Thursday, December 7, 2017

Media is aiding and abetting in Televangelist Fraud

The media routinely provides disclaimers claiming that they don't necessarily agree with the content of paid programming; however by allowing massive scams where they get a cut of the loot and refusing to sell advertisements that might interfere with profits, this raises major doubts about the legitimacy of this claim!

The commercial media has, for all practical purposes, abandoned any attempt to provide unbiased media coverage long ago and they've consolidated into six oligarchies that don't provide diversity at all; instead they're all for profit businesses who allow financial interests to decide the vast majority of their programming. This was brazenly demonstrated when they refused to sell Adbusters "uncommercials" even when they were willing to pay the going rate as described in the following excerpt:

Mainstream media has been censoring advertisements that interfere with their profit for decades, including refusing to sell Adbusters Un-commercials but it has only been reported in low profile locations!

Several women's groups joined Adbusters in purchasing four spots on the CBC show, Fashion File, and they attempted to buy airspace on CNN's Style with Elsa Klensch. Both networks refused to run the Adbuster's uncommercial. Adbusters also attempted to buy time on ABC, NBC, and CBS for a spot declaring the day after Thanksgiving, "Buy Nothing Day." None of the major networks would run the ad. Richard Gitter, NBC's vice president of advertising standards and program compliance, says that NBC doesn't air controversial ads. Gitter continued with more candor, "this action was taken in self-interest. It was a spot telling people, in effect, to ignore our advertisers" (Oldenburg). Complete article

There efforts to buy advertisements for their uncommercials go back close to twenty years, if not longer; however they have done little in the past ten years to push the issue, at least that I can find. The official version of truth, according to the advertisements, and often the content from the mainstream media, is a commodity, or at the minimum it is heavily influenced by financial interests. This goes beyond advertisements telling people to buy nothing, on Black Friday; they air an enormous volume of advertisements that are blatantly false like Colonial Penn life insurance, which doesn't cost much, but if they spend all that money on ads it's clear that they can't afford to pay out much for claims, and requests for charity, that also spend an undisclosed amount to pay for ads, leaving a fraction of the money for the actual charity, and much more.

Perhaps I'm wrong!

Perhaps you can figure out which ads really are providing accurate information that benefits the consumer. If so fell free to find it and let me know about it so I can correct this, but, if so, there has to be some explanation to how they can get the money for the ads without reducing the deal they give the customer, which is hard to believe in for profit industries, or even charities when they buy a large amount of ads or other products or services from for profit industries.

Can TV stations refuse to carry advertising? Apr 13, 2009

Adbusters suing networks for not airing spots 09/15/2004 updated 03/28/2017

Censorship of Advertisers 09/15/2003 This article claims that advertising has been protected by the first amendment; however it fails to mention the ads the media censors including Adbusters which sued the following year, although they had tried to buy ads prior to this article.

On top of that these six oligarchies that control over ninety percent of the media only cover candidates that don't challenge their control of the media; although they provide an enormous amount of coverage for candidates that do a fair job pretending to represent the public making an enormous amount of promises, and occasionally even speaking out against the media; but when they get in office they routinely show their true colors.

Televangelist fraud is incredibly easy to expose, or at least to those capable of a minimum amount of rational thinking; however it's still an enormous business.


What makes religious people believe this even when many of these lies are so obvious? There's actually an enormous amount of research available on this, although it isn't presented to the vast majority of the public. I explained previously in Dobson’s Indoctrination Machine that a major part of the reason why many children learn to believe irrational claims is that before they develop critical thinking skills religious educators recommend they be taught or disciplined with authoritarian methods often using corporal punishment. This is often accompanied by emotional appeals, and at a very young age, often before they fully learn to speak English or walk, children learn to believe what they're told and to obey orders without question.

As I explained in Philip Zimbardo, Lucifer Effect, Stanford Prison Experiment and Eli Roth Stanley Milgram's Obedience To Authority experiment much more extensive than most people realize the military has been studying how to get obedience for decades, although they have claimed that they were trying to teach people how to avoid replicating the holocaust. The military is simply not in the practice of teaching their recruits to stop and think things through before they blindly accept orders from commanders sending them to war based on lies.

In addition to that, thanks largely due to support for corporal punishment based on their interpretation of the Bible the most religious states often ahve the highest murder rates as well as explained in Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion? And blind faith in leaders, including many that routinely betray their followers has also contributed to the fact that poverty, lack of education and income inequality are worse in the states with the strongest religious faith.

If they spend all this money on Mega-Churches without taking care of basic functions of society, like child care, educating the poor or providing social help for dysfunctional families that are in abusive homes it's not surprising that they have more violent crime in the most religious states, and as I'll elaborate more on below it is worse in most of the areas that have the largest concentration of Mega-Churches, often led by televangelists that are involved in one scam after another. These scams are often reported much better on the alternative media than in the traditional commercial media which is making an enormous amount of money selling these televangelists air time; so they have a financial incentive not to report it.

The most religious people are also more likely to blindly follow their leaders when it comes to politics and support of wars, which have been proven to be based on one lie after another. The largest rate of military recruitment is in the rural North West, where there's very little other work or high population; however the largest volume of recruits come from the Southern Bible Belt states, which also have the highest murder rates. And, as people can see from the current Senate Race in Alabama many of them are very reluctant to admit to themselves that their candidate has been implicated in child abuse.

Even after they admitted that there never were any weapons of mass destruction there was much more support for the war among evangelical leaders and followers according to Most Evangelical Leaders Still Support Iraq War 02/12/2008 And there were reports to indicate that this war, and many others were based on lies from the beginning including Scott Ritter who as this article reminds us, Pro-War Christians Should Come Clean 12/08/2004, disclosed the lies used to justify the Iraq War. Mohamed El Baradei also exposed these lies before the war began but few if any high profile ministers spoke out against it, either before or after the wear. During the Vietnam war there were much more clergymen including Martin Luther King Jr. and the Berrigan Brothers that came out against the war; however now there are almost none, at least that get any media attention speaking against current conflicts, even though it isn't hard to find research that exposes one lie after another that wars are based on.

These Clergymen claim to be "Pro-life!"

Real "Pro-life" people, especially those also concerned with quality of life, believe in protecting the environment, providing health care, education, child care and oppose wars while holding politicians accountable after they break one promise after another!

The same Evangelical preachers or other Clergymen that support one war after another are often also opposed to environmental protection economic policies that cut funds to social programs, educational opportunities for the poor, fair wages for the working class, diverse media and many more issues that benefit the vast majority of the public. On the rare occasions where clergymen do speak out for the poor they often do so in opposition to their own Church leadership especially in the Catholic Church which has a much more powerful hierarchy. Martin Luther King Jr. was of course one of the exceptions, who was much closer to his own community than any leadership he might have been accountable to and when both the Berrigan Brothers and Óscar Romero spoke out against the Vietnam War of oppression in El Salvador they did so without the support of the Vatican.

Many wonder why so many people vote against their own best interests one time after another; it's often because they're taught from birth to trust their leaders, instead of developing critical thinking skills so they can understand the issues, often very simple one!

Amazingly many of the most famous Televangelists, including Joel Osteen don't even bother doing a good job pretending to help their own communities, as demonstrated when he refused to open his door during Hurricane Harvey until after he was shamed into doing so. When this happened it wasn't the mainstream media that sells him enormous amounts of time on TV that shamed him, at least not initially; it was people at the local level that reported the story on social media. When it went viral the mainstream media finally reported on it; but they were quick to allow Osteen to have equal time to explain his views or much more time. Many of his followers may have accepted whatever explanation he had to offer them.

I can't imagine that anyone familiar with the story of Jesus overturning the tables of the "money changers" in the temple would think that he would have been too happy with modern televangelists if he were around today. But regardless of how happy he would have been my best guess is that most of the depictions of him with white skin that would have been more common in Europe than in the Middle East would have been accurate.

As I said above the most religious states also have the highest murder rates; and a large portion of the biggest Megachurches are also in cities with exceptionally high murder rates, especially in the South; however there are also a lot of them that are in small communities just outside of big cities, often with much lower crime rates. Glancing at some of these Churches indicates that it will show possible evidence of major amounts of economic inequality.

At least three of the five lists of megachurches cited below have over half the the ten biggest churches in cities with above rates of murder often well above and if you count the small communities that serve larger cities nearby it is even more. One of the remaining two only has three out of the top ten in cities with above average but six of the remaining seven are just barely outside of big cities with higher murder rates, although one or two isn't much above average. The fifth one is the longest and will take a closer look since it's alphabetical, but it probably indicates that over half of these megachurches are in areas with high murder rates. Part of the reason for this is presumably that in order to attract large congregations they have to be near big population centers and major cities have higher murder rates; however part of it also that the states with the biggest churches, as I reported in the previous article, are in the most religious states, especially the South that supports corporal punishment more, which also have higher murder rates.

Security has become an enormous expense for many of these Megachurches, often to keep hecklers from exposing the scams that many of these Pastors are involved in or, in some cases, to protect the pastors from their own followers. T.D. Jakes had to get a Restraining order against one of his own parishioners, and Joyce Meyers body guard was charged with murdering his own wife about six years ago. There are also many other stories about less popular preachers either being charged with murder or getting involved in domestic violence problems with their own families. Creflo Dollar was charged with abusing his own daughter and on another incident one of the preachers at his Church was killed. Ironically on at least one occasion a preacher who couldn't keep the peace in her own family used this to make her claim that she was an expert on domestic violence as a former victim. In "Spare the Child" Philip Greven explains that most evangelical preachers teach their followers to use corporal punishment to control their children and this escalates to more violence later in life. He also cites examples where many preachers have used these tactics on their own children and they often rebelled violently. Most modern preachers don't advocates this publicly anymore, although there are some exceptions including Pat Robertson who has recommended on television that an atheist child be beaten until he respects peoples religion.

This form of teaching is almost certainly a major reason why the most religious states have higher murder rates and most megachurches are in areas with higher murder rates as well.

Preachers don't turn out to be much if any less violent than the rest of society, although they may maintain better images, or at least they used to before the scandals about child sex abuse came out; however the media still gives them better coverage to preserve the impression that they do have higher moral values.

It doesn't take a genius to know that if a community spends millions of dollars on monuments that they only use once a week for purposes of worship and not much else while declining to provide funds for education, child care, and other social programs that it is going to cause problems one way or another.

This isn't something new; the cultures that built what we consider great monuments in the past, like the pyramids, obelisks, Stonehenge, Angkor Wat, the Bayon, the Easter Island statues and many other monuments that are still around today, all went into decline, mostly as a result of corruption and fighting wars instead of performing basic functions that they needed to maintain their culture.

Anyone familiar with alternative media outlets that do a better job reporting the news that the mainstream media refuses to cover already knows that massive portions of our society are already in decline and with all the bickering over tax cuts for the rich we're inevitably going to follow in their foot steps.

10 Largest Megachurches in Texas originally published in 2016 updated November 2017 Six of these megachurches are in cities with murder rates ranging from 7.43 to 13.77 the other four are just outside of these same cities and only one of those four has much more than 100,000 people, two of them have less than 50,000 with congregations of 24 to 28 thousand people clearly drawing from larger cities.

Top 50 Fittest Mega Churches in America 2015 08/15/2015

List of megachurches in the United States

Newsmax's Top 50 Megachurches in America 11/11/2015

Top 100 Largest Participating Churches in America 2017 Only three of the top ten Churches in this list are in cities with above average murder rates, another six are in communities with small populations near larger cities with above average murder rates and only one is in an small city with below average rates surrounded by other cities below average. The first thirty seven of these have more than 10,000 members and are in cities have average murder rates lower than the ones on the other lists.

Initial count lists seventeen megachurches in cities with above average murder rates, ten of those are close to, if not more than double the average murder rate, and three of them are three to six times the average murder rates; eight of them in small communities with below average murder rates, but they serve a much larger congregation which includes cities nearby with much higher rates; and only three with below average rates that are either farther away from big cities or large enough to be independent of them. These twenty eight Churches are the top ten from four lists after subtracting those listed multiple times.

Counting all the ones from the top ten of these lists including one just below a 10,000 congregation and adding more with a minimum congregation of 10,000; forty-two are in cities with murder rates above average; twenty-seven are below average serving cities with above average murder rates; and thirteen of them are in communities with below average murder rates including some that also serve larger cities which are also below average. The current percentage is about 85% either in above average cities or serving them; and 15% serving cities with below average murder rates. This will be updated more over the next few week to add all those available with a congregation of more than 10,000, at least. It is also clear that the ten states with the highest murder rates can expect to have more megachurches than the ten states with the lowest murder rates. The only four in the ten states with the lowest murder rates are all in or near cities with above average rates for the state, and three of them are in or near cities with above average rates for the nation as well.

In some of the cases where the smaller Churches are in towns with lower murder rates they have congregations that are as high or much higher than their populations; this also goes for a couple of the small towns just outside of Atlanta, with a rate three times the average, that are just barely above average, including one with a congregation of 15,000 in a town of only 2,000; these two towns clearly draw people from the surrounding communities, including Atlanta. In most cases the high murder rates are almost certainly not in the immediate surroundings of the megachurches, especially those serving wealthy areas, which is probably a lot of them. Even the megachurches in large cities with high murder rates are probably not in the areas with the worst violence, although they may drain funds that could reduce those crimes. It's unlikely to stay quite as bad as this with a larger sampling but this is a large enough correlation to determine that megachurches are serving areas more violent than those served by smaller churches or more secular areas.

It's hard to see how there can be much if any doubt that these megachurches, often with multimillionaire pastors, are drawing funds from the local communities that could be used for services that could help address social problems and dramatically reduce violence. There should also be a serious debate about whether these Churches that are enriching pastors without addressing social problems should be considered charities or get a tax exempt status.

This will be updated over the next few weeks to include more Churches including most if not all that I can find with congregations above 10,000; and I will show the work, so those that want to check it will be free to do so, even if they want to distort it to suit their own views, which is common with statistics.

