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Wrongful Death Thomas Brown’s Murder Still Unsolved

Police say he was an innocent man, asleep in bed with his wife when someone shot up their North Lexington home, killing him.

On what would have been Thomas Brown’s 56th birthday, his widow is pleading for answers.

Long before Alicia became Thomas’ wife, they were best friends. They chose to live in the home where Alicia had spent more than a decade. The woman who was asleep in the bed is telling us her side of the story.  Her husband isn’t able to.  It’s been two months since his murder and still no arrests.


“He slept on this side, I slept on that side,” she told LEX 18’s Kristen’s Pflum

The couple’s furniture is all gone now. There are no permanent reminders of the June 9 tragedy but Alicia relives it over and over.

“I didn’t even think about gunshots until he said I am hit and then oh Lord, that’s what made me roll over and hit the floor so quick because at that instant I realized it was gunshots,” Alicia remembers.

Thomas was hit four times and died at UK hospital. Alicia didn’t have a spot on her and neither did her son, who had 3 separate bullets fly through his window.

“My son pulled me aside and said mom, I need to tell you something.  He said God gave me a premonition and woke me up said you’re in danger you need to move over to the wall.  I followed what he said and that spared me,” Alicia tells LEX 18.

The premonition may have spared her life, but for the Browns’ peace of mind, they need to know who took Thomas and why.

Crime Stoppers has a $1000 cash reward for the the tip that leads to an arrest in Thomas Brown’s murder. You don’t have to leave your  name, just your information. You can call the tipline at (859) 253-2020

Private Detective: Woman With Pepper Spray Robs Lexington Hotel

A woman armed with pepper spray robbed a Lexington hotel early Tuesday morning.

Police say a woman with a bandana covering her face walked into the lobby of the Comfort Inn and Suites on Buena Vista Road around 3 a.m. and handed the clerk a note. The woman then pulled pepper spray. Officers say the robber got some cash and ran toward the nearby Cracker Barrel.


The clerk wasn’t hurt.

Police say the woman stood about 5’5″, wore heavy eye liner and was wearing a grey hoodie.

Fraud Investigation Former Owner of Mortgage Lending Company Guilty of Bank Fraud

The former owner of an Orange County, California mortgage lending company pleaded guilty to bank fraud today, in U.S. District Court, for devising a scheme to defraud National City Bank of $12,744,678 of money under its control, by submitting fraudulent funding requests for nonexistent mortgage loans announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

In 2007 and 2008, Brady Bunte owned and operated Trust One Mortgage, a mortgage lender located in Orange County, California. Trust One Mortgage funded mortgages by maintaining a warehouse line of credit with various banks, including National City Bank. National City Bank was a federally insured financial institution. Its warehouse lending offices were located in Louisville, Kentucky. As a warehouse lender, National City Bank provided revolving, short-term loans, known as warehouse lines of credit, to mortgage lenders.


In 2007 and 2008, Trust One Mortgage maintained a revolving warehouse line of credit with National City Bank to fund mortgages. In order to obtain funding from National City Bank for a particular mortgage, Trust One Mortgage submitted a funding request to National City Bank’s warehouse lending offices in Louisville, Kentucky. Once National City Bank received the funding request via fax or electronic request, it transferred the funds to the account specified by Trust One Mortgage in the funding request. National City Bank required Trust One Mortgage to pay off each specific loan within a set number of days. As part of its business, Trust One Mortgage sold or attempted to sell the individual mortgages to third-party investors.

From March 2007 through November 2008, Bunte caused Trust One to submit fraudulent funding requests on its warehouse line of credit to National City Bank. The fraudulent funding request caused National City Bank to incur a loss of $12,744,678.16.

Bunte was charged in a sealed indictment on September 18, 2014 and arraigned on the charge on September 29, 2014, in U.S. District Court located in Santa Ana, California.

Bunte is scheduled for sentencing before Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. on November 2, 2015 at 11 a.m. in Louisville.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Bryan Calhoun and Amanda Gregory and was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Wrongful Death Trucker Involved in Deadly Crash Tested Positive For Meth

The Kentucky trucker involved in a fatal crash on I-75 tested positive for crystal meth, a Chattanooga affiliate reports.

A warrant was issued for Kentucky native Benjamin Brewer. The wreck happened in June. Brewer, was driving north on I-75 on June 26, when he failed to slow down and stop for congested traffic in a construction zone. His tractor-trailer slammed into eight cars, killing six people.


