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  • Shelby County won’t use state money for its roads

    Shelby County officials have agreed not to dip into state money allocated for secondary roads and use it for county roads.

    At their meeting Tuesday night Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates agreed to keep the funding supplied by the state’s 2012-13 rural secondary road fund in the county for that purpose instead of spending it on county-maintained roads.

  • Second sex abuse arrest involves same child

    A second person has been charged with a sex crime against a Shelbyville child.

    Cruz Dejesus Pena-Villanueva, 26, has been indicted for first-degree sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old.

    That incident happened in 2009 in Shelby County, the indictment said.

    Earlier, Henry Telles, 25, was  charged with multiple sex-related charges regarding the same child. Telles was arrested last May at a residence on Spruce Drive in Shelbyville, where he temporarily was staying, the same residence the indictment lists as Pena-Villanueva’s address.

  • SENTINEL-NEWS SPECIAL REPORT: The day Trey Williams died

    Three shots rang out in the back bedroom of a neat home on Clifton Court last Nov. 19, the day Shelbyville Police Officer Suzanna Marcum killed teenager Trey F. Williams during a violent struggle at his grandmother’s house.

    Kentucky State Police detectives required about six weeks to complete their investigation, and a Shelby County Grand Jury used slightly more than four hours to determine that Marcum had acted with justifiable cause to use deadly force in subduing Williams, 18.

  • Valentine’s event where you can howl

    For a bit of a unique Valentine’s celebration, you can head over to Claudia Sanders Dinner House on Saturday night for a buffet dinner, dancing and silent auction – all to help a lot of animals.

    The Monarchs, Mutts & Meows Valentine’s Dinner Dance is in its second year as a joint fundraiser to benefit five of Shelby County’s animal advocacy groups: Shelby County No-Kill Mission, Shelby County Humane Society, Tyson’s Chance Animal Foundation, Woodstock Animal Foundation and Operation CatSnip of Kentucky, Inc.

  • Simpsonville's ‘official’ problem draws ordinance change

    The Simpsonville City Commission passed a resolution to deal with an “official” issue at its meeting Tuesday night.

    But this time the issue concerned officials for games in the city’s recreational basketball leagues: There’s a shortage of qualified and available whistle-blowers.

  • Sheriff’s office asks for help in locating car-theft suspect

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is appealing to the public for help with locating a person of interest in connection with a car theft at a truck stop in Waddy.

    The incident happened Jan. 22 at about 6 a.m. when a vehicle was stolen from the Flying J Truck Stop on KY 395. The vehicle was recovered a few days later in the Hickory Ridge Road area.

    A male subject was photographed by the truck stop’s security cameras. He is wanted for questioning in reference to the theft.

  • Sheriff’s office asks for help in locating car-theft suspect

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office is appealing to the public for help with locating a person of interest in connection with a car theft at a truck stop in Waddy.

    The incident happened Jan. 22 at about 6 a.m. when a vehicle was stolen from the Flying J Truck Stop on KY 395. The vehicle was recovered a few days later in the Hickory Ridge Road area.

    A male subject was photographed by the truck stop’s security cameras. He is wanted for questioning in reference to the theft.

  • Man charged with 3-day crime spree

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested after a 3-day crime spree charged with a string of offenses, ranging from sex abuse, burglary and vandalism to theft.

    Kenneth R. Downey, 20, of 1016 Amanda Drive was arrested Saturday and charged with theft by unlawful taking for allegedly shoplifting $6.24 worth of stolen merchandise from Thorntons, an offense that occurred on that day.

    After his arrest, Shelbyville Police have charged Downey with first-degree sex abuse of a 14-year-old girl, who police said is acquainted with Downey.

  • News briefs: Feb. 8, 2012

    Health and Family Services chief

    resigns after recent criticism

  • Bagdad man arrested on child sex charges in Scott Co.

    GEORGETOWN – A 66-year-old Bagdad man has been charged with sexually abusing two students at Scott County's Royal Spring Middle School where he worked as a substitute teacher.

    Edwin Casper was arrested by Kentucky State Police at his home on Saturday, one day after Scott County Schools officials notified Georgetown police of allegations that a substitute teacher had inappropriately touched two students.

    Casper was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He was released from the Shelby County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.