Traveling Door-To-Door Sales
Chronology July 2005 - December 2006
Compiled By Dedicated
Memorial Parents Group
Director: Phil Ellenbecker
January 6, 2007
Traveling Door-To-Door Sales
Chronology July 2005 - December 2006
December 2006 - Missing Traveling Magazine Sales Agent
Body found in Memphis was woman
lost in NLR.
An Oregon woman reported missing last month in North Little Rock has been identified as the person whose body was
found in a wooded area in southwest Memphis on Nov. 26, police said. Tracie Onaya
Jones, 19, whose last known address was in Albany,
Ore., was reported missing Nov. 17. She had last been seen
two days earlier at the Pilot Truck Stop at 3300 Valentine Road in North Little Rock. Jones was in central Arkansas selling magazine subscriptions, police said. On Nov.
26, Memphis police were called to investigate a body found in a
wooded area near Westview
Roadand Third Street. According to a news report, the body was clad in a
pink shirt. When she was reported missing, Jones was wearing bluejeans and a gray hooded Georgia Tech sweat shirt, North
Little Rock police said. Memphis
police said there were several “apparent knife wounds” to her head and body. Memphis authorities were alerted to the North Little Rock missing person report regarding Jones by an employee
of the NationalCenter for Missing and Exploited Children, said North Little Rock police spokesman Sgt. Terry Kuykendall. “After providing
the Memphis Police Department with information of Jones’ disappearance,
including details of tattoos and clothing, it was determined there was a strong
possibility the body discovered in Memphis was that of Ms. Jones,” Kuykendall said. On Monday,
the body was positively identified. Jones was selling subscriptions for Epic
Subscriptions of York, Pa., said company owner Robert Blair, who reported Jones
missing and described himself as her employer and boyfriend. Blair said he was
managing a group of 10 salespeople on Nov. 15 when they left a Malvern motel
headed for the Little
December 2006 - Magazine Salesman Charged With Rape,
Oral Copulation, Rape With A Foreign Object, And Kidnapping With The Intent To
TRAGEDY IN CLAREMONT
RondieWalz formally charged;
suspect’s background comes into focus Will Bigham
Claremont Courier Saturday, December 9, 2006
The door-to-door magazine
salesman who allegedly raped a 20-year-old Claremont resident last Saturday was formally charged on 4
felony counts at an arraignment hearing on Wednesday. Rondie
Lamont Leland Walz, 22, did not enter a plea at the
hearing; a second arraignment hearing is scheduled for December 13. The
suspect’s bail has been raised to $3.3 million from its original $1 million, a
change that reflects the seriousness of the charges filed against Mr. Walz, said SamerHathout, a deputy district attorney with the Los AngelesCounty district attorney’s office. Mr. Walz
could face a life sentence—with the possibility of parole after 31 years—if
convicted on all 4 charges, which include rape, oral copulation, rape with a
foreign object, and kidnapping with the intent to rape.
December 2006 - Four Magazine Salesmen Arrested For
A Missing 17-year-old Colorado Girl.
Man's suspicions lead to missing teen
A Morgan Hill man's intuition prompted him to tip off police to a
missing 17-year-old Colorado girl who was found Tuesday selling magazine
subscriptions in his neighborhood. The girl had been missing for months when
she turned up in Morgan
Hill with two
men who also were selling magazines door-to-door, Morgan Hill police said. The resident told police he was
suspicious when the teenager came to his door, and he then scoured the NationalCenter for Missing and Exploited Children's Web site. His
search turned up her picture, police said. Police found the girl in a van with
two of the men who were part of the magazine sales group. The supervisor of the
group, which police said was operating illegally in the city, had picked up the
girl in Colorado three months ago. Police arrested four members of the
group in connection with harboring the girl. Contact Howard Mintz
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 286-0236.
December 2006 - Magazine Salesman Charged With
Kidnapping With Intent To Commit Sodomy And Attempted Sodomy With A Person
Under 16 Years Old.
Man Accused Of Dragging Teen Into Bushes Pleads Not
-- A self-described magazine salesman accused of dragging a teenager into
bushes near a Carlsbad elementary school admitted to investigators after his
arrest that he had intended to molest the boy, a prosecutor alleged Wednesday.
Eric Rodney Hill, 27, was arrested last Friday by officers who'd been called to
the area near JeffersonElementary
reports that a man had been harassing children, according to Carlsbad police Lt. Bill Rowland. Deputy District Attorney
Christine Israel said Hill "made admissions" about what he planned to
do with the boy. Based on those alleged admissions, the defendant has been
charged with kidnapping with intent to commit sodomy and attempted sodomy with
a person under 16 years old, Israel said.
November 2006 – Magazine Salesman Rapes Port St.
Salesman allegedly assaulted PSL woman
Port St. Lucie, Florida
A Lafayette, Ala., magazine salesman was arrested Saturday night for
allegedly forcing his way into a woman's home in the east central section of
Port St. Lucie and sexually assaulting her. Lanay L.
Daniels, 21, was charged with felony burglary with sexual battery and was being
held without bond at the St. Lucie County Jail.
November 2006 - Magazine Salesman Arrested For Assault
Death threat of a salesman
A door-to-door magazine
salesman became irate when a woman rudely rejected his sales pitch, and he
allegedly “threatened to come back to her residence later to kill her,” police
say. When the woman said she wasn’t interested in a subscription, “words were
exchanged, some racial in nature.” The 20-year-old suspect later admitted to
officers that he “became angry and started kicking the front door because she
called him a nigga (sic) several times.” Although he
denied threatening to come back later to kill the woman, he was picked up for
assault and vandalism.
November 2006 - Magazine Salesman Charged With Statutory
Rape of 14-year-old Girl.
Peddler sought in sex case.
Police say man, 21, was
selling magazines when he targeted girl, 14
St. Paul, Minnesota
A man acting as a
door-to-door salesman of magazines is wanted by police on suspicion of having
sex with a 14-year-old ForestLake girl he was soliciting. Authorities don't know where
Dozier lives or how to find him, though they say his last known address was in East Point, Ga. They say he sweet-talked a teen and her friend over
several days last spring as he went door to door selling subscriptions.
Magazine Sales Crew Van Rollover.
November 2006 - At Least 10 Injured In Van Crash.
City -- Police
are investigating a van crash in Oklahoma City that injured at least 10 people on Saturday night.
Officers said at least 10 children or young adults were in the van, which
rolled over on Interstate 44 near Southwest 119th Street. The driver told police he saw something on the road,
tried to avoid it and then lost control of the van. At least two people were
taken to local hospitals by helicopter, authorities said.
Door To Door Magazine Sales ALERT
November - 2006 -SeattleWashington
A black male in his 20s has
been hanging around an Admiral gas station, approaching a female employee and
masturbating in plain view. He has repeatedly asked about the same woman when
she is not present. A man matching the description (blue cap, black do-rag,
blue jacket with a red stripe and British flag on the chest, white shirt, red
tie) was seen selling magazines door-to-door in the 5900 block of 37th SW and
refusing to leave the area.
November 2006 - Door-to-door salesman convicted in
rape of teen
EL CAJON – A door-to-door cleaning supply salesman from Louisiana faces a prison sentence of 80 years to life for
raping an El Cajon high school student in her home. Archie Lee Thomas,
20, was convicted Monday of five counts of rape, assault with intent to commit
rape, rape with a foreign object and forced oral copulation, said prosecutor
Terrie Roberts. Superior Court Judge Patricia K. Cookson
ordered Thomas to remain held in jail without bail pending a Dec. 11 sentencing
October 2006 - Magazine Salesman Arrested For Sexually
Assaulting A 12-Year_Old Girl.
(WJZ) Howard County, MD
Howard County Police arrested a man Tuesday in the sexual assault of a
12-year-old girl in Elkridge. David Fernando Garcia, 23, of 941 West Capital Ave. in West Sacramento, Calif., was charged with multiple counts of sex offenses and
assault. Police reports indicate that Garcia was employed by a traveling
magazine sales company by the name of Chapel Sales, Inc. out of New Jersey.
August 2006 - Magazine Salesman Receives 20 Years InWisconsin Prison
For Brutally Beating And Raping A Woman Brandon Green will spend more than 20
years in prison for brutally beating and sexually assaulting a Menomonie Wisconsin woman. Green was selling magazine
subscriptions for Sunshine Subscription Agency out of Coral SpringsFlorida when he forcedhis way into a woman's home and
assaulted her. Green was sentenced to 21 years. He'll have to register as a sex
offender and can never work as a door-to-door salesman again. Sunshine
Subscription Agency is a traveling magazine sales crew that works for Palmetto
August 2006 - Convicted Sex Offender Magazine Salesman
Wanted For Escaping Courthouse. A
door-to-door salesman facing minor charges escaped from the Burlington courthouse today after authorities learned he is a fugitive
sex offender. It started Monday when police arrested an overly-aggressive door-to-door
magazine salesman in Shelburne. Tuesday authorities learned he is a convicted California sex offender who jumped probation. Police reports indicate
that David Banda works for Buckeye Sales a traveling door-to-door magazine
sales group operated by Points Across
America out of Denton Texas.
