In LEO This Week…

There’s too much in LEO this week to focus on one issue.

Who Killed Timmy Jo? Phillip Bailey writes what breaks our heart.

The flamboyant ensemble would be the same outfit the teenager — fondly called “Timmy Jo” by friends and family — was found dead in hours later. Acquaintances tell LEO Weekly they saw Timothy in passing the night he was murdered; however, no definitive timeline has been established.

The sparse incident report, signed by Louisville Metro Police homicide detective Gary Huffman, indicates a witness called dispatchers around 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2005, to report a person lying at the corner of 28th and Magazine streets. Police responded, found Timothy with multiple gunshot wounds and pronounced him dead at the scene.

The murder of a black man dressed in drag prompted friends and family to believe, at least initially, that a hate crime might have been committed. But Timothy’s murder has since garnered few headlines and little interest from the community.

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Is Marco Allen Chapman Ready To Die?

Time is running out for Marco Allen Chapman, who is scheduled to die by lethal injection Friday at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville. If the execution is carried out as expected, the 36-year-old will become the first Kentucky inmate put to death in nearly a decade.

It’s an outcome Chapman has welcomed since his arrest for murdering two children and wounding their sister and mother during a violent rampage in Gallatin County in 2002. After confessing to the crime, the killer fired his public defenders, waived a jury trial and pleaded with the court to impose a death sentence.

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Art experts are pushing to restore one of our favorite things about Louisville – “The Thinker” – and we couldn’t be more pleased that it’s finally getting some attention.

For decades, the University of Louisville has been home to a masterpiece you’re probably familiar with — “The Thinker.” But chances are you are completely unaware of the remarkable history behind this hidden jewel, which the university has long failed to promote, meanwhile letting the iconic statue fall into disrepair.

French sculptor Auguste Rodin created the “The Thinker,” which depicts a man deep in thought. It’s his most famous work, and it turns out U of L is home to the first full-size bronze cast of the piece, with other casts of the statue in such prominent locations as the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, the Sydney Opera House and Stanford University in California.

But again, ours is the first, a fascinating morsel of knowledge the university has inexplicably neglected to publicize — until now.

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Special to Page One – Conway on Voting and the Early Release of Convicted Felons

The following column is special to Page One from Attorney General Jack Conway.

As many of you prepare to cast your votes on November 4, I want Kentucky citizens to know that my office stands ready to investigate and prosecute any violations of election laws. In fact, we have been working closely with Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Kentucky State Police and federal investigators as part of a task force to prevent and investigate allegations of voter fraud during the November 4, 2008 general election.

We need Kentucky voters to be our eyes and ears at the polls to ensure that this historic election is a fair election. A record number of Kentuckians, nearly three million, have registered to vote and we expect a record number of people at the polls on Election Day. I encourage all citizens to report any irregularities, large or small, to our Election Fraud Hotline (800)328-VOTE (800-328-8683). On Election Day, calls will be received from 6:00 a.m. EST until 7:00 p.m. EST.

During the primary, the Office of the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline received 59 calls from 28 counties. There were no complaints of vote buying. I believe folks have gotten the message that we won’t tolerate vote buying here in the Commonwealth. I will be diligent in watching to make sure that does not occur.

In addition to our hotline, we will have about a dozen investigators patrolling the precincts throughout the Commonwealth. After the election, my office will randomly select six Kentucky counties to undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the general election.

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Robert Felner Free on $100,000 Bond

Robert Felner is already out on bond. Wow. A $100,000 bond, that is.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A former University of Louisville education dean has pleaded not guilty to pilfering more than $2 million in federal grant money.

A federal magistrate on Thursday ordered Robert Felner free on $100,000 bond.

The arraignment came a day after he and an associate were charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service.

Nagging question: What percentage of that bond did he actually have to pay? Was his passport confiscated? And is he under close watch?

Boy, Do I Have a Felner Treat For You

So, who wants to see raw footage of Robert Felner being frog marched into jail or whatever?

You?

Do you want to see it?

It’s absolutely priceless footage. Can’t wait to get our hands on the mugshot. And if anyone discovers footage of Schroeder being frog marched, give us a yell.

Click here to watch it.

Thanks to Adam Walser and WHAS11 for making the video available.

Update: Highlights of Huber’s Press Conference

As we reported a little bit ago, Robert Felner has been indicted. U.S. Attorney David Huber held a press conference at 1:00 P.M. and we are there.

