Brothers accused of dumping woman’s body after rough sex

Brothers accused of dumping woman’s body after rough sex

KPHO 5 News
By Chris Oberholtz, Multimedia Producer
By Dave Jordan, News Reporter
By DeAnn Smith, Digital Content Manager
 Jan 31, 2012


Lance Gross, 52, (left) and his brother, Marlin Gross, 49, are charged with abandonment of a corpse.
Police have identified the woman, as 48-year-old Peggy Perez of Blue Springs.




A Blue Springs man told police that he and his brother dumped a woman’s body in a creek after she died during rough sex, according to court documents.

Both men were charged with abandonment of a corpse, a felony. Police have identified the woman as 48-year-old Peggy Perez of Blue Springs.

Lance Gross, 52, faced a judge Monday on a charge of abandoning a corpse. This comes just one day after the woman’s body was found off Highway T in Cass County. Lance Gross’s brother, 49-year-old Marlin Gross, is also charged with abandonment of a corpse.

There is an active warrant out for Marlin Gross’ arrest.

“We have been working this case nonstop since Saturday, and we are unable to locate him,” Blue Springs Detective Jeremy Dickstein said.

Lance Gross told detectives that the woman was intoxicated but wanted rough sex on the night of Jan. 20. He said the woman “enjoyed rough sex,” according to court documents. He said he injected the woman anally with liquid Valium and choked her with a dog collar around her neck, according to court documents.

Lance Gross said he had been drinking too and passed out, according to court documents. He said when he woke up that the woman was dead and he could not revive her.

The woman’s body lay for three days in Lance Gross’ bedroom before he worked up a plan to dump the body, according to court documents. This included going to a hardware store to purchase items.

Officers say Lance Gross and his brother dumped the body in the 31000 block of Highway T, about two miles west of Garden City, MO, in rural Cass County. The woman’s body was tossed off a bridge, according to court documents.

According to a probable cause statement, a witness advised detectives that she had information on a dead body. She told detectives that a friend of hers admitted to assisting in dumping a body in a pond with his brother, Lance Gross.

The witness told detectives that Lance Gross called his brother three days later to come over to his house in Blue Springs, telling him that the woman’s body was on a bed in the bedroom.

The two brothers then wrapped the woman’s body in a plastic bag or wrap with approximately 300 pounds in weights, placed it in the trunk of a car and drove 150 miles to dispose of the body in a pond near a wooded field, according to a probable cause statement.

The woman’s body was actually found in a creek, according to detectives.

It is not clear from the probable cause statement what path they took to dispose of the body.

Cadaver dogs hit on Lance Gross’ bed, bedroom and garage, according to court documents. Once the body was found, Blue Springs detectives who had taken Lance Gross to look for it notified the Cass County Sheriff’s Office. This occurred about 11 a.m. Sunday.

According to authorities, the discovery was part of an ongoing investigation by police in Blue Springs. She was the subject of a missing person case.

But even though a suspect is in custody, Jeremy McCoy is still pretty shaken up about the grim discovery found on his property.

“Just freaked out not knowing how long the body had been here. Just knowing it was down here on my property, and I was sleeping here last night. It is kind of an eerie feeling,” McCoy said.

The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office says autopsy results are still pending. The charges could be upgraded once those results become available to prosecutors.


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Credit Card Conman Forced Gang Members to Have Sex to Weed Out Undercover Feds

Credit Card Conman Forced Gang Members to Have Sex to Weed Out Undercover Feds
By Kim Zetter –
 Jan 31, 2012
Credit Card Conman Forced Gang Members to Have Sex to Weed Out Undercover Feds
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The mastermind of a carding gang in Georgia devised a novel way for weeding out undercover Feds from his operation – he forced members to have group sex, according to a local police detective who helped bust the ring.

Vikas Yadav, an Indian national who was deported in 2010, recruited other carders and mules through sado-masochism web sites, forcing would-be accomplices to have group sex with other men and women while Yadav videotaped them, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

“Anyone who wanted in with [Yadav] would have to have three-way sex, either with other men or women, but Vikas had to be involved and he would record it all and save the recordings so he could watch it on his big flatscreen TV,” Athens-Clarke police Detective Beverly Russell recently revealed to the paper.

Authorities say a TV in his upscale Athens, Georgia, bedroom was rigged to a pair of hard drives capable of holding 12 trillion bytes of memory.

Three of his main conspirators – Dashun McQuiller, Shaun Grittner, and Dwight Riddick, a former New York City police officer – were sentenced in federal court this month.

