Private Detective: Man Arraigned After Infant Hospitalized With Head Injury

A man arrested after a seven-week-old baby girl was taken to the hospital with a severe head injury appeared in court to answer to the accusations.

Deputies say that the child’s biological father, Gary Nicely, was caring for her at their home on Philpot Road and had no explanation as to the cause of the injury.

The biological mother of the child had taken a seven-year-old child to school early Tuesday morning and deputies say that when she came home, the baby was found unresponsive.

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Deputies say that two other children were present in the home, a four-year-old and another seven-week old baby.

The baby girl is in critical condition at UK Medical Center.

Nicely was charged with assault first-degree, domestic violence, wanton endangerment first-degree, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct second degree, and menacing. Friends who have known Nicely for years say it is not possible that he would hurt his child. Some of those friends spoke to LEX 18 as Nicely was arraigned Wednesday.

“Everything must’ve gotten twisted really fast in the heat, because he’s nothing like that he wouldn’t abuse his kids, no. That’s definitely out of the question,” said friend Linda Campbell.

Deputies say that Nicely became very irate at the hospital when he was arrested. After a brief struggle, deputies say he was taken into custody.

Nicely was taken into the Laurel County Detention Center.  Nicely pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

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Private Detective: Louisville Student Accused of Bringing Guns to School

An eighth-grade student at a Louisville middle school is in custody after he was caught bringing guns to school, WAVE 3 News reports.

The student from Noe Middle school was arrested after a school security guard felt the boy was not acting normal. When confronted, the boy admitted to the guard that he had guns in his backpack.

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A JCPS spokeswoman told WAVE 3 that the guns were discovered at the end of the school day on August 30.

The guns were never removed from the backpack during school hours and Martin said no students were endangered.

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Private Detective: Investigation Results in Narcotics Warrants for 34

A six month investigation involving several agencies has resulted in arrest warrants issued for 34 individuals in Jackson County.

Officers from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police, McKee Police and Jackson County Constables executed several narcotics warrants. The investigation resulted in arrest warrants for trafficking in controlled substances (meth) for seventeen individuals. The remainder of the warrants are for trafficking oxycodone and hydrocodone.

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Information indicates that the meth in circulation is related to multiple overdoses in the county.

If you have information on illegal narcotic activity in your community, you are asked to contact law enforcement.

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Insurance Fraud Fayetteville, NC Man Accused

A Fayetteville man is accused of giving false information to get money from an insurance company, according to the N.C. Department of Insurance.

James Stevie Spears, 44, of the 3300 block of Auburn Drive, was charged Aug. 23 with obtaining property by false pretense and providing a false statement on an insurance application.

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Spears is accused of using fictitious information on life insurance applications he filed with Bankers Life and Casualty.

He is accused of submitted 16 fraudulent life insurance applications between August-October 2015, for which he received $4,700.

Spears was released on a written promise to appear in court, the release said.

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Pedophile Tracking TX Man Gets 297 Years For Sexually Assaulting 7 Year Old

A victim’s advocate says a Texas woman is recovering after learning the man who repeatedly abused her as a child will now spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Prosecutors say the woman was subjected to repeated sexual abuse by family member Robert Jude Vajda, 51, over a five-year period.

On Tuesday, Vajda was sentenced to three 99-year sentences for a felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

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“Because of the jury’s hard work and dedication, the victim can finally start the healing process and sleep better knowing Vajda will spend the rest of his life in prison,” says special victims prosecutor Vincenzo Santini.

A psychologist assigned to the case says the victim, who is now in her 20s, suffers from PTSD because of the continued abuse.

Prosecutors say she was just 7 years old the first time Robert Vajda sneaked into her room and removed her pants and panties. They say he touched her body, setting into motion a string of offenses.

From between 2002 to 2007, Vajda is accused of abusing the girl, touching her at first and then escalating his engagement to include full sexual intercourse.

The state says Vajda continued the abuse every other night until one night when the then 12-year-old girl began her period. Prosecutors say that is when Vajda became physically violent with the girl, beating her and threatening her.

The victim confided to a friend what was happening, who in turn contacted Child Protective Services and reported the abuse. That is when her secret began to unravel.

Court documents show a CPS investigation revealed horrific details about the girl’s abuse. The victim told psychologist Dr. Allison Moore that the abuse made her feel “worthless, ashamed, disgusting, and in fear” she might commit suicide.

Investigators learned in addition to repeatedly abusing the girl, he might also be in possession of child pornography.

The Montgomery County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office says it found approximately 900 images and over 80 videos depicting children having sex on Vajda’s various devices.

A jury found Vadja guilty last Friday after a 5-day trial.

“One child molested one time is a lifetime sentence for that child,” says special victims prosecutor Mary Nan Huffman. “Vajda deserves his own life sentence in exchange for what he did to this victim.”

While mental health experts say the victim must work towards a full recovery, the district attorney’s office credits her courage for being able to tell her friend about what happened.

Without that courage, District Attorney Brett Ligon says they may never have been able to put Vajda away.

“I admire her courage and desire to ensure that this never happens to another child,” Ligon says.

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Private Detective: Couple Indicted in Franklin Co. Child Abuse Case

A Franklin County couple is in jail after authorities say they discovered three children living in horrible conditions.