Average murder rates from 2002-2016 for the nation are about 5.54 per 100,000; they dipped down to 4.5 for a couple years but climbed back to 5.3, so most of the gains have reversed, at least temporarily in the last couple years. Recognizing the causes of violence and reducing them can help resume the steady decline since the early nineties.

Since the traditional media is getting a cut of the loot these Churches are gouging from the public, and the political establishment relies on religious support to get elected, it is highly unlikely that these findings will be reported widely, except perhaps through alternative media that is more concerned with educating the public. However if there is major political or media change this could change too, but it's unlikely without massive grassroots pressure.

Megachurches in cities with above average murder rates:

Houston Texas murder rates above average from 2002-16: 12.91 New Light Christian Church in Houston 13,500; Second Baptist 20,650; Lakewood Church, Joel Osteen 43,500; Woodlands Church, 18,385, is in an isolated community outside of Houston with about 100,00 people and no available crime rates

Fort Worth Texas murder rates above average from 2002-16: 7.72 Kenneth Copeland

Dallas Texas above average murder rates from 2002-16: 13.77 The Potter’s House T. D. Jakes 16,100; First Baptist Church Dallas Dallas Robert Jeffress 12,000

San Antonio Texas above average murder rate from 2002-16: 7.43 Community Bible Church 14,000; Cornerstone Church 17,000;

Charlotte North Carolina above average murder rate from 2002-16: 8.29 Elevation Church Charlotte (has another branch in Toronto) 19,000

Durham North Carolina above average murder rate from 2002-16: 11.4 over 200,000 people World Overcomers Christian Church 11,700; The Summit Church 10,000

Atlanta Georgia murder rates well above average murder rate from 2002-16: 22.59 First Baptist Church Atlanta Atlanta 11,000

Lithonia Georgia only one murder in fifteen years eight not listed; only about two thousand people average murder rate for those eight: 6.2 just outside Atlanta New Birth Missionary Baptist Bishop Eddie Long estimated congregation of 15,000

Norcross Georgia above average murder rate from 2002-16 (only eleven years recorded): 12.34 Just outside Atlanta with 22.59 average; only about 11,000 people Hopewell Missionary Baptist congregation of 15,000

College Park Georgia murder rates above average murder rate from 2002-16: 31.11 Creflo Dollar just outside Atlanta

Louisville Kentucky average murder rate from 2000-2: 12.37 full data not available but according to, Louisville homicides in 2017 already outpace last year’s all-time high 04/18/2017 it must be above forty. Southeast Christian Church

Nashville Tennessee above average murder rate from 1999-2011: 12.22 according to Nashville criminal homicides most in more than a decade 01/04/2017 current rates are as bad if not worse. Mount Zion Baptist Church 18,000

Memphis Tennessee above average murder rate from 2002-16: 20.09 Bellevue Baptist Church 30,000 / 6,800 weekly

Fort Lauderdale Florida above average murder rate from 2002-16: 7.43 Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale;

Jacksonville Florida above average murder rate from 2002-16: 11.89 Celebration Church congregation about 12,000; First Baptist Church of Jacksonville Jacksonville Fla. 28,000;

West Palm Beach Florida above average murder rate from 2002-16: 10.06

Miami Florida above average murder rate from 2002-16: 16.67 El Rey Jesús (King Jesus International Ministry) 12,500

Oklahoma City Oklahoma above average murder rate from 2002-16: 10.07

Birmingham Alabama above average murder rate from 2002-16: 32.76 Church of the Highlands

Grand Rapids Michigan above average murder rate from 2002-16: 6.35 population about 190,000 Ada Bible Church 12,000 (Ada is an upscale Township within Grand Rapids with 13,000 people)

Philadelphia Pennsylvania above average murder rate from 2002-16: 21.13 Calvary Chapel of Philadelphia 14,000; Deliverance Evangelistic Church 11,000; Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Philadelphia 15,000

Albuquerque New Mexico above average murder rate from 2002-16: 8.48 Calvary of Albuquerque 16,800

Las Vegas Nevada above average murder rate from 2002-16: 8.92

Cincinnati Ohio above average murder rate from 2002-16: 20.93 Crossroads Church — Cincinnati 22,700

Baltimore Maryland above average murder rate from 2002-16: 40.45 Empowerment Temple 10,000

Trenton New Jersey above average murder rate from 2002-16: 25.95 population 84,000

Richmond Virginia above average murder rate from 2002-16: 27.64 population 217,800 Faith Landmarks Ministries 10,000

Baton Rouge Louisiana above average murder rate from 2002-16: 23.67 population 228,900 Family Worship Center Jimmy Swaggart and Donnie Swaggart 15,500

Hammond Indiana above average murder rate from 2002-16: 12.7 population 78,300 next to Gary with rates of 56.05 First Baptist Church of Hammond 17,700

Gary Indiana above average murder rate from 2002-16: 56.05

Indianapolis Indiana above average murder rate from 2002-16: 14.35 population 848,800 Eastern Star Baptist Church 10,000

City data figure for Honolulu Hawaii not available but according to Honolulu Crime Rate Report (Hawaii) there were 16 murders in 2012 and a projected figure of 15 for 2017, which comes to a rate of about 5 which is average for the nation but above average for Hawaii which in the bottom ten and according to Busy year for HPD homicide investigators as number of killings increases 2010 they had 23 in 2010 and 26 in 2004 which were their highest years, above average for both the nation and Hawaii, implying it're probably above average for both the nation and Hawaii. New Hope Christian Fellowship 14,500

Bakersfield California above average murder rate from 2002-16: 7.73 Valley Bible Fellowship congregation 12,000

Los Angeles California above average murder rate from 2002-16: 9.86 Hillsong Church; First African Methodist Episcopal Church Los Angeles 10,000;

Sacramento California above average murder rate from 2002-16: 8.9

Gardena California above average murder rate from 2002-16: 5.78 population 60,000 just outside of Los Angeles with a rate of 9.86 City of Refuge 10,000

New York, New York above average murder rate from 2002-16: 5.81 New York murder rates have been dropping steadily for years and for the past four years it has been the second city out of ten, with more than a million people, to drop below the national average, but over a fifteen year period it's still above average. Hillsong Church

St. Louis Missouri above average murder rate from 2002-16: 40.43

Kansas City Missouri above average murder rate from 2002-16: 22.22

Chicago Illinois above average murder rate from 2002-16: 17.85 New Life Covenant Church Chicago 15,500

Phoenix Arizona above average murder rate from 2002-16: 10.79 Calvary Community Church Phoenix 11,400

Jackson Mississippi above average murder rate from 2002-16: 28.4

Washington District of Columbia above average murder rate from 2002-16: 27.07

Denver Colorado above average murder rate from 2002-16: 7.89

Little Rock Arkansas above average murder rate from 2002-16: 21.19

Minneapolis Minnesota above average murder rate from 2002-16: 11.26 Mount Olivet Lutheran Church 13,000 5,900 active

Megachurches in cities with below average murder rates with small population just outside of larger cities with above average murder rates:

Peoria Arizona below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.74 only about 140,000 people just outside of Phoenix Arizona with an average of 10.79 Christ's Church of the Valley

Sunset Hills Missouri below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.39 under eight thousand people just outside of St. Louis with an average rate of 40.43 serves two other Missouri towns near St. Louis with rates unavailable and West Palm Beach with lower rates, also has large television audience.

Alpharetta Georgia below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0.93; only about 37,000 people just outside Atlanta with an average rate of 22.59 North Point Community Church serving 38,000 people

Lawrenceville Georgia barely below average murder rate from 2002-16: 5.062 near Atlanta with rates of 22.59 12Stone Church 16,000

Grapevine Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.38 only about 48,000 people just outside Dallas (13.77) and Fort Worth (7.72) Fellowship Church 24,100

Southlake Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0.91 only about 28,000 people just outside Dallas (13.77) and Fort Worth (7.72) Gateway Church 28,000;

Flower Mound Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.44 population about 60,000 just outside Dallas (13.77) and Fort Worth (7.72) The Village Church 10,400

Rockwall Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0.51 with about 40,000 people near Dallas with a rate of 13.77 Lake Pointe Church almost 12,000

Edmond Oklahoma below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.15 only about 80,000 people bordering on Oklahoma City with average rate of 10.07 LifeChurch.TV 20,000

South Barrington Illinois no murders in fifteen years but only about 4,400 people surrounding suburbs only slightly higher but short drive from Chicago with an average rate of 17.85 Willowcreek Community Church serving 22,500 people

Matthews North Carolina below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.11 population only about 26,000 just outside of Charlotte with a rate of 8.29 Elevation Church 25,000

Palm Beach Gardens Florida below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.61 with only about 52,000 people only other town with more population is West Palm Beach with about 100,000 people and a rate of 16.06 Christ Fellowship Church congregation about 26,200

Cooper City Florida below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0.41 population about 14,000 near Fort Lauderdale with a rate of 7.43 and Miami with a rate of 16.67 Potential Church 11,200

Lino Lakes Minnesota below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0 only about 21,000 people with Centerville in the middle with less than three thousand but it's just outside of Minneapolis with a rate of 11.26 Eagle Brook Church 22,480

Manheim Pennsylvania below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.96 with under 5,000 people in between Harrisburg with rates of 24.08 and Philadelphia with rates of 21.13 LCBC Church 15,000 congregation

Munster Indiana below average murder rate from 2002-16: .95 only about 24,000 people just outside Hammond with rates of 12.71, Gary with rates of 56.04, and Chicago Ill. with rates of 17.85 Family Christian Center with 15,000 congregation

Conway Arkansas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 3.98 low but rising population going from about 46,000 to about 59,000 near Little Rock with a rate of 21.19 New Life Church 14,000 congregation

Littleton Colorado below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.94 with about 45,000 near Boulder with a rate of 7.89 Red Rocks Church congregation 12,000

Leawood Kansas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0.95 with about 28,000 people bordering Kansas City Missouri with a rate of 22.22 The United Methodist Church of the Resurrection

Brandon Mississippi below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0.64 about 23,000 people just outside Jackson with rate of 28.4 Pinelake Church 10,000

Sayreville New Jersey below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.24 population 45,260 near Trenton with rates of 25.95 and New York with rates of 5.81 Faith Fellowship Outreach Center 11,100

Fort Washington, Maryland crime rates unknown but probably low with about 23,000 people near Washington DC with rates of about 27.07 Ebenezer AME (African Methodist Episcopal) Church

Hugo, Minnesota murder rates unknown but probably low only 13,000 population near Minneapolis with rates of 11.26 Eagle Brook Church 17,100

Roseville California below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.1 near Sacramento with rate of 8.9 Bayside Covenant Church 11,300
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West Covina California below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.71 slightly over 100,000 just outside of Los Angeles with a rate of 9.86 Faith Community Church 10,000

Diamond Bar California below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.73 slightly over 100,000 people between Los Angeles with a rate of 9.86 and San Bernardino with a rate of 21.28

Granite Bay California rates unavailable but probably low, only about 20,000 people just outside of Sacramento with rates of 8.9 Bayside Church 16,000 congregation

Porter Ranch, Los Angeles California wealthy community of 30,000 people probably below average murder rate but figures unavailable Los Angeles rate of 9.83 Shepherd Church 10,500

Megachurches in cities with below average murder rates:

Plano Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.55 Almost 300,000 people just outside Dallas Prestonwood Baptist Church 15,800;

El Paso Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.4 Abundant Living Faith Center 12,400

Austin Texas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 3.57 Hyde Park Baptist and the Quarries Church 11,000

Lake Forest California murder rates below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.03 with only about 80,000 people modest drive from Los Angeles but surrounded by other small towns Rick Warren ministries Saddleback Church congregation about 24,000

El Cajon California below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.83 only about 100,000 people but nearest large city, San Diego has about same rates Shadow Mountain Community Church about 8,000 congregation plus television audience second only to Osteen's Church

Vista California below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.27 about 100,000 near San Diego with a rate of 3.67 North Coast Church almost 12,000

San Diego California below average murder rate from 2002-16: 3.67 The Rock Church congregation 14,000

Irvine California below average murder rate from 2002-16: .98 about 180,000 people surrounded by other small communities modest drive from Los Angeles Mariners Church

Vienna Virginia below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.49 population about 15,000 surrounded by other small towns with low rates but relatively close to Washington DC with rates of 27.07 McLean Bible Church 11,000

Ozark Missouri below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.13 population about 19,000 near Springfield with a rate of 5.33 James River Church 11,270

Springfield Missouri average murder rate from 2002-16: 5.33

Des Moines Iowa below average murder rate from 2002-16: 4.32

West Des Moines Iowa below average murder rate from 2002-16: 0.73 with only about 60,000 people just outside of Des Moines with a rate of 4.32 Lutheran Church of Hope congregation 12,000

Henderson Nevada below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.48 population 277,000 just ouside of Los Vegas with rates of 8.92

Toronto murder rates 2012 1.4 Elevation Church & Charlotte 19,000

Springdale Arkansas below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.25 population 76,000 surrounded by other small towns with low populations Cross Church 16,000

Melbourne Florida average murder rate from 2002-16: 5.43

West Melbourne Florida below average murder rate from 2002-16: 2.03 only about 14,000 people Melbourne rates about 5.43 Calvary Chapel Melbourne 10,000

Lafayette Colorado below average murder rate from 2002-16: 1.59 only about 24,000 people but near Boulder with 100,000 people and low rates and Denver with almost 600,000 people and moderately above average rates Flatirons Community Church

The following are a sample of the many scandals surrounding televangelists or megachurches:

Media Fails to Report on Joel Osteen’s Unsavory Choice of Charity 10/24/2017

Prayer leader slain at Creflo Dollar's Ga. church 10/24/2012

Four men cleared of wrongdoing in Joel Osteen church heckling case 06/22/2016

Joel Osteen Impersonator Infiltrates Actual Joel Osteen Event 11/09/2017

Pastor Jeffress: Megachurch's Members Armed, Would Take Down a Shooter 11/06/2017

