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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.