Private Detective: Two Arrested in Harrodsburg For Selling Meth

Harrodsburg police charged two people with trafficking meth after stopping a vehicle Monday.

Police say officers witnessed what they thought was a narcotics transaction and stopped a car involved. Officers say Lisa Brady, 49, was driving and admitted selling meth. Police say officers searched the vehicle and found 2.06 ounces of meth, along with more than $6,000 in cash.

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Police arrested Brady, and her passenger, Michael Barnett, 25, and charged them both with trafficking in a controlled substance.

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Fraud Investigation BBB Warns of Scammers Posing As IRS Agents

Better Business Bureau says it has received dozens of reports from consumers this week who received scam phone calls from persons alleging to be officers with the Internal Revenue Service.

Officials say a majority of the calls centered in the Georgetown-Scott County area, but not exclusively. The calls are automated messages left for consumers on their voice mails or answering machines. The caller gives some official sounding title (“Officer” Smith) with the IRS and states that the call is in regard to a “serious legal matter” and that action will be taken unless the consumer returns the call. The caller leaves a phone number with a “202″ area code, which is the area code for Washington D.C., in an effort to add credibility to the scam.

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“These callers can sound convincing when they call. They may know a lot about you, and they alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling,” said Jack Frank, BBB President and CEO. “They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. If you don’t answer, they often leave an urgent callback request. BBB urges consumers to ignore these calls.”

Victims of this scam around the country fell for claims that they owed “back taxes” or “penalties” for late payments, and were tricked into buying pre-paid debit cards (such as Green Dot Moneypak cards) to pay the “fine” to avoid arrest. The money is unrecoverable.

IRS officials warn on their website that they do NOT do business in this manner. They offer these five signs of a scam using the IRS name. The IRS will never:

1. Call you about taxes you owe without first mailing you an official notice.

2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law enforcement to arrest you for not paying.

The IRS urges anyone with questions about any taxes they may owe to call them at 1-800-829-1040. The IRS also reminds taxpayers that they do not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issues.

Consumers may report scams to BBB at (859) 259-1008 or 1-800-866-6668, or email info@bluegrass.bbb.org

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Private Detective: Clerk Shot in Danville Domino’s Pizza Robbery

Police have confirmed that the clerk shot during an apparent robbery at a Danville pizza place Monday night was 20-year-old Zoe Reed.

Police say officers responded to the Domino’s Pizza on South Fourth Street, near Centre College, around 10:30 p.m. EMS rushed the Reed to Ephriam McDowell Regional Medical Center, and she was later flown to UK Hospital.

Officials have not released any information on her condition.

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Police say the Reed was working alone and there were no witnesses. Investigators say they remain unsure if the suspect or suspects got away with any money.

Reed reportedly worked at the Domino’s for several years. Wednesday is her 21st birthday.

Police ask anyone with any information to call the Danville Police Department at 859-238-1220.

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Private Detective: Suspect Assaults Officer, Dies in Shootout

Officials have identified the man shot and killed on the eastern bypass in Richmond Saturday night when a multi-county police chase turned into a deadly shootout between a man on the run and officers from several police agencies.

The Fayette County Coroner’s Office has identified the man shot and killed by officers as 29-year-old Jesse Gibbons of Lexington.

Gibbons is accused of assaulting a Lexington officer and then fleeing the scene with the officer’s Taser. Gibbons allegedly then led law enforcement on a pursuit from Lexington to Madison County, where he opened fire. Officers shot back, and Gibbons was struck multiple times.

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Part of the scary ordeal was witnessed by two men who caught the shootout on cell phone video and spoke with LEX 18 about the incident.

“We got out of the car and they told us to duck down. We were behind the car and I pulled out my phone and started recording. It was intense, probably the craziest thing I’ve ever seen,” said witness Darrius Minter.

Police say it all started in Lexington, when their suspect assaulted Officer James Winter at a gas station on Buckhorn Drive and took off. Police followed Gibbons down I-75 to exit 87 in Richmond, where he apparently drove his car into a wooded area, got out and started shooting.

