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Cops & Courts

  • Spencer arrest involves sex with children

    A Bloomfield man has been arrested in Spencer County and charged with two sexual charges involving a child.

    Robert Stevens, 35, was arrested Saturday by Kentucky State Police and charged with first-degree rape of a child under 12 year old and first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 for offenses that occurred in Spencer County.

    Both offenses happened the same day that he was taken into custody, arrest records say.

    Stevens is lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center under a $50,000 cash bond.

  • Poole sentenced to 7 years for embezzlement

    Linda Poole, a Bagdad woman who pleaded guilty Aug. 5 to stealing more than $110,000 from her employer, has been sentenced to 7 years in prison.

    Poole, 59, was sentenced Friday by Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, with her attorney, John Taylor, in attendance.

    Poole had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft of more than $10,000, 2 counts of theft under $10,000 and 7 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument.

  • Shelbyville woman charged with arson

    A Shelbyville woman is behind bars, charged with first-degree arson in connection with a fire in her apartment.
    Mallory Taylor, 26, was arrested Sept. 25, the day after her apartment at 205 Lynne Acres was damaged by fire, police say.

    A Shelbyville Police report said that Taylor intentionally set fire to a roll of toilet paper that started a blaze in her bedroom, causing damage to the room. That was the second fire that day, police said, with the first occurring only a short time earlier.

  • Shelby man arrested in CVS robbery

    Officers who served a search warrant on a man suspected of armed robbery of a Shelbyville drugstore were able to wrestle him to the floor as he was fleeing in the direction of a weapon, police said.

    Michael Shawn Whitaker, 36, was arrested at his residence at 1414 South Drive No. 2 on Sept. 9 in connection with an armed robbery at CVS Pharmacy that occurred the day before, police said.

  • Bruner pleads guilty to Shelby assault

    Mark Bruner, charged with the brutal beating in 2011 of a woman left by the side of the road, has pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in connection with that crime and will be facing at a long prison term.

    Bruner, 39, whose jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday, pleaded guilty to that charge on Sept. 16, and Shelby Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman has set a sentencing date for Oct. 23.

  • Monroe, Poole get new dates

    Two high-profile court cases will return to Shelby Circuit Court in November after decisions Monday by Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman.

    Lonnie Monroe, 45, who was arrested a year ago and charged with murder in a tractor-trailer accident from November 2011 in which a passenger in his truck was killed, and saw the charges amended just weeks later to second-degree manslaughter, has a new court date of Nov. 4 for a disposition hearing.

  • Suit vs. Shelby County surgeon is dismissed

    A suit filed last November in Shelby Circuit Court by a Campbellsville man against his surgeon, whom he claimed mistakenly amputated body parts, has been dismissed.

    Shelby County Circuit Judge Chuck Hickman last week threw out Randall Phillips’ suit against Dr. Christopher J. Theuer of Surgical Associates PSC of Shelbyville and Louisville Surgical Associates in which Phillips claimed Theuer, while performing hernia surgery, had “mistakenly amputated bodily parts, organs and blood vessels,” which Phillips did not anticipate.

  • Police arrest 4 for heroin

    Shelbyville Police have arrested four people on heroin-related charges in a bust recently on Berea Street in Shelbyville.

    Ty R. Thompson, 22, Ashley A. Johnson, 23, Alonzo L. Dixon, 18, and Treyvenn R. Reed, 18, all of 116 Berea St., were arrested Sept. 8 and charged with first-degree trafficking in heroin and first-degree trafficking in cocaine, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    All  but Thompson were first-time offenders to the charges. Thompson has a previous offense for trafficking in heroin.

  • Police arrest man wanted in bank robberies elsewhere

    A Shelbyville man wanted in connection with bank robberies in Kentucky and Indiana was arrested Thursday, police said.

    Jason E. Abell, 34, of 403 Sycamore Terrace, is charged with second-degree robbery in connection with bank robberies in Florence and Jeffersonville, Ind.

    Abell was arrested without incident at his residence at 9:39 p.m. by Shelbyville Police Det. Jesse Paulley, along with detectives from Jeffersonville, who were also at the scene.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said he was proud of everyone that worked to bring in Abell.

  • EARLIER: The Search for Jackleen Lane: 3 months after teen is found dead, many questions remain

    On a warm Monday morning three months ago, a body of a young girl was spotted by a railroad employee, wedged near a dam in a dark corner where Clear Creek bends around downtown Shelbyville.

    Jackleen Lane, 15, had been floating there for several days, apparently unseen and not missed since she walked away from the Shelby County Fair and found her way into the cool water about two miles away. Her body showed no signs of foul play, and an autopsy would determine there were no drugs in her system. Her death was ruled accidental drowning.