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  • Man arraigned on charges he sexually abused child

    Cruz Dejesus Pena-Villanueva, 26, was arraigned Friday in Shelby County Circuit Court on charges of first-degree sexual abuse of a child under 12 years, old.

    Circuit Judge Charles Hickman also appointed public defender Ashley Bailey to represent Pena-Villanueva.

    The child that Pena-Villanueva is charged with molesting is the same child that Henry Telles is accused of abusing, a crime for which Telles accepted a 10-year prison sentence.

    Pena-Villanueva and Telles are both in the country illegally.

  • Loving arraigned on new charges

    Nearly two months after he was to have been sentenced to a 10-year prison term, a Shelbyville man has been arraigned on new charges.

    Jesse Loving, 21, of 7609 Hempridge Road pleaded not guilty Friday in Shelby Circuit Court to tampering with a prisoner-monitoring device.

    Loving was arrested Jan. 31 after being on the lam for more than a month after cutting off his ankle bracelet while on home incarceration and fleeing.

    His girlfriend, Candace Burton, 22, also was arrested and charged with hiding Loving, who police found inside her kitchen cabinet.

  • Correctional officer gets new court date

    James Johnson, a correctional officer with the Kentucky Correctional Institutional for Women in Pewee Valley, who was charged with sexual abuse of inmates last summer,  received a new court date when he appeared in Shelby Circuit Court on Friday.

    Johnson, 52, of Frankfort, was arrested  in July 2011 and charged with 21 counts of second-degree sexual abuse as it applies to a Department of Corrections employee subjecting an incarcerated person over age 18 to sexual contact.

  • News briefs: Feb. 15, 2012

    Governor introduces bill

    to add gaming, casinos

    Gov. Steve Beshear’s expanded gaming bill introduced Tuesday would authorize a statewide vote to amend the state’s constitution to allow expanded gaming in up to seven locations in Kentucky.
    The bill would allow Kentucky voters to approve a constitutional amendment that would authorize up to five casinos at racetracks and two at stand-alone locations at least 60 miles from the nearest racetrack.

  • 3 shots created Williams' 6 wounds

    Two medical reports on the shooting death of Trey F. Williams included confusing information about the number of times Shelbyville Police Officer Suzanna Marcum fired her weapon.

    The reports, written by state medical examiner Dr. Amy Burrows-Beckham based on her examination of Williams’ body at the Urban County Government Center on Nov. 20, cites six gunshot wounds.

    But Shelby County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeff Ivers, who attended the autopsy, said that Williams was shot only three times, but some of those shots created separate wounds.

  • Bruner pleads not guilty in circuit court

    Mark Bruner stands in Shelby Count Circuit Court on Friday  while a court worker processes his paperwork.

    A Taylorsville man charged with assaulting a Shelbyville woman last fall pleaded not guilty Friday to the charge in Shelby County Circuit Court.

    Mark Bruner, 38, was charged with assault in the beating of Denisse Escareno, 24, who was found barely breathing and severely beaten on the side of Mount Eden Road by passersby Nov. 5.

    Bruner was arrested 10 days later in Taylorsville in connection with the assault.

  • Pleasureville's issue about clerk’s pay linked to letter about chickens

    PLEASUREVILLE – A brouhaha over the Pleasureville City Clerk’s salary may have started over a letter about chickens.

    For the fourth month in a row, payroll policies and the actions of the city clerk took center stage at the Pleasureville City Commission meeting.

    After a second reading of an ordinance that will amend the salary range for the city clerk’s position to $10,000 to $30,000, the commission approved the reading, 3-1, with Commissioner Pam Bramblett casting the lone opposing vote.

  • News briefs: Feb. 10, 2012

    Triple S to have special meeting

    to review tract split for Speedway

    The Triple S Planning Commission will have a special called meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday  at the Stratton Center to hear a plan to separate property located at 1620 Mount Eden Road into two tracts, with one being in the city and one in the county.

    With the subdivision, a development plan will be heard to build a new nearly 4,000-square-foot Speedway convenient store and gas station, canopy and five gas pumps.

  • Man charged in Scott once taught in Shelby

    A Bagdad man arrested Saturday and charged with sexual abuse of two Scott County middle school students was at one time a substitute in Shelby County.

    According to Shelby County Public Schools, Edwin Casper, 66, was hired as a substitute in November 1998 and employed in that capacity through June 1999.

    However, he did not seek reemployment after that, and no complaints were logged against him during his 8 months on the substitute list.

  • Shelby County won’t use state money for its roads

    Shelby County officials have agreed not to dip into state money allocated for secondary roads and use it for county roads.

    At their meeting Tuesday night Shelby County Fiscal Court, magistrates agreed to keep the funding supplied by the state’s 2012-13 rural secondary road fund in the county for that purpose instead of spending it on county-maintained roads.