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  • EARLIER: Man sought in robbery at Simpsonville bank

    Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a  man who got away Thursday with an undetermined amount of cash in the county’s latest bank robbery.

    At approximately 3 p.m. a man entered Commonwealth Bank in Simpsonville and demanded money from two tellers, Shelby County Sheriff’s Detective Eric Hettinger said.

    The suspect fled on foot towards Meadow Ridge Apartments, just south of the bank, where he is believed to have gotten into a red pickup truck driven by a second man.

  • Simpsonville sewer project may be started by Oct. 1

    Simpsonville city officials on Wednesday signed a formal contract with Salmon Construction to complete its Cardinal Club Force Main Extension Project.

    The bid by Salmon of $153,470.50, approved by the Simpsonville City Commission at its meeting on Sept. 6, covers construction of a force main line from the pump station at Cardinal Club to the main pump station near the Purnell’s factory.

  • Woman escapes injury in flipped car

    Amber Delong, of Frankfort, was not injured when she flipped her car on the interstate Wednesday morning.

    The accident happened on I-64 westbound at the 39th mile marker at about 10 a.m. in a heavy rainstorm.

    Kentucky State Police Trooper Frank Flowers said no other vehicles were involved in the accident, which left Delong’s car upside down on the left-hand side of the roadway.

    Flowers said the weather could have been a contributing factor in the rain.

  • Historic home’s fate in question

    Shelbyville Historic District Coordinator Gail Reed stopped by Thursday's city council meeting to inform the council about the grants the historic district passed out this year, but she used the opportunity to ask for any help the city could provide on another project.

    Reed noted that eight applicants received façade grants this year, for a total of $18,500 in the 50/50 matching grants with home and business owners in the historic district.

  • Shelbyville City Council: City may donate bikes for charity

    The Shelbyville department of public works and the city’s police department declared several items as surplus during Thursday’s meeting of the Shelbyville City Council, and a new idea emerged for how to dispose of some of it.

    The council approved the items for sale, including several pieces of property forfeited by the court system to the police department after criminal investigation.

    Of those forfeited items are about 60 bicycles recovered within in the city of Shelbyville for which the police department was unable to locate owners.

  • News briefs: Sept. 21, 2011

    SCPS lawsuit

    extended again

    The Shelby County Public Schools lawsuit against WAZE Development has been extended again, this time until Oct. 19.

    In an E-mail to staff attorney Kimberly Grasburger with the 53rd Judicial Circuit Court, WAZE attorney Mark Dean asked that the hearing be remanded and noted that Grant Chenoweth, attorney for SCPS, agreed. Chenoweth, who was scheduled to be in court on Wednesday, would make the official request.

  • Off-duty paramedic saves man

    Just as EMT Ittin Russell was about to get an official commendation from Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger at Tuesday’s meeting of Shelby County Fiscal Court, he got a call and had to rush away to do what he does best – save lives.

    Russell was there to be recognized at the request of Sheriff Mike Armstrong, who had been on the scene Monday afternoon when Russell saved a man’s life at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant on Mount Eden Road.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County says Who Da Thot It Bridge to remained closed

    The Shelby County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to keep the Who Da Thot It Bridge closed.

    City and county crews erected barricades to close the bridge temporarily after it was declared unsafe by state bridge inspectors, and a public hearing was held last week, as required by KRS, before closing the bridge.

    Magistrates did not discuss the issue Tuesday, only to agree that if funding did become available in the future, the bridge could possibly be restored to function as a pedestrian walkway and bicycle path, a desire that was expressed by many at the public hearing.

  • Sleep-over fundraiser is big success

    A sea of huge cardboard boxes, most with blankets and pillows hanging out of them, covering the parking lot of the public library Friday night, testified to the success of a charity event to benefit the homeless.

    The fundraiser for the Open Door of Hope, a men’s shelter located on 8th Street, run by Lee Bean, former minister of Dover Baptist Church, raised more than $10,000 for the shelter, Bean said.

    “We did really well; better than I could have hoped for,” he said on Monday when the total pledges were tallied.

  • A Killer Goes Free Part 1: She was a model inmate, a ‘compliant client’

    Sentencing in homicide-related cases typically takes from two to three years, and many offenders are usually in custody most of that time.

    Tonya Nicole Brown gave birth and disposed of her child in April 2008, was charged with murder within a week, and sentencing did not take place until July 8, 2010.