Cops & Courts

  • Craig trial set for November

    Kelly Craig, a former long-time employee  of Tracy’s Home Furnishings, who was charged with stealing thousands from that store, is set to go to trial in November.

    Craig, who was terminated from the store when she was arrested last June and was charged with stealing $5,867 from Tracy’s but in August, that amount snowballed when she was indicted on five counts of theft by unlawful taking of more than $10,000.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 1: She was a model inmate, a ‘compliant client’

    Sentencing in homicide-related cases typically takes from two to three years, and many offenders are usually in custody most of that time.

    Tonya Nicole Brown gave birth and disposed of her child in April 2008, was charged with murder within a week, and sentencing did not take place until July 8, 2010.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 1: Lexington woman who left her baby to die now out of prison

    On a cool spring day, April 6, 2008,Tonya Nicole Brown, nine months pregnant and feeling labor pains, entered the restroom of the White Castle Restaurant on Mount Eden Road and gave birth in a stall to a baby girl with dark, curly hair.

    She placed that healthy baby inside a plastic garbage bag, tied that bag at the top, placed it in a trash can and walked out of that public restroom, less than 200 feet from the safe haven of a fire station.

  • Maryland man dies on I-64

    A single-car accident on Interstate 64 early Sunday morning left one man dead.

    Edward Horn Sr., 60, of Rising Sun, Md., was traveling eastbound at 5:34 a.m. when his 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier ended up in the median, slid sideways and flipped, according to police reports, at mile marker 33. At that point, Horn, who was traveling alone, was ejected from the car and into the westbound lanes. No other cars were involved in the accident, and Horn was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Court report: Sept. 21, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    John A. Desoto, second-degree criminal trespassing – plead guilty – 2-day sentence.

    Emerson A. Lopez, no operator's/moped license – plead guilty – 7-day sentence.

    Jammie L. McIntyre, second-degree criminal trespassing – plead guilty – 2-day sentence.

  • 2 die in early morning accidents

    Two people are dead in separate but nearly simultaneous accidents early Sunday morning.

    Both accidents happened around 4:30 a.m., but details are sketchy because Shelby County Sheriff’s deputies have not provided the accident reports.

    Ricky Sean Temple, 22, of Waddy died in an accident in a field near Waddy.

    In the other, an unidentified westbound driver on Interstate 64 near Mile Marker 33 apparently crossed the median and crashed on the eastbound side.

  • 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.




    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.