Private Detective: Harlan County Man Arrested for Robbery

A Harlan County man is in jail after being charged with robbery.

Police in Evarts responded to a robbery call from the Marathon gas station. Workers told police that they had been robbed at gunpoint and the suspect had taken cash and ran out the front door.

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One of the victims identified Timothy Hughes as the robber. After observing surveillance footage, police arrested  Hughes.

According to the citation, police say that it appeared that Hughes was carrying a gun and a bag to put cash in. Upon arriving at Hughes’ father’s home, police discovered $245 worth of cash and the bag and clothes used at the robbery.

Hughes has been charged with robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

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Private Detective: Counterfeit Money Found Along Western KY Highway

A road crew picking up trash found more than $2,000 in counterfeit bills along a McCracken County road.

McCracken County Sheriff Jon Hayden says the litter abatement crew found the fake 50 and 100 dollar bills scattered up and down the road at the Mayfield Metropolis and Cairo Road intersection.

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The sheriff said people should be on the lookout for counterfeit money.

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Private Detective: Former High School Assistant Coach Charged with Rape

Victorino Vasquez, 40, a former High School football assistant coach at Louisville’s Moore High School has been charged with rape.

Police say a girl who was 14 at the time, came forward on Monday night. She said she had consensual sex with Vasquez in the basement of the school’s medical building.

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A representative for the school says Vasquez resigned when the allegations first surfaced back in the fall of 2012.
The case was turned over to police at the time of the allegations.

 

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Private Detective: Louisville Man Accused of Assaulting Wife and Daughter With Brass Knuckles

Police in Louisville arrested a man accused of assaulting his own family with brass knuckles.

According to the arrest report, Shannon Montgomery, 39, hit his wife and daughter with brass knuckles. Police say he then threw his wife down a flight of stairs. Officers say Montgomery also wrestled a shotgun away from his son, who was trying to protect his mother and sister, then hit him in the head with the gun.

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EMS took all three victims to the hospital for treatment.

Police charged Montgomery with assault – domestic violence, wanton endangerment, and intimidating participant in legal process.

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Wrongful Death Body of Man Found on Bellefonte Dr

The victim of the city’s latest homicide has been identified.

The Fayette County Coroner has identified the deceased as 20-year-old Vondre Smithers.

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Police responded to Bellefonte Drive around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning for reports of a person lying in the road. Initial reports were that the person had been hit by a vehicle. Fire crews arrived on the scene to discover that Smithers had been shot.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

An autopsy will be conducted Wednesday in Frankfort.

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Insurance Fraud Floyd County Family Pleads Guilty

Three members of a Floyd County family admitted in federal court that they attempted to defraud insurance companies out of thousands of dollars. On Monday, Charles Ray Tackett, 42, his son, Michael Ray Tackett, 25, and his wife, Anna Grace McGuire Tackett, 27, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves.

According to court documents, Charles Tackett devised a scheme to defraud insurance carriers, by fraudulently obtaining insurance on classic vehicles. Tackett admitted he purchased vehicles, including a 1971 Cadillac Deville and a 1972 Oldsmobile, and falsely reported to the insurance companies that the vehicles had been fully restored through a body shop, when no such work had been done to the vehicles.

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Tackett claimed the cars were worth significantly more than their actual value and he obtained insurance based on the inflated value of the vehicles. After the vehicles were destroyed in a fire, Tackett attempted to recover money by filing a claim under the fraudulently obtained insurance policy. Tackett also acknowledged he recruited his wife and son to join the conspiracy. They executed similar schemes involving a 1978 Chevy Monte Carlo, a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am, and a 1984 Pontiac Firebird. Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Howard S. Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, jointly announced the guilty pleas.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate K. Smith represents the federal government in this case. All three defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on June 22, 2015. They face a maximum prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. Any sentence will be imposed by the Court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statutes.

 

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Private Detective: Alford Plea in Child Abuse Case

The third suspect in an Anderson County child abuse case changed his plea in court.

Herbert Medley entered an Alford Plea. He told LEX 18 that he’s not guilty of the alleged abuse, but there was enough evidence for a jury to convict him.

Back in August 2012 police say a toddler was tied up to her bed by her mother and grandmother, Rebecca Medley and Carolyn Case. Police say that the abuse served as a form of punishment. Medley and Case pleaded guilty and were sentenced to five years.

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According to court documents Herbert Medley allegedly knew about the abuse. He was initially charged with complicity to commit abuse first degree, but as part of the plea agreement it was reduced to second degree.

The recommended sentence for Medley is three years probation.

He will be sentenced on April 10.

