Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Chronology of Events:

May 2, 2011 - January 1, 2007

Compiled by the Dedicated Memorial Parents Group: May 9, 2011

Last Update: May 10, 2011

The contents of this document cannot be altered or taken out of context.

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Index of headlines:

 

2011

 

Grand Junction, Colorado

May 2, 2011

Salesman accused of posing as Mesa State student

 

Clinton, New Jersey

April 28, 2011

Clinton Township police charge magazine salesman with burglary

 

Mankato, Minnesota

April 28, 2011

Vulnerable adult found in Plymouth hotel

 

Clinton Township, New Jersey

April 23, 2011

Clinton Twp. burglary defendant facing charges in Md.

 

Annandale, New Jersey

April 21, 2011

North Carolina magazine solicitor charged in Annandale burglary also had stolen check from Maryland

 

Clinton Township, New Jersey

April 21, 2011

Alert residents help police catch burglars in Clinton Township

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

April 21, 2011

Magazine salespeople target south Charlotte neighborhoods

 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

April 20, 2011

Magazine-selling sexual offender arrested for drugs in Oak Ridge

 

Issaquah, Washington

April 20, 2011

Magazine salesmen trigger complaints

 

 

 

Manhattan, Kansas

April 20, 2011

Door-to-door magazine sales lead to arrests

 

Bowling Green, Kentucky

April 19, 2011

Local Woman Scammed While Grocery Shopping

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

April 18, 2011

BBB Warns: Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Crews Invade Charlotte Neighborhoods

 

Portland, Oregon

April 15, 2011

Roving salesman, 29, gets more than 30 years in prison for violent rape of Southeast Portland woman in her home

 

Whitefield, New Hampshire

April 14, 2011

WPD warns of possible door-to-door scam

 

Clinton Townshop, New Jersey

April 12, 2011

Thieves posed as solicitors, say Clinton Twp. police

 

Newark, Delaware

April 11, 2011

Police: Woman selling magazines steals man's medication

 

Newark, Delaware

April 11, 2011

Door-to-door magazine seller accused of stealing prescription medicine

 

Gaston, North Carolina

April 8, 2011

Gaston authorities search for missing teen

 

Phoenix, Arizona

April 7, 2011

Woman paid big money for magazines and says she never received them

 

Phoenix, Arizona

April 1, 2011

New City of Phoenix ordinance prohibits unruly, illegal soliciting

 

Sycamore, Illinois

March 31, 2011

Door-to-door salesman pleads guilty of assaulting woman

 

Spartanburg County, South Carolina

March 31, 2011

Magazine Sales 'Cult' Members Ask To Go To Jail

Men Told Deputies They Were Tired Of Being Wet

 

Los Angeles, California

March 29, 2011

GERALD VIDAL: Magazine Salesman Sentenced to Life Term for San Fernando Valley Assault

 

Chico, California

March 29, 2011

Solicitor arrested after many reports of invasive tactics

 

Wichita Falls, Texas

March 29, 2011

BBB warns Wichita Falls consumers of door-to-door scam

 

Alexandria, Kentucky

March 28, 2011

Alexandria wants better registration for solicitors

 

Dacula, Georiga

March 26, 2011

Police & Fire

Man Arrested for Solicitation in Hamilton Mill

 

GREENE TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania

March 25, 2011

Police log: THEFT

 

Seattle, Washington

March 24, 2011

Magazines used as cover for Oak Harbor burglaries, charges say

 

Wilmington, North Carolina

March 22, 2011

Man tries to kidnap teen in Myrtle Grove area

 

Gainesville, Florida

March 21, 2011

Deputies: Aggressive magazine salesman picks wrong customer

 

Asheville, North Carolina

March 18, 2011

Magazine sting: Police arrest sales workers in Asheville area

 

 

Tomball, Texas

March 15, 2011

Tomball to toughen ordinance against solicitors, door-to-door sales

 

Phoenix, Arizona

March 12, 2011

Phoenix City Council cracks down on door-to-door solicitors

 

Sunnyvale, California

March 11, 2011

Dynasty211.com Complaints - SCAM ARTISTS

 

Clarksville, Tennessee

March 10, 2011

Salesman pleads guilty to sexual battery

Must register as a sex offender

 

Portland, Oregon

March 10, 2011

Salesman Found Guilty In 2005 Rape

David Washington Burst Into Sellwood Woman's Apartment

 

Portland, Oregon

March 10, 2011

Portland police had a list of names -- including the rapist's -- two days after attack

 

Salinas, California

March 10, 2011

Salinas police see rise in fraudulent door-to-door salespeople

 

Hamilton County, Ohio

March 9, 2011

Jury to re-sentence man on Death Row

 

Rancho Santa Fe, California

March 8, 2011

Rancho Santa Fe Patrol warns of magazine sales scam going around town - BBB info and tips

 

New River Valley, Virginia

March 8, 2011

Pulaski Police send out warning about possible scam

 

Santa Barbara, California

March 8, 2011

News Releases

Sheriff’s Department Warns of Door-to-Door Scam

 

 

Portland, Oregon

March 7, 2011

Trial Starts Today In 2005 Sellwood Rape Case

 

Las Vegas, New Mexico

March 6, 2011

Officials crack down on peddlers

 

Virginia, Beach

March 4, 2011

Va. Beach seniors on edge after door-to-door salesman charged with theft

 

Oak Harbor, Washington

March 4, 2011

Burglars portray magazine salesmen in Oak Harbor

 

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida

March 3, 2011

Door-to-door salesman suspected in ring theft

 

Portland, Oregon

March 2, 2011

Attorney General warns residents of magazine company’s claims

 

Van Nuys, California

February 28, 2011

Man Convicted In Winnetka Sex Assault

 

Van Nuys, California

February 28, 2011

Door-To-Door Salesman Convicted Of Sexual Assault CBS2 News

 

San Francisco, California

February 26, 2011

DA dismisses, plans to refile attempted murder case

 

Columbia County, Georiga

February 24, 2011

12 OYS: Illegal door-to-door salespeople include wanted criminals in Columbia Co. neighborhood According to an incident report,

17 people were ticketed for peddling, that's selling door to door without a license. But some are wanted criminals.

 

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida

February 23, 2011

Transient was wanted in Nebraska on sex charges

 

 

Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley

February 23, 2011

Benton County Sheriff: Beware of Magazine Sales Scam

 

Madison, Alabama

February 23, 2011

Madison man raises concerns over door-to-door magazine company

 

Ascension Parish, Louisiana

February 18, 2011

Two arrested in magazine scam

 

Santa Rosa County, Florida

February 11, 2011

County says no to solicitors

 

Blue Springs, Missouri

February 08, 2011

Blue Springs woman feels ripped off after buying magazine subscription

 

Weirton, Ohio

February 5, 2011

Kirby Sweeper Sales People Busted For Selling Drugs

 

Defuniak Springs, Florida

February 4, 2011

Door-to-door salesmen arrested

 

Petaluma, California

February 4, 2011

Four seniors targeted by magazine sales scam

 

Panama City, Florida

February 4, 2011

Door to Door Solicitors Arrested in Violation of City Ordinance

 

Bantam, Connecticut

February 4, 2011

Texas man had bond raised on Winsted sex assault case due to Florida arrest

 

American Fork, Utah

February 3, 2011

Case continued against door-to-door salesman accused of rape, assault

 

Savannah, Georgia

January 31, 2011

Watch out for so-called students selling magazines

 

Orange County, North Carolina

January 31, 2011

BOCC to Discuss Door-to-Door Salesmen

 

Fort Collins, Colorado

January 29, 2011

'No Solicitor' sign a requirement for enforcement of law

 

Phoenix, Arizona

January 26, 2011

Door-to-door sales curbs heading to Phoenix City Council

 

The Florida Keys

January 24, 2011

3 scams hit Keys

 

Port Charlotte, Florida

January 23, 2011

Knock. Knock. Teenagers Selling Magazines

 

Staunton, Virginia

January 20, 2011

City police look into door-to-door sale

 

Warsaw, Ohio

January 20, 2011

Warsaw looks to crackdown on peddlers

 

Lamar County, Mississippi

January 20, 2011

Sheriff warns about magazine scam

 

Omaha, Nebraska

January 19, 2011

Jail term for sex assault of girl

 

Charlotte County, Florida

January 14, 2011

4 arrested in door-to-door solicitation

 

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida

January 12, 2011

Solicitor Stole iPhone From Port St. Lucie Home

 

 

 

 

 

2010

 

Annapolis, Maryland

November 23, 2010

Salesman gets 2 years in sex offense

 

Tucson, Arizona

November 10, 2010

Family of slain man objects to plea deal; killer gets 15 years

 

Tucson, Arizona

November 9, 2010

15-year prison term given in fatal beating of Tucson man

 

Running Springs, California

November 06,2010

Salesman Arrested For Not Registering As Sex Offender

 

Hillsdale, New Jersey

November 2, 2010

Fugitive wanted in Virginia arrested

 

Bonita Springs, Florida

October 26, 2010

Magazine salesman arrested for drug possession

 

Lockport, New York

October 26, 2010

Door-to-door salesman pleads guilty to burglary

 

Batavia, New York

October 19, 2010

Oklahoma woman waives extradition in door-to-door sales scam case

 

Elk Grove, California

October 16, 2010

Wallet Stolen By Girls Going Door to Door in Glenbrook

 

White Plains, New York

October 15, 2010

Suffern police arrest door-to-door salesman, find warrant for his arrest in Georgia

 

Downers Grove, Illinois

September 28, 2010

Woman stiffed by magazine salesman

 

 

 

Omaha, Nebraska

September 17, 2010

Man held in rape of Omaha girl, 13

 

DeKalb, Illinois

September 9, 2010

Traveling salesman pleads not guilty to rape charges

 

Bantam, Connecticut

September 9, 2010

Texas man charged with sex assault is back in court

 

Lincoln County, Oregon

September 7, 2010

Another wolf at the door...

ATTORNEY GENERALS SCAM ALERT

A Consumer Protection Alert from Oregon Attorney General John Kroger

BUYER BEWARE: DOOR TO-DOOR MAGAZINE SALES

 

Mankato, Minnesota

August 30, 2010

Agressive Magazine Salesmen Arrested For Not Having A License

 

Clarksville, Tennessee

August 26, 2010

Magazine Salesman Charged With Two Counts of Sexual Battery

 

Clarksville, Tennessee

August 25, 2010

Pregnant Woman: Salesman Made Me Touch Him

 

Richmond, Virginia

August 20, 2010

Magazine salesman cashing forged checks

 

Holden, Massachusetts

August 19, 2010

Police arrest 8 door-to-door peddlers last week

 

Fairfax County, Virginia

August 18, 2010

Door-to-Door Salesman Charged with Sexually Assaulting Va. Teen

 

Green Bay, Wisconsin

August 17, 2010

Two magazine solicitors arrested

 

 

Cobb County, Georgia

August 9, 2010

Door-To-Door Salesman Charged With Rape

 

Lexington, Kentucky

August 2, 2010

5 men arrested in alleged book-selling scam

 

Lathrop, California

July 29, 2010

Door-to-door salesman arrested in Lathrop on suspicion of grand theft

 

Denver, Colorado

July 26, 2010

Jeremy and Alicia

Homeless Youth Labor Trafficking

 

Hampden Township, Pennsylvania

July 26, 2010

Door-to-door soap salesman stole Hampden Township woman's purse, police say

 

Tucson, Arizona

July 23, 2010

Traveling salesman admits stomping Tucson man to death

 

Bend, Oregon

July 21, 2010

Three Arrested In Door-To-Door Salesmen Scuffle

 

Des Moines, Iowa

July 9, 2010

Magazine seller tells Des Moines police she was raped

 

Nashua, Massachusetts

July 8, 2010

Pa. man arrested for Nashua robbery

Suspect was selling magazines door to door

 

Warwick, Rhode Island

June 29, 2010

Setting off legal fireworks can still be a crime

 

Auburn, California

June 24, 2010

Placer judge sentences magazine salesman who stole to save job

 

 

 

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

June 16, 2010

Tuscaloosa man faces rape charges

 

Bridgeview, Illinois

June 11, 2010

Man Gets 25 Years In Sex Assault Of Elderly Woman

George Lucas, 25, was sentenced 25 years for the sexual assault of an elderly woman.

Cook County Sheriff's Department

 

Cheektowaga, New York

June 8, 2010

Two magazine sellers accused of wallet theft

 

Omaha, Nebraska

June 3, 2010

Oregon sex offender apprehended

 

Greensboro, North Carolina

May 28, 2010

Vaccum Salesman Charged With Indecent Liberties Of A Minor

 

Tulsa, Oklahoma

May 21, 2010

Subscription For Abuse: Recruiting In Tulsa

 

Manchester, Massachusetts

May 19, 2010

Police charge men in magazine scam

 

Croton Falls, New York

May 15, 2010

Chicago man charged in Croton Falls break-in

 

Sycamore, Illinois

May 11, 2010

Door-to-door salesman charged with sexual assault

 

Santa Ana, California

May 10, 2010

When does a dream job become a crime?

 

Stamford, Connecticut

May 10, 2010

2 magazine salesmen accused of burglary

 

 

 

Bantam, Connecticut

May 8, 2010

Protective order issued in alleged sex assault on 16-year-old girl

 

Beverly, Massachusetts

May 7, 2010

Two door-to-door salesmen arrested

 

Hartford, Connecticut

May 5, 2010

Disgruntled Door-To-Door Sales Force Tries To Get Home

 

Carmel, New York

April 30, 2010

Carmel police: Magazine solicitor found with stolen mail

 

Bloomington, Indiana

April 30, 2010

Door-to-door sales persons linked to employee abuse

 

Denver, Colorado

April 28, 2010

Woman scammed out of nearly $2,000 by magazine salesman

 

Sanford, North Carolina

April 28, 2010

Door-to-door salesman charged with assault

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

April 23, 2010

Milwaukee salesman charged with rape in Maryland

 

Portland, Oregon

April 19, 2010

Man Accused Of Being 2005 Salesman Rapist

 

Fayetteville, North Carolina

April 19, 2010

Sanford man assaulted by door-to-door salesman

 

Hinesville, Georiga

April 15, 2010

Police: 'Salesman' was casing for burglaries

 

Amarillo, Texas

April 13, 2010

Door-to-Door Salesman Allegedly Robbing Homeowners

 

San Mateo, California

April 7, 2010

Teen gets time served for assaulting women

 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

March 25, 2010

Police: Fugitive Worked As Salesman

 

University of Idaho

March 12, 2010

Southwestern Company banned from recruiting at UI

 

Auburn, California

March 12, 2010

Magazine salesman arrested for fraud, theft

 

Plainview, Texas

February 26, 2010

A little investigative reporting

 

Lexington, Kentucky

February 22, 2010

Police: Homeowner Shot at Salesman

 

Manatee County, Florida

February 19, 2010

2/19 POLICE BRIEFS:

Salesman arrested in sex assault

 

Fayetteville, Arkansas

February 19, 2010

Siloam Springs police

searching for door-to-door impostor

Anyone with information as to the identity of this man can call Sergeant Todd

Brakeville at the Siloam Springs Police Department, phone (479) 524-4118.

 

Albany, New York

February 14, 2010

Door-to-door danger

 

Lufkin, Texas

February 9, 2010

Lufkin Police report - Theft

 

Grand Prairie, Texas

February 5, 2010

Man convicted of raping and burning elderly Grand Prairie woman

 

Grand Prairie, Texas

February 4, 2010

Elderly woman testifies about being sexually assaulted

and set on fire by man selling magazines

 

San Antonio, Texas

January 22, 2010

Neighbors fearful after rash of apartment break-ins

 

Provo, Utah

January 22, 2010

Salesman accused of rape competent for trial, judge not sure

 

Tucson, Arizona

University of Arizona

January 20, 2010

Exclusive opportunity, or corporate exploitation?

 

San Mateo, California

January 15, 2010

Teen pleads no contest to attacking women

 

Girdwood, Alaska

January 7, 2010

Burglary First Degree, Theft Third Degree

 

Is it a scam?

January 1, 2010

Door to Door Magazine sales scams - Tips on how to avoid them

 

DOOR TO DOOR SALES: SCAM OR SURVIVAL?

(SECRETS OF LIFE ON THE ROAD)

2010

Shauna's Story

 

2009

 

Kissimmee, Florida

December 31, 2009

Arrests of salesmen in bloody Osceola County beating attracts attention of national group monitoring door-to-door magazine sales.

 

Lehigh Acres, Florida

December 30, 2009

Door-to-door salesman charged with scheming to defraud

 

 

 

St. Louis, Missouri

December 28, 2009

BBB lists 2009 scams

 

Billings, Montana

December 21, 2009

Billings man sent to prison for string of crime

 

Clarksville, Teenssee

December 21, 2009

Man Selling Magazines Attacks Woman

 

Winnetka, California

December 21, 2009

Salesman Charged In Sexual Assault, Burglary

 

Winnetka, California

December 19, 2009

Magazine salesman arrested in sexual assault, home invasion in Valley

 

Winnetka, California

December 18, 2009

Salesman arrested for assault, attempted rape

 

Winnetka, California

December 18, 2009

Magazine Salesman Held in Home Invasion Robbery

 

Lehigh Acres, Florida

December 17, 2009

Door to door solicitor is arrested

 

Colorado Springs, Colorado

December 16, 2009

Homeowner Stabs Suspected Thief Posing As Magazine Seller

 

Traveling Youth Crews

December 16, 2009

The Dark Side of Door-to-Door Sales

 

EL CAJON, California

December 14, 2009

Grandmother's Attacker Found Guilty

 

Tuson, Arizona

December 8, 2009

Homicide: Daniel Patrick Willis, 40

 

San Mateo, California

December 3, 2009

Teen facing trial for attempted rape

 

Washington DC

2009

NCL's 2009 Five Worst Teen Jobs

Traveling Youth Crews

Performing Door-to-Door Sales

 

Bertland, Missouri

November 20, 2009

Pastor becomes victim of alleged magazine scam

 

New Orleans, Louisiana

November 19, 2009

Five booked in St. Charles Parish magazine scam

 

Spencer, Iowa

November 13, 2009

Salesman's grab leads to charges

 

Greenfield, New York

November 10, 2009

Police to seek more remains of missing girl

 

Greenfield, New York

November 10, 2009

Police to seek more remains of missing girl

Search to resume Tuesday for skeletal remains

 

NCL’s Savvy Consumer Blog

November 4, 2009

Teen’s Death Raises Concern About One of the “Worst Jobs” for Teens

 

Alpharetta, Georgia

November 4, 2009

Magazine salesman had warrants

 

Washington, DC

November 2, 2009

National Consumers League Warns About Work on Traveling Sales Crews

After Remains of Colorado Teen Are Recovered

 

Milton, New York

October 31, 2009

Did victims share killer?

 

Greenfield, New York

October 31, 2009

Unease spreads on news of remains

 

Saratoga County, New York

October 31, 2009

Dental work key to identifying missing Colorado teen

Jennifer Marie Hammond was missing for six years.

 

Gainesville, Florida

October 30, 2009

Fugitive Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman Arrested

 

Ballston Spa, New York

October 29, 2009

Skull fragments identified as missing Colo. woman

 

Lakewood, Washington

October 24, 2009

Lakewood hotel beating: Magazine sales job turns into nightmare

 

Ruston, Louisiana

October 20, 2009

Several women suspected in scam

 

Lamorinda, California

October 16, 2009

Itinerant Magazine Gangs

 

Dedicated Memorial Parents Group

Lafayette, California

Salesman pleads guilty to 2005 slaying of elderly Lafayette woman

Door-to-Door Sales Company: Overachievers

December 30, 2008

By Malaika Fraley

CONTRA COSTA TIMES

Posted: 12/30/2008 07:57:27 PM PST

Updated: 12/31/2008 06:33:50 AM PST

For more information on OverAchievers Rape/Murder Case see Breaking News 2008

http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/door to door sales 2008.html

For Additional Info. On OverAchievers Rape/Murder

Seacrh: Richard Craig McNew

end DMPG info.

 

Lakewood, Washington

October 15, 2009

Six Charged in Beatings of Salesmen

 

Southwestern Company Slave Labor? Door to door sales?

October 14, 2009

Door-to-Door Sales Company:

Southwestern Company

Trade Group:

Direct Selling Association - DSA

 

Tacoma, Washington

October 14, 2009

Beaten with clubs, bats: High-pressure sales?

 

Lakewood, Washington

October 13, 2009

Lakewood police arrested six in assault on fellow magazine salesmen

 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

October 9, 2009

Five more arrested for selling magazines without a permit

 

Bellevue, Washington

October 9, 2009

State warns about magazine sales

 

Aiken, South Carolina

October 6, 2009

Eight charged with soliciting without permit

 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

October 6, 2009

More Salespeople Arrested For Not Having Permits

 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

October 6, 2009

Salespeople Arrested At Gas Station

 

Cookeville, Tennessee

October 5, 2009

Salesman Charged With Disorderly Conduct

 

Washington

October 5, 2009

State warns of magazine scam, again

 

Seattle, Washington

October 2, 2009

“Fresh Start Opportunities” reeks of scam

 

 

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

October 1, 2009

Magazine peddler charged after resident calls police

 

Port Huron, Michigan

September 30, 2009

Woman: Magazine salesman raped me

 

Orlando, Florida

September 28, 2009

Door-to-door magazine sales get closer look

 

Billings, Montana

September 21, 2009

Man on probation for home invasion admits to new charges

 

Port Huron, Michigan

September 20, 2009

Rape suspect arraigned

 

Port Huron, Michigan

September 18, 2009

Man selling magazines arrested for CSC

 

Hutchinson, Kansas

September 18, 2009

Man suspected of kidnapping, battery released from jail

 

Rochester, New York

September 18, 2009

Abandoned in Minnesota

 

American Fork, Utah

September 10, 2009

A.F. rape case delayed as officials argue suspect's placement

 

Concord, North Carolina

September 8, 2009

Woman threatened by magazine salesperson

 

Butte, Montana

September 2, 2009

Six arrested for Butte door-to-door sales

 

Washington City, Utah

September 1, 2009

Door-to-door salesman arrested

 

Camdon County, North Carolina

August 29, 2009

Sheriff closes shop on peddlers

 

Charlottesville, Virginia

August 27, 2009

Magazine salesman charged in theft

 

Joplin, Missouri

August 26, 2009

Former door-to-door reps call magazine sales a scam

 

Missing Young Adults Could Be Selling Magazines Door to Door

August 20, 2009

Magazine Sales Company:

Alliance Service Company

Could Your Child Be in a "Mag Crew"?

 

Reading, Pennsylvania

August 19, 2009

Magazine 'salesman' charged in threats in Washington Township

Subscriptions were phony, troopers say

 

Mount Olive, New Jeresy

August 19, 2009

Mount Olive arrests men on charges of selling magazines without a permit

 

Rockford, Illinois

August 18, 2009

Epperson takes down magazine vendor

 

Cleveland, Ohio

August 14, 2009

Man assaults door-to-door saleswoman on Meadowlane

 

Ramapo, New York

August 13, 2009

3 magazine peddlers charged with having drugs, gun

 

Poca, West Virginia

August 13, 2009

Police Warn of Convicted Felons Selling Magazine Subscriptions

 

Xenia, Ohio

August 11, 2009

Police: Magazine Salesman Assaults Woman

 

 

Xenia, Ohio

August 11, 2009

Magazine salesman charged with burglary

 

Gering, Nebraska

July 29, 2009

Neb. man guilty in disappearing-ink forgery case

 

Gering, Nebraska

July, 2009

Disappearing Ink Case in Twin Cities

 

Seattle, Washington

July 21, 2009

Door-to-door magazine sale scams out in full force

 

Phoenix, Arizona

July 20, 2009

Ex-Con Who Traveled to Virginia to Meet Girl

Says He was "Door-to-Door" Salesman in Valley

 

Erie County, Pennsylvania

July 18, 2009

Fugitive no more

 

Macon, Georgia

July 18, 2009

Seven arrested for selling magazines without license

 

Pasco, Washington

July 17, 2009

Selling Cleaning Products Door-to-Door, Altering Checks Received

 

Greensburg, Indiana

July 16, 2009

Police: Mag salesman molested girl, 13

 

Lincoln, Nebraska

July 16, 2009

3 More Arrested in Magazine Scam

 

Ramapo, New York

July 11, 2009

N.C. magazine salesman arrested on burglary charges

 

New Hampshire

July 11, 2009

Salesman arrested on felony charges

 

Davenport, Iowa

July 11, 2009

5 arrested in magazine scheme targeting Quad-Citians

 

Pelham, Massachusetts

July 10, 2009

DOOR-TO-DOOR ... TO HANDCUFFS:

Salesman nabbed in Pelham on Indiana drug,

robbery, assault charges

 

New City, New York

July 8, 2009

Magazine peddler arrested in Ramapo charged again in Clarkstown

 

St. Louis, Missouri

July 4, 2009

Police: Beware of solicitors

Salesman allegedly accosted girl

 

Door to Door Magazine sales is a dangerous scam

July 3, 2009

 

Just say no to door-to-door magazine sales

July 1, 2009

 

Saratoga Springs, New York

July 1, 2009

Nationwide magazine subscription scam strikes locally

 

St. Louis, Missouri

June 30, 2009

St. Charles police:

Magazine salesman offers drugs to teen girl,

father hits magazine salesman with metal pipe

 

Magazine Death Spiral

June 30, 2009

 

AARP - Scam Alert!

June 29, 2009

Scam Alert: Door-to-Door Sales Scams Heating Up

 

Lewiston, Main

June 27, 2009

Suspect in Auburn attack worked for magazine company, police say

 

 

Clinton, Iowa

June 26, 2009

Trial dates set in two civil cases

 

Auburn, Main

June 25, 2009

Arrest made in home invasion

 

Lowell, Massachusetts

June 24, 2009

Police: Door-to-door salesmen can be subscription for trouble

 

Ames, Iowa

June 24, 2009

Man arrested in magazine-sales sexual assault

 

Portland, Oregon

June 24, 2009

Police nab salesman wanted in Ala. home invasion

 

Billings, Montana

June 23, 2009

Suspect on probation faces more charges

 

Allentown, Pennsylvania

June 22, 2009

'Magazine salesmen' help themselves, not the troops

 

Brazill, Indiana

June 17, 2009

New scam is knocking at your door

 

Kansas City, Missouri

June 17, 2009

Traveling salesman charged in bizarre case involving Shawnee woman, husband

 

Brazill, Indiana

June 17, 2009

Police on lookout for men fraudulently selling magazines in Hanover Township

 

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

June 17, 2009

Police on lookout for men fraudulently selling magazines in Hanover Township

 

Kansas City, Missouri

June 16, 2009

Shawnee police trying to sort out tale of traveling salesman

 

Watertown, New York

June 15, 2009

Police Blotter

Deputies: Calif. Man Selling Magazine Subscriptions Entered Pamelia Home Without Permission

 

Watertown, New York

June 15, 2009

Traveling magazine salesman arrested

 

San Mateo, California

June 13, 2009

Teen pleads not guilty to attempted rape

 

Toledo, Ohio

June 12, 2009

SUMMER MAGAZINE SALES DOOR-TO-DOOR NATIONWIDE SCAM

 

North Andover, Massachusetts

June 6, 2009

Police arrest four magazine salesmen

 

Mesa, Arizona

June 2, 2009

Phoenix company part of nationwide magazine scam

 

Nebraska

June 2, 2009

Beware of  Door-to Door Magazine Salespeople

 

Litchfield, New Hampshire

May 31, 2009

Ala. fugitive arrested after complaint

 

Fox Lake, Illinois

May 30, 2009

Vacuum salesman charged in burglary

 

Fox Lake, Illinois

May 29, 2009

McHenry vacuum salesman charged with burglary

 

San Mateo, California

May 29, 2009

Teen to stand trial for assault on San Mateo nursing home employees

 

San Mateo, California

May 29, 2009

Teen to trial for attempted rape

 

Provo, Utah

May 29, 2009

Man accused of assault may be incompetent to stand trial

 

Provo, Utah

May 28, 2009

Salesman in assault case may not be competent

 

Salem, New Hampshire

May 28, 2009

Police arrest 'aggressive, rude' door-to-door salesmen

 

Madison, Wisconsin

May 22, 2009

Door-to-door cleaning product man a scammer

 

Dothan, Alabama

May 22, 2009

Two suspects arrested in Ozark home invasion

 

Chino Hills, California

May 13, 2009

Adult arrested for sexual advances toward girl

 

Bethesda, Maryland

May 13, 2009

Woman attacked near Bethesda school

 

Montgomery County, Maryland

May 12, 2009

Press Release

Police Seek Suspect in Attempted Rape

 

San Diego, California

May 12, 2009

Should You Open the Door?

 

Medina, Ohio

May 2009

Medina Elderly Scheme

 

Fairmont, West Virginia

May 7, 2009

Magazine salesman charged with obstruction

 

 

 

Macon, Georgia

May 7, 2009

Authorities warn of fraudulent door-to-door sales

 

Spring brings more complaints about door-to-door sales

May 6, 2009

 

Chattanooga, Tennessee

May 5, 2009

Don't Buy Your Magazines From Door-To-Door Salesmen This Summer

 

Charleston, West Virgina

May 5, 2009

Fairmont Police Make Arrest After Door to Door Sales Complaints

 

Beverly, Massachusetts

May 2, 2009

Man who grabbed Beverly girl admits guilt

 

Salisbury, Maryland

April 30, 2009

Two charged in magazine scheme

 

Bluffton, South Carolina

April 27, 2009

Police halt magazine sellers in Bluffton neighborhood

 

Fort Dodge, Iowa

April 25, 2009

Girl Scouts deny magazine sale

 

Salisbury, Maryland

April 24, 2009

Theft Scheme

Wicomico County Sheriff's Office Press Release

Incident: Theft Scheme

 

Stamford, Connecticut

April 23, 2009

Magazine Salesman Charged With:

Soliciting Without A Permit

First-Degree Criminal Trespass

Second-Degree Breach Of Peace

 

Bakersfield, California

April 23, 2009

Door-to-door salesman sexually assaults Rosedale woman in home

 

Bakersfield, California

April 23, 2009

Florida man arrested for sexual assault in Bakersfield

 

Bakersfield, California

April 23, 2009

Police receive report of sexual assault

 

Gloucester, Massachusetts

April 22, 2009

'Pushy' complaints leads to magazine seller's arrest

 

San Francisco, California

April 20, 2009

New Wisconsin Statute Protects Members Of "Traveling Sales Crews".

 

DMPG Info:

Kern County, California

April 17, 2009

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Van Rollover

U.S Highway 395, Kern county california

Blue Diamond/Atlantic Circulation Van rollover resulting in

multiple serious/critical injuries.

Source:

State of California

Traffic Collision Report

California Highway Patrol Case #: 2009-04-0042

End DMPG Info.

 

Olathe, Kansas

April 16, 2009

2 Charged in Prairie Village Robbery

 

Rock Hill, South Carolina

April 16, 2009

Florida woman charged in Rock Hill magazine sales scam

 

Nipomo, California

April 13, 2009

Man sentenced for attempting to rape Nipomo woman

while selling magazine subscriptions last year

 

Norfolk, Virginia

April 11, 2009

Magazine peddler accused of scam in Suffolk

 

 

 

Austin, Texas

April 10, 2009

DMPG: Magazine Salesman Steven Talley Murder Case Solved. end DMPG

 

Knoxville, Tennessee

April 8, 2009

Police investigate bizarre door to door salesmen case

 

University of Maryland

April 7, 2009

Southwestern Co. banned from recruiting on campus

 

Knoxville, Tennessee

April 7, 2009

Probe of West Knoxville magazine sales leads to marijuana arrest

 

Houston, Texas

April 6, 2009

The Sleaziness Of The Door-To-Door

Magazine-Subscriptions Industry Continues

 

Madison, Wisconsin

April 4, 2009

Democrats flexing their muscle in legislature

 

A Door-to-Door Magazine Salesman Accused of Rape & Arson Charges

April 2, 2009

 

Verona, Wisconsin

April 2, 2009

After a decade-long crusade,

Malinda's dad has his day

 

Grand Prairie, Texas

April 1, 2009

Arrest made in Grand Prairie rape, burning

 

Grand Prairie, Texas

April 1, 2009

Chicago man arrested in attack on elderly Grand Prairie woman

 

Grand Prairie, Texas

April 1, 2009

Grand Prairie woman, 78, sexually assaulted, set on fire

78-year-old Grand Prairie woman sexually assaulted, set on fire

 

 

 

Forney, Texas

April 1, 2009

Forney Police Arrest Door to Door Solicitor

 

Grand Prairie, Texas

March 31, 2009

Grand Prairie woman, 78, sexually assaulted, set on fire

 

Appleton, Wisconsin

March 31, 2009

Editorial: Sales crew law is smart business

 

Janesville, Wisconsin

March 29, 2009

New law brings fresh tears to annual memorial

 

Janesville, Wisconsin

March 29, 2009

Mourners Gather To Celebrate 'Malinda's Law'

 

Janesville, Wisconsin

March 28, 2009

Ten-year anniversary of sales crew accident

 

Madison, Wisconsin

March 26, 2009

Governor Doyle Signs Malinda’s Act

UPDATE: Governor Doyle Signs Malinda’s Act

Today Governor Jim Doyle signed into law legislation that will protect traveling sales crews from abuse by employers.

 

Madison, Wisconsin

March 25, 2009

'This bill protects our kids'

 

Madison, Wisconsin

March 24, 2009

Wis. backs nation's toughest rules on sales crews

Wisconsin lawmakers moved Tuesday to approve the nation's toughest regulations on companies that use traveling crews to sell products.

 

Madison, Wisconsin

March 24, 2009

State Senate passes new rules for traveling sales crews

 

 

 

 

Madison, Wisconsin

March 24, 2009

Lawmakers OK Bill Regulating Traveling Sales Crews

1999 Van Crash Killed 7 People

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin lawmakers on Tuesday approved the nation's toughest

regulations on companies that use traveling sales crews.

 

Washington

March 23, 2009

Door-to-door magazine seller offering 'fresh start' isn't a charity

 

Oakland, California

March 23, 2009

Prosecutors charge Hayward teen as adult in San Mateo assault case

 

SAN MATEO, California

March 21, 2009

Teen Selling Magazines Suspect In So. Bay Assault

 

Cottonwood, Arizona

March 17, 2009

Magazine Sales Fraud !!!

 

Colorado Springs, Colorado

March 17, 2009

MAGAZINE SALESMAN TAKEN FOR RIDE

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

March 11, 2009

Murder charges dropped against magazine salesmen.

 

Madison, Wisconsin

March 10, 2009

Shut out shady sales crews

 

Cincinnati, Ohio

February 26, 2009

Convict may be facing two more morgue sex charges

 

Lawton, Oklahoma

February 25, 2009

Nevada woman selling magazine subscriptions

door to door reports rape in Lawton

 

Rancho Cucamonga, California

February 25, 2009

Man arrested for using minors to sell subscriptions in Rancho Cucamonga

 

THE WOODEN HORSE MAGAZINE NEWS - News Letter:

February 22, 2009

 

New York, NY

February 20, 2009

WEAK LINK AT MAG GROUP DRAWS MEMBERS' IRE

 

York, Nebraska

February 18, 2009

Woman given jail time for door-to-door burglary

 

Madison, Wisonsin

February 18, 2009

After 10 years, advocates say they're close to regulating traveling sales

 

Sherman, Texas

February 17, 2009

Door-to-Door Magazine Salesmen Arrested

 

Berkeley, California

February 14, 2009

FRAUD ALERT!!

 

MARTINEZ, California

February 14, 2009

Salesman sentenced to life in rape and killing of 90-year-old woman

 

MARTINEZ, California

February 13, 2009

Killer of 90-year-old Lafayette woman gets life with no parole

 

Kansas City, Missouri

February 13, 2009

Magazine salesman gets life in prison for murder

 

Attleboro, Massachusetts

July 13, 2008

Job from Hell

 

Gardnerville, Nevada

February 13, 2009

Men arrested in youth sports solicitation scheme

 

Sacramento, California

February 11, 2009

Magazine Salesmen Arrested

 

 

Clinton, Iowa

February 7, 2009

Lawsuit filed in van crash case

 

Gainesville, Florida

February 6, 2009

Magazine Salesman arrested

 

Nashville, Tennessee

February 5, 2009

More Face Charges in Vanderbilt Professor’s Murder

 

Morgan Hill, California

February 5, 2009

Police warm of unlicensed salesmen

 

Portland, Oregon

February 4, 2009

Door-to-Door Scammers

 

University Of Arizona

January 30, 2009

Magazine seller cited for marijuana possession

 

This United States

January 20, 2009

Traveling Youth Crews

 

DMPG Magazine Sales Agent Letter

Posted: January 15, 2009

My Life as a Magazine Sales Agent

 

La Cańada Flintridge, California

January 15, 2009

Burglary suspect found

 

AC Associated Content

January 7, 2009

Universal Subscription Agency Former Employee Tells All

 

White Plains, New York

January 6, 2009

Magazine solicitor admits breaking into girlfriend's hotel room

 

Indiana

January 3, 2009

Amway Cult Youth Initiate's Deaths

 

Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 3, 2009

Door-to-door peddler's deal was illegal from the get-go

 

Lafayette, California

January 1, 2009

Traveling salesman pleads guilty to rape-murder of 90-year-old woman

 

2008

 

Lafayette, California

December 30, 2008

Salesman pleads guilty to 2005 slaying of elderly Lafayette woman

 

Indiana

December 29, 2008

4 Amway Youths Killed in Indiana Crash

 

New Carlisle, Indiana

December 23, 2008

Business partners die in crash

 

Salt Lake City, Utah

December 19, 2008

Accused Rapist May Be Incompetent To Stand Trial

 

La Mesa, California

December 16, 2008

‘Life goes on’ for grandma after abduction and beating

 

Camarillo, California

December 12, 2008

Magazine Salesman Arrested On Suspicion Of Burglary

 

El Cajon, California

December 10, 2008

Police rescue kidnap victim, 75, after two-day ordeal

 

Issaquah, Washington

December 3, 2008

Police collar area burglary suspect

 

I Speak of Dreams

November 30, 2008

The Horror That Is Travelling Magazine Sales

 

 

 

Jacksonville, Florida

November 14, 2008

Magaizine Salesman Attacks Customer who refused to purchase a subscription

 

Lewes, Delaware

November 9, 2008

Police searching for former magazine salesman

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

November 6, 2008

Murder suspects seek dismissal of charges

 

Hendersonville, Tenneessee

October 30, 2008

Scam Homeowners Should Avoid

 

Madison, Wisconsin

October 29, 2008

Exactly Who is Terry Moulton Working for?

 

Madison, Wisconsin

October 28, 2008

Wis. father rips lawmaker on sales bill

 

Wisconsin

October 27, 2008

Political Info Clip

Editorial

Wisconsin 68th District Voters Beware

Dedicated Memorial Parents Group

 

Kansas City, Missouri

Posted October 27, 2008

Solicitor Gropes Woman

 

Edmonds, Washington

October 25, 2008

Magazine Salesman Jailed For Alleged Robbery

 

Houston, Texas

October 21, 2008

Candy salesman exposed himself to grandmother

Attempted Assault

 

Denton, Texas

October 16, 2008

Blotter: Missing check found in salesman’s pocket

 

San Diego, California

October 12, 2008

Car Crash Leads Police To Kidnapping Suspect

 

DMPG Info Clip - Posted October 10, 2008

Madison, Wisconsin

Civil Lawsuit Settled

Against Door-To-Door Magazine Sales Company

A civil lawsuit filed against Vincent Pitts, president of the National Field Selling Association and owner of Palmetto Marketing/Sunshine Subscription Agency was settled for $600,000.00 on October 1, 2008.

The lawsuit stems from the violent assault and rape of a 50-year-old Menomonie, Wisconsin woman committed by Brandon Green a traveling door-to-door magazine salesman.

Madison, Wisconin lawfirm Lawton and Cates attorneys Jim Olson and John Carlson Jr. were instrumental in bringing justice to the victim.

Lawton And Cates Website

For detailed information on this crime and the lawsuit please review the following links:

Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Vincent Pitts

Court Orders/Criminal Complaint

Source:

Dedicated Memorial Parents Group

www.dedicatedmemorial.org

www.travelingsalescrews.info

 

DeKalb, Illinois

October 10,2008

Children's book scam hits DeKalb and Sycamore

 

South Bend, Indiania

October 8, 2008

Ivy Tech warns about magazine salesman

 

Houston, Texas

October 8, 2008

Houston Company Gets Sued Over Alleged Magazine-Subscription Scam

 

LaGrange, Illinois

October 6, 2008

Updated 10/6: Man pleads not guilty to sexual assault

 

Memphis, Tennessee

October 4, 2008

Scam Alert: Con Artists Posing as Students

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

October 3, 2008

New Suspect in Yi Killings

 

 

Orchard Lake, Michigan

September 24, 2008

Local police investigate solicitor reports

Similar cases seen in Orchard Lake, West Bloomfield

 

Cypress, California

September 15, 2008

Door-to-door Salesman Coaxes Way Into Home

And $25,000 In Jewelry Goes Missing

 

Naperville, Illinois

September 9, 2008

Traveling salespeople spook local residents

 

Nashville, Tennessee

September 9, 2008

Defense: Shooting Suspects Didn't Kill Vandy Professor

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

September 9, 2008

Don't Close Door On No-Knock; Rewrite It

 

Franklin County, Maine

September 8, 2008

Arrest made in magazine sales theft scheme

 

LaGrange, Illinois

September 5, 2008

MAGAZINE SALESMAN CHARGED IN SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

Pratt, Kansas

September 5, 2008

Fraud alert

 

Boonton Township, New Jersey

September 5, 2008

Cops: Despite warning, illegal door-to-door sales continued

 

Kinnelon, New Jersey

September 4, 2008

Kinnelon police warn residents of solicitors

Say 3 going door to door didn't have permits; two found to have warrants

 

American Fork, Utah

September 4, 2008

American Fork police share tips for dealing with solicitors

 

 

Provo, Utah

September 3, 2008

Salesman faces attempted murder charge in Utah County case

 

LaGrange, Illinois

September 2, 2008

MAGAZINE SALESMAN CHARGED IN HOME INVASION, SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

Nashville, Tennessee

August 30, 2008

Vanderbilt professor's ID used after his murder

 

Nashville, Tennessee

August 29, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Metro Nashville Police Department

Four persons believed responsible for Tuesday night’s murder of Vanderbilt University Professor Pierre Colas, 32,

and for critically wounding his 27-year-old sister, Marie, during a robbery at Colas’ McFerrin Avenue home are now in custody.

