The crime news digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for August 24, 2014 contains reports on two Manhattan Taco Bell restaurants being sued for forcing employees to pass counterfeit bills, a day care worker and teacher in California who has been arrested for allegedly molesting his 3-year-old relative and the hunt for an SUV believed to be involved in a spree killing which occurred in San Fernando Valley early Sunday.
Two Taco Bells Force Workers to Pass Fake Money
The managers of two Manhattan area Taco Bells are being sued for allegedly making teenage employees pass counterfeit $20 bills in change owed to customers. The class-action suit filed in federal court by Annette Cirino alleges that her 17-year-old daughter was forced to participate in the crime of distributing fake money while working at both restaurants. In order to put the counterfeiting operation in motion, both restaurants ceased to enforce their policy of not accepting big bills so that they could take in $50 and $100 bills and in turn use the fake $20 bills as change. Cirino’s daughter eventually reported the crime to police.
The Cirino family lawyer, Richard Garbarini, says that the counterfeit bills were “terrible” reproductions and were even smaller in size than authentic money. He believes they were printed using a laser-jet printer and then dried in a clothes dryer in an attempt to make them appear well-distributed. Garbarini says that the teenager has been “quite distraught” by the events. He intends to ask for no less than $5 million in damages.
California Day Care Worker/Teacher Allegedly Molested 3-Year-Old
Thomas Burke Pulver has been arrested in California for the crime of molesting his 3-year-old relative. Pulver, 36, has worked at a day care and as a teacher throughout Orange County.
He was arrested by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office on Aug. 15 for allegedly performing lewd acts on the child. He has been charged to date with eight felonies, but officials are continuing their investigation in hopes of determining whether other victims of Pulver exist. He is due in court on Sept. 2 and is currently being held on bail of $2.4 million in the Los Angeles County jail. If found guilty of all charges currently pending against him, he could be sentenced to 15 years behind bars.
Three Dead in California Spree Killing
At least seven people were shot, three fatally, during a spree killing early Sunday in an area of California located approximately 30 miles north of Los Angeles. Among those killed were one man and two women, both who were en route to church. The shootings occurred within a time frame of 55 minutes and with five miles of each other. Police believe the shootings to have been random.
The first victim was shot at 5:50 a.m. in San Fernando. The woman, 20, had been with four other members of her family on the way to mass when the unidentified shooter approached them and shot all five people. Besides the woman killed, one other person is listed in grave condition.
At 6:35 a.m. in Sylmar, a man estimated to be between 25 and 35 was fatally shot. Only ten minutes later in Pacoima, an African-American woman suffered a gunshot wound to the head. NBC News’ Andrew Blankstein reports that the victim had been waiting in a car after stopping on her way to church to pick up her friend when she was shot.
Witnesses report seeing two men inside of a tan or gold SUV. No information on the type of weapon used has been released.
By Jennifer Pfalz