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Courts & Crime

  • Vera Bradley files suit against Ladybug Gifts’ former owner

    An iconic brand known for colorful luggage and handbags has filed a lawsuit against a Prospect boutique for bills nearly two years past due.

    Vera Bradley Designs Inc., based in Fort Wayne, Ind., has filed a civil suit against The Lady Bug Inc. and owner Sharalea Mae Bollinger in Oldham County circuit court.

    Vera Bradley creates colorful, patterned luggage, handbags, stationary and accessories sold in Vera Bradley stores and by 3,000 independent retailers nationwide.

  • Goshen man found passed out behind the wheel in S-curve

    A Goshen man who drove his vehicle onto the narrow shoulder of Ky. 329 near Nevel Meade golf course faces a DUI charge.

    Police found Dennis M. Barrett Jr., 21, 1000 block of Forest Lane, Goshen, passed out behind the wheel of his 1999 silver Mitsubishi Eclipse about 5:30 a.m. May 2.

    It took several minutes for officers to wake him, police said.  

    A passerby thought Barrett’s vehicle had crashed in a dangerous stretch of Ky. 329.

  • Animal control officer arrested for taking $25

    An animal control officer who is owed more than $100,000 by county government for back pay and overtime has been arrested for allegedly taking $25 and forging paperwork related to a lost dog.

    Police arrested Elmer James “Jim” Nichter Jr., 47, of La Grange, May 15 for forgery, official misconduct and theft from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

    According to court documents, the charges stem from an incident May 6 when a woman visited the Oldham County Animal Shelter in Buckner to claim her lost pet.

  • Botched drug deal lands Pewee Valley man behind bars

    Pewee Valley residents called 911 Saturday night after hearing a verbal altercation end with gunfire.

    Oldham County Police responded to the 9300 block of Hillridge Drive at 9:55 p.m. Saturday.

    When police arrived at the home of Caleb N. Fast, 19, he said he had no knowledge of a gun or gunshots.

    Police later found a loaded .25 caliber handgun laying in Fast’s backyard and arrested him on charges of robbery, two counts wanton endangerment, two counts terroristic threatening and tampering with physical evidence.

  • Oldham Co. Animal Control officer arrested for taking $25 cash

    An animal control officer who is owed more than $100,000 by Oldham County government for back pay and overtime has been arrested for taking $25 and forging paperwork.

    Police arrested Elmer James "Jim" Nichter Jr., 47, of La Grange, on Wednesday for forgery, official misconduct and theft from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

  • Goshen duo takes drunken, destructive slow ride through subdivision

    Two Goshen men face criminal charges for drunken travel and destruction through Poplar Woods and along U.S. 42 that caused several thousand dollars’ worth of damage to property before attempting to strike a police car.

    Mackey Reese Middleton, 19, of the 12700-block of Churchill Parkway in Goshen, and Christopher Taylor Hurley, 19, of Longwood Lane in Goshen, were booked into the Oldham County Jail about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Police: Scammers targeting seniors

    Law enforcement officials are warning senior citizens in Oldham County to watch out for telemarketing fraud.

    La Grange Police Department said in the past few months, it has investigated several crimes involving seniors who have lost money through telephone scams.

    In most cases, scammers tell residents they have won the lottery, new cars or have received an inheritance from a deceased loved one.

  • Judge to decide if DNA test necessary in Evridge case

    Prosecutors say four hairs found at the scene of a double-fatal shooting could yield details about the day a Westport man claims two sisters attacked him with a knife.

    Ronald T. “Ronnie” Evridge, 58, faces two murder charges and one count tampering with physical evidence for the Dec. 2011 fatal shooting of a pregnant woman and her sister.

  • Man who jumped probation back in jail

    A Pleasureville man who spent part of 2010 swiping copper wire and equipment from construction sites in Pewee Valley and Crestwood with a cousin is behind bars once again.

    According to court documents, Kenneth Aldridge, 24, of Crestwood,  committed several thefts and burglaries with his cousin, Curtis Aldridge, and Frank Hibbard.

    According to court documents, Aldridge and others:

  • La Grange man fined for indecent exposure, harassment

    Many residents of Gleneagles Estates recently attended a sentencing hearing as a sign of support for two women who witnessed a half-naked neighbor fondling himself.

    Police arrested Robin Doughty, 57, of 1505 Mahogany Run Drive, for indecent exposure and harassment on March 19.

    Doughty pleaded guilty and District Judge Jerry Crosby sentenced him to 90 days in jail and imposed a $250 fine.

    A woman contacted police after Doughty stood in his front yard with his pants around his ankles while fondling his genitals.