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Cops & Courts

  • Monroe gets court date of Sept. 23

    Lonnie Monroe, 45, of Shelbyville, charged with manslaughter in a deadly wreck, will be back in court Sept. 23 for a disposition hearing.

    Monroe 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, That charge was amended just weeks later to second-degree manslaughter, which is a Class C felony that carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

    Monroe also is charged with DUI in a commercial vehicle.

  • Donnell named top prosecutor in state

    Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura achieved a high honor last month when she received the 2013 Outstanding Commonwealth Attorney award.

    Two commonwealth attorneys are selected each year for that honor, one Republican and one Democrat; the other prosecutor named was Brent Turner, representing the 31st Judicial Circuit. Donnell’s circuit is the 53rd, representing Shelby, Anderson and Spencer counties.

  • Several indicted on felony assault charges

    Assault charges, which drew significantly in Shelby County in 2012, were the basis for three indictments issued recently by the Shelby County Grand Jury.

    Brittany Smith, 23, an inmate at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women, was indicted for third-degree assault for allegedly assault a corrections officer at the prison.

    According to court records, on June 14, Smith, threw feces, urine, or other bodily fluid, on Sgt. L. Ogletree and Officer L. Johnson at the prison.

    The charge, a Class D felony, carries a penalty of 1 to 5 years in prison.

  • Two accidents happen one after another in same spot

    Police say they don’t know why two non-injury accidents happened right after one another shortly after noon Tuesday in the same spot on Taylorsville Road.

    Both accidents involved vehicles that were exiting the Jeff Wyler GM dealership. Weather was not a factor, although a driver in the second accident was on the phone, Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald Wooldridge said.

  • Trial cancelled after Watkins fires attorney

    Jurors exchanged expressions ranging from relief to puzzlement Wednesday as they filed out of the Shelby County Circuit Courtroom after being dismissed before their trial even began.

    After the jurors left the room, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman announced that the jury trial for James Anthony Watkins had been cancelled because he had just learned that Watkins had fired his attorney, Dennis Burke of Louisville, the previous evening.

    “Unfortunately, we have to continue this trial date; the defendant fired his attorney last night,” Hickman said.

  • Wendy's reopens after bomb threat

    Wendy’s Restaurant on Taylorsville Road was shut down for about an hour just before 8 Tuesday night after employees received a bomb threat in a telephone call, police said.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Fred Rothenburger led in the evacuation of the building, which was shut down while deputies conducted a search for an explosive device and members of the Shelby County Fire Department stood by.

    Employees were given the all clear to re-enter the building and reopen the restaurant at 8:50 p.m.

  • Shelbyville woman gets 5 years for robbery, drugs

    Paris France Tevis of 110 Berea St., has been sentenced to 5 years in prison on robbery and drugs charges dating back to 2011.

    Tevis, 22, pleaded guilty to unauthorized procurement of a controlled substance, first offense, for which she received a 2-year sentence, and four charges of first-degree facilitation to robbery, for which she received a 3-year sentence. The sentences are to run consecutively for a total of 5 years.

    She was sentenced last week in Shelby Circuit Court.

  • UPDATED: Kentucky Supreme Court: More police files must be open

    FORT THOMAS — The Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the city of Fort Thomas could not keep the entire investigative file on Robert McCafferty’s death secret.

    The justices found there was no exemption to the state’s Open Record Act that justified the city withholding the entire file until McCafferty’s wife, Cheryl, completed her 18-year sentence for fatally shooting her husband in June 2007.

  • Rankin newest officer for Simpsonville PD

    SIMPSONVILLE – Todd Rankin, the newest officer with the Simpsonville Police Department, may be familiar to some folks around Shelby County even before he puts on a uniform.

    Rankin, a former officer with Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement and most recently with Eminence Police Department, swore Wednesday morning that he never had fought a duel and would uphold the duties in his official ceremony before Mayor Steve Eden at Simpsonville City Hall.

  • Crime Stoppers asking for info about break-in

    On July 15, at approximately 12:55 a.m., two suspects broke into La Espiga De Oro, the Hispanic Bakery at 140 Midland Blvd. in  Shelbyville.

    They entered the building and took money from the cash register before exiting the building. No merchandise was taken from the store, police said.

    If anyone has any information concerning this crime, they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 633-4500. Callers may remain anonymous.