Wrongful Death Whitley Co. Mother Accused of Killing Daughters, Husband Due in Court

A Whitley County mother accused of killing her two daughters and her husband will appear in court Wednesday afternoon.

Police say Courtney Taylor shot all three of her immediate family members in their home almost three weeks ago. Taylor was arraigned on capitol murder charges. The case was moved to Laurel County because of a conflict of interest with a Whitley County judge.

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Today that judge will come to Williamsburg for Taylor’s hearing. During last week’s arraignment, Taylor sat with her head down in a wheelchair as the judge read her capitol murder and attempted murder charges aloud.

Taylor is accused of shooting her daughters Jessie and Jolee, and her husband, Larry, while all three were asleep in their beds. Taylor is also accused of pointing her gun at two sheriff’s deputies, forcing them to shoot her twice.

Her hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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Private Detective: Teenagers Rob Clothing Store and Fire Weapon

Kentucky State Police are investigating after they say a young teenage couple robbed a women’s clothing store and fired a shot into the ceiling.

A 911 caller told dispatch that a masked white female entered the store and brandished a pistol. The suspect allegedly fired the pistol into the ceiling before opening the cash register and stealing $90 in cash and coins.  Kentucky State Police Post 1 personnel responded to the business, and proceeded to conduct a criminal investigation.

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At approximately 4:30 p.m., investigators went to a residence in Grand Rivers and located a 13-year-old female and a 14-year-old male at that location. Through the investigation, police concluded that the juvenile female and juvenile male allegedly committed the robbery together. The female juvenile was charged with Robbery 1st Degree (complicity)-a class B felony, and Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree-a class D felony.  The male juvenile was charged with Robbery 1st Degree (complicity)-a class B felony.

Both juveniles were lodged in the McCracken County Juvenile Detention Center.

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Private Detective: Veteran Assaulted in Marshall County

A western Kentucky family said a veteran was badly beaten and left to die inside his burning home.

Richard Copeland said his son-in-law, Edward Harris, is a military veteran. He said Harris’ leg was amputated about a year ago because of an infection in his knee. That makes what happened Saturday night even more shocking for Copeland.

“You know, that’s not much a man to beat somebody who can’t even get up and look at you. You know, it’s a real bad crime,” said Copeland.

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He said Harris is a friendly man who would welcome anyone into his home.

“If you knocked on the door, he had no enemies, he’d holler, ‘come in.’ When you’d come in, all you’d see is the back of his head in the recliner. So you know, a surprise attack like that if somebody knocked on the door or kicked it in, he got surprised you know, the way that I look at it,” Copeland said.

Copeland is hoping an arrest will be made soon.

A detective said they have a few leads but no one in custody.

Harris is at Vanderbilt Hospital. He had been hit in the head with something hard.

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Private Detective: Expensive Items Stolen From Cabela’s

Several months ago, two men stole some high dollar items from the Cabela’s in Lexington. Police are now hoping the public can help them find some leads.

Police say the two men shoplifted depth finders, which are used for boating and fishing. They cost several hundred dollars apiece.

“These two guys were able to successfully remove the security tags and conceal them before getting out of the store,” said Detective Mark Thomas with the Lexington Police Department.

Police have surveillance images of the two men.

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“He’s got a lot of distinctive tattoos on his arms, on his forearms, all the way from his elbow down to his wrist,” Thomas described one of the men. “Hopefully, someone out there will know these two guys, know that they’re friends or that they’re paired together, and will call us and tell who they are.”

Police say the two men could likely try and sell the stolen depth finders.

“If you believe it was stolen, and you purchase it, if you have a reasonable belief that you’re getting too good of deal on this thing, there’s a good chance you could be caught or even charged with receiving stolen property,” said Thomas.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest. You can call in your tip at (859) 253-2020. You can also text ‘LEX PD’ and your tip to ‘CRIMES.’

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Wrongful Death Bond Set for Suspect in Shooting Death of Marine

A man accused in the robbery and murder of Lexington Marine Jonathon Price appeared in Fayette County Circuit Court Tuesday.

Dawan Mulazim appeared in court for a bond hearing. Mulazim’s alleged co-conspirator, Quincinio Canada, was not in court. Mulazim and Canada are accused of the 2014 shooting death of Price. Investigators say Price and his wife, Megan, left Austin City Saloon when they were approached by the pair. Both Jonathan and his wife were shot during an attempted robbery.

