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Identity Theft Portland Business Owner Accused

The owner of two furniture stores in Portland and White House has been arrested after police say he stole the identity of some of his former customers and applied for credit in their names.

Brian Lewis, 40 of Portland, was indicted by a Sumner County Grand Jury on Tuesday on 13 counts of identity theft, eight counts of forgery and one count of theft over $10,000.


In February, special agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and officers with the Portland Police Department began investigating Lewis, who owns Woodland Furniture stores in Portland and White House, following a request from Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley.

“The Portland Police Department had gotten some complaints about Woodland Furniture,” Whitley said. “The complaints were that people were saying that they were getting bills from GE Capital, a credit card company, for furniture that they had not purchased.”

During the investigation, authorities developed information that Lewis had used personal information from former customers’ prior credit applications to open new accounts, according to a TBI release. From September 2013 to January 2014, Lewis is alleged to have used customers’ data to apply for credit without their permission and received payments for false furniture sales.

“There were eight customers, and some of them were hit more than once,” Whitley said. “(Lewis) was coming up with fraudulent invoices and purchases for these various card holders when they had not bought any furniture and he was getting the money from GE Capital.”

Lewis turned himself over to police on Tuesday and was booked into the Sumner County Jail. He was later released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Sumner County Criminal Court on Oct. 30.

Pedophile Tracking Waco, TX Man Indicted on 7 Counts

A 38-year-old Waco man was indicted Wednesday on seven counts in a case involving the sexual abuse of a young girl over a period of years.

The indictment against Jose Isreal Ramos charges one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and six counts of indecency with a child by contact.


Ramos was arrested in April by deputies from the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force on a warrant stemming from an investigation that started in July 2013 after a young girl reported she had been sexually assaulted a number of times over a period of years.

The girl reported she was assaulted both at a residence in Waco and in Cameron Park by a man she knew.

The incidents began when the girl was 9 and continued until she was 13, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

McLennan County grand jurors also returned an indictment against a 56-year-old Waco man charging two counts of indecency with a child by contact.

Steve Edward Perkins was arrested in August on warrants stemming from an investigation of allegations that a man who was babysitting two children touched one of them, a girl, inappropriately.

The girl’s father confronted the babysitter, who had been staying with the family for the past few days, Swanton said.

The man tried to leave, Swanton said, but was struck and suffered a head injury as the father detained him until officers arrived.

He was taken to a hospital for treatment before he was jailed, Swanton said.

The man was taken to a Waco hospital where he was treated for his injury and then taken to jail, Swanton said.

Private Detective: Two Indicted After Toddler Nearly Drowns

Two people in Boone County have been indicted after a toddler nearly drowned in a Northern Kentucky swimming pool.

Police say that 31-year-old Susan Stacy and her friend, 56-year-old Dwayne Johnson left Stacy’s 2-year-old son unsupervised at a motel pool, October, 12.


The little boy ended up nearly drowning after he spent several minutes underwater in the deep end of the pool. He was transported to a hospital and released a few days later.

The toddler was not wearing a flotation device.

The two suspects are facing first degree wanton endangerment charges.

Private Detective: Louisville Teen Shot At School Bus Stop

A Louisville teen was shot while waiting for his school bus Wednesday morning.

It happened around 7:15 a.m. near Taylor Boulevard on the city’s south end.

The 17-year-old’s aunt says her nephew was shot twice, once in the leg and once in the torso. She says two boys came up on bicycles wanting his cell phone.

Police say there was a brief dispute when one of the suspects pulled a gun, shooting the boy.


“Our kids are not safe no matter where they go” said Sheila Coward. “It could have been my child, anybody’s child; doesn’t make you feel safe.”

Police say the victim’s injuries do not appear to be life threatening.

Pedophile Tracking Louisville Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison For Producing Child Pornography

Senior United States District Court Judge Charles R. Simpson III, sentenced Craig Ian Elliott, age 47, to 15 years in prison followed by 20 years of Supervised Release for violating federal child pornography laws, namely, the production of child pornography, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

According to a written Plea Agreement previously filed in open court, on April 2, 2010, the defendant was living at a residence on Algonquin Parkway in Jefferson County, Kentucky, with his girlfriend. On that date, his girlfriend was at work, but her 17-year-old daughter was at home with Elliott after she finished school for the day. Elliott used his girlfriend’s cell phone—a Boostmobile Sanyo Mirro Model SCP 3810—to take sexually explicit photos of the girl. The cell phone was manufactured outside the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The metadata from the images showed that the pictures were taken at approximately 4:08 P.M.


