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Courts

  • Indictments issued on sex-related allegations

     HILLVIEW -- A northern Bullitt County teenager has been indicted for a sex-related allegation.

    Christopher Pace, 17, has been indicted recently by the Bullitt County Grand Jury on a charge of sodomy.

    This is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

    According to the indictment, Pace allegedly had deviate sexual intercourse with an individual on Dec. 20, 2016, through forcible compulsion.

    Det. Chris Boone of the Hillview Police Department investigated.

    In other recent sex-related indictments:

  • Circuit court cases recently completed

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  — The following cases were recently resolved in Bullitt Circuit Court:

    *Christopher James Carlisle — entered a guilty plea to flagrant non-support.

    Carlisle, 47, of Arkansas, has over $11,443 in arrearage for child support.

    Under the agreement, he would serve three years in prison but that would be probated for five years or until the arrearage is paid.

    He would continue to pay current support plus $150 a month for the arrearage.

    Final sentencing is April 10.

  • Previously convicted sex offender sentenced

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Convicted sex offender Torey Phillip Cranston has been sentenced to 20 years’ imprisonment, followed by 20 years of supervised release by Judge Claria Horn Boom for seeking sex with a person he believed to be a minor, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. There is no parole in the federal system.

    “As Mr. Cranston’s two decades in federal prison will attest, we will protect our kids,” said U. S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug-related arrest on Interstate 65

     Kentucky State Police Post 4 traffic stop leads to arrest after heroin is located in a vehicle.

    On March 2, 2019, at approximately 12:50 AM EST, KSP Post 4 Trooper Elliott Young, while on routine patrol, observed a Mitsubishi Gallant traveling north bound on I-65 at the 118- mile marker in Bullitt County.

    Young observed the Gallant had defective equipment so he initiated a traffic stop. 

  • Senate approves Tipton’s Keep Americans Working legislation in Kentucky

     FRANKFORT -- The Senate has unanimously approved a measure sponsored by state Rep. James Tipton aimed at ensuring working Kentuckians can continue to work even if they have difficulty paying off student loan debt.

    House Bill 118 prevents occupational licensing authorities from revoking an individual’s license purely because they defaulted or became delinquent on their student loan or work-conditioned scholarship. The measure also passed the House unanimously, and was supported by the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS).

  • Louisville man charged for seeking sex on Internet from Australian minors

     FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that a Louisville man on home incarceration awaiting trial in May for alleged sex crimes was arrested today by cyber investigators and charged with allegedly seeking sex with minors in Australia via social media app Instagram.

  • Two charged in drug-related death

     LOUISVILLE -- Two defendants have been charged by a federal grand jury for possession of heroin that caused the death of a Shepherdsville victim

    U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced Wednesday that Aaron Shelton, 27, and Tajuan M. McDowell, a.k.a. Tawain McDowell, 18, have been charged in the indictment with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. 

    Shelton faces an additional charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin  -- causing death.

  • Feds charge two in connection to overdose

     LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Two defendants have been charged by a federal grand jury for possession of heroin that caused the death of a Shepherdsville victim, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

    Aaron Shelton, 27, and Tajuan M. McDowell, a.k.a. Tawain McDowell, 18, have been charged in the indictment with possession of heroin with intent to distribute. Shelton faces an additional charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin – causing death.

  • Former Louisville armored truck driver indicted by federal grand jury

     LOUISVILLE – Former GardaWorld armored truck driver Mark Nicholas Espinosa has been indicted by a federal grand jury with five charges related to the theft of more than $900,000 from the vehicle, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. 

  • Ex-LMPD officer pleads guilty

     LOUISVILLE -- Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brandon Wood has been charged in a felony Information and pleaded guilty to attempted enticement, according to U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman. 

    “The tragedy of the LMPD Explorer Program is that Mr. Wood and others used a well-intended program designed to recruit our finest young people into law enforcement service as a tool to exploit those same kids,” said Coleman. “The United States looks forward to his sentencing to a term of years in federal prison.”