Security guard who stopped shooter credits God 12/10/2007

TD Jakes Sues Alleged Dangerous Stalker Who Is Ex-Church Member 02/18/2014

Security forces are a way of life for many big churches Dec. 2007 shootings at New Life Church in Colorado Springs

Why Scandals Hit Celebrity Preachers - TIME 09/28/2007 Juanita Bynum; Paula White, and her co-pastor husband Randy; and more


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Evangelist Benny Hinn's son arrested in Brazil for 'beating up deaf and dumb man during one of his father's events' 02/18/2013

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Pro-Cruz Pastor Shot by Kyle Andrew Odom an Iraq War Vet Six Times and Lives 12/0/2017

Creflo Dollar and Believing Our Girls By Libby Copeland 06/18/2012

Black Mega Churches: attitudes towards corporal punishment and perceived guilt or innocence 05/18/2015

Pat Robertson: Non-Religious Children Should Be Beaten Until They Respect Christian Beliefs 01/05/2015

Exposing Televangelists and Thousands of christian Leaders 07/17/2014

The Worst Televangelist Product Scams Of All Time 07/25/2012

Former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook sentenced to seven years in drunk-driving death of cyclist 10/27/2015

Inside Justin Bieber's Hillsong Church: Child abuse cover-up claims, rinsing its followers for money and facing 'cult' accusations 06/27/2017

Brutal Memes Mock Joel Osteen Over His Hurricane Harvey Response 09/01/2017

The following are the net worth of some of the richest and most famous pastors or televangelists, that often use their fame to influence politics, despite being involved in enormous amounts of fraud:

8 Richest Pastors in America These pastors inspire millions—and make millions. 12/0/2017 Kenneth Copeland: Net Worth $760 Million Fort Worth, TX; Pat Robertson: Net Worth $100 Million Virginia Beach, VA.; Benny Hinn: Net Worth $42 Million; Joel Osteen: Net Worth $40 Million Houston Tx.; Creflo Dollar: Net Worth $27 Million College Park, GA; Billy Graham: Net Worth $25 Million Billy Graham Evangelistic Association now run by Franklin Graham III his son in Charlotte, North Carolina; Rick Warren: Net Worth $25 Million Lake Forest, CA; Joyce Meyer: Net Worth $8 Million

Top 10 Richest Pastors In The World And Their Net Worth 09/08/2015 half of them abroad some unreliable

T. D. Jakes Net Worth: $18 million Dallas Texas

Paula White Net Worth 2017, Age, Height, Weight - Wealtholino

Paula White net worth: $5 Million

Jimmy Swaggart Net Worth: $1.7 million 09/28/2017 Entire familiy is part of ministry each of them with high incomes Baton Rouge La.

Ministry Makes $150 Million a Year : Rich Life Style Reflects Swaggart Empire's Wealth 03/14/1988

Oral Roberts Net Worth: $8 Million Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Jerry Falwell Net Worth: $10 million Liberty University Lynchburg, Virginia

Juanita Bynum Net Worth: $10 Million

15 American Pastors worth Millions, Who’s The Wealthiest? 12/0/2017 15. Minister Louis Farrakhan Net Worth: $3 million; 14. Bishop Noel Jones Net Worth: $5 million Los Angeles; 13. Bishop Eddie Long Net Worth: $5 million Near Atlanta in Lithonia ,GA.; 11. Rev. John Hagee Net Worth: $5 million San Antonio; the rest listed elsewhere

Suze Orman Net Worth: $35 million 06/12/2017

14 Reasons to Not Listen to Suze Orman 07/07/2014

The following are a fraction of the major crimes committed by preachers their families or in their churches, most of them are only reported briefly at the local level and more may be added:

John Bernard Feit a Former priest on trial for murder of South Texas beauty queen in 1960 12/01/2017

Ex-Minister Arrested in Murder Try : Crime: He is taken into custody at a Los Angeles church after being indicted in Texas on charges of attempting to kill his wife in 1987. She has been comatose since. 08/26/1992

Former pastor arrested in Cochise for murder of Florida woman 05/14/2015

Ronnie Leon Hyde Former Youth Pastor Arrested in Florida Teen's 1994 Cold Case Murder and Dismemberment 03/10/2017

Preacher Arrested in Alleged Murder Plot 11/30/2006 FRESNO, Calif. -- Even in 2004, when the Rev. Howard Douglas Porter eulogized a friend killed in a car crash in which Porter was driving, the victim's friends and relatives were suspicious. They feared Porter deliberately planned the crash to get his hands on the multimillion-dollar trust fund of Frank Craig, an 85-year-old farmer.

Preacher killed wife, stuffed body in freezer, police say 07/31/2008 Anthony Hopkins, 37, was arrested Monday night at the Inspirational Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Jackson, Alabama

Baptist Preacher Arrested For Wife's Murder 01/05/2014 Richard Shahan, of Homewood, Ala., was arrested on New Year's day

Preacher Arrested for Murdering Wife 09/21/2007

Youth pastor arrested for allegedly murdering family on Thanksgiving 11/24/2017

Reverend Amos Hicks, Moss Point Pastor Held In Capital Murder Case 12/01/2004
Reverend Amos Hicks v. State of Mississippi pleaded guilty after killing his wife Lena in 2006

Slain Houston Tx. priest's son, Isaac Tiharihondi, arrested in Mississippi, charged with murder 02/04/2015

Edgar Ray Killen, Preacher charged with 'Mississippi Burning' murders 01/08/2005

Tennessee preacher's wife gets 2 months in killing 06/08/2017 A Tennessee woman, Mary Winkler, convicted of killing her preacher-husband who she said beat her, forced her to watch pornography and wear “slutty” clothes was ordered to spend two months in a mental facility on Friday.

Eddie Mallonee, a Tennessee Preacher, accused of trying to kill wife with banned poison 07/17/2013

A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption 06/18/2009

Defendant's ex-girlfriend: Pastor murdered after prostitution deal 08/24/2016

The Latest: Church shooting suspect charged with murder 09/24/017

Court sides with Sheri Coleman family in lawsuit against ministry 08/14/2014

Joyce Meyer testifies in secret for Coleman murder trial 04/07/2011

Friday, December 1, 2017

Walmart Crime Report November 2017

On Black Friday neither the local ABC or CBS affiliates reported the regular nightly news, since they were both reporting on sporting events like many weekends. NBC was the only one reporting the regular news and they didn't report much if anything about local crime at Malls or Walmart during Black Friday; however they did report on a panic about a possible gunman in England that led to a panic. It turned out to be a false alarm, and it wasn't related to shopping here in the USA. What reported they did provide like a lot of other news, local or national, did include an enormous amount of advertisements thinly disguised as news including discussion about how stores are trying to lure people in and how excited people are about shopping.

If they wanted to report on the news, including crime problems during Black Friday there was plenty to report even though, thanks partly due to internet sales and partly due to early promotions or other reasons there aren't as many Black Friday riots as there was a few years ago, that I can tell. However there is just as much if not more crime and violence during the holiday season, it's just spread out more. They had at least one real shooting and a major fire apparently an arson in a Texas Walmart during either Thanksgiving day or Black Friday.

There was plenty more for them to report, as there always is, including some stories that are as dramatic as the ones they often turn into the Obsession du Jour in their national newscasts. On the first of the month, when they were reporting on the terrorist attack in NYC there was a gunman that walked into a Colorado Walmart and nonchalantly killed three Hispanic people for no apparent reason that anyone has yet to figure out. This story, of course must have been widely reported locally and went viral on the internet; however it received surprisingly brief coverage from the national press with only brief reports in the nightly news or Cable news, at most. There was plenty of reporting in the internet that this wasn't reported so widely as part of a trend that reports on Muslim shootings much more extensively than they do when a white person kills minorities, which I'm sure is a reasonable assumption; but it is also true that they're much less likely to report widely about the large number of shootings that take place at Walmart, even the highest profile ones only get reported briefly.

On top of that when they do report on Walmart's high crime problem, like August of 2016 when there was a surge of newspaper articles on it led by a Bloomberg expose, it is ignored by national television and Cable news. Since then there has almost always been at least one or two local articles about high crime problems in the local area, including some that report that this is despite the fact that Walmart was lured into the area with tax breaks so they're not paying their fair share of taxes even though they cost the taxpayer more money with their crime problems. There was another of those stories this month about Missouri & Kansas Police responding much more to Walmart than other locations.

They also broke the record for total number of shootings for the year even though there's another full month to go; they had at least 104 shootings in 2016; and at least 14 this month bringing the total up to at least 114 for the year. Two of those shootings both took place in Colorado Springs, which isn't too far from the triple homicide which was also in Colorado. These two shootings were only a few days apart and there was a third incident in between where there was a panic about a possible shooting although there were no shots fired on that incident. Two of the shootings both took place in South Carolina one day apart, and two more both took place in North Carolina three days apart. Some of these shootings are happening in clusters for one reason or another and the people in the local areas must be well aware of it although they might not know about the shootings taking place in other parts of the country at Walmarts.

There were also a total of six deaths from three of these shootings and at least six serious injuries. Several of these shootings involved multiple shooters, although only one of them was an officer involved shootings this month, and that was one of the fatal ones. Often most if not all the fatal shootings are from police officers at Walmart. There were at least nine more gun related incidents including one more that involved shots fired, at a security guard, although it was only from an air gun, another one also involved a car crash. One of these armed robberies was only over a pack of cigarettes.

In addition to the six people killed by gunfire there were two more bodies found from people that probably died of natural causes, including one employee that had a heart attack, another person that broke down in a Walmart parking lot before dying in a pond trying to get away from police chasing him, and another person that was stabbed to death in a road rage incident where the perpetrator, apparently filmed his own crime. This means the death toll at Walmart is at least ten for the month. (edit 12/02/2017: The death count was adjusted after the suspect wounded on the thirtieth by a police officer died at the hospital.) They also caught a spree killer that killed four people at Walmart although they weren't even killed in the same state where he was caught.

There were also more crashes and stabbings or knife crimes including one where a Walmart worker slit the throat of another worker who didn't suffer long term damage, and another where a shoplifter stole his own hatchet to be used in case it turned into an armed robbery or attempted robbery which is how it ended. It's semi-routine for armed robbers to show up unarmed and steal the weapons they use to commit robbery. There was a larger than usual surge in the number of bomb threats with at least sixteen reported in the news; however since there are so common, and they rarely ever have actual bombs there were almost certainly more that didn't make the news.

There were a total of at least five major fires at Walmart, including at least three that were arson, one where they tried to use it as a distraction so they could steal a full cart, which is semi-routine although they always get caught when they try this another by a former firefighter, and the third was a double arson where they set two fires in the same location shutting down the store for a few days surrounding thanksgiving. There seems to be something about this incident that they're not telling the public since they initially told the public that the alleged suspect was cooperating but they couldn't figure out what to charge him with, if anything. When it's on camera like everything else at Walmart you would think it would be easy to figure out.

There are always a few sex crimes at Walmart, including one where a women being escorted by her abuser wrote on her hand a message asking people to call the cops on him and a family that was followed and harassed in the parking lot, slashed tires, assaults on police officers and more.

Walmart has been sued for overcharging customers and they're still charging people in Indiana for the Cook County Illinois sales tax. They lost a suit for a man falling while buying a watermelon, and there was a guilty plea for a scam that was using Walmart gift cards to lure people in for unnecessary tests. A cop is suing them for false accusations after he was acquitted of shoplifting, and a security guard was fired for subduing a suspect, which is common, although they don't seem to teach there security guards not to do this. They were also accused of denying family leave for a mother with a sick child.

Another of their iPad boxes was filled with flour, similar incidents have been reported repeatedly. They were caught with rats during an inspection again; it's much harder to prevent this when groceries are in a large department store than if they're separate from non-food items. Numerous customers have responded to an expose about Walmart problems with auto repair; once one story was reported saying that they ruined an engine by sending it out without oil several similar stories were called in to the reporters. They also had there ranking with Human rights workers revoked again; they rarely ever take that into consideration when it isn't being reported and this ahs only been reported at low profile articles.

Walmart has sued another city for excessive property taxes even though they cause much more crime; and they're increasing their oligarchy power by buying more stores including Lord and Taylor; there is no justifiable claim that we have a free market. They're using this oligarchy power to intimidate suppliers with fines for late deliveries. Numerous executives sold large amounts of stock as they hit recent highs. This follows sales by Alice Walton and her brother of large volumes as well. However Houston residents have learned there lesson and decided to support minority owned businesses after the flood and I wouldn't be surprised if these stock holders suspect something bad is coming.

Walmart was shamed into retracting sales of shirts that said "Tree, rope, Journalist, some assembly required," clearly implying they should be lynched, or that it would be funny, for a surprisingly high price on their web site.

If you can't remember where your car is in the parking lot it might not be such a good idea to call 911, tell them you were robbed hoping the police will help you find it. when police do get involved in shootings they're almost never held accountable but when they get drunk and decide to leave with full carts of unpaid merchandise that's a different story for some reason.

If your stupid enough to pay $20 dollars for a Walmart vest to someone advertising them as a shoplifting tool; keep in mind that they treat their own workers like criminals and search them before leaving, as much if not more than customers without a vest.

Strange things happen at Wal-Mart!

In 2006 Wake Up Wal-Mart did a study, "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Wal-Mart which showed that it increased when Wal-Marts opened up and that crime was higher at Wal-Mart than at other retailers. Since then Wal-Mart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Wal-Mart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Wal-Mart might be contributing to higher crime rates or at least a slowing of the decline in crime. The study found that. “on average, communities with Walmarts had 17 more property crimes and two more violent crimes per 10,000 people than those communities without Walmarts.” I reviewed this more in Wal-Mart’s crime problem, Rolling Back Safety more than prices? where I explained that although this study is helpful they could have done better with additional data that is available and I reviewed some of that. I also added my own review about why I think that Wal-Mart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Wal-Mart high crime rate continues un-investigaterd and have provided additional information under the author tag Walmart Crime Watch.

