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Today is Fight Retail Crime Day

Take Action Now to Help Fight Retail Crime

The retail industry is coming together today for Fight Retail Crime Day, an annual event to advocate for effective solutions to combat organized retail crime (ORC).

The surge of theft and violence associated with ORC has racked up over $112 billion in losses for retailers and has a broader impact on the safety of store employees and customers.

The goal of Fight Retail Crime Day is to:

• Advocate for policies that promote community safety and address rising retail crime such as the Combating Organized Retail Crime Act (CORCA).

• Connect with leading policymakers to help drive change and call for action.

• Activate the retail community to spread awareness and recognize lawmakers who support retail as Retail Crime Fighters.

Learn more about this important day of action here.

It only takes a couple minutes to Help Fight Retail Crime!

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California Retailers Association Responds to Formation of Select Committee on Retail Theft, Announced on National Fight Retail Crime Day
Today's announcement of a
Select Committee on Retail Theft is an encouraging sign that our state's policymakers are starting to take this growing crisis seriously. The California Retailers Association appreciates Assembly Speaker Robert Rivas' move in this direction and we look forward to working with Committee members, led by Committee Chair Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur, on critical policy discussions that advance solutions that protect our communities from the rampant theft we have seen throughout California.

Cal Retailers will be engaging with the Select Committee through the Californians for Safe Stores and Neighborhoods Coalition, which was formed for business leaders and retailers representing numerous industries across California, to come together to combat Retail Theft. The coalition, recognizing that the safety of employees, customers and neighbors are at stake, will continue to work with state leadership to implement effective strategies to combat retail crime that put businesses, employees and consumers at risk. The coalition's message is simple - focus on a comprehensive solution to protect California's neighborhoods that Cal Retailers call the 4D solution: Dismantle - Disrupt - Deter - Divert

Rampant Retail Theft has forced California's neighborhood stores to reduce hours or even shut down to protect the safety of employees and shoppers. Not only does this impact businesses and local economies, it hurts the residents who depend on the goods and services neighborhood stores provide. The problem of Retail Theft will not be solved overnight, but, working with the State Legislature, Cal Retailers hopes meaningful steps can be taken to address this urgent crisis. Learn more and join the coalition at https://casafeshopping.org/.

The Select Committee on Retail Theft announcement was made on National Fight Retail Crime Day, a day for the retail industry to come together to advocate for effective solutions to combat organized retail crime (ORC). Learn more about this day of action at nrf.com/FightRetailCrimeDay.

The U.S. Crime Surge
The Retail Impact

Maine Mass Shooting Spree Hits Multiple Businesses

Restaurant & Bowling Alley Targeted by Armed Gunman in Deadly Spree
Early reports suggested gunman went to a local Walmart distribution center, but that was later debunked by a spokesman for the retailer

Manhunt Underway in Lewiston & Lisbon as Residents Urged to Shelter in Place
At least 18 dead, 13 injured after Maine gunman sprays 2 businesses with bullets; cops hunting for mentally ill gun expert

Maine Gov. Janet Mills said at a news conference on Thursday morning that at least 18 were killed and 13 were injured in the shooting spree as a manhunt continues.

The police in southern Maine were hunting early Thursday for a man suspected of killing at least 18 people at a crowded bowling alley in Lewiston, then opening fire at a bar a few miles away. Residents of the city and several other nearby towns were told to shelter in place for safety.

The authorities said they were searching for Robert R. Card, 40, of Bowdoin, Maine, who "should be considered armed and dangerous," and posted a photo of a man in a brown hooded sweatshirt carrying a military-style semiautomatic rifle.

The first shooting took place at the Just-In-Time Recreation bowling alley, where seven people were killed. Then at Schemengees Bar & Grille about four miles away, eight more were killed. Three others died at the hospital from injuries sustained during the shootings. Justin Juray, an owner of the bowling alley, described the scene there as "total chaos."

Early police reports suggested that the gunman may have gone to a third location, a local Walmart distribution center, but those reports were later debunked by a spokesperson for the chain who said the center was placed on lockdown as a precaution.

The Androscoggin County Sheriff's Office shared photos of the suspect armed with a rifle on their Facebook page. Card may have been driving a white Subaru Outback, which was later located in Lisbon, about 8 miles away from the shooting sites.

In 2022 Maine recorded 29 murders in total, according to data from the Maine Department of Public Safety.

President Biden called Gov. Janet Mills and members of Congress about the shooting in Lewiston and offered full federal support in the wake of this horrific attack," the official said. news.yahoo.com  nbcnews.com  cnn.com  sunjournal.com  wsj.com  nytimes.com  nypost.com

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The Future of America Sounds the Alarm Over ORC
WSJ 'Future View': The New Rise of Organized Shoplifting

Students discuss retail theft, criminal prosecution and low-trust public spaces.

Editor's note: In this Future View, students discuss retail theft and shoplifting.

