Cops & Courts

  • Crime stoppers seeks info on counterfeit checks

    Crime stoppers are asking for the public’s help in locating a suspect who is wanted in connection with trying to cash counterfeit checks.

    On May 21, a man described as a white male, who appeared to be from 40 to 50 years old, presented counterfeit checks to multiple banks in Shelby County.

    The man is betweem 5-foot,10-inches and 6-foot, two-inches in height, with an average build, and long dark hair pulled into a ponytail and wearing a moustache.

  • Court report: June 2, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Jacob Baker, first-offense DUI – guilty  – eight days home incarceration program, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • Cemetery caretaker arrested on more charges of selling bogus plots

    A cemetery caretaker arrested in February for theft of cemetery property, and indicted in April on two felony charges in connection with that arrest, now has been arrested again on an additional four charges, police say.

    Gerald Kincaid Jr., 30, of Elmburg Road in Bagdad was arrested May 22 on one count of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, two counts of theft by deception more than $500 but less than $10,000 (including cold checks) and one count of theft (auto) $500 or more, but less than $10,000.

  • Goldsmith trial set for July

    At Marcus Goldsmith’s pretrial conference in Shelby Circuit Court Monday, his trial date of July 28 was confirmed.

    He was also given an additional pretrial date of July 7, which is expected to be his last scheduled hearing before the trial starts.

    Goldsmith is facing a charge of murder and related offenses from 2012, and his trial has been moved several times, most recently from May 14 to July 28.

    The trial date had been changed in April because of a conflict in court scheduling.

  • Charges in jail fight could come next week

    Assault charges could be forthcoming next week in connection with a physical altercation at the Shelby County Detention Center in March that left one inmate fighting for his life, police say.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Rice said that at the request of Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell, he will present the case to a Shelby County Grand Jury on Wednesday.

    “I do have a subpoena to go to the grand jury next week, Wednesday, to see if they will indict him [assailant],” he said.

  • Court report: May 27, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Ramirez Pedro, speeding 18 mph over limit, first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance and no operator's/moped license – guilty – 30-day sentence conditionally discharged for two years and $773 fine and costs.

  • Longtime firefighter is city employee of the year

    Sgt. Carlton Holbert, a firefighter of 7 years at the Shelbyville Fire Department, constantly goes above and beyond the call of duty – that’s why he was named firefighter of the year for 2013.

    “Carlton is a wonderful employee and supervisor,” said Shelbyville Assistant Fire Chief Chris Spaulding. “Carlton has the respect of his subordinates as well as his supervisors. He is a real team player. He constantly volunteers for extra training opportunities as well as tasks when we need him.”

  • Shelbyville Police Reports May 28, 2014


    Carlos V Guerra, 23, of 80 Frankfort Road was arrested May 18 at 1533 Midland Trail and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, no operator's license, failure to maintain required insurance, first offense, careless driving and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle.

    Morgan Seely, 26, of 767 Hinkle Lane was arrested May 18 on Freedom's Way and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.


  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments May 28, 2014


    John Stephen Smith, 51, of 1251 Bellview Road was indicted on five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

    Justen Monroe, 33, of 106 Ada Ave. was indicted on four counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

    Brandon T. Coffey, 31, of 1407 Jefferson St. in Louisville was indicted for second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and receiving stolen property under $10,000.

  • Pleasureville barn owner lost everything

    By Ashley Wilkins


    A fire that took the lives of two horses Friday evening, still burns five days later.

    “I think the fire department has been out here three or four more times since Friday,” said Valerie Blethen, the property owner.

    Blethen said she spent most of Friday before the fire in the barn, leaving at 3:30 p.m. to do some paperwork at her house, just a few hundred feet away. 

    Then, around 5 p.m., Blethen says she received a knock on the door from a passerby alerting her that the barn was on fire.