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  • CPD report: Crime numbers down

    The News-Democrat

    Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite presented the department’s annual report to City Council last month. The report shows the department had fewer officers in 2008 than in 2007, but completed a total of 760 hours of training.

    The department was short one officer for the entire year and another officer for almost half of the year. Since then, Willhoite has hired two new officers who are in training at Eastern Kentucky University. Both officers are to return from training and be on the job by the end of June.

  • Prosecutor recalls felon as intelligent, dangerous

    Jerry Sargent is someone Jim Crawford knows well.

    Crawford, commonwealth attorney for Carroll County, prosecuted Sargent 20 years ago in Grant County on numerous charges.

    Sargent, an escapee from a Tell City, Ind., prison, is believed to be one of three men who attacked and robbed three brothers on their Sanders farm Monday morning.

  • Sanders brothers survive attack

    The News-Democrat

    An Indiana prison break has led authorities into Kentucky, where three Carroll County men were beaten and tied up Monday, March 23, in a home on State Hwy. 36 East, just south of Interstate 71.

    Their attackers are believed to be the three men who escaped Friday morning from Branchville Correctional Facility in Tell City, Ind.

    Law enforcement, including U.S. Marshalls, were still searching Tuesday for escapees Jerry Sargent, 59; Christopher Marshall, 49; and Bobby Cockerell, 31.

  • New cameras aimed at illegal dumps

    Anyone planning to dump their garbage or refuse on quiet, rural roads in Trimble County should reconsider.

    Matt Gossom, county solid waste manager, and assistant Bruce Pyles installed two surveillance cameras at popular illegal dumping sites in the county to catch people in the act.

    The two cameras, which cost $700 apiece, replace the county’s previous system, which Gossom said was more expensive and cumbersome.

    The cameras take five 4 megapixel photos per second, and are outfitted with night vision.

  • Carrollton City Council considers new definitions on excess toys, rubbish, debris

    Carrollton City Council held its first reading Monday, March 9, of an amendment to the city's nuisance ordinance to define and include excess toys, rubbish and other debris.  

    City attorney Nick Marsh began drafting the amendment at the request of council and code enforcement officer Art Zook, following discussion about the ordinance at the previous council meeting.

  • Relay event set for June 12-13

    Now in the third month of 2009, the Trimble County Relay for Life is gearing up for the big night of celebration.

    This year’s event is set for Friday and Saturday June 12-13, at Bedford Elementary School.

    Plans are laid out for a “Survivors Meal” at 5 p.m., hosted by Baptist Hospital Northeast of La Grange, Ky. Survivors must RSVP to Myrna Persell at (502) 268-3062 by May 26 so preparations can be made for the meal.  

  • Program to support single parents seeks input at JCTC’s open house

    Family Scholar House will be on hand during Thursday’s Jefferson Community and Technical College’s open house in Carrollton explaining assistance available for local students advancing their education.

    The program, based in Louisville, will participate in the March 19 open house to hear directly from local students as Family Scholar House looks to begin a program here this summer.

  • State eyes federal funding to repair Hwy. 625 span

    Representatives from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet presented Fiscal Court with plans Monday for the 2009-10 Rural Secondary Roads plan for Trimble County.

    The county was allotted $525,711 for repaving projects for the upcoming fiscal year. Of that, $275,000 has been set aside for routine maintenance, including patching, ditching and snow and ice removal for the 59 miles of state roads, said Matt Bullock, chief engineer for District 5 of the state Department of Highways.

  • Worthville man is charged with rape

    A Worthville man was arrested Friday, March 13 for third-degree rape a class D felony and first degree sexual abuse, a Class C felony with victims under 12 years of age.

    Mike W. Smith, 33, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Jason Brown and was housed in the Carroll County Detention Center on a $25,000 full cash bond.  

    The arrest stems from two separate alleged incidents with two victims. The cases go back several years, according to the KSP citation.

  • Weight limit set for Milton-Madison Bridge

    MILTON, Ky. – Tractor trailers and other vehicles weighing 15 tons or more soon will be barred from the Milton-Madison Bridge, following a recent inspection by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

    A “fracture critical inspection” conducted in December revealed “advanced deterioration” of the bridge, officials said during a meeting Thursday, March 12, at Milton City Hall.