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Anthony Kuisle named Enterprise Asset Protection Operations Manager for Casey's

Before joining Casey's as Enterprise Asset Protection Operations Manager, Anthony spent more than a year as Sr. Project Manager for USA Security. Earlier in his career, he held loss prevention and investigative roles with 99 Cents Only Stores, Forever 21, TJX Companies, and Sears Holdings Corporation. Congratulations, Anthony!

Robert Glen Bolton, CFI, has joined Mister Car Wash as Division Safety & Loss Prevention Manager - East US

Prior to joining Mister Car Wash, Glen was with the Kroger Co. as District Asset Protection Manager for the past 10 years. Glen started his 22 year retail career with Sears in 1998 as an AP Manager in Savannah, GA. He then spent the next 11 years moving up the ranks in positions such as Area, District, and Regional Asset Protection Manager with Goody's Family Clothing, Dick's Sporting Goods, BJ's Wholesale, and Garden Ridge before becoming a General Manager at OfficeMax. Congratulations, Robert!

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Protests & Violence

One of America's 'Top Three Most Famous Trials Involving Race & the Police'
The Killing of George Floyd Tore Minneapolis Apart. Now Comes the Trial
In the lead-up to Mr. Chauvin's trial, which is scheduled to begin with jury selection on March 8, there is great uncertainty about the case's outcome and whether the proceedings could provoke more violence.

Some office workers in downtown Minneapolis have already been told not to come to work during the weekslong trial because of heavy security. The National Guard will be deployed, transforming the city center into a military zone, with Humvees and armed soldiers monitoring checkpoints. In his recent budget proposal, Gov. Tim Walz included a special $4.2 million item for security during the trial, as well as a $35 million fund to reimburse local law enforcement agencies that may be called upon to quell unrest.

"This is the most famous police brutality prosecution in the history of the United States," said Paul Butler, a former prosecutor who is a professor at Georgetown University and an authority on police brutality.

The trial may yet be delayed. The prosecution has asked an appeals court to put off the proceedings, citing the risk that the trial, with so many demonstrators likely to fill the streets, becomes a superspreader event during the coronavirus pandemic.

"This appeal involves a question of exceptional and unique importance in one of the highest-profile cases in our nation's history," reads the first sentence of the appellate brief filed by Keith Ellison, Minnesota's attorney general, who is leading the prosecution.

Continue Reading - Cameras Allowed in Courtroom - Historical Context with Rodney King & O.J. Simpson - Reckoning with Racial Injustice & Police Brutality

Couple sues Minneapolis mayor after diner burned during George Floyd riots
Owners of a Minneapolis diner that burned down during the George Floyd protests are suing Mayor Jacob Frey, saying his "inaction" led to an escalation in the violence that cost them their business. Kacey White and Charles Stotts are seeking $4.5 million from Frey and the city after their Town Talk Diner & Gastropub on East Lake Street was repeatedly targeted by rioters following Floyd's police-involved death on May 25.

The federal suit alleges that from that day until May 28, Frey and the city "continuously deviated" from crowd control policies put in place by the Minneapolis Police Department, National Guard and local leaders. It accuses Frey of trying to initially "negotiate with and appease the rioters rather than give law enforcement the authority to confront criminal acts with enough force to restore law and order." nypost.com

Close Call for Mike Pence, U.S. Senators

New security footage shows harrowing details of Capitol attack
The new footage, released on the second day of Trump's Senate trial,
takes advantage of Capitol security cameras positioned around the complex, depicting both the violent intentions of the mob and the heroics of several Capitol Police officers, including Eugene Goodman, who diverted the mob away from senators on the chamber floor.

Among the revelations from the new footage: Goodman is seen racing down a second floor hallway toward the Senate chamber, where he bumps into Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), who is fleeing toward the Rotunda. Goodman appears to
redirect Romney back toward the chamber - and safety.

Some of the new footage was taken from the
dozens of security cameras that are positioned inside the Capitol and the connected House and Senate office buildings as well as around the Capitol grounds.

The clear timeline reveals just how close a call it was for Pence. thehill.com

Portland protesters vandalize police union building, try to break down door

KKK Member Who Drove Into Protesters in Richmond, VA Gets 3+ Years in Prison


COVID Update

US: Over 27.9M Cases - 483K Dead - 17.8M Recovered
Worldwide: Over 108M Cases - 2.3M Dead - 80M Recovered

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Glimmers of Hope Across the U.S.
The Pandemic is in Retreat as Cases, Hospitalizations & Deaths Decline

It's been a long time since the virus news was as encouraging as it is right now.

The number of new coronavirus cases continues to plummet, as does the number of Americans hospitalized with symptoms. Deaths have also begun to decline. And the number of daily vaccination shots has nearly tripled over the last month.

