Today's News

  • State balances budget by releasing inmates

    A program to release state inmates early from their jail terms as a money-saving mechanism is drawing strong criticism from officials in Shelby County.

    The early releases were implemented about a year ago as part of a plan to save the state the cost of housing prisoners, but the impact is that more criminals are being given leniency and a financial burden is being placed on local jails.

  • EARLIER: 2 men face manslaughter for shooting on Brown Ave.

    Two Oldham County men have been charged in connection with the shooting death in October 2008 of a Shelbyville resident. Timothy Carpenter of La Grange and Joshua Fast of Crestwood, both 23, have been indicted by a Shelby County Grand Jury and charged with complicity to second-degree manslaughter.  David L. Fletcher, 28, of Shelbyville was shot Oct.

  • 2 men plead not guilty to manslaughter and burglary

    Two men charged in connection with the October 2008 shooting death of a Shelbyville man pleaded not guilty in Shelby County Circuit Court on Monday.

    Timothy Carpenter of La Grange and Joshua Fast of Crestwood, both 22, pleaded not guilty to complicity second-degree manslaughter and second-degree burglary in Shelby Circuit Court.

    Carpenter and Fast were indicted in October 2008 on the burglary charge, and the manslaughter charge was added for both men in February 2010.

  • Robbery suspect caught in Missouri


    A man who police believe robbed Republic Bank on Tuesday has been apprehended in Missouri after a tip from the public.

    Ernest Jarod Blakeley, 39, was taken into custody early Friday morning by Joplin Police and the Missouri State Police.

    The Shelbyville Police Department said in a release Friday afternoon that officers had identified Blakely on Thursday, and that an arrest warrant was obtained for him and entered into the NCIC system.

  • Insurance burglar gets 15 years


    A Springfield man who went on a crime spree last spring has been sentenced in connection with numerous break-ins at businesses in Shelby County.

    Robert Eugene Weathers, 40, was sentenced Monday to 15 years in prison by Shelby County Circuit Judge Charles Hickman on 11 counts of third-degree burglary.

  • Frankfort bank robbery suspect still at large

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  • School board to review building plan for new elementary

    The Shelby County School Board again will take up the subject of a new elementary school at Thursday's meeting at West Middle School.


    The board approved starting the process on Aug. 12, but opposed hiring Sherman Carter Barnhart, the architect used for Collins High School, at that time.


    After another discussion during a meeting in September, the board again questioned whether or not a new elementary school would be needed immediately and whether this is the right time to begin a new building project because of its financial impact.

  • Shuck gets 6 years

    James L. Shuck of 625 Village Lane pleaded guilty recently to burglary and assault and other charges in connection with a May 8 incident with a state trooper.

    Shuck, 24, was sentenced to 6 years in prison on March 15 in Shelby Circuit Court on two charges of second-degree burglary, third-degree assault on a police officer, first-degree fleeing and evading police on foot and resisting arrest.  

    Shuck and the trooper, Hunter Martin, were both hospitalized after Martin twice shot Shuck with his Taser and then fired his revolver at him.

  • School board changes meeting schedule

    The Shelby County Board of Education will be working overtime during the last part of the month.

    The board has moved the meeting scheduled for this past Thursday at Clear Creek Elementary to Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. at the SCPS Central Office on Main Street.

    The board is also adding special called meetings on Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. and Nov. 4 at 7 p.m., both also at central office.

    The special called meetings will allow the board to hear academic improvement plans from each school.

  • School board to seat 2 students

    The Shelby County Board of Education will get two more voices on Thursday when student representatives from both Shelby County and Collins are introduced.


    Austin Crowe, now a senior at Collins, will take his second tour on the board, and senior Quinten Cottrell will join him from SCHS.


    Senior Judge Michael Harrod will swear in the two during Thursday's meeting.