Local News

  • Rescue effort aborted when truck owner admits lying to police

    A swift-water rescue attempt was called off moments before rescue swimmers were about to enter the swollen Salt River late this morning when a man whose truck washed away admitted it was his.

    The man, Ronnie Stratton, 38, of Lawrenceburg called the pickup truck in as stolen earlier this morning, according to Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department. Cornish said he interviewed Stratton, who later admitted that he drove the truck into the river at the Rice Road crossing late last night and jumped out when it began washing down the Salt River.

  • Washed-away pickup located in Salt River

    First responders have located the pickup truck that washed away over night at the Rice Road Crossing the Salt River, The Anderson News has confirmed.

    An exact location of where the vehicle was located was not immediately available. No information was available any possible occupants being located.

    The truck was reportedly washed away around 11 p.m. Thursday, and searches looked for it until around 3 a.m. Friday before resuming their search at daylight Friday.

    Check back here for details as they become available.

  • Search resumes for vehicle that washed away

    First responders are asking property owners along the swollen Salt River to help them locate a pickup truck that reportedly washed away last night at the Rice Road Crossing.

    “If they can do it safely, we asked people who have property along the river to check their property and help us find this vehicle,” said Bart Powell, the county’s director of emergency management.

    “We ask that property owners be very careful because the water is still high. If they see the vehicle, they should call 911.”

  • Cops: ‘Major dope shop’ shut down

    Lawrenceburg police seized nearly $30,000 of illegal drugs during a raid Saturday night on Lakeview Drive.

    “A major dope shop has been shut down,” said Det. Jeremy Cornish of the Lawrenceburg Police Department. “This takes a significant amount of dope off the streets of Lawrenceburg.”

    Arrested were Troy Sayre, 48, of that address and Justin M. Stratton, 36, of 1024 Elm St., Tyrone.

  • Deputies rescue would-be jumper from railroad bridge

    Deputies rescued a man who was apparently threatening to jump off the rail bridge over the Kentucky River last Friday afternoon.

    The man, identified as Aaron Hilbert, 23, of Harrodsburg went out on the bridge, which is privately owned by a group of bungee jumping enthusiasts, and began running back and forth, yelling at cars on the nearby S bridge.

  • Tale of recovery, a tale of hope

    “You can get back up.”

    That is the motto that Angie Hockensmith, who was a drug addict for 26 years, lives by.

    After 11 overdoses and nine suicide attempts, the 40-year-old is living proof that recovery is possible.

    “People are so broken and outcast when they are in addiction,” she said. “I don’t know how many chances you get (in life).”

    An addiction is born

  • Second youth charged in armed robberies

    A second juvenile has been charged in a string of armed robberies that occurred earlier this year.

    Travis Walling, 17, of 1146 Bonds Mill Road faces two counts of complicity to commit first-degree robbery after he was formally arraigned last Tuesday morning in Anderson Circuit Court.

    Walling, who was 16 at the time of the armed robbery of the 4 Way Stop and Go on Dewey Drive, was fingered by several witnesses who told police of his involvement, according to a citation issued by Det. Sgt. Bryan Taylor of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Woman, 78, suffers in jail for no reason

    I’m not going to tell you the name of the person involved in this story because she’s already suffered enough.

    A local 78-year-old woman many of you would readily recognize spent four nights incarcerated at the Shelby County Detention Center earlier this month, where she was forced to sleep on a concrete floor in a freezing cell without the medication she needed.

    No, I’m not making this up.

    In that cell were seven and sometimes eight other women, three of them pregnant and, in her words, all “druggies.”

  • Judge: Building jail here a ‘dead issue’

    Those hoping or even thinking about Anderson County building its own jail had the cell door firmly slammed in their faces during last Tuesday night’s meeting of the Anderson County Fiscal Court.

    During a work session before the meeting, a leading jail expert disabused them of the notion quickly and thoroughly, saying emphatically that building a jail would be a risky, expensive proposition.

  • Wilson honored with statewide KACD award

    From staff reports

    Every year the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts (KACD) recognizes farmers who take the initiative to implement sound, innovative and cost-effective conservation techniques and best management practices. The state winners are selected on the basis of accomplishments in soil and water resource management and pollution prevention, according to a news release.