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Missing Person Amber Alert Issued for 9 Year Old TN Girl

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has issued an Amber Alert for a 9-year-old girl who was picked up from school by an uncle and hasn’t been seen since.

The TBI says 9-year-old Carlie Marie Trent of Rogersville was reported missing on Wednesday after a non-custodial uncle, Gary Simpson, signed her out of school under false pretenses.

Carlie is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes. She is about 4-foot 8-inches tall and weighs about 75 pounds.


She was last seen with Simpson. He is a 57-year-old white male with brown hair and eyes. Police say he is balding, stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighs 157 pounds.

Simpson was last seen driving a white 2002 Dodge van with a Tennessee registration of 173GPS. Police say it has a dark stripe and gold running boards.

Anyone with information in the case should call the Rogersville Police Department at 423-272-7555 or TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND FREE

Private Detective: Man Robbed While Walking Home From Work

A Lexington man was in the wrong place at the wrong time overnight when he was robbed.

Police say it happened around 3:30 a.m. on Morgan Avenue. The victim was walking home from work when he was approached by two men and robbed.


We’re told the suspects took his backpack, phone and jacket.

The suspects left in a dark SUV.

Pedophile Tracking Jackson Co. Man Arrested on Child Porn Charges

A Jackson County man has been arrested on charges related to child sexual exploitation Thursday after Kentucky State Police served a search warrant at his home.

David W. Ledford, 29, is charged with 10 counts of distribution and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor. Each charge is a Class-D felony, punishable by one to five years in prison.


Ledford was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. Detectives with the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch began investigating after observing Ledford sharing images of child sexual exploitation online. This included images of prepubescent children engaged in sexual acts.

A search warrant was executed at his home.

Ledford was subsequently lodged in the Jackson County Detention Center.

Private Detective: Man Arrested for Locking Children in Room

A man was arrested after police say he locked his children in their room.

On Wednesday evening, London Police say they were notified that a parent was locking their child in their bedroom at night.

Officers visited the residence on Bill Mays Road. After getting consent to look inside the residence, they found a dead bolt lock on the children’s bedroom door.


The officers say they told Kenneth M. Martin to remove the lock.

When officers returned later to check on the children, they discovered the dead bolt had been removed but the door was tied shut and the children were in the room.

Social Services were called and the two children, ages three and eight, were removed from the home.

Martin was arrested and charged with second degree Criminal Abuse of a Child (12 or under).

He was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Wrongful Death Man Shot and Killed in Knox County

A woman called for help after hearing gunshots at her grandson’s Knox County home on Wednesday. However, she said when Kentucky State Police arrived, it was too late.

Shane Mills was shot and killed in Knox County on Wednesday night. Now the search is on for the person or persons responsible. Mills’ family and friends said he was targeted inside his home, on Trace Branch Road in Walker. It’s a murder investigation that unfolded just a few feet away from the victim’s grandmother’s house.

“She said she heard three shots and thought our next door neighbors… she thought somebody was shooting over there because she couldn’t get Shane,” said Shane’s father, Willie Mills.


Relatives said Shane’s grandmother, who lives next door, called to check on her grandson after hearing the gunshots. However, another man answered the phone. When troopers arrived at Shane’s home, they said they found him dead.

It’s a tragedy his family and friends are still coping with

“It’s been terrible today. I cried all night last night and today,” said Willie.

“He’s a good kid, you know? It’s just a bad tragedy to happen,” added Shane’s friend, Dallas Ray Brown.

Shane also didn’t live far from the family business. In fact, his family and friends said this crime had to be targeted, because when they closed the store on Wednesday night, the gates were locked.

“The boy was at home and the gates was locked. And they come in and killed the guy in his sleep,” said Brown.

Shane has an eight-year-old son. People who knew him, say said Shane had a big heart and loved children.

“He loved kids. If they didn’t have a quarter or something and he had it, he would pull it out and give to them,” said Willie.

“Everybody in the neighborhood knows that he was good to people, you know? Helped people,” said Brown.

As of Thursday evening, no arrests had been made in the case. Troopers have not released details about what led to the shooting but said Kentucky State Police are still investigating the case. Shane’s body has been sent to Frankfort for an autopsy.

Missing Person Spokane, WA Girl Believed to be With 30 Year Old Man

An Amber Alert was issued Monday night for missing 16-year-old Kiera Inman of Spokane, who is described as “developmentally delayed” and  who police say cognitively functions at about the same level as an 11-year-old.

She was last seen near 1712 E. Houghton Court in north Spokane on Sunday.


Police say Kiera is believed to be in the company of Zachary Jones, 30, of Newport News, Va., in a 1997 blue Acura 4-door with Virginia plates VGD6867. Spokane Police said the paint on the trunk of the vehicle is noticeably faded and worn. A photo of a similar vehicle is below.


