Cops & Courts

  • Crime Stoppers seeks info on bullets that struck house

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis is working with Crime Stoppers to solve the mystery of who shot through a house in the Todds Station subdivision on Sunday.

    The incident happened at about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon, when someone apparently fired three rounds from a .22 caliber rifle, striking a house at 122 Lincoln Station Dr.

    No one was hit inside the house, and Minnis said the family did not realize that shots had been fired until later that evening, when they found bullet holes.

  • Fugitive of the Week

    Crime Stopper’s fugitive of the week is Alfonzo M. Cochran. There is a warrant out for his arrest on drug-related charges and contempt of court for child support. Cochran is described as a black male, 29 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and weighing 175 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers, which pays rewards up to $1,000. Callers can remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 633-4500 or at www.shelbyclue.com.


  • Shelbyville man charged with sodomy

    A Shelbyville man is out on bond, charged with first-degree sodomy that police say allegedly occurred while the victim was sleeping.

    A Shelby County Grand Jury indicted Leroy Blackburn, 63, of Rockbridge Road of first-degree sodomy, a Class B felony, on June 29.

    The sheriff’s report on the incident said that on May 11 Blackburn initiated the sexual encounter on his friend, Rebecca Hawkins, 49, while she was in a deep sleep because of some prescription medication she had taken.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments, Aug. 12, 2001

    Anthony M. Green,  52, of 110 Fairview Drive in Simpsonville was indicted for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine), a Class C felony, tampering with physical evidence, a Class D felony, first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony, possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor, failure to or improper signal, a violation, and excessive window tinting, a violation.

  • Court report: August 10, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Joshua B. Mayes, first-degree criminal trespassing – plead guilty – 12-month sentence, serve 10 days, balance probated for 2 years and $144 costs.

    Ronnie L. Sutherland Jr., possession of marijuana and second-degree first-offense possession of controlled substance/opiate – plead guilty – 12-month sentence conditionally discharged for two years and $144 costs.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports Aug. 10, 2011


    Robert J. Lier, 71, of 1272 Cross Keys Road was arrested May 27 on Waddy Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol under aggravating circumstances, second offense.

    Alberto M. Nava Jr., 19, of 4995 Bell Avenue was arrested June 7 at Mareli Road and Dobson Lane and charged with reckless driving, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.

  • Lawsuit filed against The-Sentinel News, others

    A Simpsonville resident, Bruce Irvin, has filed two separate lawsuits in Shelby Circuit Court Aug. 2 against The Sentinel-News, as well as some residents, alleging libel, slander and defamation of character.

    The suits were filed in connection with concerns that residents of Rolling Ridge in Simpsonville had last fall about how annual dues they were paying to their homeowners association were being spent, and with the responses that Irvin, as the association’s president, had provided to them in meetings held on the topic.

  • EARLIER: Beloved Shelby educator, son die in Florida wreck

    A Shelbyville family is still reeling from the shock and horror of losing a mother, a beloved educator, and a son in a terrible traffic accident in Florida on Saturday morning.

    Just after 6 a.m., Carolyn Phillips was driving her husband and three sons north on State Road 73 near Marianna., Fla., when a Ford Explorer came across the center line and struck their 2007 Volkswagen Passat head-on, sending it airborne and off the roadway, where it came to rest upside down.

  • Court report: August 5, 2011

    District Court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Fernando Alvarez-Nieto, reckless driving, first-offense aggravator DUI, no operator's/moped license, and failure to or improper signal – guilty – 10-day sentence, operator's license suspended for 120 days and $828 fine and costs.

    Todd S. Benson, one headlight and operating on suspended/revoked operator's license – guilty – 30-day sentence, serve 4 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years and $163 fine and costs.

  • Spat over boyfriend turns hot, physical

    What started out as feud between two women involved in a love triangle has come to blows, police say.

    It all began March 31 when Marica L. Payne, 24, of Shelbyville, was charged with arson for setting fire to a car belonging to another woman, in what a report by Shelbyville Police describes as a conflict about a “mutual love interest.”