The overall situation is still bad. The virus is spreading more rapidly in the U.S. than in almost any other large country, and more than 2,500 Americans are dying daily. Newly contagious variants may create future outbreaks. For now, though, things are getting better - and a combination of vaccinations, mask wearing and social distancing has the potential to sustain the recent progress.

Since reaching a peak on Jan. 8 - related to holiday gatherings - the number of confirmed new daily cases has fallen by almost 60 percent. The decline in actual cases is probably somewhat smaller, because the volume of testing has also fallen over the last few weeks. Fewer tests lead to fewer reported cases.

Most important, deaths have begun to decline. And deaths are likely to decline more. The fatality trends typically trail behind the trends in diagnosed cases by about three weeks - which means the sharp recent drop in cases is only now starting to affect the death numbers. nytimes.com

   U.S. Hospitalizations at Lowest in Nearly Three Months

   Global Covid-19 cases declined 17% worldwide last week, WHO says

6,500 Pharmacies to Receive 1 Million Vaccine Doses from U.S. Government
CVS and Walmart Decide Who Gets Leftover Shots

Pharmacies and grocers grapple with whether their employees or the public should get first dibs on unused shots as they start to offer appointments

As pharmacies and groceries across the U.S. prepare to dispense Covid-19 vaccines to the public, their customers and workers are wondering what happens to extra doses left unused at day's end-and who might get access to one.

The companies say they are determined that no doses will go to waste, and are compiling wait lists and putting their own workers on standby in case extra shots become available.

Some 6,500 pharmacies in all 50 states-including those at CVS Health Corp., Walmart Inc. and regional grocers-will get 1 million doses from the federal government starting Thursday. There is no charge to receive the vaccine, but the chains require customers who are eligible under state rules to schedule an appointment. wsj.com

   Florida Gov. Announces Vaccination Sites at Walmart & Publix Locations

   Tractor Supply to Pay Team Members to Get COVID-19 Vaccination

COVID Lockdowns Across the Pond

UK lockdowns have cost "non-essential" retailers as much as $30.4B
The UK's three national lockdowns have cost "non-essential" retailers as much as £22bn ($30.4B) in lost sales, according to findings by industry body the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

The BRC said 2020 was the worst year on record for retail sales growth with in-store non-food declining by 24% compared with 2019. These results have also been reflected in footfall, which was down over 40% in 2020. Furthermore, tighter restrictions in the crucial run-up to Christmas hampered retailers' ability to generate much-needed turnover, which would have helped power their recovery in 2021. retail-jeweller.com

Vacant units in City of London increase by 47% during Covid-19 pandemic
New figures have shown that the number of vacant units in the City of London financial district increased by 47% to 255 at the end of 2020 as people worked from home during the coronavirus pandemic.

The figures from retail data consultancy the Local Data Company reveal that the vacancy rate increased by 3.5% in the City compared to an average increase of 1.3% for Greater London and 1.6% for the whole of GB. This means that vacancy in the district is now at the highest level in five years. theretailbulletin.com

   Germany extends COVID-19 lockdown until March 7

Millions of Masks - But No Buyers
Can't Find an N95 Mask? This Company Has 30 Million That It Can't Sell.
Health workers are still being forced to ration protective masks, but small U.S. manufacturers can't find buyers, and some are in a danger of going under.

But Luis Arguello Jr. has plenty of N95s for sale - 30 million of them, in fact, which his family-run business, DemeTech, manufactured in its factories in Miami. He simply can't find buyers.

Demand is so slack that Mr. Arguello is preparing to lay off some of the 1,300 workers he had hired to ramp up production. "It's insane that we can't get these masks to the people who desperately need them," he said. nytimes.com

Ahold Delhaize's RBS pilots UV disinfection robots

Ava Robotics technology aids COVID cleaning in 2 distribution centers

Ahold Delhaize USA's Retail Business Services (RBS) arm is testing ultraviolet disinfection robots in two distribution centers to support stepped-up cleaning procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"In addition to other robust health and safety measures, the robots have enabled us to further enhance disinfection procedures at two sites to protect our greatest asset - our people. We were pleased to be the first in the industry to support the testing of this technology."

Ava's robot is designed to provide autonomous UV disinfection - for COVID-19 and other cleaning needs - in workplace settings, such as corporate offices, warehouses and other workspaces. The UV robot can be used to disinfect both air and surfaces, with a disinfection rate of approximately 9,000 square feet per hour and 99% effectiveness against COVID-19, Ava reported. supermarketnews.com


Legislative Updates

States Continue Trend of Increasing Felony Thresholds
Kentucky House advances bill that would raise felony theft threshold to $1,000
A bill that would raise the threshold at which a theft becomes a felony in Kentucky was approved by the House on Wednesday. The measure, sponsored by Rep. C. Ed Massey (R-Hebron) would increase the felony threshold for theft and fraud offenses from $500 to $1,000 and changes the Class A misdemeanor level to $500 but less than $1,000. A Class A misdemeanor carries a penalty of up to a year in jail, if convicted.