 

Hayden, Idaho

August 29, 2008

RipOff Report

The Southwestern Company The Southwestern Company deceives foreign students into slave Labor!

 

American Fork, Utah

August 27, 2008

Salesman accused of raping woman in home

 

Mobile, Alabama

August 26, 2008

Book lady scam alert

Scam Alert

 

American Fork, Utah

August 26, 2008

Magazine salesman arrested for allegedly raping woman

 

Massachusetts

August 26, 2008

Police warn residents in Easthampton, Southampton and Northampton

to beware door-to-door scams Homeowners warned of scams.

 

Worcester, Massachusetts

August 26, 2008

Police arrest 5 magazine sellers

 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

August 20, 2008

Escaping the Magazine Crew

 

Los Angeles, California

DMPG: What Happened 50 Years Ago: end DMPG.

August 17, 1958

Fugitive couple attack LAPD officer, August 17, 1958

 

Sag Harbor, New York

August 14, 2008

Magazine Solicitation Leads To Arrest

 

Pratt, Kansas

August 11, 2008

Police warn of magazine sales scam

 

Bedford, New York

August 11, 2008

Bedford warns about door-to-door solicitors

 

Stony Point, New York

August 9, 2008

2 more magazine solicitors arrested, fined

 

Waverly, Iowa

August 7, 2008

Woman arrested after escaping Bremer jail

 

Clearfield County, Pennsylvania

August 7, 2008

Door To Door Scam In Clearfield County

 

Morris County, New Jersey

July 31, 2008

Resident finds man in his garage in Boonton Township

Investigation leads to charges for three

 

Fayetteville, Arkansas

July 31, 2008

Bookseller not affiliated with local school districts

 

Augusta County, Virginia

July 30, 2008

Valley People Concerned About Salesmen

 

 

 

Bella Vista, Arkansas

July 29, 2008

Residents warned of book scam

 

Pasco, Washington

July 25, 2008

Pasco Police Searching For Missing Detroit Woman Last Seen In Pasco

 

ADA TOWNSHIP, Michigan

July 23, 2008

Teen Faces Forgery Charges Following Door To Door Sales Effort

 

Kent County, Michigan

July 23, 2008

Forgery charges for solicitor in Kent County

 

Morris County, New Jersey

July 23, 2008

3 arrested in Boonton Twp. for door-to-door soliciting

 

Omaha, Nebraska

July 22, 2008

Underage Sales Cases Tough To Prosecute

Man Behind Teens For Tomorrow Sales Charged In Three Counties

 

West Chester, Pennsylvania

July 19, 2008

Judge banishes man from Chesco

 

The Magazine Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

Selling subscriptions and violence door-to-door

July 17, 2008

Rampant drug use. Rape. Negligent homicide. Those are just a few of the lovely job perks that are part of running in a magazine crew,

one of those nefarious working environments that operates in the underbelly of the magazine industry.

 

Houston, Texas

July 17, 2008

What Mainstream Publishers Don't Want You to Know About Door-to-Door Magazine Sales

That kid at your door with a magazine order form will tell you a story -- part sad, part hopeful. The truth will be infinitely worse than you can imagine.

 

Miami, Florida

July 15, 2008

Documents detail wild, deadly brawl in hotel

 

 

 

Attleboro, Massachusetts

July 13, 2008

Job from Hell

 

Clearfield, Utah

July 12, 2008

Lewd salesman suspect turns himself in

 

Clearfield, Utah

July 11, 2008

Door-to-door salesman charged with sexual battery

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

July 8, 2008

Silva Lanes 'not going anywhere'

Bowling alley seeks protection from wrongful death lawsuit with Chapter 11 bankruptcy

 

Your help needed.

Sign Petition to Protect Mobile Sales Crew Workers

July 6, 2008

It’s important, as a sales professional, you stop the exploitation of others who enter our career.

Sign Petition:

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/Protect_Crews

 

Lincoln, Massachusetts

July 3, 2008

Solicitor arrested for breaking and entering

 

Dedham, Massachusetts

July 3, 2008

Missouri man faces fugitive charges

 

Salem, New Hampshire

July 2, 2008

Four men in Salem charged in assault of magazine salesman

 

Farmington, Connecticut

July 1, 2008

Magazine salesman charged after retaliation for rejection

 

Needham, Massachusetts

June 30, 2008

Police Blotter

Arrests

 

Salem, New Hampshire

June 28, 2008

Salesman assaulted by co-workers

 

Salem, New Hampshire

June 27, 2008

Four arrested after fight in Salem Wendy's parking lot

 

Lowell, Massachusetts

June 26, 2008

Police: Man illegally selling magazines assaults Lowell officers

 

Farmington, Connecticut

June 23, 2008

Police: Salesman Arrested After Flapping Arms Like Chicken

 

Claremont, California

June 18, 2008

Door-to-Door Solicitation Ordinance and No Knock Passed

 

Rockingham County, North Carolina

June 12, 2008

Triad Police Warn Neighbors of Door to Door Scam

 

St. Peter, Minnesota

June 12, 2008

Two men cited for selling door-to-door without a permit

 

Louisville, Kentucky

June 10, 2008

City warns of sales scams

Door-to-door dangers noted

 

Miami, Flroida

June 8, 2008

Salesman's death in Miami felt in Hawaii

The death of salesman Robert Spruiell in Miami-Dade has

sent shock waves on a rural Hawaiian island going through

tough economic times.

 

San Luis Obispo, California

June 5, 2008

Magazine salesman arrested for alleged attempted rape and burglary in Nipomo

 

San Luis Obispo, California

June 4, 2008

Nipomo neighborhood rocked by attempted rape

 

 

 

 

Kaunakakai, Hawaii

June 2, 2008

Former employee faces charges in Spruiell murder

Johnson charged due to circumstances of the crime

 

Kinston, North Carolina

June 2, 2008

Driver charged in wreck that killed 3

 

Kinston, North Carolina

June 1, 2008

3 killed in Lenoir County wreck

 

Portland, Oregon

May 31, 2008

Attorney General Hardy Myers

Warning Oregonians About

Door-to-Door Sales Crews

Some door-to-door crews break rules

 

Beverly, Massachusetts

May 31, 2008

Beverly grabbing suspect held on $100,000 bail

 

New York

May 30, 2008

Attempted murder suspect's coworkers busted

 

Montebello, News York

May 29, 2008

Cops, experts knock door-to-door subscription businesses

The world of selling magazine subscriptions door to door can be exploitive, illegal and, at times, dangerous, authorities said yesterday.

 

AIRMONT, News York

May 29, 2008

Three charged with selling magazines door-to-door in Airmont

 

MONTEBELLO, News York

May 28, 2008

Police: Solicitor tried to kill girlfriend in hotel

 

Beverly, Massachusetts

May 28, 2008

Girl-grab suspect held without bail:

 

 

 

Monona, Wisconsin

May 28, 2008

Door-to-Door Scam Busted

 

MONTEBELLO, New York

May 28, 2008

Police: Solicitor tried to kill girlfriend in hotel

 

Madison, Wisconsin

May 27, 2008

3 arrested in magazine scam in Monona

 

Madison, Wisconsin

May 27, 2008

Magazine Solicitation Scam

 

Boston, Massachusetts

May 27, 2008

Magazine Salesman Charged With Attempted Abduction

 

Morris, Illinois

May 27, 2008

Police Report

Wanted man caught with marijuana

 

Attleboro, Massachusetts

May 26, 2008

DMPG Info: 3 Convicted Felons Selling Magazines Door-to-Door. end DMPG Info.

Salesman accused of abduction attempt also worked in Seekonk

 

BEVERLY, Massachusetts

May 24, 2008

DMPG Info: Felon Magazine Salesman Jerwayne Hunter Arrested

Charged With Assault and Battery

and Enticing a Child Under 16. end DMPG Info.

Police: Door-To-Door Salesman Tried To Abduct Girl

Sales Team Had 3 Convicted Felons Illegally Selling Magazines

 

Beverly, Massachusetts

May 24, 2008

DMPG Info: Magazine Salesman Jerwayne Hunter Arrested. end DMPG Info.

Police urge vigilance with door-to-door solicitors

 

Goldsboro, North Carolina

May 23, 2008

School officials cautions residents about solicitors

 

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

May 22, 2008

Molokai restaurant owner slain

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 21, 2008

Employer of murder suspects killed in stabbing

 

Kaunakakai, Hawaii

May 21, 2008

Arrest made in murder of Paddlers' Inn owner

Suspect charged with murder, burglary, kidnapping

 

Miami, Florida

May 21, 2008

Co-worker charged in Sunny Isles hotel slaying

 

Miami, Florida

May 20, 2008

SUNNY ISLES BEACH

Details emerge in Sunny Isles hotel slaying

The man stabbed to death in Sunny Isles Beach

was well-known in the controversial

door-to-door selling market.

 

D.M.P.G. Info Clip

May 19, 2008

Karleen Hillery Spruiell Found Guilty:

3 Counts of Aggravated Assault

4 Counts of Aggravated DUI

Karleen Hillery Spruiell is currently being held in the Maricopa County Jail Without Bond.

She will be sentenced to prision on July 28, 2008 at 8:30 a.m.

end DMPG Info Clip.

 

Roanoke, Virginia

May 16, 2008

Roanoke police arrest door-to-door saleswoman

for having no business license

 

Spokane, Washington

May 12, 2008

Teen claims she was held captive

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spokane, Washington

May 10, 2008

BBB And Law Enforcement Warn:

ACI Magazine aka Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Group Hires Street Kids,

Sends Them Door-to-Door Selling Magazines, Doesn't Deliver

ACI Magazine aka Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

2550 Kingston Road

York, PA 17402

(717) 755-3480

 

Boise, Idaho

May 2, 2008

10:18 a.m. -- Boise resident puts Kansas man selling magazines under citizen's arrest

 

Houston, Texas

May 1, 2008

Are magazine sales crews bringing crime to your door?

 

Nashville, Tennessee

May 1, 2008

Resident: Teens Involved In Magazine Scam

Magazine Company Goes Out Of Business

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 29, 2008

Death Penalty Sought in Double Killing;

Magazine Salesmen Held in Slayings

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 29, 2008

DA seeking death penalty in couple’s murder

 

McMinnville, Oregon

April 24, 2008

McMinnvile Police Department

Door to Door Salespeople arrested for various crimes throughout Yamhill County.

 

Hoschton, Georgia

April 23, 2008

Hoschton

Fraud scam reported in neighborhood, two arrested

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

April 23, 2008

Police Log

The Daily Tar Heel

Three people employed by Dedicated Turnaround were arrested Monday for selling magazine subscriptions without a permit

 

Claremont, California

April 23, 2008

Claremont takes tough stand

City takes strict measures with commercial solicitors

 

Anchorage, Alaska

April 21, 2008

Read Fine Print to Avoid Subscribing to a Scam

 

Douglas County, California

April 17, 2008

Door-to-door solicitors are under investigation in Douglas County

 

Kennewick, Washington

April 16, 2008

CRIME: Door-to-door salesmen arrested in Kennewick

 

Hudson Valley, New York

April 14, 2008

News

Hip-hop connects God, youths

Christian artist uses his life as testimony

D.M.P.G. Info Clip

April 20, 2008

The New York Times

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9A0DE4DE173BF935A25753C1A960948260&sec=&spon=

METRO DATELINES; Youth, 15, Held In Girl's Death

Published: October 16, 1986

A 15-year-old boy was charged yesterday with murdering an 11-year-old girl missing since Oct. 8. The body of the girl, Tanya McKiernan,

was found Tuesday afternoon buried in woods less than a half-mile from her house in Orange County.

The boy's name was not released. He was being held at a youth detention center in Highland.

The police said he might be tried as an adult. The state police said that the girl had been stabbed, but that the exact details her death were not known.

end DMPG Info Clip.

 

Omaha, Nebraska

April 8, 2008

Teens For Tomorrow Leader Arrested On Child Labor Charge

 

Boise, Idaho

April 4, 2008

Unlicensed door-to-door solicitors reported in Boise

 

Leesburg, Virginia

April 4, 2008

Second Robbery Suspect Sought

 

DeKalb County, Fort Payne, Alabama

March 31, 2008

11 busted for magazine sales

 

Pike County, Kentucky

March 31, 2008

Magazine Selling Scam

 

Fallbrook, California

March 27, 2008

Door-to-door activity reported to Sheriff’s Dept.

 

Coconut Grove, Florida

March 23, 2008

Door-to-door sales alarm Coconut Grove residents

 

Raleigh County, West Virginia

March 21, 2008

Dirtbag Door-to-Door Vacuum Salesman Conns Elderly Lady into Buying SUV

Man charged with conning 82-year-old

 

Camarillo, California

March 21, 2008

Police warn of door-to-door sales scam

 

Pratt, Kansas

March 19, 2008

Police warn of door-to-door scam;

 

Phoenix, Arizona

March 18, 2008

Report: Teens steal money in Phoenix hospital's name

 

Sonora, Texas

March 17, 2008

Utah man killed in crash near Sonora

 

Janesville, Wisconsin

March 15, 2008

Traveling sales legislation stalls in Assembly again

 

Novato, California

March 12, 2008

Magazine salesman faces rape charges

 

Novato, California

March 11, 2008

Magazine seller in Novato attack is Wisconsin sex offender

 

Janesville, Wisconsin

March 9, 2008

Nine years later, fight against traveling sales crews continues

 

Seattle, Washington

February 29, 2008

Magazine salesman who robbed woman gets 8 years

 

Stanford, California

February 22, 2008

Kimball struck by scammers

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

February 21, 2008

Door-to-door 'internship' tricks students into work

Summer program involves book and software sales

 

Charlotte County, Florida

February 14, 2008

Help me! Magazine salesman pockets cash

 

Butte County, California

February 8, 2008

Soliciting door-to-door without a peddling permit is a crime

 

Chico, California

February 7, 2008

Solicitations smell like a scam, neighbors say

 

St. Cloud, Florida

February 6, 2008

Teen Girl Escapes Abduction Attempt In St. Cloud Neighborhood

 

St. Cloud, Florida

February 6, 2008

Police: 3 Men Sought After Trying To Abduct Teen Selling Magazines

18-Year-Old Manages To Escape, Calls Police

 

 

Austin, Texas

February 5, 2008

Austinites being harrassed by pushy magazine salesmen

 

Roseville, California

February 5, 2008

Door-to-door salesman arrested in burglary

 

Niceville, Florida

February 1, 2008

Door-to-door salesman spends time behind bars

 

Denton, Texas

January 27, 2008

Local News

Police Blotter: Woman: Magazine seller intrusive

 

Lower Paxton Township, Pennsylvania

January 28, 2008

Police Seek to Question Door-to-Door Sales People

 

Miami, Florida

January 27, 2008

CRIME BLOTTER

Police reports from local municipalities

 

Augusta, Maine

January 26, 2008

Judge slams door on vendor

 

Augusta, Maine

January 25, 2008

Magazine salesman sentenced

 

Cedar City, Utah

January 23, 2008

Woman arrested for allegedly altering checks

 

Decatur, Alabama

January 22, 2008

Samaritan in Southwest Decatur

Woman helps homeless man with food, shelter, way home

 

Kennewick, Washington

January 15, 2008

4 in jail over magazine sales in Benton County

 

 

Ontario, California

January 12, 2008

Aggressive vendors causing anger, apprehension

 

Palm Beach, Florida

January 12, 2008

Palm Beach Police: Solicitors selling fraudulent magazine subscriptions

 

Claremont, California

January 11, 2008

Salesman pleads no contest to rape

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

January 4, 2008

8:50am -- Accused Traveling Salesmen in Court

Pair charged with murdering elderly Korean couple face arraignment.

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

January 4, 2008

Sales company employed rape, murder suspects

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico

January 4, 2008

Traveling salesman accused of rape in California;

from same company as those charged with murder in Albuquerque

 

Omaha, Nebraska

January 3, 2008

Teen For Tomorrow Charged With Burglary

Teen Salesman Charged, Officers Say

 

St. Joseph, Missouri

January 1, 2008

Stabbing Victim Speaks Out

 

St. Joseph, Missouri

January 1, 2008

Dangerous Scammer Posing as Salesman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007

 

DMPG Info Clip:

We usher in the new year of 2007 with a murdered magazine sales agent, 3 rape cases, and a van rollover.

All of these horrible things have happened within the last 5 weeks.

It is time for the United States Government, the FBI, the Federal Trade Commission, the US Attorney General, and the Federal Labor Department to take a very close look at the "traveling door-to-door sales" industry.

It is time to prosecute those people who are in control of this corrupt and immoral industry to the full extent of the law.

It is time to expose them for what they really are and put an end to this fowl industry before more innocent kids and homeowners are raped, murdered, or killed in van accidents.

end DMPG Info.

 

Claremont, California

December 29, 2007

Claremont Police Department News Release

Rape Suspect Arrested

 

Albuquerque New Mexico

December 21, 2007

Albuquerque police investigate rape accusations in deaths of couple

 

Claremont, California

December 20, 2007

8:16 a.m.: Missouri man arrested in rape of Claremont woman

 

Bismarck, North Dakoda

December 14, 2007

Company Ordered to Stop Selling Magazine Subscriptions in ND

 

Torrance,California

December 11, 2007

`Salesman' likely just a thief, police say

 

San Antonio, Texas

December 11, 2007

Be Wary Of Door-To-Door Magazine Sales

 

Southwest, Florida

December 5, 2007

Investigators: scam artists are canvassing Southwest Florida

 

Madison, Wisconsin

November 29, 2007

Shady crews, stay away

 

Madison, Wisconsin

November 24, 2007

Jon Erpenbach: Traveling sales crews need oversight

 

Green Bay, Wisconsin

November 17, 2007

Bill may place limits on door-to-door sales

 

Madison, Wisconsin

November 09, 2007

Renewed call for Traveling Sales Crew Regulation

 

Denver, Colorado

November 09, 2007

Complaints Against Magazine Sales On The Rise

 

Savannah, Georgia

November 06, 2007

Police arrest 4 more magazine salespeople

 

Savannah, Georiga

November 03, 2007

11 magazine hawkers arrested, fined

 

Anchorage, Alaska

November 01, 2007

Woman left with salesman in July,

hasn't been seen since

 

Manchester, Connecticut

November 01, 2007

State Looking Into Games

School Fundraiser Used Banned Devices

 

Lexington, Kentucky

November 1, 2007

Business Selling Door to Door Could Get the Boot

 

Madison Wisconsin

October 20, 2007

Langlois guilty of murder

 

Madison Wisconsin

October 20, 2007

Woman guilty in drug murder

 

 

 

Madison Wisconsin

October 19, 2007

Sobbing Langlois says man killed Lee and gave her the gun

 

Arizona

October 19, 2007

Police Beat

 

Camden, Virginia

October 19, 2007

Door-to-door magazine sales lead to arrest in Camden

 

Wisconsin

October 15, 2007

Guest editorial

Judge’s decision sends powerful message to door-to-door industry

 

Wisconsin

October 10, 2007

Court Ruling Could Revive Push To Regulate

Traveling Sales Crews

Judge Rules Woman Can Sue Parent Companies

 

Tennessee

October 10, 2007

Watchful neighbors interrupt burglars posing as magazine salesmen

 

Seattle Washington

October 5, 2007

Magazine Salesman Threatens Seattle Woman

 

Spokane Washington

October 5, 2007

Integrity Sales LLC Targeted Region This Past Summer:

Company Has Unsatisfactory BBB Record

 

Wisconsin

October 03, 2007

Judge pierces ‘corporate veil’ -

Stewart finds corporations responsible

for door-to-door salespeople

 

New Jersey

October 3, 2007

Arrests lead police to sound alarm

 

 

 

Oregon

September 28, 2007

Magazine salesman arrested in Gresham

Man faces assault charges in Seattle

 

Missouri

September 26, 2007

Teen Baby Sitter Fights Off Attacker

Attempted Rapist Described As Having Bad Acne

 

California

September 24, 2007

CBS 2 EXCLUSIVE: Magazine Subscribers Hell

 

Seattle Washington

September 19, 2007

Fear and loathing dogs magazine salesmen

 

Portland, Oregon

September 15, 2007

DMPG Info: Magazine Sales Agent Arrested For Theft By Deception. End DMPG Info.

 

Seattle Washington

September 14 2007

Story of salesman sparks fears

 

Minnesota

September 13, 2007

Two Harbors salesman arrested in slaying of Cook woman

 

Minnesota

September 13, 2007

Accused Two Harbors man says he can't remember killing Cook woman

 

Lake Oswego, Oregon

September 13, 2007

Woman arrested for deceptive sales tactics

 

Oregon

September 12, 2007

Magazine Salesman Arrested In Gresham

 

Seattle Washington

September 12, 2007

Magazine Salesman Arrested, Accused Of Choking Woman

 

 

 

Seattle Washington

September 8, 2007

'Magazine Salesman' Returned To Scene Of The Crime

 

Seattle Washington

September 7, 2007

Police: Phony magazine salesman who attacked woman

may be on the run

 

Seattle Washington

September 7, 2007

Woman Choked By Man Selling Magazines

 

Seattle Washington

September 5, 2007

Salesman attacks Seattle woman in her apartment

 

Seattle Washington

September 4, 2007

Police seek man who choked woman in Eastlake home

 

Maryland

August 25, 2007

Be wary of solicitors, Sykesville police urge

Woman reports unwanted advances

 

Kentucky

August 24, 2007

Man Charged With Robbing U of L Students

 

Mississippi

August 22, 2007

Man arrested selling books door-to-door

 

Mississippi

August 20, 2007

Creepy Door To Door Salesman

 

Ohio

August 19, 2007

Worker for magazine sales crews alleges abuse

Companies' ads promise cash, trips, fun

 

Colorado

August 17, 2007

Two arrested for magazine sale fraud

 

 

Colorado

August 17, 2007

Fraud Advisory

 

Kansas

August 16, 2007

Kansas Police Looking for Fake Magazine Salesmen

 

MORRISVILLE, North Carolina

August 15, 2007

Magazine scam case grows

 

North Carolina

August 15, 2007

Police File More Charges in Magazine-Sales Scam

 

Tennessee

August 15, 2007

Cleaning supplies door-to-door sales include surprise bill

 

Orange County California

August 14, 2007

Sales rep learns the hazard way

 

North Carolina

August 14, 2007

Detectives Press Probe of Magazine-Sales Scam

 

North Carolina

August 13, 2007

Scammers Use Magazine Subscriptions to Open Doors

 

North Carolina

August 12, 2007

Police: Suspects Posed as Local Athletes in Magazine Scam

 

New York

August 8, 2007

Press Release

ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO SUES MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION COMPANY

TO HALT EXPLOITATION OF YOUNG WORKERS

 

New York

August 6, 2007

Cuomo sues subscription seller Jaguar

 

 

 

Reno Nevada

August 6, 2007

Police warn of door-to-door sales scam

 

Alaska

August 6, 2007

Beware of those earnest 'college kids' selling magazines

 

Florida

July 31, 2007

DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES? OR A SNARE?

 

Akron Ohio

July 31, 2007

Council OKs peddler rules

Door-to-door solicitors in Akron will have to register, obtain photo ID

 

New Hampshire

July 27, 2007

Councilor robbed?

WMUR says Tom Mahon’s home burgled

 

New Hampshire

July 26, 2007

Police: Ill. Woman stole more than $1k

 

New Jersey

July 20, 2007

Cops arrest door-to-door salesman

 

Waltham Massachusetts

July 17, 2007

Closing doors on salesmen

 

New Jeresy

July 14, 2007

Magazine salesman arrested

 

Colorado

July 12, 2007

Door-To-Door Salesman Arrested In Douglas County Theft Case

Deputies: Cell Phone, Money Taken From Unlocked Car

 

VANCOUVER Canada

July 5, 2007

Slamming The Door On Travelling Salespeople

Coquitlam considers slamming the door on travelling salespeople

 

Illinois

July 1, 2007

Missing Child: Mary Ann Switalski

SOMEONE'S CHILD

Missing Persons, Murder and Mysteries in Illinois

 

New Jersey

June 30, 2007

Appeals panel reaffirms prison sentence of salesman

 

Maine

June 30, 2007

'Magazine salesman' charged with assault

 

Maine

June 30, 2007

Door To Door Salesmen Charged With Assault, Trespassing

 

Oregon

June 28, 2007

Salesman charged with theft, fraudulent use of credit card

Police allege the vacuum cleaner salesman took advantage of

an elderly customer

 

Alabama

June 26, 2007

Creepy salesman scopes subdivision

 

Kansas

June 26, 2007

Southwestern Company

Jackson County Book Scam

 

Illinois

June 26, 2007

Southwestern Company's negative impact

 

California

June 26, 2007

Trial set in rape, killing of elderly woman

 

New York

June 24, 2007

Doorbell scammers pocket funds from fake plea

 

Massachusetts

June 22, 2007

Residents report scam attempts around Cape

 

Long Island, New York

June 21, 2007

Sex fugitive caught selling door-to-door

 

San Luis Obispo, California

June 14, 2007

No charges will be filed against a man who stabbed salesmen

 

Florida

June 8, 2007

Vacuum salesman charged with grand theft

 

Pennsylvania

June 7, 2007

Sentinel Morning Update: Salesmen's license revoked in Upper Allen Township

 

Lewistown, Pennsylvania

June 7, 2007

Four arrested for selling magazines without permits

 

New Haven, Connecticut

June 6, 2007

Magazine salesman arrested for assault

 

San Luis Obispo, California

June 5, 2007

Downtown SLO brawl leaves one stabbed and four arrested

 

Douglas County, Colorado

June 5, 2007

Castle Rock Police and Dougco Sheriff blotter

Incidents reported by sheriff's office

 

Oxford Ohio

June 5, 2007

Door-to-door salesman arrested in Oxford

 

Lockport, New York

June 5, 2007

CRIME: Two arrested after illegal peddling in Pendleton

 

Des Moines, Iowa

June 4, 2007

Theft follows visit from magazine salesman

 

 

 

Santa Clarita, California

June 4, 2007

Solicitor Attempts Scam Using Henry Mayo Hospital Name

 

Madison, Wisconsin

June 1, 2007

Legislation Seeks To Curb Abuses By 'rogue Van Crews'

Violence, Drug Use, Cheating Customers

 

Hanover, Pennsylvania

June 1, 2007

Police: Be cautious with magazine sales

 

Fairfield, Connecticut

May 30, 2007

Magazine Solicitors Must Have Permit: Police

 

Vail, Colorado

May 29, 2007

‘Honesty doesn’t make me money’

Dishonesty about where proceeds from magazine sales

go isn’t illegal in county, D.A. says

 

Douglas County, Colorado

May 29, 2007

Castle Rock Police and Dougco Sheriff blotter

Incidents reported by sheriff's office

 

Lincoln, Nebraska

May 25, 2007

More tickets handed to 'annoying' magazine sellers

 

Texas

May 25, 2007

Teenagers Should Beware Of Summer Jobs Scam

 

Canton, Michigan

May 22, 2007

Canton Twp.: Police search for home thief

 

Lincoln, Nebraska

May 20, 2007

Teen selling magazines reports sex assault

 

Wisconsin

May 15, 2007

Officer threatened, salesman arrested in Allouez incident

 

DMPG Info Clip:

North Carolina

Magazine Sales Company

Banned From State

May 9, 2007

Trinity Public Relations

Door-To-Door Traveling Magazine Company

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina

Magazine Sales Company Owners

James A. Davis and Lourdes J. Davis

Permanently Barred From Owning Or Operating

Any Business In North Carolina That Sells Magazines.

North Carolina

Attorney General Roy Cooper

Press Releases:

Read NC AG Press Release 05/03/07 - PDF

Read NC AG Press Release 09/27/06 - PDF

Media Coverage on Banned Magazine Sales Company:

end DMPG Info.

 

North Carolina

May 9, 2007

North Carolina Slams Door on Magazine Peddler

 

North Carolina

May. 3, 2007

Cooper Slams Door on Magazine Sales

 

Arizona

May 4, 2007

Arizona Attorney General

Terry Goddard Warns of Magazine Sales Scam

 

Boulder, Colorado

April 28, 2007

Boulder Police blotter

 

Lincoln, Illinois

April 26, 2007

Salesmen allegedly steal from homes in Lincoln

 

Austin, Texas

April 26, 2007

Looking Out For Door-To-Door Dangers

 

Raleigh, North Carolina

April 25, 2007

Community on Alert after Suspicious Salesman

 

Madison, Wisconsin

April 25, 2007

Traveling sales crew bill passes Senate

 

DMPG INfo Clip:

West Virginia

April 24, 2007

Magazine Sales Company/Collection Agency Banned In West Virginia

By Attorney General Darrell McGraw

The following companies and their owner (CATHERINE M KEY)

have been banned in West Virginia

United Subscription Agency

(a magazine sales company owned by Catherine M. Key)

(Website: mytraveljob.com)

Check Game Solutions

(a collection agency owned by Catherine M. Key)

and

CATHERINE M KEY

Banned from doing business in West Virginia

CATHERINE M KEY and Check Game Solutions

are listed as Supporting Members of the National Field Selling Association

NFSA - Website: (www.nfsa.com) - NFSA

NFSA Supporting Member Page: NFSA Supporting Member Page

Catherine M. Key

Check Game Solutions, Inc.

1850 43rd Avenue

Suite C-10

Vero Beach FL, 32960

(800) 886-9798

Read The West Virginia AG Lawsuit

For additional information

Click Here

end DMPG Info.

 

Spokane, Washington

April 12, 2007

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Scam Has Potential to Move Across Region:

Teens Connected Arrested in Portland, OR

 

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Nevada

April 11, 2007

Door-to-door magazine sales could be scams

 

Madison, Wisconsin

April 11, 2007

Traveling sales crew safeguards urged

Bill would regulate working conditions for traveling sales crews

 

Madison, Wisconsin

April 10, 2007

Bill To Regulate Traveling Sales Crews Considered At Capitol

Bill Would Improve Working Conditions For Employees

 

Madison, Wisconsin

April 10, 2007

Lawmakers consider new guidelines for sales crews

 

Madison, Wisconsin

April 10, 2007

Bill would regulate traveling sales crews

 

Madison, Wisconsin

April 10, 2007

Testimony Heard on Traveling Sales Crew Bill

Traveling Sales Crew Bill 4-10-07

 

Port Arthur, Texas

April 9, 2007

Wilmore: “Watch out for scams”

 

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon

April 5, 2007

Two More Teens Arrested In Alleged Magazine Scam

 

ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida

April 5, 2007

Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Boy Selling Magazines

 

Portland, Oregon

April 4, 2007

Suspect arrested for magazine sales scam

 

Vacaville, California

March 30, 2007

Youths Allegedly Pose As Vacaville High Athletes

 

Memphis, Tennessee

March 28, 2007

Illegal Magazine Salesmen Arrested

 

Carlsbad California

March 27, 2007

Man gets life in prison for Carlsbad kidnapping

 

 

Janesville, Wisconsin

March 25, 2007

Don't cave in to lobbyists for sales crews

 

Associated Content

March 24, 2007

Door-to-Door Magazine Selling Kids: Protecting Yourself While Helping Them

 

Los Gatos, California

March 23, 2007

Teens cited in solicitation case

 

Lafayette, California

March 23, 2007

More Police Stuff

 

Pomona, California

March 23, 2007

Peddler gets 18 years for rape

Door-to-door magazine sales was entry to victim's house

 

Decatur, Alabama

March 22, 2007

Suspected litterbug in Athens goes to jail

 

Wisconsin

March 22, 2007

POLICE BEAT

 

Pomona, California

March 21, 2007

Salesman found guilty of rape

 

Durham, North Carolina

March 21, 2007

Police: Rape case evidence found

 

Durham, North Carolina

March 20, 2007

Door-To-Door Salesman Charged With Rape

 

Durham, North Carolina

March 20, 2007

Police Urge Assault Victims to Come Forward

 

 

 

 

Madison, Wisconsin

March 15, 2007

Wisconsin Legislation

Traveling Sales Crew Bill Will Protect Young People

A Column By State Senator Jon Erpenbach

 

Dayton, Ohio

March 14, 2007

Dream jobs become nightmarish traps

Area teen lured by promises of adventure

describes a life of lies, drugs and abuse.

 

Dayton, Ohio

March 14, 2007

Area teen learns tough lesson through door-to-door sales

 

Miami Beach, Florida

March 13, 2007

Knife Wielding Man Invades Miami Beach Home

Police Arrest Three Suspects In Home Invasion

 

Madison Wisconsin

March 6, 2007

New Effort Takes Aim At Traveling Sales Crews

Bill Would Likely Keep Companies Out Of State

 

Madison Wisconsin

March 5, 2007

Shut sales crews out of Wisconsin

 

Portland, Oregon

March 2007

Portland Police Bureau (Portland, Oregon)

Door to door magazine sales crews

Consumer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim

 

Vista California

February 27, 2007

Man admits dragging teen into bushes near Carlsbad school, trying to molest him

 

consumeraffairs.com

February 27, 2007

Congress Fails to Curb Magazine Sales Abuses

 

Concord New Hampshire

February 23, 2007

Salesman appeals rape conviction

 

Would You Like To Buy A Magazine?

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

 

New York

February 21, 2007

For Youths, a Grim Tour on Magazine Crews

 

DMPG Info Clip:

Verona, Wisconsin

Letters To The Publishers

Posted: 02/21/07

The letters that you are about to read were written to and hand delivered to the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA) : www.magazine.org : MPA on April 5, 2004.

 

New York NY

February 20, 2007

Magazine sellers speak out

Young crew members tell of violence, sex, drug use on the road

 

DMPG Info Clip:

February 21, 2007

Marshall Texas

Traveling Magazine Sales Agent Found Dead

Blair Jennifer Dimmick

Magazine Sales Agent Found Dead in Her Sleep

Blair Jennifer Dimmick, age 22, of Redding died Saturday February 17, 2007 in Marshall, Texas.

DMPG Alerts

Read Ms. Dimmick's Obituary 

end DMPG Info clip.

 

Austin Texas

February 14, 2007

More Details Emerge Around Brutal Weekend Slaying

 

Florence, South Carolina

February 13, 2007

Police say magazine salesman tried to break into house

 

Savannah, Georgia

February 10, 2007

Police warn of magazine vendors

 

Savannah, Georgia

February 9, 2007

Police: 'Beware of Door-to-Door Salesmen' WTOC - TV Reported by Michelle Paynter

 

 

 

VISTA California

January 30, 2007

Man Charged With Kidnapping, Attempted Sodomy Will Stand Trial

Defendant Accused Of Dragging Teen Into Bushes

 

POMONA California

January 25, 2007

Traveling salesman to be tried on sex charges

Man forced himself on them, women say

 

Massachusetts

January 18, 2007

Hanshaw: Ordinance restricts door-to-door solicitation

 

Claremont California

January 17, 2007

Claremont sets up Internet dragnet

Police look to e-mail as method of bringing alerts to community

 

POMONA, California

January 12, 2007

Door to door magazine salesman pleads not guilty to rape

 

Tallahassee Tennessee

January 12, 2007

Surly salesmen interest police

 

TampaBay Florida

January 12, 2007

Magazine solicitors may be trying to sell you a line

That friendly sales spiel at the door may be the cover for a scam.

 

BOLIVIA, North Carolina

January 10, 2007

Salesman held in assault at home

 

Atlanta Georiga

January 10, 2007

Lack of permit sullies record

 

Denton, Texas

January 10, 2007

Local News Police Blotter

 

Knoxville Tennessee

January 8, 2007

Knock off perfume sales jobs make big promises, may not deliver

 

Madison Wisconsin

January 8, 2007

Door to Door Legislation

Catching Up:

Father of young van crash victim wants reforms

 

Biloxi Mississippi

January 4, 2007

Biloxi Police Warn Of Phony Door-to-Door Salespeople

 

Little Rock Arkansas

January 1, 2007

Death puts new scrutiny on magazine sales teams

 

Traveling Door-to-Door Sales Chronology of Events:

May 2, 2011 - January 1, 2007

 

2011

 

Grand Junction, Colorado

May 2, 2011

Salesman accused of posing as Mesa State student

A magazine salesman is accused of falsely claiming to be a member of Mesa State College’s soccer team raising money for an overseas trip.

Scott M. Lewis, 24, of Long Beach, Calif., was booked Saturday at the Mesa County Jail after his arrest on a Mesa County Sheriff’s Department warrant on suspicion of charitable fraud, a class-five felony.

Lewis in late September received multiple donations from residents in the 3000 block of Laurel Lane and other Clifton neighborhoods. He claimed affiliation with the college’s soccer team and said he was raising money for the team to play in Barcelona, Spain, according to an arrest affidavit.

He promised one man the entire team would return to his home to do chores to “pay off” the donation, the affidavit said.

Lewis’ claims came under scrutiny after he solicited money from a Mesa State College employee, who eventually contacted authorities, the affidavit said.

Lewis told deputies he was with a company, Syn Inc., with a mailing address in Idledale, and selling magazine subscriptions. Lewis and another woman working for the company said people also were given the option to make a donation to the Wounded Warriors Foundation, which would purchase magazines subscriptions to send to U.S. military overseas, the affidavit said.

Lewis acknowledged falsely representing himself as a Mesa State athlete, the affidavit said. He also claimed he was trying to get fired.

“Scott stated in his contract with Syn, Inc., if he got fired they would buy him a bus ticket home, if he quit he wasn’t guaranteed a bus ticket home,” the affidavit said.

He also claimed, while the company didn’t advocate deceptive sales practices, there were consequences for not meeting sales goals.

“Scott (and woman working for company) noted sales people were verbally abused and some were even left in neighborhoods throughout the night if sales goals weren’t achieved,” the affidavit said. “Scott stated people were often physically assaulted via ‘slapping’ or ‘hitting’ if they didn’t meet their sales goals.”

Lewis told deputies he was one of some 15 salesmen with the company working door-to-door in late September, all of them staying at a Horizon Drive hotel.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Syn Inc.

end DMPG Info

Source:

By Paul Shockley

The Daily Sentinel

http://www.gjsentinel.com

Monday, May 2, 2011

Grand Junction, Colorado

 

Clinton, New Jersey

April 28, 2011

Clinton Township police charge magazine salesman with burglary

CLINTON TWP. -- Patrolman John Tiger arrested Troy Cherry, 19, of Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday, April 12, with a burglary and theft that occurred in the Mews development in Annandale while Cherry was selling magazine subscriptions for his employer, Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Police said at the time of the arrest, Tiger discovered an un-cashed check belonging to a 68-year-old Graysonville, Md., woman among Cherry’s belongings.

When Tiger contacted the Graysonville woman, she said her condominium had recently been burglarized and that suspicious transactions have been occurring with her checking account, including a $635 check written out to a Jacob Scallate, whom she did not know.

The woman further reported that about $10,000 in jewelry had been stolen during the burglary.

The Queen Anne County Maryland Sheriff’s Department is investigating the burglary and theft at the woman’s condominium with the assistance of the Clinton Township police.

Tiger additionally charged Cherry with possession of stolen property, the check.

Knowing that other magazine solicitors from Cherry’s group and/or Atlantic Circulation, Inc. had been canvassing the Clinton Township/Lebanon area on April 12, Clinton Township officers contacted the New Jersey State Police in Perryville and learned that troopers had issued a summons to a Jacob Scallate of Beaufort, S.C., for peddling without a permit in the Lebanon Borough the same day.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

BBB:

http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/

Business Contact & Profile

Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Atlantic Circulation

Atlantic Circulation Inc

Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road

York, PA 17402

Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998

Type of Entity: Corporation

Incorporated: 1998 in DE

Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President

Phone Number: (717) 755-3480

(570) 285-4504

Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR

PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE

Website Address:

http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com

Products & Services

This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.

Business Management

BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.

Additional Locations & Phone Numbers

2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

end DMPG Info.

Source:

Hunterdon Review

newjerseyhills.com

http://newjerseyhills.com

Posted: Thursday, April 28, 2011 1:00 am

Clinton, New Jersey

 

Mankato, Minnesota

April 28, 2011

Vulnerable adult found in Plymouth hotel

MANKATO — Angelina May received the call she had been praying for Wednesday morning.

Just after midnight, a Mankato police officer called her to report her missing son, 18-year-old Brandon Nordgaard, had been found at a hotel in Plymouth. He’s a vulnerable adult and had left town with traveling magazine salesmen who had offered him a job.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the call,” she said. “I couldn’t process it right away. We had a prayer service at church last night and the pastor said, ‘When a lost sheep is found, we all rejoice.’ Boy, do we have a lot of rejoicing to do.”

