Private Detective: Lexington Police Investigate Pharmacy Robbery

Lexington Police are investigating an armed robbery after they say a man held two pharmacists at gunpoint and demanded drugs.

It happened around 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Rite Aid on Winchester Road and Executive Drive.

Investigators say a man walked in wearing a beanie and sunglasses and demanded narcotics from the pharmacists in the back of the store.

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They complied and the man quickly ran out. At this point, investigators are trying to get a quality picture from surveillance footage.
Witnesses told police they think they’ve seen this man before at a nearby motel. As far as the drugs that were stolen, police aren’t saying what kind or how much.
The K-9 unit was not able to get a scent. A description of the suspect was not immediately available.

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Private Detective: FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin – Unusual Weapon

Law enforcement officers should be aware offenders may attempt to use these unusual weapons against them. These working lighters deploy a knife blade by activation of a button on the side.

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Missing Person Nelson County Woman Still Missing, Reward Increased

Nelson County authorities continue to search for a Bardstown woman missing since Friday.

The Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Crystal Rogers was last seen Friday afternoon. Police found her abandoned car with a flat tire that night near Exit 10 on the Bluegrass Parkway. Her keys, cell phone, and personal belongings were still inside the car.

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Rogers’ family has increased the reward in the case to $60,000.

Investigators say that the last person to see Rogers alive was her boyfriend.

Anyone with information in the case should call the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office at (502) 348-1870.

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Wrongful Death Missing Couple Found Dead in Denali Highway Trailer

Alaska State Troopers on Sunday found the bodies of a man and woman reported missing two days earlier from a Denali Highway campsite, the agency says.

The pair were reported missing 9:15 p.m. Friday from a campsite at Mile 79, according to a trooper dispatch posted online. Authorities searched the area around their vehicle and camper trailer and found “evidence suggesting an altercation involving gunfire.”

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The man and woman were nowhere to be seen.

Troopers began searching the area by air, with the help of Wilderness Search and Rescue volunteers. At about 4 p.m. Sunday, troopers heard sounds coming from a dilapidated trailer in the area and found evidence that suggested the missing couple might be inside.

Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said she did not know what kind of sounds were coming from the trailer. “It’s unclear if anyone was alive at that time,” she said.

Authorities set up a perimeter around the trailer and made their way inside, where the two bodies were found.

Ipsen said she does not know if gunshots were heard between the discovery of the trailer and troopers’ entry, nor how long authorities waited before going inside.

“There are still a lot of details that have yet to be determined and information that I don’t have because there hasn’t been much communication out of that area,” she said.

Troopers and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation are still in the area today, gathering evidence as the investigation continues. The bodies will be autopsied by the state Medical Examiner’s Office.

Troopers have not publicly named the deceased, pending positive identification and notification of family members.

It was not immediately clear if authorities suspect the deaths are the result of a murder-suicide or if a third person might have been involved.

“At this time, troopers are still trying to figure out if someone else was involved or if this is an isolated incident,” Ipsen said.

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Private Detective: Police Seek Suspect in Kirklevington Car Break-Ins

Lexington Police are close to cracking a series of car break-ins around Kirklevington Park, but they need your help in identifying a man caught on camera.

The owner of a Lincoln SUV on Red Coach Trai says she awoke to a major headache, beginning with a call from a neighbor. She had left her wallet in her vehicle, but just as bad, she says, is the damage to her SUV’s windshield.

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“They caused over 5-thousand dollars in damage to her vehicle which you can see in the photos.” says Detective Mark Thomas. “And not just hers, but several other cars they’ve done thousands of dollars of damage to.”

In the last few weeks, detectives have taken twenty to thirty reports of car break-ins in the same, usually quiet neighborhood. But police say the secluded nature of the park actually make it the perfect place for crooks to find cover under the night sky.

But in this case, the thief blew his cover when he used the victim’s credit card at the Tates Creek Kroger, then tried again at the Saron Drive Wal Mart.

Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward for information leading to an arrest in this case. Call their tip line at 859.253.2020.

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Private Detective: Thief Steals KY Guardsman’s Truck With Weapons Inside

A thief made away with a National Guardsman’s vehicle overnight, and also got away with the guardsman’s military gear and a few weapons.

Although a few personal weapons including a personal computer are still missing, quick action from a fellow guardsman is credited with finding the vehicle in just a few hours. A shotgun and pistol remain missing from the vehicle of Major Travis Huber, who was in Frankfort for training.

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When Huber isn’t on duty, he serves the public in a different role as Gallatin County School Superintendent. He says he can’t believe the theft happened, but is grateful to his fellow Guardsman who noticed the license plate and located the vehicle.

“Glad to be a member of the Army National Guard family,” Huber says. “That’s what we’ve always done, we take care of each other and we’re going to continue to do that.”

Frankfort police found some useable prints in the vehicle, but they say their main priority is to recover the firearms and get them off the street. In Kentucky, firearm theft is a Class D felony, which can land the offender up to five years in jail and up to a $10 thousand fine.

If you have any information on the theft, you’re asked to contact Frankfort police.

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Pedophile Tracking FBI Seek Additional Victims of Sextortion

Ashley Reynolds was a happy 14-year-old who loved sports, did well in school academically and socially, and enjoyed keeping a journal she intended her “future self” to read. But what happened in the summer of 2009 was so devastating that she couldn’t bring herself to record it in her diary—or speak about it to anyone.

She had become the victim of sextortion, a growing Internet crime in which young girls and boys are often targeted. Her life was being turned upside down by an online predator who took advantage of her youth and vulnerability to terrorize her by demanding that she send him sexually explicit images of herself.

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After several months, Ashley’s parents discovered what was happening and contacted the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). Ashley and her parents later supported the FBI investigation that led to the arrest of 26-year-old Lucas Michael Chansler, who last year pled guilty to multiple counts of child pornography production and was sent to prison for 105 years—but not before he used the Internet to victimize nearly 350 teenage girls. The majority of those youngsters have not yet been identified.

That’s why the FBI is requesting the public’s help—and why Ashley has come forward to tell her story—so that Chansler’s victims can be located and will know, as Special Agent Larry Meyer said, “that this dark period of their lives is over.”

Meyer, a veteran agent in the FBI’s Jacksonville Division who investigates crimes against children, explained that 109 of Chansler’s victims have been identified and contacted so far, leaving approximately 250 teens “who have not had closure and who probably haven’t obtained counseling and other help they might need.” He noted that Ashley is a brave person with a supportive family “and has been able to use this experience to make her stronger.” Unfortunately, that has not been the case for all the girls, some of whom have dropped out of school and tried to end their lives.

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Chansler, who was studying to become a pharmacist, used multiple personas and dozens of fake screen names—such as “HELLOthere” and “goodlookingguy313”—to dupe girls from 26 U.S. states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. And he used sophisticated techniques to keep anyone from learning his true identity.

Pretending to be 15-year-old boys—all handsome and all involved in skateboarding—he trolled popular online hangouts to strike up relationships with teenage girls. In one instance on Stickam, a now-defunct live-streaming video website, evidence seized from his computer showed four girls all exposing their breasts. “The girls are apparently having a sleepover, and Chansler contacted one of them through a random online chat,” Meyer said. “These girls thought they were having a video chat session with a 15-year-old boy that they would never see or hear from again, so they are all exposing themselves, not realizing that he is doing a screen capture and then he’s coming back later—very often in a different persona—saying, ‘Hey I’ve got these pictures of you, and if you don’t want these sent to all your Myspace friends or posted on the Internet, you are going to do all of these naked poses for me.’”

Don’t Become a Victim of Sextortion

Special Agent Larry Meyer and other investigators experienced in online child sexual exploitation cases offer these simple tips for young people who might think that sextortion could never happen to them:

- Whatever you are told online may not be true, which means the person you think you are talking to may not be the person you really are talking to.