July 2006 - Eleven Magazine Salesmen Rounded Up By
Police - Nine Have Criminal Records.
Jersey - Police
rounded up a gang of 11 magazine solicitors working for a Colorado company on Thursday -- nine of whom had criminal
records that included theft, drug possession, home invasions and possessions of
firearm. Three solicitors had previously spent time in prison. The group was
employed by Great Lakes Circulation, a traveling door-to-door
magazine sales company out of Evergreen Colorado.
July 2006 - Two Magazine Salesman
Charged With Suspicion of First-Degree Theft And Unauthorized Entry Of A Motor
DRAIN, Oregon: Sheriff's deputies arrested two men thought to have
stolen $1,500 from a bank envelope in a car in Drain. Aaron Lloyd Schwab, 20,
of Roseburg and Kevin Leo Oxford, 21, of Nebraska were in Drain selling magazines door-to-door, said DwesHutson, spokesman for the
Douglas County Sheriff's Office. When the money was discovered missing by the
alleged victim, he confronted both Schwab and Oxford. Both denied taking the money, and said they found it
on the side of the road, Hutsonsaid. The two
suspects have been charged on suspicion of first-degree theft and unauthorized
entry of a motor vehicle, and were lodged at the Douglas County Jail. Police
reports indicate thattraveling magazine salesmen were working for Atlantic Circulation
Inc. operating out of Mountville, PA.
July 2006 - Nine Magazine Salesmen Arrested All With
Greece, New York
— Police have arrested nine out-of-state door-to-door magazine salespeople, all
with criminal records, including a 27-year-old Maryland man who is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old
girl in Ohio in similar circumstances earlier this year, said
Greece Police Lt. Stephen Wise.
July 2006 - Magazine Salesman Arrested For Assault.
Valley, Washington - A door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested here
after losing a sale and brawling with a homeowner. The 21-year-old salesman was
invited inside a home in the 27600 block of 239th Place on Friday evening, and
he was about to seal a subscription deal when he mentioned an additional $14
charge. The 36-year-old woman of the house
immediately soured on the
transaction and began ripping apart the paperwork she had filled out. She tried
to throw the receipt in the trash, but the salesman grabbed her shoulder,
according to a police report. The woman's 36-year-old husband then grabbed the
front of the salesman's shirt, and they began wrestling on the family room floor.
The woman called police, who found the man walking on a nearby street and
arrested him for assault. He was holding a marijuana pipe in his hand, police
said. The homeowner scraped his knees and tore his jeans in the scuffle, but no
one was seriously injured. A KingCounty sheriff's deputy called the salesman's boss at Integrity
Sales and informed him his salesman was no longer welcome in MapleValley.
July 2006 - Door-To-Door Salesman Mental Compoetency Examination Ordered After Rape.
El Cajon, California - Door to Door Salesman Rape Suspect.
A mental competency examination
was ordered Monday for a door-to-door salesman accused of forcing his way into
a woman's home in El
repeatedly raping her. Criminal proceedings were suspended for 20-year-old
Archie Lee Thomas, who is charged with five counts of rape and one count each
of rape with a foreign object and burglary. The woman told police she
was raped when a man selling cleaning products forced his
way into her home about on April 14. The man was in the home for about an hour, and was
detained by police at Bradley and Mollisonavenue soon after fleeing. The woman subsequently identified
Thomas, of St. Louis, Mo., as the man who allegedly raped her, according to El Cajon police Lt. Tim Henton.
After an examination by doctors, a judge is expected to rule on the defendant's
mental competency on July 20. If charges are reinstated, Thomas faces up to 73
years to life in state prison if convicted, said Deputy District Attorney
Terrie Roberts. Police reports indicates that the
Archie Lee Thomas was working for T&B Sales a traveling door-to-door
cleaner sales distributor for Austin Diversified Products.
July 2006 - Magazine Salesman Being Charged With Petit
York - The Avon
Police Department is advising area residents to be wary of door-to-door
salespeople after a Kansas man was arrested for allegedly swiping a village
resident's wallet while in the house selling magazine subscriptions. Kelly
Parker, 20, faces a charge of petit larceny. The village resident told police
his wallet was taken from inside the house,
and the only person who had been in the house was the
magazine salesman. The wallet, containing $182, was recovered. The village
police department is warning residents that while some reputable companies do
business through door-to-door sales, there are others that are not legitimate.
June 2006 - Magazine Salesman Being Charged With
Burglary, Abduction and Attempted Rape.
Township, Ohio - Mother Attacked In Home By
Door-To-Door Salesman. A door-to-door salesman is in jail after police say he
attacked a mother in her home. It happened in UnionTownship, ClermontCounty, just off Summerside Road. The mom had four kids in her home at the time when
the salesman, 20-year-old Dyangle Turner of Los Angeles, allegedly forced his way inside. Police say Turner
was trying to sell magazines in the
Summersideneighborhood last week when he allegedly forced his way into the
victim's home. Turner is facing charges of burglary, abduction and attempted
rape. For the last month, he's been working for a Texas based company called "Points Across
America." A spokesperson says they do door-to-door magazine sales across
the country. Turner is being held at the
ClermontCounty jail on a $100,000 bond.
June 2006 - Two Magazine Salesmen Plead Guilty To
Involuntary Manslaughter and Aggravated Battery.
Mexico - Plea
Reached In Silva Lanes Death
Two of the four men charged
in the Oct. 20 slaying of Benjamin Suazo outside the
Silva Lanes bowling alley reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Wednesday.
Joshua Burgess, 24, of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo., each pleaded no contest to charges of involuntary
manslaughter and aggravated battery. Each could face a maximum sentence of 4 1/2
years in prison at sentencing for their roles in Suazo's
death. Two other defendants charged in connection with Suazo's
homicide, James Combs and Jason Furden,
have turned down plea offers and are slated to go to trial June 27. Suazo, a 32-year-old Santa Fe resident, was beaten into unconsciousness, but was
still alive after a fight with a group of
out-of-state magazine salesmen outside the bowling alley Oct. 20.
While Suazo was lying on the ground unconscious, asport-utility
vehicle being driven by Furden and containing other
magazine salesmen ran Suazo over, according to
evidence at a preliminary hearing in the case last year.
June 2006 - Magazine Sales Fraud.
City, Missouri - Missouri Magazine Door-to-door Salesman to Pay Restitution and
Penalties. A man who sold magazine subscriptions door to door in central and
southwest Missouri but never delivered the magazines will pay $2,699 in
restitution to consumers and $2,000 to the state of Missouri. Jefferson City, Mo. - infoZine - Under a courtorder obtained
by Attorney General Jay Nixon, Jason E. Cogbill is
also permanently barred from selling magazines or engaging in door-to-door
sales in Missouri.
June 2006 - Mentally Challenged Teen Returned Home By
Traveling Magazine Sales Crew.
Missing teen returned to home. A mentally challenged Albuquerque teen is home after going missing Tuesday afternoon.
Arthur Anaya is 18 years old, but has the mental capacity of a 10 year old. His
grandmother, Mary Montoya, says someone took advantage of that. Arthur Anaya
says he went willingly last Tuesday with the traveling magazine salesman who
came to his door. But Montoya says her grandson
isn't capable of making his
own decisions. By Tuesday evening Anaya was in Denver training to sell magazines. Montoya says she was sick
and went to lay down for a nap, when she woke up a few hours later Anaya was
gone. His younger brother says he was lured away by door to door salesman, the
only thing he left was an 8-hundred number that went right to voicemail.
June 2006 - Wisconin
Consumer Protection Warning.
Madison Wisconsin - Traveling
Magazine Sales Crews Recruiting Wisconsin Kids. Consumer Protection Warns Parents To Check Out
Companies. There is a warning from the state about teens who
are out searching for the perfect summer job. Experts warn some jobs might
sound like fun, but be more dangerous than you think. The
state Department of Consumer Protection is warning young people and their
parents about traveling sales crews that are currently recruiting in the Madison area. Many teens are lured in by being told the jobs
will allow them to travel and meet new friends. But consumer advocates said
don't go knocking on doors
unless you've thoroughly researched the company. "Young
people should know that they're risking their life," said consumer protection's
Glen Loyd. "It is a highly dangerous
occupation." In 1999, seven teens were killed when their magazine sales crew
van crashed. That might be the most memorable event, but Loyd
said it's not the only bad experience Wisconsin teens
have had. "Young women come back from these things
pregnant," said Loyd. "Some kids get beat
up. Some kids find themselves in another part of the country unable to get back
to Wisconsin. A lot of bad things can happen."
