Monday, November 16, 2020

Ten Ways To Reduce Violence, Backed Up By Research

We have plenty of good research that shows how to reduce violence; however, it's virtually absent from the mass media; and if you Google something like "Most effective ways to stop violence" many of the first results, including some from police departments, ignore the long term causes of violence and focus on simple easy to understand prevention methods, that at best stops violence just barely before it happens, and ignore the most effective solutions. This includes recommending neighborhood watches, staying in well lit places, and improving relations with police, perhaps looking to them for expertise, even though they don't recognize the long term causes of violence.

Addressing the long term contributing causes of violence is complicated, and will take time to explain the details; but, it helps to start with a few simple points. This will be followed up by additional details and links to sources that confirm how well it could work if we based policy decisions on the best science. There are a few examples where some of the best police officers recognize this and recommend social solutions like preventing child abuse, poverty, or improving education.

1. Minimize or eliminate early child abuse, including corporal punishment, which often leads to other forms of child abuse and violence, including much higher murder rates in areas where it's used more. Since at least 1991, on average, the murder rates have always been higher in the states still allowing corporal punishment in school, and presumably using it more at home. It was at it's closest in 1992 when the difference was only 2.26%, and it's been growing since then breaking a record in both 2018, when the murder rates were 32% higher in states still allowing it in states allowing it than those banning it, and breaking another record in 2019, with a difference of 36%. There's also a much lower rate in European states that banned corporal punishment in both schools and at home, often with less than one fifth of our murder rate.

Like many other social problems, it will cost far less to address this contributing cause, and a few others before they escalate than it will cost to ignore it; one study by Robert Zagar and Hughes Grove, and cited by James Garbarino, below, shows that "for every dollar invested in diverting a high-risk kid from the pathway that leads to murder, more than six dollars are saved in the future monetary costs associated with killing." Other studies, also cited below, show that it costs far less to address homelessness and drug addition, which are both contributing causes to violence, than it costs to ignore them.

2. Improve education and child care for everyone, not just those that can afford it. A glance at many of the countries that provide better child care including Australia, Finland, Sweden, Belgium, etc. shows that they have much lower crime rates and higher quality of living than the United States. There are also studies, some listed below, showing that increased funding on education, child care and other programs targeting at risk parents reduces violence and, once again saves money on other social problems including violence and prison costs. In one case after another politicians that claim to be "fiscal conservatives" are constantly trying to cut funds for programs that solve social problems and save money and increase funds for prisons and police by much larger amounts, which is obviously costing much more than they save.

3. Reduce poverty and income inequality partly by increasing the minimum wage, reducing outsourcing, and exposing many other ways corporations suppress wages for the working class. There are plenty of studies showing that where there are higher rates of poverty or income inequality there are, on average, higher rates of crime or violence. It stands to reason that successful efforts to reduce poverty and income inequality will lead to reductions in crime and violence. Some studies have confirmed this, including one over twenty years ago and another one cited by the White House, and posted on their web page in May 2016. However, this was followed up by other opinion articles or studies saying it would actually increase crime, in some cases, because of people that would lose their jobs as a result of higher wages. Some of these articles or studies come from sources that have an obvious conflict of interests; and I suspect a close look indicates thatt ehy may not be a scientific as they seem; although, it would require a close look to fact check the studies. In "Republic Lost" Lawrence Lessig reported that studies that were financed by industries with a financial interest were more likely than those without a financial interest to come to conclusions that favor the industry or financial interest.

Furthermore, the study posted in May of 2016 on the White House web site was available at least until January 12th, the last day the Wayback Machine crawled it and saved a copy; but it was taken down by about 6:00 PM on January 20th six hours after Donald Trump was inaugurated; which means that either the Obama administration removed it in their last week or the Trump administration began removing studies in the first few hours after they were in power. I reported previously, in another article about how some research about studies on PTSD were also removed after the Trump administration took power. This is a further indication that those with a financial interest are suppressing good research that impacts their profits.

Since poverty is a clear contributing factor for crime and violence, it's reasonable to assume that anything that increases poverty, including white collar crime, legal or not, will also be a contributing cause of crime and violence, therefore they should be prevented. This means that our economic system should be revised. This includes many practices supported by oligarchs to suppress wages for the working class, including outsourcing so local workers have to compete with workers in the poorest and most oppressed part of the world, often taking advantage of lax labor and environmental laws; or the advertising industry which obviously doesn't maximize profits by being honest, using propaganda tactics to fool credulous consumers, and many other aspects of our economic system.

4. Addressing homelessness in a much more effective manner will clearly help reduce crime and violence, and as Finland has shown, it can also save a lot more money than it costs to solve it. As I went into in a previous article, cited below, for the past twelve years they've been providing housing first for homeless people and helping them get back on their feet. With a home they're better able to get jobs and become functioning citizens. Ignoring the problem or using band aid solutions, like the United States does, leads to many other expenses related to homelessness which costs far more. Based on studies from Finland, I estimated that, if we can get similar results, we can reduce homelessness and save 9.7 billion dollars a year, for starters; in the long run as rates of homelessness go down the saving could even grow. Furthermore, if the economy wasn't rigged in favor of the wealthy in the first place, we wouldn't have as much of a problem with it in the first place and we would have already have saved much more money.

5. Treating drug addiction instead of criminalizing it. Portugal has demonstrated that this is much more successful than the way we handle it in the United States. I also went into this in a previous article, listed below; they put there programs in place about twenty years ago, and might have had some problems in the first few years, but after ten to twenty years their success at treating drug addiction improved dramatically and once again, saved many lives and more money than it costs. There's no study, that I know of, showing how much money the Portugal program saved and how much it would save in the United states if we implemented it here, although there's no doubt it saved a lot. But we have only four percent of the worlds population and twenty-five percent of the prison population, costing at least eighty billion dollars a year, with one study saying the total costs for it is closer to one-hundred-eighty billion if you count all related costs, so there's little doubt that the potential to save dozens of billions of dollars is there, and many of drug addicts that return to the work force could save even more by becoming productive citizens.

6. Reasonable gun control, which is supported by sixty to eighty percent of the public, depending on which policies they are, can save an enormous amount of lives, and money. This is the only partial solution that traditional media spends much if any time discussing, although they quickly forget it if we go a while without a mass shooting. However, this shouldn't be considered the whole solution, as the media often implies, by refusing to cover other contributing factors to violence. There's good reason to believe that if we make it harder, if not impossible, to get automatic guns and exceptionally large clips that mass shooters won't be able to shoot nearly as many people, assuming they can get a hold of a gun and other shootings, which are far more common, will be rarer if fewer people have guns, including those that can't pass a background check.

There are plenty of studies, including some cited below, showing that states with reasonable gun gun control have lower murder rates and an even larger reduction in suicide rates. However, gun control alone, won't stop all violence, since angry people can still carry out violence in other ways, including stabbings, beating people to death, vehicular homicide, and even some shootings with the guns that will still be available. This is why addressing the other contributing causes of violence is as important, if not more important. This is especially true when considering the fact that child abuse poverty and pother contributing factors also contribute to other social problems as well.

7. Don't train people, including veterans and police officers, to solve all problems with violence, especially in wars based on lies. Many of the best veterans and police officers may agree with this and are more concerned with finding non-violent ways to resolve problems. Unfortunately, due to authoritarian training many others may not; and domestic violence has been higher among both veterans and police officers, and often when they strike out violently the most common victims are often other veterans and police officers or their family members, or in the case of police, suspects, often minorities.

David Swanson has checked the mass shootings and found that veterans are the shooters significantly more often than the rest of the population and David Philips, author of "Lethal Warriors" and the New York Times has reported on how much more likely veterans with PTSD or other emotional problems are more likely to go on murder sprees, often without as much media coverage as mass shootings. I went into my own review, and although I couldn't find a thorough conclusive statistical study showing veterans are charged with murder more often than non-veterans, there's an enormous amount of evidence to show that they're at least as likely, of not more likely to be charged with murder, even though the vast majority of them are recruited from rural areas where the murder rates are lower.

8. Educate the public more about how organized gambling, including the lottery contributes to other social problems, including compulsive gambling, poverty, higher crime, including many murders related to gambling; and how organized gambling organizations can't stay in business and make a profit unless they rig the odds in their own favor. When the mafia controlled most organized gambling industries it was recognized as a vice and the media would report on how it contributed to other kinds of crime. Now that corporations or the government control most gambling industry, they have a financial incentive to downplay the amount of crime is related to this industry and how it contributes to other social problems. The best research on this is buried where almost no one sees it, while the media collects a fortune selling deceptive ads to encourage problem gambling and politicians collect and enormous amount of campaign donations from the gambling industry, so the most powerful institutions distort the truth about it.

9. Educate the public about the fundamentals of insurance and how it provides a massive incentive for fraud and even murder. Like gambling they put all the money they collect from premiums, instead of bets, subtrack expenses, then return what's left to consumers in the form of claims, assuming they approve them. The more they spend on advertising, legal expenses, high CEO pay, or return to stock holders the less they have to pay claims which is highly inefficient. Furthermore, there are almost certainly well over a hundred people killed every year in attempts to collect life insurance if not closer eight or nine hundred or more.

Five percent of the killers on Murderpedia killed in an attempt to collect insurance, and over twenty percent (or one percent of all murderers) of those successfully collected on those claims, at least for a while, before eventually getting caught. There's no guarantee that this is statistically representative, but if it is that would come to about 800 people killed in 2019 for insurance and about 160 killers that would collect on those murders, for a little while, and we would have know way of knowing how many people successfully got away with murder and never got caught. There's little or no discussion in the media or political discussions about how insurance routinely provides an incentive for crime and violence; instead there's an assumption that removing regulations without considering the purposes of those regulations enable corporations to serve us better, almost like a cult belief; however the selective removal of regulations is typically to increase profits for campaign donors without consideration of potential damage to the vast majority of the public. They even push insurance for children and pets, which inevitably leads to a small percentage of emotionally unstable people killing their children or pets in attempts to collect insurance when they get desperate. There were at least thirty unstable parents who killed their children over the past sixty or seventy years for insurance, and a total of over fifty kids killed; in some cases they successfully collected money for these policies before eventually getting caught, sometimes after trying it again.

10. Demand full disclosure for union busting tactics, especially since the vast majority of jobs in most industries is controlled by a relatively small number of oligarchs, despite the claim that we ahve a "free enterprise system" where everyone can compete fairly. Union busting has a long history of leading to violence, on both sides, although the worst of it is often from union busters or police, even if they create more propaganda making the unions seem worse.

Marty Jay Levitt explained a lot of the dirty tricks he previously participated in "Confessions of a Union Buster." At the beginning of his book he describes how workers started fighting with each other and how one of them went into the office and started throwing things and shooting the place up, without hitting an y people, before the police took him away. The dirty tricks that he participated in were a leading cause of this. He had found out about the Union drive before the coal company and claims that he was able to talk him into hiring him and paying him $1,000 per day plus a $10,000 despite the fact that the owner "complained, I've never known anybody worth a thousand dollars a day.' Then he barked at the secretary, Dottie to make me out a check for $10,000. He offered his hand and commanded, 'You’re in charge.'” (p.11) He was willing to spend a fortune to suppress a union, but not spend that money to treat his employees more fairly. There are some doubts about some of the claims by Levitt; however, there are plenty of other sources indicating that union busting is expensive and confirming many of the details of his practices.

One of the tactics that union busters use is to portray unions as corrupt and greedy, as if corporations and union busters aren't corrupt and greedy, and to constantly remind them that if they formed a union they would have to pay union dues. Many union supporters dismiss this as anti-union propaganda, which is partly true; however, there's a strong possibility that union corruption, which does exist in some cases, may actually be a union busting tactic. Levitt may have dropped a hint of this in his book when he claims that his first employer as a union buster was John Sheridan, a former union organizer. This is far from the only time a union organizer has gone to work for union busting organizations, some of which I've read about previously, although I couldn't find the sources, but there's some evidence to show that many union leaders aren't doing a good job representing workers, often endorsing politicians like Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton who have little or no respect for workers rights, unless they're on the campaign trail.

When there is corruption from union organizers it obviously plays into the hands of union busters, whether or not the union busters are encouraging it. If you google "embezzlement of union funds" you'll find plenty of examples, so full disclosure of union activities, within reason should also be required, especially if there's evidence that many union leaders who aren't looking out for the best interests of workers. One example is when Richard Trumka opposed the Green New Deal and Medicare for All, and when Randi Weingarten and three other high profile union leaders voted against it on the Democratic Party platform despite the fact that they both have a large amount of support among the public including workers they represent. Nevada union workers demonstrated they can do a far better job than their elected leaders when, despite deceptive claims from union leaders trying to smear Medicare for All, which would have eliminated the health insurance policies they partly controlled, they voted overwhelmingly for Bernie Sanders and showed they supported Medicare for All. Both Weingarten and Trumka have a history of accepting the establishment front runners from the begging even though there are almost always more progressive candidates like Bernie Sanders that do a far better job defending workers and opposing outsourcing and Charter Schools among other things.

We need far more control at the Grassroots with full disclosure, so we can be Rainier that union leaders actually represent the workers, and when they don't they should be voted out. Weingarten, Trumka and many other union leaders shouldn't have life time tenor even when they don't serve workers well. David Sirota pointed out that corporations were trying to force unions to provide excessive disclosures that included petty revelations in "Hostile Takeover" while they continued to shroud all their business practices in secrecy, which is obviously hypocritical. If corporations wanted to defend workers from the fraud of their union leaders they should be willing to provide the same disclosure themselves, especially since their union busting tactics are far more secretive, deceptive and often illegal.

