Cops & Courts

  • Fire destroys house on Eminence Pike

    No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a vacant home on Eminence Pike Saturday night but fire officials are labeling the blaze as suspicious.

    At 9:22 p.m., the Shelby County Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a fully involved structure fire at 198 Eminence Pike.

    Upon arrival, Major Andy White, reported it was a working structure fire.

    No one was living at the house at the time of the blaze, as the occupants had just been evicted; the home is owned by Larry Sams.

  • Court report: Aug. 17, 2015

    District court

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

    Zavian Dre Banta, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess – guilty – $514 fine and costs.

    Faith L. Mack, theft by deception – guilty – $194 costs.

  • Shelbyville state trooper reassigned as punitive measure

    A Kentucky state trooper who lives in Shelby County has been taken off patrol and reassigned to an administrative job after an internal affairs investigation.

    Kentucky State Police spokesperson Michael Webb said that the punitive measures were taken against trooper Mitch Harris for not covering patrols.

    Webb said the activity in question took place last year.

    “The allegations were brought to the agency’s attention by WAVE 3 in August 2014,” said Webb.

  • Court report: Aug. 12, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    David A. Morgan, alcohol intoxication in a public place - guilty - $189 fine and costs.

    Dillon M. Haynes, drinking alcoholic beverage in public place - guilty - $214 fine and costs.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports


    James A. Gray, 51, of 303 Quachita Trail in Frankfort was arrested June 7 on Frankfort Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and speeding.

  • Two longtime deputies retire

    Two longtime Shelby County Deputies retired Friday after decades of service.

    Fred Rothenburger has 21 years as a deputy and Sgt. Mike Murray, 25 years.

    More than 100 people turned out at a party in their honor held at the former district courtroom in the old courthouse to bid the two farewell, with an abundance of hugs, handshakes and well wishes.

    The room could not contain all of those who came, with everyone from all police agencies in the county, emergency services, dispatchers, family and friends, spilling out into the hallway.

  • Crime spree leads to lengthy police pursuit

    Shelbyville Police had their hands full trying to catch up with a Louisville man in the predawn hours Thursday who, in the space of just over an hour, went on a bizarre crime spree ending in a freaky police pursuit, police said.

    Tommy D. Manion, 53, is charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, trespassing, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a forged instrument, in a series of events that began at 1:30 a.m. when officers responded to a burglar alarm at Cox Smokers Outlet on Breighton Circle.

  • New mobile app is free from police

    Kentucky State Police has just unveiled a new a mobile phone app that is intended to be an outreach tool for the public.

    Sgt. Michael Webb said the app will provide a technological platform for citizens to report criminal behavior, access resources and receive real-time emergency notifications.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports


    Kristen A. Newberry, 24, of 2955 Waddy Road was arrested May 22 at 2378 Waddy Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, first offense and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle.

    Taylor J. Hart, 21, of 566 Cemetery Road in Pleasureville was arrested May 31 on Frankfort Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.



  • Man charged with rape, kidnapping

    A Shelbyville man has been charged with several felony offenses in the alleged sexual assault of a teenaged girl.

    Phillip E. Bynum Sr., 55, was arrested Saturday in connection with an incident that had occurred Tuesday, July 21, when a 16-year-old girl spent the night with his daughter, who was at his residence, according to a Shelbyville Police report.