Missing Person OH Woman Missing At Lake Cumberland

Kentucky State Police are asking for the public’s help finding 52-year-old Wendy Augustine of Ohio.

She was last seen on a houseboat at the Lake Cumberland State Dock Saturday around 1 p.m.  Augustine was last seen wearing a black skirt, white tank top, gold chain with cross necklace and rings on each hand.

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Augustine is 5’5″,140 pounds, white with blonde hair and blue eyes.

If you have any information, you’re asked to contact KSP.

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Private Detective: Two Juveniles Facing Assault Charges in Parade Shooting

Police have charged two juveniles in a shooting that wounded two teens near the route of the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Pegasus Parade.

Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said Friday that both 15-year-old boys are facing two counts each of assault, tampering with evidence, possession of a handgun by a minor and receiving stolen property.

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She said the teens wounded in the Thursday shooting are expected to recover. Police have said the victims are a 17-year-old boy believed to be known by the teens who were apprehended and a 14-year-old girl.

The shooting occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. Thursday along a main intersection in downtown Louisville that’s along the parade route. The parade began at 5 p.m. and people were standing and sitting about two deep along the route.

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Private Detective: Suspect Tried to Rob Man Having a Yard sale

Police are searching for a man they say tried to rob another man at gunpoint Saturday.

They say it happened just before 1:00 p.m. at the Carriage Apartments near Cross Keys Road and Alexandria Drive.

The victim told LEX 18 that he was having a yard sale when the suspect approached him. The suspect said he was interested in buying two bicycles.

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Then the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded cash. He shot at the victim’s foot but missed.

He then drove off in a red SUV.

If you have any information, please call the police.

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Wrongful Death Mother Sues Daycare After Son’s Death

The mother of a two-year-old who died in a hot SUV last month is suing the daycare responsible for his death.

A Louisville TV station reports that Lavonte Xavier Swain’s mother is suing the daycare after her son was left in the back of a hot SUV for hours, resulting in his death.

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The child’s aunt and owner of the daycare, 70-year-old Jacquelin Thomas, has been charged in his death, but she is not named in the lawsuit.

Lavonte had been in foster care at the time of his death and was not in his mother’s custody.

Lavonte Swain. (Courtesy: WAVE 3 News)

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Wrongful Death Daughter Arrested for Killing Elderly Parents

An elderly Owsley County couple was shot in their own home and left for dead on Friday. The children of John and Ada McQuinn said their sister, the couple’s mentally ill daughter, is responsible for the murders.

On Friday evening, Kentucky State Police arrested 48-year-old Lynette McQuinn, better known as Renee, for the murders.

“My last words to them out the door, were I love you,” said Cristina McQuinn.

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It’s a moment, that now means so much to Cristina after she found her mother and father, 70-year-old Robert John McQuinn and 66-year-old Ada Pearl McQuinn, dead on Friday morning. The couple had been found in their home on Wilson Lane at around 11:30 a.m.

“I check on them every morning and I came across the street to check on them. And I walked in and seen them, I found them that way,” said Cristina.

Kentucky State Police said they had both been shot.

“At that moment… I said this is not real. I put my hands on my head and I said this is not real,” said Cristina.

She said greatest fear had come true. She said she immediately knew that her sister, Renee, was responsible.

“She’s been mentally ill our whole lives and she has planned this. She planned it, that’s why they made her leave the last time she came here. She told them how she was going to kill them,” said Cristina.

Cristina said her sister, Renee, is a loving person. However, she recently checked out of a mental hospital and was off her medication. On Friday, troopers said Renee was armed and dangerous and by 3 p.m. she had been apprehended.

State Police said Renee was formally arrested on Friday evening, and is charged with tampering with physical evidence and two counts of Murder. She is being held in the Three Forks Regional Jail.

“They didn’t deserve this obviously. Now that the person that did it’s, caught. So, that makes me feel better,” said Cristina.

Kentucky State Police said the double murder is still under investigation. While the home is surrounded by caution tape, the family said it’s not the crime they want to focus on, it’s instead the victims.

“They have touched so many hearts and I just want people to know they are always great people, no matter where they are,” said Cristina.

Cristina said her parents were devoted grandparents, selfless and caring people. They retired in Kentucky and had previously lived in Indiana. Instead of how they died, their children want them remembered for how they lived.

“They have done too much good to not be remembered as wonderful people,” said Cristina.

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Private Detective: Violent Criminal Apprehension Program

If there is such a thing as an ideal profession for a serial killer, it may well be as a long-haul truck driver.

FBI Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo is quick to point out that long-haul trucking is an honorable profession and that the overwhelming majority of drivers are not murderers—but it does happen, and the pattern is unmistakable.

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More than a decade ago, analysts for the FBI’s Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP)—the only national database of serial crimes—began to see a marked increase in the number of bodies recovered along the side of the road. A majority of the victims were truck-stop prostitutes, and it turned out that many of the suspects were long-haul truckers. “We had an inordinate number of victims and offenders from this rather specific population pool,” Palazzolo explained.

