Cops & Courts

  • Bagdad fire suspicious, officials say

    A fire that heavily damaged a home in Bagdad has some suspicious elements, so much so that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze, officials say.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said that just before the call of a fire at 6046 Elmburg Road came in at 8 p.m. Sunday night, a call had gone out for a domestic dispute at the residence. Because of that, he said, his crews had to wait until sheriff’s deputies arrived and declared the scene safe for firefighters.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports May 9, 2014


    Mario E. Tejeda-Nava, 46, of 483 Old Mill Road was arrested April 18 on Hebron Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to to render aid or assistance, failure to report an accident in excess of $500, no registration plates, reckless driving and improper display of registration plates.

  • Goldsmith to have pretrial conference Monday

    Marcus Goldsmith Monday will be back in court in Shelby County for a pretrial conference.

    Goldsmith is facing charge of murder and related offenses from 2012 and his trial has been moved several times, the last time from May 14 to July 28.

    The trial date had been changed in April because of a conflict in court scheduling. He has another pretrial conference on June 2.

  • Court report: April 28, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge A. Bailey Taylor:

    Henry H. Vest II, first-offense aggravator DUI – pleaded guilty – eight days home incarceration program, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • Cemetery caretaker indicted for theft

    A cemetery caretaker arrested in February for theft of cemetery property, has now been indicted on two felony charges in connection with that arrest.

    Gerald Kincaid Jr., 30, of Bagdad was indicted for Wednesday for theft by deception over $300 and 2 counts of theft by unlawful taking under $10,000, both Class D felonies, which carry a penalty of 1 to 5 years in prison.

    Kincaid is accused of stealing from an individual as well as from the Bagdad Cemetery, police say.

  • Louisville man charged with rape, incest of child

    A Louisville man, Fernando M. Sifuentes, 39, of 5407 Ailanthus Trail, was indicted last week by a Shelby County Grand Jury for first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and first-degree incest, all Class A felonies that each carry a 29-year prison sentence.

    The indictment report said that offenses occurred in Shelby County during a time period spanning three years, from 2006 to 2009 and involved a single victim under 12 years of age.

    The relationship between Sifuentes and the alleged victim is not designated, only that it is that of a close family member.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports April 30, 2014


    Dennis L. Harris, 35, of 4604 Rocky Branch Road in Frankfort, was arrested March 31 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, possession of marijuana and second-degree promoting contraband.

  • Fire near Eminence considered suspicious

    A structure fire that destroyed an empty house in Shelby County near the Henry County line Saturday is being investigated as a possible arson, fire investigators said.

    At 8:46 a.m. the Shelby County Fire Department was dispatched to a 600 Drane Lane off Eminence Pike, where upon arrival, they discovered heavy fire throughout the home, a tenant house owned by Ben Nutter.

    “The house was recently vacated and no one was inside at the time of the fire,” said Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports



    David M. Bailey, 18, was arrested April 11 at 381 Rockbridge Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs, speeding, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and first-degree wanton endangerment, no operator's license, theft by unlawful taking (auto) [car was taken from a family member without permission], first-degree criminal mischief and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Poole to ask for shock probation for a 3rd time

    Next month, Linda Poole will go before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, to ask for shock probation for the third time.

    John Taylor, Poole’s Louisville-based attorney, made a motion before Hickman Monday to once again ask for shock probation again for Poole, 59.

    That hearing is set for May 15, at which time, Hickman will decide if he will once again take her request in consideration.

    Poole had initially asked Hickman for shock probation in November, and then again in February, but has been turned down each time.