Citizen Journalism

April 23, 2014

2011 Highland Murder Suspect in Court, “Uncooperative”

Isiah Barker to appear in Lake Superior Court next week to face charges in the 2011 murder of Cynthia Funches.

by Ken Davidson A Chicago Man charged in a 2011 Murder in Highland finally made an appearance in Lake County Court this week.  The hearing had to be rescheduled because 30 year old Isiah Barker was uncooperative.  Barker was previously on the FBI most wanted list after a warrant was issued for his arrest on murder charges in Highland, Indiana. The case started in June, 2011 when family members reported 26 year old Cynthia Funches missing. Investigators went to the Hampton in Highland apartment shared by the Funches and Barker on June 22, 20111 and discovered missing carpet and blood …continue reading

Gary “Invests” $2.875M in Vance Kenney’s Promises and Guarantees

by Ken Davidson Vance Kenney finally admitted what many knew all along, he has not invested one cent of his own money into the 504 Broadway Bank Building.  Kenney stated he provided a promissory note for the purchase of the property and that promissory note would be paid by the City upon passage of the $2.875 Million Bond.  When pushed on what he was bringing to the transaction Kenney replied  that he was bringing “promises and guarantees.” Here is a breakdown of how the $2,875,000.00 will be spent: $250,000.00 to pay off the Note on the property which 504 Redevelopment, …continue reading

FBI Seeking Public Assistance in the Investigation of an International Teacher Suspected of Molesting Children Abroad


  FBI Encourages Victims to Come Forward and Seek Assistance-Abuse believed to span decades. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is seeking the public’s assistance to identify victims of suspected international child predator William James Vahey. Vahey, a United States citizen, was employed as a teacher in various private American schools abroad since 1972. Vahey was 64 years old at the time of his death by suicide in Luverne, Minnesota, on March 21, 2014. From left: William James Vahey is shown in U.S. passport photographs taken in December 2013, July 2004, May 1995,  and April 1986. According to a search …continue reading