Wrongful Death Body Found in Madison County Creek Identified

Police have identified the man found dead in a Madison County creek on Wednesday. The State Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy Friday morning and identified the victim as Francisco J. Martinez-Castillo, 29, of Richmond.

Martinez-Castillo was last seen on Friday, March 20, 2015 in Richmond, KY and was reported missing to the Kentucky State Police, Richmond Post on Saturday, March 21.

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Cause of death is still unknown, but officials say that it does not appear to be accidental. Police are handling the death as a homicide.

Troopers say a group of canoeists spotted the body in Taylor Fork Creek, near Wilgreen Lake, around 7:30 p.m. After about an hour and a half of searching, a rescue squad recovered the body.

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Private Detective: High School Teacher Charged with Sexually Abusing Student

A high school math teacher has been charged with having inappropriate contact with a student. 27 year old Thomas Williams of Russell Springs turned himself in at the Taylor County Jail on Wednesday. He’s been charged with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree. State Police say the charges are the result of an investigation that started in March when allegations of inappropriate contact were reported. Williams is currently under suspension by the school system.

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Pedophile Tracking Man Convicted of Child Porn in Los Angeles

Authorities sought the public’s help Thursday to provide information regarding a convicted sex offender who resides in North Hills.

According to the FBI, Warren Alec Johnson, 53, was indicted Tuesday afternoon by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles on charges of possessing child pornography.

He faced one count of possession of a compact disc (CD) that contained at least one image of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor under the age of 12, officials said.

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In November 2014, officers discovered the CD during a state search of Johnson’s residence, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Johnson was also charged with felony weapons and explosive charges, which remain under investigation by the LAPD.

In 2008, he was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court of possession of child pornography, according to the FBI.

Officials said they suspect he may have had improper conduct with minors as his prior actions indicates a sexual interest in children.

Authorities explained Johnson remains in state custody on a misdemeanor charge of child annoyance that is related to photographs he took at an elementary school fundraiser that was held in the North Hills Mall in Granada Hills.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in federal prison.

Anyone with information about Johnson is urged to contact the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office at (310) 477-6565.

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Pedophile Tracking Suspect Arrested in Seattle

On Tuesday, Marina Police Detectives traveled to Seattle to arrest Lamare Cole, 23, a suspect in the sexual assault of a 5-year-old girl over several years in Marina.

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Detectives were assisted by the Seattle Police Department and U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Recovery Task Force and Cole was arrested without incident. He was interviewed by Marina Police at the Seattle Police Department and booked into King County Jail.

Lamare Cole is awaiting extradition back to Monterey County where he will be arraigned on multiple child sex molestation charges.

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Identity Theft Possible Credit Card Data Breach at Marriott Hotels

According to our sister station, WAVE3 in Louisville, an Indiana based hotel management company reports a credit card data breach at several Marriott Hotels, including in Louisville and Indianapolis.

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The company called White Lodging claims customers who used credit cards at the following locations between July 3, 2014 and Feb. 6, 2015 may be affected:

  • Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, Indianapolis, IN
  • Chicago Marriott Midway Airport, Chicago, IL
  • Auburn Hills Marriott Pontiac at Centerpoint, Pontiac, MI
  • Austin Marriott South Airport, Austin, TX
  • Boulder Marriott, Boulder, CO
  • Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows, Denver, CO
  • Louisville Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY
  • Renaissance Boulder Flatiron, Broomfield, CO
  • Courtyard Austin Downtown, Austin, TX
  • Sheraton Hotel Erie Bayfront, Erie, PA

According to a press release (provided by WAVE3), systems other than the point-of-sales systems used at food and beverage outlets are not believed to be affected.

If you think you’ve been affected, you are encouraged to contact White Lodging.

The company is offering a year of complimentary fraud resolution and identity protection services to affected customers.

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Private Detective: KSP Captures Lee County Escapee

KSP has arrested one of the two escapees who managed to evade a Wolfe County jailer last month.

Police confirm they captured Dallas Trent after reports he was spotted in Clay City. Troopers searched  in the area near Adams Ridge Road.

Officials with the Sheriff’s department say that Dallas Trent and John Trent escaped from a jailer’s vehicle transporting them to Three Forks from a court appearance. On the day of the disappearance, the jailer says that a dog ran in front of a tanker stopping in front of the vehicle. When the vehicle came to a sudden stop, the two men jumped out of the car and ran down the hill.

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KSP K-9 units came to the scene and followed a trail for about three miles. They found Dallas Trent lying near a log in the woods. He was taken into custody without incident.

His cousin John was captured on April 8.

