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Disney security guard arrested in murder-for-hire plot

Associated Press - 12/30/2004 - A Walt Disney World security guard has been charged with paying a former convict and gun dealer to kill his wife's ex-husband, authorities said.

Parl Dicks was taken into custody Wednesday at Disney's Fort Wilderness campground by members of federal, state and county law enforcement agencies, along with Disney security.

Dicks admitted Wednesday that he sought to have his wife's ex-husband killed for $4,000 to settle a child custody dispute, said Wayne Ivey of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

The plot allegedly involved a $2,000 down payment made to Gerson "Olaf" Yellen, described by law-enforcement agents as a gun dealer with history of arrests and violence.

"They were going to do it. They were definitely going to do it," Ivey said.

The target of the alleged plot was not named Wednesday by authorities, who arrested Dicks after a federal investigation into illegal gun sales targeting Yellen.

During the investigation, Yellen told an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms that he converted semiautomatic assault weapons into submachine guns with mail order parts, according to the agent's affidavit.

The agent said he paid Yellen $1,200 for an AK-47 that was offered with a loaded 40-round magazine and six loaded 30-round magazines. Yellen offered the agent two more submachine guns to do the killing, according to the affidavit.

Days before Dicks was arrested, Yellen was arrested on federal firearms charges. He was being held without bail in the Orange County Jail.

Palm Beach County arrest reports and state prison records show Yellen was arrested repeatedly in the late 1980s and early 1990s on burglary, gun and assault charges. He served prison time for breaking into a Boynton Beach home to steal guns.

A Disney employee since 1996, Dicks has been placed on administrative leave, Disney spokeswoman Kim Prunty said.

Dicks, who lives in Osceola County, was charged with solicitation to commit murder. He was to be held without bail at the Osceola County Jail.

Lawyer information for both men was not available.

Arrest ends crime spree

Bothell man held after incidents in Arlington, Everett

By Diana Hefley
Herald Writer
March 19, 2005 - Police arrested an 18-year-old Bothell man Thursday who they said went on a 24-hour crime spree from Arlington to Everett. "He's an example of a one-person crime wave," Arlington Police Chief John Gray said Friday.

Police said the spree started Wednesday when the suspect broke into four homes in the early evening hours. One resident was home when the man forced his way inside, but the intruder ran off when he was confronted, Gray said.

On Thursday, an unrelated investigation into stolen mail, identity theft and drugs at Smokey Point Motor Inn led police to search for the suspect again. Later that day, he was tracked down after witnesses saw him breaking into four vehicles at two restaurants, Gray said.

Mechanics at a nearby gas station saw him run from a parking lot, chased him and held him for police.

Officers took him to Cascade Valley Hospital in Arlington after he purposely bashed his head inside the patrol car, Gray said. After his release from the hospital, police took him back to the station for an interview.

Officers reported that the suspect then rammed his head into a wall at the station, cutting his forehead and causing about $800 in damage, Gray said.

Police took him to Everett Providence Medical Center for medical treatment, and while in the emergency room, the suspect, still handcuffed, sprinted out the door, Gray said.

About a half-hour later, a man reportedly forced his way into a house in the 1400 block of Wetmore Avenue, but ran away when the resident confronted him in the kitchen.

An Everett police dog tracked the man to an abandoned house in the 1400 block of Rockefeller Avenue, where he was reportedly found hiding in the attic. He refused to come down, and an Arlington police officer subdued him with a stun gun, Gray said.

Police say they found evidence that linked the man to Wednesday's burglaries. He was booked early Friday into the Snohomish County Jail for investigation of multiple counts of burglary, vehicle prowl and malicious mischief.

The suspect has been in and out of the county jail over the past three months and has an extensive criminal history, Gray said.

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