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Two people testified during the hearing, including a detective who worked the murder scene that night. After listening to the testimony of the detective and a pre-trial officer, the judge set Mulazim’s bond at $100,000 citing the nature of the case as well as the defendant’s safety as mitigating factors in the decision.

Canada’s bond hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

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Private Detective: Georgia Fugitive Arrested in Laurel Co.

A fugitive from Georgia was arrested in Laurel County on Tuesday.

Deputies say that Lewis Waller, 34, was wanted out of Meriwether County, Georgia on multiple charges including battery family violence, four counts of cruelty to children third-degree, theft by taking -auto, and bail jumping.

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Deputies in Laurel County say that while on the way to the residence where the suspect was believed to be located, they heard that a domestic dispute was occurring at that location.

He was located and arrested without incident.

Deputies say that a handgun was recovered at the scene.

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Wrongful Death One Dead in Jackson County Shooting

One person is dead after a shooting in Jackson County.

According to Kentucky State Police, the shooting occurred around 10 p.m. at D & M Road in Sand Gap. 45-year-old Michael Martin was shot after he and another man got into an argument in the driveway of a home.

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Police are interviewing witnesses but have currently not charged anyone in the case. A car believed to have been driven by the shooter was located near the scene.

An autopsy for Martin will be conducted at that State Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Missing Person Lawrence Johnson of Crystal Lake, IL

The Crystal Lake Police Department is currently seeking the public’s help in locating Lawrence “Larry” Johnson.

During the early morning hours of Thursday, January 26, family members reported Chicago resident Lawrence Johnson as a missing endangered person to the Chicago Police Department. Johnson is reported to be suffering from memory loss, according to a news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Information has been developed that indicates Johnson was at the Wal-Mart store, located at 1205 South Route 31 in Crystal Lake, the morning of Thursday January 26 at 2:40 a.m. Store video surveillance recorded Johnson on foot at the rear of the business at that time.

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Johnson is without access to a motor vehicle, according to a news release.

Johnson is 69 years old. He is 5-feet 9-inches tall and weighs approximately 115 pounds. He has grey hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a one piece blue colored coveralls with a zipper in the front. The coveralls have a Wal-Mart embroidered patch on the front chest. Johnson was without a jacket or hat when he was last seen.

Anyone with information on Johnson’s current location is asked to call the Crystal Lake Department at 815-356- 3620 or the Chicago Police Department Missing Persons section at 312-747- 5789.

Crystal Lake Police Seek Public's Help in Finding Missing Endangered Man

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Pedophile Tracking Louisville Woman Sentenced to 16 Years

A 40-year-old Louisville woman was convicted Tuesday for incest, sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens sentenced Kelly Lynn South to a total of 16 years in prison in accordance with a plea agreement reached with prosecutors in Attorney General Beshear’s Office of Special Prosecutions.

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The crimes occurred between September 2012 and September 2015. South was arrested in October 2015 after an investigation by the Crimes Against Children’s Unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department.

As part of her sentencing, South must register as a lifetime sex offender.

“I want to thank Metro Police and our Special Prosecutions Unit for handling this horrific case,” Beshear said. “It’s unimaginable the suffering this victim endured and will endure. This court action held accountable the victim’s abuser and brought some justice for the crimes against the victim.”

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Drug Dog Sweep $140K Worth of Meth Seized in Montana Drug Bust

Two Mineral County Sheriff’s Office deputies who went through special narcotics training are credited for stopping a meth trafficking ring.

Mineral County Sheriff Tom Bauer says his deputies pulled over a vehicle for speeding late Monday night near De Borgia.

Bauer says when they pulled the two men over, they showed indicators of drug trafficking. The deputies called a Montana Highway Patrol Trooper K-9 to assist in the investigation.

After a search of the vehicle, authorities seized 20 pounds of meth, which has an estimated street value of $140,000.

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The two suspects, Christian Ruiz and Hector Gonzalez, both of the Tri Cities area of Washington, are in custody on $100,000 after appearing in Mineral County Justice Court.

Sheriff Tom Bauer says his deputies did an outstanding job with the investigation.

“I need to praise my deputies for their outstanding work in doing this,” Bauer said. “They worked really hard to get better with narcotic stuff. That is one of the things I really wanted to focus on when I took over and they did a great job with that and I want to praise them. And of course the highway patrolman who brought his narcotics dog and his expertise into it as well.”

Sheriff Bauer says the two deputies who made the arrest have gone through additional training specifically for narcotic investigations.

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