Yadav’s descent into crime had a steep fall. He initially came to the U.S. to earn a master’s degree at the University of Georgia’s College of Pharmacy, which he did in 2004, but he was expelled from a doctoral program in 2005 after he was caught plagiarizing.

He subsequently went to work at a liquor store, where his crime spree began. Authorities say he installed a recording device on the store’s card reader to capture account numbers and PINs and would then encode the information onto blank cards to withdraw cash from accounts or purchase flat-screen TVs and other big ticket items that were then re-sold for cash.

“He had dealers lined up who placed orders for specific items, like 50 to 60 flatscreen TVs of a certain size and brand,” Russell told the paper. “It’s not like he sent people randomly to go to the store. He had shopping lists with items already lined up to buy.”

Yadav was arrested in August 2008 outside a WalMart in Mississippi, according to a court document, after the store manager called police about a suspicious transaction and provided the license number of an Enterprise rental van. When police pulled the van over, they found a stack of credit and gift cards on the car’s dashboard with Vadak’s name on them and a duffel bag containing a laptop and accessories for encoding data onto blank cards. The van was filled with multiple televisions, Wii game consoles and other electronics.

Back in Georgia, authorities were aided in their investigation when a rental truck arrived at Yadav’s home at the same time police were searching for the his address. The truck, driven by accomplice Riddick, was crammed with newly purchased TVs.

The Athens paper describes Yadav’s crime ring as a multi-million-dollar operation, but it appears he was never charged with most of his crimes. Court records show proceedings for him only on a limited number of charges in Mississippi, with losses amounting to only about $30,000. The documents don’t mention Yadav’s bizarre work requirement for accomplices, but according to the Athens paper, Detective Russell learned about it from Yadav’s accomplices.

Threat Level could not reach Detective Russell for comment.

Riddick pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of stolen property and was sentenced two years of probation. McQuiller and Grittner pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud, and were sentenced to 30 months and 10 months in prison, respectively.

Yadav pleaded guilty in Mississippi to access device fraud and was sentenced to one year in prison. According to the Athens paper, he was deported.


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Futuristic Navy railgun with 220-mile range closer to reality


Futuristic Navy railgun with 220-mile range closer to reality

by Daniel Terdiman



This is what was then a record-breaking test of the Navy railgun project. In this 2008 demonstration, the Office of Naval Research reached muzzle energy of more than 10 megajoules. In 2010, another record-breaking test reached 33 megajoules. (Credit: Office of Naval Research)

Imagine a Naval gun so powerful it can shoot a 5-inch projectile up to 220 miles, yet requires no explosives to fire.

That’s the Navy’s futuristic electromagnetic railgun, a project that could be deployed on the service’s ships by 2025, and which is now a little bit closer to reality with the signing of a deal with Raytheon for the development of what’s known as the pulse-forming network.

Rather than using explosives to fire projectiles as do conventional naval weapons, the railgun depends on an electromagnetic system that uses the ship’s onboard electrical power grid to fire the gun. The pulse-forming network is a system that stores up electrical power and then converts it to a pulse that is directed into the gun’s barrel, explained John Cochran, the railgun program manager in Raytheon’s Advanced Technology Group.

Essentially, Cochran continued, the process is akin to that of a car‘s starter, and how turning the ignition sends a jolt of electricity into the solonoid, which then creates a magnetic field in the solonoid/starter system. With the railgun, he said, current is sent into the barrel, forming a magnetic field, and that, in combination with the current, exerts force on a projectile, firing it out of the barrel. At Mach 0.75.

While Raytheon has scored the $10 million project to develop the pulse-forming network, it isn’t the only contractor working on such a system. According to Roger Ellis, the program manager for the Railgun program at the Office of Naval Research, the Navy has awarded similar contracts to BAE Systems and General Atomics in a risk-reduction strategy that counts on having multiple contractors attacking a problem in order to arrive at the best possible technology.



One of the main reasons behind the Navy’s railgun program is that being able to power the gun electromagnetically is seen as much safer than having to use conventional explosives.



This is an image of the record-breaking 33 megajoule test of the railgun by the U.S. Navy. (Credit: Office of Naval Research)


At the same time, because the power for the railgun will come from ships’ standard battery banks, the Navy shouldn’t have to maintain large amounts of space on board for storage of the explosives traditionally used to fire big guns. Still, that’s an issue that hasn’t entirely been solved yet, Cochran said. “The main challenge is to get large amounts of energy being stored into smaller and smaller packages,” Cochran said, “such that they can be used in a modular and versatile way for multiple platforms.”

At the same time, Raytheon and its competitors have to convince the Navy that they’ve solved all the potential safety problems that can come from having high voltage and high current in close proximity.


