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Courts

  • Bowling Green sub teacher charged with child porn

     BOWLING GREEN – A substitute teacher, formerly employed by the Bowling Green (Kentucky) School system, was charged in a criminal complaint this week with possession and distribution of child pornography announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    Leon Lussier, age 49, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was arrested on September 1, 2015, and appeared before United States Magistrate Judge H. Brent Brennenstuhl later that day.

  • Pair face charges for sex trafficking of a minor

     LOUISVILLE – A Lexington, Kentucky, woman and Clarksville, Tennessee man were charged by a federal grand jury today with a single count of sex trafficking a 15-year-old female, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    Crystal L. Bradshaw, a/k/a Crystal Thurman, age 41, and Ralph W. Goodwin, age 65, face no less than 10 years in prison and no more than a life sentence, a $250,000 fine, and no less than five years and up to a lifetime of supervised release.

  • Man, woman indicted for separate murder incidents

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Murder indictments have been handed down in a pair of separate deaths in Bullitt County.

    The Bullitt County grand jury issued murder indictments against Nicole Skyberg and Kevin Justin Ward.

    Both were returned as Class A felonies, which are punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

    On June 20, 2015, law enforcement officials were called to the Welcome Center on Interstate 65.

    There, officers found the body of Aaron Jerrell.

  • REKINDLED: Trial will determine fate of SE Bullitt contract

     CLERMONT -- Unless two entities can reach an accord on their mediated agreement, it appears a court trial will be the next stop for those involved with the Southeast Bullitt Fire Department.

    After a dispute and cancellation of a contract between the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District and the Southeast Fire and Rescue Corp., there seemed to be a mediated agreement in March 2015.

    However, by actions taken in a hearing last Wednesday, a trial has now been set for Oct. 27 in Bullitt Circuit Court.

  • Former officer, school administrator, pleads guilty to sex abuse

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Grayson County, Kentucky, former police officer and school administrator pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to violating federal and state sex abuse laws, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    Stephen E. Miller, age 45, pleaded guilty to four counts in a superseding information, on July 30, 2015, and this week Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. accepted the plea and scheduled sentencing for November 2, 2015 at 11:00am in Louisville.

  • Former Louisville pastor charged with viewing child porn

     LOUISVILLE – The former pastor of a Louisville, Kentucky parish was charged by criminal complaint with knowingly accessing with intent to view images of child pornography during 2015, on two computers located in the office and rectory of St. Margaret Mary Parish, located at 7813 Shelbyville, Road in Louisville, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Louisville teacher pleads guilty to porn charges

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A Louisville man previously employed by a parochial high school located in Jefferson County, Kentucky, as a high school teacher and assistant coach with the school’s athletics department, pled guilty today in United States District Court to violating child exploitation laws announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.   United States District Judge David J. Hale accepted the guilty pleas.

  • Not guilty plea entered for local mayor

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A not guilty plea was entered in Bullitt District Court on the Class B misdemeanor charge against the mayor of Shepherdsville.

    Attorney John Cook entered the not guilty plea on behalf of Scott Ellis, who has been indicted on a single count of solicitation to prostitution.

    The charge is punishable by 90 days in jail, a $250 fine or both.

    Special prosecutor Mark Shouse, an assistant Hardin County Attorney and former assistant Bullitt County Attorney, will be required to release evidence in the case to Cook.

  • Former Teamsters president guilty of embezzlement

      LOUISVILLE, KY – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. announced the guilty plea of former Teamsters Local 783 President Jerry Thomas Vincent, Jr. to multiple charges of embezzling labor union funds  and criminal recordkeeping violations, before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell today in U.S. District Court.

  • Iraqi refugee guilty of falsifying citizenship

      LOUISVILLE, Ky. – An Iraqi refugee living in Jefferson County, Kentucky was found guilty this week in U.S. District Court of falsely procuring U.S. citizenship, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    Following a two day trial, a federal jury deliberated just over one hour before finding Ali Al-Kadumi, 45, guilty of the charge. Following the verdict, defendant Al-Kadumi was denaturalized and then detained pending sentencing by Judge Greg N. Stivers, who presided over the trial.