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Courts & Crime

  • 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.

  • Foxhollow employee, 36, had sexual contact with teenage volunteer

    A Foxhollow Farm employee who had repeated sexual contact with a teen volunteer is now on probation.

    Gabriel L. Kreiser, 36, was living at Foxhollow Farm in Crestwood when he was arrested Aug. 3 and held on a $50,000 bond for sexual abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor – illegal sexual activity.

    According to police, on several occasions between May 15 and July 31, 2012, Kreiser and a teen girl, then 14, went to a secluded area of the farm where they had sexual contact.

  • Murder trial for drunk driver set Nov. 12, could be sooner

    A Louisville man charged with murder for a drunk-driving crash that led to the death of a Westport man could face trial earlier than scheduled.

    Nicholas W. “Nick” Snoddy appeared in Oldham circuit court recently, where his defense attorney and prosecutors discussed his Nov. 12 trial date.

    Snoddy, 23, has pleaded not guilty to murder, two counts of fleeing or evading police, four counts wanton endangerment of civilians and police officers, DUI (third offense), driving on a DUI-suspended license and speeding 26 mph over limit (or greater).

  • Crestwood man, 54, suffered stroke in jail, still needs evaluation

    The mental status of a Crestwood man indicted for sexual abuse of a teenager is still unclear after the defendant suffered a stroke nearly three months ago at the Oldham County Jail.

    Toby Mason, 54, faces 15 criminal charges, including use of a minor in a sexual performance, sodomy and custodial inference for sex acts he allegedly performed and videotaped with a teen girl in 2011.

    Mason suffered a stroke shortly after indictment in January. He now uses a wheelchair and is housed in a medical unit at the Kentucky State Reformatory while awaiting trial.