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  • Suspect pepper sprayed after breaking window in cop car

    A homeless Lawrenceburg man suspected of stealing thousands of dollars in electronics from Walmart is being held on a $5,000 cash bond after he tussled with police, kicked the rear window out of a police car and later defecated in a holding cell and ambulance.
    Christopher H. Isaacs, 29, was charged with shoplifting, disorderly conduct, menacing and criminal mischief following an incident that included police using pepper spray to subdue him, according to police reports.

  • ‘We might as well give them the dope’

    News that the Anderson County Health Department is debating the creation of a needle exchange program for drug addicts wasn’t received particularly well during last week’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.
    “What jackass thought of that idea?” asked Magistrate David Montgomery, who disparaged the idea but volunteered to be a on a committee to examine it along with members of the health board, Lawrenceburg City Council, law enforcement, EMS and county jailer.
    “We might as well give them the dope, too,” Montgomery added.

  • Circuit Court likely next stop for Alton Road

    The state’s emergency request to have Alton Road (Highway 151) removed from the federal government’s National Truck Network doesn’t go nearly far enough, according to the leaders of a group demanding that heavy trucks be temporarily banned.
    Residents Tom Isaac and Don McCormick each said Monday that they and the group they represent will decide next Monday if they will seek an emergency injunction in court.

  • Recycling to go curbside next month

    Residents with trash service across Anderson County have been receiving recycling bins with light blue tops during the past two weeks in anticipation of curbside pickup that is slated to begin April 4.
    While trash will continue to be collected on a weekly basis, recyclables will be collected every other week on the same day trash is picked up. Recyclable items should be placed loosely in the recycling cart, not bagged. For more information, call 859-263-2000.

  • Duo adds cycle shop to Main Street mix

    Two local men are banking on the notion that those visiting Lawrenceburg while traveling the Bourbon Trail are looking for more than places to eat and shop.
    Tim Bond and Chris Walker are the owners of Bourbon Trail Cycles, a motorcycle repair shop that opened late last year next door to Dude’s Muffler and Brake Shop on Main Street.
    “Downtown is the best location for something like this, especially with the revitalization of the downtown area,” said Walker. “That played a major role in picking this location.

  • Man jailed for threatening to kill deputy, state trooper

    From staff reports
    A Lawrenceburg man remained behind bars Tuesday after threatening to kill a sheriff’s deputy and state trooper last Wednesday night on Alton Station Road.
    Aaron B. Cummins, 32, of 210 Poplar Drive faces charges that include DUI, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct for an incident that began when he allegedly ran off of Alton Station Road and caused property damage.
    In his report, trooper Josh Satterly said Cummins was at a nearby residence when he responded to a call at 1166 Alton Station Road.

  • Magistrate calls coroner spending ‘irresponsible’

    The Anderson County Fiscal Court declined to pay two of Coroner Dr. Mark Tussey’s bills last week and are demanding that he appear to explain the charges.
    “This is irresponsible and I think the court needs an explanation,” said Magistrate Meredith Lewis while discussing purchases totaling $1,335 for uniform shirts and heavyweight safety parkas.
    “Thirteen hundred dollars for four people’s uniforms? That’s way over budget,” she said.
    “What did they buy, suits?” quipped Magistrate Kenny Barnett.

  • One man’s junk or treasure?

    “We’re gonna open this unit up with a bid of $100. Do I hear 100?”
    Hammer Down Auctions’ auctioneer Barry Carter’s voice pierces the mid-morning quiet at Storage Rentals of America out behind the new McDonald’s on Commerce Way.
    A small group of six bidders peer curiously into the storage unit up for auction at 10 a.m. on a brisk, brilliant Thursday morning. Despite Carter’s best efforts, the bidding starts at $10 for what looks to the casual eye like laundry baskets and milk crates full of junk.

  • Apex Academy is opportunity, not punishment

    Steve Swank wants to clarify that Apex Academy is not a dumping ground for troubled youth.
    “The perception of an alternative school is not good and we are changing that,” he said. “Research shows a true alternative school is not for discipline. It is for opportunity.”
    Apex Academy, which changed its name after moving from the Phoenix Academy to the high school this year, serves students in grades seven through 12 who are struggling in regular classes. The students picked the name Apex Academy, which stands for Achieving Personal Excellence.

  • Governor addresses Alton Road issue

    Gov. Matt Bevin addressed the hot-button Highway 151 designation as a truck route issue at the 2016 Community and Business Expo at Eagle Lake Saturday.

    “I’ve went up and down it many times as a candidate,” he stated. “(I remember) having barely held on myself.”

    Bevin said that after meeting with state Rep. James Tipton, Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton, County Attorney Bobbi Jo Lewis and others, he and his staff discussed the issue.