Cops & Courts

  • Hawks gets 20 years in child porn

    LAWRENCEBURG – The Lawrenceburg man who late last year pleaded guilty to a host of child pornography distribution charges in Anderson and Shelby counties was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday morning in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    Mark Hawks, 55, who previously lived at 402 Secretariat Drive, received the maximum sentence allowed, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Donnell.

  • Shelby woman charged with child abuse

    Kentucky State Police have charged Samantha Holt, 22, of Shelby County with first-degree criminal abuse in connection with an injured 2-year-old.

    Kentucky State Police spokesman Ron Turley said that troopers responded to a call about an injured child that came in at 11:55 p.m. Wednesday from a residence on Eminence Pike.

    KSP trooper Eddie Whitworth said that along with EMS, Shelby County 911 dispatched deputies from the Shelby County Sheriff’s office to the scene as well, and KSP also decided to check it out because it sounded suspicious.

  • Shelbyville school bus rear-ended on Main Street

    No one was injured in a minor accident involving a Shelby County school bus shortly before noon Thursday. No students were on the bus when it was struck in the rear on Main Street in Shelbyville.

  • Arson suspected in Mount Eden fire

    Arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a vacant building in Mount Eden, and investigators are asking for the public’s help.

    “We think the fire was probably set,” said Ron Turley, spokesperson for the Kentucky State Police.

    Mount Eden Fire Chief Doug Herndon said that his department and KSP arson investigators suspect arson because it is very unlikely the fire could have started on its own.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Jan. 11, 2013

    Vanessa Bravo, 28, of 423 Sawmill Road in West Haven, Conn., was indicted for third-degree rape.

  • Three indicted for sexual abuse

    Three people were indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury on sexual abuse-related charges in different cases in December.

    Vanessa Bravo, 28, of West Haven, Conn., was indicted Dec. 5 on two counts of third-degree rape. That charge involves a person over the age of 21 years old having sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16 years old.

    The two counts she incurred pertain to the same person. She is charged with having sex with “B.H.” on July 1 and 3 of 2012 in Shelby County.

  • Shelby County Sheriff’s Reports Jan. 11, 2013

    David Neighbors, 50,  of 95 Raywick Road in St. Mary, Ky., was arrested Dec. 17 at 401 Main St. on Shelby County warrants for theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) and theft by unlawful taking (disposition).

    Tyrone Burden, 23, of 1000 Detention Road was served Dec. 17 at 401 Main St. with a Shelby County warrant for contempt of court (child support).

    Richmond Phillip of 12600 Hiawatha Ave. in Louisville was arrested Dec. 17 at 401 Main St. on a Shelby County warrant for first-degree criminal mischief.

  • Second city employee files complaint against employer

    A second employee has filed suit against Tom Doyle, the manager of the Shelbyville Municipal Water and Sewer Commission, alleging sexual harassment.

    Tonya Stearman, a 12-year employee, has asked to be added to the existing lawsuit against Doyle, filed by Debbie Clarke in December 2011, alleging sexual harassment and assault and battery.

    The suit also names the commission, saying that certain members in management knew of Doyle’s inappropriate behavior and did not discipline or terminate him, nor decreased his supervision.

  • Court report: Jan. 2 and 7, 2013

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew K. Eckert:

    Kevin J. Browning, theft by deception – diversion completed – dismissed.

    Edmond France, menacing – plead guilty – 20-day sentence conditionally discharged for 2 years and $154 costs.

  • Mount Eden blaze destroys downtown building