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  • At 92, it was time to retire – for the 3rd time

    After 28 years on the job at Blaze Products, Gilbert Ellis said he knew it was time to hang it up and retire earlier this month.

    "I just celebrated my 92nd birthday on Aug. 15, so I figured it was about time to quit," said Ellis.

    Of course, this wasn't the first time Ellis had wrapped up service at a job.

    Ellis worked at Ashland Oil for 30 years and then moved back to Shelbyville with his family. At that point, however, he still had three boys.

    "I needed the income to educate and bring up these boys," he said.

  • Seatons to appeal verdict in amputation case

    The attorney for Phillip Seaton, the Waddy man who lost his lawsuit against the doctor who amputated his penis, said he plans to appeal the jury’s verdict.

    After hearing three days of emotional and sometimes graphic and embarrassing testimony from a variety of witnesses, a Shelby County Circuit Court jury ruled Wednesday that Dr John Patterson, a urologist from Frankfort, had the right to amputate Seaton’s penis without discussing that surgery with him during a circumcision in 2007.

  • Family waits for decision on grandson

    A little boy who was placed in a state psychiatric hospital four months ago remains there as his guardians await a judge’s decision, officials say.

    Robin and Steve Ritter of Pleasureville said they thought they were sending their disabled grandson Dustin Splittgerber, 11, to specialized foster care for a short period of time, but then the state decided he shouldn’t return.

  • Ohio murder suspect arrested in Shelby

    An Ohio man who fled to Kentucky after an altercation that  left his roommate knifed to death has been arrested in Shelbyville.

    Police said Julio Marcos-Ribera, 34, of Columbus, Ohio, was arrested Tuesday at the Governor Square shopping center and charged with murder.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Robert Schutte said officers located Ribera after being contacted by local and federal authorities from Columbus.

    “We got a call from the FBI that they had information that led them to this area,” he said.

  • Shelby woman arrested for stealing from fundraiser

    A Shelby County woman was arrested Friday on charges of stealing money from a school fundraiser.

    Kelly B. Moon, 42, of Simpsonville was arrested Friday by Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement and charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property.

    Moon has been employed as a counselor at Middletown Elementary School since 2005, said Lauren Roberts, spokesperson for the Jefferson County School System.

  • Shelby County families are part of a new network of home-schooling families

    Christy Coleman decided to home school her children when she was still in high school – long before she married her husband, Micah, and became a mom.

    Part of her decision likely stems from her own academic experience: She attended a public elementary school but in middle school was switched to a private school. In high school, she returned to public education.

  • Jury rules for doctor in penis amputation case

    Dr. John Patterson acted appropriately when he amputated Phillip Seaton’s penis during surgery in 2007, a jury in Shelby County Circuit Court has ruled.

    After more than two days of emotional and sometimes embarrassing testimony from a variety witnesses, the jury of six men and six women deliberated little more than hour and ruled unanimously just before 2 p.m.

  • Officers in Henry cleared in shooting of Shelby County native

    NEW CASTLE – Two officers involved in a fatal shooting in March of a Shelbyville  native have been cleared by the Henry County Grand Jury.

    The Grand Jury met last week and issued a “no true bill” regarding the shooting that took place at 361 Sawmill Road.

    The No True Bill clears Kentucky State Police Trooper Manny Soto and Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Dean Murray, who in March shot and killed Lewis Jennings, 24, who was born in Shelbyville but lived in Lockport.

  • News briefs: Aug. 24, 2011

    SCPS lawsuit against

    WAZE continued

    The Shelby County Public Schools lawsuit against WAZE Development that went to Circuit Court on Thursday was continued until Sept. 21.

    In the suit, SCPS claims WAZE has breeched its contract by not extending Discovery Boulevard, which connects U.S. 60 to the entrance to Collins High School, to connect to Midland Industrial Boulevard, which connects to the Shelbyville Bypass.

  • SCPS alters ACT standards

    After some confusion over instate ACT benchmarks, a few students in Shelby County are seeing their class schedules changed during this second week of school.

    Benchmarks used by Shelby County Public Schools and reported in Friday's Sentinel-Newswere changed after publication to mirror the state standards.

    SCPS now charges students to achieve the same instate benchmarks on the ACT, which are 18 in English, 19 in math and 20 in reading.