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  • ‘He killed my momma’

    Modena Branson’s family wept in the courtroom when the man charged with murdering her was escorted into court, and shook clenched fists at him in the street when he was whisked away after pleading not guilty.
    Timothy Lee Branson, 50, of 1600 Ballard Road was arraigned Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court, where he entered his plea and learned his next court date will be May 8.
    He is charged in the shooting death of his wife, Modena Branson, earlier this month at their residence.

  • Three wrecks, DUI land woman in jail

    A Beaver Lake Road woman was arraigned Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court on first-degree felony assault and other charges stemming from a string of motor vehicle accidents last fall.
    Jordan McDermott, 21, of 1308 Beaver Lake Road also faces a felony count of wanton endangerment; felony and misdemeanor counts for criminal mischief; a misdemeanor count of failure to stop and render aid; DUI; disregarding a traffic control device; failure to wear a seat belt; no motor vehicle insurance; and reckless driving.

  • Man charged with pistol-whipping girlfriend

    Landmark News Service
    A Mount Eden man is behind bars after allegedly shooting at and pistol-whipping his girlfriend on Friday afternoon.
    Benjamin W. Mobley, 58, of 2185 Murphy Lane, Mount Eden, is charged with attempted murder - domestic violence, first-degree assault - domestic violence, and wanton endangerment.
    Spencer County Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump said his department was dispatched to 11 First St. in Mount Eden at 4:53 p.m. Friday with reports that a woman had been assaulted and possibly pistol-whipped.

  • Scenic location now a ‘disgusting’ dump

    One of Anderson County’s most scenic wonders could soon be declared an illegal dump.
    The gravel portion of Wildcat Road, which connects Stringtown to Tyrone, has been inundated over the past several weeks with old mattresses, furniture, TV sets and even a hot tub, not to mention a small mountain of household trash.
    That has 1st District Magistrate David Ruggles fuming, and could lead the Anderson County Fiscal Court to consider closing it to through traffic.

  • Main Street man to be arraigned on incest charges

    A Lawrenceburg man is scheduled to be arraigned next Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court on incest charges dating back to the mid 1990s, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Jeffrey Wolverton, 50, of 309 Main St. is charged with four counts of incest from allegations in 1994 and 1995, according to court documents.
    Wolverton was originally arraigned in Anderson District Court, but those charges were later sent to Anderson Circuit Court.

  • Man charged with selling oxycodone to teen

    A Lawrenceburg man indicted for allegedly selling oxycodone to a 16-year-old girl will be arraigned next Tuesday in Anderson Circuit Court at 9 a.m.
    John Wolverton, 29, of 4107 Citation Lane was indicted last month on charges including first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor; first-degree trafficking of opiates; trafficking marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to documents on file in Anderson Circuit Court.
    In his report, Lawrenceburg police officer Jeremy Cornish wrote that Wolverton admitted selling oxycodone to the teen.

  • Murder suspect charged

    With what appeared to be a self-inflicted bullet hole just above his left temple and wearing a hospital gown and handcuffs, the man indicted for shooting his wife to death was charged with murder last Thursday night.
    Timothy Lee Branson, 48, of 1600 Ballard Road was taken from his hospital bed at the University of Kentucky Medical Center to the Kentucky State Police barracks in Frankfort to be charged with murder and two counts of wanton endangerment.
    Branson allegedly shot his wife, Modena Branson, 50, during a March 5 domestic dispute, according to police reports.

  • Schools won’t serve ‘pink slime’ hamburger

    Consumers may be ask “where’s the beef?” more often after reports surfaced about the use of the meat filler dubbed “pink slime,” and its connections to ground beef served and purchased in restaurants, grocery stores and even school lunches.
    Following last week’s report by ABC News, reports stated that the USDA plans to purchase 7 million pounds of the meat filler known as “pink slime” from vendor Beef Products Inc. to mix with ground meat shipped through the national school lunch program.

  • Library board forges ahead with potential expansion

    The library’s board of trustees will move forward with its long-range plan to expand its facility, with or without aid from a public library construction grant.  
    Library director Pamela Mullins asked the trustees at their Feb. 28 meeting if they still had an interest in expanding, despite the fact that the $25,000 in public library construction grant funds the library planned to request would probably not be available.

  • Reward offered for missing dog

    A woman is frantically trying to find a dog she says was picked up by a local pet groomer and subsequently lost.
    The dog, a female Mastiff named Tasia, came up missing Saturday near Fairview Road in western Anderson County. A cash reward is being offered for the dog’s return.
    Owner Cherie Queen said a groomer picked up her dog and later told her the dog escaped.
    “We’ve passed out flyers and have been all over that area,” Queen said Monday afternoon. “She’s never been outside like this, and we’re very, very concerned.