Stacy Mitchell has also compiled a list of other studies about Wal-Mart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Wal-Mart has done as little as they seem to get away with, often relying on rhetoric that isn't backed up with action, when it comes to addressing any of their critics concerns, including crime. One of the responses they’ve come up with is what they call "Restorative Justice" which gives first time shoplifters a chance to avoid being arrested or any criminal record if they take an on line course which costs $400 up front or $500 in payments, plus perhaps, reparations. This has been part of the privatization process and often denies suspects of the due process or access to a lawyer, perhaps even intimidating and extorting from some people that might not even be guilty. Walmart seems to be trying to find a way to turn crime into a profit making situation instead of looking for the most effective ways to reduce it. Making Change at Walmart is asking If you or someone you know has gone through @Walmart's "Restorative Justice" program for first-time suspected shoplifters, send us a DM. 03/30/2017 to ensure that it isn’t doing more harm than good. I did my own review of this program as well at Walmart’s “Restorative Justice” Endangers Public Without Reducing Crime. The following are a list of incidents that occurred in November 2017. According to the "Is Wal-Mart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year, indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Wal-Mart, and presumably, the ones most likely to make the news on the internet nationwide. This isn't statistically representative, as the 2006 or the "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" study or some of the studies cited by Stacy Mitchell; but it does provide some additional information that may help recognize how many problems there are at Wal-Mart.

Gunman on the loose after killing 3 at Colorado Walmart 11/02/2017

THORNTON, Colo. (AP) - Colorado authorities are searching for a man who police say nonchalantly walked into a Walmart and immediately opened fire, killing two men and a woman Wednesday night.

Thornton police spokesman Victor Avila says the shooting appears to be random and there are no indications that it was an act of terror.

Customers and employees hid or fled toward the exits after gunshots rang out in Thornton, which is a suburb of Denver. Avila says he doesn't know how many rounds were fired.

Authorities are reviewing security video to identify the suspect, who fled in a car before officers arrived.

Two men died at the store, and the woman died at a hospital. Authorities did not immediately release any other information about the victims. Complete article

Police ID suspect, Scott Ostrem accused of randomly killing 3 people at Walmart 11/02/2017

Suspect Arrested in Shooting at Colorado Walmart That Killed 3 11/02/2017

Alleged Thornton Walmart shooter had failed businesses and run-ins with police 11/02/2017

Suspect walked off job hours before Colorado Walmart attack 11/03/2017 Ostrem was identified as a suspect after investigators reviewed surveillance video, police said, though they first had to rule out “a few” other people who drew weapons when the gunman opened fire. Avila said he didn’t know if any of the people were security officers employed by Walmart.

‘Soft targets’ such as Walmart should think about hiring armed guards, security expert says 11/02/2017

THORNTON, Colo. -- Walmart is American as apple pie.

On Wednesday night, another American staple became the center of gun violence when police say a man walked into a Thornton store and randomly killed three people near a cash register.

Soft targets such as a Walmart have been under threat of random attacks for years. They have few exits and usually hundreds of people are inside.

"Walmarts have greeters but no armed guards," said Grant Whitus, a security expert who was on a SWAT team that responded the day of the Columbine shooting.

"Any location where you have people close together is considered a soft target."

"My belief is these places, these locations where you are going to have a lot of patrons should hire an armed guard to protect them."

Suspected Walmart shooter’s legal team asks to perform its own crime scene investigation 11/03/2017

Police had to decipher between customers with guns and the suspect after Walmart shooting 11/03/2017

Colorado Walmart Killer Lived Alone With a Stack of Bibles and No Furniture 11/03/2017

Voices warning of demons tormented alleged Walmart shooter for 29 years after a bad LSD trip, sister says 11/06/2017

A 47-year-old Denver man suspected of killing three people at a Thornton Walmart had been haunted by voices telling him the devil was after him since a bad LSD trip damaged his brain 29 years ago, his stepsister says.

Michelle Willoughby, 43, said she’s unhappy with how stepbrother Scott Allen Ostrem has been portrayed on social media.

“My brother is not this monster,” said Willoughby, who lives in Cocoa Beach, Fla. “He is not cold blooded. He hears these voices. Honestly, in my heart, I believe there is only so much a person can take.

Walmart in Milford Ohio evacuated after receiving bomb threat 11/01/2017

Bomb threat evacuates Beavercreek Ohio Walmart; store reopens 11/01/2017

Lake Delton Wisc. Walmart closes briefly due to bomb threat 11/01/2017

Two arrested in meth sting at Oregon Walmart 11/02/2017

19-year-old Kearney man gets probation, jail time in Nebraska Walmart pedestrian's parking lot death 11/02/2017

2 men suspected in NM Walmart shoplifting 11/01/2017

West Monroe La. Walmart reopened after suspicious package removed 11/02/2017

Police looking for suspect accused of shooting at Austintown Walmart in late October 11/02/2017

Woman returns fire after robbers shoot her behind Ga. Walmart 11/03/2017

A woman was shot in the stomach Friday in what police said was an armed robbery attempt behind a metro Atlanta Walmart.

Henry County police responded to the incident about 9:20 a.m. at 5600 North Henry Boulevard, Capt. Joey Smith said.

The woman told police she gave three men a ride from one location to the Walmart parking lot and they tried to take her vehicle.

One of them shot her in the process, Smith said.

“The victim evidently grabbed one of the suspects’ handguns and fired at the suspects as they fled on foot from the victim’s vehicle,” Smith said. Complete article

Angry Fla. Walmart customer accused of kicking police after trying to make return 11/03/2017

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (WFLA) — A Polk County woman is facing several charges after police say she got upset trying to make a return at Walmart.

Police were called to the Winter Haven Walmart on Cypress Gardens Boulevard around 1 p.m. Wednesday for the disturbance.

The store’s assistant manager told a responding officer that 24-year-old Adrienne Dean came into the store cursing and then got physical with employees. When the assistant manager asked Dean to leave, he says she turned around and shoved him.

Dean then started grabbing objects off shelves and threw them while cursing at employees, according to the arrest report. Police say she caused damage to store property.

When responding officers arrested Dean and tried to put her into the patrol car, police say she tried to kick and strike them, then kicked the car door and refused to put her legs and feet inside. Complete article

Three wanted for starting fire in Fla. Walmart then stealing full cart 11/03/2017

First, the thieving trio parked a grocery cart filled with Halloween merchandise near the Walmart Supercenter entrance. Then they started a fire in the West Palm Beach store, authorities said.

“During the commotion, the suspects took the cart full of merchandise and fled the store without paying for it,” said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office. Complete article

NC Walmart fined for overcharging customers 11/0/2017

The Rockingham Walmart has been fined $1,350 for excessive price-scanner errors which caused customers to be overcharged for some items, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Standards Division.

State officials conducted a random inspection of the store in June and found it had a five percent error rate based on a sample of 100 sales. The store was given until August to reduce the error rate to two percent or less on a larger sampling of store items but failed again, only reducing the error rate to three percent with nine overcharges out of 300 items, which resulted in the fine.

Inspectors also take into account customers being undercharged, but those instances do not count against the store, according to the Ag Department. Complete article

Walmart fined $2.1 million in overcharge case 03/21/2012

Walmart Fined $66,000 for Overcharging Customers by $0.50 09/16/2014

The Walmart in Gastonia was fined for overcharging customers. 05/02/2012

9 investigates NC stores charging the wrong prices 11/24/2015 Channel 9 tagged along with Dutton at the Walmart on Albemarle Road, where he headed in with a clipboard and a scanner to check the prices of 50 random items. Walmart would not let Channel 9 go into the store with him.

Magnolia Arkansas Walmart evacuated Friday night due to breaker box fire 11/03/2017

Watertown woman charged with petit larceny at NY Walmart 11/03/2017

Deputies in York County Va. searching for Walmart shoplifting suspect 11/03/2017

Cedar City Utah Police: Walmart bomb threat fake 11/05/2017

Tacoma Wash. Walmart evacuated, Target store searched after bomb threats made 11/05/2017

Police Investigate Fatal Shooting In NW Oklahoma City Walmart Parking Lot 11/05/2017

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma - Police are investigating Oklahoma City’s latest homicide, after man was found with a gunshot wound in a Walmart parking lot during a busy day of Sunday shopping.

The victim crashed his truck into a car outside the store at Pennsylvania Avenue and Memorial Boulevard, but police still are not sure if that is where the shooting actually took place. Crime scene investigators had to process the entire south side of the Walmart parking lot to try to gather evidence about what happened. They are also reviewing the available surveillance video and interviewing witnesses to try to figure it out.

The call first came out as a vehicle crash, after a pickup truck slammed into a parked car on the south side of Walmart's parking lot. Officer Jeff Dutton says, “They actually found out that there was some sort of confrontation in the parking lot close to the south side. That confrontation led to one of the vehicles speeding off from that area.”

The truck that sped west to east through the south end of the parking lot was being driven by the victim. He was transported by ambulance to the hospital, but was pronounced dead from at least one gunshot wound. Complete article

Police arrest 17-year-old in connection to fatal shooting at N.W. Oklahoma City Walmart 11/07/2017

One person injured, multiple pets killed in Des Moines Iowa Wal-Mart parking lot RV fire 11/03/2017

A man and woman escaped an RV fire in the parking lot of the Southeast 14th Wal-Mart, with one sustaining only minor injuries, according to the Des Moines Fire Department.

At around 9 p.m., emergency officials received a call regarding a vehicle on fire, Des Moines Fire Captain Steve Beckett told the Register. When they arrived, firefighters found a recreational vehicle in the back of the parking lot fully engulfed.

One person was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries. Four dogs and a cat were inside the RV as well. Fire o Complete article

Forks man jailed following theft from Sequim Wash. Walmart, pursuit 11/06/2017

SEQUIM — A Forks man who deputies say walked out of the Sequim Walmart with nearly $1,000 in merchandise, fled police and attempted to steal a vehicle was jailed over the weekend.

Clallam County Sheriff’s Deputy Don Kitchen said he stopped to investigate Saturday after he found a shopping cart in a bush near Walmart — full of unbagged items with security devices still attached.

Inside the cart was a radio control drone, dufflebag, air gun, flashlight, BB gun, tent, holster, tools and several other items, totalling $975.39.

When Kitchen stopped to look at the cart, Jason Brack, 20, stood up from the bushes and attempted to “nonchalantly” walk away, Kitchen said.

“I asked him to talk to me and he bolted,” he said. Complete article

Man dies in attempt to elude police near Franklin Wisc. Walmart 11/04/2017

FRANKLIN -- A suspect is dead after jumping into a retention pond following a chase in Franklin. It happened Saturday afternoon, November 4th.

A last-minute decision to stop at Walmart Saturday afternoon, November 4th, nearly cost Judy V her life.

"Somebody came from behind flying past a whole bunch of cars, and he smashed my whole front end right off," said Judy. ....

After the collision, the suspect's car spun out and ended up on the grass outside of the store parking lot. Witnesses say they saw a female passenger run toward Walmart while the male driver ran in the opposite direction and jumped into a retention pond next to the scene.

"When I walked over there I just heard kicking in the water and it sounded like he was gasping for air," said Joel Anderson, witness.

Several shoppers captured video of the Franklin dive team pulling the suspect from the pond 20 minutes later, and loading him onto a stretcher. The man was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Complete article

Troy woman arrested after fight outside Brunswick NY Walmart 11/06/2017

Trio sought in late evening purse snatching at SC Walmart 11/06/2017

He walked out of Walmart with a cash drawer — now police want to know who he is 11/06/2017

Suspect arrested after gunshot fired inside Augusta Me. Wal-Mart 11/06/2017

AUGUSTA — A man is in custody following the discharge of a firearm inside Walmart in Augusta.

Police told WCSH that a suspect entered the store around 8 p.m. with a firearm, and a confrontation ensued with another person inside — referred to by police as a “good Samaritan” — who was trying to disarm the man with the firearm. They said one shot was fired within the building.

While police were responding to the incident inside the store, a woman passed away in the parking lot, according to Augusta Police Deputy Chief Jared Mills.

The woman’s cause of death was not immediately known, but Mills said it wasn’t due to “a gunshot wound or anything that was apparent” and that police would be working with the Medical Examiner’s Office to determine exactly what happened. Complete article

Man speaks out about armed confrontation, shooting incident in Augusta Walmart 11/07/2017

Robert Potter, 31, of Augusta, was arrested by Augusta police initially on charges of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon and aggravated assault with a firearm. Later he was charged with criminal threatening with a dangerous weapon, which is a felony.

Potter was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center and remains hospitalized at an undisclosed location for medical treatment, according to a news release issued Tuesday.

Dispute over untied shoelace led to Walmart gunfire, man says 11/08/2017

Augusta man arrested after Walmart confrontation was barred from owning firearm 11/09/2017

Montana man charged with theft at ND Walmart 11/07/2017

Video: Thief snatches woman's purse in Franklin Wisc. Walmart parking lot while she loads groceries into car 11/07/2017

Health Department Says NY Walmart Backup Caused By Block in Sewage Line 11/06/2017

Man convicted in deadly Tx. Walmart shooting killing three sentenced 11/06/2017

Man arrested for exposing himself to Idaho Walmart employee 11/06/2017

Woman uses child in attempt to steal from Fla. Walmart 11/07/2017

Man used stolen credit card at NC Walmart, deputies searching 11/07/2017

Shooting at Oroville Ca. Walmart leaves one in critical condition 11/07/2017

A man is in critical condition and four suspects remain at large after a shooting in a Walmart parking lot in Oroville.

Oroville Police Department dispatchers received several 911 calls reporting shots fired at around 4:15 p.m. Monday, Lt. Chris Nicodemus said. Emergency responders arrived to find a man bleeding from his torso and two spent bullet casings lying on the ground nearby.

