Wrongful Death Remains Found Confirmed to Be Missing UVa. Student

Remains found last weekend are those of Hannah Graham, the University of Virginia student who vanished more than a month ago.

The remains were discovered Oct. 18 in a heavily wooded area in rural Virginia where Hannah Graham, the 18-year-old University of Virginia student, disappeared more than a month ago.

A pair of dark, tight pants–like those Graham was wearing the night she disappeared–were found near the body.

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“I don’t know how else to explain it. Something inside me just told me continue to look. I do believe God wanted us to find what we found,” said Dale Terry, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department.

Graham was last seen in the early morning hours of Sept. 13. Surveillance video captured her with 32-year-old Jesse Matthew Jr.

Police tracked him down in Texas and charged him with Graham’s abduction.

Police say forensic evidence also connects Matthew to the death of Morgan Harrington, who vanished from Blacksburg, Virginia in October 2009. Her body was found three months later.

Hannah Graham’s parents, John and Sue Graham, released the following statement:

When we first met Chief Longo he promised to find our precious daughter, Hannah, and during five long weeks his resolve to fulfill that promise never wavered. When we started this journey together we all hoped for a happier ending. Sadly that was not to be, but due to the tenacity and determination of Chief Longo, Hannah is coming home to us and we will be eternally grateful to him for this.

The search for Hannah would not have been successful were it not for the many, many people who helped, including Mark Eggeman and VDEM, local, state and federal law enforcement officers, the staff of the City of Charlottesville, and the dedicated members of numerous volunteer search and rescue groups. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We also give our heartfelt thanks to all those who took part in the community search, to the citizens of Charlottesville, and to the individuals, businesses and organizations, both local and national, who provided untold resources to help support the search for Hannah. We would also like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to those who provided support to us and to our family throughout this ordeal, including the staff and students of the University of Virginia, our friends, neighbors and work colleagues, the staff and students of West Potomac High School, Hannah’s friends, and the countless kind people who have sent us messages of support. We thank you all.

We are devastated by the loss of our beautiful daughter, Hannah. Over recent weeks Hannah has been described by those who know her as bright, witty, thoughtful, loyal and fun to be around. She was all those things and more. Put simply, Hannah lit up our lives, the lives of our family and the lives of her friends and others who knew her. Although we have lost our precious Hannah, the light she radiated can never be extinguished. We will hold it in our hearts forever and it will help sustain us as we face a painful future without her. We are so very proud of Hannah and all that she achieved. Although only 18 years old, Hannah had just started her second year at the University of Virginia when she disappeared and was excelling academically. She loved U.Va. and the City of Charlottesville, and was very happy to return there after the summer break. Hannah had intended to pursue a career in global public health, she wanted to help others, and it is heart-breaking for us that she was robbed so tragically of the opportunity to fulfill her dream.

In closing we would like to draw attention to the fact that, although the waiting has ended for us, there are other families both in Virginia and beyond who have not been as fortunate in that their loved ones are still missing. Please continue to hold these families in your thoughts and prayers.

We do not intend to make any further statements at this time, nor to comment on the ongoing criminal investigation. We ask the media to respect our privacy and that of our family as we continue to griev

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Private Detective: Danville Shop Owner Charged For Shooting

A Danville business owner is facing an attempted murder charge after a shooting at his shop late Friday night.

We’re told officers & deputies were called to Jerry’s Body Shop, located on Roy Arnold Boulevard just off of US-127, around 11 p.m. for a report of gunshots. Danville Police tell us they found the owner, Jerry Mathes, and Ricky Cole in the middle of a fight. Officers say they took a .357 magnum revolver from Mathes, separated the two and noticed Cole had been shot once in the abdomen.

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Rescue workers flew Cole to UK Hospital. There are no updates yet on his condition.

As for the motive, investigators tell us that an argument between the two men over work on a vehicle escalated to violence.

Officials say that as they arrested Mathes, they found a small packet of cocaine on him. He’s being held in the Boyle County Detention Center for attempted murder, possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia charges.

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Identity Theft 18 Arrested in Ohio For A Series of Criminal Schemes

Eighteen Ohio people were indicted for their roles in a series of criminal schemes, including money laundering, identity theft, alien harboring, and arson, centered around seven IHOP restaurants in northwest Ohio and Indiana that resulted in losses of more than $3 million, law enforcement officials announced today.

