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Cops & Courts

  • EARLIER: Shelby family's suit claims social workers hid adoptive sons' history of abuse

    A  Shelbyville family has filed suit against three social workers from the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services, alleging they concealed a history of sexual abuse involving two male children they adopted and who later molested their adoptive sisters.

    The suit was filed Monday in Jefferson Circuit Court by Beverly and James Hilger of Shelby County on behalf of her daughter, Ashley, now 17, whom they adopted at age 5, and two other minor children.

  • Red White’s family sues in his death

    LONDON – A Tennessee man charged with the July 7, 2012, vehicular death of a Shelby County man on Interstate 75 is being sued by the family of the victim.

    The lawsuit against Austin T. Meredith, 25, of Sevierville, was filed July 3 in Laurel Circuit Court by the family of Howard M. “Red” White Jr. of Bagdad. The suit seeks damages against both Meredith and the company for which he was driving a box truck that struck and killed White on the side of the road.

  • Poole to ask for shock probation

    The last time Linda Poole went before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, she had begged unsuccessfully for leniency, and now she is ready to make a second stab.

    Poole will appear in court Friday to ask for shock probation.

    In a high-profile embezzlement case, Hickman on Oct. 4 sentenced Poole to 7 years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 from her employer, a crime to which Poole in August had pleaded guilty.

  • EARLIER: Poole gets 7 years for embezzlement

    After an impassioned plea for leniency from her attorney, a Shelby Circuit Court Judge refused a request Friday for probation for a Bagdad woman in a high profile embezzlement case and sentenced her to 7 years in prison.

    Linda Poole had pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to stealing more than $110,000 from her employer, and at her sentencing hearing Friday, Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell told Circuit Judge Charles Hickman the total amount of the theft was $213,744.

  • ‘Most horrific I have ever seen’

    Two men who had stopped to help what they thought was a horrible crash on Interstate 64 on Monday morning instead became the victims of what one law officer said was the worst accident he had witnessed.

    Charles Burtt, 71, of Broad Run, Va., and Jamaal Wood, 33, of Louisville, two Good Samaritans who had stopped to help those involved in a 3-vehicle pileup at westbound Mile Marker 38 about 11:30 a.m., died when they were run over by a tractor trailer that couldn’t stop when they emerged into the traffic lane.

  • 'He already snapped:' The story behind a near murder, suicide in Simpsonville

    Some members of a family in Simpsonville were getting ready to attend the state fair last Wednesday when shots rang out, accompanied by high-pitched, hysterical screaming and the sound of running feet as family members fled in confused terror.

    This tragic saga that unfolded at the elegant upscale home on a private horse farm has all the elements of a television drama.

  • Shelby County Crime 2012: A special report: Fatal accidents decline

    Fewer people died on Shelby County’s roads in 2012 than they had the previous year, and despite a slight increase in the number of collisions last year, fewer people were driving impaired.
    There were four deadly accidents, claiming six lives on Shelby’s roads in 2012, a 55 percent decrease in deadly accidents (from nine to four). The number of deaths were down by 33 percent, from 9 to 6, because one accident claimed three lives.

  • Shelby County crime 2012: Physical crimes on the rise

    Despite a deadly knifing, gun-wielding attackers and gruesome sexual crimes that stole the headlines in 2012, assaults – and primarily domestic assaults – shoved up the number of violent crimes in Shelby County.
    There were 130 assaults booked last year by the three law enforcement agencies serving Shelby County, a 31 percent increase from the 99 of 2011, and they included several with guns and even one charge of a man pistol-whipping his girl friend.

  • Shelby County crime 2012: Heroin is a new concern

    New laws designed to stymie the illegal sale and consumption of prescription drugs and methamphetamines in Kentucky have developed a deadly and terrifying side effect: Heroin, the opiate of choice for many in the American drug culture of the 1960s and 1970s, has returned to the streets and in 2012 claimed two lives in Shelby County.

    “It was last year that we started seeing more heroin activity here, and we have actually had a couple of fatalities from heroin overdoses in Shelbyville,” Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said.

  • Slain Shelbyville teen's family wants grand jury transcripts

    The family of Trey Williams, the teenager shot to death in 2011 during a confrontation with Shelbyville Police, are fighting in court to be able to view records of a Shelby County grand jury’s reasons for exonerating the police officer who fired the fatal shot.
    That grand jury met on Jan. 4, 2012, and deliberated more than four hours, before determining that that officer Suzanna Marcum had acted with justifiable cause to use deadly force in subduing Williams, 18. The hearing came after a 6-week investigation by Kentucky State Police.