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  • Brothers save man having heart attack

    Two Shelby County families, neighbors who had been total strangers before this Fourth of July weekend, are now bonded for life after they were thrown together by fate in an emotional, life-and-death experience.

    That’s what happened when four brothers just having a small holiday get-together at their parents’ house ended up saving the life of a man they never had met.

  • Information sought on car break-ins

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information about a couple of car break-ins in northern Shelby County last week.

    On Thursday, items were from stolen from two parked vehicles, one of which was unlocked, on streets off Smithfield Road in the early morning hours between 2:30 and 3:29 a.m.

    One car was located on the 2700 block of Brassfield Boulevard and the other was on the 28 block of Brassfield Circle.

    Items stolen included a laptop computer, a Garmin GPS, a Blackberry phone, camera equipment and a credit card.

  • Minnis now chief in Simpsonville

    With several members of his family and a former boss lining the front row of the Simpsonville City Hall commission room Friday morning, Albert “Chip” Minnis Jr. was sworn in as the city’s new police chief.

    Minnis, 50, a lifelong resident of Simpsonville, was approved June 15 by the Simpsonville City Commission as the new police chief, succeeding Scott Chappell, who asked to step down.

    Minnis becomes the first African-American to head a department of any kind in the history of the city.

  • United Way distributions down nearly 6 percent

    Nearly a quarter of a million dollars will be coming into 11 Shelby County organizations from Metro United Way funding this year, which is nearly 6 percent less than last year, officials say.

    The biggest chunk of the $248,695 allocated for Shelby County will be going to the Dorman Preschool Center, which will be receiving $57,809.

    Some, such as the Shelby Center for Disability Services, will be getting multiple contributions, including $37,875 for its sheltered employment program and $5,315 for community habilitation.

  • News briefs: July 1, 2011

    Smithfield Road to be
    closed for 3 days

    The continuing repairs to railroad crossings in Shelby County by RJ Corman Corp. will include Smithfield Road (KY 53) in Shelbyville.
    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office announced that repairs to the crossing between Seminole and Cherokee drives would require the road to be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Friday.
    Motorists are advised to follow detour signs via U.S. 60 and KY 55 (Freedom’s Way).

  • News briefs: July 1, 2011

    Smithfield Road to be
    closed for 3 days

    The continuing repairs to railroad crossings in Shelby County by RJ Corman Corp. will include Smithfield Road (KY 53) in Shelbyville.
    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 5 Office announced that repairs to the crossing between Seminole and Cherokee drives would require the road to be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. Tuesday until 6 a.m. Friday.
    Motorists are advised to follow detour signs via U.S. 60 and KY 55 (Freedom’s Way).

  • The fireworks will blast off Monday

    4th of July

    fireworks

    When:5:30 p.m., Monday

    Where:Lake Shelby at Clear Creek Park, Shelbyville

    Other stuff:Bouncies, music by Leo & Moonlighters, food

    Admission:$3 per person

    Questions:Call 502-633-5059 before 5 p.m. Monday

    It’s back to the 4th of July this year for the Independence Day celebration in Shelby County.

  • 2010 Crime Report Part 2: More traffic citations = more DUI arrests

    A highway construction project may have turned into a dead end for hundreds of drivers who passed through Shelby County in 2010.

    Statistics compiled by the police agencies that serve the county show that drunken driving arrests rose precipitously – about 20 percent – from 2009.

    And these same agencies report another alarming trend: Despite an overall decline in drug cases, the county appeared to be moving ahead of the state in the number of  prescription drug cases it was handling.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County sheriff investigating dog-shooting incident

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s office has launched a formal investigation into the actions of a deputy who shot and killed a family pet while he was responding to a burglar alarm.

    The Sentinel-Newsalso has learned from several sources familiar with the shooting that the deputy in question is Brian Miller and that Miller remains on active duty during the investigation, which so far has included at least two new interviews with witnesses.

  • Fair attendance up despite foul weather

    Although they do not have official results from ticket sales, Shelby County Fair officials say they are pleased with how this year’s fair went over, despite the havoc that the weather played with the event.

    Jeff Hagerman, the fair board’s secretary and treasurer, said that even though official figures aren’t in yet, the event has not taken in quite money as much as last year.

    But he is not displeased with that, he says, saying that two nights of the fair were rained out almost completely, and rain dampened attendance on one other day.