Cops & Courts

  • Jury trial set for father, son charged with assault

    A jury trial is scheduled for a father and son charged with a shooting on Labor Day 2014 in Martinsville.

    John M. Dixie, 66, and John A. Dixie, 43, were originally charged with attempted murder, but it was later amended to first-degree assault when the pair were indicted in December.

    The majority of jury trials do not take place, due to plea agreements being worked out beforehand, but Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt said she expects this one to move forward.

    “It’s our plan to go to trial,” she said.

  • Attorney pleads not guilty to assault charges

    Shelbyville attorney James Tim Crawford pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday in Shelby District Court to charges of second-degree assault.

    “I expect to be fully exonerated,” he said upon leaving the courtroom.

    Crawford had been arrested in September for allegedly pistol-whipping a man earlier in the month.

    According to a police report, Crawford, 55, was charged with 2nd degree assault after allegedly striking a man in the face with a pistol on Sept. 13 at 3:30 a.m.

  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Warrants

    Dale Spinks, 29, of 141 Versailles Road in Lawrenceburg was arrested Aug. 20 at 501 Main St. on a Shelby County warrant for failure to wear a seat belt, first-degree fleeing or evading police in a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants under aggravating circumstances, 3rd offense, failure to notify the Department of Transportation of an address change, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and second-degree imprisonment.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports


    John D. Bustner, 39, of 304 E. 6th St. in Lexington was arrested Aug. 24 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, speeding, trafficking in synthetic drugs, first offense and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, first offense and possession of marijuana.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports



    Levi P. Grant, 22, of 347 Morning Star Road in Hodgenville was arrested Sept. 11 at 45 Breighton Circle and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first offense, reckless driving, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle and failure to produce an insurance card.

  • Bells for firefighters

    Saturday Shelby County will participate in a national tribute to fallen firefighters.

    This is Shelbyville’s first time to participate in Bells Across America, a national event that originated in Maryland that is in its 5th year nation wide, in which area churches ring their bells for one minute at noon Oct. 3 in recognition of firefighters who died in the line of duty.

  • BBB warns of sweepstakes scam

    Officials at the Better Business Bureau say they want the public to know that a phone scam circulating about a sweepstakes operated by the BBB is not legitimate.

    Reanna Smith-Hamblin, vice president of communications for the BBB of Louisville said her office has been receiving numerous calls from the public to find out more information about BBB sweepstakes they have been informed they have won.

    “The BBB wants to assure consumers that this is a scam so they can protect themselves from potential fraud,” she said.

  • Court report: Sept. 14, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge J.R. RoBards:

    Hunter M. Hall, second-degree disorderly conduct – guilty – $379 fine and costs.

    Larry T. Drury, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess – guilty – $664 fine and costs.

  • Court report: Sept. 8, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Devin W. Davis, license to be in possession and first-offense failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – guilty – insurance monitoring for 12 months  and $663 fine and costs, $400 conditionally discharged.

  • Shelbyville man airlifted after head-on crash

    The Shelby County Fire Department had to cut the driver out of a car after a head-on collision Monday on Buck Creek Road. He was then airlifted to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition as of Tuesday.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said that when he and his crews arrived at 7002 Buck Creek Road at 5:09 p.m., they discovered that a 2005 Dodge truck and a Chevy Impala had crashed head-on, trapping the driver of the Impala, Murphy, 43, of Shelbyville, inside.