Local News

  • Info sought in theft of items worth $6,000+

    Crime Stoppers is seeking information on a theft that occurred Nov. 7 between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at a home on the 4100 block of Bell Avenue in Shelbyville.

    Police says it is unknown how thieves entered the home, as no signs of forced entry were found.

    Burglars stole three digital cameras, a Wii game system and several game cartridges, two laptop computers and a Nintendo DS with 25 games,

    The value taken in this break-in was estimated at more than $6,000.

  • Information sought about a purse snatch



    Crime Stoppers is asking the public for help in the case of a purse theft from Walmart.

    The purse was taken from a customer’s cart on Nov. 10 while the woman was shopping in the store.

    The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office has provided two video surveillance photos taken from the store’s security cameras. One photo is of a suspect in the case, and the other is of the suspect’s vehicle, taken from the store’s parking lot cameras.

  • Light Up Simpsonville chili really is homemade

    If you are looking for Simpsonville City Clerk Debbie Batliner later this week, you may not need a bloodhound to sniff her out.

    That’s because Batliner will be doing what she has done for the past eight years or so: cooking chili and bean soup for the residents who attend the annual Light Up Simpsonville celebration.

  • News briefs: Nov. 16, 2011

    I-64 ramp closure at Simpsonville

    delayed by rain until tonight

  • Francis Maurice ‘Frank’ Goodwin: 1932-2011

    Frank Goodwin literally and figuratively put the Budd Company on the map in Shelbyville.

    Not only was he the first plant manager for the company when it finally opened its doors in 1987, but he was also instrumental in building the site near Interstate 64 that is now Martinrea Heavy Stamping.

  • Shelby County School Board: No visible work on Collins’ field

    Shelby County Public Schools is preparing to find out more this week about the scheduled repair work for Collins High School’s multipurpose field.

    The topic is sure to stay in the forefront as the Board of Education gets back on track with a full meeting Thursday, coincidentally at Collins.

    Although the field is not on the agenda, the board and Superintendent James Neihof surely will have questions.

  • Roads are deerly dangerous for drivers

    It’s that time of year again that deer and deer hunters alike dream about – the mating season.

    And deer biologists are reporting that Shelby County remains one of the 36 counties with the highest concentrations of deer – with 30 or more per square mile.

    That may sound like deer heaven for the hunters, but it could spell disaster for motorists.

  • Bystander wakes residents during fire

    Thanks to the quick thinking of a bystander, no one was injured Monday in a fire at the house on the corner of College and 9th streets in Shelbyville.

    Stefano Elzy, 25, said he saw smoke and flames coming from a duplex owned by John O’Dell at 98 9th St. and went to see if someone was inside.

    “I was afraid people were in there,” he said.

    Assistant Shelbyville Fire Chief Chris Spaulding commended Elzy on his actions.

  • Shelby County Fiscal Court Magistrates to consider no smoking ordinance

    Shelby County magistrates will consider in December a first reading on an ordinance that formally would prohibit smoking in county buildings.

    The ordinance, which is likely to be placed on the agenda for the Shelby County Fiscal Court’s meeting on for Dec. 6, was proposed by District 2 Magistrate Michael Riggs at Tuesday morning’s meeting.

    Currently, smoking is prohibited in public buildings, such as the courthouse, but that is not in response to an ordinance, County Attorney Hart Megibben said.

  • Shelby man arrested for sex abuse of children

    A Shelbyville man has been arrested on charges that he sexually abused his two stepdaughters, police say.
    Robin R. Spencer, 36, of 808 Ash Ave., was arrested Nov. 10 and charged with first-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse.

    A report by Shelbyville Police states that the girls, now in their late teens, accused Spencer of abusing them in 2002 and that the abuse first took place in Iowa, where the family formerly lived.

    Both charges specify that the victims were less than 12 years of age when the alleged abuse began.