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  • Man police say shot sister enters plea

    The man charged with shooting his sleeping sister in the head pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, was indicted last month and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence stemming from the shooting last year of his sister, Shawnna Wideman.
    Anthony Wideman appeared in prison garb and shackles and told Judge Charles Hickman that he did not have an attorney.

  • Alleged crime syndicate busted

    It isn’t what legendary mobster Al Capone might have done to earn his reputation in organized crime, but four people have been charged with operating a criminal syndicate in Lawrenceburg.
    A mom, her daughter and two others were charged last month in a scheme to swipe Xbox game controllers at the Game Stop store in US 127 Bypass. Monica Smith, her daughter Oquala Smith, Johntez Smith and Roberto Middlebrook were each arrested Dec. 2.
    Middlebrook, Oquala Smith and Monica Smith are from Versailles. Johntez Smith is from Lexington.

  • Cops looking for ‘Doobie’

    The trial of the Lawrenceburg man charged with stomping an 8-month-old puppy to death and setting it on fire is scheduled to begin next Wednesday.
    The question now is whether the defendant, Paul “Doobie” Dearinger, or the prosecution’s star witness will show up.

  • Mayor’s vote kills unified government

    Mayor Edwinna Baker cited a lack of city and county unity and funding concerns as the reasons for her tie-breaking vote to kill the first reading of the city’s unification ordinance.
    The city council split 3-3 at its Jan. 9 meeting on approving its ordinance, which would authorize the mayor to form a 20-member body to study the issue of unification.

  • Woman recovers after stabbing herself while fleeing police

    A Frankfort woman who stabbed her self repeatedly in the neck during a high-speed police chase through Anderson and two other counties has been released from the hospital.
    Rebecca Manley, 31, had stabbed herself six times in the neck with a knife before being taken into custody by Kentucky State Police last Tuesday, but her injuries were not that serious, said Hunter Martin, the trooper who initiated the traffic stop that led to the pursuit.

  • 2011: Year of joy, tears and one saucy trial

    Anderson County had plenty to celebrate during 2011, but it also had plenty of reasons to mourn, cry or simply be embarrassed at the admitted shenanigans in the former judge-executive’s office.
    It was a year when a small town rallied behind its underdog high school football team, came together as one to support unified government, and applauded its hometown sheriff for being named the state’s best.

  • City works to nail down travel policy

    The honor system is the only current city policy available when it comes to travel and training reimbursements for city employees.
    Auditor Thomas Smith of the downtown accounting firm Farmer and Humble had only one suggestion for the city council following its 2010-2011 fiscal year audit: take a closer look at the city’s spending in travel and training.

  • King warns against splitting Anderson

    With rumors flying in Frankfort over how the state legislature intends to redistrict Kentucky, state Rep. Kim King issued a stern warning Friday morning about any attempts to mess with Anderson County.
    “Constitutionally, Anderson County cannot be split,” King said. “If the majority tries to do that, we have all of our ducks in a row already to take them to court.”

  • Man indicted for third DUI, firearm possession

    The following people were indicted Dec. 20 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Charles B. Vernon, 52, 3910 Finley Ridge Road, Campbellsville, was indicted with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon from an incident that occurred Nov. 11.
    He was also indicted on second-offense operating a motor vehicle while license suspended/revoked; third-offense driving under the influence; no insurance; and other moving violations.

  • Cheered up, but not much

    A group of former Dairy Cheer employees who say they received bad checks or weren’t paid at all had a merrier Christmas thanks to the generosity of Anderson Countians who answered their pleas for help.
    “We’ve received monetary donations, toys, food clothing … it’s just been wonderful,” said Catherine Zimmerman, the now-closed store’s general manager who organized several days of fundraising.
    “I always knew this was a great community, but this really solidified that,” she said.