Cops & Courts

  • House fire displaces family on 9th Street

    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.

  • Family displaced after fire

    No one was injured in a blaze that broke out late Dec. 31, but the family was temporarily displaced, said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker.

    He said the cause of the blaze at 179 Plantation Drive is still under investigation.

    Baker said the family was home when the fire occurred at 10:55 p.m. and were able to leave the structure safely.

    “They were home at the time; they discovered the fire and evacuated the house,” he said.

  • Putnam trial set for Jan. 30

    A jury trial for Terry Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7, 2016 in connection with the November 2015 robbery of the police department, has been moved again due to scheduling conflicts, but is now set for Jan. 30.

    The last date set was Jan. 17, but had to be moved because that date conflicted with the presidential inauguration, said Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt, as one her chief detective in the case is attending the event on Jan. 20.

    Witt said that so far, no plea agreement is in the works.

  • Brandenburg man indicted for manslaughter

    A Brandenburg man has been indicted for vehicular manslaughter in the death of another Brandenburg man in a traffic fatality in Shelby County in October.

  • Putnam trial moved to February

    A jury trial for Terry Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7 in connection with the November 2015 robbery of the police department, has been moved to February.

    Putnam’s trial date had been set for Jan. 17, but at his pretrial conference Monday that date was pushed to Feb. 1.

  • Investigation continues into fatal police shooting

    KSP is continuing its investigation into a break-in at Simpsonville Baptist Church in which a Shelbyville man was fatally shot by a Shelby County Sheriff’s deputy.

    Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Ittin Russell said it could be weeks before autopsy results on Dylan Dalzell are available, but police say the deputy involved could soon be back to work.

  • Hearing to be scheduled in embezzlement case

    Jenny King of Shelby County, a former longtime finance officer for Shelby County Fiscal Court, charged with embezzling more than $23,000, could appear in court in December for a disposition hearing.

    King, who was charged with stealing the money from the county’s general fund over an 18-month period from April 2013 to December 2014, was scheduled for a disposition hearing Monday, but the hearing was postponed due to a docket pass, which occurs occasionally when the docket becomes too full.

    Those cases that were postponed will be given a court date soon.

  • Shooting suspect identified in break-in at Simpsonville Baptist


  • Jury duty scam rampant again

    Michele Wolfe can breathe a sigh of relief now that the ordeal is over.

    She had almost fallen prey to the widely circulating jury duty scam, which would have robbed her of $2,000.

    “This guy asked me to go to the bank and get my money and then he would meet me at the sheriff’s department,” she said. “I mean, he gave me court numbers, he gave me the court date, I mean he gave it to me all. I was like, ‘Wow, OK.’ Everything seemed up front, it seemed for real.”

  • Police seeking help finding man exposing himself

    Police are appealing to the public to locate a man who exposed himself to a woman near downtown Shelbyville Monday afternoon.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Bernice Napier said the incident occurred at around 3 p.m. near Washington and Alton streets.

    Napier said that when they responded to the call, the woman said the man followed her down Washington Street then got out of his car near Alton Road and exposed his genitals to her.