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Courts

  • Bain not guilty of making threat

     MOUNT WASHINGTON - Attorney Lorie Casey said her client was an immature 18-year-old who made a stupid comment.

  • Previous bomb threat will send man to prison

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Last October, Robert J. Pronovost II didn’t want to go to prison.

    So, while admittedly being under the influence, he called in a bomb threat to the courthouse.

    It may have delayed the inevitable for a short period of time but the Shepherdsville man is now headed to prison.

    Earlier this month,  Pronovost received his final sentencing.

    Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress rejected defense attorney Jennifer Wittmeyer’s request for probation and drug treatment for her client.

  • Special judge assigned to handle charges against Stanley Dishon

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A special judge has been appointed to handle a pair of sex-related cases against Stanley Dishon.

    After both circuit judges - Rodney Burress and Elise Givhan Spainhour - disqualified themselves from sitting on the case, Charles Simms III was assigned to hear the cases.

    Simms is already hearing the murder case against Dishon. He is charged with kidnapping and killing his niece, Jessica, in 1999.

    The recent cases deal with sex allegations several years ago.

  • Man pleads guilty to sex offenses

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man could spend the next 20 years in prison and he will definitely be a lifetime member of the sex offender registry in Kentucky.

    David Harkins, 38, entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Bullitt Circuit Court for his sexual involvement with three victims under the age of 12.

    Harkins admitted his guilt to the following charges:

    *possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor

    *three counts of use of a minor in a sexual performance under the age of 16

  • Computer change to close office at noon on April 30

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County is scheduled to go live with the court system’s new Accounts Receivable program on May 1, 2014. There are currently 22 Kentucky counties using the AR program, according to Bullitt Circuit Clerk Paulita Keith.

    What is AR?

  • Dishon trial date still in air; attorneys will meet in May

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Whether the trial in the 1999 death of Jessica Dishon will be held this September is yet to be determined.

  • Federal trial for Hillview poilice chief delayed

     LOUISVILLE - A trial in U.S. District Court to determine whether a local police chief lied to federal investigators will not be held this week.

    The federal case against Hillview police chief Glenn Caple was supposed to begin this week in Louisville.

    However, because his attorney, Thomas Clay, is also representing a possible witness in the case, U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III disqualified the noted attorney from serving as Caple’s legal counsel.

    Caple confirmed that the case had been delayed. No new trial date has been set.

  • Two sentenced to federal prison for identity theft

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two Louisville residents were sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas B. Russell to 42 months in prison, for their roles in a conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identity theft announced David J. Hale, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.

  • Court affirms $11M judgment vs. city

     HILLVIEW - The state Court of Appeals has ruled that an $11 million verdict in favor of a local trucking company was correct.

    And, now, one of the attorneys for the company is looking for the city of Hillview officials to stand up after eight years and do what is right for his client.

    On Friday, the three-member panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals issued its opinion affirming a Bullitt Circuit jury decision last year awarding Truck America Training and its owners James Carter and Deborah Carter a total of $11 million in damages.

  • Man pleads guilty to making threats to judicial facility

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - On a bright sunny Monday in October 2013, Robert J. Pronovost II had plenty of things he wanted to do.

    But one of them was not to go to prison.

    So, instead, he called into Bullitt County Central Dispatch on Oct. 21 and said that there was a weapon of mass destruction in the judicial center or the sheriff’s office.

    For a second time in a matter of months, buildings in the courthouse square were shut down and employees evacuated.

    On Thursday, Pronovost entered a guilty plea for his involvement in the incident.