Wrongful Death Teen Shot and Killed in Nicholasville

The Jessamine County Coroner said a teenager was shot and killed Thursday evening in Nicholasville.

The coroner identified the victim as 15-year old Leo Travers. He was a student at East Jessamine High School.

Police in Nicholasville responded to the shooting on Garden Park Drive around 7:30 Thursday night after receiving calls from neighbors about gunshots.

“I was sitting inside and I heard three big pops and I thought it was fireworks,” said Audriana Ege, who lives several doors down. “I came outside to go to my car and all of a sudden, here comes the cops and ambulance.”

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When officers got to the scene, they found someone lying in the street with several gunshot wounds. Paramedic crews transported the victim to the hospital where he later died.

Officers also found a white sedan wrecked in a nearby yard. They questioned the driver, who was in the area at the time.

“As she heard gunshots firing out, she tried to get away and ended up hitting a fire hydrant,” said Kevin Grimes with the Nicholasville Police Department. “At one point, one of the bullets went through her back windshield.”

Nicholasville Police stayed on scene for several hours reconstructing the crime scene. Officers are still looking for the shooter and a reason why this all happened.

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Insurance Fraud North Jersey Men Indicted on Multi Million Dollar Plot

Two grand jury indicted two North Jersey men Monday on charges they conspired to defraud Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey and an auto workers union out of $5.6 million, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Sergio Acosta, 66, of Passaic, the former president of United Auto Workers Local 2326, and Lawrence Ackerman, 53, of Old Tappan, were indicted on conspiring to defraud Horizon and conspiring to defraud the union’s health care plan.

Acosta was a Local 2326 employee from 2002 to 2008 and was responsible for the union’s operations and benefits plan. He became a representative and employee of the UAW International Union.

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Ackerman created shell companies that he used to market health insurance to non-employees, and made it seem as though the people worked for the companies and who wanted health insurance coverage.

Acosta and Ackerman allegedly conspired to defraud Horizon of $5.6 million by covering 700 to 800 ineligible people Ackerman recruited across the country.

Horizon discovered the fraud and pulled its coverage of the union. Ackerman allegedly then permitted the people to continue to be covered by the union’s self-insurance care plan, Fishman said.

Acosta and Ackerman could each face up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine, Fishman said. They will be arraigned at a later date.

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Private Detective: Richmond Police Investigating Overnight Home Invasion

Richmond Police are investigating after an overnight home invasion at a home on Maple Hill Drive.

According to officials, a woman knocked on the door of the home at around 4:30 a.m. and gave the name of another person. When a teenager living in the home opened the door, the woman and three men burst in the door.

Police say the invaders pistol whipped the victim’s father and robbed him of his money. One of the suspects had a shotgun and the other two had pistols, along with a 45 caliber automatic.

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At some point, a shot was fired into one of the walls before the robbers left the scene.

Police aren’t sure exactly how much money was stolen. The robbers were described as three black men wearing ski masks, and one black woman with braids. The woman was not wearing a ski mask.

The victim was taken to Baptist Health in Richmond. He was treated and released.

Police are searching for a blue SUV that may be involved in this case.

If you have any information on this case, you are asked to contact Richmond Police.

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Wrongful Death Man Sentenced in 2015 Murder of Navy Veteran

The Bourbon County man charged with the 2015 stabbing death of a navy veteran and former firefighter was given a 30-year sentence in court.

It’s been almost 15 months since Jonathan Scalf was stabbed to death by his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Daniel Martin. Scalf was a Navy veteran and former firefighter. The night of his death, police say he was visiting his 18-month old daughter when Martin became upset and stabbed him multiple times.

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Thursday’s sentencing was the result of a plea deal. Martin pleaded guilty to murder and tampering with physical evidence.

Because of the plea, Martin lost his right to appeal and must serve at least 85% of his 30 year sentence before he has an opportunity for parole.

Scalf’s family says that while no sentence will ever be punishment enough, they are happy they avoided a long, drawn out trial. Scalf’s family says Jonathan’s 3-year-old daughter still asks for her father almost daily.

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Pedophile Tracking Greenville, MI Man Arrested

The Michigan State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force recently conducted an investigation that led to the arrest of a Greenville man.

Craig Albright

Craig Alan Albright, 55, was investigated after police received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. On Dec. 8, 2016, a search warrant was executed at Albright’s home. Evidence was recovered that allegedly connected Albright with child sexually abusive activity and material at his home.

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An arrest warrant was obtained and Albright turned himself into the Montcalm County Jail in Stanton on Monday.

Albright has been arraigned on charges issued by the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office, including child sexually abusive activity, child sexually abusive material (possession) and using a computer to commit a crime.

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Pedophile Tracking Three Arrested in Waco, TX

Three McLennan County residents, including a Waco Independent School District employee and her husband, were arrested last week stemming from an ongoing investigation into the sexual abuse of a child, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton confirmed Monday.

Trey Allen Cartwright, 34, of Ross; Fredrick Edward Lougheed, 47, and Stephanie Lyn Parker-Lougheed, 46, both of Robinson; were arrested Thursday after Waco police and the U.S. Marshals Task Force executed search and arrest warrants at Cartwright’s home in Ross and the Lougheed’s home in Robinson, Swanton said. Each of the warrants were connected to an outcry of a child under the age of 14 that reportedly happened within the past several months when the girl allegedly engaged in sex with both Cartwright and Frederick Lougheed.

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Swanton said detectives with Waco police’s Crimes Against Children unit began investigating when Cartwright allegedly began to have a sexual relationship with the girl at his home on more than one occasion before he took the girl to have sex with Fredrick Lougheed. Cartwright was arrested Thursday on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child and a charge of continuous trafficking of a person on Friday.

