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Courts

  • Columbia man convicted of arson, fraud

     BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A jury convicted a Columbia, Kentucky man yesterday following a five-day jury trial in United States District Court on charges of arson and insurance fraud, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.  The defendant set the fire, which destroyed his home, in order to collect on a $50,000 rental insurance policy.  An Adair County Volunteer Firefighter died while fighting the fire.

  • Driver in fatal accident avoids murder charge; shock probation possible after 170 days

     PIONEER VILLAGE — After she testified on Friday morning, Cathy Compton walked over and gave Stephanie Lynn Coy a hug.

    Coy was driving the vehicle on Nov. 10, 2017, that took the life of Compton’s daughter, Hannah.

    But instead of asking for a possible murder conviction, Compton agreed to a 15-year sentence imposed against Coy, who could ask for shock probation after serving 170 days in confinement.

    Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress accepted an amended plea agreement on Friday from Coy.

  • Ten charged in national health care fraud takedown

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman today announced the results of a health care fraud sweep in the Western District of Kentucky as part of the national health care fraud takedown led by the Justice Department.

    The law enforcement takedown, in the Western District of Kentucky, resulted in charges against ten individuals for their alleged participation in health care fraud schemes, to include unlawful dispensing of controlled substances, including opioids.

  • California man sentenced for drug law violation

     LOUISVILLE – United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Charles Henry Ickes, 36, to 280 months in prison followed by 10 years’ Supervised Release, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

  • Fraud ring leader sentenced

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced today that Senior United States District Judge Charles R. Simpson III sentenced Jamesy Havens, age 42, of Louisville, Kentucky, to 70 months in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and multiple money laundering offenses.

    The Court ordered Havens to pay restitution of $1,449,482.66 to the victims of his scheme.

  • Man indicted for kidnapping, wanton endangerment

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — A man has been charged with kidnapping.

    The Bullitt County Grand Jury recently indicted Kenneth L. Hodge.

    He was indicted for kidnapping and wanton endangerment.

    According to the indictment, on April 1, 2018, Hodge unlawfully restrained an individual.

    He also engaged in conduct which placed the individual in substantial danger of death or serious injury.

    The most serious offense is a Class B felony, which is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

  • Grandmother charged in missing toddler case

     LEBANON JUNCTION -- Less than a week ago, a community was searching for the whereabouts of a two-year-old girl and her dog.

  • Louisville man arrested for child sex exploitation

     LOUISVILLE  On June 12, 2018, at approximately 1:21 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Larry Schaub, 45, on a charges relating to possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

    Schaub 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 was uploading sexually explicit images online.

  • Former Oldham EMS employee sentenced for child exploitation

     LOUISVILLE – Senior United States District Judge Thomas B. Russell sentenced Richard Wayne Johnson, 39, to 30 years in prison followed by a life term of Supervised Release, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman. There is no parole in the federal system.  Johnson remains in the custody of the United States Marshals Service.

  • Simpson Co. man sentenced for archealogical violations

     LOUISVILLE – U.S. District Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Gary Womack, Age 60, from Woodburn, Simpson County, Kentucky, to 15 months imprisonment for 3 felony violations of the federal Archaeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA). Womack had previously pleaded guilty to the violations on March 8, 2018.