Juveniles charged in fatal shooting in Maceo identified

March 31, 2010

Five people arrested in the Feb. 10 shooting death of Joshua Newcomb were arraigned in Daviess Circuit Court Wednesday on charges of murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence.

The hearing was the first time three juveniles arrested in the case have been identified. They are Cameron Agee, 17, of Utica, Troey Dehoog-Roberts, 17, of Owensboro and William Jared Sigers of Owensboro, who was 17 years old at the time he was arrested but has since turned 18. Joshua Paul Orr and Dakota Christopher Galloway, both 18-year-old Owensboro residents, were also arraigned on the charges.

Each pleaded not guilty to the charges, and Judge Joe Castlen set their bonds at $250,000, full cash. Orr, Galloway and Sigers are being held in the Daviess County Detention Center and Agee and Dehoog-Roberts are being held at the juvenile detention center in Bowling Green.

Investigators believe Newcomb was killed by a shotgun blast when the group of five came to his home on Kentucky 2830 the afternoon of Feb. 10, entered the residence and attempted to rob him of money and drugs, according to reports from the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department.

Detectives said Orr was armed with a shotgun, while the others were armed with two baseball bats and a claw hammer.

Investigators have said that Newcomb attempted to flee to a bedroom, and they believe Orr fired a shotgun through the bedroom door, striking Newcomb in the neck.

A witness in the home at the time of the incident identified Orr as the shooter, detectives said.

The next scheduled court appearance for the five is a pretrial hearing is scheduled for May 10.

I wonder if they took back his diploma …

March 31, 2010

A Daviess County juvenile was arrested on March 24 for public intoxication.

That in itself might not be surprising … but what is odd is where the teen chose to get drunk.

According to Daviess County Sheriff’s Department reports, the teen was noticed acting intoxicated at a Juvenile Drug Court graduation ceremony.

After being charged, the teen graduated to the juvenile detention center in Bowling Green.

It’s always the frozen foods that suffer …

March 30, 2010

A Daviess County man called sheriff’s deputies last week, after discovering someone had broken into his house and stolen items from his freezer.

The man, who lives on Fairview Drive, called deputies on Feb. 21, when he discovered a broken window in the basement. The man also reported frozen meat and other frozen items had been taken from his freezer.

When a sheriff’s deputy arrived, he discovered the items from the freezer scattered on the man’s front lawn. A vehicle driven by the man’s ex-girlfriend was also parked behind the house.

When questioned later, the woman said she had not broken into the home. A sheriff’s department report says the woman told the deputy she had been invited to the home and let herself in with a key.

The woman said she became angry after waiting several hours for the man to return, and admitted venting her rage on the food in the freezer.

The deputy told the woman to stay away from the residence in the future.

Man accused in fatal hit-and-run to have case heard by Grand Jury

March 29, 2010

Jeffrey John Kotarek — the man charged with murder last week in the hit-and-run death of 13 year-old Madalynn Matlock — will have his case heard by a Daviess County Grand Jury.

Monday afternoon, Daviess District Court Judge David Payne ruled there was sufficient evidence to send the case against Kotarek to a Grand Jury. Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Kuegel said he hopes to present the case to the Grand Jury in May.

Kotarek, 46, of Utica was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and leaving the scene of an injury accident without rendering aid in the March 6 incident on Old Kentucky 54 near Philpot.

Matlock, a student at College View Middle School, died March 10 of her injuries in Louisville.

Detective Jerry Spurrier of the Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, testified detectives recovered several pieces from a Ford Bronco — including the Bronco’s emblem — at the scene of the accident.

Spurrier said the Kentucky State Police lab in Frankfort reports it has found traces of blood and fiber on the Bronco. Under cross-examination, Spurrier said it has not been determined if the blood was from a person on an animal.

Spurrier said Kotarek told investigators he struck a deer the night Matlock was hit.

