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Cops & Courts

  • Minnis now chief in Simpsonville

    With several members of his family and a former boss lining the front row of the Simpsonville City Hall commission room Friday morning, Albert “Chip” Minnis Jr. was sworn in as the city’s new police chief.

    Minnis, 50, a lifelong resident of Simpsonville, was approved June 15 by the Simpsonville City Commission as the new police chief, succeeding Scott Chappell, who asked to step down.

    Minnis becomes the first African-American to head a department of any kind in the history of the city.

  • 2010 Crime Report Part 2: More traffic citations = more DUI arrests

    A highway construction project may have turned into a dead end for hundreds of drivers who passed through Shelby County in 2010.

    Statistics compiled by the police agencies that serve the county show that drunken driving arrests rose precipitously – about 20 percent – from 2009.

    And these same agencies report another alarming trend: Despite an overall decline in drug cases, the county appeared to be moving ahead of the state in the number of  prescription drug cases it was handling.

  • Sheriff's reports leftover from 07-01-11

    Drugs

     

    Michael C. Reid, 26, of 504 Frankfort Road in Shelbyville was arrested March 30 on Midland Trail and charged with forgery of a prescription, first offense and possession of a forged prescription, first offense. He was also charged with a Jefferson County warrant for failure to maintain insurance, first offense.

     

    Theft

     

    Donna McGee, 51, of 110 Maplewood Drive in Simpsonville was arrested April 4 on Taylorsville Road and charged with shoplifting.

  • Police Reports 07-01-2011

    Traffic

     

    Lorenzo Lopez, 38, of unknown address was arrested June 27 on Midland Trail and charged with no operator’s license and failure to maintain required insurance, first offense.

    Charles A. Evans, 23, of 122 Goodman Ave. in Shelbyville was arrested June 26 on Kentucky Street and charged with operating on a suspended operator’s license, no insurance and expired registration.

  • Court report July 1, 2011

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Linda Armstrong:

    Jose Ronmer Galo, no operator's/moped license and failure to register transfer of motor vehicle – pleaded guilty – 90-day sentence, serve 10 days, balance probated for two years and $493 fine and costs.

    Bruce A. Gambrell, second-offense DUI – pleaded guilty – 14 days home incarceration program, operator's license suspended for 12 months and $878 fine and costs.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County sheriff investigating dog-shooting incident

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s office has launched a formal investigation into the actions of a deputy who shot and killed a family pet while he was responding to a burglar alarm.

    The Sentinel-Newsalso has learned from several sources familiar with the shooting that the deputy in question is Brian Miller and that Miller remains on active duty during the investigation, which so far has included at least two new interviews with witnesses.

  • Crime Stoppers seeks info on burglary

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a residential burglary that happened last Thursday in the south central portion of Shelbyville.

    A home on the 70 block of Jonathan Circle, a street off Mack Walters, was burglarized that day.

    The resident left at about 10 a.m. and, upon returning at 12:30 p.m., discovered that someone had broken in and stolen some items.

    Entry appeared to have been made through the back door, which was locked when the resident left home and was ajar upon at the return. There was no indication of force found on the door.

  • Grand Jury Indictments June 29

    Henry Telles of 76 Spruce Drive was indicted for first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. (Telles previously had been indicted on these charges but had to be re-indicted because of a technicality).

  • Irotas owners plead not guilty

    Two Finchville residents have pleaded not guilty to stealing nearly a half-million dollars in employee benefits from a company they owned in Shelbyville.

    William Kiser, 73, and Mary Sue Kiser, 70, owners of the now-closed Irotas Manufacturing Company in Shelbyville, were indicted June 9 on federal embezzlement charges.

    The plant was in operation from 1977 to 2009.

    The indictment charges that the Kisers embezzled $487,138 from their employees’ profit-sharing plan during a 6-month period, from March through August in 2008.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports June 29

    DUI

     

    Kimberly Reid, 46, of 295 Old Glass Farm Road in Frankfort was arrested April 1 on Washington Street and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense, third-degree criminal mischief and operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license. She was also served with a Franklin County bench warrant for failure to appear in court.