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Courts

  • Sanitation district appeals federal judgment

     HILLVIEW  — The operations of the Bullitt County Sanitation District continue to move forward despite losing a lawsuit in U.S. Bankruptcy.

    The district has appealed the April 30 ruling that it was responsible for paying fees of over $2.7 million to creditors of the now-defunct Bullitt Utilities.

    In the ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Joan Lloyd, she determined that two companies which provided service when the Hunters Hollow sewer treatment failed in spring 2014 should be paid for delays by the local sanitation company.

  • Labor Cabinet rules teacher sickout was illegal stoppage; no penalty assessed this time

     FRANKFORT -- Kentucky Labor Cabinet Secretary David Dickerson announced that the Cabinet’s Office of Inspector General has completed the investigation into whether Kentucky teachers engaged in an illegal work stoppage, also known as a “sick out,” during the 2019 session of the General Assembly. 

    The investigation found that 1,074 teachers did violate Kentucky law, which clearly prohibits work stoppages.

  • Grand jury hands down indictments on felony charges

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  — The following individuals were indicted on felony counts by the Bullitt County Grand Jury:

    *Ricky Dean Hoover — charged with sodomy and rape.

    According to the indictment, Hoover forced a female to engage in sexual intercourse and deviate intercourse by force on May 3, 2019.

    These are Class B felonies, which are punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

    Det. David Kron of the Shepherdsville Police Department investigated.

  • Judge delays sentencing of man who passed bus

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  — While not refusing the plea agreement, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress is not ready to allow James Andrew Anderson to begin serving his sentence immediately.

    Anderson, 27, of Brooks, recently entered a guilty plea on felony counts of fleeing police, complicity to wanton endangerment, burglary and receiving stolen property.

    The recommended sentence of five years on each count would include probation for five years.

  • Judge refuses plea on sex-related cases

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  — A Mount Washington teenager was read to plead guilty to sexual abuse of two girls in 2017.

    However, Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress was not willing to accept that plea on Wednesday morning.

    Kenneth Wayne Monarch, a former Bullitt East student, was set for final sentencing on two counts of sexual abuse, amended from the original charges of rape.

  • Former BCHS treasurer to repay money under plea

     SHEPHERDSVILLE  — With nearly $12,000 being stolen, a former treasurer of the Bullitt Central Athletic Boosters will have to pay that back or face jail time.

    On Monday, Cathy Bowman, 47, entered a guilty plea in Bullitt Circuit Court.

    Under the plea agreement, Bowman would repay nearly $12,000 that she took from the athletic fund from Dec. 13, 2015, through Aug. 31, 2018.

    She was indicted in March on the theft by unlawful taking charge, a Class D felony, which is punishable by 1-5 years in prison.

  • Man indicted for sex offenses against youth

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — A Bullitt County man has been indicted on multiple sex-related felony allegations.

    Jesse Lee Key, 24, of Shepherdsville, was arrested on April 24 and then indicted earlier this month.

    He was charged with sodomy, rape, sexual abuse and 12 counts of having matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

    According to the indictment, Key allegedly had sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years of age on April 24, 2019.

  • Louisville teen charged with making BCHS threat

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — A teenager from Louisville faces felony charges after allegations were made about a possible attack at Bullitt Central High School.

    According to Shepherdsville police, officers received a tip around 8 p.m. on May 16 that a student made threats on social media. The threat was to bring a firearm to Bullitt Central for an attack.

  • KSP charges teacher with improper actions minor

     LOUISVILLE — A teacher at a private school in Jefferson County has been charged with having inappropriate discussions with a minor.

    Andrew Richard Wilkerson, 28, of Shepherdsville, has been charged with prohibited use of an electronic communication system to procure a minor.

    The undercover Internet Crimes Against Children unit resulted in the arrest. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering  the suspect communicating with a juvenile online.

  • Smiths Grove businessman guilty of bank fraud

     LOUISVILLE – Michael Todd Barrick, aka Kentuckyana Jones, age 56, of Smiths Grove, Kentucky, pleaded guilty to five counts of bank fraud on Monday in United States District Court in Louisville, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.  Barrick also stipulated to a loss of over $1.4 million.  Barrick’s codefendants, Roger Hagan, Lorri Hughes, and Garry Hammer, all pleaded guilty in April.