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Cops & Courts

  • ‘Puppy mill’ case will go to trial

    EMINENCE: The Henry County woman charged with more than 200 counts of animal cruelty will take her case to trial.

    On Monday Terri L. Smith of Campbellsburg, through her attorney, asked for a jury trial in her case, which consists of 218 counts of first degree animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor.

    Henry County Attorney Virginia Harrod said Smith’s attorney, George Carter, arrived for Monday’s hearing and immediately requested a jury trial.

  • O’Brien sues Pearce over lease

    O’Brien of Shelbyville, Inc., which owns the county’s Ford dealership, is suing its landlord over an option to purchase the land on Mount Eden Road where the dealership is located.

    O’Brien filed the lawsuit Feb. 3 in Shelby Circuit Court, alleging that the property owner, Robert Pearce of Shelbyville, had breached an agreement to sell the property.

  • Woman left by the side of the road has gone home to Arizona

    After three and a half months at the University of Louisville Hospital, much of that time spent in a coma in the intensive care unit, Denisse Escareno finally was going home.

    She lay in her hospital bed Thursday morning, tubes in her throat and stomach and IV lines in her arm. Her eyes were vacant, and she didn’t move. She had a large, discolored indentation – at least an inch wide and an inch deep – on the right side of her forehead.

  • Wade settles suit against CUB

    The former CEO of Citizen Union Bank has settled his lawsuit against the bank.

    CUB and Billie Wade, who served as president and CEO from 1991 until March 2010, have settled a wrongful termination and defamation suit Wade filed in July 2010.

    A mediator’s report, submitted to Shelby Circuit Court on Feb. 13, contained no details of the settlement, saying merely that, “all claims among the parties have been settled.”

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Feb. 24, 2012

    DUI

    Romeo Velasques Perez, 25, of 1207 Quest Drive in Louisville was arrested Feb. 17 on Midland Trail and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs and no operator’s license.

  • New target in metal thefts: Hydrant

    Thieves who seem to steal just about anything from copper and scrap metal got a bit more creative recently, stealing a fire hydrant right off the street.
    Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice had few details about the case of the stolen fire hydrant, which came from the North Country subdivision near West Middle School.
    In fact, deputies only learned of the theft after water pressure in the neighborhood began to plummet in the line owned by the North Shelby Water District.

  • Anderson man may get plea deal in porn charges

    A Lawrenceburg man who told police he had “sexual desires for children” has a new hearing set for Shelby Circuit Court.
    The Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney’s office will be working on a plea agreement for Mark Hawks that could be presented on his next court date on April 16.
    Hawks, 50, was indicted in Anderson County July on 70 counts of possession and distribution of child pornography. The charges include 10 counts of first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and 60 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Attorney files complaint against Myles

    A Bowling Green attorney has filed a complaint against Shelby County Family Court Judge John David Myles for a recent incident in his courtroom.
    Attorney Travis Lock said that he was in court with a divorce hearing on Wednesday when Myles interrupted him and cursed at him.
    Lock said that Myles’ behavior was unacceptable to him.
    “He made it obvious by slamming the folder shut that he was done listening to me,” Lock said.

  • Woman’s arm won’t be lost

    A Mount Eden woman is recovering at the University of Louisville from an attack from her pit bull.
    But the good news is that family members say that Regena Whitaker will not lose her arm, as had been feared.
    Regena Whitaker, 40, and her son, Ronald Hampton, 22, both of Spencer County, were injured when their pit bull attacked them as they were driving down the road near Carriss Grocery.
    They had their three dogs, the pit bull and two smaller dogs, in the truck with them when the pit bull went berserk.

  • Court report: Feb. 13, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Leonard L. Bartlett, speeding 16 mph over limit, first-offense failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance and failure to wear seat belts – guilty – $700 fine and costs.