Cops & Courts

  • EARLIER: Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.

  • Teen recovering from shooting

    A 13-year-old girl who was accidentally shot by a friend Thursday morning is recovering and is expected to be OK, police say.

    No further charges are expected to be filed in the incident, Shelbyville Police Maj. D. Goodwin said.

    Santiago Juncadella, 19, the friend who accidentally shot the girl from the backseat of a car in which he was riding while he was trying to load a .22-caliber pistol, remains lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center under a $30,000 cash bond.

    He is charged with first-degree assault and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

  • Shelby woman arrested for stealing from fundraiser

    A Shelby County woman was arrested Friday on charges of stealing money from a school fundraiser.

    Kelly B. Moon, 42, of Simpsonville was arrested Friday by Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement and charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

    Moon has been employed as a counselor at Middletown Elementary School since 2005, said Lauren Roberts, spokesperson for the Jefferson County School System.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Aug. 26, 2011


    Martin Ciprian, 23, of 118 Baker St. was arrested Aug. 23 at that address and charged with first-degree arson.



    Darrell Dewayne Taylor, 43, of 831 Bass Lane was arrested Aug. 22 on Midland Trail at Swifty gas station on a Jefferson County warrant for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

    Justin Tate Carrier, 30, of 2977 Lawrenceburg Road in Willisburg was arrested Aug. 24 on Main Street at 8th Street on a Shelby County warrant for criminal possession of a forged instrument.

  • Police warn of scams via Internet, phone

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents to beware Internet and phone scams circulating in this area.

    Det. Eric Hettinger said the sheriff’s office has received numerous complaints about such scams, the most recent involving mystery shoppers.

  • Officers in Henry cleared in shooting of Shelby County native

    NEW CASTLE – Two officers involved in a fatal shooting in March of a Shelbyville  native have been cleared by the Henry County Grand Jury.

    The Grand Jury met last week and issued a “no true bill” regarding the shooting that took place at 361 Sawmill Road.

    The No True Bill clears Kentucky State Police Trooper Manny Soto and Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Murray, who in March shot and killed Lewis Jennings, 24, who was born in Shelbyville but lived in Lockport.

  • Court report: Aug. 22, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge David Hayse:

    Kristoffer Smith, three charges of theft by deception – guilty – 20-day sentence.

    Charles R. Adcock, first-offense aggravator DUI – plead guilty – 4-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • Trial for Irotas owners postponed

    A federal trial for two Finchville residents charged with stealing nearly a half-million dollars from employees’ retirement funds from their former company in Shelbyville has been postponed.

    The trial, which was set to begin Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Frankfort, was delayed so that a competency evaluation could be done on William Kiser.

    William Kiser, 73, and Mary Sue Kiser, 70, owners of the now-closed Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, were indicted June 9 on federal embezzlement charges.

  • 2nd person charged in shooting death

    A second person has now been charged with murder in connection with the death of a Shelbyville man who was murdered in Frankfort last fall.

    On Monday, the Franklin County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Marquis A. Sims, 38, of Detroit with murder for intentionally causing the death of Obie Murphy on Sept. 13, 2010.

  • Court report: Aug. 19, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Carlos Gomez, no operator's/moped license  – guilty  – 30-day sentence conditionally discharged for 2 years and $393 fine and costs.

    Benjamin C. Zaepfel, first-offense DUI  – guilty  – 15-day sentence, serve 8 days home incarceration program, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.