Local News

  • Shelby man arrested for sex abuse of children

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused his two stepdaughters, police say.
    Robin R. Spencer, 36, of 808 Ash Ave., was arrested Nov. 10 and charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.

    A report by Shelbyville Police states that the girls, now in their late teens, accused Spencer of abusing them in 2002 and that the abuse first took place in Iowa, where the family formerly lived.

    Both charges specify that the victims were less than 12 years of age when the alleged abuse began.

  • Woman appeals case heard in Shelby County

    A woman sentenced to 70 years in prison for murder believes she should have a parole hearing sooner than 20 years.

    So Barbara Gordon took her suit against the Kentucky Parole Board to the state Court of Appeals in Frankfort on Monday, where a 3-judge panel heard arguments about why Gordon, a native of Kenton County incarcerated in the women’s reformatory in Pewee Valley, had been wronged.

  • Bagdad man charged with armed robberies

    A Bagdad man has been arrested and charged with robbing pharmacies in Simpsonville and Henry County.
    Brandon L. French, 31, was arrested Friday night at his home and is being held in the Shelby County Detention Center because police say he robbed Smith-McKenney Drug Company in Simpsonville and Cook’s Pharmacy in New Castle at gunpoint.

    Simpsonville Police Chief Chip Minnis said French robbed Smith-McKenney on Oct. 22, and then Henry County deputies reported he hit Cook’s Pharmacy on Nov. 3.

  • Shelby brothers face federal robbery charges

    Two brothers from Shelby County, Eric Shelburne, 29, and Brannon Shelburne, 28, were arrested Thursday in Indiana and charged with robbery in connection with numerous banks in four states, including one in Simpsonville, Shelby County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Rice said.

    “They caught them yesterday,” Rice said Friday. “We developed a suspect several weeks ago, and then yesterday, a group of police officers caught up with them.

  • EARLIER: Suspect arrested in case of woman by road

      Taylorsville man has been arrested and charged with assaulting a woman who was found lying on the side of Mount Eden Road 11 days ago.

    Mark L. Bruner, 38, is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center, charged with first-degree assault of Denisse Escareno.

    Escareno, 24, of Shelbyville has not awakened and has remained in critical condition at the University of Louisville Hospital since she was taken there after being discovered on the afternoon of Nov. 5 by passersby about two miles south of Interstate 64.

  • No one hurt in College Street fire, thanks to quick-thinking bystander

    No one was injured in a fire at the corner of College and 9th streets Monday, thanks to the quick thinking of a bystander.

    Stefano Elzy, 25, said he saw smoke and flames coming from the residence and went to see if someone was inside.

    "I was afraid people were in there," he said.

    A neighbor, Mary Thompson, said Elzy kicked the door in and brought out two adults, who were both O.K., she said.

    The structure, a duplex, caught fire at about 11:30 a.m.

  • Severe weather moving in today

    There is a threat for severe weather Monday – heavy showers and high, possibly damaging, winds that could produce isolated tornados – as a cold front arrives from the west, according to the National Weather Service.

    Up to 2 inches of rain could fall between Monday afternoon and Wednesday night, said meteorologist Brian Coniglio.

    So far, there are no warnings for tornados or flash flooding on low-lying roads, creeks or rivers. The risk for isolated tornados will run late this afternoon into early evening, Conoglio said.

  • Rain delays I-64 ramp closures at Simpsonville until Wednesday

    Rain has postponed until Wednesday night the closing of the ramps on Interstate 64 at Simpsonville (Exit 28) for the resurfacing involved with the widening of the roadway between that exit and the Jefferson County line.

    The eastbound exit and entrance ramps will be closed from 8 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday and from 8 p.m. until midnight Thursday.

  • Suspects in Simpsonville bank robbery arrested

    Two brothers, Eric Shelburne, 29, and Brannon Shelburne, 28, were arrested Thursday in Indiana and charged with robbery in connection with numerous banks in four states, said Det. Jason Rice.

  • Rotary competing to win money for scholarships

    The Shelbyville Rotary Club has been doing its best to help Shelby County's students earn money for college.

    Since 1985 the club has handed out more than $334,000 in scholarships, and now members are hoping to add $250,000 more to that total.

    But this time they'll need your help.

    Rotary and the Shelby County Public Schools are partnering to compete in the Chase Community Giving Contest.