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Missing Person Remains Found in Vernon, CT Remain Unmatched To Missing Person Case

Investigators determined that skeleton remains of a woman found in Vernon are not connected to two open missing persons cases in New Haven.

DNA evidence collected from family members of two missing New Haven women, Lisa Calvo and Evelyn Frisco, didn’t match the remains, according to Officer David B. Hartman, media liaison for the New Haven Police Department.

“The skeletal remains are not those of either Lisa Calvo or Evelyn Frisco,” Hartman said in a news release. “The New Haven Police Department’s cases remain open.”

The remains were found a year and a half ago at a former landfill in Vernon and Vernon police believe that the skeletal remains are those of a white woman about 40 to 50 years old. They released a sketch on Sept. 16 showing what she may have looked like.

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Hartman said that the New Haven cases “never had forensic or evidentiary ties to the Vernon discovery” and that the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NAMUS) cross-references “found and missing persons cases where similarities or locations may lead to case closures.”

“The only similarity was that the women who went missing were about the same age of the person [whose] remains were discovered,” he said, adding that “the Vernon case had been compared to over a dozen cases since the remains were discovered in March of 2013.”

He said that the procedure is a “common investigative tool.”

“This type of comparison or case inquiry occurs hundreds, sometimes thousands of times each day and is mainly computer generated,” Hartman said.

Meanwhile, Vernon police continue to investigate, working to identify the human remains.

Wrongful Death Woman Stabs Boyfriend to Death After Reading Text Messages

Investigators say a South Carolina woman stabbed her boyfriend to death after seeing some text messages on his phone.

Police said Courtney Price, 23,of Orangeburg, S.C., is charged with murder in the stabbing death of Samuel Denzel Simmons, 24.

“She looked into his cell phone and saw messages of him communicating with another female and when he was confronted about those messages, that’s when the stabbing occurred,” said Lt. Alfred Alexander with the Orangeburg Department of Public Safety.

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According to the incident report, Price told officers she went through Simmons’ phone and found texts from a woman that stated he had fathered another child. The report also said she “had enough of his abuse” and she “cut him.” Simmons is the father of Price’s infant son.

“Once (police) made contact with her she informed them that there was a gentleman upstairs that had been stabbed,” Alexander said. “Our officers went upstairs, found Mr. Simmons laying on the floor between the bed and the dresser drawer.”

Simmons was pronounced dead after Emergency Medical Services arrived.

“My primary check of her criminal history and his, there was none existing. We didn’t have any prior history of going to that residence,” he said.

There also was no history of police calls from Simmons’ other two listed addresses in Cameron and Myrtle Beach.

Alexander said this is Orangeburg’s second homicide of the year.

“We’re not used to seeing so much so often,” he said. “It’s kind of got everybody up in arms about it because this is not something that we’re used to, to have two violent crimes follow each other back to back,” Alexander said.

Price remains in custody awaiting a bond hearing.

The couple’s child is in the care of Price’s mother.

Wrongful Death Body of Missing Arkansas Realtor Found

Authorities searching the grounds of a cement company early Tuesday found the body of a real estate agent who disappeared almost a week ago, and upgraded charges against a suspect in the case from kidnapping to capital murder.

The body of Beverly Lyn Carter, 49, was found overnight in a shallow grave at the Argos Concrete Co. in a rural area in Cabot, about 20 miles from where she was scheduled to show a house to a prospective buyer last Thursday.

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The suspect, Arron Lewis, was arrested Monday and questioned for 12 hours. He admitted kidnapping Carter “but would not divulge her whereabouts,” Lt. Carl Minden, spokesman for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, said in a statement.

Lewis, who was on parole after being released from prison in August 2013, used to work at the cement company.

During a “perp walk” early Tuesday to the county detention center, Lewis spoke briefly to reporters and denied killing Carter.

“I haven’t seen her for two days,” he said. “Now they are showing me pictures of this.”

Asked why he had targeted Carter, Lewis, who has admitted abducting the real estate agent, said she was “a woman who worked alone, a rich broker.” Asked if he had comment for her family, he said he was “sorry.”

Beverly Carter murder suspect Arron Lewis is being escorted by authorities from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office to a patrol car to be booked on a capital murder charge.

In denying killing Carter, he mentioned a “co-defendant” named “Trevor” who he said works at an Air Force base and had texted him. Authorities say they have no other suspect in the case.

Lewis formally entered preliminary pleas of innocent to charges of capital murder and kidnapping on Tuesday and was ordered held without bail.

Upon leaving the courthouse after his hearing, Lewis told a reporter he had pleaded not guilty “because that’s what my lawyer said to do,” KARK-TV reports.

Asked by KARK’s Shannon Miller if he initially said in the courtroom that he wanted to plead guilty, Lewis said he had, adding, “I just want this all over with.”

