Lexington’s Most Wanted, April 22

Mark Vanlandingham; Age: 46; Sex: M; Race: White; Height: 5’10; Weight: 150

Additional info and individuals can be found at http://www.kentucky.com/2014/04/22/3207398/lexingtons-most-wanted-april-22.html

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Missing Person Recovery Team Searches in Laurel Lake

It’s been nearly two years since a Central Kentucky man disappeared during a storm while boating on Laurel Lake. Although the efforts to find Clarence Holmes have never stopped, an out of town search team is bringing new hope of a recovery.

“If you lose hope you will give up and we don’t ever plan on giving up,” said Clarence’s aunt, Traca Wooton. It’s that determination which inspired a group of divers and a cadaver dog team to travel from Louisiana and New York, to help a stranger in need.

“They volunteered their time, their effort and their equipment just to come and help the family,” said Wooton. “It’s awesome, capital A awesome,” said Clarence’s mother, Sylvia Holmes.

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Mark Michaud is a police officer in Slidell Louisiana and is an expert diver. He heard Clarence’s story from a group called VEER (Vehicle Vessel Entrapment Escape Resource). The family of a child who drowned in New York the same day Clarence went missing in July of 2012, is part of VEER and wanted to help. So Michaud called the Help! Search & Rescue Dog Team and asked them to bring in their volunteer team of dogs.

All of the volunteers were moved by what happened to Clarence on July 5th 2012. He was on the lake when a sudden storm hit. His boat was later recovered near an island, however Clarence was nowhere to be found.

“He’s their family, he needs to come home, they need to know where he is,” said Michaud. “We are trying to help bring closure to the family,” said Don Blair with Help Search & Rescue Dog Team. On Tuesday, they got one step closer.

“Today went good, we went out early this morning and we alerted about eight different spots,” said Blair. “I think today went good enough, it gave us a target area that we like,” added Michaud.

The dogs were able to mark several spots where they caught a scent. The hard part now is the 130 feet deep, cold, tree infested water that lies below. Still, that’s not stopping this team.

“We are ready to say, let’s go look at it and see what we can find,” said Michaud. He called in a backup diver, and they plan to take pictures and start diving on Tuesday.

Now Clarence’s family is watching, waiting, and wishing for all of this the end. “Keep us in your prayers pray that this is our last search and we don’t have to keep going through this,” said Wooton.

The family said the community can help the search by donating gas money for the boats. You can reach them for directions on the “Come Home Clarence” facebook page.

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Identity Theft Newark, NJ Woman Sentenced to 6.5 Years

A Newark woman was sentenced on Monday to more than 6 1/2 years in prison for a credit-card fraud and identity-theft scheme aimed at bilking elderly women, authorities said.

Terrell Brunson, 40, had previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne Thompson to charges of access-device fraud and aggravated identity theft, authorities said, for a scheme that ran from April 2012 to February 2013.

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On Monday, Thompson sentenced Brunson in federal court in Trenton to 51 months for access-device fraud count, 24 consecutive months for aggravated identity theft, and four consecutive months for violating her supervised release on previous, similar charges of which she had been convicted in April 2009, authorities said.

Brunson’s lawyer could not be reached for comment Monday evening.

Authorities said Brunson searched through publicly available directories for telephone numbers of women who she believed, based on their names, were elderly. One name she commonly looked for in the directories was “Ruth,” U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said

Brunson would then call the targeted women and pretend to be someone else, such as a credit card company representative, authorities said, while asking them for personal information such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth. Brunson would next contact credit card companies and use the personal information to have herself added as an authorized user to the victims’ accounts, or to create new accounts, authorities said.

In one instance from July 2012, authorities said, a woman identified as “Victim One” got a telephone call from Brunson. Brunson asked about an alleged $400 transaction that she claimed the victim had made at a Walmart, authorities said.

The alleged victim told Brunson the Walmart transaction was fraudulent and gave her Social Security number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name. Brunson used the person’s information to open two retail store credit card accounts and to access one of the person’s current credit card accounts. Brunson then used the accounts to make thousands of dollars’ worth of purchases online and in person at stores and restaurants in New Jersey, authorities said.

Brunson committed her offenses while on supervised release, authorities said, adding that in addition to the prison term, Judge Thompson sentenced Brunson to three years of supervised release, entered a judgment of forfeiture in the amount of $10,894 and ordered Brunson to pay $7,069 in restitution.

