Cops & Courts

  • Man charged in fatal crash gets 10 years

    A man who has been incarcerated in Shelby on murder charges for more than a year was formally sentenced in Shelby Circuit Court Monday on vehicular manslaughter and related charges.

    Miroslav Kuzmanovic, 24, of Washington state, listened stoically as Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman handed down a 10-year sentence in accordance with a plea agreement that Kuzmanovic had made with prosecutors just hours before a jury was to be selected for his trial in June for the murder of Doris Wise.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports


    Justino N. Carreno, 58, of 306 B St. was arrested May 28 at B Street and Marshall Court and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle and operating a vehicle on an expired license.

    Ralios C. Gaspar, 34, of 304 Frankfort Road was arrested May 28 on Main Street and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, careless driving and no operator’s license.

  • 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.

  • King gets new court date

    Jenny King of Shelby County, a former longtime finance officer for Shelby County Fiscal Court, charged with embezzling more than $23,000, has received a new court date.

    At a disposition hearing Monday, King received a date of April 3 for a disposition hearing.

    King was charged with stealing the money from the county’s general fund over an 18-month period from April 2013 to December 2014

  • Showcasing Shelby County

    Mark your calendars for March 25 – that’s when the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce will present its 15th annual Community Showcase.

    The event will be held this year at Collins High School at its usual timeframe, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    The event features local businesses that put up booths each year, full of literature and other information on their products and services.

  • 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.”