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Courts & Crime

  • Westport man charged with double murder in sisters' death, arrested in New Castle

    A Westport man who claims he shot two women in self-defense a week before Christmas is now charged with the sisters' murder. 

    An Oldham County grand jury handed up an indictment for Ronald T. "Ronnie" Evridge on May 3. After police searched for him for several days, he was arrested early Friday morning.

    Evridge, 57, faces two murder charges and one charge of tampering with physical evidence in the deaths of his girlfriend, Sandy Allen, 24, and her sister, Heather Faulkerson, 21.

    Evridge claims he shot the women in self-defense.

  • Alleged PNC Bank robber arrested

    Prospect police arrested a man attempting to rob the PNC Bank on U.S. 42 Wednesday.

    According to Prospect Police Chief Jeff Sherrard, a call came into the department around 1:40 p.m.

    Sherrard said he was actually in the bank's side lot filling out his own deposit slip when dispatch notified officers.

    People were coming in and out of the bank as usual, Sherrard said, as he waited for backup to arrive.

    Sherrard stopped a customer leaving the bank and asked if everything was alright — the customer told him everything was fine.

  • Crestwood man admits intoxication, crashes after fleeing police roadblock

    Troopers conducting a traffic checkpoint Saturday night arrested a Crestwood man after he fled from Kentucky State Police.

    Elliot Biernetzky, 23, of Crestwood, approached a roadblock at Ky. 146 and I-71 North in Buckner about 11 p.m. Saturday.

    After admitting to police that he had been drinking, Biernetzky fled the scene and led troopers on a 1.5 mile chase down Ky. 146 into Crestwood. 

    The chase ended when Biernetzky crashed his vehicle into a ditch at the entrance of Maplehurst subdivision, just a few blocks from his home on Maple Hill Way.

  • Business owner helps police apprehend armed fugitive in La Grange

    An inmate receiving medical treatment at a La Grange hospital escaped a guard's custody and spent 10 hours on the run Thursday before an eagle-eyed business owner's report of suspicious activity at his warehouse led to the inmate's arrest. 

    According to police, Christopher Eric Claxton, 32, fled about 9:50 p.m. April 4 from Baptist Hospital Northeast after a struggle with a female corrections officer. Officials say Claxton overpowered the officer and swiped a .38-caliber revolver from her possession.

  • Prospect names new police chief

    The City of Prospect has a new police chief.

    Jeffrey Scott Sherrard was chosen among 20 applicants to lead the city's police force.

    Sherrard earned a bachelor of science degree in police administration from the University of Louisville.

    During his 27-year career in law enforcement, Sherrard has served 17 years in supervisory roles, eight years in confidential criminal and internal investigations and seven years in budgetary, personnel and policy development.

    He retired from Louisville Metro Police Department as a captain.

  • Former La Grange mayor cited for sagging roof on Main Street building

    A judge signed a restraining order against a former La Grange mayor Tuesday.

    The emergency order prevents Elsie Carter from continuing renovations to her building at 114 E. Main St. due to safety concerns.

    A stop-work order was issued by code enforcement officer Jeff Richardson in February after he noticed the second-story roof sagging.

  • False enrollment charges continue for Lyndon dad

    A grand jury indicted one parent charged with falsely enrolling his son in Oldham County Schools last month.

    Charles Lauron, 51, is charged with owing the school district about $26,000 after enrolling his son in Oldham County Schools for eight years, despite living in Lyndon.

    Lauron’s co-defendant, Donna Claggett, has been cleared of any wrong-doing.

  • Lexington prostitution ring had Oldham County clients

    Four Lexington residents were indicted March 2 for recruiting and enticing women from other states to come to Kentucky so they could solicit them for prostitution.

    A Lexington grand jury returned the indictment charging Marco Antonio Flores-Benitez, 38; Roxana Serna-Olea, 36; Adrian Lezama-Ruiz, 26; and Roberto Salinas-Rivera, 35, with persuading, inducing, and enticing an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.

  • Officials crack down on Opana

    Law enforcement officials are cracking down on Opana, a potentially lethal pain killer becoming increasingly popular in Kentucky.

    Opana is a brand name for oxymorphone and is twice as strong as OxyContin.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said he is seeing the problem in Oldham County, too. 

    He said it seemed like overnight the focus switched from OxyContin and methamphetamine to Opana.

  • Jogger discovers body in Pewee cemetery

    Police responded to the Pewee Valley Cemetery before dawn Feb. 22 after a jogger discovered a woman's body. 

    Oldham County Police spokesman Mike Head confirmed the woman, 56-year-old Teresa Gaither of Pewee Valley, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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