May 2006 - Magazine Salesman Charged With First-Degree
Burglary and Sexual Abuse — Both Felony Charges
Louis, Missouri - Magazine salesman charged with multiple felonies.
A 19-year-old woman invited a
magazine salesman into her home Wednesday, according to police, but when she
refused to buy his product he made sexual remarks and pinned her to the floor. Derell Lee Sikes, 20, of Cleveland, was charged Friday with first-degree burglary and
sexual abuse — both felony charges. Sikes was working with Magazine Inc., a
company out of Kitteridge, Colo. Magazine Inc. is a
magazine sales crew operated by Great Lakes Circulation out of Evergreen
May 2006 - Magazine Salesman Arrested For a
Cohasset, MA. - Magazine salesman nabbed in Cohasset.
Police arrested a Louisiana man on a six-year-old warrant after several residents
complained that his door-to-door sales tactics were too aggressive. Terrence
McKinney, 30, who said he lived in Mansfield, La., was selling magazines on Monday night in Cohasset,
Police Chief James Hussey said. He said officers found McKinney after "we had three or four calls from
residents about aggressive soliciting." A check showed
that he was wanted on a warrant from Dedham District Court, Hussey said.
May 2006 - Magazine Salesman Arrested For Rape.
EL CAJON, California – Salesman to be tried in rape.
A high school student told a
judge yesterday that a door-to-door cleaning supply salesman forced his way
into her El Cajon home and repeatedly raped her during a violent
struggle while she was home alone on spring break in April. “He was choking me,
holding me. It seemed like he wanted to kill me when he choked me,” the
18-year-old woman testified in El Cajon Superior Court. After hearing the
testimony Judge Patricia K. Cookson ruled there was
sufficient evidence for a trial and ordered Archie Lee Thomas held in jail in
lieu of $1.5 million bail pending a May 30 hearing to set a trial date. Thomas,
20, of St. Louis is charged with six counts of rape, rape with a foreign
object, forced oral copulation, residential burglary with intent to commit
rape, assault with intent to commit rape and tampering with a telephone. He faces
a maximum penalty of 80 years, eight months in prison if convicted of all
charges, prosecutor Terrie Roberts said outside the courtroom. The woman Thomas
is accused of raping said Thomas came to the front door of her family home
around selling cleaning
She said Thomas forced his
way in and grabbed her around the neck after she opened the door to see what he
wanted. She testified that Thomas dragged her from room to room as she tried to
fight him off, punching, kicking and poking him. She said she picked up a
potted plant and tossed it at his head, then tried hitting him with a dining
room chair. Nothing stopped him, she testified, as they stumbled into
furniture, knocking a cup to the floor and smashing a ceramic framed photograph.
When Thomas dragged her into the kitchen, the woman said she grabbed for a
nearby phone, but Thomas snatched it from her and threw it on the floor.
Ultimately, the woman said she gave in because she feared Thomas would kill
May 2006 - Aggressive Magazine Salesman Injures
COUNTY, Neb. - Woman Reports Injury From Door-To-Door Salesman. Investigators
in SarpyCounty warned about some aggressive door-to-door salesmen
that have been knocking on doors in the Omaha metro area. One woman said a salesman attacked her
when she refused to buy his magazines. Brandy Heywood said she opened the door
to find a salesman, and she told him she wasn't interested and tried to close
the door. "He tried to get me to buy a magazine, told me he was trying to
earn points to become a youth counselor. He slammed the door. I was standing right
here (and) this part of the door hit me in the head and I fell back.
April 2006 - Magazine Salesman Arrested For Sexual
FARMINGTON, Connecticut - Miss. Man Faces Sexual Assault Charge.
Police on Thursday charged a Mississippi man with the sexual assault of a mentally disabled
man. Donnie McDonald, 31, of Rose Hill, Miss., was charged with second-degree
sexual assault and second-degree burglary. He was ordered held on bail set at
$75,000. Police said McDonald was illegally selling magazine subscriptions door
to door when he influenced the resident of a home to give him cash and checks
for the magazines. McDonald also engaged in a sexual act with the man, police
said in a press release. McDonald was not authorized to solicit door-to-door
sales in town, police said. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday.
April 2006 - Magazine Salesman Cited For Disorderly
Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin - Door-to-door salesman's antics result in citation.
Questionable behavior by a
door-to-door magazine salesman prompted calls to police from two local women in
separate incidents over the past few weeks. A 19-year-old New YorkState man was cited for disorderly conduct after the women
called police to report his aggressive, and in one case, sexually suggestive
behavior, according to a Fond du Lac Police
report. Police were on the lookout for the man after an
18-year-old woman told officers that the man had come to her 14th Street residence selling magazines at about April 19. He said he was selling subscriptions to
earn a trip to Mexico. The woman agreed to buy a subscription and left the door to get her
checkbook. When she returned, she found the man
inside the house. The man made several sexual comments to
her, asking her to shake her breasts and give him a show, according to the
report. He told her he provided a free backrub with each magazine subscription
purchased and offered the woman a full body massage. The officer who responded
to the residence later that day noted in his report that the woman cried while
providing details of the incident. Police reports indicates
that the offender was working for a magazine sales company out of Pilot Point, Texas by the name of "Direct Subscription Services,
Inc." Coincidently, Direct Subscription Services, Inc. has the same
address as All-Star Promotions akaAllStar Promotions out of Pilot Point, Texas.
April 2006 - Attorney General Files Lawsuit against
Magazine Collection Agency.
West Virginia - ATTORNEY
GENERAL DARRELL McGRAW SUES TO STOP CHECK GAME
SOLUTIONS, A FLORIDA COLLECTION AGENCY, FROM HARASSING CONSUMERS OVER BASELESS DEBTS.Attorney General Darrell McGraw filed suit today in
the Circuit Court of Kanawha County against Check Game Solutions (“CGS”), a
Florida collection agency, and its President, Catherine Key of Vero Beach,
Florida, for trying to collect money from West Virginia consumers for debts
they claim were based on magazine subscription purchases. Problems began when CGS’s client, Universal Subscription Agency (“Universal”), sent
vendors into West
magazines door to door. Consumers were taken in by the young vendors’ pleas for
assistance in meeting sales quotas, and wrote checks on the spot to purchase
subscriptions for various magazines. Some consumers regretted the purchase
right away and, when they could not find the salesperson in their
neighborhoods, decided to stop payment on their checks. Under West Virginia law, contracts for multiple magazine subscriptions
can be canceled at any time and for any reason. Instead of canceling the
purchases, Universal hired CGS to send debt collection letters to consumers,
accusing the consumers of writing the magazine company bad checks.
April 2006 - Magazine Salesman pleas Guilty to Rape.
Concord, New Hampshire - 3rd
verdict in rape case - Salesman takes guilty plea Christopher Armstrong, the
only magazine salesman who was still facing criminal charges, pleaded guilty
yesterday to raping a woman in her Concord home nearly a year ago. In exchange
for pleading guilty to four charges yesterday, Armstrong, 24, ofJonesboro, Ark., will spend about one more year in the MerrimackCounty jail and will have to register as a sex offender for life.
Armstrong was employed by Fidelity Reader Service a traveling door-to-door
magazine sales company out of Naples,
April 2006 - Magazine Consumer Fraud.
Business fined for missing
magazines. 60 mid-Missourians said they didn’t receive their orders.AJoplin business that solicited magazine subscriptions from Columbia residents but never delivered them was ordered to stop
soliciting, advertising or
selling magazines in Missouri. Judge Gene Hamilton of the 13th Judicial Circuit
granted the permanent injunction against Kameron
Christian Johnson and his business, Creek House Subscription, after more than
60 people from mid-Missouri complained that they had never received magazines
they ordered. Johnson was ordered to pay $4,863.50 in restitution to the
customers and $2,000 in civil penalties and fees to Missouri.
April 2006 - Guilty Plea in Rape Case.
Salesman pleads in rape case.
A 20-year-old man pleaded
guilty yesterday to raping a Concord woman in her apartment last year. Cassidy
Coburn of Monroe, Utah, is the second of three magazine salesmen sentenced in
the assault of the woman in March 2005. He pleaded guilty to aggravated
felonious sexual assault, conspiracy to commit sexual assault and two counts of
theft for taking the woman's
camera and identification.
Coburn was employed by Fidelity Reader Service a traveling door-to-door
magazine sales company out of Naples,
March 2006 - Home Robbery.
Worth, Texas - FW resident robbed by door-to-door salesman.
