<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - crime]]> http://gazette.com/rss/crime Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:22:28 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs tanning salon owner indicted for tax fraud]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tanning-salon-owner-indicted-for-tax-fraud/article/1548930?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-tanning-salon-owner-indicted-for-tax-fraud/article/1548930?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Springs owner of Tan Your Hide has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of tax fraud.

Lisabeth Melahn, 53, knowingly understated her business income from 2008 to 2010, according to a press release sent Wednesday by the U.S. District Attorney's office in Denver.

Melahn deposited more than $100,000 in cash into her personal bank account in split deposits over a four-month period to avoid the requirement to report transactions of more than $10,000, the indictment charges.

If convicted, Melahn could be sentenced to three years in federal prison and fined up to $250,000 for each of the three counts of subscribing to a false income tax return.



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The Colorado Springs owner of Tan Your Hide has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of tax fraud.

Lisabeth Melahn, 53, knowingly understated her business income from 2008 to 2010, according to a press release sent Wednesday by the U.S. District Attorney's office in Denver.

Melahn deposited more than $100,000 in cash into her personal bank account in split deposits over a four-month period to avoid the requirement to report transactions of more than $10,000, the indictment charges.

If convicted, Melahn could be sentenced to three years in federal prison and fined up to $250,000 for each of the three counts of subscribing to a false income tax return.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 18:04:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Fort Carson soldier arrested after allegedly hitting, dragging person with vehicle]]> Cañon City Daily Record http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-arrested-after-allegedly-hitting-dragging-person-with-vehicle/article/1548920?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fort-carson-soldier-arrested-after-allegedly-hitting-dragging-person-with-vehicle/article/1548920?custom_click=rss

A Fort Carson man was arrested Tuesday after reportedly hitting a person with his vehicle and dragging him for a short distance.

Roman Klosowski, 29, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, second degree criminal trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, felony menacing and driving under the influence of drugs.

Klosowski was arrested after Fremont County deputies and the Florence Police Department responded to the 1700 block of CR 95 in Florence on a report of trespassing and an assault.

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A Fort Carson man was arrested Tuesday after reportedly hitting a person with his vehicle and dragging him for a short distance.

Roman Klosowski, 29, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault, second degree criminal trespass, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, felony menacing and driving under the influence of drugs.

Klosowski was arrested after Fremont County deputies and the Florence Police Department responded to the 1700 block of CR 95 in Florence on a report of trespassing and an assault.

According to a press release, a caller stated that there was a black car driving through fences, gates and private property. The caller also stated that one person had been hit by the suspect's vehicle and was

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 15:49:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man pleads guilty to homicide in sledding death]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-pleads-guilty-to-homicide-in-sledding-death/article/1548916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-pleads-guilty-to-homicide-in-sledding-death/article/1548916?custom_click=rss Michael Miner, a Colorado Springs man charged in connection with the death of David Teets, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide on Wednesday.

In December 2014, Miner was pulling Teets on a homemade sled behind his car when Miner's SUV crashed in a parked vehicle on South Circle Drive. Teets, 33, suffered severe brain swelling and died a few days later.

Police arrested Miner, 43, on suspicion of vehicular assault and attempt to influence a public servant. Miner allegedly let 27-year-old Cassandra Caton take the blame for the accident, when he told police that she had been driving the vehicle.

The sled was made from what appeared to be a metal bed frame covered with a rubber mat.

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In December 2014, Miner was pulling Teets on a homemade sled behind his car when Miner's SUV crashed in a parked vehicle on South Circle Drive. Teets, 33, suffered severe brain swelling and died a few days later.

Police arrested Miner, 43, on suspicion of vehicular assault and attempt to influence a public servant. Miner allegedly let 27-year-old Cassandra Caton take the blame for the accident, when he told police that she had been driving the vehicle.

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A Clifton man was arrested in Mesa County on Tuesdaynight on suspicion of driving about 100 mph drunk with his infant son in the car, the county sheriff's office said.