Woolfolk’s sentencing rescheduled to April 12

March 29, 2010

The sentencing of Prince Wilbert Woolfolk, a former Owensboro minister convicted of raping a 17-year-old girl in 1984, has been rescheduled for next month.

The sentencing was planned for Monday but was moved to April 12. This is the second time Woolfolk’s sentencing has been rescheduled.

At the time of the rape, Woolfolk, who is now 77, was pastor of Seventh Street Church of God in Christ in Owensboro.

Woolfolk was convicted in January, with the jury recommending a 20-year sentence.

Pants are not optional

March 25, 2010

An Owensboro woman was charged with indecent exposure Wednesday after she was confronted, without her pants, by a sheriff’s deputy.

According to Daviess County Sheriff’s Department reports, a deputy was approaching a vehicle on Graham Lane that had been in an accident when he was met by Haley B. Ebelhar, 19, of the 200 block of East 21st Street. The report says Ebelhar was only wearing a shirt.

Ebelhar’s vehicle had two road signs stuck to the front from the accident. The report says Ebelhar smelled of alcohol and told the deputy she had recently consumed 2 or 3 shots of vodka.

The sheriff’s department report says Ebelhar was unsteady on her feet but refused to take any road sobriety tests. Ebelhar also declined to take a blood alcohol test, saying it was possible she had cocaine in her system from a previous use.

In addition to be being charged with indecent exposure, Ebelhar was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.

Crime Stoppers seeks help nabbing bedding bandits

March 24, 2010

The Owensboro Police Department and Crime Stoppers are seeking tips that will help officers catch a gang of bedding bandits.

According to an OPD press release, a group of six black women entered the Sears Department store in Towne Square Mall on March 10. The press release says: “It is believed they were working together to shoplift bedding items from the store.

“They left without paying for the items in an older model maroon Chevy Impala,” the press release says.

Anyone with any information is asked to call Crime Stopper at 687-8484. Crime Stoppers will give a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

Not guilty plea entered for man charged in hit-and-run death of student

March 24, 2010

A not guilty plea was entered Wednesday for the Utica man charged with murder in the hit-and-run death of Madalynn Matlock.

Jeffrey John Kotarek, 46, had the not guilty plea entered automatically Wednesday morning in Daviess District Court.

Matlock, 13, was struck by a vehicle on March 6 on Old Kentucky 54 near Philpot and died from her injuries on March 10. Kotarek was charged Tuesday with murder, tampering with physical evidence and leaving the scene of an injury accident without rendering aid.

District Court Judge Lisa Jones set Kotarek’s bond at 10 percent of $200,000, meaning Kotarek must pay $20,000 in cash.

Kotarek’s attorney, Sands Chewning, said Kotarek “is a very low risk” of flight. Chewning said Kotarek has cooperated with the investigation and turned himself in within hours of an arrest warrant being issued Monday.

“Everybody is presumed innocent” in the court system, Chewning said. “… We want to make sure he’s not punished” before having his time in court.

An examining trial in the case has been set for Monday in District Court, Division II. An examining trial is when evidence is presented by prosecutors and the judge determines whether to send the case to a grand jury.

Owensboro residents warned to beware of phone scam

March 23, 2010

Owensboro residents are warned to beware of a phone scam.

According to a city press release issued Tuesday, some residents have been contacted by a person claiming to be raising money for the Owensboro Fire Department.

The press release said the fire department is not soliciting funds.

Anyone who receives such as call should contact the state Attorney General’s office, at (502) 696-5300.

Ocsar The Grouch better have a solid alibi

March 23, 2010

The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department received a report from a Utica man who reported his trash toter had been stolen.

The report says the man put the toter – which was full of trash – out in front of his house on Thursday, March 18.

The man told a sheriff’s deputy someone stole the full toter and then moved his second toter – which was half-full of garbage – from the back of the house to the front.

The man said he had no clue who would want to steal one of his trash toters.