Cops & Courts

  • Pleasureville barn owner lost everything

    By Ashley Wilkins


    A fire that took the lives of two horses Friday evening, still burns five days later.

    “I think the fire department has been out here three or four more times since Friday,” said Valerie Blethen, the property owner.

    Blethen said she spent most of Friday before the fire in the barn, leaving at 3:30 p.m. to do some paperwork at her house, just a few hundred feet away. 

    Then, around 5 p.m., Blethen says she received a knock on the door from a passerby alerting her that the barn was on fire.

  • Court report: May 19, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Tony C. Beaumont, second-offense DUI – guilty – 30-day sentence, serve seven days, balance conditionally discharged for two years, operator's license suspended for 12 months and $878 fine and costs.

  • Endicott likely to be indicted by grand jury

    A Shelbyville man accused of participating with seven others in gang activity in La Grange has seen his charged dismissed in district court, but his legal battle may still continue.

    Casey Endicott, 18, had been the lone holdout of the “Oldham 8” whose case had remained in Oldham District Court. His attorney, Jessica Schulety, had requested a competency evaluation be completed before Endicott’s case could proceed.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports May 9, 2014


    Mario E. Tejeda-Nava, 46, of 483 Old Mill Road was arrested April 18 on Hebron Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, first offense, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to to render aid or assistance, failure to report an accident in excess of $500, no registration plates, reckless driving and improper display of registration plates.

  • Court report: May 5, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Carlos J. Vasquez-Garcia, reckless driving, no operator's/moped license, first-offense DUI and possess open alcohol beverage container in a motor vehicle – guilty – 90-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 120 days and $1,228 fine and costs.

  • Man killed while picking up mail on riding mower

    A Shelbyville man who was driving his lawn mower to get his mail was killed when his mower was hit by a driver in a pickup truck at the end of his driveway, police said.
    Jason Rice, a detective with the Shelby County Sheriff's office said that Herman Moore, 88, died at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Wednesday afternoon while waiting to be airlifted to the University of Louisville.

    Rice said that speed was not a factor and that no charges will be brought against the other driver, who is 17 years old.

    "It was just a terrible accident," he said.

  • No one injured at fire near Bagdad

    No one was injured in a fire near Bagdad Wednesday that started in the basement of a home.

    The cause of a house fire at 200 Bob Rogers Road at about noon Wednesday is not known, but the fire is not being considered suspicious, officials said.

    Waddy Fire Chief Darrell Brown said that multiple fire departments responded because there is a shortage of hydrants in the area, so three other departments brought tanker trucks.

    The homeowners, Walter and Lisa Clare, were not home at the time the fire broke out, but one of them arrived shortly afterward.

  • Bagdad fire suspicious, officials say

    A fire that heavily damaged a home in Bagdad has some suspicious elements, so much so that an investigation has been launched into the cause of the blaze, officials say.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said that just before the call of a fire at 6046 Elmburg Road came in at 8 p.m. Sunday night, a call had gone out for a domestic dispute at the residence. Because of that, he said, his crews had to wait until sheriff’s deputies arrived and declared the scene safe for firefighters.

  • Goldsmith to have pretrial conference Monday

    Marcus Goldsmith Monday will be back in court in Shelby County for a pretrial conference.

    Goldsmith is facing charge of murder and related offenses from 2012 and his trial has been moved several times, the last time from May 14 to July 28.

    The trial date had been changed in April because of a conflict in court scheduling. He has another pretrial conference on June 2.

  • Court report: April 28, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge A. Bailey Taylor:

    Henry H. Vest II, first-offense aggravator DUI – pleaded guilty – eight days home incarceration program, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.