Time for a Public Reckoning on Theft

Rampant larceny in America's major cities is a symptom of a political culture that demonizes police officers and turns a blind eye to nonviolent crime. The cities facing the most acute struggles with theft have largely ceased to prosecute misdemeanor crimes in an effort to reduce prison populations and pursue criminal-justice reform. Public prosecutors must consider the consequences of empowering criminals to pursue illegal schemes with impunity. -Matthew Maslenko, University of Oregon, advertising

Have a Little Faith

When prosecutors fail to enforce the law, there is no deterrent to committing crimes. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg didn't even wait for the sun to set on his first day in office before sending a message to criminals, especially shoplifters, that they could get away with their crimes. New York police can still arrest shoplifters, but Mr. Bragg won't prosecute them. Why fill out all the paperwork with an arrest when you know the crime will go uncharged? The problem is found in many Democrat-run cities across the country. -Jack Harkin, University of Notre Dame, law

Consumerism Is the Problem

American shoplifting is nothing new. In our era of consumerism, when increased levels of customer trust yield higher profit margins, America's appetite for spending has resulted in the proliferation of organized shoplifting rings. -Icewarya Loganathan, Baylor University, management

We Need New Leadership

Rebuilding trust in our society happens from the top down. Only a dramatic change in leadership can reunite Americans and get them to once again feel the government has their backs. Then theft can more easily return to lower levels. -Aman Majmudar, University of Chicago, law, letters and society wsj.com

Is ORC Putting the Modern Store Concept Under Threat of Extinction
As retail theft forces shop merchandising back to the 1920s, is the modern store concept under threat?

Retailers need a multifaceted approach to overcome theft and shrinkage and ensure a secure and enjoyable shopping experience for all.

Theft and shrinkage of goods is one of the enduring problems faced by retailers globally. Recent months have seen a spate of news stories about more eye-catching crimes, including daytime flash mob robberies. As a result, retailers are grappling with heightened concerns about how to improve security in and around their stores.

Locking or removing merchandise from the shop floor

One way of doing this is to lock up or remove the merchandise from the shop floor. Walgreens is currently experimenting with new store formats such as its recently opened 'digital-first' experimental store in Chicago, with minimal merchandise in its physical aisles.

Using technology to counter security concerns

Retailers are now increasingly turning towards technology to address some of the security challenges to their assets. Advanced surveillance systems and AI powered analytics are becoming commonplace, such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology used for accurate inventory tracking. Australian supermarket chain Coles is adopting more modern technology solutions to combat store theft, including overhead cameras, trolley locks, smart gates, and fog machines. Tesco is investing heavily in security including bodycams for its workers, after physical assaults on them rose by a third this year. Autonomous robots and drones are now being employed by retailers such as BJ's, Lowe's, and IKEA to monitor everything from tracking inventory, patrolling parking lots, and ensuring the safety of stores, customers and employees.

The downside impact on customer service and sales

While the countermeasures to theft no doubt help to minimize losses, they can also have a significant impact on customer service and the shopping experience. Heightened security measures can create an atmosphere of distrust, making genuine customers feel scrutinized. globaldata.com

13 California Counties Begin Seeing New ORC Funding
Some Northern California district attorneys receive funding to fight ORC
In a new crackdown on organized retail crime, some Northern California district attorneys are now getting new tools to root out the criminal enterprises. That includes Placer County, where District Attorney Morgan Gire says organized retail crime cases in his office have risen 67 percent in a single year.

"What's changed in the last 10 years is I think the brazenness of it, the determination on the part of the thieves to continue doing it over and over again," Gire said. Now, Gire's office has been awarded $2 million from the state to hire a new prosecutor, investigator and crime analyst all dedicated to organized retail theft.

The state is awarding local district attorneys new funding to fight back. Placer is one of 13 counties to receive the new retail theft money. Other local district attorney offices include Sacramento, Stanislaus and Yolo Counties.

Gus Murphy lives in Placer County and has helped coordinate retail theft abatement meetings after he found retailers felt like giving up on reporting the crimes. "In Placer County, we still prosecute all thieves," Gire said.

These heinous high-profile crimes are now getting a renewed focus from local district attorneys seeking justice and more closed cases. Gire said he plans to fill his new positions immediately. The state funding will last for at least the next four years. cbsnews.com

Memphis: Top Robbery & ORC Hotspot
Crime is up more than 20% from 2022, MPD says
Crimes in Memphis were up 23.8% through the first three quarters of 2023, according to Memphis Police Department data. The seven crimes that make up MPD's "part-one" distinction are aggravated assault, auto theft, burglary, larceny, rape, robbery (including carjacking) and homicide.

Through Sept. 30, auto thefts were up 76% compared to the same point in 2022. This year, there were 12,230 auto thefts, compared to the 6,963 auto thefts at the same point in 2022.

Homicides - which include murders, justifiable homicides and negligent manslaughter - are up 30%, with 266 homicides so far this year compared to 205 in 2022. Murders are up 33%; there have been 241 through Sept. 30 compared to 181 at the same point last year.

Aggravated assaults were up 6% as of Sept. 30, with 5,724 this year compared to 5,398 last year, according to MPD data.