It also has an aggregation clause, where the penalty for three convictions of a Class A misdemeanor can become a Class D felony, which carries a one- to five-year prison sentence, if the convictions occur within a five-year period, and allows offenses that occur within 90 days to be aggregated into one offense, with punishment based on the total value.

"Texas has a threshold that is five times larger than ours," said Mandy Simpson, Director of Public Policy for the Metro United Way of Kentucky on behalf of the Kentucky Smart on Crime Coalition. "For even more context, Georgia and Alabama's thresholds stand at $1,500, with Tennessee's at $1,000." forwardky.com

'Porch Piracy' Epidemic
California lawmaker introduces 'porch piracy' bill to make package theft a felony
Sen. Brian Jones, R-Santee, today introduced Senate Bill 358, a measure to increase the penalties on people who steal packages from the porch or entryway of someone's home.

"Because of the COVID-19 crisis, home delivery of goods has increased all across the nation," Jones said. "Unfortunately, package theft continues to run rampant with the rise of home delivery services. This 'porch piracy' epidemic is serious and must be addressed by our criminal justice system."

Current law provides that a theft of a package from the porch or entryway of someone's home is considered a misdemeanor. SB 358 would allow prosecutors to charge a 'porch pirate' with a misdemeanor or with a felony in the third or subsequent conviction during a 36-month period. This will increase the jail time for those convicted. 10news.com

Big Cities Ending Cash Bail

'Philly D.A.': Larry Krasner Plans Radical Bail Reform in Clip From PBS Docuseries

Acclaimed Sundance eight-part doc arrives on PBS' Independent Lens on April 20th

The first three years of Larry Krasner's tenure as Philadelphia District Attorney is the focus of the upcoming PBS docuseries Philly D.A. Ahead of the eight-part series arrival on April 20th, Rolling Stone has an exclusive clip that gives viewers an inside look into Krasner's office.

In the clip, the freshly elected Krasner arrives in the D.A.'s office with a radical plan to reform and overhaul Philadelphia's oppressive bail policies. "They didn't do a damn thing in this office in terms of changing these policies for 30-effing years," Krasner says. "We're going to do a phased rollout of improvement of bail practices. For right now, phase one, let's see what we can do around SAM - small amounts of marijuana - sex work, retail theft. And I think we can move quickly to a bail policy recommending that there be no cash bail. And tell 'em it's coming."

Following its acclaimed premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Philly D.A. will come to PBS as part of their Independent Lens series on April 20th, when the first episode will air. The remaining seven episodes will broadcast weekly. rollingstone.com

Fresh facts on crime: Post-bail-reform New York City by the numbers
The Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice published a new report showing the overwhelming majority, 97%, of the roughly 50,000 people awaiting trial monthly in 2020 haven't been re-arrested - a trendline that existed before the bail law changed, and continued afterward.

But the review also puts real data behind worries that the new system is still gambling - allowing some potentially preventable criminality. Since bail reforms were enacted, judges have increasingly used supervised release as an alternative to jail. The population free but being monitored grew from 2,162 people in September 2018 to 3,543 in September 2020. That's still a small fraction of all individuals arrested, but it's a growing fraction.

Among that group, 2% to 3% were rearrested on felony charges each month, a rate that's remained consistent before, during and after bail reform passed. nydailynews.com

'Yes, Bail Reform in Chicago Has Increased Crime'

Recent report makes the connection clear, though authors & funders claim otherwise

A recent report confirms, however inadvertently, that Cook County's controversial limits on the use of cash bail caused more crime on the streets of Chicago and resulted in fewer defendants showing up in court. A close look at the analysis from Loyola University's Don Stemen and David Olson - though it purports to show the opposite - makes clear that bail-reform skeptics were right to worry about how policies like Chicago's would affect public safety and criminal justice.
The reform in question took effect in 2017, when Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans required that judges not mandate cash bail unless strong reason existed to do so; the move was an effort to reduce the number of offenders held only because they could not afford to get out.

The new Loyola report finds that, controlling for various factors, bail reform led to the release of roughly 500 defendants who would otherwise have been detained. They also estimate that, both before and after reform, roughly 17 percent of released offenders committed a new crime, including 3 percent who committed a violent offense. Because there was no statistically significant increase after the order, they conclude that bail reform "had no effect on new criminal activity or crime."

But if 500 additional people were released under the order, and the same share of released individuals reoffended, then the total number of crimes in Chicago would necessarily rise. It's a mathematical fact: more offenders multiplied by a constant crime rate equals more crimes. Using precise figures from the paper, the 9,200 individuals released following reform committed roughly 1,573 crimes and 294 violent crimes. If only 8,700 offenders had been released, they'd have committed 1,488 new crimes and 278 violent crimes. In other words, the release of just 500 people led to roughly 85 additional crimes, including 16 additional violent crimes. city-journal.org

Illinois Will End Cash Bail - and Limit Use of High-Tech Incarceration
Reformers typically propose predictive algorithms and electronic monitoring as alternatives to money bail. Illinois is different.

