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Today's News

  • Families evacuated as fire damages duplex

    A fire Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a duplex at the corner of O’Hara Drive and Scarlett Lane and killed a man’s pet snake.

    City Fire Chief Bobby Hume said the fire started in a dryer, located in the lower level of the duplex.

    Two families were evacuated and uninjured, along with a number of pet cats.

    A snake described as a 12-year-old ball python was killed, according to the brother of its owner, John Duffee, who lives in one side of the duplex with his parents.

  • Stiff competition awaits reigning cook-off champ

    Will this be the year someone, anyone finally knocks off five-time Burgoo Cook-Off champion Jesse Sanford?

    There will be plenty of teams trying to do just that during the annual fundraiser for Sheriff Joe Milam’s Shop With a Cop program, which raises money to purchase Christmas gifts for children in need.

    The event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrenceburg Green.

    The contest is simple. Teams set up a booth and bring gallons upon gallons of burgoo. Judging is done by anyone willing to make a $2 donation to Shop With a Cop.

  • Eating contest to follow cook-off

    Call it gluttony for a good cause.

    Ten competitors will see who can eat a full quart of burgoo the quickest in the inaugural Burgoo Eating Contest to benefit CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

    The event is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. Saturday at the Lawrenceburg Green, immediately following the Burgoo Cook-Off.

  • ‘Let’s pack it out downtown!’

    To say David Wayne Johnson is pumped to be playing Lawrenceburg is like saying there is a pot of stew at the Anderson County Burgoo Festival.

    It’s an understatement of major proportions.

    “I want this to be a big show,” Johnson said via a Facebook message last week. “I’m expecting to see a lot of friends, family and country music fans.”

  • Families evacuated as fire damages duplex

    A fire Tuesday morning caused significant damage to a duplex at the corner of O’Hara Drive and Scarlett Lane and killed a man’s pet snake.

    City Fire Chief Bobby Hume said the fire started in a dryer, located in the lower level of the duplex.

    Two families were evacuated and uninjured, along with a number of pet cats.

    A snake described as a 12-year-old ball python was killed, according to the brother of its owner, John Duffee, who lives in one side of the duplex with his parents.

  • Sheriff’s office finds, destroys pot patch

    Today wasn’t a good day for whomever was growing a sizeable patch of marijuana in western Anderson County.

    Sheriff Joe Milam, Chief Deputy Robbie Armstrong, Sgt. Greg Boblitt and deputy Loren Wells of the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office each had a hand today in chopping down and destroying what the sheriff called was a “mature” patch of marijuana plants, following a tip.

    Milam said there were 15 mature plants found with an estimated street value of around $30,000.

  • Jury hands down 60-year sentence for convicted murderer

    The man convicted of murdering Fairview Road resident Steve Briscoe was given a recommended sentence of 60 years in prison this afternoon in Anderson Circuit Court.

    The same jury that found Gary Luttrell, 42, guilty of murder, tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking and criminal trespassing Thursday night voted to lock him up for 50 years on the murder charge and 10 more for the remainder of the charges.

    Those sentences are to run consecutively, meaning one after the next. Formal sentencing is scheduled for next month.

  • Luttrell convicted of murder

    The man who admittedly shot and killed Steve Briscoe three years ago in his Fairview Road driveway has been convicted of murder.

    Gary Luttrell, 42, was very emotional and cried repeatedly during the four-day trial, but sat stone-faced as Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman read the 12-member jury’s verdict around 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Luttrell, who has ties to Lawrenceburg but lived in Lexington at the time of the murder, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday at 9 a.m.

  • Train delays fire, EMS response as trapped man’s vehicle burns

    Firefighters and deputies were forced to use fire extinguishers and a garden hose to keep a man trapped in his overturned vehicle from burning to death Friday morning when a train temporarily blocked ambulances and other firefighters from responding.

    Aaron Caudill, 24, of 1350 Caldwell Road, Lawrenceburg, who sources say received no serious burns, died shortly after he was pulled from his burned-out vehicle from injuries he sustained in the wreck on Versailles Road.

  • Briscoe murder suspect claims self-defense as trial begins

    Attorneys for the man charged with shooting Lawrenceburg resident Steven Briscoe to death in his own driveway three years ago claimed Monday that he did so in self-defense.

    The murder trial for Gary Lutrell, 42, of Lexington began Monday in Anderson Circuit Court. During her opening statement, Lutrell’s attorney said Briscoe and Lutrell each were carrying guns during the confrontation that centered on Lutrell’s wife being at Briscoe’s home.