Lisa King, Sentinel-News en Shock Probation Has Freed Thousands <p><a href="">Since 2006, the state of Kentucky has used shock probation</a>, the program that last year allowed for the release of admitted killer Tonya Nicole Brown from state prison, to send 10,006 convicted criminals back into public life. She was freed by Senior Judge Steven Mershon after serving 15 months and 14 days, benefiting from this unusual, decades-old program that grants judges wide latitude in dealing with first-time offenders. A study of state records acquired by The Sentinel-News shows that Brown&rsquo;s release is far from a rare occurrence and that many who have been released on the same terms as she frequently find themselves back before a judge for new or related offenses. Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:37:27 +0000 Lisa King, Sentinel-News 13297 at Shock Probation Has Freed Thousands Man Deported Six Times Sent to Prison <p><a href="">An undocumented citizen living in Shelbyville</a> has been sentenced to 38 months in federal prison for entering the United States illegally for the seventh time. U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves handed down the sentence to Raul Estrada-Chavez, 32, for illegal re-entry after deportation. On March 2, Estrada-Chavez was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Trevor Harris for various traffic violations, including no operator&rsquo;s license. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:50:21 +0000 Lisa King, Sentinel-News 13159 at Man Deported Six Times Sent to Prison Jury Favors Doctor in Amputation Case <p><a href="">Dr. John Patterson acted appropriately</a> when he amputated Phillip Seaton&rsquo;s penis during surgery in 2007, a jury in Shelby County Circuit Court has ruled. After more than two days of emotional and sometimes embarrassing testimony from a variety witnesses, the jury of six men and six women deliberated little more than hour and ruled unanimously just before 2 p.m. Wednesday.</p><p> Wed, 24 Aug 2011 19:51:14 +0000 Lisa King, Sentinel-News 11165 at Shelby Co. Bridge Fails Inspection, Closes <p><a href="">Historic Who Da Thot It Bridge</a>, shut down Monday for safety reasons, may now be closed to vehicle traffic forever. Magistrates voted Tuesday morning at the meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court to call a public hearing to close the bridge after discussing the merits of trying to get the structure repaired or replaced. Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he got a call two weeks ago from state officials informing him that bridge inspectors judged the bridge was unsafe and that the county needed to either repair it, replace it or close it. Wed, 17 Aug 2011 14:46:58 +0000 Lisa King, Sentinel-News 10733 at Company Owners Charged With Theft <p><a href=" ">Two Finchville residents are up on federal charges </a>of embezzling nearly half a million dollars in employee benefits from a company they owned in Shelbyville. Officials from the Office of the United States Attorney say that William Kiser, 73, and Mary Sue Kiser, 70, owners of the now-closed Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, were indicted Thursday in federal court for conspiring to defraud the United States and embezzling from an employee benefit fund. Thu, 16 Jun 2011 18:13:38 +0000 Lisa King, Sentinel-News 6642 at