The Chattanooga Police Department has released the list of 13 charges Benjamin Brewer will face. Those charges are as follow:

  • 6 counts vehicular homicide by impairment
  • 4 counts reckless aggravated assault
  • 1 count DUI 1st offense by impairment of narcotics
  • 1 count speeding
  • 1 count false reports of duty status

Brewer lives in Laurel County and the Laurel County Sheriff’s Department will serve the warrant. The NTSB report of the crash says that Brewer had been awake for 50 straight hours.

Wrongful Death Missing FL Boy Now A Homicide Case

Florida authorities canceled an Amber Alert for a missing 21-month-old boy on Monday and say they are now investigating the disappearance of Lonzie Barton as a homicide.

Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief Tom Hackney released surveillance video during a news conference that shows the car of the mother’s boyfriend, William Ruben Ebron Jr., heading toward where the vehicle was eventually found abandoned and then Ebron running back toward his apartment.


“We’re working this as a murder case,” Hackney said.

Ebron, who lived with Lonzie’s mother, was caring for the boy and his 5-year-old sister when Lonzie disappeared July 24. Ebron initially told police he had left Lonzie in the car with its engine running while Ebron went into the apartment, and the car was gone when he returned, authorities said. The car was quickly recovered, but Lonzie hasn’t been located since.

“His whole explanation is nothing but a load of lies,” Hackney said.

Investigators have said Ebron isn’t cooperating with them. He’s in jail without bond on two counts of felony child neglect in relation to the case. Ebron has a lengthy arrest history, records show, including convictions for misdemeanor battery charges, robbery and grand theft. His ex-girlfriend also filed several domestic violence injunctions against him. Jail records didn’t list an attorney.

Hackney said he can no longer question Ebron, because Ebron has invoked his Constitutional right not to speak with police. Hackney said he hopes Ebron learns of the surveillance video’s existence.

“I can’t reach out to him, but what I can do is pass this information on to those who have contact with him,” Hackney said. “I want them to pass this on. I want them to let him know what we got.”

Hackney said he’s not sure what happened to Lonzie, but added he’s confident that Ebron has details about the child’s fate.

“I want the child’s body,” Hackney said. “I want the child’s body to be taken back to his family, to be put to rest properly. That’s the right thing to do.”

The sheriff’s office has led a massive search of the Jacksonville area since Lonzie’s disappearance, leading to the recovery of two unrelated sets of human remains.

Missing Person 13 Year Old Reisterstown, MD Girl

Authorities are asking for help finding a 13-year-old who has been missing since at least Friday morning and who police say has medical issues.

Amanda Speddan is described as 5’6” and 130 pounds with gray eyes. She has black, shoulder-length hair that she wears straight and in a pony tail, according to a report from the Baltimore County Police Department.


When last seen, Speddan was wearing a pink tank top and blue jeans with holes, the report said.

Police said Speddan was reported missing after her grandmother found she was gone from her home in the 400 block of Shirley Manor Road the evening of Friday, July 31.

The teen has various medical issues, according to police.

“Police have reason to believe that Amanda has not left the Baltimore area,” officials said in a statement.

Anyone with information about Amanda Speddan may contact the Baltimore County Police Department at 410-407-2020.

13-Year-Old Reisterstown Girl is Missing, Police Say

Wrongful Death Man Accused in Jessamine County Murder Pleads Not Guilty

A Jessamine County man suspected of murder appeared in court following a brutal attack on Friday.

Deputies made a quick arrest in the death of a man found on a home’s porch. However, Thomas Carson claims he is innocent in the death of Shane Washington. The body of Washington was found on Carson’s porch.

The mother of  Carson immediately talked with LEX 18  following his arraignment this morning. She told reporter Evan Gorman that she’s proud of her son for finally standing up for himself.

“I would have done the same thing, I’m sorry to say but I would, I can’t help it,” said Rose Boular.

Carson appeared in Jessamine County district court through video conference. He pleaded not guilty and will be appointed a public defender.

His mother tells me her son was picked on often, occasionally beaten and believes he acted in self defense. She’s hoping surveillance footage will show her son is innocent.

“I didn’t hit the man,” the bruised and bloody suspect, Thomas Carson told LEX 18’s Josh Breslow while in the Jessamine County Detention Center. “I did not kill that guy. He kicked my fence down and he came through my house and broke in my house and hit me in the head with a brick.”

Carson said, after that alleged attack, he pushed Washington out onto his porch, three times, and he said it’s possible the victim hit his head and died. Washington’s daughter said she does not believe that.

