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Missing Person Mary Heffernan of San Bernardino, CA

The missing person, Mary Heffernan, 85, was last seen at 1439 E. Sycamore Ln. in San Bernardino. She walked away willingly from her room and board facility on Sunday, Oct. 19 at about 3:30 p.m. She requires daily high blood pressure medication and had recently been talking about returning to the Inglewood area.

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She does not have a mode of transportation or money and she had recently been displaying possible signs of dementia. Heffernan has previously lived and/or worked in the Yucaipa and Rialto areas. She was last seen wearing a red shirt and black pants. If located please call San Bernardino Police Dispatch, 384-5742.

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Private Detective: Man Claiming to Be Jesus Christ Attacked Woman

Police say a man claiming to be Jesus Christ attacked an elderly woman in Louisville.

52-year-old Calvotte Brooks told police the 80-year-old woman was the devil. She was allegedly dragging herself across the street Saturday on her hands and knees.

Officers say Brooks threw a glass plate at her head.

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During his arraignment Monday, he argued with the judge and said she was the head of Homeland Security.

His charge of assault has been upgraded to attempted murder.

Private Detective: Four Arrested in Corbin For Allegedly Manufacturing Meth

Kentucky State Police have arrested four people on the suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of meth.

On October 20 around 2:30 p.m., a traffic stop was made upon a Ford F-150 on Standard Ave in the Corbin community of Knox County. The state trooper noticed two backpacks in the bed of the truck. Through his investigation it was determined that both backpacks were full of items to manufacture methamphetamine.

Four individuals were inside the pick-up at the time of the traffic stop. Brian S. Smith, 32, Casey M. Smith, 33, Pamela S. Hensley, 31 and Anthony W. Martin, 27, were all taken into custody. All four suspects are from Corbin.

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All four in the truck were charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, unlawful possession of a meth precursor and possession of meth. Martin is also facing an evidence tampering charge.

All four individuals were lodged in the Knox County Detention Center.

Wrongful Death Morgan County Mother and Son Plead Not Guilty

A Morgan County mother and son facing murder charges pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday.

Kimberly and Christopher Peyton are accused in the death of Randy Williams, who was found shot to death in a West Liberty home on Oct. 16. Police say he had been shot multiple times in the chest the day before.

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Both mother and son were arrested Friday.

20-year-old Peyton is charged with murder. 55-year-old Kimberly faces complicity to murder.

Fraud Investigation KY Cardiologists Agree to Settle False Claims Act Allegations

The Department of Justice announced today that two cardiologists based in London, Kentucky, have agreed to pay $380,000 to resolve allegations that they violated the False Claims Act by entering into sham management agreements with Saint Joseph Hospital, also based in London, Kentucky, in exchange for the referral of cardiology procedures and other healthcare services to Saint Joseph.

“Physicians who place their financial interests above the well-being of their patients will be held accountable,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Joyce R. Branda for the Civil Division. “The Department of Justice is committed to preventing illegal financial relationships that undermine the integrity of our public healthcare programs.”

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Satyabrata Chatterjee and Ashwini Anand jointly owned Cumberland Clinic, a physician group that provided cardiology services. The government alleged that St. Joseph Hospital entered into sham agreements with Chatterjee and Anand, under which the physicians were paid to provide management services but did not in fact do so. The government further alleged that, in exchange for the sham agreements, Chatterjee and Anand agreed to enter into an exclusive agreement with St. Joseph to refer Cumberland Clinic patients to the hospital for cardiology and other services in violation of the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. The Stark Law forbids a hospital from billing Medicare for certain services referred by physicians who have a financial relationship with the entity. The Anti-Kickback Statute prohibits offering, paying, soliciting or receiving remuneration to induce referrals of items or services covered by federal health care programs, including Medicare.

“Financial relationships between healthcare providers that put profits over patients are a threat to the programs upon which millions of Americans depend,” said U.S. Attorney Kerry Harvey for the Eastern District of Kentucky. “We will continue to use all the tools available to us to safeguard our federally funded healthcare programs from those who seek to profit from them through illegal means.”

In addition to payment of the settlement amount, which was based on Chatterjee and Anand’s financial ability to pay, Chatterjee and Anand have agreed to enter into integrity agreements with the Department of Health and Human Services-Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG), which obligate them to undertake substantial internal compliance reforms and to commit to a third-party review of their claims to federal health care programs for the next three years.

“Physicians who accept kickbacks in exchange for referrals undermine the integrity of the medical profession,” said Special Agent in Charge Derrick L. Jackson of the HHS-OIG Atlanta region. “OIG will continue to protect both patients and taxpayers by holding physicians and hospitals accountable for improper claims.”

The government previously entered into a $16.5 million settlement with Saint Joseph Hospital for the allegedly sham management contracts the hospital executed with Chatterjee and Anand, as well as for allegedly billing for unnecessary and excessive cardiology procedures by other members of Chatterjee and Anand’s cardiology practice.

