copyright Virginian Pilot Jan 27, 2001


The Oregonian; Portland, Or.; From correspondent and wire reports; Aug 23, 2000;


[Dennis DeMers]' attorney, Elden Rosenthal, said [James Larry Ramson] and [Jeremy Delano Kincaid]'s employer, American Community Services, agreed to a settlement last week in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Eugene.

Copyright Oregonian Publishing Company Aug 23, 2000

Peddlers face tougher criteria -- Door-to-door salespeople must pass stricter background checks
Journal Star; Peoria, Ill.; MIKE RAMSEY; May 9, 2000;


So far this year, Peoria has received a half-dozen applicants for sales permits, but none for door-to-door sales, according to the city's accounts receivable division. The applicants plan to sell goods such as ice cream or flowers from vehicles. Now, police will check for a wider array of offenses when an individual applies for a mandatory $50 peddler's license. Besides fraud, burglary and theft, authorities will screen applicants for felony sex, first-degree murder and home invasion convictions in Illinois or other states - offenses that will trigger denial of a permit. Most of the World Wide Readers employees didn't apply for a city permit, so police weren't able to do background checks on them. That's why it's a good idea to ask a forprofit sales representative to show a license, one official said.

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. May 9, 2000

Virginian - Pilot; Norfolk, Va.; STAFF REPORT; Mar 24, 2000;


A second Peninsula man has been arrested and charged with the March 15 death of door-to-door magazine subscription salesman John Skyles, according to police records.

Copyright Virginian Pilot Mar 24, 2000

Police identify salesman killed in Ocean View motel
COURTS & CRIME Virginian - Pilot; Norfolk, Va.; Mar 18, 2000;


Police have identified a door-to-door salesman who was killed in an Ocean View motel Wednesday night, and have charged a Newport News man with his slaying. John Skyles III of Little Rock, Ark., was in town with a group of magazine subscription peddlers when he was shot and killed at the Quality Inn in Willoughby, police said. Marsala Yannick, 19, was arrested Thursday night and charged with murder and using a gun while committing a felony, said police spokesman Larry Hill. No motive was given for the shooting.

Copyright Virginian Pilot Mar 18, 2000


Surprise plea by saleswoman avoids jury trial Judge sentences her to 25 years for stabbing death of Peorian
Journal Star; Peoria, Ill.; CHRISTOPHER R. WILLIAMS; Dec 7, 1999;


A door-to-door magazine saleswoman was sentenced to 25 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to murder in the stabbing of a Peoria man in his home last summer. Maynor folded her hands prayerfully in front of her face as she sat next to her attorney, Mark Rose, awaiting Judge Michael Brandt's decision to accept her negotiated guilty plea. Maynor admitted killing 44-year-old insurance agent Kevin Danner on July 27 after having sex with him at his home at 2205 W. Cindy Lane in the Rolling Acres subdivision. The pair also had shared drugs and alcohol, prosecutors Al Purham and Jeff Flanagan told Brandt.

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. Dec 7, 1999

Grand jury indicts murder suspect, 22 Indiana woman accused in fatal stabbing of Peoria man
Journal Star; Peoria; TIM MEIDROTH; Aug, 18, 1999;


Adrian Maynor, 22, of Griffin, Ind., is accused in the July 27 stabbing death of Kevin Danner, 44, of 2205 W. Cindy Lane. Danner suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and back, and head wounds from a blunt object. Police found a butcher knife Danner owned at the scene of the homicide. Maynor first told police Danner raped her at gunpoint, and she struck him on the head after the assault and fled. But police, who found Danner dead in his blood-smeared living room, said they believe if he and Maynor had sex, it was by consent.

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. Aug 18, 1999



An Arizona door-to-door salesman could spend up to 30 days in the Madison County Jail after he got in trouble with police over what they said were aggressive sales tactics. And police warn that the Belleville company he was working for may not be legitimate. Edwardsville police arrested magazine salesman Lamond K. Sublett, 20, of Phoenix on Wednesday afternoon for damage to property, trespassing and resisting a police officer, all misdemeanors.

Copyright BELLEVILLE NEWS-DEMOCRAT; Aug 13, 1999

DMPG research has discovered that Lamond K. Sublett worked for a traveling magaizne sales crew by the name of First Class Sales. Police reports indicate that First Class Sales sells magazine subscriptions for American Community Services.

2 arrested in burglary of C.R. policeman's home
Author: Steve Gravelle; Gazette staff writer; Aug, 13, 1999;


The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City)
August 13, 1999
Edition: Final
Section: B
Page: 1
Two men selling magazine subscriptions door to door were arrested after one of them allegedly burglarized the home of a Cedar Rapids police officer. "At least we got them, and we recovered most of the money," Police Sgt. Mark Andries, the department's public information officer, said after the men allegedly broke into his home at 340 Floral Dr. NW on Wednesday afternoon. Randall E. Owens II, 22, of Springfield, Mo., was held Thursday afternoon in the Linn County Jail in lieu of $6,500 bond on a charge of third-degree burglary. Owens was also held for transport to his home county to face felony motor vehicle theft charges, according to documents filed in District Court. Owens "admitted entering the victim's home but claimed it was not with illegal intent," according to the complaint filed against him. He was carrying cash in the amount and denominations missing from Andries' house, the complaint said. Owens' companion, Paul L. Hinkle, 19, of Danville, Ill., was released after an initial appearance Thursday on a charge of interfering with official acts. Hinkle, who allegedly gave a false name to officers who questioned him, was also sought by Illinois authorities for violating terms of his probation requiring him to stay in his home state, Andries said. Owens and Hinkle told police they were selling magazines for a Rock Island firm called Circulation One. The firm has no telephone listing in the Rock Island area, and Circulation One does not have a city permit to sell door to door in Cedar Rapids. The two men told police they were staying at the Presidential Inn in West Branch. A man staying at the motel who identified himself only as George confirmed Owens and Hinkle worked for Circulation One, but he refused to provide a phone number for the company's home offices. George said Circulation One does background checks on some of its sales personnel, but said it is difficult to get a nationwide check. Darlene Adkins, vice president of the National Consumers League, said traveling sales operations are difficult to track. "These companies change names and don't really have established offices," she said. "Part of the frustration in dealing with these companies is that they move in and out of an area so quickly." Applicants for Cedar Rapids' door to door sales permit must clear a police background check and are given a copy of the permit to carry. The only magazine sales licenses now on issue are to two women working for Nashville-based Southwestern Company. According to police reports, a neighbor saw Hinkle and Owens knock on the front door of Andries' home about 4 p.m. Wednesday. After receiving no answer, the pair went around back, where Owens allegedly forced open a patio door. He took some cash from a wallet and left the house as police arrived on the block, according to Andries. The pair led a foot chase that went through Taft Alternative School and into a nearby soybean field, Andries said. The police helicopter crew and a tracking dog were unable to locate them, but another neighbor spotted Owens emerging from a nearby field and notified officers. Caption:
Paul L. Hinkle
Released from jail
Randall E.Owens II Jailed

Copyright (c) 1999, 2000 Cedar Rapids Gazette; Aug 13, 1999

DMPG research has discovered that Randall E. Owens II worked for a traveling magaizne sales crew by the name of Circulation I. Further research has revealed that Circulation I (an Illinois corporation) is owned and operated by Karleen Hillery.

Evansville Courier & Press; Evansville, Ind.; RICK DAVIS, Courier & Press staff writer 464-7450 or; Aug, 3, 1999;


Adrian Maynor, a 22-year-old traveling door-to-door magazine saleswoman, walked into a Peoria police station at 1:58 a.m. on July 28, drenched in blood, and "matter-of-factly" accused a man of rape. When police responded and surrounded the home of the accused rapist, 44-year-old Kevin Danner, they discovered the man lying naked on the floor in the middle of a gory crime scene. Maynor was charged with murder July 29 and is being held on $750,000 bond. She gave police a home address of 2818 Manzart Blvd. in Griffin, but also gave police a home telephone number with a 219 area code, which is in extreme northern Indiana.

Copyright Evansville Courier Aug 3, 1999

Deaths, injuries, assaults involve Indiana company's agents, customers Subscription to TROUBLE
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Milwaukee; DAVE UMHOEFER; Aug 1, 1999;


Agents working for a large Indiana-based magazine subscription sales company, American Community Services Inc., have been at center stage in six deaths and eight injuries or assaults this decade, records show. In 1990, a 76-year-old retired beautician in Woburn, Mass., was stabbed to death by a Detroit sales agent for ACS. The salesman, who had a prior rape conviction, had sold a subscription to the victim earlier in the day in suburban Woburn. In May 1992, a driver with no license and very little driving experience took the helm from tired co-workers in a sales van that hit a freeway median and overturned on I-80 west of Des Moines, Iowa, ejecting nine people onto the highway. Five agents were killed and six injured. The crew, known as Total Dedication Inc., was [LeVan] Ellis' firm, corporate records show, and worked under contract with ACS. Ellis was traveling in a separate car, records show.