Not much gets past
74-year-old Suzanne Reynolds. She still works hard for her money as full-time
account executive. "I won't ask anybody for anything. If I want something
I get what I call a job and earn the money for it." And she chose to spend
some of it when a boy in need came to her door. "He was very personable,
very clean cut. He said he was selling magazine
subscriptions and the more magazines he sold, the more points he
would get and he was trying to make a better life for himself." Reynolds
invited the boy in, twice. A second time he asked for water and a cigarette.
Not until the next day did she realize she'd been had. "I picked up my
purse and it was very light and I said to myself,
'what's wrong with this picture?' My credit card case was gone - I had over
$300 in my case. "I wish I could get him, to talk to him. I'd speak to him
by hand." Reynolds isn't the only one complaining. Fort Worth police made two arrests this week after solicitors
bullied homeowners. They arrive from out of state, usually without a license,
to sell and no legitimate charity.
March 2006 - Rape/Murder
Contra Costa, California - Rape-murder suspect enters not-guilty plea
A traveling magazine salesman
from Missouri pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he raped
and killed a 90-year-old Lafayette
woman in her home in December. Richard Craig McNew,
32, a felon from St.
his plea in Contra Costa County Superior Court in the slaying of Anna Elizabeth
Vuori. He faces special circumstances of murder
committed during the commission of rape, robbery and burglary, making him
eligible for the death penalty if convicted. Prosecutors have not decided
whether to seek the death penalty, Deputy District Attorney Paul Graves said. Vuori was bound and gagged in her Moraga Boulevard home, sexually assaulted and found smothered to death
Dec. 10. The killer took $18,000 in savings bonds and $200 in cash and Vuori's keys, according to court documents. McNew worked for Overachievers, a Missouri magazine-subscription company. He is jailed without
bail in Martinez. Investigators said DNA at the crime scene matched a sample
of McNew's DNA included in a national database. McNew has a criminal record in Missouri that dates to 1993 and includes convictions for
assault, robbery and drug and weapons possession, court records show.
February 2006 - Rape/Murder
Toughen sales laws
Contra Costa Times, California
Posted on Fri, Feb. 10,
WHAT'S WRONG with this
Magazine sales companies hire
violent felons, then send them into unsuspecting
communities across the country to pitch their products, door-to-door. A
disturbing number of these traveling salesmen have been accused of rape and
murder of elderly women who mistakenly opened their doors. Many more have been
accused of burglarizing and robbing people. Yet the companies that hired them
say that they bear no responsibility because the workers are independent contractors.
They defiantly insist that there is no reason to change the way that they do
business. The sexual assault and murder of 90-year-old Ann Elizabeth Vuori in her Lafayette home two months ago has cast a much-needed spotlight
on the unregulated industry of door-to-door magazine sales. The man charged in
her murder, Richard Craig McNew, 32, was a traveling magazine
salesman. Authorities believe that is how Vuori met McNew, who had a long, violent rap sheet in Missouri. McNew worked for an Indiana clearinghouse that has faced several lawsuits over
violence by its traveling magazine salesmen. A salesman with the same
company has been charged with
sexually assaulting a 74-year-old San Jose woman the same month Vuori
was killed. Meanwhile, there have been increasing reports nationwide of sexual
assaults, often involving elderly women, by door-to-door magazine salesmen. The
nature of the business makes it difficult to rein in abuses by predatory salesmen.
Clearinghouses hire sales companies that hire sales crews. Companies frequently
change names to help shield them from legal troubles and hide their tracks. But
it's high time that something was done to help protect the public. For starters,
cities and counties should require door-to-door salesmen to get permits and
submit to mandatory criminal background checks. Lafayette already has a
permit ordinance. But since
it is rarely enforced, it's just an empty law on the books. True, there will be
those who thumb their noses at the law. But they might think twice if they know
they're risking a stiff fine. The Wisconsin Senate just passed a bill requiring
all door-to-door sales crews to register with the state, post a bond and submit
to background checks
on employees. Supporters of tougher restrictions say it
doesn't go far enough. But if it passes the Assembly, the law would be the
stiffest in the country. It is a good first step, and California should follow suit.
Magazine clearinghouses and sales companies have lobbied hard against efforts
to make them more accountable. One of their favorite arguments is that
requiring permits and
background checks will drive the traveling salesmen away. In our view, that's the
best argument yet.
February 2006 - Rape
California - Traveling rapists stalk N. California
A roving band of rapists
passing themselves off as door-to-door salesmen is terrorizing northern California communities. Police have already interviewed YusufKargbo about the men he has
hired to sell magazine subscriptions. One of Kargbo's
employees is facing charges of rape, another is being held on rape and murder.
Recent attempts to find Kargbo have proven unsuccessful.
Last month Ann Elizabeth Vuori opened the door of her
Lafayette home to a man selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
Once inside the 90-year-old's home, Richard McNew
bound and raped the defenseless woman. Once his wretched hunger had been
satisfied, he smothered her to death. Less than three weeks later, in San Jose,
Larry Jackson, an Arkansas parolee, told a 74-year-old woman he was tired and
thirsty from walking the streets selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door.
She welcomed Jackson, 40, into her home. He promptly dragged her into a back room
and raped her. McNew has a history of convictions in Missouri of burglary, robbery, assault with injury and drugs
and weapons charges dating to 1993, according to St. Louis County Circuit Court
records. Just a month before murdering Vuori, McNew had been picked for trespassing in the home of a
63-year-old Sandra Cancel. Luckily, Cancel's son came
home first. "He said he worked for some company selling magazines,"
Cancel said. "He was hungry and said my neighbor was getting him a sandwich,
when he thought he heard someone yelling for help in my house. But that's
baloney because no one was home." Jackson's arrest record spans four states. Whether Kargbo was aware of his employees' pasts is unknown.
February 2006 - Burglary.
PALO ALTO, California - Palo Alto
police warn magazine salesman after string of burglaries. Palo Alto police are warning a group of door-to-door magazine
sales reps to stay out of their city. Police suspect a string of residential
burglaries in Palo
Alto may be
linked to the out-of-town solicitors. As part of their investigation, detectives
told the sales reps they would arrested if they tried
to sell magazine subscriptions in Palo Alto without a permit. The move comes less than a month
after a door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested in San Jose on suspicion of raping a 74-year-old woman. And
earlier this week, Palo
arrested a magazine salesman for prowling after a homeowner found him standing
at a sliding back door.
February 2006 - Sexual Assault/Murder Cases
CONTRA COSTA, California - Suspects worked for same firm.
The crimes bore an eerie
resemblance -- two elderly women sexually assaulted last month in Lafayette and San Jose, one of them killed, and in each case a traveling
magazine salesman charged. Now, police in both cities acknowledge a closer
link, saying the two door-to-door salesmen worked for the same company -- a
roving crew with past ties to an Indiana clearinghouse that has faced several lawsuits over
violence by traveling salesmen. It is unclear whether the two men worked
together. The firm, called Overachievers, may have overseen a few dozen
salespeople and might have split them into smaller groups to cover more
territory, said San
Detective Mike Carlson. But investigators are looking to see if there is more
than just coincidence, aiming to trace the movements and dealings of a sales
crew that roved between Portland, Ore., and the Bay Area, part of a largely unregulated
industry that watchdogs say is rife with bad actors.
January 2006 - Home Burglary.
Alto, California - Prowler arrested in area of burglaries.
arrested a man on charges of prowling at Monday after a resident saw him in the backyard of a house in the 1200
block of University
man was arrested a block away. Police are also investigating four residential
burglaries that were reported Monday within a six-block radius of the prowling
incident, Detective Kara Apple said. The four burglaries were in the 2200 block
of St. Francis
900 and 1000 blocks of Oregon Avenue and the 600 block of Melville Avenue. The homes were all broken into through rear windows
or doors by force, or through an unlocked door. Apple said police have not
established any direct connection so far between the prowler arrest and the residential
burglaries. Michael Williams,
19, was booked into the San Jose Main Jail on a charge of prowling. He is
listed as transient, but may be from Missouri or Tennessee. Williams was working as a door-to-door magazine
salesman but he did not have a Palo Alto peddler permit, Apple said. Anyone with information
about the residential burglaries is asked to call Agent Adrienne
Moore at (650) 329-2669.
January 2006 - Unsolved Rape Case.
Portland, Oregon. Criminal threat knocks on door with goods to sell.
