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  • Prosecutor rescinds plea offer in tied up child case

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s office retracted a plea offer Wednesday for the woman charged with tying up her 3-year-old granddaughter for as many as 16 hours each day.
    The girl’s grandmother, Carolyn Case, along with her parents, Rebecca and Herbert Medley, all are charged with first-degree criminal child abuse and have each pleaded not guilty.
    Armed Wednesday in Anderson Circuit Court with their own public defenders, each appeared in front of Judge Charles Hickman and were expected to receive a plea deal from prosecutor David Nutgrass.

  • Child porn suspect pleads guilty

    The Lawrenceburg man charged with 70 counts of possessing and distributing child pornography pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court and could now face up to 20 years in prison.
    Mark Hawks, 55, of Secretariat Drive entered his plea roughly 16 months after being indicted for downloading and viewing pornographic images of girls as young as 6 years old at his home and at his workplace in Shelbyville.

  • Mom hauls son into court, cops haul him away

    The mother of a suspected methamphetamine “smurf” out of jail on bond hauled her son into Anderson Circuit Court on Wednesday, then stood and watched as deputies hauled him off to jail.
    Evan Cochran, 20, of Lawrenceburg was arrested in May along with four others on methamphetamine-related charges. Evans told arresting officer Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department that he was “smurfing,” a term used to describe those who purchase pseudoephedrine and other substances for others who manufacture meth.

  • Send Santa your Christmas list through the News

    If you think you’ve been good this year, tell Santa all about it by submitting your holiday letters to The Anderson News.

    For the 35th consecutive year, the News will help Santa by publishing the letters and pictures of Anderson County’s children.

    Santa only asks one thing. In order to make sure he can get through them all, please keep letters to 100 words.

  • Paramedic claims disability led to him being fired

    A former paramedic is claiming he was fired from his position for being “a qualified individual with a disability” and is suing Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway and the Anderson County Fiscal Court for letting him go.
    In a lawsuit Nov. 2 in Anderson Circuit Court, Scott Tibbetts claims he “suffered from clinical anxiety and depression” from October of 2011 through the time he was fired in March, and that Conway violated the law by firing him.

  • 6th District magistrate blasted again

    The hits just keep coming to 6th District Magistrate Kenny Barnett.
    Just two weeks after being called a “liar” by Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway, Barnett received a tongue-lashing by fellow Magistrate David Ruggles and told to “start doing his job” during Monday’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    And if that weren’t enough, Conway later called Barnett “clueless,” and said a first-grader would know more about how county government operates.

  • Children seek help for arson victims

    The children of Red and Joyce Shingleton have no idea why someone burned their parents’ business to the ground late last month, but they do know they need some help while trying to recover.
    Red’s Welding and Scrap Removal was intentionally set fire twice in October — the first attempt to burn it down failed, the second did not.
    Investigators with the Kentucky State Police say both attempts were arson and they are still looking for whoever is responsible.

  • King wins in landslide

    Republican candidates state Rep. Kim King and congressional challenger Andy Barr handily defeated their Democrat rivals Tuesday night in two heated races.
    County Clerk Jason Denny said turnout was about 64 percent countywide, and that a total of 10,435 votes were cast. Of that total there were 2,307 straight ticket Republican voters and 1,720 straight ticket Democrat voters.
    Denny said Election Day went smoothly in Anderson County.

  • Plea likely from child porn suspect

    The Lawrenceburg man charged last year with 70 felony counts of possessing and distributing child pornography is expected to enter a plea when he appears today (Wednesday) in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Mark Hawks, 55, was indicted in July of 2011 after investigators with the Kentucky State Police determined he was viewing, downloading and sharing child pornography from his Secretariat Drive home.

  • Republicans win big in Anderson County

    Incumbent state Rep. Kim King (R-Harrodsburg) soundly defeated challenger Kent Stevens (D-Lawrenceburg) in unofficial results from Anderson County in Tuesday’s election, 55 to 45 percent.

    Andy Barr, the Republican challenger to incumbent Congressman Ben Chandler, soundly defeated him in Anderson County as well, 56 to 48 percent.

    In the city council election, incumbent Steven Rucker was the only seated council member to lose and will be replaced by George Geoghegan.

    For school board, Donna Drury defeated incumbent Steve Higgins.