Copyright Journal/Sentinel, Inc. Aug 1, 1999
Credit: Journal Sentinel staff

Subscription agency says it doesn't screen vendors Owner says problems are managers to solve
Journal Star; Peoria; MIKE RAMSEY; July 31, 1999;


The owner of a Miami, Fla., company that sends door-to-door salespeople across the country denies responsibility for recent problems with his vendors in Peoria. But Michael Whitely, who identified himself as president of World Wide Readers Services, acknowledges his firm doesn't screen its vendors for prior criminal offenses. And on Friday morning, he said he had lost track of the group he sent to central Illinois to sell subscriptions. By Whitely's own admission, it's riskier to hire the type of person his agency usually targets: nonemployable young people who are willing to travel the country, work on commission and get doors slammed in their faces. Whitely, himself a veteran of street sales who started the company in 1993, estimates the turnover rate at 99 percent.

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. Jul 31, 1999

Peoria murder victim from Morton
Pantagraph; Bloomington; JIM STAHLY JR.; July 31, 1999;


PEORIA - A 44-year-old man allegedly stabbed to death in Peoria late Tuesday night by a 22-year-old magazine saleswoman has been identified as a former resident of Morton. Peoria Police say Adrian Maynor of Griffin, Ind., beat and stabbed Kevin Danner of Peoria after selling him two magazine subscriptions and having sex with him.

Copyright Chronicle Publishing Company Jul 31, 1999

Magazine peddler charged in stabbing Woman who lives `on the road' and has short prison record is accused of murdering Peorian; no motive is offered at hearing
Journal Star; Peoria; MICHAEL SMOTHERS; July 30, 1999;


Prosecutors would like to make state prison her home for up to the next 60 years, one of them told a judge Thursday when Maynor was charged with stabbing and bludgeoning Kevin Danner to death. An autopsy Thursday showed Danner suffered multiple stab wounds to his chest and back and head wounds from a blunt object, said Peoria County Coroner Dan Heinz. Police found a butcher knife that Danner owned at the murder scene. Danner apparently gave Maynor personal checks for two magazine subscriptions she was selling door to door before he was killed. That was after Danner invited her in out of the late-afternoon heat Tuesday, police said.

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. Jul 30, 1999

Salespeople were working minus license
Journal Star; Peoria; MIKE RAMSEY; July 30, 1999;


A 22-year-old transient charged with murder Thursday was among dozens of salespeople this week knocking on Peoria doors without a city license. Adrian Maynor and as many as 100 other employees of World Wide Readers arrived in the city this month to sell magazine subscriptions for the Miami, Fla., company. World Wide Readers or its employees have paid to house salespeople in about 50 motel rooms. But neither the company nor most of its vendors spent the $50 per person necessary for sales permits.

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. Jul 30, 1999

Magazine seller held in brutal stabbing Woman first claims rape, then apparently changes story
Journal Star; Peoria; MICHAEL SMOTHERS; July 29, 1999;


"Nothing ever happened" at the small Rolling Acres house that Kevin Danner and his teen-age son moved into last fall, until Tuesday, when a woman selling magazines knocked on the door. The saleswoman, Adrian Maynor, 22, first told police Danner had raped her at gunpoint. She eventually told another story that, coupled with collected evidence, put her in jail facing charges of murder, burglary, theft and possession of marijuana. If Maynor and Danner did have sex, it was by consent, Sauer said. But he declined to say what allegedly spurred Maynor to stab Danner "numerous times."

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. Jul 29, 1999

Driver arrested in deadly van crash Man, 20, steering van filled with youths was facing license suspension
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Milwaukee; CROCKER STEPHENSON, Peter Maller, Mary Beth Murphy and Jesse Garza, reporting from Janesville, and Meg Jones, Neil Rosenberg and David Umhoefer, reporting from Milwaukee, all of the Journal Sentinel staff, contributed to this report; Mar. 26, 1999;


Jeremy A. Holmes was facing five suspensions on his expired Iowa driver's license. His driving privileges in Wisconsin were twice suspended in 1998. That same year, he was cited four times for speeding in Iowa. Names of victims were not released to the media, but authorities late Thursday released a list of the passengers' hometowns and ages: A 16-year-old female from Oregon, Wis; an 18-year-old female from Verona, Wis.; a 21-year-old man from Lacombe, La.; a 22-year-old male from Wichita, Kan.; a 16-year-old male from DeWitt, Iowa; a 25-year-old female from Princeton, W.Va.; a 15-year-old female from Madison; a 19-year-old female from Louisville, Ky.; a 20-year-old male from Holyoke, Mass.; a 22-year-old male from Belvue, Kan.; an 18-year-old male from Tulsa, Okla.; a 22-year-old female from Fort Collins, Colo.; and a 16-year-old female from the Madison area.

Copyright Journal/Sentinel, Inc. Mar 26, 1999


New Regulations Tighten Child Labor Laws, Require Employers of Minors in Door-to-Door Sales to Register
Business Wire; New York; News Editors/Government Writers; Dec 2, 1998;


(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 2, 1998--New regulations designed to strengthen the employment rights and safety of minors employed in door-to-door sales, will go into effect on Dec. 4, DIR Director John C. Duncan has announced. The regulations require most employers, transporters and supervisors of minors engaged in door-to-door sales to register with the state Labor Commissioner by Dec. 4, 1998. "Thousands of California's young people work after school, on weekends, and during summer vacations," said Duncan. "The 'door-to-door' regulations, along with the other California child labor laws, are designed to help young workers acquire work experience and income, while safeguarding their scholastic advancement and physical well-being," Duncan added.

Copyright Business Wire Dec 2, 1998

Sarasota Herald Tribune; Sarasota, Fla.;
Chad Binette STAFF WRITER; Nov 18, 1998;


Ralph Reichert is tired of pushy salespeople coming into his optical office and hawking roses, magazines and cookies. Reichert, owner of North Port Optical, said he usually must deal with one or two salespeople daily during the winter. They enter his business even though a nearby sign indicates no soliciting is allowed in the North Port Center plaza. Reichert supports City Commissioner Rue Berryman's desire to crack down on door-to-door sales. Berryman would like to ban anyone who doesn't live in North Port from selling goods door-to-door there.

Copyright Sarasota Herald Tribune Nov 18, 1998

Columbian; Vancouver; AP; Nov 13, 1998;


ADAIR VILLAGE, Ore. (AP) A former city councilor is slowly awakening from a coma, nearly three months after police say he was beaten by two door-to-door magazine salesmen who left him for dead. Dennis DeMers was found unconscious and not breathing Aug. 12 on the steps of the Benton County Courthouse. Police say he was attacked following an argument over a few dollars at a fast food restaurant. Police say they may never know the details about the argument between Dennis DeMers and his alleged attackers. They say the dispute did not involve a magazine sale but won't say more because they have only the suspects' version of events.

Copyright Columbian Publishing Company Nov 13, 1998

The Oregonian; Portland, Or.; The Associated Press; Nov 11, 1998;


A former City Council member is slowly awakening from a coma, nearly three months after police say he was beaten by two door-to- door magazine salesmen who left him for dead. Dennis DeMers was found unconscious and not breathing Aug. 12 on the steps of the Benton County Courthouse. Police say he was attacked following an argument over a few dollars at a fast food restaurant. He remained in a coma for more than two months as his family waited anxiously for a sign of recovery. They got it about two weeks ago, when DeMers opened his eyes and asked for his son.

Copyright Oregonian Publishing Company Nov 11, 1998

Township Board makes solicitors register to peddle
The Grand Rapids Press; Grand Rapids, MI;
Kathleen Lord The Grand Rapids Press; Sep 24, 1998;


A new ordinance in Ada Township regulating door-to-door sales is intended to keep tabs on solicitors. Supervisor George Haga said that even though solicitors have posed few problems, the ordinance takes into account safety issues, including the assaults of two elderly village residents in the last year. Ada Township Clerk Deb Ensing Millhuff said concerned residents should ask for a solicitor's identification and, if still worried, call the township to check credentials.

