Cops & Courts

  • Court report: May 15, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge J.R. RoBards:

    Wendi M. Branstetter, speeding 18 mph over limit and first-offense failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – guilty – insurance monitoring for 12 months and $643 fine and costs, $400 conditionally discharged.

  • No injuries in Purnell fire

    There were no injuries at a fire that broke out at Purnell’s Old Folk’s sausage plant in Simpsonville on Saturday, and the plant was not damaged severely, officials said.

    Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said the fire started just after 6 p.m. at the plant in the 6900 block of Shelbyville Road.

    Sowder said the fire, which was electrical in nature, happened in the freezer room and that it was contained by the sprinkler system.

    Shelby County Fire Department responded to provide mutual aid, he said.

  • Shelby County Sheriff Reports May 8, 2015


    Crystal G. Bussey, 38, of 705 Lakeside Drive was arrested Feb. 27 on Shelbyville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, careless driving, possession of marijuana, and tampering with physical evidence, no brake lights and failure to maintain required insurance, first offense.

    Joseph Travis Jager, 40, of 726 Bass Lane was arrested Feb. 26 on Taylorsville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense.

  • Collins students file suit against school system

    A lawsuit was filed April 21 in Shelby Circuit Court in connection with the departure of three Collins High School students from the school’s football team last fall.

    The suit was filed by Browning Becherer, former quarterback, and Edmund Becherer, father of Browning, Bennett and Jay Becherer, the latter two who were defensive backs for the Titans, and names as defendants Head Coach Jerry Lucas, the Shelby County Board of Education and Collins Principal John Leeper.

  • Six injured in 2 I-64 accidents early Wednesday morning

    A total of six people were injured in two separate accidents on I-64 in Simpsonville shortly after midnight Wednesday morning.

    In the first accident, which occurred at 12:30 a.m., four people were injured, though not seriously, said Shelby County EMS Director Jeff Ivers.

  • Court report: May 4, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Ivar Rios, third-degree criminal trespassing, second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal possession of forged instrument – guilty – 12-month sentence conditionally discharged for two years plus fines and costs.

  • Apartment complex evacuated after hazmat episode

    What started out as a simple clogged drain led to an evacuation that displaced all 36 residents of a downtown apartment complex until about midnight Tuesday, officials said.

    “We had an incident at the Moesser House last night that involved the evacuation of all the occupants for about three and a half to four hours,” said Shelbyville Fire Chief Kevin Baker.

    He said that a worker at the complex, located at 400 Main Street, across the street from the Shelbyville Post Office, had tried to unstop the drain using chemicals that reacted badly together.

  • Family loses home in fire


  • Court report: April 20, 2015

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Aclister Mock, alcohol intoxication in a public place and second-degree disorderly conduct – guilty – 10-day sentence and $193 fine and costs.

  • No inuries in Spencer County bus crash

    No one was injured when a school bus from Spencer County ran off the road Monday afternoon on Mount Eden Road and ran through a plank fence.

    The accident happened shortly before noon as Bus No. 2022 ran off the roadway at the intersection of Charleston Way and Mount Eden Road, about three miles south of Weissinger Golf Course.

    The bus driver, Shannon McCauley, said a tractor-trailer forced her off the road, as she was returning to Spencer County with 11 high school students that she had just picked up from the Shelby County Area Technology Center.