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Cops & Courts

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Sept. 16, 2011

    Domestic Violence

     

    Amanda Ethington, 29, of 385 Jail Hill Road in Shelbyville was arrested Aug. 31 at that address and charged with fourth-degree assault with minor injury and menacing.

     

    Other

     

    Shannon W. Hirchert, 42, of 2016 Cherry Ridge Court in La Grange was arrested Aug. 3 on 5th Street and charged with first-degree sexual abuse and distribution of obscene matter to minors, first offense.

  • Court report: Sept. 14, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Tamica Berry, theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting – guilty – 3-day sentence and $144 costs.

    Cesar C. Jaimes, first-offense DUI, no operator's/moped license and first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance – guilty – 20-day sentence concurrent with another sentence, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $1,228 fine and costs.

  • Shelbyville police think murder supect may have returned

    Police believe a man charged with murdering  a teenager in 2009 and then fleeing the country may have returned to Shelby County.

    A reward is being offered for information regarding Salomon Caballero Gomez, who was indicted in absentia for shooting down Joel Mena, 17, in the middle of College Street on Feb. 18, 2009.

    Police also released for the first time a photograph of Gomez, who never had been arrested or even questioned in the case.

  • Chief: Fire’s may have started with child, lighter

     

    Photo by Larry Myers

    This fire at a barn on Taylorsville Road owned by Michael Lentini, which consumed hay and tobacco crops, may have been caused by a child.

     

     


     

    A fire that destroyed a barn on Taylorsville Road on Saturday could be the result of a child playing with a lighter, fire officials say.

  • Tipster asked to contact Crime Stopper

    Police are asking the individual who left a tip on the Shelbyville/Shelby County Crime Stoppers tip line about a murder case in Florence to call back because they need more information.
    The tip concerned the murders of Bill and Peggy Stephenson, both 74, who were found dead in their home Memorial Day weekend.

    Police say the caller’s identity is not an issue, but they only need to see if the caller could provide additional information.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Sept. 14, 2011

    DUI

    Michael A. Rudhart, 22, of 7390 Bald Knob Road in Frankfort was arrested Aug. 28 at Mount Eden Road and Old Seven Mile Pike and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, careless driving, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Shelby County Fire Chief: Fire may have started with child, lighter

    A fire that destroyed a barn on Taylorsville Road on Saturday could be the result of a child playing with a lighter, fire officials say.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said a call came in at 10:34 a.m. Saturday of a barn fire at 2471 Taylorsville Road. While firefighters were on their way, they received another call that there was an apartment attached to the barn.

    Upon arrival, firefighters encountered heavy fire throughout the barn, Cowherd said.

  • Court report: Sept. 9, 2011

    District Court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert:

    Mary Mandoza, fourth-degree assault minor injury – plead guilty – 30-day sentence and $144 costs.

    John J. Medley, giving officer false name or address – plead guilty – 12-month sentence conditionally discharged for 2 years and $144 costs.

    Jessica Dutschke, no tail lamps and person 18-20 poss/pur/att purchase/have another purchase alcohol – plead guilty – $269 fine and costs.

  • Teacher facing sex charges has resigned

    Shannon Hirchert, the Collins high school teacher who has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving two students, resigned from her position as a special needs teacher last month.

    Despite Superintendent James Neihof's statement at the school district's press conference when Hirchert was arrested that "charges are not conclusive of guilt," Hirchert resigned on Aug. 5, just two days after her arrest.

    Neihof confirmed the resignation and added that it was "voluntary" and not asked for by the district.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Sept. 9, 2011

    Brandon L. Pham, 27, of 45 Harmony Court was indicted for first-degree criminal abuse, first-degree sexual abuse, intimidating a witness in a legal process, fourth-degree assault, and possession of marijuana.

    Charles Johnson, 33, of 537 Birchwood Circle was indicted for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, complicity to first-degree burglary and being a persistent felony offender.

    Daniel P. Burkhammer, 26, of 10606 E. Pavilion Way No. 1 in Louisville was indicted for first-degree arson.