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Cops & Courts

  • Shelby man sentenced 10+ years for child porn

    A Shelbyville man was sentenced last week to more than 10 years in federal prison after pleading guilty on child pornography charges.
    Ronald Craig Hornback, 51, was sentenced July 27 in Frankfort by U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves to 121 months on one count of receiving child pornography.

    Hornback will also be required to register as a sex offender.

    He was arrested Feb. 26, 2010, after a 5-month investigation by the state attorney general’s Cybercrimes Unit, which identified more than 700 suspected images of child pornography on his computer.

  • Meth lab found in trunk during check

    A random traffic checkpoint set up in Southville on Wednesday night led to an unexpected arrest when state police discovered a meth lab in the trunk of a car.

    Troopers arrested Joshua Sherrard, 33, of Spencer County and Stephanie Hamilton, 38, of Nelson County and charged them with manufacturing methamphetamines, first-degree.

    Sherrard was also charged with theft of identity for giving officers a false name, Trooper Hunter Martin said.

  • Court report: July 29, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge William Ryan:

    Micheal E. Barnett, alcohol intoxication in a public place – plead guilty – 5-day sentence plus costs; theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting – plead guilty – 5-day sentence concurrent with above.

    Christopher W. Combs, first-offense DUI – plead guilty – operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • EARLIER: Shelby sends dozens monthly for deportation

    Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000.

    But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County.

    His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both.

    Headlined by cases such as Telles’,  immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.

  • Fugitive of the Week

    Shelby County/Shelbyville Crime Stoppers has announced its Fugitive of the Week as Carl E. Ernspiker II.

    He is wanted on several charges, including burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, complicity to auto theft, DUI, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest and failure to appear in court.

    He is described as a 27-year-old, white male, with brown hair and eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.

    He also has several outstanding warrants in Shelby and Oldham County.

  • Prison officer charged with sexual abuse of inmates

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Peewee Valley on sexual abuse charges.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Kevin Calhoon said James B. Johnson, 52, of Frankfort was arrested Friday after being questioned in Frankfort.

    Calhoon said that the investigation by KSP Post 12 detectives revealed that Johnson, a sergeant who has worked at the prison for nine years, was supplying controlled substances to female inmates and sexually abusing them.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports July 27, 2011

    DUI

    Richard L. Contreras, 48, of 109 Nora Ave. was arrested April 19 on Taylorsville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs under aggravating circumstances, third offense resisting arrest, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle, and driving on a DUI suspended license under aggravating circumstance, first offense.

  • Home destroyed at racing stables

    Firefighters are not sure what caused a 3-alarm blaze at 2951 Todds Point Road early Monday morning that demolished a residence, Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said.

    The property, located just north of Simpsonville, is listed on the Shelby County PVA's Web site as belonging to Robert and Carrie Landry and is home to Andover Racing Stables, which, according to a company profile, was established in 1988.

    The fire broke out at approximately 3:30 a.m., and Sowder said no one was home. There were no injuries.

  • Victims of head-on collision are recovering

    Two adults and two children involved in a serious, 2-vehicle accident Monday on Figg’s Store Road are expected to recover, police say.

    Heaven Noblin, 19, is in stable condition at the University of Louisville Hospital, where she was airlifted after the head-on crash.

    Roderick Daily, 37, and two children, ages 6 and 8, were taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville with minor injures.

    All are Shelby County residents, Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Eric Hettinger said.

  • House burns down on Todds Point Road

    Firefighters are not sure what caused a 3-alarm blaze at 2951 Todds Point Road early Monday morning that demolished a residence, Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said.

    The property, located just north of Simpsonville, is listed on the Shelby County PVA's Web site as belonging to Robert and Carrie Landry and is home to Andover Racing Stables, which, according to a company profile, was established in 1988.

    The fire broke out at approximately 3:30 a.m., and Sowder said no one was home. There were no injuries.