Authorities say he was speeding through a 35 mph zone.

Victor Reyes, 25, was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including driving carelessly, driving under the influence of alcohol, child abuse not causing injury, resisting arrest, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A patrol deputy spotted Reyes speeding at about 9:30 p.m. in the area of E and 32 roads, the sheriff's office said.



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A Clifton man was arrested in Mesa County on Tuesdaynight on suspicion of driving about 100 mph drunk with his infant son in the car, the county sheriff's office said.

Authorities say he was speeding through a 35 mph zone.

Victor Reyes, 25, was arrested on suspicion of several charges, including driving carelessly, driving under the influence of alcohol, child abuse not causing injury, resisting arrest, drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A patrol deputy spotted Reyes speeding at about 9:30 p.m. in the area of E and 32 roads, the sheriff's office said.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:36:01 -0600
<![CDATA[Thieves crash SUV into gun shop and steal 14 handguns]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/thieves-crash-suv-into-gun-shop-and-steal-14-handguns/article/1548903?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thieves-crash-suv-into-gun-shop-and-steal-14-handguns/article/1548903?custom_click=rss PUEBLO WEST — Authorities say thieves rammed a stolen SUV through the back wall of a Pueblo West gun shop and stole 14 handguns.

The owner of Pueblo West Guns and Ammo says the theft took only seconds on Wednesday.

The owner says the three suspects got away in a second vehicle.

Deputies say they found the wrecked SUV in a parking lot and a gaping hole in the store wall.



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PUEBLO WEST — Authorities say thieves rammed a stolen SUV through the back wall of a Pueblo West gun shop and stole 14 handguns.

The owner of Pueblo West Guns and Ammo says the theft took only seconds on Wednesday.

The owner says the three suspects got away in a second vehicle.

Deputies say they found the wrecked SUV in a parking lot and a gaping hole in the store wall.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:15:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs man is stabbed, then goes out to Red Lobster]]> By ryan maye handy ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-is-stabbed-then-goes-out-to-red-lobster/article/1548900?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-man-is-stabbed-then-goes-out-to-red-lobster/article/1548900?custom_click=rss A Colorado Springs man went out to dinner at Red Lobster after he was stabbed in the side on Tuesday evening, Colorado Springs police said.

James Vidmar, 39, was eating at Red Lobster on North Academy Boulevard, when he started feeling poorly and asked a member of the restaurant's staff to call 911. When police arrived, Vidmar told them that he had been stabbed in the side near the Citadel Mall.

Vidmar was taken to a local hospital, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police were not able to get much information about the stabbing from Vidmar, and as of Wednesday morning no arrests have been made in the case.



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A Colorado Springs man went out to dinner at Red Lobster after he was stabbed in the side on Tuesday evening, Colorado Springs police said.

James Vidmar, 39, was eating at Red Lobster on North Academy Boulevard, when he started feeling poorly and asked a member of the restaurant's staff to call 911. When police arrived, Vidmar told them that he had been stabbed in the side near the Citadel Mall.

Vidmar was taken to a local hospital, where he is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police were not able to get much information about the stabbing from Vidmar, and as of Wednesday morning no arrests have been made in the case.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:55:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Detective looking for woman accused of fraud in El Paso County]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/detective-looking-for-woman-accused-of-fraud-in-el-paso-county/article/1548875?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/detective-looking-for-woman-accused-of-fraud-in-el-paso-county/article/1548875?custom_click=rss The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it is looking for additional victims of a woman who allegedly tricked people into hiring her as a caregiver so she could steal from them.

Angela "Angie" Patterson, 55, was arrested in late January after the Sheriff's Office investigated a fraud and theft case involving a woman who had posted ads in the Fountain Valley News and Security Advertiser looking for jobs as a caregiver for the elderly.

