Private Detective: Pedestrians Hit By Paintballs Fired From Car

Around 12:30 Sunday morning, Lexington police received from several pedestrians who reported being hit by paintballs fired from a car near the intersection of Limestone and Virginia Avenue.

Officers located the car the witnesses described a few minutes later near the intersection of Stone Road and Westerfield.

When police pulled over the car, they found five teens under the age of 18 inside, along with a paintball gun.

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When officers told the victims the teens were all underage, the victims decided to not file charges. However, officers did call the teens’ parents to pick up their children. Police also confiscated the paintball gun they found.

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Identity Theft Albuquerque Man Sentenced to 39 Months in Prison

An Albuquerque man who admitted stealing mail from mailboxes and then stealing a victim’s identity for fraudulent purposes has been sentenced to over three years in prison.

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced 28-year-old Jeremy Boucher to 39 months in prison followed by three years of supervised probation.

Boucher also was ordered to pay restitution to victims. He pleaded guilty March 27 to a four-count indictment charging him with mail theft, bank fraud and identity theft.

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Postal Service inspectors and Albuquerque police found large amounts of stolen mail, including financial documents, during a Nov. 14 search of Boucher’s residence.

Court documents said Boucher opened a bank account in a victim’s name and also had a credit card in that person’s name.

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Private Detective: Lexington Police Searching for Suspect in Overnight Hotel Robbery

Lexington Police are searching for the man who held up a hotel early Saturday morning.

Authorities tell LEX 18 that around 4:20 Saturday morning, officers were sent to the Comfort Inn on Buena Vista Road.

Police say moments earlier, a man walked into the lobby, implied he had a gun in his pocket and demanded cash from the woman working the front desk. The man got some cash from the register, then fled the scene.

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Officials sent K-9 units to pick up the man’s scent. Officers describe the suspect as a large black man, weighing between 300 and 325 pounds, standing about 6’4″. He was wearing a black baseball cap and khaki shorts.

Lexington Police ask that you contact authorities if you see the suspect.

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Pedophile Tracking Man Pleads Guilty to Taking Child to Oregon For Sex

An Oregon man pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of producing child pornography and transporting a minor for sexual activity after prosecutors said he took his girlfriend’s toddler across state lines and included the child in sex acts.

James Lee Hickerson, 36, entered the pleas after prosecutors and a defense attorney jointly recommended a sentence of 25 years in federal prison.

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Hickerson responded clearly to a series of questions from U.S. District Judge Michael Simon but made no statement in court.

Simon is not required to accept the recommendation at the Nov. 9 sentencing. The maximum penalty would put Hickerson behind bars for life.

Hickerson’s girlfriend pleaded guilty in May to transportation of a minor for sexual activity and is awaiting sentencing. The Associated Press is withholding her name to protect the identity of the child.

Hickerson’s father, Neil Lee Hickerson, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in the case and is also waiting to be sentenced.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Shoemaker said the girlfriend can’t drive, so Hickerson would pick up her and the toddler about once a month at their Washington state home and take them to his residence in Gresham, Oregon.

The toddler was often present when the couple had sex and was later included, Shoemaker said.

“The defendant acknowledged (to investigators) that it was wrong, and that he and (the girlfriend) had discussed how this was a bad idea,” Shoemaker said. “But he said the situation snowballed and they did it anyway.”

Shoemaker said the child pornography investigation began when an undercover agent downloaded files from a peer-to-peer, file-sharing network, and traced the images to computers that belonged to Hickerson and his father.

“The peer-to-peer program was running during the execution of the search warrant,” she said. “Videos containing child pornography — and file names indicative of child pornography — were being downloaded as the agents arrived.”

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Wrongful Death Body of Missing Alabama Man Found Inside His Freezer

The body of a Butler County man missing for 12 days was found in a freezer in his home this morning, and now authorities are classifying his death as a homicide.

The body of Michael Dwayne Graham, 40, was found this morning at his home on Highway 10, said Sheriff Kenny Harden. Graham was last seen alive July 12. His family filed a missing person’s report when notified by his employers that he had not shown up for work.