Spokane Police said she was first reported as a runaway Sunday, but detectives found out Monday that she had speaking online with an adult male from another state who they believe to be Jones.

Zachary Jones, 30, of Newport News, Va.

Zachary Jones, 30, of Newport News, Va.

The AmberAlert.com poster information said her grandmother reported Kiera left evidence that she left home willingly, but that she functions “at a diminished capacity and unable to make realistic life choices.” The poster said she requires medication, but it did not say what kind of medication the teenager takes.

“The child’s grandmother advises she left on foot but her cell phone tracked her possibly in a vehicle,” the alert said.

Spokane Police said they have no indication where they might be heading, although the Amber Alert was extended to the state of Idaho on Monday night.

Kiera is described as 5-foot-3, 110 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes. She wears thick rimmed glasses and has a bright green cast on her right forearm. She was last seen wearing a gray hoodie and light blue jeans.

Jones is described as white, 5-foot-8, about 118 pounds, with blonde hair, blue eyes.  Spokane Police said they only consider Jones as a “person of interest” at this time.

If you have any information, call 911 or the Spokane Police Department at (509) 456-2233.

Private Detective: Whitley Co. Inmate Accused of Plotting a Kidnapping

A Whitley County man is accused of plotting a kidnapping from behind bars.

Police say Doyle Fox tried to get a fellow inmate to help carry out the kidnapping of his niece.

Authorities say the plan was to get the child, then blackmail her mother for $50,000 because she worked at a bank.

Detectives say the plot was foiled when the inmate told police about it and wore a wire to record jail conversations with Fox.


“According to the inmate, he was supposed to find a woman to watch the baby, then get the baby, then Doyle was supposed to contact the mother and tell her she needs to pay 50 thousand to get the baby back,” Detective Bobby Freeman with the Williamsburg Police Department told LEX 18.

Police say that Fox only had 10 months left to serve on a 12 year sentence from a stand-off he was involved in back in 2001.

If convicted on this case, police say Fox faces several more years in jail.

Private Detective: Man Arrested for Driving Tractor Trailer While on Meth with Children

Kentucky State Police Troopers say a man was arrested for endangering the welfare of minors after he was found driving a tractor trailer while under the influence of Methamphetamine with two juveniles in the tractor trailer.

They say that KSP-Vehicle Enforcement officers stopped the 2001 Freightliner on I-75 at the Northbound Weight Station in Laurel County for a commercial vehicle safety inspection.

The officers say they noticed a foul odor in the tractor trailer. They located an adult female passenger and two young juveniles, ages 7-years-old and 16-months-old. The woman and her children were located inside the passenger/sleeper compartment which was not properly secured, according to the officers.


They say Williams R. Eichhorn, 36, of Louisville, was operating under the influence of Methamphetamine. After investigating further, they found he was in possession of a concealed firearm, alcohol and that he was placing the two juveniles in an unsafe environment.

He was arrested and charged with Federal Motor Carrier Safety violations, Failure to use Child Restraints, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, Carrying a Concealed Deadly Weapon, DUI and an Outstanding Warrant out of Jefferson County.

The juveniles’ mother, 27-year-old Samantha L. Whittenburg, of Louisville, was arrested for Endangering the Welfare of a Minor and Public Intoxication.

The children were placed with child protective services as the investigation continues.

Private Detective: Traffic Stop Turned Drug Bust in Laurel County

A London man is behind bars after a traffic stop turned drug bust.

According to Kentucky State Police, Troopers stopped a 2010 Nissan Altima for a minor traffic violation on KY HWY 552 in the Lily Community of Laurel County around 7:00 PM on Tuesday, May 3.

After a roadside interview was conducted, Trooper Graves discovered the operator Don F. Smallwood, 31, of London was operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license and had a Laurel County bench warrant for his arrest. During a search of the vehicle, a tin container was located in the back seat containing suspected methamphetamine and marijuana along with drug paraphernalia and US currency.


Smallwood, was arrested at the scene and charged with the Laurel County Bench Warrant and numerous traffic charges. His passenger Richard Kilgore, 41, of London was arrested at the scene and charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Trafficking in Marijuana, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance 1st Degree,and Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug.

Both men were lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center.

Trooper Graves is continuing the investigation.

Private Detective: Duo Arrested for Selling Drugs at Walmart

Two men face charges in Anderson County after police say they were caught dealing drugs near Walmart.

The Anderson News reports Joseph Barbee, 31, and Robert Cardwell, 31, were allegedly caught by police dealing crystal meth near the store entrance last Thursday.


Detectives say they received a tip that the duo planned to sell meth at the store and that’s when they decided to investigate.

Barbee and Cardwell now face drug charges.


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