Cops & Courts

  • Simpsonville man arrested for domestic violence

    A St. Matthews police officer who lives in Simpsonville is on paid administrative leave after being arrested Friday on domestic violence charges.

    Frank Jeffcoat, 37, was arrested by Kentucky State Police for fourth-degree assault after an argument with his wife, said Ron Turley, spokesperson for KSP.

    Dennis McDonald, spokesperson for the St. Matthews PD, said Jeffcoat will remain on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of KSP’s investigation and the court case.

  • Shelby County Sheriffs Reports Aug. 31, 2011


    Gary T. Douthitt, 60, of 62 Seminole Drive was arrested June 27 on Seminole Drive and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, second offense, driving on a DUI suspended license under aggravated circumstances, first offense, failure to notify the department of transportation of an address change and operating a vehicle with an expired operator's license.

  • Court report: August 31, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Nathan S. Barnes, facilitation theft by unlawful taking/disp. – purse snatching – guilty – $303 fine and costs.

    Katherine Burnett, theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

    Julie Norton, theft by deception – guilty – $183 costs.

    Ronald L. Johnson Jr., violation of Kentucky E.P.O./D.V.O. – guilty – $394 fine and costs.

  • EARLIER: Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.

  • Teen recovering from shooting

    A 13-year-old girl who was accidentally shot by a friend Thursday morning is recovering and is expected to be OK, police say.

    No further charges are expected to be filed in the incident, Shelbyville Police Maj. D. Goodwin said.

    Santiago Juncadella, 19, the friend who accidentally shot the girl from the backseat of a car in which he was riding while he was trying to load a .22-caliber pistol, remains lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center under a $30,000 cash bond.

    He is charged with first-degree assault and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

  • Shelby woman arrested for stealing from fundraiser

    A Shelby County woman was arrested Friday on charges of stealing money from a school fundraiser.

    Kelly B. Moon, 42, of Simpsonville was arrested Friday by Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement and charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

    Moon has been employed as a counselor at Middletown Elementary School since 2005, said Lauren Roberts, spokesperson for the Jefferson County School System.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Aug. 26, 2011


    Martin Ciprian, 23, of 118 Baker St. was arrested Aug. 23 at that address and charged with first-degree arson.



    Darrell Dewayne Taylor, 43, of 831 Bass Lane was arrested Aug. 22 on Midland Trail at Swifty gas station on a Jefferson County warrant for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

    Justin Tate Carrier, 30, of 2977 Lawrenceburg Road in Willisburg was arrested Aug. 24 on Main Street at 8th Street on a Shelby County warrant for criminal possession of a forged instrument.

  • Police warn of scams via Internet, phone

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is cautioning residents to beware Internet and phone scams circulating in this area.

    Det. Eric Hettinger said the sheriff’s office has received numerous complaints about such scams, the most recent involving mystery shoppers.

  • Officers in Henry cleared in shooting of Shelby County native

    NEW CASTLE – Two officers involved in a fatal shooting in March of a Shelbyville  native have been cleared by the Henry County Grand Jury.

    The Grand Jury met last week and issued a “no true bill” regarding the shooting that took place at 361 Sawmill Road.

    The No True Bill clears Kentucky State Police Trooper Manny Soto and Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Murray, who in March shot and killed Lewis Jennings, 24, who was born in Shelbyville but lived in Lockport.

  • Court report: Aug. 22, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge David Hayse:

    Kristoffer Smith, three charges of theft by deception – guilty – 20-day sentence.

    Charles R. Adcock, first-offense aggravator DUI – plead guilty – 4-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.