Wrongful Death Couple Indicted in Death of Missing Steinhetchee, FL Man

The two people accused of killing a man that went missing in January have been indicted on murder charges.

Aaron Michael Tappe hadn’t been seen since January 2016. In March, agents and deputies recovered his body in Steinhatchee.

Douglas Mihal, 20, and his 17 year-old girlfriend, Oriana Lynn Forsythe, were indicted for first degree murder, accessory after the fact, grand theft of a firearm, grand theft auto, and tampering with evidence.

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Both Mihal and his girlfriend were arrested in California and have been extradited and booked into the Taylor County jail.

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Missing Person Olivia Hudson of Roswell, GA

The Roswell Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a missing person.

Olivia Hudson, a 17-year-old black female, was recently reported missing by her mother. Hudson was last seen walking home in Roswell on April 26, 2016 at 12:30 a.m. from the Kroger shopping center, located at 900 Marietta Hwy, Roswell.

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Hudson does not have a cell phone, money or vehicle. She was wearing an Atlanta Hawks t-shirt, black pants, a gray headband, and black/white Nike shoes.

If located, please contact 911 or the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100.

Olivia Hudson was last seen April 26. If located, contact the Roswell Police Department at 770-640-4100.

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Private Detective: Man Arrested After Supplying Narcotics to Inmates in Franklin Co.

A man was arrested after deputies say he supplied narcotics to inmates in the Franklin County Regional Jail.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says that on Monday, narcotics detectives were made aware of a plot for someone to smuggle narcotics into the jail.

A Deputy Jailer obtained the information from an inmate who was discussing a plan to import drugs into the jail through the work release inmates.

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They say that detectives learned through an investigation that Joseph Allen Montgomery would supply narcotics to the inmates.

Montgomery had devised a plan to plant narcotics in a location at an undisclosed inmate work site. The narcotics were to be later recovered from inmates working a work detail and eventually smuggled into the jail, according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.

On Tuesday around 9:00 a.m., deputies and narcotics detectives were watching the drop location. Montgomery was found to be concealing the narcotics at the location.  They say that deputy jailers were able to apprehend the inmates as they were recovering the narcotics.

They say Montgomery put crack cocaine in a can of tobacco and left it in the bathroom of the inmate work site.

He was followed away from the scene and arrested for Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and Promoting Contraband into a Detention Facility.

Investigators also found $3,000 in cash and a small amount of marijuana after search the residence where Montgomery was living.

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Private Detective: Father of Murder Victim Sues Former Employer

The father of Logan Tipton, the little boy in Versailles who was murdered during a home invasion, has sued his former employer for firing him after the incident.

Dean Tipton’s attorney says it all comes down to 12 days of unpaid administrative leave that Mr. Tipton needed for surgery.

The nine page lawsuit was filed last week. In it, Dean Tipton claims he was discriminated against when he was fired from his employer, Montaplast, in February, causing him “severe and intentional emotional distress.”

Last year, a man with a knife broke into the Tipton home and murdered 7-year-old Logan Tipton. His father, George ‘Dean’ Tipton, was already out on medical leave after injuring his shoulder on the job. Dean re-injured his shoulder the night his son was murdered when he tackled the intruder.

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Dean Tipton needed a second surgery.

The suit claims Tipton was assured his job was secure, but was later terminated.

“They were well aware that he would not be able to make it back until May 16th,” said attorney Dale Golden, “So they put a date of May 4th as his return, and of course he simply couldn’t do that as a result of the doctor’s orders.”

Montaplast released the following statement, “George Tipton has been advised by the company several times that when he is released by his attending physicians to return to work, his job at Montaplast is here for him.”

Tipton’s attorney says he doesn’t think he would want to go back after all this.

When Dean Tipton was terminated, he also lost the health insurance he needed to get the surgery, thankfully, a local doctor stepped up to take care of it.

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Fraud Investigation IRS Phone Scam Hitting Lexington Hard

Better Business Bureau® serving Central & Eastern Kentucky is warning central Kentuckians about a phone scam from con artists pretending to be with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

 

“We have received over 100 calls as of early Tuesday afternoon from residents reporting this scam, and we expect that number to increase,” said Jack Frank, President & CEO of the BBB serving Central & Eastern Kentucky.  “People receiving the call report a recorded message stating that a lawsuit will be filed unless the taxpayer returns the call immediately to the IRS to make good on back taxes owed. The calls are really from con artists pretending to be with the IRS to try and trick people into paying money to them.”

This phone scam has been going on for well over a year, according to the IRS, but has hit the Lexington and central Kentucky very hard this week.  No caller has reported falling for the scam, but some were not certain if it was legitimate, causing them to contact the BBB for verification. All the phone numbers that residents have reported from their Caller ID or the voice messages are different.  The con artists are believed to be overseas and using computer technology to make their phone calls appear to be coming from inside the United States, particularly the Washington, D.C. area.

