Cops & Courts

  • 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.

  • Henry County man hospitalized after bypass crash

    Shelby County firefighters extricated a Henry County man from his pickup truck after it flipped in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on the Shelbyville Bypass.

    Charles R. Stalker, 26, of Eminence, remains in stable condition at the University of Louisville Medical Center, where he was transported by Shelby County EMS after the accident on Freedom’s Way near La Grange Road.

    Assistant Shelby County Fire Chief Jeff Ivers said Stalker was taken to UofL after he flipped his Toyota pickup truck on the bypass.

  • Rocking chair thieves don’t roll past police

    Two men a charged with a daring daylight robbery: Backing up a pickup truck to the front of Cracker Barrel in Shelbyville and driving away with four large rocking chairs.

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis shook his head as he recounted the theft in December by two Louisville men.

  • Shelby’s traffic fatalities flat as state’s plummet

    Highway deaths in Kentucky last year plummeted to the lowest levels since the 1940s, and  the number of people killed on Shelby County’s roads remained constant.

    Six people died in traffic accidents in Shelby County, same number as in 2012.

    Last year was the safest for motorists in 64 years in Kentucky, with highway fatalities down 15 percent, transportation officials say.

  • Court report: Jan. 7, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Vincent J. Beard, failure to wear seat belts, possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle and second-degree disorderly conduct – pleaded guilty – $160 fine.

    Mike Brothers, 13 charges of theft by deception – pleaded guilty – 12-month sentence, serve 91 days, balance probated for two years.

  • Shutdown forces court cases to await decision of when they will be heard

    People who had court cases scheduled for Monday when the Shelby County Judicial Center closed because of inclement weather probably should be hearing from court officials – but when is still unclear.

    “We’re waiting on the judge [Circuit Judge Charles Hickman] to tell us what to do. He’s been in Anderson County all day today, so we haven’t heard from him yet,“ Shelby Circuit Clerk Lowry Miller said.

    Both circuit and district courts were closed Monday, something that has happened twice before, Miller said.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Jan. 3, 2014

    James W. Devore III, 21, of Shelbyville and Hanna L. Long, 22, of Shelbyville were indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (oxycodone), complicity, possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity, a controlled substance prescription not in an approved container, first offense, possession of marijuana and disregarding a stop sign.

    Joseph E. McCormick, 24, of 93 Jonathan Circle was indicted for first-degree criminal abuse of a child under 12 years old.

  • Police say Shelbyville pair tried to extort Taylorsville policeman

    TAYLORSVILLE – Two Shelbyville residents are facing multiple charges including allegedly extorting money from a man with Taylorsville ties.

    Baker Drive residents Joshua T. Phillips, 30, and Dee A. Bowman, 27 – who also is identified in court documents as Dee A. Phillips – were arrested Dec. 10 in Shelbyville by Kentucky State Police and charged with theft by extortion, first-degree possession of a controlled substance first offense, buy/possess drug paraphernalia and endangering the welfare of a minor.

  • Man arrested wearing boots taken in burglary

    Shelbyville police say a man charged with a house burglary tried to walk away from the scene – right past the resident and wearing that man’s boots.

    Russell E. Nation Jr., 32, of 430 Mack Walters Road was arrested Saturday after the victim spotted him coming from the direction of his house, carrying a number of personal items.

    Shelbyville Police Sgt. Istvan Kovacs said that the victim, who lives on Indian Ridge, was on his way home when he saw Nation carrying several items.

  • 2 arrested in chase made for TV

    A Louisville man who has a history of stealing TVs from Walmart found himself in a bit of a quandary recently when he tried to walk out of Shelbyville’s store with two large models in his shopping cart.

    The man hadn’t paid for the sets, officials said, and he suddenly found himself with a law enforcement officer in front of him and another behind.