Burglaries also were up through the first three quarters: Business burglaries are up 42.2%, with 1,758; non-residential burglaries are up 34.3%, with 552; and residential burglaries are up 4.1%, with 2,811.

As of Sept. 30, there were 79 interstate shootings, according to MPD data. There were 92 interstate shootings in 2022 and 121 in 2021. dailymemphian.com

Memphis Faces 'Crime Crisis
Like a weed, crime needs to be addressed at the root
Many city residents agree that there is a "crime crisis" in Memphis. But many also believe that the issue of crime can't be tackled without addressing root causes, like poverty, and environmental factors, like blight, that facilitate it.

Data from the Shelby County Crime Commission, a nonprofit focused on crime prevention, shows that the overall crime rate in Shelby County is up 13.8% in 2023 compared to last year. Major violent crime is up 4.9% compared to last year, and major property crime is up 35.1%. Participants from each neighborhood all listed poverty and blight as crime-related issues.  dailymemphian.com

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Podcast: Behind the Shoplifting Panic
Retailers are locking up merchandise and closing stores nationwide, citing an explosion in organized theft. Could their losses be attributable to more than just shoplifting?

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Being Aware of Social Issues That May Impact Stores, Malls & Shopping Centers
Especially those in college areas & towns

As the Conflict Continues How Far do the Protests Go - The Weekend is Here
Israeli military says troops carried out hourslong ground raid into Gaza before an expected wider incursion
RAFAH, Gaza Strip (AP) - Israeli troops and tanks launched an hours long ground raid into northern Gaza overnight into Thursday, the military said, striking several militant targets in order to "prepare the battlefield" before a widely expected ground invasion after more than two weeks of devastating airstrikes. pbs.org

UC Berkeley students walk out of class, call for cease-fire in Gaza
Waving placards and filling the air with cheers, hundreds of students walked out of their classes at UC Berkeley on Wednesday to call for a cease-fire in Gaza and an end to military support for Israel.

The rally was part of a nationwide protest organized for 100 colleges by groups including the Arab Resource and Organizing Center and, locally, campus groups including Bears for Palestine and Law Students for Justice in Palestine. Several faculty members also joined the walkout for the afternoon protest, including Hatem Bazian, an ethnic studies professor who urged the crowd to support an end to Israeli control of Palestine. sfchronicle.com

NYC public school students brandish antisemitic signs, call for Israel to be eradicated
Hundreds of NYU students held their own separate pro-Palestinian rally in the park, which was also part of a nationwide walkout over the war in Israel in the wake of the Hamas terror attack that killed some 1,400.

A group of New York City public school students ditched class with a teacher Wednesday to take part in a pro-Palestinian rally - where the youngsters waved deeply antisemitic signs suggesting the world needs to be "clean" of Jews. nypost.com

College groups across U.S. stage 'walkout' protesting U.S. military funding to Israel

Here's Another Reason to Be Aware & Audit What You Don't See

"Weak Corporate Governance" Leads to Reputation Impact in $$ $1.3B to be precise
UK Retailer & Fashion Brands - Boohoo Faces £100m ($120m) lawsuit over modern slavery breaches
Boohoo is facing a £100m lawsuit from some of its investors after allegations of modern slavery wiped over £1bn from the business' value.

The fashion retailer is being targeted by City lawyers looking for compensation for the group's shareholders who suffered steep losses following claims of forced labour in Boohoo's UK factories

The allegations were first reported by The Sunday Times in 2020 before verified in an independent review by barrister Alison Levitt KC.

Levitt found that "allegations about poor working conditions and low rates of pay in many Leicester factories are not merely well-founded but substantially true".

She added: "Boohoo's monitoring of its Leicester supply chain was inadequate and this was attributable to weak corporate governance."

The fashion retailer is understood to have instructed lawyers at Herbert Smith Freehills to ward off any potential litigation, which could involve some 100 institutional investors.

The modern slavery revelations saw Boohoo dropped from several retailers' websites and wiped around $1.3B U.S. off its market value.

The boohoo group is a stellar portfolio of 13 leading British fashion brands

USPS significantly ramps up payouts for those who help convict mail thieves
The U.S. Postal Service will offer up to $250,000 to individuals who provide information that leads to an arrest and conviction of those who assault USPS employees as the agency looks to ramp up its efforts to combat rising mail-related crime. The rewards offered for six separate crime categories will increase between two and 10 times existing payouts, USPS officials announced on Wednesday, calling the boosts necessary to combat the increased rates of robberies and assaults of postal employees and property. The officials touted preliminary results from the efforts USPS began implementing earlier this year to make the mail and letter carriers less vulnerable to crime, though those programs are still in their early phases. From May to September, the inspection service launched a targeted campaign using a "strategic hyperlocal approach" that focused on mail crime in San Francisco, Chicago and three cities in Ohio. The areas were selected due to the "significant threats from organized postal crime" each faced, according to Brendan Donahue, the USPIS assistant postal inspector in charge, and the campaigns involved several different agencies. That led to 700 investigative actions and 600 arrests, including 109 for robbery and 530 for mail theft govexec.com