Texas Bail Reform Faces Uphill Battle
Multiple federal courts have found Texas' cash bail practices discriminatory against poor people. Governor Greg Abbott has said his priority bill will instead focus on keeping "dangerous criminals" in jail before they're convicted.

Seattle: Officials pushing for 'no bail, no jail' for non-violent offenders in King County

Amazon Building Out Security Operation

E-Commerce Giant Staffs Up with 26+ Former FBI Agents

As Amazon faces antitrust scrutiny, counterfeiting, and worker activism, the company is staffing up with former FBI agents focused on security and intelligence gathering.

Amazon, one the largest corporations in the world, supplies state-of-the-art facial recognition software to law enforcement agencies, provides the military with a range of technology services, and is now building out its security operation with over a dozen former FBI agents.

The tech conglomerate, which began as an online bookseller, is rapidly hiring for its global security center in Arizona. As the firm expands and faces new challenges, including increased antitrust scrutiny, counterfeiting issues, and pressure from worker activism, the company is staffing up with former FBI agents, with a focus on security and intelligence-gathering ability. From 2017 to 2020, the $1.6 trillion technology behemoth hired 20 former FBI agents, at least two of whom appear to be responsible for monitoring the labor-organizing activity of its workers to keep unions out.

At least 26 ex-FBI agents and employees currently work at Amazon, holding positions in the security division, software development, human resources, and board of advisers, according to a review of LinkedIn. theintercept.com

How Companies Are Trying To Discourage & Detect Misconduct By Executives

Corporate executives who are supposed to help prevent a crisis can be the same people who, because of their misconduct, are responsible for causing a crisis.

If details about that misconduct goes public, what company officials are alleged to have done behind closed doors-and how organizations responded to those allegations- can play out in front of a national or international audience. Some forms of misconduct are more obvious and public than others, and can make national headlines. Last month CNN reported that the CEO of Illinois-based Cogensia was arrested for storming the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

A Proactive Approach
Rather than wait until an executive gets themselves or their companies into hot water, some businesses are being proactive in protecting their bottom lines.

As reported yesterday by the Wall Street Journal, "Companies are withholding more of their top officers' pay for longer, hoping to avoid the hassle of recouping money when-or if-executives are later found responsible for misconduct." Examples cited in the story include Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and drugstore chains CVS Health and Walgreens Boots Alliance. CVS is also holding back some pay even after an executive leaves the company, according to the report.

A Poor Defense?
Executive coach Leslie Austin claims that withholding compensation as a possible shield against future misconduct by CEOs, "... is not a particularly effective prevention measure, as it only addresses the fiscal issues involved.

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Retail Industry Awaits Biden's Posture on Tariffs and Trade

Apparel retailers want to see the new administration roll back tariffs on Chinese imports, though they have yet to see signs it will.

At the Federal Bar Association's virtual fashion law conference, attorneys described Biden's overall messaging so far as geared toward worker and human rights issues and environmental concerns. Among his first week of executive orders was his "Made in America" message, effectively geared toward ultimately increasing the federal dollars that go toward domestically manufactured goods.

Of particular concern is the question of Section 301 tariffs on finished goods imports from China, which were initially increased on certain products that the U.S. government had originally targeted as a focus of intellectual property infringement, but then extended to fashion and home goods.

Retailers are also awaiting enforcement shifts, as well as legislation on imports from China's Xinjiang region, widely reported to have rampant forced labor practices, and where former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared a genocide of Uighur Muslims was taking place. wwd.com

COVID Impact - Workplace Romance Up 27% - Zoom Dating
Workplace Romance Report: Cupid's Arrows Are Flying
Over a third of employed Americans report they are currently involved or had previously been involved in a workplace romance, an increase from 27 percent last year, according to a new survey conducted Jan. 28-Feb. 1 by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

In a survey of employed Americans, 34 percent are-or have been-in a workplace romance. Among that number, 69 percent said they had dated their peers at some point in their careers, 21 percent had dated their subordinates and 18 percent had dated their superiors, SHRM found. Although the numbers were small, about a quarter of those who said they had been in a workplace romance said that they'd started or continued that romance during COVID-19.

"For many parts of the country, work has been the only place where people can still go," "For remote workers, among Millennials who were already meeting and socializing online, Zoom dating has been a trend anyway and might even make a 'workplace romance' feel less risky if you're not actually conducting it in the workplace," Supinski said.

It's important for employees to understand their company's policy regarding workplace relationships and that working remotely does not mean the policies are not in effect. If employees find romance in the workplace, be it remotely or at the worksite, they should try to be transparent-especially if the relationship poses a conflict of interest," but a majority of respondents (78 percent) said they are not required to disclose those relationships.