Shortly after booking the 33-year-old Lewis into jail Monday morning, investigators “obtained information” that led them to the site in Cabot where Carter’s body was found, Minden said.

“We have reason to believe he’s been on the property and is familiar with it,” he said.

Carter was reported missing by her husband, Carl Carter, on Thursday after she was supposed to meet an unknown person at a home in Scott, just outside Little Rock, to show a house around 5:30 p.m.

When she didn’t return home later that night, Carl Carter went to the house and found her SUV parked outside with her purse in it and the door to the home open.

“Her car was there, and the house was wide open, and I knew that something was wrong,” Carl Carter said.

He also said he received a bizarre set of texts from her phone about 1 a.m. Friday that didn’t sound like her at all.

“All of a sudden I received three texts in a row,” Carter said. “One said, ‘Yes.’ Then she sent another text that said, ‘My phone’s low. The battery’s down, and I’ll call you whenever I get signal.’ And, then, straight back-to-back, I received a text that said ‘Oh, I’m out drinking with some friends.’

Carl told police that his wife did not drink.

An arrest warrant was issued for Lewis on Sunday, although authorities did not say at the time how he was linked to the case.

On the day that he was implicated in Carter’s disappearance, Lewis was also involved in a car accident in which his vehicle apparently collided with a concrete barrier at about 9:55 a.m. Sunday, according to an accident report.

The reporting officer said Lewis, from Jacksonville, Ark., indicated that another vehicle ran him off the roadway, but witnesses said that Lewis was speeding and began to fishtail prior to the crash.

He was taken to Baptist Hospital to be treated for shoulder and neck injuries, and written a citation for careless driving and no seat belt. A photo taken immediately after the accident also showed injuries on his face including a bloodied nose, and what appears to be a large gash on his forehead.

He left the hospital, however, before authorities had linked him to the Carter case

Missing Person Vehicle of KY Professor Found

Kentucky State Police have found the car of a missing University of Cincinnati assistant professor in Madison County, according to reliable sources.

Randy Russ has been missing for nearly six weeks, and his Ford Focus wagon was found in a random location around Fort Boonesboro in Madison County, sources told LEX 18.

The vehicle was apparently located within a week, but police are still trying to figure out how it got to that location or who may have been with Russ, who was last seen on Aug. 17 at his Grant County home.

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When loved ones couldn’t get in touch with him, they had people check on him, who then found a door unlocked and his beloved pets hungry, apparently not fed for some time. His family says it’s not like him to just vanish and that he would never abandon his beloved pets.

While police aren’t ready to say foul play, Russ’ family believes something bad has happened to him.

State police say there has been no activity on Russ’ bank cards or cell phone.

If you have any information about the vehicle or Russ’ whereabouts, state police really want to talk to you. The family says they are in a horrible holding pattern and deserve answers.

Private Detective: Stealthgenie Mobile Device Spyware Application

The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has received reports related to the fraudulent advertisement and selling of StealthGenie, a mobile device spyware application (“app”) that is alleged to illegally intercept wire and electronic communications made using mobile phones. The indictment and arrest of StealthGenie’s CEO for selling the spyware coincides with disabling the website hosting StealthGenie and its associated online portal.

What are mobile device spyware apps?

Mobile device spyware apps are developed for smart mobile phones and may allow a purchaser of the app to, amongst other things, surreptitiously monitor a phone user’s communications and whereabouts.

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The purchaser must generally have physical access to a target mobile phone to install a mobile device spyware app, which is usually downloaded to the phone. Each phone software platform, such as Apple Inc.’s (“Apple”) iOs (for iPhones) and Google Inc.’s (“Google”) Android, require specific steps to complete the installation process.

How does StealthGenie work?

The StealthGenie app works in so-called “stealth” mode and is undetectable by most individuals. It is advertised as being untraceable. According to the indictment, StealthGenie’s capabilities include the following:

  • Call Recording: Records all incoming/outgoing voice calls or those specified by the purchaser of the app
  • Call Interception: Allows the purchaser to intercept calls on the phone to be monitored while they take place, without the knowledge of the monitored smartphone user
  • Recorded Surroundings: Allows the purchaser to call the phone and activate it at any time to monitor all surrounding conversations within a fifteen (15)-foot radius without the knowledge of the user
  • Electronic Mail: Allows the purchaser to monitor the incoming and outgoing e-mail messages of user, read their saved drafts, and view attachments
  • SMS: Allows the purchaser to monitor the user’s incoming and outgoing SMS messages
  • Voicemail: Allows the purchaser to monitor the incoming voicemail messages
  • Contacts: Allows the purchaser to monitor the entries in the user’s address book
  • Photos: Allows the purchaser to monitor the photos on the user’s phone
  • Videos: Allows the purchaser to monitor the videos on the user’s phone
  • Appointments: Allows the purchaser to monitor the user’s calendar entries

The purchaser can review information transferred from the target mobile phone via an online portal. These intercepted communications are stored on the StealthGenie website. For example, a purchaser can log-in to the online portal to access information pulled from the user’s phone such as messages, e-mail, photos, and phone calls.