Honorable Mention: One thing that doesn't work as a deterrent is the death penalty. The states with the highest murder rates have, on average, more support for the death penalty than the states with the lowest murder rates. In most, if not all, of the murders resulting in a death sentence, they're not taking into consideration whether they'll be executed or held accountable, and they almost always have severe emotional problems that haven't been addressed before it was too late. There's good reason to believe the lack of effort addressing the root causes of violence also contribute to the desire for vengeance, which includes support for the death penalty even though evidence shows it doesn't solve problems and even costs much more, due to legal costs, than life in prison.

There's an enormous amount of good research to show how effective most of these practices could be at reducing violence; however, it's almost completely absent from traditional media nor is it used to make important political decisions. Fortunately it is available in the academic world, libraries and alternative media outlets, many cited in sources for each solution below. The most notable exception is research on how insurance provides an incentive to commit crime. The vast majority of reporting on insurance fraud simply ignores the fact that insurance provides an incentive for this fraud, and the fact that insurance has to rig the odds in their own favor, just like gambling. Nevertheless, I was able to find an enormous volume of cases where people killed for insurance or committed other forms of insurance fraud. In many cases it was insiders including insurance agents, police officers, or other professionals, including people in the medical industry that commit a large portion of the fraud costing consumers a fortune. By ignoring this problem they miss opportunities to solve the problem, at least partially; however, part of that solution would involve stopping the enormous profits for insurance companies and the share they give to both media outlets and politicians who are stonewalling solutions.

The research for veterans is also scarce, although not quite as scarce as it is for insurance; but there's an enormous amount of propaganda or biased research to confuse the issue. Nevertheless the New York Times, David Philips, author of "Lethal Warrior" and David Swanson all provided some good research which can be fact checked, and I did some additional research myself. Research about union busting contributing to violence is more scarce than the first seven solutions, but even those seven are absent from traditional media, despite the fact that there's an enormous amount of research in the academic world, libraries and alternative media available for them to report.

The reason for this is because our media system isn't nearly as concerned with serving the public's best interests by providing the best educational material to enable them to solve social problems and make informed decisions in a democratic system as they are with maximizing profits. Nor do politicians serve the best interest of the public, instead catering to the interests of their campaign donors. Regrettably, we have a Machiavellian oligarchy system, where the vast majority of "viable candidates" for most political offices, especially the presidency and statewide offices in large states are chosen by corporations, not the public, thinly disguised as a democracy. Instead of using the most credible research to learn how to reduce violence and save money the oligarchs are trying to "keep the citizens poor," as Machiavelli recommended, and uneducated, so it easier to control them. And they also come up with lots of distractions like sports or celebrity worship.

Fortunately, many well informed people at the local level managed to learn more about how to prevent violence, which is why they have lower crime rates than other parts of the country, which I went into in Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit. There are many parts of the country with much lower murder and crime rates than other parts of the country, enabling researchers to study what they do differently and find out what works. The same can be done to compare policies to other countries that solve social problems much more effectively and have much lower rates of violence and higher quality of life. In some cases, Like Richmond California, which I covered in the article I just cited, that have dramatically reduced their crime rates as a result of community organizing, standing up to corporations and solving other social problems before they escalate. At their worst Richmond had murder rates that were seven or eight time the national average; but after reforms at the grassroots they cut that by 60% by the time I wrote that article, and it has dropped even more since then, with a couple years less than double the national average. They still have room for improvement, of course, but few, if any abandoned inner cities have ever cut their crime rates so dramatically in such a short time.

The following are some sources for this article, including several studies showing that we can save money by solving problems before they escalate; following a few general articles about crime prevention they're organized according to the ten methods to reduce violence listed above. Some of them are my past articles, which include additional sources that have been peer reviewed:

7 Ways to Stop Violence at Every Age 10/01/2012

World Health Organization: Violence prevention: the evidence.

National PTA 10 Things You Can Do to Prevent Violence in Your School Community

How can we prevent violence?

24 ways to reduce crime in the world’s most violent cities 06/30/2015

6 proven policies for reducing crime and violence without gun control 07/19/2016

Los Angeles PD: Ten Things Adults Can Do To Stop Violence

Project Safe Neighborhoods: 10 Things You Can Do To Prevent Violence

How to Reduce Crime 03/01/1984 The welfare state does not respect private property. It takes from the politically uninfluential and gives to the politically influential. Redistribution by government is not called stealing, though the same act is if performed by a private individual rather than a government official. Neither shoplifters nor more serious criminals think of themselves as stealing; they say that they just “take” things. In a way, they are right because crime and most of what takes place under the heading of politics amount to the same thing.

Five Things We Can Do to Reduce Domestic Violence 09/14/2014


Children’s Safety Network: Youth Violence Prevention

Studies Show That Violence Prevention Saves Cities Money — Lots of Money 06/04/2020

Research On Preventing Violence Absent From National Media

The School-to-Prison Pipeline, Part I: An introduction​ 09/24/2019

1. preventing child abuse:
Other work by Zagar demonstrated that by intervening to divert high risk youths from this predictive pathway, lives and money can be saved. In Chicago, a program that invested in jobs, mentoring, and anger management programs for youths identified as at high risk for becoming killers resulted in a 43 percent reduction in the number of shootings and a 77 percent drop in the number of assaults (compared to what would have occurred if the investment were not made in the kids identified by Zagar's predictive model).

Where can the money for such preventive efforts come from? The cost-benefit analysis presented by Zagar's research offers a clean answer: for every dollar invested in diverting a high-risk kid from the pathway that leads to murder, more than six dollars are saved in the future monetary costs associated with killing. This figure parallels what prenatal home visits by health professionals save by preventing child abuse and neglect, according to research conducted by David Olds, John Eckenrode,and their colleagues. (Child psychologist James Garbarino "Listening to Killers 2015 p.245)
The Pew Research Forum found that any incarceration rate above the range of 350 to 500 per 100,000 were not only counterproductive, but when it comes to addressing crime, it is actually counter productive. In addition to being racially discriminatory and counterproductive, it is extremely expensive.


This chart shows what we waste in putting money on the table. This shows that if you reduce the African American incarceration rate to 500 per 100,000, which is the top you can do before you have gone into counterproductive, if you do the back-of-the-envelope arithmetic and targeted the money to the one-third of the children that are actually at risk, that you could save in the top 10 States approximately $10,000 per child per year that you are spending on counterproductive incarceration.

Now we know we can do better. The research shows that if you focus in the appropriate investments as the Youth PROMISE Act requires, that you can reduce crime by having a focus on the continuum of support for juveniles starting with teen pregnancy prevention, which will reduce the number of children born into dysfunctional families; prenatal care, reduces mental health and mental retardation problems. Early childhood education and programs like that , getting children off on the right track and keeping them on the right track, will not only reduce crime , but save more money than it spends. Youth Prison Reduction Through Opportunities, Mentoring, p.7

Evidence Is In; Corporal Punishment Should Be Banned!

Ignored evidence linking corporal punishment, poverty and crime grows

2. improving education and child care:

New study shows early learning helps prevent crime 10/25/2012

The Long-term Benefits of Education as a Crime-prevention Measure 05/17/2016

Education Opportunities in Prison Are Key to Reducing Crime 02/02/2018

Education Spending Per Student by State 2016 I haven't crunched the numbers; however, at a glance, it's clear that most of the states with the lowest murder rates spend more on education, on average than those with the highest murder rates. There are some exceptions, but seven of the states in the top ten for murder rates are in the bottom half for education spending; and, seven of the ten states with the lowest murder rates are in the top half for education spending. A couple of the exceptions are Utah and Idaho, which spend the least on education and are typically in the bottom ten for murder rates; however, they don't have other major contributing causes for violence like abandoned inner cities with murder rates that often get to three or four times the national average, and higher. Exception like Washington DC and Maryland, which spend more on education, but have more problems with abandoned inner cities are also exceptions with higher murder rates.

Understanding the True Cost of Child Care for Infants and Toddlers 11/15/2018 In addition to the immediate impact of affordable, high-quality child care, researchers find that access to this care produces significant societal savings for decades into the future. Participants are more likely to have improved health outcomes, increased future earnings, and reduced crime rates, meaning each dollar spent on early childhood programs is paid back several times over.14

Would it ever be possible to have universal childcare in the United States? 09/13/2019

3 Women On What It's Actually Like To Have Universal Childcare 05/17/2019

Childcare around the world: How other countries do it better 09/13/2018

Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Estonia and Portugal rank highest for family-friendly policies in OECD and EU countries 06/12/2019

A Universal Child Allowance: A Plan to Reduce Poverty and Income Instability Among Children in the United States 02/01/2019

Why the federal government should subsidize childcare and how to pay for it 03/09/2017

The Economics of Investing in Universal Preschool Education in California 2005

Does lack of education increase violent crime? Religion?

3. Reducing poverty, income inequality and increasing the minimum wage:

Higher Youth Wages Mean Lower Crime Rates November 1997 According to a recent study on Market Wages and Youth Crime (NBER Working Paper No. 5983) by NBER Faculty Research Fellow Jeffrey Grogger, there is a strong relationship between wage levels and criminal behavior, which explains why, over the past 20 years, crime rates for young men have increased while their wages have decreased. This also at least partially explains why the crime rate is higher for blacks than whites.

White House Says Increasing Minimum Wage Could Reduce Crime 05/03/2016

Economic Perspectives On Incarceration And The Criminal Justice System May 2016 Estimates from research suggest that a 10 percent increase in the high school graduation rate leads to a 9 percent drop in arrest rates, and a 10 percent increase in wages for non-college educated men leads to a 10 to 20 percent reduction in crime rates. (This study was cited in the previous article and posted on a government web cite in May 2016; it was still available on January 12th, 2017 which was the last date the Wayback Machine saved it. On January 20th a few hours after Donald Trump was inaugurated the Wayback Machine crawled it and it was no longer available.)

Seattle is a guinea pig for $15 minimum wage. Here's what the latest research shows 10/23/2018

Do Minimum Wage Increases Reduce Crime? March 2019

Minimum Wage Hikes Increase Crime, National Bureau of Economic Research Study Finds 03/19/2019

Minimum wage: Updated research roundup on the effects of increasing pay 11/0/2020

Why raising the minimum wage is good for everyone in North Carolina 03/18/2019

Raise the Minimum Wage, Reduce Crime? 05/03/2016

Basic Income as a Policy Lever: Can UBI Reduce Crime? 06/13/2019 What would the effect of a universal basic income be on crime? A new study looks into Alaska’s Permanent Fund Dividend and suggests that it reduced property crimes. (Research on this is limited; however, there are experiments going on now so more will be available soon.)

How much does Income Inequality Affects Crime Rates?;

Geneva adopts what's believed to be the highest minimum wage in the world, at $25 an hour​ 10/04/2020

4. Reducing homelessness

I went into research showing how to reduce homelessness and treat drug addiction previously in Machiavellian Ideology Ignores Real Science

Finland ends homelessness and provides shelter for all in need 07/13/2020

'It's a miracle': Helsinki's radical solution to homelessness 06/03/2019;

The city with no homeless on its streets 01/31/2019;

Wikipedia Homelessness in Finland,

Researchers gave thousands of dollars to homeless people. The results defied stereotypes. 10/09/2020

Jonathan Kozol "Rachel and Her Children" 1987

5. Treating drug addiction instead of criminalizing it

Complete article

Want to Win the War on Drugs? Portugal Might Have the Answer 08/01/2018, indicates that we might be able to cut our fatal overdoses by as much as 98% as indicated in the following excerpt:

In Shadow of Pandemic, U.S. Drug Overdose Deaths Resurge to Record 07/15/2020

Drug decriminalisation in Portugal: setting the record straight. 05/21/2020,

Months after the city sweep, heroin camps now scattered across Kensington | Mike Newall 10/27/2017

Drug Decriminalization in Portugal: Learning from a Health and Human-Centered Approach 02/20/2019

Drug Decriminalization in Portugal Learning from a Health and Human-Centered Approach 02/20/2019

Portugal's Path to Breaking Drug Addiction Spring 2019 While the U.S. and Italy have struggled with addiction, Portugal has crafted one of the most effective set of drug programs in the world.

6. Gun Control

The Impact of State Firearm Laws on Homicide and Suicide Deaths in the USA, 1991–2016: a Panel Study 03/28/2019 Universal background checks were associated with a 14.9% (95% CI, 5.2–23.6%) reduction in overall homicide rates, violent misdemeanor laws were associated with a 18.1% (95% CI, 8.1–27.1%) reduction in homicide, and “shall issue” laws were associated with a 9.0% (95% CI, 1.1–17.4%) increase in homicide. These laws were significantly associated only with firearm-related homicide rates, not non-firearm-related homicide rates. None of the other laws examined were consistently related to overall homicide or suicide rates.

Mother Jones: A Guide to Mass Shootings in America

Mother Jones: 10 Pro-Gun Myths, Shot Down

Mother Jones: More Guns, More Mass Shootings—Coincidence?

Mother Jones: At Least 194 Children Have Been Shot to Death Since Newtown

Mother Jones: More Than Half of Americans Now Have Tougher Gun Laws

STUDY: States With Loose Gun Laws Have Higher Rates Of Gun Violence

20 Deadliest Gun States

Less Guns, Less Crime- Debunking the Self-Defense Myth

Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States

How does gambling and gun control impact violent crime?

7. Don't train people to solve problems with violence, while ignoring non-violent methods. There's very little research on this subject; however, I cited a few good articles from the New York Times, Dave Philipps and David Swanson, as well as additional research of my own which searched for many more veteran shootings than the New York Times cited. There's also a lot of propaganda by supporters of the military including a seriously flawed article by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, which I reviewed in one of my articles, trying to dispute claims about a problem with many veterans. Clearly the most common target for veteran murders are other veterans or their own family, and they're often the people most likely to recognize and try to solve the problem.