Police also arrested Fredrick Lougheed on Thursday on five counts of sexual abuse of a child after officers entered his and his wife’s Robinson home. Police also found methamphetamine in the home where the couple live with their underage children, Swanton said.

Police arrested Stephanie Parker-Lougheed on two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Parker-Lougheed, a Lake Air Montessori Magnet School teacher, was placed on paid administrative leave following her arrest as school officials await additional details regarding Parker-Lougheed’s arrest. Waco ISD spokesman Bruce Gietzen said Parker-Lougheed is certified to teach fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students, but police and school officials do not believe her and her husband’s arrests had any connection to the school.

Gietzen said new teachers are required to undergo drug testing as a part of the hiring process and schools can request drug screening if administrators suspect a problem. No issue was ever noted in Parker-Lougheed’s ability or demeanor in the classroom, Geitzen said.

Cartwright remained in McLennan County Jail on Monday on a total surety bond of $400,000 and Fredrick Lougheed remained in jail on a surety bond of $1.25 million, plus an unrelated $750 bond for nonpayment of child support, jail records show. Stephanie Parker-Lougheed posted a $10,000 surety bond Friday and was released.

Swanton said the case remains under investigation and no other information was available.

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Private Detective: Lexington Police Investigating Hotel Robbery

Police are investigating a robbery that happened at a Lexington hotel.

Police say that around 11:00 p.m. on Monday, there was a report of an armed robbery at the GuestHouse Inn & Suites on Elkhorn Road.

The clerk told officers that a woman in a pink hooded sweatshirt entered the business through the front door and implied she had a weapon. She demanded money from the register and police say the clerk complied.

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Police describe her as a white woman, about 5’0 tall with brown hair and brown eyes. She is described as being pale.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call police at (859) 258-3600.

Anonymous tips, including photos and videos, can be submitted by texting LEXPD plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Information can also be sent anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers at (859) 253-2020 or www.bluegrasscrimestoppers.com.

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Wrongful Death OH Man Enters Not Guilty Plea After Deadly Fire

An Ohio man accused in a firefighter’s death has entered a not guilty plea in Madison County.

49-year-old William Tucker is the second person arrested for a 2015 fire that killed Hamilton, Ohio firefighter Patrick Wolterman. He is charged with two counts of aggravated arson and one count of murder.

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Wolterman died after falling through the floor of the house while attempting to help two people he thought were trapped.

Tucker was arrested last Friday in Richmond with a one million dollar cash bond. His uncle, Lester Parker, was arrested last month, charged with arson and murder.

Tucker went before a judge Wednesday and pleaded not guilty.

Tucker’s extradition hearing is scheduled for January 18th at 9:00 a.m.

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Wrongful Death Man Sentenced to Life After Woman Overdoses on Fentanyl

The leader of a drug trafficking organization that brought significant amounts of heroin and fentanyl, from Detroit, Mich., to Richmond, Ky., has been sentenced to life imprisonment for distributing fentanyl that resulted in the overdose death of a Madison County resident.

Navarius Westberry, 38, originally from Michigan, but living in Lexington, was sentenced Monday for distributing a controlled substance resulting in an overdose death.

Anyone convicted under this law is subject to a prison term of 20 years to life. After an extensive hearing, the Court imposed a term of life imprisonment.

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“The facts of this case are particularly disturbing,” said Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “Mr. Westberry and his co-conspirators moved to Kentucky from Michigan for the sole purpose of establishing a large scale distribution network for heroin and fentanyl. The organization which he led was among the first to introduce large quantities of fentanyl to the Richmond community. The drugs sold by the Westberry organization caused multiple overdoses, including fatalities. The evidence indicates that Mr. Westberry knew the drugs sold by his organization were particularly dangerous. Mr. Westberry exhibited a callous disregard for human life in his quest for easy money. The Court determined that his freedom must be forever forfeited as a result of his criminal conduct. I hope that those inclined toward this sort of destructive conduct, whether they live in Kentucky or occupy a higher position in the drug distribution network, take heed – the people of Kentucky have had enough. The drugs you are peddling will kill people and the price you will pay for that is steep – whether ether you are the street level dealer, or a leader of the criminal organization.”

Westberry admitted that, from January 2014 until August 2015, he organized and operated a drug trafficking organization in Richmond that distributed between 750 grams and one kilogram of heroin and 50 grams of fentanyl. Fentanyl, which is many times stronger than heroin, can be lethal in the 2 mg range. Westberry also admitted that, in March 2016, he supplied heroin and fentanyl to others, which then led to the overdose death of 25 year-old Corey Brewer.

The toxicology report and autopsy showed that Brewer’s death was caused by toxic levels of fentanyl. This case marks the first time in the Eastern District of Kentucky that the federal overdose penalties were applied in a case involving defendants from Michigan, whose distribution of drugs in Kentucky caused an overdose. Four other co-conspirators have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, including codefendant Benjamin Fredrick Charles Robinson, 21, also from Detroit, who was sentenced to 20 years for distributing a controlled substance that caused another overdose. In that case, the victim survived due to medical assistance.

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Missing Person Jana Purdy of Federal Way, WA

A Federal Way woman hasn’t been seen since Friday, and now officials are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact police.

The missing woman, identified as Jana Purdy, 45. Police say she went to work at her job in Kent.

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She went missing from her job, where her purse and vehicle were left.

She is described as standing 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds, with medium length brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Federal Way Police Department at 1-253-835-6700.

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