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Cops & Courts

  • House damaged in blaze at Cropper

    A residence in Cropper sustained damage after a fire broke out at 1 a.m. in the morning fire officials said.

    Bagdad Fire Chief Rusty Newton said they were called to the residence of Christopher Durin of Cropper at about 1 p.m. Monday morning.

    “When we got on scene, we found the attic on fire,” he said. “It was tough getting to it.”

    Newton said that Durin told him that the lights flickered, then the power went off, and right after that, Durin, who was home with his son, smelled smoke coming upstairs and called 911.

  • Court report: Nov. 18, 2015

    District court

    Divorces granted

    Woodrow Howard, Simpsonville vs. Brandy Howard, Simpsonville.

    Lisa Marie Deaton, Shelbyville vs. Rodrigo Alfaro Gonzalez, Versailles.

  • Court report: Nov. 10 and 16, 2015

    District Court

    Arturo Garcia-Gaspar, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/ drugs, no operator's license, failure of owner to maintain required insurance – guilty – 120 day license suspension, 5 day sentence, $1,228 in fines and court costs.

    Alicia Kraft, disorderly conduct (2nd degree) –guilty – 5-day sentence, $164 fine.

  • Jury trial set for 2016 for Anglin

    A date has been set for a jury trial for a former Shelby County High School payroll manager charged with embezzling more than a half million dollars.

    Benita Anglin, a former payroll manager for Shelby County Public Schools who was arrested in August 2014, two days after she was indicted for embezzling hundreds of thousands from the school district, has a trial scheduled for March 14, 2016.

  • Break-in at Simpsonville PD, $30K stolen

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis has expressed outrage over a break-in at the Simpsonville Police Department headquarters early Friday morning.

    "Whoever did this, they have crossed the line," he said. "We will be seeking the maximum penalty when they are apprehended."

    Reportedly missing is about $30,000 in cash, narcotics and guns.

    KSP has started an investigation, but police officials are saying it’s too early to know exactly what is missing. A complete audit of the office’s evidence locker is underway.

  • Two indicted on sex charges

    A Shelbyville woman and her boyfriend who were arrested in August on several felony offenses connected with child pornography involving young children have been indicted on those charges.

  • King gets new court date

    Jenny King of Shelby County, a longtime former finance officer for the Shelby County Fiscal Court, charged with embezzling more than $23,000, has received a new court date of Jan. 4.

    King, charged with stealing the money from the county’s general fund over an 18-month period from April 2013 to December 2014, received the new hearing date at her disposition hearing in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday. The new date is also for a disposition hearing.

  • Augustine to head back to court Jan. 4

    Theresa M. Augustine, 46, of Shelbyville, a former assistant administrator and firefighter

    who was indicted in February on theft-related charges, received a new court date of Jan. 4.

    Augustine received the new date at her disposition hearing in Shelby Circuit Court on Monday. The new date will also be for a disposition hearing.

    Augustine was indicted on charges of 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.

  • Jury trial for father and son cancelled

    A jury trial scheduled Thursday for a father and son charged with a shooting on Labor Day 2014 in Martinsville did not take place due to a conflict with another trial, said prosecutors.

    John M. Dixie, 66, and John A. Dixie, 43, were originally charged with attempted murder, but the charge was amended to first-degree assault when the pair were indicted in December.

  • Jury trial set for father, son charged with assault

    A jury trial is scheduled for a father and son charged with a shooting on Labor Day 2014 in Martinsville.

    John M. Dixie, 66, and John A. Dixie, 43, were originally charged with attempted murder, but it was later amended to first-degree assault when the pair were indicted in December.

    The majority of jury trials do not take place, due to plea agreements being worked out beforehand, but Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt said she expects this one to move forward.

    “It’s our plan to go to trial,” she said.