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  • EARLIER: Shelby has new Congressional slot

    Shelby County constituents can start packing their political bags again.

    On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear approved the new congressional map, which under emergency clause became law with his signature, sending Shelby County back to its old home in the 4th District.

    Shelby was in the 4th District in 1996 but moved to the 2nd after redistricting in 2002.

    The proposal passed through Kentucky's Senate and House before being signed by Beshear.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Annexation of Wesley property to be considered

    The Shelbyville City Council finally will close the chapter on one annexation and open the book on another at Thursday's regular meeting at city hall, 315 Washington Street.

    The council will hear the second reading of an ordinance that would annex into the city a 70-plus-acre farm on the southwest corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom's Way and a second tract comprised of a railroad, which borders the property to the south.

  • Public preschool facility would house 150

    The Shelby County Board of Education got its first look at the proposed plan for the new Northside Early Childhood Center during Thursday's meeting at West Middle.

    The school, which will be used for two daily sessions of preschool, each with a capacity of 150 students, will sit on the lot of the old Northside Elementary School on College Street, between 8th and 9th streets.

  • Shelby County School Board: 3 new teachers to be required

    Shelby County Public Schools continued with its preparations for the 2012-13 school year with the district's school allocations presentation to the school board during its meeting Thursday.

    Revised growth projections show the district now growing by 98 students – down 22 students from the previous projections – and the district projects a need of 3.8 more teachers in the coming year to help handle the increased growth. The increase is nearly identical to the 3.7 teacher positions recommended last year.

  • Ethington Auto owners back in court Thursday

    The owners of Ethington Auto, under indictment on 169 counts for failure to process paperwork properly on the sale of autos, will have another day in court Thursday while also continuing to wait to see if their license for the dealership will be renewed.

  • Man arraigned on charges he sexually abused child

    Cruz Dejesus Pena-Villanueva, 26, was arraigned Friday in Shelby County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years, old.

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman also appointed public defender Ashley Bailey to represent Pena-Villanueva.

    The child that Pena-Villanueva is charged with molesting is the same child that Henry Telles is accused of abusing, a crime for which Telles accepted a 10-year prison sentence.

    Pena-Villanueva and Telles are both in the country illegally.

  • Loving arraigned on new charges

    Nearly two months after he was to have been sentenced to a 10-year prison term, a Shelbyville man has been arraigned on new charges.

    Jesse Loving, 21, of 7609 Hempridge Road pleaded not guilty Friday in Shelby Circuit Court to tampering with a prisoner-monitoring device.

    Loving was arrested Jan. 31 after being on the lam for more than a month after cutting off his ankle bracelet while on home incarceration and fleeing.

    His girlfriend, Candace Burton, 22, also was arrested and charged with hiding Loving, who police found inside her kitchen cabinet.

  • Correctional officer gets new court date

    James Johnson, a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institutional for Women in Pewee Valley, who was charged with sexual abuse of inmates last summer,  received a new court date when he appeared in Shelby Circuit Court on Friday.

    Johnson, 52, of Frankfort, was arrested  in July 2011 and charged with 21 counts of second-degree sexual abuse as it applies to a Department of Corrections employee subjecting an incarcerated person over age 18 to sexual contact.

  • News briefs: Feb. 15, 2012

    Governor introduces bill

    to add gaming, casinos

    Gov. Steve Beshear’s expanded gaming bill introduced Tuesday would authorize a statewide vote to amend the state’s constitution to allow expanded gaming in up to seven locations in Kentucky.
    The bill would allow Kentucky voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would authorize up to five casinos at racetracks and two at stand-alone locations at least 60 miles from the nearest racetrack.

  • 3 shots created Williams' 6 wounds

    Two medical reports on the shooting death of Trey F. Williams included confusing information about the number of times Shelbyville Police Officer Suzanna Marcum fired her weapon.

    The reports, written by state medical examiner Dr. Amy Burrows-Beckham based on her examination of Williams’ body at the Urban County Government Center on Nov. 20, cites six gunshot wounds.

    But Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers, who attended the autopsy, said that Williams was shot only three times, but some of those shots created separate wounds.