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  • Highway 151 residents to discuss lawsuit Monday

    With a trial date looming, the group of Highway 151 residents suing the state’s transportation department has planned another town hall-styled meeting for Monday, Sept. 26 at Alton Christian Church.

    The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m.

    Tom Isaac, one of the people leading the lawsuit to ban non-local commercial vehicles from the narrow stretch of dangerous highway through Alton, said it’s important for residents to stay informed on the progress of the lawsuit and show their support.

  • Families evacuated as fire damages duplex

    A fire Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a duplex at the corner of O’Hara Drive and Scarlett Lane and killed a man’s pet snake.

    City Fire Chief Bobby Hume said the fire started in a dryer, located in the lower level of the duplex.

    Two families were evacuated and uninjured, along with a number of pet cats.

    A snake described as a 12-year-old ball python was killed, according to the brother of its owner, John Duffee, who lives in one side of the duplex with his parents.

  • Sheriff’s office finds, destroys pot patch

    Today wasn’t a good day for whomever was growing a sizeable patch of marijuana in western Anderson County.

    Sheriff Joe Milam, Chief Deputy Robbie Armstrong, Sgt. Greg Boblitt and deputy Loren Wells of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office each had a hand today in chopping down and destroying what the sheriff called was a “mature” patch of marijuana plants, following a tip.

    Milam said there were 15 mature plants found with an estimated street value of around $30,000.

  • Jury hands down 60-year sentence for convicted murderer

    The man convicted of murdering Fairview Road resident Steve Briscoe was given a recommended sentence of 60 years in prison this afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court.

    The same jury that found Gary Luttrell, 42, guilty of murder, tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespassing Thursday night voted to lock him up for 50 years on the murder charge and 10 more for the remainder of the charges.

    Those sentences are to run consecutively, meaning one after the next. Formal sentencing is scheduled for next month.

  • Luttrell convicted of murder

    The man who admittedly shot and killed Steve Briscoe three years ago in his Fairview Road driveway has been convicted of murder.

    Gary Luttrell, 42, was very emotional and cried repeatedly during the four-day trial, but sat stone-faced as Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman read the 12-member jury’s verdict around 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Luttrell, who has ties to Lawrenceburg but lived in Lexington at the time of the murder, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at 9 a.m.

  • Lutrell found guilty of murder

    The man who admittedly shot and killed Steve Briscoe three years ago in his Fairview Road driveway has been convicted of murder.

    Gary Lutrell, 42, was very emotional and cried repeatedly during the four-day trial, but sat stone-faced as Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman read the 12-member jury’s verdict around 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Lutrell, who has ties to Lawrenceburg but lived in Lexington at the time of the murder, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at 9 a.m.

  • Train delays fire, EMS response as trapped man’s vehicle burns

    Firefighters and deputies were forced to use fire extinguishers and a garden hose to keep a man trapped in his overturned vehicle from burning to death Friday morning when a train temporarily blocked ambulances and other firefighters from responding.

    Aaron Caudill, 24, of 1350 Caldwell Road, Lawrenceburg, who sources say received no serious burns, died shortly after he was pulled from his burned-out vehicle from injuries he sustained in the wreck on Versailles Road.

  • ‘What in the world is pickleball?’

    The question is undoubtedly one of the most common asked of people who play pickleball.

    “What in the world is pickleball?”

    Holly Corbett just smiles. “Oh, yes. It’s common,” she says.

    Pickleball isn’t something Andy Taylor and Barney Fife made up to get rid of Aunt Bea’s most famous culinary concoction.

  • Briscoe murder suspect claims self-defense as trial begins

    Attorneys for the man charged with shooting Lawrenceburg resident Steven Briscoe to death in his own driveway three years ago claimed Monday that he did so in self-defense.

    The murder trial for Gary Lutrell, 42, of Lexington began Monday in Anderson Circuit Court. During her opening statement, Lutrell’s attorney said Briscoe and Lutrell each were carrying guns during the confrontation that centered on Lutrell’s wife being at Briscoe’s home.

  • Local trucking company joins lawsuit

    A local trucking firm has intervened in a lawsuit filed by residents of Highway 151 against the state’s Transportation Cabinet that seeks to ban non-local delivery commercial vehicles from the narrow stretch of state highway.

    A preliminary hearing on the lawsuit was scheduled for 9 a.m. today (Wednesday) in Franklin Circuit Court.