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Courts & Crime

  • Crestwood woman takes plea in animal cruelty case

    A Crestwood woman has informally accepted a plea deal for charges of four counts of cruelty to animals, according to Assistant County Attorney Travis Combs.

    Leslie Ransdell was anonymously reported to Animal Control around July 26 of last year for allegedly failing to feed four horses in her care, a criminal complaint said.

  • Court delayed for corrections officer accused of sexual abuse

    By LISA KING

    LCNI NEWS SERVICE

    A court date for James Johnson, a former correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley charged with sexually abusing inmates and related offenses, has been moved to next month.

    Johnson, 54, of Louisville, was to have had a jury trial starting Monday in Shelby Circuit Court, but he is scheduled for a disposition hearing on March 17.

  • Public Records March 6

    La Grange Police Arrests

    Feb. 24-Megan R. Isaacs, 22, Turners Station, was cited and released for operating on suspended/revoked operators license, failure to produce insurance card and fail of owner to maintain required insurace 1st offense

    Feb. 26-Wayne L. Johnson Jr., 22, La Grange was arrested for Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500

  • Upcoming ordinance causes concern with local attorneys

    A proposed ordinance in front of the La Grange City Council is sparking a debate over the city’s business license fees.

    The section in question lies with language regarding attorneys and how the license applies to them.

    Critics of the proposed law, including Councilman Jason Taylor, say the changes are a precondition to practicing law by placing a fee on attorneys that do not have offices in the city and that there are multiple legal issues associated with the proposed language.

  • Alleged gang leader back in custody, ordered for evaluation

    A Shelbyville man charged with recruiting for the Southside Crips gang in Oldham County has been taken back into custody and will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

    Thomas L. Wenz, 22, was indicted in December on charges of criminal gang recruitment, engaging in organized crime, unlawful transaction with a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana.

    Wenz pled not guilty to those charges on Dec. 19 and bailed out of the Oldham County Jail shortly after that court hearing.

  • Setting the Standard

    On Feb. 18, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office was again awarded with the Kentucky Association of Chief’s of Police Certificate of Accreditation. The OCSO initially received this certification in 2009 and was one of only five sheriff’s offices in the state to achieve this honor.

    The Kentucky Association of Chief’s of Police Accreditation Program is intended to provide law enforcement agencies of the Commonwealth with an avenue for demonstrating that they meet commonly accepted professional standards for efficient and effective operations.

  • Public Records Feb. 27

    Grand Jury Indictments

    February

    James F. Barger, one count promoting contraband in the first degree, one count persistent felony offender in the first degree

    Steven W. McCormick, promoting contraband in the first degree, one count persistent felony offender in the second degree

    Nikko M. Hopson, trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree

    Ameir L. Kashan, two counts trafficking in a controlled substance in the first degree, one count persistent felony offender in the first degree

  • 'Mentally ill' individual puts two Oldham County schools into lockdown

    Two Oldham County High Schools were put on lockdown Thursday after Oldham County Police became aware of a situation involving a former student and current OCS student, police and school officials said. 

    Oldham County High School and North Oldham High School were put in seperate lockdowns Thursday morning. OCHS was put into lockdown first at 9:30 a.m., while NOHS went into lockdown at 10:30 a.m., Oldham County Schools Communications Director Tracy Harris said. Both schools were released from lockdown at 11 a.m., she said.

  • Event set to discuss heroin effects in the community

    A coalition made up of school, criminal justice and health professionals is hosting a forum to increase awareness of heroin in Oldham and surrounding counties.

    Heroin Hits Home: Our Community’s Response will take place on Thursday, March 6 at 6 p.m. in the North Oldham High School Auditorium.

    Presented by the Coalition for a Healthy Oldham County, the community event will feature a panel including an addiction specialist, law enforcement, District Judge Jerry Crosby and others. Court of Appeals Judge Allison Jones will moderate the panel.

  • Public Records Feb. 20

    La Grange Police Arrests

    Feb. 9 -- Jayme A. Snow, 23, Bedford, was served criminal summons for TBUT shoplifting u/500.

     

    Feb. 9 -- Dusty S. Gilbert, 24, La Grange, was arrested for receiving stolen property u/500.

     

    Feb. 10 -- Jason A. Piurkowski, 31, La Grange, was arrested for criminal trespassing 3rd degree and falsely reporting an incident.

     

    Feb. 10 -- Sandra Saylor, 50, La Grange, was arrested for TBUT or Disp $500 or more but u/$10,000.