Monthly Archives: October 2017

Unsolved: A look at five unsolved murder cases in Aiken County

Over the past three decades there have been numerous murder cases in Aiken County that come across the desks of investigators, and Aiken Standard is working on a series that will look into these cases that have never reached a conclusion.

Here are the first five of these local murder cases that area law enforcement has been unable to crack:

Ann Fox Smith

Ann Fox Smith was a special education and hearing impaired teacher at Kennedy Middle School, and she was a loving mother to three children – two sons and a daughter.

Smith, 47, was found stabbed to death inside her Whitney Drive home on April 25, 2008. Her co-workers found her body after she did not show up for work, according to the report.

Investigators with the Aiken Department of Public Safety searched the house and in 2008 they claimed they couldn’t find a weapon or signs of a forced entry.

Now, more than

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Family offers $10,000 reward five years after unsolved murder of …

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –  With signs in hand that read “This could be your loved one,” family and friends asked drivers along New Cut Road to help find justice for Bryan Lewis, five years after his murder.

“Bryan was amazing. He was quiet. He was shy. He was innocent. He loved everybody,” Rhonda Mars, Lewis’ mother, said.

Aside from the tragedy itself, the not knowing “why” can be the hardest part.

“Unless you’re going through it, there’s not a feeling like it,” Pam Lewis, Bryan Lewis’ aunt, said.

“Pure hell, pure hell. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Bryan,” Mars said.  

In 2012, the 21-year-old was staying at his mother’s house near Taylor Boulevard and Bicknell Avenue when someone broke in, shooting him multiple times before also killing his dog Champ, who tried to protect him. Police have said Lewis was likely not the intended target.

“I cry every day. There’s times I can’t breathe

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Family offers $10000 reward five years after unsolved murder of 21-year-old man and his dog

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) –  With signs in hand that read “This could be your loved one,” family and friends asked drivers along New Cut Road to help find justice for Bryan Lewis, five years after his murder.

“Bryan was amazing. He was quiet. He was shy. He was innocent. He loved everybody,” Rhonda Mars, Lewis’ mother, said.

Aside from the tragedy itself, the not knowing “why” can be the hardest part.

“Unless you’re going through it, there’s not a feeling like it,” Pam Lewis, Bryan Lewis’ aunt, said.

“Pure hell, pure hell. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about Bryan,” Mars said.  

In 2012, the 21-year-old was staying at his mother’s house near Taylor Boulevard and Bicknell Avenue when someone broke in, shooting him multiple times before also killing his dog Champ, who tried to protect him. Police have said Lewis was likely not the intended target.

“I cry every day. There’s times I can’t breathe

Read more at: http://www.wdrb.com/story/36651466/family-offers-10000-reward-five-years-after-unsolved-murder-of-21-year-old-man-and-his-dog

Region Cold Case Files: Who killed Paul Chamness? The 44-year-old truck driver was murdered in broad daylight in …

Region Cold Case Files: Who killed Daniel Shively? Dyer police say they’re looking for a Scion.

DYER — Serious crimes are few and far between in Dyer, a town of nearly 16,000 people that ranked in the state’s top 10 safest cities in 2016. 

But there’s one cold case Dyer police detectives can’t seem to shake.

Daniel Shively, 24, was struck and killed in the middle of the night June 3, 2012, and the driver didn’t bother to stick around to see if he lived. 

Shively had a family. He had kids. He was one of Dyer’s own. 

“As time goes on, we know it will be harder and harder to solve. But someone out there knows something,” Dyer Police Chief David Hein said. “This case stays in the back of our heads. Our detectives are constantly working.”

Though the case remains unsolved, it’s not necessarily for a lack of physical evidence. 

The damage to the car

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Interpol: Where Politics Takes a Back Seat to Fighting Crime

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Oct 21, 2017 | 13:57 GMT

Fred Burton

The following piece is part of an occasional series in which Fred Burton, Stratfor’s vice president of security, reflects on his storied experience as a counterterrorism agent for the U.S. State Department.

Late last month, the world of police cooperation got just a little wider as the Palestinian Authority joined Interpol. To an old counterterrorism agent like me, the vote to allow the Palestinians into the organization, which helps connect police agencies worldwide, represents an important shift in the world of law enforcement.

Palestinian-directed terrorist attacks occurred all over the globe on my watch, especially in the 1980s. As a frequent target of those attacks, Israel tried to delay the Interpol vote, arguing that Palestine was not a state and

Read more at: https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/interpol-where-politics-takes-back-seat-fighting-crime

How Georgia investigators cracked a 34-year-old cold case

Timothy Coggins, 23, was found dead next to high tension power lines off Highway 19 in Spalding County. That was Oct. 9, 1983. Now, 34 years later, investigators have arrested five people in connection with the killing. 

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Cold case suspect in 1998 Salem murder extradited back to Oregon

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Fernando Cortez was arrested in Oxnard, California.
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A California man arrested in connection with a 1998 cold case homicide in Salem was extradited back to Oregon and arraigned on murder charges Thursday.

After years of living under an alias, Fernando Cortez, 38, was located at his home in Oxnard — a thousand miles away from where he allegedly shot and killed a Salem teen in a Circle K parking lot. 

Cortez is accused of shooting Alfredo Lopez-Nabor, 16, during a fight outside a convenience store on 4710 Portland Road NE on May 9, 1998. 

Salem police Lt. Dave Okada said investigators believe the fight was gang-related.

Read more at: http://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/crime/2017/10/20/cold-case-suspect-1998-salem-murder-extradited-back-oregon/782755001/

Police Arrest A Baltimore Man for Unsolved Murder of UMES Studen …

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Maryland State Police have arrested a Baltimore man for murdering a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore more than four years ago.

Police arrested 25-year-old Davonta M. Braxton, of Baltimore, Md., around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, on the university’s campus.

Officers say Braxton is charged in connection to the murder of 21-year-old Edmond St. Clair, who was a student at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). Braxton has been a student at the university, but is not currently enrolled, according to school records.

Troopers say St. Clair’s murder happened around 9:00 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2013. According to police, St. Clair was a passenger in a car traveling across campus when he and those he was traveling with encountered several people who were walking in the street.

The investigation revealed St. Clair got out of the car and a fight broke out, during which he was stabbed

Read more at: http://www.wboc.com/story/36644768/police-arrest-a-baltimore-man-for-unsolved-murder-of-umes-student

Police Arrest A Baltimore Man for Unsolved Murder of UMES Student

Ever since the Dover Bridge area started construction, one business, which sits just at the end of the bridge, has lost nearly $60,000 each year.

Now with traffic down to just one lane as workers get ready to start pipework, that business’ owner says it likely won’t get better.

Read more at: http://www.wboc.com/story/36644768/police-arrest-a-baltimore-man-for-unsolved-murder-of-umes-student