Cops & Courts

  • Duckett family offers reward

    Three years after James Duckett, 43, was brutally slain at his Shelbyville home on Nov. 9, 2008, his family is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.

    No arrests have been made in the case, and police have no new leads.

    Kentucky State Police Det. Mitch Harris, who is heading up the investigation, said despite the case being three years old, the investigation is continuing.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Nov. 11, 2011


    Amanda I. Woosley, 31, of 1231 Neelie Webb Road was arrested Oct. 16 on Taylorsville Road and charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting). She was also served with a Hopkins County warrant for failure to appear in court.

    Anthony S. Primeaux, 29, of 3675 Springfield Road in Bloomfield was arrested Oct. 15 on Taylorsville Road and charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting).

    Elizabeth A. Goodlett, 41, of 5 Fairhill Drive was arrested Oct. 19 on Taylorsville Road and charged with theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting).

  • Water company is not affiliated with HomeServe

    Residents of Shelby County have been receiving information in the mail from HomeServe about insurance for water service lines, but Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Manager Tom Doyle wants customers to be careful.

    "We are in no way affiliated with them," he said. "I do understand that some of these things have been a scams in the past, so we just want our customers to be careful and check with Better Business Bureau before doing anything with them."

  • Trial requested for child pornography suspect

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office has requested a trial date for a Lawrenceburg man facing more than 100 child pornography charges in Shelby and Anderson counties.

    Mark Hawks, 55, of 402 Secretariat Drive in Lawrenceburg appeared Monday in Shelby County Circuit Court for a pretrial conference on charges in both counties.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell requested a trial date, and Hawks is scheduled to appear again in Shelby Circuit Court at 9 a.m. on Dec. 5.

  • Emergency alert system tested nationally today

    Don’t forget that the federal government today will conduct its first nationwide test of emergency alert system.

    The 3-minute test, which will begin at 2 p.m., and will be broadcast simultaneously over all television, radio, cable and satellite channels.

    This test does not include emergency sirens.

  • Shelbyville man arrested for sending obscene photos

    Kentucky State Police have arrested Charles P. Middendorf Jr., 51, of 1209 High Street in Shelbyville and charged him with unlawful distribution of obscene matter.

    Middendorf had bonded out of the Shelby County Detention Center on a $500 bond after being arrested Sunday.

    KSP Trooper Hunter Martin said he pulled Middendorf over on a traffic stop. Shortly afterwards, he discovered that Middendorf had a warrant against him in Hardin County, he said.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Nov. 9, 2011


    Martin Dominguez-Martinez, 26, of 8690 Shelbyville Road in Simpsonville was arrested Oct. 11 on Shelbyville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, reckless driving, no operator's license and failure to maintain required insurance, first offense.

  • Court report: November 9, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    April L. Ernspiker, harassment – guilty – $144 costs and $150 to Center for Women and Families.

    Timothy M. Martinez, non approved/insufficient number/no personal float and motorboats to be registered and numbered – guilty – $244 fine and costs.

    Jason J. Preston, theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

  • EARLIER: No suspect in beating of woman found on Mount Eden Road

    A Shelbyville woman remains in critical condition at the University of Louisville Hospital after being found viciously beaten and lying beside Mount Eden Road on Saturday.

    Police determined that Denisse Escareno, 24, had been assaulted brutally, said Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice. Her assailant remains at large.

    Escareno was found by passersby shortly before 3 p.m., near Lisby Lane, about two miles south of Interstate 64. She was taken by Shelby County EMS to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville and airlifted from there to UofL.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Nov. 4, 2011


    Emanuel Ruiz, 19, of 5210 Alex Ave. in Louisville was arrested Oct. 30 at 120 Midland Blvd. and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, no operator’s license, reckless driving and failure to maintain insurance, first offense.