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Pedophile Tracking Two Asheville, NC Men Face Charges

Two city men are behind bars on multiple child sex charges.

Guetchen Posy, 20, of Lamancha Drive, was charged Sunday with rape of a child, first-degree sex offense with a child and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to warrants at the Buncombe County magistrate’s office.

Posy is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl, according to warrants.

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Jean Yveh Guerrier, 21, also of Lamancha Drive, was charged Sunday with statutory rape and two counts of taking indecent liberties with a child, according to warrants.

Guerrier is accused of having sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to warrants.

The alleged incidents happened Saturday, according to warrants. Asheville police investigated.

Posy is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility under a $190,000 secured bond. Guerrier was jailed under a $140,000 secured bond.

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Missing Person Elderly McAllen, TX Man

 

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding an elderly man who went missing in McAllen.

McAllen police are searching for 76-year-old Roushdi Abedelmessih Farag.

Family members last saw Farag around 9:30 p.m. Monday.

Farag voluntarily left his home but his family is concerned about his well-being and filed a missing person report.

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The elderly man is described as white male with brown hair and grey eyes approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing about 270 pounds.

He was last seen driving a silver 2009 Nissan Rogue with California license plates.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Farag is asked to call McAllen Police Department at (956) 681-2000.

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Insurance Fraud San Jose Man Charged wtih Workers’ Comp Fraud

A 30-year-old San Jose man has been charged with felony Workers’ Compensation Fraud after a District Attorney’s Office investigation showed that he was untruthful about a major back injury.

Despite telling doctors that he was in constant excruciating pain and only able to lift a maximum of eight pounds, Ricardo Casillas was videotaped doing manual automotive work and lifting tires. The tires weighed between 50 and 65 pounds each. He was recently arrested and is expected to be arraigned April 24.
Casillas faces a maximum of five years and four months if convicted of making false or fraudulent material statement to an insurance company and attempted perjury. He would also be ordered to pay full restitution.
The Workers’ Compensation system is designed to provide medical coverage when a worker is injured. If the injured worker is not truthful about how the injury occurred, their pain level or abilities to the medical professional, then the injured worker may receive treatment that is not needed or compensation they are not entitled to. This, in turn, increases costs for everyone.
“The Workers’ Compensation system is set up to compensate injured workers while they recuperate from their injuries,” Deputy District Attorney Denise Raabe said. “But when an injured worker lies about the extent of their injury or their physical abilities as they recover, they are cheating the system.”
It is alleged that Casillas filed a Workers’ Compensation claim for a 2010 back injury. Despite complaining that he was still in excruciating pain and could not lift anything heavy, surveillance video taken in 2012 showed otherwise. After leaving his doctor’s office, Casillas is later seen in a video doing manual labor on his car, including jumping on a wrench to tighten lug nuts. The video shows no evidence that Casillas was limited in his movements or in any pain.
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Wrongful Death Man Charged in Landlord’s Beating Death Pleads Guilty

The man charged in the beating death of an Anderson County woman has entered a guilty plea in the case.

47-year-old Terrence Allen Cram pleaded guilty to murder, tampering with physical evidence and fraudulent use of a credit card over a 6 month period, in court Tuesday morning.

Police say Cram beat 49-year-old Tena L. McNeely to death in January 2011 at their Anderson County home. McNeely was Cram’s landlord at the time. Her family members say Cram lived in a room in McNeely’s house for five years.

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The coroner said McNeely died of blunt-force trauma to the head. She was the daughter of state Trooper James McNeely, who died in the line of duty during a flood rescue in Frankfort in 1972.

In a handwritten statement obtained by LEX 18, Cram says he only killed McNeely because she begged him to do so.

Cram claims in the four-page letter he found McNeely at the bottom of the stairs after a bad fall that day. Cram said he was going to call 911 when “she yelled no!”

“She said she couldn’t move her left leg and the rest of her body was wracked in pain” he wrote. “Please, please kill me! I can’t and won’t live like this,” she said, according to his statement.

In graphic details Cram described how he hit her repeatedly until she stopped moving. “I had to stop her pain” he wrote.

State Police say Cram used her credit cards in several different states after her death. He was arrested in Arizona in June 2011 after officers received a tip that he was living in Goodyear, Ariz., and after he filled out an employment application, where a background check revealed he was wanted for murder. He was extradited to Kentucky to stand trial.

Cram’s sentencing date is scheduled for June 4.

