Missing Person 16 Year Old Virginia Girl Found in Arkansas

A 16-year-old girl from Virginia who was considered an endangered missing person after disappearing with an older man has been found safe in Little Rock.

Authorities in Christiansburg, Va., reported just before midnight Thursday that teen Aysia Monique Lewis had been found safe in Arkansas’ capital city and that the man she was believed to have left Virginia with, 33-year-old Donald “Bruce” Quesenberry Jr., was in custody.

According to a Little Rock Police Department report, authorities responded about 11:30 p.m. to an apartment complex in the 13000 block of West Markham Street after receiving information the two were there.

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“Someone in Virginia” contacted Lewis by phone, the report said, and she came out of an apartment where Quesenberry was later found inside.

Quesenberry — who police say acknowledged driving Lewis from Virginia — was arrested on a charge of theft by receiving because the car he was traveling in was reported stolen in Illinois, the report said.

Lewis was taken to a youth services facility in Cecil, where her parents were expected to meet her.

The Christiansburg Police Department said in a statement that Lewis was last seen Monday afternoon after school and it was believed Quesenberry traveled from his Illinois home to meet her. The pair were believed to be traveling in a gold Nissan Altima.

The police department said in the statement that neither Lewis’ nor Quesenberry’s friends or families had heard from either one of them in the days after she was reported missing. She was classified as “endangered” because of her “age and the circumstances surrounding her disappearance,” the agency said.

Authorities said Quesenberry was facing a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor even before the teen was found and that additional charges are now pending.

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Drug Dog Sweep 2 Arrested in Ohio on Felony Drug Charges

Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers say a Reno man and woman face felony drug charges after authorities seized more than 235 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop.

Troopers say they stopped a 2007 Chevy 1500 pick-up truck for marked lanes and failure to signal violations on Interstate 80, near milepost 133 in Lorain County on the afternoon of January 21st.

Troopers say a drug-sniffing dog was called in after criminal indicators were observed. They say a probable cause search revealed the marijuana.

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Troopers say the driver, 42-year-old Kimberly M. Benson and passenger, 62-year-old Daniel M. Essad were taken to Lorain County Jail and charged with possession and trafficking in marijuana, both second-degree felonies.

If convicted, each could face up to 16 years in prison and up to a $30,000 fine.

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Private Detective: EKU Police Investigating Campus Sexual Assault

Eastern Kentucky University police are investigating a sexual assault they say occurred on campus Thursday evening.

According to a campus security bulletin, a woman near the area of the Powell Building and Barnes and Noble Bookstore was approached by a black male in his 20s. The suspect was last seen wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Police say the man sexually assaulted the woman.

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The woman told police that the suspect was accompanied by two other males who participated in following and harassing her. She described the second subject as male, black, tall and skinny with unknown clothing description. The last subject was described as male, black, short in stature, wearing a plaid shirt and jeans.

University police are urging students to use caution and to travel in groups after dark. If you have information regarding this case, please call EKU police at 859-622-1111.

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Fraud Investigation Lexington Doctor Falls Victim to Kidnapping Scam

The kidnapping scam that has affected several doctors in the Lexington area has affected another man, this time with a twist.

The scam, in which a caller claims to have to have a person’s child, has affected several victims around the nation. The phone calls have someone who sounds like a child screaming in the background while the caller demands ransom for their safe return. So far all the victims have been doctors.

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Friday, a caller reached out to the offices of Dr. Martin Favetto. This time they claimed to have his wife.

Police are investigating but they tell LEX 18 that Favetto’s wife is fine. The caller i.d. did catch a number, but investigators say that it is probably a spoof id.

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Wrongful Death Murder Charge Filed in Perry County Fatal Collision

A murder charge was filed against a Perry County man in relation to a collision that claimed the life of a nine year old.

Jason Combs has been charged with one count of Murder, for the death of the child. Combs was driving a pickup truck on Combs Road in Perry when the vehicle collided head-on with a Chrysler Sebring, injuring the driver and a child passenger.

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The child died two days later at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, due to injuries sustained in the collision.

He is lodged in the Kentucky River Regional Jail, where he faces charges of DUI, assault 1st degree, and wanton endangerment.

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Wrongful Death Arrested Made in Death of Phoenix Couple

Tucson police said they solved the murder of a Phoenix couple who disappeared when they drove to southern Arizona to buy a motorcycle in 2002.

Investigators on Wednesday arrested Brian Ferry, 44, on suspicion of first-degree murder in the deaths of Charles Russell and Catherine Nelson who were originally reported missing on Feb. 6, 2002.

Police said Russell, 58, and Nelson, 42, drove to Tucson on Feb. 2, 2002 to buy a motorcycle and never returned home. A missing person’s report was filed several days later when they failed to show up for work, police said.

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Within a week of their disappearance, Tucson police found the couple’s truck abandoned in a church parking lot in southwest Tucson, according to investigators.

Detectives continued investigating but could not find the couple and the case became a missing persons case.

Police reopened the case within the last five years and made an arrest this week.

