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Missing Person LAPD Searches For Tujunga Teen

The Los Angeles Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating an 18-year-old Tujunga woman who was last seen Monday after school getting into a light-colored sedan driven by two men, authorities said Friday.

Verdugo Hills High School senior Lena Donabedian has not been seen or heard from since 2 p.m. Monday, when she was seen entering the four-door sedan driven by two Hispanic males at the school in the 10600 block of Plainview Avenue in Tujunga, police and family said.

Donabedian’s mother, Sosi, said she was very concerned for her daughter’s safety. She has never run away and is very close with her family, she said.


“She’s with us most of the time, weekends and after school,” she said. “She hardly goes out with friends.”

Donabedian recently met a guy “in secret” online via Instagram — whom she told friends was her new boyfriend — and the two would chat online at night, said family friend Michael DeWitte of Valley Village. Her friends recognized him from photos he posted online as the passenger in the vehicle of the car that she entered after school on Monday, DeWitte said.

“All of a sudden on Monday, he shows up as a passenger in this car,” DeWitte said. “She tells her friends, ‘I’ll be gone for a little bit and then I’ll be home,’ and that was the last we heard from her.”

While Donabedian got into the car voluntarily, DeWitte and her family fear she is being held against her will.

“We’re freaked out,” DeWitte said. “We’re assuming she’s alive and that she’s being held against her will and that she’s not able to reach out and talk to anybody.”

The teen did not have a cell phone with her when she got into the car, DeWitte said.

Donabedian, who was described by her mother as always happy and smiling, has brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5-foot-2 and weighs about 135 pounds, police said in a statement. She has a scar on her left hand on her knuckles, her mother said. She was last seen wearing khaki-colored pants.

Anyone with information on Donabedian’s whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Carlton of LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800.

During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Missing Person 15 Year Old San Bernardino Teen

A San Bernardino family continued their search Friday for a missing 15-year-old girl last seen Oct. 16, they said.

That day Isela Zambrano was dropped off at Arroyo Valley High School, Alberto Zambrano, her father, said Friday.

She was wearing a red tank top, blue jeans and a black sweater, he said.

She also has three ear piercings and was wearing a Virgin Mary necklace.


“Terrible,” the father said. “We’re not hearing anything from her.”

He said the family has posted fliers, checked hospitals and called friends and family, with no word.

“I want to hear from my daughter, and where she really is,” he said.

The family lives near Arroyo Valley High, where Isela’s mother dropped her off for school on the morning of Oct. 16, he said.

A check at the school showed that she had been marked absent from second period on, her father said.

Alberto said his wife filed a missing person’s report with the San Bernardino Police Department that day, and the family has been in continuous contact with an officer who specializes in missing persons.

The family said Isela had recently been having some relationship issues with her boyfriend, whom she has run off with before.

Anyone with knowledge of Isela’s whereabouts is asked to call San Bernardino police at 909-384-5742.

Identity Theft Former Kansas City IRS Employee Sentenced to 2 Years

A Kansas City federal judge sentenced a former IRS employee Monday to two years in prison for conspiring to steal taxpayers’ identities.

Taylor S. Knight, 33, admitted in July that she abused her position with the agency by accessing information on three people as part of a conspiracy to steal identity information. She and others used the information to induce the IRS to issue fraudulent tax refunds, prosecutors said.


The judge also ordered Knight to pay $5,000 in restitution to the government.

Pedophile Tracking Chunchula, AL Woman Arrested

A 25-year-old Chunchula woman remained in Mobile Metro Jail Wednesday on multiple sex-related charges involving children, according to jail records.

Brandie Renee Smith was charged with two counts of first-degree sodomy and six counts of sex abuse of a child under 12.


Mobile County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Myles said that deputies arrested Smith at her home at 1755 Stagecoach Drive.

Jail records show Smith has a prior arrest for domestic violence and for traffic violations. She will appear in Mobile County District Court Nov. 13, according to jail records.

Private Detective: 2 Men Wearing Werewolf Masks Rob Bank

Lexington police say two armed men wearing werewolf masks robbed a bank in Lexington Friday afternoon.


It happened at the Chase Bank on Clays Mill Road around 4:20 p.m.

No other details were immediately available.

Wrongful Death KSP Arrests Sole Survivor of Trigg County Triple Homicide

Kentucky State Police Detectives have charged 36-year-old Ryan Champion with the deaths of his mother, father, and sister. He is also being criminally charged with the death of Vito Riservato.

