Cops & Courts

  • Barn destroyed by fire

    A barn full of hay went up in a blaze July 28 that also destroyed a tractor housed in the structure, fire officials said.

    When the Shelby County Fire Department responded to a call of a barn fire at 10:53 p.m. at 464 McMakin-McMullin Road, off Mount Eden Road, Captain Shawn Doty advised all units that the structure was fully involved with fire, said Jennifer Stenger, administrative assistant for Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd.

  • Court report: July 25, 2016

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Charles R. Hickman

    Civil final

  • Augustine pleads in embezzlement case

    Theresa M. Augustine, a former assistant administrator and firefighter who was indicted in February 2015 on theft-related charges, pleaded guilty in Shelby Circuit Court Monday.

    She pleaded guilty to the original charges – theft by unlawful taking $10,000 or more, but less than $100,000 – as well as abuse of public trust in connection with that amount,

    Both charges are Class C felonies, which carry a prison sentence of 5 to 10 years each.

  • Police make large drug bust at Waddy traffic stop

    Three southeastern Kentucky men were arrested on drug charges after an early morning traffick stop on I-64 at Exit 43 in Waddy Sunday yielded a large amount of crystal meth in vehicle, said Kentucky State Police Spokesperson Bernie Napier.

    He added that police seized 5.3 ounces of suspected crystal meth along with a large amount of cash.

    Keith A. Davis, 46 and Dustin E. Watson, 32, both of Whitley City and Jimmie D. Watson, 36, of Revelo are all charged with trafficking in meth and related charges.

    All are lodged in the Franklin Detention Center.

  • Vacant house burns on Bradshaw

    No one was injured in combating a blaze that destroyed an unoccupied house on Bradshaw Street in Shelbyville Monday night.

    The fire broke out shortly after 9 p.m. at 320 Bradshaw St., according to officials with Shelbyville Fire Department.

    Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker said the fire was in an advanced stage when his crews arrived on the scene.

    “The house was abandoned and was heavily involved prior to us being called,” he said.

  • Traffic accident injures firefighter responding to call

    A member of the Bagdad Fire Department was injured in a traffic accident Saturday night while on an emergency run, said fire department officials.

    “He was responding to an emergency medical call to assist EMS in the 6000 block of Vigo Road,” said Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton, adding that it was against department policy to release the name of the firefighter.

    “He was very fortunate,” he said. “He received some stitches, he’s got several bruises and scrapes, but outside of being sore, he’s doing good.”

  • Hempridge Road crash injures one

    One person was airlifted to the University of Louisville with serious injuries following a crash early Thursday morning on Hempridge Road.

    The one-vehicle accident, worked by the Shelby County Sheriff's office, occurred shortly after 3 a.m. in the 600 block of Hempridge Road, said officials from Shelby County 911.

    The identity and condition of the driver, who was the only occupant of the vehicle, has not yet been released, but Shelby County Emergency Medical Services Director Jeff Ivers said he believes the victim is expected to recover.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports


    Julio J. Infantes Jr., 28, of 2317 Shannon Road in Paris was arrested Sept. 7 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and speeding.

    Erika B. Edwards, 23, of 352 High St. in Richmond was arrested Sept. 10 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second offense, careless driving, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • No plea in works for Putnam

    There is still no plea agreement on the table for Terry Putnam as he heads back into court for his final pretrial conference Tuesday leading up to his trial date of Jan. 30.

    A jury trial for Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7, 2016 in connection with the November 2015 robbery of the police department, had been moved again due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Community stepping up after Shelbyville blaze

    Just one day after a horrific fire left a Bagdad family homeless; a Shelbyville family suffered a similar fate.

    When the Shelbyville Fire Department arrived at the scene of a house fire on 9th Street at 6:37 p.m. Friday, they found the structure engulfed in flames, said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker.

    "When we arrived, flames had already gone through the roof and the fire was threatening to other houses nearby," he said.