“These defendants turned pancakes houses into crime dens,” said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “This indictment lays out a menu of crimes ranging from harboring undocumented workers to identity theft to money laundering to insurance fraud.”

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Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office, said, “Today’s arrests are the culmination of years of joint investigative work by the FBI and its partners to root out the corporate fraud outlined in the indictment.

The investigation of fraudsters who chose to operate their businesses through the manipulation of financial reporting, money laundering, and other illegal methods will continue to be a top FBI priority.”

“Collaboration with law enforcement at all levels is a powerful tool in the fight against organized criminal groups,” said Brian M. Moskowitz, Special Agent in Charge for ICE-HSI in Ohio and Michigan. “HSI is committed to leveraging its unique statutory authorities and investigative expertise to bring down groups involved a myriad of criminal activities as have been alleged in this case.”

Among those indicted are Tarek “Terry” Elkafrawi, who, from December 2003 through the present, owned seven IHOP restaurants in Evansville, Indiana; and Holland, Toledo (two locations), Findlay, Perrysburg, and Lima, Ohio.

Elkafrawi, along with Autumn Lee Tangas and others, used their control of the restaurants to execute various criminal activities to fraudulently manipulate sales figures, salaries, and payrolls to evade taxes, avoid paying royalties, and illegally divert money from the IHOP franchises to themselves, according to the 64-count indictment.

Elkafrawi employed about 200 illegal immigrants to work at his restaurants, most of whom used fraudulent or stolen identities while working. He and others employed several people to arrange for the arrival of the workers. If the worker had false paperwork or documentation, the manager would accept it without verification; if they did not have documentation, Elkafrawi and others would arrange for Carlos Gamboa, Jose Leon-Gonzales, and others to obtain fraudulent documentation for the workers, according to the indictment.

Elkafrawi also arranged for managers to cash payroll checks for the illegal workers. Elkafrawi and others assigned second identities to workers to avoid paying overtime wages and reduce the restaurants’ payments to the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation.

They were also able to underpay the undocumented workers because they knew the workers would not complain or report them to law enforcement, according to the indictment.

Overall, Elkafrawi and others were able to generate $1.2 million in unreported income by manipulating wages and underreporting income of undocumented workers, according to the indictment.

In 2008, the Findlay IHOP burned as the result of arson. The fire was started by Jose Leon-Gonzales at the direction of Elkafrawi and a person identified as M.K. to facilitate an insurance fraud scheme. Elkafrawi claimed approximately $1.3 million in fraudulent insurance claims, based in part on inflated payroll claims, lost income, and invoices, according to the indictment.

M.K., not charged herein, used two identities to split his salary from the restaurants between two paychecks, creating lower reportable income for both. Using those identities, he claimed approximately $140,000 in Medicaid payments and $35,000 in food stamps and welfare benefits from the state of Ohio. M.K. and Elkafrawi created a false property company to which M.K. paid “rent” to Elkafrawi to show a lower income. Elkafrawi and M.K. sanctioned and encouraged employees to file fraudulent claims, according to the indictment.

Elkafrawi, Kelly Elkafrawi, M.K., and Tarek Eid Omar also engaged in a series of real estate transactions to hide and conceal the source of the funds derived from their schemes. Elkafrawi purchased homes at 10400 Tecumseh Drive, Newburgh, Indiana; and 14745 Prairie Lake Drive, Toledo, using laundered assets, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors are seeking to seize the Indiana home as well as more than $37,000 in currency, the seven IHOP franchises, a dozen bank accounts, and several vehicles, according to the indictment.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Duncan T. Brown and Gary D. Arbeznik following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, and Toledo Police.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendants are entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Missing Person Brunswick, Maine Police Looking For Portland Teen

Brunswick Police are looking for a missing teen from Portland.

18-year-old Arik Elwell, of Portland, was last seen on Oct. 23 boarding a bus to Brunswick from Portland.

Elwell was reported as a missing person by the Portland Police Department. According to his parents, Arik never arrived in Brunswick, where he was to be picked up by his girlfriend. Elwell has several medical conditions and this behavior is not typical for him.

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If you see him, or know where he may be, please contact the Brunswick Police Department at 725.5521.