"Employees must be mindful that using company virtual platforms like Slack, Zoom or Teams is not a tool for private communication, as the software is company property," she said. "Employees should also be mindful not to misuse such company property or make statements, share images, or the like that could be against company policy." shrm.org

Arctic Blast Will Get Worse Before it Gets Better

100M+ Americans under weather alerts as major winter blast to get worse
On Wednesday, winter weather alerts stretch nearly coast to coast, affecting at least 100 Million Americans, due to several major weather concerns. Arctic Air is locked in place over much of the Midwest and Chicago will see its sixth straight day below freezing, with at least another full week or more of the same weather expected.

A look ahead at the computer models shows this Arctic blast is going to get much worse this weekend and early next week. Computer guidance suggests the bitter cold will make a surge into the southern U.S. and expand eastward, especially Sunday and Monday. This will likely result in widespread record lows in the central U.S., where temperatures at times could be 50 degrees below average.  yahoo.com

Best Buy cuts jobs, hours for some store workers as it pivots to digital

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The cost of synthetic fraud to reach new highs post-pandemic
A TransUnion research finds instances of synthetic fraud and outstanding balances for suspected synthetic accounts at U.S. financial institutions have declined significantly after the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. However, new analysis by Aite Group finds the cost of synthetic fraud will rebound post-pandemic, reaching new highs.

Synthetic identity fraud involves fraudsters creating fictitious identities by piecing together real identity attributes and fake information with the intent to open fraudulent accounts.

"The dip in synthetic fraud during the pandemic was a continuation of our 2019 findings that showed synthetic fraud was slowing amid the emergence of solutions that connect personal and digital identities," said Shai Cohen, SVP of Global Fraud Solutions at TransUnion.

"We believe this slowdown was compounded by fraudsters who went elsewhere and could be lying in wait to take advantage of pandemic loan forbearance programs that may not have come due yet. Once synthetic fraud reemerges, which we think it will, companies must be ready." helpnetsecurity.com

How Retailers Should Address Magecart Web Skimming Attacks
Today, security teams in retail are mostly aware of this threat, however, navigating the different technologies and products that claim to be effective towards Magecart isn't an easy task. In all likelihood, these security teams will eventually analyze one or more of these tools, which begs the question: How should they test whether a specific approach is effective against Magecart attacks?

The product can detect and block the addition of "click" or "submit" event handlers to the page. One very common type of malicious behavior in Magecart skimmers is the addition of form-related event handlers (for example, of an onmouseover event).
The product can detect and block the addition of elements to a page, such as forms. Today, there are numerous examples of advanced web skimmers that add fake credit card payment forms or new buttons to a page. This type of DOM tampering is also malicious behavior and a common indicator of Magecart attacks.

The product can detect and block the removal of elements from a page, such as a div and its child nodes. In contrast to the previous topic, Magecart attackers can also remove content from the page, for instance, to divert users from the legitimate payment flows and lead them to a compromised form.

The product can detect and block the modification of page content, namely, editing element attributes or changing element visibility. Similar to the tactic of removing page elements, attackers can try to modify them to trick users, for example by hiding a loading spinner.

The product can detect and block sensitive data collection and its exfiltration. This is, of course, a pivotal test when it comes to web skimming. After intercepting the payment form, Magecart attackers always need to send the captured data out to their drop server. Detecting and blocking these suspicious outbound network events is a key step to prevent the attack from succeeding.

Even in the current landscape of fast-evolving Magecart attacks, this checklist should stand the test of time. A key takeaway here is understanding that a suitable solution to tackle Magecart should detect and block the source of the attack in real time, regardless of the attack's approach mytotalretail.com

COVID Drives Surge in Business for Hackers
Dark web analysis shows high demand for hackers

Positive Technologies' experts have analyzed the ten most active forums on the dark web, which offer services for hacking websites, buying and selling databases, and accessing web resources. The research found that in the vast majority of cases on these forums, most individuals are looking for a hacker, and in 7 out of 10 ads, their main goal is to gain access to a web resource.

The research discovered that in 90% of cases, users of dark web forums will search for hackers who can provide them with access to a particular resource or who can download a user database.

Only seven percent of forum messages analyzed included individuals offering to hack websites. The remaining three percent of the messages analysed were aimed at promoting hacking tools, programs and finding like-minded people to share hacking experience.

Positive Technologies analyst, Yana Yurakova said: "
Since March 2020, we have noticed a surge of interest in website hacking, which is seen by the increase in the number of ads on forums on the dark web. This may have been caused by an increase in the number of companies available via the internet, which was triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic." helpnetsecurity.com

Web version available for NIST Cybersecurity Practice Guide SP 1800-21, Mobile Device Security: Corporate-Owned Personally-Enabled (COPE)
We now have a web version of Special Publication (SP) 1800-21 Mobile Device Security: Corporate-Owned Personally-Enabled (COPE) available, in addition to PDFs. Mobile devices provide access to vital workplace resources while giving employees the flexibility to perform their daily activities. One mobile device deployment model is Corporate-Owned Personally-Enabled (COPE). These mobile devices are owned by the enterprise and issued to the employee. COPE architectures provide the flexibility of allowing both enterprises and employees to install applications onto organization-owned mobile devices. content.govdelivery.com




Dispensary Security Guards Caught in the Half-Legal Cannabis Trap?

