Local News

  • Police collar star witness in trial of alleged puppy killer

    The trial of suspected puppy killer Paul “Doobie” Dearinger is officially on for today (Wednesday), but just barely.
    Police in Nicholasville were able to collar what figures to be the prosecution’s star witness in the case, Elizabeth “Beth” Dennis, just hours before a deadline imposed by a judge to postpone the case until March.

  • We’re No. 1! (in binge drinking)

    By Tara Kaprowy
    Kentucky Health News
    Kentuckians binge drink an average of about six times per month, more often than people living in any other state, a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found.
    Binge drinking is defined as consuming four or more drinks for women and five or more drinks for men on one occasion. Nationwide, 17 percent of adults binge drink, up from 15 percent in a 2009 survey. That’s one in six people, averaging four binges a month and eight drinks per binge.

  • Fake pot, bath salts banned

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court voted unanimously Tuesday night to ban fake pot and bath salts despite heated objections from a business owner who sells the substances.

    The public hearing turned heated at one point, and one man who spoke in favor of keeping the substances legal was thrown out of the meetng by order of Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway.

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  • Where is she?

    A cash reward is being offered for the woman consider the prosecution’s star witness in the trial of a Lawrenceburg man charged with stomping a puppy to death before setting it ablaze.

    Elizabeth “Beth” Dennis, 34, was the girlfriend of Paul “Doobie” Dearinger when he allegedly killed the puppy in October, 2010.

    His trial is scheduled to begin this Wednesday, and the city police and sheriff’s office have been actively trying to serve Dennis a subpoena for her to testify, along with a felony warrant for flagrant non-support.

  • Schools close for snow

    All Anderson County district schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 13 due to inclement weather.

    Christian Academy of Lawrenceburg will also be closed.

  • Ex-social worker in Fla. as court date set

    The former social worker facing nine felony counts of tampering with public records in cases involving the sexual abuse of children did not appear Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court, but a date was set for her next appearance.
    Margaret “Geri” Murphy, who lives in Florida, previously worked here in social services as a field worker charged with investigating child abuse.
    She pleaded not guilty last year to each of the charges against her.

  • Phony pot, bath salts vote set for Tuesday

    Those who think synthetic marijuana and bath salts should remain legal in Anderson County will have a chance to say so next Tuesday night.
    That’s when the Anderson County Fiscal Court is expected to approve a ban on the sale and possession of those substances, and future variations of them, into law following the second of two public hearings.
    A workshop is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by the court’s regular meeting at 7. Both are open to the public.

  • Saying goodbye, again

    Jackie Black has sent her husband off to war once before.
    “We had four days’ notice, and then he left,” Jackie said of her husband First Sgt. John Black’s sudden deployment to Iraq with the National Guard in 2004.
    Last Tuesday afternoon Jackie and her daughter Taylor, 14, were able to send John off for his second deployment, this time to Afghanistan, during a departure ceremony for the Agribusiness Development Team #4.
    Jackie said she refers to the deployment process as a “journey.”

  • Man police say shot sister enters plea

    The man charged with shooting his sleeping sister in the head pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.
    Anthony Wideman, 18, was indicted last month and charged with first-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence stemming from the shooting last year of his sister, Shawnna Wideman.
    Anthony Wideman appeared in prison garb and shackles and told Judge Charles Hickman that he did not have an attorney.

  • Alleged crime syndicate busted

    It isn’t what legendary mobster Al Capone might have done to earn his reputation in organized crime, but four people have been charged with operating a criminal syndicate in Lawrenceburg.
    A mom, her daughter and two others were charged last month in a scheme to swipe Xbox game controllers at the Game Stop store in US 127 Bypass. Monica Smith, her daughter Oquala Smith, Johntez Smith and Roberto Middlebrook were each arrested Dec. 2.
    Middlebrook, Oquala Smith and Monica Smith are from Versailles. Johntez Smith is from Lexington.