Safety - Police say a
door-to-door salesman raped a woman in Sellwood, in what
could be a growing problem. He came to a Sellwood
home last fall to sell magazine subscriptions. The neatly groomed man in his
20s was sharply dressed in a black suit, crisp white shirt, pink-striped tie
and polished black leather shoes. Instead of talking sales, police say he
forced his way inside and raped a woman. Police think he left town shortly
afterwards, heading south with a traveling sales crew to California. Prosecutors and police suspect the Sellwood rapist might be one of a growing number of violent
criminals who find their victims while roving door-to-door selling magazines. Portland investigators now are working to see whether there is
a link between the Portland rape and two similar cases, one ending in murder, of
elderly women in the San FranciscoBay area by traveling magazine salesmen. Law enforcement
and victims' advocates say these cases highlight a shadowy national magazine
sales industry where companies recruit heavily to attract workers by promising
quick cash and easy work. Police say such tactics often attract people with
serious criminal backgrounds.
January 2006 - Consumer Fraud.
Children's Hospital warns of
Children's Hospital Central
California has learned that an organization called Entrepreneurs Across America has been selling magazines door-to-door in
the Fresno area, claiming its sales benefit cancer patients at
Children's Hospital in Madera. But the organization has no affiliation with
Children's Hospital, and is not participating in a hospital fundraiser, officials
say. Anyone with questions about the legitimacy of any fundraiser for
Children's Hospital is instructed to call administration at 353-7100.
January 2006 - Magazine Salesman Rape Case
Traveling sales crews worry
SOME PEDDLERS LINKED TO CRIME
The salesman who showed up at
the house near ProspectHigh
School in San Jose was neatly dressed and carried identification. When
an elderly woman opened the door, he asked if she would buy some magazines to
help him ``earn points for his magazine sales job.'' The woman hesitated. The salesman
begged for a glass of water. Once inside, he asked to use the bathroom. And then,
according to Santa
ClaraCounty prosecutors, the 40-year-old parolee dragged the
74-year-old woman into a back bedroom
and raped her. A door-to-door
magazine salesman remains in custody today on suspicion of sexually assaulting
an elderly woman at her West San
Jose home last month, San Jose police reported today. After knocking on the
74-year-old woman's door in the area of ProspectHigh
40-year-old man identified himself as a general subscription magazine salesman
to persuade the woman to let him inside, police said. Once inside the house,
police said the man grabbed the woman and forced her to a back bedroom where he
allegedly assaulted her sexually. After the man fled the scene, the woman,
whose identity is being withheld, called her husband who then contacted police.
Police located the suspect in the area and the woman later
identified him, police said.
He was arrested on Dec. 30 and was booked into Santa ClaraCounty jail on suspicion of burglary and various sex
offenses, police reported.
January 2006 - Magazine Salesman Charged With
Kidnapping, Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Felon In
Possession Of A Handgun.
Detective: Victim Tried To
Salesmen Accused Of Kidnapping
Burt Dials was trying to flee
his door-to-door magazine sales crew in Los Angeles on New Year's Day when he was kidnapped at gunpoint
from a city bus by members of the crew who tried to stop him, according to
court records and a Los AngelesCounty sheriff's detective. One of the men charged with
Dials' kidnapping, Dewell Keith Lafleur,
32, was initially charged with murder in Santa Fe in connection with Benjamin Suazo's
October beating death at the hands of the group of out-of-state magazine salesmen
at the Silva Lanes bowling alley parking lot. But Lafleur,
the leader of the Santa
Fe sales crew,
saw those charges dropped after a preliminary hearing in November, when
eyewitnesses from the bowling alley homicide said Lafleur
acted as a peacemaker the night that Suazo was
beaten, and then run over, by the other members, according to court records.
Four other young men who list out-of-state addresses and were members of Lafleur's crew in Santa Fe still face second-degree murder and other charges
connected to Suazo's death. During a phone interview
on Tuesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detective Jeanine Lum
painted a disturbing picture of the magazine sales crew that Lafleur headed in Santa Fe and California. She said Lafleur's victim
in Los Angeles was trying to leave the sales crew because he was
"tired of ripping people off" and felt guilty about selling magazine
subscriptions that they would never receive to old women. "They hustle people
for money," Lum said. "They normally prey
after the elderly because they're easy victims." Members of Lafleur's sales crew are typically paid only $20 a day for
working 12-hour shifts, well under the minimum wage, Lum
said. She added that sales crew leaders justify the low wages by saying that
they pay for members' room and board as they travel the country. Lum said most of the members of Lafleur's
crew have lengthy criminal records. Lafleur himself
has a criminal record, she said. Members of Lafleur's
sales crew tell prospective clients they are trying to raise money for college,
or for college trips to Europe, but they are lying, Lum
said. "These kids have their speeches down," she said. Lum said that going door to door to sell magazines is a
perfect way for salesmen to "case" neighborhoods where they can break
into homes or cars. During the incident in Los AngelesCounty on New Year's Day, Dials was on a city bus around but did not know that another member of the sales
crew, Chassidy Tolliver, had spotted him and told Lafleur and other members of the group that Dials was
trying to escape, Lum said. "This employee was trying to break out of
this ring," Lum said. Lafleur,
Tolliver, 22, and another member of the group, Robert David Richie,
38, are all charged with kidnapping for ransom and assault with a deadly weapon,
to wit, a handgun, according to their felony complaints. Richie
is additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a handgun,
according to his felony complaint. According to court records, Richie is the person who wielded a handgun during the
kidnapping. The vehicle that Lafleur was driving
during the commission of the alleged kidnapping was the same make and model as
the Cadillac Escalade sport-utility vehicle that he was arrested in during the
early morning hours of
Oct. 20, 2005, in Santa Fe, according to court records.Lum said Lafleur, Tolliver and Richie were
arrested in the Los Angeles area on Jan. 3, after an alert police officer learned
that Lafleur's Escalade had the same license plate as
the vehicle used in the Jan. 1 kidnapping. When Dials was located by police
several days later, he had "numerous visible injuries" to his face, Lum said. "He probably should have gone to the
hospital," Lum said. The founder of a New York based clearinghouse on child and youth labor issues
has said that door-to-door magazine sales organizations are a nationwide problem,
recruiting young people into situations in which they are exploited or can
become victims or violence. "This is a nationwide problem, and it has been
for many years," said Earlene Williams, founder of Parent Watch, in
October. Parent Watch tries to help youngsters and young adults who join
traveling groups that sell magazines. "The great majority of these kids
are innocent kids who are lured into these sales crews because they want to
travel and make lots of money, but criminals also jump on board, who are
running from the law, Williams has said. "They
are a danger to both kids on the crews and people in their homes." On
Tuesday, Williams said she was not surprised by the alleged kidnapping in Los AngelesCounty. "It happens often," Williams said.
"Believe it or not, this is not the first case that I have heard of. They
really don't like to lose one of their top salespeople. I don't know if that is
the case in this situation, but it has happened in other
cases that I've
January 2006 - Magazine Salesman Sentenced To 55 Years
MURDER PROMPTED LAWS:
After Shirley Reuter of DoverTownship was killed by a magazine salesman,
area towns adopted 'no-knock' ordinances.
Good Samaritan's killer gets
55 years in prison.
77-year-old widow let
salesman in home.
TOMSRIVER — Anything short of life in prison without parole is
too good for the selfish teenager who brutally murdered a 77-year-old widow after
she let him into her DoverTownship home for a drink of water on a hot day when he was
going door-to-door selling magazine subscriptions, tearful relatives of the
victim told a judge Friday. The family of murder victim Shirley Reuter left the
Ocean County Courthouse disappointed after Superior Court Judge Edward J. Turnbach imposed a 55-year prison term on 19-year-old Azriel Bridge of Chicago. "I'm very disappointed that
this guy has the opportunity to perhaps go back into society and do this
again,'' said David Reuter, son of the victim, after Turnbach
imposed the sentence on Bridge. "He's obviously a deviant,'' David Reuter
said of Bridge, who sat speechless with a blank stare throughout the sentencing
hearing. "I don't understand the judge's decision. I don't,'' Reuter said.
"He got away (with it),'' Shirley Reuter's granddaughter, DevenaGargano of Bayville,
Berkeley, said of Bridge. "It should have been
life.'' Turnbach sentenced Bridge for the June 9, 2004, murder that terrorized Shirley Reuter's Chestnut Street neighborhood. The judge ordered that Bridge serve 85
percent of the prison term, or 46 years and nine months, before he can be
considered for parole
January 2006 - Magazine salesman sentenced in rape of
CONCORD, N.H. -- A judge has sentenced a magazine salesman from Massachusetts to 7.5-15 years in prison for raping a Concord, New Hampshire, teenager at her home. Twenty-five-year-old Joseph Haniffy of Chicopee was one of three salesmen charged with raping the
19-year-old. She testified she met the men when they knocked on her door to
sell her magazines. She said she played a kissing game with them but did not
agree to have sex. Merrimack County Superior Court Judge Edward Fitzgerald said
he hopes the sentence sends a message to the community that no means no. The
woman said Haniffy forced her to perform oral sex.
She said she then was raped by the three men. Haniffy
was convicted of three counts of rape. The two other men charged in the case
are awaiting trial.
