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Today's News

  • EARLIER: Parents of soldier hurt in Afghanistan anguish to hear his condition

    Ever since receiving a terrifying phone call on Monday, a Shelbyville family has run the gamut of emotions from fear to hope to joy.

    That was the day Doug and Lena Lear learned that their son, William Scott Lear, 34, an Army staff sergeant, had been seriously injured in an accident in Afghanistan, when his vehicle ran over an explosive device, killing four of six soldiers.

    Scott Lear, a 1995 Shelby County High School graduate, had a fractured skull, a crushed eye socket and eight broken ribs. His condition was critical.

  • EARLIER: Shelbyville Police say caregiver abused 2 girls, raped 9-year-old

    A Shelbyville man is in jail, charged with raping and sodomizing two children for whom he and his wife were caring.

    Henry Telles, 25, was arrested May 12 at a residence on Spruce Drive where he temporarily was staying and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse against the girls, who were 9 and 13 years old at the time.

    Shelbyville Police Officer Stacy Bruce said most of the alleged crimes were perpetuated upon the younger child, including an actual rape on April 24.

  • Shelbyville Police Reports, May 20, 2011

    Rape

    Henry Telles, 25, of 76 Spruce Drive in Shelbyville was arrested May 12 on Spruce Drive and charged with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree forgery.

     

    Forgery

    Palencia Sarbelio Morales, 41, of 1038 Henry Clay St. in Shelbyville was arrested May 11 at that address and charged with third-degree forgery.

     

    Theft

  • New assistant prosecutor

    Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman swears in Austin Hays as assistant Shelby County commonwealth attorney, as his father, Hite Hays, and Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Donnell look on. The ceremony took place Monday in the Shelby County Circuit courtroom. Hays will be taking care of cases in Shelby County.

  • Election 2011: Focus now turns to the race for governor

    After a disappointing loss in his first statewide race, Shelby County Judge-Executive Rob Rothenburger said he is not planning a comeback anytime soon, instead concentrating on what he said he does best.
    “My plans are to provide one-hundred percent of my attention to Shelby County,” said Rothenburger, who lost the Republican nomination for agriculture commissioner to state Rep. James Comer on Tuesday. “That’s my primary focus at this point.”

  • News briefs: May 20, 2011

    Guthrie visits Masonic Home

    for Older Americans Month

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Bowling Green) will be in Shelby County today for two meetings at Masonic Home Shelbyville as part of the celebration of Older Americans Month.

    Guthrie will give a legislative update in a meeting at 10:30 a.m. and then sit down at 11:30 for a roundtable discussion for health-care professionals.

  • EARLIER: Chappell steps down as Simpsonville chief

    Scott Chappell, the police chief in Simpsonville for six years, is returning to the ranks.

    The Simpsonville City Commission on Wednesday accepted Chappell’s request to resign as chief.

    City Administrator David Eaton expressed surprise at Chappell’s request and said he had asked to remain on the force as a sergeant.

    “I just got his letter a couple of days ago,” Eaton said. “He requested to step down as chief for personal reasons.”

  • Shelby soldier injured in explosion in Afghanistan

    Army Staff Sgt. William Scott Lear, 34, of Shelbyville is in critical condition at a military hospital in Germany for injuries received in an accident in southern Afghanistan.

    Lear, who had only been in Afghanistan for a short time, has a fractured skull, crushed eye socket and broken ribs, said his father, Doug Lear.

    He was able to speak with his wife, Jane, via telephone earlier today.

  • Ag Report: May 20, 2011

    Shelby farmers eligible

    for federal disaster loans

    Shelby County is among those slated as contiguous to the 14 in Kentucky declared federal disaster areas, and its farm families are eligible to qualify for FSA EM loans.

    President Obama declared disaster areas because of damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding that occurred starting April 26. They included Oldham County.

  • WICHE: How to deal with carpenter bees and ants

    The carpenter bees are doing a number on our house! We perfectly fit the profile of a desirable place to lay your eggs for this rather docile bee, and they are busy around the frame of the garage as I write. I do have a plan.

    Carpenter bees are essentially harmless. The male, who hovers about, has no stinger. The female tunnels and lays her eggs. When she does come out, you would have to handle her for her to sting.

    I’ve never been stung by one and they sort of become acquaintances, because they are always there hovering about.