Cops & Courts

  • New officer joins Shelbyville PD

    The atmosphere was both somber and exciting as Circuit Judge Charles Hickman intoned the words of the police officer’s oath Wednesday to Shelbyville Police Department’s newest officer, Joe Hess, who responded as family and community members looked on.

    The swearing in, which took place in the community room of the police station, returns SPD to full capacity at 23 officers strong.

    Hess, 46, brings more than two decades of law enforcement experience with him, having served 24 years on the Lexington PD as a patrol officer and detective.

  • Tip leads to arrests in auto break-ins

    Some Shelbyville residents who lost possessions in a massive car break-in spree last month may now have the chance to get some of their belongings back, police say.

    Shelbyville Police detectives were able to recover some of the items after a Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of three people in connection with a rash of car break-ins off Smithfield Road. Two more arrests are expected.

    SPD Det. Stacy Bruce said the five males, all from Shelby County, range in age from 17 to 24, with four of them being teenagers.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports July 15, 2011



    Chad Daniel Bruner, 31, of 1588 Lena Court in Shelbyville was arrested July 7 at that address and charged with having a prescription controlled substance not in an original container. He was also served with a bench warrant from Indiana on an unstated charge.




    Bobby W. Stevenson, 30, of 320 Webbmont Circle was arrested July 6 on 8th Street and charged with operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license and failure to maintain required insurance, first offense.

  • Court report: July 13, 2011

    Circuit court

    Civil suits filed

    JPMorgan Chase Bank, Columbus, Ohio, vs. Glenn R. and Carol Bolt Baker, 330 Bluebird Dr., et al., default on note for $77,135.77 plus interest, attorney’s fees, costs, etc.

    Stivers Land Company Inc., 1136 Frankfort Road, vs. KPS Sales, LLC, Winchester, et al., for punitive damage.

    Community Bankers Mortgage, address not shown, vs. Craig S. and Mattie L. Falealii, 1008 Ironwood Ct., et al., default on note for $116,020.28 plus interest, attorney’s fees, costs, etc.

  • Special prosecutor to be appointed in Ethington case

    The state attorney general is planning to appoint a special prosecutor in the case against  the owners of Ethington Auto in Shelbyville.

    Donnie Ethington, 70, of Shelbyville and William Ledford, 84, of Somerset, face 169 counts – two of them felonies – for failure to process paperwork properly in the sales of autos.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports July 13, 2011


    Betzaida D. Navarijo, 21, of 202 Meadow Ridge Apartments in Simpsonville was arrested April 3 on Shelbyville Road and charged with no operator’s license, failure to produce an insurance card, no registration receipt and failure to wear a seatbelt.

  • Court report: June 8, 2011

  • Shelbyville Police Reports July 8, 2011


    James C. Boswell Sr., 52, of 1230 Cottonwood Court in Shelbyville was arrested June 29 at 1806 Midland Trail and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle and second-degree wanton endangerment.




    William B. Lutsch, 32, of 11810 Duane Point in Louisville was arrested June 28 on Midland Trail and charged with operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license.

  • Man injured in Webb Road accident

    A young man was seriously injured Thursday night when his car slammed head-on into a tree on Webb Road.

    Shelby County Sheriff’s Deputy Shawn Cresap said the man’s identity was uncertain but described him as a young Hispanic male in his mid-20s. He was driving a green GMC Safari van and was alone in the vehicle, Cresap said.

    Because of injuries to the man’s head, chest and legs, he was airlifted by Air Methods of Kentucky to the University of Louisville, Cresap said.

  • Shelbyville suspect caught in Henry after big chase

    What began as an attempt to serve a warrant turned into a manhunt that eventually resulted in the arrest of a Shelbyville man.

    On June 28, officers from Eminence Police Department, along with Shelbyville Police Department Detective Jessie Paulley, attempted to serve a warrant on Jordan Clark, 19, for absconding from a robbery charge in Shelbyville.

    EPD Chief Carey Duncan said Paulley contacted EPD to serve the warrant on Sunnyside Drive, which the detective believed was in the city limits.