Can a person tell if a mobile device spyware app is on his or her phone?

Mobile device spyware apps are developed and advertised as being invisible to targets and act in an undetectable manner. For example, an app can be installed to look like another type of app or file, such as a digital photo application. Therefore, it will be difficult for the non-expert user to determine whether or not spyware is on his or her phone.

Certain companies market apps and other products that will scan a phone for malicious software. Private computer forensic companies can physically perform similar scans. Federal law enforcement is not in position to determine the effectiveness of products and services from individual private vendors or entities. If a user is concerned about the potential presence of a mobile device spyware app on their phone, the only way to ensure that any app is permanently removed from the phone is to perform a “factory reset,” as described immediately below.

How can a mobile device spyware app be removed?

If you believe your phone may contain a mobile device spyware app, the best option is to conduct a “factory reset” of the phone. When a reset takes place, the phone is restored to its original condition (i.e., the condition at the time of purchase).

Please be advised that this means any and all data and apps installed after purchase will be removed from the phone, including all stored information. Please make sure to back-up any data you want to save from your phone before conducting a factory reset. Please note that performing a factory reset of a phone will not delete any information that has already been already collected from the phone by the mobile device spyware app from a vendor’s website.

Apple has provided information concerning how to perform a factory reset of an iPhone running the latest version of their mobile device operating system at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1414 . Because Google’s Android operating system is customizable by a phone manufacturer, please contact your phone’s manufacturer for instructions on how to factory reset your phone, or take it to the store from which you purchased the phone. Similar action should be taken to determine how to factory reset a non-iPhone or non-Android phone.

Pedophile Tracking Former Officer and School Admin Charged With Violating Federal Child Abuse Laws

A federal grand jury charged a Grayson County, Kentucky, man with violating federal laws designed to protect children from sexual abuse as well as threatening/intimidating a witness. The grand jury also charged several other school officials with failing to report the abuse, announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

Stephen E. Miller, age 44, previously worked as a police officer in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He resigned the position following complaints of inappropriate sexual activity toward two women. Miller then began working at Bluegrass Challenge Academy, a residential, educational program run by the Kentucky National Guard, located on Fort Knox Military Base. Miller had supervisory authority over the Academy students. He is charged with engaging in sexual contact with three students, including an incident of aggravated sexual abuse with one of the three. The incidents occurred between February and August, 2013. The Indictment also charges Miller with attempting to threaten or intimidate the third student to prevent her from reporting the matter to law enforcement.

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Additionally, the grand jury charged school officials, John W. Smith, Leroy Burgess, Jr., Kemmye S. Graves, Rolanshia Windom, Rita Carthen, and Gabriel Onusko with failing to report the first incident of abuse to law enforcement officials, as required by federal law.

If convicted, Miller faces a maximum sentence of life in prison, a fine of up to $1,250,000 and at least five years of supervised release. The remaining defendants, if convicted, face maximum sentences of one year in prison, a fine of up to $100,000 and up to one year of supervised release. Miller is being held in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

Assistant United States Attorneys Jo E. Lawless and Stephanie Zimdahl are prosecuting the case. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) with assistance from the Army Criminal Investigation Division conducted the investigation.

Missing Person Louisville Woman Found ALIVE in Car Trunk

A woman who was missing for several days was found locked in the trunk of a car in Louisville Monday afternoon.

Aundrea Stone’s pastor said she was supposed to pick up her daughter from class and never showed up on Friday. She was found in the trunk of a car Monday afternoon by a couple of women who were walking by the area where the car was parked.

The pastor said Stone doesn’t remember what happened. She was apparently hit in the head, and suffered some head trauma and a broken elbow.

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Tiasha Chaplin said she and a friend were on their way to pick up their children from school on Monday when they passed a parking lot near the corner of South Third and St. Catherine streets and heard a noise coming from a car.

“We was walking past the car and we heard a thump, thump, thump, and we thought it was a prank – somebody was pranking us,” Chaplin said.

The women called 911 and kept walking. On their way back, they said they heard the noise again as another passerby approached.

“I got scared. 911 still hadn’t arrived, so I ran across the street, got a brick, threw the brick through the passenger window,” Chaplin said.

