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Attorney General Andy Beshear warned Kentuckians of a fraudulent phone scam where a caller claims to represent a law enforcement charity.

Beshear said his office is receiving reports of a suspicious call, which appears to be coming from a Kentucky phone number, where a caller requests a donation to supposedly help police officers or law enforcement families.

Reports suggest the caller is seeking an immediate payment via methods that are difficult to trace and track – wire transfer, prepaid card or directly to an individual. When asked for details, the caller declines to answer questions or provide legitimate contact information.

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Beshear reminds Kentuckians that not all charitable donation calls are scams and legitimate charities soliciting donations willingly provide information to donors.

“My office is working to ensure that Kentuckians who want to support legitimate charitable organizations are not taken advantage of by con artists,” Beshear said. “When making a charitable donation, I encourage donors to always research the organization before making a contribution.”

Beshear offered the following tips to help protect donors from fraudulent solicitations:

· Visit the Attorney General’s website to find charities registered in Kentucky and to validate active charitable campaigns.

· Verify the charity’s name, location, website and contact information.

· Check what percentage of the charity’s income goes to its purpose on trusted sites like CharityNavigator.org.

· Do not feel pressured to give money or financial information over the phone.

· Ask for a donation form and charity information to be mailed or sent in writing.

· Do not succumb to high-pressure tactics or send cash.

To report a concern about a charitable solicitation contact the Attorney General’s Office at 888-432-9257, and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.

One of Beshear’s top priorities is to protect Kentucky consumers, especially seniors from scams, abuse and exploitation. To help Kentuckians stay up to date on new and trending scams, Beshear launched Scam Alerts – a communication service that alerts Kentuckians when con artists are on the attack.

Beshear urges all Kentuckians to sign up for Scam Alerts by texting the words KYOAG Scam to GOV311 (468311). Or, enroll online at ag.ky.gov/scams and select text message or email alert.

From Attorney General’s Office Communications

 

Abandoned at Blaine...

Netcare Ambulance Lawrence Co. & Blaine Volunteer Fire Department responded to a one vehicle motor vehicle accident at KY 32 and Cains Cr Rd.

The call that went through Lawrence County 911 at a little after midnight Tuesday night. Lawrence County Deputy Sheriff Mack Wilhite also responded to the scene.

When the Emergency responders got to the site of the accident, the car was abandoned.

The late model car was traveling out of Cains Creek Rd, toward Rt. 32 when it went off the road into Butch Smith’s cow field ripping out the fence on its way down the hill.

The car belongs to Samantha Lewis; however she was not present at the scene when the responders got there. A 911 spokesman said she later returned and got the car about 1:20 am.

No charges have been filed at this time.   

Pikeville Police Department’s K9, Yelo, receives body armor 

Appalachian News-Express

Pikeville Police Officer Josh Lawson poses for a photo with Yelo, showing the body armor which was donated to the department recently by Vested Interests in K9s. The vest is bullet- and stab-protective.Pikeville Police Officer Josh Lawson poses for a photo with Yelo, showing the body armor which was donated to the department recently by Vested Interests in K9s. The vest is bullet- and stab-protective.Pikeville Police Department’s K9 Yelo has received a bullet- and stab-protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s Inc. 

K9 Yelo’s vest is embroidered with the statement “In memory of K9 Ike, Vancouver Police Department, WA.”

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, Massachusetts, whose mission is to provide bullet- and stab-protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. 

Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s has provided more than 1,900 protective vests in 49 states through private and corporate donations, at a cost of more than $1.7 million. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, Mich.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

In Louisa, police chieg Greg Fugitt said the police dog his department has doesn't require a vest.

"No we don't have one," Fugitt said. "Our dog is a single purpose narcotics only dog. Most duel purpose, narcotics/apprehension dogs use those vests." 

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $1,050. Each vest has a value between $1,795 and $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of four to five pounds. 

There are an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Grant funds bulletproof vests for deputies

The Winchester Sun

All Clark County deputy sheriffs have better protection after getting new bulletproof vests, thanks to a grant from Kentucky Homeland Security.

Sheriff body armorSheriff body armorClark County Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said his office received the $13,300 grant a couple months ago, which would be used to purchase 20 new vests for his regular deputies and active reserve deputies.

“Our vests had expired,” Perdue said. “They have a five-year life on them. Ours have been a little outdated, and it was time for an upgrade.”

Perdue supplemented the grant with about $4,000 in drug forfeiture money to purchase better, more comfortable vests. He said deputies wore the old vests under their uniform shirts and they were bulky, hot and often uncomfortable.

The new style is worn over the uniform shirt and looks like a formal uniform on the front. Deputies can easily remove the vests if they will be working in the office, Perdue said.

The change has made a difference.

“I have guys who were reluctant wearing vests now like them,” he said. “Everybody’s wearing them now.”

Perdue said he saw other departments using this style of vest and thought it would work for his deputies. They also offer increased protection, he said, which has become even more critical in the wake of recent attacks on police in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

“With what we’re going through, it’s crucial,” Perdue said. 

“Anything can happen anywhere.”

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