For the Flyers - We couldn't resist: Gives 'Flying Out West' a whole new meaning

Psychedelic Legalization & Decriminalization Tracker
Oregon & Colorado Trying to Legalize & Oakland & Washington Reducing Illegality

Off-duty Bay Area Pilot Joseph Emerson took psychedelic mushrooms before trying to crash flight, court doc says
Emerson, 44, was being held Monday on 83 counts each of attempted murder and reckless endangerment and one count of endangering an aircraft, according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Oregon, where the plane landed safely after Emerson was removed from the cockpit. He was off-duty on Sunday and riding in an extra "jump seat" in the cockpit of Horizon Air flight 2059, an Embraer 175 that left Everett, Washington, at 5:23 p.m. headed for San Francisco.  msn.com

Editor's Note: Those regional flights can be more challenging.  

Another Dollar General Settlement
Dollar General must pay $1 million after charging customers too much at checkout

Dollar General is paying $1 million in a settlement with the state of Ohio.

Dollar General has reached a $1 million settlement with the state of Ohio after an investigation suggested that the chain had charged customers more for some items at checkout than on-the-shelf prices. businessinsider.com

BuyBuy Baby plots brick-and-mortar return; opening 11 stores

Why holiday spending is going to the dogs

U.S. economy glows red hot with a 4.9% GDP reading for the third quarter

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Director of Safety & Security job posted for Natural Grocers in Lakewood, CO
The Director of Safety and Security is responsible for protecting the assets of the stores and the company through the Corporate Safety and Loss Prevention Programs including design and implementation of safety, inventory, and asset recovery programs including internal and external theft reduction programs, safe store and SSC practices, and analysis of opportunities in Natural Grocers regarding risk management and asset loss. indeed.com


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CISOs Becoming the Unsung Heroes of Modern Organizations
The critical need for independent CISOs in modern organizations

An effective CISO must be independent of the CIO and have their own seat at the decision-making table

Every day your company avoids a data breach or ransomware attack, remember to thank your Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). CISOs are often unsung heroes because, if they do their job right, nothing happens. Your company stays secure, and they stay out of the spotlight.

However, when something does go wrong, the CISO is the person called before the board and the one who's accountable.

There will always be vulnerabilities, and as technology evolves, new gaps or opportunities for bad actors pop up every day.
It's impossible for a CISO to know what new technology will emerge next that allows bad actors to infiltrate their systems, but they can ensure that a company operates in compliance with all the latest policies and standards and that security is a priority, which will prepare an enterprise for an inevitable attack.

But that's only if they're empowered to do their job and do it well. Right now,
many CISOs report to Chief Information Officers (CIOs), creating too much of a barrier for them to be effective. It's imperative that they are separate from the CIO and have their own seat at the table to guide best practices and create a culture that treats cybersecurity as a priority.

Enforcing Customized Security Policies: In creating two distinct roles for a CISO and CIO, customers and partners alike will recognize that security is not just a check-the-box activity for their provider, but a fundamental activity that supports holistic goals and builds trust.

Providing Agency to CISOs: By reporting directly to senior leadership, such as the CEO, CISOs are empowered to better align cybersecurity strategy with the organization's risk appetite, resulting in more effective risk management.

A Security-First Culture: By implementing an independent CISO and reporting structure, they can help break down siloes to foster cross-functional collaboration. This is done by engaging each department to understand their unique needs and concerns, while also conveying the importance of the role that each employee plays in securing the organization. securityinfowatch.com

AI's Threat to Cybersecurity
Cyber-defense systems seek to outduel criminals in AI race

More effort is needed, experts warn, including to safeguard the data and algorithms behind the generative AI models, lest the models themselves fall victim to cyberattacks.

AdvertisementCompanies are embracing cyber-defenses based on generative AI hoping to outpace attackers' use of similar tools. But more effort is needed, experts warn, including to safeguard the data and algorithms behind the generative AI models, lest the models themselves fall victim to cyberattacks.

This month, IBM released survey results of corporate executives, in which 84 percent of respondents said they would "
prioritize generative AI security solutions over conventional ones" for cybersecurity purposes. By 2025, AI-based security spending is expected to be 116 percent greater than in 2021, according to the survey that was based on responses from 200 CEOs, chief security officers and other executives at U.S.-based companies.

Top lawmakers already are concerned about the
dangers that AI can pose to cybersecurity.

Detecting deviations

In addition to detecting anomalies and aiding in investigations of a cyberattack,
AI tools ought to be useful in analyzing malware to determine the origins of attackers, said Jose-Marie Griffiths, president of Dakota State University, who previously served on the congressional National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence.

Reverse engineering a malware to identify who sent it, what was the intent, is one area where we haven't seen a lot" of use of AI tools, "but we could potentially see quite a bit of work, and that's an area we are interested in," Griffiths said, referring to the university's ongoing work. securityinfowatch.com

Burnout is a Major Issue Among Cybersecurity Professionals
The primary pain points for SOC teams
Security professionals want to pursue high-impact work, but they're being
held back by growing workloads, shrinking budgets, and a worsening skills shortage, according to Tines.

