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Lee County calls ‘Dibs’ on Accused Gambling Grandma Killer

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Lois Riess, ‘Losing Streak Lois’

Lois Riess, who is accused of killing a woman who looked like her in Fort Myers as she fled from charges of murdering her husband in Minnesota, was arrested a few days ago in Texas. Minnesota authorities have indicated that they will wait for Florida to prosecute her while they are still building their murder case against her. There is a warrant for murder charges out of Lee County, while Minnesota initially only filed theft related charges, but it is expected that murder charges will be filed when the investigation is complete. It remains to be seen if Lee County will seek to indict on first degree murder charges, or leave it at second degree. She will face life in prison either way, but the State could seek the death penalty if they up it to first degree murder.

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Accused Killer Grandma Lois Riess could be on her way to Florida, Soon

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Lois Riess

Lois Riess, who was arrested in Texas and facing murder charges in Fort Myers and her native Minnesota, had an extradition hearing today. She waived her right to fight extradition to either state: so whoever comes to get her first can bring her back. It is expected that Florida will collect her first: Lee County filed murder charges while the murder case from Minnesota was still under review, and she could potentially be facing first degree murder charges for the tourist she allegedly shot to steal hear identity on Fort Myers Beach.

Apparently, some authorities are calling her “Losing Streak Lois”, due to her gambling losses at casinos… but she might have been apprehended to quickly for that to stick. This silver fox was not sly enough to avoid capture. The Star Tribune has good details of the alert restaurant employees that spotted her and helped authorities capture her in Texas. Likely, the prosecutors in Lee County and in Minnesota will talk and decide who will prosecute her first, and it would not surprise me if she ends up headed to SW Florida.

Lois Riess Captured in Texas: Accused of Fort Myers Beach Murder

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Lois Reiss

Lois Riess, a possible serial killer who struck on Fort Myers Beach, has been captured. Authorities caught her in Texas on South Padre Island: a resort location about 45 minutes from the Mexican border. She faces charges for killing a tourist that resembled her on Fort Myers Beach, to assume her identity as she was hiding out for the murder of her husband in Minnesota. It remains to be seen if she will be transported to deal with her charges in Florida or Minnesota first. Her Lee County, FL case could potentially be a death penalty case, as it sounds like an intentional, pre-planned first degree murder, done with the intent to hide out from her earlier crimes. She was apparently captured when an alert restaurant employee recognized her and called authorities. She apparently missed the news that hiding out usually means laying low…

Is there a Serial Killer on the Loose in Southwest Florida?

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Suspect Lois Riess

A manhunt is underway for the woman suspected in a murder at Fort Myers Beach that was discovered on Tuesday. Detectives believe Lois Riess was hiding out in the Fort Myers Beach area, and targeted victim Pamela Hutchinson due to the similarity of their appearance. Ms. Hutchinson was found deceased in her hotel room, murdered by a gunshot to the head. LCSO believes Riess then stole Ms. Hutchinson’s identity, and her car, and her current whereabouts are unknown: though they indicate she may have fled to Texas.

Ms. Riess was already the suspect in the murder of her husband in Minnesota. David Riess was found dead after he failed to show up for a fishing trip on March 23. His body was found in their home with multiple gunshot wounds, his car was missing, and money had been taken out of his business account and transferred to his personal account. Authorities allege Riess then forged his signature on checks which she cashed, totaling $11,000. She apparently made her way to Fort Myers Beach, identified Ms. Hutchinson due to her similarity of appearance, and then killed her and fled in her stolen vehicle. A nationwide search is underway, and Ms. Riess is believed to be armed and very dangerous.

Lock Down Your Tide- It’s a Thing

Tide Bottle

Tide Bottle

A 53-year old man in Minneapolis, Patrick Costanzo, has been accused of stealing $25,000 worth of Tide in the last couple of years. He would fill up shopping carts full of the detergent, plus paper towels, soda, and toilet paper. Said investigator Sean Melville of the West St. Paul police, “I hope for his own sake he’s not using that much toilet paper everyday.” That would also equal a lot of loads of laundry.

I thought it was crazy when reports came out about a rash of Tide thefts: drug dealers are using the red bottles as currency. Apparently, it has become such an issue that stores in Cincinnati are putting alarms on their Tide, or otherwise locking them down. I’m waiting for the government to pass some new detergent control laws to crack down on this!

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2012/03/tide-theft-tied-to-drug-trade/

https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/2013/01/15/people-keep-stealing-tide-things-not-to-do/

Minnesota Man Charged for Videotaping Police

Andrew Henderson picture from twincities.com

Andrew Henderson picture from twincities.com

Andrew Henderson, of Little Canada, saw some police action outside his apartment and turned on his video camera. Police frisked a bloodied man, and put him in an ambulance, then walked over to Henderson, and took his camera. A week later, he was charged with obstruction of a legal process, and disorderly conduct. The cop cited a HIPAA violation on her report, though HIPAA definitely does not apply to citizen journalists. The Drudge Report suggests he was charged under a health care law, but he was not charged under the health care law, merely some state misdemeanor charges. Cops keep thinking they can charge people for videotaping in public, which is almost never possible. Henderson says he wants to defend himself, though it would behoove him to have a good lawyer. Either way, I wish him luck. Fighting these types of cases is the only way for law enforcement to learn not to step on people’s rights in this way.

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_22333563/little-canada-man-videotaped-sheriffs-deputies-and-got