May called police Saturday to report her son was missing and she hadn’t heard from him since the weekend before. Telephone records showed her son had made calls from his downtown Mankato apartment the night of April 18 or during the early morning hours of April 19.

One of the last calls was to the Microtel hotel in Mankato. It turned out that a group of door-to-door magazine sellers had stopped at Nordgaard’s house. While there, they had called others with their group at the hotel so they could get a ride, May said.

“They told him about what they did and he said, ‘That sounds like fun,’” May explained. “So they said, ‘If you want to come with us, you can have a job.’”

Another officer remembered taking a call about young men fighting at the Microtel. The men involved were selling magazines.

“He took a stab in the dark and followed that lead,” said Cmdr. Matt DuRose of the Mankato Department of Public Safety.

Another link came with a call from a Mankato woman Tuesday night. She said she was pretty sure Nordgaard had been at her house at about 5:45 p.m. April 20.

“We got a tip from a Mankato citizen who thought she had Brandon come to her house selling magazines. She was 80 percent sure he introduced himself as Brandon.”

The supervisors of the men who prompted the Microtel call were contacted. They told investigators the men were staying at a hotel in the Twin Cities. The group was planning to leave for Florida in a couple of days.

“They found out they were in Plymouth, so the Plymouth Police Department paid a visit and, sure enough, there was Brandon,” May said.

“I’m so happy he’s alive. Of all the situations, all the ‘what-ifs,’ this is the best thing that could have come of this. He was having the time of his life.”

May spent Wednesday morning traveling to Plymouth to give her son a ride home. That made for a long night, but it could have been worse.

Nordgaard receives assistance with paying bills and other household duties from an employee at SMILES Center for Independent Living. He can be impulsive and would have had a difficult time finding his way home if the magazine group would have left him outside of Mankato.

The companies that employee the magazine sellers have been accused of not providing transportation home for employees who quit or are fired. Nordgaard also could have easily become a victim of a co-worker, May added.

“They hire these kids and the only requirement is you have to be 18,” May said. “A lot of the people working for them are wanted, have an outstanding warrant or they have some sort of impairment.”

Getting Nordgaard’s photograph and description out to the public helped police find him, DuRose said. The information also was picked up by organizations, such as the Jacob Wetterling Foundation, which were willing to help.

“That was good, that it generated the one call we needed,” he said. “Sometimes it’s just that one call that we need so we can take over and do our job.”

There will be no further investigation and the case is closed, DuRose said.

Source:

By Dan Nienaber

Free Press Staff Writer

The Mankato Free Press

http://mankatofreepress.com

Thu Apr 28, 2011, 12:00 AM CDT

Mankato, Minnesota

 

Clinton Township, New Jersey

April 23, 2011

Clinton Twp. burglary defendant facing charges in Md.

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A North Carolina man charged earlier this month with burglary in the Mews community in the Annandale section is now also facing charges in connection with a burglary on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Troy Cherry, 19, of Charlotte, N.C., was arrested on April 12 and charged with burglary and theft of a Mews residence.

During the arrest, Patrolman John Tiger found an uncashed check belonging to a 68-year-old Graysonville, Md., woman among Cherry's belongings, police say.

Tiger learned from Maryland authorities that the woman had recently reported that her condominium had been burglarized and there had been suspicious activity on her checking account, police say. About $10,000 worth of jewelry had been stolen in the burglary, the woman said.

That caused Tiger to charge Cherry with possession of stolen property.

Cherry had originally been arrested when a Hidden Valley Way resident called police at about 2:10 p.m. April 12 to report that she saw two men enter another residence.

The resident told police that the two men had come to her residence and were selling magazines, police said. The men left, but later returned to use the bathroom, police said.

Tiger then found two men fitting the woman's description on Plumbstead Court. One of the men was Cherry, who was in possession of a checkbook stolen from the residence, police said.

The second man, identified as Russell Wenger, was in possession of a digital camera and a video camera that had also been stolen from the residence, police said.

In addition, Wenger was wanted in Indiana on a violation of parole charge stemming from a prior burglary conviction, police said.

Wenger and Cherry, employed by Atlantic Circulation Inc., told police they had been dropped off by a red van that had been transporting magazine solicitors in the area. State troopers located the van on Route 22 near Petticoat Lane.

Wenger and Cherry were charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy. In addition, Wenger was charged with hindering apprehension.

Both were lodged in Hunterdon County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Michael Deak:

908-243-6611;

mdeak@njpressmedia.com

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

BBB:

http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/

Business Contact & Profile

Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Atlantic Circulation

Atlantic Circulation Inc

Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road

York, PA 17402

Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998

Type of Entity: Corporation

Incorporated: 1998 in DE

Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President

Phone Number: (717) 755-3480

(570) 285-4504

Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR

PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE

Website Address:

http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com

Products & Services

This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.

Business Management

BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.

Additional Locations & Phone Numbers

2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc

end DMPG Info

Source:

Written by

MICHAEL DEAK

STAFF WRITER

Daily Record

Filed Under News Crime and Crisis

http://www.dailyrecord.com

6:19 AM, Apr. 23, 2011

Parsippany, New Jersey

 

Annandale, New Jersey

April 21, 2011

North Carolina magazine solicitor charged in Annandale burglary also had stolen check from Maryland

ANNANDALE — A 19-year-old Charlotte. N.C., man, Troy Cherry, already charged in connection with a recent burglary and theft at a Mews Development residence, was also charged with possession of an un-cashed check belonging to a 68-year-old woman from Graysonville, Md.

According to investigators, on April 12, Clinton Twp. Patrolman John Tiger arrested Cherry while he was selling magazine subscriptions at the Mews for his employer, Atlantic Circulation, Inc. At the time of the arrest, the patrolman discovered the un-cashed check among Cherry’s belongings.

Police said that when Patrolman Tiger contacted the Maryland woman, she stated that her condominium had recently been burglarized and that suspicious transactions have been occurring with her checking account, including a $635 check written out to a individual named Jacob Scallate, whom she did not know. The woman also said that about $10,000 in jewelry had been stolen during the burglary.

The Queen Anne County, Md., Sheriff’s Department is investigating the burglary and theft of the woman’s condominium with the assistance of the Clinton Twp. Police. As a result, Patrolman Tiger also charged Cherry with possession of stolen property (the check), investigators said.

Knowing that other magazine solicitors from Cherry’s group and/or Atlantic Circulation, Inc. had been canvassing the Clinton Township/Lebanon area on April 12, Clinton Twp. police officers contacted the State Police in Perryville and learned that state troopers had issued a summons to a Jacob Scallate of Beaufort, S.C., for peddling without a permit in the Borough of Lebanon the same day.

Here is the report on the burglary and theft charges against Cherry.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

BBB:

http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/

Business Contact & Profile

Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Atlantic Circulation

Atlantic Circulation Inc

Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road

York, PA 17402

Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998

Type of Entity: Corporation

Incorporated: 1998 in DE

Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President

Phone Number: (717) 755-3480

(570) 285-4504

Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR

PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE

Website Address:

http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com

Products & Services

This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.

Business Management

BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.

Additional Locations & Phone Numbers

2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

end DMPG Info

Source:

By Hunterdon County Democrat

nj.com

NJN Publishing

http://www.nj.com

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 3:45 PM

Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 4:49 PM

Flemington, New Jersey

 

Clinton Township, New Jersey

April 21, 2011

Alert residents help police catch burglars in Clinton Township

CLINTON TWP. -- A resident of Hidden Valley Way in the Mews development observed two suspicious men enter the home of a 20-year-old woman known to be autistic.

The resident called police at about 2:1`0 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12 and Patrolmen John Tiger and Matthew Murphy, and Sgt. Thomas DeRosa arrived at the victim’s residence a short time later.

Officers checked the residence and determined that the two men had already left.

The victim advised that the two men entered her house and offered to sell her magazines. They left but returned a short time later and asked to use the bathroom before leaving a second time.

Tiger located two men matching the suspects’ description on Plumbstead Court.

One of the two, Russell Wenger, 21, of Shelbyville, Ind., initially identified himself as Trenton Gaines, 19, although he provided a date of birth that would have made him 20 years-old.

Tiger arrested Wenger, entered him information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), and learned that he was wanted out of Indiana for violation of parole stemming from a prior burglary charge, police said.

A search incident to arrest produced a digital camera and a hand-held HD video camera. Both items were determined to be stolen from the victim’s residence.

Wenger’s companion, Troy Cherry, 19, of Charlotte, N.C., was found to be in possession of a checkbook that had also been stolen from the victim’s residence. He too was arrested.

A third man, Dequais Bradshaw, 21, of Louisville, Ky. was located and charged with solicitation without a permit. He was issued a summons and released.

The men said that they had been dropped off by a red van that has been taking magazine solicitors around the area.

State Police from the Perryville Barracks located the van on Route 22 West near Petticoat Lane but no charges were filed against the van’s occupants.

In addition, the Clinton Township Police received calls from residents of the Beaver Brook development advising that solicitors were knocking on their doors asking for cigarettes. Those subjects were also located and determined to be a part of the same group.

Wenger was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, and hindering apprehension.

Cherry was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, and conspiracy.

Bail was set at $50,000 for each. When they were unable to post the necessary bail, both men were taken to the Hunterdon County Jail.

Source:

Hunterdon Review

http://newjerseyhills.com

Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2011 1:00 am

Clinton, New Jersey

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

April 21, 2011

Magazine salespeople target south Charlotte neighborhoods

The Better Business Bureau is warning south Charlotte residents about magazine sales people who are focusing on large local neighborhoods.

Sales representatives from The Harvest Group have hit a number of south Charlotte communities, using “high-pressure tactics and emotional sales pitches” to sell magazine subscriptions that may never be fulfilled, according to the business bureau, which gave The Harvest Group an ‘F’ in their business grading. Neighborhoods targeted so far have included Willowmere, Providence Pointe and Deerfield Creek, among others.

“Some of these companies are legitimate, but other companies have generated so many complaints that the (Better Business Bureau) has labeled door-to-door magazine sales as a ‘highly-suspect’ industry,” said Tom Bartholomy, bureau president, in a press release. Door-to-door sales representatives need a privilege license to sell in the county, which these companies often do not have.

According to the bureau, two sales representatives came to the home of the group’s charity analyst Maryanne Dailey in south Charlotte on April 14, telling her The Harvest Group was a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, which she knew them not to be. So, Dailey called police.

“I knew they were lying,” Dailey said, “because national charities have to be accredited with the local (Better Business Bureau) in order to solicit money locally.”

Two days later, on April 16, a person with The Harvest Group visited the south Charlotte home of Janet Hart, unaware that Hart is the vice president of public relations and communications for the business bureau.

“… she asked me to buy magazines, (and) when I refused, she begged for money and claimed that my ‘neighbors’ were helping out.” But, after reviewing the list of individuals who the woman said had made purchases or contributions, Hart noticed none of the streets were in her subdivision.

“I said ‘I know that everything you have told me is a lie. You are not from Charlotte. You were recruited in another state and dropped off here with a van load of other people to go door-to-door selling magazines, right?’” Hart asked the woman, who answered yes before admitting she was from Cleveland, Ohio. Hart then called the police.

Hart said police in south Charlotte have received numerous calls from residents complaining about The Harvest Group individuals coming to their homes. The officer told Hart many of the sales representatives have outstanding warrants in other states.

The bureau advises people to follow these rules to avoid getting scammed by individuals like these:

• Do not open your door to strangers. Instead, say through the door that you are not interested and ask them to leave.

• Do not purchase magazines from door-to-door sales people because you will probably not receive the magazines.

• Do not give money to door-to-door solicitors unless you know you are giving to local kids for local causes.

• If you feel threatened, call 911.

• Check businesses with the bureau by visiting www.bbb.org before making a purchase.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Harvest Group

BBB Rating: F

This Business is not BBB Accredited

Harvest Group

Additional Locations(888) 476-8704

3690 Washington Dr, Frisco, TX 75034-6338

BBB file opened: 09/01/2009

Business Category

Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

Alternate Business Names

Harvest Home

end DMPG Info

Source:

Posted by CW Editor on April 21, 2011 in News

South Charlotte Weekly

http://www.thecharlotteweekly.com

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

April 20, 2011

Magazine-selling sexual offender arrested for drugs in Oak Ridge

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. — A sex offender was arrested Saturday in Oak Ridge on drug charges after police officers cited him and three other men to City Court for soliciting without a permit.

Officer Michael Swigert arrested Sean Charles Neal, 40, listed as a transient from North Carolina, for possession of Schedule II drugs (crack cocaine) and possession of Schedule VI drugs (marijuana).

Swigert had cited Neal to court for soliciting without a permit. When the officer ran a records check on him, he learned Neal was a sex offender. The officer reportedly found a crack rock and marijuana in Neal's pocket when he searched him.

Reports said the records check also revealed that Neal was wanted in at least three states, but authorities in those three states chose not to extradite him. Oak Ridge police reports don't indicate what charges the man faced in those other states.

Other Oak Ridge officers cited three more men for soliciting without a permit in connection to the magazine-selling operation.

Reports said Brian Mason Webber, 33, also listed as transient, no state listed; Maurice Allen Bronson, 24, listed as transient from North Carolina; and Marcus A. Oliver, 24, Melbourne, Fla., were all cited to City Court.

Reports said residents in two Oak Ridge neighborhoods -- Westwood around Whippoorwill Drive and in Briarcliff on Brentwood Drive -- called the Police Department Saturday afternoon and reported the men were in the neighborhoods selling magazines. One resident on Brentwood Drive told Officer Swigert that Neal was "aggressive."

Oliver told officers that a van filled with nine people had dropped them off near Whippoorwill Drive and in the Briarcliff neighborhood. He told officers that he and Bronson were dropped near Whippoorwill, but seven others were dropped off in Briarcliff.

Officers called the van driver, identified as "Troy," and told him to go back to Wisconsin Avenue and pick up Oliver and Bronson, where officers had told them to wait.

Oliver and "Troy" also had solicitation warrants from other states but authorities in those states also chose not to extradite.

Neal is being held in the Anderson County jail under a $2,000 bond. He was convicted last year in Virginia for sexual battery involving a minor.

Beverly Majors can be contacted at (865) 220-5514.

DMPG Info:

Anderson County Detention Facility

Inmate Detail Information: Sean Charles Neal

Oak Ridge Tennessee Police Department Case Number:

2011-01429

Police reports indicate that Sean Charles Neal was employed by Ultimate Unity Inc.

Ultimate Unity Inc. Website: http://www.uunity.biz

Ultimate Unity Inc. Company Information

Google Search: Ultimate Unity Inc.

Ultimate Unity Inc. is member of the National Field Selling Association

National Field Selling Association Website:

http://www.nfsa.com

Ultimate Unity Inc. clears magazine subscriptions for Mother Jones Magazine:

http://motherjones.com

Mother Jones

222 Sutter Street, Suite 600

San Francisco, CA 94108

(415) 321-1700

Mother Jones Board of Directors:

http://motherjones.com/about/board-directors

Mother Jones Magazine is an active member of the The Association of Magazine Media (formerly Magazine Publishers of America)

http://www.magazine.org

MPA

810 Seventh Avenue, 24th Floor

(between 52nd and 53rd streets)

New York, NY 10019

(212) 872-3700

mpa@magazine.org

end DMPG Info

Source:

By Beverly Majors | beverly.majors@oakridger.com

The Oak Ridger

http://www.oakridger.com

Posted Apr 20, 2011 @ 11:03 AM

Oak Ridge, Tennessee

 

Issaquah, Washington

April 20, 2011

Magazine salesmen trigger complaints

It’s a rite of spring in Sammamish – blooming flowers, ever-so-slowly rising temperatures and door-to-door salespeople looking to make a buck or two.

In early April, a particular group of those salespeople drew “no less than a dozen” complaints to Sammamish Police for their aggressive sales tactics. One of the members of the group even ended up in handcuffs after getting into a dispute with a Sammamish homeowner and police officers. In 2005, Sammamish passed a “peddlers license” ordinance in response to a number of criminals operating under the guise of a door-to-door sales operation. Police said crooked salespeople would often knock on doors just to find unoccupied homes they could burglarize.

Anyone selling a commercial product door-to-door is now required to register with the city, pay a $15 annual fee and carry valid identification.

Sammamish Police Administrative Sergeant Jessica Sullivan said residents should be reminded that just because a sales person has a license does not mean the city has vouched for that person or what they are selling.

“It’s still very much buyer beware,” she said. “It’s up to a homeowner to decide whether they’re dealing with a legitimate business or not.”

On April 5, Sammamish Police began receiving calls about a specific group of magazine salesmen who were harassing or annoying residents. They responded to a home on the 1200 block of 240th Way Southeast after the homeowner reported that a salesman was refusing to leave his property.

The suspect, who was black, told police that the homeowner was refusing to buy magazine subscriptions from him because of his race. According to police the man smelled of alcohol and repeatedly shouted profanities when asked to quiet down. Police arrested the man, who encouraged the officers to “take off their badges and guns and fight him.”

The homeowner told police he had asked the man the leave and threatened to “get his dog” if he didn’t, which prompted the salesman to tell the man he had a gun and would shoot the dog. Police searched the man but could find no weapons on the man.

Police contacted the man’s boss, who was apologetic and agreed to remove the man from the Sammamish area. A member of the same group was accused of trying the door handle of a Sammamish home, though police could not verify that this was true.

Deputy City Manager Pete Butkus said the city doesn’t have any plans to revoke the licenses of the group, though if they return the city might consider not approving licenses next year.

Sullivan emphasized that on the whole the group was acting within the limits of the law, but was warned about their aggressive sales tactics — which included crying, begging and repeated requests that the resident buy a magazine subscription.

“Their tactics were somewhat suspect but they were not doing anything illegal per se,” Sullivan said. “Peddling on its face is not an illegal activity.”

Though police don’t know the exact details of this operation, Sullivan pointed out that in many door-to-door sales operations the salespeople are recruited from poor communities around the country, put up in a hotel room, given one meal a day and forced to work almost entirely on commission. She said police around the country have documented cases where the employees were verbally abused.

“It can be a vicious cycle, because they never end up making enough to get out,” Sullivan said. “That’s why they tend to get pushy and aggressive.”

Sullivan said residents are by no means required to answer the door if a door-to-door salesman comes, but showing them that someone is home is a good idea. She said it’s perfectly acceptable to tell someone you’re not interested in what they’re selling without opening the front door.

And though door-to-door sales remains legal, Sullivan said residents shouldn’t hesitate to call police if they see a salesperson acting strange.

“If you see something suspicious by all means call us,” Sullivan said.

Written by Caleb Heeringa · Filed Under Local News

Source:

By Caleb Heeringa

Sammamish Review

http://sammamishreview.com

April 20, 2011

Issaquah, Washington

 

Manhattan, Kansas

April 20, 2011

Door-to-door magazine sales lead to arrests

Riley County police arrested five people for peddling without a license in the northeast part of town Tuesday. They were responding to a report of people selling magazine subscriptions door to door near the 2900 block of Gary Avenue, and a complaint of rude magazine salespeople near the 1800 block of College Heights.

All five suspects said they were employees of Interstate Subscription Services, a magazine subscription clearinghouse based in San Antonio. They were each charged with soliciting a business without a permit, and were released from the Riley County jail after posting bond. April Teraye Johnson, 20, of Texas, was released on $128 bond; Brittney Nicole Long, 20, of Indiana, was released on $256 bond; Michael Patrick Schwardt, 17, of New Mexico, was released on $128 bond; Anders Joseph Sorensen, 22, of South Dakota, was released on $128 bond; and Jewel Ann South, 20, of Indiana, was released on $128 bond.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Interstate Subscription Services

BBB:

This Business is not BBB Accredited

Interstate Subscription Service

Additional LocationsPhone: (210) 340-0002

Fax: (210) 340-2608

4835 Fredericksburg Rd, San Antonio, TX 78229-3627

BBB Rating: D-

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 04/01/1998

Business started: 01/20/1998

Type of Entity

Corporation

Incorporated: January 1998, TX

Contact Information

Primary Contact: Ms Cindy Tamayo (Office Manager)

Business Category

Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazine Sales

Alternate Business Names

Interstate Subscription Services, Inc.

end DMPG Info

Source:

Staff reports

The Manhattan Mercury

http://www.themercury.com

April 20, 2011 4:00 PM

Manhattan, Kansas

 

Bowling Green, Kentucky

April 19, 2011

Local Woman Scammed While Grocery Shopping

A Bowling Green woman says she was buying groceries at Walmart when she was approached by a young man saying he was selling magazines for sick children.

He took her money, and then he took off.

"He started out the conversation like 'don't think this is a cheesy come on,'" said Darby Poynter of Bowling Green.

Poynter was wary, but wanted to help and he said it was only a buck.

"I thought a dollar isn't much. I can handle that," said Poynter.

When she handed him the dollar, he changed his story.

"He wanted 28 more. I asked the guy well you said it would only be a dollar. Then it turned into a dollar an issue," said Poynter.

She gave in and before he took off, he handed her a receipt from a company called Midwest Circulation.

When she called the number on the receipt to cancel her order, the number was a fake.

"He was a really smooth talker. He really got me hooked," said Poynter.

Darby called the police and they went to Walmart to look for the man, but he was already gone.

Bowling Green police say scammers are always out this time of year.

"The solicitors that walk door to door are able to go door to door without any concern with the weather or being cold," said Officer Monica Woods of the Bowling Green Police.

It's rare for them to approach someone in a store like this.

She says she gave in because she didn't want to be rude, but police say sometimes that's called for.

"When it comes to your safety, be rude. If you don't want to talk to someone, or open the door to someone, don't do that," said Woods.

She says next time she won't be so worried about saying no.

Another victim we spoke to says people came to her door saying they were WKU students raising money so they could go on a trip to Hawaii to make a documentary.

The university says there is no such group and to not give your money to these people.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Midwest Circulation

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Midwest Circulation LLC

Phone: (816) 632-2919

Fax: (816) 632-2916

Address: 506 Northland Dr

Cameron, MO 64429-1348

Website: http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html

Original Business Start Date: August 2009

Principal: Wendy ., Customer Service

Customer Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service - (816) 632-2919

Entity: Limited Liability Company

Incorporated: November 2008, CO

Type of Business: Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Business Management

Additional company management personnel include:

Jami

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers

Additional Addresses

3330 Smalley Ter

Kansas City, MO 64129

Additional Phone Numbers

Tel: (816) 632-2917

end DMPG Info

Source:

Reporter: Hayley Harmon

Email Address: hayley.harmon@wbko.com

WBKO

http://www.wbko.com

Posted: 5:23 PM Apr 19, 2011

Updated: 1:44 PM Apr 20, 2011

Bowling Green, Kentucky

 

Charlotte, North Carolina

April 18, 2011

BBB Warns: Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Crews Invade Charlotte Neighborhoods

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Better Business Bureau today issued a warning to homeowners to watch out for door-to-door magazine sales representatives.

In the past few days, sales representatives from The Harvest Group (BBB grade F) have knocked on doors at hundreds of homes in south Charlotte – including two BBB employees - generating calls to the BBB, and complaints to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

During spring and summer months, companies send groups of young people throughout the country selling magazines door-to-door. Complaints about magazine sales groups focus on non-delivery of the magazines purchased.

“Some of these companies are legitimate,” said BBB President Tom Bartholomy, “but other companies have generated so many complaints that the BBB has labeled door-to-door magazine sales as a ‘highly-suspect’ industry.”

These crews are sent to communities to sell magazines, often without appropriate licensing. The BBB has confirmed that each door-to-door sales representative needs to have a ‘privilege license’ required for ‘peddlers’ to solicit business in the City of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County.

These young people are taught how to use high pressure tactics and emotional sales pitches. They may explain that they are working to get their lives back on track, raising money on behalf of a charity or for a school trip, or even selling subscriptions to support troops in Iraq.

“These emotion-based sales pitches are effective,” added Bartholomy, “but not usually true.”

On Thursday, April 14, two young men from Oklahoma, who were working for The Harvest Group, came to Maryanne Dailey’s south Charlotte home asking her to buy magazines or give them money. They stated that The Harvest Group was a BBB Accredited Charity.

What they didn’t know is that Dailey works as the BBB’s Charity Analyst. “I knew they were lying,” said Dailey, “because national charities have to be accredited with the local BBB in order to solicit money locally.” Dailey called the police.

On Saturday, April 16, a young woman from The Harvest Group came to Janet Hart’s southeast Charlotte home. “She said she was from Charlotte, and that The Harvest Group was helping her turn her life around,” Hart said.

“Then, she asked me to buy magazines,” Hart added, “when I refused, she begged for money and claimed that my ‘neighbors’ were helping out.” Hart reviewed the list of individuals who had allegedly made purchases or contributions. “None of the streets were in my subdivision.”

Hart, who also works for the BBB, then challenged her story as being false. “I said I know that everything you have told me is a lie. You are not from Charlotte. You were recruited in another state and dropped off here with a van load of other people to go door-to-door selling magazines, right?” The young woman said yes, and admitted that she was from Cleveland, Ohio. Hart then called the police.

On Monday, April 18, an officer with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department called the BBB to inquire about The Harvest Group. He was responding to a call about a young man from Texas who was going door-to-door in another southeast Charlotte subdivision, and who claimed that The Harvest Group was accredited by the BBB.

Ironically, Janet Hart was the BBB employee who took the call, and she confirmed that The Harvest Group is not accredited by the BBB.

“The police officer told me that they are getting dozens of calls about door-to-door magazine sales representatives from The Harvest Group,” Hart said. “He said that many of these sales representatives have outstanding warrants in other states.”

Problems with door-to-door magazine sales representatives are not new to the Charlotte area. On September 9, 2009, NBC’s Today Show featured the story of a Concord woman, Elysia Schabel – a young, stay-at-home mom who had a frightening encounter with a door-to-door magazine sales representative from Trinity Public Relations.

The sales rep was verbally abusive to Schabel, and physically threatened to hit her when she wouldn’t buy a magazine. Video of NBC’s Today Show Story on Trinity Public Relations:

The BBB offers the following advice to avoid getting scammed by door-to-door magazine sales.

Do not open your door to strangers. Instead, say through the door that you are not interested, and ask them to leave.

Do not purchase magazines from door-to-door sales people because you will probably not receive the magazines.

Do not give money to door-to-door solicitors, unless you know you are giving to local kids for local causes.

If you feel threatened by any door-to-door sales representative, call 911.

Check businesses out at www.bbb.org before making a purchase.

If you are a victim of fraudulent magazine sales or any other scam, file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau at www.bbb.org or local law enforcement.

For more information, please visit www.bbb.org or call 1-877-317-7236 toll-free in N.C. and S.C.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Harvest Group

BBB Rating: F

This Business is not BBB Accredited

Harvest Group

Additional Locations(888) 476-8704

3690 Washington Dr, Frisco, TX 75034-6338

BBB file opened: 09/01/2009

Business Category

Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

Alternate Business Names

Harvest Home

BBB:

Trinity Public Relations, Inc.

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile for Trinity Public Relations, Inc.

Name: Trinity Public Relations, Inc.

Phone: (704) 537-6075

Address: 1735 Heckle Blvd Ste 100 # 220

Rock Hill, SC 29732-4803

Website: www.trinitypublicrelations.com

Principal: Ms. Lourdes Davis, Manager

Customer Contact: Ms. Lourdes Davis, Manager - (704) 537-6075

File Open Date: October 2005

Type of Business: Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

BBB Accreditation: Trinity Public Relations, Inc. is not a BBB Accredited business.

Business Management

Additional company management personnel include:

Mr. James Davis - Owner

James Davis and Lourdes Davis, the owners of Trinity Public Relations, are the owners of Seedtime Publications.

A separate report is available for this company.

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers

Additional Addresses

4525 The Plz Ste G4

Charlotte, NC 28215-2088

218 E Bearss Ave # 414

Tampa, FL 33613-1625

4525 the Plaza Rd. Unit 1-7

Charlotte, NC 28215

Additional Fax Numbers

Fax: (704) 537-6076

end DMPG Info

Source:

Better Business Bureau, Charlotte, NC

Serving Charlotte and the Southern Piedmont region of North and South Carolina.

Media contact: Janet C. Hart, APR, CFEE (704) 927-8617 office

Mecklenburg County Consumer Fraud Task Force Scam Alerts: (704) 927-8669

Please contact us at info@charlotte.bbb.org for more information.

http://charlotte.bbb.org

April 18, 2011

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Portland, Oregon

April 15, 2011

Roving salesman, 29, gets more than 30 years in prison for violent rape of Southeast Portland woman in her home

Door-to-door magazine salesman David Samuel Washington has never admitted he burst into a Sellwood woman’s home and raped her, even though a sexual-assault exam of the victim turned up his DNA.

Although a Multnomah County Circuit judge found him guilty last month, he also didn’t show any remorse during his sentencing hearing Friday — making the judge’s decision that much easier.

Judge Karin Immergut sentenced him to 30˝ years in prison. That’s more than triple the sentence defense attorneys had argued for.

During trial last month, Immergut found that Washington, 29, showed up on the doorstep then forced his way into a woman’s home in October 2005. He dragged the woman upstairs to a more secluded area of the home and raped her. He also stuffed a glove in her mouth to muffle her screams, punched her in the stomach, slapped her in the face and choked her to the point where she blacked out. He threatened to kill the woman if she reported the incident to police.

The judge found him guilty of first-degree burglary, kidnapping and rape.

In justifying the lengthy prison sentence, Immergut found that Washington was deliberately cruel and excessively violent. She said that the woman, who spoke little English and reportedly didn’t know how to use 9-1-1, was a vulnerable victim. The judge also determined that Washington has a persistent involvement in crime, including a random gunpoint carjacking of a woman in Tennessee.

He told a psychologist that he’d had sex with more than 150 women, half of whom he couldn’t remember. He also claimed the intercourse he had with the Sellwood woman was consensual.

“Mr. Washington is a brutal sexual predator,” Immergut said.

Earlier in the hearing, prosecutor Don Rees argued for 33˝ years in prison, explaining that the community needs to be protected “by simply keeping Mr. Washington away from everyone else.”

“What happened to this victim could have happened to any homeowner in Portland who was unlucky enough to open the door,” Rees said.

Washington had asked the judge to give him another chance. He said he’d like to be a father to his children so they have good upbringings. “I would like to break the trend,” he said.

His attorneys argued that 8 1/3 years in prison was the appropriate sentence, because lawmakers have determined that should be the mandatory minimum Measure 11 sentence for first-degree rape, which by its nature is a violent crime. The other crimes the judge found Washington guilty of occurred during the same criminal episode, said attorney Lisa Ludwig.

Part of the reason the 2005 case took more than five years to bring to trial http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2010/04/dna_match_leads_to_indictment.html

is that a DNA match wasn't made until 2009. Ludwig had criticized Portland police during trial http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/03/portland_police_had_name_of_ra.html for what she described as poor detective work

while Washington was still in the Portland area, staying at a Shilo Inn with more than 50 other roving magazine salesmen. Police got a list of names and pulled photos of some of the men. But they didn’t show the victim the photos.

Police also didn’t interview the magazine salesmen to find out which ones were working the Sellwood area, and the lead detective didn’t respond to the scene the night the victim reported the crime or respond to the hospital to meet with the victim.

Source:

By Aimee Green, The Oregonian

http://www.oregonlive.com

Published: Friday, April 15, 2011, 2:54 PM

Updated: Friday, April 15, 2011, 4:12 PM

Portland, Oregon

 

Whitefield, New Hampshire

April 14, 2011

WPD warns of possible door-to-door scam

Potential scam artists Whitefield police have questioned that are

going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions

(from left to right)Daniel Ciesielski, Phillip Green and Misty Moon

April 14, 2011 WHITEFIELD — According to Whitefield police the public should be wary of three out of state individuals who are roaming the Whitefield and Berlin areas selling magazine subscriptions in a possible scam. Lancaster Police have also received similar reports.

On March 29 the WPD received a complaint of suspicious activity that Daniel Ciesielski, 23 of Pennsylvania; Phillip Green, 18 of Arkansas; and Misty Moon, 24 of Arkansas, were going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions for a Colorado company named "Lucretius Phocylides".

Upon further investigation it came to light that the three had been let into several homes in the area and obtained payments through cash, checks and credit. They reportedly used the resident's telephone to call in the credit transactions and each time the resident was informed they were not able to process the transaction.

The WPD picked up the individuals for questioning while they were walking around town and were able to identify them on the basis that "they didn't fit in, one had a trench coat and the other had piercings," said Whitefield Police Chief Bill Colborn.

Police found a list of contacts in their possession including check and credit card information from residents in Whitefield and Berlin. According to Colborn each of the three had an extensive criminal history including theft, fraud, assault, prostitution and drug possession convictions. Moon specifically had obtained driver's licenses from at least six different states at one time or another.

There have yet to be any charges brought against the three as at this time there is no evidence of fraud or theft. The credit card and personal information was given out willingly, noted Colborn and if the magazines don't show up then a case can be made.

The three are believed to be staying at the Eastgate Motel in Littleton and drive a green 1998 Dodge Durango with Colorado plates.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Lucretius Phocylides aka: Lrumar Publications LLC

BBB Rating: D+

http://www.bbb.org/southern-colorado/business-reviews/magazines-subscription-agents/lrumar-publications-in-falcon-co-87338151

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Lrumar Publications LLC

Phone: (805) 275-1576

Address: 11605 Meridian Market Vw #124-380

Falcon, CO 80831-8238

Website: www.lrumarpublications.com

www.lucretiusphocylides.com

Original Business Start Date: July 2005

Principal: Mr. David Bacon, CEO

Customer Contact: Crystal Cox, Resolution Division

Entity: Corporation

Incorporated: July 2005, DE

Type of Business: Magazines-Subscription Agents

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Additional DBA Names: Lucretius Phocylides LLC

Business Management

Additional company management personnel include:

Crystal Davis - Manager

Mike Davis - Office Manager

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers

Additional Addresses

6050 Stetson Hills Blvd #305

Colorado Springs, CO 80923-3562

end DMPG Info

Source:

WPDscam

by Jonathan Benton

jbenton@salmonpress.com

Salmon Press Newspapers

http://www.newhampshirelakesandmountains.com

April 14, 2011

Meredith, New Hampshire

 

Clinton Townshop, New Jersey

April 12, 2011

Thieves posed as solicitors, say Clinton Twp. police

CLINTON TWP. -- Two out-of-state men are in jail after allegedly stealing cameras and a check book from a township home where they had been soliciting magazine subscriptions.

Township police gave the following account.

At about 2:10 p.m. this afternoon, a resident of Hidden Valley Way in the Mews development observed two men enter the home of a 20-year-old woman known to be autistic. The resident called police who arrived at the victim’s residence a short time later but found that the two men had already left. The victim said that the two men entered her house and offered to sell her magazines. They left but returned a short time later, she said, and asked to use the bathroom before leaving a second time.

Two men matching descriptions of the suspects were then located on Plumbstead Court.

Russell Wenger, 21, of Shelbyville, Ind. initially identified himself as Trenton Gaines, 19, although he provided a date of birth that would have made him 20 years old. After he was arrested, Wenger was found to be wanted in Indiana for violating parole after a prior burglary charge. A subsequent search produced a digital camera and a hand-held HD video camera that had been stolen from the victim’s residence.

Wenger’s companion, Troy Cherry, 19, of Charlotte, N.C. was found to be in possession of a checkbook that had also been stolen from the victim’s residence. He too was arrested.

A third man, Dequais Bradshaw, 21, of Louisville, Ky., was located and charged with solicitation without a permit and released.

The men said that they had been dropped off by a red van that has been transporting magazine solicitors in the area. New Jersey State Troopers from the Perryville Barracks located the van on Route 22 west near Petticoat Lane but no charges were filed against the van’s occupants.

Township police received calls from residents of the Beaver Brook development stating that people had been knocking at their doors, asking for cigarettes. Those solicitors were later determined to be a part of the same group.

Wenger was charged with burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, conspiracy and hindering apprehension.

Cherry was charged with burglary theft, receiving stolen property and conspiracy.

The men were unable to post bail set at $50,000 each. They were brought to the county jail.

DMPG Info:

Clinton Police Reports indicate that Troy Cherry and Russel Wenger worked for Atlantic Circulation.

Russel Wenger case # 2011-009341

Troy Cherry  case # 2011-009341

End DMPG Info.

Source:

By Hunterdon County Democrat

nj.com

NJN Publishing

http://www.nj.com

Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 6:35 PM

Updated: Tuesday, April 12, 2011, 6:58 PM

Flemington, New Jersey

 

Newark, Delaware

April 11, 2011

Police: Woman selling magazines steals man's medication

A 19-year-old Virginia woman was charged after she allegedly stole prescription medication from a man whom she had solicited to buy a magazine subscription, Newark police said today. Chelsea K. Kunupp, of Wake, Va., who works for Atlantic Circulation of York, Pa., was charged with obtaining a controlled substance by theft and soliciting without a permit. She was released on $350 unsecured bond. On Saturday, Kunupp tried to sell a magazine subscription to a man who lives in the Christiana Mill Apartment Complex, and while she was talking with him, she asked to use his bathroom, said Newark police spokesman Lt. Mark Farrall. After Kunupp left, the man discovered medication missing from the bathroom. A short time later, officers found Kunupp, who did not have a permit from the city to solicit door-to-door, with the stolen medication in her possession, Farrall said.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Atlantic Circulation, Inc. BBB:

http://www.bbb.org/washington-dc-eastern-pa/business-reviews/magazines-sold-door-to-door/atlantic-circulation-inc-in-york-pa-80014692/

Business Contact & Profile

Business Name: Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Atlantic Circulation

Atlantic Circulation Inc

Business Address: 2550 Kingston Road

York, PA 17402

Original Business Start Date: 9/1/1998

Type of Entity: Corporation

Incorporated: 1998 in DE

Principal: Daniel W. Shoemaker, President

Phone Number: (717) 755-3480

(570) 285-4504

Email Address: customerservice@atlanticcirculation.com

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR

PUBLISHERS-DIRECTORY & GUIDE

Website Address:

http://www.Atlanticcirculation.com

Products & Services

This company offers data processing of subscriptions for direct sales companies.

Business Management

BBB has no information regarding Business Management at this time.

Additional Locations & Phone Numbers

2 College Avenue Mountville , PA 17554

RipOff Reports: Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Complaints Board: Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Criminal Research: Atlantic Circulation Inc.

Google Search: Atlantic Circulation Inc

end DMPG Info

Source:

Written by

The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com

9:17 AM, Apr. 11, 2011

New Castle County, Delaware

 

Newark, Delaware

April 11, 2011

Door-to-door magazine seller accused of stealing prescription medicine

Newark Police have arrested Chelsea Kunupp, 19, of Wake, Virginia on charges of stealing prescription medication from a residence while soliciting for a magazine sales company. On Saturday, April 9th, Kunupp, who sells magazines for Atlantic Circulation of York, Pa., went to the door of a resident in the Christina Mill Apartment complex in an attempt to sell the resident a magazine subscription. Kunupp asked to use the bathroom. After leaving, the victim discovered that his prescription medication was missing. Kunupp, who did not have a permit from the city, was located by police and found in possession of the victims stolen prescription medication. Kunupp was arrested for Soliciting Without a Permit and Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Theft. She was released on $350 unsecured bond. In a release announcing the arrest, police noted that the City of Newark requires a permit for any business conducting door to door sales and requires solicitors to have a copy of this permit in their possession. The Newark Police Department also noted that it discourages residents from allowing persons they don’t know into their homes and encourages residents to report all suspicious activity to the police.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Atlantic Circulation Inc.

end DMPG Info

Source:

The Newark Post

http://www.newarkpostonline.com

Published: Monday, April 11, 2011 8:44 PM CDT

Newark, Delaware

 

Gaston, North Carolina

April 8, 2011

Gaston authorities search for missing teen

William "Billy"Allen Pearson, 18,

was last seen Thursday afternoon

at his home in Dallas

William "Billy"Allen Pearson, 18, was last seen Thursday afternoon at his home in Dallas. Gaston County police are asking the public's help to find a missing teen who authorities say may be with a man who offered him a job selling magazines. William "Billy" Allen Pearson, 18, was last seen around 3 p.m. Thursday at his home in Dallas. That same day, a man named "Raymond" came to the home and offered the teen a job selling magazines, police say. Raymond is described as a white male with black hair. He is about 5 foot 11 inches tall, police said, and weighs about 140 pounds. He may be driving a brown, older model Lincoln Town Car with a vinyl top. Pearson is a white male with brown hair and blue eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs about 130 pounds. Police say the teen reportedly suffers from schizophrenia and is manic depressive. Anyone with information about Pearson's disappearance is asked to call the Gaston County Police Department at 704-866-3320.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Sales Company:

ICS aka: Independent Contractor's Service

aka: Flord Agency

Gaston County Police Department Case Number:

Case # 2011-20018

Police reports indicate that William

was working for ICS.

BBB Rating: D-

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Independent Contractor's Service

Phone: (561) 749-2060

Fax: (561) 218-8734

Address: PO Box 480309

Delray Beach, FL 33448

Website: www.inconserve.com

Principal: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez

Customer Contact: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez - (561) 749-2060

File Open Date: March 2011

Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Flord Agency

Address: PO Box 480309

Delray Beach, FL 33448

Principal: Mr. Robert Armijo

Customer Contact: Mr. Robert Armijo

File Open Date: August 2008

Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

end DMPG Info

DMPG Info:

William has been retured to his home.

End DMPG Info. 