In LA, people are getting arrested for what they think are legit jobs in the pot business. Will "decriminalization" just spread the problem nationwide?

Everything about Kelvin's job in a neighborhood southwest of downtown seemed like any other assignment, if not a little more exciting. The 40-year-old, who had previously worked as an electrician, had been employed since 2015 by a private security company that contracted him out to guard marijuana dispensaries.

In 2019, he was protecting one of the thousand or so cannabis stores in California's biggest city-part of an industry that has grown less and less underground since 1996, when the state first legalized medical marijuana.

But one day, he recounts, police dressed in camouflage showed up with guns drawn. They ordered everyone onto the floor. Kelvin was arrested, as were the employees of the store. The cops said the dispensary was unlawful.

Kelvin was confused, and furious. "I didn't think we were doing anything wrong," he says. He had no idea the city considered the business illegal. In the year and a half he'd been working at that location, he had even gotten to know the local cops, who would wave to him when he was walking down the street to get a snack. He had his security guard license, and a license for the firearm he carried while on the job. He'd been hired through a security contractor. How was he supposed to know the dispensary they'd sent him to didn't have its license?

What happened to Kelvin was the result of a vast gray area: For years, Californians could legally possess medical marijuana, but stores weren't allowed to sell it-in fact, the whole supply chain bringing it to them was considered illegal. Now, even though the city and the state are licensing cannabis shops, Los Angeles continues to struggle with its legacy of legal confusion and selective enforcement. Businesses can appear legitimate, and even exist for years, without any legal license to operate. Many of the illegal shops are in Black and Latino neighborhoods, with their employees vulnerable to arrest while owners are shielded behind shell companies. So as police and prosecutors attempt to crack down on unlicensed dispensaries, they appear to be reproducing the very social inequalities that legalization was supposed to fix. politico.com

New Framework for Hemp & CBD Products
Industry orgs back bill that would establish regulatory framework for hemp, CBD
A recently introduced piece of legislation has the CBD and hemp industries excited that there might soon be a legal pathway for marketing CBD and other hemp-derived products. The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Protection Act of 2021 was reintroduced last week by Reps. Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., and Morgan Griffith, R-Va., with 17 co-sponsors.

The legislation, which had been introduced in the previous Congress, would direct the Food and Drug Administration to outline a clear federal regulatory framework for hemp and hemp-derived products. The legislation, if passed, would allow CBD and other cannabinoids to be lawfully marketed as dietary supplements and require manufacturers to comply with the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994. CHPA and CRN are among a broader network of farmers, industry and trade associations who have backed the bill. cbdri.com

Dispensary Raided - 300 Pounds of Pot Seized
Security guard arrested at illegal marijuana dispensary
San Diego County Sheriff's Department seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana during a raid at an illegal dispensary in the East County on Wednesday morning. It was the second such enforcement action to take place at the Spring Valley dispensary within three days. The Sheriff's Department said deputies received information that the location was selling marijuana, despite being warned on Jan. 31 that the behavior was illegal. Deputies seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana and marijuana products and $1,500 in cash, the department reported. An armed security guard was cited for having an unsecured firearm in his car. Deputies also seized the gun. privateofficerbreakingnews.blogspot.com

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Biden Administration to Take on Counterfeits?
As Online Sales Rise, Brands Push Washington to Act on Counterfeits
Retailers are expecting to see the Biden administration and Congress clamp down on what the industry sees as the proliferation of counterfeits in the online shopping boom during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

President Joe Biden has given indications that his administration will continue to ramp up trademark protections, starting with a move last month to raise the bar for products advertised as "Made in the U.S." The measure, part of a raft of the new president's initial round of executive orders, would scrutinize products that involve overseas manufacturing.

In addition, Biden's public remarks on the issue over the past two decades indicate that his administration would continue to address counterfeits the way his predecessors have, said Olivera Medenica, partner at Dunnington Bartholow & Miller LLP and chair of the firm's trademark practice group, speaking at the Federal Bar Association's Fashion Law Conference, which began Monday. Panels for the conference are scheduled throughout the week.

"By pledging to crack down on these companies that falsely advertise their products as made in America, I think the Biden administration demonstrates a strong interest in protecting American intellectual property," Medenica said at the panel.

As far back as 2002, when Biden chaired the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, he has emphasized the U.S. government's role in prosecuting intellectual property violations. wwd.com

Unintended Consequences of the E-Commerce Surge

Amazon Is Creating an Empire of Trash
Amazon has been making a mint during the pandemic. That business has resulted in multi-billion dollar pay days for the company's soon-to-be former CEO, and millions of the company's iconic cardboard boxes being left on doorsteps, and in lobbies and mailboxes every day. And when those piles of boxes climb higher, the cost they carry continues to climb, too.

