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Wrongful Death Two NYC Cops Killed in Ambush Shooting

An armed man walked up to two New York Police Department officers sitting inside a patrol car and opened fire Saturday afternoon, shooting both of them fatally before running into a nearby subway station and committing suicide, police said.

The shooting took place in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood. Both officers were rushed to Woodhull hospital, where one was pronounced dead, police said. The second officer was later pronounced dead at the hospital. That death was confirmed by two officials, a senior city official and a law enforcement official, who had direct knowledge of the shooting but were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.


Authorities say the suspect fatally shot himself inside the station. His motive wasn’t immediately clear.

A block from the shooting site, a line of about eight police officers stood with a German shepherd blocking the taped-off street. Streets were blocked even to pedestrians for blocks around.

Derrick Thompson, who lives nearby, said the shooting happened across from the Tompkins Houses public housing development.

“I was watching TV, and then I heard the helicopters,” Thompson said. “I walked out, and all of a sudden – this.”

The shooting comes at a tense time. Police in New York are being criticized for their tactics following the chokehold death of Eric Garner, who was stopped by police on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. Amateur video captured an officer wrapping his arm around Garner’s neck and wrestling him to the ground. Garner was heard gasping, “I can’t breathe” before he loses consciousness and later dies.

Demonstrators around the country have staged die-ins and other protests since a grand jury decided Dec. 3 not to indict the officer in Garner’s death, a decision that closely followed a Missouri grand jury’s refusal to indict a white officer in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old.

Tony Herbert, community activist who often speaks out on policing issues, went to the area near the shooting Saturday to express his outrage at it and support for police.

“We’ve been denouncing violence in our community,” no matter whom it’s directed at, he said. He’s concerned that some “agitators” might seek to cast the shooting as an outcome of amid the anger over Garner’s death.

“It sullies the opportunity for us to make inroads to build the relationships we need to build to get the trust back,” he said.

“This hurts,” he said, shaking his head.

The president of the police officers union, Patrick Lynch, and Mayor Bill de Blasio have been locked in a public battle over treatment of officers following the grand jury’s decision. Just days ago, Lynch suggested police officers sign a petition that demanded the mayor not attend their funerals should they die on the job.

The last shooting death of an NYPD officer came in December 2011, when 22-year veteran Peter Figoski responded to a report of a break-in at a Brooklyn apartment. He was shot in the face and killed by one of the suspects hiding in a side room when officers arrived. The triggerman, Lamont Pride, was convicted of murder and sentenced in 2013 to 45 years to life in prison.

Private Detective: Rowan County Man Charged With Animal Cruelty

Support for a dog found on the brink of death has been pouring in and now that dog’s owner is behind bars.

Nearly two weeks after a passerby spotted a couple of dogs chained up outside a home in Morehead, nearly dead from starvation, an arrest has been made in the case.


Officials with the Rowan County Detention Center say 33 year-old Ricky Gee was taken into custody Saturday morning and charged with cruelty to animals. According to investigators, Gee had two Dobermans chained up outside. By the time animal control showed up to the home, it was too late.
They say one of the Dobermans was dead and the other was barely alive.

The 2 year-old dog named “Lola” was taken in by an animal rescue group in Rowan County. Lola was only weighing 30 pounds when she was found but she’s slowly getting better.

Missing Person Golden Alert Issued for Laurel County Man

Deputies in Laurel County issued a Golden Alert Saturday evening for a missing man.

Officials say 71-year-old Michael Salisbury has not been seen since Friday afternoon. Salisbury needs medication that he doesn’t have with him, and he needs to be found as soon as possible.


He’s described as 5’8″ with brown eyes and gray hair. He left his home driving a black Chevy Colorado pick-up truck.

If you see Salisbury, please call the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Missing Person Autistic Girl Reunited With Family

According to the Lexington Fire Department, Summer Marie Barnett was last seen in her bed at midnight.  Her family says that they didn’t notice she was gone until a little after 3 a.m. on Saturday when they called the authorities.

Summer is ten years old and has autism, so instead of an amber alert, a golden alert was issued early Saturday morning and the hunt for little Summer began. The search ended just a few blocks from Summer’s home at a neighbor’s house.  Mary Hall says her dog started barking at the back door Saturday morning and that’s when she saw summer heading out of her back gate.  Hall quickly brought her inside.


