Local News

  • Man charged with 3-day crime spree

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested after a 3-day crime spree charged with a string of offenses, ranging from sex abuse, burglary and vandalism to theft.

    Kenneth R. Downey, 20, of 1016 Amanda Drive was arrested Saturday and charged with theft by unlawful taking for allegedly shoplifting $6.24 worth of stolen merchandise from Thorntons, an offense that occurred on that day.

    After his arrest, Shelbyville Police have charged Downey with first-degree sex abuse of a 14-year-old girl, who police said is acquainted with Downey.

  • News briefs: Feb. 8, 2012

    Health and Family Services chief

    resigns after recent criticism

  • Bagdad man arrested on child sex charges in Scott Co.

    GEORGETOWN – A 66-year-old Bagdad man has been charged with sexually abusing two students at Scott County's Royal Spring Middle School where he worked as a substitute teacher.

    Edwin Casper was arrested by Kentucky State Police at his home on Saturday, one day after Scott County Schools officials notified Georgetown police of allegations that a substitute teacher had inappropriately touched two students.

    Casper was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He was released from the Shelby County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

  • Shelbyville City Council: Ordinance banning cleaning animals in public gets 1st OK

    After a few complaints from city residents, the Shelbyville City Council has passed the first reading of an amendment to an ordinance that puts some restrictions on cleaning dead animals at home.

  • Shelby County School Board: Status of new schools up for review

    New projects will dominate the discussion during Thursday’s Shelby County Board of Education meeting at West Middle School.

    The board, which meets at 7 p.m., will get reports from architectural firm K. Norman Berry Associates on the status of the new Southside Elementary School and the first look at conceptual drawings for the Northside Early Childhood Center to be built on the location of the former Northside Elementary School.

    The last time the architects presented anything on the projects was the public workshop on the Southside project.

  • City of Shelbyville: State says annexation of Rubles’ property already done

    The City of Shelbyville and the Kentucky Secretary of State's office seem to have some communication problems.

    According to the state of Kentucky, the property at the southwest corner of Harrington Mill Road and Freedom's Way, the 72-acre property owned by Allen and Tom Ruble, is already a part of the city.

    "It appears the city assigned the same ordinance number to two different areas," said Kandie Adkinson, with the secretary of state's office. "The Ruble tract was received and filed by our office in June 2011."

  • Legislative districts on hold

    Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd ruled Tuesday that House Bill I, which redefined new legislative districts in Kentucky – including those of state Sen. Paul Hornback (R-Shelbyville) and state Rep. Brad Montell (R-Shelbyville) – is unconstitutional.

    Shepherd’s ruling came down shortly before 4 p.m., a day after a 4-hour court hearing.

    House Republicans had requested a temporary injunction to extend the candidate filing deadline for state legislative candidates so the GOP could try to overturn the legislative election districts.

  • 2 remain hospitalized in bypass collsion

    Kentucky State Police are continuing to investigate a 2-vehicle injury accident involving an off-duty state trooper that closed a portion of the Shelbyville Bypass for several hours Monday night.

    All three occupants of a 2002 Kia Rio, driven by Helen Waits, 52, of Shelbyville, were hospitalized, and two them remain so.

    The Kentucky State Police Trooper, Todd Maggard, was not injured.

  • News briefs: Feb. 3, 2012

    Guthrie to host forum

    on manufacturing issues


    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green, whose district includes Shelby County, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee, on Monday will chair a forum on issues affecting manufacturing.

  • FCC OKs Insight-Time Warner merger

    Shelby Countians could soon be seeing information from Time Warner Cable showing up in their mailboxes.

    On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission approved the sale of Insight Communications, the cable provider for Shelby County and the largest provider in the state, to Time Warner Cable.

    "The proposed merger has a tremendous amount of momentum right now," Insight spokesman Jason Keller said. "It's been approved by more than two hundred regulatory commissions, including the FCC now, and it's closer to finishing."