Copyright Booth Newspapers, Inc. Sep 24, 1998


A Safety Net for Young Fund-Raisers; Web Store Supports Schools While Keeping Children From Selling Door-to-Door
The Washington Post; Washington, D.C.; Peter A. McKay; Sep 23, 1998;


Now they think they've found a better way to raise money for such activities. The Grammicks, who run an online sporting goods store, are offering school fund-raisers a portion of the revenue from sales to customers directed to their World Wide Web site. The Grammicks, of Nokesville, said online sales are a safe alternative to traditional school fund-raisers, which often involve students selling products door-to-door to strangers. They hope that publicity surrounding recent crimes against students going door-to-door in New Jersey and Manassas will drive home their point to school districts across the country. Meryem Grammick said her first attempts to market the site for more organized fund-raising have been in New Jersey, where she's sent fliers to more than 1,500 PTAs at elementary schools. Legislators in that state are considering a ban on all door-to-door sales after an 11-year-old boy was killed a year ago while selling candy by himself in Jackson Township.

Copyright The Washington Post Company Sep 23, 1998


Columbian; Vancouver; JULIE FINNIN DAY, Columbian staff writer; Sep 17, 1998;


The temporary ban stems from an Aug. 13 lawsuit filed in Spokane by the Washington Attorney General against Ad-An Sales, and could become permanent, depending on the outcome of the lawsuit. One of the people named in the lawsuit, Vancouver resident Mansoor A. Mian, was fined $28,000 last week by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries for illegally employing four Clark County youngsters in Oregon. The Oregon Wage and Hour Commission revoked his right to hire minors in that state. Ad-An Sales & Distribution Inc. operates locally as American Youth Sales, All American Youth Sales, Teens of Today Leaders of Tomorrow, and other names.

Copyright Columbian Publishing Company Sep 17, 1998

M.C. magazine firm tied to Oregon attacks
South Bend Tribune; Indiana; AP; August 16, 1998


CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Two magazine salesmen for an Indiana company have been charged with assault in an attack on the courthouse steps that left a former city councilman in critical condition. Jeremy Delano Kincaid, 19, and James Larry Ramson, 16, who was charged as an adult, both were employed by American Community Services, a Michigan City wholesale distributor of books and magazines, police said. American Community Services employees have been linked to an attempted rape, theft and other local incidents, said Corvallis police Detective Dan Hendrickson. "Whenever they're in town, we get complaints almost daily," Hendrickson said.

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Columbian; Vancouver; BRUCE WESTFALL, Columbian staff writer; Aug 14, 1998;


State officials have filed a lawsuit to halt a door-to-door sales business that recruited teens from Vancouver and elsewhere to sell candy, chamois cloth and other items. It alleges that a business known as American Youth Sales misled customers in Vancouver, Spokane and the Tri-Cities by claiming that the proceeds would benefit an anti-drug and school programs. The business also violated state child labor laws, said state Assistant Attorney General Owen Clarke Jr., by failing to register its young sales force with the state Department of Labor and Industries. Under the scheme, Clarke said, teens were recruited to go door-to-door to tout products. The money was supposedly to help support charitable programs to keep youngsters away from gangs and drugs.

Copyright Columbian Publishing Company Aug 14, 1998

Traveling salesman indicted for sex assault of 9-year-old
Foster's Daily Democrat Somersworth Bureau Chief; FRANK TUTALO; Aug 4, 1998;


SOMERSWORTH -A traveling magazine salesman accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl in July has been indicted by a Strafford County grand jury. Walter w. Collier, 19, of 1114 Thirty Four Place in Yuma, Ariz. , faces one count each of felonious sexual assault and kidnapping. Both are Class B felonies. Collier, who is being held for lack of bail at Strafford County Jail, allegedly committed the crime while attempting to sell magazines in Sherwood Glen trailer park, police said. It is the first time such a crime has happened in Somersworth, according to police. Court documents state that on July 25 Collier "grabbed" the girl from behind, "covering her mouth, in order to commit a sexual assault." For that alleged act, he faces the kidnapping charge, police said. Police Capt. David Kretschmar said Collier committed the sexual assault after luring the girl to the edge of a wooded area in the trailer park. He held the girl there against her own will in order to commit the sexual assault, Kretschmar added. The girl's family reported to police following the alleged incident. After his arraignment in Somersworth District Court, Collier was ordered to be held on $25,000 cash bail. Collier waived a probable cause hearing after his arrest. Police requested high bail because Collier has no ties to the area and travels all over the country as part of his job. Police claim Collier's job enabled him to commit the alleged sexual assault, and could prompt further offenses. Although he has minor criminal infractions in Arizona, Collier has never been arrested for any similar crimes, police said.

Copyright Foster's Daily Democrat Somersworth Bureau Chief


A Question of Safety and Salesmanship
The Washington Post; Washington, D.C.; Debbie Goldberg; Jul 28, 1998;


Last September, 11-year-old Edward Werner of Jackson Township, N.J., was selling wrapping paper and candy to raise money for his school when he knocked on the wrong door. His body was found two days later, and a neighborhood teen, 15-year-old Sam Manzie, was charged with the slaying. On July 7, a 14-year-old girl was raped in Prince William County, Va., while selling newspaper subscriptions door to door. Both incidents raise questions about the safety of students selling door to door. The Werner tragedy has provoked concern about the appropriateness, in general, of putting schoolchildren to work as sales people. New Jersey Assemblyman Joseph R. Malone III, who represents the town where Werner lived, has introduced legislation banning such sales by students. "We tell second-graders `Never go near a stranger,' then say, `Don't forget, gotta sell that candy,' " Malone said. "It's putting kids at risk."

Copyright The Washington Post Company Jul 28, 1998

Seattle Post-Intelligencer; Seatle Washington; DARRELL GLOVER, P-I Reporter
Mar 7, 1998;


The woman at the door seemed friendly enough. She was selling magazines door-to-door to help get kids off the street. Could she use the phone, she asked. The South Seattle woman agreed and let Bridgette Latrice Brown into her apartment. She even shook Brown's hand. But in seconds, Brown turned vicious and overpowered the woman. She tied her up and repeatedly raped her. Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Goater, head of the Special Assault Unit, said she had ``never seen a case where a woman stranger attacked another woman like this.''

Copyright Seattle Post-Intelligencer Mar 7, 1998

Seattle Times. Seattle, Wash.; Author: RONALD K. FITTEN
Mar 6, 1998;


When Bridgette Latrice Brown, 23, knocked on the door of a Seattle woman's home and told her she was selling magazines to help get kids off the streets, the woman believed her. But when Brown asked the woman to take her to a motel, then grabbed a knife and threatened to take her life . . . the woman was shocked. "I have never seen a stranger case," said King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kathy Goater, who heads the special assault unit. "A forcible rape of a woman by another woman? It rarely happens. In the context of a strange rape, I've never seen one like this before."

Copyright Seattle Times Mar 6, 1998


Record; Bergen County, N.J.; By RALPH SIEGEL,
The Associated Press; Feb 20, 1998;


Society has changed so much that it is no longer safe to let children sell things door-to-door, Assembly lawmakers said Thursday. Edward Werner, the father of an 11-year-old boy who was killed in September while selling candy and gift wrap in his Jackson Township neighborhood, on Thursday spoke out in favor of a ban on such sales. Also present was Maureen Kanka, the mother of 7-year-old Megan Kanka, whose murder in 1994 triggered an unrivaled burst of lawmaking designed to protect children.

Copyright Bergen Evening Record Corporation Feb 20, 1998

Salesman, 21, charged in rape of 67-year-old
Dallas Morning News; Dallas, Tex.; Linda Stewart Ball; Feb 20, 1998;


Plano police on Thursday charged a door-to-door magazine salesman with the aggravated sexual assault of a 67-year-old woman in her southwest Plano home earlier this week. Quinton Jackson, 21, of Houston was being held in the Plano City Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail in connection with the rape, Plano police spokesman Carl Duke said. The woman picked Mr. Jackson, who is employed by American Community Services of Michigan City, Ind., out of a police lineup, Officer Duke said.

Copyright Dallas Morning News; Feb 20, 1998


New schools policy ends door-to-door student sales District 16 officials cite safety concerns
Daily Herald; Arlington Heights;
Erin Chan Daily Herald Correspondent; Jan 15, 1998;


Students in Glendale Heights District 16 are no longer allowed to go door-to-door to sell products for school fund-raisers by themselves. District board member Michael Riech proposed the policy last fall after the killing of an 11-year-old boy in New Jersey. According to police, the student was selling candy door-to-door when he was invited into a house by a 15-year-old boy. Police said the teenager sexually assaulted and strangled the younger boy, prompting parents and schools to rethink their approach to fund-raising.

Copyright Paddock Publications Jan 15, 1998



Roanoke Times & World News; Roanoke; Dec 14, 1997;


A New Jersey boy was assaulted and killed while selling candy door to door for his school's PTA. It's a terrible story, but banning such sales is not a logical response. ON SEPT. 27, while selling candy door-to-door for a PTA holiday fund-raiser, 11-year-old Eddie Werner of Jackson Township, N.J., was sexually assaulted and killed. A 15-year-old has been charged with murder. It is a tragic story. And one response to it - a proposed statewide ban on public-school-related fund-raising involving students going door to door - is doubtless well-intentioned.

