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Cops & Courts

  • 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.

  • EARLIER: Cabinet for Health and Family Services appeals release of records on dead teen

    The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has appealed a ruling by the Kentucky Attorney General’s office to release records to The Sentinel-News relating to Shelby County teenager Jackleen Lane, who drowned in June.

    The Cabinet filed the appeal last week in Shelby Circuit Court, a month after the Attorney General ruled it had violated the state’s Open Records Act in denying the release of its records concerning Lane, who was found dead June 17 in Clear Creek.

  • EARLIER: Attorney General rules Cabinet must provide records on dead teenager

    The Attorney General’s office ruled the Cabinet for Health and Family Services was in violation of state open records statutes when it denied a request by The Sentinel-News to release records pertaining to teenager Jackleen Lane, who drowned in June.

    A letter from the Attorney General’s Office dated Wednesday ordered the Cabinet to release those records and the findings of an investigation it had begun after receiving the request by the newspaper.

  • EARLIER: No drugs found in drowned girl’s system

    The mystery of how Jackleen Lane came to be lying drowned in Clear Creek for three days became more curious Monday, when a coroner’s toxicological report revealed no drugs in her system.

    Shelby County Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers said that tests determined that Lane, 15, who was spotted by a railroad employee June 17 near 1st and Goodman streets in Shelbyville, had not ingested drugs before her death. Tests for alcohol were inconclusive because her body was in the water for approximately three days before she was found.