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Cops & Courts

  • Embezzlement case gets new court date

    Theresa M. Augustine, a former assistant administrator and firefighter who was indicted in February on theft-related charges, received a new court date of July 8 when she appeared for a disposition hearings in Shelby Circuit Court Monday.

    The new date will be for a disposition also.

  • Court report: June 2, 2016

    District court

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

    Civil final

    Sycamore Terrace Apts., vs. Susan Short, judgment for the Plaintiff in forcible entry and detainer.

  • Putnam has court hearing Monday

    Terry Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7 in connection with the November robbery of the police department, will appear in Shelby Circuit Court for a disposition hearing Monday.

    At that time, he will receive another court date in the progression of his case.

  • Man charged with murder in fiery crash has hearing Monday

    Miroslav Kuzmanovic, who was indicted in July 2015 for murder and other charges in connection with a fatal accident on I-64, will appear for a pre-trial hearing in Shelby Circuit Court Monday.

    He is scheduled for a jury trial June 13.

  • Embezzlement cases to get new court dates

    Two prominent embezzlement cases from 2015 will be back on the docket this month.

    Jenny King, the former finance officer for the Shelby County Fiscal Court, charged with embezzling more than $23,000, and Theresa M. Augustine, a former assistant administrator and firefighter who was indicted on theft-related charges, will both receive new dates when they appear for disposition hearings in Shelby Circuit Court Monday.

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

  • Community stepping up after Shelbyville blaze

    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.

  • No plea in works for Putnam

    There is still no plea agreement on the table for Terry Putnam as he heads back into court for his final pretrial conference Tuesday leading up to his trial date of Jan. 30.

    A jury trial for Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7, 2016 in connection with the November 2015 robbery of the police department, had been moved again due to scheduling conflicts.

  • 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.