Wrongful Death Body of Utah Woman Found in Duffel Bag in Seattle

Police in Washington state said Friday that a body found in a duffel bag near a Seattle apartment complex trash bin is that of a 23-year-old Utah woman.

The decomposed body of Jenna K. Ferguson was found Monday by a maintenance worker, according to King County sheriff’s authorities.

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Sgt. Stan Seo said Ferguson had been in Seattle for a drug rehabilitation clinic with Gethsemane Ministries Church. She was last seen on July 7 or 8 after she walked away from the clinic.

The woman last lived in Payson, Utah, according to Seo.

 

Ferguson’s aunt, Cody Dame, said in a statement Friday that their family is “heartbroken” over the woman’s death.

“Jenna was a generous, tender, loving person who could make anyone laugh,” Dame said. “We are touched by the tremendous love and outpourings of kindness we are receiving. Please respect our sorrow and privacy as we struggle through this very difficult time.”

Ferguson’s family lives in Salem, Utah, according to Salem Police Chief Brad James, who said he understood that Ferguson had moved away some time ago.

James said no missing person report for Ferguson had been filed with his department, adding that he has not spoken with the King County Sheriff’s Office about the woman.

Utah court records show Ferguson has a criminal history that includes misdemeanor and felony convictions dating back to 2011, including convictions for burglary and theft. Most recently, she pleaded guilty to shoplifting in 2014, a class A misdemeanor, for which she was sentenced to jail.

Seo said detectives are still trying to piece together what happened to Ferguson, whose cause of death was still not determined as of Friday.

“We definitely don’t have anybody in custody,” he said Friday. “We’re still trying to determine if this is a homicide or not.”

Seo said if anyone has information about Ferguson’s death, they are urged to call the sheriff’s office at 206-296-3311.

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Pedophile Tracking Bell County, TX Man Faces Child Porn Charges

A Bell county man faces child pornography charges following an Attorney General’s Office joint investigation.

The Child Exploitation Unit arrested 38-year-old Eric Jonathan Pfieffer for one count of Possession of Visual Depictions of Sexual Activities by Minors and one count of Production of Child Pornography.This after the arrest warrant was issued by the Federal Grand Jury Western District of Texas Waco Division.

Investigators executed a search warrant at Pfieffer’s residence. They said they found a digital storage device with images documenting Pfeiffer sexually assaulting a minor. In addition, they said he confessed having possession of child pornography.

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“These predators represent the very worst of our society, and I commend the CEU and law enforcement professionals who dedicate themselves to taking them off our streets,” said Attorney General Ken Paxton. “Protecting our children and our communities is one of the most important jobs we have, and we will continue to find and arrest these sex offenders to see that justice is served.”

All the evidence supporting the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child was provided to Killeen Police Department Detectives for further investigation.

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Private Detective: Western KY Woman Charged With Rape of 16 Year Old

A Western Kentucky woman is behind bars for allegedly raping a teenage boy.

Henderson Police say Brandy Hudnall, 41, had a sexual relationship with a 16 year old boy that lasted for more than a year.

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Hudnall is charged with rape and sodomy and is being held in the Henderson County Detention Center

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Private Detective: Western KY Couple Used Infant to Steal Drugs

A Western Kentucky couple is accused of using their one month old baby as a way to steal drugs.

Deputies in Union County say Jonathon Grisham and Michelle Griffiths would stop at homes, tell the owners their car overheated and say their baby needed a cool place to sit while they waited for help.

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Investigators say when the homeowner would go outside with Grisham to check on the baby, Griffiths would search the home for prescription pills.

Deputies say the pair struck five homes over the past few days with this scheme.

The baby is now safe with family members.

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Wrongful Death Man Arrested After Body Found on Porch

Deputies in Jessamine County made a quick arrest in the death of a man found on a home’s porch but the suspect claims he is innocent.

The murder investigation began when people living along Hartley Drive reported hearing a “commotion” around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

“I heard some hollering and I thought, cause it happens all the time, I thought it was my other neighbor,” said Paul Shaw, who lives near the scene.

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The body of Shane Washington, 43, was discovered a short time later.

“He was my daddy. It’s just not right for somebody to do that,” the victim’s daughter, Angel Cox said. “He was a good man. He was so sweet to us whenever he was home. He tried his best to help the family as much as he could.”

The Jessamine County Sheriff’s Office said Washington’s body was located on the porch of Thomas Carson’s home. Carson was charged with murder.

Investigators said it appeared the suspect and victim were involved in a fight but few other details have been released. Neighbors said Washington was killed with an axe, but detectives have not confirmed that.

“I didn’t hit the man,” the bruised and bloody suspect, Thomas Carson told LEX 18′s Josh Breslow while in the Jessamine County Detention Center. “I did not kill that guy. He kicked my fence down and he came through my house and broke in my house and hit me in the head with a brick.”

Carson said, after that alleged attack, he pushed Washington out onto his porch, three times, and he said it’s possible the victim hit his head and died. Washington’s daughter said she does not believe that.

The suspect is expected to be arraigned on Monday.

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Private Detective: Businessman Rescued Newborn Girl From Dumpster

Police in Paducah credit a local businessman with saving a newborn girl’s life after hearing the baby crying in the dumpster where she had been placed.

The Sheriff’s Office says the witness saw a young man walking away from the dumpster near his business, then found the baby and called authorities. A 17-year-old boy was later charged with attempted murder and other charges. The teen is the boyfriend of the 15-year-old mother, who was taken to a local hospital.

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Authorities don’t yet know if the teenager is the baby girl’s father. No word yet on the mother’s condition, or if she will face charges. A captain with the Sheriff’s Office tells The Paducah Sun there’s no doubt the man saved the baby’s life.

