Cops & Courts

  • 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.

  • EARLIER: KSP rams car to end 3-county chase

    A high-speed police chase through three counties Tuesday afternoon ended with a Franklin County woman stabbing herself and being forced off the road by police.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Hunter Martin said that when the call came in at about 2 p.m. about a female who was possibly suicidal and armed with a handgun, he just happened to be the one who spotted her vehicle.

    “I saw a car that matched that description, and I got behind her and started following her,” he said.

  • Court report: December 28, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Ryan J. Little, speeding 13 mph over limit, failure to or improper signal, possession of marijuana, and first-offense DUI – plead guilty – 30-day sentence conditionally discharged for 2 years, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $1,001 fine and costs.

    Bobby J. Ritchie, failure to use child restraint device in vehicle – plead guilty – $394 fine and costs.

  • EARLIER: Beating victim found beside road is brain dead

    The woman beaten and left by the side of the road remains in a coma and needs a Christmas miracle if she is to survive, her friends and family say.

    Denisse Escareno remains in a coma at the University of Louisville, and her family is filled with despair over being told she is not expected to recover, her roommate, Melody Riddle, said Thursday.

    Riddle fought back tears as she talked about the girl who called her  “Mama.”

  • EARLIER: Parents of teen killed by police say they want answers

    The family of a Shelbyville teen shot and killed by police spoke publicly about the tragedy for the first time since it happened.

    Trey F. Williams, 18, a former Shelby County High School basketball player, was killed Nov. 19  inside his grandmother’s home on Clifton Court in Shelbyville during an altercation with two Shelbyville Police officers.

  • EARLIER: Animal raid in Henry shows legal issues

    EMINENCE – After a 6-month investigation of an alleged puppy mill operated by Terri and Kenneth Smith at 25 Allison Lane in rural Campbellsburg, the couple face 218 counts each of second-degree animal cruelty.
    Second-degree animal cruelty is a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months in prison and $500 fine.

  • EARLIER: Embezzler Craig goes to jail, and Wills may follow her there

    Two of the biggest convicted embezzlers in the history of Shelby County were scheduled to go to court on Monday – one of them left for prison and the other appears headed there, too.

    Kelly Craig, who had pleaded guilty on five counts of stealing more than $10,000, left the new Shelby County Circuit Court Room in handcuffs after the 10-year prison sentence to which she had agreed was handed down stoically by Judge Charles Hickman.

  • William Kiser declared competent to stand trial

    A former Shelbyville business owner charged with stealing money from his own employee’s retirement fund has been found mentally competent to stand trial.