Copyright Times World Corporation Dec 14, 1997

Buffalo News; Buffalo, N.Y.; TOM ERNST - News Staff Reporter;
Aug 20, 1997;


The second defendant in the murders of two young magazine salesmen agreed Tuesday to a plea deal that spares him a possible death sentence in return for a lengthy prison term. Michael W. Grinnell, 25, who was to be the first death-penalty defendant in the state to go on trial, agreed to a plea bargain similar to that granted last December to a co-defendant and admitted that he murdered Adam Chesneck, 18, of Dixon, Ill., and Billy Jo Gilbert Jr., 20, of Terre Haute, Ind., last August in Genesee County. All were among a group of magazine salespeople and supervisors working in the county at the time. The only motive disclosed was that Grinnell, of Massillon, Ohio, and co-defendant Jacob R. Russell, 20, of Elk Grove, Calif., planned to rob a convenience store and feared that Chesneck and Gilbert would alert police. The robbery never occurred, and many were puzzled because the viciousness of the crime seemed so out of proportion.

Copyright Buffalo News Aug 20, 1997

Times - Picayune; New Orleans, La.; Jun 11, 1997;


For most teen-agers, summers are a chance to earn money But not all jobs are suited for teen-agers, according to the National Consumers League, which recently released a list of the five worst teen jobs. "The jobs on this list should be a red flag to teens and parents that there are safety concerns," says Linda Golodner, league president. "Any employment has the potential to be a great job or a dangerous one. It's a tragedy when a summer or after-school job is a teen's last job. The caution is well-deserved, given that every year an estimated 200,000 youth are injured on the job and more than 100 are killed."

Copyright Times Picayune Publishing Company Jun 11, 1997

Buffalo News; Buffalo, N.Y.; Jan 8, 1997;


Acting District Attorney Lawrence Friedman announced Tuesday that he will seek the death penalty in the first-degree murder trial of Michael W. Grinnell, 24, in the beating deaths last August of two fellow magazine salesmen.

Copyright Buffalo News Jan 8, 1997


San Jose Mercury News, California;
DANIEL VASQUEZ, Mercury News Staff Writer; November 13, 1996;


Police are searching for residents allegedly duped by an 18-year-old door-to-door magazine subscription salesman who had a novel money-making plan: If the customer wasn't home, he'd burglarize the house and bill later. The key to the scam, investigators said, was that top salesman Kevin Lee Mobley would take individual checks or a credit card in each robbery, and then he'd charge subscriptions in small, unnoticeable amounts. Now police are searching for other victims in the Bay Area and three other states where he was known to have worked.

Copyright 1996 San Jose Mercury News

DMPG research through article information and police reports indicates that Kevin Lee Mobley worked for Palmetto Marketing, Inc. out of Coral Springs, Florida. Mobley was arrested in Rochester, Minn.. Police found stolen checks and credit cards belonging to at least 30 people.

Spokesman Review; Spokane; Oct 20, 1996;


Police arrested a California salesman Friday for allegedly molesting a young girl while trying to sell magazines in Coeur d'Alene. Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene police helped arrest Robert C. Elizarraraz, 20, on a charge of lewd conduct with a minor.

Copyright 1996 Cowles Publishing Company

Buffalo News; Buffalo, N.Y.; BILL BROWN - News Genesee Correspondent;
Sep 14, 1996;


Two magazine salesmen accused in the beating deaths last month of two co-workers pleaded innocent Friday to first-degree murder charges that could lead to the death penalty. Michael J. Grinnell, 24, of Massillon, Ohio, and Jacob R. Russell, 19, of Elk Grove, Calif., entered their pleas during a brief arraignment in Genesee County Court. They were denied bail and will remain in the Genesee County Jail, where they have been held since their arrest the day after the Aug. 27 fatal attacks at a quarry in the Town of Stafford.

Copyright Buffalo News Sep 14, 1996


UNLV officials warn of magazine scam
Las Vegas Review-Journal; Las Vegas; Review-Journal; Dec 21, 1995;


UNLV officials are warning people about a magazine sales scam making the rounds of some Las Vegas neighborhoods. Sales crews of young adults, claiming to be students at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas are going door to door offering magazine subscriptions that the supposed students say will benefit UNLV's communications school.

Copyright Donrey Media Group Dec 21, 1995

Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Fla.; Dec 10, 1995;


A magazine salesman revisited the apartment of an 88-year-old woman who turned down a subscription and attacked her, police said Saturday. Samuel A. Erby, 20, was arrested a few minutes after the assault Wednesday. He was in jail Saturday, charged with injury to an elderly person. Police said the salesman tried to suffocate the woman with her scarf. Then he tried to smother her with his hand as she fought him and screamed. He ran away and a neighbor called 911. Police found the woman lying on the floor near her front door. She was treated for cuts and bruises.

Copyright Orlando Sentinel, Orlando, Fla.

Firm illegally selling magazines door-to-door here settles lawsuit
Janet Kelley; Lancaster New Era. Lancaster, Pa.; July 15, 1995;


A Washington business and its president have paid $5,000 to settle accusations stemming from their involvement in the illegal door-to-door sale of magazine subscriptions in southcentral Pennsylvania.

The defendants also agree to make restitution both to consumers who didn't get the subscriptions they paid for and to sales personnel who didn't get promised salaries and bonuses.

A consent petition filed this week in Lancaster County Court identifies the defendants as NCS Corp., Gig Harbor, Wash., and its president, William Gillespie.

In August 1992, the attorney general's office sued NCS and several other corporations.

Among other things, the lawsuit alleged that the defendants:

Charged consumers a $7 "processing fee" that wasn't adequately disclosed or explained.

Failed to properly register with the state.

Used misleading promises to recruit sales personnel, and failed to pay promised salaries and bonuses to their personnel.

Consumers who paid for magazine subscriptions they didn't receive can obtain complaint forms by calling the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline, toll-free, at 1-800-441-2555. They must be filed within 90 days.

(Copyright 1995 Lancaster Newspapers)

Sun Sentinel; Fort Lauderdale; ROBIN FIELDS Staff Writer ; May 25, 1995;


As another sweaty South Florida summer rolls around, a young person's thoughts turn to work: What to do for a summer job? Recruiters for unscrupulous direct sales companies lure young people to a hotel or motel for an interview, then convince them to join traveling crews hawking magazine subscriptions, cleaning products, cutlery or other items door-to-door. "You may not know where you're going or how long you're going to be there," said Judy Pepper, vice president of the Better Business Bureau of Palm Beach County. "You often don't have control of the money you take in or are paid, and you may have to pay your own expenses."

Copyright Sun Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale; May 25, 1995


Trial Begins In Wisconsin Boy's Slaying
Chicago Sun - Times; Chicago, Ill.; Nov 9, 1994;


His attorney, Cynthia Wynn, told Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey A. Wagner in her opening statement that police had used John James Smith as a convenient scapegoat and had arrested the wrong man. Wynn contended that Smith's confession was coerced by an intense day of interrogation. "They put words in his mouth. They provided him with a map of the area," Wynn said. "They showed him pictures, making it easy for him to fill in the gaps."

Copyright Chicago Sun Times Nov 9, 1994

Stabbing ruled self defense
St. Petersburg Times; St. Petersburg; PAUL DE LA GARZA; Aug 18, 1994;


Jonathan Novak was on trial for fatally stabbing Gavin Murray of England. In the end, it was the violent act itself that convinced a Hillsborough jury that Novak acted in self defense. Novak, 27, testified he stabbed Murray after Murray and another man attacked him in a downtown parking lot March 4. He told police later he thought he might have been targeted because he is gay. As the family walked out the courtroom, Murray's mother, Sheila, stopped and addressed Novak. "May God have mercy on your soul," she said, speaking in a clear and calm voice across the courtroom.

Copyright Times Publishing Co. Aug 18, 1994

Suspect says stabbing was in self defense Series: Around Town
St. Petersburg Times; St. Petersburg; PAUL DE LA GARZA; Aug 17, 1994;


On the morning of March 4, Gavin Murray of England approached Jonathan Novak's car in downtown Tampa. Moments later, Murray lay on the ground dead, the victim of multiple stab wounds to the chest. Novak, 27, who went on trial Monday on charges of second-degree murder, says he stabbed Murray in self defense, fearing he was being attacked because he is gay. The prosecution says the stabbing was unprovoked.