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BBB and the IRS advise residents NOT to return the calls.  The IRS also advises that their agency will NEVER:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

More information is available at www.irs.gov. Consumers who wish to check out questionable phone calls with BBB may call (859) 259-1008 or 1-800-866-666, or log on towww.bbb.org/lexington.

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Private Detective: Speedway Robbed on East New Circle

Robbers often imply that they have a gun or a weapon, but during a recent hold-up in Lexington, the robber wasn’t hiding anything.

A man went to the Speedway on East New Circle armed with a gun, which he kept pointed at the store clerk the entire time.

Surveillance video shows the robber grabbed the clerk and forced him behind the counter.

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The clerk gave the robber the money from the register.

“In this circumstance where he’s actually got it pulled out, pointed right at the guy, it just kind of heightens that level of awareness, like, ‘hey this guy’s serious. He’s probably got a round chamber in there. He’s ready to do something about it if this guy doesn’t comply with what he wants,’” said Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police department.

Police want people to take a look at the robber, but also at his gun.

“A lot of people that are out on the street, that know the types of weapons that these guys carry, might recognize that semi-automatic pistol.  It’s a little bit unique; it’s black and silver and they may be able to pick that out as somebody that they know,” said Thomas.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

You can call the tipline at (859) 253-2020.

You can also text your tip, just text “LEX P-D” plus your tip to CRIMES (274637).

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Missing Person Leanna Walker of Pike County, PA

Leanna Walker’s family wants their missing 17-year-old daughter to know she’s not in any trouble and they just want her home.

This was the message as the search for the Milford, Pike County, Pa., teen, missing since Wednesday April 18, intensified on Sunday with the anonymous offering of a $10,000 reward and an organized search involving volunteer first responders organized by the group Missing in America. All this, according to reports by the Pocono Record:

“We want her to know we love her very much and her family is very concerned,” Walker’s sister Diane Bostedo told the newspaper in a phone interview Saturday. She added that Leanna should not worry that she is in trouble with her family – she is not, they just want her to come home.

Said Trooper Connie Devens of the state police: “She is a missing person originally reported to us as a runaway. We have no evidence to lead us to believe she has been harmed in anyway,” the newspaper quoted.

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However, developments regarding Walker’s boyfriend have been troubling, as the Pocono Record reports:

Walker’s boyfriend, Sky Michael McDonough, 24, also from Milford, was arrested Tuesday on unrelated charges, including active arrest warrants from Sussex, New Jersey for burglary and fleeing apprehension.

McDonough was identified as a person of interest in Walker’s missing person case, and agreed to take police to the location where he said he and Walker were staying in the woods, a criminal complaint said.

However, during this search, McDonough was able to escape from the officer escorting him.

A makeshift campsite was later discovered inside a barn on a llama farm, and McDonough was taken back into custody after being found in that area.

Anyone with information or leads is encouraged to contact Blooming Grove State Police at 570-226-5718.

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Private Detective: Man Breaks Into Woman’s House and Demands Cash

A woman received a scare overnight when she discovered a man in her home.

It happened at a house on Emery Avenue. The woman came downstairs and discovered a man with a t-shirt over his head. He was armed with a plastic knife and demanded cash.

The woman handed over what money she had and pushed him out the door.

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So far, police say they don’t have a good description of the suspect or how he got into the home. There were several children inside the home at the time.

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Wrongful Death Man Accused of 2010 Deaths of Madison Co. Couple Sentenced

The man convicted of the 2010 deaths of a Madison County couple was sentenced Tuesday.

Daniel Keene pleaded guilty to two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of burglary, one count of tampering with evidence and two counts of abuse of a corpse in connection to the murders of Sonsary “Sonsi” Warford and Charles “Chew” Walker.  In exchange for the plea, prosecutors recommended a sentence of 40 years in prison to run concurrently.

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In a Madison County courtroom, the judge accepted the recommended sentence.

Warford and Walker were first reported missing in the summer of 2010. Their bodies were found two years later.  Keene and Matthew Denholm were charged in the kidnapping and murder.  Lebruce Ellington was also charged in the couple’s death.

Denholm pleaded guilty to killing Sonsi and another man in an unrelated Berea case. He’s serving a life sentence.

Keene will be eligible for parole in 2032.

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Missing Person Nelson Person of Enfield, NC

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 95-year-old man.

Nelson Person in front of the truck he was last seen in (Halifax County Sheriff's Office)

 

Nelson Person was last seen by his family on April 27 around 5:30 p.m. in the Ringwood Road area of Enfield, authorities said. He was last seen driving his 1991 blue Ford truck with North Carolina registration WTT-5569.

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Authorities said that Person’s truck has amber lights mounted on the roof and may have a plate from an unknown dealership displayed on the front.

Anyone with information concerning the whereabouts of Person or his truck is urged to call Detective Robert Hale with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, 252-583-8201 or 252-578-4497.

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