Across America, Deadly Echoes of Foreign Battles

Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home 07/24/2009 by Dave Philipps This article has been removed or put behind a paywall so most people can't access it and may not know where to look for it. Retrieved through the Wayback Machine.

U.S. Mass Shooters Are Disproportionately Veterans 11/14/2017

Updated Data: Mass Shooters Still Disproportionately Veterans 06/14/2019

Wash. Post: Sharp Rise in Violent Crimes Cited Among Returning Iraq Veterans in Colo. Unit. They probably didn’t explore all the data that was available to them at the time but there is more to indicate that veterans might be more predisposed to violent crime than non-veterans outside of inner cities where crime is at its highest.

Military-Trained Gang Members Worry FBI, Oklahoma Law Enforcement. 02/16/2012

Recruitment of felons, with waivers, being up in U.S. Army and Marine Corps 04/22/2008

Wikipedia: "FBI gang investigator Jennifer Simon 1-2% of the U.S. military belongs to gangs."

Can a Judge Order Someone to Join the Military or Go to Jail? updated 11/25/2019 article originally posted no later than August 2014 There have been numerous cases, including a teen who organized looting at Walmart and another teen who planned a school shooting but was caught and received counseling before he carried it out, where people charged with crimes have received waivers to join the military since the War on Terror became, and most of them aren't widely reported.

States with high murder rates have larger veteran populations;

Teach a soldier to kill and he just might;

Legitimate Violence Spillover (LVS) theory, Alexandra Lysova and Murray A. Straus 2013-4?

Veteran Murders Continue Under MSM Radar

Is the militarization of the police leading to escalation of violence including Vegas shooting?

Veteran Murders Brings Wars Based on Lies Home!

Military Indoctrination Endangers Veterans and Public for Wars Based on Lies

8. Organized gambling connection to higher rates of crime or violence, including murder.

Studies: Casinos bring jobs, but also crime, bankruptcy, and even suicide 10/30/2012

No Casino Surrey opposition to gambling including studies on local problems with crime

Man Tied to Murders at Detroit Barber Shop, Gambling Den Charged With Assault

National Gambling Studies

Casino gambling causes crime - Institute of Government and Public Affairs PDF

Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation

Poverty and Casino Gambling in Buffalo - Stop Predatory Gambling Foundation PDF

Gambling addiction leads many down criminal road

XI. Gambling and Crime

Casinos blamed for rise in crime by gamblers

The tragedy of gambling politics in United States

E! Investigates Curse of the Lottery Part 1 of 3 12/0/2013

E! Investigates Curse of the Lottery transcripts

The curse of winning the lottery and becoming a millionaire

Biggest Loser? Gambler Dropped $127M in a Year

Google "Curse of the Lottery"

How Gambling Influences Politics and the Economy

National Gambling Studies

9. Insurance fraud including enormous number of people killed for life insurance money. There's practically no good research from traditional institutions on this; however, I compiled large lists of many murders for insurance, including a lot that successfully collected and did my own simple study which can be easily confirmed. The most extensive of these cases were years old; however, I did another brief search recently showing that there's many more every year, although this search wasn't nearly as extensive as ones I did in the past.

Insurance Executives Profit By Inciting Murder Occasionally Paying Killers

Killing Kids For Insurance Is Semi-Routine

Life Insurance and media companies are encouraging lots of murders

For profit insurance has an incentive to betray people after disasters!

For-Profit Insurance is Government Authorized Crime Syndicate

Cops Killing And Arson For Insurance Routine?

Murdered woman's life insurer doesn't want husband to get money despite no charges in case 03/11/2020

Delhi Businessman Got Himself Murdered For Insurance Money: Cops 06/15/2020

Man murders nephew, fakes own death for insurance money 05/11/2020

Oregon Romance Novelist Allegedly Killed Husband for $1M Insurance Policy: Prosecutors 04/29/2020

Widow of Lane released from prison 03/03/2009 Prosecutors at her sentencing described Deidra Lane as an abusive woman who killed her husband for insurance money. Defense attorneys called her a battered wife who killed in self defense.

Susan Cox Powell’s Children Gave Clues About Where Her Body Could Be 11/06/2020 According to My Northwest, Cawley believes the murder was planned years in advance when Josh took out a million-dollar life insurance policy on Susan.

Lawyer Plots Husband’s Murder With His Boyfriend For Insurance Cash 08/20/2020

Father, 60, who murdered his son for a $700k insurance policy is found guilty of killing his wife to pocket a $200K insurance payout - and he was only caught when his second wife grew suspicious after he took out $1.2 million policy 02/04/2020

Woman Hires Daughter's Boyfriend To Bludgeon Family Friend To Death With A Crowbar 09/20/2020

Life in prison: Joel Guy Jr. convicted of brutal 2016 murders, dismemberment of parents 10/13/2020 The five-page plan, found in a backpack in the bedroom where Guy stayed during his holiday visit, also detailed how he planned to profit from his parents' life insurance policies.

Woman's Dismembered Remains Were Found in Park — and Suspects Allegedly Killed Her in Insurance Scam 11/05/2020

Wife of slain Cleveland firefighter bought his murder, then left his ashes behind, prosecutor says 01/11/2019 Curry-Walker gave Padgett some of the money, and he distributed it among Hein and Dorty, Thomas said. But Curry-Walker said she would have the rest of the money once the insurance payout came, Thomas said. She never paid the full amount, Thomas said.

Murder for Life Insurance Money: Protecting the Children 2017

Gretna woman killed man for insurance money, New Orleans prosecutors say 02/20/2020

Texas ‘Black Widow’ Linked To Multiple Murders After Gunning Down Boyfriend For $250K Life Insurance 06/24/2020 They told police that in March 1995, the former couple survived a devastating house fire and received an almost $16,000 insurance payout, which is when their marriage really started to fall apart.

Everything we know about 'Welcome to Sweetie Pie's' star accused in murder-for-hire plot 08/21/2020 In the days after the murder, Ellis deposited over $9,000 in cash into various bank accounts. On March 18, 2016, Norman contacted the life insurance company to try to collect on the life insurance policy he had obtained on his nephew. ..... On Aug. 20, the grand jury also charged Norman and his insurance agent Waiel Rebhi Yaghnam, 42, of St. Louis, with one count of conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.

A paramedic allegedly killed his wife for the insurance payout. The method? Eye drops. 12/23/2019 Hunsucker received $250,000 in life insurance payments from two policies after his wife’s death, according to the Star.

A look back at a fifty cent murder-for-hire in Camden 08/07/2020 It was on August 7th, 1939 that 18-year-old Wanda Dworecki was murdered near Camden High School. She had been beaten, strangled, and her head bashed in with a rock. The murder took a more scandalous turn when it was determined that Wanda’s father, a Baptist preacher, had paid to have her killed so he could collect insurance money, about $2600. He paid her killer 50 cents.

Mom Enlisted Son to Murder Husband, Daughter for Insurance Money: Prosecutors 02/27/2020 After her husband was killed, Morgan allegedly collected a $200,000 life-insurance policy and moved to Florida with her son.

Tara Carter murder: Woman ordered daughter's boyfriend to kill tenant with crowbar to get insurance money 09/22/2020

Woman, kin kill abusive husband for insurance 06/23/2020

Two Barberton sisters allegedly kill their own mother for R80K life insurance payout 01/30/2020

New Orleans man's murder shows the danger of becoming a witness 09/25/2020 Cornelius Garrison, 54, had been secretly meeting with the FBI for months in the massive fraud case involving intentional truck accidents staged for insurance fraud. After he was indicted with eight others on Friday, he lasted four days before he was murdered. Some defendants have already admitted working with attorneys to sideswipe 18-wheelers in order to file bogus lawsuits, driving up insurance rates for all drivers in the state. The long-standing and widespread scam costs each Louisiana driver $600 year in extra premiums, state Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.

It's complicated: The wife, the hitman, the insurance money and the love triangle 08/25/2020

Husband gets life insurance money from the wife he killed 01/17/2020 A schizophrenic man charged with the first-degree murder of his wife, then found not responsible because of his mental health issues, will receive 100% of the dead woman’s life insurance money. The dollar amount of that policy has not been reported.

Money the motive behind ex-wife’s 2010 plot to kill retired NBA player Lorenzen Wright: report 09/19/2020 According to the report, Wright-Robinson, who married Wright during his stint with the Los Angeles Clippers, had claimed the $1 million check from the insurance policy after his July 2010 murder. The killing came months after the two divorced.

Murdered Vancouver gangster’s family denied insurance payout 02/12/2020 But in court documents, the RBC says the policy is void because Jodh Manj falsely claimed not to have any criminal convictions when he applied for the insurance policy 11 years ago.

Murdered woman's sons, not her killer, will finally get insurance money 12/31/2018

Howland woman’s execution for murder of husband delayed during appeals proceedings 06/25/2020

10. Union busting contributing to violence. Most of the research on union busting may not directly relate to crime or violence, but some does, and even when it's not directly related, if it increases poverty and income inequality it will indirectly relate to crime and violence.

Union Busting adds to corrupt bureaucracy and incites crime

Union Busting Tactics includes Union busting book

Union Busting Tactics New Location

Union Busting Playbook

Strikebreaking and Intimidation

Labor Wars in the U.S.

Wikipedia: Anti-union violence in the United States

Wikipedia: History of union busting in the United States

Wikipedia: Union violence

The Right-Wing Violence Trump Has Encouraged Has Deep Roots in American History 11/03/2020

Why Did Labor Leaders Vote Against Medicare for All in the Middle of a Pandemic? 07/29/2020

David Sirota "Hostile Takeover" 2006

America’s most insidious union-buster? Its own government 06/29/2018

Labor hits union busting by immigration agency 10/29/2009

Reading: Union Buster Tells All 01/13/1994

Workers Accuse Kickstarter of Union-Busting in Federal Complaint 09/18/2019

These are a few other general articles of mine about preventing violence.

Politicians increase crime; Grass roots efforts reduce crime; Politicians steal the credit

Politics, not technology, caused botched executions;

Wal-Mart crime: Rolling Back Safety more than prices?;

Democrats do a bad job on crime; Republicans and the Media are worse

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Walmart Crime Report October 2020

Walmart had at least thirteen shootings in October, including four fatal shootings, and two non-fatal officer involved shootings. There were also numerous other injuries caused by the shootings. One of the shootings was gang related, another was labeled a "duel" although it didn't follow the customs of nineteenth century duels, and at least one other was a result of road rage or other arguments. There were also a couple arrests for a previous murder at Walmart in September.

There were also close to a dozen, if not more, other gun related crimes, mostly armed robberies, plus a couple arguments and an armed man impersonating a federal agent, at Walmart. Walmart began removing all their guns across the country out of fear of unrest, but almost immediately replaced them, without explaining why they reversed their decision.

In addition to the four people killed in shootings there were two more killed in an accident and another two bodies found on the premises, as usual, police were quick to say no foul play was suspected when they find dead bodies on the premises. There was also a missing woman, where her ID was found in a nearby field, with her vehicle being left behind, strongly implying possible foul play.

They also had numerous fights, brawls, sexual assaults, and a robbery suspect that used a taser on an employee. Another police officer was accused of shoplifting at Walmart 14 times, in uniform, on duty. There's at least one more example where a shopper was denied her change, due to alleged shortage of change caused by COVID-19, although I haven't heard of this happening at any other store.

One woman was sentenced to five years for abandoning her kids at a Walmart and telling them to seek help from someone else. We have good research showing how to solve many social problems and save money by addressing them before they escalate, but instead they rely solely in the threat of jail for people who have no resources, even though this has been proven to be far more expensive.

In addition to the two people that died in a crash and another person that had their car stolen at gunpoint, Walmart had more than half a dozen major crashes, stolen vehicles, chases or other vehicle crimes.

Walmart also had more than half a dozen fires at their stores, including several arson, in one case two suspects set at least three different fires at two nearby stores. Some put out quickly, but others were very large.

Walmart also had at least four knife attacks including two stabbings, one that led to charges of attempted murder. Several Walmart employees and a few customers were attacked in half a dozen or so separate incidents, including one where they pepper-sprayed an employee while trying to shoplift. There were at least three or four organized efforts to shoplift massive amounts of money or embezzle from Walmart exposed. There were also riots and looting in Pennsylvania related to police protests after they killed another unarmed black man.

Walmart had another three or four recalls for watermelon and five other fruits that might be contaminated with listeria, and spices, including parsley that might be contaminated with Salmonella.

Walmart is being investigated for their part in the Opioid crisis, and they counter-sued as a defensive measure. Corporations are rarely, if ever, held accountable for massive crisis they cause; the Sackler family recently had to pay out a small fraction of the fortune they made in a guilty plea by their company, which was a cost of doing business. People that die of overdoses caused by large corporations are expendable for both the government and the corporations.

This same company is expanding into the medical and insurance industry even getting a cut of the privatization of Medicare. They're also using their political and legal connections to avoid paying property taxes, creating financial crisis's for many towns that helped them wipe out businesses that were willing to pay their share of taxes.

Walmart was also being sued by several companies or customers that expected lifetime auto care but were denied it when they decided to close their auto centers because of the COVID epidemic and for stealing intellectual property. Suing large corporations like Walmart, especially when they relentlessly stall on everything thanks to their enormous legal budget, is virtually impossible and they often try to force people to settle for petty amounts or wait years making any settlement almost meaningless sine they have to go to so much trouble and routinely get them cut, before finally getting anything, assuming they win, which they usually don't. Workers that want a fair deal have as much, if not more trouble, with the political and economic system rigged against them.

