Private Detective, Man Arrrested in Alleged Kidnapping

A man has been arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a woman taken to UK Hospital last week beaten and bruised.

Russell Dickerson is charged with kidnapping and assault and is expected to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.

According to an arrest warrant, the victim told police Dickerson, who is an old boyfriend, held a knife to her throat, took her away, and held her against her will for six hours on Thursday.

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The victim said she eventually escaped and ran to a Lexington firehouse.

Police say the woman suffered multiple injuries, including broken bones.

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Fraud Investigation Louisville Daycare Owner Charged in Seeking Child Care Payments

David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, announced today the indictment of a Louisville daycare owner on charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering.

Lottie Carisa Burgos, the owner and operator of ABC Village Daycare, was charged in a 20-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury on July 16, 2014. Burgos made an initial appearance in federal court today following her arrest.

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Burgos operated ABC Village Daycare at two locations, 1801 West Market Street, Louisville, Kentucky, and 2823 7th Street Road, Louisville, Kentucky. According to the indictment, Burgos or others acting at her direction falsified a wide range of information which was a condition of payment for child care services from Kentucky’s Department for Community Based Services. The Department for Community Based Services provides child care benefits to low-income working parents and guardians. Burgos or others acting at her direction are alleged to have falsified the following information: high school diplomas, negative tuberculosis tests and CPR certificates of ABC Village Daycare employees; the employment status of parents; the number of children who attended the daycare centers; and the number of days children attended the daycare centers. In 12 separate counts, the indictment charges Burgos committed wire fraud on occasions ranging from March 2011 through March 2013. The fraud charges detailed in the indictment are associated with payments from the Department for Community Based Services totaling $275,576. At Burgos’ initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge James Moyer, Assistant U.S. Attorney David Weiser stated that the total loss was approximately 1.4 million dollars.

The indictment includes two charges that Burgos twice committed aggravated identity theft: in August 2011 she used without authority the name of another, unidentified person on a fraudulent CPR certificate to prove that person was CPR-certified; and in January 2012 she used without authority the name of another, unidentified person to bill for child care services that were not actually rendered.

The indictment also charges Burgos with six counts of money laundering, alleging that she engaged in various financial transactions with money derived from her wire-fraud scheme on six different occasions ranging from September 2011 through May 2012.

If convicted of all counts, Burgos faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison, a maximum sentence of 304 years in prison, a maximum fine of $5,000,000, and up to three years of supervised release. The Court may also order that the defendant make restitution to the victim agency.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David Weiser and was investigated by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Missing Person NH Teen Back Home After 9 Months

A 15-year-old New Hampshire girl who disappeared while on her way home from school nine months ago is safely home with her family, the state attorney general said Monday.

Abigail Hernandez was reunited with her family on Sunday evening, Attorney General Joseph Foster said.

Foster said the family has asked for privacy. He said Abigail’s mother, Zenya Hernandez, told authorities “today we are the happiest people on earth.”

Police said Abigail was last seen Oct. 9 after leaving Kennett High School in Conway. Police said she walked her normal route toward her house and sent several texts between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. But she never made it home.

Police did reveal several months ago that she had written home to her mother. When the letter surfaced, FBI Special Agent In Charge Kieran Ramsey said there was the possibility that Abigail had run away but that someone could still be coercing her into staying away from home.

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“The long and short of it is, quite honestly, we are just happy that she’s home safe and sound right now,” Ramsey said Monday. He declined to discuss specifics of the investigation.

In a brief statement, Foster said the criminal investigation in Abigail’s disappearance will continue. Jane Young, chief of the attorney general’s criminal bureau, said the case required the kind of full-scale investigation that was launched.

“We said all along, this was a child who was missing and we marshalled all our resources and we can gratefully say that she was able to be reunited with her family,” Young said.

After Abigail disappeared, police initially said she made it home, but later said she hadn’t. Police also at first said she made a call about 6:30 p.m. that day but later said that, too, was wrong.

