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Wrongful Death 14 Year Old Killed in Michigan

Police investigating the slaying of Armada teen April Millsap on Tuesday said they are “zeroing in” on a suspect and will continue to work on the case until it is resolved.

The Armada Homicide Task Force has been working around-the-clock since April’s body was found Thursday night on the Macomb Orchard Trail, but their investigation is now narrowing in its focus, said Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw.

“We are pretty confident that we are zeroing in on the person who did this and the person knows that as well,” Shaw said.


Investigators continue to speak with April’s family and her boyfriend, but they are not considered suspects.

In addition, police say they no longer are looking for a gray van that had been reported to be in the area on the night of the slaying. But they do want to locate a man who was riding a small, dark-colored motorcycle that may have been riding on the trail.

The body of 14-year-old April Millsap, a student at Armada Middle School, was found July 24 in a drainage ditch near the popular recreation trail near the Armada Department of Public Works garage. She had gone to take her dog for a walk and never returned home.

A pair of joggers noticed her border collie Penny by the trail and followed the dog to the body. Police have not revealed how the teen was killed, but friends and family members have said she was beaten to death.

The task force was established within hours of her body being discovered and is made up of law enforcers from Armada, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, the FBI and other agencies. They set up shop in the Armada Schools administration building.

Armada Police Chief Howard Smith on Monday night appeared before the village board with an update on the investigation. He said the task force will operate in shifts now as some of the members have to return to other duties.

Smith said analysts with computers are working to process more than 400 tips that have come in from the public. “The support we have has been overwhelming,” he said.

While the task force’s work becomes more structured, the changes do not mean the team has run out of strong leads.

“We are in this for the long haul,” Shaw said. “We have compiled a lot of information. We are a heck of a lot closer (to making an arrest) than we were on Thursday.”

A funeral service will be held Friday morning at St. Mary Mystical Rose Church in Armada. Visitation is Thursday in Tiffany, Young and Hauss Funeral Home, Armada.

Police still want to talk with anyone who was at or near the Macomb Orchard Trail between the hours of 5 and 8 p.m. last Thursday, or if they saw April or her dog in the village in that same time frame.

Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case. Information may be phoned in to the MSP hotline at 877-616-4677.

Wrongful Death Butler County Man Charged in Death of Infant Son

A Butler county man has been arrested on charges of child abuse and murder.

27-year-old Jonathan Waters of Roundhill, Ky. was found hiding in his bedroom closet. He was indicted in Warren County Circuit court and charged with murder and criminal abuse in the second degree.


The charges stem from the death of Waters’s infant son in October 2013. Warren County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by Butler County Sheriff’s deputies in the arrest.

He is being held in the Warren County Regional Jail on a $250,000 cash bond.

Private Detective, Mercer County Deputies Search For Wanted Man

Mercer County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a wanted man. They said Brent Stewart was caught trying to burglarize a home, then caused a four hour man hunt Thursday afternoon.

Investigators said Stewart is a parole violator who may also be involved in a string of burglaries in the county.

LEX 18 News spoke with Stewart’s Uncle, George Barnes, who is the victim in the latest burglary.

“I hope they catch him and put him back in the pen,” said Barnes. When it comes to his nephew, Barnes said this case was the last straw.


“He don’t need to be getting back out because he is never going to learn,” said Barnes.

Barnes said this case all started on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. when he stopped at his home on Mackville Road. When Barnes got out of his truck he said he noticed someone inside his garage.

“Seen a pair of legs going out the window of the garage, so I know somebody was breaking in. I got out got my gun and I seen him running, so I shot,” said Barnes.

At the time Barnes said he didn’t know who it was, however as the burglar ran into the woods, he called 911. He said family that lives nearby told Barnes they saw Stewart in the area.

Deputies said after Stewart ran away, they followed him with the canine unit, however he eventually jumped into a blue Jeep with three other men.

“We felt like that he got in a vehicle either with an accomplice or he had called someone to get him,” said Sheriff Ernie Kelty.

Then about 30 minutes later, across the street from the house, the Jeep was caught on camera at a convenience store.

In the video the Jeep passed the store and turned, then seconds later deputies sped by and kept going straight. The Sheriff said they searched for hours, but had no luck.

“We would like to know who owns the Jeep, who all else was inside that Jeep and where it went,” said Kelty.

Investigators said they want to question Stewart about several other active burglary cases in Mercer County. The Department of Probation and Parole is also looking for Stewart for violating the conditions of his release.

If you know where Stewart is, or have information about the Jeep, please call the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department at (859) 734-4221.

Private Detective, Richmond House Where Couple Was Murdered Was Burglarized

The family of two people murdered in their Richmond home had a frustrating discovery last week.

Police say a little more than a month after Avery Evans and Karen Simpson were killed inside the home, relatives returned to the murder scene, only to find it had been burglarized.

Police say thieves broke into the Valley Street home sometime in the last week and stole electronics.

Investigators say it’s not uncommon for thieves to target vacated properties.


“A lot of thieves will monitor things like that – whether they know you’re in jail or out of town or whatever – and they’ll target a residence based on that. We initially think that’s probably what happened in this case,” said Robert Mott, assistant police chief.

As for the murders, police are still investigating the case. No one has been arrested.

Wrongful Death Murder Suspect Found in Detroit Pleads Not Guilty

A man pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the murder of Vince Happy earlier this year.

