Cops & Courts

  • Couple charged with extortion waived to grand jury

    One member of a husband-wife duo charged with extortion is back in jail after a hearing in Shelby District Court on Thursday in which the case was waived to the grand jury.

    As Dee A. Bowman-Phillps, with downcast eyes, held out her arms to be handcuffed, her husband, Joshua Phillips, ventured timidly forward from where he was sitting behind his attorney, to hand her a jacket she had left behind.

    Shelby District Judge Linda Armstrong ordered Bowman-Phillips, 27, to be taken back into custody after she failed a drug screen, one of the conditions of her bond.

  • Shelbyville man indicted for rape

    A Shelbyville man has been indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on charges of second-degree rape.

    Walter Lopez-Perez, 23, whose address is listed as the non-existent 1030 Henory Lane in Shelbyville, was arrested on Oct. 9, and the indictment came down Dec. 18.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports Jan. 17, 2014


    James A. Eaton, 55, of 109 Eastview Circle, was arrested Nov. 4 on I-64 and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.

  • Court report: Jan. 13, 2014

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Alvin Lee Brooks, speeding 20 mph over limit and operating on suspended/revoked operator's license – guilty – 45-day sentence, serve five days, balance conditionally discharged for two years and $183 fine and costs.

  • 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.