Security footage showed the victim drove into the Walmart parking lot, spoke briefly with two women in a dark Nissan sedan without getting out of his car, then parked in the southwest corner of the lot. The Nissan, which appeared to have paper license plates and was later photographed with a dent on the passenger side door, parked next to the man’s car. Complete article

Oroville police suspect Walmart shooting was a drug deal gone bad 11/08/2017

Shoppers paid Cook County Ill. pop tax at Hammond Ind. Walmart 11/07/2017

Cook County's much-maligned tax on sweetened beverages proved so unpopular and politically toxic that it will be repealed Dec. 1.

The rollout of the tax of 1 cent per ounce on all sweetened beverages, including artificially sweetened diet pops with no calories, was so problematic that the tax got levied outside of Cook County — in another state in fact.

Lansing residents Denise Doorneweerd and Marina Gallegos went shopping Sunday at the Hammond Walmart just off the Borman Expressway, about three miles east of the state line and the Cook County border. They often shop in the Hoosier state because the taxes are lower and so many stores have closed in their hometown.

They bought some Hawaiian Punch that was on sale and were headed back to the car when Gallegos noticed the receipt included $1.28 for "Cook Cty SBT." Complete article

More guilty pleas in lab fraud that paid Tx. soldiers Walmart gift cards for saliva, urine 11/07/2017

Two remaining defendants in a $36 million fraud scheme have admitted to taking part in the collection of unnecessary lab tests of saliva and urine that were billed to the U.S. military’s health care system, according to plea documents.

Jody Sheffield and Erik Bugen, of Travis County, filed court papers last week agreeing to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

A judge will have to formally accept the pleas before they become official. Bugen’s attorney on Tuesday declined to comment. Sheffield’s attorney could not be reached. Complete article

Woman charged with paying $3.70 for $1,800 worth of electronics in Fla. Walmart self-checkout 11/07/2017

Wal-Mart Female Employees Try Again for Sex-Bias Class Action 11/07/2017

Police seek help in identifying retail theft suspects at York County Pa. Walmart 11/07/2017

Woman Shares Story After Being Robbed In Fort Smith Arkansas Walmart Parking Lot 11/07/2017

Domestic incident at a SC Chick-Fil-A drive-thru turned into manhunt ending at Walmart 11/07/2017

Sheriff's office trying to identify suspects in NC Walmart thefts 11/08/2017

Police looking for men suspected of theft from Ky. Walmart 11/08/2017

Sheriff's: Man steals TV, Blu-Ray player from Va. Walmart, takes off in mismatched vehicle 11/07/2017

Woman targets Walmart stores in Hendersonville, Nashville Tenn. during baby formula thefts 11/07/2017

Man Pleads Guilty in Minn. Walmart Parking Lot Threat 11/07/2017

Florence police release photos of subject wanted for questioning in hoverboard thefts at SC Walmart 11/07/2017

Police: Alabama Walmart employee jailed for stealing $500 from store 11/02/2017

Columbus man charged after allegedly exposing himself, humping pole at Ga. Wal-Mart 11/08/2017

Bond denied for registered sex offender accused of inappropriately touching 9-year-old girl at SC Walmart 11/08/2017

Woodburn Oregon Walmart evacuated after bomb threat made 11/08/2017

This man snatched a woman’s purse at Walmart in Columbia SC, police say 11/08/2017

Threats prompt police to evacuate Lebanon Oregon Walmart 11/08/2017

Police evacuated the Lebanon Walmart late Wednesday evening after a suspect sent what officers termed "very serious threats" to several employees.

Lebanon Police Chief Frank Stevenson said a male suspect, apparently distraught over a recent break-up with a store employee, sent the threats through either voice or text message to employees. As a precaution, officers evacuated and secured the Walmart in response to fears that the man had entered the store with a gun.

Shopper Cassie Richey told the Democrat-Herald she was in the checkout line at about 9:20 p.m. when a voice over the intercom ordered everyone out of the store.

"Walking out with the employees, they said an employee's ex showed up with a gun," she wrote in a Facebook message.

However, it was not clear as of 12:30 Thursday if the suspect had actually entered the store, nor was it known how many employees were working at the time.

Richey said the Oregon State Police, Lebanon Police Department, Linn County Sheriff's Office and a police canine unit were on the scene. Representatives of those agencies were still searching the store at 12:30 a.m. A cellphone video showed officers searching vehicles in the parking lot. Armed officers guarded the store with Heckler & Koch G36 rifles. Complete article

Police: Walmart evacuated after worker's ex texted her a photo of gun pointed at store 11/09/2017

Phenix City Alabama man fell while buying a watermelon. Now Walmart will pay him $7.5 million. 11/08/2017

A Russell County Circuit Court jury returned a $7.5 million verdict late Wednesday against retail giant Walmart at its Phenix City store.

In July 2015, Henry Walker, a retired Army sergeant, was purchasing a watermelon at the store when his foot got caught in the wooden pallet and he fell, breaking his foot and hip, according to court testimony.

Walker, 59 at the time of the incident, was awarded $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages by the seven-black, five-white member jury. Complete article

Montana man charged with theft from ND Walmart 11/09/2017

Woman charged with heroin possession at Mich. Walmart parking lot 11/08/2017

Police arrest man for shooting two at Glendale Ariz. Walmart in 2016 11/08/2017

Neighbors claim alleged Fla. Walmart diaper thief shooter is living at home, not with sister as required 11/08/2017

Walmart, Davenport Iowa and Police cleared in discrimination case 11/07/2017

Ashley McReynolds Stole An Older Man's Wallet At Ill. Walmart: Cops 11/08/2017

How a SC Walmart panhandling complaint led to a captured fugitive in Myrtle Beach 11/08/2017

Police: Hallam man robbed bank in W. Manchester Pa. Walmart 11/09/2017

Identity Sought Of Tenn. Walmart Shoplifter 11/09/2017

Walmart: We've hired 188,000 veterans in four years 11/09/2017

Marshfield Wisc. public safety: Walmart parking lot hit-and-run 11/09/2017

Dinwiddie Va. Walmart Distribution Center employee charged with cutting coworker’s throat 11/09/2017

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Officials in Dinwiddie County say that a Walmart Distribution Center employee has been charged with malicious wounding after he cut a co-worker with a box cutter Thursday morning.

Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s representatives say the incident escalated from a disagreement between two employees.

Authorities say one employee cut the other in the neck with a box cutter. However, the injuries were considered superficial and authorities said the employee was patched up without having to be taken to the hospital. Complete article

Same warehouse five and a half years ago: 2 shot, 1 dead at Va. Wal-Mart distribution center 02/22/2017

Cuban man gets 5 years in prison for using fake gift cards at North Texas Walmarts 11/09/2017

DALLAS A man who pleaded guilty to using fake gift cards to defraud several North Texas stores was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday.

Roberto Carlos Puebla Saavedra, 32, who is originally from Cuba, was also ordered to pay more than $408,000 in restitution.

During a two-year period, Saavedra and his co-conspirators loaded money onto prepaid gift cards they created, went into Walmart, Sam’s Club and other retail stores in North Texas and purchased merchandise using the fake gift cards. Complete article

Report of shots fired at a Colorado Springs Walmart 11/09/2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police are investigating a report of shots fired at a Colorado Springs Walmart Thursday afternoon.

The call came in just after 2:30 p.m. at 3201 E. Platte Avenue. The store is located off of Platte and Chelton. A store manager confirmed with 11 News one of their associates heard gunshots and they called police.

As of 2:40 p.m., police had not located a gun or gunman. Complete article

Report of shots fired at a Colorado Springs Walmart: 11/09/2017

Walmart Launches Officially Licensed Online Military Showcase from all Five Branches of the U.S. Armed Forces 11/10/2017

Here’s What Happens When Ugly God Goes to Walmart 11/09/2017

Man wanted in 5 burglaries at Norfolk Va. Walmart 11/0/2017

Graham-Hopedale NC Walmart closed briefly for bomb threat 11/09/2017

Police searching for unidentified man accused of shoplifting at Ga. Wal-Mart 11/10/2017

Police: He tried to steal beer from the Bluffton SC Walmart. But then deputies searched his pants and car. 11/10/2017

Walmart, Kroger among stores challenging Arkansas lawsuit to stop wine sale expansion 11/10/2017

Police Responding to Reno Nevada Walmart Strong Arm Robbery on Damonte Ranch Pkwy 11/11/2017

Leeds Alabama Police investigating after double shooting in front of Walmart 11/11/2017

LEEDS, Ala. (WIAT) — Police are investigating after two people were shot Friday night in Leeds.

Leeds PD tells CBS 42 a double shooting happened on Weaver Ave around 10:45 p.m. Reports from the scene say multiple shots were fired in front of Walmart. Neither person struck by gunfire is thought to have life-threatening injuries.

Leeds Police ask anyone with any information about the shooting to call their department. Complete article

Suspect wanted in last Friday’s double shooting at Leeds Walmart in custody 11/17/2017

Vancouver woman buys iPad from Wash. Walmart, gets bag of flour instead 11/10/2017

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver woman said she bought an iPad Mini 4, but found a bag of flour in the box instead of an iPad.

“I paid $400 for flour,” said Sharleen Nelson.

On Sunday, Nelson visited the Walmart store on North Hayden Meadows Drive in Portland. She said a salesman helped her select the iPad, which she paid $399 for.

“He used a key to open the cabinet, looked like there were two of them,” recalled Nelson. “He pulled one out and that's the one I bought.”

Nelson got home, opened the sealed package and saw the bag of flour.

“I thought this was a new packaging thing. I didn't know what it was,” said Nelson. “This thing turned out to be a bag of flour.”

At first Nelson was scared, then her fear developed into anger.

“I thought, what if it's that anthrax?” Nelson said. “I was so mad. I don’t have $400 to just blow!” Complete article

Teens fire airsoft gun at Nebraska Walmart security guard 11/10/2017

A Walmart security guard evidently thought that a question posed to him by two teenagers was strange — and he told them so.

The boys, in a gold Honda sedan, pulled up next to the guard’s marked security car on his break Wednesday evening at the Walmart near North 99th Street and Military Road, police said.

They asked the guard whether he carried any weapons.

“That question seems suspect,” the guard responded.

Immediately, the boys fired an airsoft gun at the guard, who initially thought it was a real firearm.

The boys sped away in the car and were not located by the guard or Omaha police officers, but the incident may have been captured on video. Complete article

3 Walmart executives are facing off in a bizarre 90-day battle that will determine a strategy to beat Amazon 11/10/2017

Deputies Accuse Man of Stealing 4 Cases of Beer from Lowcountry SC Walmart and returning for more. 11/12/2017

Walmart evacuated for bomb threat in Ft. Wright Ky. 11/12/2017

Hudson NH police looking for suspects in Walmart theft 11/12/2017

Westerville Ohio police search for women accused of passing fake bills at Walmart 11/13/2017

Two 'high-dollar' thefts take place at Merrill Wisc. Walmart this weekend 11/12/2017

Suspects distract Va. Walmart clerks, steal computers 11/12/2017

Liquor Wholesaler Glazer's Charged Wal-Mart More, Suit Says 11/13/2017

Rodeo Horses Stolen From Pa. Walmart Parking Lot Returned To Children 11/13/2017

Man arrested after reportedly groping girl at Trussville Alabama Wal-Mart 11/13/2017

Greenwood police seek help in Walmart theft 11/13/2017

Man in custody after shooter scare at Colorado Springs Walmart 11/13/2017

Dozens of people were locked inside a Colorado Springs Walmart on Monday night after a man threatened people with what appeared to be a rifle, police said.

The weapon turned out to be an unloaded BB gun, and police later took the man into custody - but not until he had left the Walmart, entered the Chapel Hills Mall and gone into the movie theater there, carrying the BB gun the entire time, officers reported.

The man, whose identity wasn't released, didn't appear to be targeting anyone in particular, police said, but he did appear to be suffering a mental health problem.

"As far as we can tell, he never threatened anybody in particular," said Sgt. Jonathan Sharketti. "He just said to people, you know, 'I'm here to shoot people. This is for ISIS.' Random statements like that. Complete article

Oregon Walmart accused of denying family leave 11/14/2017

A Klamath Falls woman is suing Walmart for allegedly violating the Oregon Family Leave Act amid her efforts to care for grandchildren placed in her custody by social workers.

On Thursday, Julie A. Martin sued the corporation and Klamath Falls store manager Kelley Cooper for a combined $42,836 for events occurring last year.

The suit said Martin was given custody of her three grandchildren, ranging in age at the time from 4 to 8, after their father was investigated for child abuse. Martin said, starting Sept. 21, 2016, she was required to care for the children 24/7 after Department of Human Services identified immediate threats to their safety. Complete article teams up with upscale Lord and Taylor 11/13/2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Walmart will devote a section on its website to upscale Lord & Taylor, the latest strategic partnership as retailers make alliances.

The initiative announced Monday will start next spring. Lord & Taylor hopes it'll attract new customers already buying higher-end products on For Walmart, which has bought trendy fashion brands like ModCloth and Bonobos as it tried to broaden its customer base, the partnership is another move toward trying to create a premium online fashion destination. Complete article

Walmart’s score suspended in Human Rights Campaign rankings 11/13/2017

The retail giant Walmart, which has long been the subject of criticism over its employment practices, has found a new critic in the Human Rights Campaign’s latest corporate scorecard.

The nation’s LGBT organization suspended Walmart’s score in the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, which was unveiled last week. The cited reason for the suspension was the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the U.S. agency charged with enforcing federal employment civil rights law, finding probable cause for anti-trans discrimination within Walmart in 2017.

“During the CEI survey cycle, two Equal Employment Opportunity Commission determinations were made public in the cases of Jessica Robison (EEOC Charge Number 511-2015-01402) and Charlene Bost (EEOC Charge Number 430- 2014-01900),” the report says. “These determinations pointed to significant enforcement gaps in Wal-Mart’s non-discrimination policy, specifically with regards to sex and gender identity. Pending remedial steps by the company, the CEI rating is suspended.”