That's according to a new Bloomberg report detailing how the price of old corrugated cardboard-OCC in recycling industry lingo for the salvageable material that can be pulled from one of these Amazon boxes-has doubled over the past year. And that number doesn't seem to be going down anytime soon: Another recent report from the industry trade publication Resource Recycling found that the national average price for OCC has scooted up to about $75 dollars per ton as of last month. For reference, that price was closer to $25 dollars per ton at this time last year.

Understanding this massive spike means understanding some basic tenets of economics: When the demand for, say, cardboard boxes spikes as rapidly as it did during the start of the covid-19 pandemic, it puts pressure on packaging manufacturers to put out more product, and fast. The thing is, that surge in demand wasn't met with a similar surge in supply. Resource Recycling reported last year that during the initial height of the pandemic in the U.S.-around late March through April-recovered paper collection plummeted between 30% and 50%. gizmodo.com

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McComb, MS: Police in McComb need your help to identify a woman caught on camera inside a local store allegedly stealing electronics
Detectives have issued a warrant for the arrest of 25-year-old Letesha Jeanae Smith, also known as "Coco." Investigators say she stole an iPhone 11 Pro Max 64GB, an iPhone 11 64GB, and a 32GB iPad from a McComb store. Smith faces felony shoplifting and felony possession of the stolen property. wlbt.com

Rocky Mount, NC Motorcycle, ATVs valued at $50,000 stolen from dealership
Twin County Motorsports in Rocky Mount sells everything from ATVs to RVs. Owner Lance Cherry says on Tuesday night someone broke in and stole at least $50,000 in merchandise. "You get that bad feeling because you know you work and you try to build something, and then all of the sudden somebody just comes in overnight and takes it away," he said. Cherry says the criminals spent hours at the store and even made several trips back, loading everything onto a trailer. "They took stuff still in the boxes. They loaded up trailers. They made two trips here," he says, "I guess it's easy the second time - everything was already broken into - you just had to walk in and out." Cherry says he's invested thousands of dollars into the security system at the Rocky Mount location, but false alarm fines from the City of Rocky Mount forced him to deactivate parts of it. wral.com

Hesperia, CA: 2 suspects arrested for a robbery at Walmart
A man and woman caught on cell phone video loading stolen Walmart merchandise into their vehicle were arrested for robbery, officials confirmed. On Saturday, February 6, 2021, at approximately 10:34 p.m., deputies from the Hesperia Sheriff's Station responded to Walmart, in reference to a robbery. The suspects, Maice Mitchell and Marquis Denham both 20-years-old entered the location and purchased items at the self-checkout while not paying for other merchandise they had collected while in the store. The security officer attempted to detain Mitchell for the theft and Denham assaulted the security officer." According to witnesses, the security guard is an older man in his 60's and he was punched twice in his eye. Later, Hesperia deputies learned that Mitchell had been detained in Victorville for an unrelated case and was arrested for her involvement in the robbery. Later in the day, Denham turned himself in and was taken into custody. vvng.com

Roseville, MI: Police seeking $1,000 Home Depot thief, attack on Loss Prevention
Police are searching for a man who attacked a Home Depot employee after being confronted while stealing $1,000 worth of merchandise. The incident happened about 1:40 p.m. Monday at the Home Depot store, 20500 13 Mile Road at Little Mack Avenue. macombdaily.com

Palm Beach, FL: Man steals 3 cases of whiskey valued at $720

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Shootings & Deaths

Cleveland, OH: City of Beachwood says Officer who shot Shoplifting suspect in 2019 violated several department policies, schedules disciplinary hearing
Officer Blake Rogers has been on paid leave for more than a year after shooting a shoplifting suspect in a busy mall parking lot. For the first time this week, the City of Beachwood says the officer violate department policies at Beachwood Place on the day of the shooting. 19 News has obtained the letter the city of Beachwood recently sent Rodgers, informing him of a disciplinary hearing in February. In it, officials say he "failed to properly perform" his duties by opening fire on the fleeing suspected shoplifter accused of taking a $60 hat from Dillard's. The city says Rogers violated several department policies, including ones related to the use of force and dishonesty because he was "not entirely honest and forthcoming" about the shooting. cleveland19.com



Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Bakersfield, CA: Man sentenced to 3 years in prison for forcing girls into restroom while posing as Loss Prevention officer
A man who posed as a loss prevention officer when he forced two girls into a restroom at a retail store was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison. Steven Waldo, 66, was found guilty last year of kidnapping and false imprisonment with violence in connection with the September 2019 incident at a Target store. Prosecutors said Waldo accused a 14-year-old girl and her sister of stealing merchandise then ordered them into a restroom to pat them down. kget.com

