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Cops & Courts

  • Williams’ family: ‘This isn’t over’

    Members of Trey Williams’s family listened quietly in a courtroom Wednesday as a Shelby County Grand Jury ruled that a Shelbyville police officer was justified in shooting and killing him.

    Though quiet, each in his or her own way reflected deep anguish as the jury’s decision was related about the afternoon of Nov. 19, when  Williams, 18, was shot and killed during a confrontation at his grandmother’s home.

  • Louisville man indicted on sexual abuse of a child

    Jose A. Rodriguez, 23, of Louisville was indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury for first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old.

    The indictment report states that the offense happened in 2007 in Shelby County.

    Shelby County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll said that the child was less than 12 years old in June 2007.

    She said Rodriguez and the child were related but that she was not his child. Also, she said, he had moved out of the home by the time the charges were brought on Sept. 14, 2011.

  • Court report: January 4, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert:

    Cholo Barrientos, fourth-degree assault domestic violence minor injury – plead guilty – 120-day sentence, serve 60 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years and $143 costs.

    Tristan R. Hall, first-offense aggravator DUI – plead guilty – 8 days home incarceration program, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $727 fine and costs.

  • Woman sues health department for her firing

    A former employee of the North Central District Health Department has filed a lawsuit against the department, claiming she was fired unjustly.

    Angela Roberts of Henry County, a nurse with the health department, claims in her lawsuit, filed Dec. 21 in Shelby Circuit Court, that she was fired because health department officials found out that she had notified the Labor Cabinet when the health department refused to pay her for overtime hours she had worked.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Dec. 30, 2011

    Jose A. Rodriguez, 22, of 505 Huntington Park Dr. in Louisville was indicted for first-degree sexual abuse.

    Jesse A. Loving, 22, of 7609 Road was indicted for bail jumping and for being a persistent felony offender.

    Felicia D. Snider, 27, of 1612 Bonnie Brae was indicted for attempting to obtain a controlled substance by fraud or deceit and second-degree possession of a controlled substance.

    Anna L. Crenshaw, 27, of the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women was indicted for third-degree assault.

  • Woman in police chase jailed after hospital release

    A Frankfort woman involved in a high-speed police chase through three counties has been released from the hospital.

    Rebecca Manley, 31, had stabbed herself six times in the neck with a knife before being taken into custody by Kentucky State Police on Tuesday, but her injuries were not that serious, said Hunter Martin, the trooper who initiated the traffic stop that led to the pursuit.

    Manley is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond, charged with DUI, fleeing and evading police and having no insurance.

  • Christmas Day miracle: Brain-dead beating victim moves

    Dennisse Escareno’s family members had said they were praying for a Christmas miracle to prove doctors were wrong about her being brain dead.

    And right on schedule, on Christmas Day, they got that miracle.

    Escareno, 24, who had been viciously beaten and left by the side of the road, moved her fingers and toes, her roommate Melody Riddle said Tuesday.

    “We went up to see her on Christmas Day, and Krissi took the kids,” she said.

  • Shelby's Jody Wills sent to prison for 10-year sentence

    Jody Wills, the Shelby County woman who admitted to stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from her employer, entered Shelby Circuit Court on Tuesday morning to plead her case for why the court should not revoke her probation for failing to honor her restitution schedule.

    She departed in handcuffs to begin her 10-year sentence for embezzling.

  • Law enforcement officers honored for DUI arrests

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Eddie Whitworth from the Frankfort Post 12, which includes Shelby County was honored earlier this month for making 236 impaired driving arrests in 2011.

    The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety  honored 201 law enforcement officers from 185 agencies across the Commonwealth for their efforts to target impaired drivers. 

    Kyle Tipton of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office and Shelbyville Police Officer Timothy Hurt were among those honored.

  • Almost all animals from puppy mill adopted

    EMINENCE – The 240 animals confiscated Dec. 12 from a puppy mill/hoarding situation on Allyson Lane in rural Campbellsburg have all found refuge with foster homes, veterinarians and animal rescue groups in the region, Henry

    County Animal Control Officer Dan Flinkfelt said.

    So far, the majority of the animals have survived. Two cats that were removed from the property died in transit; one was euthanatized after it tested positive for feline leukemia, a deadly, incurable and highly contagious disease.