Deena Fidas, director of the Human Rights Campaign’s Workplace Equality Program, said the suspension will be lifted when Walmart addresses EEOC’s findings of anti-trans discrimination. Complete article

Man reports being robbed at gunpoint during arranged sale at Liberty Ohio Walmart 11/13/2017

LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – A Cortland man making an internet sale at the Walmart in Liberty was robbed at gunpoint and dropped off in Youngstown.

It happened Thursday at around 6:40 pm.

The victim told police that he was selling an Xbox One video game on Facebook. He arranged to meet a buyer from Campbell to make the sale.

He said he got into the other man’s car to make the exchange and started counting the cash when the suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at his ribcage. He said the suspect then demanded that he give him the money back. Complete article

Local woman starts petition to stop Walmart at Durbin Park Fla. 11/14/2017

Employees of Kamloops Canada Walmart now being let back in after being evacuated 11/13/2017

Decatur Alabama police chase Walmart theft suspect to Airport Road 11/13/2017

Westerville Ohio police search for women accused of passing fake bills at Walmart 11/13/2017

Man seriously injured after being shot in the chest near Colorado Springs Walmart 11/14/2017

Police are looking for a man they believe shot someone outside of a Walmart on Platte Avenue early Tuesday.

Colorado Springs police were contacted about the shooting at about 4 a.m. when a man with a gun shot wound in the upper chest was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center.

The man told police that earlier in the evening, he was walking down the sidewalk near the Walmart at 3201 E. Platte Ave when he was approached by a man with a gun who "said something" then fired his gun.

The victim was treated for serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Police have not identified any suspects. Complete article

Walmart responds to viral video that shows carts of food being thrown out at Ohio store 11/14/2017

Photo of Walmart cashier helping nervous man count change goes viral 11/14/2017

2 wanted for burglarizing cars in Hendersonville, Tenn. using stolen cards at Walmart 11/15/2017

He needed help finding his car at Wash. Walmart, so he called 911 and said he’d been robbed 11/14/2017

A man called 911 Sunday night and reported that he had been held up at knifepoint in the parking lot of the Spanaway Walmart, Pierce County sheriff’s deputies said.

It turns out that never happened, and that he just wanted deputies to help him find his car in the parking lot.

Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer described the man with one word.

“Idiot.” Complete article

VIDEO: Ex-West Palm firefighter arrested in Fla. Walmart arson, theft 11/15/2017

WEST PALM BEACH A man who spent years fighting fires is accused of starting one last month in a West Palm Beach-area Walmart, then walking out with a cart full of stolen Halloween decorations.

Former West Palm Beach Fire Rescue employee Kenneth Gray was arrested Tuesday afternoon on first-degree arson and theft charges in the Oct. 26 fire at the Belvedere Road Walmart off North Military Trail.

The 34-year-old West Palm resident is one of three people suspected in the fire, which Palm Beach County sheriff’s authorities say was set to distract employees while Gray walked off with a cart full of merchandise that October afternoon. Complete article

Farmington man accused of armed robbery at NM Walmart 11/15/2017

FARMINGTON — A Farmington man was arrested Saturday and accused of armed robbery after allegedly pointing a BB gun at Walmart employees when he was approached about alleged shoplifting.

Bryan Chavez, 35, is charged with a second-degree felony count of armed robbery, a third-degree felony count of tampering with evidence and a misdemeanor count of resisting an officer, according to court records.

Officers for the Farmington Police Department were dispatched to the Walmart at 4600 E. Main St. around 10 a.m. Saturday on reports of an individual shoplifting, according to police spokeswoman Georgette Allen. Complete article

Bogalusa La. Walmart employee arrested after ringing up nearly $40,000 in bogus gift cards 11/14/2017

BOGALUSA, La. – A Walmart cashier is behind bars after police say he rang up nearly $40,000 worth of bogus gift cards.

Twenty-year-old Ronald McMorris was arrested when he reported to work on November 12 and booked with two counts of theft over $5,000 and conspiracy to commit felony theft, according to the Bogalusa Police Department.

McMorris is accused of ringing up $39,217.67 on 41 gift cards during two different transactions on November 10 without ever collecting money from the customers who bought the cards. Complete article

Savannah-Chatham police seek to identify Ga. Walmart robbers 11/14/2017

Police: Man and woman stole generator from Lynchburg Va. Walmart on Old Forest Rd. 11/14/2017

GUILTY! Rosson Convicted Over Spilled Milk at Tx. Walmart 11/14/2017

SPD arrests 2 men with cocaine at Ga. Walmart 11/14/2017

DeKalb Ill. police investigating report of assault against Muslim woman 11/14/2017

Why Walmart Is Selling Adult Sex Toys for the First Time 11/15/2017

Bomb team investigates suspicious bag at Grand Forks ND Wal-Mart 11/15/2017

Five Piedmont NC Walmarts Robbed In One Day 11/15/2017

REIDSVILLE, NC -- Reidsville police are looking for three men they believe are connected to a string of local Walmart robberies.

On Saturday, Reidsville Police responded to the Walmart on Highway 14. They said three men walked into the garden center. Two distracted an employee while a third broke into the register and stole cash.

Police say similar crimes occurred in Randleman, Eden, Greensboro and Martinsville, Virginia - all on the same day. Complete article

Two injured in high-speed accident behind NC Walmart 11/15/2017

ASHEBORO — Two passengers were injured when an Asheboro man tried to show off his car and wrecked behind Walmart late Tuesday, according to a report from the Asheboro Police Department.

Darean Antonio Marsh, 24, of Hampton Road, Asheboro, was charged with reckless driving/wanton disregard in the accident that occurred just after 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The police report said Marsh was driving south behind Walmart at a high-rate of speed — estimated by the driver and his passengers at 55 mph — when he tried to make a turn at the southeast corner of the building. His 2018 Honda went off the road to the right, hit a curb and traveled up an embankment. Complete article

Man charged with armed robbery at Mt. Pleasant SC Walmart over pack of cigarettes 11/16/2017

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A man was arrested and charged with armed robbery, resisting arrest and narcotics violations in Mount Pleasant Wednesday.

30-year-old Cheyenne Jordan allegedly brandished a knife and took just one pack of cigarettes valued at $5.83.

Mount Pleasant police responded to the Walmart at 3000 Proprietors Place at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday in response to an active armed robbery. Complete article

Man Tries to Lure Girl by Stealing Phone in Oceanside Ca. Walmart: PD 11/15/2017

Police are searching for a man accused of possibly trying to lure a young girl into his car by stealing her cellphone as she shopped with her mother at a Walmart store in Oceanside.

The strange incident happened two months ago – on Sept. 6. The Oceanside Police Department (OPD) released surveillance images and details for the first time Wednesday.

Surveillance cameras inside the store captured the suspect following the mother and daughter around a Walmart located at 705 College Blvd. At one point, without the victims seeing him, he took the girl's cellphone from their shopping cart.

The mom and girl reported the lost cellphone to store security. Shortly after that, the suspect struck up a conversation with the girl, telling her he had her phone in his car. Complete article

North Shore police reports: 2 purses snatched in Wisc. Walmart parking lot 11/15/2017

Walmart Removes ‘Perfect Wall Art’ Posters Of Japanese-American Incarceration 11/15/2017

Columbia County Ga. police investigate Walmart theft 11/16/2017

Police seek suspect in theft from Winter Haven Fla. Walmart 11/15/2017

Palm Desert Ca. Walmart employees accused of embezzlement 11/16/2017

78-year-old Water Oak man has medicine stolen from his shopping cart at Fla. Wal-Mart 11/16/2017

Small Fire Causes Evacuation of Springfield Missouri Walmart 11/17/2017

Fire closes Walmart for several hours in Indian River County Fla. 11/17/2017

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — A fire broke out at the loading dock of Walmart early Thursday and closed the store for several hours.

Indian River County Fire Rescue responded to the Walmart, 5555 20th St., about 4:30 a.m. Thursday for a tire fire on a tractor-trailer, according to an incident report.

"While en route, dispatch reported the fire was getting larger and now involving the trailer and exterior of the building," the report said. When firefighters arrived at the store, they were met with heavy fire, which was "lapping up the exterior walls of the structure due to the trailer being backed into the loading dock," according to the report. Complete article

Wal-Mart shares hit a record high as sales beat expectations 11/16/2017

CHICAGO • Shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. hit a record high Thursday after the retailer reported its strongest revenue growth since 2009 and soaring online sales.

The better-than expected results came despite sluggish demand and competition from Inc. that has hurt brick-and-mortar rivals. The world’s largest retailer has notched more than three straight years of overall comparable sales growth.

“Momentum in the business is really strong,” Wal-Mart Chief Financial Officer Brett Biggs said on an earnings conference call. Complete article

Van taken from Lawton Dollar General found at Chickasha Walmart 11/16/2017

Walmart says it’s preordered 15 of Tesla’s new semi trucks 11/17/2017

Public’s help sought in search for tattooed suspect who took merchandise from Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge 11/17/2017

Accused Fla. Walmart diaper thief shooter ordered to jail 11/17/2017

County: Rats found during inspection of Vancouver Wash. Walmart, in-store McDonald's 11/17/2017

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Clark County Health Department officials found evidence of rats while inspecting a McDonald's, a deli, and a bakery located inside of a Vancouver-area Walmart.

Owners of the McDonald's at the store off Mill Plain and I-205 voluntarily closed the store when they found out about the rats .

Derek Morrison, a regional manager with McDonald's, says the owners are "very responsible, very concerned with their customers health and well being and didn't hesitate to close the store to address the problem."

On Friday, the McDonald’s had closed gates and a posted apology note, while cleaning crews scrubbed the floors in the Walmart deli department.

The Clark County Food Safety Program Director says it may be two or three more days before their inspection is finished and that part of the Walmart can re-open. Complete article

Man injured after e-cigarette explodes in Macedonia Ohio Walmart parking lot, police say 11/18/2017

Police: Woman who took strolls through Va. Walmart for strollers stole two cases of beer, too 11/17/2017

Police looking for woman who tried to shoplift from WV Walmart 11/16/2017

Gaylord Mich. Walmart evacuated because of fire 11/17/2017

Do you know this woman? Cops look for Pa. Walmart theft suspect 11/15/2017

Weather causes area damage in Frankfort, Ind. flipped semis at Walmart 11/18/2017

Man Tried to Steal Over $3K-Worth of Apple Watches From East Windsor Conn. Walmart: PD 11/19/2017

Man robbed, shot in parking lot of Charlotte NC Walmart 11/18/2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A man was shot in the stomach and robbed outside a Walmart in east Charlotte, police say.

The victim is expected to recover after he was rushed to a hospital from East WT Harris Boulevard off Albemarle Road.

The thief took off with the man's wallet. Complete article

Cedar Rapids Iowa police investigate armed Walmart robbery 11/19/2017

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- Cedar Rapids Police are investigating an armed robbery at Walmart on Blairs Ferry Road.

It happened around 7 p.m. Saturday night. Police said a gunman approached an associate and stole a phone. The man then fled the store.

Authorities had a limited description of the suspect, saying only that he was a “black male.”

At last check, police were unsure if the armed robbery at Walmart was connected to four others in the area recently. Three of them at Cedar Rapids locations and another at a Quick Mart in Hiawatha. Complete article

NBC 5 Viewers Respond With Experiences at Walmart Auto Services 11/17/2017

After NBC 5 shared a story of a North Texas driver whose car's engine had no oil after a Walmart oil change, other viewers came forward with similar stories.

Jose Betances got his oil changed at the Walmart on Farm-to-Market Road 423.

Hours later his car had a major malfunction.

"Every signal that you can think of was on at the same time. Next step, I have no acceleration, and I can't accelerate on the car," Betances told NBC 5 Responds in September. Complete article

These Wal-Mart executives sold $11 million worth of stock as soon as they were allowed 11/20/2017

Five Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives took advantage of the stock’s biggest rally in nine years to a record high last week to sell a total of $11 million worth of shares, as soon as they were allowed to trade.

The stock WMT, +0.01% had shot up 10.9% on Thursday to a record close of $99.62, after the discount retail behemoth reported fiscal third-quarter earnings, revenue and same-store sales that beat expectations. That was the biggest one-day percentage gain since Oct. 28, 2008.

The next day, the stock pulled back by 2.2%, trading in an intraday range of $96.58 to $100.13 before closing at $97.47.

Some time Friday morning, President and Chief Executive of Walmart International David Cheesewright had sold 55,000 common shares at $99.29, in an open market or private sale, to raise $5.46 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

John Furner, president and chief executive of Sam’s Club, and David Chojnowski, a senior vice president and Wal-Mart’s controller also sold shares at the same price. Furner sold 1,200 share to raise $119,148, while Chojnowski sold 684.2 shares to raise about $67,932. Complete article

Salem Ind. Walmart Warning Residents Of Scam 11/20/2017

Police find syringes, abandoned drugs while arresting man at Myrtle Beach SC Walmart 11/20/2017

Florida Highway Patrol investigates Walmart crash 11/20/2017

Waynesville NC police ask for the public's help in identifying Walmart theft suspect 11/20/2017

POLICE REPORTS: Grooming supplies, bandana among items stolen from Tx. Walmart 11/20/2017

Labor advocates urge Walmart to raise wages for holiday shifts 11/20/2017

MARTINEZ — Workers and labor activists are calling on Walmart to give employees a higher wage for shifts that fall on holidays, something companies across a slew of industries already practice.

As part of Making Change at Walmart, a campaign from the United Food and Commercial Workers international labor union, union members and activists demonstrated outside a Walmart store on Arnold Drive in Martinez on Monday, kicking off the first of what organizers said would be several coordinated protests at Walmart stores across the country.

Making Change at Walmart organizer Jenny Divish, along with former Walmart employee Gabriel Portugal and UFCW Local 5 representative Bambi Marien, handed a petition to a manager at the Walmart store that urged Walmart to give an increased hourly wage to workers on holiday shifts.