After she vanished, police consistently said they have no evidence to suggest anything suspicious and were treating her disappearance as a missing-person’s case.

The disappearance rattled the town of 2,300 residents in Mount Washington Valley, who were reminded of the still-unsolved killing of another young girl from rural New Hampshire three years ago: 11-year-old Celina Cass disappeared from her West Stewartstown home in July 2011, and her body was recovered a week later in the Connecticut River.

In Conway, rescuers fanned out for days over the heavily forested terrain that surrounds the townhouse where Hernandez lives with her mother. Police also searched by air, stopped traffic and handed out missing posters and used boats on the Saco River and Pudding Pond.

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Wrongful Death Convicted Murderer Changes Mind About Guilty Plea

The man who confessed and pleaded guilty to the murder of a Lawrenceburg woman has changed his mind.

Terrence Cram said he confessed to the murder of Tena McNeely out of pressure and wants to take it all back.

“I never got a chance to go to trial,” he said. “This deal was forced down my throat.”

Cram claimed the murder was a mercy killing. He said McNeely begged him to kill her.

According to police, Cram was long gone when her body was found and led them on a nationwide search for her roommate.

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In a four page statement, he said how he hit her repeatedly with a sledgehammer until she stopped moving.

“I don’t even remember anything like that,” Cram said. “They said they had a confession. I don’t remember doing that.”

Cram claims he left town before the murder. Police tracked him to Arizona because he used McNeely’s credit cards; evidence Cram overlooks in his quest for a new trial.

“If somebody is in here and their life is on the line, I think they should have adequate counsel and be put in front of a judge that has an open mind,” he said.

He said that the murder of McNeely needs to be resolved and authorities need to find the right person.

Cram plans to file an appeal when he is moved to his permanent prison.

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Private Detective, Knox County Couple Charged with Child Abuse

Police said a Knox County couple didn’t bring a child to the hospital right away for severe burns.

It happened at a home on Shady Lane in the Dewitt community.

Sierra Shepherd and Tyrone Person are both charged with child abuse.

Shepherd said Person bathed her 2-year-old child in hot water causing the burns.

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“I hope he sits here and rots and gets what he deserves for hurting my child like that,” she said.

Shepherd said she left her child with Person for a few days and when she came back, he said he gave the little boy a bath in room temperature water but when he started to dry the child off, his skin started falling off.

“I said those are second and third degree burns on my baby and I was going to take him to the emergency room but he told me not to and he threatened to hurt me if I did,” she said.

Police said Shepherd didn’t go to the hospital until the next day.

Shepherd said she understands she’s in jail for lying to police at first, saying she was the one who gave her boy a bath before telling investigators she wasn’t at home when it happened.

She is trying to pay her $25,000 bond so she can be with her son as he recovers from a skin graft operation.

“If I get out and get my kids back, I’m going to put somebody else with him and I’m not going to talk to him anymore,” Shepherd said. “I hope he rots.”

Person declined a request from jail to share his side of the story.

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Missing Person Sabino Ristaino of Hamilton, NJ

Hamilton police are looking for an 88-year-old resident reported missing by a family member on Sunday night.

Sabino Ristaino was last seen at about 1 p.m. Sunday, when he was driving his gray four-door Honda Civic with New Jersey license plate registration KRK-27G.

Mr. Ristaino is described by police as 5 feet 7 inches and 165 pounds, with green eyes and gray hair. He was possibly wearing an English style cap, a grayish blue plaid long-sleeve shirt, dark pants and leather shoes. He also sometimes wears glasses, police said.

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Mr. Ristaino, who police said suffers from the early stages of dementia, has a large scar down the center of his chest from an open-heart surgery.

Mr. Ristaino has previously lived in Trenton and Levittown, Pennsylvania.