Arik Elwell

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Private Detective: Human Arm Found in Henry County

A human arm was discovered on a river bank in Lockport Friday afternoon.

Kentucky State Police Post 5 received the call before 3:00 p.m., advising that an arm had been found on the banks of the Kentucky River, officials say.

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KSP and officers from the Department of Fish and Wildlife responded to the scene. Cadaver dogs and rescue teams searched the river and the banks but found no other remains.

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Private Detective: 3 Cynthiana Gas Stations Robbed in One Month

Police in Cynthiana are working three gas station robberies in less than a month. Even more alarming is that the surveillance pictures have folks in town wondering is the cases could be connected.

One of the surveillance videos shows that around 7 p.m. Sunday, a white man in a dark, blue hoodie walks into Ken’s at Church and Bridge. The man, knife in hand, finds the clerk, who opens the register. The robber then grabs some cash and, in a matter of seconds, takes off.

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That man is described as somewhere between 5-foot-5 and 5-foot-8.

A man in a dark-blue hoodie was also captured in surveillance robbing the Fast Max on US 27 the night of Sept. 30. That man is also wearing a mask, a glove, and gray sweat pants. The man, described as about 6-feet-tall, points a gun at the clerk, gets the money and runs.

“People are needing money and they’re desperate, and they’ll do whatever they have to do,” said Tim Burke.

Burke, the manager of First Stop on West Pleasant says his place was hit the night of Oct. 4. Around 11:30 p.m., Burke says a white man wearing – you guessed it – a dark-colored hoodie and mask, walked in pretending to have a gun. This time, though, no money was taken. The clerk called the man’s bluff and the would-be robber ran.

While the suspect descriptions are not exactly the same, Burke and several others say it’s possible the same guy is behind all three.

“It’s all between 5’8″ and 6′. You know when you’re nervous you’re gonna miss two or three inches, so it’s obvious it could be,” Burke said.

While Cynthiana police are not saying the three are connected, investigators do say they will look into that possibility.

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Private Detective: Madison County Family Seek’s Public’s Help in Search for Wheelchair

A Madison County family wants to know what happened to their custom-made motorized wheelchair after it turned up missing this morning before a doctor’s appointment.

Leslie Burns was loading her husband into the car when she noticed the wheelchair wasn’t there. The chair had been specifically designed for her husband after a work injury left him with a rare pain disease in one of his legs.

“It’s very crucial. We waited a long time for it. It helps give him his independence,” says Burns.

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The last time Leslie saw the chair was Wednesday night when they were in Irvine for a ball game. She’s speaking with the press in hope that anyone who lives off of Red Lick Road, between Berea and Irvine, to keep an eye out for the missing chair in case it fell off her SUV on the side of the road as she travelled back from the game.

The couple had planned a date night this weekend for the first time in years, something that is now impossible for the couple to do, if the chair is not returned.

“I hope someone didn’t steal it, but if they did steal it, you know, please return it no questions asked,” says Burns.

If you have seen the wheelchair, you are asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff or the Irvine police.

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Wrongful Death 2 Dead, Including Gunman In Marysville, WA School Shooting

One victim and the gunman, a student, are dead after a shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School that was sparked by a relationship gone wrong.  Four students are injured.

Marysville police said the shooting happened at 10:39 a.m. Friday.  The victim who was killed was a girl.

Police said they are confident there was just one shooter involved. The gunman, identified by his family as 14-year-old Jaylen Fryberg, opened fire in the school cafeteria.  Fryberg, a freshman at the school, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux.   A student said a “lunch lady” grabbed Fryberg’s arm during the shooting in an effort to stop him, and Fryberg shot himself in the neck during the struggle.

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CBS News confirmed that authorities believe a .40-caliber Beretta handgun was the weapon used. Investigators are performing a trace to the gun’s place of purchase.

Of the four victims, two female students remain at Providence Regional Hospital in Everett in extremely critical condition with gunshot wounds to the head. Neither has been identified.

Two other victims were transported from Providence to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.  A 14-year-old boy is in intensive care in serious condition with a gunshot wound to his jaw.  A Harborview spokesperson said the boy would survive.  A 15-year-old boy,  identified as Andrew Fryberg, the gunman’s cousin, is in critical condition.

Students were painstakingly evacuated by officers when it was determined it was safe.  Some walked across a lawn with their hands up; others were seen running through the school parking lot.

