Local News 12-4-2012

Johnson Co. S.O. Investigating Insurance Salesman Fraud

According to a news release from the J.C.S.O. on the afternoon of Thursday, November 29th 2012, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Krista Jarrell, age 19, of KY Rt. 689 in the Flatgap area. She had been visited earlier in the day by 2 male subjects pretending to be insurance salesmen. The men had obtained business cards from insurance salesmen working for Heritage Insurance Company, a legitimate insurance agency with offices in Lexington, KY. After the 2 men gained entry into the home, Ms. Jarrell asked them to leave. Later that same day, Ms. Jarrell spotted the same 2 men walking up her driveway. The subjects attempted to gain entry into her home a second time. When she would not let them in, they began to taunt her through the windows of her home. According to Jarrell, the male subjects made threatening comments, exposed themselves to her, and pointed a firearm at her. Jarrell called 911. As deputies arrived, the men fled into the hills surrounding Jarrell’s home. Deputies Terry Tussey, David Pridemore, and Richard Salyer searched the area for approximately 2 hours, but were unable to locate the men.  The sheriff’s office would like to remind everyone; if anyone attempts to come into your home under the guise of being a salesman or serviceman, ask to see a picture I.D., such as a Driver’s License. Do not let anyone into your home you are unsure of. If you have any knowledge about this case, or any illegal activity, please contact the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office at 789-3411. If anyone tries to force their way into your home, call 911 immediately. This case is under investigation by Deputy Terry Tussey, Deputy David Pridemore, and Deputy Tim Clark.

PPD Investigating Recent Home Burglary

According to a news release from the Paintsville PD, the agency is currently investigating a Burglary that occurred sometime over the week-end. Unknown person(s) made forced entry through a kitchen window of an apartment located at 763 Sixth Street. Suspect(s) exited the residence with a TV, an assortment of DVD's/Blue-rays, entertainment stand, guitar and playstation games. Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the agency. Leads have been developed in the case and are being investigated. This incident remains under investigation by Capt. Bill Holbrook.

KSP Activity Reports

The following are news releases from the KSP

* On October 28, 2012 Post 9 Pikeville received a call of a burglary of a residence in the Harold community of Floyd County. Tpr. Jonathan Dixon responded to the complaint and spoke with the home owner who stated that she had been missing items from within her residence between the months of September thru October. Tpr. Dixon along with KSP Detective Jimmy Anderson began investigating the crime. On November 28, 2012 Det. Anderson conducted a search of a residence in the Millard community of Pike County recovering items linked to the burglary of the residence in Floyd County. Upon the conclusion of the investigation, Kayla Adkins 26 years old of Pike County was arrested and charged with 1 count of Burglary 1st Degree, 1 count of Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000.00 and Theft by Unlawful Taking Firearm. Mathew Adkins 28 years old of Pike County was also charged with 1 count Burglary 1st Degree, 1 count Theft by Unlawful Taking over $10,000.00 and Theft by Unlawful Taking Firearm. Both subjects were arrested and lodged in the Floyd County Detention Center. This incident remains under investigation by KSP Detective Jimmy Anderson.

* On Friday November 30, 2012 The Kentucky State Police in Ashland received a tip of a suspected methamphetamine lab at a residence located on Rachel Street in Olive Hill, KY. Upon trooper’s arrival, they located a methamphetamine lab, several precursors used to manufacture methamphetamine and several items of drug paraphernalia. April D. Kiser, age 29, of Olive Hill, KY was arrested; charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine 1st Offense and Drug Paraphernalia Buy/Possess and lodged in the Carter County detention Center. Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement Special Investigation also responded and assisted. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper Tye Chavies

* On October 21, 2012 The Kentucky State Police in Ashland received a complaint involving the theft of a small Honda motorcycle, valued over $500.00, from a residence on Haney Lane in Carter County .  An investigation was conducted and the motorcycle was recovered at a local pawn shop and returned to the owner. On Saturday December 1, 2012 Shane Haney, age 26, of Olive Hill, KY was arrested; charged with Burglary 3rd Degree and lodged in the Carter County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing by Trooper David Boarman

 Olive Hill City Council Set to Meet to Discuss Mayor

A special meeting of Olive Hill City Council has been set for tonight to “consider the tendered resignation” of Mayor Danny Sparks. Mayor Sparks was arrested last week after detectives with the FADE Drug Task Force and Olive Hill Police said he sold marijuana to an undercover officer. Olive Hill Police Chief Bobby Hall says the transaction took place within 1,000 feet of Olive Hill Elementary. Sparks was charged with felony trafficking marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, along with a violation of having an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle. Following his arrest, Sparks told the Journal-Times newspaper that the arrest was "a big mistake." That resignation is now expected to become official at Tuesday's special council meeting. Council is also expected to name Sparks’ replacement. No other items are on the agenda. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Sparks is scheduled to appear in court on December 10 at 9 a.m. in Grayson, Ky.

Ky. Atty. Gen. Conway Warns Against Holiday Scams

With the holiday shopping season underway, Attorney General Jack Conway urges Kentucky consumers to be wary of seasonal scams and identity theft. A record number of consumers are turning to their smart phones, tablets and computers for their holiday shopping needs, which has scammers working overtime to develop fraudulent emails and text messages to gain access to your personal information and your identity. General Conway's Office of Consumer Protection has seen an increase in complaints related to fraudulent text messages. Some appear to come from a reputable store, while others involve sweepstakes. The text messages may indicate that consumers have won a sweepstakes or a shopping spree for purchases in a particular store. They are asked to call a number for details or respond to the text. Consumers should not respond, as it only confirms for the scammer that the cell phone numbers are valid and they may attempt to use enticements to obtain personal information from the consumer. Additionally, consumers need to be careful of malicious mobile apps designed to steal information from smartphones or distribute expensive text messages without a user's consent. Malicious apps are usually offered for free and involve some type of fun application or game.

Beware of Seasonal Phishing Scams

Seasonal phishing scams often come disguised as requests for charitable contributions, electronic greeting cards, online shopping advertisements or credit card applications. More sophisticated scammers have even mimicked an electronic shipping update notice from companies like UPS or Amazon.com.

Tips for safe online shopping:

• Only do business with companies you know and trust and that offer secure payment processing. Look for websites that start with https, (the "s" stands for secure).
• To protect yourself against these seasonal phishing scams, verify the communication by calling the company or by logging into your account directly from the business' website.
• Never do business with someone who insists that you wire money.
• Using credit cards while shopping online can offer extra protection. Consider designating one credit card with a lower credit limit for online purchases.
• Keep personal information private. Don't disclose your address, phone number, Social Security number or bank account information to a stranger.
• Never respond to emails or pop-up ads that ask for your personal or financial information.
• Avoid storing credit card information online.

Gift Cards

When buying a gift card, only buy from reputable sources that you know and trust. It is also wise to give the recipient the terms and conditions point of sale material, as well as the receipt confirming the amount purchased on the card. Additionally, consumers should avoid buying gift cards from online auction or "for sale" listing sites, as they can be counterfeit. If you are the victim of a consumer scam, help is available by contacting the Office of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Hotline at 1-888-432-9257 or by visiting ag.ky.gov/civil/consumerprotection. An identity theft packet is also available.