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  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports June 15

    DUI

    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.

  • News Briefs: June 10, 2011

    Repairs to KY 395

    to begin on Monday

    The long-awaited repairs to KY 395 near Waddy are about to begin.

    The state department of highways said the work, near the entrance to the Flying J Truck Stop on the north side of Interstate 64, would begin Monday and continue until Nov. 15.

    The adjustments call for improving the vertical and horizontal curve north of the Flying J, and a left-turn lane will also be constructed for motorists traveling south on KY 395 and entering the truck stop.

  • 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.

  • EARLIER: Admission at the fair: Sometimes it will be free

    Stung by a litany of complaints, concerns and poor attendance in 2010, members of the Shelby County Fair Board have responded with some dramatic changes for this year’s event, which opens Thursday.

    Ray Tucker, vice president of Shelby County A&M, the organization that owns the fairgrounds and puts on the fair, said there were a lot of complaints about last year’s event because of high admission prices and high ride prices, but things are changing.

  • Workshop will focus on neighborhood crime

    On Monday, a workshop aimed at cutting down on neighborhood crime and improving the quality of life in residential areas will take place at the Shelby County Extension Office.
    Elizabeth Pulliam, director of Shelby Prevention, said the workshop is the third one to be conducted by her non-profit organization.

    “This is our third networking summit; our other two were directed toward other non-profits and service providers,” she said. “But this one, we really want to use to get information out to community members.”

  • Shelby Prevention focusing on crime

    On Monday, a workshop aimed at cutting down on neighborhood crime and improving the quality of life in residential areas will take place at the Shelby County Extension Office.
    Elizabeth Pulliam, director of Shelby Prevention, said the workshop is the third one to be conducted by her non-profit organization.
    “This is our third networking summit; our other two were directed toward other non-profits and service providers,” she said. “But this one, we really want to use to get information out to community members.”

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court Magistrates say no to EMS cuts

    When it came time Tuesday night to approve a first reading of the county budget for next year, Shelby County magistrates didn’t care for the cuts in EMS that Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger had proposed in May.

    To offset a projected drop of $300,000 in EMS revenue, Rothenburger called for temporarily shutting down EMS stations in Simpsonville and Peytona, leaving the EMS headquarters to answer all calls. He did not include any layoffs.

  • Asbestos found in Fire Station 1

    The discovery of asbestos in the building has forced the Shelbyville Fire Department’s main fire station at 11th and Main streets to close for several days.

    The shutdown began Wednesday and could continue at least through the weekend.

    “We’ve had some major plumbing issues, and when the plumber came in to do the work, he found asbestos, and we had to shut down to remove that,” Assistant Fire Chief Chris Spaulding said.