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Cops & Courts

  • Man charged with 3-day crime spree

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested after a 3-day crime spree charged with a string of offenses, ranging from sex abuse, burglary and vandalism to theft.

    Kenneth R. Downey, 20, of 1016 Amanda Drive was arrested Saturday and charged with theft by unlawful taking for allegedly shoplifting $6.24 worth of stolen merchandise from Thorntons, an offense that occurred on that day.

    After his arrest, Shelbyville Police have charged Downey with first-degree sex abuse of a 14-year-old girl, who police said is acquainted with Downey.

  • Bagdad man arrested on child sex charges in Scott Co.

    GEORGETOWN – A 66-year-old Bagdad man has been charged with sexually abusing two students at Scott County's Royal Spring Middle School where he worked as a substitute teacher.

    Edwin Casper was arrested by Kentucky State Police at his home on Saturday, one day after Scott County Schools officials notified Georgetown police of allegations that a substitute teacher had inappropriately touched two students.

    Casper was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He was released from the Shelby County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

  • 2 remain hospitalized in bypass collsion

    Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate a 2-vehicle injury accident involving an off-duty state trooper that closed a portion of the Shelbyville Bypass for several hours Monday night.

    All three occupants of a 2002 Kia Rio, driven by Helen Waits, 52, of Shelbyville, were hospitalized, and two them remain so.

    The Kentucky State Police Trooper, Todd Maggard, was not injured.

  • Admitted felon who fled and jumped bail finally caught

    A Shelbyville man whose rap sheet has included the attempted murder of a deputy and armed robbery has been arrested after more than a month of hiding from sentencing.

    Shelbyville Police finally caught up with Jesse Andrew Loving, 21, of 7609 Hempridge Road on Tuesday night at his girlfriend’s apartment, Shelbyville Police Chief Bob Schutte said.

    Police also arrested his girlfriend, Candace Burton, 22, for second-degree hindering prosecution.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Feb. 3, 2012

    Melvin Thomas Adams, 37, of 3672 St. John St. in Frankfort was indicted for second-degree escape.

    Pena-Villanueva Cruz Dejesus, 26, of 76 Spruce Drive was indicted for first-degree sexual abuse.

    Ronald W. Baker Jr., 37, of 1035 High St. was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine).

    Corey A. Reed, 37, of unknown address in Shelbyville and Ronald W. Baker Jr., 37, were indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), complicity.

  • Telles pleads guilty on sex charges

    A Shelby County man has pleaded guilty on multiple counts of sexually abusing two girls for whom his wife was caring.

    Henry Telles, 25, accepted a plea agreement on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child over 12 years old and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 10 years on the charges to run concurrently.

  • Woman sees childhood home go up in smoke

    No one was injured in a house fire on Woodlawn Road late Sunday night that completely destroyed the residence.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said the resident, Linda Casey, was not at home when the fire broke out at 3094 Woodlawn Road, which connects Hempridge and Hooper Station roads in southeast Shelby County.

     “We got a call at eleven-twenty-three p.m. from the owner’s daughter, who lives next door,” he said.

    Laura Hawkins said her mother was away visiting relatives in another state.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Feb. 1, 2012

    Tyrann M. Harris was indicted for being a persistent felony offender.

    James Denton, 23, of 1653 Juniper Drive, was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, menacing, alcohol intoxication in a public place and first-degree disorderly conduct.

    Jesse A. Loving, 22, of 7609 Hempridge Road was indicted for tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Court report: February 1, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert:

    Marcella Jackson, theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting – plead guilty – 180-day sentence, serve 8 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years and $143 costs.

    Mohamad Kadah, careless driving and first-offense DUI – plead guilty – operator's license suspended for 30 days and $828 fine and costs and $400 to SCDIF.

    Larry D. Moscoe, possession of marijuana – diversion completed – dismissed.

  • Beating victim is awake, responsive but can't speak

    An assault victim who miraculously showed signs of beginning to wake up on Christmas Day after nearly two months in a coma has continued to show some slight progress, her family says.

    “She is awake now, that is, she watches us with her eyes and responds to commands, like when we ask her to wiggle her toes,” said Krissi Tipton, the victim’s aunt.

    Doctors at the University of Louisville, where Denisse Escareno had lain in a coma since being viciously beaten Nov. 5, had told the family just before Christmas that they feared she was brain dead.