12-18-14 Police say there has been an arrest in connection with a bank robbery which occurred Wednesday in London, Kentucky. Detectives from the London Police Department, along with Detective Alan Meade from the Englewood Police Department in Ohio and the FBI were able to develop a suspect on Wednesday and obtain an arrest warrant for Robert Wigginton, age 45. Early Thursday morning a special FBI task force, working with the London Police Department, located and arrested Wigginton at a motel in Atlanta, Georgia. A large sum of money was recovered. Wigginton is being held in the Fulton County Detention Center in Atlanta, Georgia where he is awaiting extradition back to Kentucky.
12-17-14 A Clay County woman is in jail after she was caught shoplifting during a "shop-with-a-cop" event in Manchester. Officials with the Manchester Police Department say Samantha Henson was hiding merchandise in her clothing at Wal-Mart during the annual shop with the police event. Officer Jeff Couch arrested Henson for theft by unlawful taking. She was taken to the Clay County Detention Center.
12-16-14 A man was killed in a one vehicle accident Tuesday morning in Pulaski County. Officials say the individual was traveling on Highway 1247 when his truck left the roadway and hit a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. According to investigators, he was the only one in the truck. Officials aren't sure at this point why the vehicle left the roadway and crashed.
12-15-14 While investigators are still working to piece together a gruesome homicide that spans several counties, the murder victim's son, who is behind bars in Boubon County for unrelated crimes, spoke about his mother from jail Monday. Zak Massey says he learned about his mother's death while in jail. 50-year-old Goldia Massey was reported missing in October. Several weeks after she disappeared, a human arm washed up on a Henry County riverbank. Then earlier this month, a torso was found in a Jessamine County river. The Henry County Coroner confirmed that the body parts belonged to Goldia Massey. Zak Massey said: "I would have loved to have seen her alive again someday. I guess we know that's not gonna happen now." Zak is facing his own legal trouble after being arrested recently in connection with a string of gas station robberies in Harrison County.
12-11-14 Police began showing up at several Somerset gas station/food mart stores Wednesday morning. According to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney David Dalton, police were serving indictments that were sealed a week ago. Officials say a two-month investigation was launched when several store managers, including Kroger and Wal Mart, started noticing merchandise disappearing. Shoplifters were allegedly stealing it and then selling it at the smaller stores. Police say the owner/operators of those stores knew full well some of the things they were selling were stolen items. Ten people were arrested. The stores impacted were Valero at the Monticello Street-Oak Hill intersection, Fast Chek, Lake Way Shell, B & G One Stop and the A & R Market. Dalton said each individul was charged with organized crime retail, which is a class-C felony. All ten suspects were taken to the Pulaski County Detention Center and are due to be arraigned on December 23.
12-10-14 South Kentucky RECC is warning its members to beware of people that pose as co-op employees, particularly by telephone. SKRECC received reports Wednesday from members regarding phone calls they supposedly received from the co-op. Reports say a woman calling herself Jennifer, is calling and claiming to be a supervisor with the co-op. "Jennifer" tells members that a co-op truck is being sent to disconnect service if they don't pay their bill. SKRECC Vice President of Member Services and Public Relations Ruby Patterson says the co-op does not personally call members to tell them their bill is due. Patterson says the current scam can include the the co-op's phone number appearing on caller I.D. Patterson urges members to never give out financial or personal information to anyone that calls them and claims to be from the co-op.
12-09-14 A former Madison County assistant principal was indicted on nine charges this week, including sex abuse of a minor. Police say 43-year-old Joy Hayes was employed by Madison Southern High School and that she allegedly subjected a 15-year-old girl to sexual contact. Hayes was also indicted on fourth degree assault charges for hitting the girl and causing injuries. Richmond police stopped Hayes' car in October when they found out the female in the passenger seat was a former student whose parents had recently pressed sexual abuse charges against Hayes for an alleged incident that occurred after she resigned from the school in January. Police say this student was the second one to come forward to report that they'd been harassed by Hayes.
12-08-14 Police are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday morning in the parking lot of Walmart in Manchester, Kentucky. According to reports, the shooting stemed from an argument between two people. The situation escalated and one of the individuals shot the other. The shooter was taken into custody. The victim of the shooting was flown to the hospital. According to police, the victim was in critical condition. No other details were available.
12-05-14 A former University of Kentucky football walk-on and high school athlete was arrested in Florida after being accused of robbing a bank and several stores. Chad Michael Merida used to live in London and Barbourville, Kentucky where he played high school sports for South Laurel and Knox Central high schools. Merida joined the army and later attended UK where he played briefly on the football team. Merida was arrested in Hillsborough, Florida on charges of holding up a PNC Bank, a Game Stop and several convenience stores. Police in Florida are working with authorities in Kentucky concerning similiar crimes. Merida remains jailed in Florida on a $319,000 bond where he faces two counts of robbery, tampering with physical evidence and aggravated assault with intent to commit a crime. He could face similiar charges in Kentucky.