Copyright Times Publishing Co. Aug 17, 1994

Times - Picayune; New Orleans, La.; Jun 30, 1994;


A door-to-door salesman is charged with strangling a 9-year-old boy whose nude body was found a block away from his suburban home.

John James Smith, 19, of Carol Stream, Ill., was charged Monday in Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide and child abduction in the death of Jesse Hubatch of Franklin.

Copyright Times Picayune Publishing Company Jun 30, 1994

Door-to-door salesman charged with slaying boy, 9
Journal Star; Peoria, Ill.; Jun 29, 1994;


According to the criminal complaint, John James Smith told Franklin police that after he met Jesse Hubatch, they talked, walked around the neighborhood and then went to the wooded area. According to the complaint, he said the "thing he remembered about killing Jesse Hubatch was Jesse Hubatch's eyes and that they just kept staring at him, a naked blank stare, that he could see death in Jesse Hubatch's eyes as he strangled him."

Copyright Peoria Journal Star Inc. Jun 29, 1994

Suburb Man Admits Killing Boy, Cops Say
Chicago Sun - Times; Chicago, Ill.; Jun 28, 1994;


John James Smith stated that the "thing he remembered about killing [Jesse Hubatch] was Jesse Hubatch's eyes and that they just kept staring at him, a naked blank stare, that he could see death in Jesse Hubatch's eyes as he strangled him," the criminal complaint said. Hubatch vanished Thursday evening after leaving home to visit a neighborhood friend, prompting a search of the suburb south of Milwaukee. The boy's naked body was found a block away Friday afternoon in the brush adjoining a neighbor's backyard.

Copyright Chicago Sun Times Jun 28, 1994


Seattle Post - Intelligencer; Seattle, Wash.; May 27, 1993;
Don Tewkesbury; P-I Reporter;


Those who respond may end up like the hard-working coal miner in the song, "Sixteen Tons," who discovered he owed "his soul to the company store." The young people may end up working only "to get another day older and deeper in debt." Such ads usually solicit teenagers and young adults to become part of traveling sales crews that sell magazine subscriptions or cleaning products door-to-door across the country. In many cases, the employment ad does not give the name of the company or the nature of the work, but lists a local phone number and the name of a recruiter. The job interview usually takes place in a local hotel or motel and, if the young person accepts the job, he or she is asked to leave within a few hours or a day and join a team of employees already in the field. The living conditions are usually cramped and allow little personal freedom. Meals and personal items must be bought with a nightly dole. In some crews, employees do not receive paychecks. Their earnings remain "on the books." Their sales are credited to an account by the crew manager, who then may deduct hotel expenses, the nightly allowance, canceled orders and fines for "misconduct."


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Herald; Rock Hill, S.C.; Jim Appleby Better Business Bureau; May 16, 1993;


The living conditions are usually cramped and allow little personal freedom. Meals and personal items must be bought with a nightly dole. In some crews, employees do not receive paychecks; their earnings remain "on the books." Their sales are credited to an account by the crew manager, who then may deduct hotel expenses, canceled orders, fines for "misconduct" and the nightly allowance. Often employees end up in debt to the sales organization, or so they are told, and therefore are unable to leave if they want to.

Copyright The Herald May 16, 1993

Magazine salesman arrested in rape of woman on northside
Arizona Daily Star; Tucson, Ariz. Mar 27, 1993;


A 26-year-old door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested Thursday in the rape earlier this week of a woman on the city's northside, police said. David Largay, of Vancouver, Wash., was arrested after a woman called police to report a verbally abusive magazine salesman at her apartment complex.

Copyright The Arizona Daily Star Mar 27, 1993

Seattle Times; Seattle, Washington Mar 3, 1993;


A traveling magazine salesman is accused of luring a 4-year-old boy into a restroom last Thursday at Whittier Elementary School and sexually assaulting him. The suspect was arrested the next day and has been charged with first-degree rape of a child. The boy and his family, new immigrants, have been traumatized and so, it seems, has the Whittier Heights community northeast of Ballard. About 100 parents and neighbors packed the school's cafeteria last night to grapple with their fears. Ellen Punyon took suggestions from the crowd and said she would work with school district officials to put together a new security plan for the school. The suggestions included locking all entrances except the front entrance, hiring professional security guards, asking parents to volunteer as guards, and installing security cameras on school grounds. Jeffrey L. Robinson, 21, of Macon, Ga., was charged in King County Superior Court with first-degree rape of a child and is being held on $150,000 bail, according to authorities. Police said the Florida-based magazine company that employed Robinson cooperated to help find him.

Copyright: Seattle Times. Seattle, Washington.: Mar 3, 1993. pg. B.1

Door-to-door firm hit with $50,000 penalty
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Jan 28, 1993;


The federal lawsuit alleged that Tork's sales crews had sold 150,000 magazine subscriptions in 1988 and 1989 using receipts that violated the FTC's ""cooling-off rule,'' which gives consumers who purchase products sold door-to-door three days to cancel their orders. Court papers filed in the FTC lawsuit said that in the divorce settlement, Mrs. Tork received two rental properties, a piece of land, art works, jewelry, furs, household goods and $5,000 a month alimony. Tork received a luxury car and the clearinghouse's field operations. The court judgment said customers who purchased magazine subscriptions from Tork's crews were given receipts that misrepresented the customers' right to cancel. Part of the receipt was missing and the receipt indicated that a customer wishing to cancel had to submit a copy of the receipt, the canceled check, the salesperson's name, the magazine name, date of transaction and total cost.

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Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Fla. Jan 16, 1993;


On Friday, Fruitland Park police Chief Mark Isom said he believed the rape was an isolated incident. He also noted that John Anthony Hagen didn't have a license to sell magazines door-to-door and will be charged with soliciting in the city without a permit.

Copyright Orlando Sentinel; Orlando, Fla. Jan. 16, 1993


Purported magazine salesman arrested on sexual assault charge
Arizona Daily Star; Tucson, Ariz.; Janet Kornblum; John F. Rawlinson
Dec 30, 1992;


A man suspected of posing as a magazine salesman to enter the home of a woman and then sexually assaulting her yesterday was arrested last night, Tucson police said. A detective was sent to the area, noticed a man matching the suspect's description, questioned Kizer and arrested him, said Sgt. Ernie Smith, a spokesman for the Tucson Police Department. The woman, who lives in the vicinity of East Fifth Street and North Dodge Boulevard, let a man into her apartment after he said he was selling magazines and provided her with what appeared to be proper credentials, said Tucson police Sgt. Stella Bay.

Copyright The Arizona Daily Star Dec 30, 1992

The Oregonian; Portland, Or.; Dec 2, 1992;
Sally Christensen of The Oregonian staff;


Lonnie Divine, operating under such business names as Union Circulation Co., Public Marketing Association, Marketing Associated Group Inc. and Publishers Entry Service, was accused this fall of failing to give consumers necessary forms to cancel orders under the commission's three-day cooling-off period. The law says that consumers must be informed of their right to cancel door-to-door sales of more than $25 within three working days of the transaction. According to the allegations, Divine -- through his crew chiefs and door-to-door salespeople -- failed to give buyers fully completed receipts or copies of sales contracts spelling out consumer cancellation rights. Divine also is charged with failing to provide duplicate copies of cancellation notices, of requiring buyers to waive their right-to-cancel, and misrepresenting buyer rights.

Copyright Oregonian Publishing Company Dec 2, 1992

SLAVES TO THE SALE/Magazine industry proposes guidelines against sales fraud
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Nov 12, 1992;


The nation's largest magazine industry trade group has issued guidelines aimed at discouraging deceptive practices by businesses that organize traveling magazine sales crews or telephone soliciting for magazine subscriptions. Michael Pashby, senior vice president of the New York-based Magazine Publishers of America, said the newly released ""ethical guidelines'' are the association's first formal effort to monitor sales made through independent subscription agents. The guidelines specify that businesses that contract to sell magazines will ""monitor the activities of the solicitors, employees or independent representatives that they use for solicitation and that they will prevent the use of any false or deceptive selling methods or techniques.''

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State probes "Texas trio' clearinghouses
Houston Chronicle (Pre-1997 Fulltext); Houston, Tex.; Sep 2, 1992;


CLARIFICATION: The Texas Employment Commission has found a tax account for Summit Publishers Service Co. of Houston. In this story, the Chronicle quoted TEC Commissioner Mary Scott Nabers as saying an initial inquiry had failed to show a TEC account for Summit, a magazine subscription clearinghouse that employs office workers at its Houston headquarters. Nabers said Friday that subsequent investigation has turned up a Summit account. TEC collects taxes to fund unemployment and other benefits for Texas workers. Nabers declined comment on TEC's continuing investigation into whether Summit and two other Texas clearinghouses should pay unemployment taxes for traveling agents whose sales are processed through the clearinghouses. Clarification published 9/22/92.

