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Courts & Crime

  • 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.

  • In-laws & Outlaws: Deadly shooting in Goshen is eerily similar to dispute that killed Oldham bus driver

    Two recent fatal shootings share remarkable similarities — and not just in the disputes, but in the victims’ backgrounds.

    Fatal shootings are uncommon in Oldham County — yet one occurred in Smithfield in September and one in Goshen earlier this month.

    Oldham County Police arrived Oct. 15 at a residence along U.S. 42 near Goshen to find the body of Richard Hild, 63, killed by a gunshot wound in the chest.

  • In-laws & Outlaws

    Two recent fatal shootings share remarkable similarities — and not just in the disputes, but in the victims’ backgrounds.

    Fatal shootings are uncommon in Oldham County — yet one occurred in Smithfield in September and one in Goshen earlier this month.

    Oldham County Police arrived Oct. 15 at a residence along U.S. 42 near Goshen to find the body of Richard Hild, 63, killed by a gunshot wound in the chest.

  • Officer accused of 'sexting' teen is arrested 2nd time

    A former police officer arrested for ‘sexting’ a highschooler he met during a traffic stop has been arrested a second time for falsifying a police report after an off-duty U.S. Marshal crashed while driving drunk in Goshen.

    OCPD Officer Harry S. “Shane” Mosley resigned Sept. 28 as police pursued charges against him related to cell phone communication he had with a teenager. 

  • Police ask residents to 'Text a Tip' to fight crime

    The Kentucky State Police is initiating a new proactive program where residents are now able to text confidential tips from their cell phone. 

    The program, “Text a Tip,” is designed to report criminal activity, assist with neighborhood watch and serve as an additional resource for schools and college campuses.

    “Text a Tip” is completely confidential and easy to use. 

  • Judge rejects plan for Village of Brownsboro

    A heated battle that caused rifts in the Brownsboro community is over — for now.

    A special-appointed judge ruled against proposed incorporation of the Village of Brownsboro Sept. 27, just hours after hearing the case in Jefferson circuit court.

    In his ruling, Senior Judge Martin McDonald ruled against the petition to incorporate for what he called “four independently sufficient reasons.”