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Courts & Crime

  • Prison program pairs puppies and perps

    Building 7A at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange isn’t a typical prison 
dormitory. It is home to the prison’s only single-cell wing. Out of nearly 1,000 inmates, only 12 have single-bunk cells to themselves.

    Well, not to themselves. They still have to share their cell — with a dog.

    The inmates are handlers in Luther Luckett’s Camp Canine program, which trains dogs from the Oldham County Animal Shelter.

  • U.S. Marshals arrest Kenneth and Terri Smith

    U.S. Marshals have arrested a couple suspected of operating a large puppy mill in rural Campbellsburg.

    Terri Smith, 51, was arrested at a trailer park in Bullitt County at 7:30 a.m., according to Chief Deputy Brian Parrish. She was initially booked at the Oldham County Detention Center and thentransferred to Carroll County Detention Center later in the morning, Parrish said.

  • Police investigating vehicle break-ins in Prospect, Goshen

    Prospect and Goshen area residents are victims of a string of burglaries in recent weeks. 

    During a Prospect city council meeting Monday, the mayor and police chief discussed the crimes. 

    According to police, 12 vehicle break-ins took place Nov. 5 and 6. Items reported taken had a total value of $7,200. 

    Another vehicle break-in took place Nov. 7. 

  • Deputy earns Governor’s Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement

    Oldham County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher C. Fitzner has received the Kentucky Governor’s Award for Impaired Driving Enforcement.

    The governor’s award is presented annually to law enforcement from across the state of Kentucky who excel in detection and enforcement of impaired drivers.

    Fitzner is pictured with Oldham County Sheriff Steve Sparrow.

    In 2011, Fitzner made more than 50 DUI arrests.

  • Inmate labor fuels county government

    They’re behind the scenes, staffing the recycling center, cutting grass and stringing Christmas lights. They’re polite, hardworking and hard to miss in their orange shirts.

    These county jail inmates do a lot of work around Oldham County as part of the jail’s work detail program. Inmates logged more than 29,700 hours of work from January to August this year.

  • Case against former La Grange mayor continues

    La Grange city officials filed a motion Dec. 1 for a judge to reverse his decision in their case against a former mayor.

    City officials claim Elsie Carter, whose term ended last December, left office with more than $4,500 in city property. 

    City Attorney Steve Emery requested default judgement after Carter failed respond within 20 days to a May court order. Carter filed a response several days after the deadline.

    But Oldham Circuit Court Special Judge Bailey Taylor denied default judgement and called the May court order ambiguous. 

  • Fraudulent enrollment charges continue

    The latest charge in a string of Oldham County cases against falsified school enrollment was filed Friday.

    James Elliot, who lives near Ky. 146 and Factory Lane, is charged with falsely enrolling his child in South Oldham High School.

    Dan Orman, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, said his office tried repeatedly to reach Elliot and even sent home a letter with the child.

    In fact, it was the student who provided the correct address to school administrators.

  • Neighbors file suit against wildlife center

    The county’s only wildlife rehabilitation center for mammals faces more resistance as a civil lawsuit filed earlier this month seeks to shut down the center.

    Second Chances Rehabilitation Center founder Brigette Williams is one of three licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the county, but the other two people only treat birds. 

  • Centerfield Elementary employee charged with theft of student's medication

    The office manager of Centerfield Elementary School is charged with stealing a drug similar to Ritalin from a student.

    Shelly Marie Settle, 43, of La Grange, is charged with narcotics theft and endangering the welfare of a minor. According to police, Settle allegedly removed 10 dexmthylphenidate pills from a student's prescription bottle and replaced the pills with baby aspirin on Monday afternoon.

    Dexmthylphenidate, like Ritalin, is a Schedule II narcotic commonly prescribed for children and adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

  • Driver sentenced for double-fatal crash

    Emotional friends and family filled the courtroom Tuesday as a plea agreement was filed in a reckless homicide case from a double-fatal car crash last Thanksgiving.

    The driver, Robert P. “Patrick” Kane, 33, entered an Alford guilty plea to two counts of reckless homicide.