Wrongful Death Hardin County Couple Indicted

A couple has been indicted for murder by a Hardin County Grand Jury.

Octavio Correa and Tiffany Hodges are accused of causing the death of Saul Alvarado Flores of Munfordville in July of this year.

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He was found dead in a car with a bullet wound to the head.

The Elizabethtown News Enterprise reports both Hodges and Correa were indicted on kidnapping charges resulting in a death, theft and murder.

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Private Detective: NC Man Arrested in KY For Kidnapping, Rape

The Kentucky State Police have arrested a Mount Olive, North Carolina resident after receiving a report involving the possible kidnapping and sexual assault of a 15-year-old female juvenile.

The Kentucky State Police received a report which involved Larry T. Swinson Jr. traveling from Mount Olive, North Carolina to meet with a 15-year-old female juvenile in Louisa, KY. It was also reported Swinson was engaged in a sexual relationship with the juvenile and had planned on taking her from Kentucky to another state.

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Police tracked Swinson to a local hotel in Grayson, Ky. Troopers responded to the location and located both Swinson and the juvenile. At the time of the arrest, Swinson was also in possession of several pills.

On September 21, Larry T. Swinson Jr, was arrested and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center and charged with kidnapping, rape, and possession of a controlled substance.

Additional charges are pending in North Carolina on completion of this investigation.

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Fraud Investigation Man Charged in Fraud Case Involving More Than $1M

Lexington police have charged a man in a fraud case involving more than $1 million dollars.

Detectives say they started investigating a company called Retire America earlier this month after the Commonwealth’s Attorney Office passed along a tip. Police say the victim reported losing more than $1.3 million.

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Investigators say Kenneth Thomas, 66, accepted money from the victim, but never invested the funds. Officials say detectives discovered other victims during the investigation.

Police charged Thomas with theft by deception and securities fraud.

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Private Detective: Pike Co. Principal Receives Threat Via Writing Assignment

State Police are investigating a threat made against a high school principle in Pike County.

Officials say a student threatened to slit Pike Central principal David Rowe’s throat. School officials say the student made the threat Friday via a writing assignment at the school.

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Officials say they plan to release more information at a later time.

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Private Detective: Hopkinsville Man Accused of Hitting Wife With A Hatchet

Police in Hopkinsville arrested a man accused of hitting his wife with a hatchet and then threatening to shoot her Monday night.

Police say officers responded to a report of a disturbance at a home on Springmont Drive. Officers say a witness told them Timothy P. Hale, 51, hit his wife multiple times with a hatchet and punched her in the face. According to court documents, when the victim fled, Hale pulled a .45 caliber handgun and said, “I’m going to end it. I’m going to put her down.”

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Hale’s son managed to disarm him and throw the gun into the back yard.

The victim was flown to a Nashville hospital. Officials described her condition as critical.

Police arrested Hale and charged him with attempted murder.

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Missing Person Search Continues for ISU Student

Ames police are becoming increasingly concerned about an Iowa State University student who has not been seen or heard from in two weeks, and investigators are using social media and partnering with authorities across the region to find her.

Tong Shao, a 20-year-old ISU junior from China, last contacted friends Sept. 8 via text to say she was in Iowa City and headed to Minnesota to visit friends, said Ames police Cmdr. Geoff Huff. But none of Shao’s Minnesota friends said they’ve seen her, and she has not returned to Ames.

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“We are very concerned at this point,” Huff said. “We have Iowa City (police) looking into it as well, because that was possibly her last known location. And we are using social media — Facebook and Twitter — to get the word out.”

Investigators also are working with members of the Chinese community in Ames and across the region to spread the message of Shao’s disappearance. Officers are working to contact her family members in China, who friends say are worried but have no information on Shao’s whereabouts.

“We don’t have much to go on right now,” Huff said. “It’s pretty frustrating.”

Shao’s friends at Iowa State first reported her missing Sept. 17 — more than a week after last hearing from her. They told police it wasn’t unusual for Shao to take off for a weekend or a few days longer, but they were growing increasingly concerned after being out of touch with her for so long.

Shao texted friends Sept. 8 to let them know she was in Iowa City to visit a friend, who investigators have not been able to find.

“We are trying to locate that friend, but we believe he has left the country and gone back to China,” Huff said. “So we are having a bit of an issue getting a hold of that person.”

Shao’s text message said she planned to take a bus north to Minnesota, but no one knows who she was planning to visit specifically.

“We have contacted people in Minnesota who were listed as friends, and they haven’t seen her and said she’s not visited them,” Huff said.

Shao doesn’t have a car and the phone she had been using has been disconnected. Efforts to track her use of public transportation have been fruitless, Huff said.

“We can’t find records from the bus lines that show she was even on a bus,” he said. “That doesn’t mean she wasn’t. But it’s not helping.”

Efforts to reach family in China have been hampered by language and distance barriers, according to Huff. Police have been relying on friends to make contact with them and, based on that outreach, “We know they are concerned.”

“They don’t have any idea where she might be either,” he said.

Shao, who goes by her last name, is listed as an ISU junior studying chemical engineering on the Iowa State website. Police say she speaks English well, and communication is not a barrier for her.

On her Google-plus profile page, Shao says she’s been studying biological system engineering at ISU since 2012. Shao last shared something publicly on that page in 2012 — a picture of herself sitting in what appears to be a restaurant. One person commented on that photo Friday.