Nine out of 10 security teams are automating at least some of their work, and
93% of respondents believe that more automation would improve their work-life balance.

63% of security decision-makers and practitioners surveyed are experiencing burnout amid relentless cyberattacks, internal pressures, and limited resources.

SOC teams love their work

According to the research, overall job satisfaction in the SOC remains high -
security teams love the work they do. However, burnout is an issue.

Respondents continue to feel teams are understaffed and don't have access to tools that could automate the most mundane aspects of their work.
55% of respondents say they're likely to switch jobs in the next year.

"Security practitioners love the work they do, but
burnout is taking a heavy toll," said Eoin Hinchy, CEO of Tines. "The report shows organizations need to move quickly to address the lack of resources in their SOC before their teams find the escape hatch."

In the survey, SOC teams identified three clear challenges they face each day: too much data; too many tedious tasks; and, too many reporting requirements.
These pain points are amplified by a lack of time, budget, tools and people. helpnetsecurity.com

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Keeping Your Cannabis Stores Safe Over the Spooky Holiday
Creating a Halloween Security Plan is Key as Cannabis Sales Increase Over Holiday
Halloween is coming up, and while this holiday isn't weed specific, Halloween conjures up a large increase in cannabis sales across the country.
Halloween now has the third highest cannabis sales of any American holiday. As cannabis legalization continues to spread, cannabis sales and use during Halloween, or "Halloweed," are increasing. In 2016, the state of Washington generated $2.11 million in cannabis sales on Halloween compared to $1.39 million the previous year.

While increases in sales and customers are great for business,
if not managed correctly, they can pose a serious security risk for the business.

Managing an Increase in Sales

Dispensary management should
ensure that the facility is well-staffed to accommodate the increase in sales. More employees and security personnel should be scheduled to conduct sales, assist customers, and enforce occupancy limits. Increasing the number of employees in the store not only produces better customer service, but also improves the dispensary's security. Excellent customer service forces potential criminals to think twice before they decide to commit a crime.

Potential criminals look for opportunities that are fast, easy, and low risk.
Ensuring the business is fully-staffed to prepare for the increase in sales should be an important part of any dispensary's Halloween security plan.

Managing an Increase in Customers

To prevent potential criminals from exploiting the business, dispensary managements should
set occupancy limits for the facility as part of their Halloween security plan. For dispensaries that typically do not impose limits, it is important to prevent the dispensary from becoming more crowded than management can control. When an occupancy limit is in effect, an employee or security guard should be placed at the entrance informing customers of the limit and allowing only the number of customers that can be handled by employees at one time into the dispensary.

Creating a Halloween Security Plan

Dispensary management should
test all security and alarm devices to ensure they are in proper working order. Management should also review the security plan and signs of internal and external theft with employees. Halloween security measures aim to better protect the business and its employees and can be used on other holidays or whenever the dispensary is faced with increases in sales and customers. sapphirerisk.com

Canada Cannabis Shops Fold or Go Bankrupt as Legalization Falls Short
The razzle-dazzle days of Canada's cannabis industry are over as pot industry faces downturn

Thousands of cannabis workers have received pink slips over the past five years

AdvertisementThe signs of that viability are everywhere. Cannabis shops dot some of the most coveted strips in Canadian real estate. Alberta- and Ontario-based giants have expanded their medical pot businesses into Europe. The domestic recreational market is valued in the billions.

Cannabis legalization has had wide-reaching effects and made its use more accessible and acceptable. Yet
the razzle-dazzle days where money was no object and sky-high demand was expected are gone, replaced by a sobering reality: legalization has fallen well short of expectations.

The biggest companies - Canopy Growth Corp., Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Tilray Brands Inc. - have
shrunk their footprints, laid off thousands and grappled with balance sheets that reflect a turbulent market and a longer march to profitability than many once imagined.

Others weren't so lucky. They sold their business at bargain prices to a bigger rival,
folded or declared bankruptcy. cbc.ca

AGA Working Groups Grapple with Cannabis

Cannabis: Designing And Implementing State Programs

The sessions of the third working group dedicated to cannabis kicked off with an update by the legal editor of the Cannabis Law Deskbook, AGA's roadmap for navigating the patchwork of federal, state and local laws governing cannabis and hemp. Panels of experts then discussed
various aspects of the design and implementation of state cannabis programs, including how to combat illicit sales, dealing with unregulated and intoxicating hemp products, and state regulatory and private models for reducing the potential environmental impacts of cannabis production. jdsupra.com

Ohio Ballot Measure To Legalize Pot Won't Automatically Expunge Prior Convictions

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Half of Amazon Warehouse Workers Injured After 3 Years
Amazon injuries more widespread than thought, study says

Half of Amazon's warehouse workers are injured after just 3 years, according to study that revealed far more 'injury and pain' than previously known

More than two-thirds
of Amazon warehouse workers surveyed by researchers reported that they took unpaid time off to recover from pain or exhaustion sustained on the job.

