Cops & Courts

  • Murderer Bancroft’s sentencing likely to be highly charged

    LAWRENCEBURG – The family of Frances Renee Mobley has waited since last September to tell her murderer exactly what they think of him, and this week they’ll almost certainly get their chance.

    Gary Bancroft will be sentenced to 70 years in prison Thursday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court, but first he will be forced to listen to what will be highly emotional impact statements family members of Mobley, who last September died when Bancroft slashed her throat, stuffed her into a trash bag and hid her in the bathroom of his trailer on Bardstown Road.

  • Court report: June 8, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Jeffrey T. Hinkle, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license - guilty - 20-day sentence and $143 costs.

    Samuel Ruiz, third-degree criminal possession of forged instrument - guilty - 12-month sentence probated for two years and $144 costs.

  • Longtime bailiff retires

    Shelby County Court Bailiff Joe Tingle retired May 31 after a 20-year career in the Shelby County Court system. Tingle started out as a deputy in 1990, a position he held for five years, before transferring to that of bailiff. In his work in that capacity, he worked under Circuit Judges Harold Saunders, William Stewart and Charles Hickman, as well as Family Court Judge John David Myles. He is a native of Shelby County and went to high school in Simpsonville and at Shelby County High School, where he was a junior the first year that it opened in 1960.

  • Joshua Fast receives 10 years in jail for his role in shooting

    The sentencing Monday of Joshua Fast of Crestwood has closed a sad chapter in the life of a Shelbyville family whose son was shot and killed on Brown Avenue nearly three years ago.

    Shelby County Circuit Judge Chuck Hickman sentenced Fast to 10 years in prison – 5 each for reckless homicide and second-degree burglary – for his participation in the events surrounding the death of David Fletcher of Shelbyville.

  • Court report: June 3, 2005

    Circuit court

    Civil final

    HSB Bank Nevada, Carol Stream, Ill., vs. Troy S. Long, 5574 Frankfort Road, dismissed without prejudice.

    DH Capital Management, Inc., Prospect, vs. Debra Stewart, 116 Seven Oaks Dr., default judgment for plaintiff for $7,025.20 plus interest, attorney’s fees and costs.

  • Fast set for court on Monday

    A man who was charged in connection with the 2008 shooting death of a Brown Avenue man is expected to be sentenced on Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.
    Joshua Fast, 25, was charged along with Timothy Carpenter, 25, both of La Grange, in the shooting death of David Fletcher, 28, of Shelbyville, who was killed when he was shot by his roommate, Eric Reynolds, who said he thought Fletcher was an intruder trying to break into the house.

  • Info wanted on arson-related fires

    Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the person suspected to responsible for setting two fires at two different businesses late last month.

    On May 21, the Shelbyville Fire Department responded to a trash-can fire in front of Goody’s Family Clothing in Village Plaza. The call came in at 1 p.m.

    A few minutes after firefighters extinguished the fire, they received another call that the Dumpster behind Save-A-Lot – adjacent to Goody’s – was on fire.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports June 3, 2010



    Albert Dietrich, 32, of 5560 Brunerstown Road in Shelbyville was arrested May 25 on Rocket Lane in Shelbyville and charged with failure to wear a seatbelt, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, possession of an open alcohol beverage container and no insurance.

  • EARLIER: 2010 Crime Report Part 1: Overall crime down in Shelby, but violent crime is up

    Here’s the picture on crime in Shelby County during 2010: Overall calls and arrests were down, but in violent crimes, there was an increase.

    That’s what the statistics reported by the three principle police agencies that serve Shelby County reveal.

    Rapes more than doubled – 24 were reported by the Kentucky State Police and the Shelbyville Police Department – and there were 32 robberies, more than twice those reported in 2009.

  • Court report: June 1, 2011