Source:

By Meghan Cooke

macooke@charlotteobserver.com

The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotteobserver.com

Posted: Friday, Apr. 08, 2011

Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Phoenix, Arizona

April 7, 2011

Woman paid big money for magazines and says she never received them

A Valley woman thought she was helping out a good cause. Instead she says she feels she got taken for $100. Konnie McCulough says her kids have a passion for anything with two wheels and a motor. "My kids love dirt biking anything to do with it they're into." So when a young man they've never seen before walked up to Konnie's door selling magazines the family took interest because one of the magazines offered was about dirt biking. "I look back on it and he was just a very good salesman and we fell for it." Fell for it because Konnie wound up not only buying a dirt biking magazine but also a cooking magazine and the price, she says, wasn't cheap. "He gets our order, he's writing it out and we're talking and before you know it he tells me my total is $103." Konnie reluctantly paid the $103 subscription fee but that was back in January, and she says she still hasn't received one magazine for all that money. "I can't reach them on email, they have no phone number or my mail. It's a P.O. Box. I get no response." Accoring to the Better Business Bureau, door-to-door magazine sales is a common complaint they get, and the scenario is almost always the same. Felecia Thompson is a BBB spokesperson. "The kid shows up at the door and the teen or young person is at the door and they're saying if you buy this magazine you can help out my cause." The BBB says Konnie and all consumers should never feel pressured into buying magazines from young people walking door to door. "Really use your best judgment in these situations." Konnie says she wishes she used better judgment; it would have saved her $103. "You think you're doing a good thing and you really do and I am finding out more and more in society that you can't trust people. That's how I feel, you can't trust people.

Source:

by LiAna Arenas & Gary Harper

azfamily.com

KTVK-3TV

http://www.azfamily.com

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Phoenix, Arizona

April 1, 2011

New City of Phoenix ordinance prohibits unruly, illegal soliciting

PHOENIX - A new Phoenix soliciting ordinance took effect Friday that established new rules for businesses going door-to-door including a time of day restriction and an identification requirement.

The Phoenix City Council passed the ordinance March 2 in response to complaints in the area concerning unruly or illegal soliciting activity, said Brandie Ishcomer, a management assistant in the City Manager’s Office.

“Some of those complaints included solicitors who refused to leave property when asked,” Ishcomer said.

The ordinance addresses unlawful solicitation and “handbilling,” which is the process of leaving leaflets at houses.

It does so by imposing fines or jail time of up to $2,500 or six months, respectively.

Each individual violation can be fined separately, Ishcomer said, meaning an entire neighborhood improperly solicited could carry a hefty fine.

Restrictions on solicitors include a limited time window for business from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ishcomer said this practice would prohibit businesses from visiting homes when it was dark while still allowing them to work during their peak hours after 5 p.m.

The ordinance also prohibits solicitors from visiting locations that display clearly visible “no soliciting” signs and requires them to leave immediately if asked.

A group of council members, city staff and residents worked together to craft the ordinance in as fair a way as possible, Ishcomer said.

The group paid particular attention to the First Amendment rights of religious and political groups will not be violated, Ishcomer said, because the ordinance does not apply to them.

The new ordinance will not affect legitimate business’ ability to function in door-to-door work, said City Councilman Claude Mattox.

"Businesses who rely on door-to-door selling will still have access to homeowners,” Mattox said.

He added that the new, clearly defined regulations will actually protect businesses in doing their business.

Additional regulations include:

- Prohibiting solicitors of all ages must carry some form of official identification that includes a photo, date of birth and physical description and they must present it at request.

- Banning solicitors from making physical contact with any windows on a property.

- Establishing a process to track residents’ calls and complaints about solicitors for use by the Phoenix Police Department.

- Prohibiting false claims by solicitors about having a government-issued business, regulatory or tax license.

For more information, visit phoenix.gov/doortodoor

Source:

By Alex Ferri, ABC15.com

KNXV-TV, ABC15.com

http://www.abc15.com

Posted: 04/01/2011

Last Updated: 18 hours and 29 minutes ago

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Sycamore, Illinois

March 31, 2011

Door-to-door salesman pleads guilty of assaulting woman

SYCAMORE – A door-to-door salesman accused of sexually assaulting a woman in Sycamore last year was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison after reaching a plea agreement.

Patrick M. Schneider, 22 of Cameron, Mo., was arrested after a woman told police he forced his way into her home in the 900 block of East State Street in Sycamore and sexually assaulted her.

Schneider was one of about 10 people who were spread out across the county during that weekend selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, according to police.

After the woman reported the incident, which took place around 2 p.m. on a Saturday, police located Schneider in Kirkland and placed him under arrest.

He was charged with criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

On Thursday, Schneider appeared at the DeKalb County Courthouse before Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert and pleaded guilty to criminal sexual assault, which carries a minimum sentence of four years in prison.

Schneider was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Under truth-in-sentencing laws, he will be required to serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. He will be given credit for 328 days served in the DeKalb County Jail.

Schneider will also be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Source:

By BILL BRAKSICK - bbraksick@daily-chronicle.com

Daily Chronicle

http://www.daily-chronicle.com

Created: Thursday, March 31, 2011 1:53 p.m.

DeKalb, Illinois

 

Spartanburg County, South Carolina

March 31, 2011

Magazine Sales 'Cult' Members Ask To Go To Jail

Men Told Deputies They Were Tired Of Being Wet

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- Two men were arrested after deputies said they asked to go to jail.

Deputies said they were called to a home in Boiling Springs about two people who were selling magazines and begging for money.

Deputies went to the location and told Vincent Mercento,19, and Adam Bassi, 21, they needed to quit going door to door asking people to buy magazines.

Later in the day, deputies said another call came into 911 about the same people causing a problem.

Deputies said Mercento and Bassi were found cursing and saying that they just wanted to go to jail.

The responding deputy told them that if they continued to curse that they would go to jail.

Deputies said the men continued to curse and say they wanted to go to jail because they were tired of being wet and selling magazines.

The men then told the deputy that they were tired of working for the magazine company and the way the company treated them and abused them.

Mercento and Bassi said that the magazine company was like a cult.

Both the men were arrested and transported to the Spartanburg County Detention C.

Mercanto and Bassi were both given a citation for public disorderly conduct.

DMPG Info:

SPARTANBURG SC SHERIFF'S OFFICE

case #: 11031547.

Police reports indicate that Vincent Mercento and Adam Bassi

were employed by Maglife.

BBB:

Business Contact and Profile for maglife

Name: maglife

Phone: (888) 316-7679

Address: 1105 16th ave. S suite D

Nashville, TN 37212

Website: www.MagLifeOnline.com

File Open Date: March 2011

Type of Business: Magazine Sales

BBB Accreditation: maglife is not a BBB Accredited business.

Source:

WYFF 4

http://www.wyff4.com

POSTED: 1:36 pm EDT March 31, 2011

UPDATED: 6:22 pm EDT March 31, 2011

Greenville, South Carolina

 

Los Angeles, California

March 29, 2011

GERALD VIDAL: Magazine Salesman Sentenced to Life Term for San Fernando Valley Assault

VAN NUYS – A magazine salesman convicted of sexually assaulting a San Fernando Valley woman after forcing his way into her home was sentenced today to 45 years and two months to life in state prison. Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton said 25-year-old Gerald Vidal was sentenced by Van Nuys Superior Court Judge Barry Taylor, who presided over the trial that led to a jury in late February convicting the defendant of burglary, kidnapping and sexual assault. He was ordered to pay the victim restitution of $1,928. The victim spoke, but only to thank the prosecution and court for their handling of the case, Creighton added. Vidal was working with an out-of-state group of door-to-door magazine salespeople who were staying at a motel in Woodland Hills. Authorities said the defendant knocked on the door of the victim’s home in Woodland Hills on Dec. 17, 2009. She said she would buy a magazine subscription, but had to go to the bank to get money. She closed the door and a few minutes later, Vidal returned, forced his way inside, sexually assaulted the woman and ransacked the house, authorities said. He was tracked to the motel by police and arrested there. Vidal has been in custody on $4.5 million bail since he was arrested shortly after the assault.

Source:

Randy Economy. American Journalist, Political Commentator.

www.Economy4ABC.Blogspot.com From Los Angeles, California

http://economy4abc.blogspot.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Los Angeles, California

 

Chico, California

March 29, 2011

Solicitor arrested after many reports of invasive tactics

Chico State students teamed up with University Police to catch an aggressive magazine salesman last Wednesday.

Chico police were first alerted to the presence of the "pushy salesman" on March 22 when they received a call from a distressed female student, University Police Chief Eric Reichel said.

"He followed her in, and she was concerned for her safety," Reichel said. "She ended up paying for a subscription just to get him out of there."

University Police received reports of an aggressive salesman the following day whose description matched the man who harassed the student on March 22, Reichel said. In an effort to catch him, the police sent out a bulletin to every Chico State student asking for help identifying the salesperson.

"We requested information from students on campus, and man, they were wonderful," Reichel said. "Within 20 minutes, I had 15 responses."

After receiving a breaking tip from a student, the suspect was identified as David Lawrenz, a resident of Milwaukee and a sales employee of Direct Subscription Services, Reichel said.

"He was very cooperative," Reichel said. "We have enough information now to file for an arrest warrant on this individual for trespassing and soliciting without a license."

Lawrenz was working with six other salespeople also employed by Direct Subscription Services, a company operating out of Texas, Reichel said.

Lawrenz could not be reached for comment.

The Better Business Bureau has given the Texas-based company an "F" rating after its failure to respond to 91 complaints, most resulting from delivery issues.

The tactics that the salespeople used were rapid speech and dogged persistence, said Adam Wilson, a Chico State senior who was solicited by a female magazine salesperson before spring break.

"I had no idea what she was talking about until it was too late," Wilson said. "I invited her in because we were just standing there."

Inviting a salesperson into a residence is a big mistake, said Sgt. Rob Merrifield of the Chico Police Department.

"Never let somebody you don't know into your home," Merrifield said.

If convicted of misdemeanor charges, Lawrenz could face a hefty fine, mandatory community service or up to a year of jailtime.

As for Reichel, he's satisfied by the teamwork that students and police accomplished to find the fast-talking salesman.

"Without the students' help," he said, "we wouldn't have gotten this guy."

Ben Mullin can be contacted at

bmullin@theorion.com

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Direct Subscription Services, Inc.

Website: http://www.dssinconline.com

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Direct Subscription Services, Inc.

Phone: (940) 686-9436

Fax: (940) 686-0121

Address: PO Box 1949

Pilot Point, TX 76258

File Open Date: July 2005

Type of Business: Magazines - Subscription Agents

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Additional DBA Names: Direct Subscripition Service

The BBB has requested basic information from this company but has not received a response.

As a result, the BBB may not have current information about the company

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers

Additional Addresses

1836 Harpole Rd

Tioga, TX 76271

1017 N. Highway 377 Ste. 200

Pilot Point, TX 76258

Additional Phone Numbers

Tel: (940) 437-5603

-------------------

See:

Allstar Promotions:

1017 N Hwy 377 Suite 100 Pilot Point, TX 76258

Ph: 940-686-9196

Fax: 940-686-0121

-------------------

BBB:

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Allstar Promotions, Inc.

Phone: (940) 686-9196

Address: 1017 N. Highway 377

Suite 100

Pilot Point, TX 76258

Original Business Start Date: October 1995

Principal: Mr. Russell Wood, President

Customer Contact: Ms. Jennifer Ware, Office Manager

Type of Business: Magazine Sales

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers

Additional Phone Numbers

Tel: (817) 686-9196

Tel: (205) 663-1397

Tel: (940) 686-3330

Tel: (888) 826-5809

Out of Business

According to information in the BBB files, it appears that the company

is no longer in business. The phone numbers the BBB had for this company

are disconnected, and directory assistance does not have a listing for

this company. The BBB's mail to this company has been returned as undeliverable.

If you have an unresolved dispute with this company you may wish to seek legal advice.

end DMPG Info

Source:

Ben Mullin The Orion

The Orion CSU

http://theorion.com

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 5:40 pm

Chico, California

 

Wichita Falls, Texas

March 29, 2011

BBB warns Wichita Falls consumers of door-to-door scam

The Better Business Bureau of North Central Texas Tuesday morning warned Wichitans of a door-to-door scam involving magazine subscription sales.

“The Better Business Bureau is warning the public of scammers going door to door posing as magazine subscription salesmen and using charity as a hook,” Wichita Falls BBB president Monica Horton said.

The company is called Midwest Circulation LLC, located in Cameron, Mo.

Horton said her office has received calls that “indicate that a girl is going door to door and saying that she is raising money for Christ Academy and that her father is a local police officer.”

“The BBB has confirmed with Christ Academy that she is not acting on their behalf and this company does not have the required solicitation permit to go door to door with the City of Wichita Falls City Clerk’s Office,” Horton said. “This company is here, but the sales pitch is changing. We have heard the proceeds will be benefiting a school in Amarillo and also Wichita Christian School.”

Horton said 83 complaints have been filed nationwide of people getting ripped off by sales representatives that take their money — but don’t deliver.

“The sales pitch usually involves an attempt to guilt-trip the consumer by saying proceeds soldiers, charities or schools,” Horton explained.

She continued, “Generally, the salesmen use high pressure or misleading sales tactics to persuade consumers to hand over cash or personal checks, claiming that the magazine subscription will begin delivery soon. However, the magazines never arrive, and it is only weeks (or months) later that the victims realize they have been swindled by a magazine sales fraud scheme. If someone comes to your door and cannot provide you with a current solicitation permit, call the police.”

The telephone number for the Wichita Falls BBB office is 940-691-1172.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Midwest Circulation LLC

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Midwest Circulation LLC

Phone: (816) 632-2919

Fax: (816) 632-2916

Address: 506 Northland Dr

Cameron, MO 64429-1348

Website: http://www.midwestcirculationllc.com/default.html

Original Business Start Date: August 2009

Principal: Wendy ., Customer Service

Customer Contact: Wendy ., Customer Service - (816) 632-2919

Entity: Limited Liability Company

Incorporated: November 2008, CO

Type of Business: Magazines - Subscription Agents, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Business Management

Additional company management personnel include:

Jami

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers

Additional Addresses

3330 Smalley Ter

Kansas City, MO 64129

Additional Phone Numbers

Tel: (816) 632-2917

end DMPG Info

Source:

Times Record News

http://www.timesrecordnews.com

Posted March 29, 2011 at 11:30 a.m.

Wichita Falls, Texas

 

Alexandria, Kentucky

March 28, 2011

Alexandria wants better registration for solicitors

Acting on complaints of over-aggressive solicitors stopping people in shopping center parking lots, Alexandria council’s safety committee discussed ways the city can respond at a Thursday, March 24 meeting.

In December a group of people were in the Alexandria Village Green Shopping Center parking lot from a 501c3 stopping people for a political cause, said Barbara Weber, council member and safety committee chair.

“Basically, they were begging for money, and they weren’t threatening anybody, but they were in your face,” Weber said.

Weber said her primary concern that an elderly person might feel especially threatened and give money when they might not have otherwise.

Political and religious groups are both exempted from the city’s solicitation registration laws because of free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution, said Mike Ward, chief of police, in response to Weber’s concerns.

“They don’t have to pay any attention to our no knock ordinance,” Ward said.

Ward said political groups have in the past voluntarily registered with the city, and to his knowledge the group in December wasn’t asking for donations, but did say they were accepting donations if people offered.

The city has received calls from people who have felt threatened by solicitors either going door-to-door or in parking lots because of an over-aggressive salesperson’s techniques, he said.

Through the city’s no knock ordinance, people can ask that any non-religious or political group not come to a person’s door, Ward said. People can get on the list by calling the city, he said. The city has a list of doors not to knock on it can give to people who go around soliciting, like the college-age individuals who annually come around selling cleaning supplies each summer, Ward said.

In shopping centers, business owners have a right not to allow solicitation in their business, he said.

“But the parking lot is considered public access,” Ward said.

People also have the option at home of not answering their door, and waiting for a solicitor to go away rather than answering the door, he said.

Ward said solicitors besides religious and political groups are required to obtain a permit from the city. Officers have before, and will in the future, ask solicitors without a permit to not come back until they get one, and sometimes they leave town and don’t come back, he said.

“There’s nothing that prevents the city for asking them to alert the city to their presence and apply for a permit,” Ward said.

To add your house to the city’s no knock list for solicitors call the city building at 859-635-4125.

Posted in: News

Tags: Alexandria

Source:

By Chris Mayhew • cmayhew@nky.com

The Enquirer/Cincinnati.Com

http://cincinnati.com

12:04 am, Mar 28, 2011 | Written by cmayhew

Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Dacula, Georiga

March 26, 2011

Police & Fire

Man Arrested for Solicitation in Hamilton Mill

Suspect allegedly tells officer he understands “why people want to shoot cops.”

A Virginia man was arrested on March 15 after attempting to sell magazines in Hamilton Mill without a solicitation permit.

Police located Anthony Day, 15 River Reach Close, Portsmouth, Va., in the area of Hamilton Mill Parkway and Vista Creek Drive. An officer had been dispatched to the location in response to a complaint of a male going door to door in the area.

According to the arrest report, Day became very argumentative when asked if he lived in the neighborhood. When Day admitted he did not live nearby, the officer asked if he was in the neighborhood to sell magazines. Day reportedly replied “Maybe.”

Day was unable to produce any identification, but admitted he had a suspended Virginia license. A criminal database check revealed Day had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on a prostitution charge. When confronted with that information, Day advised he was aware of the warrant but knew the arresting agency would not extradite. When the officer checked the warrant, the arresting agency confirmed they would not extradite on the charge.

The officer described Day’s behavior as “evasive and rude” throughout the encounter. Day allegedly cursed loudly at times and insisted it was his company’s fault he did not have a solicitation permit.

Day was placed under arrest and charged with soliciting without a permit. The officer also placed an identification hold on Day due to his lack of identification.

Another officer transported Day to the Gwinnett County Detention Center and later advised the arresting officer that while enroute to the jail, Day said, “I now know why people want to shoot cops.”

Source:

DaculaPatch

http://dacula.patch.com

March 26, 2011

Dacula, Georiga

 

GREENE TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania

March 25, 2011

Police log: THEFT

GREENE TOWNSHIP

THEFT: Pennsylvania State Police in Chambersburg are looking for a white male in his 20s after a report of theft on Friday between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Village Park Way, Greene Township. The person had dark hair and was approximately 6-feet, 200 pounds. He was wearing a Pittsburgh Steelers jacket and hat, police said. Police are trying to contact the individual to determine if his solicitation was legal or not. The man was selling magazines that would be sent to children's hospitals around the world. The man, in return, would get money for college, police said. The man states he was starting at Penn State York next year to study nursing, police said. Anyone with information, can contact police (264-5161).

(Incident No. H03-2015766)

Source:

Public Opinion Online

http://www.publicopiniononline.com

03/25/11

Chamberger, Pennsylvania

 

Seattle, Washington

March 24, 2011

Magazines used as cover for Oak Harbor burglaries, charges say

Two door-to-door magazine salesmen accused of burglarizing an Oak Harbor home Feb. 22 are facing charges in Island County Superior Court. Prosecutors charged 19-year-old Ricky Miller, a transient, on Feb 25 with residential burglary, first-degree trespass, third-degree theft and possession of marijuana. He pleaded not guilty March 7 and is being held on $15,000 bail. Miller's co-defendant, 20-year-old Derrik Moss of Ohio, was charged with residential burglary and possession of marijuana. He was released after posting bail. Detective Sgt. Teri Gardner with the Oak Harbor Police Department said it was an unusual case because an officer actually witnessed the alleged burglars in the act. According to a report by Detective Mike Bailey, a NE Seventh Avenue resident called police after seeing two men at the back door of a neighbor's home while the neighbor was gone. One of the officers responding to the call saw the two men running out of the back door and arrested Moss, while Miller ran away, the report states. An officer later found Miller hiding inside a garden shed in the backyard of a NE Eighth Avenue home, Bailey wrote. According to court documents, Miller and Moss worked for a company that travels by bus across the country and sell magazines door to door.

Source:

By JESSIE STENSLAND

WHIDBEY NEWS TIMES

seattle pi

http://www.seattlepi.com

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Last updated 9:31 a.m. PT

Seattle, Washington

 

Wilmington, North Carolina

March 22, 2011

Man tries to kidnap teen in Myrtle Grove area

A man attempted to kidnap an 18-year-old woman selling magazines in the Myrtle Grove area Monday morning, a report from the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says. The woman was going door-to-door in a neighborhood near Myrtle Grove Road and Grove Point Road when a silver pickup truck pulled up beside her. The driver asked her if she needed a ride. When she said no, the man reached through his open window, grabbed the female by the hair and assaulted her. The woman got away from the assailant, who fled the area going south on Myrtle Grove Road. The man is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with light brown hair in a buzz cut and a short, scruffy beard that runs from ear to ear. He was wearing blue jeans and a white dingy short sleeve t-shirt. Anyone who may have seen the truck in the area, or who may have any information is encouraged to call the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 798-4161.

Source:

by StarNews Editors

StarNews ONLINE

http://yellowtape.blogs.starnewsonline.com

March 22nd, 2011 06:41am

Wilmington, North carolina

 

Gainesville, Florida

March 21, 2011

Deputies: Aggressive magazine salesman picks wrong customer

A man selling magazine subscriptions door to door apparently picked the wrong person to get pushy with — an off-duty federal officer.

The sales call ended with the salesman being held at gunpoint by his intended customer.

Peter Trees, 26, of New Mexico, was charged with battery and burglary with battery when he was arrested Friday by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Todd Kelly said Trees was knocking on doors and trying to sell magazines in southwest Gainesville when he arrived at Miguel A. Roman's home.

Roman, an off-duty federal law enforcement officer, told deputies he did not want to buy any of the books or magazines Trees was selling and asked Trees to leave his property.

Instead, Kelly said, Trees hit Roman in the face, leaving him bleeding from the bridge of his nose and near his left eye. Roman said he went into his house, and when Trees followed him in an aggressive manner, he thought the attack was going to continue so he pulled a gun on Trees.

Deputy Michael Trent said Roman held Trees at gunpoint until deputies arrived to arrest Trees and take him to the Alachua County jail.

Kelly said the incident at Roman's house was the second complaint deputies received Friday about Trees. In the earlier case, Trees apparently left someone else's property after getting into an argument with that person.

DMPG Info Clip:

Google Search: Peter Trees

Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Case # 11-2604

Police reports indicate that Peter Tress was working for ICS aka: Independent Contractor Service aka: Flord Agency.

Checks being made out to Independent Contractor Service

BBB

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Independent Contractor's Service

Phone: (561) 749-2060

Fax: (561) 218-8734

Address: PO Box 480309

Delray Beach, FL 33448

Website: www.inconserve.com

Principal: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez

Customer Contact: Ms. Darcy Rodriguez - (561) 749-2060

File Open Date: March 2011

Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling, Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

BBB Report

BBB

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Flord Agency

Address: PO Box 480309

Delray Beach, FL 33448

Principal: Mr. Robert Armijo

Customer Contact: Mr. Robert Armijo

File Open Date: August 2008

Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

BBB Report

BBB

Business Contact and Profile.

Name: FloRd Agency.

Phone: (561) 558-1170.

Address: P.O. Box 480309.

Delray Beach, FL 33448.

File Open Date: March 2011.

Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Direct Selling.

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business..

BBB Report

Source:

By Karen Voyles

Staff writer

The Gainesville Sun

http://www.gainesville.com

Published: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.

Last Modified: Monday, March 21, 2011 at 8:07 p.m.

Gainesville, Florida

 

Asheville, North Carolina

March 18, 2011

Magazine sting: Police arrest sales workers in Asheville area

ASHEVILLE — Employees of a door-to-door magazine sales company that has generated complaints to the Better Business Bureau were arrested by police on multiple charges.

In a special operation, police arrested nine employees of Someday Sales in Arden on Thursday on charges of conducting business without a permit. One of the employees was also charged with breaking and entering, second-degree trespassing and communicating threats. Another was a convicted sex offender, and police leveled charges related to a sex offender using a social networking site.

Police Lt. Wally Welch said it is not unusual for a group of young people working for door-to-door magazine companies to come into town and cause trouble. “The kids they hire are coming from all over the nation,” he said. “They get whoever they get, and a good background check isn't done.” “They come in and saturate an area, and a couple of days later they split and go into the next town. We've seen spikes in crime when they've been around.” Welch said police were first tipped off to potential problems with the group of salespeople earlier this week when they started getting complaints of motor vehicles being broken into in the Parkway Forest and Oteen Park areas in East Asheville.

Welch said close to 15 cars were broken into in the area and police received reports of stolen electronics. On Wednesday, a resident on Oteen Church Road reported that a person acting suspiciously had entered her home without permission. Police arrested Henry William Honis Meyer, of New York, on charges of conducting business without a permit, breaking and entering, second-degree trespassing and communicating threats. He is being held on a $1,500 bond. Meyer told police he was working for Someday Sales. The next day, Asheville detectives set up and watched for the magazine sales groups to begin their daily activities and followed the salespeople working door to door.

Others arrested

Eight people were arrested for violating a city ordinance that prohibits conducting business without a permit. Among those arrested were Tyler James Tyree, 19, of Asheville; Justin Rudolph Cowart, 24, of Asheville; Timothy Kene Orr, 19, of Asheville; Kevin Joe Garrett, of Asheville; Natasha Amber Gurule, 20, of New Mexico; Danielle Hatfield, 19, of Michigan; and Matthew James Dabling, 24, of Arden, who was also charged with driving with a revoked license. They are being held on $5,000 bond. Hatfield was being held on $7,000 bond. (Page 2 of 2)

Eugene Abram Goebel, also of New York, also faces charges associated with a sex offender using a social networking site. He is being held on $20,000 bond. Detectives searched motel rooms that were used by the group, but none of the electronics reported stolen were found. Many people whose cars were broken into had reported only change stolen from their unlocked vehicles, making it difficult to charge the salesman.

“There probably were a few more that kind of slipped away, but we think we got the majority of them at least,” Welch said. Detectives contacted the owner of Someday Sales, David Fussell, who said he sold the business to one of the people arrested. Someday Sales has numerous complaints filed against it with the Better Business Bureau. The complaints included claims salespeople were intimidating and ordered magazines never arrived. The company received an F grade from the group, meaning the Better Business Bureau questions the company's reliability for failing to respond to complaints; its advertising is misleading, it is not in compliance with the law's licensing or registration requirements; its complaints contain especially serious allegations; or the company's industry is known for its fraudulent business practices.

The phone number listed for Someday Sales had been disconnected on Friday.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Some Day Sales, Inc.

BBB Rating: F

Company Profile

Some Day Sales, Inc.

Address: Post Office Box 574

Arden, NC 28704

Tel: (770) 851-2753

Fax:

Web Site:

Contact: David Fussell - owner

Business Start Date: N/A

Company ID: 92004222

Nature of Business:

The nature of this business is Magazines Retail By Direct Selling.

Also See:

Veritas Communications, Inc.

http://www.bbb.org/atlanta/business-reviews/magazine-sales/veritas-communications-in-woodstock-ga-27271938

Southern Circulation, Inc.

http://www.bbb.org/northern-alabama/business-reviews/magazine-sales/southern-circulation-in-huntsville-al-900011331

end DMPG Info

Source:

Written by

Nanci Bompey

Asheville Citizen-Times

http://www.citizen-times.com

9:34 PM, Mar. 18, 2011

Asheville, North Carolina

 

Tomball, Texas

March 15, 2011

Tomball to toughen ordinance against solicitors, door-to-door sales

Tomball City Council has approved the first reading of a city ordinance targeting solicitors and peddlers, which could lead to fines for those caught selling door-to-door without a permit.

"This came up because of community complaints," said Tomball Police Chief Robert Hauck. "I'd love to say that we in the police department thought of it and drove it, but we didn't."

Hauck said the community has a right to be concerned about large groups of people in their subdivisions or neighborhoods, because as is often the case, they may not always be nice people.

"These are groups of people who, historically do not live in our area, that come in waves," he said. "What we have found is that they have records for burglary and criminal rap sheets."

Hauck agreed a tougher ordinance was needed to keep unwanted criminals away and to help law enforcement do their jobs effectively.

"We are in no way looking to stop commerce in the city of Tomball or keep people from providing services or enhancing our community," Hauck said. "We have groups who have proven tactics, that have shown that they come into cities to prey on people and not provide the service, oftentimes they say they are going to provide, or to basically case the joint."

Hauck said if solicitors or peddlers are persistent, will not leave or make residents fearful, the best thing to do is call the police.

"That's what we are here for," Hauck said.

City Secretary Doris Speer said the city had received calls reporting "a van load of individuals" selling door-to-door. They stayed in that subdivision for a long time, she said, and residents were concerned.

Councilman Mark Stoll wondered if the city could find itself in legal hot water from some of those companies by passing such a tough ordinance.

"Can we limit a business on the number of people they bring into a community?" Stoll asked.

City attorney Scott Bounds said the purpose of limiting the number of door-to-door vendors or sales people was done as a protective measure to the public, but that it was a Catch-22, of sorts.

Bounds said in some cases, peddlers and street vendors were believed to have been responsible for thefts.

Bounds did agree with Stoll that there may be some challenges to the tougher ordinance, especially since peddlers and solicitors are protected under the First Amendment.

"In a particular set of circumstances, you may have to look at the way an ordinance is applied and consider whether that provision is enforceable," Bounds said.

The Supreme Court, Bounds said, has already ruled that the public has adequate protection from solicitors and can thwart the unwanted visitors by simply posting a sign on their property that says, "No Soliciting."

"That is the safest course of action to take, in regard to the First Amendment," Bounds said.

Source:

by BRYAN KIRK,

CHRONICLE CORRESPONDENT

UltimateTomball.com

http://ultimatetomball.com

Published by Chron.com and the Houston Chronicle

published March 15, 2011 6:38 pm

Tomball, Texas

 

Phoenix, Arizona

March 12, 2011

Phoenix City Council cracks down on door-to-door solicitors

Phoenix has set firmer rules for door-to-door salesmen that will take place in April.

Salesmen will not be allowed to knock on doors from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 30 and from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. Oct. 1 through March 31. All solicitors must also carry government-issued identification and show it when requested. Solicitors 16 years olds and younger must carry a school ID with a photo.

Misconduct such as peaking through windows, not honoring "no soliciting" signs and not leaving when asked will also be cracked down on.

The new city ordinance will create a process to track resident calls and complaints regarding door-to-door solicitors in order to help identify the scope of the problem, a statement from city government said.

"Since I have returned to the Phoenix City Council, many residents have voiced strong concerns about door-to-door solicitors in our neighborhoods," said a statement from City Councilman Sal DiCiccio of Ahwatukee Foothills. "For me this is a public safety issue that must be addressed. Citizens have complained there may be a link between door-to-door solicitors and crime in their neighborhoods. Many people approaching our homes are not like the sales people of years past."

The ordinances passed unanimously in the City Council.

The city established a group of residents from each of the eight council districts and some city staff to come up with the changes. The group, headed by council members Claude Mattox and Tim Simplot, spent nine months working together and holding meetings for public comment. At the end of the nine months the group took its recommendations to the City Council and all of their input was included in the final ordinance.

"This ordinance was created to not only protect residents from illegal solicitors, but to also protect legitimate businesses," Mattox said. "Businesses who rely on door-to-door selling will still have access to homeowners, but the new rules are clearly defined to protect them as well."

For more information on the ordinance, visit phoenix.gov/doortodoor or send an e-mail to doortodoor@phoenix.gov.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com

Source:

By Allison Hurtado

Ahwatukee Foothills News

http://www.ahwatukee.com

Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2011 10:00 am | Updated: 6:12 pm, Fri Mar 11, 2011.

Phoenix, Arizona

 

Sunnyvale, California

March 11, 2011

Dynasty211.com Complaints - SCAM ARTISTS

Sunnyvale, CA - a college-aged looking guy with the self-proclaimed name "Joseph Robbins" ("like Tim Robbins" he said) knocked on our apt. door a little after 5pm. He was Caucasian, blue eyes, about 5'8" or 5'9", medium build but very fit. He started singing a siren song to my bf, who had answered the door, weaving a tale about selling magazines as a contest for school. He said that the magazines would go to the troops overseas and that if he won the contest he'd get to go to Italy. If we bought something, he'd leave a sticker on our door to tell the other people not bother us about it, and we'd have to leave the sticker on for several months. He also said that he wanted to get into the military too, and that it was a good cause. I guess that's their thing - they're saying that you will never see the magazines because they're going to the troops, and they're trying to prey on your sympathies to kids going to school and the plight of our brothers and sisters in arms.

It was the strangest thing. He invited himself into our home by asking if he could use our table, and then stepped inside before we answered. He then proceeded to fill out forms, asking us for our names, pleading with us saying "can I put your name down? Because I'll get points for it." Anything he got from us equaled points for him, and any mistakes, he said, would "cost [him] points." He had a little pack with carbon receipts and laminated cards with magazine names on each side, indicating the number of "points" he'd earn by selling. Different magazines had different point values. He bombarded us with questions about ourselves and our professions - apparently, he'd earn points for putting down what we did for a living, who we worked for, what our favorite colors were, how long we've been working. My BS alarms were going off all over the place, but I wanted to see what happened next, especially because it was fascinating that my BF was just giving him all of this info willy-nilly. I mean - REALLY? I'm pretty sure they're trawling for information which can be used for credit applications or identity theft.

So during the spiel, "Joseph Robbins" also offered tidbits about himself - grew up in the south (but he had a strong So. CAL accent and when I asked him about that he said he also lived in Fullerton, even providing a fake ID card); he could speak one or two lines from different languages; he'd been all over the USA. In one of the places he visited, he dated a Mormon girl. He also said that he'd won top seller 3 times, so I asked him where he'd been (thinking maybe I was wrong and he had gone on an international trip) - but he replied with locations from all over the US: Kentucky, California, Mississippi, the like. He said that when he was down in So. CAL, Jay Leno bought magazines from him, and proceeded to describe the interaction. He was excited by the JL story, and told it to us at three times during the conversation - only first it was at a cafe, then it was his house, then it was the cafe next to the house.

Trying to ease us into getting comfortable with agreeing to give him money, he asked us to choose two magazines early on. Then later, at the end of the conversation, he took out a price list - magazines were listed at about 400-600% of their value, so a normally $10/yr mag. was $48-$68, PLUS there was a $15 "service fee" on top of that on the form. The name of the company on the carbon forms was "Dynasty Technology 211" and the website was "dynasty211.com". When I asked him what the website was again, so I could look it up, he asked to use our telephone because he forgot, and tried to get further into our apt. I reminded him it was on the form. While Googling the company, he said that he wasn't afraid because people do that all the time, and reminded me that he had won top salesperson 3 times already. Looking at my search results, I noted all the complaints about this scam, and asked him to leave. He got scared fast, "voided" our forms and left our place. After he left I also went a step further and looked up the website origins. Today, the "Joseph" visited, is March 10, 2011. The website was registered on January 8, 2011. They've only had that URL or 2 months (and the website really sucks). You can see for yourself here: http://www-whois.internic.net/cgi/whois?whois_nic=dynasty211.com&type=domain

This "magazine for the troops" at 600% the cost without you ever seeing the magazines or getting confirmation of it is such a SCAM. Please avoid it! They probably have a website to allay the fears of their marks, but probably also change it (their name) to avoid getting caught. I noticed that the number referenced in another complaint has the employee number 211 - that is now the same number in the website URL. It obviously means something to them. They're probably con artist kids on the way to becoming full fledged con artist adults. And please, avoid the trawling technique of conversational info-gathering for fraud purposes. Asking colors, birthdays, dates of employment - these things can be used to reset passwords on bank accounts, credit card accounts, email addresses, etc. If someone somehow got your SS# and had this info, they could get your credit report with all your credit card info and previous addresses and employers on them as well. They could guess passwords with favorite colors and birthdays and family names and such. Don't give it to them! Don't give them anything! AVOID! AVOID!

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Dynasty Technologies 211

end DMPG Info

March 11, 2011

Dynasty211.com Complaints - SCAM ARTISTS

Review all Dynasty211.com complaints

Dynasty211.com

Posted: 2011-03-11 by SOLSister

SCAM ARTISTS

Complaint Rating:

Company information:

Dynasty Technologies 211

Sunnyvale, California

United States

dynasty211.com

End DMPG Info.

Source:

by SOLSister

Complaints Board

http://www.complaintsboard.com

 

Clarksville, Tennessee

March 10, 2011

Salesman pleads guilty to sexual battery

Must register as a sex offender

A magazine salesman accused of forcing a woman to touch him inappropriately while trying to sell her magazines pleaded guilty and will now have to register as a sex offender. Today in Judge John H. Gasawy’s court, Clayton William Marth, 25, entered a guilty plea to sexual battery. According to his defense attorney Assistant Public Defender, Charles Bloodworth and previous records, in August 2010, Marth went to a Jack Miller Boulevard home and spoke to a woman about buying magazines. He complimented the woman's physical appearance and then make lewd comments. Marth took the woman’s hand and placed it on his genital, Bloodworth said. He admitted to police he “rubbed up against” the woman. Marth will serve a two year sentence on probation and will have to register as a sex offender, attend sex offender treatment and counseling.

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TAVIA D. GREEN

The Leaf-Chronicle

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http://www.theleafchronicle.com

4:11 PM, Mar. 10, 2011

Clarksville, Tennessee

 

Portland, Oregon

March 10, 2011

Salesman Found Guilty In 2005 Rape

David Washington Burst Into Sellwood Woman's Apartment

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A former door-to-door magazine subscription salesman will be sentenced on rape, kidnapping and burglary charges in April after being found guilty in Multnomah County. A judge issued the verdict in David Washington's case Thursday afternoon. In October 2005, Washington forced his way into a woman’s apartment on Bidwell Street in Sellwood and sexually assaulted her, detectives say. Washington eluded arrest until 2009, when DNA evidence led detectives to Memphis, Tenn. That’s where Washington was serving a prison sentence for another crime.

Previous Stories:

•March 7, 2011: Trial Starts Today In 2005 Sellwood Rape Case

•April 19, 2010: Door-To-Door Salesman Accused Of 2005 Rape

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Fox 12 Oregon

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POSTED: 5:27 pm PST March 10, 2011

UPDATED: 6:39 pm PST March 10, 2011

Portland, Oregon

 

Portland, Oregon

March 10, 2011

Portland police had a list of names -- including the rapist's -- two days after attack

Perhaps the most startling development in the trial of a roving magazine salesman accused of raping a Sellwood woman in her home was not that a judge found him guilty Thursday.

It was that Portland police had the name of David Samuel Washington and more than 50 other magazine salesmen within two days of the October 2005 rape, yet they failed to interview him or any of the salesmen who were staying at two Portland area hotels. Many of the traveling salesmen had criminal histories, including violent crimes such as sexual assault, battery, burglary and robbery.

During Washington's three-day trial in Multnomah County Circuit Court this week, defense attorney Lisa Ludwig criticized lead Detective Elizabeth Cruthers' investigation -- which Ludwig said delayed the case until a DNA match was made in 2009.

Within two days after the attack, police went to the two Shilo Inns where about 60 magazine salesmen were staying as they worked the Portland area. Police got the salesmen's names and pulled photos of those with criminal histories. But the victim never saw those photos. Police decided none matched the composite sketch made of the rapist.

That's why Cruthers said she didn't show the victim any of the photos. She also didn't show the photos to the victim's neighbor, who had spoken to the salesman shortly before the attack. The neighbor died in 2010.

When Cruthers was asked why she didn't go to the crime scene after receiving a 2 a.m. phone call, Cruthers said she didn't need to because there was no suspect.

Ludwig characterized the investigation as "incomplete," criticized the detective for chewing gum throughout her testimony and said the long delay in prosecuting Washington hindered his ability to mount a thorough defense.

"I don't think my client should have to wait five years to be prosecuted," Ludwig said.

Ludwig and defense attorney Graham Fisher had asked the judge to dismiss the case because they believed Washington's constitutional rights to a speedy trial and due process were violated. The judge declined, saying the delay wasn't unreasonable and didn't have a negative effect on the attorneys' ability to defend their client.

Cruthers transferred out of the sexual-assault detail shortly after the Sellwood rape and is now a detective with the fraud unit. In 2005 and 2007, the city auditor's office told the Portland Police Bureau that it was far behind other cities in solving sex crimes. Among the auditor's criticisms were sloppy documentation and detectives who failed to pursue suspects.

Lt. Kelli Sheffer, a police spokeswoman, said she couldn't speak to the audits. But she praised the sexual-assault detail, including its "phenomenal" work in combating human trafficking. Sheffer said she's not surprised by the defense's criticisms.

"That's their job -- to find a weakness to exploit to get their client off," Sheffer said.

Prosecutor Don Rees pointed to the uncontested evidence against Washington, in arguing the case: Washington's DNA matched DNA taken during a sexual-assault exam of the victim. The defendant also admitted to being in Oregon around the time of the rape.

The defense called no witnesses.

Rees said Washington found the woman an ideal victim because she lacks a formal education and speaks little English.

"She is, for some, the perfect victim for rape," Rees said. And Washington held "the perfect job for a rapist" because he could scope out his next target under the guise of selling magazines, Rees said.

The victim said through a translator that Washington had come to her door in the 1600 block of Southeast Bidwell Street well-dressed in a suit and tie. When she tried to shut her door, she said, the 24-year-old forced his way inside, stuffed a glove into her mouth to quiet her screams, choked her, dragged her upstairs and raped her. He also punched her in the stomach and slapped her face, leaving her covered in blood.

Before he left, he told her not to call police, she said. Her husband called police when he arrived home about six hours later.

The case went cold until 2009, after Washington was taken into custody in Tennessee on unrelated assault charges and a sample of his DNA was taken.

Judge Karin Immergut found Washington guilty of first-degree burglary, rape and kidnapping but not guilty of attempted aggravated murder for allegedly trying to kill the victim by strangulation.

