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  • Shelbyville Police Reports

    Drunken Driving

    Raymond J. Holland, 39, of Shelbyville, was arrested Oct. 12 at Mack Walters and Village Plaza and charged with DUI first offense, disregarding a stop sign and first-degree possession of a controlled substance.

    Gabino Chavez Diaz, 34, of Shelbyville, was arrested Oct. 12 at Westley Apartments and charged with DUI and no operator's license.

    Other traffic offenses

    Walter Ramos, 24, of Shelbyville, was arrested Oct. 10 on Midland Trail, and charged with no operator's license, forgery and identity theft.

  • Shelby native out boosting Obama

    May 7 -- graduate from the University of Kentucky.

    May 8 -- go to work for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

    Fate doesn't always offer much downtime, but such a vigorous schedule fits right inside Alise Marshall's comfort zone.

    At just 23 years old, Marshall has already worked in three different states in the last five months - Kentucky, Georgia and now Michigan -- as she busily contributed to the Barack Obama campaign as a field organizer.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments

    David Mosqueda of Louisville was indicted for tampering with physical evidence, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance not in the original container, DUI first offense and reckless driving.

    Christopher Rozell of Shelbyville was indicted for first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, operating on a suspended license, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, reckless driving, DUI first offense, failure to wear a seat belt, failure to stop at a stop sign and improper start of a parked motor vehicle.

  • Jury finds 'Hoodie Bandit' guilty - 10-year sentence recommended for Chandler

    A Shelby County jury found Kenneth W. Chandler Jr. of Shelbyville guilty Tuesday of seven counts of robbery and recommended 10 years in prison.

    Chandler, dubbed the "Hoodie Bandit," robbed seven area businesses last year that spanned Shelby and Jefferson counties, including the Dollar General Store, a Shell service station, Pizza Hut and Subway.

    The jury deliberated only three hours to find Chandler guilty of first-degree robbery in six of the crimes and second-degree robbery in the seventh.

  • All signs point to elections

    Just as falling leaves sprinkle about Shelbyville to signify the arrival of autumn, political campaign signs are beginning to pepper the city, indicating that Election Day is approaching.

    Seven candidates are vying for six spots on the Shelbyville City Council. And with Nov. 4 drawing near, the hopefuls are actively spreading their names and listening to the concerns of the people of Shelbyville.

    Council members are elected on a non-partisan basis every two years, and the Mayor is elected to a 4-year term.

  • Auto Pointe to shut down

    One of Shelbyville's biggest car dealerships is driving off the lot and out of business: Auto Pointe of Shelbyville will close its doors Oct. 31.

    Owner Matt Fetter said a plummeting economy has made buying and selling automobiles difficult.

    "It's the economy," he said. "We are suffering from it just like everyone else."

    Auto Pointe, which sells pre-owned vehicles of all makes and models at 200 Boone Station Road, has been in the community since January 2005.

  • Drug advisory council saved by grant

    A local agency dedicated to preventing drug abuse has received a grant that will allow it to continue to operate.

    Terry Graney, treasurer and board member of the Shelby County Drug/Alcohol Advisory Council, Inc., said the council has received a $125,000 Drug Free Communities federal grant, renewable for five years, bringing the total grant amount to $625,000.

    This funding will allow the non-profit organization to hire some staff members, including a director-without which continued operation would be impossible, Graney said.

  • Hospital named in law suit

    Jewish Hospital Shelbyville has now been added to the list of parties being sued by a Waddy man who says his penis was amputated by mistake last fall.

    Phillip Seaton, 61, and his wife, Deborah, filed suit Oct. 7 in Shelby County Circuit Court against the hospital where the surgery was performed last October.

    Seaton has previously filed suit against the doctor who performed the surgery, Dr. John Patterson, the anesthesiologist, Dr. Oliver James, as well as Commonwealth Urology, PSC, in Frankfort, which employs Patterson.

  • Officials reviving human rights commission

    Officials from the county's three governments plan to resuscitate a local human rights commission that has been inactive for more than a decade.

    Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger, Shelbyville Mayor Tom Hardesty and Simpsonville Mayor Steve Eden said they will appoint members to a human rights commission board that will serve as a local adjunct of the Kentucky Human Rights Commission. The state rights commission is charged with enforcing the state's Civil Rights Act, which forbids discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.

  • County gets FEMA grant for windstorm damage

    Shelby County will be one of 33 counties in Kentucky to receive federal aid to clean up after last month's windstorm.

    Local Disaster and Emergency Services officials said the county will receive $154,000 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) because of the downed trees, roof damage and other destruction caused when the remnants of Hurricane Ike brought 70-mile-per-hour winds to the county on Sept. 14.