Fraud Investigation Lexington Police Warn of Donations Scam

Lexington police are warning residents, businesses, and organizations about a man who claims to be collecting donations for different non-profits.

They say that Kenneth Roth, 51, has been soliciting donations for the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Angel Tree program, as well as the United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundations, several churches and other organizations.

Police say that they do not think Roth is actually a volunteer or employee of any legitimate non-profit.

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He uses a wheelchair and police believe he is currently homeless.

Investigators have received no report of Roth actually getting any money through this scam, and he has not been charged at this time.

Police ask that anyone who encounters Roth portraying himself to be from a non-profit or gave him money under those pretenses should contact police by calling (859) 258-3600.

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Identity Theft Skimmer Found in Richmond Area Gas Pump

Kentucky Department of Agriculture inspectors discovered a credit card “skimmer” during a routine inspection of a motor fuel pump at a Richmond BP earlier this month.

“This device was discovered by our inspectors as part of their everyday job duties,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We took on this responsibility at no additional cost to Kentucky taxpayers. This discovery saved consumers thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges that could have been made with data stolen by the use of this device.”

Skimmers are electronic devices used to capture data from consumers’ credit cards. This device was found at a BP station on the Robert R. Martin bypass. The device was removed and turned over to Richmond police.

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Losses due to credit card skimming are expected to exceed $3 billion globally this year, according to consumer transaction technology company NCR of Duluth, Ga.

The KDA is charged with the task of inspecting motor fuel pumps in every retail establishment in the Commonwealth once a year to ensure that the amount of fuel dispensed matches the amount shown on the pump, and check to make sure pumps are in proper working order.

As part of the inspection, they look for signs that a pump has been compromised by thieves who install skimmers to steal consumer data. The data is used to produce fake credit cards and make fraudulent charges on the victim’s account. Inspectors shut down any pump that may have been tampered with and report the incident to law enforcement authorities.

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Private Detective: Lexington Police Say Three Robberies Are Connected

Lexington Police are investigating an overnight armed robbery at a 24-hour drug store. Now police say the suspect in this robbery was involved with two other cases overnight.

It happened at around 3:30 at the Tates Creek Centre location of Rite Aid Pharmacy. The suspect came into the Rite Aid, lifted up his shirt and flashed a handgun. He demanded a handful of prescription pills from the pharmacy.

Police say the man was wearing a surgical mask over his face. Police also tell LEX 18 that he did not point the gun at the employee on duty.

No one was injured and there were no customers in the store at the time.

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The suspect is described as a white male, wearing a white t-shirt and gray shorts. He has a tattoo on his lower right calf.  Police say that the suspect was also involved with two other robberies in less than 24 hours. The first of those was an armed robbery at the Pizza Hut on Boston Road and the second was an Auto Zone on Sand Lake Drive.

Police say the suspect from this robbery was seen leaving the scene of the first two robberies with another man in a silver Camry. A description of the second suspect was not yet available.

Lexington Police are working to get their hands on video surveillance. If you have information, you are asked to call them.

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Missing Person James Keeran of Jackson County, OH

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department needs your help finding a missing man.

Sheriff Tedd Frazier tells WSAZ.com James Keeran, 55, was at a couple’s resort cabin on Big Rock Road with his significant other when he left Friday night.

No one has seen or heard from Kerran, who is from Defiance County, since then.

Deputies searched all day Saturday and Sunday using helicopters, ATVs and even horses.

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Keeran is diabetic and takes insulin at night.

Frazier says he has no history of this kind of behavior and left everything behind, including his wallet and cell phone.

Keeran was possibly last seen wearing white shoes, red shorts and a blue shirt or no shirt.

If you have any information on Keeran or his whereabouts call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

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Private Detective: Grandmother Attacked and Robbed During Pizza Delivery

A woman was left in the middle of the street, beaten and bloodied, all for a few bucks and some pizza.

Last Friday, a Domino’s driver in Nicholasville was attacked and robbed.

LEX 18 talked to the victim, and she’s a tough grandmother who says she won’t let what happened scare her from working.

“Because I’m elderly. I’m older, and when they saw me, they thought they had an easy target,” said Jane Lucas.

At 11:30 on that Friday night, Lucas turned and parked on Gainesville Drive in Nicholasville.

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Police say Lucas’ female customer approached her outside, near the address.

“It was when a guy walked up and asked to borrow my phone. That’s when I got suspicious,” said Lucas.

She says the man walked by, then hit her on the back of the head.

“Wrestled me down to the ground. Held my mouth shut so I’d be quiet. And then right when he took his hand off my mouth, then he decided to hit me across the face,” said Lucas.