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Private Detective: FBI Louisville Seeks the Public’s Assistance in Identifying Public Corruption within the Commonwealth of Kentucky

Special Agent in Charge Howard S. Marshall of the FBI’s Louisville Division, joined by John E. Kuhn, Jr. United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, and Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, announced today a new initiative designed to solicit the public’s help in identifying public corruption within our community. The initiative includes the launch of a new, toll-free tip line (844) KYNOPC1 (596-6721), a billboard campaign, and a dedicated e-mail address Kentucky_PC_Complaints@ic.fbi.gov.

Public corruption is the FBI’s top criminal priority because it undermines the public’s trust in our government. A 2014 study by Harvard University’s Center for Ethics identified Kentucky as one of the most corrupt states in the country. In fact, in Kentucky between 2003 and 2012, approximately 300 individuals were convicted of federal crimes related to public corruption. It is a violation of federal law for any federal, state, or local government official to receive anything of value in exchange for or because of an official act. While the vast majority of public officials in Kentucky are dedicated and honest, SAC Marshall stressed “there is simply no acceptable level of corruption.”

“Public corruption victimizes everyone—taxpayers, voters, communities,” stated U.S. Attorney John Kuhn. “Public officials, whether elected or appointed, are more than mere employees. They are servants of the public interest, and we must insist on absolute honesty, integrity and trustworthiness from every one. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky will continue working with our law enforcement partners to ensure crimes involving public corruption are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey agreed stating, “Public corruption is a terribly destructive force throughout Kentucky and has been a particularly pernicious problem in certain areas of the Eastern District of Kentucky. While the overwhelming majority of public officials serve honorably, those who corrupt the operations of government rob their communities-their friends and neighbors-of the fundamental right to honest government. We are pleased to continue our longstanding partnership with the FBI as we work together to combat this statewide problem.”

In a few short months, Kentucky will go to the polls for significant state-wide elections with a national election looming in 2016. SAC Marshall noted, “There is simply no greater right than to elect our political leaders. Anyone attempting to corrupt this process will be investigated as a top priority for our office.”

This year also presents a new opportunity for our state government to partner with the FBI to address a potential, long term problem. For the first time ever, audits for Special Purpose Government Entities will be due in September. The FBI will work with the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts to identify individuals who have violated the public’s trust and misused SPGE funds.

The FBI relies on our federal, state, and local partners to address corruption matters, but concerned citizens are our biggest asset when it comes to exposing officials who use their positions for personal gain. As a result, the Louisville Division has set up the following hotline and e-mail address seeking the public’s assistance in combating public corruption:

You will also see billboards around the state bearing this number and e-mail address. SAC Marshall noted, “The End Corruption Now campaign seeks to unite the commonwealth in the fight against corruption at every level, from the proverbial dog catcher, to the police officer, to the highest state and federal officials in the commonwealth.”

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Fraud Investigation Email Extortion Campaigns Threatening Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) recently received an increasing number of complaints from businesses reporting extortion campaigns via e-mail. In a typical complaint, the victim business receives an e-mail threatening a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack to its Website unless it pays a ransom. Ransoms vary in price and are usually demanded in Bitcoin.

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Victims that do not pay the ransom receive a subsequent threatening e-mail claiming that the ransom will significantly increase if the victim fails to pay within the time frame given. Some businesses reported implementing DDoS mitigation services as a precaution.

Businesses that experienced a DDoS attack reported the attacks consisted primarily of Simple Discovery Protocol (SSDP) and Network Time Protocol (NTP) reflection/amplification attacks, with an occasional SYN-flood and, more recently, WordPress XML-RPC reflection/amplification attack. The attacks typically lasted one to two hours, with 30 to 35 gigabytes as the physical limit.

Based on information received at the IC3, the FBI suspects multiple individuals are involved in these extortion campaigns. The attacks are likely to expand to online industries and other targeted sectors, especially those susceptible to suffering financial losses if taken offline.

If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, you should reach out to your local FBI field office, and file a complaint with the IC3 at www.IC3.gov. Please provide any relevant information in your complaint, including the extortion e-mail with header information.

Tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not open e-mail or attachments from unknown individuals.
  • Do not communicate with the subject.
  • If an attack occurs, utilize DDoS mitigation services.
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Missing Person Jonathan Daniel Smith of Jasper County, TX

Jasper County’s Sheriff’s office has requested the public’s assistance in finding Jonathan Daniel Smith.

Smith is a white male, 6’1″, weighs approximately 175 lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen in Jasper County on FM 252 at CR 348, and also in the city of Jasper, around the Tri-A-Nite Motel.

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“his family called in, and asked us to do a welfare check,” said Jasper County Sheriff Mitchel Newman. “he’s been gone two weeks.”

Newman also said that Smith has no warrants, and his family is truly concerned about his whereabouts.”

Newman said that if anyone knows his whereabouts, please contact the sheriff’s office at (409) 384.5417.

Jonathan Daniel Smith, has been missing for two weeks.  Smith is a white male, 6'1", weighs approximately 175 lbs and has brown hair and brown eyes.

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Wrongful Death One Arrested in Jessamine Co. Murder

Deputies opened up a death investigation after an incident at a Jessamine County home Friday morning and now they believe they have the man responsible in custody.

Deputies were called to the home on 378 Hartley Drive after neighbors say they heard dogs barking and a commotion outside. Once Jessamine County deputies got on scene, they found the 43-year old man dead on the porch. And now they believe they have the man responsible in custody.

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“We are charging 48-year-old Thomas W. Carson of Nicholasville with murder in reference to this incident at this address this morning,” Chief Deputy Allen Peel told LEX 18′s Claire Crouch.

The victim’s identity has not been released.

The man’s body is headed to Frankfort for an autopsy. It is an active homicide investigation.

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