The Sheriff's Office announced her arrest and an ongoing investigation on Tuesday, and said in a press release that it discovered Patterson had stolen jewelry, medicine and checkbooks from a victim. The jewelry was pawned and $3,700 in fraudulent checks were cashed.



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The El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday it is looking for additional victims of a woman who allegedly tricked people into hiring her as a caregiver so she could steal from them.

Angela "Angie" Patterson, 55, was arrested in late January after the Sheriff's Office investigated a fraud and theft case involving a woman who had posted ads in the Fountain Valley News and Security Advertiser looking for jobs as a caregiver for the elderly.

The Sheriff's Office announced her arrest and an ongoing investigation on Tuesday, and said in a press release that it discovered Patterson had stolen jewelry, medicine and checkbooks from a victim. The jewelry was pawned and $3,700 in fraudulent checks were cashed.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:22:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Former Colorado dog-sled operator pleads guilty to animal cruelty]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/former-colorado-dog-sled-operator-pleads-guilty-to-animal-cruelty/article/1548898?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/former-colorado-dog-sled-operator-pleads-guilty-to-animal-cruelty/article/1548898?custom_click=rss ASPEN — The former owner of a dog-sledding business in Aspen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and will likely avoid a jail sentence.

The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1NBc0Oi ) Dan MacEachen entered his plea Tuesday and is scheduled to be sentenced April 13. As part of a plea deal that calls for no jail time, seven other misdemeanors are to be dismissed.

MacEachen was charged in December 2013, a few days after officials seized eight dogs from his business, called Krabloonik, that were underweight or in need of emergency veterinarian care.

MacEachen has since sold the business to new owners who have implemented a host of changes.

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ASPEN — The former owner of a dog-sledding business in Aspen has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty and will likely avoid a jail sentence.

The Aspen Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1NBc0Oi ) Dan MacEachen entered his plea Tuesday and is scheduled to be sentenced April 13. As part of a plea deal that calls for no jail time, seven other misdemeanors are to be dismissed.

MacEachen was charged in December 2013, a few days after officials seized eight dogs from his business, called Krabloonik, that were underweight or in need of emergency veterinarian care.

MacEachen has since sold the business to new owners who have implemented a host of changes.

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:11:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Teen found stuffed in suitcase in Colorado died of drug overdose]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/teen-found-stuffed-in-suitcase-in-colorado-died-of-drug-overdose/article/1548861?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/teen-found-stuffed-in-suitcase-in-colorado-died-of-drug-overdose/article/1548861?custom_click=rss

GRAND JUNCTION — Authorities say the death of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in western Colorado was drug-related.

Mesa County chief deputy coroner Victor Yahn said Tuesday that Kelly Myers died of a mixed drug overdose but that the circumstances of how she died are still being investigated.

Investigators believe Myers died at a hotel in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City where she had been staying.

Two men believed to be connected to her death are under arrest on unrelated drug charges.

West Valley City police say 30-year-old Eduardo Nasario De La Cruz rented the hotel room and 47-year-old Raymond Cordova later tossed the suitcase with her body inside.



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GRAND JUNCTION — Authorities say the death of an 18-year-old woman whose body was found stuffed in a suitcase in western Colorado was drug-related.

Mesa County chief deputy coroner Victor Yahn said Tuesday that Kelly Myers died of a mixed drug overdose but that the circumstances of how she died are still being investigated.

Investigators believe Myers died at a hotel in the Salt Lake City suburb of West Valley City where she had been staying.

Two men believed to be connected to her death are under arrest on unrelated drug charges.

West Valley City police say 30-year-old Eduardo Nasario De La Cruz rented the hotel room and 47-year-old Raymond Cordova later tossed the suitcase with her body inside.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 17:53:49 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado theater shooter's mom feels guilt over his illness]]> SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-theater-shooters-mom-feels-guilt-over-his-illness/article/1548851?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-theater-shooters-mom-feels-guilt-over-his-illness/article/1548851?custom_click=rss

DENVER — The mother of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes feels guilty for not knowing her son was mentally ill and needed treatment, she wrote in a book of prayers and reflections compiled since the 2012 attack.