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Missing Person Oklahoma City Teen Still Missing

Police and family members of a missing 16-year-old girl are asking for the public’s help locating her after her car was found abandoned near Oklahoma City last week.

According to police, Anne Josette Hill was last seen on April 10 in the north Oklahoma City/Edmond area.

Relatives told KWTV that the high school sophomore is usually in touch with her family several times a day, but they have not heard from her in over a week.

Oklahoma City Police Department Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow told HLN Monday that there is no clear indication of foul play at this time but authorities are becoming increasingly worried about Hill as time goes on.

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Wardlow said police are looking at all possible explanations for Hill’s disappearance.  But the fact that her car—a white 2004 Chevy Monte Carlo with black racing stripes—was later found in the Edmond area and there was no sign of her around it has raised some concern for investigators.

Wardlow said Hill’s family is adamant that something bad must have happened to her.

Family members have been posting fliers, spreading word about the case on social media and appealing to the public for help finding Hill.

“Somebody has to know something,” mother Lori Hill told KWTV. “She loves her family. She wouldn’t leave, not without saying goodbye.”

Wardlow said police are pursuing leads as they come in and are looking for any information that might lead them to the missing teen.

“We obviously are concerned for her welfare,” Wardlow said.

Anne Josette Hill is described as a white female with brown hair, brown eyes and a curvy lined tattoo on her right hip. She is 5’4”, 120 lbs. and she was last seen wearing a blue one-piece short set.

Anyone with information regarding Hill’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Oklahoma City Police Department Missing Person’s Unit at 405-297-1129.

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Identity Theft Florida Man Gets Five Years

Andrew Ware, 27, of Lauderhill, Fla., was recently sentenced to 70 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his involvement in a stolen identity refund fraud (SIRF) and access device fraud scheme.

Ware previously pled guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit access device fraud, and aggravated identity theft.

His co-defendants Alex Dontfred, 29, David Tilus, 27, Sherika Rowe, 20, Fritznel Etienne, 24, and Latonya Ware, 27, were previously sentenced to 46 months, 70 months, 45 months, 34 months and 34 months in prison, respectively. All five were also ordered to pay restitution.

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According to court documents, Latonya Ware worked at a medical office, where she stole patients’ names and Social Security numbers. She then provided the stolen data to Tilus and to Andrew Ware, her cousin. Rowe used the information to file fraudulent tax returns seeking refunds, which were loaded onto prepaid debit cards used by Tilus and by Andrew Ware. The total of the fraudulent refunds claimed was $137,132.

Andrew Ware, Tilus, Dontfred and Etienne, along with co-defendant Jaqwayn Henry, also used victims’ access devices to purchase merchandise. They obtained credit card numbers from victims, then used the stolen access devices to purchase merchandise, gift cards, and prepaid debit cards valued at more than $61,000.

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Missing Person Body Found in Patterson, NY Likely Man Reported Missing 4 Years Ago

State police said they believe the body found in a wooded area along Maple Avenue in the Town of Patterson Saturday morning is that of a Patterson man who was reported missing four years ago.

On Saturday morning, at around 9:15, local residents who were clearing a wooded area off of Maple Avenue discovered what appeared to be human remains. They contacted the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, which subsequently determined the remains may be related a 2010 missing persons case being investigated by the New York State Police.

A search of the area by state police K9 units, forensic personnel, and other law enforcement members led to the discovery of a bicycle and identification associated with Gabriel Lopez-Duarte. Investigator said that positive identification is pending DNA analysis.

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State police in Brewster said that in October 2010 they received a report from a family member that Lopez-Duarte, 39, had left his Patterson residence on a bicycle and had not been seen since. A police investigation followed that covered multiple jurisdictions and many leads; however, the whereabouts of Lopez-Duarte remained unknown and the case remained active.

The Charley Project, a website that profiles over 9,000 cold case missing person files from across the United States, said Lopez-Durate lived with his brother in the 10 block of Locust Street in Patterson and was last seen on Sept. 29, 2010. It says he left home on a gray 10-speed racing bike without telling anyone where he was going. Lopez-Durate was reportedly acting strangely prior to his disappearance, according to The Charley Project. The website said he had been previously treated for neurocysticercosis, a potential deadly parasitical infection of the brain.

The cause of death of the body found on Maple Avenue is still under investigation.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding the investigation contact the State Police Brewster Bureau of Criminal Investigation at 845-279-8656.

State Police: Body Found in Patterson Woods Likely Man Reported Missing Four Years Ago

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