Cops & Courts

  • Court report: Aug. 31, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge J.R. RoBards:

    Joshua P. Haggard, first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance – guilty – $643 fine and costs.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports


    Scotty Lee Cooley, 33, of 212 Fletcher Way, was arrested July 26 at Robin Road and Midland Trail and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, first offense, and having an open alcoholic beverage container in the vehicle.

    Cynthia J. Harris, 62, of 140 72nd St. in Niagra Falls, N.Y., was arrested July 23 at Cherry Lane and Peachtree Drive and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first offense.

  • Court report: Aug. 17, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge J.R. RoBards:

    Zavian Dre Banta, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess – guilty – $514 fine and costs.

    Faith L. Mack, theft by deception – guilty – $194 costs.

  • Shelbyville state trooper reassigned as punitive measure

    A Kentucky state trooper who lives in Shelby County has been taken off patrol and reassigned to an administrative job after an internal affairs investigation.

    Kentucky State Police spokesperson Michael Webb said that the punitive measures were taken against trooper Mitch Harris for not covering patrols.

    Webb said the activity in question took place last year.

    “The allegations were brought to the agency’s attention by WAVE 3 in August 2014,” said Webb.

  • Court report: Aug. 12, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    David A. Morgan, alcohol intoxication in a public place - guilty - $189 fine and costs.

    Dillon M. Haynes, drinking alcoholic beverage in public place - guilty - $214 fine and costs.

  • Fire destroys house on Eminence Pike

    No one was injured in a fire that destroyed a vacant home on Eminence Pike Saturday night but fire officials are labeling the blaze as suspicious.

    At 9:22 p.m., the Shelby County Fire Department was dispatched to a report of a fully involved structure fire at 198 Eminence Pike.

    Upon arrival, Major Andy White, reported it was a working structure fire.

    No one was living at the house at the time of the blaze, as the occupants had just been evicted; the home is owned by Larry Sams.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports


    James A. Gray, 51, of 303 Quachita Trail in Frankfort was arrested June 7 on Frankfort Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and speeding.

  • Crime spree leads to lengthy police pursuit

    Shelbyville Police had their hands full trying to catch up with a Louisville man in the predawn hours Thursday who, in the space of just over an hour, went on a bizarre crime spree ending in a freaky police pursuit, police said.

    Tommy D. Manion, 53, is charged with burglary, theft, criminal mischief, trespassing, tampering with physical evidence and criminal possession of a forged instrument, in a series of events that began at 1:30 a.m. when officers responded to a burglar alarm at Cox Smokers Outlet on Breighton Circle.

  • Two longtime deputies retire

    Two longtime Shelby County Deputies retired Friday after decades of service.

    Fred Rothenburger has 21 years as a deputy and Sgt. Mike Murray, 25 years.

    More than 100 people turned out at a party in their honor held at the former district courtroom in the old courthouse to bid the two farewell, with an abundance of hugs, handshakes and well wishes.

    The room could not contain all of those who came, with everyone from all police agencies in the county, emergency services, dispatchers, family and friends, spilling out into the hallway.

  • Residents evacuated after fire at Masonic Home

    Residents were evacuated for a short time Sunday night after a heating unit caught fire at the Shelbyville Masonic Home.

    Shelby County Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Ivers said the unit was located in the south wing of the building, and that about 30 residents had to be evacuated when the unit caught fire just before 11 p.m.

    There were no injuries in the incident.

    The residents were able to return back to their original rooms.