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Courts

  • Man indicted for murder in I-65 death

     HILL VIEW -- A Jefferson County man has been indicted for the murder of a Bullitt County resident.

    Robert H. Whitaker Jr., 52, has been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on numerous charges relating to the Nov. 26, 2016, death of William Lee “Billy” Dezern.

    According to the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, Dezern was called to Interstate 65 northbound near the Brooks exit.

  • Court affirms unpaid suspension of animal control officer

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — Animal control officer Mark Williams will not get his pay which was lost during a recent four-day suspension.

    And he will not get the suspension itself reversed.

    Bullitt Fiscal Court met for just over an hour in closed session. They were there to hear Williams’ appeal of his four-day suspension for insubordination.

    The court voted 4-1, with magistrate Joe Rayhill in opposition, to affirm the suspension handed down by Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts.

  • Physician convicted of unlawful distribution, fraud

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., today announced the conviction of a Louisville physician, in United States District Court, before Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., on multiple charges including unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud.

  • Fulton contract supplier guilty of jail construction kickbacks

     PADUCAH –  A Fulton County, Kentucky, business owner and contract supplier pled guilty today in United States District Court before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Fulton County citizens, through kickbacks and concealment of costs associated with work performed on the 2015 Fulton County Detention Center expansion, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Final participant sentenced in cigarette warehouse burglary conspiracy

     OWENSBORO – The final Miami resident from Cuba, charged in a multi-state conspiracy was sentenced in United States District Court yesterday, by Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., to 41 months in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $1,486,164.45 - for the defendant’s participation in a warehouse burglary in Leitchfield, Kentucky, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Indictment for impersonating police

     MOUNT WASHINGTON — A man has been indicted for attempted murder of a Bullitt County Sheriff’s Deputy.

    The Bullitt County Grand Jury has indicted Joseph Patrick Kean for a list of charges relating to an Oct. 16, 2016, arrest.

    According to the indictment, Kean intentionally drove his vehicle into a cruiser driven by Sheriff’s Deputy Charles Mann.

    The indictment stated the Kean, 47, of Louisville, was intending to cause the death of the deputy.

  • Man indicted for attempted murder, arson

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- On Oct. 28, 2016, Chad Arthur Vittitow set fire to a residence where a woman lived.

    That is the basis of an indictment handed down by the Bullitt County Grand Jury.

    According to the indictment, Vittitow allegedly caused physical injury to the woman and then set her home on fire.

    His plan, according to the indictment, was the death of the woman.

    Vittitow, 38, has been indicted for attempted murder, arson, assault and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Former Ballard Co. treasurer guilty of fraud

     PADUCAH – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., announced today a guilty plea by the former Treasurer of Ballard County, Kentucky, for participating in a scheme that involved obtaining approximately $450,000 in bank loans using a $500,000 Ballard County Certificate of Deposit as collateral, all without authorization from the Ballard County Fiscal Court; guilty pleas were also entered due to her theft of at least $27,000 in fraudulent medical reimbursement payments while employed as the County’s treasurer.  

  • Two juveniles act like Grinch in MW thefts

     MOUNT WASHINGTON — There’s a Grinch every Christmas and, this year, he showed up in two minors to steal packages from porches.

    Two juveniles, both 15, were charged with theft by unlawful taking after taking packages off the porches of residents’ homes in the Bethel Branch neighborhood in Mount Washington.

    According to Det. Dan Kelty, the minors would wait until UPS, FedEx or USPS would drop off the package to see if anyone immediately picked it up.

    The total value of the items taken equaled less than $500.

  • Former LMPD detective guilty of theft

     LOUISVILLE - United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. today announced the guilty plea of a former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective, in United States District Court, before Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin, to a Felony Information, charging the former detective with theft from interstate shipment.