The new national study, published Wednesday by the University of Illinois Chicago's Center for Urban Economic Development, found that 69% of workers surveyed stayed home without pay to recover, including 34% who did so three or more times.

The data suggests "
injury and pain at Amazon are far more widespread" than previously known, said Beth Gutelius, research director at the center and a leading expert on logistics and warehouse work.

The report is based on
a 98-question online survey that gathered responses from 1,484 warehouse workers in 451 facilities across 42 states, the researchers said. It was conducted between April and August and measured the percentage of workers who took time off during the previous month. Amazon employs hundreds of thousands of warehouse workers in the U.S.

Amazon spokesperson Maureen Lynch Vogel said the report was "not a 'study' -
it's a survey done on social media, by groups with an ulterior motive." She recommended that people read the safety data Amazon submits each year to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, "which shows that rates in our buildings have improved significantly, and we're slightly above the average in some areas and slightly below the average in others."

Researchers found their subjects using ads on Meta Platforms apps, targeting people who listed Amazon as their employer or lived in areas where the company operates. The project received funding from the Ford Foundation, Oxfam America and the pro-labor nonprofit National Employment Law Project.

Lynch Vogel acknowledged
there is work to be done but that worker safety is a top priority and that Amazon continues to invest in safety throughout its operations. seattletimes.com  bloomberg.com  fortune.com

AI Risk Management
Amazon's AI-Powered Van Inspections Give It a Powerful New Data Feed

Amazon delivery drivers at hundreds of sites around the world will be asked to drive through camera-studded archways that log every dent, scratch, or damaged tire.

Amazon is splashing out on
new vehicle inspectors to watch for damage or wear to its vast fleet of delivery vans-and they're not human. The retailer is installing camera-studded inspection stations equipped with artificial intelligence-powered technology called AVI, or automated vehicle inspection, at hundreds of its distribution centers worldwide.

When a driver working out of any of the 20 delivery centers currently equipped with the tech returns their vehicle at the end of a shift,
they slowly drive it through a sensor-laden archway made by startup UVeye, which has headquarters in the US and Israel. wired.com

Its drivers are contractors. Will Amazon be held liable for a fatal crash in Tacoma?

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Chicago, IL: Thieves use SUV to smash into high-end sneaker store in $70K theft
Thieves used an SUV as a battering ram to break into a high-end sneaker store overnight in the Tri-Taylor neighborhood. Police said five to six people in an SUV crashed through the front door and security gate of Flee Club near Taylor Street and Oakley Boulevard around 4:30 a.m. The burglars then stole merchandise from inside the store and got into several waiting cars to flee the scene, leaving the SUV behind. Flee Club co-owner Darris Kelly said it's not the first break-in at the store. In April 2022, the owners told CBS 2 News they had been hit by burglars five times in the past two years, including twice in a two-week span. They moved to Tri-Taylor three years ago after multiple robberies at their West Side location. "Just tired of it. I'm just trying to make a living," he said. "I'm really going to have to think if I want to open back up. It's just like, how many times can you get hit?"  cbsnews.com

Spokane, WA: 2 Arrested during Auto Dealership burglary of 8 cars
Spokane Police have arrested two suspects and identified another in connection to the burglary at a car dealership in north Spokane. Police say eight vehicles were stolen from the lot after a thief climbed through the dealership's roof and took multiple sets of keys early Tuesday morning. By the early afternoon, Spokane Police say they had located four of the stolen cars in a north Spokane apartment complex. Police then arrested 19-year-old Fran Anunar, who is charged with eight counts of vehicle theft and one count of commercial burglary. On Wednesday, police arrested 20-year-old Heran Linfield for possession of a stolen vehicle, residential burglary, obstructing a law enforcement officer, and an outstanding warrant for possession of a stolen vehicle. Police have also identified a third suspect in the thefts and requested charges on the woman. SPD has recovered all but one of the stolen vehicles, and the investigation is ongoing. Police added that Anunar is a three-time convicted felon, and Linfield has one prior felony conviction. 

St Louis, MO: Woman allegedly stole $21K from area Target stores
A theft from the Target store in Washington last month was not an isolated incident, but part of an extensive crime spree, according to the Washington Police Department. A woman accused of using sophisticated methods to steal tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise over the course of dozens of incidents at Target locations throughout the St. Louis region is facing a felony charge in Franklin County after allegedly stealing items valued at more than $800 from the Washington store in late September. On Sept. 28, Rachel Marting, of St. Louis, entered the Target store in Washington and then left the store without paying for $865.90 worth of merchandise, including a breast pump, electronics and Legos, at approximately 8:24 p.m., according to a probable cause statement for her arrest. Marting allegedly used a magnetic key to disable the security wrap on some of the items she stole and paid for various food items at the self-checkout despite stealing other items. "She scanned a bar code that was on her hand for an Elvie breast pump accessory instead of the actual breast pump itself," according to the probable cause statement. Target's loss prevention department identified Marting as a suspect in additional thefts after she was apprehended at a different Target location.
Target has identified losses of $21,134.03 over the course of 66 incidents throughout the St. Louis area that the company attributes to Marting, according to the statement. Marting has two prior convictions for stealing or related offenses in St. Charles County, one from last year and one from May of this year. She now faces a felony stealing charge in Franklin County.  emissourian.com