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, CN: Clothing store using t-shirt sales to buy additional Security Cameras
Men's clothing store H.R. Lash has hatched a unique fundraiser to bring attention to the ongoing property crime in Sault Ste. Marie. It's selling t-shirts bearing the name of the business, along with a catchphrase: 'F@#k around and find out!' The shirts are a nod to the business' own surveillance video footage showing two generations of the Lash family confronting and physically restraining a shoplifter inside the Steelton-based store back in December. "Theft under $5,000 takes you to the police car, and then they let you walk home afterwards," said owner Herb J. Lash, who helped his father restrain the shoplifter until police officers arrived on scene. "There's a lot of frustration with criminals and thefts, just being able to get away with what they're doing." "Not that this is going to make a big difference, but it's to bring awareness, or at least, a little bit of a voice to everyone getting frustrated with the way that the Sault's been turning with crime." A portion of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will go toward the purchase of a security camera system for another local business. sootoday.com

Derby, KS: Police launch Shoplifting Reduction Team to combat uptick in theft
The Derby Police Department is doubling down on thieves after seeing an increase in thefts last year. They reported more than 400 cases just last year alone. From major box stores to local shops, anyone can be a target for theft. ksn.com

Chicago, IL: $22,000 Flute Returned to owner by Pawn Shop
A silver and gold flute worth $22,000 has been found! The owner had left it on a train in Chicago last week and when he realized it was gone, he hopped back on and rode around for a few more hours but was unable to locate it so he reported it missing . It turns out a homeless man found it and used it at a pawn shop as collateral for a $550 loan. They gave it back to the owner. wfxb.com

Somerset County, MD: Man sentenced to 35 years in Armed Robbery of Dollar General; prior conviction for C-Store Robbery

Bensenville, IL: Man charged with robbing 3 convenience stores in Dec/ Jan, threatening to kill clerk

DuPage County, IL: Bond denied for man charged in three 7-Eleven Armed Robberies at DuPage County; out on parole for prior C-Store robbery

Houston, TX: Man Followed Home From Jewelry Store, Robbery in Garage with Gun

Fairfield, CT: Fleeing Home Depot Repeat Shoplifter hits 4 Cars including Police vehicle

Conway, NH : Man with several priors busted at Walmart for shoplifting, arrived in stolen truck

Fishkill, NY: $200 Shoplifting turns into a Felony, police discovered Cocaine, Marijuana and unprescribed Xanax

Goshen, CT: CT State Police Seeking Alleged Compound Bow Shoplifter



Tampa, FL: Investigators seize thousands of counterfeit items, including Trophies after Super Bowl LV
The Super Bowl may be over, but the work to tally up counterfeit merchandise continues this week. Homeland Security Investigations said they seized nearly 22,000 counterfeit items from dozens of locations. There was about $70 million worth of it seized in the Tampa Bay area since Oct. 1st, with about $60 million of it over the last two weeks. There was about $40 million worth of merchandise seized at ports of entry across the country. While they found items they would normally expect, like jerseys, hats and T-shirts, Sibley said they also found face masks with unauthorized NFL logos, high end jewelry and even a couple of counterfeit Lombardi trophies. "It's not quite as large as the original. We were fortunate to actually be able to compare it to the actual Lombardi trophy it's not quite as nice as the Tiffany made version," Kevin Sibley, the acting special agent in charge for HSI Tampa Sibley said. abcactionnews.com

Riverside County, CA: Police search stolen U-Haul to find several thousands of dollars of counterfeit $100 bills

Wyandotte County, KS: Business to pay $30,000 fine for selling counterfeit vaping products




Auto - Pasco, WA - Burglary
C-Store - Johnson City, TN - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Morgantown, KY - Armed Robbery
C-Store - Akron, OH - Burglary
Dollar General - Longwood, NC - Armed Robbery
Gas Station - Hopkinsville, KY - Armed Robbery
Hardware - Homer, AK - Burglary
Home Depot - Roseville, MI - Robbery
Jewelry - Southlake, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Richmond, VA - Robbery
Jewelry - Las Cruces, NM - Burglary
Jewelry - Pleasanton, CA - Robbery
Jewelry - Blaine, MN - Robbery
Jewelry - Vancouver, WA - Robbery
Liquor - Denver, CO - Robbery
Motorcycles - Rocky Mount, NC - Burglary
Restaurant - Austin, TX - Armed Robbery (Subway)
Restaurant - San Antonio, TX - Armed Robbery (Little Caesars)
Saks Off Fifth - Dallas, TX - Armed Robbery
Walmart - Hesperia, CA - Robbery / Assault on Assoc
7-Eleven - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery
7-Eleven - Tampa, FL - Armed Robbery


Daily Totals:
• 17 robberies
• 5 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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Jessika Gordon Fields, LPC named District Asset Protection Manager for Lowe's Companies

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evin Watson promoted to Principal-Market Leader, Asset Protection
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