Cops & Courts

  • 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.

  • Trial for Irotas owners postponed

    A federal trial for two Finchville residents charged with stealing nearly a half-million dollars from employees’ retirement funds from their former company in Shelbyville has been postponed.

    The trial, which was set to begin Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Frankfort, was delayed so that a competency evaluation could be done on William Kiser.

    William Kiser, 73, and Mary Sue Kiser, 70, owners of the now-closed Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, were indicted June 9 on federal embezzlement charges.

  • 2nd person charged in shooting death

    A second person has now been charged with murder in connection with the death of a Shelbyville man who was murdered in Frankfort last fall.

    On Monday, the Franklin County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Marquis A. Sims, 38, of Detroit with murder for intentionally causing the death of Obie Murphy on Sept. 13, 2010.

  • Court report: Aug. 19, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Carlos Gomez, no operator's/moped license  – guilty  – 30-day sentence conditionally discharged for 2 years and $393 fine and costs.

    Benjamin C. Zaepfel, first-offense DUI  – guilty  – 15-day sentence, serve 8 days home incarceration program, operator's license suspended for 30 days and $728 fine and costs.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments

    Ester Virginia Hatfield, 53, of 1104 Old Knox Road in Tazewell, Tenn., Paul Holland, 35, of 208 South 1st St. No. 2 in La Grange and Brandi Pavey, 30, of 1612 Lakeside Drive in Shelbyville were indicted for second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (schedule III, Opiates/Hydrocodone), a Class D felony.

    Jesse R. Gaines, 28, of 1389 Logan Station Road was indicted for theft by unlawful taking, over $500, a Class D felony.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports Aug. 19, 2011



    Leamon E. McDonald, 49, of 8 Seminole Drive Apt. C was arrested Aug. 10 on I-64 west at the 33rd mile marker and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, first offense, operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license and failure to maintain required insurance.




  • 8 women, 6 men on jury in penis amputation case

    The jury in the trial of a man suing his surgeon for amputating his penis was chosen Thursday, with eight women and six men seated to hear arguments and testimony starting Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.

    The 12 jurors and two alternates will consider the complaint of Waddy resident Phillip Seaton, 62, who says Dr. John Patterson amputated his penis without his consent during a circumcision in 2007. Seaton claims he awoke from the procedure to discover his penis had been amputated.

  • Jury selection Thursday in penis amputation suit

    Jury selection is scheduled for Thursday in Shelby Circuit Court in  the trial of a Waddy man who is suing his surgeon for amputating his penis.

    Phillip Seaton sued Dr. John Patterson of Frankfort because Seaton says Patterson amputated his penis without his consent.

    The case was moved up by one day on the calendar during a pretrial hearing Aug. 3 before Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman, who asked for the earlier start date. Opening statements are expected to begin Monday, and the trial could take most of next week.

  • Man once deported now heads to prison

    A man living illegally in Shelby County has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for returning to the United States after being deported.
    Federal charges were handed down against Jacinto Lopez-Medina, 31, by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and he was sentenced Aug. 10 in federal court in Frankfort.