Monthly Archives: December 2017

Year in crime and courts: Justice comes in cold case murders

Justice for the murder of 26-year-old Norwich mother Jaclyn Wirth took more more than five years, but persistence paid off with the conviction of her killer in February.

Lashawn Cecil, 36, was sentenced in April to 58 years in prison, two years less than the maximum, after a jury found him guilty of shooting Wirth through her apartment door on Dec. 14, 2011, leaving her wounded and dying in front of her two boys, then ages 7 and 2.

The case remained unsolved for three years, but Norwich police didn’t give up searching for clues and arrested Cecil in February 2015.

“They never let it go,” said Wirth’s aunt, Peggy Lufkin. “They treated her like she was their daughter, their sister.”

Lufkin is raising Wirth’s sons.

“Both will have a void in their

Read more at: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/news/20171231/year-in-crime-and-courts-justice-comes-in-cold-case-murders

Vernon Sheriff asking for help solving 1989 cold case homicide – KPLC

As we head out to celebrate the new year tonight, it will be a cold one! Temperatures already did not warm up much today, and will cool down to below freezing tonight. So, when you head out tonight, make sure to bundle up! A Hard Freeze Warning has been issued for all of Southwest Louisiana and is in effect from 2 AM tonight until 9 AM Monday. We will have clear skies, and no chance for any rain. Monday and Tuesday have some of the coldest weather for the year. 

Read more at: http://www.kplctv.com/story/37167055/vernon-sheriff-asking-for-help-solving-1989-cold-case-homicide

District Attorney Pete Skandalakis to leave office after 25 years of service – Newnan Times

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District Attorney Pete Skandalakis looks into the gallery at the victim’s family during a plea hearing in Troup County for convicted murderer Thomas Lee.

Pete Skandalakis has led the charge against some of the most heinous crimes committed in five counties. 

Skandalakis has been the district attorney for the Coweta Judicial Circuit for more than 25 years. The circuit encompasses Coweta, Meriwether, Heard, Carroll and Troup Counties. 

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Read more at: http://times-herald.com/news/2017/12/district-attorney-pete-skandalakis-to-leave-office-after-25-years-of-service

Cloud lifted over Virginia cold case of farm manager blasted by shotgun on New Year’s Eve 1980

Brad Baker had the special allure of the handsome stranger in town when his date arrived to pick him up at his place in Virginia hunt country on New Year’s Eve 1980.

Baker, 31, an Indiana native, made his way to the Old Dominion in the 1970s to study agricultural economics at Virginia Tech.

He applied his studies in a series of farm-management jobs amid the manure-chic estates west of Washington, D.C., where he became known as an early-adapting environmentalist and farm-to-table advocate.

The charming, mop-topped newcomer moved easily between the manicured owners and their dirty-nailed hired hands. He wore bib overalls and business suits equally well.

Just before Christmas in 1980, Baker landed a dream job as manager of Kinloch Farm, a 2,000-acre estate in The Plains, Va., owned by the Currier family, heirs to the Andrew Mellon fortune.

Ten days later, his New Year’s Eve date with a radiologist from the local

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/tip-solves-va-cold-case-man-murdered-new-year-eve-1980-article-1.3727833

Unsolved murder of Michael Heatherly in Walmart parking lot tops regional homicide stories in 2017

Saltville authorities charged Christopher Allen Wright, 36, of Marion, and Nathaniel Shane Prewitt, 38, of Swords Creek, in the death of 61-year-old Robert Vollmer (pictured), whose body was found in a septic tank in February.

Read more at: http://www.heraldcourier.com/news/unsolved-murder-of-michael-heatherly-in-walmart-parking-lot-tops/article_ec3fc8c5-d369-5bb5-aca1-bf1011310ec0.html

Cold case: Murders, disappearances in Dutchess remain unsolved

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New York State Police Troop K continue to investigate cold cases throughout Dutchess County. Abbott Brant/Poughkeepsie Journal
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Over the last year, the Poughkeepsie Journal covered a number of mysterious deaths and disappearances in Dutchess County by shedding light on New York State Police cold cases. 

There are 53 open and ongoing cold cases being investigated by state police Troop K, which covers Dutchess, Putnam, Columbia and Westchester counties.

Each of these cases involves an unsolved homicide, locations of unidentified human remains, or a missing person. 

COLD CASE: Who killed Ronald Green? 

20 YEARS LATER: I-84 killing remains unsolved

UNSOLVED: Mystery remains in 1971 Pawling homicide

“A cold case is any unsolved criminal investigation which remains open pending the discovery of new evidence,” said Trooper

Read more at: http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/2017/12/30/cold-case-murders-disappearances-dutchess-remain-unsolved/989612001/

ONLY ON 7: Son, investigators ask for public’s help in unsolved …

EASLEY, SC – The Pickens County Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in solving a 2-year-old murder case.

On December 29th, 2015, Clarence Homcombe, 54, was found dead in his Easley home on Planters Way.

According to the Sheriff’s office, investigators have a 95% homicide solve rate over the past 5 years. Holcombe’s murder is currently the only unsolved case under the Sheriff Rick Clark’s administration.

“Let’s end all this for the family and make sure that we close this up, and stop some of the hurt that this family is going through,” said Sheriff Clark on Friday.

Holcombe’s son, Matthew Holcombe, has been seeking justice for his father ever since his abrupt death.

“He meant the world to me, and still does,” he told 7 News in an exclusive interview.

Holcombe’s death was

Read more at: http://wspa.com/2017/12/29/only-on-7-son-investigators-ask-for-publics-help-on-anniversary-of-unsolved-murder-case/