Private Detective: Vehicles Now Vulnerable to Hackers

Add vehicles to the list of targets now accessible to hackers.

Fiat Chrysler will recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks after hackers revealed they took control of a Jeep Cherokee through a loophole in the vehicle’s radio. The hack launched a government investigation, with regulators now trying to identify other manufacturers with the same vulnerability.

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The two hackers were able to change the Jeep’s speed and control the brakes, wipers, transmission, and other features. They reportedly hacked into a vehicle they own.

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Private Detective: Man Accused of Stealing $28,000 Worth of Furniture

A Laurel County furniture store employee is facing charges after being accused of stealing more than $28,000 worth of furniture.

19-year-old Joshua Collins was arrested on a bench warrant charging him with theft by unlawful taking.

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Allegedly, Collins was an employee of a furniture company and he unlawfully took more than $28,000 worth of furniture between June 16, 2015 through July 11, 2015.

Collins was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

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Private Detective: Powell Co. Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Wanton Endangerment Charges

The Powell County woman accused of padlocking two children in a hot room for hours entered a not guilty plea in court Friday.

Officials say they went to a trailer earlier this week in Clay City looking for a man, when they spotted two children through a crack in the door.

They broke down the door and found an 8 year old and 12 year old locked inside with no air conditioning or running water. Their mother, Sarah Mullins, left a note telling them to text her when they woke up.

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Mullins is charged with endangering the welfare of a minor and wanton endangerment. Police say meth precursors were also found in the home.

She will be back in court July 28.

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Private Detective: Mystery of Skull in Sinkhole Solved

The Franklin County Coroner has discovered the origins of skeletal remains found in a sinkhole earlier this week.

Coroner William C. Harrod has determined that the skull discovered in a farm field is that of a Native American estimated to be 1000-3000 years old.

Mark Wells said he was mowing in a farm field along Jones Lane in the Switzer community Tuesday when he noticed a sinkhole that had gotten significantly deeper. When he stopped and looked into the approximately 15-foot deep hole, he spotted what looked like a human skull lodged in the side about halfway down. Wells said the sinkhole has been there at least a year, and it was marked off to keep anybody from falling in, but it wasn’t nearly as deep before.

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Sheriff Pat Melton tells LEX 18 that detectives had to  treat the scene as a homicide scene.

“We don’t know whether we dealing with something that’s been here hundreds of years.  There have been Indian artifacts found on this farm. There’s a cemetery on the other side of this farm. So, we don’t know whether this is something that’s hundreds of years old or if it’s something that’s 20-40 years old. We really don’t know that. We’ve got to process this like a homicide scene. That’s our goal to preserve evidence, recover and photograph extensively to get the most that we can get,” says Sheriff Pat Melton.

The press release states that the Franklin County Coroner’s Office will be working closely with the Kentucky Heritage Council and the State Historical Preservation Office on a combined reinterment effort on the original site in order ensure that there is no additional damage to the archaeological site.

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Private Detective: Boyle Co. Man Arrested for Kidnapping After Police Chase

Investigators say a man under the influence kidnapped a woman and led police on a chase through two counties before he was caught.

A witness told sheriff’s deputies in Boyle County that they spotted a man driving a car with a woman inside. She begged the witnesses to call for help.

Deputies spotted the car with Marion Fisher behind the wheel. The Boyle County sheriff says Fisher drove into Mercer County where he ended up in a cul de sac

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A deputy pinned his cruiser against Fisher’s vehicle.

The sheriff says they had to tase Fisher and use a police canine in order to arrest him.

He was taken to the hospital for a dog bite, then to jail.

According to investigators, Fisher and the victim were in a relationship. Police say Fisher was under the influence and faces several charges including Kidnapping and DUI.

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Wrongful Death Two Sentenced in Connection With Madison Co. Rapper’s Death

A prison sentence has been handed down for two accomplices in a 2011 Madison County murder that shocked the community of Berea.

Both Randall Burgess Jr. and Sherry Bratton pleaded guilty in May to one count of facilitation to murder, one count of facilitation to attempted murder and one count of facilitation to first degree burglary in connection with the shooting death of 25-year old aspiring rapper Zackary Flower.

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Friday, a Madison County Judge sentenced them both to five years in prison for each charge which was the maximum punishment. All of those sentences are ordered to be served concurrently. Both have already served well over 1000 days. Sherrie Bratton will get credit for time served.