The settlement announced today stems from a complaint filed by three Lexington, Kentucky, cardiologists pursuant to the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private persons to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States. The act permits the United States to intervene in the lawsuit and take over the allegations, as the government did in this case. The three whistleblowers, Drs. Michael Jones, Paula Hollingsworth and Michael Rukavina, will collectively receive $68,400.

This settlement illustrates the government’s emphasis on combating health care fraud and marks another achievement for the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team (HEAT) initiative, which was announced in May 2009 by the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The partnership between the two departments has focused efforts to reduce and prevent Medicare and Medicaid financial fraud through enhanced cooperation. One of the most powerful tools in this effort is the False Claims Act. Since January 2009, the Justice Department has recovered a total of more than $22.5 billion through False Claims Act cases, with more than $14.3 billion of that amount recovered in cases involving fraud against federal health care programs.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, HHS-OIG, the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky. The claims settled by this agreement are allegations only and there has been no determination of liability.

The lawsuit is captioned United States ex rel. Jones, Hollingsworth, and Rukavina v. St. Joseph Health System et al., no. 11-cv-81-GFVT (E.D.Ky.)

Wrongful Death Additional Details on Man Held After 7 Bodies Found in Indiana

The investigation of a man suspected in the deaths of at least seven women in northwest Indiana could expand to other states and stretch back decades, authorities said.

Up to this point, Darren Deon Vann has only been charged in the death of 19-year-old Afrika Hardy, whose body was found in a Motel 6 in Hammond over the weekend, Hammond Police Chief John Doughty said.

But officials in the neighboring city of Gary say there’s much more to this case.

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“The initial murder investigation led to the confession of six other murders committed by Vann with those bodies being recovered in the city of Gary in abandoned structures,” a statement said.

All of the bodies in Gary were found within 5 miles of each other.

Vann cooperated, gave police descriptions and accompanied officers to certain locations, the chief said.

Asked why Vann chose to cooperate, Doughty said he wanted to cut a deal with prosecutors but didn’t provide further details.

“It was just something he wanted to do. That’s all I can say,” he said.

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson echoed the notion that Vann had helped with the investigation.

“He certainly was cooperative. He led (police) to the locations of these bodies,” she said. “Whether he was eager or not, I’m not in a position to say that.”

Doughty stopped short of calling Vann a suspected serial killer, but left open the possibility if police are able to connect the convicted sex offender to any of the six women found in Gary over the weekend.

“If we directly attach him to it, we can make that assumption,” he said, adding that Vann’s statements lead authorities to believe there are “possible other victims.” Some cases may date back 20 years, based on what Vann has told police, said Doughty.

Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley said news of the killings and a possible serial killer has left the community scared.

“It’s put the community of Gary on heightened alert,” he said. “Any time you have this type of crime that happens in the city, in any city, there is some fear.”

Vann has a record

The Indiana-born Vann is a convicted sex offender from Austin, Texas, police said. Records show he was arrested on unspecified charges while living in Cherry Point, North Carolina, in 1993.

He was convicted of aggravated rape in 2009 from a 2007 case, the Austin Police Department said in a statement. After serving five years in jail, he left for Indiana in June 2013, police said.

Vann is not a registered sex offender in Austin.

The police department there said detectives would be conducting a review of potentially related cases, asking anyone with information to contact its missing person and homicide cold case units.

Vann also had a conviction in Lake County, Indiana, that was “not in the sex offender category,” Freeman-Wilson said.

Court records show Vann was accused of breaking and entering and intimidation in 2004.

Vann had registered his sex offender status in Indiana and authorities made one of their regular checks with him in September.

Text messages

It was a string of text messages that lead police to Vann, Doughty said.

Vann, 43, hired a prostitute through the backpage.com site serving Chicago and arranged a Friday meeting at a Motel 6 in Hammond with Hardy, the chief said.

The person who arranged the meeting, whom Doughty described only as “a facilitator,” later texted Hardy and received “suspicious texts” she believed were from Vann, the chief said.

She and another person went to the motel to check on Hardy, according to a probable cause affidavit. They found her body in a bathtub and signs of a struggle in the motel room.

Using a phone number provided by the facilitator, police electronically tracked Vann down, the chief said.

Vann told police he “messed up” and expressed surprise that he was found so quickly, Doughty said.

“He admitted his involvement in the Hammond incident” and began leading police to other bodies in Gary, Doughty said.

Seven women total

Police found three of the bodies at three abandoned houses in Gary early Sunday morning. Later that night, they found three more bodies — one at a new location and two at one of the places where bodies were found earlier Sunday, Doughty said.

Hardy and three other women have been identified. Doughty and the Lake County Coroner’s Office identified two of the women as Teaira Batey, 28, and Christine Williams, 36.

Chelsea Whittington, a spokeswoman for Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, identified the other two as Hardy and Anith Jones, 35, of Merrillville, who had been missing since October 8.