My best guess is that the skunk that forced an Oklahoma store to close down wasn't Pepe La Pew trying to sweet talk a black cat that somehow had a white stripe accidentally pained on her back.

Who ever the skunk was he or she wasn't the one that urinated on the merchandise at an Ohio store, that was a human.

Strange things happen at Walmart!

In 2006 Wake Up Walmart did a study, "Is Walmart Safe?" based on incidents in 2004, (PDF) about crime at Walmart which showed that it increased when Walmarts opened up and that crime was higher at Walmart than at other retailers. Since then Walmart Shootings began compiling a list of gun related incidents at Walmart and demonstrated that they have a large number of them, including on average more than one shooting per week somewhere in the country; now after counting them for several years that average is over two per week. In January of 2014 another study, "Rolling Back Prices and Raising Crime Rates?" provided additional statistical research indicating that Walmart 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 Walmart’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 Walmart policies have been contributing to higher crime in a previous blog, Walmart 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 Walmart and how they impact society, Key Studies on Big-Box Retail & Independent Business. To the best of my knowledge Walmart 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 October 2020. According to the "Is Walmart Safe?" the average store in their sampling had 250 incidents per year indicating that these are only a fraction of the crime reports at Walmart, 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 Walmart.

Mexicom Maine Walmart evacuated after suspicious device found 10/01/2020 The 12-inch-long device with markings, a cord and papers was not a bomb, he said, but was seized as evidence to try to determine its exact contents and how it got there.

Shots fired outside of Hickory Hill Tenn. Walmart 10/01/2020

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police responded to a report of shots fired outside of a Hickory Hill Walmart Thursday night.

Officers responded to the scene in the parking of lot of the Walmart at 2586 Hickory Hill.

Police say a man and a woman got into an argument outside of the store, and the man fired shots at the woman. No one was injured. Complete article

Police: Man charged with attempted murder after stabbing incident at Port St. Lucie Fla. Walmart 10/01/2020

PORT ST. LUCIE — A 26-year-old man was arrested on attempted murder and other charges after allegations he stabbed his ex-girlfriend Wednesday outside a Walmart on Southwest Gatlin Boulevard, according to Port St. Lucie police.

Terrel Cornelius Strong, of Port St. Lucie, was booked into the St. Lucie County Jail shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday on charges that include attempted murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and burglary with assault or battery, according to information from Sgt. Keith Boham, Port St. Lucie police spokesman, and the St. Lucie County Jail.

Boham said the incident occurred late Wednesday at the Walmart in the 1800 block of Southwest Gatlin Boulevard, which is just east of Interstate 95 near Southwest Rosser Boulevard.

Investigators learned Strong’s ex-girlfriend was on her break, sitting in her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot. Strong parked next to her and got in the passenger side of her vehicle.

“Once inside her vehicle, he began stabbing her multiples times,” police stated. “The victim fled into the Walmart liquor store, where a customer and Walmart employee provided her first aid and called police.” Complete article

16 arrested during sting at Ind. Walmart 10/02/2020

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WAVE) – Sixteen people are facing charges following an sting at a Walmart.

“Operation Rollback” was executed at the Walmart located at 735 Whitfield Drive on Thursday, according to the Columbus Police Department.

Police arrested and charged the following people:

Anthony M. Brown, 27, of Columbus, was charged with dealing in a narcotic drug, possession of a legend drug, resisting law enforcement in a vehicle, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia Complete article

Walmart to sell UK chain Asda in $8.8 billion deal 10/02/2020

LONDON -- Retail giant Walmart has agreed to sell its British chain of supermarkets, Asda, to the investors behind an international group of gas stations and food shops in a deal that values the company at 6.8 billion pounds ($8.8 billion).

Brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa, along with investors TDR Capital will acquire a majority of Asda, while Walmart will retain a minority stake and a seat of the board, the parties said in a joint statement issued Friday. Details of the deal weren’t released.

Walmart has owned Asda since 1999 but had been looking for a buyer recently to focus on higher-growth markets. Based in Bentonville, Arkansas, Walmart has given up on operations in several international markets over the past 15 years, including Germany and South Korea. In many of these countries, it has lacked the scale to press local suppliers on price as it does in the United States. Complete article

Two Walmart employees in Union County Pa. charged for allegedly stealing merchandise 10/01/2020

Deputies investigating theft from Ind. Walmart 10/01/2020

What a first day on the job: A Buena Vista freshman wrestler, new to Iowa, helps save a Walmart co-worker's life 10/01/2020

Accused Town ‘n’ Country church arsonist arrested after shoplifting at Fla. Walmart, deputies say 10/01/2020

Missing Sabine woman seen on La. Walmart surveillance video 10/03/2020

SABINE PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Taylor Nichole Nichols last was seen Friday, Sept. 18 at a Walmart store in Many, Louisiana.

According to the Sabine Parish Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, detectives have recently reviewed video footage from the Walmart that shows Nichols outside of the store.

At around 7:30 p.m., surveillance shows Nichols park her vehicle, enter the store for a short time, then exit and walk back to her vehicle and walk away towards the south exit of the parking lot. Nichol’s ID was found in the field between Walmart and Patrick-Miller Tractor Co.

Her vehicle was transferred to a detention center to be processed for possible evidence. Detectives have also reviewed surveillance footage from all surrounding businesses that revealed no further evidence. Complete article

Florence SC man charged in connection with a string of robberies, including Family Dollar, Lowe’s, Walmart 10/02/2020

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) — A man has been charged in connection with the robbery of a Family Dollar store and a string of others in Florence.

Investigators with the Florence Police Department charged Nikkikel Hickson, 24, of Florence, with assault and battery in the third degree and strong-arm robbery at the Family Dollar on West Palmetto Street.

He was also served with two outstanding warrants for shoplifting, third or more offense.

Additional charges against Hickson include armed Robbery for a Sept. 22 incident at Lowe’s on David McLeod Blvd, strong-arm robbery for a Sept. 23 incident at Walmart on Irby Street, and petit larceny with enhancement for a Sept. 27 incident at Dollar General on North Cashua Drive. Complete article

Crash near NY Walmart sends two women to hospital 10/02/2020

Two women were hospitalized, one of whom remains under observation, following a two-vehicle collision on Rome-Taberg Road early Thursday morning, according to law enforcement officials.

Sheriff’s deputies said Nicole L. Podkowka, 47, of Lee, was eastbound on Rome-Taberg Road shortly before 7 a.m. when an SUV came up behind her at a high rate of speed. Deputies said Podkowka attempted to move her Ford F-150 pickup truck to the right to let the SUV pass, only to be struck from behind by the SUV, which was driven by 25-year-old Jenna L. Dole, of Camden.

The collision propelled both vehicles off the south shoulder into a ditch, where both vehicles overturned, authorities said.

Podkowka was taken by AmCare Ambulance to Rome Memorial Hospital, where authorities said she was treated and released for non-life threatening injuries. Complete article

3rd employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Queensbury NY Walmart 10/02/2020

11% of Americans have already subscribed to Walmart+ 10/03/2020

Logan Utah Walmart theft leads to discovery of car full of stolen goods, drugs 10/03/2020

Missoula Montana Crime Report: Man Exposed Himself to Children at Walmart 10/02/2020

Man fatally shot near Neighborhood Walmart on Highland Rd. Baton Rouge La. 10/03/2020

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - One man was fatally shot near Neighborhood Walmart on Highland Road Saturday, Oct. 3.

The Baton Rouge Police Department responded to the shooting in the 5100 block of Highland Road around 5:30 p.m.

The victim was pronounced dead on the scene, BRPD said. Complete article

Police: Federal agent impersonator brandished gun to Pa. Walmart shopper over mask-wearing 10/05/2020

EBENSBURG, Pa. (WJAC) — Police say an Ebensburg man is facing charges for impersonating a Department of Homeland Security officer and brandishing a gun to a Walmart shopper who wasn’t wearing a mask, according to a criminal complaint.

According to the Cambria Township Police Department, 72-year-old Michael Baglio has been charged for impersonating a public servant and making terroristic threats with intent to terrorize another.

Officers were called May 17 after a woman reported that an older man had approached her while she was shopping, told her he was an officer with the Department of Homeland Security, brandished a gun and said, “it would be in your best interest if you wore a mask,” according to the complaint. Complete article

Woman attacks acquaintance at Tenn. Walmart, then headbutts nurse at Nashville General 10/03/2020

32-year-old Jennifer Mcfarlin was charged with two counts of assault after she attacked a drunken acquaintance at Walmart and then later headbutted a nurse that was trying to check up on her at Nashville General Hospital.

On September 29th, Metro Nashville officers were dispatched to the Walmart at 7044 Charlotte Pike on a call about a person fighting. Officers arrived on the scene where Lisa Miller informed them she knew Jennifer Mcfarlin and was attacked for no reason.

It was noted that Miller had a laceration to her brow. Miller also told them Mcfarlin tried to grab her bag and was striking her in the process. A witness confirmed she saw Mcfarlin run up on Miller and hit her several times and provided video footage. Officers were able to take Mcfarlin into custody based on the video and the independent witness’ statement. It was later discovered that she also had three failure-to-appears for court and an outstanding warrant from Cheatham County and advised they would extradite. Complete article

Fire at St. Charles Missouri Walmart was intentionally set, fire official says 10/03/2020

ST. CHARLES — A fire that was intentionally set at a Walmart in St. Charles created a lot of smoke but little fire.

The St. Charles Fire Department responded to the fire at the Walmart at 2897 Veterans Memorial Parkway on Saturday evening. When firefighters arrived, they found that the conflagration was confined to a rack of clothes in the men's department, said Mike Grzyb, the city's deputy fire chief.

The flames were quickly extinguished by a combination of the sprinkler system and firefighters, Grzyb said. Complete article

Fire at St. Charles Walmart injures 2 10/03/2020

Child may have started fire at St. Charles Walmart 10/05/2020 Surveillance footage from the inside of the store showed a child, a boy less than 10 years old, hiding inside the circular clothing rack shortly before it caught fire, St. Charles Police Lt. Tom Wilkison said Sunday.

Food truck fire in Tx. Walmart parking lot ruled accidental 10/04/2020

The Z Fusion Twist food truck in Fort Stockton caught on fire on Friday, Oct. 2 in the Walmart parking around 8:30 p.m.

No one was hurt and no other vehicles were damaged in the parking lot.

Fort Stockton Fire Department Chief Jessie Dominguez noted that the incident was accidental and was caused by grease in the vent hood system of the trailer.

Owner Paul Manosinh said costs for repairs will likely be over $10,000. The food truck, which first opened on June 6, 2019 in Fort Stockton, has a GoFundMe page link on their Facebook page Z Fusion Twist. Complete article

Man charged after allegedly groping, abducting Defiance Ohio Walmart employee 10/05/2020

DEFIANCE, Ohio (WTVG) - A Continental man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly restrained, groped, and threatened a 17-year-old Walmart employee.

Mark Christian, 36, is charged with theft, abduction, gross sexual imposition, and attempt to illegally assemble or possession of chemicals for the manufacture of drugs.

The incident happened at the Walmart in Defiance. According to Defiance County prosecutor Morris Murray, Christian came into the store, abducted the employee, and made her collect items associated with the manufacturing of methamphetamines. The teenage employee believed Christian had a knife, so she complied with his demands. Complete article

Walmart stores recall watermelon after possible listeria outbreak 10/02/2020 (Five other fruits added to recall shortly after this.)

SAN ANTONIO- A recall alert was issued regarding watermelon sold at Walmart stores in five states, including Texas.

It involves "Walmart - freshness guaranteed" watermelons, watermelon chunks and watermelon spears.

There are concerns they could be contaminated with listeria. Complete article

Various Cut, Sliced Fruits Sold By Walmart Recalled For Listeria Concerns 10/05/2020 Country Fresh further extended the recall to include various containers of "Freshness Guaranteed "cut and/or sliced apples, grapes, mangos, pineapples and cantaloupe distributed by Walmart.

Walmart May Be on the Hook for Billions in Opioid Damages 10/06/2020

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) received a potentially major piece of bad news on Monday when Delaware Chancery Judge Travis Laster ruled the retailer must produce files relating to two major opioid lawsuits.

"I don't think you can say with a straight face there isn't any evidence of wrongdoing," Laster said during a video hearing, according to Bloomberg.

The lawsuits, Norfolk County Retirement System v. Walmart Inc. and Police and Fire Retirement System of Detroit v. Walmart Inc., were filed in June by two pension funds that own Walmart stock. The suits allege Walmart broke the law for years by selling large amounts of highly addictive opioid painkillers to doctors and others operating "pill mills." Complete article

Walmart must turn over files on alleged opioid mishandling 10/05/2020

Walmart to launch Medicare insurance agency 10/06/2020

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Walmart is entering the health insurance business.

The Bentonville-based retailer on Tuesday announced the opening of Walmart Insurance Services, LLC, which will begin selling Medicare insurance plans during this year’s Annual Enrollment Period (October 15-December 7). ....

The agency, which is licensed in all 50 states and Washington D.C., will provide Medicare plans (Part D, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Supplement plans) offered by Humana, UnitedHealthcare, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Amerigroup, Simply Health, Wellcare (Centene), Clover Health and Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield. Complete article

Walmart lawsuits risk tax losses, Arkansas school districts told 10/03/2020

FAYETTEVILLE -- Lawsuits working their way through Pulaski County Circuit Court could cost $200 million a year in lost property-tax collections for public schools throughout Arkansas, the Washington County assessor told education supervisors Thursday.

Walmart is suing Pulaski County to change the method of appraising 10 stores there. The "dark store" appraisal method it seeks would cut the company's property-tax bill in half, Assessor Russell Hill said. It's the first test of a company trying to force the new method in the state, he said.