The man and woman took Lucas’ purse, cash, and even the heat bag with cheese bread.

With blood streaming down her face, she got to her car and called 911.

“Broke my wrist. Crushed my nose. I don’t know what it is here, but they hit the back of my neck and head,” said Lucas.

But Lucas isn’t scared. She just wants the robbers caught, and to get back to work.

“I’m not gonna give that job up just because somebody was stupid enough to rob me,” said Lucas.

Police are looking for the robbers, a man who was wearing a hoodie, and the woman Lucas was talking to before she was attacked. Contact Nicholasville police if you know anything.

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Missing Person Missing Toddler Found Safe

After about 11 hours of searching, a 21-month-old boy who had walked away from his home was found safe and sound.

“He was located about two miles from where we are up this gravel road and I was told he was on an old logging road,” said Trooper Robert Purdy with Kentucky State Police.

KSP says that 21-month-old Logain “Bubba” Chumbley walked away from his home on Upper Brush Creek Road southwest of Hustonville around 9:00 a.m.

“He can get from here to that truck in no time I mean he’s a quick little boy he’s always on it,” said Marcie Mull, Logain’s aunt.

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Ashley Mull, Logain’s mother, said they searched frantically before calling for help, “it’s unbelievable that he got down this far because he don’t want to get off of momma’s hip like I carry him around all the time.”

The search was narrowed down to Blue Bank Road. KSP was working with the Casey County Sheriff’s Office and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office to find the boy.

They had a helicopter and K-9 units were out searching too. Neighbors even got on ATVs and horses to help search for the boy.

Over 100 people were searching for Logain.

“It’s just a tight-knit neighborhood things like this don’t normally happen so we just go you just try to help who ever needs it,” said Amanda Wethington, a search volunteer.

Volunteers found his diaper and shorts separate from him.

Logain was found a little after 8:00 p.m. two miles from his residence.
Troopers say Logain had minor scratches but was taken to Ephraim McDowell Hospital in Danville as a precaution.

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Missing Person Crews Looking for Toddler Near Casey-Lincoln Co. Line

Emergency Management tells LEX 18 that there are crews looking for a 2-year-old on Upper Brush Creek Road near the Casey-Lincoln County line.

KSP says that officers are not investigating the case as a kidnapping, but that the boy walked away from his home on Upper Brush Creek Road around 9:00 a.m.

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The search has been narrowed down to Blue Bank Road.

KSP is working with the Casey County Sheriff’s Office to find the boy. They have a helicopter out searching too.

The boy has blonde hair and brown eyes.

 The black dog in the photo is also missing
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Accident Reconstruction Coroner IDs Victim in Motorcycle Crash

One person has died following a crash on Delong Road in Lexington.

According to the Fayette County Coroner, Davyd Chereshnya, 20, was killed after his motorcycle struck a fence. Witnesses tell LEX 18 that he was not wearing a helmet.

A doctor on the way to his shift at the University of Kentucky Hospital found Chereshnya and attempted to revive him. The doctor performed CPR until EMS arrived.

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The cause of death is listed as blunt force trauma.

Heavy fog is said to have played a role in the crash.

The road was blocked as crash reconstruction units worked to figure out what caused the crash. It has since reopened.

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Private Detective: Ex-Powell County Youth Pastor Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse Charges

A former Powell County youth pastor has pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual abuse Monday.

52-year-old Steve Williams was accused of sexually abusing at least two minors.  Williams was a school bus driver for Powell County Schools and pastor of the Bowen First Church of God for about two and a half years. Powell County deputies say the church has one of the largest youth groups in the area, and Williams was very involved with many children in the congregation.

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Authorities were first alerted about the alleged misconduct by the Powell County Board of Education on Thursday, after a student who attends Powell County Middle School reported that she had been sexually abused by Williams.

Following the allegations, Powell County school officials immediately suspended Williams from busing students. Hours later, Powell County deputies received another complaint accusing Williams of sexual misconduct; this time from a 16-year-old girl.

The trial against Williams was set to begin Monday. After accepting his guilty plea, the judge scheduled formal sentencing for November 2.

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Private Detective: KSP Investigating Assault Case

Deputies are investigating an assault case off Dorthae Road in Laurel County.

On Friday, deputies say that they received a complaint about a 36-year-old woman who had been beaten.

She told deputies that her baby’s father had allegedly assaulted her with a baseball bat in the woods off Dorthae Road.

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The deputy on the case noted numerous injuries on her head, face, and legs.

She was transported to Corbin Health Care and later airlifted to UK Medical Center.

The investigation continues.

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