Arlene Holmes wrote in "When The Focus Shifts: The Prayer Book of Arlene Holmes 2013-2014," that she can never forgive herself for not predicting the shooting that killed 12 and injured 70.

"I wrote Jim a letter telling him I am sorry I did not know that he was mentally ill," she wrote in a March 2014 passage. "The letter did not assuage my guilt. I apologize to the whole world. I was uneducated. So many deceased and so many badly injured, and I am still alive."

Holmes announced the book to the Del



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DENVER — The mother of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes feels guilty for not knowing her son was mentally ill and needed treatment, she wrote in a book of prayers and reflections compiled since the 2012 attack.

Arlene Holmes wrote in "When The Focus Shifts: The Prayer Book of Arlene Holmes 2013-2014," that she can never forgive herself for not predicting the shooting that killed 12 and injured 70.

"I wrote Jim a letter telling him I am sorry I did not know that he was mentally ill," she wrote in a March 2014 passage. "The letter did not assuage my guilt. I apologize to the whole world. I was uneducated. So many deceased and so many badly injured, and I am still alive."

Holmes announced the book to the Del

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:01:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Traffic stop in Colorado Springs sends three to jail on old warrants]]> By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/traffic-stop-in-colorado-springs-sends-three-to-jail-on-old-warrants/article/1548839?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/traffic-stop-in-colorado-springs-sends-three-to-jail-on-old-warrants/article/1548839?custom_click=rss A driver stopped for speeding on North Academy Boulevard late Monday night in Colorado Springs had a warrant out for his arrest, as did two of his three passengers.

Colorado Springs Police also found two weapons and illegal drugs in the vehicle.

The driver, James Casey Lowe,20, was charged with felony ID theft, according to police.

One of the passengers, Cody Stevens,19, was charged with several felonies, including possession of weapons by a previous offender, special offender and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Police did not release the identity of the third person that was arrested.



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A driver stopped for speeding on North Academy Boulevard late Monday night in Colorado Springs had a warrant out for his arrest, as did two of his three passengers.

Colorado Springs Police also found two weapons and illegal drugs in the vehicle.

The driver, James Casey Lowe,20, was charged with felony ID theft, according to police.

One of the passengers, Cody Stevens,19, was charged with several felonies, including possession of weapons by a previous offender, special offender and unlawful possession of a controlled substance. Police did not release the identity of the third person that was arrested.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:12:08 -0600
<![CDATA[Suspect in Colorado Springs cellphone store robberies arrested while in jail]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/suspect-in-colorado-springs-cellphone-store-robberies-arrested-while-in-jail/article/1548826?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/suspect-in-colorado-springs-cellphone-store-robberies-arrested-while-in-jail/article/1548826?custom_click=rss A man in jail on suspicion of other crimes was pegged as the suspect in two robberies at a Colorado Springs cellphone store, police said Monday.

Rodney Lane Williams-Freeman, 21, was accused of robbing the Metro PCS at 4343 Airport Road on March 20 and March 23. Witness statements and video surveillance led police to believe the same man held up the store both times.

He was booked into El Paso County jail Friday night and is being held on $27,000 bond.



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A man in jail on suspicion of other crimes was pegged as the suspect in two robberies at a Colorado Springs cellphone store, police said Monday.

Rodney Lane Williams-Freeman, 21, was accused of robbing the Metro PCS at 4343 Airport Road on March 20 and March 23. Witness statements and video surveillance led police to believe the same man held up the store both times.

He was booked into El Paso County jail Friday night and is being held on $27,000 bond.

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:11:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs woman jailed after stabbing boyfriend, hitting him with vehicle]]> By DEBBIE KELLEY debbie.kelley@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-jailed-after-stabbing-boyfriend-hitting-him-with-vehicle/article/1548838?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-woman-jailed-after-stabbing-boyfriend-hitting-him-with-vehicle/article/1548838?custom_click=rss A woman who allegedly assaulted her boyfriend during a domestic dispute on Monday afternoon was arrested early Tuesday.