During a news conference Tuesday, authorities said that the children, ages 2, 4, and 6, were rescued from the home.

In what the Franklin County Sheriff called one of the worst child abuse cases he has ever seen, children were found living in feces, bugs, and filth. Sheriff Pat Melton said that the kids were often left inside a dark room that was locked from the outside.

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“They had a nail,” said Sheriff Melton. “And they were taking rope and tying it to the door and pulling the door shut, sealing them in there with black plastic over the windows and wrapping them.”

The children showed signs of malnourishment, delayed development, and the Sheriff said the two youngest children were wearing soiled diapers.

Sheriff Melton said that one of the children had only grown 5.4 ounces since their last appointment with a physician two years ago.

The Sheriff says they were removed from the home when the investigation started back in July.

This morning Kimberly and Andrew Powell, ages 26 and 25 respectively, were indicted by a grand jury. They are in the Franklin County Jail on charges of felony criminal abuse of a child.  They are being held on a $25,000 cash bond.

Andrew Powell’s brother and sister say police and social services exaggerated the state of the home.

“I know how he is. He wouldn’t hurt his kids. He wouldn’t do nothing like what they’re trying to say,” said Justin Hendricks, Andrew Powell’s brother.

They said that after an initial visit from officials, the Powells had cleaned up their house, and had plenty of food.

“I do know that he got phone calls from all three of the kids doctors appointments, and every one of them said they were fine,” said Hendricks.

“I feel that this is just a lot of hearsay, and I don’t think that they gave them a chance to progress on what they needed to do,” said Holly Powell, Andrew’s sister. “I don’t think that they should be sitting in the jail right now. The kids, they’re with somebody that they don’t even know.”

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Private Detective: Couple Accused in Meth Case in Court

The wife of a man accused of feeding meth to dogs claims that revenge is most likely what caused him to do it.

Anna Burdette is also in jail on charges associated with the case.

She told LEX 18′s Richard Essex that she is not guilty, but instead the victim of what she calls an abusive relationship fueled by drugs.

“They say that drugs don’t change you , they just bring out who you really are, and apparently he really is garbage,” said Burdette.

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Police say that a neighbor reported seeing a dog in the front yard having a seizure. Lab results revealed that the dog ingested meth. Police busted Anna’s husband Benjamin for the crime. He is also alleged to have given meth to a neighbor’s dog.

When asked if Benjamin did in fact give the dogs meth, Anna responded, “he wouldn’t give me any.” She said he was very greedy with his drugs.

The couple have both been charged with wanton endangerment after police found chemicals and a meth pipe within reach of the couple’s two-year-old daughter.

Benjamin Burdette pleaded not guilty to two cruelty to animal charges on Tuesday morning.

Anna said that she can’t see a dog taking meth on its own.

“Well, I don’t see a dog just going and eating meth,” said Anna. “I mean he was kinda bad about leaving his drugs around.”

Benjamin pleaded not to the wanton endangerment charges as well, but he now faces additional charges after smuggling drugs into the jail.

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Wrongful Death Young Mother Shot While Holding Infant Son

Police in Russellville say one woman died after a shooting at the Robinwood Apartments on August 21.

They say that when they arrived at the location, 21-year-old Russellville native Lexus A. Bell was found with a gunshot wound.

Police say that she was shot in the head while holding her one-year-old son. There were eight other children in the apartment at the time of the home-invasion, police say they were shot at as well, but no injuries are reported.

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She was transported to Logan Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Police say they do not believe this was a random act.

At this time they are looking for two or more people in connection with Bell’s murder.

The Russellville Police Department is seeking any information about the shooting.

You can remain anonymous.

Information that leads to an arrest and conviction may be rewarded with up to $1,000.

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Missing Person Search For Crystal Rogers Continues On Suspect’s Family Farm

The search for Nelson County mother Crystal Rogers is now centered on the family farm of suspect Brooks Houck, according to Rogers’ father.

He told LEX 18 multiple crews, including the FBI, have been on scene since about 7:00 Tuesday morning.

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Rogers was reported missing July 3, 2015. Investigators said the she and boyfriend Houck, was seen together on the Houck family farm shortly before she disappeared. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office has already searched this area, but have come up with nothing.

Rogers’ family said cadaver dogs were also seen with investigators this Tuesday.

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Wrongful Death Man Accused of Shooting Scott Co. Teen Pleaded Not Guilty

The man accused of shooting and killing a 15-year-old girl who was at a friend’s house pleaded not guilty in court on Tuesday morning.

Michael Davidson is accused of shooting at a trailer in a mobile home park. Inside that home, 15-year-old Morgan Penn was at a sleepover. She was killed.

Neighbors say they heard at least 10 shots fired at the Parker’s Mobile Home Park.

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Investigators say Davidson was identified by witnesses as the gunman. Police say he fled the scene and was pulled over on Frankfort Pike shortly after.  In his car, police say they found evidence linking him to the scene.

Davidson has been charged with a parole violation and murder. He will be arraigned on those charges Tuesday afternoon.

Penn will be laid to rest Thursday at Tucker, Yocum and Wilson Funeral Home. Services will begin at 10 a.m.

The family set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral expenses. They say you can also donate at United Bank in Georgetown.

Davidson will be back in court September 8th, 1 p.m.

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