Nabers said she does not yet know whether Ticoa or Mecca are making state unemployment contributions. She said she inquired about Summit first because a former sales agent who sold for Summit complained in a letter to TEC about working conditions.

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SLAVES TO THE SALE/"I never knew she even existed'/Death of a traveling sales agent is blamed on exploitation
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Aug 21, 1992;


Mrs. [Diane Tork], her husband Jonathan and at least one other family member operated crews under contract with Summit for years. Public records show that [Robert L. Pennington] sold them a Houston house and at one time was an officer in the Torks' sales company, Aristocrat Sales. But Pennington said he parted company with the Torks last year when he learned that the Torks' sales operations were being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. Mrs. Munn said Mrs. Tork persuaded her son's wife to join the magazine sales crew during a stop in Shreveport, La., in November 1984. [Cathy Munn] had married young, had two baby girls and had recently separated from Mrs. Munn's son. But the couple was trying to reconcile, shared the raising of the children and lived near each other in Bossier City. As a result, said Mrs. Munn, Cathy was taken to a charity hospital 35 minutes away and initially treated for a drug overdose instead of an asthma attack. She was admitted as Jane Doe until Mrs. Tork called the hospital later in the day. By the time the Munn family was called, Cathy was close to death. By the time they raced to San Antonio, she was dead.

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SLAVES TO THE SALE/Sales helped owners afford "the good life'/But crews not so well off, officials say
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Aug 20, 1992;


Last week, the state of Pennsylvania filed a similar lawsuit against Ticoa Corp. of San Antonio. [Margaret Stuski] said she began investigating Ticoa and USS in the spring after unregistered crew members solicited twice at her door. She said she is also investigating Summit Publishers Service Co. of Houston, the third member of the ""Texas trio'' clearinghouse businesses that lead the U.S. door-to-door magazine subscription sales industry. The state of Pennsylvania requires registration to keep crew members with criminal histories from selling door-to-door. Stuski said she recently worked with police in the York Township to locate an 18-year-old sales agent from a Ticoa crew who was charged Aug. 3 with raping a mentally retarded customer. [Joe Edge] refused to discuss the bankruptcy proceedings. He said USS will not be reorganized. He said Mecca will continue clearing about 250,000 magazine subscriptions yearly for crew managers who oversee about 250 magazine salespeople. An additional 100 agents sell Edge's Hy-Pro cleaner door-to-door.

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SLAVES TO THE SALE/Traveling sales jobs exploit young people/Thousands left broke, disillusioned as lucrative industry goes unchecked
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Aug 19, 1992;


Photo: 1. [Victor Barnett]'s job with a Texas-based magazine sales crew ended with an accident in November 1989 that left him partially paralyzed. (color); 2. Victor Barnett, who suffered brain damage and partial paralysis in the crash of a sales crew van, gets help from his mother, [Leona Barnett], at their home in Clearfield, Utah. (b/w); 3. [Nadine DuVal], whose legs still bear the scars of injuries suffered when she was hit by a car while working on a sales crew, holds some of the paperwork from legal claims that took four years to settle. (b/w); Graph: 4. The sales chain (text) (p. 11); Credit: 1.Tim Kelly/Special to the Chronicle, 2. Tim Kelly/Special to the Chronicle, 3. Tonya Evatt/Special to the Chronicle, 4. Chronicle

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Slaves to the sale/Young crew members' inexperience can lead to tragedy
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Aug 19, 1992;


Other deaths of traveling sales crew members in recent years have included an 18-year-old woman who died of an asthma attack while selling door-to-door, a 21-year-old agent killed while working on a company car, and a 23-year-old man caught in gunfire from a botched drug deal. [Valerie Bagwell], 16, was one of six young sales crew recruits who died in the June 1983 crash of a private plane. Eager to earn money at a summer job, Valerie answered an ad offering travel and $10,000 a month. Along with the other recruits, she boarded the plane in Panama City, Fla., for a trip to St. Louis to sell cleaning products for the pilot, [Mason Odom Jr.] The aircraft crashed near Atmore, Ala. Authorities said Odom's plane was overloaded and poorly maintained.

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Slaves to the sale/Life on the road/Traveling sales agents found it led nowhere/Ambitious teen quickly fell into a deep rut
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Aug 19, 1992;


So when the Ticoa Corp. of San Antonio advertised for recruits in his hometown of Redding, Calif., [Darrell Rundus] eagerly joined the traveling magazine sales crew. Rundus missed his family and a year later, looked forward to the crew's stop in Redding. They got to town, his crew manager wanted to take a nap, so Rundus called and invited his mother to come and have lunch with him. Rundus said he was shaken by the incident, but did not want to lose his job so he departed with the crew. He stayed another year before he got out of the business in 1989. After working for several years in Houston, he recently moved to California to take a job in newspaper subscription sales.

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Slaves to the sale/Many former workers left with vivid nightmares, expert says
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Aug 19, 1992;


Mark Spellmann, a counselor at Pace University and a doctoral student in psychology at Yeshiva University, advertised in USA Today recently seeking 200 former salespeople who had traumatic experiences in traveling sales crews. Spellmann first completed a pilot study last year based on detailed records of the experiences of 26 former sales agents. He found that after they left the crews, they suffered symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder -- a condition often associated with Vietnam veterans. Spellmann said symptoms included flashbacks, persistently troubling thoughts and memories, emotional numbness, distrustfulness, fears of being exploited again and guilt at leaving friends on the crews.

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Seattle Times; Seattle, Wash.; GEORGE WEIGEL; Jun 21, 1992;


Those words in a newspaper help-wanted ad caught the eye of 19-year-old Maxine Preston of Luzerne County, Pa. Things sounded so good when Preston went for an interview at a local hotel that she agreed to leave that same night on what she thought was the perfect job. What followed was the worst three months of her life. Preston says she was taught to lie to customers to make sales. She found herself knocking on doors six days a week from 9 a.m. to as late as 2 in the morning.

Copyright Seattle Times Jun 21, 1992

Van Overturns on I-80 in Iowa; Five People Killed, Six Injured
Omaha World - Herald; Omaha, Neb.; May 4, 1992;


A van carrying 11 people swerved out of control and overturned Sunday along Interstate 80. Five of the people died, and the other six were injured. Dr. Francis Garrity, deputy Iowa medical examiner, said the van was one of three that were traveling together from Denver to Chicago. The occupants worked for a company called Total Dedication Inc., Dr. Garrity said.

(Copyright 1992 Omaha World-Herald Company)
Credit: AP


The Oregonian; Portland, Or.; Oct 20, 1991;


Officer Tom Furrer said he arrested the pair Friday after a woman's complaint that two magazine salesmen showed her the tips of two cat ears after she refused to buy any subscriptions. Police said they believe the cats belong to two of the woman's neighbors. One of the mutilated cats was located and was under care, but the other is missing, Furrer said.

Copyright Oregonian Publishing Company Oct 20, 1991

Salesman charged with check theft
Pantagraph; Bloomington, Ill.; SHERRY THOMAS; Sep 9, 1991;


David R. Keefe of 904 S. University St., Apt. 1, Normal, was visited by the Michigan-based salesman, representing Trail Blazers Magazine Co., about 2 p.m. Saturday. He told police the man knocked on his door and "helped himself in" to begin a sales pitch for the magazines. The man was talking in the living room when Keefe stepped out for a minute. After he entered the room again, Keefe said the man left quickly. When Keefe's roommate, Brian Harms, returned home later in the day, he discovered about 20 checks missing from his checkbook. Keefe told police the checkbook was in the living room when the salesperson was making his pitch.

Copyright Pantagraph Publishing Co. Sep 9, 1991

Police say salesman raped teen mother
St. Petersburg Times; St. Petersburg; BILL DURYEA; May 31, 1991;


A traveling magazine salesman has been charged with raping an 18-year-old woman while her 3-month-old daughter was in the room, Hillsborough sheriff's officials said. Carmon Eugene Lund, 26, raped the woman and then tried to disconnect her baby's breathing monitor shortly before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, said sheriff's spokesman Jack Espinosa. Lund, who lives at the Days Inn at 701 E Fletcher Ave., was being held Thursday at the Hillsborough County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Copyright Times Publishing Co. May 31, 1991

Salesman found guilty of Woburn murder
Boston Globe; Boston, Mass.; Paul Langner, Globe Staff; Jan 18, 1991;

of Bernice Clark, 76, a widow who lived alone in Woburn.

A Middlesex Superior Court jury deliberated approximately two hours before finding that Darrin Whitman, 24, had killed Clark, a retired beautician, with deliberate premeditation.

