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  • News briefs: Feb. 1, 2012

    Shelbyville resident admits ethics

    violations with ag department

    Shelbyville resident Danita Fentress-Laird, former director of personnel and budget for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has admitted that she violated the state’s ethics code by using her position for personal gain.

    In an agreement with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Fentress-Laird said that she used her position to create a full-time position for herself as an assistant director of her own division.

  • Telles pleads guilty on sex charges

    A Shelby County man has pleaded guilty on multiple counts of sexually abusing two girls for whom his wife was caring.

    Henry Telles, 25, accepted a plea agreement on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child over 12 years old and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 10 years on the charges to run concurrently.

  • Woman sees childhood home go up in smoke

    No one was injured in a house fire on Woodlawn Road late Sunday night that completely destroyed the residence.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said the resident, Linda Casey, was not at home when the fire broke out at 3094 Woodlawn Road, which connects Hempridge and Hooper Station roads in southeast Shelby County.

     “We got a call at eleven-twenty-three p.m. from the owner’s daughter, who lives next door,” he said.

    Laura Hawkins said her mother was away visiting relatives in another state.

  • Election 2012: Donnell unopposed for 2nd term

    Laura Donnell will be the commonwealth attorney for Judicial District 53 – including Shelby County – for another six years.

    Donnell, a Republican, was the only person to file for that office by the deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    She joins Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller, another Republican, who will be unopposed because no other candidate had taken and passed the test to be circuit court clerk.

  • Fire destroys home on Woodlawn

    No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a home on Woodlawn Road late Sunday evening.

    The home owner, Linda Casey, was not at home at the time the fire broke out.
    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said he would have details later today.

  • I-64 eastbound has lane closed till noon at mile 32

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced this morning that the right lane on I-64 eastbound at mile marker 32 will be closed Monday from 9 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.

    The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.

  • I-64 widening to cover from Exit 28 to 32

    The planned replacement of the dangerous ramp from KY 55 to Interstate 64 is simply the centerpiece of the next phase of the widening of the interstate east of Simpsonville.

    Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) said this week that Gov. Steve Beshear had included ramp replacement – and the next section of the widening project – in this year’s road plan.

  • Beating victim is awake, responsive but can't speak

    An assault victim who miraculously showed signs of beginning to wake up on Christmas Day after nearly two months in a coma has continued to show some slight progress, her family says.

    “She is awake now, that is, she watches us with her eyes and responds to commands, like when we ask her to wiggle her toes,” said Krissi Tipton, the victim’s aunt.

    Doctors at the University of Louisville, where Denisse Escareno had lain in a coma since being viciously beaten Nov. 5, had told the family just before Christmas that they feared she was brain dead.

  • Pipe company gets extension for state tax incentives

    A company new to Shelby County has requested and been granted an extension from state economic development officials to meet criteria for tax incentives it had received.

    Profile Pipe Technologies LLC, located in Louisville, bought a building at 6301 Midland Trail last January and opened a facility there, said Libby Adams, executive director of the Shelby County Industrial Development Foundation.

    “They purchased the old Noble Metals building; that company had filed for bankruptcy and went out of business,” she said.

  • News briefs: Jan. 27, 2012

    Shelby unemployment down

    to 7.1%, sixth best in state

     

    Shelby County’s unemployment rate in December continued to tumble, down to 7.1 percent, the sixth-best rate in the state.

    Unemployment rates fell between December 2010 and December 2011 in 114 counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training.

    Shelby’s rate fell from 7.4 in November and 8.4 in December 2010.