Category: crime

Woman driving toy truck pulled over, arrested for public intoxication in South Carolina

WALHALLA, S.C. — Police in South Carolina pulled over a woman driving a child’s Power Wheels truck on the street.

Wahalla Police Chief Sean Brinson said officers arrested 25-year-old Megan Holman Monday. She was charged with public intoxication.

Brinson told WYFF officers responded to the scene after someone called authorities about a suspicious person.

He said Holman was about a mile from her house at the time of her arrest, and she was under the influence of a narcotic.

Las Vegas man sentenced for traveling to Utah to meet 13-year-old for sex

ST. GEORGE, Utah — A Las Vegas man was sentenced to federal prison last week for traveling to Utah to meet with a minor for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act.

James Allen Wynhoff, 37, was arrested in Hurricane on November 18 after traveling to a location where he had agreed to meet with a Davis County Sheriff’s Office detective posing as a 13-year-old girl.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Wynhoff and the agent communicated on the Kik social media platform, where Wynhoff posed questions about the girl’s sexual history and solicited her for sex.

Wynhoff also solicited pictures of the girl and sent a photo of male genitalia, the affidavit said.

On Friday, Wynhoff was sentenced to four years in federal prison (in either Englewood, Colorado or Segoville, Texas). He was also ordered to undergo a sex offender treatment program and an intensive, nine-month/500-hour substance abuse rehabilitation program.

A sentencing document indicates Wynhoff will be on supervised release for 20 years upon his release from prison, and he’ll have to register as a sex offender.



Police say Utah man charged in sex abuse case told teen he would ‘hunt her down’ if she didn’t comply

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — A man is charged with sexual extortion and 17 related counts after police say he told a teenage girl he would “hunt her down” if she didn’t have sex with him.

Charging documents filed Tuesday against 40-year-old Patrick Neal Mecham of Kearns allege the man was giving a teen girl methamphetamine staring at the age of 13.

The documents further state the man sexually abused the teen, who told police she felt pressured to submit to sex with the man because she had seen him physically assault his wife because he thought his wife had been with other men.

Police became aware of the alleged abuse after a tip from one of the victim’s relatives.

The document states in one case “Mecham texted her while she was at home and said that if she didn’t [have sex with him], he would hunt her down.”

Text messages between the two showed several discussions about sexual activity and the sale of marijuana. The teen told police she and the man smoked methamphetamine together each time the sexual abuse occurred.

Mecham faces one count of aggravated sexual extortion as a first-degree felony, two felony counts of distribution of a controlled substance, and six counts of unlawful sexual conduct with a minor as third-degree felonies.

He is also charged with five counts of child endangerment as third-degree felonies and five counts of enticing a minor as class A misdemeanors.

Unified Police seek man who evaded officers after chase, say he’s armed and dangerous

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Unified Police are looking for a man they said should be considered armed and dangerous after a chase that went from Taylorsville to West Valley City early Thursday.

Police are looking for James Carter, who they described as a white supremacist gang member.

A sergeant in an unmarked vehicle spotted Carter in the passenger seat of a stolen vehicle in Taylorsville around 1 a.m. When he attempted a traffic stop, the woman driving the car fled.

The chase continued into West Valley City, where police spiked the tires to disable the vehicle. Both occupants fled on foot from there, and police apprehended the woman.

Carter evaded officers and is still on the run.

“We did several tracks to no avail tonight, so we don’t know if he got into a house, if he has a friend in the area…. possibly a car scooped him up,” said Lt. Bill Robertson with Unified Police.

Police have not yet released the identity of the woman who was driving the vehicle, but they said she has an extensive criminal history and existing warrants.

Carter is described as a male in his mid 40s, but no further description was immediately available.

West Virginia man accused of murdering his girlfriend’s teenage daughter

BATH, W. Va. – A West Virginia man is accused of murdering his girlfriend’s 15-year-old daughter, law enforcement said.

Andy J. McCauley Jr. was arrested and charged in Riley Crossman’s murder, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Department said.

Riley has been missing since May 8, when her mother learned she did not attend school, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.

McCauley has been a “person of interest since day one,” Morgan County Sheriff K.C. Bohrer said in a news conference Thursday.

Authorities believe they found Riley’s body Thursday morning, pending confirmation through an autopsy.

The body was found positioned over an embankment in a rural mountain road section of Tuscarora Pike near the mountain top, the statement said.

Officials informed Morgan County Schools, where Riley attended, and counseling will be in place for students at Berkeley Springs High School tomorrow.

The man suspected of fatally shooting an Alabama police officer is in custody, officials say

By Amanda Watts and Joe Sterling, CNN

Authorities have captured a man suspected of killing a police officer who responded to a late Sunday domestic disturbance call in Auburn, Alabama, Auburn University Campus Safety said on Monday

Police had been aggressively searching for the suspect, identified as Grady Wayne Wilkes, 29. Hours later, on Monday morning, authorities issued an “all-clear.”

“Police report the suspect in the off-campus shooting is in custody,” Campus Safety said in a tweet on Monday morning. “ALL CLEAR.”

