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  • Alleged child rapist pleads to sex abuse

    The Lawrenceburg woman charged in 2012 with raping an 8-year-old child pleaded guilty last week to a lesser charge and avoided going to trial.
    Rochelle Olds, 40, pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and is scheduled to be sentenced March 21 in Anderson Circuit Court, the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office said.

  • Group awaits ruling on Highway 151

    The group suing the state’s Transportation Cabinet to ban large commercial vehicles from Highway 151 continues to wait on a ruling to see if the lawsuit can move forward.
    The group filed a motion last month, arguing that the Franklin Circuit Court judge hearing the case actually has jurisdiction to hear the case, an argument opposed by Transportation lawyers seeking to have the judge order both sides to settle the problem outside of court through an “administrative remedy.”

  • Youth minister remains critical after being shot in the head

    Zach Cotton was improving but remained in critical condition Tuesday morning after being shot in the face last Friday night in what investigators say appears to be an accidental shooting.
    “It was a tough night for him but he’s doing better this morning,” his father, Noel Cotton, said in an interview Tuesday morning. “They’ve got him on a trach, now, and took the respirator off so he’s breathing on his own.
    “He’s just in a lot of pain, of course, and they’re trying to get that under control.”

  • Local man critical following accidental shooting


    An Anderson County man remains in critical but stable condition tonight following what police are calling an accidental shooting Friday night at 1314 Alton Station Road.

    Zach Cotton, 24, an animal control officer with Anderson County government, was with friends when another person’s gun discharged and struck him in the head.

    Sheriff Joe Milam said today that his office is investigating the incident.

  • County attorney clears air on septic tanks

    Bob-O-Link and nearby residents can now rest easy if their septic tanks develop problems.
    County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis on Monday overturned the county health director’s interpretation of a state regulation that he said would have forced residents living within a mile of a city sewer line to hook up if their septic tanks needed to be repaired or replaced.

  • Water district demands, doesn’t get, fact-check from city

    The chairman of the South Anderson Water District is calling on Lawrenceburg Mayor Sandy Goodlett to “clear up some inaccuracies” after city officials openly blamed the district for the bulk of proposed water rate increases earlier this month.
    Contacted after the meeting, Goodlett said he has no plans clear up anything.
    “[The article] was accurate as we could get it from our perspective,” said Goodlett.

  • Trial set for woman charged with raping child, 8

    A Lawrenceburg woman charged nearly five years ago with the rape of a child under the age of 12 is scheduled to stand trial later this month.
    Rochelle Olds, 40, is scheduled for trial Jan. 30 and 31 in Anderson Circuit Court in a case that has taken years to adjudicate due to questions about her competency to stand trial.
    The trial is scheduled to begin with jury selection at 9 a.m.

  • Jail log: Man alleges racism, threatens lawsuit following DUI arrest

    A Louisville man is claiming racism lead to his DUI arrest Jan. 12 after the vehicle he was driving went off the road and damaged private property at 3484 Mt. Eden Road.
    Elquan T. El, 56, of 2506 Rivermont Court became “very belligerent” and state that deputy Patrick Beasley of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office is a “racist” after Beasley placed him under arrest.
    El, according to a report filed by Beasley, reeked of alcohol following the wreck, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.

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