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Courts & Crime

  • I-71 traffic stop yields 20 lbs. of pot, thousands in cash

    Police arrested an Oklahoma man traveling Interstate 71 in Oldham County with 20 lbs. of marijuana and thousands in cash.

    According to Kentucky State Police, a traffic stop in the early morning hours of Dec. 22 near mile-marker 24 yielded one ounce of cocaine, 20 lbs. of marijuana, 4.2 oz. marijuana sees and $11,570 in cash.

    Police arrested the driver, Arthur Penrod, 72, of Inola, Okla., on charges of trafficking in marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

  • Officials approve $12M for 250-bed jail

    Oldham County officials will spend up to $12 million to construct a new 250-bed detention center on 20 acres adjacent to the Kentucky State Reformatory, just west of La Grange on Ky. 146. 

    The deal is pending federal approval, according to magistrates, but could be finalized by April 2013 after county officials voted Tuesday to approve the measure. 

  • Wildlife rehab looks for second chance

    A state law declaring “agriculture supremacy” is now the center of an ongoing battle between the county and a Goshen wildlife rehab center.

    Second Chances Wildlife Rehabilitation Center founder Brigette Williams is appealing a July 2011 ruling by the county’s board of adjustments and appeals. 

    Judge Karen Conrad heard oral arguments in the case Dec. 12 in Oldham Circuit Court.

  • Clerk celebrated at retirement party

    Circuit Court Clerk Lynn Mason, left, with former clerk Laura Hargrove, who gave Mason her start in civil service when she hired Mason as a bookkeeper.

    Mason was honored at a retirement celebration Dec. 14.

    Mason is retiring at the end of the year after taking office in 1994.

    Rick Rash was elected to the office in November.

  • Defense: Accused double-murderer was 'standing his ground'

    An attorney for the Oldham County man accused of double murder says the defendant was simply “standing his ground” when he shot and killed a pregnant woman and her sister at his Covington Ridge Farm last winter. 

    Robert Riley, a La Grange attorney representing accused murderer, Ronald T. Evridge, 58, last Thursday asked Oldham Circuit Judge Karen Conrad for an evidentiary hearing that could ultimately grant Evridge immunity from facing civil or criminal proceedings. 

  • Death row inmate's life spared due to jury error

    It has been 12 years since Armott and Edna Porter were murdered in their Crestwood home by their former son-in-law.

    Last week, Miguel Soto, 41, re-entered a guilty plea for those crimes that will spare his life, but keep him in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Soto was sentenced to death in 2000, but a circuit court judge reversed Soto’s death sentence last year because he was denied the right to a fair trial.

  • Accused child molester has past of sexually abusing children

    Prosecutors say a La Grange worker charged with sex crimes against children is a serial child molester who was previously sentenced to at least 10 years in Jefferson County for abusing his 5-year-old daughter and niece. 

    Commonwealth Attorney Courtney Baxter filed records in Oldham Circuit Court earlier this month that indicate Denver Hawkins, 56, of Louisville, has a history of child sex abuse, dating from as early as 1995 when he was convicted of sexually abusing and trying to sodomize two young relatives.  

  • Goshen shooter claims self-defense

    A Goshen man who claims he shot his brother-in-law in self-defense last month will face a grand jury for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    Police charged Emmitt Pendleton, 50, following an Oct. 15 shooting at Pendleton’s home in the 5200 block of U.S. 42. Pendleton admitted to both shooting his brother-in-law, Richard Hild, and to being a convicted felon.

  • Drunk driver sued by wife of Westport motorcyclist

    The family of a Westport man who died after a motorcycle collision on Ky. 53 has filed a civil suit against the drunk driver who caused the crash and two businesses he visited just hours before. 

    Charley Klosterman, 65, died nine weeks after a head-on collision with a Chevy Malibu tossed him from his motorcycle onto the shoulder of Ky. 53. 

  • Louisville man, formerly employed as a police officer, pleas guilty to threatening a federal agent

    A Jefferson County resident, formerly employed as a police officer and officer with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, pled guilty today in U.S. District Court for mailing threatening communications to a federal law enforcement officer and knowingly depositing a firearm in the mail, according to David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.