Private Detective: Police Seek Info on Laundromat Thief

For the seventh time in the last few weeks, detectives are trying to solve a string of laundromat burglaries.

Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department said that the burglary at Big Blue Laundromat is connected to others that are being pulled off by what he calls ‘pros’.

“This is a quick, easy way to make some money and they have the skill set to accomplish that,” he said.

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That skill was caught on camera and police have watched the video over and over. One time, the tools he used were not enough, so the burglar went to his accomplice’s car and came back in.

“And that’s when he really goes to work on this machine,” said Thomas.

Within seconds, the man is able to break into the machine. The coin-op thief is facing felony charges for destruction of property.

If you have information about any of the laundromat burglaries, your tip could get you a cash reward from Bluegrass Crime Stoppers. You can call (859) 253-2020 or text your information to ‘CRIMES’.

Just put ‘LEX-PD’ in the message, along with your tip.

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Missing Person Search Continues for Lewis County Man

Officials say that no new information was found after a helicopter search for a missing Lewis County man.

Authorities say the disappearance of Justin Johnson, 28, is now being investigated as a criminal matter by the sheriff’s office.

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Johnson hasn’t been seen missing since the night of March 23 at his home in Vanceburg.

Family members and volunteers will be searching nearby Kinniconick Creek with boats and on horseback on Wednesday.

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Wrongful Death Nicholasville Police Investigating Woman’s Death

Nicholasville Police are conducting a death investigation at a home on Pinoak Drive.

Police tell LEX 18 that they are treating it as suspicious until proven otherwise. They confirm the victim is a female.

There were no signs of forced entry but the woman was not found in her bed. Police say a family member found her body after going inside the home.

Neighbors tell LEX 18 that the woman was a kind grandmother who moved to the home about six months ago.

Police are still trying to track down the family, so her identity has not yet been released.

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Susan Parker says she never knew her neighbor’s name, but always waved “hi” when the grandmother was outside playing with her dogs. But today was different.

“When I drove up, I saw ambulances. I believe there were two ambulances, cop cars, the coroner, and I was just devastated,” said Parker. “I just saw her like I said, Saturday, Sunday, playing football with her grandkids. and she seemed like everything was okay. She loved her kids, she loved her dogs,” said Parker.

Investigators removed items from the scene as evidence, including this red bag, and what Parker says looked like a pillow. Police say they don’t suspect foul play in the woman’s death, but did explain why it was being called suspicious.

“Just looking at the entire scene. There wasn’t any forced entry, any signs of injury. Yet, she wasn’t in bed, and it wasn’t just a typical in-the-middle-of-the-day thing. She seemed to be a healthy individual,” said Officer Kevin Grimes with the Nicholasville Police Department.

That uncertainty is why neighbors are concerned. One neighbor told us the area feels unsafe, and there have been several break-ins at homes.

The victim’s body will be transported to Frankfort for autopsy.

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Fraud Investigation Social Security Disability Lawyer Pleads Guilty

A Social Security disability lawyer pleaded guilty in federal court today for his role in a scheme to fraudulently obtain $550 million in federal disability payments from the Social Security Administration (SSA) for thousands of claimants.

 

Acting Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Blanco of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Special Agent in Charge Michael McGill of the Social Security Administration-Office of Inspector General’s (SSA-OIG) Philadelphia Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Amy S. Hess of the FBI’s Louisville, Kentucky, Field Division; Special Agent in Charge Tracey D. Montaño of the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations (IRS-CI) Nashville, Tennessee, Field Office; and Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) Atlanta Regional Office made the announcement.

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Eric Christopher Conn, 56, of Pikeville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves of the Eastern District of Kentucky to one count of theft of government money and one count of payment of gratuities. Sentencing is set for July 14, 2017.

 

According to the plea, from October 2004 to April 6, 2016, Conn participated in a scheme with former SSA administrative law judge David B. Daugherty and multiple doctors that involved the submission of thousands of falsified medical documents to the SSA. As a result of the scheme, Conn and his co-conspirators obligated the SSA to pay more than $550 million in lifetime benefits to claimants for these fraudulent submissions.

 

According to the plea, Conn is an attorney whose firm in Floyd County, Kentucky, focused for more than 20 years primarily on representing individuals seeking Social Security disability benefits throughout Kentucky and elsewhere. According to documents filed in connection with the guilty plea, Conn admitted that from December 2004 through April 2011, he paid Daugherty approximately $10,000 a month to award disability benefits to claimants for whom Conn submitted falsified medical documents.

 

As part of his plea, Conn admitted that he submitted the falsified medical documents, and Daugherty authored decisions granting disability benefits, in well over 1,700 claimants’ cases. Conn admitted that he paid medical professionals to sign medical forms that he fabricated before evaluations of claimants took place. According to the plea, Conn routinely prepared and medical professionals, such as clinical psychologist Alfred Bradley Adkins, signed evaluation reports indicating that claimants had limitations considered disabling by the SSA, irrespective of the claimants’ actual physical or mental conditions. Conn admitted that he received more than $5.7 million in representative fees from the SSA based upon these fraudulent claims.

