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Cops & Courts

  • Family of 7 left with ‘clothes on their backs’

    Seven members of a family in Simpsonville were left homeless after a fire destroyed their home early Friday morning.

    Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said the resident’s name is Danyel Keating. Seven people – two adults and five children – were home and escaped uninjured. Their frame home was left in rubble.

    Sowder said the call came in at 1 a.m. of a structure fire at 2233 Antioch Road.

    He said the Red Cross is helping the family, who lost everything they owned.

  • No further jail time for Rodriquez

    A man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing his adoptive sister won’t be spending any more time behind bars for the offense.

    At a sentencing for Jose A. Rodriguez on Feb. 17 on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman sentenced Rodriquez to 5 years in prison, with the sentenced to be probated for 5 years.

    Rodriquez could have received from 5 to 10 years in prison for the offense, a Class C felony, but his sentence length had been recommended by prosecutors.

  • Standoff ends in Shelby man’s death

    In the cold, dark pre-dawn hours Wednesday in a south Shelbyville neighborhood, the sound of gunshots split the night when a man barricaded in his home for hours finally opened fire at police.

    Del Aukerman was killed after the 7-hour standoff with police at his home at 139 Gray Hill Court that began when officers tried to serve him with a warrant on misdemeanor charges.

    When police approached the house to gain entrance shortly before 2 a.m., Aukerman opened fire, and police fired back, killing Aukerman in his home.

  • Man arrested for trying to kill neighbors

    A Shelbyville man is facing charges of attempted murder and arson after police said he tried to set his neighbor’s apartment on fire – an incident that was the second altercation he had with neighbors that day.

    Shelby County Sheriff Mike Armstrong said that Robert Corey Broughton, 28, had been arrested earlier Friday on charges of third-degree burglary, terroristic threatening and menacing and had gotten out of jail and went back after his neighbors again that night.

  • Bagdad home destroyed by fire Wednesday

    Linda and Darrell Aldridge stood back against their garage and watched as firefighters from five different fire departments fought a blaze that engulfed their Bagdad home Wednesday afternoon.

    As their belongings and longtime catering business went up in flames, the couple did not have to face the tragedy alone. Family and friends had rushed to the scene as soon as they heard about the fire, including their son, Tony Aldridge, a captain at the Shelby County Detention Center, surrounded them.

  • Missing Fisherville teen found safe

    TAYLORSVILLE – A 15-year-old Fisherville teen who had been missing for more than two weeks has been found and is safe, his father confirmed Sunday evening.

    Trey Rickner, 15, returned this weekend to the Louisville location from which he had disappeared on Dec. 7.

    Trey's parents, Steve and Gina Rickner, contacted The Spencer Magnet last Wednesday to ask for help in spreading information about their missing son.

  • Troopers with Shelby ties promoted

    Four Kentucky State Police troopers with Shelbyville ties were promoted Dec. 9.

    Mack Rayburn, a resident of Frankfort, a 19-year veteran of the agency, assigned to the KSP Training Academy in Frankfort, was promoted from trooper first class to sergeant. He is the son of the late Clyde M. Rayburn and Wanda Rayburn of Shelbyville.

  • 3 Shelby officers earn DUI honors

    Officers from Shelby County’s three police agencies were recognized earlier this month at a ceremony in Louisville with the 2013 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award.

    Shelbyville Police officer Brian Beeler made 21 DUI arrests, Shelby County Sheriff’s Officer Riley Kennedy made 19 arrests, and Simpsonville Police Officer Tim Hurt made 9 arrests.

    Those arrests were made from October 2012 to September 2013.

  • One injured in Taylorsville Road crash

    A woman as yet unidentified was taken to Jewish Hospital Shelbyville on Monday afternoon with non-life-threatening injuries after her car overturned on Taylorsville Road.

    Four people traveling in two separate cars behind her stopped to help when the crash occurred, Kentucky State Police Trooper Mitch Harris said.

    He said the woman was traveling north when her Ford Explorer left she roadway. She overcorrected, causing it to strike a tree and flipping the SUV, with it coming to rest upside down in the front yard of a home in the 3000 block of Taylorsville Road.

  • Arrest made in theft of 21 guns, jewelry

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday arrested Amanda McGuire in connection the theft of 21 guns and some jewelry valued at $30,000, and she was released a few hours later on her own recognizance without bond.

    Sheriff’s Det. Eric Hettinger, the arresting officer, said that once his office located and questioned McGuire, she “gave admission of the crime.”

    The Class B felony charge of first-degree burglary carries a possible sentence of between 10 and 20 years.