Wrongful Death KY Coroner Reopens Investigation After Michigan Abuse Case

The Franklin County Coroner is reopening the investigation into the 2009 death of a disabled man after police in Michigan say the man’s handicapped sister was found locked in a closet while in the care of their other sister.

The cause of death for Christopher Justin Churchill, 33, was listed as “protein calorie malnutrition”. The coroner told LEX 18 that at the time of Churchill’s death, he was 5’2″ and weighed only 60 pounds, but there was not substantial evidence that the man had been abused.

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Churchill’s sister, Candy Lawson was arrested last week, charged with vulnerable adult abuse, false imprisonment, and embezzlement. The chief of police in Corunna, Michigan said Lawson’s 42-year-old deaf, mute sister had been found locked in a closet in the suspect’s home. Investigators said the victim, who communicates only in writing, had been locked up for six or seven years with little food, water, or clothing and only a bucket for a bathroom. She weight just 74 pounds.

Lawson moved to Michigan about a year ago. Before that, she lived on Saint John’s Road in Franklin County and she owned Candy’s Body Art, a tattoo shop in Frankfort.

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Identity Theft Kearney, NE Woman Charged

A Kearney woman is accused of stealing the identity of another a woman, opening up credit card accounts and racking up over $3,100 in debt.

Janelle McAtee, 26, was arrested on a Buffalo County warrant alleging felony identity theft, felony unauthorized use of a financial transaction device over $1,500 and felony attempted unauthorized use of a financial transaction deceive over $1,500. The alleged incidents took place between July 25 and Aug. 3.

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The charges accuse McAtee of using a woman’s personal identity information to open up and use credit cards in her name, then use those credit cards to make purchases totaling $3,196.

Court records detailing the incident have been sealed. However, Kearney Police Department incident reports indicate purchases were made in the alleged victim’s name for shoes, dog food and power tools.

McAtee posted 10 percent of a $30,000 bond, or $3,000, and is free. She is scheduled to appear in court in September.

A Kearney woman is accused of stealing the identity of another a woman, opening up credit card accounts and racking up over $3,100 in debt.

Janelle McAtee, 26, was arrested on a Buffalo County warrant alleging felony identity theft, felony unauthorized use of a financial transaction device over $1,500 and felony attempted unauthorized use of a financial transaction deceive over $1,500. The alleged incidents took place between July 25 and Aug. 3.

The charges accuse McAtee of using a woman’s personal identity information to open up and use credit cards in her name, then use those credit cards to make purchases totaling $3,196.

Court records detailing the incident have been sealed. However, Kearney Police Department incident reports indicate purchases were made in the alleged victim’s name for shoes, dog food and power tools.

McAtee posted 10 percent of a $30,000 bond, or $3,000, and is free. She is scheduled to appear in court in September.

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Private Detective: Man Accused of Crash That Killed Six in TN Faces Ky Charges

The man accused of driving high and killing half-a-dozen people on a Tennessee interstate will first face separate charges in Kentucky.

Benjamin Brewer was picked up outside a Hamburg parking lot in August. He’d been on the run for more than a month. He was wanted for a June crash on Interstate 75 outside of Chattanooga. The crash killed six people. According to police, Brewer was high on meth at the time of the crash.

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Authorities tell LEX 18 that Brewer will not fight extradition, which means he’ll be going back to Tennessee. But he’ll first face charges of criminal mischief and trafficking a controlled substance in Kentucky. Those charges are not connected to the crash.

Brewer’s fiance’, Charity Dawn Pennington, was also arrested at the parking lot in Hamburg. She spoke to LEX 18 and told us “I didn’t know what in the world was going on. I just saw the vehicle in front of me come charging in the parking lot toward me, so I had no idea what was going on.”

Brewer will next be in court to face a grand jury.

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Private Detective: Accomplice in Winchester Bank Robbery Arrested

Months after a woman was sentenced for her role in a decade-old Clark County bank robbery, her alleged accomplice is now in jail.

Nearly thirteen years ago, in December 2002, Police say Case and Samantha Rice robbed a Community Trust Bank in Winchester. Officers say Case showed a gun, then stuffed the stolen money into Rice’s purse.

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John Case, 67, was indicted on that robbery charge about a year ago. Earlier this week, Winchester Police say he was finally arrested in Florida. The arrest was made Monday afternoon in Marion County, Florida.

Samantha Rice was arrested in August of 2014 in Powell County and pleaded guilty. She was sentenced to ten years for the robbery and in July was denied shock probation.

Captain James Hall with the Winchester Police Department calls Case’s arrest a victory.

John Case is being held in the Marion County Florida Jail. Authorities have not said when he will be brought back to Kentucky.

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Wrongful Death Hardin County Man Faces Judge in Death of Infant

A Hardin County man has answered to murder charges in the death of his four month old son.

The News Enterprise reports that Daniel Cox entered a not guilty plea to killing Jaceon Chrystie.

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Court records show witnesses called 911 after seeing a man repeatedly hitting a child in a car seat while driving along a highway.

The little boy was taken off life support in early August.

The judge denied a bond reduction for Cox.

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Private Detective: Frankfort Police Warn Public of Stolen Badge and Gun

Frankfort Police are currently investigating the overnight theft of a department issued Captain’s badge and Glock 27 handgun.

The items were stolen from a locked unmarked Frankfort Police Department vehicle that was parked in the driveway of the officer’s residence in Frankfort.

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Authorities are warning the public that if anyone approaches you with just a badge, identifying him or herself as a law enforcement officer, ask to see their departmental photo identification card. Any legitimate officer should be able to show you this information.