Washington is scheduled to be sentenced next month. The prosecutor described Washington's criminal history as extensive and plans to ask that he be deemed a "dangerous offender." That would allow the judge to sentence him to 30 years. The minimum sentence he faces is 8 1/3 years in prison.

-- Aimee Green

Related topics: portland police, sellwood rape

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By Aimee Green, The Oregoniann

http://www.oregonlive.comn

Published: Thursday, March 10, 2011, 8:23 PM

Updated: Friday, March 11, 2011, 6:47 AM

Portland, Oregon

 

Salinas, California

March 10, 2011

Salinas police see rise in fraudulent door-to-door salespeople

Salinas police issued a warning to local residents Wednesday, saying that men posing as door-to-door salesmen are actually burglars "casing" residences. Salinas Police spokesman Officer Lalo Villegas said that there have been at least six recent incidents where officers responded to calls reporting people posing as salespersons for Kirby vacuum cleaners. It appears that these would-be sales people are casing residences with intentions to later burglarize them, Villegas said. In one instance, he said, the "salesman" walked into the home uninvited before the resident managed to push the person out. In another, Villegas said, the homeowner told police that several things were taken from the home after they were given a vacuum cleaner demonstration. Villegas said that while on a recent patrol, he personally stopped and interviewed one of the alleged vacuum salesmen. He later found out that the man was a wanted parolee and took him into custody. Villegas cautioned, however, that not all door-to-door salespeople are fake. "If they look suspicious, they probably are," Villegas said. "We want to make people aware that they definitely have the right to tell these [false salespersons] to leave their property."

SAFETY TIPS

Salinas police recommend individuals take the following steps to help protect themselves from fraudulent door-to-door salespersons:

> Ask for identification, such as from the company itself, and the business license to make sure its legitimacy;

> Make sure there is someone else home when you let the salesperson inside;

> If the person appearance is unkempt, chances are they are not legitimate;

> Call 911 if the person refuses to leave your residence.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:

Kirby Vacuum

end DMPG Info

Written by SUNITA VIJAYAN

The Salinas Californian

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Crime

http://www.thecalifornian.com

6:59 AM, Mar. 10, 2011

Salinas, California

 

Hamilton County, Ohio

March 9, 2011

Jury to re-sentence man on Death Row

A jury - not Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Beth Myers - will decide if convicted murderer David Steffen stays on Ohio's Death Row or gets a new, lesser punishment, the judge ruled Wednesday.

In a four-paragraph ruling, the judge rejected prosecutors' request to have her decide Steffen's punishment in the 1982 murder case.

"This case is 20-something-years-old and if we proceed this route, we're adding another four or five years onto" determining Steffen's fate, Chief Assistant Prosecutor Bill Breyer said of Myers' ruling.

Breyer also noted Myers' ruling would effectively restart Steffens' appeals process that could allow him, if he again is sentenced to death, to remain on Death Row for another decade or more.

Steffen's Columbus attorney couldn't be reached Wednesday.

Steffen, a door-to-door soap salesman, always admitted he murdered 19-year-old Karen Range by slitting her throat in 1982 at her Roselawn home. He testified to that at his trial but he also always insisted he never raped Range, one of the additional elements needed to qualify Steffen for the death penalty.

Steffen, now 51, was convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and rape or attempted rape and sentenced to death. He's been on Death Row since June 3, 1983.

But in 2008, former morgue worker Kenneth Douglas admitted he had sex with Range's cold, nearly headless body just before the autopsy was conducted. When coroners found male body fluid inside Range, Steffen was charged with rape. Douglas later was convicted of having sex with two more female bodies as they were in the morgue;

Two letters could determine if Steffen lives or dies.

To qualify for the death penalty, a defendant has to be convicted of aggravated murder and at least one of several other violent crimes - other murders, rape, attempted rape, etc.

After Douglas admitted he had sex with Range's body, Steffen's attorneys argued Steffen deserved a new trial because he was sentenced to death based on his rape conviction.

Prosecutors have countered that Steffen, in addition to aggravated murder and aggravated burglary also was convicted of "rape or attempted rape."

They note that Steffen admitted to police he tried to rape Range but couldn't achieve an erection.

Those two letters - 'or' - mean Steffen remains eligible to be executed even if he is found not guilty of raping Range, prosecutors argue.

But Steffens' attorneys countered - and Myers agreed in an earlier ruling - that Steffen's death sentence was partly based on what prosecutors said at trial were Steffen's lies about raping Range.

While Steffen's convictions will stand, Myers ordered he has to have a new trial for just the sentencing phase. A new jury has to accept Steffen's guilt but will hear evidence on the issue of whether he should die or spend life in prison.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:

Hy-Pro Chemical Corp

Hy-Pro Cleaner

Hy-Pro Chemical Company

1001 N. Industrial Blvd.

Pilot Point, TX 76258

(940) 686-5514

FAX: (940) 686-9310

See:

Door to Door Sales Profiler

Suspect in murder had criminal past

Slaves to the sale

Data Source:

Ohio Supreme Court

Case Number:

86-193

end DMPG Info

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Written by

Kimball Perry

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cincinnati.com

http://news.cincinnati.com

4:21 PM, Mar. 9, 2011

Cincinnati, Ohio

 

Rancho Santa Fe, California

March 8, 2011

Rancho Santa Fe Patrol warns of magazine sales scam going around town - BBB info and tips

Rancho Santa Fe Patrol warns of magazine sales scam going around town - Better Business Bureau offers more information and tips...

This just in from the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol:

"Over the years we have encountered young adults going door to door selling magazine subscriptions.

One of the ruses is to tell you that they represent a local sports team- like soccer or baseball.

Or, they may say that the neighbor "the Smith's" down the street just gave me some money...... (that's because they just read their name sign out front......) They are very slick in their approach.

Well a new batch of solicitors are going door to to door in neighboring areas- here is some info from the Sheriff's Dept. :

"Magazine sales scam in San Diego County are being reported to law enforcement. Several students from Cal State San Marcos have been victimized, one for over $500.00 cash in Vista. There were a call from Escondido as well. The Reporting Parties are reporting that part of the ruse is that they are part of project/class with Cal State San Marcos and/or San Diego State. Report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff's Department @ 858-565-5200.

Door to door vendors have to have permits issued by the Sheriff. They have to be visible and backed up by another legitimate form of ID. Church groups are exempt. Our suggestion is not to give anything to door to door vendors. If you want to donate money, ask them to send you something in the mail. That way you will have time to look it over and decide if it is legitimate. They should have a Federal Tax ID number.

BBB Warns Against a Summer Scam Going Door-to-Door Nationwide

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwyzaunU8BQ&feature=player_embedded#at=2

Sometimes these solicitors are crooks looking for a way into your house or "casing the place".

The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns that deceptive door-to-door magazine sales crews are hitting the pavement and looking to earn a quick buck.

Many magazine publishing companies employ crews of high school and college-age people who are trying to earn money over the summer. These crews are sent to communities to knock on doors and sell magazine subscriptions. While there are many legitimate door-to-door magazine sellers and companies, it is important to be aware that there are also scammers on the prowl.

Door-to-door magazine crews often claim in their sales pitch that they live in or near your neighbourhood and that by purchasing a magazine subscription through them, you will a) help them to get their lives back on track, b) raise money on behalf of a charity, c) raise money to pay for school or d) fund a school trip.

In many instances, these claims are true, but in the case where a scammer is at work, the sales representative may be working to dupe you out of hundreds of dollars in fake magazine subscriptions, usually paid for via a personal cheque written directly to the sales rep.

In reports recently received by the BBB, customers allege that door-to-door magazine sales reps took their cheque for an annual subscription, but that their magazines never arrived. Other victims allege that the sales rep used high pressure or misrepresentative sales tactics and that “students” lied about living in the neighbourhood or attending the nearby school. Customers aren’t the only victims of this scam. Unscrupulous employers have been known to dupe young salespeople into fraudulently misrepresenting themselves and the subscription sales package. In some cases, young sales crews have been forced to work long hours, endure substandard living conditions and had their wages withheld.

BBB offers the following tips to avoid being scammed by a door-to-door magazine sales rep:

* If someone arrives at your door offering you a magazine subscription ask him or her questions like: Where are you from? Who do you work for? How are you paid? How did you get involved with the magazine company? Use common sense and listen to your gut instinct.

* Don’t fall victim to high-pressure sales tactics. If you are interested in a subscription, but need some time to decide, ask the sales representative to return later. Do some comparison-shopping and research first to see if the subscription offer is legitimate and of any real value.

* Always research the magazine publishing company with your Better Business Bureau (vi.bbb.org) before filling out a cheque for a magazine subscription.

* Never write a cheque directly to a sales rep.

* Get a copy of the subscription order and a receipt. Make sure there is contact information for the company included.

* Know your cancellation rights. In direct (door-to-door) sales over $50, you have a 10-day right to cancel. If you decide to cancel, mail a notice of cancellation to the supplier within 10 days by registered mail. This 10-day “cooling off period” does not apply to purchases or service contracts concluded at a place of business.

Victims of fraudulent magazine sales can file a complaint with their Better Business Bureau.

More RSF Patrol Information:

Patrol Dispatch 858-756-4372

Rancho Santa Fe Association members only cn access the RSFPatrol.

Fax number is 858-759-8590. Please allow 2 working days to process.

If you prefer, you can call the RSF Association Office or our Dispatch to log your request.

The Rancho Santa FeAssociation can be reached at 858-756-1174

Alerts Via Cell Phone or Email for Reverse 911 go to this website:

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/oes/ready/signup.html

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posted 03/08/11 11:54 PM | updated 03/08/11 11:54 PM

Rancho Santa Fe, California

 

New River Valley, Virginia

March 8, 2011

Pulaski Police send out warning about possible scam

The Pulaski Police Department is sending out a warning to people in the New River Valley about a possible scam involving magazines. Police tell us they've gotten several phone calls about young sales people going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions. The suspected scammers are typically teenagers, or college-aged students claiming it's a fundraiser for their school or sports team. If you are contacted by one of these sales people, police say do not give out any personal information and call police.

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By Erin Barnett

WSLS 10

http://www2.wsls.com

Published: March 08, 2011 

Roanoke, Virginia

 

Santa Barbara, California

March 8, 2011

News Releases

Sheriff’s Department Warns of Door-to-Door Scam

Santa Barbara and Goleta residents say a man posed as a UCSB band member

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has received nearly a dozen complaints from residents in the Santa Barbara and Goleta areas who say someone has been going door to door attempting to sell magazines while posing as a college band member. Although nearly all of the complaints were received Tuesday, all incidents are believed to have taken place Monday. In many cases, the adult male, in his late teens or early 20s, has claimed to be raising money for the UCSB Music Department. The Sheriff’s Department has confirmed with UCSB that the Music Department is not soliciting funds and that the subject is doing so without the school’s authorization. About 4:15 p.m. Monday, a Ssheriff’s deputy investigated a similar complaint from a resident in the Santa Barbara area who said a young man came to his home claiming to be raising money for the Cal-State Northridge Marching Band. In this case, the resident wrote a check to purchase $55 worth of magazines. After the young man left, the resident went on the Internet and discovered that the charity was bogus. The resident said he drove around the neighborhood until he found the young man. He asked for the check back but was told that it was already given to the young man’s grandfather. The resident called his bank to cancel his check and was advised to close his checking account as well. The subject attempting to sell magazines is described as a white male in his 20s with blond hair, blue eyes and several tattoos on his arms. He was wearing a polo shirt and dark jeans. Anyone who believes they may be a victim of a scam is urged to call the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department at 805.681.4100.

— Drew Sugars is a public information officer for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.

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By Drew Sugars for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department NOOZHAWK

http://www.noozhawk.com

Published on 03.08.2011

Santa Barbara, California

 

Portland, Oregon

March 7, 2011

Trial Starts Today In 2005 Sellwood Rape Case

Door-To-Door Salesman Accused Of Sexual Assault

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Opening statements began Monday in the trial of a former door-to-door salesman charged in the 2005 rape of a Sellwood woman. Portland detectives say David Washington was part of a group going door to door and selling magazine subscriptions in southeast Portland when the crime happened Oct. 20, 2005. Washington is accused of forcing his way into a woman's apartment on Bidwell Street and sexually assaulting her. Police say they sent DNA evidence to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab and then in 2009 went to interview Washington in Tennessee. Washington was already in custody for another crime, and police waited until he finished his sentencing in Tennessee before they had him transferred to Portland to face charges in the Sellwood rape case. Washington waived his right to a jury trial, so a judge will be deciding his fate.

Source:

Fox 12 Oregon

KPTV

http://www.kptv.com

POSTED: 7:39 am PST March 7, 2011

UPDATED: 9:03 pm PST March 7, 2011

Portland, Oregon

 

Las Vegas, New Mexico

March 6, 2011

Officials crack down on peddlers

Door-to-door salespeople need licenses

The city of Las Vegas plans to begin cracking down on people going door to door peddling their wares and services without a proper business license. The vendors can be selling anything from magazines to flowers, and sometimes go door to door offering to replace a roof or do other jobs, City Attorney Dave Romero said. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has signed an executive order directing city police and other employees to enforce city law requiring that door-to-door salesmen be licensed, that they undergo a background check and that they post a bond. Applicants with prior criminal convictions will not be granted a license, the executive order states. The required $1,000 bond would be available to compensate customers who may have been victimized. Ortiz, who issued the executive order in February, said the city is trying to protect citizens from unscrupulous vendors. “They’re hurting people that are elderly...” he said. “We want to make sure that we do everything legally possible to protect our citizens from any type of fraud or theft.” The penalty for violating the ordinance is up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $300. Romero said the law applies to anyone selling items door to door — including school children — but the city is particularly concerned about out-of-town vendors. “We are concerned primarily about who those people are, and that’s why we’re asking for a background check,” Romero said. “We do not want to have individuals with criminal backgrounds approaching homes of the elderly, getting into those homes and potentially taking advantage of them.” Romero said the other driving force behind the crackdown is a desire from the mayor and council to help local businesses, which have invested in the community by hiring employees, improving their properties, paying taxes and making donations. He said it’s not fair for transient vendors to siphon off business from local merchants. “The executive order by the mayor is meant to increase the safety of the community and to recognize the investment that our local businesses have made, which is good business,” Romero said. If a door-to-door salesman comes to your door, the city attorney said, residents should ask to see their credentials and city permits. If there’s any question about the vendor, residents should call Community Development at 454-1401, he added. Romero said he doesn’t think the crackdown will hurt school fundraising efforts. Typically, he said, students go to family members and others they know when they’re selling items for school or other activities.

Source:

By Martin Salazar

Las Vegas Optic

http://www.lasvegasoptic.com

Sunday, March 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm (Updated: March 6, 11:09 pm)

Las Vegas, New Mexico

 

Virginia, Beach

March 4, 2011

Va. Beach seniors on edge after door-to-door salesman charged with theft

VIRGINIA BEACH--Police are warning seniors to be on alert for a bogus magazine pitch and thieves posing as solicitors. Casey Jones was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly stealing a resident's credit card at Wesleyan Place Apartments and using it. "This person had gone door to door and maybe changed his story every time he came knocking on a residents door trying to sell these magazines," said police spokesman Jimmy Barnes. Officers say Jones may have not been working alone. One resident said she saw Jones through her peephole when he knocked on her door and said she also heard another man's voice. Building management alerted residents by spreading flyers around that encouraged everyone to be more vigilant about making sure no one follows them into the secured building. Police say when a door-to-door salesperson knocks, residents should ask to see a solicitor's license. It's a picture identification card issued by Virginia Beach Police.

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by David Ham

13NEWS / WVEC.com

Channel 13

http://www.wvec.com

Posted on March 3, 2011 at 6:19 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 4 at 7:49 AM

Norfolk, Virginia

 

Oak Harbor, Washington

March 4, 2011

Burglars portray magazine salesmen in Oak Harbor

The Oak Harbor Police Department emailed a “community alert” this week cautioning residents about giving financial information to people selling magazines door to door. Detective Sgt. Teri Gardner explained that a rather unusual burglary precipitated the alerts. A police officer caught a couple of door-to-door magazine salesmen leaving a house they allegedly broke into last month. “It’s not often that we catch someone in the act,” Gardner said. “And it was all due to the vigilance of an observant neighbor.” According to the police, an Oak Harbor resident called the police on Feb. 22 after seeing a couple of men walking around a neighbor’s house; the caller knew that the neighbor wasn’t home at the time. Officers Manuel Silveira and Ron Esparza arrived at the scene. Silveira walked around back and saw two men come out of the back door. He ordered them to stop, but they both took off running, Gardner said. Esparza caught one of the men, later identified as 20-year-old Derrick Moss, but the other burglar ran away, Gardner said. But a short time later, Officer Serloyd Carter caught 19-year-old Richard Miller hiding in a neighbor’s shed, the detective said. Both men were arrested on suspicion of residential burglary and possession of marijuana. According to Gardner, Moss claimed that Miller stole a red camera from the home. It was recovered in a neighbor’s yard. The two men said they were in Oak Harbor soliciting magazine sales. They worked for an out-of-state company that buses employees all over the country to sell magazines. Gardner urged that residents use caution in giving out any type of financial information to people who are hawking magazines or other items door to door. She said it’s a poor idea to give out credit card information or even checks, since they have financial information on them.

Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland can be reached at jstensland@whidbeynewstimes.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.

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By JESSIE STENSLAND

Whidbey News Times Assistant editor

Whidbey News Times

http://www.pnwlocalnews.com

Mar 04 2011, 1:59 PM · UPDATED

Coupeville, Washington

 

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida

March 3, 2011

Door-to-door salesman suspected in ring theft

MANATEE COUNTY - Someone claiming to be a door-to-door salesman may have stolen a 74-year-old woman's diamond ring. The El Conquistador area resident told a sheriff's deputy that about noon Wednesday, she allowed the salesperson to use her bathroom. Several hours later, she discovered that a ring, valued at $5,000 to $9,999, that had been taken from a jewelry box on the bathroom counter.

Source:

SNN News 6

heraldtribune.com

http://www.heraldtribune.com

Published: Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.

Last Modified: Thursday, March 3, 2011 at 7:03 p.m.

Sarasota, Florida

 

Portland, Oregon

March 2, 2011

Attorney General warns residents of magazine company’s claims

The office of Oregon Attorney General John Kroger has issued a warning to Washington County residents to be wary of Smartraiser, a company soliciting door-to-door magazine subscriptions. The Attorney General’s office says it has received complaints that Smartraiser representatives have said the subscriptions to benefit U.S. troops serving overseas. That could lead people to believe the organization is a charity, but it’s not, according to the Department of Justice. “All charities soliciting money in Oregon must be registered with the Oregon Department of Justice Charities Section,” wrote Tony Green, DOJ spokesman, in a press release. “Smartraiser is not the only scam charity trying to profit off the illusion of supporting America’s service members.” Anyone suspicious of a charity’s operations can use an online tool developed by the DOJ by visiting www.oregonattorneygeneral.gov and clicking on “check on a charity.”

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Sales Company:

Smartraiser

end DMPG Info

Source:

PortlandTribune

The Forest Grove News-Times

http://www.portlandtribune.com

Mar 2, 2011

Portland, Oregon

 

Van Nuys, California

February 28, 2011

Man Convicted In Winnetka Sex Assault

Van Nuys - A man who was selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door in Winnetka when he forced his way into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her was convicted today of charges that could keep him behind bars for life. A Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted Gerald Vidal, 25, of one felony count each of first-degree burglary, forced oral copulation, attempted sodomy by use of force, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and assault to commit a felony during a first-degree burlgary, along with two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object. Vidal is facing multiple life prison terms, with sentencing set for March 29, according to Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton. At the time of the Dec. 17, 2009, crime, Vidal was working with a group of door-to-door magazine salespeople who were staying at a Woodland Hills motel, where he was arrested shortly after the attack.

Source:

myfoxla.com

KTTV Fox 11 | KCOP My13 Los Angeles, California

Text Story by:

City News

Posted by: myFOXla.com Web Staff

http://www.myfoxla.com

Updated: Monday, 28 Feb 2011, 6:29 PM PST

Published : Monday, 28 Feb 2011, 6:29 PM PST

Los Angeles, California

 

Van Nuys, California

February 28, 2011

Door-To-Door Salesman Convicted Of Sexual Assault CBS2 News

(credit: CBS)

VAN NUYS (CBS) — A man who was selling magazine subscriptions door-to- door was convicted Monday of charges that could keep him behind bars for life. A Van Nuys Superior Court jury convicted Gerald Vidal, 25, of one felony count each of first-degree burglary, forced oral copulation, attempted sodomy by use of force, assault with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and assault to commit a felony during a first-degree burlgary, along with two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object. Police say the Texas native forced his way into a woman’s home and sexually assaulted her after changing her mind about buying a subscription, according to the LAPD. Vidal is facing life prison terms, with sentencing set for March 29, according to Deputy District Attorney Jane Creighton. At the time of the Dec. 17, 2009, crime, Vidal was working with a group of door-to-door magazine salespeople who were staying at a Woodland Hills motel, where he was arrested shortly after the attack.

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CBS2 News

KCAL9 News

CBSLosAngeles.com

'http://losangeles.cbslocal.com

February 28, 2011 8:26 PM 

Studio City, California

 

San Francisco, California

February 26, 2011

DA dismisses, plans to refile attempted murder case

Prosecutors dismissed attempted murder and other charges against a traveling magazine salesman because the teenage girlfriend he is accused of punching and choking at a South San Francisco hotel refuses to cooperate. However, they plan to refile the charges against Derrick Vermon Taylor and proceed, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Taylor, 23, was also charged with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence and making criminal threats. South San Francisco police arrested Taylor at approximately 1:30 a.m. Jan. 29 after responding to a call from his 19-year-old girlfriend. The woman told authorities Taylor struck and choked her during an argument. She fought him off and fled to another room where she called police. After Taylor was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the girl was treated for minor injuries. Prosecutors later downgraded the charges.

Source:

Daily Journal Staff Report

Daily Journal

http://www.smdailyjournal.com

February 26, 2011, 03:32 AM

San Mateo, California

 

Columbia County, Georiga

February 24, 2011

12 OYS: Illegal door-to-door salespeople include wanted criminals in Columbia Co. neighborhood According to an incident report, 17 people were ticketed for peddling, that's selling door to door without a license. But some are wanted criminals.

Some people found to be engaging in illegal door-to-door sales in Columbia County neighborhoods

were also found to have criminal records. (February 24, 2011 / WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Thursday, February 24, 2011

MARTINEZ, Ga. -- Dr. Paul Sohal chose Columbia County's Rhodes Hill neighborhood for its big lots and quiet area. He didn't expect this.

"It's really a nuisance," he said. "Something should be done."

He's talking about door to door salespeople. And Wednesday night, a sometimes routine business was anything but.

Said Columbia Co. Sheriff's Captain Steve Morris: "Some companies send out these nefarious individuals into your neighborhood or your community."

Deputies say they found a van carrying 17 people. Some told deputies they worked for sales company Offbeat Services from New Jersey and came from Madison, Georgia. Five of them have criminal records.

According to an incident report, 17 people were ticketed for peddling, that's selling door to door without a license. But some have a criminal record, including one on probation for child molestation, one with a restraining order for statutory rape, and a third for not registering as a sex offender. All were from outside of Augusta.

"From Michigan to Minnesota, Texas, Florida, all parts in between," said Morris.

"There are criminals walking around and passing themselves off as decent citizens and selling something, there's a greater need to do something about this," said Sohal.

Other neighbors say the salespeople have been here before. Deputies say selling is okay, as long as it's done legally.

Even the company admits, some employees hadn't appeared in court after being ticketed for illegally selling door to door.

Adds Sohal: "If I want something I can go and get it. If I need to order something I can order it on the internet or the telephone. So there's no need in this day and age for anybody to be knocking at doors."

Co-owner Angela Johnson of Offbeat Services says local managers are the ones who must set up local licenses. Johnson says they try to employ young people who want to help themselves but that some don't work out. Johnson says the unregistered sex offender didn't work for her company but another sales company riding along with her employees.

If a salesperson comes to your door, ask for identification or a sales license. If they have neither, call law enforcement. Better yet, don't open the door at all.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Off-Beat Services, Inc.

BBB Reliability Report for

Off-Beat Services, Inc.

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Off-Beat Services, Inc.

Phone: (856) 728-3285

Fax: (856) 728-1020

Address: 519 Sicklerville Rd Ste 5

Sicklerville, NJ 08081-2637

Website: www.offbeatservicesinc.com

Original Business Start Date: December 1996

Local Start Date: June 2005

Principal: Mrs. Angela Johnson, Secretary

Customer Contact: Mrs. Angela Johnson, Secretary - (856) 728-3285

Incorporated: NJ

Type of Business: Magazines - Subscription Agents

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Products and Services

door to door magazines sales and processing subscriptions ordered.

Additional Information

As of 3/10/11, BBB has received 45 new complaints from consumers that have not yet been answered. Most complaints allege consumers have paid for magazine subscriptions which never started and/or consumers have not received promised refunds. The telephone number for this business is no longer in service. BBB continues to try to reach Off-Beat Services via postal mail regarding the status of complaints received from consumers.

end DMPG Info

Source:

Reporter: Bryan Baker

Email Address: bryan.baker@wrdw.com

WRDW-TV News 12

http://www.wrdw.com

Posted: 9:48 PM Feb 24, 2011

Updated: 12:14 PM Feb 25, 2011

Augusta, Georgia

 

MANATEE COUNTY, Florida

February 23, 2011

Transient was wanted in Nebraska on sex charges

MANATEE COUNTY - An investigation about a suspicious person who was reportedly going door to door in the Ballentine Manor neighborhood led to an arrest for two counts of sexual assault on a child. On Monday afternoon, sheriff's deputies received a complaint about a stranger in the area who appeared to be checking on whether residents were at home. A deputy questioned Cody W. Mounce, 19, who was identified as a transient, and arrested him on a Nebraska warrant for the sex-related charges.

DMPG Info Clip:

Cody W. Mounce

Google Search: Cody W. Mounce

http://florida.arrests.org/Arrests/Cody_Mounce_5376646

Cody Mounce

2-21-20116:00 PM

Personal Information Manatee County

CODY W MOUNCE

Age : 19 Years Old Sex : M

Birth Date : 5-26-1991 Race : W

Weight : 150 lbs

Height : 5'08" Hair Color : BRO

Occupation : DOOR/DOOR SOL

Arrest Information

Arrest Date : 2-21-2011

Time Booked : 18:00 Total Bond : $750

Charges Charge 1

STATUTE: 843.02

CHARGE: RESIST/OBST- OFCR W/O VIO

BOND: 750

Manatee County Sheriff Office police reports indicate that Cody W. Mounce worked for NXCESS SALES, LLC.

Manatee County Sheriff Office case #: 2011002378

Nebraska City Police case #: NC20110045

BBB:

Business Name: NXcess Sales, LLC

NXCESS SALES, LLC

BBB Rating: F

Business Address: 24820 N 16th Avenue #110

Phoenix , AZ 85085

Original Business Start Date: 12/9/2009

Local Business Start Date: 12/9/2009

Type of Entity: Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Incorporated: 2009 in AZ

Principal: Mark Speigner, Member

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR

Website Address: http://www.nxcesssales.com

DMPG Note:

See:

Prestige Sales LLC

Integrity Program

Integrity Sales

Magazine Fulfillment Services 

End DMPG Info Clip.

Source:

Herald Tribune

http://www.heraldtribune.com

Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.

Sarasota, Florida

Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley

February 23, 2011

Benton County Sheriff: Beware of Magazine Sales Scam

Following a residential burglary, the Benton County Sheriff's Office is warning folks about a possible magazine scam. According to the Sheriff's Office, they have received multiple reports of residential burglaries including a home in a Bentonville subdivision that was burglarized in January after a man claiming to be a magazine salesman was seen soliciting in the area. They also say a puppy and other small items were taken from a home in Hiwasee after a man claiming to be selling magazines came to the house. The Sheriff's Office says other agencies from around NWA have received similar reports. They encourage folks to take caution when approached be a door-to-door salesman and to take note of the following details:

- Time of day

- Physical description

- Salesman (alone or with others)

- Does he/she have the necessary items to be conducting sales?

- In a vehicle or on foot?

- Does he/she appear to be approaching each door or selecting particular homes?

- Can the salesperson provide ID for their company?

- Do they have a business license?

The Benton County Sheriff's Office reminds folks some door-to-door sales are legitimate but ask any suspicious activity to be reported to your low enforcement.

Source:

Reported by: Amanda Ashley

Nwahomepage.com

http://nwahomepage.com

Wednesday, February 23 2011

Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley

 

Madison, Alabama

February 23, 2011

Madison man raises concerns over door-to-door magazine company

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - A Limestone County man says Nation's Top Sales is not delivering the products they're selling.

Luke Kinton says he got a knock on his door from a young man selling magazines on Monday.

"They were using the pitch of, they were home-schooled high school seniors, and that they were trying to raise money," he said. "They were trying to raise points for going overseas for a scholarship."

Kinton says the salesperson with Nation's Top Sales, also known as "National Top Sales" or just "Top Sales," tugged at his heartstrings.

"So these subscriptions that you would purchase would actually go to benefit children's hospitals like St. Jude and Egleston or that you can donate them overseas to soldiers," he said.

Kinton wrote out a check, but a short time later he says he had a bad feeling about it, so he went online and found a listing for the company on the Better Business Bureau's web site.

"The Better Business Bureau is very aware of the company, we've processed 206 complaints in the last three years," said Belinda McCormick, vice president of the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama.

The BBB says Top Sales has enough complaints to earn the company an "F" rating.

[Click here to view the BBB report] http://www.bbb.org/northern-alabama/business-reviews/magazine-sales/top-sales-in-madison-al-900046027

"We've received several complaints where it's been six months later, the consumer has filed a complaint and they've still not received the subscription that they ordered," McCormick said. "So we feel that this is very serious."

Top Sales has a Madison address, and that's where we went to get answers. A woman who identified herself as the office manager opened the door, and told us the company did not wish to comment.

Though Kinton is not out of any money, because he stopped the check before it could be cashed, he's concerned about others.

"There's a lot of people in this area that are retired, semi-retired who still have a lot of faith in people and they're being taken advantage of," he said.

Nation's Top Sales did e-mail WAFF 48 News a statement after we visited their office. The company wrote:

"Mr. Kinton's allegations against Nation's Top Sales are false. We are a legitimate business and our customers receive their orders. Mr. Kinton canceled his order and requested that his check not be deposited and we honored that request. We have taken nothing from him. Our company did have some problems over a year ago with office personnel not performing duties properly but that problem has been remedied. We have resolved the vast majority of complaints we received due to that situation and continue to work diligently to resolve those remaining."

According to the BBB's report on Nation's Top Sales, there are about a dozen complaints on file that remain unresolved.

The BBB says here are some things to keep in mind when you're dealing with a door to door salesperson:

1.Be wary of emotional sales pitches that include donating your purchase to charity, including hospitals, nursing homes and service members overseas because it is very difficult to verify if they are actually receiving your donations.

2.Do not let salespeople into your home. The BBB says there have been cases were one person distracts the homeowner while another steals items from the home.

3.Check with your local municipality to see that the company is licensed to operate where you live.

4.Do not be pressured into buying right away. Tell the salesperson to come back to allow you to think about the purchase.

5.Check the Better Business Bureau's web site to see if there's a report on file for the company.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Top Sales

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile for Top Sales

Name: Top Sales

Phone: (256) 233-3838

Address: 25297 Mahalo Cir

Madison, AL 35756-3057

Original Business Start Date: May 2008

Principal: Ms. Juanita Brock, Owner

Customer Contact: Ms. Juanita Brock, Owner - (256) 233-3838 or topsales011@aol.com

Email Address: topsales011@aol.com

Entity: Sole Proprietor

Employees: 2

Type of Business: Magazine Sales

BBB Accreditation: No

Additional DBA Names: Nations Top Sales

National Top Sales

end DMPG Info

Source:

By Trang Do

WAFF 48 NEWS

http://www.waff.com

Posted: Feb 23, 2011 6:16 PM CST

Updated: Feb 23, 2011 6:36 PM CST

Huntsville, Alabama

 

Ascension Parish, Louisiana

February 18, 2011

Two arrested in magazine scam

ASCENSION PARISH- Two people from out of state are behind bars after police say they committed theft. Deputies say Damina Beavers dropped Nicholas Osgan off at a home on Bluff Road in Prairieville where Osgan knocked on a door and was admitted into a home, claiming he was selling magazines. According to one of the residents there, Osgan sold a $42 magazine subscription to another family member there and was caught taking items out of the refrigerator. When he was caught, the resident demanded him to return the $42 and was told to leave. Almost immediately, the resident realized that Osgan had stolen an iPhone. Osgan was picked up by Beavers and the two drove off. The resident followed them and called the Sheriff's Office. Police say Osgan and Beavers were stopped by a deputy on I-10 and LA 44. When the deputy questioned Beavers, she admitted that she knew Osgan had stolen the iPhone. She told authorities that he had thrown the cell phone into some bushes near the home. Beavers also said that they were going to go back and get the phone. Deputies went to the location where Beavers said the phone was stashed. Osgan is charged with simple battery. Beavers is charged with principal to simple burglary and possession of marijuana. Both are being held in the Ascension Parish Jail.

Source:

WBRZ-TV

http://www.wbrz.com

Posted: Feb 18, 2011 5:08 PM Updated: Feb 18, 2011 5:09 PM

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 

Santa Rosa County, Florida

February 11, 2011

County says no to solicitors

A new ordinance passed by Santa Rosa County Commissioners on Thursday is aiming to enforce no solicitation in subdivisions that are looking to do away with door-to-door salesman and solicitors.

The amendment that was approved by commissioners at their regular commission meeting on Thursday would allow a homeowners' association to post a single sign to enforce solicitation in the entire neighborhood, rather than on individual homes within the subdivision.

Under the current ordinance, the solicitation ban is only applicable to individual homes that have a no solicitation sign. The amendment would make it easier for entire neighborhoods or subdivisions to enforce the law with one single sign at the front entrance of their neighborhood.

Several members of the public came to speak at the public hearing Thursday morning including business owners who were concerned that their employees would be out of jobs because of the amendment.

Brandon Tibbett, a Pensacola business native manages a soliciting company that sells auto glass from door-to-door across the West Florida region. Tibbett said he was concerned that the new amendment would force him to close his business or cut back on his workers because of the loss he would suffer from not being able to sell his product.

“People that go into your neighborhoods are trained to be courteous,” said the manager who claimed his workers talk to roughly 80 people a day. “I have 15 employees, and our conversation takes 10 seconds.

“If they say ‘no we don’t want it’, we leave. That’s their choice.”

Jerry Mills, a resident said he and his neighbors are constantly harassed by solicitors and said he doesn’t feel safe with people he doesn’t know walking through his neighborhood.

“A lot of the solicitors we get are very harassing,” Mills said. “Residents feel uneasy seeing strangers coming into the subdivision.”

Kevin Stephens an ADT representative said his company has solicitors nationwide that sell their product mainly door-to-door.

“We don’t solicit to individuals that have no solicitation on their doors,” Stephens said.

Stephens told commissioners that all of his employees were licensed, insured and underwent background checks before they could start working for the company. They also displayed name badges with permits allowing them to go door-to-door. Stephens said because of harassment complaints, his business has to suffer.

“The ordinance has come to your table because of abuse,” he said.

Tibbett agreed with Stephens and said his workers are expected to be the same way towards their customers.

“People that go into your neighborhoods are trained to be courteous,” Tibbett said.

Mills said that he has heard complaints from several of the people in his neighborhood that there are solicitors who come to their home to ask for donations. He later found out that those people were scamming homeowners.

“If I have a stranger come to my door, how do I know if they are legit or not?” Mills asked commissioners.

The amendment passed by a vote of 5-0.

Commissioners also voted to approve the use of bed-tax dollars collected by the Santa Rosa County TDC to purchase the marina in Milton, which would help with the Milton Riverwalk expansion, a priority on the TDC’s list of projects.

Commissioners also voted 5-0 to approve the multi-jurisdictional flood mitigation plan. With this plan being approved, flood insurance customers are expected to see a decrease in rates of roughly 20 percent.

Source:

Mathew Pellegrino

The Santa Rosa Press Gazette

http://www.srpressgazette.com

February 11, 2011 2:28 PM

Milton, Florida

 

Blue Springs, Missouri

February 08, 2011

Blue Springs woman feels ripped off after buying magazine subscription

BLUE SPRINGS, Missouri - Debbie Satterfield thought she was helping a single mom of two when she bought a magazine subscription. Now she feels ripped off. "It's not the money. It's really the principle thing because it sours me now to anybody else coming to my door,” says Satterfield of Blue Springs. Satterfield says a young woman knocked on her front door last summer selling magazines. The woman claimed to be a single mom who needed to make sales in order to get off welfare. The sales pitch resulted in Satterfield buying a 6 issue subscription to Healthy Cooking magazine for $45, which includes shipping. CFA found the same magazine advertised online for $12.98 for 7 issues. Now eight months later, Satterfield still has no magazine. She called for action. Through Facebook, I contacted a representative of the company, Hand Up Distribution out of Sacramento, CA. Marrio Holpe says Satterfield "is in the process of getting a refund." He described the company as falling on difficult times which resulted in having to refund 150 customers. Holpe goes on to say the “company has been “in rebuilding for the past 5 month." He promised to have the money back to all customers by the end of March. Now Satterfield waits to see if she will get her money. Satterfield says, “I don't like that this man is sitting in Sacramento, CA picking on innocent people in Blue Springs, Missouri.” The Better Business Bureau website gives Hand Up Distribution an "f" rating. Satterfield’s advice to anyone approached by a door to door salesman is to check out their BBB rating before giving them any money.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Hand Up Distribution

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile for Hand Up Distribution

Name: Hand Up Distribution

Phone: (888) 509-7962

Address: 1215 K St Fl 17

Sacramento, CA 95814-3954

Website: www.handupdistribution.org

Principal: Mr. Marrio Holpe, Office Manager

Customer Contact: Mr. Marrio Holpe, Office Manager - (888) 509-7962 or mholpe84@gmail.com

Email Address: mholpe84@gmail.com

File Open Date: January 2010

Type of Business: Magazines/Books Door-To-door

BBB Accreditation: Hand Up Distribution is not a BBB Accredited business.

end DMPG Info

Source:

By: Keith King

NBC Action News / KSHB-TV

http://www.nbcactionnews.com

Posted: 02/08/2011

Last Updated: 2 hours and 5 minutes ago

Kansas City, Missouri

 

Weirton, Ohio

February 5, 2011

Kirby Sweeper Sales People Busted For Selling Drugs

Weirton police said they received a call Friday from a Weirton resident claiming that four individuals from Kirby Sweepers knocked on their door, first trying to sell sweepers, then asking if the resident wanted to buy heroin. The four suspects are Latasha Ann Williams, Jack Polyak, Michael Joseph Panza and Andrew Thomas Simmons all sweeper sales people from Pennsylvania. Police said the four were traveling in a white van and were going door to door in the Weirton area. Police located the van in a 7-Eleven parking lot where they were getting gas. "Its very unordinary for that to happen. First since I have been here for that to happen. It was kind of easy when they called in we located the vehicle," said Detective Girard Spencer of the Weirton Police Department. The four will be charged with possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana.

Source:

WTOV9

http://www.wtov9.com

Saturday, February 5, 2011 | 4:40pm

Steubenville, Ohio

 

Defuniak Springs, Florida

February 4, 2011

Door-to-door salesmen arrested

DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Police arrested three men Thursday for soliciting door-to-door without a permit.

At least six people were traveling around the city in a white cargo van trying to sell products door-to-door, according to a news release from DeFuniak Springs police. Police learned that the crew had made at least one sale in the area without a permit. The three men arrested have extensive criminal histories in various states, according to the news release. Police arrested Kwane Dimery of Denver, Timothy Bunch of Minnesota and Roderick Rudisel of Fort Walton Beach. They were charged with violating a city ordinance that requires a permit for door-to-door sales, according to the news release. The men were employed with Advanage the Wonder Cleaner, according to records from the Walton County Jail. The company has received a D, the third-lowest rating from the Better Business Bureau. The rating is based on a pattern of allegations against the company over the last three years, including aggressive or harassing salespeople, lack of a contact person and difficulty obtaining refunds, according to a Better Business Bureau report. Police are looking for anyone who bought items from a door-to-door salesperson Thursday in DeFuniak Springs. Call 892-8513 to report any purchases or additional information. The investigation is ongoing, according to police.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:

Advanage

aka: Austin Diversified Products, Inc.

BBB Rating: D

Business Contact and Profile for Austin Diversified Products, Inc.

Name: Austin Diversified Products, Inc.

Phone: (708) 333-7644

Fax: (708) 333-3981

Address: 16615 Halsted St

Harvey, IL 60426-6112

Website: www.advanage.com

http://austindiversified.com

Original Business Start Date: October 1981

Principal: Mrs. Ruth M. Edwards, Vice President

Customer Contact: Mrs. Ruth M. Edwards, Vice President - (708) 333-7644

Email Address: sbeard@austindiversified.com;jcody@advanage.com

Type of Business: Cleaning Supplies, Door To Door Sales/Solicitation, Product Sales - General

BBB Accreditation: Austin Diversified Products, Inc. is not a BBB Accredited business.

