Wrongful Death Search Continues for Body of Missing KY Woman

The search for a woman who went missing in Northern Kentucky in July will continue Saturday morning.

Authorities believe Crystal Warner and her boyfriend, Bobby Jones, were murdered in Washington County by the tenant of their rental property.

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According to KSP, the tenant, Craig Pennington killed the couple when they visited the property.

The body of Jones was discovered in Clark County over one week ago near I-64.

At 8 a.m., family and friends will gather near the location Jones’ body was found to continue their search for Crystal.

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Identity Theft St. Paul, MN Woman Pleads Guilty to Using Stolen IDs to File Tax Returns

A St. Paul woman has pleaded guilty to using stolen identities to file fraudulent income tax returns.

Twenty-eight-year-old Ebony Shante Yarbrough pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated identity theft.

According to court documents, the scheme happened between 2013 and 2015. Prosecutors say Yarbrough convinced friends and family members to let her file their state and federal income tax returns, saying she knew how to do it and wouldn’t charge as much as a CPA.

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Prosecutors say Yarbrough prepared the returns by claiming false income and including dependents by using the stolen IDs of other minors.

Prosecutors say the scheme accounted for more than $500,000 in false claims.

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Identity Theft Two York County, PA Men Arrested

Two New York men have been jailed on allegations they gave fake photo IDs to officers who stopped them on Interstate 83.

Southern Regional police said they had a report of people using fraudulent credit cards to buy gift cards at the Rutter’s Farm Store in Shrewsbury when they pulled over the pair on Sunday.

Multiple credit cards were found on them and in their vehicle, police said.

http://liarcatchers.com/identity_theft_investigation.html

Police said Felipe A. Avila and Felipe R. Avila, both of Brooklyn, were identified by their fingerprints. They face multiple charges including identity theft and false identification to law enforcement.

The investigation continues into the use of the fraudulent credit cards.

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Pedophile Tracking Oregon Woman Gets 2 Years for Child Prostitution Operation

An Oregon woman has been sentenced to nearly two years in prison in connection to an alleged commercial child sex trafficking operation.

The Columbian reports (http://bit.ly/2blvih4 ) that 26-year-old Veronica Britt, of Portland, was sentenced Thursday in Clark County to 21 months in prison and 12 months of community custody. She previously pleaded guilty to first-degree promoting prostitution and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.

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Britt was among six people from three Oregon cities and Vancouver who were arrested in October in connection to a sting operation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force. She was identified as the driver for an underage girl who was meeting up with someone at a hotel for sexual purposes.

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Arson Investigation After Overnight House Fire in Lexington

A Lexington home has significant damage after an overnight fire.

It started around 11:45 Thursday night at a home in the 600 block of South Limestone. Firefighters were called when people saw smoke in the area.They had a hard time finding the fire as it had started in the basement.

The fire burned through the first floor and firefighters had to break through several walls to break down the fire.

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The home was vacant and no one has been living there.

All lanes of South Limestone between Washington Avenue and Virginia Avenue were blocked while crews responded to a fire.

This fire is being investigated as an arson.

If you know anything about this investigation, please call the Lexington Fire Department.

UK has issued a crime bulletin in relation to the fire since the house was on campus.

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Private Detective: Former Elliott County Clerk and Deputy Clerk Sentenced for Abuse of Public Trust

Former Elliott County Clerk Shelia Blevins and her sister, former Elliott County Deputy Clerk Jeannie Moore, were formally sentenced Friday in Franklin Circuit Court to complicity to commit abuse of public trust under $10,000.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd gave the pair five years of probation each and entered them into a felony diversion program.

The cases were investigated by the Department of Criminal Investigations within the Office of the Attorney General in connection with misuse of public funds in 2014. Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions prosecuted the case.

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The Attorney General’s office began investigating the clerk’s office during the 2014 annual audit of the clerk’s fee account by the state auditor. Once the audit was complete, it was referred to the AG’s office for a finding involving four missing daily deposits totaling $15,680 from the fee account.