“I just felt terrible that I didn’t search more myself … who would’ve thought  … I made her cocoa and all the police came, the fire department took her away in their ambulance but anyway I’m surprised she didn’t freeze to death that disturbed me,” said Hall. 

Although she may have an elevated body temperature, Summer seems to be fine.

Private Detective: Man Holds Woman And Child in Car Against Their Will

A man is facing charges after police say he lead them on a police chase Saturday morning. But investigators say during the chase, the man was holding a woman and young child inside against their will. It started on Centre Parkway at around 10 a.m.

Police say they received multiple calls involving a domestic violence situation at a nearby apartment complex. When officers arrived to the scene, family members said 24-year-old Marco Givens assaulted his girlfriend. Police learned Givens arrived to the apartment earlier in the morning and allegedly kicked in the door. When the victim tried to get in her car with her son, Givens apparently took control of the car and took off with the woman and child inside.


Police say the victim kept hold of her cell phone and managed to secretly send text messages to her family members about the situation and where they were located.

An officer tried to stop the vehicle near Georgetown and Roosevelt, but officers say Givens refused to stop. A short chase ensued that reached speeds of 60-70 miles an hour, and ended on Pemberton. Police say the suspect ran a few blocks away to 5th and Chestnut, where police were able to take him into custody.

The woman and child were both unharmed.

Givens is facing several charges, including burglary, unlawful imprisonment and fleeing and evading.

Drug Dog Sweep Four Arrested in Atmore, AL

Four Atmore men were arrested on drug charges on Thursday after sheriff’s deputies and Drug Task Force agents searched for drugs at an Atmore residence.

According to information from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, four men were arrested and charged during the incident. Their charges and bonds were as follows:

• Thomas Longmire, two counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance and two counts of unlawful possession of marijuana, $100,000 bond.


• Ian Martin, unlawful possession of a controlled substance/synthetic and resisting arrest, $5,000 bond.

• Jerry Johnson, unlawful possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, $5,000 bond.

• Chuck McNeal, unlawful possession of a controlled substance/hydrocodone, $5,000 bond.

According to ECSO officials, agents with the 21st Judicial Drug Task Force and sheriff’s deputies served an arrest warrant Thursday on Longmire, at 213 Maxwell St., for the charges listed above.

While at the residence, law enforcement officials discovered that Martin was in possession of seven packs of synthetic marijuana, and he reportedly attempted to flee on foot.

After a short pursuit, Deputy Preston Hill and Deputy Michael Sanderson were able to apprehend Martin. He was then arrested and charged.

While at the residence, the officers were given permission to search the vehicles in the yard. DTF agents reportedly found more than one pound of marijuana in Johnson’s vehicle.

The vehicle was seized and Johnson was arrested and charged.
A K-9 drug dog also reacted to a scent in McNeal’s vehicle. When officers searched the vehicle, they reportedly found a bag of hydrocodone pills. McNeal was arrested and charged.

All four suspects were booked into the Escambia County Detention Center.

Wrongful Death Lexington Police Search for Murder Suspect

Lexington police have identified the suspected gunman in the city’s 18th homicide in 2014.

As of Friday investigators were still searching for 21-year-old Jevon Magee, also known as “Tink.” Officers said he gunned down Joseph Ramone Parker at the August Arms apartment complex at around 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

Now Magee’s sister is urging him to turn himself in. Galisha Washington lives in the apartment complex, feet from where the shooting occurred. For her, it was a shock that someone was killed and even more unthinkable that her brother may have been involved.


“It’s definitely a surprise, cause like I said that’s my brother, I have never seen him do anything so violent,” said Washington. “He’s not that type of person.”

For Washington, last 38 hours have been pure confusion. She said, Magee, who is her younger brother, has been visiting her for the week. Early Thursday morning, Washington said her brother woke her up saying that police were outside.

“I saw police, ambulance, and a man laying on the ground and they was performing C.P.R.” said Washington.

Police said that man was 30-year-old Joseph Ramone Parker. Galisha and neighbors told LEX 18 that they had never seen him before.

