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Cops & Courts

  • Police say Shelbyville pair tried to extort Taylorsville policeman

    TAYLORSVILLE – Two Shelbyville residents are facing multiple charges including allegedly extorting money from a man with Taylorsville ties.

    Baker Drive residents Joshua T. Phillips, 30, and Dee A. Bowman, 27 – who also is identified in court documents as Dee A. Phillips – were arrested Dec. 10 in Shelbyville by Kentucky State Police and charged with theft by extortion, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense, buy/possess drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

  • Man arrested wearing boots taken in burglary

    Shelbyville police say a man charged with a house burglary tried to walk away from the scene – right past the resident and wearing that man’s boots.

    Russell E. Nation Jr., 32, of 430 Mack Walters Road was arrested Saturday after the victim spotted him coming from the direction of his house, carrying a number of personal items.

    Shelbyville Police Sgt. Istvan Kovacs said that the victim, who lives on Indian Ridge, was on his way home when he saw Nation carrying several items.

  • 2 arrested in chase made for TV

    A Louisville man who has a history of stealing TVs from Walmart found himself in a bit of a quandary recently when he tried to walk out of Shelbyville’s store with two large models in his shopping cart.

    The man hadn’t paid for the sets, officials said, and he suddenly found himself with a law enforcement officer in front of him and another behind.

  • On eve of freedom, man escapes Shelby County jail

    An inmate from the Shelby County Detention Center working at the state highway garage grabbed a truck and took off Wednesday – the day before he was scheduled to be paroled.

    Andrew Joseph Wilson, 21, of Richmond escaped while on work release Wednesday by

    stealing a vehicle that was found ditched in Anderson County.

    Shelby County Jailer Bobby Waits said it was ironic that the parole board granted Wilson parole the day after he escaped.

  • Shelby County School Board, superintendent sued for discrimination

    Victoria Coleman, a former associate principal and teacher at Collins High School, has filed suit against the Shelby County Board of Education and Superintendent James Neihof for sexual discrimination.

    The suit claims that Coleman was discriminated against because of her gender and that actions were taken against her in retaliation of her opposing treatment and reporting of unwanted sexual advances from former Collins Principal Anthony Hatchell.

  • Monroe gets new hearing date

    Lonnie Monroe, charged with manslaughter in a deadly wreck, was given a new court date at his disposition hearing Friday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Judge Charles Hickman set a date of 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the request of Monroe’s attorney, Nathan Riggs.

    Monroe was to have entered a plea Nov. 4, but Riggs told Hickman at that time that Monroe was not ready to take that step, and that measure has not come up since.

  • Shelby man loses Supreme appeal in penis case

    Phillip Seaton, a Waddy man who had sued his surgeon for what he said was an unauthorized amputation of his penis, has lost his final appeal.

    The Kentucky Supreme Court announced Thursday that it would not consider Seaton’s suit against Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort, who in 2007 performed the amputation during a routine circumcision.

  • Drug dog helps sniff out big heroin bust in Shelbyville

    A series of recent raids by law enforcement – including the efforts of a newly acquired drug-sniffing dog – has taken 60 grams of deadly heroin off the streets of Shelby County and brought trafficking charges against two people.
    Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said that after nearly a month of legwork, his detectives finally got the evidence they needed to make one of the largest heroin busts this year.

  • Bruner gets 25 years in Escareno beating

    The silence in a Shelby County court room Wednesday was broken only by the sound of a woman sobbing softly, as a handful of tearful family members huddled together, and a silent, subdued Mark Bruner waited to hear if he would be calling prison home for a mere decade or more than twice that long.

    Taking a deep breath, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman leaned forward and uttered the words that Bruner and his family surely had been dreading to hear.

  • ‘New’ officer nails theft suspects

    A newly sworn-in Simpsonville Police officer has already distinguished himself with his first substantial felony arrest, nabbing two Bullitt County men and returning more than $23,000 in stolen items back to the owners within a matter of hours.

    “Whew, I am telling you, I was surprised and very pleased,” Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said.