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Wrongful Death Police Looking For Tips in Double Murder

Police in Richmond are trying to generate more information about a 2014 unsolved murder.

On June 27, 2014, Horace Evans made a gruesome discovery inside of a home not far from Main Street. The door had been knocked in. Inside the home were the bodies of his brother, Avery Evans, and Karen Simpson. They had been murdered.

Neighbor Leonard Harrison has lived on that street for 45 years. He remembers that day, but he told LEX 18 he tries hard to forget it.

“I kind of try to put it out of my mind,” he said.


Police unveiled a billboard last year with the victims’ pictures, offering a $10,000 reward for information on the murders.

No strong tips ever came in.

Officers told LEX 18 that they plan on putting up a new billboard in the near future. At this point, they can’t say if the murders were random or targeted killings.

“We don’t know that’s what we need to find out. There are things people might know, we have to have information but we haven’t gotten a whole lot,” said Major Steve Gregg.

Private Detective: Stolen Truck Recovered in Whitley Co., Four Arrested

The steering wheel of a truck a deputy found in a wooded area said “Drive it like you stole it” and sure enough, the truck had been reported stolen.

On Wednesday, Deputy Brian Hensley said he was responding to a call from a concerned person saying a woman had left a residence intoxicated. While responding, he said he saw a black Chevrolet truck off the main roadway. There, he came into contact with the woman and three others.

Deputy Hensley said he noticed 43-year-old Wendel Malone was holding a tin can and needle cap in his lap.


All four were detained due to suspected drug activity.

Deputy Hansley said that Whitley County E911 indicated that the license plate was registered to a truck reported stolen from Knox County.

Deputies searched the vehicle prior to releasing it back to its owner. They say they found several needles, non-narcotic pain medication, and a small bag containing what is believed to be crystal methamphetamine.

On the steering wheel, someone had written, “Drive it like you stole it!” The owner told deputies that the writing was not present prior to the theft.

Deputies say that when the truck was stolen, it contained assorted power and hand tools. Deputies say the tools and a pressure washer were missing when the truck was recovered.

Arrested were:

Tamera Anderson, 43, for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), receiving stolen property valued under $10,000, alcohol intoxication in a public place and three counts of failure to appear

Wendell Farris Malone, 43, for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property valued under $10,000 and public intoxication

Douglas Boyd Malone, 45, for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property valued under $10,000, illegal possession of a legend drug, public intoxication and two counts of failure to appear

Cheryl Musick, 49, for first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property valued under $10,000 and public intoxication

All were lodged in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Whitley Co. Sheriff's Department

Tamera Anderson

Douglas Malone

Wendel Malone

Cheryl Musick

Private Detective: Stabbing Happens During Burglary

Police say that a man burglarized a home and then stabbed a neighbor during a struggle.

The break-in happened around noon on Thursday at 718 Holmes Street. According to Major Robert Warfel with the Frankfort Police Department, a neighbor called the homeowner who saw someone knock on the front door then go to the back of the home.

Chad Maupin, the next-door neighbor who was watching the criminal, told LEX 18 that his neighborly duties kicked in quickly.


“My instinct was to turn around and go look and he kicked the back door open,” Maupin mentioned.

After Maupin called his neighbor to tell him what was he was seeing, the homeowner came home from work to find the man in his home going through his belongings. Once a physical altercation began, Chad Maupin says he went in to his neighbor’s home, joining in on the fight.

“When I had him down, he pulled out the knife and stuck me a couple of times in the hand and, told me if I don’t let him up he’s going to kill me. So I backed up and shielded myself and he went out the back door.”

Maupin says the criminal ran down the street after he released him. Although the fight left Maupin with only cuts on his hands and arms, he says he is grateful his neighbor wasn’t harmed during the break-in.

“We kind of look after each other, me and him do. He watches when I’m gone and I watch when he’s gone. It’s what neighbors are supposed to do,” Maupin added.

Major Warfel says witnesses described the burglar as a tall white male with a thin build, wearing a gray t-shirt and dark pants.

Anyone with information can anonymously contact the Frankfort Police Department at (502) 875-8525 or contact Frankfort Crime Stoppers at (502) 875-8648. Anonymous tips can be texted to 274637.

Private Detective: Man Kidnapped Family and Forced Them to Take Him to Target

A North Carolina man has been arrested after police said he kidnapped a family at gunpoint and forced them to take him shopping at Target.

Durham police said Rollin Anthony Owens Jr., 29, knocked on the door of a house in the West End neighborhood on Tuesday, asking for money.


A resident gave Rollins money, but police said he then used a gun to force the residents – a man, woman and two children – out of the house and into their vehicle.

Police said Owens made the driver take him to a convenience store, then to a Target, where a victim managed to ask an employee for help.

Owens is charged in connection with three other robbery cases, two of which involved kidnapping.