“The craziest episode of ‘Cops’ you’ve seen in your life. Just imagine being front and center without a gun or a bullet proof vest,” said witness Jesse Middleton.

Witnesses say they counted about 30 shots fired in their 30 second video. They say they’re just glad no one else was hurt with so many bystanders and businesses nearby.

“He pulled the gun out of the trunk and just started shooting. It could have hit one of those gas pumps or anything, and it could have been way worse. Somebody could have got hit from that crossfire with all those bullets flying. It just a blessing that no one got hit or injured,” said Middleton.

The Lexington police officer who was assaulted before the shootout is expected to be OK.

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Private Detective: Facebook Pictures Lead To The Arrests of Father and Son

A Facebook selfie, landed a Whitley County father and son in jail. Investigators said the pair posed with their marijuana plants, then put the photos on the Internet for the world to see, including the Sheriff’s Department.

In a flash and a click of a button, there was picture perfect evidence for police. “An individual had posted on Facebook some marijuana plants,” said Sheriff Colan Harrell.

The Sheriff said 20-year-old Tony Canada and his father, 45-year-old Ronald Canada, were standing next to the plants.

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Harrell said even he was surprised to see the post. “This is the first time I have ever seen this,” said Harrell.

Still, when deputies got a tip to check social media, they didn’t hesitate. They said around a day after investigators saw the pictures on Facebook, the photos along with another tip, led them to Clifford Canada Road.

“I had never heard of anybody putting anything like that on Facebook before,” said a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous. People in the area watched deputies on Friday as they scoured the land near Clifford Canada Road.

Investigators said Tony Canada showed deputies where the plants were located and told them the plants were being grown by him and family members.

“Located 14 marijuana plants, the tallest one being approximately 13 feet tall,” said Harrell. In all, investigators said they recovered around $30,000 dollars worth of drugs. Then, they told the Canadas how they got caught.

“They agreed that wasn’t a real smart thing to do,” said Harrell. While it doesn’t make much sense, neighbors said they hope these two learned their lesson.

“They shouldn’t have had it, they ought to know better. I bet they won’t do that again,” said a neighbor.

Investigators said if the father and son do plan to break the law again, then the Sheriff welcomes more pictures online. “If they have anything of contraband, put it on the Facebook again. We make house calls,” said Harrell.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department said they are working on warrants to arrest two other men involved in this case.

LEX 18 News asked the Ronald Canada if he or his son wanted to tell their side of the story, however they declined.

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Wrongful Death Waterloo, IA Police Searching For Two Connected to Homicide Investigation

A missing person case in Waterloo has become a homicide investigation and two people are wanted for questioning.

According to a release from the Waterloo Police Department, investigators want to speak with 43-year-old Anthony Tronca and 29-year-old Jessica Ogden. Public Safety Director Daniel Trelka said both Tronca and Ogden are friends with 44-year-old Ronald Randall.

“We want to speak to them about what they might know,” said Lt. Michael McNamee with the Waterloo Police Department.

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The police department received a missing-person report for Randall around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9. Police said as part of their investigation, they searched a wooded area south of Waterloo and off Highway 218. There, they found a body believed to be Randall, police said. An official identification has not been made, but police said an autopsy performed by the State Medical Examiner’s Office determined the cause of death to be homicide.

Trelka said, based on initial information, investigators knew it was more than a typical missing person case. “From the very beginning, when we first got a report, there were suspicious circumstances to it. The victim had a routine and he no longer engaged in it. It was like he walked off the face of the Earth,” Trelka said.

Tronca is the owner of AJT Auto Repair, 2014 Black Hawk Street, which police searched on Monday. One neighboring business owner says authorities have continued to watch the property. That business owner, Loren Levell, said he first noticed police activity in the middle of last week. “We were seeing unmarked cars with police sitting there and raising binoculars up to watch [AJT Auto Repair] to see what was going on,” Levell said.

Aside from saying Randall, Tronca and Ogden are friends, police have not elaborated on their relationship. However, several sources identified Jessica Ogden as Daniel Trelka’s girlfriend.

