Courts & Crime

  • 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.

  • Look for an increased police presence in Hillcrest subdivision

    Oldham County Police will provide service in the Hillcrest subdivision, starting March 1.
    Fiscal Court agreed in a meeting Feb. 15 to have a marked patrol vehicle roam the area.

  • Sheriff's reports

    Turquois L. Bowling, 31, 6614 Timberbend Dr., Louisville, arrested Feb. 21, failure to appear.
    Karl L. Clark, 22, 1109 Ebenezer Church Rd., Memphis Ind., arrested Feb. 23, indictment.
    Alex S. Davis, 23, 5609 Renada Dr., Crestwood,  arrested Feb. 18, indictment.

  • Man arrested for impersonating officer

    A Louisville man is charged with impersonating a police officer and driving a Crown Victoria outfitted with lights, stripes and a siren to look like a police cruiser.
    Kevin Shook is charged with impersonating an officer and using an improper sound device.
    Oldham County Police arrested Shook Feb. 14 after learning he is not affiliated with a police or fire department.

  • Goshen man charged for deadly 2009 crash is a familiar face in Oldham courtrooms

    A Goshen man now faces a murder charge two years after a deadly DUI crash on River Road that killed an 18-year-old Crestwood woman.
    And he's no stranger to courtrooms in Oldham and Jefferson counties. His  most recent arrest in Oldham County stems from an incident in a strip-mall parking lot when police had to strike him with a Taser weapon three times.