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  • Simpsonville man arrested for domestic violence

    A St. Matthews police officer who lives in Simpsonville is on paid administrative leave after being arrested Friday on domestic violence charges.

    Frank Jeffcoat, 37, was arrested by Kentucky State Police for fourth-degree assault after an argument with his wife, said Ron Turley, spokesperson for KSP.

    Dennis McDonald, spokesperson for the St. Matthews PD, said Jeffcoat will remain on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of KSP’s investigation and the court case.

  • EARLIER: Collins’ teacher pleads not guilty

    A Collins High School teacher has pleaded not guilty to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse involving students.

    The case of Shannon Hirchert, 42, of La Grange was waived to the grand jury during her arraignment Tuesday in Shelby County District Court. She did not appear.

    “We entered a plea of not guilty for her, and normally they would set that for a probable cause hearing, but we went ahead and waived it to the grand jury,” said Brian Butler, an attorney from Louisville who represented Hirchert.

  • 107 Shelbyville property owners have yet to begin sidewalk repair

    More than half the property owners in Shelbyville who have been informed that they need to repair their sidewalks have not responded to the city.

    Public Works Director Jennifer Herrell told the Shelbyville City Council at its meeting Thursday night that her office had sent out 192 letters to property owners whose sidewalks had been found to be in disrepair. Of those, 107 have not responded.

  • Teen recovering from shooting

    A 13-year-old girl who was accidentally shot by a friend Thursday morning is recovering and is expected to be OK, police say.

    No further charges are expected to be filed in the incident, Shelbyville Police Maj. D. Goodwin said.

    Santiago Juncadella, 19, the friend who accidentally shot the girl from the backseat of a car in which he was riding while he was trying to load a .22-caliber pistol, remains lodged in the Shelby County Detention Center under a $30,000 cash bond.

    He is charged with first-degree assault and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

  • News briefs: Aug. 26, 2011

    State education info

    available on iTunes U

    Free lectures, books, podcasts and state-specific resources are now available through the iTunes U platform, state officials announced Wednesday. iTunes U is a dedicated area in Apple's iTunes Store that gives users free resources from learning institutions all over the world.

  • 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.