“Your daddy looking for u, please contact with us,” the commenter wrote.

In March, Iowa State’s “Wang lab” posted on its website that Shao had joined its research in biomaterials, intestinal stem cells, nanotechnology and drug delivery, and she would continue as a summer intern.

Missing person cases are not uncommon in Ames, according to Huff. But they usually are resolved within one or two days.

“This case is different because it’s been two weeks,” he said.

Police don’t have any evidence to support foul play at this time, and no one reported that Shao was upset or dealing with any specific problems.

“But she has been missing for two weeks for no reason,” Huff said.

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Private Detective: Suspects In Laurel Co. Burglary Have Strange History

A Laurel County woman confronted a burglar in her home who fled the scene with a man, but the story doesn’t end there. As it turns out, the two suspects have quite a history.

The burglary happened at a home on West Dixie Street on Sunday night. Police say the homeowner heard a woman, later identified as Loretta Yocum, break in through a window. The victim hid in a closet but after hearing the suspect going through her belongings she confronted the offender. The suspect quickly left the residence and jumped into a Dodge Neon belonging to Ora Angel.

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Angel was apprehended by London police in Rotary Park. He initially denied having a female with him, but when investigators began searching, they discovered Yocum hiding inside of a tube slide in Rotary Park. But that’s not all the two were hiding.

Yocum and Angel have a sordid history.

Angel is no stranger to Laurel County Police. He was accused of unlawful imprisonment after allegedly offering a woman a ride and then trying to coerce her into having sex with him.

That woman was Loretta Yocum. Angel’s alleged accomplice in Sunday’s burglary.

Yocum told police that months earlier, Angel had abducted her at gunpoint and had even attempted to pull the trigger three or four times. She managed to escape the attempted abduction by texting a relative. At the time it was not clear that the two knew each other.

For now, it seems the two have reconciled their differences. The two were arrested together and charged with burglary in the second degree. They are both currently lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Yocum contacted LEX 18 recently to say that she had dropped the unlawful imprisonment charges against Angel

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Cold Case Friends and Family Seek Closure in A 5 Year old Murder

It’s been more than five years since an elderly bar owner was killed in his Lexington home. Now, because of a different cold case arrest in Jessamine County, friends of Charlie Sowers said they’re motivated to find answers in his murder.

“We want justice for Charlie,” said Arlene Cooper. She was a friend of 71-year-old Charlie Sowers, before he was viciously killed in his home in 2009. For her, justice is a wish worth waiting for. However, as time increases, so does the pain.

“Anger, hurt why? Why would anybody do this?” asked Cooper. It’s a question friends and family have continued to ask year after year. Back in 2009, Sowers was found unconscious in his home on Augusta Drive.

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“He was murdered in his house,” said Cooper. Investigators said Sowers died of blunt force trauma, then a week later his bar was burglarized. Still, the secret of who took his life lingers.

“When you don’t know why and who did something, it’s going to haunt you,” said Cooper. She knows this hard truth too well. Cooper said Sowers is her second friend she’s lost, at the hand of someone else.

“Another friend that was murdered, Mark Dunn, they finally found his killers and we are getting justice for him. So, now I want justice for Charlie too,” said Cooper. Two weeks ago two men were arrested in that 2008 cold case. Friends said it’s a sign of hope in this case.

“It shows me that if you keep on putting it out there, somebody may speak up one day,”said Cooper.

Sower’s daughter told LEX 18 News that the answers are out there. Like this case, she said her father will never be forgotten, however friends and family want closure.

“I believe it will give some peace. You know, it won’t bring him back, but there will be some peace,” said Cooper.

If you have any information in this case, you’re asked to call Lexington Police.

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Fraud Investigation Scam Calls Using Lexington Fire Department to Solicit Donations

The Lexington Fire Department says someone is trying to scam the public, and are using LFD’s good name in the process.

The fire chief says six people have been called over the past week. One victim says the caller asked for donation checks to be mailed to Kansas.

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Although fire crews say they do raise funds throughout the year for events like ‘Shop-With-A-Firefighter’ and the Lexington Firefighter Toy Program, right now they are not asking for donations.

If you receive this call, do not give money to the caller. Hang up and call Lexington police.

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Private Detective: Lexington Police Searching For Suspects in Early Morning Home Invasion

Lexington Police are trying to track down two people after a frightening early morning home invasion.

It happened around 1:00 a.m. Monday on Sherard Circle. The homeowner spoke to LEX 18 and she believes she may know who did it.

Two men barged in, put a gun to her head and told her to get on the ground. They then went upstairs and woke up her son, grandson, and his other grandmother. The suspects told them they wanted cash.

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“They were like, ‘Where is the money? Where is the money? And I’m not going to say it anymore, where is the money?’ I said, ‘I told you guys there’s no money here, so they said to get in the bathroom, ‘Everybody get into the bathroom,’” says Decoma Walker.

The two men locked her family in the bathroom. The thieves made off with a few articles of clothing and a jewelry box. After the men left, police tell us the victims were able to escape the bathroom to call for help. They also used K9s in the search, but could not find the perpetrators.

Later a teenager was questioned for being out after curfew, Walker says if it was him. It’s heartbreaking to think a teenager could be capable of such a violent crime.

“I was just scared. I don’t know what I was thinking at the time, just that they didn’t hurt us,” says Walker.

Walker hopes those who did this will be held responsible.

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