Cops & Courts

  • Special judge named in Ethington case

    The appointment of a special judge in the case against the owners of Ethington Auto was confirmed Thursday at a hearing in Shelby District Court, in which yet anther date was set for a disposition hearing in the case.

    Special Judge Matthew Eckert, formerly of Jefferson County, will preside over the case because Shelby’s district judges had recused themselves because they know Ethington personally and one of them goes to church with him, Ethington’s attorney said Sam Carl.

  • Shelby Countians should be on lookout for prison escapees

    Shelby County residents should be on the look for two men police are seeking since they escaped Monday from the Blackburn Correctional Complex.

    Jerry Nation and Anthony James Kendrick were located in Taylorsville on Tuesday by Kentucky State Police trooper Eddie Whitworth in a red Buick stolen from Scott County, but they got away from him when he tried to pull them over.

    They drove down a gravel lane on Chatman Lane and bailed out of the vehicle in a field and fled on foot.

  • Court report: Oct. 5, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Luis Cortes-Reyes, second-offense DUI, no operator's/moped license and first-offense failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – plead guilty – 11-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 24 months and $1378 fine and costs.

  • Ex-prosecutor Ballard suspended for handling of several key cases

    Shelbyville attorney Fielding Ballard III has been suspended from practicing law for a period of four months as punishment for cases he handled when he was commonwealth attorney in Shelby County.

    His suspension, which went into effect Sept. 22, was based on several charges of misconduct and with mishandling three cases in which he was appointed a special prosecutor by the Attorney General.

  • New hearing Dec. 15 in case of disabled boy

    A new hearing date of Dec. 15  was set last week in Shelby County Family Court to determine custody for a little boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital five months ago.

    Dustin Splittgerber, 11, has been at Our Lady of Peace Hospital, awaiting a judge’s decision on whether he will be allowed to go home with his grandparents, Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville.

  • Man arrested for hiding crack in his buttocks

    Police say that Andre Dedrick Jackson has been arrested on drugcharges for concealing a large amount of crack cocaine in his buttocks.

    Jackson, 29, of 75 Baker Drive was arrested Sept. 28 at his residence after detectives, armed with a search warrant, showed up at his apartment, and discovered the drugs.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said two bags of crack cocaine were confiscated.

    He added that body searches are usually done at the jail, unless police have reason to believe someone is concealing contraband on their person.

  • Prescription drug drop off set for Saturday

    Anyone wishing to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs may do so Saturday at a prescription drug drop off set for 9 a.m. to noon.

    The event will be held at the Emergency Management Agency office at 98 N. 7th St. in Shelbyville.

    Assistant Shelby County Fire Chief Jeff Ivers said residents don’t have to worry about marking through names on medicine bottle labels.

    “We will take care of all of that and will also recycle the containers,” he said.

  • EARLIER: Suspect in Simpsonville bank robbery strikes again

    Less than a week after a robber held up Commonwealth Bank & Trust in Simpsonville on Thursday, police say they believe the same robber has struck at a bank in St. Matthews.

    The American Founders Bank in St. Matthews was robbed Tuesday when a suspect who appears to be the same man caught on surveillance cameras in Simpsonville walked up and handed a note to a teller, Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice said.

  • Court report: Sept. 28, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Bonita L. Alba, criminal littering – guilty – $394 fine and costs.

    Donna S. Baker, theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

    Christopher P. Becerril, possession of marijuana – guilty – 30-day sentence conditionally discharged for 1 year, $244 fine and costs and $100 to SCDIF.

    Curtis Benge, possession of marijuana – guilty – $244 fine and costs and $100 to SCDIF.

  • Shelby man arrested for impersonating KSP officer

    After a foot chase through residents’ yards on Golden Rod Court on Friday night, Kentucky State Police troopers arrested a Shelby County man and charged him with a variety of offenses, including impersonating an officer.

    James A. Gray, 48, of Shelbyville has been charged with impersonating a police officer, alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, fleeing and evading an officer and menacing.