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  • Timothy Branson pleads guilty to murdering his wife in 2012

    In an eleventh hour decision, Timothy Branson, 51, who was accused of murdering his wife, withdrew a plea of not guilty and entered a plea of guilty Monday.

    A jury trial was scheduled for 9 a.m. but, at around 7:30 a.m., jurors were notified that they were not needed because Branson changed his plea to guilty.

    According to court documents, Branson accepted the Commonwealth of Kentucky Court of Justice deal to enter a plea of guilty, which amended the charge of murder to first-degree manslaughter.

  • SafeWise: Lawrenceburg is Top 10 in safety in Kentucky

    Kentucky is one of the best state’s to visit and Lawrenceburg is one of the safest cities in which to live, according to a study by SafeWise, an online resource for home security and security news.

    Lawrenceburg Police Chief Chris Atkins told Lawrenceburg City Council during its regular monthly meeting Monday night that SafeWise rated Lawrenceburg 9th in the state in its report.

    “We were the largest population in the Top 10,” he said.

  • Bungee jumping group plans to do more in 2014

    A sight that might have been unusual in 2013 could become much more common this year. In May, Vertigo Bungee conducted another round of jumps from the Young’s High Bridge, a train trestle that runs parallel to the Tyrone bridge.

    Vertigo Bungee bought the trestle in 2012 to use it for a club-based operation. VIP members were allowed to try it out in May and it could be open for new members later this year.

  • Wild Turkey donates thousands to Old Friends in honor of Rosie Napravnik’s Belmont run

    Wild Turkey Bourbon rooted for jockey Rosie Napravnik to upset triple crown contender California Chrome in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes race.

    To show support for Napravnik, Wild Turkey donated $1 to Old Friends for every tweet of the hashtag #RideWithRosie up to the start of the race and up to a maximum donation of $5,000.

    Old Friends is a favorite of Napravnik’s and is dedicated to giving retired racehorses a safe, comfortable life.

  • Arts Council seeks pros for Directory

    Kentucky Arts Council is accepting applications for the Architectural Artists Directory through Aug. 15.

    Professional artists age 21 or older whose work includes architectural elements, custom-made fixtures and uniquely crafted building materials and design elements are encouraged to apply.

    Participation is intended for artists whose work is constructed as an integral part of a room, building, outdoor space or other structure. Examples include cabinetry, murals, light fixtures, sinks and stained-glass windows.

  • Cram sentenced to 25 years for murder of landlord

    Terrance Cram, who was charged with brutally murdering his landlord, Tena McNealy, in 2011, was sentenced to 25 years for murder this afternoon by the Anderson County Circuit Court.

    He was also sentenced by Judge Charles Hickman for five years for tampering with physical evidence and five years for the fraudulent use of a credit card, which will run consecutive to his murder sentence.

    For the full story, see the June 11 print edition of The Anderson News.

  • Global distiller will build full-scale bourbon distillery in Shelby

    Kentucky Press News

    Gov. Steve Beshear has announced that Diageo plans to build a 1.8 million proof gallon distillery in Shelby County.

    The $115 million investment will create about 30 new jobs.

  • Parker is accused of having meth, not stopping for emergency vehicles

    Hollie T. Parker, 28, of 3384 St. John’s Rd, Frankfort KY 40601 was indicted on a host of charges, including possession of a controlled substance 1st degree, by the Anderson County Grand Jury May 20.

    Parker was charged with having methamphetamine, which is a Class D felony.

    He was also charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended/revoked operator’s license and failure to give right of way to an emergency vehicle.

  • Grand Jury indicts Cox for burglary and public intoxication

    Donald B. Cox, 47, of 1139 Versailles Road, Lawrenceburg KY 40342 was indicted by the Anderson County Grand Jury May 6 on one count of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of public intoxication for an incident that occurred around Feb. 3, 2014 in Anderson County, according to Anderson Circuit Court records.

    Trooper L. Welch of the Kentucky State Police charged him.

    The following people were also indicted May 6 by the Grand Jury, according to Anderson Circuit Court records.

  • Ghazawi is indicted for heroin

    An Anderson County Grand Jury pegged Ahmad Ghazawi with adding to a growing heroin problem in the state during Anderson Circuit Court May 20.

    Ghazawi, 28, of 13520 Terrace Creek Dr. Apt. 103, Louisville KY 40229, was indicted for numerous charges, including trafficking in a controlled substance, based on an incident that happened in February.

    According to court records, on or about Feb. 25, Ghazawi led Lawrenceburg police on a high-speed chase before being stopped and arrested.