A spokesman for Walmart, contacted Thursday, said the company is formulating a response to Hill's remarks. Walmart went to court in Pulaski County in September 2019. At that time, Walmart spokeswoman Delia Garcia said the company is "simply seeking a fair market value for the property taxation of our stores." Complete article

Update: Two arrested after investigation into NY Walmart parking lot overdose 10/05/2020

Residents can safely dispose of medication this month at Wal-Mart 10/04/2020

Fla. Walmart employee arrested, accused of taking photos up women's clothing 10/05/2020

Road closed after deep hole opens near Walmart in New Port Richey Fla. 10/06/2020

Wilcox man charged after allegedly pointing a gun at someone in Nebraska Walmart parking lot 10/06/2020

KEARNEY — Pointing a gun at a man in a Kearney parking lot has a Wilcox man facing a felony terroristic threat charge.

Dylan Nash, 18, of Wilcox is charged in Buffalo County Court after allegedly threatening a man with a handgun in a north Kearney parking lot. Nash was arrested Sunday. He posted 10% of a $10,000 bond, or $1,000, and was released.

Court records outline the case against him:

About 6 p.m. Sunday Kearney Police Department officers were called to the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, where a man claimed Nash allegedly pulled a firearm on him, pointed it in his face and threatened to shoot the man if he touched his truck. Complete article

Fire fully engulfs van in North Ave Grand Junction Colorado Walmart parking lot 10/06/2020

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - The entrance to the North Avenue Walmart was temporarily blocked off Monday evening due to a van that caught fire in the parking lot.

Crews responded to the flames around 6:00 and found the car completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters with the Grand Junction Fire Department were able to extinguish the flames, and the lot was reopened shortly after. No injuries were reported from the incident.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Complete article

Peru Ill. Walmart Catches Three Shoplifting 10/06/2020

24 COVID-19 cases confirmed at Springs Colorado Walmart on Platte 10/06/2020

Sevierville Tenn. Walmart temporarily closed for sanitation 10/07/2020

Maine Walmart stores not offering layaway for holiday season 10/07/2020

Police Say No Foul Play in Body Found in Missouri Walmart Parking Lot 10/08/2020

The body of a man found in the parking lot of a Walmart is not being investigated as a crime.

Springfield Police say the man found at the Walmart Supercenter on South Campbell likely was shopping at the store Tuesday night and then collapsed in the parking lot outside his car.

His body was discovered Wednesday morning. Complete article

Shortchanged? Lehigh Valley shopper says she was refused 84 cents at Pa. Walmart amid COVID coin shortage 10/05/2020

A national coin shortage has some retailers asking customers to pay with credit or debit cards, or use exact change if possible.

But a Lehigh Valley woman said the Whitehall Township Walmart store took it a step further and refused to give her change — with no advance warning. It left Sharon Richards miffed at the mega-retailer.

“We bought a heating pad, plates, steam bags, mayo, and our bill was $41.16,” the Whitehall resident said last week. "We gave them $42; I was supposed to get 84 cents back. Complete article

Lawsuit: Walmart Auto Care Centers Closed 10/05/2020

October 7, 2020 — A class action lawsuit alleges Walmart Auto Care Centers closed and caused customers problems when receiving their lifetime tire balancing and rotation services.

Walmart provides auto and tire maintenance services at more than 2,500 Auto Care Centers in the U.S.

The plaintiff says he purchased Walmart's lifetime tire balance and rotation services in July 2018. The purchased “lifetime” balancing and rotation policy allegedly promised tire rotation and balance services every 7,500 miles for the life of the qualified tires.

However, the plaintiff says he tried to have his tires rotated and balanced at a Walmart Auto Care Center, but he was allegedly refused service at multiple Walmart store locations.

Walmart voluntarily closed the Auto Care Centers, allegedly leaving all U.S. customers unable to receive lifetime tire balancing and rotation services. Complete article

Woman accused of theft from Minn. Walmart 10/07/2020

Pearly Whites Thief- Man Steals Water Flossing Device From Fla. Walmart 10/07/2020

Altus Okla. police warn of ‘Walmart Cashier Service Evaluation’ scam 10/0/2020

Woman Tries Stealing Floor Cleaner and Baby Formula From Fla. Walmart – Alarm Sounds 10/07/2020

Police seek man accused of sexually assaulting a teen at Pittsfield Mich. Walmart 10/08/2020

Police are looking for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl shopping at a Walmart in Pittsfield Township.

The man, police said, approached the girl at about 10 a.m. Tuesday, chatted with her, and then grabbed and assaulted her. Then, he left the store, walking off in an unknown direction while workers at the Walmart, 7000 E. Michigan Ave., flagged down police to report the incident.

Pittsfield Township is near Ann Arbor. Complete article

Villager arrested after alleged attack in parking dispute at Fla. Wal-Mart 10/08/2020

A Villager was arrested after an alleged attack in a parking dispute at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Sarasota Plaza in The Villages.

Charles Barry, 75, was arrested at about 1 p.m. Wednesday at his home at 1662 Shell Point Ave. in the Village of Mallory Square. He was taken into custody by Sumter County sheriff’s deputies on a charge of battery.

The New Jersey native and his wife on Sept. 5 traveled in their white SUV to the store and took a parking spot from man who had been attempting to park in the same spot, according to an arrest report. The other man parked in the next available spot.

Both Barry and the other man exited their vehicles at the same time and began walking toward the store. The two men began arguing and the argument prompted Barry to push the man back, using both his hands, according to the arrest report. The other man tripped over a cement curb and fell backward into an island of shrubbery. Barry and his wife, who purchased their home in the Village of Mallory Square in 2007, fled in their SUV prior to the arrival of law enforcement. Complete article

Wanted man arrested after struggle in Tx. Walmart 10/08/2020

A citizen’s tip led to the arrest of a wanted man in Walmart Wednesday night, police said.

Officers arrested Patrick Boutelle, 33, of San Marcos after a struggle in which an officer deployed his Taser, police said.

Boutelle remained in the Brown County Jail Thursday on charges of resisting arrest, evading arrest and violating a bond/protective order, jail records state. Boutelle is also held on bond withdrawal warrants for burglary of a habitation and aggravated assault. Complete article

Coronavirus Outbreak: 10 People At Walmart In Colorado Springs Test Positive For COVID-19 10/08/2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) — Health officials are monitoring COVID-19 outbreak at a Walmart in Colorado Springs.

Ten people from the Walmart Supercenter at 3201 E. Platte Ave. have tested positive. Health officials say the cases were reported last Wednesday. It is not clear who has been infected within the store.

This is the second outbreak to happen at a Walmart in the Springs. The first was in August, at the store near Powers and Palmer Park Boulevard. Complete article

Newton Man Accused Of Stealing Over $1,500 From Carroll Iowa Walmart Makes Initial Appearance In District Court 10/07/2020

Man accused of felony theft at Ky. Walmart 10/07/2020

Man arrested for firing gun at woman leaving Nebraska Walmart in Sept. 10/08/2020

Sevierville Tenn. Walmart reopens after temporary closure due to COVID-19 concerns 10/09/2020

Man shot inside Rocky Mount NC Walmart, police search for four people responsible 10/09/2020

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. — One person was hurt in a shooting at a Walmart in Rocky Mount on Friday afternoon. Rocky Mount Police are searching for the four people responsible for the attack.

Officials said that four people attacked one man inside the Walmart on 1511 Benvenue Road. Gunshots were reported at the store at around 5 p.m., according to officials.

Four people had previous interactions with the gunshot victim. The group got into an argument, which ended in the gunfire, according to police.

The injured man was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition. His injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, police said. Complete article

Witness at scene of Walmart shooting describes seeing victim carried out 10/09/2020

3 of 4 suspects in Rocky Mount Walmart shooting have been arrested 10/10/2020

Fourth suspect in Rocky Mount Walmart shooting arrested in Oklahoma 10/27/2020

Two suspects arrested after shootout at Greeley Colorado Walmart 10/09/2020

Two men who allegedly exchanged gunfire at a Greeley Walmart have been arrested, police said.

The incident happened at about 7 a.m. Friday at 3103 S. 23rd Ave., according to a news release.

Officers arrived and quickly found one suspect. The second suspect was contacted a short time later. Witnesses told investigators that the men fired “multiple” shots at each other.

The men, who know each other through work, had an earlier “physical altercation” before the shots were fired, police said.

Investigators found more than 20 shell casings at the scene, and several unattended vehicles were hit by gunfire, police said. No injuries were reported. Complete article

2 suspects arrested on 'dueling' charges after shooutout at Greeley Walmart released due to Weld County Jail policy 10/09/2020

Senior Citizen critically injured in crash near Wheeling Ill. Walmart entrance 10/11/2020

WHEELING, Ill. (WLS) -- A senior citizen was struck by a vehicle near the entrance of a Walmart in north suburban Wheeling Friday night.

It happened around 10:46 p.m. near 1455 E. Lake Cook Rd., according to the Wheeling Police Department.

Details are still forthcoming but a preliminary investigation indicates the woman who appeared to be using a walker, was crossing from the north side of Lake Cook Rd. to the south side as the vehicle traveled east on Lake Cook Rd., according to Wheeling Police Department Deputy Chief Joseph Licari. Complete article

Two arrested in west end Toronto Canada Walmart parking lot murder in Sept. 10/10/2020

Toronto police arrested two suspects in connection to a shooting outside a west end Walmart on Sept. 10 and are still seeking a third.

The shooting, that resulted in the death of Andre Rodriguez, 26, was reported in the St. Clair Avenue and Mould Avenue area.

Police arrested Ayuub Jama, 24, on Friday and charged him with first-degree murder.

Police also arrested Micheal Carty, 25, on Oct. 8, and charged him with conspiracy to commit murder and being an accessory after the fact. Complete article

State police search for thief who stole necklaces from Pa. Walmart 10/09/2020

Corpus Christi Tx. police finds three children who were reported missing at Walmart on Staples St. 10/0/2020

Suspects wanted in Walmart retail fraud investigation 10/12/2020

Colorado Springs Walmart to temporarily close due to coronavirus outbreak 10/12/2020

Sheriff: Man with knife steals car battery from SC Walmart 10/13/2020

Columbia, SC (WACH) — A man was arrested after stealing a car battery from Walmart and threatening an employee with a knife, said Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott.

On September 20, Terry Maurice Goins, 52, walked out of the Walmart on Killian Road with a car battery without paying for it, said Sheriff Lott.

When a worker tried to stop Goins in the parking lot, he pulled out a knife and charged at the employee saying, “I’ve got something for you.” Complete article

Knife attack breaks out at Fresno Ca. Walmart after two couples get into heated argument 10/13/2020

A knife attack at a Walmart parking lot in southeast Fresno resulted in a man suffering a head injury and several police scouring the busy area for the suspect.

It happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Walmart off Peach and Kings Canyon avenues.

Police said an argument broke out between two women inside the store and escalated when both of their boyfriends got involved and exchanged words. The confrontation continued out to the parking lot, where one of the boyfriends pulled out a knife and struck the other man in the head.

Fresno police Lt. Andre Benson said police still were determining if the victim was stabbed or struck with the butt of the knife. Complete article

Bellingham Wash. robbery suspect allegedly uses taser on Walmart employee 10/14/2020

Bellingham police used tasers and fired bean bags to subdue and arrest a man suspected of using his own taser on a Walmart employee while stealing merchandise from the store on Sunday.

Gavin Zane Ruckle, 20, was booked into Whatcom County Jail Oct. 11 on suspicion of first-degree robbery and resisting arrest, and jail records show he is being held in lieu of $8,000 bail.

Officers were sent to the Bellingham Walmart at 2:50 p.m. Sunday for the report of an employee being tased by a robbery suspect, later identified as Ruckle, Lt. Claudia Murphy told The Bellingham Herald in an email. Complete article

Tx. Walmart shopper accused of assaulting manager, yelling racial slurs at workers 10/12/2020

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Some Walmart employees had a disturbing encounter Sunday night with customer who is accused of yelling racial slurs and assaulting a store manager.

Jake Taylor, 20, is charged with assault bodily injury.

It happened at a Walmart location in the 26200 block of the Northwest Freeway near W. Beltway 8 North, according to the Harris County Pct. 4 Constable's Office.

Investigators said the manager was escorting Taylor out of the store after he allegedly caused a disturbance and yelled racial slurs at employees. That's when the manager claims the suspect assaulted him. Complete article

Man arrested after allegedly assaulting Okla. Walmart employee 10/12/2020

EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – Authorities say a man is facing charges after he allegedly assaulted an employee at a local Walmart store.

Officers with the Edmond Police Department received a call about a recent sexual assault that occurred at the Walmart, located in the 2200 block of W. Danforth Rd.

According to the police report, the victim says she was working when a man approached her and asked her where the belts were located. Complete article

Katy Tx. police officer accused of stealing from Walmart 14 times while on duty 10/13/2020

Investigators say Billy Hammack stole everything from Hot Pockets to hand sanitizer to cheap men’s cologne while he was in uniform.

KATY, Texas — A former Katy police officer is in trouble after allegedly stealing dozens of items from a local Walmart.

Investigators said Billy Allen Hammack was on duty and in uniform when he stole from the store on Market Place Drive at least 14 times in a one-month period.

Hammack is charged with theft by a public servant and has been fired from his job with the Katy Police Department. Complete article

Somerset woman serving five years after leaving kids at Columbia Ky. Walmart 10/14/2020

A year after being indicted in Adair County for leaving six children inside the Columbia Walmart, a Somerset woman is serving her sentence in neighboring Wayne County.

