Fayette County’s police dog Lobos and his handler on Friday seized during a traffic stop about 15 kilos of cocaine, which is estimated to be worth about $1.6 million, the Fayette County sheriff’s office said Monday.
Wednesday afternoon a jury recommended life without parole for Amanda Bowen for the 2014 triple murder of Tina Goble, Cannie Johnson Jr. and Trinity Maynard.
Inside the Johnson County courtroom it was an emotional day as family of the victims took the stand.
“And I know I’ll never get to see him no more,” Cannie Johnson Sr., Johnson’s father, said.
“The nightmares, they come and they go,” Wanda Sartin, Tina Goble’s mother, said.
Sartin, who is also Trinity Maynard’s Grandmother said the pain of the loss is still there.
“You feel like part of your heart has been cut out,” Sartin said.
Wednesday attorneys presented their case determining if Bowen should receive the possibility of parole.
After nearly three hours of deliberation the jury recommended Bowen be sentenced to life in prison without parole.
“To think justice was served for my daughter, my grand-baby, my, he might as well been my son in law,” Sartin said.
Prosecutors said the victim’s families were happy to know Bowen did not receive parole.
“Absolutely, in this case talking with the family, consulting with the family at length this was the maximum penalty that Ms. Bowen was able to receive under the court of law,” Anthony Skeans, First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney, said.
After several years of heartache the families said they can now begin a new chapter in their lives.
“I’d like to thank the Commonwealth’s Attorney for everything they’ve done, they’ve done a terrific job,” Sartin said.
The jury also recommended Bowen receive 20 years for both counts of robbery and five years for tampering with evidence.
Bowen’s sentencing is May 19th in Johnson County.
The attorneys for the four men charged with the shooting death of a Lexington woman and her unborn son entered not guilty pleas on behalf of their clients.
Maryiah Coleman was just 22-years-old when she was shot while walking her dog. At the time of her death, she was eight months pregnant with her son Jakobe.
Demetrioun Boaz, Joseph Fain, Saquan Freeman, and Skylar Stigall are set to go to trial on murder, fetal homicide, and robbery charges.
Police say that the men were trying to rob a man on Winburn Drive back in September when the man ran away and they opened fire. The bullet struck Coleman, killing her and her son.
“They have taken two precious people from us and we’ll never get over that, and I feel like they need to spend the rest of their life thinking about what they’ve done to our families,” said Maryiah’s mother, Tamara Coleman.
She spoke with LEX 18 after the hearing Thursday.
“It’s hard being in here, seeing them like that, cause it’s just a reminder of Maryiah and Jakobe being gone,” she said. “We want everyone to know that they have loved ones that miss them, and we want to see justice served.”
The four suspects are set to return to court on May 12.
Deputies in Laurel County are investigating a robbery which happened at the Walmart near Corbin.
They say that around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a male and female subject were observed by Walmart’s loss prevention team allegedly shoplifting a flashlight, makeup, and fingernail clippers.
A loss prevention team member approached the couple to conduct an investigation. While talking to the female subject, the male jumped the team member from behind and assaulted him numerous times before fleeing the scene.
The two left in a white Ford Escape.
The loss prevention team member received serious injuries for the assault and was transported to the hospital.
Anyone with any information regarding this robbery is asked to contact the Laurel County Sheriff’s office at 606-864-6600, or 606-878-7000.
United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. today announced the five month prison sentence followed by five months home detention, of a former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective, by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, in United States District Court, for stealing contents of packages while working as a drug interdiction task force officer.
Kyle Willett, 48, of Spencer County, Kentucky, remains free on an unsecured bond following today’s sentencing hearing. Willet waived indictment by grand jury and plead guilty to a felony Information on December 21, 2016, before Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, charging the former detective with theft from interstate shipment. A condition of the plea agreement required Willet to forfeit $74,745.99.
Willett admitted to stealing cash from a United Parcel Services (UPS) shipping sorting facility in Louisville, Kentucky, while working as a drug interdiction task force officer.
From January 2016 through August 2016, Willett, while working as an interdiction task force officer, would identify UPS packages that possibly contained cash. He would then take the packages to his vehicle and open them. On a number of occasions, Willett then stole the contents of packages. During this period, he stole approximately $74,745.99 in cash from these packages. As part of the plea agreement, Willett forfeited proceeds traceable (directly and indirectly) to such violation, including but not limited to: a) $72,000 in United States Currency; b) $520.00 in United States Currency; and c) $2,225.99 in United States Currency.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bryan Calhoun and was investigated by the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s Public Integrity Unit and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
A man is facing charges for allegedly setting his own apartment on fire.
Mahmoud Nehad Sabbooba, 25, was in jail charged with first-degree arson. That’s after a fire started about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Newtown Crossing apartments off South Broadway.
Firefighters were able to put out the fire quickly.
Police said no other apartments were affected by the flames.
