Cops & Courts

  • ‘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.

  • Wenz, 6 others plead not guilty

    LA GRANGE – Seven individuals – including a Shelby County man – charged with participating in organized crime have pleaded not guilty after being indicted on that and several drug charges.

    La Grange Police in October arrested the seven who appeared last week plus one other man after a weeks-long investigation into possible drug and gang activity. A second Shelby County man has not been indicted, pending an evaluation of hits fitness.

  • EARLIER: Oldham Grand jury doesn’t indict 2 Shelby County men for murder

    LA GRANGE – An Oldham County Grand Jury failed Friday to indict two men from Shelby County for conspiracy to commit murder.

    Thomas L. Wenz, 22, and Casey Endicott, 18, both of Shelbyville, had been charged in October with that crime and several others during an arrest of eight people by La Grange Police.

    When the Grand Jury returned its indictments on Friday, the conspiracy to commit murder and possession of cocaine charges were dismissed.

  • EARLIER: 2 Shelby men await indictment in Oldham County

    A case involving two Shelby County men charged with gang activity and conspiracy to commit murder awaits possible indictment in Oldham County.

    Thomas Wenz and Casey Endicott of Shelbyville are two of eight individuals charged with organized crime and drug possession offenses. The two also are half of four individuals charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

    An Oldham County Grand Jury did not indict either individual or the other six with similar charges last week. The cases could be heard by a grand jury the first week of December.

  • EARLIER: 1 of 2 murder conspiracy charges dropped against Shelby County man

    Thomas Wenz of Shelbyville will be facing one charge of conspiracy to commit murder next month when an Oldham County Grand Jury considers his case.

    Wenz, 22, originally charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, also saw another charge – unlawful transaction with a minor – dismissed. He continues to be charged with gang recruitment, possession of a controlled substance – cocaine – possession of drug paraphernalia and for engaging in organized crime.

  • Man pleads guilty to abusing sister

    A man whose adoptive family lives in Shelby County pleaded guilty Friday to first-degree sexual abuse of his adoptive sister.
    Jose A. Rodriguez, 24, of Louisville, who was indicted in December 2011, entered his plea before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, and his attorney, public defender Ashley Bailey, told Hickman that she and prosecutors had reached an agreement, with a portion of the recommended 5-year sentence to be served and the rest probated.

  • EARLIER: Shelby teen: Why I spoke out about alleged sexual abuse by my brother

    “I decided to put my name out there – nobody made the decision for me, and nobody made me do it.”

    Those are the emphatic words of Ashley Hilger, 17, reflecting on her decision to speak publically about a lawsuit that sprang out of sexual abuse she said she had endured at the hands of her adopted brother.

  • EARLIER: Shelby family's suit claims social workers hid adoptive sons' history of abuse

    A  Shelbyville family has filed suit against three social workers from the Kentucky Cabinet of Health and Family Services, alleging they concealed a history of sexual abuse involving two male children they adopted and who later molested their adoptive sisters.

    The suit was filed Monday in Jefferson Circuit Court by Beverly and James Hilger of Shelby County on behalf of her daughter, Ashley, now 17, whom they adopted at age 5, and two other minor children.

  • Red White’s family sues in his death

    LONDON – A Tennessee man charged with the July 7, 2012, vehicular death of a Shelby County man on Interstate 75 is being sued by the family of the victim.

    The lawsuit against Austin T. Meredith, 25, of Sevierville, was filed July 3 in Laurel Circuit Court by the family of Howard M. “Red” White Jr. of Bagdad. The suit seeks damages against both Meredith and the company for which he was driving a box truck that struck and killed White on the side of the road.

  • Poole to ask for shock probation

    The last time Linda Poole went before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, she had begged unsuccessfully for leniency, and now she is ready to make a second stab.

    Poole will appear in court Friday to ask for shock probation.

    In a high-profile embezzlement case, Hickman on Oct. 4 sentenced Poole to 7 years in prison for stealing more than $200,000 from her employer, a crime to which Poole in August had pleaded guilty.