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It is the mission of the Boone County Sheriff Department to develop a highly trained, efficient, and professional law enforcement officer in order to provide outstanding service to the citizens of Boone County, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and our Country. In order to reach this goal I have attempted to build an organization with outstanding individuals that clearly display high moral integrity coupled with excellent capabilities and the drive to work with pride to accomplish this goal. I have long recognized that outstanding accomplishments can be obtained when each member of the department not only understand the goals and objectives of the department, but also identifies with them to the extent that ownership of these goals and objectives are shared by all.

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On Friday, February 15th, 2019, at 2:21 a.m. a two vehicle traffic collision on Burlington Pike (KY 18) at the intersection of Aero Parkway in Florence, Kentucky claimed the life of one of the drivers.

A 2008 Jaguar S type, operated by Joseph Sohmer, 36, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, was traveling westbound on Burlington Pike (KY 18) approaching the intersection and traffic signal with Aero Parkway. Initial investigation shows Sohmer appears to have disregarded the red traffic light and proceeded into the intersection. Sohmer then struck a 2007 Volvo semi-tractor trailer, operated by Stanley Prather, 53, of Hamilton, Ohio who was traveling northbound through the intersection from Oakbrook Drive, across Burlington Pike, and onto northbound Aero Parkway.

Sohmer’s vehicle struck the semi-tractor trailer broadside in the right side of the trailer in a ‘T-bone’ manner, and continued underneath the entire trailer where it eventually was expelled through the left side. Sohmer’s vehicle then exited the roadway into a nearby grass embankment where it came to final rest position. Prather’s vehicle immediately stopped after the collision causing it to block all lanes of northbound Aero Parkway. All of westbound Burlington Pike (KY 18) at the intersection was closed during the collision investigation.

Sohmer was not wearing his seat belt, and was pronounced deceased at the scene by Burlington Fire/EMS. Prather was not injured in the collision. Alcohol and speed are suspected factors in the collision. Prather was operating commercially for Triumphant Transportation out of West Chester, Ohio.

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office Accident Reconstruction Unit is handling the investigation. No charges have been filed at this time. Any witnesses are asked to contact the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at 859-334-2175. Next of kin have been notified. The roadway and intersection reopened at approximately 4:35 a.m.
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Riddles Run is closed from Hathaway Rd south to 10314 Riddles Run due to rising water.

If you see any roads that are impassable, let us know by calling 859-371-1234.
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On 2/5/2019, at approximately 8:50 a.m. Boone County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1300 block of Boone Aire Road in (unincorporated) Florence, Kentucky for a theft from vehicle report. Once deputies arrived on scene, the victim stated that he had witnessed some suspicious activity in the area, in addition to reporting the theft. Deputies made contact with a suspicious male described by the victim, and he was ultimately arrested. Additionally, deputies learned of a female accomplice who had left the area but was later arrested in Taylor Mill, KY.

Jeremy E. Self, 33, of Springfield, OH was arrested and charged with one (1) count of Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, Class D Felony, three (3) counts of Receiving Stolen Property U/$10,000, Class D Felony, and one (1) count of Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or More, Class C Felony. The Receiving Stolen Property charges are related to four (4) stolen vehicles.

Laura L. Jones, 32, of Sabina, OH was arrested this evening by Taylor Mill Police on a Boone County warrant stemming from this same case and charged with (2) counts of Receiving Stolen Property U/$10,000 and one (1) count of Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or More.

Shortly after responding to the 1300 block of Boone Aire, deputies were dispatched to the Abner Gaines House on Old Nicholson Road in Walton, KY for a report of a suspicious black Kia and white Ford pickup that were stuck in the mud. Deputies quickly linked these calls together after locating a set of Kia Spectra and Ford F-150 car keys in Self’s pocket on Boone Aire. These recovered keys matched the black Kia Spectra and white Ford F-150 which were located on Old Nicholson and stuck in the mud. Deputies confirmed that the black Kia Spectra was a reported stolen vehicle out of Washington Courthouse, Ohio which had stolen plates affixed to it out of Springfield Township, OH.

On or about 2/4/2019, Jones and Self had traveled to Walton for an unknown reason in the stolen Kia Spectra. After getting the Kia stuck in the mud, the pair then allegedly stole two (2) trucks from a business on Mullen Drive.

The 2001 white Ford F-150, which was also found stuck in the mud next to the Kia, was later found to be stolen from D&D Industrial Contracting on Mullen Drive. Deputies later learned after making contact with the business, that a white 2004 Chevrolet pickup had also been stolen. This stolen vehicle was later located stuck in the mud at Whitestone Links near Boone Aire Road.

In and around the stolen white Chevrolet pickup at Whitehouse Links was a variety of what is suspected to be stolen property.

Deputies later learned that Jones had left the Boone Aire area prior to deputies arriving for the theft report and was able to get a ride to a Taylor Mill apartment. Jones entered a nearby daycare claiming that her boyfriend had abandoned her; she was covered in mud and on crutches. Jones requested a ride back to Taylor Mill and one of the daycare workers drove her to an apartment complex in Taylor Mill. The Taylor Mill Police Department assisted in this investigation by locating the crutches, muddy clothes and shoes that Jones was later described as wearing by witnesses. Jones was later arrested at this same apartment on the Boone County warrant.

After dropping Jones off in Taylor Mill, the daycare worker noticed a police presence on Boone Aire next to where she works. She told deputies that she had just dropped a female off in Taylor Mill. Deputies later identified Jones through witness statements and documents that were recovered in the stolen Kia Spectra.

Deputies were also able to link Jones and Self to the stolen white Chevrolet after Jones affiliated herself with the truck to the daycare worker.