There were no immediate details on the suspect’s arrest.

Immediately after the shooting, authorities warned the suspect was “considered armed and dangerous.”

“Wilkes may be wearing camo clothing with body armor & helmet,” AU Campus Safety said on Twitter.

The shooting happened at a mobile home park about five miles west of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Two other officers were shot and wounded in the incident, officials said, but they’re expected to recover.

“This is probably the worst day of my time here,” Paul Register, Auburn chief of police, said Monday at a news conference. “Words cannot express the loss of this family, our family and this community.”

Two teens in custody after burglary at West Valley City elementary school

WEST VALLEY CITY — Two 13-year-old boys are facing charges after police said they broke into an elementary school and stole a laptop early Wednesday morning.

Lt. Matheson with West Valley City Police said the crime occurred shortly after 2 a.m. Wednesday at Granger Elementary, located at 3700 South and 1950 West.

Matheson said the two 13-year-old boys smashed a rear door at the school and took a laptop. An alarm was triggered, and Granite School District called police.

Officers reviewed surveillance footage, which showed the boys’ direction of travel after leaving. They were located in a field north of the school.

Both boys were booked into juvenile detention and will face charges of burglary and criminal mischief.

The stolen laptop was returned and the broken door secured.

Missouri man accused of mutilating Craigslist cats placed on house arrest; neighbors are concerned

ST. PETERS, Mo. – Some people living in 20-year-old Kaine Loudazer’s St. Peters neighborhood told KTVI Monday they are not happy that he’s out of jail.

“I’m surprised that he’s out this quick,” said neighbor Doug Custer.

“It has kind of put things into a tense situation actually you know?” said another neighbor, Tim Weber.

Louzader was arrested just a few doors down from them Friday and charged with animal abuse. Police said he bought dozens of cats and kittens on Craigslist, only to kill and mutilate them.

“It’s disturbing,” Weber said.

“I don’t understand what makes people’s brains work that way,” Custer said.

Louzader’s attorney, Eric Boehmer said he is surprised by this case.

“This kind of came out of the blue,” Boehmer said. “No criminal history, no previous allegations of similar behavior. He had good grades in school.”

Louzader worked at Mercy Hospital in St. Charles. 

In a statement to KTVI, the hospital said:

“As soon as we learned of the charges, we immediately suspended his employment with Mercy. He has since resigned. He is no longer employed by Mercy.”

KTVI asked if the hospital is investigating Louzader’s conduct with patients, but they didn’t receive a response.

Boehmer said his client’s mental health is being evaluated.

“He will be on house arrest,” Boehmer explained. “He will be confined to his parents’ house to monitor him, to keep an eye on him and will have a GPS electronic monitoring.”

The Humane Society of Missouri advised people adopting out pets to use extra care. 

“The use of entities such as Craigslist definitely are not a good idea to find a new home for a pet because they do not vet the prospective new owner,” president Kathy Warnick said. 

The prosecuting attorney’s office told KTVI more charges are possible as detectives continue to investigate.

Sex offender arrested for being in the presence of a teenage girl — again, Unified police say

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — Police arrested a man in Taylorsville Friday who they say violated the terms of his probation as a sex offender — for the second time since last year.

Rudolfo Jesus Trevino, 31, was arrested on charges of being in the presence of a child, a violation of his terms as a registered sex offender, according to court documents.

When he was pulled over for driving without insurance, police say he attempted to hide a 14-year-old girl under a blanket in his backseat — the same girl who he was convicted of for the same charge a year ago.

Trevino has a long list of previous convictions: simple assault in 2006, attempting forcible sexual abuse in 2009, failing to register as a sex offender in 2013, violating a protective order in 2017, providing false information to police officers in 2017, assault by a prisoner and being in the presence of a child in 2018.

In Friday’s arrest, he is also accused possessing a dangerous weapon (violating his terms as a convicted felon), failing to stop at the command of police, interfering with an arresting officer, providing false information and driving without insurance.

Police seek gunman after man wounded in shooting at Bluffdale home

BLUFFDALE, Utah – Police are looking for a man accused of shooting another man at his home in Bluffdale Sunday night.

Officers are searching for the suspected gunman, who they identified as 36-year-old Ryan Holladay and said should be considered armed and dangerous.

Holladay is described as a white man who stands 6-feet tall and weighs 225 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Police said he left the scene in a black 2017 Ford F-350 pickup truck with Utah license plate: 8D4VD.

Anyone who sees the man or who has knowledge of his whereabouts should contact police.

Saratoga Springs Police said things began around 9:30 p.m. Sunday when Holladay went to another man’s home near 153rd South and 11th West.

Chief of Police Andrew Burton said the two men had done some kind of business together.

“They had had a disagreement about the billing and so forth, but almost without warning the man who came to the residence pulled a gun and fired, we believe he fired six shots,” Burton said.

Police said the victim was hit once in the torso and once in the arm and that Holladay fled the scene.

Burton said they did not locate any shell casings, so they believe the gun was a revolver.

The victim was taken to a hospital. Specific details about his condition were not immediately clear.

Fox 13 News will update this story as more details emerge.