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  • Ag report: July 29, 2011

    Courtney participates

    in ag leadership program

    J. Shane Courtney of Bagdad, a full-time farmer from Bagdad and the owner of Lawns of Perfection, LLC., participated in the Kentucky Agricultural Leadership Program, an 18-month program administered by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.

  • EARLIER: Shelby sends dozens monthly for deportation

    Henry Telles sits in the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with multiple counts of rape and child molestation. His bond is $30,000.

    But Telles isn’t going to be released on bond, and even if he is cleared of those crimes, he won’t be returning to live in Shelby County.

    His future destinations could include prison or deportation or both.

    Headlined by cases such as Telles’,  immigration and deportation have become heavily debated issues in America – Shelby County included.

  • News briefs: July 27, 2011

    Jubilee on Saturday will close Main Street

    The Shelbyville Horse Show Jubilee this weekend, which will include a car cruise and concert downtown, will require Main Street to be closed for several hours on Saturday.

    Look for rerouted traffic between 3rd and 7th streets during the hours of 5-10 p.m.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said the traffic would be handled just as it has been for past jubilee events.

    Other road projects and closings:

  • EARLIER: USPS doesn’t stamp or cancel Mount Eden

    The announcement made by the United States Postal Service on Tuesday morning put nearly 3,700 more outlets in danger of closing, but it didn't clear things up at all for the branch in Mount Eden.

    That office, located at 232 Van Buren Road, was not identified by the USPS in the first list of closings earlier this year, and it again was not included on Tuesday's list of 131 facilities in Kentucky that will be studied to determine customer needs.

  • Shelby resident Dennen retires from historical post

    After years of working for the Kentucky Heritage Council as its executive director and as state historic preservation Officer, longtime Shelby County resident Mark Dennen is putting the state in his history.

    Dennen’s retirement will go into effect on Aug. 1, and now he said it is time to move on to somewhere else.

    “I’m actually in South Carolina where I am establishing a new residence on the coast in the low country having sold our farm on Eminence Pike in Shelbyville,” he said.

    Dennen lived on that farm for 27 years.

  • Grants available for historic façade fix

    For the second year in a row, the City of Shelbyville and the Shelbyville Historic District Commission are offering grants to owners of historic properties who wish to beautify those structures.

    But they need to submit their applications in by Friday.

  • Fugitive of the Week

    Shelby County/Shelbyville Crime Stoppers has announced its Fugitive of the Week as Carl E. Ernspiker II.

    He is wanted on several charges, including burglary, theft, receiving stolen property, complicity to auto theft, DUI, driving on a suspended license, resisting arrest and failure to appear in court.

    He is described as a 27-year-old, white male, with brown hair and eyes. He is 6 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds.

    He also has several outstanding warrants in Shelby and Oldham County.

  • Prison officer charged with sexual abuse of inmates

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Peewee Valley on sexual abuse charges.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Kevin Calhoon said James B. Johnson, 52, of Frankfort was arrested Friday after being questioned in Frankfort.

    Calhoon said that the investigation by KSP Post 12 detectives revealed that Johnson, a sergeant who has worked at the prison for nine years, was supplying controlled substances to female inmates and sexually abusing them.

  • Shelby County Sheriff's Reports July 27, 2011

    DUI

    Richard L. Contreras, 48, of 109 Nora Ave. was arrested April 19 on Taylorsville Road and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs under aggravating circumstances, third offense resisting arrest, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a vehicle, and driving on a DUI suspended license under aggravating circumstance, first offense.

  • Home destroyed at racing stables

    Firefighters are not sure what caused a 3-alarm blaze at 2951 Todds Point Road early Monday morning that demolished a residence, Simpsonville Fire Chief Ronnie Sowder said.

    The property, located just north of Simpsonville, is listed on the Shelby County PVA's Web site as belonging to Robert and Carrie Landry and is home to Andover Racing Stables, which, according to a company profile, was established in 1988.

    The fire broke out at approximately 3:30 a.m., and Sowder said no one was home. There were no injuries.