Private Detective, Mother-in-Law ID’s Fake Checks Suspect

Investigators say a man accused of trying to pass fake checks at several businesses has been identified by his own mother-in-law.

Deputies say they’re now looking for 46-year-old Bobby Brewer. Investigators didn’t have a name for their suspect until his mother-in-law saw his picture on TV.

Brewer is wanted for passing fake trucker’s checks at several businesses in Fleming, Estill, Clark, Magoffin and Lee counties. Each time, deputies say he purchased some merchandise and asked for cash back.

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The checks appear to be a fraudulent “trucker’s check,” according to the Sheriff’s Office. It’s a FirstData EFS Transcheck, common with semi-truck drivers, but the transaction number, issuer number and telephone number on the check appear to be fraudulent, and the bank will not honor the check.

Brewer is described as a white man with dark brown hair and a brown/gray goatee, about 6-feet tall and 235 lbs wearing a gray polo and blue jean shorts and black tennis shoes with a large black tattoo the length of his left lower leg and possibly another tattoo on his left shoulder.

Deputies say he was driving what appears to be a gray, newer model Chrysler 200 four-door sedan with a handicap placard on the rearview mirror and possibly a Kentucky license plate.

Officials say he was traveling with a white female with blonde hair who stayed in the car the entire time while he went inside the businesses.

If you see him, you’re asked to call the Fleming County Sheriff’s Office.

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Pedophile Tracking Lexington Man Found Guilty of Child Porn

A Lexington man was found guilty of having thousands of child porn images.

Erik Hentzen was convicted of downloading thousands of videos of minors engaged in sexually explicit acts from May 2012 to March 2013.

He will be sentenced in September.

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Each of the charges he was convicted of carries a maximum term of 20 years in prison.

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Pedophile Tracking Missoula, Montana Man Arrested

A Missoula man appeared in justice court this Wednesday afternoon on felony charge for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a 12 year old girl.

19-year old Steven Maurice Hayes is charged with felony sexual abuse of children, possession of material and felony sexual assault.

Court documents state the victim’s parents discovered Hayes had exchanged nude pictures with the girl through text messages.

In a detective interview, Hayes admitted to asking for her pictures and confessed that he had kissed and touched the child and planned to have sex with her as well.

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Wednesday in court Judge Geer prohibited Hayes from contact with anyone, including family members, under the age of 18.

He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

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Missing Person Karl Beaman of Staten Island, NY

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a Staten Island man who went missing on Wednesday.

nws missingView full sizeKarl Beaman, 44, was last seen Wednesday at approximately 9:30 a.m. at Cafe Del Mondo, located at 2530 Victory Boulevard in Willowbrook, (NYPD photo)

Karl Beaman, 44, was last seen Wednesday at approximately 9:30 a.m. at Cafe Del Mondo, located at 2530 Victory Boulevard in Willowbrook, wearing a dark pink t-shirt, blue jean shorts and black loafers, according to a written statement from office of the NYPD’s deputy commissioner for public information.

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Police described the missing person as being 5’10″, weighing 180 pounds, with blue eye and short brown hair.

If you have information regarding his whereabouts, call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), submit a tip online at the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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Fraud Investigation Laurel County Fire Department Warns of Scam

Someone’s going door to door in Laurel County fund-raising for the East Bernstadt Fire Department, but firefighters say it’s a scam.

The suspected scammers seem to be working their way down Old Richmond Road and Star Hill in East Bernstadt hitting neighbors like Kevin Joseph who says the two asked his family for donations.

“Wouldn’t show a badge or nothing, didn’t have a fire department shirt on, no ID so I said no we’re not going to loan you money,” said Joseph, who reported the incident right away.

He’s one of several people who called East Bernstadt Fire Chief Darren Pennington, alerting him to the scam.

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“They said it’s a male and female in a silver car, possibly a Chevrolet, that’s been coming up to them and asking for donations for East Bernstadt Fire Department,” said Chief Pennington.

Chief Pennington says while his department does rely on donations they never go door to door. Instead, they do it by mail.

“We just sent the letters out last month and now here they are going door to door so people’s going to think well what do they want? We just sent them money in the mail. Now here they are door to door,” said Chief Pennington.

As a volunteer department, donations go a long way so losing out could be detrimental.

“We have to replace it every 10 years, all of your personal protective equipment and you’re looking at thousands of dollars for each man to replace that so the donations help tremendously there,” said Chief Pennington.