December 2005 - Magazine Salesman Accused Of Attacking
Woman In Her Home
DORA, Florida - A judge Thursday ordered no bond for the man
accused of attacking a woman inside her home. MountDora police said he used his job as a magazine salesman to
target the victim. Charles Hartman was booked early Thursday morning and it was
a scary night for one LakeCounty resident who said a knock on her door turned suddenly
violent. "He grabbed me by my neck and forced his way in and I wrestled
him to the ground and started screaming, 'Help me! Help me! Help me!'" explained
the unidentified victim. The victim, who didn't want to be identified, had no
trouble identifying her attacker. She said it was Charles Hartman. "I know
he was going to rape me. Why else would you come into somebody's house?"
she questioned. The door-to-door magazine salesman was arrested shortly after
the attack and, while police don't have proof of a sexual assault, they want Heartman off the streets. "We are going with burglary
of an occupied dwelling. We don't have any proof of a sexual assault, but there
were two small children in the house who were terrified," said Lt. Roger
Mount Dora Police Department.
Along with arresting Hartman, the police dragnet picked up some of the other
telling them to either leave town or go to jail. The salesman
work for Integrity Sales of Arizona. Their boss described the men as
something other than upstanding citizens. "We pull them off the street
from doing drugs, homeless shelters and get 'em out
there. We teach them responsibly. We teach them structure," said Ryan
Atkins, Integrity Sales.
December 2005 - Local Girl Found After Two Days
Magazine Sales Scam Leaves
Girl Scared for Her Life.
California - We have just
been told 18-year-old Ashley Nicole Hanson is in the custody of California
authorities. She was able to call 911 and her mother after running from the
hotel she was being held at. Ashley left BayCounty nearly six weeks ago to embark on a journey claiming
to make her money and show her the world. "They spoke of $200 to $500 a
day. Bonuses, football games, Las Vegas where their next stop was supposed
to have been." An ad ran in
our local newspaper in early November, seeking teens and young adults eager to
travel the country, making large profits, and selling popular magazines door-to-door.
Ashley Nicole Hanson, an 18-year-old MosleyHigh School graduate, joined the traveling team against her
parents’ best advice.
December 2005 - Robbers wake sleeping victims
What appears to be a random
home invasion struck the Lake
George area of south OrangeCounty early Tuesday. Three robbers
kicked in the front door of a house on Gatlin Place Circle about , abruptly waking the homeowners asleep in their bed, sheriff's
reports show. The robbers then kicked open the bedroom door and ordered the
husband and wife to hand over their cash and jewelry. While one of the men held
the couple in their 60s at gunpoint, the other two ransacked the house for
about 20 minutes, reports show. Robbery Detective A.J. Jones said the couple
may have been targeted by solicitors selling magazines door to door. The men
took jewelry, coins and the homeowners' 2001 black Lexus with Florida tag
December 2005 - Four Magazine Salesman To Stand Trial For Murder.
Bowling-Alley Killing: 4 to
stand trial for murder.
Santa Fe, New Mexico - A
District Court judge found probable cause Thursday to charge four Midwestern
magazine-subscription salesmen with second-degree murder in connection with the
October death of a Santa Fe man outside a bowling alley. However, District
Judge Michael Vigil dismissed the remaining counts against the four men — each
was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and tampering with evidence —
while acknowledging the culpability of the victim — 32-year-old Benjamin Suazo — makes the case difficult for prosecutors to prove.
“The hard one is the murder case,” Vigil said. “This is such a tragedy for the Suazo family and for these four defendants.” He said the
violent situation that led to Suazo’s death — which
took place Oct. 20 in the parking lot of Silva Lanes off Cerrillos
Road — was “out of control” and that the four defendants knew their acts
created the possibility of death or great bodily harm. Suazo
died after allegedly being beaten by the four defendants and run over by the
Chevrolet Suburban in which they were riding. After Vigil announced his
decision, the four men — James Combs, 20, of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Jason D. Furden, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Joshua Burgess, 23, of Miamisburg,
Ohio; and Andrew Long, 22, of Liberty, Mo. — alternately hung their heads and
cried. Combs and Furden were allowed brief visits
afterward with family members.
November 2005 - Police say salesman posed as officer,
performed body search on woman
A door-to-door salesman, who
overheard a domestic disturbance, allegedly impersonated a police officer and
threatened to jail a woman who refused a body search, authorities said Tuesday.
Dustin Andrew Branton, 25, of Kingston, Ga., told Decatur police he was selling magazines at Wheeler Estate
Apartments on Saturday at
when he heard a man and a woman arguing. Detective Jeremy Hayes didn't release
the name of the victim but said Branton barged into
her 134 McEntire Lane apartment and identified himself as a police officer.
After searching the woman's boyfriend and escorting him from the apartment, Branton returned, Hayes said, and ordered the woman to
submit to a body search so he could look for injuries. She initially refused,
Hayes said, but changed her mind when Branton
threatened to take her to jail. Hayes declined to describe details of the
search but said the victim realized Branton wasn't a
police officer when he ordered her to drive him to a Madison hotel. "The female transported Branton to the hotel due to fear and dropped him off,"
Hayes said. "She called 911 from the Ramada Inn parking lot. She was not
physically injured." Police found Branton on
Monday at the hotel at and brought him to Decatur
for questioning, where he allegedly confessed in writing to the incident. Hayes
said Branton's criminal record prevented him from
becoming a police officer, but he has a relative in Georgia working in law enforcement. "I think he saw an
opportunity to use the knowledge he had and took advantage of it," Hayes
said. Branton told police he worked for Universal
Subscription Agency, but a company spokeswoman said an independent traveling
sales company under contract with Universal Subscription Agency employed Branton. An attempt to reach the contracting company wasn't
November 2005 - Two Magazine Sales Agents Killed In
Two teenagers were killed and
seven more were injured Sunday when a van registered to a northwest suburban
company that sells magazine subscriptions crashed outside Phoenix, Ariz., authorities said. The crash was reminiscent of a
1999 accident in which a van carrying 14 magazine sellers, ages 15 to 25,
crashed on Interstate Highway 90 near Janesville, Wis.Seven
died, and five were seriously
injured. In Sunday's crash, a 2004 Chevrolet van registered to Alliance Service
Co., 1875 Rohlwing Rd., Rolling Meadows, was heading
north on Interstate Highway 17 just before noon when it flipped over, crossed
the median and landed in the southbound lanes, said Frank Valenzuela, a
spokesman for the Arizona Department of Public Safety. All nine occupants of
the van were thrown from the vehicle, Valenzuela said. Two died at the scene,
about 15 miles north of Phoenix,
and the remaining seven were taken to area hospitals. One was in critical
condition with severe head trauma, but the conditions of the other victims were
not known, Valenzuela said.
November 2005 - Unsolved Rape Case PortlandOregon
Crime Stoppers: Rapist Posed
As Door-To-Door Salesman.
Officer Catherine Kent,
Portland Police Bureau.
PORTLAND -- The Portland Police Bureau, in cooperation with
Crime Stoppers, would like your help in identifying and apprehending a rape
suspect. On Oct. 20, at about ,
the suspect knocked on the victim’s door, forcing his way inside, where he
physically and sexually assaulted the woman. Prior to the assault, the suspect
may have walked through the Sellwood neighborhood
representing himself as a door-to-door magazine salesman, contacting other
residents. Detectives have released an artist’s sketch of the suspect. He is
described as a male with a dark complexion, 21-25 years old, with a thin face
and build. He was clean-shaven, wearing a dark suit with a pink striped tie.
Anyone with information about this incident or who can identify the suspect is
asked to call Crime Stoppers. Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to
$1,000 for information, reported to Crime Stoppers, that leads to an arrest in
this case, or any unsolved felony, and you may remain anonymous. Call Crime Stoppers at (503) 823-HELP (4357).
November 2005 - Magazine Sales Consumer Fraud
Santa Fe, New
Fake stories used to sell
The magazine salesman who
rang Lauren Smith’s doorbell off Hyde Park Road at late last month claimed to live with his mother around the corner. He
said he was trying to sell enough magazine subscriptions to pay for a trip to London, and his deadline was that night. James Combs showed
Smith a list of magazines but she protested they cost too much. She said she’d
prefer to give him the money directly and offered to write a check for $40.
Combs demurred. He said he would have to give her check to someone else — he
mentioned a local hospital — and argued she would be better off buying the
magazine subscription. She declined. All during the conversation, he kept
saying, “Don’t hate me,” Smith recalled recently. She said the nervous but
“likable-looking” young man “didn’t look threatening at all.” He even told her his mother had suggested he offer to do slave labor for
neighbors and gave her an address and telephone number — which turned out to be
false. The next day, Combs and a few other door-to-door magazine salesmen
associated with a company called World Wide Circulation were
charged with the murder of a 32-old Santa Fe man in the parking lot at the Silva Lanes bowling
alley. “I will never again open the door at night,” Smith said. “But the
neighbor thing — and the mom thing — obviously worked on me.” Combs’ spiel was typical
of sales pitches used by traveling crews all over the country.