- Don’t send pictures to strangers. Don’t post any pictures of yourself online that you wouldn’t show to your grandmother. “If you only remember that,” Meyer said, “you are probably going to be safe.”

- If you are being targeted by an online predator, tell someone. If you feel you can’t talk to a parent, tell a trusted teacher or counselor. You can also call the FBI, the local police, or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children’s CyberTipline.

- You might be afraid or embarrassed to talk with your parents, but most likely they will understand. “One of the common denominators in the Chansler case,” Meyer noted, “was that parents wished their daughters had told them sooner. They were very understanding and sympathetic. They realized their child was being victimized.”

“It went from what would be relatively benign pictures to fulfilling Chansler’s perverted desires,” Meyer said, adding that while adults know that a young person’s life is only beginning in high school, “to a 13- or 14-year-old girl, thinking that all her friends or her parents might see a picture of her exposing her breasts, the fear was enough to make them comply with Chansler’s demands, believing they had no better options.”

When FBI agents interviewed Chansler after his arrest, they asked why he selected that age group. “One of the comments he made,” Meyer said, “was that older girls wouldn’t fall for his ploy.”

Ashley fell for Chansler’s ploy in late 2008 when she was 14 years old. She was contacted online by someone who claimed to be a teenage boy with embarrassing sexual pictures of her. His screen name was CaptainObvious, and he threatened to send Ashley’s pictures to all her Myspace friends if she didn’t send him a topless image of herself. Without considering the consequences, she sent it. She didn’t think the boy knew who she was or anything else about her. Nothing more happened until the summer of 2009, when Chansler’s persona messaged again, threatening to post her topless picture on the Internet if she didn’t send him more explicit images.

She ignored him at first, but then he texted her on her cell phone. He knew her phone number and presumably where she lived. Somehow he must have hacked information from her social media pages. Chansler was relentless. He badgered her for pictures and continued to threaten. The thought of her reputation being ruined—and disappointing her parents—made Ashley finally give in to her tormenter.

The next few months were a nightmare as Ashley complied with Chansler’s demands. She was trapped and felt she couldn’t talk to anyone. She kept thinking if she sent more pictures, the monster at the other end of the computer would finally leave her alone. But it only got worse—until the day her mother discovered the images on her computer.

“I just remember breaking down and crying, trying to get my dad not to call the police,” Ashley said, “because I knew that I would end up in jail or something because I complied and I sent him the pictures even though I didn’t want to. I tried to think rationally, like this guy was threatening me. But I sent him the pictures, so that’s breaking the law, isn’t it? I am under age and I am sending him naked pictures of me. I didn’t want to go to jail.”

Chat Log Between Chansler and Victim
Part of an online chat between Lucas Michael Chansler and one of his victims.

Still, she was relieved that she didn’t have to keep her secret any longer. And her parents were supportive.

Ashley’s mother did some research and contacted the NCMEC’s CyberTipline. An analyst researching the case was able to tie one of the screen names used to sextort Ashley to another case in a different state and realized the predator most likely had multiple victims. Eventually, FBI and NCMEC analysts were able to pinpoint an Internet account in Florida where the threats were originating, and that information was passed to FBI agents who work closely with NCMEC in child exploitation investigations.

When investigators executed a search warrant at Chansler’s Jacksonville house and examined his computer, they found thousands of images and videos of child pornography. They also found folders labeled “Done” and “Prospects” that contained detailed information about the nearly 350 teens he had extorted online.

Meyer and the Jacksonville Crimes Against Children Task Force analyzed the images of the girls to identify and locate them. One victim was located through a picture of her and her friends standing in front of a plate glass window at their school. Reflected in the glass was the name of the school, which led to her identification. Another victim was found through a radio station banner seen in a video hanging on her bedroom wall. The station’s call letters led to a city and, eventually, to the victim. More than 250 investigators, analysts, victim specialists, child forensic interviewers, and community child advocacy centers were involved in locating and interviewing the known victims.