On the scene at the 1300 block of Boone Aire Road, deputies located a red Chevrolet dump truck which was later reported as stolen from Reminiscent Herb Farm, a nearby business on Boone Aire. A separate vehicle was also broken into at Reminiscent Herb Farm where items were stolen.

Deputies obtained a witness statement from the victim who stated that he had observed Jones and Self sitting in the dump truck on the night of 2/4/2019 and then again on 2/5/2019. The victim had observed an argument between Self and Jones which prompted Jones to walk away from the dump truck. The victim observed Self acting suspiciously in the parking lot and then he went to check on his vehicle to discover that it had been broken into.

The dump truck was parked next to the victim’s vehicle and in plain view; inside of the dump truck was the same radio that the victim had reported as stolen. Deputies also found inside the dump truck a .40 caliber handgun.

Boone County Sheriff’s detectives coordinated with the Covington Police Department who were currently taking theft from vehicles reports in their city this morning. Deputies located items that were reported stolen from Covington while on scene at Boone Aire.

Detectives returned the three (3) stolen trucks to their owners today, along with some other recovered property that was located. Detectives will continue to sort through the remaining recovered property and will coordinate with other law enforcement agencies who have taken similar reports.

*Charges in a criminal complaint are accusations only. It is the government’s burden to prove the allegations beyond a reasonable doubt.
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On 2/2/2019, Boone County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 4900 block of Garrison Creek Road in Petersburg, Kentucky for a report of two (2) men that were found deceased.

Obie Fugate, 72, and Roy Fugate, 67, were found deceased by a family member who had arrived to the property that day to drop off firewood. Prior to discovering the deceased bodies, the family member located the Fugate’s truck which was found stuck in the mud and blocking a long gravel driveway which led to the Fugate’s residence. The broken down truck was located approximately .6 of a mile from the Fugate’s residence. The family member moved the truck and continued to drive up the gravel drive to find Obie Fugate lying deceased in the middle of the driveway. Obie Fugate was located approximately .3 of a mile from his residence. The family member continued to the residence where Roy Fugate was found deceased on his front porch.

Deputies located a McDonald’s bag lying next to Obie Fugate with a receipt dated 1/29/2019. Additionally, deputies located another receipt dated 1/29/2019 from the Dollar General. It is believed that 1/29/2019 is the last date any family member had contact with Obie and Roy Fugate.

Next of kin was notified and an autopsy was performed on both Obie and Roy Fugate. The preliminary report from the Medical Examiner’s Office states that the cause of death for both men is hypothermia. The Medical Examiner’s Office is still awaiting toxicology results before finalizing their report.
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Update: On 2/3/2019, at approximately 4:00 p.m. the Boone County Sheriff’s Office received a report about a body that had surfaced in a pond at the 12300 block of Lower River Road. The Boone County Sheriff’s Office along with the Boone County Coroner and Boone County Water Rescue responded to the scene and removed a deceased male body from the pond. The deceased male has been preliminarily identified as Earl J. Callen.

An autopsy will be performed and next of kin has been notified.UPDATE – Earl J. Callen has not been located and the active search has been called off. Over the past two (2) days and in conjunction with approximately 50 members who gathered from Boone County EMA, Kentucky EMA, Campbell County EMA, Kenton County EMA, Campbell County Land SAR, the Red Cross, Duke Energy and Fire Departments from Alexandria, Union, Burlington, Hebron, Airport (CVG), Walton, Belleview-McVille, Edgewood, Point Pleasant, Florence, Crescent Springs, Covington, Erlanger along with the Northern Kentucky Technical Rescue Team and the Kentucky Search Dog Association, approximately 2.3 square miles or 1,500 acres was searched in the area surrounding Earl Callen’s residence. The Ohio River shoreline was also searched by land and boat.

If anyone chooses to conduct their own independent search, we advise that you use extreme caution due to the heavily wooded area, varying elevations and extremely dangerous terrain.

** An extensive search was conducted today in conjunction with EMA and many local fire departments. Another very slow and detailed search will continue again tomorrow morning. If you would like to help then please check your trail cameras and let us know if they picked up anything that would help us narrow a very broad search area. **

On Monday, 12/31/2018 at approximately 7:55 PM, a 39 year old Union, Kentucky man was reported missing by family members after not being heard from for more than 24 hours.

Earl “Josh” Callen, 39 of Union, Kentucky was reportedly with friends on 12/30/2018 at his residence at the 12300 block of Lower River Road. Callen reportedly had a psychotic episode and ventured into the woods in a northeasterly direction. Callen has not been seen or heard from since. A report was not immediately made upon Callen’s departure from his residence because it is not uncommon for him to spend an extended period of time in the woods, and most who knew him believed that he would reappear at some point. A report was made by family members after no contact could be made with Callen for more than 24 hours. Callen had left his dog at the residence along with his cell phone, two things that are very uncommon for him.

Once the report was made on 12/31/2018, Boone County Sheriff’s Office patrol supervisors immediately contacted Boone County Emergency Management (EMA) to initiate an active search of the area. Due to weather conditions, safety concerns and limited visibility, the search was put off until the next morning. On 1/1/2019, Boone County Sheriff’s deputies along with EMA conducted an extensive search of the area surrounding the 12300 block of Lower River Road. The search included both tracking and cadaver dogs which covered at times very uneven and rough terrain. Units had negative results with the search.

Callen is described as a white male with a beard, 5’11”, 175 LBS and long brown hair that extends below his shoulder. Callen has a tattoo on his chest which is a picture of Jesus and a bump on his left cheek that is categorized as a mole or wart. No clothing description could be provided.

If you have seen Earl “Josh” Callen or know his whereabouts please dial 911. Callen was entered into NCIC as an Endangered Missing Adult. NCIC is a nationwide database.
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