Additional DBA Names: Advanage Wonder Cleaner

end DMPG Info

Source:

Lauren Sage Reinlie

Daily News

http://www.nwfdailynews.com

February 04, 2011 5:51 PM

Fort Walton Beach, Florida

 

Petaluma, California

February 4, 2011

Four seniors targeted by magazine sales scam

Four seniors in the Caulfield Lane Senior Apartments, operated by PEP Housing, narrowly escaped being scammed by a man and woman in their mid-20s purportedly selling magazine subscriptions.

According to Erin Hoffman, resident services coordinator, the pair went door-to-door throughout the complex asking the low-income seniors to sign up for magazine subscriptions at prices ranging from $168 to $420. The pair arrived at about sundown on Jan. 13 and visited most of the units.

“The two were very convincing,” Hoffman said.

According to Petaluma police, the two told residents they were collecting money for a company called WWC. They said proceeds would benefit children. To gain the confidence of the seniors, the man told residents he was the grandson of one of their neighbors.

Four seniors signed up for the program, two for the $420 maximum amount asked. Another senior offered to make a donation, but was turned down. Each of the seniors who elected to participate wrote a check for the amount requested.

One of the residents who had refused to participate suggested to a neighbor who had bought into the scheme that she stop payment on her check.

The residents contacted Hoffman and Petaluma Police, and all who had signed up were able to stop payment on their checks.

“The bad thing is the expense,” said Hoffman. “Even the $20 or so that it costs to stop a check can be a burden on low-income seniors. The scary thing is how much information they may have gotten from the people.”

Hoffman said the complex has no-soliciting signs that are generally acknowledged.

“This kind of thing doesn't happen too often that I'm aware of,” she said.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

World Wide Circulation, Inc.

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact & Profile

Business Name: World Wide Circulation, Inc.

Pinnacle Sales

Business Address: 32008 Harper Avenue

St. Clair Shores, MI 48082

See the location on a Mapquest Map

See the location on a Google Map Original Business Start Date: 1/1/1984

Principal: Teresa Brisendine, Office Manager

Phone Number: (586) 415-8078

Fax Number: (586) 415-4874

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: WHOLESALERS & DISTRIBUTORS

Products & Services

According to the firm, World Wide Circulation, Inc.

is a "clearing house, whose purpose is to process magazine

orders and help customers with their magazine orders."

Google Search: World Wide Circulation

Google Search This Site For: World Wide Circulation

end DMPG Info

Source:

By JOHN JACKSON,

ARGUS-COURIER STAFF

Petaluma Argus-Courier Newspaper

http://www.petaluma360.com

Published: Friday, February 4, 2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Last Modified: Thursday, February 3, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.

Petaluma, California

 

Panama City, Florida

February 4, 2011

Door to Door Solicitors Arrested in Violation of City Ordinance

DeFuniak Springs Police Department

Defuniak Springs, Fla:

On Thursday, February 3rd 2011, Officers with the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to citizen complaints of suspicious persons going door to door and attempting to sell merchandise. One subject was located in the area of South First Street and Bay Avenue. Investigation determined that the individual did not have a permit to solicit within the city limits. It was reported that at least five other subjects were out soliciting in the DeFuniak Springs Area, unpermitted. The group was travelling around the city in a white cargo van. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that business transactions did take place within the city limits. After several attempts to meet with the group’s supervisor, officers did interview three of the six subjects and did determine that all were in violation of City Ordinance. One of the three subjects had an active warrant out of Georgia. Georgia authorities refused to extradite Roderick Jermaine Rudisel on their warrant. Police quickly learned that all three subjects had extensive criminal histories in multiple states and all were taken into custody and transported to the Walton County Jail, where they were booked for Violation of City Ordinance 17-1 (Identification Card and Permit Required). The investigation is on-going at this time. Arrested were; Kwane A. Dimery from Colorado, Timothy R. Bunch from Minnesota and Roderick J. Rudisel from Miami, Florida. The group told officers they were staying in Ft. Walton Beach. The DeFuniak Springs Police want to know if anyone made purchases for products from these individuals using a personal check or a credit card. Please contact the DeFuniak Springs Police at 850-892-8513 if you made a purchase from a door to door solicitor on Thursday, February 3rd 2011 in DeFuniak Springs, Florida.

Source:

WMBB News 13 ABC

http://www.panhandleparade.com

02/04/11 - 02:41 PM

Panama City, Florida

 

Bantam, Connecticut

February 4, 2011

Texas man had bond raised on Winsted sex assault case due to Florida arrest

BANTAM — A Texas man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Winsted was in Bantam Superior Court Thursday where he saw his bond raised.??

Jesse L. Estep, 25, of 1685 Settlers Way, Seguin, Texas, was charged with third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful restraint, disorderly conduct and peddling without a permit for an incident that occurred May 6, 2010.

On Dec. 4, 2010, Estep was arrested and charged with posession and/or use of narcotic equipment in Tallahassee Fla.

Julie Costello, Estep’s defense counsel, respectfully objected to the state’s request for a bond increase, but she indicated that her client was prepared to have his bond raised because of his latest arrest.?

A judicial marshal handcuffed him and brought him into the lockup cell in court after Judge Corrine L. Klatt issued a $5,000 bond.

Estep was released from custody in September after he previously had his bond lowered from $50,000 to $1,000 cash only.

Police said Estep was illegally selling magazines with a group of people in September who claimed to work for Freedom Sales Company or Sunshine Subscription Agency based out of Coral Springs, Fla.??

The sexual assault charge stems from an incident that occurred around 3:30 p.m. on May 6 where Estep allegedly forced himself on a the victim in the area of Rockwell Street. The girl complained to police and Estep was arrested.

Estep will remain incarcerated until he posts his newly issued bond.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Freedom Sales Company aka: Sunshine Subscription Agency:

Door-to-Door Magazine Clearinghouse::

Palmetto Marketing:

BBB:

Palmetto Marketing, Inc aka Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc.

7522 Wiles Road, Ste. 112

Coral Springs, FL 33067

BBB Rating: F

Business Contact and Profile

Name: Sunshine Subscription Agency, Inc.

Phone: (954) 341-8135

Fax: (954) 341-6918

Address: 7522 Wiles Road, Ste. 112

Coral Springs, FL 33067

Original Business Start Date: February 1992

Principal: Mr. Vincent Pitts, President

Type of Business: Magazines Retail By Mail, Magazines Retail By Direct Selling

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Additional DBA Names: J C Sales

PMI

Palmetto Marketing, Inc Business Management

Additional company management personnel include:

Mrs. Jeannette Pitts - Sec/Treas

Ms. Barbara Baksh - Office Clerk

Additional Locations and Phone Numbers

Additional Phone Numbers

Tel: (305) 341-8135

Tel: (800) 318-6087

Palmetto Marketing is a member of the National Field Selling Association (NFSA)

NFSA Website: http://www.nfsa.com

Vincent Pitts is the president of the NFSA.

For information on additional crimes:

http://www.travelingsalescrews.info/door to door sales profiles.html

end DMPG Info

Source:

By CHRIS RUELI

The Register Citizen

http://registercitizen.com

Published: Friday, February 04, 2011

Torrington, Connecticut

 

American Fork, Utah

February 3, 2011

Case continued against door-to-door salesman accused of rape, assault

The case against a Chicago door-to-door salesman accused of raping an American Fork woman was continued on Thursday. Brian Mask is charged with attempted murder with injury and aggravated sexual assault, both first-degree felonies. Prosecutors believe he attacked and severely injured a woman in 2008 after she invited him into her home. The case is on hold while attorneys wait for the results of mental competency tests. Based on previous tests, Mask was declared incompetent for trial due to a low IQ, but prosecutors have said they believe those tests may not accurately reflect Mask’s intellect. Posted in American-fork on Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:24 pm Updated: 2:24 pm.

Source:

Daily Herald

http://www.heraldextra.com

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 9:24 pm

Provo, UT

 

Savannah, Georgia

January 31, 2011

Watch out for so-called students selling magazines

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - They are going door to door, claiming to be Armstrong Atlantic State University students, raising money for a school trip or for books. People have let them in their homes and given them money. The only problem is they aren't students at all.

It's believed they've pulled their scheme in Chatham County and Jasper County.

It's unclear if it's one person going door to door or if there is a group of them. However, we do know Savannah-Chatham Metro Police took one man into custody already and he is definitely not an Armstrong student.

Police arrested 26-year-old Jeremy Wheatman last week on the Isle of Hope. Neighbors there told police that he'd come to their homes claiming to be an AASU student selling magazines for a class trip. They weren't buying his story, but some people earlier in the week did.

Bruce O'Donnell says his son was approached by a so called AASU student. He's not sure if it was Wheatman, but the story was similar, and in the same neighborhood. This time, the man claimed he was raising money to buy books. O'Donnell says his son felt for the student so he invited him in the house, ordered some magazines and paid cash. "He thought he was doing the young man a favor. He probably would not have purchased magazines other than that, but was trying to do the right thing," said O'Donnell.

We do know someone who lives in Jasper County reached out to Savannah-Chatham Metro Police thanking them for the arrest. She too told police she fell for Wheaton's act and that she wasn't alone, her neighbors did too.

Police did talk to several people who they call "team members" and told them not to solicit without permits.

Armstrong Atlantic State University says they have no knowledge of Armstrong students being involved in magazine sales to raise funds for study abroad.

Source:

By Christy Hutchings

WTOC

http://www.wtoc.com

Posted: Jan 31, 2011 4:22 PM CST

Updated: Jan 31, 2011 7:08 PM CST

Savannah, Georgia

 

Orange County, North Carolina

January 31, 2011

BOCC to Discuss Door-to-Door Salesmen

Orange County Commissioners will consider the best way to regulate door-to-door salesmen when they meet on Tuesday. In response to resident complaints, commissioners asked staff to look into drafting new rules to govern peddlers, solicitors, and people selling goods and services door-to-door. County Manager Frank Clifton notes in a memo to the board that only two other counties in North Carolina have regulations governing solicitors, and one has been challenged by the ACLU. Instead of requiring permits or licenses, county staff recommends that neighborhood groups work with the district attorney to prosecute unwanted peddlers for trespassing. Also on Tuesday, commissioners will hold a public hearing on the 2011 legislative agenda. Orange County is looking to the General Assembly for permission to change the Orange-Alamance boarder and ban deer hunting with dogs. The board meets Tuesday at 7 pm at the Department of Social Services in Hillsborough.

Source:

By Elizabeth Friend

1360 WCHL

http://www.wchl1360.com

01/31/11 04:32PM

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

 

Fort Collins, Colorado

January 29, 2011

'No Solicitor' sign a requirement for enforcement of law

The Green River Ordinance is still in effect and going strong in Windsor.

"We do still enforce the ordinance," said Windsor Police Chief John Michaels. The ordinance prohibits door-to-door sales of any products, from vacuum cleaners to magazine subscriptions to roofing or siding work. Residents can call the Windsor police and they will issue a citation to violators. But, there's a catch. "Residents have to have a posted 'No Trespassing, No Soliciting' sign near their front door," Michaels said. "If the sign is up, we can issue citations." The sign does not, according to Michaels, need to be more than a piece of paper with the words 'No Soliciting' tacked onto the front door or window. "Call us while the solicitation is occurring, or we can't write a citation," Michaels said. Even if a homeowner does not have a sign, if solicitors do not leave when asked, Michaels said police can issue a trespassing citation. "If you say leave, they need to leave," he said. Some groups have stated they have permits from the town and can solicit. Michaels said that's incorrect. "Salesmen are required to have a sales tax license from the town, but that still does not mean they can go door-to-door," he said. Although the ordinance is intended to keep solicitors away, nonprofit organizations will still be protected and allowed to visit a home. Examples of these groups include Girl Scouts, religious groups or commercial enterprises distributing pamphlets.

Source:

BY ASHLEY KEESIS-WOOD • ashleykeesis@windsorbeacon.com

http://www.coloradoan.com

January 29, 2011

Fort Collins, Colorado

 

Phoenix, Arizona

January 26, 2011

Door-to-door sales curbs heading to Phoenix City Council

It will now be up to City Council to vote on new Phoenix regulations that would make it illegal to peddle products door to door without a valid ID or leave advertising on homes with "no soliciting" signs.

Council's Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee Tuesday approved proposed changes to the Phoenix City Code that tighten city laws on solicitors. The council's Housing and Neighborhoods Subcommittee and a council-appointed citizens group already have signed off on the legislation, which is expected to go before council for a final vote in late February or March.

"While hand billing is protected by the First Amendment, that does not mean as a homeowner you can't control your property," said James Hays, an assistant Phoenix City Attorney who drafted the changes to the Phoenix City Code.

Hays pointed out to the Public Safety and Veterans Subcommittee that the changes would only pertain to businesses going door to door, not to churches, political candidates or non-profit groups like the Girl Scouts.

"This is just directed to commercial enterprises," Hays said.

Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox, who co-chaired the council-appointed Solicitation Ordinance Working Group and is a member of the public safety subcommittee explained that the changes law will give police and city officials ways to deal with "organizations that truck kids in (to Phoenix) to do fraudulent sales" of magazines and other products.

The working group, comprised of residents from each city council district, met and held public hearings starting last May on the issue.

At the hearings, dozens of residents complained about peddlers who became belligerent and threatening after failing to make sales - or who "sold" products that never arrived.

Residents also complained that their doorways and porches were frequently overloaded with fliers and business cards - a possible indication to burglars that no one was home.

The working group stopped short of recommending that Phoenix pass a new law that would require peddlers to be licensed - a move city officials and businesses that rely on door to door sales would be too expensive and difficult to enforce.

If approved, the changes to city code would:

- Ban businesses from leaving cards or door hangers on properties marked "no soliciting" or "no trespassing."

- Ban door-to-door peddling before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. in the winter, 9 p.m. in the summer.

- Require peddlers to show government-issued identification cards, such as a driver's license, upon request.

- Require peddlers to leave immediately when a resident tells them to do so.

- Make it illegal for peddlers to have "physical contact" with a window or any other part of a dwelling.

- Make it illegal for peddlers to open gates with "no trespassing" signs.

Violations would carry Class 1 misdemeanor penalties, which could mean fines of up to $2,500 or jail sentences of up to six months, Hays said.

In addition, Phoenix police have created a new radio code that will allow them to track reports of badly behaved solicitors, said Phoenix police Commander Allen Smith.

"Before we had no idea of the scope of the problem," Smith told the subcommittee on Tuesday. "It will allow us to keep an eye out and track where the problems are."

Police began using the code right before the holiday season, on Dec. 6. So far, they have used it four times, Smith said.

Source:

by Cathryn Creno - Jan. 26, 2011 06:15 AM

The Arizona Republic

http://www.azcentral.com

Jan. 26, 2011 06:15 AM

Phoenix, Arizona

 

The Florida Keys

January 24, 2011

3 scams hit Keys

A New Town mom used the social networking website Facebook to track down the mother of a man she believes ripped her off, and she may be getting her money back. Two young men in their mid-20s knocked on Becky Klapil's door last week, selling magazine subscriptions for a supposed charity. "I was trying to make dinner and had a toddler talking away, so I went ahead and bought one so I could get back to what I was doing," Klapil said. She bought a $25 subscription to Interview magazine, but as she went back to her work, she felt something wasn't right. "The guy was talking a mile a minute and he was covered in tattoos," she said. She went online and found the company with which the two men said they were affiliated, HP Consulting Inc., which had numerous Better Business Bureau complaints against it in Colorado, where the company is reportedly based. She also found one of the men's Facebook profiles and used the website to contact his mother. "The guy's mom said she is sending me my money back. She also told me her son lied about being in college," Klapil said. "The whole thing just sounds like a scam to me and I wanted to get the word out. Whether or not I get my money back, I don't know, but other people should know about it."

alinhardt@keysnews.com

Source:

BY ADAM LINHARDT Citizen Staff

Keysnews.com

alinhardt@keysnews.com

http://keysnews.com

Monday, January 24, 2011  

The Florida Keys and Key West's Daily Online News

 

Port Charlotte, Florida

January 23, 2011

Knock. Knock. Teenagers Selling Magazines

Teenager Selling Magazines Left this Sticker on Neighbor's Door Who Made a Purchase

Would you purchase a $45 magazine subscription from someone you didn’t know because they gave a song and dance about wanting to earn a trip?

I’m all for supporting the ambitions of today’s youth. When a neighbor family knocked on my door last week, I gave the son money for his Juvenile Diabetes fund-raising. I know they live in the complex and have a feeling it was legit.

Opening the door at 8 p.m. isn’t the smartest thing for a woman living alone but I did it last night anyway. Who I found were two “teenagers” saying they were from California and their parents enrolled them a program to improve their public speaking. They are tasked at earning points in order to earn enough for a trip (the young woman said she’ll be going to Australia) before heading to college next year.

The young woman kept showing me cards encased in plastic which had information about points, dollars and trips. Another side had a bunch of names and signatures which really means nothing to me. Background of the cards were red and white, like the American flag and believe the company name was American Community Services, or something like that.

She asked my name then asked what I did for a living. That’s when I told them I knew what they were doing and wasn’t interested.

I’ve been through this rodeo before when living in Tallahassee – “teenagers” – usually older – were doing the same thing. The police investigated and found shady stuff happening.

These days, Google teenagers selling magazines and you’ll find all sorts of not so pleasant things such as indebtedness, abuse and ripoffs. Many times, they aren’t teenagers at all and are twentysomethings. From what I’ve read, if they don’t bring in their quota, some groups issue punishment ranging from sleeping on the floor to beatings. I also read there is sometimes punishment given to those who catch the attention of law enforcement.

As for the scam side of things, this post on the blog Is It a Scam? is interesting as well as the comments by people who bit and handed over checks.

I called the sheriff’s department and was told they would send someone over. While I waited I could hear what the pair told my neighbor. She eventually purchased a subscription and specifically told the young woman to hold it a week or so to clear. Later after the pair left, another neighbor came by to ask if she purchased a subscription because he just wasn’t sure if it was legitimate. My neighbor wrote a check for about $63 for one magazine subscription and the other neighbor wrote one for $45.

I have to say, the young woman was good and convincing. She definitely knew her stuff. When the pair left the neighbor, they said they would put a sticker on the door indicating they already made a purchase and since their group would be in our neighborhood over the next couple of weeks, the other sellers would know not to disturb her again. See the sticker at the top of the page? I should note, I live in a community that has a sign reading “no solicitation.”

A deputy called me and said they had problems with the group in the next city over earlier in the day. He said he spoke to the team leaders and told them they needed permits to do this. The deputy also told me he did background checks on the two and they came up clean. I don’t know if he meant backgrounds of the team leaders or the pair who knocked on my door. I know, I should’ve asked. And if it was the pair who were here, wonder what ages came up in the background check.

Maybe I’m wrong and everything is on the up and up. Maybe my neighbors will receive their magazine subscriptions and hopefully these “kids” won’t be punished, aren’t being held against their will, aren’t indebted, can leave when the want and will get to go on their trips.

Have you sold magazines this way and did you get to take your trip? Have you had any interaction with these groups? Have you ordered a magazine from this type of group and did you actually receive it?

Additional thought added 8:15 p.m., Jan. 23, 2011 – If someone lies in order to sell you something that’s fraud. Did these “kids’” parents really send them out to Florida to enhance their public speaking skills?

Source:

Jennifer Huber

http://www.solotravelgirl.com

January 23, 2011

Port Charlotte, Florida

 

Staunton, Virginia

January 20, 2011

City police look into door-to-door sale

STAUNTON — A $71 children's book that never arrived has prompted a fraud investigation in Staunton.

A door-to-door saleswoman representing a Phoenix, Ariz., firm called First Class Sales sold the book to Trixie Doyle, who lives on Bull Run, in August. When Doyle contacted the company a few weeks later, she was told it could take up to 120 days to arrive. Now that the time has passed, she has complained to the city police, who are actively investigating, Officer Lisa Klein said Wednesday. "I don't buy things door to door but I did this time — but it was a children's Bible for my grandchild," Doyle said. The young woman who sold her the Bible said she was a University of Virginia student whose father was overseas in the military. The young woman said she was raising funds for a school trip. "If she'd'a just said she was going on a trip and didn't have enough and could I make a donation, I'd've done that," Doyle said. When Doyle later pressed her about the book, the young woman told her the company involved had a top rating from the Better Business Bureau, and gave Doyle a number to check it out. The number was a private home in Montana. "The man who answered said it used to be a pizza parlor and asked if I was crazy when I asked about the book," Doyle said. First Class Sales did not obtain the license required of door-to-door sales people, Commissioner of Revenue Maggie Ragon said. Klein said the police are trying to track down the company, which only reported a post office box in its paperwork and on its website, to determine what happened. To make a cause for fraud, the police will need to prove the company intended to defraud Doyle, Klein said. Klein said door-to-door sales frauds usually involve paving or contractor work, adding that she hadn't heard of any involving books in recent years. First Class Sales did not reply to email or phone messages. Although it uses a Phoenix post office box, it gave the business bureau a St. Louis area phone number. That number was out of service but referred callers to yet another St. Louis number, a private home of soemone unrelated to the company.

The company has a "F" grade from the Phoenix Better Business Bureau, which reported it has received 13 complaints over the past three years about it, with 10 just in the past 12 months. Three involved problems with deliveries, one about its magazine subscriptions, another about refund issues and eight about its selling practices. Nine of the cases were resolved, while in two cases, the bureau determined the company made a reasonable effort to solve the dispute but the consumer remained unsatisfied. In two cases, the company didn't respond to the complaint.

On its website, the company said it "provides young people with the opportunity to travel the country while gaining valuable business experience." Klein said residents should always ask to see a business license of a door-to-door salesperson, and should feel free to ask police to come and check out any stranger at their front door. It is worth while checking out people you don't know who are selling goods or services requiring an upfront payment before delivery, she said.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

First Class Sales

BBB Rating: F

Business Name: First Class Sales Inc.

First Class Sales

Sales First Class LLC

Business Address: PO Box 87647

Phoenix, AZ 85080

Principal: Ron St. John

Phone Number: (314) 361-5300

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: MAGAZINE SALES

Website Address:

http://www.salesfirstclass.com

end DMPG Info

Source:

By Brad Zinn and David Ress/staff • bzinn@newsleader.com, dress/newsleader.com

http://www.newsleader.com

January 20, 2011

Staunton, Virginia

 

Warsaw, Ohio

January 20, 2011

Warsaw looks to crackdown on peddlers

WARSAW -- Warsaw village council had a first reading of an ordinance at Wednesday's meeting that would regulate peddling and solicitation in the village.

The ordinance would require people going door to door collecting money or selling items to fill out an application and register with the village office 48 hours before doing so. Individuals and companies would be subject to background checks and would be refused a license if anything illegal or questionable was found. Licenses also could be revoked for violation of terms.

"I think the primary need for the ordinance is you want to protect the privacy rights of the village residents," Village Solicitor Todd Drown said. "I think most people today prefer not to be bothered ... but more importantly I think they want to be protected from people going door to door that they don't know who they are and we don't know who they are."

Fees for a license would be $5 for a one-day license, $10 for a one-week license and $15 for a one-month license. Religious and charitable organizations would be exempt from a fee, but they still would need to register. This includes local organizations.

Excluded are wholesale merchants dealing with businesses in the village, those invited to come in by specific residents, those seeking newspaper subscriptions of papers with distribution in the area, groups soliciting to its own members, juveniles peddling on behalf of local civic and educational organizations and those canvassing the area regarding causes, issues, religion and politics.

"It's for the spontaneous person that shows up that doesn't have an established relationship with people in the village. It has nothing to do with mail (solicitations) -- only if you go door to door," Drown said.

Residents also could have their name put on a do-not-knock list by request to the village office and would have to sign up annually. Peddlers would be given a list of names and addresses they are not allowed to go to.

Going to a resident on the do-not-knock list or not acquiring the proper license would be a fourth degree misdemeanor and a new charge would be accrued for each day of violation.

All soliciting would be prohibited between 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily, on Sundays and federal holidays unless part of a specially sanctioned event. Charitable organizations and political campaigns would be exempt from that part as long as they are properly licensed.

Organizations also would be prohibited from standing in the middle of streets collecting money unless they are given special permission by the mayor.

llhayhur@coshoctontribune.com; (740) 295-3417

Source:

BY LEONARD HAYHURST • Staff Writer

coshoctontribune.com

http://www.coshoctontribune.com

January 20, 2011

Coshocton, Ohio

 

Lamar County, Mississippi

January 20, 2011

Sheriff warns about magazine scam

Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said residents should be aware of a scam being staged by people selling magazine subscriptions as a fundraising project.

“We want the public to be aware of young, college-age kids going door-to-door, seeking magazine subscriptions, and saying that they are (University of Southern Mississippi) students and are trying to sponsor a trip to London, England, over the summer for a broadcasting project,” Rigel said. “USM has contacted the sheriff’s department and they are in no way associated with USM.” Rigel said no arrests had been made because claiming an association with the university doesn’t rise to the level of a crime.

“I’m not saying what they’re doing is criminal, but they’re no way affiliated with USM,” Rigel said. “We can’t charge them with (criminal misrepresentation), so we’re asking people to just be cautious.

“If someone comes to your door, unsolicited, wanting to sell stuff, know who you are dealing with. Demand identification. A good rule of thumb is to know who you are dealing with before you write them a check or something like that.”

Source:

From staff reports

hattiesburgamerican.com

http://www.hattiesburgamerican.com

January 20, 2011

Hattiesburg, Mississippi

 

Omaha, Nebraska

January 19, 2011

Jail term for sex assault of girl

At least he'll have access to plenty of magazines.

A 44-year-old magazine salesman from Georgia was sentenced Tuesday to 2 to 4 years in prison for having sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl he met in Omaha.

Ronald E. Kemp told Douglas County District Judge James Gleason he was “deceived” by the girl into believing she was 19.

Prosecutors pointed out that Kemp, who traveled the country selling magazine subscriptions, met the girl as she was riding her bicycle near 108th and Emmet Streets.

He called out to her from a bus stop. The two traded cell phone numbers and then made out near a former KFC restaurant.

Under state law, ignorance of a minor's age is not a defense for sexual assault of a child.

And it seems the girl wasn't the only one deceiving someone. Kemp admitted to police he told the girl that he was 28.

Kemp's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Rob Marcuzzo, said Kemp plans to return to Atlanta after he serves his time.

Wherever he ends up, he'll have a different sort of subscription to deal with: Kemp was ordered to register annually as a sex offender.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1275, todd.cooper@owh.com

DMPG Info:

Police reports indicate that Ronald E. Kemp worked for D&T Connections - Go 4 More

Omaha Nebraska Police case number: Y40077

Douglas County Attorney docket 185 page 124

Door-to-Door Sales Company:

D&T Connections

Web Site:

http://www.dntconnection.com/home.htm

Trade Group:

D&T CONNECTION,INC.IS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL FIELD OF SELLING ASSOCIATION (NFSA).

Web Site:

http://www.nfsa.com

BBB:

Business Contact and Profile

Name: D & T Connection c/o American Comm.Service

Phone: (678) 571-0896

Address: 8557 Highway 20 W

Michigan City, IN 46360

Principal: Tekeba Swift, Vice President

File Open Date: June 2003

Type of Business: Magazines Sold Door-to-Door

BBB Accreditation: This company is not a BBB Accredited business.

Georgia Secretary of State:

D & T Connection, Inc.

4580 Jailette Trce

Atlanta, GA 30349-1884

Georgia Secretary of State:

Business Name History

Name Name Type

D & T CONNECTION, INC. Current Name

Profit Corporation - Domestic - Information

Control No.: 0553251

Status: Active/Compliance

Entity Creation Date: 8/3/2005

Jurisdiction: GA

Principal Office Address: 4580 JAILETTE TRACE

COLLEGE PARK GA 30349

Last Annual Registration Filed Date: 4/5/2010

Last Annual Registration Filed: 2010

Registered Agent

Agent Name: SWIFT-CARROLL, TEKEBA IKETA

Office Address: 4580 JAILETTE TRACE

COLLEGE PARK GA 30349

Agent County: Fulton

Officers

Title: CEO

Name: DONALD WAYNE CARROLL

Address: 4580 JAILETTE TRACE

COLLEGE PARK GA 30349

Title: CFO

Name: TEKEBA IKETA SWIFT-CARROLL

Address: 4580 JAILETTE TRACE

COLLEGE PARK GA 30349

Title: Secretary

Name: TEKEBA IKETA SWIFT-CARROLL

Address: 4580 JAILETTE TRACE

COLLEGE PARK GA 30349

DMPG Reference:

http://edumacation.com/AmericanCommunityServices

BBB

Georiga Secretary of State

end DMPG Info

Source:

By Todd Cooper

WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Omaha World-Herald

Published Wednesday January 19, 2011

Omaha, Nebraska

 

Charlotte County, Florida

January 14, 2011

4 arrested in door-to-door solicitation

CHARLOTTE COUNTY- Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies arrested four out-of-state men who were selling items door-to-door in the Gulf Cove area around Gillot Blvd. and Heron Terrace Thursday afternoon. CCSO received calls around 1 p.m. from residents complaining about four men selling cleaning materials. Deputies stopped them and learned they were working for ECO Orange Pro-Tek Chemical. They were advised about the county ordinance and were referred to the Clerk of Court Office to obtain permits for soliciting.

Around 3:30 p.m., CCSO received more complaints, this time from residents in the East Englewood area of Willmington Blvd and Shasta St. about four men soliciting door-to-door. Deputies responded and found the same four men who were earlier advised to get a county permit. This time they were arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Charged with Violation of County Ordinance for Solicitation were David A. Erickson, 35, Ft. Worth, Texas; John D. Herrington, 32, Bellville, Texas; Alphonso B. Dinuwelle, 28, Charlotte, North Carolina; and Patrick K. Barlow, 25, Alburquerque, New Mexico. All four made their $250 bond.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Sales Company:

ECO Orange Pro-Tek Chemical

end DMPG Info

Source:

WINK News

Story Created: Jan 14, 2011 at 1:27 PM America/New_York

http://www.winknews.com

Fort Myers, Florida

 

PORT ST. LUCIE, Florida

January 12, 2011

Solicitor Stole iPhone From Port St. Lucie Home

Georgia Woman Arrested On Charges Of Theft, Soliciting Without Permit

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A Georgia woman going door to door selling magazines was arrested Tuesday after she stole an iPhone from a Port St. Lucie home, police said. Victoria Smith was arrested on charges of grand theft and soliciting without a permit. According to the police report, Smith took an iPhone from the table of a home where she had been selling magazines. The victim, who let Smith inside the home, noticed her phone was missing and told her mother, who called 911. Police arrived and searched the neighborhood, where Smith was found selling magazines at a home nearby. According to the report, when an officer asked Smith for the phone she had just stolen, the 21-year-old Jonesboro, Ga., resident pulled the iPhone out of her pocket and said, "I don't know why I did that. It was stupid." Smith was arrested and the iPhone was returned.

DMPG Info:

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

NXcess Sales, LLC

Research:

Destiny Sales

Prestige Sales LLC

Integrity Program

Integrity Sales

Magazine Fulfillment Services

BBB:

Business Name: NXcess Sales, LLC

NXCESS SALES, LLC

BBB Rating: F

Business Address: 24820 N 16th Avenue #110

Phoenix , AZ 85085

Original Business Start Date: 12/9/2009

Local Business Start Date: 12/9/2009

Type of Entity: Limited Liability Company (LLC)

Incorporated: 2009 in AZ

Principal: Mark Speigner, Member

BBB Accreditation: This business is not a BBB Accredited Business

Type of Business: MAGAZINES SOLD DOOR-TO-DOOR

Website Address:

http://www.nxcesssales.com

PORT ST. LUCIE Police Department

Case Number: 311000761

end DMPG Info

Source:

WPBF-TV

POSTED: 11:48 am EST January 12, 2011

PORT ST. LUCIE Police Department Case Number: 311000761

 

2010

 

Annapolis, Maryland

November 23, 2010

Salesman gets 2 years in sex offense

A magazine salesman charged earlier this year with raping an autistic woman he met while going door to door in Arnold may have attacked another intellectually disabled woman before he was arrested, according to county prosecutors.

An attorney for Jarvis Spain, 21, of Chicago, maintained in court last week that both incidents last April were consensual, but Assistant State's Attorney Pamela Alban noted that both victims were similarly situated, that both women reported them to police as sexual assaults, and that the facts in both incidents were nearly identical.

While calling the alleged pattern disturbing, prosecutors decided Thursday not to take the original victim's case to trial or file charges in the second case. Alban cited the wishes of the original victims' family and problems with the second case that probably would have prevented prosecutors from securing a conviction.

Under a plea agreement that allowed him to maintain his innocence, Spain was convicted of two counts of second-degree assault and forth-degree sex offense in connection with the April 20 attack on a 29-year-old woman who prosecutors believe has the intellectual ability of a 10- or 11-year-old.

He was sentenced to two years in a county jail, seven months of which he already has served.

Magazine sales company: Paragon Sales aka: Midwest Clearing, Inc.

Source:

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY, Staff Writer

The Capital

Capital Gazette Communications

http://www.hometownannapolis.com

Annapolis, Maryland

Anne Arundel County Police Department

Criminal Investigation Division

41 Community Place Crownsville, Maryland

Phone 410-222-3470 Fax 410-222-3764

A/Sergeant B. Isaac #1525

 

Tucson, Arizona

November 10, 2010

Family of slain man objects to plea deal; killer gets 15 years

The family of a 40-year-old man who was beaten to death last December castigated their loved one's killer and the Pima County Attorney's Office on Tuesday. Harold Marquart was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison in the death of Daniel Willis. Willis' son and former girlfriend told Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields they couldn't believe Marquart, 57, was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter. If Willis were the mayor or a chief executive officer, Marquart would not have been offered a deal, and other cases wouldn't have taken precedence, Selena Sandoval told Fields. Willis was found dead in the front yard of a home in the 2300 block of East Eastland Street, near East 22nd Street and South Tucson Boulevard. Police reported Willis was homeless when he was killed by Marquart and Robert J. Hines. The men entered identical plea agreements, agreeing to serve somewhere between seven and 18 years in prison. Sandoval told Fields that no one was consulted about the plea, and they would have opposed it. Sandoval, who denied Willis was homeless, said 18 years wouldn't be enough time for Marquart, who got out of prison five days before he killed Willis. Defense attorney Verne Hill told Fields that Willis was extremely drunk and died after attacking Marquart with a knife, Hill said. Hill told the judge his client fought back, but it was Hines who crushed Willis' windpipe, causing his death. Marquart apologized to Willis' family, bemoaning the fact he drank that day knowing his alcoholism had landed him in prison before. Hines, 24, will be sentenced Dec. 6.

Magazine Sales Company: Fit for Life

aka: Face to Face Technologies aka: American Cash Awards.

Source:

Kim Smith

Arizona Daily Star

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:00 am

Arizona Daily Star

http://azstarnet.com

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Arizona Police Case Nummber: 0912060471

Court Case # CR20094707

 

Tucson, Arizona

November 9, 2010

15-year prison term given in fatal beating of Tucson man

The family of a 40-year-old man who was beaten to death last December castigated their loved one’s murderer, the Pima County Attorney’s Office and the media Tuesday during the killer’s sentencing hearing.

Harold Marquart was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the death of Daniel Willis.

Willis’ son and former girlfriend told Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields they couldn’t believe Marquart, 57, was allowed to plead guilty to manslaughter and was facing a maximum sentence of only 18 years.

If Willis were the president, the mayor or the chief executive officer of a large company, Marquart would never have been offered a plea agreement and other cases wouldn’t have taken precedence, Selena Sandoval told Fields.

Willis’ death also would’ve warranted more than a paragraph in the newspaper, too, Sandoval said.

Willis was found dead in the front yard of a home in the 2300 block of East Eastland Street, near East 22nd Street and South Tucson Boulevard.

The Tucson Police Department reported at the time that Willis was homeless and had been beaten to death by Marquart and Robert J. Hines.

The men entered identical plea agreements, agreeing to serve somewhere between seven and 18 years in prison.

During Hines’ change-of-plea hearing, defense attorney Jill Thorpe told Fields Willis and Marquart had been drinking heavily when a "play fight" between Willis and Marquart turned serious.

Hines joined Marquart in stomping Willis on the face and head before getting scared and fleeing, Thorpe said at the time.

When Hines left, Willis was still alive, Thorpe said.

In a letter to the Arizona Daily Star, Hines said Marquart coerced him into beating Willis.

Sandoval told Fields no one in Willis’ family was consulted by prosecutors about the plea agreement and had they been, they would have opposed it.

Given the brutality of the attack on Willis and his martial arts training, there is no way he was involved in a “play fight,” Sandoval said.

She said Marquart was getting away with murder and to make things worse he has shown no remorse, Sandoval said.

Marquart’s letter to Fields is just filled with excuses, Sandoval said.

Willis was not homeless when he died, he was helping the mother of a family friend build a wheelchair ramp, Sandoval said.

Regardless, “there should be no need for witnesses to bolster the worth” of Willis’ life, Sandoval said.

Willis was murdered and 18 years isn’t enough time for Marquart, who got out of prison just five days before he killed Willis, Sandoval said.

Defense attorney Verne Hill told Fields Willis wasn’t a “blameless sheep.”

His blood alcohol content when he died was 0.30 and he died after attacking Marquart with a knife, Hill said.

The defense attorney said Marquart and Willis met at a convenience store and Willis invited him back to the house on East Eastland for some beer.

When Marquart told Willis he’d just gotten out of prison after serving some time in the Winchester Unit, Willis attacked Marquart because he recognized that unit is for sex offenders, having served time in prison himself, Hill said.

“This wasn’t play fighting, it was an all-out attack,” Hill said.

Hill told the judge his client disarmed Willis, took him to the ground and kicked him, but it was Hines who crushed Willis’ windpipe, causing his death.

Marquart was so drunk himself he passed out two doors down from the incident, Hill said.

A tearful and visibly shaking Marquart apologized to Willis’ family, bemoaning the fact he took that first drink of alcohol that day knowing he has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction his entire life and it has landed him in prison multiple times before.

He told them that he and Willis apparently lived “parallel lives” in that they both struggled with alcoholism and they could just have easily been “comrades” rather than “combatants” while living on the streets. Marquart said he hopes Willis is sleeping peacefully in the “arms of the Creator” and called Hines a liar for his version of events.

The defendant pleaded for mercy from Fields, although he said he knew he didn’t deserve it. He said he is a sick man who wants to die at home, not in prison.

Fields told the five-time felon, “Mr. Marquart, your home is prison.”

Hines, 24, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 6.

Contact reporter Kim Smith at 573-4241 or kimsmith@azstarnet.com

Magazine Sales Company: Fit for Life

aka: Face to Face Technologies aka: American Cash Awards.

Source:

Kim Smith

Arizona Daily Star

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 12:00 am

Arizona Daily Star

http://azstarnet.com

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Arizona Police Case Nummber: 0912060471

Court Case # CR20094707

 

Running Springs, California

November 06,2010

Salesman Arrested For Not Registering As Sex Offender

Matthew Haynes Also Allegedly Provided False Identification

Running Springs, CA - A door-to-door magazine salesman working in the Running Springs area has been arrested on a charge of failing to register as a sex offender and for allegedly providing false identification to a peace officer.

Matthew Douglas Haynes, 19, who is wanted on a warrant from Oregon for also failing to register as a sex offender, was taken into custody on Saturday, November 6, at 3:07 p.m.

Deputy N. Newsom from the Twin Peaks Sheriff's Station responded to the area of All View Drive and Valley Oak Drive in response to a call about the door-to-door solicitations.

Deputy Newsom made contact with Haynes who reportedly lied about his name. Through investigation, the officer learned Haynes' true identity and determined he was a sex offender from Oregon.

Source:

By G.T. Houts

RIMOFTHEWORLD.NET

part of Vicinitas.com

http://rimoftheworld.net

Running Springs, California

Offender:

Matthew Douglas Haynes

2 felony counts: failing to register as a sex offender

San Bernardino County Sheriff Case # 051003395

 

Hillsdale, New Jersey

November 2, 2010

Fugitive wanted in Virginia arrested

A man attempting to peddle cleaning products in a Hillsdale neighborhood was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 30 after police discovered he had a felony fugitive warrant issued out of Virginia. At 1:55 p.m., a concerned resident contacted police headquarters to report that she had observed two men going door-to-door, selling cleaning products, said Police Officer Jeff Angermeyer, the department's spokesman. According to Angermeyer, the resident, who thought the men seemed suspicious, believed they were soliciting without a permit. Police Officer Chris Donaldson arrived on the scene and found the men roaming the neighborhood on foot, Angermeyer said. The officer approached the men and properly identified them. Donaldson ran a computer check of the men, which uncovered a match in a national fugitive database for one of the men, Jamel Arrington, a 34-year-old currently residing in Newark.

Cleaner sales company: In Progress

Source:

BY KIMBERLY REDMOND

Pascack Valley Community Life

Of Community Life

http://www.northjersey.com

New Jersey

 

Bonita Springs, Florida

October 26, 2010

Magazine salesman arrested for drug possession

BONITA SPRINGS: A man selling magazine subscriptions without a license was arrested for drug possession in Bonita Springs Monday. Deputies were called to the area of Strike Lane and Busy Bee Drive shortly before 8 p.m. about the door-to-door salesman. They found Ronald Jackson, 21, of Star, North Carolina, who said he did not have a license for solicitation. While searching Jackson, deputies say they found a cigarette pack with six oxycodone pills. Jackson allegedly said he had a prescription for them, but it was back in his motel room. He's charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Home Solicitation without a Permit.

