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Courts

  • Former officer sentenced for wrongful arrest

     WASHINGTON – William Dukes, Jr., a former sergeant with the Providence, Kentucky, Police Department, was sentenced today to 42 months in federal prison for willfully depriving a Kentucky citizen of his constitutional rights under color of law, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman for the Western District of Kentucky.

  • Louisville man charged with child sex offenses

     LOUISVILLE  On September 7, 2018, at approximately 11:58 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Clyde D. Gardner, 35, on charges related to use of a minor in a sex performance and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

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

  • Grand jury hands down felony indictments

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — The following individuals were recently indicted on felony counts in Bullitt Circuit Court:

    *Justin B. Thomas — charged with burglary, assault and intimidating a participant in the legal process.

    According to the indictment, Thomas allegedly broke into a building on Prairie Drive in Hillview with the intent to commit a crime. While doing so, he was armed with a deadly weapon and caused injury during the June 10, 2018, incident.

  • Russellville man pleads guilty to illegal firearm possession

     BOWLING GREEN – Russellville, Kentucky, man, Tracy Green Baskerville, pled guilty before United States District Judge Greg N. Stivers this week to being a felon possessing an unregistered sawed-off shotgun, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

  • Physician sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking

     BOWLING GREEN – United States District Court Judge Greg N. Stivers sentenced Franklin, Kentucky, physician, Roy D. Reynolds, to federal prison for 50 months with no probation in the federal system on 15 counts of illegal distribution of controlled substances by way of prescribing opiate pain medications outside of the course of professional medical practice and without a legitimate medical purpose, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

  • Grand jury hands down felony criminal indictments

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — The following individuals have recently been indicted by the Bullitt County Grand Jury:

    *Jacklyn Vincent and Dustin J. Sturm — each charged with complicity to robbery.

    According to the indictment, the pair used force while armed with a deadly weapon on June 19, 2018, to commit a robbery.

    The Class B felony is punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

    Shepherdsville Det. Steve Clark investigated the case.

    *Matthew Todd Braund — charged with criminal abuse and assault.

  • Challenge to rezoning case quickly dismissed

     SHEPHERDSVILLE — An effort to possibly overturn a recent rezoning decision by the Hillview City Council has been dismissed before the merits were ever considered.

    Monticello Properties, under contract to purchase property off John Harper Highway from the Estate of David Hester,  received a rezoning approval from the Hillview City Council.

    At that point, several property owners, including Emily Jones, filed suit in Bullitt Circuit Court.

  • Nigerian man sentenced for sweepstakes scheme

     LOUISVILLE – United States District Court Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. sentenced Kingsley I. Ekpendu, a Nigerian national, to 15 months in prison yesterday for his participation in a sweepstakes scheme that resulted in over 50 victims sending him cash in the mail, announced United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman.

  • Two trials, convictions, for heroin trafficking, gun offenses

     LOUISVILLE – In two separate federal trials this week, the United States won convictions for heroin trafficking and firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman.

    “The Department of Justice will continue to aggressively pursue gun cases and drug trafficking in federal court as a means of reducing violent crime in this community” said United States Attorney Russell Coleman “Our Commonwealth is blessed with able law enforcement partners who share this vision.”

  • U.S. Attorney charges defendants in violent crime reduction surge