The State Police have been investigating the murders of Joy Champion, Lindsey Champion, Emily Champion and Vito Riservato since they were found at the Champion’s residence in Cadiz on October 26th. Since that time, investigators have been gathering evidence and speaking to a number or people culminating enough probable cause for an arrest warrant.

Ryan Champion, 36, said he and his sister were visiting their parents and had just returned from church when Riservato showed up and started shooting. Ryan said he managed to turn the tables on the shooter and kill him.


Ryan Champion claimed in interviews to have just met Riservato a week ago.

“Very, very short relationship, but that’s all I can say about that subject,” he said.

But one of Riservato’s roommates said the two have known each other much longer.

“I knew they were friends,” Ariel Lower told a reporter for Nashville TV station WSMV. “I knew Ryan’s name always popped up.”

Some of Riservato’s other roommates also said that the two knew each other for several years. Lower also said Riservato told her somebody offered him a large amount of money to carry out a murder.

Champion did an interview with LEX 18.

“I was able to turn the tables on him. He got…he got close enough to me to where I could turn the tables, and that was it. Every minute that the entire thing was going on, that’s all I was waiting for. I was waiting for an opportunity,” he said.

State Police have formally charged Ryan Champion with four counts of Capital Murder and one count of Capital Kidnapping. Champion is currently being processed at the Christian County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing. Kentucky State Police has been assisted by Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and Hopkinsville Police Department.

Fraud Investigation PA Man Pleads Guilty in Investment Scheme

A month after being charged, a former central Pennsylvania insurance agent pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to conning at least 30 clients out of more than $1.5 million in a long-running investment scheme.

Dennis F. Wright, 68, of Lewistown, admitted to a single securities fraud count during a hearing before U.S. Middle District Senior Judge Sylvia H. Rambo. The charge carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Wright, owner of Wright Associates and a former agent with the AXA Equitable Life insurance Company, entered his plea under an agreement with prosecutors. Assistant U.S. Attorney George J. Rocktashel said that deal requires Wright to make restitution to his victims.


The charge stemmed from a probe by the FBI and the federal Securities Exchange Commission which concluded that between the mid-1990s and June 2012, Wright misled clients in Mifflin County into liquidating investments and giving him the money to invest in what he told them were “managed funds.”

Wright instead diverted that money to pay his business and personal expenses, Rocktashel said. When clients asked for statements on their “investments,” Wright created bogus ones, the prosecutor said.

After Rocktashel said Wright has cooperated with the investigation, Rambo agreed to allow him to remain free without bail pending a sentencing hearing that has yet to be scheduled.

Private Detective: Hit And Run Suspect Caught After Chase

A man involved in a hit-and-run with a school bus on Tuesday was caught in Clay County Thursday night after leading deputies on a wild chase.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says Gary Daniels’ car sideswiped a bus Tuesday morning and kept going.

A deputy spotted him Thursday night on the highway and chased him for a short while until Daniels crashed. The deputy then followed him into the woods and arrested him.


Both were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Daniels is facing a sleu of charges now including fleeing police, wanton endangerment on an officer and has several outstanding warrants.

Accident Reconstruction Laurel County Man Killed in Car Crash

A Kentucky man was killed after his car struck a minivan on a rain-soaked highway in Laurel County Friday morning.

The Laurel County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Eric Grubb of London was pronounced dead at Corbin Regional Baptist Hospital.

Grubb was driving east on KY 770 around 8:20 a.m. Friday when he lost control of his car on the wet roadway, deputies said. The victim’s Pontiac G6 went off the left side of the highway and then downhill, striking a Dodge minivan with three people inside.


Deputies say the minivan was knocked off the road into a rock cliff.

The driver of the minivan, 32-year-old Tiffany Smith of London, along with her infant child and three-year-old nephew were transported to Baptist Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

The fatal accident closed down a portion of KY 770 for more than two hours.

Missing Person Man With Down Syndrome Missing in San Francisco

San Francisco police are now looking for 21-year-old Joseph Han, a developmentally dependent adult who went missing on Muni earlier this morning.

Officer Gordon Shyy says Han was with his caregiver on Muni’s 44 outbound line at about 9 a.m. when the bus stopped at Mission and Silver to let passengers off. Han’s caregiver exited the bus, but Han did not get off the bus, which carried on with its usual route.

“It is unknown if or where Han exited the bus or where he might go,” Shyy says.


Han is described as a 5-foot-5 Asian man with brown eyes and black hair. He weight about 150 pounds and usually wears glasses. He was last seen wearing a blue-and-white baseball camp, a gray-and-black fleece jacket and a black backpack.

If you see Han, please call 911 immediately.



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