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  • Burkhead sics state police on sign stealers, vandals

    A rash of damaged and stolen “Rex Burkhead for Sheriff” yard signs has triggered an investigation by the Kentucky State Police, Burkhead said Monday afternoon.

    Burkhead, who is challenging incumbent Sheriff Troy Young in the May 18 Democratic primary, said around 40 of his signs were damaged or stolen over the weekend. He said a number of his signs on South Main Street were damaged or removed, along with signs on Carlton Drive, Humston Drive, Highway 62 and some in Stringtown.

    Burkhead said he doesn’t have any “suspects” in mind.

  • Woman leaps from window to escape early-morning blaze

    A woman was forced to leap from her bedroom window to escape an early-morning blaze last Tuesday morning at 3580 Harry Wise Road.

    The woman was home alone and sleeping when the fire broke out, according to Anderson County Fire Chief Mike Barnes.

    “She tried to escape from the normal route out of her house, but the smoke was too thick to breathe,” he said. “She jumped out of the bedroom window, which was a 4- to 5-foot drop.”

  • Third candidate files for sheriff

    A surprise third candidate has filed to run for Anderson County sheriff.

    Donald J. “Jeff” McCormick, of 568 S. Main St., filed by the April 1 deadline as an independent candidate for sheriff, according to an open records request fulfilled by the Anderson County clerk’s office.

    McCormick, a former Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employee, will face the winner of the May 18 Democratic primary between incumbent Sheriff Troy Young and challenger Rex Burkhead, also a former Fish and Wildlife employee.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Donna Dutton heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Dec. 7.

    Scott D. Gregory, arraignment, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license -- failed to appear, bench warrant.

    Linda C. Hawkins, motion to revoke probation, operating a motor vehicle under the influence (BAC .183) -- to serve 10 days.

    Blake E. Jones, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- failed to appear, bench warrant.

  • Seventh-grader hit by car

    An Anderson County Middle School student had both legs run over by a vehicle Monday afternoon at the corner of Saffell and Woodford streets.

    The unidentified seventh grader suffered a series of bumps and bruises and was transported by Anderson County EMS to an area hospital.

    Emergency Management Director Bart Powell said despite having his legs run over, the student suffered no broken bones and was expected to be OK.

  • New cameras nab bathroom vandal at Legion

    Vandalizing the restrooms at the American Legion ball fields isn’t as easy as it used to be.

    Just ask the 16-year-old who on Thursday afternoon admitted to police that he was responsible for doing just that.

    The boy admitted that he had kicked down dividers between two urinals around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday night, giddily unaware that around two hours earlier, technicians had just placed the finishing touches on security cameras aimed directly at the restroom door.

  • Students injured in bus wreck

    Two high school students were taken to the hospital and several more slightly injured Monday afternoon when a school bus slid off Alton Station Road and into a ditch.

    Both high school students complained of back pain and were transported to an area hospital, according to Anderson County Emergency Management Director Bart Powell.

    Four other students were treated at the scene for various bumps and bruises before being released to their parents, Powell said.

  • Deputies give alleged 'Irish Travelers' the boot

    Sheriff’s deputies responding to a homeowner’s concern booted three alleged scam artists out of Anderson County last week.

    Deputy Eddie Holmes said he responded to a call on Mays Road in western Anderson County after a person there said a group of men stopped by, asking to paint her barn roof.

    Holmes said the person saw an article in last week’s edition of The Anderson News, warning that groups of so-called “Irish Travelers” had been spotted in the area.

  • Child porn suspect at large

    The Alton Station man indicted on three felony counts for possessing child pornography remains at large, according to Attorney General Jack Conway’s office.

    Mark Curtis Whitaker, 54, of 1140 Alton Station Road, was indicted March 16 by the Anderson County Grand Jury. Authorities have been looking for him since that time.

    “We are working with local authorities to locate him and bring him into custody,” said Allison Martin, a spokesperson for the attorney general’s office in Frankfort.

  • City accepts skate park bid

    The second time was a charm for bids on the skate park that will be built at Anderson County Community Park.

    The city council approved a bid from Jonathan Upchurch, a local contractor, at a special called meeting Wednesday.

    The council rejected two bids — one from American Ramp Company and one from Pacific Ramp Company — in December. Those bids were based on different designs.

    This time around, the city opened bids based on a specific design.