Cops & Courts

  • 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.

  • Shooting suspect identified in break-in at Simpsonville Baptist


  • Shelby man dies in Las Vegas jail altercation

    A Shelbyville man died Saturday after being beaten by another inmate in a Las Vegas jail, according to officials at the Clark County Coroner’s office.

    Jeremiah Bowling, 25, died of blunt force trauma at 6:12 p.m. officials said.

    Franklin Sharp, 33, has been arrested and charged with murder in the death. Sharp is said to have been Bowling’s cellmate.

    A corrections officer found Bowling bleeding from his head in his cell Saturday afternoon he was later pronounced dead.

    The motive is believed to have stemmed from an argument.

  • Blaze damages home in Brittany Estates

    Two firefighters received minor injuries while battling a house fire Saturday night, but are doing well, said fire officials.

    “Of the family, no one was hurt, they all got out. But we did have two firefighters that suffered minor injuries during the fire,” said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker. “One was injured when part of the ceiling fell in, and the other twisted a knee. They’re both okay – one went to the hospital and was released, and the other was treated on the scene.”

  • Court report: July 18, 2016

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Honorable Judge Charles R. Hickman

    Criminal final

    Eric L. Shelton, Robbery 2nd degree – guilty – 7 years probated, 5 years probation.

  • Prison employee arrested for sexually abusing inmate

    A corrections officer at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley has been arrested on sex abuse and related charges of an inmate, police say.

    Kentucky State Police spokesperson Bernice Napier said Demar I. Jones, 30, of Lexington, was arrested Tuesday and charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree official misconduct.

    The arrest came after an investigation into the matter, said Napier.