Cops & Courts

  • Court report: Aug. 12, 2013

    District Court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Brandon Armstrong, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license – guilty – 30-day sentence conditionally discharged for 2 years and $393 fine and costs.

  • Shelby County Crime 2012: A special report: Fatal accidents decline

    Fewer people died on Shelby County’s roads in 2012 than they had the previous year, and despite a slight increase in the number of collisions last year, fewer people were driving impaired.
    There were four deadly accidents, claiming six lives on Shelby’s roads in 2012, a 55 percent decrease in deadly accidents (from nine to four). The number of deaths were down by 33 percent, from 9 to 6, because one accident claimed three lives.

  • Local agencies join DUI crackdown

    The national Drive Sober or get Pulled Over campaign, which began Friday, is in full swing and will continue until Sept. 2, a movement in which law enforcement agencies in Shelbyville say they are participating.

    “We’ll have some checkpoints and increased patrols, but we don’t know how many actual roadblocks we’ll be doing yet,” Shelbyville Police Department spokesperson Kelly Cable said.

    He said the importance of the effort can’t be understated.

  • 2 trials postponed

    Two jury trials scheduled for next week have been moved to September and October, and two other high-profile criminal cases have received new court dates.

    Jessie Allen Stump, 61, of 110 Ada Ave. in Shelbyville was to have gone to trial Monday to face charges of rape and incest against children, but that trial has been moved to Oct. 7.

    And the jury trial scheduled for Monday for James Anthony Watkins, charged with first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment, has been moved to Sept. 4.

  • Shelby County crime 2012: Physical crimes on the rise

    Despite a deadly knifing, gun-wielding attackers and gruesome sexual crimes that stole the headlines in 2012, assaults – and primarily domestic assaults – shoved up the number of violent crimes in Shelby County.
    There were 130 assaults booked last year by the three law enforcement agencies serving Shelby County, a 31 percent increase from the 99 of 2011, and they included several with guns and even one charge of a man pistol-whipping his girl friend.

  • Simpsonville woman: Roaming dog killed cat

    Simpsonville officials say that despite a cat being killed by a dog running loose that there is not a problem in the East Main Street area with loose animals terrorizing the neighborhood.

    “We don’t have a problem per se with animals running loose,” Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said. “The people that it happened to, it is a problem for them.”

    Cathy Hemmelman said she discovered her cat, “Lucky,” dead on Aug. 4, apparently from a wound to its back that looked like a large bite mark.

  • Shelby County crime 2012: Heroin is a new concern

    New laws designed to stymie the illegal sale and consumption of prescription drugs and methamphetamines in Kentucky have developed a deadly and terrifying side effect: Heroin, the opiate of choice for many in the American drug culture of the 1960s and 1970s, has returned to the streets and in 2012 claimed two lives in Shelby County.

    “It was last year that we started seeing more heroin activity here, and we have actually had a couple of fatalities from heroin overdoses in Shelbyville,” Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said.

  • Plea deal arranged in Waddy man's murder

    BARDSTOWN – A double-murder case in the death of a Shelby County man that was scheduled to begin its third trial this morning ended before it began.

    John T. Hilbert and his attorney accepted a plea deal in front of Nelson Circuit Judge John David Seay on Monday, the day his trial was set to begin.

  • Crime stoppers seeks info on AC theft

    Detectives at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office report that even with the recent decline in metal thefts that central air-conditioning units are still prime targets.

    Between July 27 and July 30, the central air unit was stolen from the Waddy Ruritan Club.

    The unit, located outside the building, was made by Goodman Manufacturing. It is valued at $3,600.

    Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers, which pays rewards up to $1,000. 

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Aug. 9, 2013



    Thomas L. Hayes Jr., 40, of 580 Hawthorne Ave. was arrested June 8 on Mount Eden Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.




    Catalino I. Chavez, 36, of unknown address was arrested June 12 on Elmburg road and charged with no operator’s license, failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance, first offense and no registration plates.