Here are our notes:

  • Huber said the UofL Police Dept discovered this and turned things over to the Feds. He congratulated the law enforcement agencies involved in the investigation– and they deserve it. IRS, UofL PD, Secret Service.
  • Huber outlined the indictment and discussed the millions upon millions of dollars that Felner squandered beginning at the University of Rhode Island. Opened several bank accounts to handle the money.
  • All the money in Felner’s bank accounts seized along asset forfeiture procedures. Most of the money from the UofL grants was recovered. URI funds not recovered. Scheme at URI and UofL were essentially the same. Work contracted, work was performed but money didn’t go where it was supposed to (Bobby pocketed it). The grand jury didn’t get into what work was performed at UofL– don’t need that sort of information for the case. Have enough charges without having to get into that.
  • Felner didn’t report his income from these various accounts. Yeah, duh, that’s part of the crime, right?
  • Adam Walser asked why the system broke down. Huber says the grand jury doesn’t address that. Huber said people are many times able to get away with these things. Things just happen, but he can’t address what happened at UofL or URI.
  • Parallel proceedings will go on re: other assets like property. Felner’s investment account was seized immediately.
  • Huber believes they have the fraud, the extent of the fraud and the participants. He doesn’t see anything else coming at this point but refused to say that nothing else would come down the pike. (We hear that it will. And EVERYTHING we have predicted so far has come true. I.E., it wasn’t about the NCLB grant, it involved millions and millions of dollars, it involved property, it involved multiple individuals like Schroeder. We were right and the C-J NEVER got it.)
  • Arrest warrants are out. They’ll surrender tomorrow. Sees no problem with that. (That means there’ll be mugshots, folks. MUGSHOTS.)
  • Huber says the quicker you can get into an investigation, the easier it is to resolve.  We only wish that were the case for former Lt. Gov. Steve Henry.
  • Complex case, lot of documents, lot of people to interview.  Lots of people in other states.
  • The charges: Felner and Schroeder are both facing charges for $1.7mil at URI that were diverted to funds set up by the two of them; charged with fraudulently obtaining $576,000 from the UofL No Child Left Behind grant; intent to take another $240,000 from UofL; both involved in tax conspiracy; Felner is alleged to have reported over $1.6mil in 5-year period, owes approx $500K in back taxes.  Those are the kind of things that could change over a period of time, though, but these are the most likely final outcomes of the case
  • There are other things they did – on some of the school district cases they charged expenses to UofL.  There are a lot of things in the indictment that explains the history of the Felner case.  (We’ll have the indictment online for you shortly.)
  • Huber says peaks and valleys of questions raised by the indictment will be filled by facts and evidence during a jury trial.  Folks with further questions will need to be patient (easier said than done).

We’ll get the indictment scanned and uploaded shortly. Stay tuned.

UPDATE:

Ugh. Scanning this 50+ page indictment is taking forever, so, sorry. Hold your horses.

Cox spoke to WHAS11’s Adam Walser. Make sure to watch his reports this evening. He’s the only other person in Kentucky who has really been on this case.

Finally, yes, I’ll take credit for breaking the story. I did it. Worked my butt off to get it. And it feels nice to finally see justice served. Feels nice to finally see that everything I reported came to fruition. Naysayers be damned.

I promise that there’s more to come. Just stick with me. Adjusting to the new MacBook Pro that was finally delivered and poring through these Felner documents.

More to come.

P.S. Since the University of Louisville pulled us from its press list (wonder why?), could someone send Jim Ramsey’s statement to us when it hits? Many thanks.

Breaking: Robert Felner Finally Indicted

The hammer is coming down. Robert Felner was just indicted on charges of misusing federal grants. And we hear this is only the first round.

Ten counts of mail fraud, money-laundering conspiracy and income-tax evasion.

Thomas Schroeder is in on it, too.

Check it out:

A federal grand jury in Louisville charged Felner, 58, with 10 counts of mail fraud, money-laundering conspiracy and income-tax evasion.

The 45-page indictment says that Felner and Thomas Schroeder, 58, of Illinois, took $1.7 million from the Rhode Island school and about $576,000 from U of L, and attempted to embezzle another $240,000 from U of L.

Felner, who resigned from U of L earlier this year, also allegedly failed to report $1.6 million in income from 2002 to 2007 and allegedly owes $500,000 in federal taxes, U.S. Attorney Dave Huber said in a news release.

We’ll have more in an hour or so.