Amanda C. Jardinez, 34, was indicted by an Adair County grand jury last October 15 on six counts each of abandonment a minor and first-degree wanton endangerment in connection to the August 2019 incident.

Columbia Police reported at the time that Jardinez entered Walmart with six juveniles, two of which were her children. She told the children to locate a store employee and then started to leave the premises, according to a police report. Three of the children attempted to follow Jardinez out of the store, police said, but she made them go back inside and then left with the man they had been traveling with as well as his 5-year-old daughter. Complete article

Electronics thief makes off with goods from Va. Walmart 10/12/2020

Natchez Mississippi Walmart loses some dairy, meat items after power outage in storm 10/12/2020

Woman suspected of stealing contents of Walmart employee's wallet in Chiefland Fla. 10/14/2020

Man sentenced after June 2019 attempted abduction of child in Greenwood SC Walmart restroom, solicitor says 10/14/2020

Woman allegedly stabs Vermont Walmart employee over ex-boyfriend 10/14/2020

WILLISTON, Vt. — A Ferrisburgh woman is facing one count of aggravated assault with a weapon after police said she stabbed an employee at the Williston Walmart Tuesday.

Court documents say 37-year-old Anny Jenkins believed the woman had an intimate relationship with her ex.

Police say Jenkins attacked the Walmart employee just after noon on Tuesday.

They say Bentley was reportedly setting up a merchandise fixture in the store when Jenkins allegedly came up from behind her with a 4-inch-long metal-spiked tire plug and hit her several times in the neck and head.

Court documents say Jenkins attempted to slash the woman's throat, before leaving the store. Bentley may also have a fractured skull, according to court documents. Complete article

If you recently bought dried parsley at Walmart, you'll want to read this 10/15/2020

The world of organic parsley is in upheaval, ever since a customer tested a batch of the herb distributed by High Quality Organics and confirmed it to be contaminated with Salmonella (via the FDA).

"Salmonella in parsley?" you're asking. Yes, answers scientific journal, Cell Press. 

Just like with animals (and eggs) Salmonella bacteria can latch onto the plants surface and infect their insides. That's exactly what happened earlier this year, when a batch of Californian-grown onions were infected with Salmonella, an outbreak which, according to the CDC, sickened 1,127 people and caused 167 hospitalizations across 48 states.

Salmonella poisoning, the FDA warns, can lead to fever, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. In more serious cases, it can cause arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis; in especially serious cases, Salmonella can even lead to death. Complete article

Paragould Arkansas police give all-clear for Walmart bomb threat 10/14/2020

No charges filed against Council Bluffs Iowa PD officer involved in September Walmart shooting incident 10/14/2020

Suspects wanted for taking employee's cell phone at Lake City Fla. Walmart 10/14/2020

Tenn. Walmart shoplifter caught with more than he stole 10/1/2020

Man arrested on felony motor vehicle warrants at Hillsborough NC Walmart 10/14/2020

Police: Deadly shooting outside Antioch Tenn. Walmart appears to be drug-related 10/16/2020

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Metro police are investigating after a person was shot and killed in the parking lot of the Antioch Walmart Friday morning.

Officers responded around 11:30 a.m. to a shooting outside the store on Hamilton Church Road at Murfreesboro Pike.

Investigators say 27-year-old Pierre Burns Jr. of LaVergne and the victim, tentatively identified as a 23-year-old Alabama man drove into the parking lot in separate vehicles as part of a prearranged meeting.

The victim got into Burns’ black Chevrolet sedan, after which, according to Burns, the victim put a gun to his head and attempted to rob him. Burns, who was also armed, said a struggle ensued inside the car and that he fatally shot the victim. Complete article

Thief steals FedEx cargo truck; abandons it behind Fla. Walmart 10/16/2020

DAVIE, Fla. – A thief stole a FedEx truck on Friday afternoon from a parking lot near Nova Southeastern University in Davie.

The Isuzu cargo truck vanished from 7901 SW 36 St., according to Sarah Andeara, a spokeswoman for the Davie Police Department. The thief traveled southbound on University Drive and didn’t go very far.

Officers found the truck abandoned behind the Walmart Supercenter at 4301 S. University Dr., police said. Andeara said it was empty. Complete article

If Walmart wants to hear workers’ voices, it should give us a seat at the table 10/16/2020

This month marks my 20th anniversary as a Walmart associate. Over the last eight months, I’ve seen the panic on workers’ faces as people have called in sick with COVID-19 symptoms, while Walmart gives us no information about whether we need to be tested for the virus too. I’ve also seen coworkers with symptoms afraid to call in sick, because they don’t have enough protected time off and may lose a paycheck, or their job. That’s not right.

Since the pandemic began, the Walton family fortune has swelled by nearly $43.2 billion thanks to Walmart’s hefty stock price gains. Walmart has notched $10 billion in revenue growth. Meanwhile, even after two decades with Walmart, I’m still paid less than $15 an hour. While associates like me are working on the front lines of this dangerous pandemic, making sure customers have groceries, pharmacies, home goods, and more, Walmart has slow-walked its COVID-19 response and keeps secrets about virus outbreaks in our stores.

That’s why Walmart CEO Doug McMillon’s recent folktale in Fortune about having “open ears and an open heart” sounds out of touch to associates like me. What we need is for Walmart to answer our calls for basic protections—more PPE, enforced social distancing, and hazard pay at 1.5 times our hourly wage, to start. And we need a seat at the table shaping company policy at Walmart, with real representation on the board of directors. Complete article

Bettendorf man accused of sexually assaulting woman at Iowa Walmart 10/15/2020

Walmart Route 59 Shoplifter Lives In Joliet Ill.: Police 10/15/2020

Police: Missing Woman Last Seen Getting Into Car At Fridley Minn. Wal-Mart 10/16/2020

Health Department: Potential COVID exposure at NY Wal-Mart, Wade’s, Thrifty Shopper 10/15/2020 Update: Missing Woman In Fridley Safely Located 10/16/2020

Man allegedly steals Walmart items in purse, punches witnesses 10/17/2020

SAN ANTONIO- A man is facing charges after he allegedly tried stealing items from a Walmart within a purse and then reportedly punched the witnesses that saw him do it.

On October 10, police responded to the Walmart on W. Military for a robbery call.

All of the witnesses were employees of the Walmart and two people confirmed they saw the robbery happen.

Witnesses told police that Robert Juarez and a woman were inside the Walmart and had put some unpaid items into a purse. Both Juarez and the woman had the purse at different times while they were in the store. Complete article

Morehead City NC Walmart evacuated Saturday due to threat, will reopen Sunday 10/17/2020

MOREHEAD CITY, Carteret County — A Morehead City Walmart will reopen on Sunday after being closed for much of the day due to an investigation, police say.

Lt. Johnson says police were called to the store at 11:14 a.m. due to a "pending threat" and immediately began to evacuate the business.

Once the building was cleared, officials say they worked with several additional agencies to investigate; the store was cleared and turned back over to management at 6:34 p.m. Complete article

Trash compactor fire forces evacuation of Buffalo Road Harborcreek, Pa. Walmart Saturday afternoon 10/16/2020

Customers at the Walmart in Harborcreek were forced to evacuate the building Saturday afternoon after fire broke out inside the store.

Multiple fire crews responded to the Buffalo Road Walmart around 4:00 p.m. after a fire broke out in a trash compactor in the back of the store.

When crews arrived, smoke and fire was coming from the compactor. Complete article

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon to Congress: Get a stimulus deal done 10/15/2020

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on Thursday called on Congress to work together and pass a stimulus deal to help American families and small businesses.

“For both sides, I think what they need to keep in mind is that there are Americans that need them, that don’t really care about politics, aren’t really tied up in this election and they just need some help,” he said, in an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

He said lawmakers on both sides of the aisle — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin — should hammer out an agreement, even if they need to tinker with it and improve upon it over time. Complete article

The One Thing You Shouldn't Be Doing at Walmart 10/18/2020

Walmart pulled the one-way aisle stickers up off the floor and opened more than one entrance again, but other safety measures are still in place. Don't forget a mask or to stay six feet apart from other customers. It's also best to keep your trips to the supermarket short and sweet—and this is actually one mistake many people are making at Walmart right now.

Though people are going to Walmart less, they're shopping inside for longer periods of time, according to new data. The statistics, released by, show average visits per customer between March and October fell by 13%. Fewer people may be inside a store at any given time, but the amount of time shoppers spend indoors is up by almost 10%, according to The Real Deal. (The next time you need to shop, keep in mind the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)

As we now know, COVID-19 can be spread through airborne transmission. Because of this, the CDC recommends using online shopping when possible. If you do need to shop in-store, go at off hours during the morning or night. Making a shopping list to help guide you while you're there is one helpful tool for cutting time spent inside, too. Complete article

Walmart sells to private equity firm 10/15/2020

Walmart Inc. has sold its Boston-based business to private equity firm CriticalPoint Capital LLC for an undisclosed amount. Founded in 1999 as ShoeBuy, was one of the earliest online sellers of footwear.

When Walmart acquired ShoeBuy nearly four years ago, 200-plus people worked for the company. A Walmart spokesman declined to say how many work for today.

He said Walmart has successfully grown its assortment of shoes on its primary website,, since the acquisition, and is ready for a new chapter that allows it to focus solely on continuing its own growth. Complete article

Barrington Road Chicago Ill. closed by Walmart in Streamwood for spill cleanup 10/16/2020

Authorities close portion of North Main Street at Summerville SC Walmart due to debris 10/16/2020

Summerfield woman arrested after fraudulent return at Fla. Wal-Mart 10/17/2020

Walmart store in Rialto Ca. closes for 2 days to clean as coronavirus cases spike nationally 10/16/2020

Woman shot in leg at Walmart on Harbison Blvd., CPD investigating 10/18/2020

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Columbia Police Department is investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Harbison Blvd.

Around 8:30 p.m., a woman was found with a gunshot wound to her leg in a Walmart parking lot.

CPD is working to determine if surveillance cameras in the area captured the suspect or incident. Complete article

Ugg Boots Maker Sues Walmart Over Fluffy Slipper Designs 10/19/2020

Deckers Outdoor Corp., the maker of Ugg boots, targeted Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Los Angeles federal court in its latest intellectual property complaint over its shoe designs.

Deckers told the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California on Oct. 16 that Walmart infringes trade dress and a design patent covering its Ugg Fluff Yeah Slide slippers. It sued Steve Madden in April for allegedly copying the same design, and has filed dozens of similar complaints against other companies.

The company also targeted Walmart last year for allegedly ripping off its Bailey Button boots. Complete article

Authorities close portion of North Main Street at Summerville SC Walmart due to debris 10/16/2020

Walmart Canada ends price-matching program, sparking consumer outrage 10/17/2020

Potential COVID-19 exposures at Knotty Pine Diner and Walmart in Madison County NY 10/19/2020

Florida man accused of using Kool-Aid packet to steal nearly $1K in Walmart merchandise 10/19/2020

Coroner: Man found dead in Peoria Ill. Walmart parking lot 10/21/2020

PEORIA (WEEK) -- A man is his 30s was found dead late Tuesday night.

Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood said authorities were called to the Walmart on Allen Road in Peoria after a man was found dead in a semitrailer.

The death is under investigation by the Peoria Police Department and the Peoria County Coroner's Office. Complete article

Young truck driver found deceased in his truck at Walmart parking lot 10/23/2020

Firefighters make quick work of truck fire outside Lockport NY Walmart 10/20/2020

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (WKBW) — South Lockport volunteer firefighters made quick work of a truck fire that erupted in the parking lot of the Walmart on South Transit Road this morning.

South Lockport volunteer firefighters made quick work of a truck fire that erupted this morning in the parking lot of the Walmart on South Transit Road.

Police temporarily blocked off the area while the scene was cleaned up. Complete article

Man leads police on foot chase after attempting to steal beer from Cape Coral Fla. Walmart 10/20/2020

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – A Fort Myers man took the term “beer run” literally when he lead Cape Coral police on a chase ending in a nearby canal.

According to an arrest report from CCPD, 45-year-old Walter Wyatt entered a Cape Coral Walmart Saturday afternoon and began shopping for beer and other miscellaneous items.

The Loss Prevention Officers at the store were immediately notified of Wyatt’s presence because he has a history with the store. Due to the previous interactions, CCPD was called just in case Wyatt decided to make a run for the door without paying.

Wyatt had a full cart when he attempted to leave without paying, prompting action from CCPD and the store’s security, the report states. That’s when Wyatt abandoned his cart and took off through the parking lot. Complete article

NY Walmart employee pepper- sprayed in dispute 10/21/2020

Saturday, Oct. 10 • A manager from a business on Main Street called about a bunch of pallets that had been taken the night before.

• A man called from Walmart to report that his tablet computer was stolen while he was working on the cooler at the store. Complete article

‘It was just evil’: Young man killed in front of girlfriend, best friend leaving Ga. Walmart last April 10/19/2020

Paoli Man Arrested After Officers Called To Walmart 10/19/2020

Baby's photo inside Walmart goes viral 10/20/2020

Stratford Conn. PD: Couple used stolen debit card at Home Depot, Walmart, BevMax 10/19/2020

HCSO deputy shoots suspect while assisting La Marque PD outside Tx. Walmart on West Road 10/21/2020

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A Harris County Sheriff's Office deputy shot a possible homicide suspect outside a Walmart on Wednesday, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The shooting happened in a Walmart parking lot at the intersection of West Road and I-45.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said deputies were helping the La Marque Police Department apprehend the suspect when the suspect got out of a vehicle with a revolver. That's when shots were fired and the suspect was struck. ......

The suspect has not been identified, but investigators said he was involved in a homicide earlier Wednesday in Galveston County. Complete article

Armed robbery at HSV Arkansas Walmart 10/21/2020

An unknown suspect held a cashier at gunpoint at Walmart on Highway 7 North.

