Local News

  • Anderson among state's toughest on drunk drivers

    Former UK basketball coach Billy Gillispie wasn’t the first to find out that drinking and driving in Anderson County nearly guarantees a conviction, and he certainly won’t be the last.

    Anderson trails only Shelby County in DUI conviction rate, and only by the narrowest of margins, according to statistics compiled in a joint effort between the Kentucky Transportation Center and UK College of Engineering.

    Between 2004 and 2008, Anderson sported a 92.3 conviction rate, one-tenth of a percent behind Shelby’s 92.4.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Linda Armstrong heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 21.

    Joseph L. Linville, arraignment, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Oct. 5.

    Courtney Lovell, arraignment, no operator’s/moped license -- pleaded not guilty, disposition Nov. 2.

    Ricardo S. Meaux, arraignment, passing a loading/unloading school/church bus -- pleaded not guilty, pretrial conference Oct. 14, motion/disposition/trial date Nov. 2.

  • District court proceedings

    Judge Matthew K. Eckert heard the following cases during Anderson District Court proceedings Sept. 10.

    Melissa D. Bamberger, arraignment, theft by unlawful taking (shoplifting) -- bonded out.

    Brian Lawson, arraignment, receiving stolen property (firearm) -- pleaded not guilty, continued to Sept. 17.

    Megan L. Reffett, arraignment, fraudulent use of credit cards (less than $10,000) -- pleaded not guilty, continued to Sept. 17.

  • State Christmas tree cut here

    Kevin D. Gritton loved giving unique Christmas gifts, and this year, his parents gave the state a unique gift in his memory.

    Joyce and Jackie Gritton, who live on Wilson Lane in Alton Station, donated a 30-foot-tall Norway Spruce to serve as the Commonwealth Christmas tree at the state capitol.

    “This is Kevin’s unique gift to the state of Kentucky,” Jackie Gritton said Thursday morning just minutes before the tree was cut from his yard.

  • Police look for suspects in smoke shop burglary (WITH VIDEO)

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a burglary that occurred Monday morning at Bo's Smoke Shop near Eagle Lake.

    The sheriff's office received an alarm drop at 12:15 a.m. Monday. When Deputy Patrick Beasley arrived, he found the front door to the business had been broken out and the store had been burglarized, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

    An inventory estimate of $10,000 in cigarettes and cigars had been stolen, including some cash, the news release said.

  • Infant suffers broken bones, bleeding from shaking

    A Lawrenceburg man is accused of shaking his infant daughter so hard that she suffered rectal bleeding, a brain hemorrhage and multiple broken bones.

    Derek Hartley, 26, of 1016 Anderson City Road was arrested Nov. 19 on two charges of first-degree assault. He appeared Monday in Anderson District Court and is currently being held in Frankfort Regional Detention Center on $250,000 cash bail.

  • 'She's healed now'

    After fighting two battles with an inoperable brainstem tumor, Brianna Nicole Borwig died on Monday. She was 13.

    “We’re all going to miss her,” said Brenda Sadler, administrative assistant at Anderson Christian Church, where Brianna was a member.

    “She had such a beautifiul voice,” Sadler said. “She used to sit behind me, and it would just bring a smile to your face.”

    Sadler, who also taught Brianna in classes at the church, said it was heartbreaking to see such a beautiful young girl go through so much.

  • Bomb threat suspect nabbed

    The man accused of calling in a bomb threat last Thursday to Anderson County Head Start and Day Care is behind bars.

    Louisville Metro Police, following a search that was launched by the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, took Craig E. Nokes of Louisville into custody Friday night.

    Nokes, who has had numerous run-ins with the law, is charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a Class C felony, according to Detective Bryan Taylor of the sheriff’s department. He is also charged with violating an emergency protection order.

  • Anderson County Grand Jury indicts five

    The following people were indicted Nov. 17 by the Anderson County Grand Jury, according to documents obtained at the Anderson County Courthouse.

    Michael B. Griffin, of 5122 Whirlaway Lane, was indicted on 12 charges: five counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; three counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; theft by unlawful taking (firearm); giving an officer a false name/address; and first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Burglary video 3

    The Anderson County Sheriff's Office released this video in hopes of identifying two men who broke into Bo's Smoke Shop on Monday morning.

    For more information on the burglary, click here.

    Anyone with information regarding the burglary should contact the sheriff's office at 839-7957 or the emergency dispatch center at 839-5125.