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Cops & Courts

  • 2 trials postponed

    Two jury trials scheduled for next week have been moved to September and October, and two other high-profile criminal cases have received new court dates.

    Jessie Allen Stump, 61, of 110 Ada Ave. in Shelbyville was to have gone to trial Monday to face charges of rape and incest against children, but that trial has been moved to Oct. 7.

    And the jury trial scheduled for Monday for James Anthony Watkins, charged with first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment, has been moved to Sept. 4.

  • Simpsonville woman: Roaming dog killed cat

    Simpsonville officials say that despite a cat being killed by a dog running loose that there is not a problem in the East Main Street area with loose animals terrorizing the neighborhood.

    “We don’t have a problem per se with animals running loose,” Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said. “The people that it happened to, it is a problem for them.”

    Cathy Hemmelman said she discovered her cat, “Lucky,” dead on Aug. 4, apparently from a wound to its back that looked like a large bite mark.

  • Plea deal arranged in Waddy man's murder

    BARDSTOWN – A double-murder case in the death of a Shelby County man that was scheduled to begin its third trial this morning ended before it began.

    John T. Hilbert and his attorney accepted a plea deal in front of Nelson Circuit Judge John David Seay on Monday, the day his trial was set to begin.

  • Crime stoppers seeks info on AC theft

    Detectives at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office report that even with the recent decline in metal thefts that central air-conditioning units are still prime targets.

    Between July 27 and July 30, the central air unit was stolen from the Waddy Ruritan Club.

    The unit, located outside the building, was made by Goodman Manufacturing. It is valued at $3,600.

    Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers, which pays rewards up to $1,000. 

  • Harris gets new court date

    A man charged with holding a woman against her will as well as sex and other crimes against her, received on Monday a new court date of Sept. 23 for a disposition hearing in Shelby Circuit Court. 

    Gary Harris, 48, of 833 Bland Ave., Apt. 2B in Shelbyville is accused of holding a woman at gun and knifepoint for five days. He was arrested May 7 and charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment, all felony offenses except for the domestic violence charge, which is a misdemeanor.

  • Bruner’s trial date set for Sept. 30

    Three people in high profile court cases received new hearing dates in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday, including Mark Bruner, who is charged with the brutal beating in 2011 of a woman left by the side of the road.

    Bruner will return to Shelby Circuit Court on Sept. 9, and his jury trial on charges of first-degree assault is scheduled for Sept. 30. His trial, previously set for March, had been postponed because some needed paperwork was not in place, but that situation has been corrected.

  • Poole pleads guilty in embezzlement

    Linda Poole, a Bagdad woman who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $110,000 from her employer, could get 110 years in prison for those crimes when she is sentenced next month.

    In a choked voice before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman on Monday, Poole, 58, answered with a tearful “yes,” when Hickman asked her if she understood the ramifications of pleading guilty.

  • 2 Shelby men charged with destroying cabin

    Two Shelby County men were arrested July 31 and charged with breaking into a log cabin home on Mount Washington Road, trashing the cabin and stealing a variety of items including two 4-wheelers.

  • Man gets 6 years in prison on sex offender charges

    A Shelbyville man has been sentenced to 6 years in prison after violating probation for failing to comply with the Kentucky Sex Offender Registry.

    Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman pronounced the sentence July 22 after Timothy Allen Schlosser pleaded guilty.

    Schlosser, 42, of 1616 Lakeside Drive had pleaded guilty to the same offense in April 2012 and had been granted a 5-year probation. Then in December he again was charged with failing to comply with the registry, a charge that effectively revoked his probation.

  • Charges expanded against Shelbyville man in imprisonment case

    A man accused of holding a woman at gun and knife point for five days has been indicted on those and additional charges and will be arraigned Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.
    Gary Harris, 48, of 833 Bland Ave., Apt. 2B in Shelbyville was arrested May 7 and charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment, all felony offenses except for the domestic violence charge, which is a misdemeanor.