Cops & Courts

  • Louisville man arrested in Shelby on drug charges

    James Bothwell, 48, of Louisville was arrested in Shelby County on Wednesday by Kentucky State Police, KSP spokesman Ron Turley said.

    Bothwell is charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance and tampering with physical evidence.

    Turley said that during a drug investigation, narcotic detectives purchased seven grams of suspected crack cocaine from Bothwell, valued at more than $500.

    “That is quite a bit of cocaine for one individual to have in their possession,” Turley said.

  • Court report: November 23, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Bradley A. Coyle, drinking alcohol in public place – guilty – 15-day sentence and $144 costs.

    Kenia M. Solorzano-Martinez, no operator's/moped license and first-offense DUI – guilty – 5-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 120 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • Report says officers shot Williams to stop his attack

    The two Shelbyville Police officers who confronted Trey F. Williams at his grandmother’s home on Saturday afternoon shot and killed him after he had attacked and overpowered them, a Kentucky State Police report said.

    The report said that the officers tried to subdue Williams, 18, with their Tasers but that he attacked them with objects that were inside the house. One of the officers was “injured and incapacitated, unable to defend himself from continued physical assault,” the release stated.

  • Shooting victim's family hires attorney

    The family of Trey Williams, the Shelbyville teenager shot and killed Saturday at his grandmother's home, have hired a prominent Louisville attorney.

    Frank Mascagni, a 35-year criminal and civil law attorney, says he wants to gather "non-sterilized" facts about the case.

  • Charges dropped in huge pot bust

    A man chased down at the Mexican border and charged with the largest marijuana bust in Shelby County history is now free.

    Enrique Olvera-Landaverde,  50, had been scheduled for a jury trial on Monday in federal court on charges of trafficking in marijuana, but at a pre-trial conference this week, Judge Danny Reeves ordered the case dismissed.

    A clerk at the U.S. District Court in Frankfort said that United States marshals were directed to release the defendant.

  • EARLIER: Assault victim puts up 'a heck of a fight'

    Almost two weeks after she was beaten, stabbed and left by the side of Mount Eden Road, a Shelby County woman hangs to life with the help of machines, and the man charged with assaulting her is behind bars.

    Denisse Escareno remains in a coma and fights an infection at the University of Louisville, and her closest friends and family continue to express outrage and horror that she was beaten beyond recognition and left with immeasurable injuries.

  • Info sought in theft of items worth $6,000+

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a theft that occurred Nov. 7 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at a home on the 4100 block of Bell Avenue in Shelbyville.

    Police says it is unknown how thieves entered the home, as no signs of forced entry were found.

    Burglars stole three digital cameras, a Wii game system and several game cartridges, two laptop computers and a Nintendo DS with 25 games,

    The value taken in this break-in was estimated at more than $6,000.

  • Information sought about a purse snatch



    Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help in the case of a purse theft from Walmart.

    The purse was taken from a customer’s cart on Nov. 10 while the woman was shopping in the store.

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has provided two video surveillance photos taken from the store’s security cameras. One photo is of a suspect in the case, and the other is of the suspect’s vehicle, taken from the store’s parking lot cameras.

  • Court report: November 18, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert:

    Leonardo Perez, first-offense aggravator DUI and no operator's/moped license – pleaded guilty – 10-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 120 days and $728 fine and costs.

    Abner Sanchez, no operator's/moped license – pleaded guilty – 90-day sentence.

  • Roads are deerly dangerous for drivers

    It’s that time of year again that deer and deer hunters alike dream about – the mating season.

    And deer biologists are reporting that Shelby County remains one of the 36 counties with the highest concentrations of deer – with 30 or more per square mile.

    That may sound like deer heaven for the hunters, but it could spell disaster for motorists.