Private Detective: Floyd County Man Arrested For Child Abuse

A Floyd County man has been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal abuse of a  child.

Kevin Gayheart admitted to police that he had picked up one of the children and had shaken him two months earlier. He also admitted to beating one child with a switch. The children told their mother about the alleged incidents and she contacted police.


One child was taken to the hospital due to injuries from one of the incidents.

Gayheart is lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center.

Private Detective: Man Charged in Gas Station Robbery

A Lexington man has been charged in connection with an overnight gas station robbery.

Anthony J. Davenport, 50, was arrested by the Lexington Police Department Thursday and charged with Robbery 1st and Possession of a Controlled Substance. He was also served an outstanding warrant for Violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.


Overnight, officers were dispatched to the Speedway onEast New Circle Road for a robbery. The clerk told officers that an older black man had entered the store and taken a soft drink to the counter. The suspect then displayed a small handgun and demanded cash from the register. The store employee complied with the suspect’s demands and the man fled the store.

About three hours later the patrol officer who took the robbery report saw a man who matched the suspect’s description walking in the area of Seventh Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Police took Anthony Davenport into custody.

Davenport is lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.

Private Detective: Two Women Face Organized Crime Charges

Two woman are in jail Tuesday morning on charges of organized crime.

Michelle Robinson, 40, is facing almost a dozen charges.

Police say she stole more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from several stores across town on multiple occasions.


Robinson along with 36-year-old Leanna Smith were arrested Monday night, and charged with engaging in organized crime and shoplifting.

They are both scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Leanna Smith

Michelle Robinson

Wrongful Death Body Found in Shallow Grave in Pike County

Police are investigating after a body was found in a shallow grave in Pike County.

EKB reports that a tip led to the discovery at a home on Turkey Creek Road in Belfry.


Police have not said whether the body is that of a man or a woman.

EKB reports that Jennifer Blankenship and Okey Hinkle were arrested at the scene on active bench warrants.

Police say charges could be pending in connection to the case.

Private Detective: Accused Scammer Back in KY

A man wanted for allegedly scamming people out of money in more than half a dozen counties is back in a Kentucky jail after being extradited from Oklahoma.

For two years, Randal Long has been serving time in Oklahoma after he was arrested for stealing heavy duty equipment there.

“We had entered him as wanted, basically in 2014, and didn’t know where he was at till we received a call from Oklahoma police,” said Chief Deputy Allen Peel.


Long was wanted in Kentucky for a parole violation stemming from a string of scams in 2011. Long is suspected of targeting people in Jessamine, Casey, Russell, Pulaski, Garrard, Boyle, and Washington counties.

“He made a trail through central Kentucky of taking money from elderly, mostly elderly victims, and promising to do work and not returning to come back to do the work,” said Peel.

One of his victims, a Jessamine County Korean War veteran, spoke with LEX 18 in 2011 after losing nearly $1,500 in the scam.

“He called me for the last few years, really wanting justice,” said Peel.

The man never got the justice he wanted. He passed away in April.

“My victim was very adamant on seeing justice to be done. We still think the ends of justice needed to be done by transporting him back to Kentucky so he can face our charges, along with the other counties’ charges,” said Peel.

Wrongful Death Body Found in Burned Out Trailer

Deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office received a tip that a body was inside of a burned out trailer south of Burnside.

They found the crime scene inside of the camper trailer off US 27. The death is being investigated as a homicide.  According to Major Jeff Hancock, It appears that perpetrators attempted to conceal the crime by intentionally setting fire to the camper trailer.

“We do know that it’s a homicide. And, whoever did it tried to conceal what they had done by setting the place on fire,” Maj. Hancock stated. “I’m sure they did it in an attempt to cover up any kind of evidence or anything like that. But, it didn’t work.”


Thomas Stevens, a nearby neighbor of the man who was killed, told LEX 18 News his friend deserves justice.

“He liked being around people. He came up here… probably every other night and ate supper with us. He didn’t deserve nobody to hurt him.”

While the family of the deceased man continues to learn about the crime, Stevens mentioned that he would be sending prayers their way during the investigation process.

“I don’t know how his family is going to handle it, but it’d be hard if I had lost mine,” Stevens added. “May God bless his family. You know, they’re going to need some help.”

At this time, the name of the deceased has not been released pending notification of the next of kin. Major Hancock told LEX 18 News that the man’s name could be released Thursday morning.

If you have information about this case, please contact the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at (606) 678-5145, the Somerset Police Department at 606-678-5176, the Kentucky State Police at 606-878-6622 or any other law enforcement agency that you may choose.

If you prefer, you can also leave an anonymous tip on the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office web page or the Somerset Police Department’s web page.  Below are the links to those pages.

Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office – http://www.pulaskisheriff.com/tip.htm

Somerset Police Department – https://www.cityofsomerset.com/police-department/