Cops & Courts

  • Mount Eden fire chief injured by ‘trap door’

    TAYLORSVILLE – A routine fire run on Jan. 20 quickly resulted in an ugly injury for Mount Eden Fire Chief Doug Herndon.

    Herndon and other Mount Eden firefighters responded to the 3500 block of Mill Road to what was reported as an electric fire that originated in the historical home's wall. Herndon – who is employed full time by the Shelbyville Fire Department – said he entered the home and started to investigate a utility room that ended up having an unwanted surprise.

  • Family left homeless in Mount Eden Fire

    Firefighters from three departments battled desparately to save the home of a Mount Eden family in the predawn hours Saturday, but the blaze destroyed the structure, officials said.

    Mount Eden firefighter Tim Herndon said that the call came in at 3:48 about a house fire in the 7600 block of Mount Eden Road, at the home of Walter Chesser. The fire started in the chimney, he said, and the family, after calling 911, also tried to put the fire out, to no avail.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports Jan. 22, 2014


    Dane M. Freeman, 21, of 11499 Pauls Lane in Conifer, Colo., was arrested Dec. 27 on Fisherville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and failure to notify the Department of Transportation of an address change.

    James H. Perkins, 38, of 1020 Devils Hollow Road in Frankfort was arrested Dec. 13 on Elmburg Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, second offense.

  • Court report: Jan. 22, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Andre R. Cardwell, first-offense failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – pleaded guilty – insurance monitoring for 12 months and $643 fine and costs, $400 conditionally discharged.

    Jason M. Mobley, speeding 21 mph over limit, first-offense DUI and possession of open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle – pleaded guilty – operator's license suspended for 30 days and $763 fine and costs.

  • Arrest made in Town and County break-in

    An arrest has been made in connection with a burglary in the Town and County subdivision in Shelbyville, and police said that there’s a possibility that more arrests could follow.

    “They’re still working on that investigation,” Shelbyville Police spokesperson Kelly Cable said.

    Michael S. Clare, 22, of Shelbyville was arrested Jan. 9 and charged with second-degree burglary.

    And residents of the neighborhood off La Grange Road are so worried, they have decided to get together to talk about watching out for one another.

  • Couple charged with extortion waived to grand jury

    One member of a husband-wife duo charged with extortion is back in jail after a hearing in Shelby District Court on Thursday in which the case was waived to the grand jury.

    As Dee A. Bowman-Phillps, with downcast eyes, held out her arms to be handcuffed, her husband, Joshua Phillips, ventured timidly forward from where he was sitting behind his attorney, to hand her a jacket she had left behind.

    Shelby District Judge Linda Armstrong ordered Bowman-Phillips, 27, to be taken back into custody after she failed a drug screen, one of the conditions of her bond.

  • Shelbyville man indicted for rape

    A Shelbyville man has been indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of second-degree rape.

    Walter Lopez-Perez, 23, whose address is listed as the non-existent 1030 Henory Lane in Shelbyville, was arrested on Oct. 9, and the indictment came down Dec. 18.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports Jan. 17, 2014


    James A. Eaton, 55, of 109 Eastview Circle, was arrested Nov. 4 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.

  • Court report: Jan. 13, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Alvin Lee Brooks, speeding 20 mph over limit and operating on suspended/revoked operator's license – guilty – 45-day sentence, serve five days, balance conditionally discharged for two years and $183 fine and costs.

  • Goldsmith gets new trial date

    Marcus Goldsmith, charged with murder and related offenses from 2012, was given two new court dates – one of them for a jury trial – at a hearing on Friday.

    Goldsmith, 54, had had a status hearing scheduled for Jan. 6, but that date was cancelled because the Shelby County Judicial Center was closed because of inclement weather.

    His jury trial was scheduled for April but has been moved to July 28 because of a conflict in court scheduling. He will have another status hearing prior to that on May 5.