Whitman was one of a large group of young people brought into the Woburn area last summer by American Community Services of Michigan City, Ind., to sell magazines and had sold a subscription to Clark earlier in the day. Evidence showed he later came back, made Clark undress and lie on the bed before stabbing her four times, once in the heart.

Copyright Boston Globe Newspaper Jan 18, 1991



Morning Call; Allentown, Pa.; Nov 11, 1990;
DAVID HERZOG, The Morning Call;


Sean Evans picks up the children at 4 p.m. three days a week at Hanover Acres. Sometimes the children sell on a weekend day. As many as nine children have boarded Evans' blue Ford van with gray-tinted windows and traveled to neighborhoods around Allentown and Bethlehem, where they'd start selling around 5 p.m. Evans said he feels homework is a higher priority than selling candy. "I don't force any of the kids to work," said Evans. He disputed Carol Crable's assessment that he was more interested in the sales. Evans said the statements in the program brochure do not reflect his opinions. Evans said he did not print the brochure but got it from a similar program he worked for in Washington state last year.

Copyright Morning Call Nov 11, 1990

Iowa Assault Charge Yields Omaha Arrest
Omaha World - Herald; Omaha, Neb.; Sep 26, 1990;


A 22-year-old Huron, S.D., magazine salesman was arrested in Omaha early Wednesday on charges stemming from an alleged sexual assault in Ames, Iowa. Michael S. Higgins was arrested by Omaha police officers at 4:50 a.m. at the Travel Inn, 3902 Dodge St., and booked as a fugitive from justice from Iowa, police said.

(Copyright 1990 Omaha World-Herald Company)

Boston Globe; Boston, Mass.; Cathy Liu, Contributing Reporter and Kevin Conway, Special to the Globe;
Jul 22, 1990;


Bernice Clark, 76, was found stabbed to death in her Senator Road home July 13. Hours later, Darrin Whitman, an employee of an Indiana-based soliciting company, was arrested by state and Woburn police and charged with the killing. Neighbors told police that Whitman, a magazine salesman, had been seen soliciting at Clark's home on the day of her death. The murder has prompted Woburn Mayor John Rabbitt, whose city had no ordinance governing the actions of solicitors, to propose to the city council an act requiring all solicitors working the city to register with the police department and wear visible identification badges. The police departments of all 25 communities ask group and individual solicitors to register their names, addresses, vehicle identification and the areas in which they will canvass before soliciting. For those communities without solicitation bylaws, registration is the only requirement of a solicitor, and compliance is usually left up to the solicitor.

Copyright Boston Globe; Boston, Mass.; Jul 22, 1990

Youth crews cross country selling goods
Chicago Sun - Times; Chicago, Ill.; Jun 18, 1990;
Cindy Richards;


The organization, based in Highland, Ind., operates a hotline, 1-800-654-NFSA. The hotline: Helps stranded kids get home. Monitors consumer complaints against the industry. Takes calls from newspapers checking out sales companies before accepting their classified advertising searching for salespeople. Answers parents' questions about the companies for which their children work. The company has strict policies about appearance and behavior - the salespeople are subjected to random drug tests and a 12:30 a.m. curfew. It encourages salespeople to open bank accounts and save money while they're selling a multipurpose cleaner called Advanage. Austin Diversified Products also has part-time salespeople who sell only in Chicago during the spring and summer months, he says. Most of the salespeople travel the country, staying in one place three months or longer, [Fred Barton] says.

Copyright Chicago Sun Times Jun 18, 1990


Boston Globe; Boston, Mass.; Jul 30, 1989;


Authorities said Augusta police confronted William Sutherland at the motel and later arrested him. Sutherland had been brought in for questioning earlier in the week by Augusta police after area residents complained about the manner in which Sutherland was selling magazines.

Copyright Boston Globe Newspaper Jul 30, 1989

20-year-old charged with attempted rape
Austin American Statesman; Austin, Tex.; Feb 5, 1989;


A door-to-door magazine salesman who allegedly fondled an Austin woman after forcing his way into her downtown apartment has been jailed on attempted rape and burglary charges, police said. The report said Michael Lee Knopf, a Tucson, Ariz., native, called at the woman's home Wednesday, asking her to "vote" for him by agreeing to buy a magazine subscription.

Copyright Austin American Statesman Feb 5, 1989


Deseret News, The (Salt Lake City, UT)
August 31, 1988
Edition: Metro
Section: News
Page: B3
Aug 31, 1988


A five-man, three-woman jury deliberated three hours Tuesday before finding a door-to-door salesman from Chicago guilty of raping a 19-year-old American Fork woman July 5. The defendant, Carl M. McClellan, 24, will be sentenced Sept. 23. Fourth District Judge Ray M. Harding remanded McClellan to the custody of the Utah County sheriff and ordered a pre-sentencing report be prepared by Adult Probation and Parole. McClellan was arrested on the rape charge, a first-degree felony, shortly after an American Fork woman reported a door-to-door salesman had raped her while she was home alone. During the two-day trial, McClellan testified he had been selling cleaning supplies in American Fork and had spoken with the victim, but he denied raping her. The defendant faces a possible prison sentence of five years to life.

Copyright (c) 1988 Deseret News Publishing Company, August 31, 1988


Salesman arrested
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.)
May 7, 1987;
Section: NEWS
Page: 14-D


OPELOUSAS -- A Pennsylvania man selling magazines door to door was arrested here Tuesday after he stole more than $100 in cash from an elderly woman, Opelousas city police said. Roosevelt Chapman, 23, of Bristol, Pa., was booked with felony theft, police said. While the victim was in another room getting change, Chapman stole money from her purse, police said. It's expected that Chapman will be extradited to Dayton, Ohio, where he is wanted on a burglary charge, police said.

Copyright 1987 Capital City Press, Baton Rouge, La

Hearing claims teens exploited by sales firms
Houston Chronicle; Houston, Tex.; Apr 19, 1987;


When [William V. Roth Jr.] asked Horace Robertson, president of a company selling a cleaning fluid, Ultra-Kleen, which is packaged by one of Edge's companies, to respond to some witnesses' assertions that some agents received no money on some days, Robertson replied that he could not recall such incidents. When the subcommittee minority counsel, Daniel F. Rinzel, asked Robertson to respond to a sales agent's assertion that Robertson had beaten her in Dallas and had choked her in Plant City, Fla., he responded, ``If that happened, I do not recall.'' Ending his questioning, Rinzel read from what he said was Robertson's record of arrests. After Robertson responded that he did not recall some of the incidents on the list, Rinzel pointed out that they totaled 22, for crimes such as assault and for minor offenses such as peddling without a permit.

Copyright Houston Chronicle Publishing Company Division, The Hearst Corporation (the "Houston Chronicle") Apr 19, 1987

Some Firms Make Slaves of Young, Senate Panel Told
Newsday; Long Island, N.Y.; Apr 7, 1987;
By Carol Clurman. States News Service;


Some young people selling magazines and cleansers door-to-doorare physically abused, harassed and constantly overworked, formersellers told a congressional panel yesterday. The young people are frequently recruited through advertisements that promise good wages. Instead, critics say, the companies form them into traveling crews, always taking them away from their homes and paying them daily stipends of less than $15. Yesterday, at a Senate Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing, New York Attorney General Robert Abrams called the situation "involuntary servitude," and Sen. William V. Roth Jr. (R-Del.) described it as "slave labor."

(Copyright Newsday Inc., 1987)



Morning Call; Allentown, Pa.; Jun 7, 1986;


According to trial testimony, Clinton Dudley was a licensed door-to-door magazine salesman who visited the home of the victim on Aug. 9, 1980. They discussed the magazine, and the conversation turned to a personal nature with Dudley saying he would return to the home later. Before and during the trial, Dudley's former attorney, Samuel Kasick, attempted to review the psychiatric records of the woman, who had been treated at Muhlenberg Medical Center from Oct. 18, 1980, through Nov. 11, 1980, and had been treated at Allentown Hospital about a month after the incident. John E. Backenstoe, finding that the psychiatric testimony "would really serve no purpose other than to blacken the reputation of the victim," ruled that Kasick could not introduce the testimony of the psychiatrist who treated the victim after the incident.

Copyright Morning Call Jun 7, 1986


Seattle Times; Seattle, Wash.; Dec 22, 1985;


PORTLAND (AP) - An Oregon congressman and the founder of a parents' group based in New York City say it's time to stop door-to-door sales companies from exploiting young salespeople. Rep. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., says he first learned the extent of the problem in a newspaper article. Now he's proposing federal action against some slick operators who ``enslave'' young salesmen and saleswomen. He says the companies involved reportedly run sales crews that hire young adults as traveling salespeople, train them to lie to customers, and offer little or no pay for 12- to 16-hour days.