Washington was in shock about the shooting and even more so that the suspect might be someone she loves.

“I was just thinking what happened? Somebody just got killed, what happened who did it?” said Washington. “I definitely didn’t think my brother had anything to do with it.”

She said Magee just got out of prison for a robbery he committed at only 15-years-old and that he is a changed man, incapable of doing this.

Washington said Magee left her home Thursday and she hasn’t seen him since. Police came to her workplace on Friday afternoon looking for Magee and told her that witnesses and evidence pointed to her brother.

Now she said she wants the truth and justice for the victim, not matter what it is.

“Police can only go by what they see and what people tell them,” said Washington.”I hope my brother turns himself in and gets to the bottom of this situation.”

If you have any information about Magee’s location, you are asked to call police.

Javon Magee

Missing Person Golden Alert Issued For Lexington Child With Autism

Lexington Divisions of Police and Fire have issued a Golden Alert for Summer Marie Barnett.

Summer walked away from her residence on Winston Road between midnight and 3 a.m. Saturday morning.  Summer is 10 years old and autistic.  She is between 36 and 48 inches tall and weighs approximately 60 pounds.  She has blonde hair and hazel eyes.  She was last seen wearing purple pajama bottoms with crossbones on them, a purple shirt, and is likely wearing a black wool coat.


Anyone with information about her whereabouts are requested to notify Lexington Police at 859-258-3600.

Summer Marie Barnett

Missing Person Paul Kochu of Pittsburgh

The parents of Paul Kochu retraced his steps from Monday night and showed a picture of him around the area, hoping to find someone who may have seen him.

Ben Monito, Kochu’s roommate, said they were watching Monday Night Football at Smokin’ Joe’s on East Carson Street. Monito said his roommate was intoxicated and went home around midnight.


“He called us a little bit after saying that he was cut, he cut himself on broken glass or something, so we came home, helped clean that up and got the bleeding to stop,” Monito said. “At the time, he was really emotional.”

Monito said Kochu seemed fine by the time his friends left the house on Wharton Street.

“They were going to go out and get something to eat, and Paul didn’t want to go, and when they came back, he was gone,” said Kochu’s mother, Ellen.

His keys, wallet and cellphone are gone, but his car is still there, Ellen Kochu said.

Pittsburgh police have been unable to locate the young man.

“They looked at his phone records, they looked into his purchasing on his debit cards and credit cards, they had bloodhounds out this afternoon to try to find his scent, but it all turned up with nothing,” said Kochu’s father, Jack.

Paul Kochu graduated from the Duquesne University School of Nursing. His mother said he recently completed orientation at Allegheny General Hospital.

Kochu is described as 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who has seen Kochu is asked to call 911 or call the police bureau’s Missing Persons office at 412-323-7141.

“He’s a very loving, caring person, and we’re just hoping somebody knows something or somebody saw him and can give any kind of help they can,” Ellen Kochu said.

Paul Kochu

Fraud Investigation Rowan Co. Sheriff’s Officials Make Huge Counterfeit Goods Bust

Deputies say a multi-million dollar criminal operation in Morehead has been shut down.

Rowan County Sheriff’s officials say the businesses Brand Closeouts and Skaggs Wholesale had been selling counterfeit goods for years. During the course of the investigation, they uncovered racks of big name brands such as Michael Kors, North Face, Juicy Couture. Unfortunately, all of it was fake.

Warrants were served on the companies after a 10-month investigation. Just as authorities expected, they found millions of dollars in counterfeit products in both locations. In addition to possession of the goods, police found out the company was doing its own manufacturing.


The company is owned by Jamie and George Skaggs. The couple has not been charged but could face both state and federal charges for buying and selling counterfeit merchandise, as well as charges of tax fraud.

“When you’re doing such a big business and you’re making a lot of money, it just keeps flowing in, the product keeps flowing in and you make a lot of money you just think, well I can get away with it. I assume that’s what they think,” says Chief Deputy Joe Cline.

The merchandise itself isn’t worth millions, but detectives arrive at the sum total of the products as if they were to be sold in stores as the real deal.

The department says even though there have been no arrests, the department says there will be.


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