Evacuated students were taken by bus to Shoultes Community Church at 116th Street Northeast and 51st Avenue Northeast where a crowd of parents waited in the parking lot outside to be reunited with their children. Buses pulled up periodically to drop off students evacuated from the school, with some running to hug their mothers or fathers. Some parents were sent back to their cars to get their identifications before they could leave with their children.

Most of the 2,500 students at the school have been evacuated and the school is now secure, police said. There are about 30 students and staff that were witnesses to the shooting that are still on campus working with authorities.

Jaylen Fryberg had sent a message from his Twitter account on Thursday that said “It won’t last…it will never last.”  KIRO 7 confirmed with sources close to him that the shooting was sparked by a breakup with a girl. Judd Luton, a parent of a Marysville-Pilchuck student, said his son, Jordan, told him that Jaylen went through a recent breakup and was distraught. Jordan said he didn’t believe he targeted specific students in the cafeteria.

A source said Fryberg had been suspended from school last week for being involved in a fight, and said Fryberg had been bullied.

A crossfit coach at the school described Fryberg as happy-go-lucky and ambitious. He was a member of the Tulalip Tribe who was interested in hunting.   A fellow student said Fryberg seemed happy and was talking to other students a few hours before the shooting.

A boy who new Fryberg said he sent text messages to his family asking them to take care of things after he was gone.

When the shooting erupted, multiple students and a teacher reported hearing gunshots, and KIRO 7 received emails and texts from relatives of students at the school shortly after.

“Our son just called to let us know that his kids are OK – his son was about 50 feet from the shooter – a student that he knows.  Our grandson and his friends ran away - jumped a fence and went to a home in the area.  He didn’t know about any victims but thought there was at least one,” said Tom Hopper, who emailed KIRO 7.

A student at the school, Rigo Perez, described what happened over the phone as he was inside the school.

“We just got evacuated by police to a church nearby.  I did not see the gunman. I was in the student store and it’s right next to the cafeteria, and then out of nowhere, we heard the shooting. We didn’t think it was nothing; we thought it was someone throwing down something, and then we saw everyone running out and we automatically knew it was a shooting. We ran into a back room and Mr. Miller helped us with getting all safe,” said Perez.

Casey Blakley and his daughter were driving by the school when they saw the huge police response.

“About every 30 seconds I had to pull over because there were so many cops and paramedics going by,” he said. “The road was blocked off from about two blocks away.”

“There were a bunch of kids on the next block that apparently fled the school. They were all huddled together talking to cars that drove by.”

A vigil is planned at Grove Church, 4705 Grove Street in Marysville, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A FBI spokesperson in Seattle said the agency will help authorities with the investigation.

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Wrongful Death Trial Date Set For Men Accused in Murder of Alex Johnson

A trial date has been set for two men accused in the death of Alex Johnson, a Lexington man whose body was found in a barrel in the Kentucky River weeks after he went missing from his home in December of last year.

Timothy Curtis Ballard and Robert Marcum Taylor stood before a judge Friday and learned their trial date was set for Oct. 5 through Nov. 12.

Another status hearing will also be scheduled for both men on Jan. 30, 2014.

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Taylor is accused of beating Alex Johnson to death inside of a car the night he vanished and Ballard is accused of disposing of Johnson’s body while Taylor cleaned up the crime scene.

Taylor’s attorney, Sandra Downs, says they need time to prepare for the case since the prosecution is pushing for the death penalty for her client, who charged with murder and kidnapping.

Ballard is charged with kidnapping and evidence tampering.

Downs couldn’t comment much on the case, but says it “will be interesting.”

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Private Detective: School Shooting in Marysville, WA High School

Police in Washington state say a shooter is dead after attack at a high school north of Seattle.

Marysville Police Commander Robb Lamoureux said Friday the shooter was a student and could not say if anyone else was wounded.

Live video showed students being evacuated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, about 30 miles north of Seattle.

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Arthur White, who lives across from the school, tells The Daily Herald a large number of police vehicles converged on the scene quickly late Friday morning.

Ayn Dietrich, an FBI spokesperson in Seattle, said the agency had personnel on their way to the scene to help authorities with the investigation.

The latest school shooting in the region happened at Seattle Pacific University, where a gunman killed one student and wounded two others on June 5.

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