Early reports state that the man held up the cashier Wednesday evening, then fled. At this point, there are no known injuries.

The Voice has not been able to independently verify any other information at this time. Complete article

At least two dead in crash near Walmart on NC 42 in Johnston County, Highway Patrol says 10/21/2020

GARNER, N.C. (WTVD) -- At least two people are dead and three others were taken to the hospital following a Wednesday afternoon crash in Johnston County.

Authorities responded to the fatal vehicle crash just before 2:30 p.m. along NC 42 near the Walmart Super Center.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers tell an ABC11 breaking news crew that a grey car traveling east at a high rate of speed lost control, crossed the center line and hit a red pickup truck.

Troopers said two people in the car died and two others were taken to the hospital. Authorities said the pickup truck driver was taken to the hospital with what appears to be serious, but non-life-threatening injuries. Complete article

Police called to Waterbury Conn. Walmart after large fight breaks out 10/21/2020

WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -- Waterbury police were called to the Walmart on Wolcott Street late Wednesday afternoon for the report of a large fight.

Investigators said the fight happened between customers, and someone reportedly threatened to “go get a gun.”

They said there were no shots fired. Complete article

2 arrests made after suspects joyride in Walmart scooters, fight with security 10/22/2020

Police: Suspect cuts Walmart employee, threatens to shoot ATM user in Mount Pleasant 10/21/2020

MOUNT PLEASANT — A woman is behind bars after allegedly cutting a Walmart employee twice in the neck and then robbing and threatening to shoot a second victim in Mount Pleasant in Racine County Wednesday night.

Mount Pleasant police say officers were dispatched to the Walmart at 5625 Washington Ave. just before 7 p.m. There, they found the Walmart employee cut twice in the neck and face. That victim was brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

With a description of a suspect, Mount Pleasant police were flagged down by a person at the Landmark Credit Union. That person told the officers that they had been robbed while using an ATM. The victim says the suspect threatened to shoot them and then physically wrestled with the victim until stealing $20 and leaving, according to MPPD. Complete article

Walmart employee attacked by customer in Mount Pleasant, police say 10/22/2020

Deputies: 2 arrested after stolen Dodge Charger recovered in Ga. Walmart lot 10/21/2020

MACON, Ga. -- Two men were arrested after Bibb County deputies found a stolen car in a Walmart parking lot.

The sheriff's office says they got a call about a stolen Dodge Charger and responded to the Walmart on Harrison Rd.

At the scene deputies also located a suspect, 22-year-old Cody Steven Patrick of Macon. Patrick was arrested and charged with theft by taking (felony) and driving on a suspended or revoked license. Complete article

Edmond Okla. Walmart store back open after skunk prompted closure 10/22/2020

EDMOND, Okla. — A Walmart store was temporarily closed Thursday morning in Edmond due to a skunk inside, officials with Walmart told KOCO 5.

The store is located near I-35 and E. 15th Street. While the store was closed, pickup service is available, store officials said.

The skunk has been removed from the back of the store. Officials said the store has reopened. Complete article

Fortune recognizes three Walmart Executives on list of most powerful women 10/21/2020

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Three of Walmart’s officers have been recognized by Fortune on its list of most powerful women in business.

Judith McKenna, President and CEO, Walmart International ranked #10 on the list this yea.

Kath McLay, President and CEO, Sam’s Club is new to the roster at #31.

Latriece Watkins, Executive Vice President, Consumables, Walmart U.S. was named to the list of “Ones to Watch”. Complete article

3 cited for theft at Ohio Walmart 10/20/2020

Alpena Woman Arrested for Embezzling from Mich. Walmart 10/20/2020

Jeffersonville teen sentenced for Paoli Ind. Walmart shooting last Dec. 10/21/2020

Dalton City man denies exposing himself to children in Decatur Ill. Walmart 10/19/2020

SMCSO Seeking Identity for Theft Suspects at Md. Walmart 10/22/2020

Search for suspect continues after woman gunned down outside Central Texas Walmart 10/22/2020

HILLSBORO, Texas (KWTX) – Hillsboro investigators continued to search for leads Friday after a woman who was shot outside of the Hillsboro Walmart store died at a local hospital.

The suspect was last seen driving south on the Interstate frontage road in a black crossover SUV.

The shooting was reported just after 6 p.m. Thursday at the store at 401 Coke St. in Hillsboro.

The victim, a 27-year-old Fort Worth woman whose name has not been released, was shot as she sat in a vehicle in the store’s parking lot, police said. Complete article

Suspect in deadly shooting outside local Walmart arrested 10/27/2020

Bond set at $1 million for man charged after deadly shooting outside local Walmart 10/27/2020

Police look to ID man who stole firearm, skinner knife from Walmart in Cumberland County Pa. 10/22/2020

CUMBERLAND COUNTY, PA — Lower Allen Township Police Department are looking for help in identifying a man seen stealing a firearm and a skinner knife, Monday morning, from a Walmart in Camp Hill.

The unidentified black male left the Walmart on 3400 Hartzdale Drive, with a 50 Caliber muzzle loader and a Razor Elite skinning knife without paying for the items, according to police. Those items are worth $289.

Police say he exited toward the Capital City Mall and walked across the lot before turning onto Lower Allen Drive and walking north under Route 15. No suspect vehicle was seen in the area. Complete article

Eastlake Ohio police search for man who sexually harassed two female Walmart employees 10/22/2020

EASTLAKE, Ohio (WOIO) - Eastlake police are searching for a man who allegedly sexually harassed two female Walmart workers Tuesday morning.

Both women told police that a customer walked up to them around 8 a.m., asked sexually explicit questions and asked if they wanted to see his penis.

The man came up to the women separately, police said.

One of the victims said the man told her he would return and “snatch her up,” police said. Complete article

Walmart sues government in pre-emptive move ahead of expected opioid lawsuit 10/22/2020

Walmart Inc. sued the federal government in an attempt to strike a pre-emptive blow against what it said is an impending opioid-related civil lawsuit from the Justice Department.

The retail giant said in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the Justice Department and Drug Enforcement Administration are seeking to scapegoat the company for the federal government’s own regulatory and enforcement shortcomings in combating the opioid crisis. Walmart WMT, 0.04% said the government is seeking steep financial penalties against the retailer for allegedly contributing to the opioid crisis by filling questionable prescriptions.

The suit names the department and Attorney General William Barr as defendants, as well as the DEA and its acting administrator, Timothy Shea. It is seeking a declaration from a federal judge that the government has no lawful basis for seeking civil damages from the company based on claims pharmacists filled valid prescriptions that they should have known raised red flags. Complete article

Walmart Is Under Fire For Its Policies Around This Medication 10/2/2020

Bakersfield​ Ca. PD looking for grand theft suspect who stole wallet from Walmart customer 10/21/2020

Two Pocatello residents arrested at Chubbuck Idaho Walmart 10/21/2020

Midland Tx. Walmart temporarily closing due to COVID-19 10/21/2020

Walmart closes Kimball Tenn. store for cleaning after COVID-19 outbreak 10/21/2020

Shots fired near Walmart in Bonney Lake Wash. during road rage incident 10/23/2020

BONNEY LAKE, Wash. — Shots were fired near a Walmart in Bonney Lake on Friday afternoon during a road rage incident, police said.

Around 3 p.m. Bonney Lake police responded to reports of a shooting at the store in 19000 block of SR 410.

When police arrived they found that both parties had already fled east in their cars on SR 410. Complete article

Bedford Ind. Police Investigating Vehicle Stolen At Gunpoint At Walmart 10/23/2020

(BEDFORD) – Bedford Police Department officers were called to Walmart at 11 a.m. from a Walmart employee.

“A customer reported that a male stole his vehicle at gunpoint from the parking lot,” said Chief Terry Moore. The vehicle was a 2006 gray Buick Lacrosse with a handicap plate. Our detectives are actively working the case.” Complete article

Police arrest aggravated robbery suspect in Colorado Springs Walmart 10/25/2020

COLORADO SPRINGS– A man was arrested after allegedly attempting to steal merchandise at the Walmart store on 8th street in Colorado Springs on Saturday afternoon.

The asset protection employees observed the suspect, 27-year-old Nicholas Reiss, attempting to steal merchandise.

CSPD officers attempted to contact Reiss, but he ran back into the store. He was tripped by a CSPD officer and as he was trying to get up, he reached for his waistband.

Police say he resisted arrest and a Glock 19 was recovered from his pants along with 11.06g of suspected methamphetamine. Complete article

Two people arrested for Canada Walmart fires 10/24/2020

Two arrests have been made in connection with three separate fires set inside Walmart stores in Kitchener and Waterloo earlier this week.

Regional Police confirm to 570 NEWS that a man and a young male are facing numerous charges.

Police say the investigation is ongoing, and more information will be released when available.

The three fires were set Tuesday night at Walmart stores at the Sunrise Centre and Stanley Park Mall in Kitchener, and Bridgeport Plaza in Waterloo, all in the span of about an hour.

The fires caused an estimated $12-million dollars in damage and all three stores were shut down for the investigation and clean up. Complete article

4 Accused Of Organized Retail Theft Arrested At Manteca Ca. Walmart 10/23/2020

MANTECA (CBS13) – Four people found to part of an organized retail crime group out of Modesto were arrested after the Manteca Police Department said they attempted to steal over $1,500 in electronics from a Walmart in the area.

Angelina Alvarez, 32, Kaitlyn Stolze, 28, Carl Goodman, 39, Robert Gonzalez, 40, all of Modesto, were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on various charges related to organized retail theft.

Manteca police said Walmart reported just before 1 p.m. that the four exited the store with shopping carts full of items that were not paid for.

After arriving at their vehicle, the group allegedly reentered the store for two more shopping carts full of merchandise. Complete article

Man relieves himself on Walmart merchandise: Mayfield Heights Ohio Police Blotter 10/23/2020

A Cleveland man, 45, urinated on luggage and sporting goods at Walmart Oct. 10.

He told officers he has a hernia and could not make it to the bathroom in time. He was taken to the hospital and cited for criminal trespass and criminal damaging.

The estimated loss of value to Walmart was $460. Complete article

Spices Sold at Retailers Like Walmart Are Being Recalled Over Salmonella Fears 10/23/2020

Two companies have issued recalls on their dried spices over fears that the products could contain salmonella, the FDA posted this month.

The first is Sauer Brands, Inc. which voluntarily recalled specific lot codes of more than two dozen spices by The Spice Hunter, including organic parsley, organic cinnamon, Madagascar cloves, gourmet sesame seeds, and more. This occurred because even after raw materials had tested negative for salmonella, the company's supplier notified them of the presence of salmonella in some lots of organic parsley given to them.

Items involved in the recall were distributed in the following states: Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, New Jersey, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. They were also sold online. You can see the full recall, including all spices and specific lot codes involved here.

The second recall comes from Red Monkey Foods which is also voluntarily recalling select spices after salmonella fears stemming from organic parsley. This recall only affects specific lot codes for some of the brand's Herbes De Provence and parsley products, sold under brand names like Great Value and Cost Plus World Market. These were distributed to all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico and sold in retailers like Walmart. You can see the full list of spices and affected lot codes in the recall here. Complete article

Walmart has a grand plan to help suppliers club together to buy green energy 10/23/2020

LONDON — When Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, it proved to be a tipping point for Walmart, the world’s largest retailer.

While the business was doing well at the time, it was focused on customers and employees over the broader environment, according to CEO Doug McMillon. “We were a large company but had not fully understood what that meant or what was required of us socially and environmentally,” he said, addressing the Climate Week NYC conference in an online broadcast last month.

“We decided to step up,” McMillon added. “We committed our company to achieving 100% renewable energy, a zero-waste strategy, a more sustainable supply chain and an increase in the minimum wage,” he explained.

Fast-forward to 2020, and Walmart has now made plans to become a “regenerative” company, an announcement it also made at the climate conference. Its environmental goals focus on decarbonization — where it is aiming to emit zero carbon by 2040 — and regenerating the natural world, with a pledge to “protect, manage or restore” a million square miles of ocean and 50 million acres of land by 2030. It also plans to achieve zero waste in its own operations in the U.S., Canada, Japan and the U.K. by 2025. Complete article

Moreau couple faces charges for multiple alleged thefts at NY Walmart 10/22/2020

Northeast El Paso Tx. Walmart closed for disinfection due to Covid-19 spread concerns 10/23/2020

Walmart expands shopping hours nationally 10/23/2020

Jasper Tx. police searching for man who allegedly stole keys that unlock jewelry cases at Walmart 10/23/2020

One person shot, one person in custody near Walmart shopping plaza in Panama City Fla. 10/27/2020 Victim later died.

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – There is a heavy law enforcement presence at Panama City Square on 23rd Street after Panama City Police officials said one person was shot.

This plaza is home to Walmart and Big Lots among other popular stores and shops.

The crime scene appears in an alley way behind certain businesses in that plaza. Part of the parking lot near Taco Casa and Gyro Cafe is blocked off right now for first responders.

Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin says the shooting suspect is in custody. He said the victim has multiple life threatening injuries. Complete article

Update: Work disagreement led to fatal shooting 10/27/2020

Chillicothe Police responded to gunshots at Ohio Walmart, a helicopter was used to assist 10/26/2020

CHILLICOTHE — The Chillicothe Police Department was dispatched to Walmart Sunday night after gunshots were fired towards the parking lot, shattering a vehicle's window.

According to the police report, two employees were standing outside of their vehicle around 10 p.m. on Sunday evening when they heard approximately 10 gunshots with at least one hitting the back driver's side window causing it to shatter.

