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Today's News

  • News briefs: Feb. 1, 2012

    Shelbyville resident admits ethics

    violations with ag department

    Shelbyville resident Danita Fentress-Laird, former director of personnel and budget for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, has admitted that she violated the state’s ethics code by using her position for personal gain.

    In an agreement with the Executive Branch Ethics Commission, Fentress-Laird said that she used her position to create a full-time position for herself as an assistant director of her own division.

  • Here are a few points to debate

    Unless you are a devotee of the man himself, you probably had to giggle a bit as I did when I heard Newt Gingrich say recently that he wanted to be nominated for president and challenge Barack Obama to a series of 3-hour, Lincoln-Douglas-style debates on the issues facing our country.

    Unless I miss my guess: Honest Abe, the founding Republican, and Short Steve got off a good guffaw from the Great Peanut Gallery in the sky as well.

  • Telles pleads guilty on sex charges

    A Shelby County man has pleaded guilty on multiple counts of sexually abusing two girls for whom his wife was caring.

    Henry Telles, 25, accepted a plea agreement on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child over 12 years old and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Prosecutors have recommended a prison sentence of 10 years on the charges to run concurrently.

  • Woman sees childhood home go up in smoke

    No one was injured in a house fire on Woodlawn Road late Sunday night that completely destroyed the residence.

    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said the resident, Linda Casey, was not at home when the fire broke out at 3094 Woodlawn Road, which connects Hempridge and Hooper Station roads in southeast Shelby County.

     “We got a call at eleven-twenty-three p.m. from the owner’s daughter, who lives next door,” he said.

    Laura Hawkins said her mother was away visiting relatives in another state.

  • Shelby County Grand Jury Indictments Feb. 1, 2012

    Tyrann M. Harris was indicted for being a persistent felony offender.

    James Denton, 23, of 1653 Juniper Drive, was indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, third-degree terroristic threatening, resisting arrest, menacing, alcohol intoxication in a public place and first-degree disorderly conduct.

    Jesse A. Loving, 22, of 7609 Hempridge Road was indicted for tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and being a persistent felony offender.

  • Election 2012: Donnell unopposed for 2nd term

    Laura Donnell will be the commonwealth attorney for Judicial District 53 – including Shelby County – for another six years.

    Donnell, a Republican, was the only person to file for that office by the deadline Tuesday at 4 p.m.

    She joins Circuit Court Clerk Lowry Miller, another Republican, who will be unopposed because no other candidate had taken and passed the test to be circuit court clerk.

  • Court report: February 1, 2012

    District court

    The following cases were heard by Judge Matthew Eckert:

    Marcella Jackson, theft by unlawful taking/shoplifting – plead guilty – 180-day sentence, serve 8 days, balance conditionally discharged for 2 years and $143 costs.

    Mohamad Kadah, careless driving and first-offense DUI – plead guilty – operator's license suspended for 30 days and $828 fine and costs and $400 to SCDIF.

    Larry D. Moscoe, possession of marijuana – diversion completed – dismissed.

  • Fire destroys home on Woodlawn

    No one was injured in a house fire that destroyed a home on Woodlawn Road late Sunday evening.

    The home owner, Linda Casey, was not at home at the time the fire broke out.
    Shelby County Fire Chief Bobby Cowherd said he would have details later today.

  • I-64 eastbound has lane closed till noon at mile 32

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet announced this morning that the right lane on I-64 eastbound at mile marker 32 will be closed Monday from 9 a.m. to noon for pavement repairs.

    The actual starting date and duration of this work may be adjusted if inclement weather or other unforeseen delays occur. Dial 511 or log on to 511.ky.gov for the latest in traffic and travel information in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  You can also get traffic information for the District 5 counties at www.facebook.com/KYTCDistrict5.

  • 550 swimmers set to splash into Winter Classic

    The pool will be packed Saturday at the Family Activity Center.

    That’s because more than 550 swimmers and nearly 20 teams will be in Clear Creek Park’s aquatic facility for Collins’ and Shelby County’s Winter Classic.

    “It’s a huge meet,” said Collins and Shelby County Coach J.P. LaVertu, who said he had so much interest in the meet that he had to turn away teams.

    “It’s top-level competition, and it’s right before regionals,” LaVertu said.