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Indiana man posed as US marshal to con thousands from Tennessee hotel

Sometimes getting a quick deal can be costly in the long run.

An Indiana man pleaded guilty to impersonating a law enforcement officer after prosecutors said he had repeatedly claimed to be a U.S. Marshal in order to get a hotel discount, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.

Anthony Taylor tricked a Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, hotel into giving him discounts totaling thousands of dollars during at least 10 trips over five years, according to the report, which cited court records.

An Indiana man pleaded guilty to impersonating a law enforcement officer after prosecutors said he had repeatedly claimed to be a U.S. Marshal in order to get a hotel discount. (Google Maps)

An Indiana man pleaded guilty to impersonating a law enforcement officer after prosecutors said he had repeatedly claimed to be a U.S. Marshal in order to get a hotel discount. (Google Maps)

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Taylor would pay the hotel in cash and flash a badge to get a discount. On more than one occasion he even told the clerk “to wash her hands after handling the money as it was confiscated drug money he had received as bonuses for ‘busts,’” prosecutors wrote in court records, per the News Sentinel.

However, staff at the hotel eventually got suspicious. When Taylor made a reservation to stay at the hotel again in April of 2019, a manager checked with the U.S. Marshals Service to verify Taylor’s employment, according to the report.

The man tricked a hotel into giving him discounts totaling thousands of dollars during at least 10 trips over five years. (SpringHill Suites)

The man tricked a hotel into giving him discounts totaling thousands of dollars during at least 10 trips over five years. (SpringHill Suites)

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When Taylor and his wife arrived for their visit, two Marshals in plainclothes were waiting for him in the lobby and pulled him aside, according to the report. They asked Taylor if he’d been telling hotel workers that he was a deputy U.S. Marshal, and he admitted he “was doing it to get the government discount.”

Taylor agreed to a plea deal in September, according to the report. Sentencing hasn’t been scheduled yet.

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He’s not the only one to get in trouble lately for allegedly impersonating a federal law enforcement officer.

Police in Dallas, Georgia, arrested a woman earlier this month after she claimed to be an FBI agent in an attempt to get free food from a Chick-fil-A, The Polk County Standard Journal reported.

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Felon charged in shooting death of man outside Eagan hotel

A felon with a violent history was charged Thursday with fatally shooting a man outside an Eagan hotel this week.

Robert L. Baker III, 29, of St. Paul, was charged in Dakota County District court with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the killing Monday night outside the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E.

Baker appeared in court Thursday and remains in custody. Court records do not list an attorney for him.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel with several gunshot wounds, according to police and emergency dispatch audio. His identity has yet to be released.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took Baker and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The woman was later released.

Authorities have yet to say whether the victim and Baker were acquainted before the shooting. They also have yet to disclose a motive for the killing.

Baker was charged Thursday as well with being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was released from prison in May after being sentenced in 2016 for illegal weapons possession.

 

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A vacation to Lake Chelan made him a fan. Now Olympia big man Grant will sign with UW Huskies

When Jackson Grant was on vacation with his family in Lake Chelan, around 10 years old at the time, he saw a teenager shooting hoops on a basketball court near the family’s timeshare. Grant, being plenty social even as a younger kid, went over to join him, taking turns taking shots.

That teenager was Matisse Thybulle, who went on to a stellar career at the University of Washington, capped in his senior year, in which he was recognized as the top defender in the nation with the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year and the Lefty Driesell awards in 2019. Thybulle went on to be selected with the No. 20 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft and currently plays for the Philadelphia 76ers.

That week in Chelan was more or less when Grant started following Husky basketball, just before Thybulle committed to UW.

“My grandma started taking us to games up there to watch him play after that,” Grant said.

Now, it’s Grant’s turn to suit up for the purple and gold. The Olympia High School center will be signing his National Letter of Intent with Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 11, the first day of the early signing period allowed by the NCAA for sports other than football.

The 6-foot-10 senior big man was The News Tribune and The Olympian’s 2020 All-Area player of the year in his junior season, leading the Bears to a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament, its best finish since 2011. He averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds for Olympia last season.

Following Thybulle’s career helped turn Grant into a Husky fan over the years. He’d attend games and take pictures with Thybulle after the games.

“I’ve looked up to him a lot,” Grant said. “Just his work ethic through the years. I didn’t realize how good he could be. I realize how hard that level that he’s working at is and I really respect that.”

Grant said he hopes to follow a similar trajectory over the course of his Husky career, developing as a player over four years and hopefully turning pro one day.

“I don’t see myself as being a one-and-done player,” Grant said. “I see myself really improving. (Thybulle) really laid out a groundwork to be able to follow at UW.”

Grant was fortunate enough to lock down his commitment and go through the recruitment process before the coronavirus pandemic took hold and shut everything down. He committed to Washington last November.