Faith Grimes, 23, was arguing with her boyfriend Monday at 431 E. Willamette St., when she allegedly stabbed him in both legs with a kitchen knife, according to Colorado Springs Police.

She then threw a glass object at the man, striking him in the face, police said. After taking his wallet, which had money in it, she left the apartment.

Her boyfriend chased her into the parking lot, where police said Grimes hit him with her vehicle as it was backing up, knocking him off his feet.

The man was transported to Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

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A woman who allegedly assaulted her boyfriend during a domestic dispute on Monday afternoon was arrested early Tuesday.

Faith Grimes, 23, was arguing with her boyfriend Monday at 431 E. Willamette St., when she allegedly stabbed him in both legs with a kitchen knife, according to Colorado Springs Police.

She then threw a glass object at the man, striking him in the face, police said. After taking his wallet, which had money in it, she left the apartment.

Her boyfriend chased her into the parking lot, where police said Grimes hit him with her vehicle as it was backing up, knocking him off his feet.

The man was transported to Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

Police arrested Grimes early Tuesday

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Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:03:53 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado woman who lost unborn baby in attack thanks supporters]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-who-lost-unborn-baby-in-attack-thanks-supporters/article/1548795?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-woman-who-lost-unborn-baby-in-attack-thanks-supporters/article/1548795?custom_click=rss

DENVER — An expectant mother who lost her unborn baby after it was cut from her belly by a stranger is thanking those who have been thinking about and praying for her.

Michelle Wilkins posted a message late Sunday on the website where people have been donating money for her recovery, her first public comments since the March 18 attack in Longmont.

She said people's prayers and positive thoughts have "been deeply felt" and helped her healing. She said her daughter, named Aurora, is "a light being now, nothing but ethereal joy and love."

Wilkins said she can tell she has a long physical and emotional recovery ahead of her.



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DENVER — An expectant mother who lost her unborn baby after it was cut from her belly by a stranger is thanking those who have been thinking about and praying for her.

Michelle Wilkins posted a message late Sunday on the website where people have been donating money for her recovery, her first public comments since the March 18 attack in Longmont.

She said people's prayers and positive thoughts have "been deeply felt" and helped her healing. She said her daughter, named Aurora, is "a light being now, nothing but ethereal joy and love."

Wilkins said she can tell she has a long physical and emotional recovery ahead of her.

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:32:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Mugshot Monday: Crime Stoppers' most wanted in the Colorado Springs area]]> The Gazette http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-crime-stoppers-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1548778?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mugshot-monday-crime-stoppers-most-wanted-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1548778?custom_click=rss

Wanted:

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Hadi Yahya M. Alabbas, 23, is described as a 5-foot-9, 160-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Alabbas is being sought on suspicion of ID theft.

Steven Kevari, 47, is described as a 5-foot-11, 170-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Kevari is being sought on suspicion of domestic violence, possession, distribution, manufacturing, dispensing and sale of a schedule I and II controlled substance.

Mystr Moore, 30, is described as a 5-foot-5, 230-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Moore is being sought on suspicion of distribution of a schedule II



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Wanted:

Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help finding the following people for whom felony arrest warrants have been issued.

Hadi Yahya M. Alabbas, 23, is described as a 5-foot-9, 160-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Alabbas is being sought on suspicion of ID theft.

Steven Kevari, 47, is described as a 5-foot-11, 170-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Kevari is being sought on suspicion of domestic violence, possession, distribution, manufacturing, dispensing and sale of a schedule I and II controlled substance.

Mystr Moore, 30, is described as a 5-foot-5, 230-pound man with black hair and brown eyes. Moore is being sought on suspicion of distribution of a schedule II

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Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:06:16 -0600