“We believe the holidays are a special time of year. However, Walmart’s policy eliminating holiday pay in 2016 sends a strong message that there is nothing special about the holidays when it comes to how Walmart treats and pays its workers,” the petition said. “If Walmart is going to remain open on major holidays like Thanksgiving and New Year’s, then it should bring back holiday pay so workers are fairly compensated for all that they give up to make the holidays happen.” Complete article

Missouri & Kansas Police often respond to one store more than any other – Walmart 11/20/2017

ST. LOUIS, MO — A Fox Files investigation found Walmart demands much more attention from police departments, and often doesn't pay extra for that additional help. We began our investigation after hearing the town of Raytown, Kansas tried declaring their Walmart a public nuisance. Raytown hoped that would get their town more police power since the Walmart there demanded so much help from police.

Here in the St. Louis area, it’s easy to find news in the crime archives.

“I heard three shots boom boom boom,” one woman said after a deadly shooting and police pursuit at the Cahokia, IL Walmart in 2016. “I'm trying to make sure I don't get shot,” someone else said.

Last month, the O’Fallon, MO Walmart locked down during a SWAT standoff with a gun toting felon. ......

The Maplewood Walmart has more than five times the police calls as any other Maplewood business -- 1472 call in a year. Sam’s Club was 2nd with 271 calls. Lowe’s had 245. ......

In Shrewsbury, where Walmart gets a tax break, they also need more police help than anybody else. Former Alderwoman Dee Wiecher fought that break in 2013. She said, “I don't understand why you'd want to give people money that already have money. It doesn't make sense.” Complete article

Death of man who struggled with Ill. Walmart security in July ruled a homicide 11/20/2017

The death of a man after he was restrained by security guards in a Walmart parking lot on the Northwest Side has been ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner's office.

Donnell J. Burns, 23, died primarily of "stress and asphyxia" after struggling with the guards in the 4600 block of West North Avenue on July 25, the office said. Complete article

Do you know this man? York County police say he slashed tire at Pa. Walmart 11/20/2017

Police are asking for help in identifying a man who they say recently slashed a tire on a vehicle parked at the Walmart in Springettsbury Township, according to a news release.

Springettsbury Township Police say the man apparently was upset at another vehicle taking a parking spot he had his eye on. The store is located at 2801 E. Market St. Complete article

Police: LaGrange Ga. Walmart employee hit by hammer 11/20/2017

LAGRANGE, Ga. — LaGrange police are investigating an assault where a Walmart employee was attacked with a hammer.

Police say the attack happened at the Franklin Road Walmart Saturday morning. Police say the Walmart employee was assaulted when they tried to stop two suspects from stealing cell phones.

One suspect hit the employee in the head with a hammer, then the other shoved the employee to the ground. Complete article

Police search for couple suspected of stealing TV from Tabb Va. Walmart 11/20/2017

Police: Suspects Stole $1,700 Worth Of Electronics From Bay Minette Alabama Walmart 11/20/2017

Wood River Police seeking public's assistance for Ill. Wal-Mart theft 11/2/2017

Woman at NC Walmart hit by gunfire from Rocky Mount mall 11/21/2017

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) — A woman was shot Tuesday afternoon after gunfire came from a nearby mall in Rocky Mount, police said.

The incident was reported around 2 p.m. near Golden East Crossing mall on North Wesleyan Boulevard.

Rocky Mount police said the woman was the “unintended victim” while she was across Jeffreys Road at Walmart. Complete article

Employee found dead at Walmart in Raritan Township NJ 11/21/2017

FLEMINGTON - An employee was found dead at a Raritan Township Walmart on Sunday.

Hunterdon County Prosecutor Anthony P. Kearns III, Chief of Detectives John J. Kuczynski and Raritan Township Police Chief Glenn Tabasko said that a 48-year-old Noah Gold, a Walmart employee, died at the store.

Gold, of Quakertown, Pennsylvania, died of cardiac arrest, according to Kearns. Complete article

Body found behind Cahokia Ill. Walmart 11/21/2017

Cahokia police discovered a body Tuesday behind the Walmart on Camp Jackson Road.

As of Tuesday evening, police were not classifying the man’s death as a homicide, said Cahokia Chief David Landmann. Landmann would not say how they believed the man died, but said police should know within 24 hours.

The man, who appeared to be in his early 20s, had not been positively identified as of Tuesday night, Landmann said. Complete article

Man who died behind Cahokia Walmart likely shot himself, police say 11/22/2017

Bossa Nova bots coming to a Wal-Mart near you, but please ignore them 11/21/2017

Martin Hitch would kindly like you to ignore his robots.

The next time you see a Bossa Nova robot moving slowly up and down the aisles of your favorite store, please, walk on by.

“The last thing we want is for people to stop and talk to it,” Hitch, the company's chief business officer, said, noting that the Bossa Nova bots aren't equipped with technology that would allow them to talk. “We have a job to do, and we don't want to be interrupted on the job.”

Bossa Nova, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff robotics company, is serious about the job it designed its robots to do, and retailers are becoming serious about Bossa Nova. Complete article

Irritant prompts evacuation at North Kingstown RI Walmart; 1 taken to hospital 11/21/2017

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — Fifteen people were evaluated and one employee was taken to the hospital Tuesday after customers complained of an irritant in the air at the North Kingstown Walmart.

The town’s fire department responded around 1:45 p.m. to the Ten Rod Road retailer and immediately evacuated the building, according to North Kingstown Fire Chief Scott Kettelle.

Kettelle said customers and employees reported throat irritation and coughing while in the area of the store’s pharmacy.

Investigators are working to determine the cause. Kettelle said he believed the source has been narrowed down to the HVAC system, but the exact problem is still being determined. A contractor has been called in to evaluate the unit. Complete article

Colorado Walmart fires employee for subduing burglary suspect 11/21/2017

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. -- A 31-year-old Colorado man says Walmart fired him for doing his job.

Ramon asked his last name and hometown not be used, not because he fears retaliation from Walmart, but because he's worried about the countless shoplifters he helped the Commerce City Police Department arrest as an asset protection associate for the nation's largest retailer.

Ramon was fired Nov. 10 after subduing a store burglary suspect four days earlier.

"All I was trying to do was do my job, the best I could," Ramon said.

Surveillance video shows Ramon getting sucker punched in the eye by the 21-year-old suspect, Juan Izalbe.

The video then shows Ramon tackling Izalbe and holding him on the ground until police arrived and handcuffed Izalbe.

"(Izalbe) flat out told me 'I'm schizophrenic, I don't know what I'm going to do,'" Ramon said, explaining why he bear hugged the suspect to the floor, "When someone says something likes that, you have to take those threats seriously." .....

Ramon made $15 per hour and said Walmart could have trouble recruiting workers for that position in the future if employees fear getting fired for using appropriate judgment. Complete article

Former cop files federal suit against Pa. Walmart 11/21/2017

The former Bradford City Police officer who lost his job for allegedly shoplifting at Walmart — charges he was acquitted of — has filed a federal negligence lawsuit against the retail giant in federal court in Erie.

Shayne Miller is suing Walmart Stores Inc. for an alleged incident earlier this year in which he claimed the self-checkout station didn’t alert him when it failed to scan items. He was subsequently charged with — and acquitted of — shoplifting.

According to the lawsuit, on April 21 and 26, Miller was shopping at Walmart, and used the self-checkout lane. Both times, he attempted to purchase Smithfield pork chops, but according to the lawsuit, scanned the wrong bar code on the product. The code didn’t scan correctly, but Miller claims he was not notified by the register or by the designated employee at the self-checkout stations that the items didn’t scan. Complete article

Daring shoppers plan to wear Walmart uniform to get away with freebies on Black Friday? 11/21/2017

Some employees are getting entrepreneurial and selling their Walmart vests for as little as $20 to hopeless shoppers looking for a come up on Black Friday.

The online scheme would allow non-Walmart employees to wear the uniform and walk out the door undetected without paying for a thing.

A post on Facebook captioned, “Walmart vest for sale $20 wear it and walk right out the door without paying on Black Friday.”

This is not the first time this kind of thing has happened. Each year there are ads like this that pop up on social media around Thanksgiving. They often go viral considering many people are simply desperate for a good Black Friday deal, let alone for free.

Unfortunately for those brave enough to buy the uniform and give the plan a shot, they won’t get far because employees are searched. Complete article

Thieves sought in Colorado Springs area Walmart robberies 11/21/2017

Hesperia Ca. Walmart briefly evacuated after false bomb threat 11/21/2017

Pedestrian injured in accident outside Pa. Wal-Mart on Monday 11/21/2017

Three arrested for attempted auto theft at Nevada Walmart 11/21/2017

Drunk cop left Tx. Walmart with $830 in unpaid groceries: police 11/22/2017

A cop in Dallas who reeked of alcohol “strolled” out of a Walmart one day ahead of Thanksgiving with more than $800 of unpaid groceries, police said.

Officer Christopher Hankins, while wearing a Dallas Police Department windbreaker, spent nearly three hours inside a Denton County Walmart before officers from the Northeast Police Department responded to the store for a possible theft at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Hankins, according to police records, sat on a produce cooler for nearly 30 minutes before walking out with 169 items worth about $830. Complete article

WATCH: Two fires set in aisles at Texas Walmart 11/22/2017

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Firefighters responded to flames in the middle of the aisles at a Walmart in Cedar Park, Texas, early Wednesday morning.

The fire broke out at 1:44 a.m. Jackie Sinclair posted video to Facebook of the flames, which appear to be in an aisle behind the watches and jewelry section. Cedar Park Fire Department says two separate fires were set inside and they’re investigating it as arson.

“How did this happen?” Sinclair says on the video. “Time to go — that’s a little too big for my taste.” Complete article

Cedar Park Walmart to remain closed for Black Friday after fire 11/22/2017

According to Cedar Park Fire Marshal Randle Blesing, the suspect -- who is not currently in custody -- set one fire near the clothing section and another near the vacuums.

"No, the suspect is not in custody at this time, but we have interviewed that person," Blesing said.

Blesing added that the suspect is cooperating with the investigation and said that they have obtained video evidence from inside the store.

Police have suspect, but no charges yet in fire at Cedar Park Walmart 11/28/2017

Richland SC Deputy Hit by Officer's Car During Walmart Chase 11/22/2017

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A Richland County deputies was hit by another officer's car while chasing a suspect outside a Columbia Walmart Wednesday afternoon.

Officers say around 4 p.m. officers got a call about suspicious suspects at the Walmart on Garners Ferry Road. Officers say the incident involved a stolen car.

One deputy was running after the suspects across the parking lot, while another officer was trying to chase the suspects in his car. The deputy in the car, however, wound up hitting the officer who was on foot. Complete article

Union Walmart protests fizzle as a Black Friday tradition 11/24/2017

Unions have stopped trying to use Walmart's day-after-Thanksgiving 'Black Friday' sales to launch public relations blitzes against the corporation, effectively conceding that the once-high profile efforts were making little headway toward organizing a union at the nation's largest employer.

"We actually don't have any events planned for Black Friday," said Amy Ritter, spokeswoman for Making Change at Walmart, a nonprofit activist group funded and run by the United Food and Commercial Workers. Complete article

Police look for gunman after man shot in SC Walmart parking lot 11/24/2017

GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCSC) — A shooting in a Walmart parking lot overnight left one person hospitalized and police searching for the shooter.

Police responded to Georgetown Memorial Hospital Friday after a man was shot around 3 a.m., officials said.

The victim told police he got into a verbal altercation with a man at the Sonoco gas station on North Fraser Street.

The victim left the gas station and drove to the Walmart parking lot, where the suspect and victim exchanged words again, police said.

Police said the suspect then fired two shots into the victim's vehicle, and one of the shots hit the victim in the arm. Complete article

Man connected to Georgetown Black Friday Walmart shooting turns himself in, police say 11/27/2017

Several hurt in accident in front of Ammon Idaho Wal-Mart 11/22/2017

Crime: Poinsettia, bacon, beer stolen from SC Wal-Mart 11/23/2017

Man sentenced to 6 years for 2016 Jacksonville murder in drug deal outside Walmart 11/23/2017

Fla. Walmart evacuated on Thanksgiving because of suspicious package 11/23/2017

Hudson NH PD says man stole computers from Walmart 11/23/2017

Winter Haven Fla. police warn of lottery scammers who target Walmart shoppers 11/23/2017

Woman says Mich. Walmart greeter stopped her from leaving after she was being followed 11/22/2017

Juvenile arrested for calling in Ill. Walmart bomb threat 11/22/2017

Police find no evidence of bomb at Vermont Walmart, despite threat 11/24/2017

Police clear Bernalillo NM Walmart after reported bomb threat 11/24/2017

Police: Man legally possessed gun at Walmart in Auburn NY 11/25/2017

Three Miami Men arrested in Enterprise for fraudulent activity at Alabama Wal-Mart 11/22/2017

Homeless man damages merchandise at closed NM Walmart, APD says 11/24/2017

Samsung TV Stolen From Columbia SC Walmart 11/24/2017

Tx. Walmart employees get $100 for working on Thanksgiving, thanks to app 11/24/2017

Pair tries to steal $4,250 in Mich. Walmart Black Friday merchandise 11/25/2017

Midnight mayhem & crash reported at Colorado Walmart 11/25/2017

A man allegedly behind the wheel of a van who refused to stop for law enforcement near the parking lot of the North Avenue Walmart Thursday night — just as crowds massed for the store's midnight Black Friday sales ­— fled authorities and crashed his vehicle near the store before being arrested.

An arrest affidavit for Michael Patterson, 51, of Grand Junction, denied driving the van that crashed over two curbs and down an embankment into a fence when he was apprehended near the store.

A Mesa County sheriff's deputy first saw the van just before 11 p.m. near 29 and Patterson roads, and realized the vehicle had expired tags. A search of the van's license plate led to Patterson, who had multiple warrants out for his arrest, according to a report. The deputy noted the man driving the van matched a mug shot of Patterson. Complete article

Police arrest Ca. Walmart thief, search for Visalia shooter 11/24/2017

Before the Black Friday madness even began, a man started a fight in a Visalia Walmart Wednesday night.