Posted In Seattle Times Dec 22, 1985
Copyright AP

Seattle Times; Seattle, Wash.; Nov 7, 1985;


WASHINGTON (UPI) - Legislation is needed to crack down on flim-flam operations that lure young people with promises of good pay and travel and then exploit them in door-to-door sales jobs, a House panel was told yesterday. Earlene Williams, national director of Parent Watch, said the average experience for youths selling magazine subscriptions and non-brand-name products door-to-door "is one of long hours, hard work without adequate sleep or food, pushed about by abusive crew chiefs, with little or no pay."

Copyright Seattle Times Nov 7, 1985

Safety for Children Who Sell
The Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles, Calif.; Feb 21, 1985;


Another regulation under consideration would bar children altogether from selling on public streets-an obviously dangerous enterprise. Others would prohibit such dangerous activities as setting targets at firing ranges and working near dangerous moving machinery and explosives. The current federal and state regulations allow crew leaders of sales organizations to gather youngsters in one neighborhood, drop them off far away from their homes for the day and pay them next to nothing. The new rules would not apply to charitable solicitations, including the sale of cookies and chocolate bars to raise money for the Girl Scouts, school programs and other nonprofit activities. Children engaged in those programs are less likely to encounter trouble, because they work in familiar neighborhoods, usually with family and friends, with organizations that usually recognize the need for careful supervision.

(Copyright, The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times 1985
all Rights reserved)

Proposed Child Labor Laws Not Strict Enough, City Aides Say
The Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles, Calif.; PAUL JACOBS; Jan 31, 1985;


Deputy City Atty. Maureen Siegel complained that the proposed restrictions on door-to-door selling needed to be strengthened. [C. Robert Simpson Jr.] has proposed that one adult supervise every 10 children working door-to-door, that supervisors check on the children at least every 15 minutes and that no child be allowed to work a block alone. David Hicks, an attorney for several firms that hire youngsters to sell candy door-to-door, contended that distinguishing among newspapers, candy and Girl Scout cookies was simply unconstitutional. Hicks also argued that the proposal to require that an adult be available to check on youngsters every 15 minutes was unrealistic and designed to make it easy for state labor officials to cite employers, even those who work conscientiously to ensure the youngsters' safety.

(Copyright, The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times 1985
all Rights reserved)

Crackdown on Sales by Children Proposed
The Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles, Calif.; PAUL JACOBS; Jan 27, 1985;


Gerald Winters, a New Jersey businessman who produces candy sold door-to-door in California and other states and who is a key defendant in federal and state court actions, says that the sales are a valuable source of income for youngsters and teach them the virtues of the free enterprise system. In his written statement, Winters complained of harassment by local police, particularly when black youngsters from poor neighborhoods try to sell products in white middle-class neighborhoods. "In California, initially in every labor case that was brought against one of my customers, the individual was black and working with black youngsters," he said. Winters operates several companies that produce and distribute products for door-to-door sale, according to Nashville attorney Gerald A. Smith, who is representing Winters in the federal case. The products come with detailed instructions and advice on how to set up crews and approach customers, Smith said. But he added that each of the local companies is an independent business free to develop its own sales strategy.

(Copyright, The Times Mirror Company; Los Angeles Times 1985
all Rights reserved)


Author: ANGIE CANNON Herald Staff Writer
Miami Herald, The (FL)
October 10, 1984;
Edition: BRWRD
Section: BRWD
Page: 2BR


A mentally retarded Sunrise woman was raped in her parents' home Tuesday after she opened the door to a magazine salesman, Sunrise police said. Isaac Moore III, 18, was arrested several hours later and charged with first-degree sexual battery, police said. Moore, who has been staying at the Castaways Hotel in Miami Beach, is being held without bond at the Broward County Jail. Sunrise Sgt. Gary Lanni gave this account: The 22-year-old woman, who has the mentality of a 9-year- old, was alone when she answered a knock at the front door, police said. The man told her he was selling magazines for a New Jersey firm. She invited him inside. The magazine salesman asked her some questions, including if she was afraid of him because he was black. The unarmed man asked her if she wanted to dance and told her to put on some music. She went into her bedroom, where the stereo was. He told her to sit on the bed and relax, then raped her. The man then went to the refrigerator in the kitchen, drank a beer and left. "He was very calm, very smooth," Lanni said. "He took advantage of the situation. I don't think she knew what he was looking for or doing." The distressed woman called a neighbor and described what had happened. The neighbor saw a beat-up blue 1980 Dodge van with New Jersey license plates in front of the house. She called Sunrise police with a description of the van. Twenty minutes later, officer George Asbate saw a similar van in the 6400 block of Sunset Strip. Inside the van, detectives found about 12 magazine salesmen, including Moore. Moore fit the victim's description. The woman also had remembered the name "Moore," police said. He was taken to the Sunrise police station where he admitted the rape, Lanni said.

(Copyright (c) 1984 The Miami Herald
Record Number: 8403140894)

Bad Trips: Some Youths Who Hit Road to Sell Magazines
Come Back Embittered --- They Often Tell of Hunger, Verbal Abuse,
Scant Pay In Door-to-Door Crews --- A Question of Responsibility

Wall Street Journal; New York;
By Anne Mackay-Smith Staff Reporter of The Wall Street; Sep 17, 1984;


It is the kind of story heard often from young people who have joined traveling magazine sales crews, autonomous operations that work by contract for a portion of the subscription revenue they raise. Interviews with former crew members disclose a frequent pattern of long hours, little sleep, poor food and continual pressure from crew bosses -- sometimes including verbal abuse -- to bring in sales. Accountability is vague. The crew Miss Kowalski belonged to was run by a man named Jake A. Jacobs and was linked to Summit Clearinghouse Inc. of Houston. Summit's president, Robert Pennington, says he dismissed Mr. Jacobs more than a year ago for various infractions and has no idea how to locate him. In any case, he says, crew chiefs act as independent operators. Mr. Pennington says he can't comment on Miss Kowalski's story or on what promises may have been made her. "Lots of times these kids hear only what they want to hear," he says. Agencies such as Summit contract with magazine publishers to sell subscriptions, then further contract with crew leaders to get the job done. Of the subscription money raised, the publisher usually gets one-quarter, the agency gets one-quarter and the crew leader gets half; from his half, the crew leader covers such expenses as salesmen's commissions and van drivers' pay, keeping what remains as his profit.

(Copyright, Wall Street Journal; all Rights reserved)

Morning Call; Allentown, Pa.; TIM BLANGGER, The Morning Call; Feb 2, 1984;


That's what Charles Norelli and his wife, Heidi Rodale, did when they found Eric Sterling, an 18-year-old traveling magazine salesman, walking around the second-floor bedroom of the couple's home on Main Street in Emmaus early last month. The source of the noise, a man, seemed lost and began talking to himself, Norelli said. The man walked down the couple's hallway and entered a closet. Norelli suspects the man, later identified as Sterling, was trying to leave and mistook the closet door for an exit. Norelli told the man police were on the way and he left the closet, but refused to lie on the floor when Norelli told him to.

Copyright Morning Call Feb 2, 1984


Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA);
Author: Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
October 7, 1983
Edition: FINAL
Section: LOCAL
Page: B12


A former door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested yesterday in a stolen car in North Philadelphia and charged with the indecent assault committed on a Temple University student in her apartment last week, detectives said. The suspect, Robert Woodard, 20, of the 2400 block of North Cleveland Street, North Philadelphia, was spotted by officers Thomas Touhy and William Speilburger, of the 23d District plainclothes burglary detail, getting into an auto parked in the 1800 block of West Jefferson Street about 2 p.m., detectives said. The two officers had been informed that the car, which bore North Carolina license plates, was stolen last month in Maryland, detectives said, and were watching the vehicle to see whether anyone was using it. After his arrest on a charge of receiving stolen property, Woodard was taken to the North Central Detective Division, detectives said, because he fit a composite drawing of the man who indecently assaulted and robbed a 22-year- old Temple student inside her apartment in the 1900 block of North Broad Street on Sept. 29. In that incident, a man who identified himself as a magazine salesman held the young woman at knifepoint, partially disrobed her, then robbed her of $25 in cash and credit cards, detectives said. The victim did not require hospital treatment. After questioning, Woodard, who detectives said was a former magazine salesman, was charged with indecent assault, simple and aggravated assault, robbery, burglary, theft, and possession of an instrument of crime. On the same day that the Temple student was assaulted, another woman was raped inside a chapel at the Parkinson Pavilion of the Temple University Health Science Center, Broad and Tioga Streets. Detectives said Woodard is not a suspect in the rape case.

Copyright (c) 1983 The Philadelphia Inquirer
Record Number: 8302200520

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