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  • Police arrest man wanted in bank robberies elsewhere

    A Shelbyville man wanted in connection with bank robberies in Kentucky and Indiana was arrested Thursday, police said.

    Jason E. Abell, 34, of 403 Sycamore Terrace, is charged with second-degree robbery in connection with bank robberies in Florence and Jeffersonville, Ind.

    Abell was arrested without incident at his residence at 9:39 p.m. by Shelbyville Police Det. Jesse Paulley, along with detectives from Jeffersonville, who were also at the scene.

    Shelbyville Police Chief Danny Goodwin said he was proud of everyone that worked to bring in Abell.

  • EARLIER: The Search for Jackleen Lane: 3 months after teen is found dead, many questions remain

    On a warm Monday morning three months ago, a body of a young girl was spotted by a railroad employee, wedged near a dam in a dark corner where Clear Creek bends around downtown Shelbyville.

    Jackleen Lane, 15, had been floating there for several days, apparently unseen and not missed since she walked away from the Shelby County Fair and found her way into the cool water about two miles away. Her body showed no signs of foul play, and an autopsy would determine there were no drugs in her system. Her death was ruled accidental drowning.

  • News Digest, Sept. 18, 2013

    Weigh station to be closed

    4 months for replacement

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s weigh station along eastbound Interstate 64 in Shelby County is closed and will remain closed until a new facility is built on the existing site.

  • New Veechdale Road to open in Simpsonville

    The new Veechdale Road in Simpsonville – sort of the third incarnation of that old farming road – will be opened on Sunday, weather permitting, but not before residents have to deal with a closure, starting Thursday.

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will close about a half-mile of KY 1399 from 9 a.m. Thursday until 5 p.m. Sunday to complete its rerouting about a half-mile south around and through the Outlet Shoppes of Louisville, which is being constructed there by Horizon Group Properties.

  • Triple S Planning and Zoning: Commission to review lighting, amendments

    The Triple S Planning Commission will take a second look Tuesday at the proposed amendments to articles of the zoning regulations dealing with lighting to include comments at its public hearing last month.

    A proposed changes to Article 16, which deals with the lighting standards, would require all new commercial construction to have full cut-off fixtures, which emit light directly down and no light up or out over a 90-degreee plane from the fixture, and for all commercial lots with 10 or more light poles to reduce lighting by 50 percent at closing time.

  • Expanded Simpsonville festival will be fall-like – that’s no bull

    The weather might actually feel like fall for the Simpsonville Fall Festival this year, but the event hardly will seem like the same old pork-parade-kids-games days of the past.

    Simpsonville Parks Director Chris Truelock, producing his second festival since being hired in early 2012, continues to expand the event, which runs from 7 a.m. until after dark on Saturday in Simpsonville Park.

    His biggest constant obstacle, the weather, looks spectacular, with temperatures forecast to reach only the low 70s under a full sun throughout the day.

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Shelby County Fire Districts

    What is the fire districts’ areas of control?

  • Spending Your Tax Dollars: Insurance, tradition spread fire coverage

    Fire protection in Shelby County is a nearly $5 million proposition splintered into 11 agencies of varying sizes because of two untenable forces that dictate how public money is spent: insurance rankings and plain old tradition.

  • Swamp Tromp figures to get entrants down and dirty

    For the second year in a row, the Clear Creek Swamp Tromp, will provide the chance to get muddy, sweaty and out of breath, and help out a good cause, all at the same time.

    The event, scheduled for Saturday at Clear Creek Park, a fundraiser for Shelby Prevention and Shelby County Parks, will include both a 5K obstacle course and a 10K mud race, as well as 1.5- mile family course, Parks Director Shawn Pickens said.

    The event, a fundraiser for Shelby Prevention and Shelby County Parks, will be structured basically the same as last year.

  • Monroe gets court date of Sept. 23

    Lonnie Monroe, 45, of Shelbyville, charged with manslaughter in a deadly wreck, will be back in court Sept. 23 for a disposition hearing.

    Monroe was arrested a year ago and charged with murder in a tractor-trailer accident from November 2011 in which a passenger in his truck was killed, That charge was amended just weeks later to second-degree manslaughter, which is a Class C felony that carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

    Monroe also is charged with DUI in a commercial vehicle.