Jayronn Nickerson, 22, is charged with gunning down Happy in a parking lot of a strip mall back on Feb. 9.

Police found Vincenzo Happy in his car, badly wounded in a parking lot along Lima Drive, where they say they also found 10-12 shell casings on the ground. He was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital, where he later died.


On Feb. 13, Lexington police had obtained a murder warrant for Nickerson in connection with the shooting.

Police worked with the US Marshall’s office in Michigan to find Nickerson in Detroit. The 22-year-old was arrested and charged with murder.

He is due back in court on Aug. 10.

Private Detective, Woman Accused of Stealing More Than $10k From Richmond Business

Richmond police say a store employee managed to steal more than $10,000 from the business.

Police say the owners of Posh Tots on Meridian Way reported suspicious activities during an audit of sales reports. According to a police report, upon further investigation, the owners found that Tanya R. Horn, 33, stole $10,196 in cash between August 2012 and June 2014. Police say she also took more than $2,000 worth of clothing.


“We are shocked to the extent that she did it, so that was like we just couldn’t let it slide..hopefully she’ll get the help she needs because obviously it’s a problem…I feel bad for her and her family” said Posh Tots owner Caroline Jackson.

Police arrested Horn Monday and charged her with theft by unlawful taking.

Wrongful Death Woman Found Guilty of Fatally Shooting Husband

A woman found guilty of killing her husband in Meade County will be sentenced in September.

Anne Reardon, a former Jefferson County resource teacher, has been found guilty of shooting her husband in the head in July 2013.


A Meade County jury recommended a 20-year-sentence for the murder.

Kentucky State Police say the body of 45-year-old Daniel Reardon was found at a home in Guston with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taking to University of Louisville Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Missing Person Golden Alert Canceled For Mason County Woman

Officials in Mason County canceled a Golden Alert after a missing woman returned home Wednesday evening.

Deputies say Virgie R. Beckett, 76, left her home in the Eastern Hills subdivision in Lewisburg sometime around 5 p.m. Tuesday. Officials say family members indicated that she might harm herself.


Officials did not provide any information about where Beckett was during the time she was missing, but indicated she was home safe.

Missing Person Two Children in Missoula, Montana

The Montana Department of Justice has issued a Missing/Endangered Person Advisory (MEPA) for Kyus Swanson and Ashlyn Swanson who were taken from Missoula on July 29, 2014 by their non-custodial mother, Fawn Phifer, 30.

Kyus is a 6-year old boy with blonde hair and brown eyes and may be missing some front teeth; Ashlyn is 4-year old girl with red hair and brown eyes.


Phifer is 5’8″ tall, about 140 pounds, with red hair and brown eyes.

Authorities say that Phifer has a history of drug use and is suspected of child neglect.

If you have any information on their whereabouts, call the Missoula Police Department at 406-552-6291 or your local law enforcement agency

Missing Person Oregon Mom Still Missing

Missing Oregon mom Jennifer Huston stopped at a Rite Aid drug store in Newberg, Ore., and purchased Gatorade, trail mix and a package of over-the-counter sleeping pills — a non-lethal dose — before she disappeared last week, police said Tuesday night.

Police released new details about the search for the married mother of two young boys.


Detectives said her husband, Kallen Huston, has been cooperative through the whole process, including multiple interviews, and he passed a polygraph test.

Investigators previously released a timeline of Jennifer Huston’s last known activities that included leaving her home last Thursday at 5:45 p.m., going to the Oregon First Community Credit Union in Newberg about three miles away and then to a nearby Circle K gas station on Portland Road.

Police said she spent less than $40 at the gas station, so they believe she was topping off the tank. She withdrew less than $100 from the credit union ATM.

Now, police said she also stopped at Rite Aid. Detectives released a surveillance image from that store of Jennifer Huston in hopes it will lead to additional clues in this case.

Officers said the amount of sleeping pills she purchased would not be enough for a lethal dose.

Police said the expected travel range of Jennifer Huston’s SUV on a full tank of gasoline would be 300 to 350 miles.

Detectives said she had several favorite places she would visit with her family within that range of Newberg, but did not elaborate on specific locations.

At a news conference Tuesday evening, police said there have been no confirmed sightings of Jennifer Huston since the night she disappeared.

Police have received reported sightings in California, Washington state and as far away as Michigan.

According to phone records, Jennifer Huston received a text message from her mother at 6:22 p.m. Thursday, but the phone stopped sending signals at 6:25 p.m.

Police said there remains no evidence of a crime in this investigation. Because police can’t prove she is endangered, they said it’s been difficult obtaining subpoenas related to the investigation.

Her husband told detectives that when he got home on Thursday, she seemed a little stressed out and needed time away from the house. He described that as not being unusual.

Police said if she is safe and doesn’t want to come home right now, they still hope she will reach out to let someone know.

Jennifer Huston is 5-foot-7 with blonde hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing black and pink Nike shoes and black yoga pants. She drives a dark green 1999 Lexus LX 470 with Oregon plates WXH 011.

The SUV had a U-shaped crack in the windshield on the passenger side and a Yakima ski rack mounted on the roof.

Any tips or leads should be referred to the Newberg-Dundee Police Department by calling 503-537-1246.

Police released a new surveillance image of Jennifer Huston taken Thursday night at a Rite-Aid in Newberg, Ore. (Photo: Dundee, Ore., police via KPTV/Portland)


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