Officer Adam Steele arrived on the scene and noticed a hole on the top of the window and a spent round, believed to be a .380 or 9mm shell casing, inside the vehicle. The caller reported that the sound of gunfire came from the southeast where several homeless camps are set up. Myers said that officers did check the homeless encampment but found no persons of interest and no one was found with a gun. Complete article

Suspect accused of wielding BB rifle in Arkansas Walmart holdup 10/25/2020

HOT SPRINGS -- A Hot Springs Village man was arrested late Wednesday on accusations of robbing a Walmart store armed with a BB gun. The man also is accused of threatening to kill a clerk's family and attempting to rob a gas station.

Adrias Robert Turner, 22, who lists a Mesero Way address, was arrested after 10:30 p.m. and later charged with aggravated robbery, first-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree escape.

According to the probable-cause affidavit, around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Garland County sheriff's investigator Andrew Goodman was contacted by sheriff's Cpl. Fred Hawthorn regarding a robbery that had just occurred at the Walmart store at 3604 Garland County Road 7 North, where a man reportedly had used a BB rifle to threaten a store employee and fled with money from the cash register. Complete article

Three charged for robbery, assault of Clearfield Pa. Walmart employee 10/27/2020

KYLERTOWN — Three young men are being housed in Clearfield County Jail on $250,000 bond each after being charged with robbing, strangling and terrorizing a Walmart employee.

Ronald Pinto, 18, of Wallaceton, Jonathan Pennington Jr., 20, of Madera and Michael Young, 19, of Morrisdale, were arraigned at District Judge Jerome Nevling’s office on Monday morning and charged by Lawrence Township Police with felony robbery; as well as misdemeanor charges of terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, simple assault and summary harassment.

According to the criminal complaint, police were called to Walmart Supercenter in Clearfield for a report of an individual who had threatened an employee with a knife and had taken the victim’s wallet and phone. Complete article

Police: 3 charged for burning, strangling Lawrence Twp. Walmart employee during robbery 10/27/2020

Moped stolen from Wilmington NC Walmart 10/27/2020

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a moped from the parking lot of a Wilmington Walmart.

A 2020 Yiben moped was stolen on Sept. 18 in the parking lot of a Walmart located at 5135 Carolina Beach Road, according to a press release from the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office. The moped is a model BD50QT-9A and reddish in color.

Photos of the suspect's vehicle appear to show a dark colored pick-up truck. Complete article

Feds charge 3 with Ohio Walmart money scheme involving Valley stores 10/23/2020

Question in San Leandro Ca. Walmart police killing: Should officer have gone in alone? 10/26/2020

A bowling alley, Walmart and Price Chopper in Utica may have all been recently exposed to COVID-19 10/25/2020

Woman accused of leaving children alone in car as she shopped at Fla. Walmart 10/26/2020

Kinston man charged with attempted murder in NC Walmart parking lot shooting 10/27/2020

A 21-year-old man is in the hospital after police say he was shot in the Walmart shopping center parking lot on Tuesday.

According to the Kinston Police Department, Khalil Dail was shot around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, October 27, near the Dollar Tree off of U.S. 70 in Kinston and was taken to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville to be treated for a single gunshot wound to his upper torso.

On Tuesday night at 9:30, officers arrested 19-year-old Deonko Hayes Brewer Jr. of Kinston for his alleged involvement in the shooting of Dail. Brewer was charged with attempted first-degree murder and was placed under a $1 million secured bond at the Lenoir County Jail. Complete article

Man robbed in Arkansas Walmart parking lot 10/28/2020

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — The Springdale Police Department is searching for the suspect in a robbery in a Walmart parking lot on Wednesday morning.

According to Lieutenant Jeff Taylor, police responded to the Walmart on Elm Springs Road at around 7:10 a.m. for a report of a robbery in the parking lot.

Responding officers were advised that a black male approached another man who was walking toward the store and demanded money while showing a pistol that was in his waistband. Complete article

BMW Driver Doing Donuts In Morris County NJ Walmart Lot Charged With Underage DWI 10/27/2020

A Union County driver doing donuts in a Morris County Walmart parking lot was charged with underage DWI, authorities said.

Kyle Young, 20, was revving the engine of a blue BMW and doing "donuts" in the parking lot of Walmart in Flanders when officers stopped him around 7:45 p.m. Friday, Mt. Olive Township police said.

Young, of Hillside, failed a series of field sobriety tests, and later found to have been drinking, police said. Complete article

Port Richmond Pa. Walmart ransacked, flooded during second night of unrest 10/28/2020

PORT RICHMOND - A Port Richmond Walmart was one of the stores hit hardest by looters during the second night of unrest in Philadelphia following the officer-involved shooting of Walter Wallace Jr.

SKYFOX was over the scene on Castor Street and Aramingo Avenue on Tuesday night. People were seen pouring from the storefront with armfuls of merchandise and large items such as televisions.

Dozens of cars jammed the parking lot and weaved through traffic which added to the chaotic scene. As police arrived, one car with a stolen television on its hood fled with such speed that the television slipped off the roof and smashed on the ground. A woman was also seen abandoning a stolen television as officers closed in. Complete article

Bullets Scattered Across Floor of Looted Port Richmond Walmart Store 10/27/2020

WATCH: Looters Pillage Philadelphia Walmart -- Steal Big-Screen TVs 10/27/2020

Two Arrested Following Fight at Tx. Walmart 10/28/2020

A Yorkville man and a Plano man were arrested in connection to a fight at the Plano Walmart store Tuesday afternoon.

18-year-old Anthony J. Martin, of Yorkville, is charged with aggravated battery, mob action, and criminal trespass to property. 18-year-old Trevion Smith, of Plano, is charged with aggravated battery and mob action. The two are being held in the Kendall County Jail.

Plano police they were called to Walmart at around noon on Tuesday for a report of a battery. Officers found two victims who were treated for minor injuries. Martin and Smith had left the area. They were found later that day and arrested. Martin is alleged to have previously trespassed at Walmart which is why he has the additional charge. Complete article

La. Walmart employees arrested in money-laundering scheme, about $1M in transactions 10/28/2020

BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL/KMSS) — Three former employees at a Bossier City Walmart are now behind bars in connection with a money-laundering scheme.

According to the Bossier Financial Crimes Task Force, 43-year-old Tosha Collins, 34-year-old Georgia Robert, and 31-year-old Ebonye Wilson, all of Shreveport, were arrested on warrants for money laundering in late September and early October.

A fourth suspect, 36-year-old Chukwuma Okoye, of Dallas, was also arrested in mid-October on a warrant for money laundering. Complete article

Lead plaintiff in $9.5 mln Walmart class action says Morgan & Morgan settled without telling him 10/27/2020

(Reuters) - A Florida man named Vassilios Kukorinis is a big part of the reason why Walmart agreed this summer to a $9.5 million class action settlement in federal court in Miami. Kukorinis is a Walmart shopper who became concerned about overcharges: According to him, Walmart’s charges at the register exceeded what prices should have been based on the store’s posted prices-by-weight.

Kukorinis visited Walmart stores around the state to document this alleged disparity, then brought his evidence to class action lawyers at Morgan & Morgan.

Morgan & Morgan dispatched its investigators to Walmart stores to check out Kukorinis’ allegations. In February 2019, the firm filed a class action complaint with Kukorinis as the prospective lead plaintiff. In November 2019, Kukorinis flew to California with Morgan & Morgan lawyers for a mediation session with Walmart.

Morgan & Morgan subsequently reached a settlement with Walmart’s lawyers at Greenberg Traurig. Though Walmart did not admit to the class’ allegations, it agreed to pay at least $4.5 million and as much as $9.5 million to class members who were allegedly overcharged. Morgan & Morgan moved for preliminary approval of the settlement in August. U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez of Miami granted the motion just two weeks later. The deal called for Morgan & Morgan to be paid as much as $2.375 million in attorneys’ fees and for Kukorinis to receive a $25,000 award for his service to the class. Complete article

Police: Man wanted for stealing from Forsyth Ga. Walmart 10/27/2020

Trio wanted for Walmart shopping sprees with stolen credit card 10/27/2020

Millbrook Police Search for Suspects in Alabama Walmart Felony Theft Investigation 10/27/2020

Murfreesboro Tenn. police search for attempted shoplifters at Walmart store 10/28/2020

Convicted felon caught with gun, drugs after shoplifting attempt at Walmart in Moses Lake Wash. 10/29/2020

MOSES LAKE - A convicted felon is back in jail after allegedly being found with a loaded revolver in his pocket during a shoplifting attempt at Walmart in Moses Lake.

Moses Lake police were called to Walmart on Wednesday after Jorge Suarez Galvan, 25, was attempting to steal items. When confronted by officers, Suarez Galvan reportedly tried to run, only making it a short distance before being taken into custody.

During a search, officers reportedly located a .38 caliber revolver in the suspect’s pocket, along with heroin and the stolen items. Police say Galvan accused officers of planting the gun, drugs and stolen property.

“Oddly enough though, Suarez Galvan said that the cash located in the same pockets was his,” police stated. “Even odder, last week Suarez Galvan argued that officers planted drugs and ammunition in his pocket when he was arrested then too. Unfortunately for Suarez Galvan, video evidence from both arrests refute his contentions.” Complete article

Police: Normal Ill. Walmart doors were boarded up Wednesday after social media posts about looting 10/30/2020

NORMAL — Social media rumors pushed Normal’s Walmart to board up an entrance Wednesday night, but police said no credible threats have been found.

“There was just some stuff floating around on social media about possible looting,” Sgt. Cory McNicol said Thursday. The rumors seemed to be connected to Election Day.

McNicol said Normal police are investigating any threat as credible, but no incidents were reported involving looting at the Walmart at 300 Greenbriar Drive.

Wednesday night, the pharmacy side doors were blocked by plywood and pallets of wrapped merchandise and similar items were seen next to the entrance to the grocery side.

Similar action was taken in early June after looting in Bloomington-Normal stores followed the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Complete article

Walmart removes guns and ammunition from displays at US stores 10/29/2020

NEW YORK -- Walmart says it has removed ammunition and firearms from displays at its U.S. stores, citing "civil unrest" in some areas.

The nation's largest retailer, based in Bentonville, Arkansas, sells firearms in about half of its 4,700 stores.

"We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on several occasions over the last few years, we have moved our firearms and ammunition off the sales floor as a precaution for the safety of our associates and customers," Walmart said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press on Thursday.

The discounter said the items remain available for purchase by customers. Complete article

Walmart reverses decision to pull guns off display over civil unrest fears 10/30/2020

POLICE: Man arrested after exposing self to child in Iowa Walmart 10/28/2020

At least 3 years in prison for man in stabbing near NC Walmart in Aug. 2020 10/28/2020

Walmart in Bristol, Va., to close until Saturday for cleaning, sanitization 10/30/2020


Man shot after attacking Houston Tx. PD officer inside Heights Walmart 10/31/2020

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man was shot Saturday morning at a Houston Walmart after attacking a police officer, authorities said.

It happened around 12:40 a.m. at the store in the 100 block of Yale Street near Interstate 10.

A Houston police officer had stopped by the store during her shift when a store employee alerted her about a man believed to be shoplifting.

The alleged shoplifter ended up attacking the officer after he was asked to leave the store, according to Houston police.

During the fight, the officer fired once and hit the man in the leg, HPD Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner said. Complete article

Woman Identified As Athens Park Bloods Member Arrested In Large Tenn. Walmart Thefts, Leading Police On Wild Chase 10/30/2020

A woman who was earlier identified as a member of the Athens Park Bloods gang has been charged in several expensive Walmart thefts. Police said Dimesha Michelle Kirk, 31, of 4106 14th Ave., also led police on a chase on Tuesday in which she ran multiple red lights and hit two vehicles.

Ms. Kirk was charged in an incident on Sunday at the Walmart on Highway 58. Police said Ms. Kirk and an unidentified black male walked out with items worth thousands of dollars.

Those included two computers valued at $3,000 and 100 vinyl records valued at $1,291 for a total of $4,291. Complete article

Walmart Turns Four Stores Into Technology Test Centers 10/30/2020

As technology continues to change, retailers have to find innovative ways to test new tech in a realistic environment. Walmart announced today that it plans to turn four stores into technology test centers to help shoppers in physical locations and online.

"We’re moving quickly to use our physical retail stores to not only serve in-store shoppers, but to flex to meet the needs of online shoppers, too, in ways that only Walmart can. That’s where our new test stores come in. Their purpose is to find solutions that help our stores operate as both physical shopping destinations and online fulfillment centers in a way that has yet to be seen across the retail industry," John Crecelius, SVP of Associate Product and Next Generation Stores at Walmart, wrote in a corporate post.

Walmart will use the four stores to try out new technology and digital tools, while making other physical enhancements. Each store will have product and technology teams working along with other staff to test ideas rapidly. Complete article

Amazon Is About to Dethrone Walmart in a Major Way 10/27/2020

Walmart (NYSE:WMT) has been the biggest company in the U.S. by revenue for close to two decades and the biggest company in the world by revenue for much of that time as well.

The retail giant has risen to supremacy by adopting an everyday, low-prices strategy; by carrying a wider range of products than almost any other brick-and-mortar retailer; and by blanketing the country with superstores. It's followed a similar strategy internationally but with mixed results.

Walmart's revenue is set to clock in around $550 billion this year -- tops in the world by a wide margin. But Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) is nipping at its heels in one key category. The e-commerce leader is expected to surpass Walmart in U.S. gross merchandise volume (GMV) by next year, according to Evercore ISI, which forecasts Amazon to reach $415 billion GMV next year, ahead of Walmart at $370 billion, though that does not include sales from Sam's Club. Complete article