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Cops & Courts

  • 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.

     

    Traffic

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Murderer Bancroft’s sentencing likely to be highly charged

    LAWRENCEBURG – The family of Frances Renee Mobley has waited since last September to tell her murderer exactly what they think of him, and this week they’ll almost certainly get their chance.

    Gary Bancroft will be sentenced to 70 years in prison Thursday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court, but first he will be forced to listen to what will be highly emotional impact statements family members of Mobley, who last September died when Bancroft slashed her throat, stuffed her into a trash bag and hid her in the bathroom of his trailer on Bardstown Road.

  • Court report: June 8, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Donna Dutton:

    Jeffrey T. Hinkle, operating on suspended/revoked operator's license - guilty - 20-day sentence and $143 costs.

    Samuel Ruiz, third-degree criminal possession of forged instrument - guilty - 12-month sentence probated for two years and $144 costs.

  • Longtime bailiff retires

    Shelby County Court Bailiff Joe Tingle retired May 31 after a 20-year career in the Shelby County Court system. Tingle started out as a deputy in 1990, a position he held for five years, before transferring to that of bailiff. In his work in that capacity, he worked under Circuit Judges Harold Saunders, William Stewart and Charles Hickman, as well as Family Court Judge John David Myles. He is a native of Shelby County and went to high school in Simpsonville and at Shelby County High School, where he was a junior the first year that it opened in 1960.

  • Joshua Fast receives 10 years in jail for his role in shooting

    The sentencing Monday of Joshua Fast of Crestwood has closed a sad chapter in the life of a Shelbyville family whose son was shot and killed on Brown Avenue nearly three years ago.

    Shelby County Circuit Judge Chuck Hickman sentenced Fast to 10 years in prison – 5 each for reckless homicide and second-degree burglary – for his participation in the events surrounding the death of David Fletcher of Shelbyville.