To make matters worse, these cases are extremely difficult to investigate. A long-haul driver can pick up a prostitute at a truck stop in Georgia, rape and murder her, and dump her body on the side of the road in Florida later that day. The victim has no connection to the area where she was found, and there may be no forensic evidence to collect because the crime was committed hundreds of miles away. The local police detectives investigating the case might have little experience dealing with a crime of this nature and may be faced with few, if any, leads.

Highway Serial Killer Initiative map, April 2016 (large)
Since the Highway Serial Killings Initiative began in 2004, ViCAP analysts have compiled a list of more than 750 murder victims found along or near U.S. highways, as well as nearly 450 potential suspects.

To raise awareness among law enforcement agencies—and the public—about highway serial killings, and to focus ViCAP resources on helping to solve these cases, in 2004 the FBI began the Highway Serial Killings (HSK) Initiative, with support from the trucking industry.

“We want to help local law enforcement agencies tie their cases to similar cases nationwide,” said Palazzolo, who has been managing the initiative for the past four years. “That’s where ViCAP comes in, because the database can make those connections.”

Without ViCAP—part of the FBI’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime—local law enforcement agencies investigating one of these cases may have no way of knowing a murder in their jurisdiction is similar to killings committed elsewhere. Since the initiative began, ViCAP analysts have compiled a list of more than 750 murder victims found along or near U.S. highways, as well as nearly 450 potential suspects.

The analysts also began to develop detailed timelines on many of the suspects. The information in the timelines, obtained from company logs, gas station receipts, and other records, helps investigators pinpoint where a suspect was when murders were committed.

“It’s not unusual for a driver to pass through five or even seven states in one day,” Palazzolo said. “The amount of ground they cover and the lack of any connection to where they’re passing through makes it difficult to tie cases back to them.”

So the timelines become crucial to investigations. The goal for ViCAP analysts is to obtain as many records from as many sources as possible to determine a driver’s whereabouts at fixed points in time. “Those details are what ultimately will help tie the suspect back to the murders,” Palazzolo said.

The database is constantly monitored for cases that meet the HSK criteria. When cases are identified, ViCAP analysts can provide information to local law enforcement agencies regarding these cases—anything from timeline data to advice on what records to subpoena to suggesting a point of contact at another police department with similar cases.

In the 12 years since its creation, the Highway Serial Killings Initiative has helped many local police departments solve violent sexual assaults and murder cases, but Palazzolo cautioned that many more victims demand justice. And these highly mobile killers are not going to disappear.

“According to the Department of Transportation,” she said, “the number of truck drivers on the road in the next 20 years is going to grow exponentially. So if we’ve already identified a population from which we are getting a significant number of offenders, and if we are going to be seeing more and more trucks on the road, the potential for additional highway serial killings is definitely there.

Resources:
- ViCAP Part 1: Sharing Information to Stop Serial Offenders
- More information about ViCAP and the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime
- ViCAP cases: Missing Persons | Unidentified Persons | Homicides & Sexual Assaults

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Missing Person Amber Alert Issued for 9 Year Old TN Girl

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an Amber Alert for a 9-year-old girl who was picked up from school by an uncle and hasn’t been seen since.

The TBI says 9-year-old Carlie Marie Trent of Rogersville was reported missing on Wednesday after a non-custodial uncle, Gary Simpson, signed her out of school under false pretenses.

Carlie is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes. She is about 4-foot 8-inches tall and weighs about 75 pounds.

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She was last seen with Simpson. He is a 57-year-old white male with brown hair and eyes. Police say he is balding, stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 157 pounds.

Simpson was last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge van with a Tennessee registration of 173GPS. Police say it has a dark stripe and gold running boards.

Anyone with information in the case should call the Rogersville Police Department at 423-272-7555 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND FREE

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Private Detective: Man Robbed While Walking Home From Work

A Lexington man was in the wrong place at the wrong time overnight when he was robbed.

Police say it happened around 3:30 a.m. on Morgan Avenue. The victim was walking home from work when he was approached by two men and robbed.

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We’re told the suspects took his backpack, phone and jacket.

The suspects left in a dark SUV.

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Pedophile Tracking Jackson Co. Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

A Jackson County man has been arrested on charges related to child sexual exploitation Thursday after Kentucky State Police served a search warrant at his home.

David W. Ledford, 29, is charged with 10 counts of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison.

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Ledford was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. Detectives with the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch began investigating after observing Ledford sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. This included images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

A search warrant was executed at his home.

Ledford was subsequently lodged in the Jackson County Detention Center.

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Private Detective: Man Arrested for Locking Children in Room

A man was arrested after police say he locked his children in their room.

On Wednesday evening, London Police say they were notified that a parent was locking their child in their bedroom at night.

Officers visited the residence on Bill Mays Road. After getting consent to look inside the residence, they found a dead bolt lock on the children’s bedroom door.

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The officers say they told Kenneth M. Martin to remove the lock.

When officers returned later to check on the children, they discovered the dead bolt had been removed but the door was tied shut and the children were in the room.

Social Services were called and the two children, ages three and eight, were removed from the home.

Martin was arrested and charged with second degree Criminal Abuse of a Child (12 or under).

He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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