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Courts

  • Trial against ex-teacher delayed until July

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The trial of a former Bullitt Central teacher will not be conducted until July.

    Crystal Chappell has been indicted on six counts of rape, a Class D felony punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

    The former teacher is accused of having sexual intercourse with a student at Bullitt Central since June 1, 2014.

    The action was brought to the attention of school officials in late August 2014 and Chappell was immediately suspended from her position as a math teacher.

  • Former U of L exec gets 63 months for fraud, embezzlement

     A former University of Louisville accountant, promoted to Executive Director of the Department of Family & Geriatric Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine (DFGM) was sentenced today, in U.S. District Court, by Senior District Judge Charles R. Simpson III, to 63 months in prison and ordered to pay $2,810,201.53 in restitution for tax fraud and embezzling funds tied to University of Louisville medical groups, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Former Health PMO owner headed to prison for money laundering, drug distribution

     The former owner of Health PMO was sentenced to time served, of 45 months in prison, and ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution, by Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson, III in U.S. Federal Court today, for conspiring to illegally distribute and dispense controlled substances, wire fraud, and conspiring to commit money laundering, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Teen indicted for murder in LJ death

     LEBANON JUNCTION -- A teenager has been indicted for the shooting death of a neighbor in January.

    The Bullitt County Grand Jury has indicted Austin Joseph Allen, 18.

    Allen has been indicted for murder, two counts of burglary and using restricted ammunition during the commission of a crime.

    The most serious charges are Class A felonies, which are punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

    On Jan. 15, 2015, police were called to a home on Walnut Street in Lebanon Junction.

  • Warren County woman sentenced for Horse Cave Dollar General fire

      BOWLING GREEN, – A Warren County, Kentucky woman was sentenced to 72 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release by Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., for maliciously damaging and destroying and attempting to damage and destroy, by means of fire, the Dollar General Store, and the personal property, located in Hart County, Kentucky, announced Acting U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Career criminal gets 30 years for string of armed robberies

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A career criminal from Georgia was sentenced today to 30 years in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, by Senior District Judge Thomas B. Russell, for multiple robberies, including brandishing a firearm announced Acting United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. There is no parole in the federal system.

  • Mediator to be selected for negotiations

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The legal issues between a fire department and a board of trustees is close to being settled.

    But the matters between the Southeast Bullitt Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Inc. and the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District board still exist.

    Attorneys from both parties were in Bullitt Circuit Court Monday.

    The issue at hand was a series of motions filed by the various parties.

    Maurice Byrne is seeking a temporary injunction to place the $2.7 million into an escrow account.

  • Burress, Spainhour attend judicial college

     FRANKFORT -- Rodney Burress and Elise Givhan Spainhour participated in the 2015 Circuit Judges Winter College that took place Jan. 25-28 in Louisville.

    The Administrative Office of the Courts provided the education program for the state’s circuit judges.

    The judges attended courses on domestic violence, science and the law, computer forensics in court, alternative ways to resolve disputes in cases, personal jurisdiction, judicial writing for trial judges, evolving areas of law and recently published cases, and court technology, including eFiling.

  • Man pleads guilty to six armed robberies in four states

     COLUMBUS – William J. McBride, Jr., 49, of Columbus, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to armed bank robberies in Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Indiana.

  • Judge grants injunction to keep things status quo for department

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- After listening to three hours of testimony and argument on Friday, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress has issued a temporary injunction.

    The injunction, sought by the Southeast Bullitt Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department Inc., will not allow the Southeast Bullitt Fire Protection District from contracting with any other entity.

    The request for the injunction from attorneys Thomas Clay and Keith Lay resulted when the board of trustees deemed the 2013 contract unenforceable due to not following the state bid procedures.