Frankfort Police are asking that anyone who may have information on this crime to call (502) 875-8523.

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Wrongful Death Father and Son Charged in Connection To Body Found in An Indiana State Park

A Lawrence man is accused of helping his father dump the body of his step mother at Fort Harrison State Park.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office filed charges against Robert Wayne Moore, 39, and his father Robert Moore, 67, in connection to the murder of Tina Moore.

Police now said a man walking his dog discovered Moore’s body at Fort Harrison State Park last week.

12 pages of court documents revealed Moore, 55, and her husband Robert have not been getting along.

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Her husband of almost two decades told detectives they have had a rocky relationship ever since his son’s family moved in.

Robert Moore has been sitting in jail after he confessed to murder and now his son, Robert Wayne Moore, is charged with obstruction of justice for helping him with the crime.

Robert Moore told detectives his son help to move his wife’s body.

According to detectives in court documents, “Robert stated that he drove to location where they dumped the body. Robert stated when they parked in the curb on Boy Scout Road, he and Wayne both got out of the vehicle, opened the passenger side back door, and she fell out. Robert stated he started carrying Tina back in the woods and lost his grip and dropped her. Robert stated Wayne took her the rest of the way and he didn’t know exactly where she wound up.”

Police said Robert Moore was brought in for questioning about a body found after filing a missing person’s report.

Detectives said, “While in the interview room alone, Robert L. Moore was heard saying, “Don’t be dead, please don’t be dead” multiple times.”

Two days later, detectives said Robert Moore returned to the police station with his pastor and told them, “I am the one that did that to her.”

Court documents stated that Robert Moore and his wife got into an argument about Robert Wayne moving out.

Robert Moore told detectives the argument turned physical.

“I remember having a hold of her on the bed on the side of the bed she sleeps on. I had her by the neck with my left hand,” said Robert Moore in court documents.

He went on, “I was still dazed. My son came in. He helped my move her. We carried her out of the bedroom and out the front door.”

While the investigation continues, those who knew Tina Moore at American Legion Post 495 held a private prayer vigil Monday night to remember their close friend.

“She has a very big heart, had a very big heart,” said finance director Pamela Lovejoy, American Legion Post 495. “She’s up there watching over all of us. She’s going to watch out for all of us in this post.”

Around 80 people attended the vigil with many wearing Tina’s favorite color purple to honor her memory.

“She supported the legion by working breakfast on Saturday morning. She became one of my bartenders about a year and half ago,” said Lovejoy. “One of the best gals I ever had working for me here and she was just a great person, would do anything for anybody.”

Post 495 Women’s Auxiliary is hoping to raise money in honor of Tina Moore. The group is asking for any donations to be made out to a domestic violence program.

For more information you can call the American Legion Post 495 at (317) 898- 0652.

Robert Moore is scheduled for an initial hearing on Thursday.

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Arson Investigation Couple Torch SUV in Revenge Plot

In an extreme case of revenge, one Lexington man is left without a car.

On August 3, at the intersection of Winchester Road and Executive, a man and woman flagged the victim down for a ride. When the victim refused, they began to get aggressive with him.

“He told them he wasn’t going to do that,” said Detective Mark Thomas of the Lexington Police Department. “He proceeded to the SSA office. He was scared, trying to get away from the male.”

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The woman, who was wearing bright, red shoes, jumped into the victim’s 2002 Chevy Blazer through an unlocked door.  Once they arrived at the Social Security Office, she jumped out of the vehicle.

“He went inside the SSA, was inside for about 10 minutes, and when he came back out his car was on fire,” said Thomas.

The cameras on top of the Social Security Office building caught the two people from the encounter running from the victim’s burning SUV.

“That’s just something that is not OK in any circumstances,” said Thomas.

The victim only carried liability insurance on his SUV so he is now out the value of the vehicle and has no way of replacing it.

“That’s exactly what they were doing, was to try and teach this guy a lesson by lighting his car on fire,” said Thomas. “Completely unacceptable and we’re gonna get these people caught.”

Police think someone may be able to recognize the two by the bright, red, tennis shoes they were wearing in the surveillance footage.

If you have any information, please call The Crime Stoppers Tipline at 253-2020.

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Private Detective: Rockcastle Co. Woman Stabs Father Several Times

An argument between a Rockcastle father and daughter turned violent. with the young woman allegedly stabbing her father.

The Rockcastle County Sheriff says that Shawana Burkhart stabbed her 71-year-old father, Orville Burkhart, with a steak knife several times Tuesday afternoon.

The sheriff says after the attack the victim was able to leave the house and walk two to three hundred feet  to a neighbor’s house where they then called 911. The victim was removed by local EMS and then flown to the University of Kentucky because of the seriousness of his injuries.

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As for Shawana, the 37-year-old woman is now at the Rockcastle County jail where she’s facing an attempted murder charge.

Although the sheriff doesn’t know what caused the argument between the two, he says its not typically the kind of call they respond to in that area.

“It’s kind of an upscale neighborhood. Some of the houses there are probably the most expensive in the county,” says Sheriff Peters.

The sheriff says Burkhart was not cooperating with the investigation and she should be in court sometime later this week.

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Private Detective: Inmate Walks Away From Blackburn Correctional Complex

Authorities are searching for an escapee from the Blackburn Correction Complex.

Officials say Richard Todd Shell, 42, walked away from the minimum security prison. He was confirmed missing around 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Shell was serving a 16-year sentence for convictions out of Laurel County, including receiving stolen property. He would have been eligible for parole in March 2018.

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Shell stands about 6′, and weighs about 200 pounds, He has strawberry blond hair and blue eyes.

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