“I feel super fortunate about that,” he said. “Some of the guys on my (AAU) team, they’re trying to figure out where they’re going to go. It’s been hard, you can’t do any in-person visits now. Those official visits helped me more than anything else. I’m so happy I got that out of the way before everything covid hit.”

Grant took his visit to UW last September, when he took in a Husky football game, naturally, but more important, spent time around the

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Man fatally shot outside Eagan hotel; suspect released from prison in May is arrested

A violent felon was jailed Tuesday on suspicion of fatally shooting a man outside an Eagan hotel.

The gunfire occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel with several gunshot wounds, according to police and emergency dispatch audio. His identity has yet to be released.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The woman was later released.

The male suspect, who is from St. Paul, was released from prison in May after being sentenced in 2016 for illegal weapons possession. He has yet to be charged in Monday’s shooting. The Star Tribune generally does not identify suspects before they are charged.

Authorities have yet to say whether the victim and the gunman were acquainted before the shooting. Police also have yet to address a motive for the killing.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call police at 651-675-5799.

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Man fatally shot outside Eagan hotel; 2 in car with out of state plates are arrested

A man was fatally shot outside a hotel in Eagan, and two people who drove from the scene were quickly taken into custody, authorities said Tuesday.

The gunfire occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the gunshot victim on the grass on the south side of the hotel, according to police and emergency dispatch audio.

Police soon stopped a car leaving the area and took a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman into custody. The car had Kentucky license plates, the dispatch audio disclosed.

The man was shot several times, the audio revealed.

Authorities haven’t identified the homicide victim or the suspects, and “whether they knew each other is still under investigation,” said police officer Aaron Machtemes.

Police also have yet to address a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call police at 651-675-5799.

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Man charged in hotel overdose deaths of Michigan girl, 2 brothers

AUBURN HILLS, MI – A 20-year-old man is charged in the drug overdose deaths of a teen girl and two brothers at a Southeast Michigan hotel over the summer, the Oakland Press reports.

Lorenzo Brabo, of Lake Orion, is charged with three counts of delivery of a controlled substance causing death, according to Oakland County Jail records. If found guilty, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

The victims were brothers 20-year-old Caleb Kiessling and 18-year-old Kyler Kiessling, both of Rochester Hills, and a 17-year-old girl whose name hasn’t been released, the newspaper reports. They died of fentanyl overdoses on July 28 at the Baymont Inn and Suites in Auburn Hills.

Brabo was with those who died; he also overdosed that night. Police revived him with Narcan, and he was transported to a hospital, the report said.

The Kiesslings’ mother told the Oakland Press that the deadly fentanyl was disguised as Percocet.

Local teens told police Brabo was the supplier, the report said. After an investigation, Brabo was booked on Nov. 6. He was given a $1.5M cash bond and is lodged at Oakland County Jail. A probable cause conference is set for Nov. 16.

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Man fatally shot at Eagan hotel; 2 arrested

A man was fatally shot at a hotel in Eagan, and two people are in custody, authorities said Tuesday.

The gunfire occurred shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at the Sonesta Suites, just off the Lone Oak Road exit of Interstate 35E, police said.

Officers arrived at the scene and found the gunshot victim on the south side of the hotel, according to police.

Police soon stopped a vehicle leaving the area and took a 29-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman into custody.

Authorities haven’t identified the homicide victim or the suspects, and “whether they knew each other is still under investigation,” said police officer Aaron Machtemes.

Police also have yet to address a motive for the shooting.

Anyone with information about this case is urged to call police at 651-675-5799.

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N.J. man, 26, found shot to death in hotel parking lot near Newark Airport

A 26-year-old Union County man was found shot to death Friday night in the parking lot of a hotel near Newark Airport, authorities said.

Patrick Shukla, of Elizabeth, was found by police in the lot of Country Inn & Suites by Radisson on International Boulevard, according to Acting Union County Prosecutor Lyndsay V. Ruotolo and the Elizabeth Police Department.

Police were called to the area shortly before midnight and found Shukla seriously wounded. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Ruotolo said.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call Elizabeth Police Detective Carrie Scharpnick at 908-558-2069 or Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Sean Holcomb at 908-358-8377.

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DC man shot dead near Northeast recreation center

Demetrius Jones, 41, of D.C., is dead after being shot multiple times in Northeast on Friday morning, according to D.C. police.

A District man is dead after being shot multiple times in Northeast on Friday morning, according to D.C. police.

Demetrius Jones, 41, of Northeast, was found at approximately 10:44 a.m. in the in the 1700 block of Gales Street by officers, police said.

Jones was transported by D.C. Fire and EMS to a hospital where he died after “all life-saving efforts failed,” according to police.

Homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, which happened near the Rosedale Recreation Center.

D.C. police said it is offering a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the city.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099 or they may choose to submit anonymous information to the D.C. police text tip line by sending a text message to 50411.

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