Update: Second of two men convicted in Autozone thefts
The second of two men involved in a scheme to steal and then sell auto parts from Austin's Autozone store has been sentenced. Jeremiah Coal Beaman, 24, was sentenced to two years supervised probation Wednesday in Mower County District Court for felony theft. He was also fined $400. Beaman is the second of two individuals accused in the case. Christopher David Simmons, 41, was sentenced to three years supervised probation in August of this year, also for felony theft. Simmons was also ordered to pay $57,000 in restitution. Both men had a second count of felony theft dismissed. The duo were charged in February of this year and accused of stealing inventory worth $57,326.27 stretching back to November of 2022. Autozone's director of Loss Prevention observed Beaman loading his truck with parts, valued at just under $1,000, on Feb. 8, and after being confronted told the director that he had been recruited by Simmons to take part in the scheme. Beaman also said that Simmons threatened to blame the operation on him if Beaman said anything. A search of Beaman's home turned up items valued at $2,010.77. Later, when Simmons was arrested, he admitted that from February 2022 to October of 2022, they were stealing items and making approximately $100-$200 a week. Then, starting in October, the same operation was increased to $500-$1,000 a week austindailyherald.com

St Louis, MO: Smash-and-grab thief hits 8 south St. Louis businesses
St. Louis Police are investigating several overnight break-ins at businesses in south St. Louis. First Alert 4 has been informed of eight businesses being damaged. The affected businesses have varying degrees of damage to their buildings. The Circle K's front door was rammed and pushed in with broken glass strewn everywhere. At the South Public Supermarket, the front doors were struck and severely damaged but it does not appear the suspects made entry into the business. Police detectives are scouring surveillance camera video to identify the man responsible for a string of smash-and-grab burglaries overnight in south St. Louis.  kmov.com

Solon, OH: Dozens of Halloween costumes stolen from Spirit store
Solon police need your help in identifying at least four women accused of stealing dozens of Halloween costumes from a local store last week. Store surveillance cameras were rolling as the four women entered the Spirit Halloween store in Solon around 4 p.m. Wednesday. Video shows the women walking around and start filling their baskets with items.
Solon Police say the suspects managed to get away with at least 50 costumes. "A lot of people pay their hard earned money to buy costumes and enjoy the holiday," said Lt. William Vajdich with the Solon Police Department. Witnesses outside told police they saw the women driving away in a brown Ford Edge SUV.  fox8.com

Nova Scotia, Canada: Cape Breton Regional Police prevent 12 thefts, recover $2,500 in stolen merchandise
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Shootings & Deaths

Philadelphia, PA: Would-be robber shot, killed inside Philly convenience store 'appears to be self-defense'
Philadelphia police say a store employee fatally shot a man who was robbing the store in Kingsessing Wednesday night. The employee of Happy Day Market on South 58th Street, by Whitby, is in his 20s and is cooperating with police, according to officials. Investigators say the entire incident was also captured on surveillance camera. "Preliminary information- it appears to be self-defense," according to Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. The 911 calls about a robbery started coming in shortly after 10:30 p.m. Police say a 28-year-old man wearing gloves entered the store, his face partially covered with a mask. Police say he had a handgun and pointed it at an employee, then went behind the counter and started taking money from the cash register. 6abc.com

Fort Valley, GA: Police say shooter in C-Store killing was son of one of the victims
A confrontation in a Fort Valley convenience store left two women shot, one of them dead. Now, the Fort Valley Police Department says that the shooter was the son of one of the women. According to police, the woman who survived the shooting was the mother of the alleged shooter. The founder of the store says he is keeping the family of the victim in his thoughts. "We are thinking about both families and we are closed in honor of them," Dave Rowell said. "We want to let those families know we are here for them." Rowell has lived in Fort Valley for over 40 years. He opened R&R Quick Stop in 1980. Since then, the business expanded to multiple locations around Peach County.  13wmaz.com

Greenville, NC: Three charged in Tuesday night murder outside Greenville store
Linda McLawhorn lives right across the street from the Red Oak Plaza parking lot - where police say a deadly shooting happened Tuesday night around 7 p.m. in Greenville. "It sounded like firecrackers. So, my husband said, "Shut the door. I think those are gunshots," said McLawhorn. McLawhorn says that once the gunfire erupted, there was chaos. Police say that two suspects, 25-year-old Trevon Jenkins and 29-year-old Dashaun Payton, both of Greenville, are charged with one count of murder each, and 18-year-old Xysean Mayfield of Chocowinity is charged with felony accessory after the fact. According to police, 19-year-old Saquan Santiago was killed in the shooting and 18-year-old Kemari Ruffin was seriously injured, Ruffin was taken to ECU Health Medical Center. Greenville Fire-Rescue treated a 17-year-old for minor injuries at the scene.  witn.com