 

Conn was indicted last year, along with Daugherty and Adkins. They were charged with conspiracy, fraud, false statements, money laundering and other related offenses in connection with the scheme. An indictment is merely an allegation and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

 

The SSA-OIG, FBI, IRS-CI and HHS-OIG are investigating the case. Trial Attorneys Dustin M. Davis of the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and Elizabeth G. Wright of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section are prosecuting the case, with previous co-counsel including Assistant U.S. Attorney Trey Alford of the Western District of Missouri and Investigative Counsel Kristen M. Warden of the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General.

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Missing Person Pike County Man Found Alive

A Pike County man who was reported missing after riding an ATV has been found alive.

East Kentucky Broadcasting reports that 53-year-old Richard D. Ramey was last seen Saturday riding a red ATV in the area known locally as Beaver Creek. After hours of searching, crews found Ramey’s ATV but he was nowhere to be found. Crews continued their search and found him about 15 minutes away from his 4-Wheeler.

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Family members say he was injured but that he was alive. Ramey has heart problems and requires medication.

He is currently being treated at Pikeville Medical Center.

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Missing Person Cause of Death Undetermined After Missing Woman’s Remains Found

-The cause of death of a woman whose remains were found in Casey County over a year after she went missing is undetermined, Kentucky State Police report.

KSP has closed the case of the disappearance of Whitney Copley. The Casey County mother of 2 was last seen September 28th, 2015, when she told her family she was going to a party but never came home. She was last seen in the area of the Dog Walk Market, along Highway 127.

Her remains were found in a wooded area near where she was last seen.

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An autopsy of the remains showed no visible trauma. Whitney’s body was then sent to a forensic anthropologist at the University of Tennessee for a more detailed investigation. The remains were returned ruling the cause of death as undetermined.

Whitney’s family members are displeased with the result of the investigation and voiced their frustration on Facebook.

“…They have closed the case! YES! You read that correctly, CASE CLOSED!  Once again, we have been through the whole gamut of emotions! Our story WILL not end here! KSP may close their file on my sister’s life BUT we never will! #justiceforWhitney,” reads the post.

Whitney Copley

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Missing Person Search Called Off for Missing Lewis County Man

The search for a missing Lewis County man has been called off.

Authorities say the disappearance of Justin Johnson, 28, is now being investigated as a criminal matter by the sheriff’s office.

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Johnson hasn’t been seen missing since the night of March 23 at his home in Vanceburg.

Emergency Management says a helicopter search is still possible Tuesday and if anything new turns up they will resume their search.

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Missing Person 3 Year Old Findlay, OH Girl

Findlay police need your help finding a missing 3 year-old.

Mila Ochoa has been missing for two weeks, when her parents left the Findlay area along with her.

Police say they don’t believe there is any immediate threat to her safety.

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A judge ordered Mila removed from the care of her parents — Cheyanne Harris, age 24, and Rodolfo Ochoa, age 39. It appears that the parents decided to leave the area before the order could be served on them.

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is encouraged to call the Findlay Police at 419-424-7150.

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Pedophile Tracking Sex Offender Sentenced For 17 Child Porn Cases in Weatherford, TX

A registered sex offender has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on 17 counts of possession of child pornography, a prosecutor said.

Cody Vick, 33, of Weatherford, pleaded guilty to the charges last week in the 43rd District Court.

Vick will be eligible for parole in about four years.

Vick is a registered sex offender from his conviction in 2011 for sexual assault of a 16-year-old female. He served two years in prison before he was discharged, according to Texas Department of Public Safety records.

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In the Weatherford porn case, the man was in possession of the child porn on his tablet and in files that he stored in an online account.

Weatherford police began an investigation last year after receiving a “cybertip” from officials with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about possible images and videos of child pornography being uploaded on an online account belonging to Vick, Parker County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Swain said in a news release.

“This is the first case that I can recall in which we were able to tie child pornography maintained digitally elsewhere to a defendant in Parker County sufficiently to charge and convict him,” Swain said.

Cody Vick, 33, of Weatherford
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Missing Person Richard Ramey of Elkhorn City, KY

Pike County Emergency Management and firefighters in Elkhorn City are searching for a man they believe went missing after an ATV ride in the mountains.

East Kentucky Broadcasting reports that 53-year-old Richard D. Ramey was last seen Saturday riding a red ATV in the area known locally as Beaver Creek.

Ramey’s family says he has heart problems and requires medication.

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Ramey was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and blue jogging pants. Searchers ask anyone with information concerning his whereabouts to contact the Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711.

Crews will search again Tuesday. If he is not found by then, the case will be handed over to KSP.

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