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Cops & Courts

  • 2 men charged with armed robbery

    Two teens have been arrested and charged with invading a home and attempting to rob four people at gunpoint.

    Desmond C. Sebring, 18, of Shelbyville and Marcus D. Box, 19, of Eminence are each charged with four counts of first-degree robbery in an incident that occurred Jan. 17 at an apartment on Midland Trail in Shelbyville.

    Box also is charged with six counts of third-degree burglary in connection with six businesses that he is accused of having broken into around that same date, along with three accomplices.

  • Woman left by road soon be released to family

    A woman who was beaten severely in November and thought brain dead in December soon may be released from the hospital.

    Denisse Escareno, 24, who was found barely breathing and badly beaten on the side of Mount Eden Road by passersby on Nov. 5, has been at the University of Louisville Hospital since that time.

    Escareno was in a coma for nearly two months and showed signs of improvement on Christmas Day by moving her toes, just days after doctors had told her family they didn’t think she ever would wake up.

  • New date in court for owners of Ethington

    The owners of Ethington Auto, charged with 169 counts of failure to process paperwork properly on the sale of autos, were in court briefly Thursday, only to receive a new court date set for May.
    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset appeared in Shelby District Court for a pre-trial conference with their attorney, Sam Carl of Louisville, to receive a new court date of May. 18.

  • Law would limit constables’ scope

    Shelby County’s consideration of whether to continue to have constables may get new direction from the state.

    In recent years members of Shelby County Fiscal Court have discussed whether the county still needs to have paid constables, questioning their value in law enforcement.

    Now a new “compromise” bill that would allow local governments to limit duties of constables by ordinance, though stopping short of its original goal of abolishing the role.

  • Man arraigned on charges he sexually abused child

    Cruz Dejesus Pena-Villanueva, 26, was arraigned Friday in Shelby County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years, old.

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman also appointed public defender Ashley Bailey to represent Pena-Villanueva.

    The child that Pena-Villanueva is charged with molesting is the same child that Henry Telles is accused of abusing, a crime for which Telles accepted a 10-year prison sentence.

    Pena-Villanueva and Telles are both in the country illegally.

  • Loving arraigned on new charges

    Nearly two months after he was to have been sentenced to a 10-year prison term, a Shelbyville man has been arraigned on new charges.

    Jesse Loving, 21, of 7609 Hempridge Road pleaded not guilty Friday in Shelby Circuit Court to tampering with a prisoner-monitoring device.

    Loving was arrested Jan. 31 after being on the lam for more than a month after cutting off his ankle bracelet while on home incarceration and fleeing.

    His girlfriend, Candace Burton, 22, also was arrested and charged with hiding Loving, who police found inside her kitchen cabinet.

  • Correctional officer gets new court date

    James Johnson, a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institutional for Women in Pewee Valley, who was charged with sexual abuse of inmates last summer,  received a new court date when he appeared in Shelby Circuit Court on Friday.

    Johnson, 52, of Frankfort, was arrested  in July 2011 and charged with 21 counts of second-degree sexual abuse as it applies to a Department of Corrections employee subjecting an incarcerated person over age 18 to sexual contact.

  • Bruner pleads not guilty in circuit court

    Mark Bruner stands in Shelby Count Circuit Court on Friday  while a court worker processes his paperwork.

    A Taylorsville man charged with assaulting a Shelbyville woman last fall pleaded not guilty Friday to the charge in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Mark Bruner, 38, was charged with assault in the beating of Denisse Escareno, 24, who was found barely breathing and severely beaten on the side of Mount Eden Road by passersby Nov. 5.

    Bruner was arrested 10 days later in Taylorsville in connection with the assault.

  • Court report: Feb. 6, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    James Lee Gordon, second-degree promoting contraband – plead guilty – 30-day sentence.

    Roderick Perkins, no operator's/moped license, first-offense DUI and giving officer false name or address – plead guilty – 5-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • Court report: Feb. 6, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    James Lee Gordon, second-degree promoting contraband – plead guilty – 30-day sentence.

    Roderick Perkins, no operator's/moped license, first-offense DUI and giving officer false name or address – plead guilty – 5-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.