Courts & Crime

  • No probation for man implicated in friend's shooting death

    The sentencing Monday of Joshua Fast of Crestwood has closed a sad chapter in the life of a Shelbyville family whose son was shot and killed on Brown Avenue nearly three years ago.

  • Pewee residents reminded to lock up after break-in

    Pewee Valley Police Chief Mike Losik has distributed an e-mail alert warning residents of a recent break-in.

    Losik said burglars entered a Central Avenue home on the morning of May 19 and took several pieces of jewelry. Losik said the homeowners weren't home when the burglary took place. 

  • Oldham grand jury hands up indictments

    An Oldham County grand jury recently handed up the following indictments.
    Kari Clark, 23, is charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 and second-degree forgery.
    According to the indictment, Clark allegedly retained jewelry belonging to Stan and Laura Clark between Feb. 1 and June 30, 2010, while knowing or having reason to believe it had been stolen.

  • Buckner man indicted for double-fatal I-71 crash

    The driver of a vehicle that caused a double-fatal crash after crossing the median of Interstate 71 on Thanksgiving Day has been indicted for reckless homicide.

  • Man convicted in drunk-driving crash that killed police officer is released early from prison

    A drunk driver convicted in the death of a La Grange police officer in 2003 has been released from prison eight years early for good behavior.

    Gregory Lee Porter pleaded guilty to manslaughter, wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI for the crash that killed La Grange Police Officer Eddie Mundo Jr. on April 16, 2003.

  • Jury rules PBI Bank committed fraud in land deal

    By Janell Oliver, special to The Oldham Era

    An Oldham County jury has ruled in unanimous favor that an Anchorage bank committed fraud as a Prospect couple’s land deal went awry.

    And now, the bank is expected to pay hefty damages.

  • Neighbors awake to ax-wielding man yelling obscenities

    Residents of Orchard Grass Hills encountered an ax-wielding intoxicated man just before sunrise Saturday morning.

    Oldham County Police arrested David G. Mikel, 21, of Crestwood, at 6:55 a.m. Saturday on charges of wanton endangerment and assault.

  • Teacher banked $144,000 for weekly tobacco deliveries at prison

    He told prison guards they were ankle braces.

    But just before his arrest, a Shelbyville man working as a teacher at the Kentucky State Reformatory admitted to police that he had a pound of tobacco pressed, bundled and taped to each foot.

    It’s a process police say James H. Petrey, 62, has repeated at least four times per month during the four years he’s worked as a teacher behind prison gates.

    And the sum of his efforts is surprising – two pounds per trip, four trips per month and a price tag of $350 per pound.

  • Police nab driver traveling more than 100 mph on I-71

    A man driving faster than 100 mph on Interstate 71 recently now faces DUI and reckless driving charges.

    Oldham County Police arrested Adrian K. Montgomery on March 20 after an officer clocked his 2002 Lexus GS traveling 109 mph.

    Montogmery, 33, of Louisville, told police he drank alcoholic beverages earlier in the night.

  • Law firm vandalized

    Employees of Howell and Emery law firm found a surprise when they arrived Thursday morning.

    The front door of their office at 105 S. Walnut St. in La Grange lay shattered on the front porch. A red brick rested in the debris.

    "We aren't having the luck of the Irish today," Emery said.

    The brick shattered the storm door and cracked a glass panel on the bright red wooden door behind it, which is "very, very old."

    "It will be hard to replace," Emery said.