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Cops & Courts

  • Man pleads guilty to abusing sister

    A man whose adoptive family lives in Shelby County pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree sexual abuse of his adoptive sister.
    Jose A. Rodriguez, 24, of Louisville, who was indicted in December 2011, entered his plea before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, and his attorney, public defender Ashley Bailey, told Hickman that she and prosecutors had reached an agreement, with a portion of the recommended 5-year sentence to be served and the rest probated.

  • EARLIER: Shelby teen: Why I spoke out about alleged sexual abuse by my brother

    “I decided to put my name out there – nobody made the decision for me, and nobody made me do it.”

    Those are the emphatic words of Ashley Hilger, 17, reflecting on her decision to speak publically about a lawsuit that sprang out of sexual abuse she said she had endured at the hands of her adopted brother.

  • 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.