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Courts & Crime

  • Two accused in robbery waived to grand jury

    Two men charged in the armed robbery of the Thornton’s in Buckner have decided to send their cases to a grand jury.

    Douglass A. Orr, 28, from Pleasureville, and John Manning, 47, from La Grange, decided in separate hearings to waive their right to a preliminary hearing in District Court and head straight for a possible grand jury indictment.

  • NOFD conducts chief interviews

    The North Oldham Fire Protection District Board of Trustees has held three special meetings in the past two weeks in order to interview potential candidates up for the position of fire chief.

    According to Chairman Randy Scherer, the board has narrowed down its search to four potential candidates, although he would not disclose the names of the interviewees.

    “We are confident that the four finalists are qualified and we will find a chief,” Scherer said.

  • La Grange man arrested for child porn

    A La Grange man has been arrested and charged for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.

    Donald D. Jones, 53, was arrested by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Cybercrimes unit last Monday at his La Grange home, according to the Attorney General’s office.

    Jones was charged with five counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor by the AG’s office.

  • Public Records Nov. 6

    La Grange Police Arrests

    Nov. 2 -- Thomas E. Kays, 53, Louisville, was arrested for alcohol intoxication in a public place first and second offense.

    Nov. 3 -- James B. Roberts, 27, La Grange, was cited and released for no operator’s license, no registration receipt, failure of non-owner operator to main required insurance first offense.

    KSP Arrests

    Oct. 23 -- Kayla Purvis, 26, from Milton, burglary second degree, theft by unlawful taking from building under $500, TBUT controlled substance under $10,000.

    Property Transfers

  • Feeley easily re-elected as Family Court judge

    It most certainly felt like déjà vu when Timothy E. Feeley defeated Michael Pate for the position of Circuit Judge in the 12th Judicial Circuit Tuesday night.

    Feeley also defeated Pate, a long-time family law attorney, in 2006.

    “I want to thank the voters for their confidence in me once again,” Feeley told the Era.

    Feeley has been Family Court Judge for Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties since 2005. He said he has seen over 15,000 cases in his nine and a half years as judge.

  • Public Records Oct. 30

    La Grange Police Arrests

    Oct. 17 -- Kerry D. Lee, 31, Pinson, Ala., was arrested for DUI.

    Oct. 20 -- Twyne Kahlil, 18, La Grange, was arrested on a Jefferson County bench warrant for TBUT/contents from vehicle $500 or more but under $10,000.

    Oct. 21 -- Camie N. Bramblett, 31, Bedford, was arrested on Kentucky State Police bench warrant from Henry County for TBUT/shoplifting under $500.

    Property Transfers

  • Pewee Valley Fire opens second station

    After a decade of planning, the Pewee Valley Fire Department officially opened its second station yesterday in hopes of providing better service to their fire district.

    The new station, located at 2577 Ash Ave., in Shelby County, is a football field away from the Kentucky Women’s Institutional Complex, and will service both parts of Oldham and Shelby counties.

    More than 100 people showed up for the station’s opening ceremonies, which included free food, safety demonstrations, tours of the station and a ceremony.

  • Former minister charged with child sex crime

    By TAYLOR RILEY

    REPORTER, The Oldham Era

    Howard Key Chambers, 62, a former minister of music at DeHaven Baptist Church in La Grange, is being charged by the United States Attorney for child enticement after allegedly placing a sexually explicit ad on Craiglist.

    Chambers was suspended from the church without pay pending the court hearing, but after the church personnel met last week, Chambers was terminated from his position and his desk was cleared, according to Senior Pastor Ross Bauscher.

  • Rematch for family court judge

    It will be a flashback to 2006 as two candidates vie for the position of Family Court Judge of the 12th Judicial Circuit.

    Incumbent Judge Tim Feeley will be up against long-time family law attorney Michael Pate for the same position Feeley won by nearly 7,500 votes in 2006.

    Feeley has been Family Court Judge for Oldham, Henry and Trimble Counties since 2005, but before that he was a Major in the U.S. Army. He served seven years as Assistant U.S. Attorney and nine years in private law practice in Oldham County.

  • Endicott takes plea, wraps up alledged gang cases

    Nearly one year to the day of their initial court appearance, the last of eight individuals originally charged with gang activity plead guilty to lesser chargers.

    Casey Endicott, 19, of Shelbyville, plead guilty to possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors. A charge of unlawful transaction with a minor was dropped.

    As part of the plea deal, the jail time associated with the charges was conditionally discharged for two years. If Endicott breaks the conditions of the release, he’ll serve up to one year in prison.