Magazine sales company: In Progress

Source:

WBBH-TV

http://www.nbc-2.com

Fort Myers, Florida

 

Lockport, New York

October 26, 2010

Door-to-door salesman pleads guilty to burglary

LOCKPORT—A door-to-door magazine salesman from Schenectady, who was charged with committing burglaries when the opportunity arose as he made his rounds, could be sentenced to as long as 15 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to second-degree burglary. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III scheduled sentencing Feb. 7 for Ryan S. Stem, 21. Stem was charged with entering a home on West Rivershore Drive in Niagara Falls on June 4 and making off with two bottles of prescription medication as the resident was mowing his lawn. The plea deal included dismissal of some misdemeanor charges in Schenectady and a commitment by Erie County prosecutors to seek a concurrent sentence if Stem pleads guilty there, Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said. When Stem was arrested in Niagara Falls, police found some jewelry in his car, which was stolen from a Grand Island home.

Magazine sales company: In Progress

Source:

The Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com

Buffalo, New York

 

Batavia, New York

October 19, 2010

Oklahoma woman waives extradition in door-to-door sales scam case

She was pregnant with twins when she embarked on a mission to sell magazines door-to-door in several states.

When it was over, Starla J. Harjo, 21, of Seminole, Okla., lost both babies at birth in Buffalo and was arrested at least four times and jailed for a variety of charges related to the door-to-door sales scam.

One of those arrests happened in Batavia, just four days after one of her children died in utero and the other shortly after birth.

Harjo was arrested July 29 after stealing checks from a city resident. She later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail.

Harlo appeared in Genesee County Court Monday to waive extradition to Pennsylvania, where she faces a charge of stealing prescription drugs from an apartment while she conducted sales.

Harjo was arrested April 17 in Quakertown, Pa., one of several states she and at least one friend were working selling magazines.

She skipped out on the Pennsylvania charges and was arrested for stealing a wallet from the counter of a man's home in Florida. She, along with Jessica Rosenengal of Florida were charged with grand larceny, peddling without a license and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both women were then arrested in Cheektowaga the weekend of June 6. The two allegedly stole a wallet from a kitchen table.

Harjo was still in the Buffalo area when she lost her twins.

The Batavia arrest four days later was her last as she has remained in jail ever since. She will be returned to Pennsylvania sometime this month.

''She's waiving extradition to Pennsylvania,'' her attorney, Frederick Rarick said before the appearance in court. ''I asked the judge for probation. The district attorney asked for prison. Judge (Robert) Noonan gave her six months, which was appreciated, so she could be extradited back to Pennsylvania.

''It's a very sad story. She's a good kid and was under a lot of pressure and she picked up a number of matters. Hopefully, she can get back to her family in Oklahoma.''

Magazine Sales Company:

Freedom Sales

aka: Sunshine Subscription Agency

Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:

Palmetto Marketing

Source:

By Scott DeSmit sdesmit@batavianews.com

The Daily News Online

Cheektowaga Police Case#: 10-019-942

 

Elk Grove, California

October 16, 2010

Wallet Stolen By Girls Going Door to Door in Glenbrook

I was notified at 9:00 pm this evening, Friday the 15th, that there were some girls going door to door selling magazines around 6:00 pm this evening. They went to at least two homes on Sheffield--Village 1. At one of the homes they asked to use the restroom and sometime while they were inside the home they took the resident's wallet. Needless to say both residents are upset. The Police Officer asked me to notify all of you to not let anyone into your home selling anything, day or night. I hope you all were notified by your Block Captains this last week, about the Press Release from the Police Department concerning magazine sales guys who once they got into the home using the "ruse" of selling magazines they displayed a handgun. They searched the house --stole a safe. We don't want any of our residents to be put into this position. If anyone else was approached by these girls or another set of magazine sales people- in the last few days-please call me and let me know. If any of you have any questions regarding this information--please call me.Mary Weatherill--Glenbrooke Neighborhood Watch coordinator 686-3390

Magazine Sales Company: In Progress

Source:

Posted by Mary Weatherill

GlenbrookeNews.com

http://www.glenbrookenews.com

Elk Grove, California

Posted by Mary Weatherill • October 16, 2010

GlenbrookeNews.com

 

White Plains, New York

October 15, 2010

Suffern police arrest door-to-door salesman, find warrant for his arrest in Georgia

SUFFERN — A Georgia man who police say was illegally selling cleaning supplies door to door was arrested after it was found that he was wanted by Georgia authorities for violating his parole. Michael John Joslin, 31, of Dawsonville, Ga., was held in the Rockland County jail Wednesday, awaiting extradition to his home state, police said. Joslin was selling his goods near Woodland Drive about 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when the owner of one of the homes he had approached reported him to police. Officers were able to identify the suspect a short time later, using a description provided by the homeowner. When questioned by police, Joslin could not provide the proper permits required for door-to-door sales in the village and was placed under arrest. An investigation revealed that Joslin had violated his parole and a warrant had been issued for his arrest in Georgia. How Joslin violated his parole was not clear. His criminal history was unavailable. Suffern police Detective Craig Long said Joslin had been successful in soliciting a personal check for $74 from one village resident who had purchased cleaning supplies. The resident was notified by police and his check was returned. Long said police advised Joslin's employer, Sierra Solutions, to apply for the proper permits with the village clerk if it wished to continue conducting business in the village. No one from Sierra Solutions, a California-based company, was available for comment Wednesday, and an e-mail sent to the company went unanswered. Long urged all residents to challenge any door-to-door sales representatives to produce the proper documentation before making any transactions. "Many times, people think the salesman has probably applied for the proper permits," Long said. "If they can't produce a permit, residents should check with the village clerk or notify the police right away." Joslin was arraigned before Justice Richard H. Ackerson and charged with solicitation without a permit, a violation. It was not clear if Joslin would answer to that charge before or after his extradition. No date had been scheduled for his return to Village Court.

Source:

By James O'Rourke • jorourke@lohud.com

LoHud.com

The Journal News

http://www.lohud.com

White Plains, NY

 

Downers Grove, Illinois

September 28, 2010

Woman stiffed by magazine salesman

A local woman told police that a door-to-door salesman sold her $591 worth of subscriptions to magazines that were never delivered. The theft by deception was reported at 5:39 p.m. Sept. 22 on the 400 block of Emery Lane, police said. According to the report, the woman bought multi-year subscriptions to four magazines from the suspect on May 23. The victim wrote a $591 check to Sacramento-based Hand Up Distributions that has since been cashed. Police were unable to contact Hand Up Distributions, according to the report.

Source:

By David Matthews, dmatthews@mysuburbanlife.com

Elmhurst Police Blotter

Elmhurst Press

Downers Grove, Illinois

 

Omaha, Nebraska

September 17, 2010

Man held in rape of Omaha girl, 13

A 44-year-old Georgia man will appear in court later this month in connection with the sexual assault of a 13-year-old Omaha girl. Ronald E. Kemp has been charged with first-degree sexual assault and ordered held at the Douglas County Jail on $100,000 bail. He must post 10 percent, or $10,000, to be released. The girl allegedly was assaulted about 8 p.m. Sept. 1 behind a building near 108th and Emmet Streets that formerly housed a KFC restaurant. According to court documents filed in the case.

Magazine Sales company: D%T Connections Inc.

Source:

By Jason Kuiper

WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Omaha World-Herald

Published Friday September 17, 2010

Omaha Police

Case Number: Case # Y40077

 

DeKalb, Illinois

September 9, 2010

Traveling salesman pleads not guilty to rape charges

SYCAMORE – A traveling salesman charged with raping a woman in her Sycamore home pleaded not guilty to all charges Thursday. Patrick M. Schneider, 21, of the 500 block of Northland Drive in Cameron, Mo., was arraigned on charges of home invasion and criminal sexual assault. He is being held in jail on a $300,000 bond. Schneider was one of a group of about 10 people selling magazine subscriptions door to door in May. Police said he forced his way into a home in the 900 block of East State Street about 2 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon after the resident, a woman home alone, declined his sales pitch. Once inside the home, he sexually assaulted the woman, police said, then left. The woman called police, and Schneider was arrested later that afternoon selling magazines near Kirkland. Schneider did not speak during his arraignment. His attorney entered pleas of not guilty to both charges, and a new court date was set for Oct. 13. Criminal sexual assault is a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Home invasion is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

Magazine Sales Company: Midwest Circulations LLC

Source:

By DANA HERRA - dherra@daily-chronicle.com

Daily Chronicle

http://www.daily-chronicle.com

Created: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:25 p.m. CDT

DeKalb, Illinois

Dekalb County Illinois:

Case # 201001431

 

Bantam, Connecticut

September 9, 2010

Texas man charged with sex assault is back in court

BANTAM — A Texas man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Winsted was back in Bantam Superior Court for an appearance, based on a sexual assault that occurred in May. Jesse L. Estep, 24, of 1685 Settlers Way, Seguin, Texas, appeared in court on Wednesday and had his case continued to Friday, also in Bantam. Estep is charged with third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful restraint, disorderly conduct and peddling without a permit. Police said Estep was illegally selling magazines with a group of people on Thursday who claimed to work for Freedom Sales Company or Sunshine Subscription Agency. Around 3:30 p.m. on May 6, Estep then allegedly forced himself on a 16-year-old girl in the area of Rockwell Street. The girl complained to police and Estep was arrested. On Friday, May 7, Judge Corinne L. Klatt issued a no-contact order against Estep, precluding him from having any contact with the girl. The order and the police warrant detailing the incident remains sealed. Estep’s bond was set at $50,000. His case was originally transferred to Litchfield Superior Court for a May 21 appearance. The case will be heard again in Bantam on Friday.

Mike Agogliati can be reached by e-mail at magogliati@registercitizen.com. Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/registercitizen.

Magazine Sales Company:

Freedom Sales Company aka: Sunshine Subscription Agency

Magazine Clearinghouse:

Palmetto Marketing

Trade Group:

National Field Selling Association

http://www.nfsa.com

Source:

By MIKE AGOGLIATI

http://www.registercitizen.com

Published: Thursday, September 09, 2010

Bantam Superior Court

Litchfield County Courts

Court Case # CR10-0133909

Bantam, Connecticut

 

Lincoln County, Oregon

September 7, 2010

Another wolf at the door...

ATTORNEY GENERALS SCAM ALERT

A Consumer Protection Alert from Oregon Attorney General John Kroger

BUYER BEWARE: DOOR TO-DOOR MAGAZINE SALES

Attorney General John Kroger warns Oregonians to be on the lookout for unscrupulous door-to-door magazine peddlers. Door-to-door magazine companies are a perennial source of frustration for Oregon consumers, generating more than 150 complaints in the past year alone. Employees of travelling sales crews - mostly young adults - sell magazines and other products door-to-door using a variety of misleading sales pitches in order to obtain orders. Most recently the Oregon Department of Justice has seen influx of complaints about Atlantic Circulation, Inc., a magazine distribution company. The sales crews employed by Atlantic Circulation have allegedly tried to boost sales by suggesting the magazine subscriptions will benefit a charity. In fact, many consumers who purchased subscriptions from the company never received their orders and there was no charitable donation. Travelling sales crews don't just raise consumer protection concerns, the crewmembers themselves are sometimes victims of scam and physical abuse. While these smooth-talking hucksters may pepper you with stories about raising funds for college, athletics, troops abroad, church or a local charity, many are employed by for-profit operations that take advantage of vulnerable youth and homeless teens. Don't be fooled. There are legitimate organizations that conduct fundraising or sell products door-to-door. Nevertheless, Oregonians should proceed with caution when contemplating transactions at the door.

Source:

Provided by AG John Kroger

News Lincoln County

http://newslincolncounty.com

Lincoln County, Oregon

 

Mankato, Minnesota

August 30, 2010

Agressive Magazine Salesmen Arrested For Not Having A License

Three men are arrested after Mankato police take several complaints about aggressive out - of - state magazine salesmen...22 year old Richard Siems, 19 year old Anthony Koch and 25 year old Marques Hastings were taken into custody over the weekend.According to police...residents at the Highland Hills apartment complex said the salesmen were pushy and aggressive, sometimes even refusing to leave until residents bought subscriptions.When police arrived they found the men didn't have a peddler's license and they arrested them.All three have since been released on bail.Door - to - door vendors in the Mankato area are required to have a peddler's license and need to have it with them while selling.

Source:

KEYC Television

http://www.keyc.com

Mankato, Minnesota

 

Clarksville, Tennessee

August 26, 2010

Magazine Salesman Charged With Two Counts of Sexual Battery

Clarksville Online

A man going door to door selling magazines has been charged with Two Counts of Sexual Battery, after victimizing two woman, 25 and 27 years of age, in two separate incidents in the North Clarksville area (Jack Miller Blvd. and Wallace Blvd.). The suspect, Clayton Willams Marth, approached both woman in a similar manner.

He arrived at their residences and upon contact with the women, inquired about other occupants, started his sales pitch to sell magazines and then began to compliment the women’s personal appearance. As the conversation progressed, he began to make lewd, unsolicited comments to the women. Then, according to the victims, Clayton Marth without notice, grabbed their hands and placed it on his genital area. In one instance, Marth had been allowed in the residence and, in the other incident, it actually occurred in the doorway of the residence.

In both cases, there were other people inside of the residence at the time of the Sexual Battery. There were two children inside of the house when the Sexual Battery occurred at the doorway and another female adult at the residence where he was allowed inside. One of the victims said that when they told Marth they did not have money to buy a magazine, he offered to pay for a subscription in exchange for a sexual favor.

Clayton Willams Marth (W/M, DOB: 12/5/85, Given Address: Homeless) was charged with Two Counts of Sexual Battery. Bond: $50,000.

Marth is a transient and reportedly works for Dream Team Subscriptions. Also, Marth has a history of criminal activities in other states.

The lead investigator is Detective Teresa Bryden, 931-648-0656, ext 1013.

Magazine Sales Company: Dream Team Subscriptions

Magazine Sales Clearinghouse: PACIFIC COAST CLEARING SERVICES, INC.

Marth is a previous offenter and convicted felon.

Source:

Clarksville Online

http://www.clarksvilleonline.com

Clarksville, Tennessee

Clarksville Tennessee Police Dept:

Case Numbers: 10-15-972, 10-16-029

 

Clarksville, Tennessee

August 25, 2010

Pregnant Woman: Salesman Made Me Touch Him

Homeless Door-To-Door Salesman Charged With Sexual Battery

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A woman who is six months pregnant and has two children said a door-to-door magazine salesman made her touch him.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she never let the man into her Clarksville home.

"I heard a knock on the door and my son ran to answer it, and (the man) started asking if I wanted to buy magazines," the woman said. "I said I wasn't interested. He said, 'Well, on a more personal level, I just want to let you know that you're pretty, and you're cute, and I was wondering if I could come in and show you a good time because you look like a freak.'"

The woman said he flirted with her then took her hand and put it on his crotch.

The woman said she couldn't close the door on the man, whom police identified as Clayton Williams Marth, because his foot was wedged in the door opening. She said it took her awhile to report the incident to police because she was scared, but she hopes talking about the situation will help other women come forward.

"I want to hurt him. He had the guts to do this around my kids, and with me being pregnant," she said. "They told me to come and pick him out a lineup, and I saw him and wanted to rip his face off."

Police said the suspect targeted at least two women, both in their mid- to late 20s at apartment complexes on Jack Miller and Wallace boulevards. They think he may have put thought into who he was targeting and said he approached both women in a similar manner: first starting his magazine sale pitch, complimenting the women's appearances and then taking their hands and putting them on his crotch.

In the other case, the man was allowed into the home. In both cases, there were other people in the home at the time.

The other victim said when she told Marth she didn't have money for a magazine subscription, he offered to take a sexual favor as payment.

"The woman said, 'Look, I can't afford to buy these magazines,'" said Officer Jim Knoll of the Clarksville Police Department. "Then, this man said, 'That's OK. You perform a sexual favor, I'll pay for the magazine prescription for you.'"

Marth, 24, has been charged with two counts of sexual battery. Police said he's homeless and works for Dream Team Subscriptions. He has a criminal history in other states.

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Dream Team Subscriptions

Magazine Clearinghouse:

Pacific Coast Clearing Services

Source:

WSMV-TV

Reporter Forrest Sanders contributed to this story.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com

WSMV-TV

updated 8/25/2010 6:16:01 PM ET

Clarksville, Tennessee

Clarksville Tennessee Police Dept:

Case Numbers: 10-15-972, 10-16-029

 

Richmond, Virginia

August 20, 2010

Magazine salesman cashing forged checks

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A warning for anyone who lives in Chesterfield: a phony salesman is going door to door, selling magazines, but it's just a trick to get access to your checking account!

This warning is for those who live in the Harbour Point subdivision off Hull Street Road, in the Brandermill community of Chesterfield.

The crook pretended to be selling magazines to raise money for a soccer tournament and several people wrote him checks.

Later, when they checked their account, those checks had been cashed for sometimes more than $500.

Two of the three people who purchased magazines noticed bogus checks cashed from their accounts. They were cashed in northern Virginia and Arizona.

A "no solicitation" sign is placed at the entrance to the neighborhood but that didn't stop the crooks from coming in, going door to door, and taking people's money.

The Brandermill Community Association sent out an email warning to residents and posted it on its website.

Source:

By Evrod Cassimy

Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan

Posted: Aug 20, 2010 6:25 AM CDT

Updated: Aug 20, 2010 6:25 AM CDT

WWBT NBC12

http://www.nbc12.com

Richmond, Virginia

 

Holden, Massachusetts

August 19, 2010

Police arrest 8 door-to-door peddlers last week

Two groups of solicitors were arrested last week and charged with peddling door-to-door without a permit.

Selling magazine subscriptions and cleaning agents, both groups neglected to register at the police station for a permit.

Prompted by residents’ calls, the police picked up six peddlers on Shrewsbury Street around noon Wednesday, Aug. 11.

Matthew Bradway, 18, from Worcester was the only area resident in the group. The others arrested were Jackie Oliver, 26, of Tennessee, Daniel Gibbons, 27, of California, Charles McDowell, 17, of Ohio, Henry Meyer, 20, of New York and Crystal Kelly, 19, from Missouri. The group traveled in a car registered to Serge Jean-Pierre, 15 Ranley Rd., Mattapan.

“It’s not unusual to see groups like this in town,” said Holden Police Department detective Christopher Carey. “They are supposed to get a solicitor’s permit and then we run background checks.” He said other towns have had problems with violence, or breaking and entering associated with unpermitted peddlers, so HPD makes contact with the sellers as soon as possible.

On Saturday afternoon, police arrested Stephen Burkhead, 17, of Missouri, and Brian Stone, 29, of Florida, on Harvest Circle for peddling door-to-door.

All are due in court for arraignment and trial, Carey said. Maximum penalty for door-to-door peddling is $500, or six months in the house of correction.

Source:

BY PATRICIA ROY

PROY@HOLDENLANDMARK.COM

The Landmark

August 19, 2010

http://www.thelandmark.com

Holden, Massachusetts

 

Fairfax County, Virginia

August 18, 2010

Door-to-Door Salesman Charged with Sexually Assaulting Va. Teen

Fairfax County police say they have arrested a door-to-door salesman from North Carolina

after he allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

Fairfax County police say they have arrested a door-to-door salesman from North Carolina after he allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl.

Police say 26-year-old Tommy Lee Harmon of Greensboro, North Carolina was selling carpet cleaning products Monday, when he knocked on the door of a home and met a 14-year-old girl, who was home alone. They say Harmon went inside and asked to use the bathroom.

After he left the bathroom, officials say he sexually assaulted the girl.

Police say neighbors told them about a group that had been selling items in the area. They later spotted a car matching residents' description and found Harmon, who is charged with taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Police say Harmon was with Pumppers Trust-Mrs. Clean Pump-it-Off Company, based in South Carolina.

Door-to-Door Cleaner Sales Company:

Pumppers Trust-Mrs. Clean Pump-it-Off Company

Source:

FRANCONIA, Va. (AP)

WCAV/WVAW/WAHU

Email Address: news@newsplex.com

Posted: 1:08 PM Aug 18, 2010

http://www.newsplex.com

Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Green Bay, Wisconsin

August 17, 2010

Two magazine solicitors arrested

GREEN BAY - Green Bay police arrested two magazine solicitors Monday evening after a call from a concerned resident.

Police say a woman was going door to door selling magazine subscriptions in the 3000 block of West Point Rd.

Police questioned the woman who identified herself as Velvet Farmer.

Farmer told police she works for a company called Second to None, Inc. and that she was selling subscriptions to customers who either gave her checks or cash. Farmer stated customers would receive their magazines within 90-120 days.

Nearby, officers located a vehicle that was waiting for Farmer. The driver, Rashad Hayward, stated he was a field supervisor for Second to None, Inc. Officers questioned Hayward and found out his license was fake and he was wanted on a felony warrant out of Utah for sexual assault. Both Hayward and Farmer were taken into custody.

Police say Farmer and Hayward did not have a permit to solicit merchandise, which is required by the city of Green Bay.

Hayward was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant, obstructing an officer, and not having a solicitors permit. Farmer was arrested for not having a solicitors permit.

Meanwhile, Green Bay police are continuing to investigate Second to None, Inc. and its parent company, Midwest Clearing Inc. That company has had their accreditation with the Better Business Bureau revoked due to unresolved complaints.

Anyone with additional information about this case can contact the Green Bay Police Department at (920) 448-3208.

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Second to None, Inc.

Door-to-Door Magazine Clearinghouse:

Midwest Clearing Inc.

Source:

WLUK-TV

http://www.fox11online.com

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010, 2:21 PM CDT

Published : Tuesday, 17 Aug 2010, 2:13 PM CDT

Green Bay, Wisconsin

 

Cobb County, Georgia

August 9, 2010

Door-To-Door Salesman Charged With Rape

COBB COUNTY, Ga. -- Cobb County Police Department officials made an arrest in connection with a rape case from 2003. Officials said a DNA match was made by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab on evidence obtained from a 2003 rape. Police said the victim was raped at the Woodhollow Apartment complex on Powers Ferry Road in Marietta in 2003. The DNA match identified a suspect, which furthered the investigation, police said. Based on the investigation, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Robin Tracey Harrington. At the time of the rape, Harrington was a door-to-door salesman, police said. Police said he may have used his employment at that time as a ruse to contact victims. Harrington, 36, has been charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault and burglary. Harrington was already in the Georgia prison system, police said. Anyone with information of similar incidents is asked to contact the Crimes Against Persons Unit at 770-499-3945.

Source:

WSBTV.com

Channel 2

Posted: 11:53 am EDT August 9, 2010

Updated: 12:56 pm EDT August 9, 2010

http://www.wsbtv.com

Atlanta, Georgia

Cobb County Police Department

Case Number: 03-102-566

Rape, Aggravated Sodomy, Aggravated Assault, and Burglary.

 

Lexington, Kentucky

August 2, 2010

5 men arrested in alleged book-selling scam

The Lexington police department is asking for victims to come forward after the arrest of five apparent scam artists Friday.

Anthony T. Lackman, Jeremy L. Albertson, Tyler M. Smith, Henry S. Siegman and Justin C. Davidson are charged with theft by deception, engaging in organized crime and peddling without a permit.

The men were going door to door saying they worked for a company called Academic Marketing Group, claiming to be selling $40 children's books and promising the books would be delivered later, police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. They also gave customers the option of having the books delivered to children's charities.

"The suspects made these sales with no intention of honoring the transaction," police said in a news release.

Now police are trying to find out the scope of the scam by asking Lexington residents who think they have been defrauded by the men to call police and make a report.

A resident of Glen eagles subdivision called police after becoming suspicious when two of the men were peddling books in the neighborhood Friday evening, Roberts said.

Officers caught up with the men and took them to headquarters, where they admitted to the scam and gave officers the names of the other men, who were staying at a hotel near Interstate 75, Roberts said.

Albertson and Smith face additional charges of unlawful transaction with a minor for allegedly buying alcohol for people younger than 21, according to court documents. Roberts said much of the money the men collected was spent at local strip clubs.

Investigators think the men conducted the same scam in Somerset and possibly other states. The men are from Arizona, New Jersey or Alabama.

Anyone who fell victim to the alleged scam is asked to contact the police's Major Violators Unit at (859) 258-3700 or Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020.

Source:

By Josh Kegley - jkegley@herald-leader.com

Lexington Herald-Leader

http://www.kentucky.com

Lexington, Kentucky

 

Lathrop, California

July 29, 2010

Door-to-door salesman arrested in Lathrop on suspicion of grand theft

LATHROP — A door-to-door vacuum salesman accused of taking a laptop and iPhone charger from a Lathrop home was arrested on suspicion of grand theft Wednesday. About 5:30 p.m., Aaron Lee Barnett, 20, was invited into a home in the 800 block of Waterman Avenue to give a demonstration and allegedly took a Hewlett-Packard computer and the cell phone charger, according to the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office. Barnett was found nearby in the 300 block of Calcite Avenue. He gave the items back to deputies, who then returned them to the victim, the Sheriff's Office said. The salesman was booked into San Joaquin County Jail.

Contact Sophia Kazmi at 925-847-2122. Follow her at Twitter.com/sophiakazmi.

Source:

By Sophia Kazmi

Contra Costa Times

Posted: 07/29/2010 04:14:37 PM PDT

Updated: 07/29/2010 04:14:37 PM PDT

http://www.mercurynews.com

San Jose, California

 

Denver, Colorado

July 26, 2010

Jeremy and Alicia

Homeless Youth Labor Trafficking

I received a call today from Chris, an outreach worker at Denver’s homeless youth services Urban Peak .  He said he had to pick up some kids left stranded by a “sales crew”. I never heard of such a thing so it didn’t “register” or make sense.

When I arrived at their downtown facility I met Jeremy and Alicia. They were left stranded by an organization that exploits homeless youth for labor. These organizations promise great income and fun travel. To a kid in poverty being able to travel and make money is often too sexy to resist. Of course, this is just a labor trafficking scheme. The kids make very little money, are often abused, and when they want out they are left stranded back homeless, often worse than when they started.

Jeremy and Alicia up until this morning were sleeping in a bus station. Alicia is 21 and pregnant. This could have been a horrible situation, but luckily they found Urban Peak. They received a hotel voucher for tonight and will get travel assistance tomorrow so they can take a bus back home.

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Company:

Urban Development Solution

Source:

http://invisiblepeople.tv/blog/2010/07/jeremy-and-alicia-homeless-youth-labor-trafficking

 

Hampden Township, Pennsylvania

July 26, 2010

Door-to-door soap salesman stole Hampden Township woman's purse, police say

A door-to-door salesman from North Carolina is in Cumberland County Prison after police said he stole a Hampden Township woman's purse and used her credit card. Hampden Township police said Tautard J. Gillepsie, 31, of Charlotte, N.C., was traveling with a group of people who go door-to-door selling a liquid cleaning product when he took the purse, which belonged to a woman on Winthrop Drive. Gillepsie was seen on surveillance video from merchants using the woman's credit card to buy gasoline, clothing and electronics equipment, police said. Gillepsie said he acted alone when he took the purse and used the credit card, police said. A CD player/radio he bought was found in the front seat of a vehicle he was riding in, police said, and clothing and electronics items were found in his motel room in Lebanon County. Police charged Gillepsie with theft, receiving stolen property and fraudulent use of a credit card, court documents state. He was arraigned in front of District Judge Thomas A. Placey, who set bail at $10,000 and ordered Gillepsie held when he was unable to post bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

Door-to-Door Cleaner company:

Mrs. Cleans Pump-it-off

Distributor:

Pumppers Trust

Source:

CHRIS A. COUROGEN, The Patriot-News

Published: Monday, July 26, 2010, 12:10 PM

Updated: Monday, July 26, 2010, 8:09 PM

http://www.pennlive.com

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

HAMPDEN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT CASE #: HAM20100700856

According to police reports Tautard J. Gillepsie has an extensive

criminal history.

 

Tucson, Arizona

July 23, 2010

Traveling salesman admits stomping Tucson man to death

A 24-year-old traveling magazine salesman from Pennsylvania is facing between seven and 18 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter Friday.

Robert J. Hines admitted he was one of two men who stomped Daniel Willis, 40, to death on Dec. 6.

Defense attorney Jill Thorpe said Hines, Willis and Harold Marquart, 57, were drinking heavily when a "play fight" between Willis and Marquart turned serious.

Hines joined Marquart in stomping Willis about the face and head before getting scared and fleeing, Thorpe said. When he left, Willis was still alive, she said.

Willis' body was found at a home in the 2300 block of East Eastland Street, near East 22nd Street and South Tucson Boulevard.

Police officials said Willis was frequently homeless and had been allowed to stay in a small shack on the property where he was found dead.

Pima County Superior Court Judge Richard Fields will sentence Hines Sept. 27.

Marquart was released from the Arizona State Prison five days prior to the slaying after serving 4 1/2 years on an aggravated assault charge, according to prison records.

Marquart, who is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 23, has also been offered a plea agreement.

Magazine Sales Company: Fit for Life

aka: Face to Face Technologies aka: American Cash Awards.

Source:

Arizona Daily Star

Kim Smith Arizona Daily Star | Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 11:00 am

http://azstarnet.com

Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Arizona Police Case Nummber: 0912060471

Court Case # CR20094707

 

Bend, Oregon

July 21, 2010

Three Arrested In Door-To-Door Salesmen Scuffle

BEND, OR -- An argument over sales tactics led to the arrest of three people in southeast Bend Wednesday morning.

Bend Police officers responded about 9:20 am to a report of seveal people physically fighting with weapons near the Chalet Motel on south 3rd Street.

As officers were responding to the area an associated vehicle was spotted by one of the responding officers going northbound on NE 3rd Street near the Burlington Northern Railroad overpass.

A police officer stopped the vehicle in the Truck Toys parking lot at NE 3rd and NE Burnside, and were joined by other officers who conducted what is commonly referred to as a high risk traffic stop.

The eleven subjects who were in the vehicle were detained and questioned by officers regarding their involvement in the altercation.

According to police, the individuals were from a magazine sales group and a vacuum cleaner sales group who were arguing over each others sales tactics. A member of one of the groups mentioned having a gun during the argument, but no weapons were located. Only minor injuries were reported.

Most of the involved individuals were not from the Bend area and were only here doing door to door sales work for their respective companies.

During the investigation officers determined who the primary aggressors were from both groups, Daniel Ellis Catlin, 27, Bend; Brandon D. Stice, 28, Aztec, NM; and Eric Andrew Mann, 19, West Palm Beach, FL, were arrested and issued citations to appear in the Deschutes County Circuit Court for Disorderly Conduct II and Harassment.

Magazine Sales Company: Atlantic Circulation

Source:

Bill Baker

News and Public Affairs Director

myCentralOregon.com Staff

http://www.mycentraloregon.com

July 21, 2010 01:48 pm

Chalet Motel in Bend, Oregon

Confirmation of Atlantic Circulation, Inc.

Bend, Oregon Police Case#: 10-03-04879

 

Des Moines, Iowa

July 9, 2010

Magazine seller tells Des Moines police she was raped

A 19-year-old South Carolina woman selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door told police she was raped Wednesday afternoon by a man at a northeast Des Moines home.

The woman told police she knocked on the door of 3000 N. Union St. early Wednesday afternoon and a man invited her inside, where he threatened her with a knife and raped her, a police report said.

The home is owned by Raul Chavez and Maria Estrada, according to Polk County property records. Chavez and Estrada do not live in the home, Chavez said when reached late Thursday at his east Des Moines home. Chavez said a friend was staying in the home with his girlfriend. Chavez said the man, whom he did not identify, disputed the teenager's story and was looking for a lawyer.

"He said the woman came in and asked for money," Chavez said. "He said he didn't have any money and she left mad and called the police. He said he didn't do anything wrong."

The woman told police the man at the North Union home invited her in and offered her a soda. They sat down and started talking, she said. He told her about his family and said he was 40 years old, the woman told police.

As they spoke, the man picked up a knife and was "playing" with it, the woman told police. This made her uncomfortable and she stood up to leave.

She told police the man then held the knife in his left hand, pushed her down on the couch and began to rape her as she flailed and yelled at him to stop. She said he got up to get something to hold her down, and she punched him.

She told police she then stood up, grabbed her belongings and ran out the door. The suspect followed her for "a few houses" and gave up, she said.

She ran to a nearby home to call her friend from Florida who was traveling with her. Together, they called police a little after 2 p.m. and reported the incident. The Des Moines Register does not identify the victims of sexual assaults without their consent.

Police searched the North Union home, but don't have a clear suspect, though they are interviewing some people of interest, Sgt. Lori Lavorato said.

The woman who said she was raped was staying at the Microtel Inn ∓mp; Suites just off Interstate Highway 80 north of Colfax, police said.

Valerie Vandervort, the hotel's manager, said a crew of 12 had been staying there about 10 days. She wouldn't give the name of the man who paid for the rooms, but said he was older than the others and paid for the rooms with cash each night.

The group was quiet, and most were around 20 years old, she said. They checked out of the hotel, about 25 miles east of Des Moines, on Thursday morning.

"The rooms weren't too bad, they just left half their stuff," Vandervort said.

Source:

BY ADAM BELZ ABELZ@DMREG.COM JULY 9, 2010

desmoinesregister.com

BY ADAM BELZ ABELZ@DMREG.COM

http://www.desmoinesregister.com

Des Moines, Iowa

 

Nashua, Massachusetts

July 8, 2010

Pa. man arrested for Nashua robbery

Suspect was selling magazines door to door

NASHUA -- A 21-year-old Pennsylvania man who was selling magazines door to door was arrested for burglary in Nashua on Tuesday less than a month after Littleton Police warned residents here not to deal with such salesmen.

Lowell police and Pelham police also have encountered troubles with door-to-door salesmen in the past, arrested them on felony warrants and for assaulting police officers.

Almost all local towns require a permit for anyone making door to door sales.

Nashua police say they arrested David Parker, 21, of Duquesne, Pa., shortly after a Nashua woman reported dealing with him in her yard and then realizing that her wallet had been taken out of her purse.

Duquesne was working for Pacific Coast Clearing Services, of Washington, which Nashua police say is a company with several aliases.

Nashua police warn residents that all door to door salesman need both state and local permits in New Hampshire, and that no one from Pacific Coast Clearing Services has obtained such permits.

Parker is being held on a felony charge of burglary.

Littleton police warned residents not to deal with such salesman last month after getting numerous reports from residents and citing two men for going door to door without permits there.

"Be very nice to them, tell them no thank you and call the police department," Littleton Lt. Matthew King told residents.

Pelham Police arrested an Indian man last summer after he went door to door in town and was found to be wanted on a felony warrant for assault, carjacking and drug possession.

That same man, Keylon Andrews, then 23, had assaulted a pair of Lowell police officers a year earlier after they confronted him about lurking near a home on Rae Street.

City police have also warned residents to call police if anyone comes to their door without a permit.

Magazine Sales Company: Pacific Coast Clearing Services

Source:

By Robert Mills, rmills@lowellsun.com

The Sun

lowellsun.com

Updated: 07/08/2010 06:41:54 AM EDT

http://www.lowellsun.com

Lowell, Massachusetts

 

Warwick, Rhode Island

June 29, 2010

Setting off legal fireworks can still be a crime

It may be legal to buy and sell certain fireworks in Rhode Island but setting them off could result in an arrest for arson. Arson is the primary charge against a Nashville, Tenn., magazine salesman named Matthew Parker who was arrested on June 20 for setting off a pyrotechnical device in his room at the Comfort Inn. Detectives are still investigating the incident and other charges may be forthcoming. Parker was also charged with disabling and removing the smoke detector from the room.

Source:

by Joe Kernan

Warwick Beacon

Beacon Communications

Jun 29, 2010

Warwick, Rhode Island

 

Auburn, California

June 24, 2010

Placer judge sentences magazine salesman who stole to save job

A magazine salesman who thought he could save his job by writing a fraudulent check to make himself look good in the eyes of his employer has been sent to state prison for two years and four months by a Placer County judge, according to a Placer County District Attorney's Office news release.

The salesman, Joseph Won Lee Jones (photo left), 33, stole a blank check from a 71-year-old Auburn resident on Feb. 2 after she invited him into the house and placed a magazine subscription order for $44, the release states.

Jones then asked for a glass of water. When the victim left the room to get it for him, Jones went to the woman's checkbook and took a blank check, which he later used to write another magazine order for $396 in an effort to impress his bosses, the DA's office said.

Prosecutor Jim Deslaurier of the Placer County District Attorney's Office said the defendant told authorities he was having trouble meeting sales numbers.

"He didn't want to lose his job," Deslaurier said.

When the victim received her bank statement later that month, she noticed the $396 transaction and went to the Auburn Police Department to report the incident. Jones was tracked down to San Bernardino County and was arrested on March 10, Deslaurier said.

He later entered a plea of no contest to a felony charge of petty theft with a prior offense and of committing a financial crime against an elderly person, Deslaurier said.

Superior Court Judge Jeff Penney sentenced Jones to prison on Wednesday and ordered him to make restitution of $396 to the victim's bank.

Deslaurier said the District Attorney's Office "takes very seriously any crime in which a perpetrator enters a home, particularly when the victim is an elderly person. We have no tolerance for that."

Deslaurier urged all citizens not to let strangers who are knocking on doors into their homes to conduct business.

Categories: Court sentencing, Roseville/Placer County News, Thefts

Posted by Bill Enfield

2:20 PM

Magazine Sales Company:

Pinnacle Sales

Magazine Clearinghouse:

World Wide Circulation

Source:

By Bee Staff

Posted by Bill Enfield

The Sacramento Bee

http://blogs.sacbee.com

Sacramento, California

Auburn Police Case # 62-097316

 

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

June 16, 2010

Tuscaloosa man faces rape charges

Investigators charged Dwayne Anthony White, 20, with first-degree rape. A 19-year-old woman from another state was with a group selling magazines near his home in the 200 block of 38th Street around noon Tuesday, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Capt. Loyd Baker.

TUSCALOOSA | A Tuscaloosa man has been accused of raping a woman selling magazines door-to-door on Tuesday. Investigators charged Dwayne Anthony White, 20, with first-degree rape. A 19-year-old woman from another state was with a group selling magazines near his home in the 200 block of 38th Street around noon Tuesday, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit commander Capt. Loyd Baker. The woman said that White invited her inside the home off Greensboro Avenue and forcibly raped her, Baker said. The woman went to a neighbor's home and called police. She pointed out White's house and he was taken into custody. The woman was treated at DCH Regional Medical Center. White was charged Tuesday night after being interviewed by investigators with the homicide unit. He remained in the Tuscaloosa County jail Wednesday morning with bail set at $20,000.

Source:

Stephanie Taylor, Staff Writer

The Tuscaloosa News

Published: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:50 a.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 10:50 a.m.

http://cbs2chicago.com

Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 

Bridgeview, Illinois

June 11, 2010

Man Gets 25 Years In Sex Assault Of Elderly Woman

George Lucas, 25, was sentenced 25 years for the sexual assault of an elderly woman.

Cook County Sheriff's Department

A Cook County judge in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview has sentenced an Alabama man to 25 years in prison for sexually assaulting an 86-year-old woman. The Cook County Sheriff's office says Circuit Court Judge Colleen McSweeney More handed down the sentence Friday to 25-year-old George Lucas, who pleaded guilty to the attack. Lucas was arrested Aug. 30, 2008, the day he broke into the victim's home in LaGrange while he was in the suburb selling magazines door-to-door. The victim told police she was awakened by a man with his hand across her mouth, and he sexually attacked her. Officers responding to a call from a neighbor said they found Lucas' picture ID and other items belonging to him on the victim's lawn.

Magazine Sales Company:

Paragon Sales

Magazine Clearinghouse:

Midwest Clearing

Source:

WBBM-TV CBS 2

The Associated Press

http://cbs2chicago.com

Chicago, Illinois

Cook County Sheriff

Case Number: 08-130-323

 

Cheektowaga, New York

June 8, 2010

Two magazine sellers accused of wallet theft

Two women from Florida and Oklahoma who were selling magazines in Cheektowaga were arrested over the weekend and accused of stealing a wallet from a resident who let them into his home. The Sierra Drive resident told Cheektowaga police that the two women, who had come to his home to sell magazine subscriptions late Saturday afternoon, stole his wallet off the kitchen table. The victim provided police a description of the two women, leading Officer John Doskocz to locate them a short distance away from the home. Officers charged Jessica Rosenstengal, 22, of Coral Springs, Fla., and Starla Harjo, 21, of Seminole, Okla., with grand larceny and peddling without a permit, according to police reports. The incident led Cheektowaga police to warn residents. "Always ask to see a permit to solicit before dealing with anyone selling door to door and never let a stranger into your home," Lt. Thomas Gerace stated.

Magazine Sales Company:

Freedom Sales

aka: Sunshine Subscription Agency

Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:

Palmetto Marketing

Trade Group:

National Field Selling Association

http://www.nfsa.com

Source:

The Buffalo News

Updated: June 08, 2010, 7:03 am

Published: June 08, 2010, 12:30 am

http://www.buffalonews.com

Buffalo, New York

Cheektowaga Police Case#: 10-019-942

 

Omaha, Nebraska

June 3, 2010

Oregon sex offender apprehended

Be suspicious, authorities say, of strangers coming into your neighborhood. "Residents need to be aware of people selling things door to door and people in your neighborhood you don't recognize," said Ralston Police Chief Ron Murtaugh. Ralston police recently arrested a 25-year-old man wanted in Oregon on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender. Robin Douglas Jr. had been going door to door in Ralston, selling magazines. Murtaugh said police arrested Douglas on May 24, accusing him of being a fugitive from Oregon and of selling magazines without a permit. Soon after, authorities learned that Douglas was a noncompliant sex offender from Roseburg, Ore.

