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  • Shelbyville City Council: Raises for firefighters, police get 1st approvals

    The Shelbyville City Council quickly wrapped up a short agenda during its regular meeting Thursday at city hall, approving unanimously the first reading of ordinances that will raise the pays scales by 1.5 percent for city police and firefighters.

    Earlier this year the city approved a cost-of-living increase for all other city employees.

    Mayor Tom Hardesty also informed the council that the city was close to finding a new city attorney.

    Frank Chuppe, who has been the city attorney for 15 years, is retiring at the end of the year.

  • Fast asks for shock probation

    Joshua Fast of Crestwood, sentenced in June to second-degree burglary and reckless homicide, has asked to be considered for shock probation.

    Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman sentenced Fast in June to 10 years in prison, 5 years for the homicide charge and 5 years for the burglary, for his participation in the events surrounding the shooting death of David Fletcher of Shelbyville in October 2008.

  • Woman sentenced in murder-for-hire gets shock probation

    A woman who tried to set up her former fiancé’s murder has been released from jail on shock probation after serving about six months of a 10-year sentence.

    Tracy Sandoval, 23, of Frankfort was sentenced in July after she pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation to commit murder.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland opposed the motion for shock probation filed by Sandoval’s attorney, Max Comley.

    “Had her wishes been carried out...Antonio Cruz would be dead right now,” Cleveland said.

  • EARLIER: Shelby police officers not held to fitness standards

    On a tragic afternoon at a house in Shelbyville last month, two Shelbyville Police Officers grappled with a teenager who they say was hitting them with a variety of items.

    Both officers were struck, one severely, before, police said, a female officer drew her gun and shot and killed 18-year-old Trey F. Williams.

    Among the many questions that emerged from that confrontation, in which two officers apparently failed to subdue one younger and larger individual, is this: How physically fit are the men and women trained to protect and serve the citizens?

  • Shelby County passes 6 feet of rain, but it's not the record

    A soggy spring has led to a down right damp fall as Kentucky is setting records from east to west for rainfall this year.

    And although Louisville and Frankfort have new yearly highs, Shelbyville isn't quite there yet.

    The National Weather Service doesn't keep statistics for Shelbyville, but according to a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteer located just outside the city, there has been about 67.38 inches.

  • I-64 east of Shelbyville to be closed tonight

    The Department of Highways announced the temporary closure of the left lane on westbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County between mile points 41 and 42.  The lane closure is scheduled for tonight 6:30 until midnight and will allow for shoulder repairs.

  • 3rd Street in Shelbyville is open to traffic

    Monday was the last day that drivers will be inconvenienced by the closure of 3rd Street and Old Mount Eden Road because of construction there.

    The road was closed for several hours the past two Mondays to allow Norfolk Southern Railroad to replace its railroad bridge located near the intersection of 3rd Street and Bradshaw/Goodman avenues.

    The project finished on schedule, which is what Shelbyville City Engineer and Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell  said she expected.

  • City of Shelbyville: 3 Hi Point homeowners could face foreclosure

    The City of Shelbyville on Friday will file foreclosure suits against three homeowners in the Hi Point development who are several years delinquent in their bond payments toward the Clear Creek Conservancy Trust.

    At the city council’s meeting Nov. 17, many of the 53 homeowners from the subdivision's first phase – which is the only phase affected by the trust – attended to ask for the city’s assistance in helping procure the back debt from four property owners.

  • Shelby County Public Schools: Shelby’s ‘worst’ facilities good on state’s standards

    The Kentucky Department of Education this week released its first school facility assessment scores, and the Shelby County schools included in the survey held up well.

    The report, required by 2010's Senate Bill 132, focused on the condition and educational suitability of 484 schools in the state that were ranked lowest in the state’s last such study.

    Five schools from Shelby County fall within that range, and none was ranked in the bottom 100.

  • Beating victim was stabbed by screw driver

    While friends of Denisse Escareno pray for a holiday miracle to awaken her from a 4-week coma, new details emerged Thursday about the violent beating she endured before being left beside Mount Eden Road on Nov. 5.

    Escareno, 24, has been kept alive by machines at the University of Louisville Medical Center since she was found brutally beaten, about 2 miles south of Interstate 64.