Fraud Investigation Judge Pleads Guilty in Connection to Disability Fraud Case

A former judge charged with accepting bribes from a former disability attorney pleaded guilty in federal court.

Judge David Daughetry admitted to accepting bribes from former attorney Eric C. Conn in connection with disability cases

Court records reveal the illicit relationship between the two men began in 2004, when Daugherty asked Conn for a $5000 loan. The following month, Conn told the judge that instead of repaying the loan, he could instead begin paying the judge a set amount for every favorable ruling for one of Conn’s clients.

Thus, the Social Security Administration contends that the deal turned into a cyclical relationship between the attorney, judge and Doctor Bradley Adkins who is also charged in the case.

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Conn pleaded guilty to paying Daugherty an average of $8000 a month — which was more than the salary he received as judge. The relationship continued until 2011, netting daugherty $609,000 in return for at least 31,000 favorable decisions. Daughterty will be sentenced August 25. He faces two years for each of the charges.

Conn pleaded guilty to theft and bribery charges in March. he will be sentenced July 14.

The disability benefits of over 900 Eastern Kentucky residents represented by Conn were frozen pending a review by the Social Security Administration.

 
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Private Detective: Lexington Police Arrest Serial Purse Snatcher

Lexington Police have arrested a man they say is connected to a string of purse thefts and robberies.

Adam Wade, 31, was arrested on St. Christopher Drive in Lexington on Monday.

Last Thursday,  officers say a woman’s purse was stolen outside of the Kroger on Boston Road.  The victim told them that the suspect forcefully pulled her purse from her grasp, causing her to lose balance and drop other items that she had purchased.  He then proceeded to run to his vehicle and fled the scene.

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Police believe the suspect is that same man who struck on Saturday at the Hamburg Pavilion. Reportedly, he grabbed a woman’s purse, then when she tried to get it back, the suspect ran over the woman’s leg and drove off.

Police tell us they believe this man may be responsible for several other similar robberies recently.

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Wrongful Death Former Deputy Jailer Convicted in Charges Related to Death of Detainee

A jury has convicted a former deputy jailer in eastern Kentucky for his role in violently assaulting a pre-trial detainee and willfully failing to provide necessary medical attention that led to his death.

Acting Assistant Attorney General Tom Wheeler of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier, IV, for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Commissioner Richard W. Sanders of the Kentucky State Police jointly made the announcement.

William Curtis Howell was convicted of using excessive force against the detainee, resulting in bodily injury, and of deliberately ignoring the detainee’s serious medical needs, also resulting in bodily injury.  The jury returned the verdict after 90 minutes of deliberation, following four days of trial.

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According to the evidence presented at trial, on July 9, 2013, at the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard, Kentucky, Howell and another supervisory deputy jailer, Damon Wayne Hickman, violently beat Larry Trent, 54, a pretrial detainee, and left him in his cell, seriously injured and bleeding from an open head wound.  Trent ultimately died from injuries sustained during the beating.  Trent was in custody for a DUI charge.  Supervisory Deputy Jailer Hickman, who was initially charged along with defendant Howell, pleaded guilty prior to trial and testified against Howell.

According to evidence, the assault started when Howell and Hickman opened the door to Trent’s cell to remove a sleeping-mat, and Trent ran out of the cell.  Howell tased Trent and after Trent was brought to the floor, Hickman, without justification, violently kicked Trent in the ribs. While deputies carried Trent back to his cell, Trent took the taser from the deputy jailers.  Witnesses testified that after deputies retrieved the taser from Trent and while Trent was restrained on the floor by deputy jailers, Howell and Hickman, without justification, punched, kicked, and stomped on Trent.  Witnesses further testified that, before closing the cell door, Howell stepped into Trent’s cell and kicked Trent in the head while Trent was on the floor and posing no threat.  Further testimony was presented that, after the assault, Trent’s blood was in the detox hallway, booking area and on the deputies involved.

Testimony further revealed that Trent was lying motionless in his cell, with blood all over his face.  However, Howell and Hickman willfully failed to provide medical attention, because they did not want to get in trouble.  Approximately four hours after the beating, another employee at the jail noticed Trent’s lifeless body and emergency personnel were called. Trent was pronounced dead at a local hospital that afternoon.

According to autopsy results presented at trial, Trent died of a fracture to his pelvis that caused hemorrhaging and from blunt force trauma to his head, torso and extremities.

The Kentucky River Regional Jail houses pre-trial detainees from Perry and Knott Counties.  As a supervisory deputy jailer, Howell was responsible for the custody, care, safety and control of the inmates at the jail.

Hickman pleaded guilty last year for his role in the beating.  Another assault took place at the same jail in 2012.  In April of this year, Kevin Asher, the deputy jailer involved in that assault, was convicted of deprivation of civil rights under color of law, and obstruction of justice resulting in bodily injury.

Sentencing for Howell is scheduled for Aug. 16, 2017, in London, Kentucky.  Excessive use of force resulting in bodily injury carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment, and deliberate indifference resulting in bodily injury carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.  The U.S. District Court will consider the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutory penalties before imposing sentence.

The investigation was conducted by the Kentucky State Police and the FBI.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Trial Attorney Sanjay Patel of the Civil Rights Division prosecuted this case on behalf of the federal government.