But approximately 250 victims are still unidentified and may have no idea that Chansler was arrested and sent to jail.

“It’s important that we find these girls so that they don’t have to be looking over their shoulder, wondering if this guy is still out there and is he looking for them and is he going to be coming back,” Meyer explained, adding that “some of these girls, now young women, need assistance. Many probably have never told anyone what they went through.”

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Ashley Reynolds, who was a victim of Lucas Michael Chansler’s sextortion scheme, hopes her story helps prevent other teens from falling for similar ploys.
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Ashley, now 20, is doing what she can to get the word out about sextortion so that all of Chansler’s victims can be identified and other girls don’t make the mistakes that she made. “This ended for me,” she said, but for many of Chansler’s victims, “this never ended for them.”

When Meyer began working crimes against children cases eight years ago, he visited freshman and sophomore high school classes to talk about Internet safety. “Now,” he said, “we are going to fourth and fifth grade because kids are getting on the Internet at younger ages.”

He added, “We know that youngsters don’t always make sound decisions. Today, with a smartphone or digital camera, an individual can take an inappropriate picture of themselves and 10 seconds later have it sent to someone. Once that picture is gone,” he said, “you lose all control over it, and what took 10 seconds can cause a lifetime of regret.”

For her part, Ashley hopes that talking about what she went through will resonate with young girls. “If it hits close to home, maybe they will understand. High school girls never think it will happen to them,” she said. “I never thought this would happen to me, but it did.”

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Fraud Investigation KY Doctor Sentenced To Federal Prison for Tax Fraud

A London, Kentucky, doctor was sentenced today to federal prison in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky in London for filing false federal income tax returns that claimed millions in fictitious business expenses, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Caroline D. Ciraolo of the Justice Department’s Tax Division.

Dr. Visa Haran Sivasubramaniam, 44, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Amul R. Thapar to serve two years in prison and one year of supervised release to be served in the county jail with work release involving providing services at a local medical clinic.

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At sentencing, Judge Thapar also ordered Sivasubramaniam to pay a fine of $100,000 and restitution of $4,532,777 to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). According to court documents, Sivasubramaniam owned and operated Hematology Oncology Physicians East (HOPE), a medical clinic where he offered oncology and hematology services.

From 2007 through 2009, Sivasubramaniam earned more than $16 million in total income from HOPE. However, on his 2008 and 2009 personal and corporate income tax returns, Sivasubramaniam under-reported his income and claimed millions in false and fictitious medical supply expenses. Over a three-year period, he claimed nearly $13 million in fraudulent business expenses.

On Jan. 9, Sivasubramaniam pleaded guilty to two counts of filing false individual income tax returns. Acting Assistant Attorney General Ciraolo commended special agents of IRS–Criminal Investigation, who investigated the case, and Trial Attorneys Yael T. Epstein and Thomas Voracek of the Tax Division, who are prosecuting the case. Ciraolo also thanked the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Kentucky for their substantial assistance. Additional information about the Tax Division and its enforcement efforts may be found on the division’s website.

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Private Detective: Lexington Man Indicted in Several Robberies

A Lexington man has been indicted in several armed robberies.

Edward Hale Jr faces several counts of robbery. He was indicted for robbing a Speedway and a Dollar General this past January.  In March, he is also accused of robbing a Marathon, a Circle K and a Game Stop.

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Another robbery allegedly occurred in April at a Shell Station. Court documents state he had an accomplice named Kenneth Andrews during some of the alleged crimes

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Accident Reconstruction One Dead in Scott Co. Accident

One person is dead after a single vehicle accident in Scott County.

The crash happened on Longlick Road on Tuesday morning.  Officials confirms that an adult female was killed after her vehicle struck a fence. Two children in the vehicle were taken to the hospital.

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A neighbor who was near the crash site said the two young children who ran from the wreck were searching for their pet dog that ran from the vehicle.  The dog is described as a dachsund/beagle mix, brown in color.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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