November 2005 - Door-To-Door Salesman Convicted Of statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault and
Door-to-door salesman guilty
of sex offenses
A New York state man was convicted in Lackawanna County Court of
three sexual offenses Wednesday, but cleared of three others. A seven-woman,
five-man jury deliberated more than six hours before finding Delmar Hooks, 27,
of Elmira, guilty of statutory sexual assault, aggravated
indecent assault and indecent assault.
October 2005 - Magazine Sales Agent Dies By Drowning.
A 19-year-old woman from Washington drowned Monday morning at the Lanai Lookout after she
was hit by a large wave and swept out into the ocean, according to paramedics.
Witnesses say the woman was with a large group of people taking pictures on the
lower shelf around
JasminKermmoade grew up in
landlocked Lincoln, Neb., not knowing the dangers of the ocean. The 19-year-old
woman was with a group of fellow employees in magazine sales when she was swept
off a rocky ledge near Lanai Lookout on the east shore of Oahu on Monday and drowned.
Jasmin K. Kermmoade, 19, Lincoln,
died Monday (10/24/05) in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born, Lincoln (2/21/86), to Daryl D'Wayne
and Julie Kalleen (Wooten) Kermmoade.Sales and bookkeeper for Tower of Power.Tower of Power is a traveling magazine sales crew working for
Pacific Coast Clearing Services, Inc.
October 2005 - Magazine Salesman Charged With
Young man dies in I-75 wreck.
A 20-year-old man died early
Sunday morning, Oct. 23, in a single-vehicle wreck on Interstate 75. Cook
County Coroner Ron Lipsey identified the victim as
James Stephens Crawford, of Hubert,N.C., a passenger in the van. The van's driver, Steven A. Smith
III, 20, of Amherst, Mass., has been arrested and charged with homicide by
vehicle, first degree, because he was
allegedly driving under the
influence of marijuana, according to the Georgia State Patrol, Tifton Post.
Smith also was charged with serious injury by vehicle (two counts) because two
other passengers were hurt in the wreck. Additional charges against Smith are
failure to maintain lane, driving too fast for conditions (
construction zone), driving under the influence of marijuana, and
misdemeanor possession of marijuana. At last report, Smith was being held in the
Cook County Jail. According to State Trooper D.L. Harnage,
Smith was driving a 15-passenger,Ford E-350 van north
on Interstate 75 about Sunday. The van had five occupants. Smith stated to the GSP that he
fell asleep and drove off the edge of the road around Mile Marker 38 on I- 75 (between the Adel Industrial Park Exit and main Adel
Exit). Smith awoke and apparently oversteered. The
rear of the van came around and the van crashed almost head-on into the concrete
barrier. The van started flipping down the barrier. Crawford, who was seated
right behind the driver, was ejected and killed on impact, according to Harnage. Crawford was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:10
a.m. Sunday, Ron Lipsey said. Harnage
said he believes that two of the other passengers also were ejected. They were
seriously injured. One passenger received a severe laceration of the scalp. At
last report, the condition of the other ejected passenger was unknown, but that
person reportedly was on a back board at South GeorgiaMedicalCenter. "Only the driver was wearing his
seatbelt," Harnage said. Another passenger was treated
at the Memorial Hospital of Adel and released. According to warrants, less than
1 ounce of marijuana was found in a plastic container in the van. Smith submitted
to a blood test, Harnage said. The van had been
accompanied by two other
vehicles. The vehicles were
carrying 18 young adults from Tampa,
Fla., north to Columbus. The young people had planned to sell magazine
subscriptions for Fidelity Readers Service Inc., said Trooper Harnage. The Naple, Fla.-based company offers young people travel opportunities across the U.S. The GSP Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team
(SCRT) is continuing its investigation into the case, with plans to do
measurements at the accident scene. Thus, the charges against Smith may be revised
October 2005 - 32-year-old Man Murdered by Magazine
Santa Fe, New
5 Men Charged in Slaying;
Report Suggests Fight Started Over Woman
A group of out-of-state
magazine salesmen killed a 32-year-old father of two at Santa Fe's Silva Lanes bowling alley early Thursday in a fight
that started because one of the salesmen thought the victim was staring at his
girlfriend, court records state. Benjamin Suazo of Santa Fe died after he was beaten to unconsciousness in the
bowling alley parking lot, then was run
over with an SUV, according
to the records. Five of the traveling salesmen— Dewell
Keith Lafleur, 29, and James Combs, 20, both of St.
Clair Shores, Mich.; Jason Furden, 27, of Lawrence, Kan.; Joshua Burgess, 23, of Miamisburg, Ohio; and Andrew Long,
22, of Liberty, Mo.— were each arraigned Friday on an open count of murder for Suazo's death. Furden is
identified in an officer's statement as the driver of the sport utility vehicle
that ran over Suazo. Furden
is accused of dragging the beaten Suazo in front of
his Chevy Suburban, then re-entering the SUV before the group of salesmen
"drove over Benjamin while he laid unconscious on
October 2005 - Magazine Salesman Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Attempted Rape
salesman to serve 3 years in prison.
TELL CITY, Indiana - An
Alabama magazine salesman arrested in April for allegedly attempting to rape a TellCity woman was sentenced late last month to three years in
prison. Joey Evans, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual battery, a Class
D felony, and was ordered to serve three years in the Indiana Department of
Correction. Evans underwent a voluntary polygraph examination in August under
an agreement that charges would be dismissed if he passed the state-police-administered
exam. Police said Evans failed the test.
October 2005 - Magazine Salesman Arrested For
Attempted Rape of a 16-year-old girl.
Salesman jailed for attempted
rape of 16 yr.-old Bakersfield girl
Bakersfield, California Kern County deputies were dispatched to a possible
victim of a rape in the 400 blk of Wilson Av, in Oildale. When deputies
arrived they discovered a 16
year old female had allowed a door to door magazine salesman into her residence
for the purpose of ordering magazines. The salesman forced himself on the
victim and attempted to rape her. The assault was interupted
when a relative of the victim arrived at the residence. The suspect then fled
out the door. A short time later the victim saw the
suspect in the passenger seat
of a blue Ford pick-up as it drove past her residence. A sheriff's broadcast
was put out over the sheriff's radio describing the suspect and vehicle. About
seven minutes later a deputy on patrol spotted the vehicle at Oildale Dr & Decatur St. The deputy made an enforcement stop on the pick-up. A passenger in the
pick-up was identified as the suspect by the victim. The suspect was identified
as Michael Anthony Prasser, 20 years of age,fromSpokane, Washington. He had identification showing he works for, Free X
Press. Prasser was booked into the Kern County Jail
for Attempt Rape and Sexual Battery. The victim was not injured during the
October 2005 - MagazineSalesmanAzrielBridge Pleads
Guilty To Murder.
Teenager pleads guilty to
killing DoverTownship woman.
TOMSRIVER — A teenaged magazine
salesman from Chicago showed no emotion today as he admitted using
fireplace tools and a kitchen knife to beat and stab a 77-year-old widow to
death last year, after she had let him into her DoverTownship home for a drink of water. AzrielBridge, 19, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Judge Edward
J. Turnbach to the murder of Shirley Reuter on June 9, 2004, while he was going door-to-door in the widow's
neighborhood selling magazines. Bridge was employed by American Community
September 2005 - Salesman charged with raping woman.
Prosecutors have charged a
27-year-old door-to-door magazine salesman with second-degree rape in an
alleged assault on a severely disabled woman in Des Moines. Police and prosecutors say Raymond H. Moultrie, a transient
whose listed addresses are numerous hotels on Pacific Highway South, knocked on the door of a 28-year-old woman with Down
syndrome on Sunday in an apparent attempt to sell magazines. Charging documents
filed in King County Superior Court contend that Moultrie sexually assaulted the woman, who has the mental
capacity of a grade-school child and is incapable of giving consent. Moultrie,
who has a criminal history in at least four states, is being held in lieu of
$750,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in the Regional JusticeCenter in Kent on Oct. 10.
