Cops & Courts

  • Florist open after shop damaged Saturday

    A local florist is open for business as usual after the shop was damaged Saturday during a sort of freak accident, the owner said.

    “There was a big hole in the wall, and we will have to replace our furnace and air-conditioning unit. It was a horrible mess,” said Sharon Nichols, owner of Flowers by Sharon on the corner of Main and 6th streets.

    The shop was damaged Saturday night when a car parked in the lot behind the shop slipped out of gear, rolling down the incline and smashing in the back of the building, Nichols said.

  • 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.

  • No injuries in Simpsonville crash, but cleanup extends for 2 days

    No one was injured in a single vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on I-64 in Simpsonville, but the crash shut down the interstate until at least midnight, and even when the roadway opened, it was down to one lane, officials said.

    The delay was from the huge clean up effort after a 2011 Freightliner tractor-trailer crashed near mile marker 29 in Simpsonville and overturned, police said.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”