Police said Tronca and Ogden’s whereabouts is currently unknown and there is a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Tronca, who is wanted on outstanding warrants. He is also listed on the Most Wanted page operated by the Black Hawk County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call the Waterloo Police Department at 319-291-4340 or Crime Stoppers at 855-300-8477.

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Private Detective: KSP Looking For Elementary School Burglars

Kentucky State Police in Harlan County are trying to track down two people who are accused of breaking into an elementary school.

Police say it happened around 12:30 a.m. at Ross-Point Elementary School.

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State police say two people went into the school wearing hoodies and masks. Investigators say they broke into the juice machine and stole cash.

Nothing else was stolen.

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Pedophile Tracking Watertown, NY Man Sentenced to 7 Years

A city man was sentenced Monday in Jefferson County Court to seven years in state prison for having sexual contact with a child over a three-year period.

Joshua P. Koutrakos, 27, whose last known address was 1007 Bronson St., was also ordered to undergo seven additional years of supervision and register with the state as a sex offender upon his release from prison. He pleaded guilty July 15 to first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

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He had been accused of having sexual contact with the child from January 2009 through January 2012, starting when the child was 7 years old, at his former residence in Black River.

In other court activity:

Terry C. Sawyer, 56, of 29801 Burnup Road, Black River, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted identity theft. He admitted that on Nov. 12, 2012, he tried to use his brother’s identification to set up a utility account while living in Cortland County. At the time, his brother was living in Jefferson County. If Mr. Sawyer pays $823 in restitution prior to his Nov. 14 sentencing, he is expected to be sentenced to a conditional discharge. If he fails to pay the restitution, he could be sentenced to up to three years’ probation.

Daniel J. Kakolewski, 42, of 15917 Military Road, Sackets Harbor, pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated. He admitted driving while intoxicated June 7 on Mill Street. The charge was a felony because he had been convicted of misdemeanor DWI in March 2009 in City Court. He is expected to be sentenced Nov. 7 to a three-year conditional discharge and be ordered to complete the Bridge program. He will also be fined $2,000, have his driver’s license revoked and be ordered to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle he owns or operates.

Al-Tawan R. Alston, 24, and Tyrell L. Alston, 20, both of 913 State St., were arraigned on grand jury indictments unsealed in court alleging that had and sold heroin. Al-Tawan Alston is charged with four counts each of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, while his brother faces two counts of each charge.

It is alleged that Al-Tawan Alston sold heroin within the county on four occasions in late July, while Tyrell Alston is alleged to have sold the drug on two occasions in later July. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges and were sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $10,000 bail.

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Private Detective: Police Investigate Two Violent Robberies

Lexington police continue to investigate a pair of violent overnight robberies.

Police say a man and a friend were walking along Trade Center Drive, just of New Circle Road, around 2 a.m., when a car pulled up and four men jumped out. One man chased the friend, and the other three attacked the victim and took his wallet. Officers say one of the robbers hit the victim in the head with a pole, but the victim did not suffer serious injuries. Police say they only got a vague description of the suspects.

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Officers say about an hour earlier, a man fought off a knife-wielding robber downtown. Police say the victim told them two men, one armed with a knife, tried to take his backpack along Oliver Lewis Way, near West High Street. The suspects ran off empty-handed, but the victim suffered a cut to the hand.

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Wrongful Death Man Sentenced to 12 Years in 2003 Murder

A man accused in an 11-year-old murder case was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday morning.

A judge sentenced Joshua Abnee to the recommended sentence of 12 years in the murder of David Sadler, who was found by family members with a single gunshot wound inside their Nicholas County home in 2003.

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Abnee had pleaded guilty to facilitation of murder and complicity to robbery in the second degree in August. He also agreed to testify against co-defendant Shawn Fryman.

Abnee will serve five years for one count, and seven for the other, consecutively.

Abnee was arrested in March, 11 years after the murder. Fryman was arrested in February and the Carlisle Mercury reported in July the death penalty could be sought against Fryman.

Sadler’s wife, Brenda, said both suspects were considered friends of her husband. She and her son found David Sadler dead from a single gunshot wound inside their home on March 31, 2003.

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