Beshear’s office took the case to a Franklin County grand jury based on its investigation that uncovered that $8,990 of the $15,680 daily deposits was missing funds. The remaining amount reported missing in the four daily deposits was the result of a deposit error, not missing fund. A Franklin County Grand Jury indicted Blevins and Moore June 9 with complicity to commit abuse of public trust under $10,000 in connection.

Blevins and Moore have repaid the $8,990 to Elliott County.

As part of their sentencing, Blevins and Moore were ordered to resign from office and issue apologies and admissions of guilt. They issued written apologies Aug. 10 to the Elliott County Fiscal Court.

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Missing Person Search Warrant Served in Case of Missing Bardstown Mother

A search warrant has been served on a former Bardstown Police Officer in connection with a missing mother of five.

Nick Houck is being investigated in connection to the disappearance of Crystal Rogers. Rogers was last seen by her boyfriend, Brooks Houck – Nick’s brother – back in July of last year.

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Her boyfriend told investigators that the couple was spending time with their two-year-old son at his family’s farm on the night she was last seen. Houck was suspended from the police department after it came to light that he allegedly called his brother Brooks to let him know that investigators were coming to Brooks’ home.

Brooks Houck has not been charged but was named a suspect in the case back in October.

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Insurance Fraud Connecticut Man Pleads Guilty

A Connecticut man has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme that involved staging car crashes to defraud automobile insurance companies.

Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly says Frandy Dugue, of Norwich, pleaded guilty Tuesday to one count of wire fraud.

http://liarcatchers.com/insurance_fraud.html

Prosecutors say the 39-year-old Dugue conspired with others to stage approximately 50 car crashes in eastern Connecticut between April 2011 and February 2014 for the purpose of defrauding car insurance companies. Dugue and his co-defendants would file fraudulent property damage and bodily injury claims with various companies following each crash.

Prosecutors say Dugue and others collected $10,000 to $30,000 per crash.

Scheduling is sentenced for Nov. 1. Dugue faces a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

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Missing Person Kelcey Hale of Tuscaloosa County, AL

Law enforcement officers are trying to locate a missing Tuscaloosa County man, 44-year-old Kelcey Hale, who has been missing since Sunday.

Fayette County High school principal Jeremy Madden is worried. For six years, Kelcey Hale has worked at the high school as a teacher’s aide, and 12 years overall working other assignments in the school system. Hale previously worked as a computer teacher at the elementary school.

The school year got underway on Tuesday, and Hale did not showed up for work.

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“We are very concerned, we were concerned enough to call the authorities Tuesday when he didn’t come to work on the first day of school,” Madden said.

Hale’s family members traveled from Fayette on Wednesday to file a missing person’s report with the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Hale was last seen on Sunday at his home in Tuscaloosa on Gooden Drive.

Principal Jeremy Madden is hoping his employee and friend will found safe. Madden says Hale’s students miss him in the classroom.

“I haven’t slept much in the past two nights because we were up late the other night taking calls about tips and different things. We want him found, and we want him back at work because the kids miss him, and are walking around here talking about him, and they want him back,” Madden said.

Hale is also a local pastor. He has churches in Lamar County and one in Fayette County. Madden is asking if anyone has seen Hale to call the school or the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Hale was last seen driving a silver 2005 Chevrolet Malibu Classic four door, with an Alabama God Bless America tag #4946AC0.

Kelcey Dewayne Hale.

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Wrongful Death Man Accused in Murder Claims Detective Lost Evidence

A man accused in the murder of a retired Scott County bus driver wants the murder charge against him thrown out.

Nick Willinger, who is accused of beating retired bus driver Sue Jones to death in her bed back in 2010, wants the murder charge against him tossed out due to “sloppy police work.”

His attorneys filed the motion to dismiss stating that “Mr. Willinger’s ability to present a defense is violated due to the loss of evidence.”

http://liarcatchers.com/wrongful_death.html

His lawyers claim that a now retired KSP Detective lost some of his recordings in the case; therefore, they believe Willinger won’t get a fair trial or fair shot at cross-examining key witnesses in the case.

State Police say that the detective’s original records are available, only side notes or a supplement to his main report are missing.

“’The original document was on an old word base document, we now use a new system,” said Trooper Bernie Napier with KSP.

A decision could be made about the motion on August 22 when Willinger has a hearing on the issue.

 

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