Kentucky State Police arrested a Fayette County man late Wednesday night for allegedly possessing child pornography and for traveling to meet a minor at a hotel.
Timothy Poynter, 32, was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The investigation began after the KSP Electronic Crime Branch observed Poynter seeking someone young online.
The investigation came to an end on Wednesday night when Poynter traveled to a hotel in Lexington with plans to engage in illicit sexual contact with the minor. Poynter’s vehicle was searched and resulted in the discovery of electronic equipment. The equipment was seized and is pending examination.
Poynter is charged with one count of prohibited use of electronic communication system to procure a minor/police officer, sex offenses and five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Additional charges are expected.
Poynter was lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center.
The drug seizure led to the arrest of the driver, Jose Mendez, who was traveling with his wife and three children, the sheriff’s office said. Mendez was charged with cocaine possession.
Sgt. Randy Thumann stopped a Ford F-150 on Interstate 10 at the 660 mile-marker just after 1 p.m. for a traffic violation, the sheriff’s office said.
“After speaking to the driver about his travel itinerary and observing his raised level of nervousness when speaking about illegal drugs, Sgt. Thumann believed the driver was transporting illegal narcotics from Mexico to Houston,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
According to the sheriff’s office, Thumann was given consent to search the truck. Thumann found the cocaine in a toolbox that was stored in a floor compartment of the truck, officials said.
Mendez’s wife and children were released, and he was taken to the Dan R. Beck Justice Center, officials said.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro this week announced criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in a major organized crime ring that fraudulently obtained more than 1,000 Pennsylvania license plates and used them to fuel a massive criminal enterprise involving automobiles in multiple states.
According to the AG’s office, by illegally renting the license plates in New York City and other locations, the crime ring profited significantly and allowed those who used the fraudulent plates to avoid paying more than $1 million in parking fines and EZ Pass tolls across several states.
The organized crime ring was headed by Rafael Levi, 50, of Brooklyn, N.Y., Shapiro said at a news conference. Charges were also filed against 14 Pennsylvania businesses involved in the crime ring. The charges followed an extensive investigation by the Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section and a statewide investigative grand jury.
“This organized criminal ring used legitimate business tactics – applying for licenses and insurance, car loans and purchases – for completely illegitimate purposes,” Shapiro said. “From fraudulently obtained license plates to washed car titles to multiple other frauds, they gamed the system to rack up millions of dollars in illegal profits. It’s widespread criminal conduct, and today we brought a halt to it.”
According to a grand jury presentment made public this week, here are the major elements of the fraudulent schemes perpetrated by the Levi ring:
• License plates: By providing fraudulent documents to the departments of Transportation and State, Levi and his associates illegally obtained more than 1,000 Pennsylvania license plates and rented them out for $400 a month or more. People who got these plates avoided paying parking fines and E-ZPass tolls totaling $1 million in New York, Pennsylvania and neighborhood states.
• Fake insurance cards: The ring provided vehicles with fake insurance cards. When accidents occurred, motorists filed claims with insurance companies, but there was no legitimate policy to pay on.
• Washed car titles: The ring issued phony letters to PennDOT which enabled them to get clean titles on vehicles. The ring scammed $500,000 owed to financial institutions and $100,000 in state sales tax through this part of the scheme.
• Odometer rollbacks: The ring rolled back odometers on 35 cars, enabling them to sell cars for more money than they otherwise would’ve sold for.
• Driver’s licenses: The ring obtained Pennsylvania driver’s licenses at an address in Pennsylvania that the defendants never lived at.
Anyone with information about the individuals or businesses involved in this investigation is encouraged to call the Office of Attorney General’s Insurance Fraud Section at 717-787-0272.
A Lexington city councilwoman who faces forgery and theft charges has been indicted by a grand jury.
Sasha Love Higgins has been indicted on 5 felony charges including identity theft, forgery and 3 counts of theft by deception.
The investigation began with a report in early January of identity theft, according to police. Court documents say that Higgins, who is a manager of Hampton Inn, continued to issue fraudulent checks to a former employee months after she left. The former employee’s husband contacted Higgins to ask about the checks and she admitted that she had continued to issue the checks.
The husband of the victim recorded that phone call and sent it to Lexington Police. Further investigation revealed that the checks amounted to over $4,000. Police say Higgins asked the company to set up a MetaBank account in the former employee’s name. Through that account, documents say that Higgins funneled that money for her own personal use.
“After reviewing the case with the County Attorney’s Office, summonses were issued for Ms. Higgins for all charges,” police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing.”
Higgins posted on Facebook in a Masterson Station neighborhood page that she “looked forward to working hard to clear my name.”
Her attorney tells LEX18 that he still doesn’t know what evidence there is against Higgins, which is why they are so adamant about the not guilty plea.
Higgins, a hospitality professional and Hampton Inn general manager, upset incumbent Shevawn Akers in the November election for the council seat representing the 2nd District. That district includes Leestown and Georgetown Road areas.