Wrongful Death Warrant Issued In Connection to Sunday Shooting

An arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting Sunday afternoon.

Courtney Darnell Kidd, 32, is wanted for Murder and Robbery.

Around 4:20 p.m. Sunday, May 7, officers responded to an apartment building in the 100-block of Lakeshore drive for a reported shooting. A male victim was located shot inside a vehicle. The man died at the scene and was later identified by the Fayette County Coroner as 26-year-old Jordan Yeast.

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Through the course of the investigation, detectives identified Courtney Kidd as the suspect after interviewing witnesses and reviewing evidence recovered from the scene. It is believed the suspect and victim knew each other, and detectives continue to investigate what led up to the shooting.

Anyone with information about Kidd’s whereabouts is asked to contact Lexington Police by calling 911.

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Pedophile Tracking MD School Security Guard Accused Again

A Montgomery County Schools security guard has been arrested for the second time in two months on sex abuse charges involving the same child.

Mark Yantsos, 57, was first arrested in April after he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. He posted $75,000 bond, and then, according to court documents, starting meeting up with the girl again, violating the conditions of his bond to stay away from her.

The state filed an emergency motion to revoke Yantsos’ bond and he was arrested  Police say that in April, the mother of student at Richard Montgomery High School reported that Yantsos, a security guard at the school, was having a sexual relationship her daughter. Police say Yantsos was prone to giving the girl gifts, including a diamond necklace and iPhone, before the sex abuse started. Investigators said they believe he was grooming her for a sexual relationship.

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According to court documents, once out of jail, Yantsos was seeing the girl almost daily last week into this week, and on one occasion the girl’s friend witnessed the meeting.

Police say the alleged victim in the case was questioned and she told investigators that she had been seeing Yantsos and they had sex on May 2. She also told police he gave her $100 afterwards.

Yantsos used to work for the New York City Police Department, and according to Montgomery County Schools, district officials recently found out that in 1994 he was accused of threatening a female with a revolver. Somehow this wasn’t detected when Yantsos was hired.

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Wrongful Death Man Arrested in Connection to Shooting in Mount Sterling

A man has been arrested for murder in Mount Sterling.

The Mt. Sterling Police Department wrote on their Facebook page that officers responded to a shots fired call on East Locust Street early Saturday. They say they found a victim who had been shot multiple times.

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The post says the victim was taken to the hospital, where the person died. The identity of the victim is not being released until family are notified.

Police say 53-year-old James Taul was arrested on a charge of first degree murder.

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Insurance Fraud WI Farmer Sentenced to Prison For Crop Insurance Fraud

A Waushara County farmer who submitted over $246,606 in fraudulent insurance claim in 2011 is going to prison.

United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Gregory J. Haanstad said that Jeffrey Lewke, 39, was sentenced to six months in federal prison for making a fraudulent insurance claim. Upon his release, Lewke will serve an additional six months of home confinement. He was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine and $23,799.44 in restitution to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

The USDA, through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC), provides insurance to farmers for unavoidable crop losses. The FCIC provides insurance by reinsuring private crop insurance companies for losses claimed by their policy holders.

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Lewke told investigators that during the 2011 crop season, he falsely represented that he irrigated 120 acres of land in Waushara County more times than he actually did. By doing so, he attempted to fraudulently obtain a nearly $63,000 insurance claim.

In total, Lewke acknowledged that he submitted $246,606.53 worth of fraudulent insurance claims during the 2011 crop season.

The Waushara County farmer also admitted that he attempted to fraudulently obtain additional monies through other false crop insurance claims in 2011.

According to court records, Lewke falsely claimed that he was prevented from planting a number of properties due to excessive moisture, when in fact, he never attempted to plant some of those properties. USDA officials discovered that some of those properties were already planted with corn, and in one instance, the property was actually a horse pasture.

In addition, Lewke fraudulently “shifted” his production by claiming that he produced corn in Dodge County, when in fact he produced the corn in Clark County. By so doing, he falsely claimed that he was entitled to another $70,000 of insurance payments for a loss in Clark County.

At Lewke’s sentencing hearing, District Judge Pamela Pepper described the federal crop insurance program at as a “safety net” for farmers in need, from which Lewke stole while he was enjoying the financial success of farming over 12,000 acres in Wisconsin during the 2011 crop season.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Keith S. Alexander

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Accident Reconstruction Victims Identified in Deadly McCreary County Crash

A deadly crash in McCreary County shut down two roads overnight.

Kentucky State police have now identified the victims killed as 36-year-old Glenn E. Hamilton of Whitley City and 63-year-old Norma W. Ross of Whitley City.

Officials say the collision happened just after midnight at the intersection of US 27 and Ky 927.

KSP says a traffic reconstruction team determined that Hamilton was driving a Ford Focus northbound when he crossed the center line and hit a Ford Taurus which was driven by Ross.

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Reportedly a Dodge Intrepid driven by Brandon T. Lannum slammed into the Ford Taurus after the initial collision.

