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Courts

  • 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.

  • Anesthesiologist sentenced 100 months on multiple charges

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kentuckiana anesthesiologist Jaime Guerrero was sentenced to 100 months in prison, by United States District Judge Greg N. Stevens today, and according to the terms of a prior plea agreement, agreed to forfeit his license to practice medicine and real property owned by Guerrero Real Estate Investments, LLC. Further, Guerrero agreed to pay $827,000 in victim restitution to nine health care benefit programs announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Defendants sentenced for laundering, drug trafficking operation

     BOWLING GREEN – The final defendants in a drug trafficking operation were sentenced this week in United States District Court, by United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to prison sentences for their roles in a money laundering and methamphetamine distribution network operating from Fresno, California, to Allen County, Kentucky, and included the illegal possession of 26 firearms and more than 3,700 rounds of ammunition, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Business owner pleads guilty to wire fraud

     LOUISVILLE – Mark Allen Hartley, the owner of Patriot Computers, a Virginia corporation, entered pleas of guilty today, in United States District Court, before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., to multiple wire fraud charges related to the theft of $809,205.43 from 434 victims, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Bankruptcy trustee will need to go to court for say in sewer plan

     HUNTERS HOLLOW -- If customers of the old Bullitt Utilities have to face a surcharge, it won’t be something dealt with by the state Public Service Commission.

    A ruling last month denied a request by the bankruptcy trustee for the failed utility company to reopen the case involving Bullitt Utilities.

    The bankruptcy trustee stated that Bullitt County Sanitation District was only a receiver and could not jeopardize the assets of Bullitt Utilities.