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Courts

  • Man charged in postal carrier shooting

      Louisville, Ky. – A Louisville man appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin today, charged by Criminal Complaint with the assault of a United States Postal Carrier (while engaged in performing his official duty) and with the discharge of a firearm during the commission of a violent offense, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Former school administrator, colonel, guilty of child abuse

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A retired Colonel in the Kentucky National Guard and the former Director of Bluegrass Challenge Academy was found guilty last week in U.S. Magistrate Court of failing to report child abuse, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    Following a three-day trial, a federal jury deliberated approximately two hours before finding John Wayne Smith, 65, guilty of the charge.

  • Former soldier guilty of illegal export, violating control act

     LOUISVILLE – A Former United States Army Soldier, who served in that capacity in Iraq and elsewhere, pleaded guilty today, in United States District Court, to violating the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) and to the Illegal Export of Defense Article, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • McCracken Co. drug distributer sentenced 120 months

     PADUCAH, Ky. – The leader of a large drug trafficking organization operating in McCracken County, Kentucky, was sentenced today by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, to 120 months in prison and 5-year period of supervised release for conspiracy to traffic in large amounts of crack cocaine, cocaine powder, and marijuana, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • KSP charges Jefferson man with child sex exploitation

     LOUISVILLE  On February 2, 2016, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch, assisted by Post 4- Elizabethtown, arrested Shawn M. Jaggers, 24, on charges related to possession and distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

    Jaggers was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

  • Man who sued city now under indictment

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A man who sued the city of Mount Washington is now in trouble with the law.

    Brenton Wombles has been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on a charge of theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

    The charge is a Class C felony, which is punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

    According to the indictment, Wombles allegedly did not pay for property or services valued at over $10,000.

    The period of the alleged actions was from May 15, 2015, through Oct. 26, 2015.

  • Louisville man sentenced on 10 child sex abuse, exploitation charges

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. announced the 50 year sentence followed by a lifetime period of supervised release today, by Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr., of a Louisville man who sexually abused a minor child, forced the minor child to engage in commercial sex acts with another person, and sexually exploited that child and nine other minor children to produce visual images.

  • Former Grayson Co. officer/school administrator sentenced for sex abuse violations

      LOUISVILLE – A Grayson County, Kentucky, former police officer and school administrator was sentenced to 48 months in prison followed by ten years of supervised release today, by Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, for violating federal and state sex abuse laws, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Charges against teacher suspended

     SHEPHERDSVILLE --A former Bullitt Central teacher charged with having sexual relations with a student could have those charges dropped within the next year.

    Chrystal Dawn Chappell, 25, reached an agreed order to suspend any prosecution of the six counts of rape.

    If Chappell does not commit a crime within the next year, she will return next January to have the charges dismissed.

    The agreement came on Thursday after several attempts to resolve the case had failed.

  • Miami resident involved in Leitchfield burglary conspiracy

     LOUISVILLE, KY – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. today announced the guilty plea, from a Miami resident, before Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., to federal conspiracy and theft charges stemming from his participation in a warehouse burglary in Leitchfield, Kentucky, in March 2011.