Visalia officers were called just after 10 p.m. to Walmart at 1819 East Noble Avenue.

A loss prevention officer tried to stop 34-year-old Justin Kemal from stealing items from the store but Kemal became "combative" with employees. Kemal choked one of the loss prevention officers, police said.

Kemal escaped before police arrived. A police dog was able to track Kemal down a short time later, officers said. He was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center for dog bites. Complete article

Woman found dead in vehicle parked at Fort Collins Colorado Walmart 11/24/2017

FORT COLLINS — A woman was found dead in a vehicle outside a Walmart in north Fort Collins around 1:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Fort Collins police received reports of an unresponsive woman in a car at the Walmart on 1250 E. Magnolia St. and found that the woman was dead. Police investigated the death and determined there were no suspicious circumstances, said police spokesman Matt Johnson.

The make and model of the vehicle the woman was found in were not disclosed by Johnson, as police are waiting to release additional information until the Larimer County Coroner's Office determines the victim's cause of death and identity. Complete article

Disabled man says he was denied riding shopping cart at Ga. Walmart 11/24/2017

Northwest police reports: Pair steals from Wisc. Walmart, lead police on car chase 11/22/2017

New Hartford NY Police called for alleged stabbing outside of Walmart 11/25/2017

Walmart customer irate after his iPhone 6 order for Black Friday is cancelled 11/25/2017

Deputies search for Va. Walmart thieves caught on camera 11/26/2017

2 on the run after trying to steal $4K in Mich. Walmart merchandise 11/25/2017

Dispatch: Deputies respond to gunshot victim at SC Walmart 11/25/2017

Deputies with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office responded to Walmart on 1451 Woodruff Road to reports of a gunshot victim in the parking lot Saturday morning, county dispatchers said.

The call came in at 10: 01 a.m., dispatchers said.

The Coroner's Office said it appears to be a suicide. Complete article

Missouri West County mall, Walmart briefly closed during protests 11/26/2017

MANCHESTER • A Walmart store at 201 Highlands Boulevard Drive near Manchester Road and Highway 141 closed briefly Sunday afternoon after protesters began chanting inside the store.

A short time later, the West County Center in Des Peres closed for about 20 minutes when protesters turned up there.

Police officers were visible at the scene of both protests. Complete article

Bedford Va. Police: Walmart robbery suspect is on the loose 11/26/2017

Robbery suspect threatened to kill Tx. Walmart employee over cell phone, say police 11/27/2017

Youngstown Ohio Police: Man arrested on east side suspected Austintown Walmart shooter in Oct. 11/26/2017

Shoppers claim online company grabbed Walmart Black Friday deals to sell for profit 11/27/2017

Man found unresponsive after using drugs outside Pa. Walmart, cops say 11/26/2017

Police: Man stole Children’s Hospital of Richmond donations from Va. Walmart 11/27/2017

Woman pulls knife on ND Walmart employee 11/27/2017

Homeless man arrested on Black Friday at Fla. Wal-Mart at Buffalo Ridge Plaza 11/27/2017

Suspect in 4 Louisiana killings captured at Alabama Walmart 11/27/2017

The suspect in four killings Sunday in Louisiana was captured Monday morning in Alabama.

Taurus Ike Hamilton, 23, was taken into custody about 11 a.m. at Walmart in Tuscaloosa, according to Louisiana lawmen. Hamilton's mother, Belinda Folse, was also arrested, Zacary Police Chief David McDavid told

The first shooting happened about 4:35 p.m. at a gas station at the intersection of Main Street and Plank Road. The chief said a fight erupted, subsided and then flared up again. That is when authorities say the suspect - later identified as Hamilton - pulled a gun and shot and killed Christopher Price. Complete article

Here's Utah's biggest employer (and no, it's not Walmart) it's Intermountain Healthcare 11/27/2017

Utah bucks the trend when it comes to which business is the largest in-state employer.

A new map from 24/7 Wall Street identified Walmart as the country’s largest employer in 22 different states. But in Utah, Intermountain Healthcare led the way. Utah was one of the 14 states where the biggest employer was in the health care industry. Complete article

Man arrested after concealing hatchet in Westminster Md. Walmart 11/27/2017

A Finksburg man was arrested Tuesday, Nov. 21, after allegedly attempting to steal a hatchet and other items from the Westminster Walmart.

Donald J. Grimes, 26, of the 3000 block of Old Westminster Pike, was arrested and charged with obstructing and hindering, possession of heroin, second degree assault, resisting arrest, failure to obey a lawful order, theft of less than $100, and disorderly conduct.

According to charging documents, police responded to Walmart for report of a person who had concealed a hatchet while in the store. Police said they approached Grimes and asked him not to remove the hatchet while they removed it from his pants. Police said he then pulled away and reached for the hatchet. Police then held his arm behind his back and pulled out the hatchet, which had been removed from its packaging. Complete article

Caretaker accused of punching disabled patient in Fla. Walmart parking lot 11/27/2017

Deputies stake out stolen car at Rancho Cucamonga Ca. Walmart, catch man with stolen merchandise, drugs 11/27/2017

Three women suspected of stealing from Tabb Va. Walmart 11/27/2017

Franklin Va. Walmart evacuated due to bomb threat 11/27/2017

Man leads deputies on chase after stealing TV from Ky. Walmart 11/27/2017

Police: Man arrested for sexual battery of 16-year-old female co-worker at Va. Walmart 11/28/2017

Family Targeted In Mass. Walmart Parking Lot On Black Friday 11/28/2017

SALEM (CBS) – Giselle says what was supposed to be a fun night out shopping with the family on Black Friday turned frightening for her and her boyfriend’s family. “He said ‘I’m going to find out where you live and I am going to kill you,’” Giselle said.

Police say out of nowhere the family was verbally attacked and almost run over by 56-year-old Robert McCarthy inside the Walmart parking lot in Salem. They say McCarthy started yelling racially and sexually charged comments.

“He started pointing at her son and started doing something sexual with his hand and mouth,” Giselle said.

Police say McCarthy was causing a stir inside Walmart and was asked to leave just moments before the incident. That’s when McCarthy is accused of using his car as a weapon. “He started going around and around trying to hit us and saying he was going to kill us,” Giselle said. Complete article

'Please call police': Woman's pleas at Oregon Walmart lead to rape charges against Roseburg man 11/28/2017

ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 27-year-old Roseburg man faces accusations of rape after officers responded to a report of a woman whispering "please call the police" under her breath to employees and customers at Walmart Saturday night, according to court documents filed in the case.

The woman told investigators the man had raped her 2 to 3 times daily for 3 weeks. The most recent rape had happened earlier that same night after the suspect kicked in the door to her apartment when she wouldn't let him inside to retrieve his belongings, according to an officer's sworn statement to the court. Complete article

Suspects in Henderson Nevada car crash-turned-armed-robbery stalked target at Walmart 11/28/2017

HENDERSON, Nev. (KSNV) — Henderson police are on the hunt for two suspects who they say targeted a senior citizen and then robbed her at gunpoint. It happened Nov. 22 as the woman was leaving a shopping plaza near Serene and Eastern.

Police say the suspects followed the woman through one or more stores, and when she got in her car they were waiting and trailed her for at least 15 minutes to the intersection of Solera Sky Drive and Tranquil Moon Street.

That’s where officers say they rammed into the back of her car, pulled out a gun and demanded her purse and jewelry. Police say they got images of the suspects by backtracking the woman’s steps to the Walmart in the shopping plaza. Complete article

Two-car crash snarls traffic near Arkansas Walmart 11/28/2017

5 indicted in credit-card fraud scheme targeting Phoenix, Tucson Ariz. Walmart stores 11/28/2017

Wal-Mart heiress sells 1,460-acre ranch west of Fort Worth Tx. 11/29/2017

Cashier arrested in Tx. Walmart robbery investigation 11/29/2017

Fatal stabbing at Temecula Ca. Walmart under investigation; suspect detained 11/29/2017

TEMECULA, (KABC) -- In an apparent case of road rage, a 19-year-old man was stabbed to death at a Walmart in Temecula and one person was detained at the scene, officials said.

Friends and family identified the victim as 19-year-old Kevin Rodriguez. He died in his girlfriend's arms, family members said.

Rodriguez maintains an Instagram account with more than 32,000 followers and lists his occupation as freelance videographer. Complete article

Kroger, Walmart fining suppliers for late deliveries 11/29/2017

Grocers like Kroger and Walmart are fining suppliers for late or incomplete deliveries, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Grocers lose approximately $75 billion annually in sales due to out-of-stocks and unsaleable goods. To combat the loss in sales, Kroger is charging suppliers $500 per day for deliveries made past a two-day window, and Walmart charges fines against companies that cost about 3 percent of the value of each late or incomplete delivery, according to the WSJ. Complete article

Walmart under fire for selling controversial shirt threatening journalists 11/29/2017

The controversial phrase "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required," has been around since at least 2007, and printed on shirts since around 2009.

However, the shirt design has recently resurfaced after one of the world's largest retailers began selling shirts with the phrase printed on them online. Complete article

Walmart Sues City Of Sheboygan Wisc. Over “Excessive” Property Taxes 11/29/2017

Last week, Walmart continued a pattern by suing the City of Sheboygan over property taxes. The company says its Sheboygan outlet has been over-taxed by the city, as the debate over “dark stores” in Wisconsin continues.

In an official complaint, Walmart lawyers argue that their property taxes for 2017 are “excessive,” and they want the City of Sheboygan to issue them a refund.

The Sheboygan Walmart was assessed at $13 million by the city, but Robert A. Hill, a lawyer representing Walmart, says the outlet should be assessed at just $9.7 million. According to him, Walmart stands on strong legal ground in its argument. Complete article

Houston Tx. Neighbors Said No to Walmart and Invested in Black-Owned Businesses After the Hurricane 11/29/2017

Three months ago, Hurricane Harvey ripped through Houston and coastal Texas, killing 82 people, displacing more than 60,000, and leaving parts of Houston with severe wind and flood damage. As the city recovers from the strongest hurricane to hit in more than 50 years, many of its residents in historically Black neighborhoods continue to struggle for resources and support.

“Houston is the tale of two cities,” explains Andrew Cobb, cofounder of West Street Recovery, a nonprofit disaster response organization that formed out of Hurricane Harvey to aid residents in underserved neighborhoods.

“If you flew in from the airport and drove around, you’ll probably be like, ‘Well, I don’t see the problem,’” he says. “But upon investigation, you’ll see that a lot of people in Black and brown and low-income neighborhoods still need help. These people are living in homes with severe water damage, and they are breathing mold.” Complete article

Walmart in Roseville Mich. evacuated for false bomb threat Wednesday night 11/29/2017

Arrest made in Brimfield Ohio Walmart robbery 11/29/2017 He said that on Nov. 16, Brooks allegedly followed the victim from a Cashland store in Akron to the Walmart at 250 Tallmadge Road. The victim was confronted in the Walmart parking lot, punched twice in the face and his wallet containing cash and credit cards was stolen, according to a criminal complaint.

Two-car crash snarls traffic near Arkansas Walmart 11/28/2017

Lake Delton Wisc. Walmart reopened after second bomb threat in last month 11/30/2017

Child Porn Arrest: Man accused of taking photo of little girl in Tx. Wal-Mart restroom 11/30/2017

Crime Stoppers offering reward for tips in Tx. Walmart robbery 11/30/2017

Driver crashes into Henrico Va. Walmart 11/30/2017

Watch: Man snatches cash from victim at Fla. Walmart, beats him up, police say 11/30/2017

LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – Police said a man in Largo cashed his paycheck only to have it stolen right before his eyes.

To add insult to injury, the suspect beat him up.

The incident unfolded at a Walmart.

According to a release, the victim had just cashed his paycheck at the customer service area when a man behind him snatched the cash off the counter and made a mad dash for the parking lot.

Surveillance video shows the victim chasing the culprit outside of the store. Police said he was battered by the suspect, who fled the scene in a white van. Complete article

Police Officer Shoots Suspect at North Carolina Walmart 11/30/2017

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A police officer has shot and injured a suspect in the parking lot of a Walmart store in western North Carolina.

Local media outlets reported that officers were called to a Walmart in Hendersonville after 10 p.m. Thursday.

Police Chief Herbert Blake told WLOS-TV that an officer shot one suspect, who was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate word on the suspect's condition. Blake said the officer was not hurt. Complete article

UPDATE: Hendersonville police identify suspect, officer in fatal Walmart shooting 12/02/2017

Hendersonville, N.C. (WLOS) — Hendersonville authorities say Thursday night's officer-involved shooting was fatal.

Police have identified the suspect as Rufus Cedric Baker, a 32-year-old man from Buncombe County. ......

Police say the incident occurred during an active drug enforcement operation, and that McGaha and other members of the ACE team were not undercover as part of this operation and could easily be identified as police.

Blake says officers were conducting an undercover drug investigation at the Walmart Super Center on Highlands Square Drive at around 11 p.m. when McGaha shot Baker.

He said that when the officer tried to arrest Baker, whom Blake said was attempting to sell drugs, Baker tried to escape. The officer involved in the shooting said Baker was inside Baker's car, and appeared to be reaching for a weapon in his waistband.

The chief says officers at the scene recovered 14 bags of crystal meth and the suspect’s gun.

Police looking for suspects in Eureka Ca. Walmart armed robbery 11/30/2017

EUREKA, Calif. - Two men are on the loose after they robbed two customers at gunpoint outside Walmart in Eureka on Thursday night, according to the Eureka Police Dept.

Police said they received a call at 10:35 p.m. on Thursday of an armed robbery in the Walmart parking lot.

Police said both suspects were armed with black semi-automatic handguns and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police told North Coast News that no one was hurt. Complete article

Port St. Lucie Fla. police seek help identifying multiple Walmart theft suspects 11/30/2017