Private Detective: FBI Enlisting Public Help to Uncover Corruption in KY

Federal crime-fighters started an outreach campaign Friday to recruit Kentuckians to help uncover government corruption and end the state’s “fairly sordid” history of scandals that rob trust in government, law enforcement officials said.

The FBI’s “End Corruption Now” campaign includes an anonymous, toll-free tip line and an email address to allow people to report suspicions of wrongdoing by public officials. A billboard campaign in several communities will publicize the effort.


Similar initiatives are underway in a few other places in the country, but Kentucky “was ripe” for the anti-corruption campaign because of its “fairly sordid history,” said Howard S. Marshall, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Louisville Division.

Between 2003 and 2012, about 300 people were convicted of federal crimes related to public corruption in Kentucky, officials said.

And a 2014 study by Harvard’s Center for Ethics identified Kentucky as one of the country’s most corrupt states, they noted.

“We should expect nothing but integrity from every public-sector employee and every representative,” Marshall said at a news conference at FBI headquarters in Louisville. “To accept less is to accept the public perception our state is no better than its reputation.”

The state’s two U.S. attorneys, Kerry B. Harvey and John E. Kuhn Jr., vowed to pursue any evidence of corruption revealed by the campaign.

“I can promise you this: If public corruption is reported, it will be investigated,” said Kuhn, the U.S. attorney for the western half of Kentucky. “If the investigation reveals evidence of a federal crime, it will be prosecuted.”

The tip line and email address will allow people to “come out of the shadows” to contact law enforcement officials, Marshall said.

“It’s not a problem that’s not unknown here,” he said. “It’s talked about openly. In some parts of the state, it’s talked about even more openly.”

Public corruption takes many forms — embezzlement, bribery, kickbacks, extortion, vote buying and voter intimidation, officials said.

The vast majority of public officials in Kentucky serve “honorably and honestly,” said Harvey, the U.S. attorney for the eastern half of Kentucky.

But those public leaders who become corrupt do more than steal public money, he said.

“They steal the confidence in government’s effectiveness,” he said.

Also on the radar for federal officials will be upcoming audits of hundreds of taxing districts across Kentucky that collect revenue for an array of local government entities. The FBI said it will work with state watchdog officials if the audits reveal any wrongdoing.

The state has been plagued by high-profile public corruption cases through the years.

In the early 1990s, the state General Assembly was rocked by a bribery and influence-peddling scandal known by its FBI code name, Operation Boptrot.

Former state Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer was sentenced to prison in 2014 for abusing public office. Farmer, a former University of Kentucky basketball star, admitted to hiring friends and having them do little to no work and using state employees to build a basketball court at his home.

Earlier this year, former Morgan County Judge-Executive Tim Conley was sentenced to prison for raking in more than $100,000 in a kickback scheme that continued even as his eastern Kentucky constituents struggled to rebuild from a deadly 2012 tornado.

Wrongful Death Lakeland, FL Mother Arrested in Death of Father and Daughter

A 50-year-old Lakeland, Florida man and his 6-year-old granddaughter were found murdered – and the girl’s mother has been arrested and charged with the crimes, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday.

Mark Weekly and Meredith Jessie had been reported missing by family members Saturday, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Donna Wood said. They had last been seen at Weekly’s home in Lakeland, where the girl had been left in his care.


After a search throughout the evening, the bodies of the two were discovered, “both the victims of murder,” Wood said.

On Sunday, Wood said that Weekly’s daughter, Cheyenne Jessie, was arrested and charged with his slaying and that of Jessie’s daughter.

Jessie was charged with two counts of first degree murder, Wood said, and was taken to the Polk County jail.

Private Detective: Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Department Comes up With Unique Search for Drug Dealers

In an attempt to get drug dealers off their street, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department  has come up with a hilarious way to get the information of those peddling narcotics.

In a post to their Facebook page, a photo reads  “Attention Drug Dealers. Is your drug dealing competition costing you money? We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition!”

The form  then goes on to ask for the name, address, phone number, vehicle description and hours of the said drug dealer.


It’s a hysterical way for the sheriff to get real information on those selling narcotics in Frankfort.  But Sheriff Pat Melton and his crew are serious. The post goes on to ask  for tips and information.

There is no word as to whether or not anyone has been turned in via the ruse. The idea initially came, according to dispatch, from a post from a Georgia police department.

If you do have information on narcotic activity in Frankfort, call the Franklin Co. Sheriff’s Office at 502-320-3306.


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