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  • Murder victim slashed multiple times

    An Anderson County man is in jail on murder charges after police found the body of a woman in his residence at 4197 Bardstown Road on Saturday.

    Gary M. Bancroft, 33, is charged with murdering 33-year-old Frances Renee Mobley.

    Mobley’s identity was confirmed Tuesday morning, said Anderson County Coroner Brian Ritchie. Mobley is said to have been staying with Bancroft at least part time in Anderson County, but her family lives in Spencer County, he said.

  • Meet Kentucky's best dispatcher

    Jennifer Mitchell never got a drop of water on her while helping to save a stranded family from drowning in the Kentucky River earlier this year.

    In fact, Mitchell never came within a mile of the river during the rescue effort, but her role in getting the family safe to shore was as important as those who manned rescue boats or plucked the family from its stranded boat.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during District Court proceedings July 26.

    Jessica M. Harris, hearing, possession of marijuana – to serve 30 days (credit time served).

    Thomas D. Jacobs, hearing, license to be in possession, trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces), use/possession of drug paraphernalia – to be released when proof filed of completion of treatment.

  • Teens injured in head-on wreck

    Two Anderson County High School students were seriously injured last Wednesday in a head-on collision on Highway 53.

    The accident occurred around 6:30 p.m. about 1 mile from the Bluegrass Parkway.

    Arianne Weakley, 16, suffered a compound fracture to her right leg, and Chelsea Payne, 17, sustained a collapsed lung and other injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, Albert Leitenberger of Willisburg, was treated at the scene and released, according to a news release from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Judge hopeful announces broadband plans

    Broadband access in rural Anderson County could be just months away if an idea laid out by a candidate for judge-executive becomes reality.

    Chip Chambers announced last Wednesday in a news conference that he is working with Simpsonville-based Shelby Broadband to allow the company to install antennas on South Anderson Water District towers that will provide coverage for approximately 60 percent of the county’s rural area. He said that figure could be even higher if Shelby Broadband is allowed to install the antennas on other highpoints across the county.

  • Split vote kills tax hike, for now

    After a Thursday meeting left the Anderson County Board of Education without a tax rate for the next year, another public hearing and a meeting to set the rate are being planned for mid-September.

    Six community members, a couple of county officials and several school administrators attended Thursday night’s public hearing regarding the tax to be levied by the school district.

  • 'He didn't have far to run'

    Police didn’t have far to go to arrest the man accused of robbing the Five Star Food Mart store on Broadway last Tuesday night.

    They only had to walk across the street to find Mitchell Raymond Osborne, 31, who allegedly robbed the store at gunpoint before taking the gun and the cash to his Johnson Street residence, according to Det. Mike Schell of the Lawrenceburg Police Department.

    Schell said Osborne walked into the store around 10:45 p.m., showed the cashier what turned out to be a BB gun that looks like the real thing and walked home with less than $500.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings July 12.

    Jennifer L. McDermott, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security – dismissed.

    Damon E. McKee, arraignment, operating motor vehicle under the influence(BAC .223) – continued July 26.

    James N. Mercer, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, operating motor vehicle under the influence(BAC .125) – continued July 26.

  • Bees swarm on Main St.

    Honeybees, and lots of them, stung several people and sent even more scrambling for cover after the tree in which they were living was cut down Monday afternoon on Main Street.

    The city contracted with John Sutherland of Boone Tree Service to have the rotting tree removed from the right of way in front of Dr. Dana Dahlen’s dental practice. Sutherland said he had no idea that the top portion of the tree he fell was full of bees, but it didn’t take him long to find out.

  • Two charged after cops find pound of pot

    Two people were arrested Aug. 17 after deputies found what they say was over 1 pound of processed marijuana at 1791 Anderson City Road, according to a news release.

    Charged with trafficking marijuana (over 8 ounces) were Timothy Scott Caldwell, 44, and Marilyn Hansley, 58, according to the news release.

    The charges are “firearm enhanced,” the news release states.

    Both were transported to the Franklin County Regional Jail.

    Deputies found the suspected marijuana while executing a search warrant, according to the news release.