Anyone with any information regarding the missing person is asked to contact the Hamilton Police Division at 609-581-4000.
Sabino Ristaino
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Missing Person Amiee Huff of Tulsa, OK

 

A woman who disappeared nearly two weeks ago left behind her phone, her purse, and all of her belongings.

Amiee Huff was last seen at a 12 & 12 residential treatment facility July 9.

Since that time, she has not been seen, nor has she contacted any friends or family.

TPD Ofcr. Jillian Roberson tells KRMG it’s especially concerning because she took nothing with her.

“Generally, every time you leave the house you have a phone and at least a purse or something, being a female you’re going to have a wallet, identification,” she said. “This individual did leave and she hasn’t contacted her friends or family, so at this point she is listed as a missing person.”

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She said police are hoping putting her picture on social media (like the Tulsa Police Department Missing Persons Facebook Page) and the traditional media will help them track down some leads.

They don’t have any evidence at this point of a crime, but they will work the case as if there was one.

Anyone with information is urged to call Tulsa police or Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS.

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Arson Investigation Fire Destroys Home While Family on Vacation

A Powell County family is coming back from vacation to find their home destroyed by a fire that officials are calling suspicious.

Sunday night around 10 p.m., Robin Braunlin’s home on Virden Springs Road in Clay City caught on fire. Her ex mother-in-law, Judith Curtis, says there are a few things that make this suspicious, and firefighters agree.

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“The fireman said that the back door looked like it had been jarred or a crow bar had been used,” Curtis said.

And it seems some electronics were missing from the home.

“No TVs. And there was four TVs,” Curtis said.

While Curtis believes the fire was intentionally set, she says the family has been out of town on vacation since June. So it is possible someone broke into the home on an earlier date and the house accidentally caught fire Sunday night.

An arson investigator is expected to be out on the scene Tuesday.

Curtis says it’s like they are reliving a nightmare all over again, but this time it’s worse. She says a year ago, the house was also broken into while the owners were on vacation.

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Private Detective, 9 Month Drug Probe in Lexington End in 55 Arrests

Lexington police say they began wrapping up a nine-month long investigation last week, focusing on illegal drug activity in the east end of downtown Lexington.

So far, police say the operation called “Operation Transformation,” has led to a total of 55 arrests, with six sealed indictments pending.

“This investigation has been essential in addressing the violence we have seen most recently,” said Police Chief Ronnie Bastin. “We find that in a majority of situations where gun violence is involved, illegal drugs have played a role.”

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Mayor Jim Gray praised police for getting out in front of the problem.

“The message today is clear: Police are well trained, well equipped and well staffed … they are getting criminals and illegal drugs off the streets,” said Mayor Jim Gray.

Operation Transformation, which began last October, builds upon three previous investigations, with a focus on street-level drug trafficking. In phase one – Oct. 2013 through April 2014 – police say they made 25 arrests, mostly of people who were selling crack cocaine; and conducted 11 field interviews.

In phase two, 18 arrests were made and, with the scope of the investigation expanding, 44 field interviews were conducted. One focus of phase two was some of the businesses where drugs were being bought and sold, police said.

On July 17, officers served 11 of 17 sealed indictments that had been issued by a Grand Jury as a result of phase three of Operation Transformation. The indictments included 25 charges of first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, eight persistent felony offenders and two first degree counts of possession of a controlled substance. Police have served 11 of the indictments so far and made 13 arrests.

As a result of these several investigations over the past 2 years, police say they have made 291 arrests and seized $615,000 worth of drugs and cash.

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Fraud Investigation Charlottesville, VA Police Search For Suspects in Credit Card Fraud

Charlottesville police are seeking the community’s assistance in identifying two suspects in a credit card fraud investigation.

On June 22, a credit card was reported stolen and was later used to make purchases at the area Kmart and Wal-Mart. Police have not released how much was illegally purchased at the stores.

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Police have a photo of two white male suspects exiting one of the businesses, and are asking the community to help identify the men.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 977-4000.

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