Crime

Chicago-based gambling ring’s alleged key player Todd Blanken avoids prison term

Todd Blanken, alleged mastermind of “multi-million dollar” Chicago-based gambling ring, has avoided prison time as a district sentenced the 44-year-old to just six months in a community center.

U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall also allowed Blanken, a resident of Cary, Illinois, to work while staying in the community center. The judge also ordered him to remain on two years of probation.

Search for father who abandoned kids at 7 Cedars Casino still in progress

An investigation into Washington State casino child abandonment case is still open as the father who allegedly abandoned two young children at the parking lot of 7 Cedars Casino last weekend is still at large.

The father, identified as 38-year-old Travis Michael Parker of Sequim, Wash., allegedly abandoned his two children at the aforementioned casino parking lot. The kids in question are just 5 months and 1.5 years old.

Design of Casino parking garages encourages violent crimes: Security expert

The way casino parking garages provide criminals ‘isolation’ and ‘anonymity’ encourages predators to attack visitors, a security expert has warned. Brad Bonnell, principal of the Hotel Security Group, said in an interview that it isn’t surprising that various kinds of crimes take place in casino parking garages. He stressed that ‘isolation’ and ‘anonymity’ given by these places are among the biggest reason for encouraging predators to attack visitors, particularly well-funded tourists, in these places.