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Harden said investigators initially went to the home with family members and did a cursory search. They returned with a search warrant this morning and discovered the deep-freezer under a pile of clothing. That is when they found Graham’s body inside.

The body, and the freezer, have been taken to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for additional examination and autopsy. The sheriff did not release the cause of death.

The victim’s car was recovered in the Atlanta area.

Relatives told Montgomery television station WSFA that it’s out of the norm for him to travel very far or stay out of touch for long without bringing them in the loop. “He’s never done anything like that before. If he goes out for a long period of time, he always lets us know,” his niece, Tasha Graham, said during the search. “I don’t know what could have happened. That’s what puzzles my mind.”

Harden told AL.com this afternoon they have a person of interest in Graham’s death, but said no charges have been filed.

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Missing Person Augusta County, VA Woman FOUND

The Virginia Beach Police Department found Jennifer Miller on Friday.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office says that VPD say Miller is okay.

During the early morning hours of Thursday, Miller’s car was found at 2321 Atlantic Ave. in Virginia Beach.

On Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., 34-year-old Miller was reported as a missing person to the sheriff’s office.

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She called a family member at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday and threatened suicide.

Thus far, the investigation has revealed that at the time of this call, Miller was in the Virginia Beach area. She also has a medical condition that requires medication and is believed to be driving a maroon 2000 four-door Honda Civic LX sedan bearing Virginia license plate VDW-1470.

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Private Detective: Vehicles Now Vulnerable to Hackers

Add vehicles to the list of targets now accessible to hackers.

Fiat Chrysler will recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks after hackers revealed they took control of a Jeep Cherokee through a loophole in the vehicle’s radio. The hack launched a government investigation, with regulators now trying to identify other manufacturers with the same vulnerability.

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The two hackers were able to change the Jeep’s speed and control the brakes, wipers, transmission, and other features. They reportedly hacked into a vehicle they own.

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Private Detective: Man Accused of Stealing $28,000 Worth of Furniture

A Laurel County furniture store employee is facing charges after being accused of stealing more than $28,000 worth of furniture.

19-year-old Joshua Collins was arrested on a bench warrant charging him with theft by unlawful taking.

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Allegedly, Collins was an employee of a furniture company and he unlawfully took more than $28,000 worth of furniture between June 16, 2015 through July 11, 2015.

Collins was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Private Detective: Powell Co. Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Wanton Endangerment Charges

The Powell County woman accused of padlocking two children in a hot room for hours entered a not guilty plea in court Friday.

Officials say they went to a trailer earlier this week in Clay City looking for a man, when they spotted two children through a crack in the door.

They broke down the door and found an 8 year old and 12 year old locked inside with no air conditioning or running water. Their mother, Sarah Mullins, left a note telling them to text her when they woke up.

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Mullins is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and wanton endangerment. Police say meth precursors were also found in the home.

She will be back in court July 28.

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Private Detective: Mystery of Skull in Sinkhole Solved

The Franklin County Coroner has discovered the origins of skeletal remains found in a sinkhole earlier this week.

Coroner William C. Harrod has determined that the skull discovered in a farm field is that of a Native American estimated to be 1000-3000 years old.

Mark Wells said he was mowing in a farm field along Jones Lane in the Switzer community Tuesday when he noticed a sinkhole that had gotten significantly deeper. When he stopped and looked into the approximately 15-foot deep hole, he spotted what looked like a human skull lodged in the side about halfway down. Wells said the sinkhole has been there at least a year, and it was marked off to keep anybody from falling in, but it wasn’t nearly as deep before.

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Sheriff Pat Melton tells LEX 18 that detectives had to  treat the scene as a homicide scene.

“We don’t know whether we dealing with something that’s been here hundreds of years.  There have been Indian artifacts found on this farm. There’s a cemetery on the other side of this farm. So, we don’t know whether this is something that’s hundreds of years old or if it’s something that’s 20-40 years old. We really don’t know that. We’ve got to process this like a homicide scene. That’s our goal to preserve evidence, recover and photograph extensively to get the most that we can get,” says Sheriff Pat Melton.

The press release states that the Franklin County Coroner’s Office will be working closely with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the State Historical Preservation Office on a combined reinterment effort on the original site in order ensure that there is no additional damage to the archaeological site.

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