They popped the trunk and found Stone inside, short of breath and injured, but coherent. EMS took her to the University of Louisville Hospital.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

Missing Person Man Wanted in Connection to Missing Arkansas Realtor

This is the man authorities are looking for in connection with the disappearance of 49-year-old Beverly Carter out of Arkansas on the 25th. 31-year-old Aaron Lewis is wanted for a kidnapping warrant, and officials say he will have facial injuries received from a car accident today.
According to KTHV, deputies have not explained how the photo of Lewis’ bloodied face was obtained, however the photo was provided along with a copy of the warrant.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies say Lewis was a person of interest by the time he had reached Baptist Hospital for treatment, but he checked out before police could serve the warrant.

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KTHV reports that Carter was reported missing by her husband September 25 after she was supposed to meet an unknown person at a home on Old River Road in Scott to show a house around 5:30 p.m. After three and half hours of no contact, her husband went to the home and found his wife’s car with her purse and wallet inside, but she was nowhere to be found, and investigators have found no trace of a crime.

Police have not said if they have located Carter, or how they connected Lewis to her disappearance.

Private Detective: Woman Shot in Leg After String of Lexington Shootings

The violence continued in Lexington on Monday with the seventh shooting since Friday night. The the latest was around 4 p.m. on East Fifth Street near Ohio street. Police said an innocent bystander was shot in the leg on her front porch, in front of children.

Family said the victim is 62-year-old Marilyn Graves. Investigators said her injuries were not life threatening.

On Monday night police were still trying to find the people responsible, and said a teen who showed up hurt at a different hospital may be involved.

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“It is very scary because everybody knows this is a yard full of kids,” said Grave’s niece, Sarita Mays.

At the corner of East Fifth Street and Ohio Street, kids often play outside house. However, on Monday the sunny afternoon was shattered by gunfire.

“Cars just pulled up and started shooting at each other,” said Grave’s grandson.

“I guess as they were still shooting they shot my auntie on the porch, and my grand kids was all on the porch too huddled around her,” said Mays.

Police said the victim and the children were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. At around 4 p.m. officers said people in a red PT Cruiser and a black SUV, suddenly started firing at each other.

“Once I heard the shots everybody just ducked and ran,” said the victim’s grandson.

The kids were okay, but family said Graves wasn’t. “She was just holding her leg and I just seen blood, and she was saying she was hit,” said the grandson.

“I just broke down and just started crying,” added Mays. “I was praying that she was okay.”

Graves was taken to the hospital in non-life threatening condition. Afterwards police followed an oil leak from the PT-Cruiser and found it at Michigan and Charles. They said a bullet hit the engine and the vehicle was riddled with bullet holes.

While investigators didn’t find anyone inside the vehicle, they said a 17-year-old boy showed up to Good Samaritan Hospital with an injured hand shortly after the shooting. Investigators said he may be involved, and want to find all the people responsible.

“I hope that they find him, and they need to stop the violence,” said Mays.

That’s what this family is focusing on. Now as they heal, they hope this city does too. “It’s about life, not killing people … It does need to stop,” said Mays.

If you have seen the black SUV involved in this shooting you are asked to call Lexington Police or Crimestoppers.

Again, this was just the most recent violence in Lexington. Six other shootings were reported over the weekend.

On Friday night around eleven, police said a man was shot twice in the back, near a liquor store at Georgetown and Charles Avenue. That victim also reportedly had bullet holes in his car.

An hour before that on Friday, Police said a man was shot twice in the neck near Bainbridge Drive.

Early Saturday morning, a weapons violation was reported at Jazzy Bar and Grill on Old Georgetown Street. A victim said he was near that bar when he was shot after a fight.

Later on Saturday, officers said four or five shots were fired into a van near Green Acres Park, but luckily no one was hurt.

A man was grazed in the head with a bullet at a party at the Genesis Center on Georgetown Road on Saturday. Other people also reported damage to their cars from gunfire.

Finally, on Sunday, shots were reported near Douglass Park, however no victims were ever found.

Private Detective: Louisville Man Sentenced to 156 Months for Possessing Cocaine

A Louisville man was sentenced today to 156 months in federal prison for possessing crack cocaine in Northern Kentucky with the intent to distribute it.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar sentenced 58 year-old Edward L. Adams to 156 months in prison and placed him on supervised release for six years after he completes his prison term.

On December 18, 2013, Adams admitted to possessing almost 20 grams of crack cocaine at a hotel in Boone County with the intent to distribute it.

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Adams entered his guilty plea on June 19, 2014. Under federal law, he must serve at least 85 percent of his prison sentence. He is classified as a career offender under federal law because of two prior felony drug trafficking convictions. This classification enhanced his sentence.

Kerry B. Harvey, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and Howard S. Marshall, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, jointly made the announcement after the sentencing.

The investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Safe Streets Task Force and the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented in the case by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tony Bracke.

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