Cops & Courts

  • State police event to promote motorcycle safety

    Kentucky State Police will kickoff Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day on Thursday in Frankfort.

    This event, which is in its second year, will be an all-day affair that includes include vendor displays, a news conference, a safety seminar and the "Cruise for Awareness" ride.

    The riders will be escorted by KSP and the Lexington Police Department, with more than 200 motorcycles traveling through Frankfort making a swing around the State Capitol building.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports May 15, 2009

     Driving under the influence

    Andres Ramirez-Vazquez, 26, of Shelbyville, was arrested May 9 on Main Street at the Clear Creek Bridge and charged with DUI first offense under aggravating circumstances, no operator’s license and possession of marijuana.

    Clark M. Smith 52, of Louisville, was arrested May 9 on I-64 East at the 32 mile and marker and charged with DUI.

  • Crime Stoppers seeks info on store theft

    Shelby County Crime Stoppers is seeking information on an unusual theft that happened in mid-April.Shelbyville Police officer Istvan Kovacs reported that on April 15 three women, accompanied by a small child, entered The Family Dollar Store at 174  Mount Eden Road in Shelbyville shortly after noon.

    The women shopped until they had filled a shopping cart full of merchandise.

  • Man buys car with stolen check

    A Shelbyville man is in custody after he purchased a car with a stolen check,  police said.

    James M. Hinkle, 22, of High Street was arrested and charged with felony theft (over $300) and first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, which was a stolen check.

    The police report says that on March 31 Hinkle purchased a 2005 Chevy Impala at Cars of Shelbyville, located on Midland Trail.

    The report says that Hinkle later admitted to Shelbyville Police Officer Susan Marcum that he knew the check was stolen when he used it to buy the car.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports May 8, 2009

    Traffic Related  

    James E. Justice, 45, of Cincinnati was arrested Saturday on LaGrange Road and charged with DUI, first offense, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license, leaving the scene of an accident and first-degree wanton endangerment.

    Dana M. Miller, 26, of Bagdad was arrested Wednesday on College Street and charged with DUI, second offense, operating on a suspended operator's license, having an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle and failure to surrender a revoked operator's license.

  • Fugitive indicted for murder

    A local man police have been seeking for two months in the death of a local teenager has been indicted for murder.

    Salomon Caballero Gomez, 22, was indicted Wednesday by the Shelby County Grand Jury in the death of Joel Diego Mena, 17.

    Gomez is accused in the shooting death of Mena, who was shot in the street at the intersection of 9th and College streets on Feb. 18.

    Mena was transported to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, where he was pronounced dead.

  • Shelby man arrested for burning child

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested for assaulting his girlfriend's young daughter, police said.

    Kentucky State Police arrested Juan Carlos Queriapa, 25, of Seven Mile Road, after they said he held the four-year-old's foot to a hot cooking stove.

    The girl's injuries were so severe, she had to be hospitalized.

    Queriapa is charged with first degree assault. He is lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center on a $75,000 bond.

  • Simpsonville FD saves barn

    Because of the quick response time qetting to a fire, Simpsonville firefighters were able to save a barn on Scott Station Road, Fire Chief Walter Jones said.

    “We did a very good job getting there in a timely manner, and were able to confine the fire to an 8 X 8 foot corner of the barn,” he said. “Timing was everything on saving this barn.”

    The fire was called in at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday night at the residence of Ralph Peed at 1205 Scott Station Road, Jones said.

  • Train hits car on 7th Street

    No one was injured in an incident last Wednesday when a train hit a car on South 7th Street, police say.

    According to the police report, Patricia Nichols, 36, of 300 Main Street in Shelbyville, stopped her car on the railroad tracks with a train coming.

    The report said the Nichols told officers her brakes failed. Police told her to step away from the car, and she did so before the train hit it.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said when the train hit the car, it knocked it into a ditch.

  • Fire destroys house in Mount Eden

    The state fire marshal is looking into the cause of a house fire that destroyed a home in Mount Eden Sunday night, said Fire Chief Doug Herndon.

    “It was a vacant house, so at least no residents were injured, although we did have a firefighter with a minor injury, but he is OK now,” he said.

    Herndon said the call came in at about 2 a.m. and when firefighters arrived on the scene, the house was already totally engulfed by flames.

    “It wasn’t safe for us to go inside, so we had to fight the fire from the outside only,” he said.