Motorcycle Bandit Pleads Guilty to Vegas Heist

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The son of a Las Vegas judge pleaded guilty Thursday to a casino heist for the second time in a week.

Anthony Michael Carleo pleaded guilty to armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon under a deal to avoid trial in the Dec. 9 robbery of the Suncoast Hotel & Casino in northwest Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.   Authorities said Carleo, 29, made off with almost $19,000 in cash.  The plea came days after Carleo acknowledged being the motorcycle helmet-wearing, armed bandit in the $1.5 million heist at the posh Bellagio resort last Dec. 14. Under the Bellagio plea deal, Carleo also pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon charges.

At the time, he apologized for waving a gun as he made off with casino chips. No shots were fired. Police said Carleo was apprehended after trying to sell several $25,000 chips to an undercover Las Vegas police officer.

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J.D. Power: Arai, Icon Tie for Highest Ranked in Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.: 26 May 2011 — Motorcycle helmet owners are increasingly likely to purchase their helmet online, according to the J.D. Power and Associates2011 U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction StudySM released today.

The study finds that nearly one-fourth (23%) of motorcycle helmet owners purchase their helmet on the Internet, compared with 20 percent in 2010. In 2002, less than 10 years ago, this proportion was just 4 percent.

“While the dealership is still the main source for a majority of helmets purchased, it’s clear that customers are continuing to shift to the online channel to purchase their motorcycle helmets,” said Brent Gruber, senior manager of the powersports practice at J.D. Power and Associates. “The percentage of helmets purchased online has increased steadily during the past 10 years. As a result, it’s crucial to ensure that dealers have an e-commerce website available for customer use as their preferences change.”

The study measures overall satisfaction of motorcyclists with their new helmet

across 11 attributes: quietness; ventilation/air flow; de-fogging performance; face shield effectiveness of keeping wind out; face shield resistance to scratching; ease of replacing face shield; scratch resistance of shell; color/graphic design; weight; ease of fastening the strap; and fit and comfort.

For a 13th consecutive year, Arai ranks highest in customer satisfaction, and ties with Icon with a score of 852 on a 1,000-point scale. Arai performs well across all 11 attributes, particularly in fit and comfort and face shield effectiveness of keeping wind out. Icon performs particularly well in color/graphic design. Shoei follows in the rankings with a score of 831 and performs well in ease of replacing the face shield.

 

The study also finds the following key trends:

  • Overall satisfaction across the industry continues to improve to an average of 788 in 2011, reaching its highest level since the study’s inception in 1999.
  • The average helmet purchase price this year remains consistent with 2010—$209 in 2011, compared with $206 last year. In fact, the average price paid for a new helmet has remained relatively constant since 2007, when the average price was $203.
  • With a consistent increase in the median age of new helmet owners since 2000, this year’s study shows the highest median age to date—48 years.

 

The 2011 U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study is based on responses from 4,820 purchasers of new 2009 and 2010 model-year motorcycles who provided information about their most recent helmet purchase experience and helmet use. The study was fielded between August and October 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

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J.D. Power and Associates to Release 2011 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study Results on May 26

J.D. Power and Associates will announce the results of the 2011 Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study at 12 p.m. ET, Thursday, May 26.

The 2011 U.S. Motorcycle Helmet Satisfaction Study measures motorcyclists’ overall satisfaction with their new helmet across 11 attributes: quietness; ventilation/air flow; de-fogging; face shield ability to keep wind out; face shield ability to resist scratching; ease of replacing face shield; scratch resistance of shell; color/graphic design; weight; ease of fastening the strap; and fit and comfort.

Motorcycle industry analysts will be available for interviews after 12 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 26. To schedule an interview, please contact:  Jeff Perlman; Brandware Public Relations; Woodland Hills, Calif.; (818) 598-1115/(818) 317-3070; jperlman@brandwarepr.com:John Tews; J.D. Power and Associates; Troy, Mich.; (248) 312-4119; media.relations@jdpa.com

About J.D. Power and Associates

Headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., J.D. Power and Associates is a global marketing information services company providing forecasting, performance improvement, social media and customer satisfaction insights and solutions. The company’s quality and satisfaction measurements are based on responses from millions of consumers annually. For more information on car reviews and ratingscar insurancehealth insurancecell phone ratings, and more, please visit JDPower.com. J.D. Power and Associates is a business unit of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

About The McGraw-Hill Companies

Founded in 1888, The McGraw-Hill Companies is a leading global financial information and education company that helps professionals and students succeed in the Knowledge Economy. Leading brands include Standard & Poor’s, McGraw-Hill Education, Platts energy information services and J.D. Power and Associates. The Corporation has approximately 21,000 employees with more than 280 offices in 40 countries. Sales in 2010 were $6.2 billion. Additional information is available at http://www.mcgraw-hill.com

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Going too fast for the upcoming curve? Future Bikes will let you know

Early version tested by MCN

We’re still waiting on cars that fly above traffic and we might be waiting another decade, but for the motorcyclist who loves high tech gadgetry, the future is just around the corner and it’s coming to the US from across the big pond.

The project, called Saferider, has been funded by the European Commission, which wants to see the systems on road bikes within five years, and backed by the Federation of European Motorcyclists’ Associations.

In the UK, the Motor Industry Research Association is working on systems that will use GPS and digital mapping technology to provide motorcycle operators visual as well as tactile feedback on speed and approaching highway conditions.

MIRA installed sensors that vibrated slightly in the seat and cheek pads in a motorcycle helmet to warn the operator of a vehicle approaching in the riders blind spot.

The report said the cheek pads can be programmed to alert the rider to the danger on the right or the left side.  The system will also alert the rider if the motorcycle’s speed is unsafe for the approaching curve or intersection.

MIRA believes that manufacturers in the UK will begin offering the system to consumers  in as little as 18 months.

If adopted overseas, riders can expect to see the technology available in the US soon thereafter.