Lancaster, PA: Man convicted of murder for c-store shooting over phone bill loan
A Pennsylvania man has been convicted of murder for a fight in a convenience store that turned deadly. Carlos Almanzar-Torres, 22, faces a mandatory life sentence without parole for shooting 19-year-old Damian Santiago to death inside a Sunoco/A-Plus store on March 14, 2022. Surveillance video from inside the store showed the killing. According to the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office, the jury needed less than an hour to decide the defendant intentionally and maliciously killed the victim, which are factors needed for a first-degree murder conviction. His defense lawyer asked the jury to find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter, but Restemayer diagreed. The video showed the two arguing outside, and that continued into the store. Almanzar-Torres had allegedly loaned the victim money for a phone bill, and the victim hadn't repaid it.  cbsaustin.com

DOJ: Former UGA Football Player Convicted on All Counts in RaceTrac Clerk Murder & Robbery
Ahkil Nasir Crumpton aka "Crump," 26, of Philadelphia, and former University of Georgia student and football player, convicted.

Crumpton entered the RaceTrac gas station and convenience store in Watkinsville, Georgia, on March 19, 2021, where Elijah Wood was working as the store clerk. Crumpton's face was covered, and he was wearing dark clothing and football gloves. . Crumpton pointed a Glock 19 pistol with a weapon mounted light at Wood, firing one round at close range towards Wood, striking him in the chest. Crumpton ran out of the store without taking any money or merchandise. Wood died at the scene.

Four months later, on July 17, 2021, Crumpton got into an altercation and pulled a Glock 19 pistol from his waistband and fired 13 gunshots that ultimately struck and killed Jones. The spent 9mm shell casings ejected from Crumpton's handgun were collected by law enforcement. justice.gov

DOJ: Serial Armed Robber Pleads Guilty to Robbery and Firearm Charges
Texas - An Amarillo man who
violently robbed a Family Dollar store pleaded guilty today to robbery and firearm charges.

Shane Ray Bursie, 36, was indicted in March 2023, for a string of armed robberies in the Amarillo area.

Bursie, armed with a revolver, robbed an Amarillo Family Dollar store on Oct. 23, 2022 and shot at a customer running out the front door. Bursie told one of the employees he would be back to shoot them.

Mr. Bursie now faces up to 20 years in federal prison on the robbery count and 10 years to life on the firearm count. His sentencing will be set at a later date. justice.gov

Robberies, Incidents & Thefts

Released Three Months Serial Robber Tries Again
DOJ: Serial Robber Gets 9 Years in Federal Prison for Attempted Robbery of an Indianapolis Business
INDIANAPOLIS- James Bennett, 44, of Indianapolis, Indiana, attempted to rob a PetSmart store but could not open the register. "This defendant assaulted and terrorized an innocent woman (store clerk) just doing her job."

Before attempting to rob the PetSmart, Bennet was convicted of five separate robberies and a burglary, and one prior conviction for sexual intercourse with a minor. He was sentenced to prison in 2007 and released on July 30, 2022, just 3 months before he attempted to rob the PetSmart. justice.gov

Former Employee Robs Stake N Shake & Goes on Shopping Spree
DOJ: St. Louis County Man Gets 10+ Years in Prison for Armed Robbery of Stake N Shake
Jonathan Davis, 24, was found guilty at a June trial of two felonies: robbery and possession and brandishing of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Davis had worked at the restaurant until about two months before the robbery. After the robbery, Davis went on a five-day spending spree, paying his rent, buying an iPhone, buying a diamond ring for his girlfriend, paying her cell phone bill and giving her cash. He also lost $1,000 to a scammer while trying to buy a car online. justice.gov

DOJ: Salt Lake City Man Accused in a String of Convenience Store Robberies
SALT LAKE CITY - A federal grand jury in Salt Lake City returned an indictment today charging a Salt Lake City, Utah man in multiple 7-Eleven robberies that took place in Salt Lake County last month.

Rowe is charged with four counts of interference with commerce by robbery. His initial court appearance on the indictment is scheduled for Oct. 27. justice.gov

Queens, NY: Man busted in string of northeast Queens robberies as cops search for his two accomplices



Auto - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Auto - Spokane, WA - Burglary
C-Store - Chicago, IL - Armed Robbery
C-Store - St Louis, MO - Burglary
C-Store - Brooklyn, NY - Burglary
C-Store - Evesham, NJ - Robbery
C-Store - Queens, NY - Burglary
Clothing - Cleveland, OH - Robbery
Dollar - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Grocery - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Grocery - Joliet, IL - Robbery
Guns - Kansas City, KC - Burglary
Jewelry - Austin, TX - Robbery
Jewelry - Westminster, CA - Robbery
Liquor - St Louis, MO - Burglary
Liquor - Nolensville, TN - Burglary
Pharmacy - Orlando, FL - Armed Robbery
Restaurant - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Shoe - Chicago, IL - Burglary
Walmart - Manitowoc, WI - Robbery                                  


Daily Totals:
• 8 robberies
• 12 burglaries
• 0 shootings
• 0 killed

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