September 2005 - Magazine salesman convicted of Rape,
faces 20 to 40 years
A jury convicted Joseph Haniffy yesterday of raping a Concord woman in March while
selling magazines door to door, but cleared him on a charge of conspiracy. Haniffy, 25, could face 20 to 40 years in prison. The jury
of seven men and five women deliberated for about eight hours over two days
before returning their verdict at Haniffy did not visibly react in the courtroom. The
victim and her husband wiped away tears when the verdicts were read. Haniffy's public defenders, Donna Brown and Meredith Lugo,
could not be reached yesterday, and it was unknown if they will appeal. Some
speculated a guilty verdict would prompt plea deals in the rape cases against
two other salesmen who were with Haniffy, the first
of whom is to
stand trial late next month. Haniffy was employed by Fidelity Reader Service out of NaplesFlorida.
September 2005 - Man Killed Magazine Sales Agent
Sentenced To Life In Prison
City, South Dakota
to spend life in prison.
RapidValley man pleads guilty to murdering a young woman who came
to his door selling magazines. RAPIDCITY -- Saying he wanted to "make things right"
by taking his punishment, Neil Frame pleaded guilty Wednesday to murdering a
21-year-old woman who came to his door last April selling magazines. Frame, 41,
will spend the rest of his life in prison as a result of his plea. In exchange,
prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against him. Kristina Denise
Moore, 21, of Lancaster, Calif., went missing April 21 after she was going door to
door selling magazines in Frame's RapidValley neighborhood. Her nude body was found two days later
in a field near Hermosa. Frame turned himself in April 26. On Wednesday, Frame
stood before 7th Circuit Judge Janine Kern and calmly told her how he killed Moore in a moment of rage. "Kristina Moore came to my
house to sell magazines," Frame, a retired military man with no criminal
history, said. "I was pretty annoyed. ... I felt as though the magazine sales ... was pretty much an overpriced scam."Kristina Moore was employed by Pacific Coast
Clearing Services out of Gig Harbor, Washington.
September 2005 - Magazine Sales Woman Charged With
Reckless Endangerment and Endangering The Welfare of
Police: Teen neglected baby.
A Missouri teen selling magazines door to door in Scranton has been accused of malnourishing
her infant son, who at the age of 6 months weighed 9½ pounds. Jessica
Harrington, 19, was released Tuesday after she waived her right to a
preliminary hearing in Central Court. She is charged with reckless endangerment and
endangering the welfare of children. The baby is now in foster care, and Miss
Harrington — herself a product of foster homes, authorities said — is free on
bail. Miss Harrington’s lawyer argued Tuesday that she has done the best she
can caring for her child while moving state to state selling magazines.
August 2005 - Magazine Salesman Charged With Simple
Assault, Harassment, Disorderly Conduct, Escape and Resisting Arrest
A 21-year-old man who was
wanted on a probation violation out of New York was arrested on resisting arrest charges on Slocum Street on Friday, police said. John Bonilla, no address
reported, was stopped after police reported to Slocum Street for a report of a man going door to door trying to
gain access into homes. When stopped, Bonilla said he had no identification except
a form from the magazine company he represented, police said. Police said they
discovered Bonilla was wanted out of New York and while arresting Bonilla, he pushed away from the
officers and fled on foot. After a short pursuit, Bonilla was arrested. He was
charged with simple assault, harassment, disorderly conduct, escape
and resisting arrest. He was taken to
the Luzerne County
August 2005 - Convicted Murderer Going Door -To-Door
I-Team: Door-To-Door Magazine
Sales, Part 2
(WBZ) Quick action after an
exclusive I-Team investigation uncovers door to door sales crews that are
compromising your safety. The I-Team found crew
members with criminal records doing a lot more than selling magazines. Kathy
Curran has been working with the I-Team and has the latest on what’s being done
to keep you safe. Donna Peltier-Saxe, Marblehead: “It made me extremely fearful, it went from an
experience where I thought I was helping someone change his life to being
really frightened.” Donna Peltier-Saxe says a good
deed went bad when she realized a convicted murderer was knocking at her door.
Marblehead: “He told me he was selling magazines, part of a
re-education program.” StevenShores showed up at her Marblehead home hawking magazines. Shores was
making a living traveling door to door after serving time for murder.
August 2005 - Magazine Salesman Sentenced To 11 Years
In Prison For Assault With Intent To Commit Rape And Physical Elder
Abuse Resulting In Great Bodily Harm
Abusive salesman earns prison
A roving magazine salesman
who assaulted an 80-year-old Menlo Park woman in 2004 was sentenced to 11 years in state
prison today in San Mateo County Superior Court. D'Angelo
Langford, 19, a door-to-door solicitor from Georgia, pleaded no contest in June
to assault with intent to commit rape and physical elder abuse resulting in
great bodily harm, according to Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe. The victim was attacked in her Alice Lane apartment at on Oct. 6, Wagstaffe said. Langdon allegedly
shoved the woman onto her bed, pulled up her blouse, and attempted to sexually
assault her while repeatedly beating her, Wagstaffe
August 2005 - Two men arrested in credit card scam
out-of-state men who claimed to be selling magazines door-to-door on Blackstone Street Monday night were both wanted on warrants. Justin
Liles, 22, of Philadelphia, Pa., was charged with being a fugitive from justice in Gloucester County, N.J., police said. Also, Richard J. Bogart, 22, of Augusta, Wis., was arrested on a warrant for
failure to appear for a
hearing in District Court, Providence.
At about , police said they ran
background checks on the two men after neighbors questioned their activities.
The men claimed they were selling magazines for a company identified as
Liberator Sales of Gig Harbor, Wash., for which they provided a telephone
number and the name of a supervisor. The police said a woman on Blackstone Street divulged her credit card number to someone on a cell
phone provided by the two men. Liberator Sales is a magazine sales crew working
for Pacific Coast Clearing Services out of Gig Harbor, Washington.
August 2005 - Magazine Salesman pleads guilty to
killing Worcester man
A magazine salesman from Tennessee who beat a 61-year-old Worcester man to death is sentenced to serve up to 20 years in prison.
Twenty-year-old Adam Lowery pleaded guilty yesterday to manslaughter in the
death of William Hollister. Prosecutors say the two men met at a Worcester bus terminal last December after Lowery'sgirfriend kicked him out of her home. After Hollister
agreed to give Lowery a ride, the two men got into an argument in the car. That's
when Lowery allegedly struck Hollister in the head with a metal pipe and kicked
him in the head and face. Lowery was arrested a day later after police found
him in Hollister's car. Lowery was originally charged with murder, but
prosecutors reduced the charge to voluntary manslaughter in exchange for his
August 2005 - Magazine sales company loses lawsuit
against Inside Edition
sales company lost a lawsuit that accused the producer of the television news
program Inside Edition of breaking federal laws by sending an employee
undercover to obtain hidden-camera footage. Inside Edition reported in February
2004 that Pitts Sales Inc. and other magazine sales companies exploited and
abused sales agents. Pitts Sales sued Viacom Inc. subsidiary King World
Productions Inc. three months later, alleging violation of anti-wiretapping
laws, fraud and trespass. U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn ruled against Pitts
on all three charges, with his latest decision coming Friday. "We have
maintained throughout the litigation that Inside Edition's news gathering activities
were proper, and we feel vindicated by the court's rulings," program
spokesman Jim Kelly said.
August 2005 - Man posing as salesman sexually assaults
(8/02/05 - HOUSTON)
— A northwest HarrisCounty neighborhood is on edge after a door-to-door salesman
sexually assaults a special needs teenage girl. Police released this sketch of
a man they say posed as a salesman and assaulted a young girl. It happened back
in mid-June in the home near Perry Road and FM 1960. Investigators released a sketch of the
man who they say was trying to sell magazines. He gained access inside the home
by pretending to have special needs himself. Authorities say that is what the
suspect used to gain the 17-year-old's trust. "This individual is a
predator and he is out there and he's knocking on doors, going door to door. If
you or your children don't know already not to open your doors to anyone,
please don't open the door," said the victim's mother, who we're not
identifying. The so-called salesman has not been found. But investigators
believe the attacker is a young white man with blonde hair and blue eyes either
in his late teens or early twenties. If you have any information, you are urged
to call Houston area Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You will remain
July 2005 - Boise Police cite
nine people for unlicensed soliciting
Sales crews pose as charity workers.
Boise Police cited nine
people in a West Boise neighborhood for soliciting without a license July
11. The incidents occurred in neighborhoods off McMillan and near CentennialHigh
Boise Police say they received numerous calls from residents of as many as 30
young adults going door-to-door selling cleaner and magazines. Residents say
they suspect the solicitors were from Texas because they traveled in vehicles with Texas license plates. Two citizens also reported burglaries
from their homes after the sales people had come knocking. One resident
reported that a salesperson came to the door, asked for a drink, which she went
to get, and after she returned, her purse and the salesperson were gone, police
say. On July 10, officers confiscated as evidence a large amount of checks,
receipts, and purchases. The checks and cash totaled several hundred dollars.
Also found by police was an instruction book the solicitors carried urging them
to tell people the sales were raising money for college or charities.