Hardy had recently moved back to Indiana from Colorado, after graduating from high school and living in Aurora, Colorado, for 5 years with her mother Lori Townsend.

“I can’t tell her I love her anymore. I can’t give her hugs. I can’t give her kisses,” she told CNN affiliate WLS. “She was supposed to come home for Thanksgiving.”

In an interview with affiliate KDVR, Townsend called Hardy her “rock.”

“She was my best friend. She was my everything, Townsend said. “When I didn’t have anything, she was all I had.”

Batey’s boyfriend, Marvin Clinton, said her death leaves a big hole. The couple have a 2-year-old son.

“That’s going to be the hardest part about it,” he told WLS. “Because he loved his mama, and she loved him. It’s devastating.”

The coroner’s office said Williams and Hardy were strangled to death. The coroner listed two of the Jane Does as homicides but didn’t elaborate on the cause of death. Doughty declined to say how the other five women died.

As for a motive, Doughty told reporters, “I don’t have a specific reason he does this.”

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Private Detective: Authorities Searching For Former Johnson Co. Teacher Charged With Sex Crimes

Authorities are searching for a former Johnson County teacher indicted for sex crimes.

According to the sheriff’s department, Robert Cantrell, 25, was dismissed from Johnson Central High School over the summer after an internal investigation into claims of an inappropriate relationship with a student.

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After further investigation by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky Attorney General’s Electronic Crimes Unit, a grand jury indicted Cantrell on two counts of using a minor in a sexual performance and unlawful transaction with a minor.

Officials say Cantrell may also faces criminal charges in Floyd County relating to the investigation.

Wrongful Death Double Homicide in Coweta County, GA

Authorities are investigating a double homicide in Coweta County.

Investigators believe Michael Allen Cantrell, 20, and his friend Wesley Watson, 26, were murdered sometime overnight at a home on Widgeon Drive just southwest of Newnan. Their bodies were discovered after neighbors called police around 1:30 Monday afternoon. Investigators say they were fatally shot.

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Investigators say Cantrell lived at the home with his parents, who were out-of-state whenever the two were shot.

GBI has been called in to investigating the crime scene while sheriff’s deputies are interviewing neighbors.

No suspects have been identified at this time.

Arson Investigation Las Vegas Pet Shop Owner Pleads Guilty

A 35-year-old former Las Vegas pet shop owner pleaded guilty Monday to felony charges that could get her up to 24 years in state prison for setting fire to the business before 27 puppies and dogs were rescued earlier this year, a court official said.

Gloria Eun Hye Lee pleaded guilty Monday in Clark County District Court to arson, insurance fraud and attempted animal cruelty in a plea deal calling for the dismissal of 28 other charges against her, court spokeswoman Mary Ann Price said. She is due for sentencing Feb. 25.

Store security video shows Lee and a man who prosecutors identify as co-defendant Kirk Bills setting fire Jan. 27 to the Prince and Princess pet shop in southwest Las Vegas.

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Court documents say Bills is the man seen on video pouring liquid from gasoline cans and igniting it while Lee collects files and leaves.

Bills, 28, a fledgling boxer who lost his first professional fight Jan. 24 in Indio, California, was arrested Feb. 7 in Crown Point, Indiana, and returned to Las Vegas. He remains jailed pending trial next month on 31 felony charges. He has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer, Roger Bailey, didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Lee, who was freed from jail in April on bail and house arrest, was accused of trying to collect a $3,500 insurance claim for losses from the fire. She is a U.S. citizen originally from South Korea and a convicted felon who moved to Las Vegas from California.

Sprinklers quickly doused flames, and no dogs perished. But the incident spurred outrage from animal rights advocates, drew protesters to the courthouse steps, and sparked a two-month legal tug-of-war over ownership of the rescued puppies.

Owners were found for 25 puppies through a raffle held in March with $250 tickets sold to benefit a local animal shelter. Two adult dogs were placed by a rescue group called A Home 4 Spot.

Prosecutor Shanon Clowers declined comment Monday about Lee’s plea. Clowers noted that Lee didn’t promise to testify against Bills.

Lee’s attorneys, Tom Pitaro and Ozzie Fumo, didn’t immediately respond to messages.

Missing Person Martin Brunner of Waterford, Conn.

Waterford Police have issued a Silver Alert for a man that has been missing since Thursday.

Police are searching for 51-year-old Martin Brunner, who was last scene early Thursday. He is 5′ 8″ tall, has brown hair and brown eyes, and weighs around 200 pounds. He may be driving his grey 2006 Kia Sportage with Connecticut license plate 3AA-UPT. No clothing description was available.

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If you have any information on the location of Martin Brunner, you’re asked to call the Waterford Police Department at 860-442-9451.

A Silver Alert has been issued for this man, 51-year-old Martin Brunner of Waterford (Photo provided by Waterford Police)

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