Firefighters aren’t sure if the duo successfully scammed anyone out of money, but the sheriff’s office is now investigating.

Anyone who was approached about giving a donation should not give and instead should call the east Bernstadt Fire Department or Laurel County Sheriff’s office to report the incident.

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Fraud Investigation Pennsylvania Man Arrested for Internet Fraud

The Kane County Drug Task Force concluded an investigation of an internet scammer, who had not only preyed on a local business, but had defrauded other unsuspecting people in multiple states.

Vince Barbagallo, 39, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, would ‘sell’ merchandise on the Internet. The problem was once the purchase was made, no such product was delivered. Barbagallo had also lived in Michigan, New Jersey and Tennessee. He would scam people, then move to avoid prosecution.

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The items he offered for sale often had large price tags, but he usually kept the price under $10,000, so as not to be on the FBI’s radar, among them specialty tech equipment and heavy equipment.

In January 2014, Barbagallo, acting as a heavy equipment broker, allegedly received a check for $27,900 from a Henry County Tennessee farmer for an unspecified piece of equipment owned by another man. Barbagallo took the money and left.

The Kane County Sheriff’s office was made aware of the ruse in Kanab over a year ago, when local internet business Xpressweb was victimized. The item of intended purchase was a fiber optic splicer. It was purchased for approximately $10,000, but no product was delivered.

The KCSO Task Force went after the guy. Internet fraud is no small crime to investigate. Detective Dan Watson gave credit to the Sheriff’s Office and county prosecutor for being supportive on a crime that often times is considered difficult, time-consuming and expensive to pursue. Since the crime was interstate, it usually would go to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but the agency declined investigating.

“We located him and e-mailed him concerning an equipment purchase,” explained Watson on how they caught him.

“After being caught, Barbagallo would steal from one victim to pay restitution to another victim, thereby avoiding prosecution. He was taking advantage of these people,” said Watson.

Barbagallo pleaded guilty to fraud in Kane County, a second degree felony, and is currently in the Kane County Public Safety Facility serving his sentence of 45 days and restitution.

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Missing Person Sherridon Simms of Bedford, OH

The Bedford Police Department has asked for the public’s help in finding a missing person who may be in need of her medication.

Sherridon Simms was reported missing on Friday.  At that point, her family said she had not been seen in two days.

Simms, 27, is known to frequent the Cuyahoga County libraries and uses the RTA bus system.

She has no distinguishing marks or tattoos.

http://liarcatchers.com/missing_persons_investigations.html

Anyone who has seen Simms or knows her whereabouts is asked to call the Beford Police Department at 440-232-1235.

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Missing Person Zacharias McEwen of Cedaredge, CO

The Delta Police Department is asking for help in finding a man from Cedaredge who has gone missing.

Around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, the Delta Police Department received a report of a missing person.

Zacharias E. McEwen, 68, of Cedaredge, walked away from an adult day care facility near 14th and Howard Streets sometime between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m.

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The report included information that McEwen suffers from Dementia and advanced Parkinson’s. He needs medication, but reports said he walked away from the facility without the medicine and with no way to provide for himself.

McEwen is 5’6” to 5’8” approximately, 140-180 pounds, has green eyes and mostly gray short hair. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark gray v-neck t-shirt.

He was last seen near 10th Street between Howard Street and Grand Avenue.

There is concern that McEwen is not able to move around or walk due to his illness and not having his medicine.

Anyone with any information on the location of McEwen is encouraged to contact the Delta Police Department at 970-874-7676 or Delta Dispatch Center 970-874-2015.

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Wrongful Dealth Arrest Made in Louisville Deadly Shooting

Louisville police have arrested a man they say killed a 19-year-old man and left the victim’s sister in critical condition.

22-year-old Quinton Huddleston is accused of shooting and killing Joshua Gordon and shooting Gordon’s sister in the face on Monday.

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Police say Huddleston had been in a relationship with the woman and the two had a history of violence.

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Accident Reconstruction Man Dies in Magoffin County Crash

A man has died after his vehicle overturned in a one-vehicle crash in Magoffin County Thursday afternoon.

Troopers say 24-year-old Jason Blair of Nippa, Ky., was traveling east on the Mountain Parkway when his vehicle dropped off the roadway and overturned.

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Blair was pronounced dead at the scene by Magoffin County Coroner Mark Jenkins.

The accident remains under investigation by KSP Trooper Dustin Thompson.

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