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Cops & Courts

  • Shelby’s traffic fatalities flat as state’s plummet

    Highway deaths in Kentucky last year plummeted to the lowest levels since the 1940s, and  the number of people killed on Shelby County’s roads remained constant.

    Six people died in traffic accidents in Shelby County, same number as in 2012.

    Last year was the safest for motorists in 64 years in Kentucky, with highway fatalities down 15 percent, transportation officials say.

  • Court report: Jan. 7, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Vincent J. Beard, failure to wear seat belts, possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and second-degree disorderly conduct – pleaded guilty – $160 fine.

    Mike Brothers, 13 charges of theft by deception – pleaded guilty – 12-month sentence, serve 91 days, balance probated for two years.

  • Shutdown forces court cases to await decision of when they will be heard

    People who had court cases scheduled for Monday when the Shelby County Judicial Center closed because of inclement weather probably should be hearing from court officials – but when is still unclear.

    “We’re waiting on the judge [Circuit Judge Charles Hickman] to tell us what to do. He’s been in Anderson County all day today, so we haven’t heard from him yet,“ Shelby Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller said.

    Both circuit and district courts were closed Monday, something that has happened twice before, Miller said.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Jan. 3, 2014

    James W. Devore III, 21, of Shelbyville and Hanna L. Long, 22, of Shelbyville were indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone), complicity, possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity, a controlled substance prescription not in an approved container, first offense, possession of marijuana and disregarding a stop sign.

    Joseph E. McCormick, 24, of 93 Jonathan Circle was indicted for first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12 years old.

  • Police say Shelbyville pair tried to extort Taylorsville policeman

    TAYLORSVILLE – Two Shelbyville residents are facing multiple charges including allegedly extorting money from a man with Taylorsville ties.

    Baker Drive residents Joshua T. Phillips, 30, and Dee A. Bowman, 27 – who also is identified in court documents as Dee A. Phillips – were arrested Dec. 10 in Shelbyville by Kentucky State Police and charged with theft by extortion, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense, buy/possess drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

  • Man arrested wearing boots taken in burglary

    Shelbyville police say a man charged with a house burglary tried to walk away from the scene – right past the resident and wearing that man’s boots.

    Russell E. Nation Jr., 32, of 430 Mack Walters Road was arrested Saturday after the victim spotted him coming from the direction of his house, carrying a number of personal items.

    Shelbyville Police Sgt. Istvan Kovacs said that the victim, who lives on Indian Ridge, was on his way home when he saw Nation carrying several items.

  • 2 arrested in chase made for TV

    A Louisville man who has a history of stealing TVs from Walmart found himself in a bit of a quandary recently when he tried to walk out of Shelbyville’s store with two large models in his shopping cart.

    The man hadn’t paid for the sets, officials said, and he suddenly found himself with a law enforcement officer in front of him and another behind.

  • On eve of freedom, man escapes Shelby County jail

    An inmate from the Shelby County Detention Center working at the state highway garage grabbed a truck and took off Wednesday – the day before he was scheduled to be paroled.

    Andrew Joseph Wilson, 21, of Richmond escaped while on work release Wednesday by

    stealing a vehicle that was found ditched in Anderson County.

    Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said it was ironic that the parole board granted Wilson parole the day after he escaped.

  • Shelby County School Board, superintendent sued for discrimination

    Victoria Coleman, a former associate principal and teacher at Collins High School, has filed suit against the Shelby County Board of Education and Superintendent James Neihof for sexual discrimination.

    The suit claims that Coleman was discriminated against because of her gender and that actions were taken against her in retaliation of her opposing treatment and reporting of unwanted sexual advances from former Collins Principal Anthony Hatchell.

  • Monroe gets new hearing date

    Lonnie Monroe, charged with manslaughter in a deadly wreck, was given a new court date at his disposition hearing Friday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Judge Charles Hickman set a date of 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the request of Monroe’s attorney, Nathan Riggs.

    Monroe was to have entered a plea Nov. 4, but Riggs told Hickman at that time that Monroe was not ready to take that step, and that measure has not come up since.