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Private Detective: Career Offender Sentenced to 220 Months for Heroin Conspiracy in Newport

A federal judge has sentenced a Cincinnati man to 220 months in federal prison, for his role in a conspiracy that distributed heroin in Newport, Ky. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced Carlos Massengill, 45, for conspiracy to distribute heroin.

Judge Thapar enhanced Massengill’s sentence because Massengill qualified as a career offender, due to his significant criminal history. Massengill admitted that he and a co-defendant, Anquan Williams, 35, distributed heroin in Newport, on several occasions between April 2014 and July 30, 2014. Williams was sentenced to 120 months in prison on April 2. Williams and Massengill pleaded guilty in December of 2014.

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Under federal law, Massengill must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence, and he will be on supervised release for 10 years following his prison term. Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Stuart L. Lowrey, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (Louisville Field Division), jointly made the announcement today.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives and the Campbell County Drug Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke prosecuted the case on behalf of the federal government.

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Missing Person Grant Co. Officials Searching For Man at Boltz Lake

Sheriff’s deputies and fish and wildlife officers are currently searching Boltz Lake for a man who may have drowned.

The man had been fishing alone and was scheduled to meet him on the lake. Police say when the friend showed up, he saw an empty boat and heard someone calling for help from the water.

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Witnesses say the man’s clothing is still lying on the dock where he jumped in the water.

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Drug Dog Sweep AZ Women Arrested with Heroin

Three Arizona women arrested last summer after state police allegedly found nearly 23 pounds of heroin hidden in a pickup truck during a Lehigh County traffic stop have been formally charged in federal court.

Martha Coughanour-Flores, 56, Anna Maria Chavez, 55, and Enjoli Monique Ward, 33, all of Tucson, were charged Tuesday with conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, possession with intent to distribute heroin, and aiding and abetting.

 

 

The woman were arrested in July after a trooper stopped Coughanour-Flores for allegedly tailgating on Interstate 78 in Upper Macungie Township. Court documents say federal authorities had alerted agents in Pennsylvania that the truck would be in the area and possibly be carrying drugs.

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Coughanour-Flores gave a state trooper permission to search her pickup truck and a police drug dog indicated the presence of narcotics.

Officers found 13 brick-shaped packages that tested positive for heroin. They were initially charged in Lehigh County District Court with possessing 13 kilograms of heroin worth $13 million, but the federal Drug Enforcement Administration took over the case in August.

The charges filed Tuesday indicate the weight of the heroin after packaging had been removed was about 10 kilograms. The women were charged by information, which means they have given up their right for a grand jury to decide whether charges are warranted and are likely to plead guilty.

Attorneys for the women did not return calls.

According to a court document filed in federal court in August, DEA agents in Arizona alerted counterparts in Allentown that Coughanour-Flores’ truck would be passing through the area July 25, possibly carrying illegal drugs.

After the traffic stop and arrests, Ward described Coughanour-Flores as the ringleader. She told federal agents that Coughanour-Flores; Ward’s mother, Chavez; and Ward’s 3-year-old daughter left Tucson three days before they were arrested in Pennsylvania on what she believed was a “dry run” to learn how to smuggle drugs.

Ward told agents that she had previously made runs from Arizona to the East Coast five or six times and had been paid between $1,000 and $2,000. Ward said she had been stopped by law enforcement in June and had lost 4 kilograms of heroin, so Coughanour-Flores took her on a run to give her experience in smuggling. Ward told agents that she didn’t know the pickup was loaded until after they left Arizona and headed toward the Lehigh Valley, court documents say.

On the same day that the women were arrested in Pennsylvania, DEA and Homeland Security Investigations agents obtained warrants and raided Coughanour-Flores’ properties in Tucson, seizing an additional quantity of cocaine.

No court date has been set for Coughanour-Flores, Chavez or Ward.

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Missing Person Montgomery Co. Woman Drowned

A cause of death has been released in the death of a missing Montgomery County woman was found in a pond in Mt. Sterling.

Sources say that 28-year-old Audrey Blackburn accidentally drowned. Her body was discovered by two fisherman Wednesday. Blackburn had  been missing since March 17, 2015.

She was a Pike County Native and had graduated from Columbia University in New York City. She had disappeared from her home carrying only a coffee can and filters. Her parents became concerned after they discovered Blackburn had not taken medication she needed with her.

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On a post on the “Find Audrey” Facebook, a group administrator posted, “Unfortunately, we have received the worst possible news today. Our hearts are too heavy for words right now, but we thank all of you who shared this page and tried to help find Audrey. She was loved by so many, and we cannot believe we will never again see her dancing down the sidewalk in fairy wings.”

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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