A Tucson police spokesman declined to release any additional details because investigators are continuing to conduct interviews.

Ferry was arrested on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

Detectives are still looking for information regarding the incident and are asking anybody with information to call 88-C-R-I-M-E.

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Wrongful Death Trial Date Set for Madison County Double Homicide

A trial date has finally been set for a brutal double homicide in Madison County.

Daniel Keene and Lebruce Ellington appeared before a judge Thursday with a courtroom filled with family hoping to get some closure.

The nightmare began when Sonsary “Sonsi” Warford and Charles “Chew” Walker went missing in 2010. Police found their bodies two years later, buried in a Richmond field.

Daniel Keene and Matthew Denholm were charged in the kidnapping and murder.  Sonsi was executed and Chew was tortured before he was killed.  Lebruce Ellington was also charged in the couple’s death.

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Denholm pled guilty to killing Sonsi and another man in an unrelated Berea case.  He’s serving a life sentence.

In court on Thursday Sonsi and Chew’s families were hoping for a similar outcome, hoping that the two would also plead guilty.

Chew’s aunt says he would’ve been 35 this year.

“Every time we come to the courtroom it’s like opening a wound back up,” she says. And “that seems like it’s never going to heal.”

While they are one step closer to ending this nightmare, they fear the worst is yet to come.

The trial is set for late 2015.

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Private Detective: 2nd Suspect in MO Kidnapping Captured in Radcliff, KY

The second individual being sought in connection to a kidnapping and carjacking that occurred in Kansas City has been taken into custody in Radcliff, KY, without incident.

Robert Caldwell’s alleged 17-year-old accomplice in the abduction and assault of a south Kansas City man on Jan. 22  has been charged in Jackson County, Missouri with multiple felonies, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Thursday. The first suspect, Caldwell, was taken into custody and is now facing kidnapping charges in Kentucky as well as in Missouri. It was Caldwell who identified De’zahn James Carey as the second male involved in the crimes, according to the Baker.

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Both men are accused in the kidnapping of a man in Missouri and stealing his vehicle after releasing him in St. Louis.

According to FBI officials, the second suspect is a juvenile. The Kansas City Surveillance photos of the two in the first victim’s red minivan were released to the media.

Caldwell is from Danville, Ky. According to officials, Carey is Caldwell’s cousin.

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Wrongful Death Two People Dead in Louisville Shooting

Police are investigating after two people were shot inside of a home near GE Appliance Park.

According to MetroSafe, police were called to the 6200 block of Fegenbush Lane around 3:50 p.m. Thursday. It is now a death investigation.

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Wrongful Death Clay County Man Convicted in Overdose Death Case

A Clay County man has been convicted by a federal jury of illegally distributing prescription drugs that resulted in the death of another individual, Patty Smallwood.

Terry Smith, 54, was found guilty on Monday of distribution of a controlled substance resulting in death. The jury also convicted Terry and his wife, Gerry, of conspiring together and with others to distribute oxycodone. In addition, Terry Smith was found guilty on a charge of possession of firearms by a convicted felon. The jury returned the verdict after four hours of deliberation, following five days of trial. Of all the convictions in overdose death cases, this is the first one in the Eastern District of Kentucky that occurred without an autopsy report being using as evidence.

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“This is an important victory in the effort to hold drug dealers accountable for the carnage they cause in our communities,” said Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Overdose deaths are an unfortunate, but all too common, consequence of illegal drug trafficking. Federal law imposes a heavy penalty on drug dealers who cause a death.

Our office and our law enforcement partners intend to seek that penalty whenever the proof warrants, even in the absence of an autopsy. Drug dealers should take heed-they will pay a heavy price for their callous disregard for human life.” Evidence at trial established that on or about September 9, 2011, Terry Smith had sponsored Patty Smallwood and others to travel to an out-of-state pain clinic called Georgia Health Associates in Tucker, Georgia to obtain oxycodone pills.

Upon their return, Smith then paid for them to fill these prescriptions at the Community Drug Pharmacy in Manchester, Ky. These individuals then gave the pills to Smith who kept a portion for himself and divided the rest among the people that had made the trip. The evidence further showed that Patty Smallwood took a portion of her pills that night, went to bed, and never woke up.

She was found dead the following morning by her live-in boyfriend. Although an autopsy was not performed, toxicology reports reflected that, along with smaller levels of several other drugs, Smallwood had four times the therapeutic level of oxycodone in her system. In support of its case, the United States offered the testimony of a forensic toxicologist, who offered his expert opinion concerning the levels of drugs present in Ms. Smallwood’s system.

The toxicologist testified that the oxycodone use was the likely cause of Ms. Smallwood’s death. Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Joseph P. Reagan, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration jointly announced the conviction. The investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2015. Terry Smith faces a mandatory minimum of 20 years and a maximum of life in prison for the overdose death offense. Gerry Smith faces a maximum of 20 years on the conspiracy offense.

However, the court will carefully consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and federal statutes before imposing sentence.

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