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  • Sanctuary jail?

    When the illegal immigrant charged with seriously injuring a Lawrenceburg family in a DUI-related wreck in 2015 is eventually freed from jail, federal immigration officials want to take him into custody.

    That isn’t likely to happen because, like so-called “sanctuary cities,” the Shelby County Detention Center, which houses Anderson County prisoners, refuses to honor detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    Instead, the jail releases criminal illegal aliens back onto the streets before ICE can come get them.

  • Bringing J.D. to her ‘Hometown’

    When she attended J.D. Shelburne’s “Hometown Concert” last summer in Taylorsville, Joani Clark could not help seeing the throngs of people crammed into downtown. There were Spencer County residents and people from surrounding towns, including a good number from Lawrenceburg.

    And there were throngs from Louisville, Cincinnati and even some fans from Connecticut in the crowd.

  • ‘Miracle baby’ comes home

    When Siera Hall and Billy Krider found out they were expecting their second child together, they never would have imagined the road that soon would follow.

    Hall was admitted to the hospital at 24 weeks with preeclampsia, which quickly developed into HELLP syndrome. After doing everything she could to keep her baby from being born, Hall was wheeled into an emergency C-section at almost 26 weeks pregnant on Nov. 22, 2016.

  • Man burns home, takes his own life

    A Lawrenceburg man apparently took his own life last Thursday after setting his home and an outbuilding on fire on Enterprise Road.

    Family members said Robert “Bobby” Bowling Jr. suffered from years of poor health leading up to his death, which sparked an all-stations response from the Anderson County Fire Department.

    When firefighters arrived, they found both buildings nearly flattened by fire and Bowling slumped over the wheel of his nearby pickup truck, dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound.

  • Mistrial declared in attempted murder case

    A mistrial was declared Monday afternoon in the trial of a man charged with attempting to murder a police officer.

    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman declared the mistrial shortly after a break, but did not elaborate on the reason.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt Donnell said afterward that a potential witness in the trial was seen speaking to a juror during the break, prompting the judge’s decision.

  • Loose-lipped witness triggers mistrial in officer-involved shooting case

    A mistrial was declared Monday afternoon in the trial of a man charged with attempting to murder a police officer.

    Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman declared the mistrial shortly after a break, but did not elaborate on the reason.

    Commonwealth’s Attorney Laura Witt Donnell said afterward that a witness in the trial was seen speaking to a juror during the break, prompting the judge’s decision.

  • Man apparently burns home, shoots self

    A Lawrenceburg man is dead this afternoon after apparently setting his home and shed on fire on Enterprise Road, getting into his vehicle and shooting himself.

    His name is not being released.

    All five Anderson County fire stations responded to the call around 1 p.m. after neighbors reported seeing a large plume of smoke and a series of small explosions at the residence, which sits about a half mile off Enterprise Road.

    When first responders arrived, they said the man’s home and shed were fully involved.

  • Woman killed when car slams wall

    A Frankfort woman was killed late Saturday afternoon when the car she was in went off U.S. 127 and smashed into a rock wall, throwing her from the vehicle.

    Tralaina Michelle Spence-Broughton, 34, was killed when the northbound vehicle went through the median near the Anderson-Franklin county line before striking the wall. Investigators said the driver of the vehicle apparently tried to overcorrection once the car went out of control. The car then overturned and struck the wall.

  • Officer’s firing not ‘disciplinary’

    Former Lawrenceburg police officer Clay Crouch was not fired for disciplinary reasons, The Anderson News has learned, but just what that reason is remains unclear.

    In a termination letter obtained via an open records request, Mayor Sandy Goodlett told Crouch that the decision to end his employment with the city “is not disciplinary in nature,” although the actual explanation for firing Crouch was blacked out in the letter.

  • Woman killed when car slams wall

    A Frankfort woman was killed late Saturday afternoon when the car she was in went off U.S. 127 and smashed into a rock wall, throwing her from the vehicle.

    Tralaina Michelle Spence-Broughton, 34, was killed when the northbound vehicle went through the median near the Anderson-Franklin county line before striking the wall. Investigators said the driver of the vehicle apparently tried to overcorrection once the car went out of control. The car then overturned and struck the wall.