After Elliott took the photos of the girl, he used the cell phone to transmit the images, via the Internet, to his Yahoo! account. There is no evidence that he distributed the images to anyone else.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case. The Louisville Metro Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit, in conjunction with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted the investigation as part of Kentucky’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about Internet safety education, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Private Detective: Police Say Suspected Serial Burglar Was on House Arrest

Police arrested a man who they say burglarized several homes in a Lexington neighborhood, and came to find out that man wasn’t supposed to be out of his home in the first place.

Several homes in the Winter Garden area have been burglarized lately. Just Thursday morning, police say three homes were broken into and they believe jewelry, electronics and money were taken.

A one of the homes, police say they found a broken window, but no suspect. They soon caught up with 18-year-old James Kiragu who was walking along a road nearby.


He took offand was eventually caught. Police say Kiragu wasn’t supposed to leave his home; he had a monitoring device connected to his ankle, which he removed.

“We haven’t lived here that long and it’s already getting crazy,” said Destinie Cameron. “We thought it was going to be a good neighborhood, that’s why we came over here.”

Cameron’s mother , Mimi Craig, isn’t happy to hear the news either.

“Living alone with children it’s scary. But by the grace of God, we do have an alarm on the house,” she said. “It’s a blessing get him out of here. We don’t need that trouble over here, it’s a quiet neighborhood.”

Kiragu is now facing several charges including burglary and tampering with the monitoring device.

Wrongful Death Two Indicted in 15 Year Old Murder

A grand jury has indicted two men in a 15-year-old murder case in Clay County.

According to court documents, in January of 1999, Robert Snow shot and killed Gladys Sizemore. Another man, Larry Baker shot Sizemore’s husband, causing him serious injuries.


Snow has been arrested and is charged with murder, burglary and complicity to commit assault.

Baker is charged with complicity to commit murder, burglary and assault.

Wrongful Death Man Pleads Guilty To Killing Great Grandmother With Hammer

A Taylor County man has pleaded guilty to the brutal murder of his great-grandmother.

According to the Central Kentucky News Journal, the prosecutor in the case has recommended Jesse Durham be sentenced to four decades in prison.

Court records say Durham told police he argued with his 77-year-old great-grandmother in February 2012 and repeatedly struck her with a hammer until she died. It happened at the woman’s home on Daisy Drive in Campbellsville.


Earlier this year, Durham filed notice that he will use a mental health defense in his case.

Durham faces murder, tampering with physical evidence and theft by unlawful taking charges. Sentencing is set for Nov.7.

Accident Reconstruction Fatal KY Speedway Crash Investigated

A month after a man was killed at the Kentucky Speedway his family still has no answers and now prosecutors are pressing the Gallatin County sheriff’s office to open the case.

Last month, 30-year-old Cox was driving a race car at the “Rusty Wallace Racing Experience” around the track in Sparta alone when he crashed into a wall.

Track officials say there’s no video available because Cox didn’t buy that feature of the experience. That answer is not good enough for Cox’s family whose attorney, Gary Leppla, is speaking out on their behalf.


“We understand the car was quickly removed from the scene and we understand the vehicle is in R.I. now,” said Leppla. “People talk about suits and litigation. We don’t know what this will come to, but you’ve got a family that’s devastated and they deserve the right to answers.”

The family’s attorney is asking anyone with video or pictures of what they saw to come forward.

The Gallatin County sheriff’s office is now looking into the incident a month after the crash.

Pedophile Tracking Two Arrested in Randall County, TX

Two men were arrested in Randall County on charges of committing sex crimes against children, according to court documents.

Jorge Luis Cano, 25, was arrested and booked into Randall County jail on Oct. 7 after authorities filed a warrant for his arrest on eight charges.

An official complaint alleges that on or about Aug. 8, Cano committed four acts of indecency with a child with sexual contact against two children, both under the age of 17. A second complaint lists four charges of intentionally and knowingly causing bodily injury to a child stemming from Sept. 24 incidents.


Cano remained in jail Wednesday, records show.

Jared Michael Wiechec, 21, was booked into Randall County jail on Oct. 11 on a charge of sexual assault of a child stemming from an alleged Sept. 24 incident involving a child younger than 17.

Wiechec posted bond and was released Oct. 13, records show.


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