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Courts

  • Louisville dentist guilty of illegal drug distribution

     LOUISVILLE – A Jefferson County, Kentucky, dentist pleaded guilty in United States District Court today, before Magistrate Judge Colin H. Lindsay, to a charge of illegal distribution of controlled substances announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    In court today, Rodney B. Fultz, 63, admitted to allowing an employee who was not authorized to write prescriptions for controlled substances to use his DEA registration number to prescribe 21,866 hydrocodone pills during a ten month period.

  • Daycare owner/operator sentenced for fraudulent child care payments

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. announced today the sentencing of a former Louisville daycare owner by United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to 46 months in prison for committing wire fraud and money laundering and was ordered to pay $1,424,929.00 in restitution to the victim.

  • Indictment charges man with trying to kill individual

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A man has been charged with the attempted murder of another individual.

    Curtis E. Wyatt has been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on the charge of attempted murder and wanton endangerment.

    On Feb. 29, 2016, Wyatt allegedly shot at another individual with a firearm.

    On that same day, he allegedly placed his 18-month-old son in physical danger due to the way he was operating his motor vehicle.

  • Shepherdsville police arrest man on charges of sex with a minor

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A man has been arrested and charged with sex-related offenses.

    Donald Ernest Hotchkiss Jr., 29, of Shepherdsville, was arrested on Monday evening by Shepherdsville Det. Myra Minton.

    He was charged with rape, sodomy, unlawful transaction with a minor, promoting a sexual performance by a minor and having an outstanding warrant. 

    He is in the Bullitt County Detention Center.

  • Hearing set on complaint over Stepp’s ballot status

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Whether Jennifer Stepp should be removed as the Republican nominee for the 49th District House of Representatives seat will not be known until at least early July.

    A hearing will be held on July 8 at 8:30 a.m. to discuss motions relating to the removal of Stepp.

    In late May, attorney Rebecca Grady Jennings filed a lawsuit on behalf of Paul Watkins.

    That suit contends that one of the two individuals who signed the nomination papers for Stepp did not live in the 49th District.

  • Physician guilty of illegal drug distribution

     BOWLING GREEN – A Franklin, Kentucky, physician pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court before Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl to charges of the illegal distribution of controlled substances by way of prescribing opiate pain medications outside of the course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medial purpose, announced U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Woman indicted in death of man riding moped

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A Pleasure Ridge Park resident has now been indicted for the murder of a 29-year-old Bullitt County man.

    The Bullitt County Grand Jury has issued a murder indictment against Emily Kathleen Hickey, 22.

    She was also indicted last week for leaving the scene of an accident and failing to render aid.

    She remains in the Bullitt County Detention Center on a $500,000 cash bond and her arraignment was to be held on Tuesday, May 31.

  • Suit seeks to remove candidate

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- Incumbent Linda Belcher will be on the ballot this November in the race for another term as state representative in House District 49.

    However, there is some question on who her opponent might be.

    A lawsuit was filed last week against Jennifer L. Stepp, who had won the Republican primary on May 17.

    Her victory came after her opponent, Melanie Roberts, withdrew two weeks earlier, leaving Stepp as the only Republican on the ballot.

  • Bullitt man gets 30 years on child porn charges

     LOUISVILLE – A Bullitt County, Kentucky, man was sentenced today to 360 months in prison, followed by a life-time of supervised release, by Senior United States District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for the production of child pornography, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Man indicted on sex charge offenses that date back to pre-June 1996

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A man has been indicted for alleged sex crimes dating back to 1990.

    Gregory Halbauer has been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on a series of sex-related offenses.

    According to the indictment, Halbauer had sexual contact with a female who was less than 12 years of age when the alleged offenses started in 1990.

    In a course of conduct through June 1996, Halbauer allegedly committed the offenses of sexual abuse, sodomy, rape and incest.