Police say Burgess who was just 18 at the time knew about the crime and did nothing to stop it. They also say he let the killer use his car to get away. Sherry Bratton was inside the apartment at the time of the shooting with the shooter and his brother — her boyfriend at the time

Matthew Denholm, Flower’s convicted killer, took a plea deal last year and is serving two consecutive life sentences for flowers death as well as the murders of two other people.

Denholm’s brother Ryan’s case is ongoing. He has a hearing scheduled in September.

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Wrongful Death Louisville Teen Charged With Murder of Her Newborn

Louisville police have charged a 15-year-old girl with the murder of her newborn daughter.

Detectives were called to a location on Abraham Flexner Way around 3 p.m. Wednesday, where they found a girl who had just given birth. Her newborn baby “had suffered some type of trauma,” according to police statement.

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A police report says the girl admitted to intentionally smothering the infant girl, causing her death.

The girl is being held at the Jefferson County Youth  Detention Center.

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Pedophile Tracking Auburn, NY Man Arrested

Keith E. Titus, of Auburn was charged today with predatory sexual assault against a child, endangering the welfare of a child and course of sexual conduct against a child.

Titus is accused of having sexual intercourse with an 11-year-old girl in October 2014 and engaging in sexual acts on multiple occasions with a second female victim from 2004-2006, when the victim was between 7-9 years-old.

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The indictment came after a 6 month investigation by the Auburn Police Department. Titus was arraigned Thursday, July 23, in Cayuga County Court and is being held without bail.

In relation to this case, Joelle Hayle Wells was charged by indictment with intimidating a victim or witness and tampering with a witness.

Wells is accused of sending a Facebook message to the younger victim in the Keith Titus case, disparaging the victim’s father and stating that, “Everyone better watch the f*** out.”

Wells was arraigned in Cayuga County Court on July 20. He is being held on $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bond. Wells posted bail after arraignment and was released.

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Drug Dog Sweep Locates Half a Kilo of Cocaine in Portland

Federal agents arrested a Pennsylvania man Wednesday after finding a half kilogram of cocaine in his car, according to police and court documents.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Jeremiah Hughes-Petty with possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute. He was scheduled to make an appearance in U.S. District Court in Portland.

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Authorities were investigating reports that Hughes-Petty was bringing several hundreds grams of cocaine to Portland every 10 days, according to a court affidavit prepared by Paul Wolf, special agent with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

Agents spotted Hughes-Petty on Wednesday driving a rented gray Chevrolet Malibu with Maryland license plates. He got into the car carrying a silver-colored shopping bag and drove to a house on Hastings Street in the Rosemont neighborhood of Portland at 7 p.m.

Police detained him and summoned South Portland’s drug-sniffing dog Trigger and his handler, Officer Kevin Theriault. Trigger indicated there were drugs inside the car, the affidavit said.

The shopping bag contained four bags of white powder containing 468 grams of cocaine. A half kilo of cocaine costs between $15,000 and $20,000 in Maine, though if sold to individual users would net more than $50,000, local police said. The shopping bag also contained a bag of marijuana, a digital scale and powder used to dilute cocaine.

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Wrongful Death Three Dead in LA Movie Theater Shooting

A gunman opened fire at a movie theater in Lousiana on Thursday night, killing at least two people and injuring at least six others before shooting himself, officials said.

The shooting took place at the Grand Theatre in the city of Lafayette, said Clay Henry, vice president of operations for Acadian Ambulance.

Henry said eight people were brought to the hospital and that two, including the gunman, were pronounced dead on arrival.

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Henry said emergency workers got the call to go to the theater about 7:30 p.m. He did not immediately have any additional information.

The Daily Advertiser quoted City Marshal Brian Pope as saying that the shooter turned the gun on himself after firing at the others.

The shooting happened about 20 minutes into a 7 p.m. showing of the movie “Train Wreck,” according to the newspaper, which quoted theatergoer Katie Domingue.

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” Domingue told the newspaper. Domingue said she saw “an older white man” standing up and shooting down into the theater, but not in her direction.

“He wasn’t saying anything. I didn’t hear anybody screaming either,” Domingue said.

Domingue told the newspaper she heard about six shots before she and her fiance ran to the nearest exist, leaving behind her shoes and purse.

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