Multimission capability

The Navy began pursuing the railgun in 2005, and for now, there are only lab prototypes of the weapon. But already the Navy has set a world record (see video below) for muzzle energy used in a weapon–33 megajoules. According to Defense Market, a shot of that magnitude could potentially reach “extended ranges with Mach 5 velocity.”

However, Ellis said, the Navy has awarded contracts to BAE and General Atomics to build prototypes that “are more tactical in nature.”

And when the railgun is finally deployed, it is likely to be used–or at least be ready for action–in several different kinds of missions. First, Ellis explained, it could be used from a ship to fire inland in support of marines as they come ashore.

At the same time, because the weapon’s range is so long, it could allow a Naval ship that features the railgun to defend itself from sea-borne threats long before it can itself be attacked, or from missiles fired from land or sea.

Now it’s on to the next phase of the project. According to Ellis, that phase includes demonstrating that it’s possible to fire a railgun at a rate of 10 rounds per minute, as well as doing new kinds of thermal and cooling tests. Ellis also said that while the Office of Naval Research has said that the railgun could be ready by 2025, that timing is when the work on the science and technology side of things could be done. Actual deployment could take longer owing to financial and political considerations.


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Convicted Felon, P.I. & Wesley Hills N.Y. ‘bounty hunter’ accused of menacing people with unlicensed gun!

Wesley Hills ‘bounty hunter’ accused of menacing people with unlicensed gun

by Steve Lieberman

Original: Jan. 30, 2012

Updated:  May 21, 2012




A self-proclaimed bounty hunter with a history of arrests has been charged with possessing an unlicensed gun and menacing people he was supposedly interviewing as potential interns at his Wesley Hills office, police said Monday.

Scott Bernstein, 53, a private investigator who posed as a cop in the Laci Peterson murder case in California and was featured on CBS’ “60 Minutes” report on bounty hunters, was accused of brandishing a pistol in a menacing manner at two people at his office on Jan. 5, police said.

The two people became scared by his actions and reported the incident to the police, Ramapo Detective Sgt. John Lynch said today. Bernstein was interviewing people at his home-office at 87 Spook Rock Road , Lynch said.



Based on his felony conviction in California and misdemeanor convictions in New York, Bernstein doesn’t have a permit to possess firearms, Lynch said.

“There’s no record of him having a pistol permit,” Lynch said. “We went and obtained an arrest warrant for him and search warrant for his home-office.”

Police charged Bernstein with one count of third-degree criminal possession of a a weapon and two counts of second-degree menacing.

Bernstein’s lawyer, William Reddy, said the charges would be challenged in court. Reddy said the complaintants were slow to call the police and the charges fabricated, which would mean the warrants were obtained without legal cause.

“As per documents drafted by the police, it appears that the persons who accused him of menacing waited more than a week before reporting it to the police,” Reddy said. “If they really were threatened with a weapon, they would have reported it immediately. This matter will be defended in court, and the truth will prevail.”

Ramapo officers arrested Bernstein with the assistance of the Rockland Rescue Entry and Counter Terrorism team, the county’s SWAT team.

Lynch said the officers found two semiautomatic pistols and Chuka sticks, a martial arts weapon, during the search.

Bernstein has been arrested before in Ramapo and served community service for pulling over a driver and causing $936 worth of damage to her car in 2005.

In 2005, Bernstein, in a plea agreement with prosecutors, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and two counts of second-degree criminal impersonation, misdemeanors.

Bernstein admitted to pulling over cars – including an off-duty South Nyack-Grand View police officer – while using his black Dodge Intrepid, which was equipped with emergency lights and sirens. The incidents occurred in January and February.

In California, Bernstein had been convicted of posing as a police officer and flashing a badge to get information related to the disappearance of Laci Peterson, whose husband, Scott, was eventually convicted of murder.


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Russian Liberals Growing Uneasy With Alliances

Russian Liberals Growing Uneasy With Alliances

The New York Times
January 28, 2012



About two and a half hours into a recent strategy session of Russia’s new protest movement, someone raised the question that could tear apart the crazy-quilt alliance opposing Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin’s power.

“I’d like to ask on what basis extreme nationalists and ultra-right-wing groups are allowed to participate in this civic movement,” said Aleksandr Bikbov, a mop-haired and bespectacled sociologist. “Especially,” he added, “if they shout antidemocratic slogans like ‘Russia for ethnic Russians’ from the stage.”

Before he could make his case, Mr. Bikbov was drowned out by a mixture of applause and boos, prompting the moderator to remove his question from the discussion. One audience member called him a “liberal fascist.”

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