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  • District Court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Dec. 29.

    Ray A. Polly, arraignment, failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance -- pleaded guilty, $643 ($400 conditionally discharged for 12 months, insurance monitoring), installment/deferred payment March 23.

    Jamie W. Purvis, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- failed to appear.

    Rodrigo Ramirez, arraignment, no operator’s/moped license -- pleaded guilty, paid $243.

  • Grand Jury indictments

    The following people were indicted April 7 by the Anderson County Grand Jury.

    •Michael Stines, 32, of 224 B Lynn Drive, was indicted on three charges: second-degree assault; first-degree wanton endangerment; and tampering with physical evidence.

    •Robert Estes, of 1065 Tanbark in Lexington, was indicted on four counts of third-degree rape.

    •John T. Murphy, 25, of 401 East Woodford St., Apt. 12, was indicted on two charges: third-degree burglary; and theft by unlawful taking (more than $300).

  • Deputy shoots, kills attacking pit bull

    A deputy sheriff shot and killed a dog inside the home of a Horn Drive resident after it attacked him while he was trying to serve a warrant last week.

    Deputy Matt Rogers shot the pit bull twice, including once in the head, while it was biting his leg, Sheriff Troy Young said, adding the dog’s teeth penetrated Rogers’ leg “to the bone.”

  • Blue-blooded legacy

    It took John Calipari all of 15 seconds to assure the Big Blue Nation that he knew exactly where he is and exactly what he is doing.

    “Is Hazel Keightley here? I asked that she and Karen come,” he said almost immediately into his first remarks as Kentucky’s basketball coach last Wednesday.

    No explanation was necessary. Coach Cal was reaching out to a Kentucky fan base hanging on to the hope that the new guy in town really understood what Wildcat basketball was about.

  • City plans public hearing on Sunday alcohol sales

    Lawrenceburg residents will soon have a venue to voice their opinions on the Sunday sale of package liquor.

    City councilman Thomas Vaughn spoke to the council during its work session Tuesday afternoon in favor of package sales on Sunday, and after some discussion the council agreed to hear about the issue from both sides before taking any action.

    The city already allows the sale of liquor by the drink on Sundays, and selling package liquor, including beer, could possibly increase tourism and attract businesses to the city, Vaughn told the council.

  • Sex toy, porn alleged in lawsuit

    A fired county employee claims in a lawsuit filed last week that co-workers gave her a sex toy, exposed her to pornography, harassed her and that she witnessed sloppy accounting practices.

    Lea Beasmore, a former administrative assistant who was fired March 2, is suing Judge-Executive Steve Cornish personally and in his position as judge, along with the fiscal court for an undisclosed amount of money.

  • Caller scams local grandma out of $4,100

    A phone call was all it took for one Lawrenceburg woman to get scammed out of $4,100 — and she wants to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

    The woman asked not to be identified, but wanted to share her story in hopes of keeping others from the same fate.

    A couple of weeks ago, the woman answered her phone and heard what she thought was her grandson on the other end.

    “Grandma, it’s your favorite grandson,” the caller said.

  • Excuses, excuses

    Education is expensive but not sending a kid to school on a regular basis can cost a whole lot more.

    One Lawrenceburg mom is finding that out the hard way after being dragged into Anderson County District Court.

    The woman’s four children racked up 95 absences this year — 41 of them unexcused — and she is facing a potential court fine of $4,100.

    Yep, that’s $100 per unexcused absence, a penalty that skyrockets to $250 per day for a second offense and even 90 days in jail for a third.

  • 'Weathering' the economic storm

    Money is hard to come by in today’s economy, but one local program has quite a bit extra it wants to use to help those who don’t.

    Blue Grass Community Action Partnership’s weatherization program recently received a bundle of funds courtesy of the latest economic stimulus package, said Kelly Cornish, the program director.

    “The stimulus package upped our budget, and we’re not getting enough clients,” Cornish said.

  • Two charged with abusing children

    Two Lawrenceburg residents have been indicted on charges that they physically abused two children, ages 2 and 4, according to records filed in Anderson County Circuit Court.

    David Vance Hopkins, 40, and Lisa Anne Hopkins, 42, of 1017 David Drive, were charged March 24 on two counts each of first-degree criminal abuse of a child under the age of 12. The charges are Class C felonies, according to the files.

    They are accused of abusing the children between June 1 and June 11, 2008, court records show.