Courts & Crime

  • 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.

  • Officers honored for apprehending robbers after high-speed chase

    Local residents were appointed to the following posts during the Oldham County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday:
    •Jim Zimmerman to the Tourism Commission.
    •Stan Clark to Chief Financial Officer of the Oldham County Ambulance Taxing District.
    •Cliff Willdeboer to the Police Merit Board.

  • Decade-old death sentence overturned; judge rules man didn't receive fair trial

    More than 10 years after an Oldham County jury convicted a man of murdering his former in-laws, a circuit court judge reversed his death sentence Monday because he was denied the right to a fair trial.
    The court found that two jurors who served in the capital case of Miguel Soto in 2000 had been ineligible to sit on the jury.