Police also learned that he had been arrested in Lincoln on an outstanding warrant from a 2007 case in which he let himself in to a woman's house without her consent while he was selling magazines. Douglas now faces a federal charge, accused of failing to register as a sex offender in Nebraska, said Jan Sharp of the U.S. Attorney's Office. According to a federal arrest affidavit, Douglas was required to register as a sex offender for life in Oregon after being convicted of first-degree attempted sexual abuse in the state in January 2001. He was convicted twice in Oregon of failing to register as a sex offender. Douglas told authorities he knowingly didn't register as a sex offender in Nebraska. He said he worked for two magazine sales companies, traveling to at least a dozen states and staying in the states for at least a week. Most recently, he told investigators, he sold magazines in Omaha, Plattsmouth, Bellevue and Ralston before being arrested.

Magazine Sales Company:  Bowser Sales

Source:

Oregon sex offender apprehended

By Leia Mendoza

WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

Published Thursday June 3, 2010

Contact the writer:

444-1336, leia.mendoza@owh.com

http://www.omaha.com

Omaha, Nebraska

Ralston Police Department

Case Number: 1005-0888

 

Greensboro, North Carolina

May 28, 2010

Vaccum Salesman Charged With Indecent Liberties Of A Minor

Greensboro, NC -- An investigation by the Greensboro Police Department led to the arrest of a Raleigh vacuum salesman. WRAL reports that Timothy Hayes, a registered sex offender, is accused of molesting a nine-year-old girl during a sales call in Greensboro. Police say he works as a Kirby Vacuum Cleaner salesman. He was at the girl's home to do a sales demonstration for her mother and grandmother. Greensboro Police began investigating the incident in late April. As a result, 37-year-old Hayes was charged with two counts of Indecent Liberties of a Minor. Hayes was placed in the Wake County Jail under a $150,000 bond. According to reports from WRAL, Hayes was convicted of attempted second-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping and taking indecent liberties with a child in 1999. He served more than four years in prison and was just released on parole in March.

Door-to-Door Sales Company:

Kirby Vacuum

Kirby Vaccum is a member of:

Direct Selling Association

Source:

Carrie Hodgin

WFMY News 2

http://www.digtriad.com

Created: 5/28/2010 10:50:30 PM

Updated: 5/29/2010 5:29:55 PM

Greensboro, North Carolina

Court Case #: 10CR78540

 

Tulsa, Oklahoma

May 21, 2010

Subscription For Abuse: Recruiting In Tulsa

UPDATE:

A mother tells FOX23 her own daughter was lured into the underground world of "youth crew" magazine sales. She tells FOX23 she began demanding her daughter come home immediately after hearing her cry on the phone, explaining the horrible working conditions.

The Department of Labor calls them "youth crews". They are made up of young men and women, and sometimes kids as young as 8 and ten years old. They are recruited and promised money, travel, and great work experience, only to find themselves feeling trapped in an abusive work environment, sometimes deserted by their crew, hundreds of miles away from home.

Oklahoma's Department of Labor Commissioner Lloyd Fields says, "We have kids that have been left, just dropped off because they didn't sell enough product, because they maybe didn't want what they wanted them to do. There's been some sexual predators in the mix. It's pretty serious out there."

A father from Wisconsin started up a watchdog website after he says his daughter Melinda was lured into the same type of business by a tempting classified ad.

Ellenbecker says, "The ad will read 'travel the USA make $500/wk room and board, blue jean job'. It sounds too good to be true and of course it is."

Before he had time to stop her, she joined the group and two days later Melinda was killed while others were injured in a traffic accident while traveling with a crew to another city.

Ellenbecker says. "In our accident there were 4 under aged kids. One girl, Monica, was 15 years old. They hired her to go selling door to door. She is a quadriplegic. She can't move from her neck down."

Ellenbecker says his daughter and the others in that accident are just a few of the many victims.

"We've had multiple cases of heroine overdoses, multiple cases of van wrecks where kids are killed. We have a total documented log of 86 deaths, majority of them have been within the past 15 or 20 years."

He's now made it his mission to prevent others from suffering his loss. Just this spring, legislation went into effect in Wisconsin that Ellenbecker was instrumental in passing. It prevents these door to door magazine sales companies from operating there. To learn more about Ellenbecker's watchdog group and website, just click on the link to the right of this page.

Related Links

Traveling Sales Crews Watchdog Group

Source:

Reported by: Emily Sinovic

Email: esinovic@fox23.com

FOX23

Last Update: 9:04 am

05/21/10

http://www.fox23.com

Tulsa, Oklahoma

 

Manchester, Massachusetts

May 19, 2010

Police charge men in magazine scam

MANCHESTER - A pair of purported traveling magazine salesmen going door to door without proper permits, police say, were formally charged with trespassing on Bridge Street on Monday night.

Their arrests are just the latest in a series of area incidents tied to a group of related door-to-door sales efforts - and Beverly police say they believe the operation is a scam.

In Manchester, town police Officer Christopher Locke arrested Roshawn Wallace, 19, of Chicago and Rickey Bryant, 34, of Waco, Texas, for trespassing on private property at 6:53 p.m.

The two told police they worked with Urban Development, a Chicago-based company, but showed no permits for door-to-door solicitation. They appeared for arraignment yesterday in Salem District Court.

Other local communities dealt with magazine salesmen in the past weeks.

On Wednesday, May 5, Essex police responded to a resident concerned about door-to-door solicitors there, and Beverly police arrested two salesmen - Leonardi Ekani-Minfumou, 24, and Shawn Jackson, 29, both from Georgia - for selling without Beverly solicitation permits.

According to representatives from the three police departments, the salesmen work as part of a ring of door-to-door salesmen that go by the names Midwest Clearing Inc., "Strictly" Business, Urban 1 or Urban Development - all companies that the Manchester police referred to as "shadow companies" for the same organization.

"These solicitors are all from the same company," Beverly police Officer April Clarizia said. "They usually wear a shirt and tie, and say they're trained in community relations and good service."

Magazine Sales Company:

Strickly Business

Urban Development

Urban 1.

Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:

Midwest Clearing Inc.

Source:

By Steven Fletcher

Staff Writer

The Salem News May 19, 2010

The Salem News

http://www.salemnews.com

Beverly, Massachusetts

 

Croton Falls, New York

May 15, 2010

Chicago man charged in Croton Falls break-in

State police charged a Chicago man with burglarizing a Croton Falls home on Wednesday. Joshua Bournes, 27, was taken into custody by state police and North Salem police after he allegedly fled from the home after being confronted by a homeowner on the first floor of a Croton Falls house. Police said a television set had been moved by Bournes from the second floor to an area near an open window on the first floor before the homeowner returned to the house to find him there. Bournes, who told police he was selling magazines and books door-to-door for an Illinois company, was arraigned on a charge of felony second-degree burglary and sent to Westchester County Jail without bail.

Source:

The Journal News and LoHud.com

http://www.lohud.com

White Plains, New York

 

Sycamore, Illinois

May 11, 2010

Door-to-door salesman charged with sexual assault

SYCAMORE - Bond was set Monday at $300,000 for a door-to-door salesman charged with raping a woman in her home.

Patrick M. Schneider, 21, of the 500 block of Northland Drive in Cameron, Mo., was one of about 10 people who were spread out across the county over the weekend selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said.

Schneider was alone when he knocked on the door of a home in the 900 block of East State Street in Sycamore about 2 p.m. Saturday, Scott said.

Schneider forced his way in and sexually assaulted the female resident, who called police after he left.

Police found Schneider near Kirkland and placed him under arrest, Scott said.

The group did not appear to have solicitor's permits from local municipalities to be making door-to-door sales, Scott said.

"They were warned to stay out of DeKalb County unless they get the proper permits," he said.

Schneider was charged with criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison. It is a non-probational offense, so if convicted, he will have to serve at least four years in prison.

In requesting the $300,000 bond, DeKalb County Assistant State's Attorney Victor Escarcida noted that while Schneider's criminal history consists of only a few minor offenses, he has history and ties to multiple states, making him a flight risk. Circuit Judge Robbin Stuckert then set the bond at that amount.

Schneider will need to post $30,000 to be released from the DeKalb County Jail. He was appointed a public defender on Monday and is due back in court May 26.

Source:

By DANA HERRA dherra@daily-chronicle.com

DAILY CHRONICLE

http://www.daily-chronicle.com

Created: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 12:08 a.m. CDT

Updated: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:47 a.m.

Magazine Sales Company: Midwest Circulations LLC

Dekalb County Illinois:

Case # 201001431

DeKalb, Illinois

 

Santa Ana, California

May 10, 2010

When does a dream job become a crime?

It sounded almost too good to be true to the 22-year-old from Louisiana.

A classified advertisement in her local newspaper promised a job selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door. She'd get free training, a chance to meet new people and, most important, she'd get to travel throughout the United States.

Meagan Dee's was working as a waitress, putting herself through college and studying cosmetology. But her passion for cosmetology had fizzled and she wanted to try something new. And she'd always dreamed of traveling.

So after responding to the ad, Meagan sat through an hour-long interview. She was offered a job on the spot with a magazine crew that, she was assured, would "travel with the sun," hitting states like Texas, Arizona and California.

Meagan didn't hesitate. She had her suitcase packed, and called her dad to inform him she had taken a job selling magazines on commission for a company called United Family Circulation, based out of Buford, Georgia.

Her father wasn't enthusiastic, telling her "it's a bad idea." But he added that she was an adult and free to do what she wanted. So, led by a crew boss, Meagan and five other young men and women set off in a company van.

The nightmare began soon after that.

Meagan says she was forced to work 10- to 15-hours a day selling subscriptions to magazines such as People, OK and Woman's Day. The crew worked residential areas, malls and parking lots from Texas to California, including Garden Grove. They lived in budget motels and were given daily allowances for meals.

But, Meagan says, that's where the pay stopped. Though she worked for at least five months, starting in August, Meagan says she never got a penny of the commissions she earned, which she says would have been about $1,000 a week.

"I felt like it was almost like a cult," Meagan says. "Once you got in there, you couldn't get out."

The crew boss, she says, told Meagan and the others they could leave at any point, and he promised each a bus ticket home. But Meagan says the reality was different. When one crew member asked for his bus ticket, it never materialized and he had to find his own way home.

After months of requesting her commission (at least 15 times, she says) and being put off, Meagan decided to run away. It was February, shortly after her crew left Orange County for Oceanside. She was five months pregnant (from what she describes as a consensual relationship with the magazine crew boss), and her body could no longer handle the long days of selling magazines. And, critically, she no longer believed she would ever get paid.

She made her way back to Orange County, where she's living with the help of a nonprofit that is providing shelter, job training and services to help Meagan through her pregnancy. The FBI recently interviewed Meagan and is investigating the matter.

She's also been in contact with the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force.

Lt. Derek Marsh of the Westminster Police Department, who co-chairs the task force, says that in addition to being a labor violation, the case will be investigated as a possible incidence of domestic human trafficking.

Repeated attempts to call United Family Circulation, the company that Meagan says she worked for, were unsuccessful. United Family Circulation has an F rating (the lowest possible) from the Better Business Bureau, which says it has received 143 complaints about the company.

Complaints about the company date back to at least the year 2000, when newspaper articles began reporting problems that have surfaced throughout the United States. And a 2005 Washington Post article about door-to-door scams noted that not only were magazine buyers being victimized, but so were the young people recruited to sell the subscriptions.

For now, Meagan, whose baby is due May 20, says she plans to stay in Orange County because she doesn't have "a home to go home to" in Louisiana. She and her father aren't close, her parents are divorced, and she's never met her mother. She wants to rebuild her life here, and plans to go to college and become a dental assistant.

She hopes that by speaking out she can prevent other young people from falling into the same trap.

She finally put her nightmare behind her, she says, when she took a trip to the Huntington Beach Pier and saw the Pacific Ocean for the first time.

"It was cool just to (realize), hey, this is life without selling magazines. I can actually breathe. I'm not working 24-7," Meagan says.

"I just told myself that it was going to be OK. I'm not going to let this get me down... I was going to make it."

Contact the writer at ycabrera@ocregister.com, or 714-796-3649, or http://twitter.com/Ycabreraocr

Magazine Sales Company: United Family Circulation

Source:

By YVETTE CABRERA

COLUMNIST

REGISTER COLUMNIST

ycabrera@ocregister.com

Orange County Register and OCRegister.com

http://www.ocregister.com

Published: May 10, 2010

Updated: 6:14 p.m.

Santa Ana, California

 

Stamford, Connecticut

May 10, 2010

2 magazine salesmen accused of burglary

STAMFORD, CT (WABC) -- They were supposed to be magazine salesmen, but Stamford Police say 18-year-old Paul Keller of Indianapolis and 24-year-old Gordon Waldron of Harlem were much more than that.

Investigators say the pair broke into an empty house in the city's High Ridge section on Friday.

The homeowner told Eyewitness News off-camera that she called police after noticing her back screen was cut and some jewelry was missing.

Police caught up with the suspects only a few streets away.

"And they searched him, and sure enough they had my jewelry on him," said the homeowner, who wished to stay unidentified. Stamford Police say aggressive door-to-door salesmen have become a common problem.

Furthermore, neither Keller nor Waldron had the necessary permit to solicit in the city.

Lastly, investigators told Eyewitness News that magazine companies often hire young men from out of town, and then drop them off in a residential neighborhood for 8-hours of aggressive door-to door sales.

"People won't leave the property, they go on property labeled 'no soliciting.' They're pushy. It often becomes confrontational," explained Lt. James Matheny of the Stamford Police Department.

Police say in the event a solicitor or salesperson comes to your door and is too aggressive or refuses to leave, do not elevate the situation to a confrontation.

Instead, call 911 and let the authorities settle the matter.

Source:

Joe Torres

News Team

WABC-TV/DT

Web produced by Jennifer Matarese

Monday, May 10, 2010

http://abclocal.go.com

New York, New York

 

Bantam, Connecticut

May 8, 2010

Protective order issued in alleged sex assault on 16-year-old girl

BANTAM - A Texas man charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl in Winsted was issued a no-contact protective order on Friday. Jesse L. Estep, 24, of 1685 Settlers Way, Seguin, Texas, appeared in Bantam Superior Court on Friday on charges of third-degree assault, second-degree unlawful restraint, disorderly conduct and peddling without a permit. Police said Estep was illegally selling magazines with a group of people on Thursday who claimed to work for Freedom Sales Company or Sunshine Subscription Agency. Around 3:30 p.m. Estep then allegedly forced himself on a girl in the area of Rockwell Street. The girl complained to police and Estep was arrested. On Friday Judge Corinne L. Klatt issued a no-contact order against Estep, precluding him from having any contact with the 16-year-old girl. The order, and the police warrant detailing the incident, remains sealed from the public's view. Estep's bond was set at $50,000. His case was transferred to Litchfield Superior Court for a May 21 appearance.

Ronald DeRosa can be reached by e-mail at rderosa@registercitizen.com.

Follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/registercitizen.

Magazine Sales Company: Freedom Sales Company or Sunshine Subscription Agency.

Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:

Palmetto Marketing

Trade Group:

National Field Selling Association

http://www.nfsa.com

Source:

The Register Citizen

By RONALD DEROSA

Published: Saturday, May 08, 2010

http://www.registercitizen.com

Torrington, Connecticut

Bantam Superior Court Case # CR10-0133909

 

Beverly, Massachusetts

May 7, 2010

Two door-to-door salesmen arrested

BEVERLY - Police have arrested two door-to-door magazine salesmen who they believe are part of a ring of out-of-state solicitors running a scam.

Leonardi Ekani-Minfumou, 24, and Shawn Permero Jackson, 29, both from Georgia, were arrested Wednesday in the area of Essex Street and charged with conducting business without the proper city solicitation permits.

Police said they believe the men are part of a group of solicitors running a scam in which a resident agrees to subscribe to a magazine, pays in cash, then never receives the magazine.

The solicitors dress in shirts and ties and carry small, black leather cases with certificates of training, vague magazine subscription forms and "feedback" forms to rate the solicitor on politeness and customer service, police said.

The men are all from out of state, and some, including Jackson, have lengthy criminal records, police said. The group targets various neighborhoods across the state, working in groups of two or more, then returns to a Boston-area hotel at night.

They show paperwork stating they work for companies titled Midwest Clearing, "Strickly" Business or Urban 1.

Police said an Internet search of the companies brings up numerous complaints from people claiming to be scammed out of money by door-to-door magazine solicitors.

Police say residents should use caution when dealing with door-to-door solicitors and should ask to see proper city-issued permits. If the solicitors refuse or say they don't have the permit with them, residents should call police.

If residents are shown permit paperwork but are still suspicious of the salesperson, they are encouraged to call police immediately.

Magazine Sales Company:

Strickly Business

Urban 1.

Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:

Midwest Clearing

Source:

By Paul Leighton

Staff writer

The Salem News

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or by e-mail at pleighton@salemnews.com.

http://www.salemnews.com

Beverly, Massachusetts

 

Hartford, Connecticut

May 5, 2010

Disgruntled Door-To-Door Sales Force Tries To Get Home

Broke and forlorn young people have been arriving in a steady trickle at Union Station in Hartford this week, trying to get home after, they say, they were lured to Connecticut by a network of companies promising they could earn $800 a week selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.

Instead, the workers, who were recruited from throughout the country and given free bus tickets to Connecticut, said they worked long hours for little or no pay and ended up owing the companies for lodging that they thought would be free.

"Everything they told us was a lie," said Macknia Ward, 18, who waited all of Monday for a bus ticket back to Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Meriden police Sgt. Lenny Caponigro said Tuesday that about 200 workers have been staying at the Comfort Inn on East Main Street and Four Points by Sheraton on Research Parkway since about April 21.

He said the companies they work for include Urban Development Solutions Inc., Golden Key Inc. and New Trinity Inc. - all linked to a company called Ultimate Unity, based in Michigan City, Ind. The company did not respond to a message seeking comment.

Caponigro said the companies have been told not to solicit in Meriden because they do not have the required permits.

Danbury police Capt. Tom Wendel said his department also has received "quite a few" complaints about the magazine solicitors and has issued warnings or tickets because they don't have permits.

Disgruntled door-to-door workers said they encountered people who were angry because they had not received magazines they ordered from previous solicitors for the companies, which have come to the state for at least the past two years.

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Tuesday that his office is investigating how the companies operate.

"It may involve deceptive and misleading information to people buying subscriptions," Blumenthal said. "Second, there may be false promises to the young people who were recruited about how much they will be earning."

Shawnda Merritt, a ticket agent for Peter Pan at the Hartford bus station, said young people have come to the counter waiting for tickets home, which eventually were provided by the companies.

"They say they worked for a company and they're stranded," she said.

Michael McClain, a manager for Urban Development Solutions, was at the bus station Monday and was asked about the workers' allegations that they were hired under false pretenses.

"I have no knowledge of that," he said.

Some workers were told to leave because they did not "fit the criteria of the program" and others chose to leave, McClain said.

On its website, the company describes itself as a "national on-the-job training and business development program committed to enhancing our communities by significantly changing the lives of young adults for the better through independent workforce creation."

Ward said she sought the job after seeing a flier in her hometown. She said she thought she would be working out of an office and earning good money.

A note on the "Contact Us" page of the company's website says, "Job seekers PLEASE understand that we are independent contractors selling magazine subscriptions door to door working on 100% commission before you contact us."

According to a Better Business Bureau release, BBB has given Urban Development Solutions an "F" grade, based on the number of unresolved complaints against it.

Magazine Sales Companys:

Urban Development Solutions Inc.

Golden Key Inc.

New Trinity Inc.

Ultimate Unity

http://www.uunity.biz

Self Starters Inc.

http://www.selfstartersinc.com

Magazine Sales Company Clearinghouse:

MagMart

http://www.magmart.biz

Source:

By MARK SPENCER, Hartford Courant

http://articles.courant.com

Hartford, Connecticut

 

Carmel, New York

April 30, 2010

Carmel police: Magazine solicitor found with stolen mail

CARMEL - A Michigan teenager who was selling magazines door-to-door in violation of a town permit was found with outgoing mail that police suspect he took from residential mailboxes, Police Chief Michael Johnson said Thursday.

George Hinton Jr., 19, of Detroit was selling magazine subscriptions with a woman Monday night when a Cherry Hill Road resident called police. Officer Brian Shay responded and told them they could not sell door-to-door without a town permit. The pair agreed to stop, Johnson said.

But about 30 minutes later, around 7:50 p.m., police got several more complaints of magazine salespeople on Drewville Road.

Shay and Officer Christopher Fox responded, found Hinton and charged him with violating the town ordinance on peddling without a permit. While searching Hinton, the officers found a check made out to the Starr Ridge Water District by a town resident and a letter addressed to the town's Recreation Department that had an application with a resident's confidential information, Johnson said.

Police contacted the two residents and learned that they had placed outgoing mail in their mailboxes to be picked up Tuesday by their letter carrier.

Police additionally charged Hinton with two misdemeanor counts of criminal possession of stolen property and notified an official with the U.S. Postal Service. Johnson said postal officials are conducting their own investigation and that Hinton could face federal charges.

Hinton, who told police he worked for a company called Discover Unlimited Possibilities, is due to appear Monday in Town Court.

Magazine Sales Company:

Discover Unlimited Possibilities:

A.K.A.: DUP

A.K.A.: Urban Nation

A.K.A.: Urban Nation Entertainment

Websites:

http://urbannationent.com

http://www.websiteq.com/member/urbnation/index.asp

URBAN NATION ENTERTAINMENT

904 W. Montgomery St. Suites 4-326

Willis, TX 77378

Tel: 936.890.8304

Toll Free: 1.800.586.0134

http://urbannationent.com

http://www.websiteq.com/member/urbnation/index.asp

BBB Houston Texas

Source:

BY TERENCE CORCORAN TCORCORA@LOHUD.COM APRIL 30, 2010

The Journal News And LoHud.Com

http://www.lohud.com

White Plains, New York

 

Bloomington, Indiana

April 30, 2010

Door-to-door sales persons linked to employee abuse

Editor's Note: The location of the main subject of the story is not being disclosed for his safety.

Rico Anthony was 17 years old and facing eviction when a young woman selling magazines knocked on his door.

He faced a future of being jobless and moving in with his brother. Anthony had only one response when asked if he wanted a job - one that promised a life traveling the country, earning money and meeting new people while selling magazines.

It would be like MTV's "Road Rules," the seller told him.

"Hell yeah, I need a job," he said. He packed three days' worth of clothes and did not return for 10 years. The decade would be a dangerous one, filled with lies, drugs and violence.

But, according to many sources, that is the world of the door-to-door sales industry.

Crew Life

Anthony described a typical day on the job as routine. The crew would wake up in a small, cramped hotel room at 7 a.m. to meet with managers by 9 a.m.

The crews piled into vans and headed to college campuses and apartment complexes. Without permits, they attempted to sell magazine subscriptions.

"Most of the kids would lie," Anthony said. "Let's say you went to a college campus, most kids would say they were doing it for school or for a trip. There's a lot of pressure."

The vans would return five times a day so the managers could see the agents' progress.

"If you got three sales or better, they'd tell you how much 'the shit' you are," Anthony said. "If you didn't get very many sales, you were in trouble."

"Trouble" ranged from verbal abuse to physical beatings. Anthony said he saw agents being beaten by 12 men at once.

At the end of the day, the crews went to the hotel, where drugs and alcohol were common.

"A lot of kids want to leave," Anthony said. "I wanted to leave. But once you're on the road for so long, you kind of break ties with your family, and they make you believe this is going to be 'the life."'

Anthony said he saw crew members stranded on the side of the road, hours from the nearest town.

While traveling through Texas, Anthony suffered broken ribs when he was in a car accident that killed two girls.

After about eight years, Anthony was promoted to manager. Suddenly, his life became even more difficult. He was responsible for not only his own actions, but also those of his crew.

Worst of all, Anthony said, he was now dishing out beatings at the request of his bosses.

"I regret a lot of stuff I did," he said. "I'd become this monster. Lying to kids, telling them how good the job was, and it wasn't a good job at all."

A Disobedient Watchdog

The National Field Selling Association was founded in 1987. According to its website, the organization aims to "enhance the image of the direct selling industry." Members are expected to comply with a code of ethics.

Incidentally, the NFSA's president, Vincent Pitts, had his fair share of unlawful run-ins with his magazine subscription companies.

According to Dunn County Wisconsin Circuit Court documents, Pitts was sued in 2006 for not running a background check on a sales agent who beat and sexually assaulted a woman.

In 2000, the Fulton Daily News reported that Pitts' company, Palmetto Marketing, made a million-dollar settlement with the family of a woman murdered by a sales agent in central New York state.

Earlene Williams, director of Parent Watch Inc., which helps people leave the traveling sales industry, said the NFSA is as much of a danger as many of the crews it pretends to try to clean up.

"Nearly all the board of directors have had serious lawsuits against them," she said. "Their defense is always that the workers are independent contractors and therefore are businesses unto themselves."

The sales people aren't independent contractors, and the companies usually settle these lawsuits out of court, Williams said.

A call to Pitts' Florida company, Sunshine Subscription Agency, was met with limited response, and several e-mails sent to the NFSA received no response.

Indiana Ties

Two large magazine sales clearinghouses reside in Indiana. Media reports and court documents show both had crews involved in fatal van accidents. The clearinghouses are located in Michigan City.

Publishers Consulting Corporation, according to its website, is a family-owned magazine subscription firm that has been serving the industry for more than 60 years.

In 1999, a van packed with 14 members of a magazine sales crew traveling through Janesville, Wis., flipped, killing seven and injuring five others. The crew's company had Publishers Consulting Corporation as a clearinghouse, which currently shares its address with no less than six different subscription agencies, according to Wisconsin court documents.

Publishers Consulting Corporation did not respond to e-mails requesting comment.

A 10 minute drive away is American Community Services. This company only seems to share its address with one other agency, yet its history, according to media reports, appears to be more sordid.

In 1992, a van piloted by a driver with no license and carrying agents hit a median and overturned, killing five passengers and injuring six others.

In 1998, another salesman raped a 67-year-old Plano, Texas, woman and threatened her with a kitchen knife. Later that same year, two agents severely beat a retired alderman on the courthouse steps of Coravallis, Ore.

American Community Services could not be reached for comment. According to the Better Business Bureau, the company may no longer be in business.

The Law

Though most states require door-to-door sales crews to acquire permits, the laws are hard to enforce when groups are constantly moving across the country.

In Wisconsin, "Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act" went into effect this month, promising stronger regulation and fines. The legislation is named after Malinda Turvey, an 18-year-old woman who died in a sales-related crew crash 11 years ago.

In the days before the legislation became active, Turvey's father, Phil Ellenbecker, called the act "the most powerful regulatory door-to-door solicitation legislation in the country" and said he was anxiously counting down the seconds until its activation.

Ellenbecker is also the creator of Dedicated Memorial Parents Group, an organization that collects and distributes news stories and information about the magazine crew industry through its websites.

In Indiana, most cities have their own codes concerning door-too-door solicitation. Bloomington is one of them.

The Bloomington Police Department frequently receives calls from residents about solicitors, Capt. Joe Qualters said.

"Many just want them checked out because they report them as being 'suspicious,' want us to verify the legitimacy of their fundraising effort or are concerned because none of what they are collecting for benefits this community," Qualters said.

Residents have reported instances where "hard-sell tactics," "intimidation" and "cursing" were used by sales people as well as occasional theft, Qualters said.

"If a crime occurs, we can investigate it and try to hold someone accountable," he said. "As you can see, however, simply selling magazines without a permit is just an ordinance violation. Sometimes, the sellers leave the area after an encounter with law enforcement stemming from a complaint."

An Ongoing Problem

Some former crew members do claim to have found the experience positive, however. A MySpace page called "Traveling Sales Crew Reunion=)" hopes to unite former sales people and shine a positive light on the industry.

"It's too bad that everywhere you search on the net, the entire traveling sales industry and the millions of good people that have been a part of it are judged by the actions of a few bad apples," the author wrote on the profile. "I loved my nine years of adventure on the road and I know hundreds of other people who did also."

The creator of the page did not reply to a MySpace message requesting for comment.

Anthony, now 29, has been out of the industry for nearly two years. He said he has few fond memories of the sales crew. He called the job "the worst life ever."

"They try to find people that are in a bad time in their life," Anthony said. "They should stop preying on little young teenagers just to make them a buck."

Williams said those who remember their experience fondly may not have fully processed what happened to them.

"With any abusive relationship, there are honeymoons," she said. "Days where you're beaten, and days were you're taken to the seashore."

Magazine Sales Company:

Sunshine Subscription Agency

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Clearinghouse:

Publishers Consulting Corporation

Palmetto Marketing

Door-to-Door Magazine Sales Industry Trade Group:

The National Field Selling Association

President: Vincent Pitts

Source:

By JAKE NEW | IDS

POSTED AT 12:45 AM ON APR. 30, 2010

IU Student Media

Indiania Daily Student

http://www.idsnews.com

Bloomington, Indiana

 

Denver, Colorado

April 28, 2010

Woman scammed out of nearly $2,000 by magazine salesman

Last week a gullible Denver woman was scammed out of $1,900.00 by a man claiming to be a University of Denver student selling magazine subscriptions for a school class. This case underscores the power of the confidence man. Con men are masters of charm and can usually spot a vulnerable target. After all, many of us want to help people in need. When the smiling young man approached the woman at a Denver intersection he must have seemed trustworthy. He convinced her that the University only accepted cash (red flag #1) and that she could get a full refund later (red flag #2). He even produced an apparent school identification card. Apparently unaware of the red flags this man presented she took him to her bank and withdrew $1900.00 in cash for him. After handing over the cash the woman became suspicious and called the University to inquire about the magazine program. It was then that she learned she had been scammed. Police are still looking for the suspect. Scammers are out there. They can develop very sophisticated scams but most often they rely on co-opting our heart strings. Charity is wonderful but many a scam has been committed under it's veil. Most readers will recognize such a scam but for those who rely on emotion rather than reason in decision making I have this suggestion. NEVER contribute to any charity, program, or person without considering it for at least 24 hours. Use that time to consider the expenditure and do a little investigation. If it is a legitimate cause, it will still be there tomorrow.

Source:

http://www.examiner.com

Denver, Colorado

 

Sanford, North Carolina

April 28, 2010

Door-to-door salesman charged with assault

SANFORD - A Raleigh man who claimed to be a door-to-door salesman has been charged with assaulting a Lee County man.

Tomorcus Antoine Lee, 27, was charged Tuesday with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor second-degree trespassing, according to a news release from the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

Lee was representing himself as a salesman for a vacuum cleaner company on April 16 when he went to the home of 70-year-old William Sidney Burton, the release said.

Burton repeatedly asked Lee to leave his property, the release said.

Lee then struck Burton in the head with a handheld vacuum cleaner, the release said.

Burton was treated for a cut on his head, the release said.

Lee is also accused of violating a county ordinance that prohibits door-to-door sales without a permit, the release said.

Lee's bail was set at $30,000.

Source:

The Fayetteville Observer

http://m.fayobserver.com

Fayetteville, North Carolina

 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

April 23, 2010

Milwaukee salesman charged with rape in Maryland

A Milwaukee man working as a traveling door-to-door salesman is being held in a Maryland jail after a woman told police he raped her after asking to use her bathroom.

Jarvis Lamon Spain, 21, 4647 N. 27th St., Milwaukee, allegedly entered the woman's home on a quiet residential street near Arnold, Maryland, a suburb of Annapolis, after showing her his company credentials, according to an Anne Arundel County Police Department report. Officers say he was soliciting magazine subscriptions in the neighborhood.

After speaking with the alleged victim, a 29-year-old woman, officers stopped a man walking nearby that matched her description of the assailant. It was Spain. Police apprehended Spain at about 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

The victim later identified him in person as the man who asked to use her bathroom then assaulted her as he was leaving the house. Police jailed him at Anne Arundel County Jail under $2 million bond. The woman he's accused of assaulting was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries and released.

Police provided a Milwaukee address for Spain, though he provided one in Chicago to court officials. He's scheduled to appear on May 24 in Anne Arundel County District Court for a preliminary hearing on charges of a fourth degree sex offense, second degree assault, sodomy and commission of a perverted practice. If convicted, Spain faces up to 31 years in prison.

Magazine Sales company: Paragon sales

Magazine Clearinghouse: Midwest clearing, Inc.

Source:

Milwaukee Magazine

Milwaukee Magazine

http://www.milwaukeenewsbuzz.com

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Anne Arundel County Police Department Maryland

Criminal Investigation Division                                                                                                              

case #: 2010-714175

Convicted:

2nd degree assault

4th degree sexual assault

 

Portland, Oregon

April 19, 2010

Man Accused Of Being 2005 Salesman Rapist

PORTLAND, Ore. -- A 28-year-old man was formally charged Monday in the 2005 rape of a Sellwood woman.

David Washington appeared in a Multnomah County courtroom, where he was arraigned on rape, kidnapping, attempted aggravated murder and burglary charges.

Detectives believe Washington was part of a group going door to door to sell magazine subscriptions in southeast Portland on Oct. 20, 2005. On that day, police said, Washington forced his way into a woman's apartment on Bidwell Street and sexually assaulted her.

Detectives said they were able to identify Washington as a suspect after they submitted DNA evidence to the Oregon State Police Crime Lab. In 2009, they went to Memphis, Tenn., to interview Washington, who was already in custody.

Multnomah County prosecutors said rape and murder by door-to-door salesmen is relatively common around the United States.

Brandon Bruins, who lives in southeast Portland, said his daughters know not to answer the door if a stranger knocks.

"I'm glad that they caught the guy and I'm glad he's being prosecuted, but I'd rather it not happy in my neighborhood," Bruins said.

Jim and Julie Koch, who also live in Portland, said they may be less willing to open the door the next time a salesman knocks.

"More often than not, we do open the door," Julie Koch said. "It does make me feel like I have to be just a little more careful."

Police waited for Washington to finish his sentencing in Tennessee and then had him transferred to Multnomah County last weekend so he could be charged in the Sellwood rape case.

Source:

KPTV.com

Fox 12

POSTED: 12:43 pm PDT April 19, 2010

UPDATED: 6:32 am PDT April 20, 2010

http://www.kptv.com

Pending trial

Portland Oregon police case # 05-102506

 

Fayetteville, North Carolina

April 19, 2010

Sanford man assaulted by door-to-door salesman

SANFORD - A Sanford man reported he was assaulted at his home Friday by a man claiming to be a door-to-door salesman. William Sidney Burton, 70, of the 100 block of Hickory House Road, said he scuffled with the man, who said he was selling vacuum cleaners, according to a report from the Lee County Sheriff's Office. The report said Burton was assaulted after he asked the man to leave his property. Burton was cut on his forehead, according to Capt. Jeff Johnson. The man left driving a blue Chevrolet Astro van, the report said. Anyone who may have seen the man is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (919) 775-5531.

Source:

A staff report

The Fayetteville Observer

Published: 09:38 PM, Mon Apr 19, 2010

http://www.fayobserver.com

Fayetteville, North Carolina

 

Hinesville, Georiga

April 15, 2010

Police: 'Salesman' was casing for burglaries

If you recently bought magazines from a door to door salesman, the Richmond Hill Police Department would like to hear from you. Police believe that a man arrested April 7 on burglary charges was part of a group who portrayed themselves as magazine salesmen in order to burglarize people's homes. Montez Bullock is charged with one count of burglary and two counts of entering auto after an investigation that began in March in the Main Street Subdivision. Bullock allegedly posed as a magazine salesman an, once inside, would ask to use the bathroom, go to other ares in the home and take small items such as cell phones or jewelry. He would then sell fake magazine subscriptions and leave.

Source:

Staff reports

Coastal Courier

Updated: April 15, 2010 8:35 p.m.

http://www.coastalcourier.com

Hinesville, Georiga

 

Amarillo, Texas

April 13, 2010

Door-to-Door Salesman Allegedly Robbing Homeowners

AMARILLO---Amarillo police are sending out a warning about a door-to-door saleswoman, turned thief. They say they've had two reports of a woman going to homes selling magazines then robbing the homeowner. Police say once inside the woman would ask for a glass of water, then steal the homeowners wallet. Police were able to find the wallets both times nearby, but all the money was missing. If you have any information call police.

Source:

Reported by: Ashley Pontius

KAMR NBC4, KCIT FOX14, KCPN-LP33

Tuesday, April 13 2010

http://myhighplains.com

Amarillo, Texas

 

San Mateo, California

April 7, 2010

Teen gets time served for assaulting women

A teenager who prosecutors say invaded a residential care home in San Mateo by posing as a magazine salesman and attacked two women is free from custody after a judge gave him a suspended prison term and probation.

Christopher Joseph Cortez, 18, had pleaded no contest to felony assault with an intent to rape and misdemeanor false imprisonment in return for no more than four years in prison. On Tuesday, Judge Susan Etezadi imposed the four-year term but suspended it pending the successful completion of three years supervised probation. Etezadi also sentenced Cortez to a year in jail with credit for 573 days and ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.

The suspended sentence was recommended by the Probation Department, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

The negotiated settlement freed Cortez from trial on other charges of attempted rape and residential burglary with a potential sentence of 15 years to life.

San Mateo police arrested Cortez March 19, 2009 after two women in their 50s reported being held against their will by a man who came to their residential care home workplace in the 2600 block of Holland Street and claimed to be selling magazine subscriptions. The assailant fled after the women fought back. Police found Cortez nearby in a van with other magazine salespeople. Both women later identified Cortez as the attacker.

Although Cortez was a juvenile at the time of the crime, prosecutors charged him as an adult under California's Proposition 21.

He has been in custody in lieu of $1 million bail.

Source:

By Michelle Durand

Daily Journal Staff

The Daily Journal

April 07, 2010, 03:39 AM

http://www.smdailyjournal.com

San Mateo, California

 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

March 25, 2010

Police: Fugitive Worked As Salesman

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Police said a man who was wanted in connection with a rape investigation was working as a door-to-door salesman in Oklahoma.

Officers said Antez Dieffenderfer, 20, was on the run from authorities in Tennessee. They said bounty hunters found him trying to sell magazines in Oklahoma City.

Tennessee authorities said he was charged with raping a disabled relative and fled after he posted bond.

Workers from Free U Bail Bonds decided to track him down and said they received a tip that he was in Oklahoma. They contacted a watchdog group that specializes in tracking the criminal activity of door-to-door salesmen, Dedicated Memorial Parents. The group tracked Dieffenderfer down and put a bounty hunter on the case.

Officers said they expect to take Dieffenderfer back to Tennessee, where he will face additional criminal charges.

Magazine Sales Company:

Interstate Subscription Service aka Interstate Subscription Services aka Youth Incentive Promotions aka Youth Incentive Promotions of America aka Avalanche aka The Force aka Furman aka Future aka Pure Platinum aka The Raiders aka The Scorpions aka TCB Sales

Source:

KOCO-TV

POSTED: 7:57 pm CDT March 25, 2010

UPDATED: 8:34 pm CDT March 25, 2010

http://www.koco.com

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Bond Enforcement

Knoxville, Tennessee

Court Date: 02/08/11

Knox County Sheriff case#:89698

DMPG Note: Antez Dieffenderfer was not employed by Avalanche at the time of the alledged rape.

 

University of Idaho

March 12, 2010

Southwestern Company banned from recruiting at UI

After several complaints from faculty, students and parents, Southwestern Company has been banned from recruiting at the University of Idaho, the Career Center director announced in an e-mail to faculty Friday.

Suzanne Billington said a no trespassing order was issued Wednesday because the recruiters violated UI recruiting policies by using classrooms for their purposes without permission. The company received a warning in January.

Complaints over the past few weeks regarded the company entering classrooms, speaking to students and collecting student phone numbers. Upon investigation, the recruiters misled faculty into believing the Career Center had given them permission to enter the classrooms, Billington said. The Career Center does not have the authority to grant permission to enter classrooms, but complaints indicate the company implied they had such permission. However, the approval is the decision of the faculty teaching the class.

Billington explained in the e-mail the Career Center expects all employers to provide instructors with accurate information about their company and their purpose so the instructors can make an informed decision about the interruption of their class.

She said Southwestern is not like a normal employee company because the work on independent contracts.

"The company really has no obligation of the students' success or failure," Billington said. "I really don't think students understand the implications of an independent contractor."

Southwestern representative Brandon Devlin has been coming to UI for four years. He said he has had a tremendous response from students and that the company has mostly had a positive response on campus.

"We're disappointed but we still have a large number of students this summer," he said.

He said the surveys were never handed out during class and that while the surveys requested phone numbers, completing any part of the survey was voluntary.

"We feel grateful to have spoken to students at the University of Idaho," Devlin said. "We hold no resentment toward the University of Idaho for their decision ... I would love the opportunity to earn the right (to be back on campus) in the future."

He said he felt it was unfortunate to focus on the negative experiences, and very little attention has been paid to the students with a positive Southwestern experience. He does not think the ban will impact the number of interested students, but that UI is doing a disservice to students by not supporting those who are interested in Southwestern employment, he said.

"The complaints that were made were valid complaints," Billington said. She said if students want to continue to work with the company, they should research more information before committing to employment.

Along with the banning of Southwestern Company on campus, the Career Center is tightening the recruitment policies to avoid future problems. Billington said this is the first time they have had to ban recruiters from campus.

Door-to-Door Sales Company:

Southwestern Company

Trade Group:

Direct Selling Association (DSA)

Source:

Written by Jennifer Schlake and Kelsey Samuels - Argonaut

http://www.uiargonaut.com

Friday, 12 March 2010

This story was updated 6:04 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010.

University of Idaho

 

Auburn, California

March 12, 2010

Magazine salesman arrested for fraud, theft

Police warn be cautious of solicitors

Police warn that one woman's story of a thieving magazine salesman serves as a cautionary tale.