A passenger in that car, Bronical S. Howard was flown to UK Hospital in critical condition. Lannum was not hurt.

Both roads were shut down for about four hours while crews worked to clear the scene but have since reopened.

We’re told the crash is under investigation.

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Missing Person Man With Dementia Missing From East Baltimore

A 56-year-old man with dementia has gone missing, police said Wednesday.

According to investigators, Henry Milton Gills was last seen at his Barclay Street home, near E 21st Street, on May 1 around 3:30 p.m. He was wearing a black fitted hat, a gray and blue shirt, blue jeans and black shoes, police said.

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His photo was released to the public on Wednesday.

Anyone who sees Gills is asked to call detectives at (443)984-7385 or dial 911.

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Accident Reconstruction One Killed in Franklin Co. Crash

Officials say that one person has died in a crash on Highway 127 in Frankfort.

It is estimated the road will be closed for several hours.

A witness told police that a semi was traveling south down the hill when a pickup traveling north lost control and crossed into its path. A Chevy Malibu was caught in between the two.

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The semi ended up over the embankment.

One driver was killed and the other two were taken to the hospital.

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Private Detective: Woman Takes Matter Into Own Hands After Theft

A Lexington woman took matters into her own hands this weekend when she said police didn’t respond immediately.

She, along with five other homeowners, want answers after someone stole valuables from cars and garages on Gray Hawk Drive.

May couldn’t be any busier for Kaelyn Query’s business, and it’s even tougher now that she’s missing most of what she needs to run it.

“They rummaged through, pulled everything out,” Query said. “They took my purse, my work bag, phones, everything.”

On Sunday, Query learned she left her car door unlocked overnight and someone took everything inside.

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She used the “Find My iPhone” app and tracked where it was, but said officers told her they’d go by if they had time.

“So, I said, if they’re not going to go, I’ll just go,” Query explained.

Part angry and part crazed, Query drove to the address off Arceme Drive and confronted a man at the home. Though he credit cards were all maxed out and some things weren’t there, she somehow managed to get her phone and a few other things back.

“I stuck my hand out, shook his hand, looked him right in the eye, said I really appreciate your help and I promise I’m not going to call the cops,” Query said.

“Then I got in my car and immediately called the cops.”

Query said what bothered her most is what she found out days later. A neighbor actually called 9-1-1 while the men were stealing from cars, but dispatchers told the caller since she wasn’t in danger, there was nothing they could do.

“No one showed up,” She said. “Then i go down there, I’m 5’1″, I knock on the door and ask for my stuff back, and when I call the cops back and tell them

I’ve already gotten it back, then of course, the full force shows up.”

We reached out to Lexington Police and E911, the dispatching and communications center, who said calls are prioritized. Theft is a lower priority.

A Lieutenant said officers will always respond, but must go to more immediate calls first sometimes, which can be out of an officer’s control.

While Query is safe, police warn,  no one should take matters in their own hands.

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Private Detective: Kenton Co. Man Searching For Owner of Vietnam Veterans Ring

A Kenton County man said he was doing a little shopping when he found a ring on the floor by a clothing rack. He now wants to return it to its owner.

“It looks like it’s a Vietnam Veterans ring, looks like he served in the Marines,” said Jason Strunk.

The store clerks had no idea who it belonged to.

Strunk left his information with the shop employees in case the owner came back and then, he started to do a little searching of his own.

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“I used to be in the fire service so there is some bit of correlation, with the whole brotherhood, camaraderie and giving back to the community. So I can only imagine the sacrifice that this guy went through being in Vietnam,” he said.

He called the Veterans Administration locally and put the word on social media. He’s now hoping this Veteran is watching.

“We can get it out there that we’ve got his ring, cause he was willing to fight for us years ago so the least we can do is fight for him,” said Strunk.

On top of the ring, it says “Vietnam Veteran” with the Marine insignia, and on the side, it says “Republic of Vietnam Service”. On the other side, it says “You are not forgotten” with a picture of the Vietnam War Memorial.

If this ring is yours or if you know who it might belong to, please email Struck at jstrunk.graindesign@gmail.com.

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Wrongful Death Driver in 2014 Murder Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges

A woman who drove the car involved in a 2014 drug theft that ended in murder pleaded guilty to reduced charges Thursday.

In court Thursday, 20-year-old Lillian Barnett said she drove Lamont Wilkerson, Christopher Robinson, and Aaron Stailey to a Clark County apartment complex on December 23, 2014, the night 19-year-old Amber Caudill was shot and killed. Her original charge of complicity to commit murder was reduced to facilitation as part of the plea agreement.

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According to investigators, three suspects invaded an apartment and during that act, they shot through the floor killing Caudill in a downstairs apartment.

Barnett said she drove the three there and waited outside in the car.

Barnett said she dropped off Robinson, who was also shot, at the Clark Regional Medical Center and then drove Wilkerson and Stailey to Richmond.

She is scheduled to be sentenced June 8. She was allowed to remain free on bond.

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