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Wrongful Death Two Wanted After Bardstown Teen Shot and Killed

A 17-year-old Nelson County teenager was shot and killed early Monday two blocks from a convenience store.

WAVE 3 News identifies the victim as Cameron Wess Williamson, 17. Williamson died of a single gunshot wound. An autopsy will be performed later on Monday.

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Officers were called to the Five Star Food Mart at 122 East Stephen Foster Avenue just before 1 a.m. on a report of a shooting. They found Williamson along with two witnesses – a man and woman – inside a car. The officers tried to resuscitate Williamson, but they were unsuccessful.

Investigators said they determined the crime began outside a business two blocks from the convenience store when two people opened the car door and shot Williamson in the chest. He and the two witnesses fled to the Five Star Food Mart.

The names of the suspects have not been released.

 

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Wrongful Death Second Guard Convicted For Killing Inmate

A second Eastern Kentucky deputy jailer has been convicted in the death of a beaten inmate.

William Howell, 60, was convicted after four days of trial last week.

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Investigators say Howell and Wayne Hickman, who were both guards at the Kentucky River Regional Jail in Hazard, beat Larry Trent then failed to get him medical aid.

Trent later died from his injuries.

Howell is set to be sentenced in August..

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Private Detective: Man Found Dead on Laurel Lake

Fishermen saw the body of a Corbin man floating near a dam on Laurel Lake.

The body of James Robert Wagers, 24, was found in the water at 7:30 Monday morning close to Kampgrounds of America on East City Dam Road.

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Wagers’ body had been there several days, but no missing person report has been filed.

There was no visible trauma. Wagers’ body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

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Pedophile Tracking 23 Men Arrested in Underage Sex Sting

Police arrested nearly two dozen people in an underage sex sting in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

Officers pretended to be teenagers online to lure the predators from all over metro Atlanta to meet and pay for sex, authorities said.

The joint “Operation Spring Cleaning” between the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Gwinnett County Police Department led to 23 arrests over five days last week and into the weekend. The operation had been in the works for months.

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The 23 suspects are from all over metro Atlanta. Court records show that the men range in age from 19 to 48 and hold a variety of mostly blue-collar jobs including a janitor, warehouse workers, a mechanic, an electrician, an IT specialist, a software consultant and a construction worker. Several were unemployed.

Records show that one man is a member of the U.S. Air Force.

Authorities said the men face felony charges and said there could be additional charges coming.

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Wrongful Death Teen Dead After Being Rammed Into Tree After Social Media Fight

A teenager is dead after she was rammed into a tree and repeatedly run over.

The incident happened Friday just after 11 p.m. on May Street in Chicago.

Officials say Tatyanna Lewis, 17, and a 24-year-old women got into a dispute over a guy on social media.

The two decided to meet, when the women hit the teen with her SUV, striking her repeatedly before fleeing.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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The 24-year-old was apprehended by police with a child in the backseat.

“I got up to see what was going on…as soon as I looked out my window I saw a girl being rammed into the tree, and ran over and backed over over and over again,” said Brittney Patrick, a witness.

“To run somebody over just cold blooded it’s unthinkable…like I said – it’s sad,” said Paul Thomas, a resident.

The woman is now in police custody with pending charges against her.

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Private Detective: Scott County Man Said “God Told Him to Kill His Girlfriend”

People in a Scott County community are trying to make sense of a bizarre situation that left one woman fighting for her life, and her boyfriend in jail facing serious charges.

According to an arrest citation, 27-year-old Damou Bradley is charged with murder and assault.

“Just hard to grasp something like that happening right across the street from where you live, where you’re supposed to feel safe,” said neighbor Tina Cornwell.

Investigators say he called 911 a little before 11:30 Saturday night and said he had stabbed his girlfriend in the neck three times. When officers arrived at the home on Copper Kettle Path, they found the victim in a second floor bathroom with lacerations to her neck.

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“Apparently there was no love there if you’re going to strangle and then stab someone,” said neighbor Charles Cornwell.

The story gets even more bizarre when Bradley allegedly told investigators he “put his faith in God”…arrest papers indicate he said he was told by God to kill his girlfriend. While in the shower he strangled her until she was unconscious, when she came to and he realized she was still alive..that is when he supposedly stabbed her.

“Stephen King-esque..I’m not saying that God didn’t talk to him but, I just don’t think that that’s the way God intended on bringing people up to him,” said Charles Cornwell.

The Cornwells live right across from where it all happened. They say they had never seen Bradley before,  and while they’re praying for the victim and her family, they’re left wondering if this all may have been prevented had Bradley sought psychiatric help

“God, I just pray for her and her family.  It’s just unbelievable. I just don’t know what’s wrong with people today,” said Tina Cornwell.

The identity or condition of the victim have not been released.

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Private Detective: Lexington Police Looking For Serial Purse Snatcher

Lexington Police are searching for a man who may be connected to a string purse thefts and robberies.

Police say the suspect struck on Saturday at the Hamburg Pavilion.

Reportedly the man grabbed a woman’s purse, then when she tried to get it back the suspect ran over the woman’s leg and drove off.

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Police tell us they believe this man may be responsible for several other similar thefts/robberies recently.

They are asking people to be on the lookout.

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