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Weird weekend on the police beat

Posted Wednesday, January 11, 2012, at 9:42 AM

You'll see names of everyone who's arrested for everything listed in the jail intake, but in the accompanying story we go with just the highlights, not the very minor items such as DUI or public intoxication arrests or shoplifting.

Last weekend was just plain strange on the minor things.


*A man arrested for DUI after running two stop signs near his home said he did so because he'd just gotten a tattoo and wanted to go home and sleep.

*"I get stupid when I drink, really stupid," a public intoxication suspect said.

He wasn't lying. The man was "pacing in front of the counter" in a fast-food restaurant at 6 a.m Saturday, loudly cursing, the police report said. He loudly demanded to be taken to jail while trying to fight off three officers. So, to jail he went.

*Whoever broke into a paint store Friday night was kind enough to leave behind a bag of Bugles chips.

*And a young man got his feelings hurt because another man said he wasn't afraid of him, so Mr. Hurt tracked down his foe, hit him in the head and knocked him to the ground.

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Should beat every one of them with a bag of Cheetos.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 10:07 AM

Flamin' HOT Cheetos.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 10:46 AM

Thats right girl.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 11:27 AM

The paper would almost certainly increase its circulation if it printed photos of people arrested and a little more of the story behind the crimes.

It would also let people know it was the John Doe on Willow street who was arrested and not the John Doe who is the next door neighbor.

This information is public record, anyway.

-- Posted by quietmike on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 12:46 PM

Sounds a little bit like "Mayberry" LOL

-- Posted by ckna910 on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 2:35 PM

Since it was brought up about putting photos of people commiting crimes, I have always thought it would be extremely helpful to have photos of people in the Obituaries. I have lived in Shelbyville pretty much all of my life but I know people on a daily basis that might work at the local video store or electric company but never know their name. Im always thinking that I recognize names in the Obituaries but have no idea who the person is. TG, could you look into possibly adding photos as mentioned in this blog...it deffinately would help readers and probably sell more newspapers too. Win win situation.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 5:30 PM

I like the idea of obituary photos with the families approval.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 11, 2012, at 5:53 PM

In other papers (larger cities) have pictures with their obits, but it costs the family more to have that obit printed.

-- Posted by neighborhood mom on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 9:22 AM

We publish photos with obituaries at no charge whenever they're submitted by families. I agree that it would be good if more did so.

-- Posted by David Melson on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 9:33 AM

A lot of it probably has to do with the situation -- was the death expected, or unexpected? Is there a spouse? Who was in charge of the family photo album or shoebox? At what time of day is the family meeting with the funeral home, and how quickly does the obituary information have to get to the newspaper? When you lose a loved one, there are a million little things to worry about, and there's no telling whether someone in the family will think about a photo in time to pair it up with the obituary.

It's certainly worth thinking about a proper photo in those cases where you know the end is near for someone you care about. That's especially true now that many funeral homes offer the service of video slide shows during visitation and the period prior to the service. It's great if you have the time to pick out a good variety of representative photos.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 10:06 AM

Photos would be nice, but after they have been convicted. I know of more than a couple cases where false charges intentionally filed, or the wrong person is charged. Innocent till proven guilty , but once the quilt is proven yes there are crimes where the picture should be posted, such as child molestation or selling drugs.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 10:49 AM

I just read in today's Obits that Lon Shelton died. I think he was a teacher at Shelbyville Mills School. It would be nice if just a little more info was included in the obits. My apologies if I'm wrong....

-- Posted by caligal on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 12:01 PM


If you will copy and paste the name of the funeral home that is in charge of arrangements you can usually find the whole obituary notice there. Hope this helps.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 12:25 PM

I was fortunate to have had both Lon Shelton as a teacher at Central Junior High (as it was called back then) and his wife, Cleo, as my third grade teacher at the old Madison Street School. Good folks.

-- Posted by David Melson on Thu, Jan 12, 2012, at 3:11 PM

I still shake my head in amazement that our local judicial system spent the money and took the time to prosecute two people for throwing Cheetoes at each other.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Fri, Jan 13, 2012, at 3:13 AM

I also had Mr.Lon Shelton as a teacher. The eighth grade,at Shelbyville Mills School. That was the year of 1954. I thought he was a very good teacher, and a very good man. Always seemed to be WELL mannered, even to the students. But that does not mean that he wasn't strick, because he was; but he always managed to do it in a mannerly way. We need more people like him today. My opinion.

-- Posted by toad on Tue, Mar 6, 2012, at 6:04 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.