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Cops & Courts

  • Shelby County School Board, superintendent sued for discrimination

    Victoria Coleman, a former associate principal and teacher at Collins High School, has filed suit against the Shelby County Board of Education and Superintendent James Neihof for sexual discrimination.

    The suit claims that Coleman was discriminated against because of her gender and that actions were taken against her in retaliation of her opposing treatment and reporting of unwanted sexual advances from former Collins Principal Anthony Hatchell.

  • Monroe gets new hearing date

    Lonnie Monroe, charged with manslaughter in a deadly wreck, was given a new court date at his disposition hearing Friday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Judge Charles Hickman set a date of 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the request of Monroe’s attorney, Nathan Riggs.

    Monroe was to have entered a plea Nov. 4, but Riggs told Hickman at that time that Monroe was not ready to take that step, and that measure has not come up since.

  • Shelby man loses Supreme appeal in penis case

    Phillip Seaton, a Waddy man who had sued his surgeon for what he said was an unauthorized amputation of his penis, has lost his final appeal.

    The Kentucky Supreme Court announced Thursday that it would not consider Seaton’s suit against Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort, who in 2007 performed the amputation during a routine circumcision.

  • Drug dog helps sniff out big heroin bust in Shelbyville

    A series of recent raids by law enforcement – including the efforts of a newly acquired drug-sniffing dog – has taken 60 grams of deadly heroin off the streets of Shelby County and brought trafficking charges against two people.
    Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said that after nearly a month of legwork, his detectives finally got the evidence they needed to make one of the largest heroin busts this year.

  • Bruner gets 25 years in Escareno beating

    The silence in a Shelby County court room Wednesday was broken only by the sound of a woman sobbing softly, as a handful of tearful family members huddled together, and a silent, subdued Mark Bruner waited to hear if he would be calling prison home for a mere decade or more than twice that long.

    Taking a deep breath, Circuit Judge Charles Hickman leaned forward and uttered the words that Bruner and his family surely had been dreading to hear.

  • ‘New’ officer nails theft suspects

    A newly sworn-in Simpsonville Police officer has already distinguished himself with his first substantial felony arrest, nabbing two Bullitt County men and returning more than $23,000 in stolen items back to the owners within a matter of hours.

    “Whew, I am telling you, I was surprised and very pleased,” Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said.

  • Wenz, 6 others plead not guilty

    LA GRANGE – Seven individuals – including a Shelby County man – charged with participating in organized crime have pleaded not guilty after being indicted on that and several drug charges.

    La Grange Police in October arrested the seven who appeared last week plus one other man after a weeks-long investigation into possible drug and gang activity. A second Shelby County man has not been indicted, pending an evaluation of hits fitness.

  • EARLIER: Oldham Grand jury doesn’t indict 2 Shelby County men for murder

    LA GRANGE – An Oldham County Grand Jury failed Friday to indict two men from Shelby County for conspiracy to commit murder.

    Thomas L. Wenz, 22, and Casey Endicott, 18, both of Shelbyville, had been charged in October with that crime and several others during an arrest of eight people by La Grange Police.

    When the Grand Jury returned its indictments on Friday, the conspiracy to commit murder and possession of cocaine charges were dismissed.

  • EARLIER: 2 Shelby men await indictment in Oldham County

    A case involving two Shelby County men charged with gang activity and conspiracy to commit murder awaits possible indictment in Oldham County.

    Thomas Wenz and Casey Endicott of Shelbyville are two of eight individuals charged with organized crime and drug possession offenses. The two also are half of four individuals charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

    An Oldham County Grand Jury did not indict either individual or the other six with similar charges last week. The cases could be heard by a grand jury the first week of December.

  • EARLIER: 1 of 2 murder conspiracy charges dropped against Shelby County man

    Thomas Wenz of Shelbyville will be facing one charge of conspiracy to commit murder next month when an Oldham County Grand Jury considers his case.

    Wenz, 22, originally charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, also saw another charge – unlawful transaction with a minor – dismissed. He continues to be charged with gang recruitment, possession of a controlled substance – cocaine – possession of drug paraphernalia and for engaging in organized crime.