 

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Private Detective: Local Business Burglarized, Suspect Still At Large

Willie’s Locally Known, located at Loudon Ave and Broadway in downtown Lexington was burglarized at 6:30 on Sunday morning.  According to police, the suspect climbed the back fence and walked into the building, entering the backstage area where the liquor is stored and made away with multiple bottles of top shelf liquor. The suspect also stole wine. Surveillance video caught the suspect on camera.

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Willie’s is a BBQ joint, neighborhood watering hole and local music hangout.  Although the thieves did not get away with a lot money, the top shelf liquors are a large part of Willie’s income and mean quite a loss to the business.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

If you recognize the man in the pictures, please contact Lexington police.

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Pedophile Tracking 42 Arrested in Volusia County, FL Child Sex Sting

A Delray Beach man was among more than three dozen people busted in an sex sting operation.

Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said 42 people were arrested in the 6-day long Operation: PredaTour.

Among those arrested was  Andrew Gangale, 46 of Delray Beach, who lives more than 200 miles away from center of the operation in Volusia County.

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Sheriff Johnson says the bulk of those arrested showed up to a decoy house believed they were going to have a sexual encounter with someone they believed to be underage.

“They were telling them they were 13 and 14 years old and people were still coming over,” Sheriff Johnson said.
Those arrested include teachers, former police officers and health care workers.

“They’re supposed to be protecting our children not exploiting them,” Sheriff Johnson said.
No one answered the door Monday at Gangale’s home. He lives in what neighbors describe as a “quiet” community across from Carver Community Middle School.
“He’s the head of the Home Owner’s Association, he’s married with a wife and a couple of kids and see him around and he’s, you know, always involved with the things in the area,” neighbor Chris Patterson said.
Among the half dozen neighbors CBS12 spoke with, all describe Gangale as being friendly; nothing that would give them the idea that he would be arrested.
Operation PredaTour targeted child predators, the prostitution trade and those involved in the distribution of child pornography.

Sheriff Johnson says this is the latest reminder to parents about the importance of them being vigilant and knowing what their children do online.

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Missing Person Nicole Hunter of Victorville, CA

Sheriff’s detectives are beginning their search for a 35-year-old woman who has not been seen for more than a week after she allegedly checked herself out of a crisis center using a false name.

Nicole Hunter was last seen on March 8 when San Bernardino County Sheriff’s deputies took her to a local crisis center on Bear Valley Road, Nicole Hunter’s husband Kenneth Hunter told the Daily Press on Monday. According to Kenneth Hunter, Nicole was “very distraught” after her grandmother’s death on March 5 and a recent miscarriage. Kenneth Hunter also said his wife is on medications for a heart condition and mental health issues.

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“She had a miscarriage a month and a half ago, and then her grandmother died. She was very close to her grandmother,” her husband of eight months said. “On (March 8) she took a nap, woke up and started pacing and going crazy. I called the Sheriff’s Department and they said this was a crisis and she had to go to the crisis center. She went, and checked herself out.”

Kenneth Hunter said she checked herself out of the center later March 8 under a fake name: Christina Francis.

Walk-in center officials said that, since the center is an outpatient facility, “whatever name (the patient) gives us when they come in, is the name they leave with on our records.”

Kenneth said Nicole has left for a few days before but would always stay in contact.

“She then walked out the door and has not been seen or heard from since,” Kenneth Hunter said. “Her family and friends are at a loss; this is nothing like Nicole at all.”

Sheriff’s officials said a missing person report has been filed with the Victorville Sheriff’s Station. The case is being handed over to detectives, but there is “not much to go on,” Sheriff’s Sgt, Dave Burgess said.

Meanwhile, Kenneth said Nicole’s 18-year-old son has been “scouring” downtown Victorville for signs of Nicole, and flyers have been posted from Barstow to Phelan.

“It is like she just vanished,” Kenneth Hunter said. “There are have been multiple people out looking for her day and night … still nothing. We have checked hospitals, clinics, and police stations. She is very much loved and missed and needs to come home or the hospital as soon as possible.”

Nicole Hunter’s disappearance marks the third woman with local ties who has gone missing this month. Sahray Barber, a 22-year-old student at The Art Institute-Inland Empire in San Bernardino who graduated from Excelsior, went missing March 9. She was last seen leaving for work that morning, and her laptop and cellphone were found in bushes near her San Bernardino apartment. Search parties have also been sweeping Lucerne and Apple valleys after 29-year-old Lucerne Valley woman, Krystie Stuart, went missing March 2. None of the women have been found yet.

Anyone with information about any of the missing women is urged to contact local law enforcement officials.

Nicole Hunter, 35, has been missing since March 8 after she checked herself out of a local crisis center. (Photo courtesry Kenneth Hunter)

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