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Courts & Crime

  • Endicott ordered to speed up evaluation

    A Shelbyville man charged with engaging in organized crime with seven others in Oldham County is still awaiting a competency hearing before his case can move forward.

    La Grange Police originally arrested Casey Endicott, 18, in October on gang and drug charges, including conspiracy to commit murder.

    In December, seven other individuals, including Endicott’s brother and Shelbyville native Thomas Wenz, were indicted on several charges, although the most serious ones were dropped.

  • Selby pleads not guilty to charges

    A La Grange man who was arrested and charged with indecent exposure after police found him masturbating in a school parking lot pleaded not guilty during his first court appearance.

    Jon Eric Selby, 44, was arrested on Jan. 31 on charges of indecent exposure, alcohol intoxication and criminal trespassing after being found by an officer reclining in his front seat watching pornography on his cell phone and masturbating in the parking lot of Crestwood Elementary, according to a police report.

  • Goshen man in critical condition after crash on Hwy. 36

    By KRISTIN BECK

    LCNI NEWS SERVICE

    An accident involving a Goshen man last week led to four individuals being transported to area hospitals with life-threatening injuries, Kentucky State Police said.

    A preliminary investigation shows that a vehicle driven by Donald Jeffries, 50, of Goshen, was traveling eastbound on Hwy. 36 when the vehicle crossed the center line for unknown reasons, according to a Kentucky State Police news release. Jeffries’ vehicle collided head-on with a westbound vehicle driven by Stephen Wise, 37, of Carrollton.

  • 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