Cops & Courts

  • Court report: June 15, 2011

  • Dismissal of rape case only temporary

    The case against a man who is in jail on rape and sex abuse charges against children has hit a slight snag, prosecutors say.

    Charges of first-degree rape, three charges of first-degree sodomy and three charges of first-degree sexual abuse against Henry Telles, 25, of Shelbyville, have been dismissed without prejudice.

    But that doesn’t mean he’s off the hook, Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell said.

    Donnell had to drop the charges against Telles so that he could be re-indicted.

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  • Info need to help identify theft suspect

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying someone connected with a recent theft in the county.
    Detectives have submitted two photos, one they are describing as “a person of interest,” and the other photo is of the suspect’s vehicle.

    The theft occurred in the early morning hours of June 8 at the Tower Heights Subdivision, east of Shelbyville, and involved a theft from a vehicle.

    A credit card was stolen and was used that same morning, mostly in the Frankfort area.

  • Crime Stoppers seeks info in theft from home

    Information is being sought about a burglary at a residence last week in which several items were stolen.

    On June 10, between noon and 2 p.m., someone broke into a home on the 1000 block of Summerfield Drive by forcing open the front door, police say.

    The intruder stole camera equipment, jewelry, a laptop computer, a musical instrument, a coin collection and a handgun.

    The thief also took the homeowner’s military medals, awarded for service in Iraq, including a Bronze Star.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports June 15


    James W. Devore III, 18, of 5136 Bell Ave. in Shelbyville was arrested May 19 on Boone Station Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, no license in possession and careless driving.

  • Drug court graduate

    On May 19, Sharon Farris (third from left) graduated from Shelby County Drug Court. She is shown here with C.L. Jordan, recovery coordinator (left), Elizabeth M. Nichols, program supervisor (second from left), Judge Charles R. Hickman, drug court judge (second from right) and Tonya Leathers, case specialist (right).

  • EARLIER: Simpsonville’s new police chief: Familiar name makes history

    Chip Minnis sat in the room where he once spent second grade Wednesday and unwittingly wrote a chapter in history.

    Minnis, a lifelong resident of Simpsonville, was approved by the Simpsonville City Commission as the city’s new police chief, succeeding Scott Chappell.

    But the appointment of Minnis, 50, is a little bit bigger than just a change at the top of the city’s law enforcement: He becomes the first African-American to head a department of any kind in the history of the city.

  • Victim's family to murderer Bancroft: 'Burn in hell'

    LAWRENCEBURG – Moments away from being sentenced to 70 years in prison, Gary Bancroft listened as family members of the woman he murdered had their say.

    Then Bancroft did the unthinkable: He smiled.

    That momentary smirk nearly ignited an already tension-wracked courtroom as deputies and family members had to restrain the slain woman’s father after he rose to his feet and yelled at Bancroft.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports, June 10, 2011

    Alcohol Intoxication

    Ramon Hernandez Becerra, 40, of an unknown address in Shelbyville was arrested May 18 at Main and 8th streets and charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place, first and second offense.



    Jose Ronmeti Galo, 18, of 504 Midland Blvd. in Shelbyville was arrested May 20 at 310 Midland Blvd. and charged with no operator’s license, no insurance and failure to register the transfer of a vehicle.

  • Tractor-trailer overturns in Simpsonville

    No one was injured in an early morning accident in Simpsonville on Thursday, when the back end of a tractor-trailer flipped over on Interstate 64.

    Walter Jones, administrative assistant for the Simpsonville Fire Department, said he did not know the name of the truck driver, and he did not know what caused him to lose control to the point of flipping.