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  • Carroll County mother dies in trailer fire

    A Carroll County woman, originally from Texas, died in a trailer fire early Monday morning after going back inside to retrieve items for her baby.

    Wendy Mercer, 37, died inside her home at 1422 Gilgal Road. Following a Tuesday morning autopsy by the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Louisville, the cause of death was determined to be smoke and thermal inhalation, Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite said.

    Westside Volunteer Fire Department and Ghent Fire Protection District were dispatched at 5:16 a.m. to the structure fire.

  • Carroll County woman dies in trailer fire

    A Carroll County woman, originally from Texas, died in a trailer fire early Monday morning after going back inside to retrieve items for her baby.

    Wendy Mercer, 37, died inside her home on Gilgal Road. An autopsy will be performed Tuesday morning by the state Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville, Carroll County Coroner David Wilhoite said.

  • Feeding the community

    The Scouting for Food drive set a new record with 19,816 items collected for the community food pantry. About 60 scouts and volunteers picked up food Saturday, collecting 4,589 items. Carroll County Schools donated 15,227 items, nearly 1,700 more than last year.

  • KSP Post 5 adds two new troopers

    Post 5 has recently increased its ranks by adding two newly appointed Troopers. Troopers Steven Dykes and Bryan Lauck have joined Post 5 after completing 23 weeks of training at the Kentucky State Police Academy in Frankfort.

    Trooper Steven Dykes, a native of Crestwood, Ky., is a 2010 graduate of the University of Louisville and a Staff Sergeant with the Indiana Army National Guard. 

    Trooper Bryan Lauck, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a 2011 graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

  • Indiana pair charged in attempted burglary

    A New Albany couple was arrested on charges of attempted burglary by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, Nov. 20.

    A resident of a Mound Hill home called Carroll County Dispatch at 10:30 a.m., reporting someone was trying to break into their house, Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman said Tuesday. The resident’s husband followed the pair’s vehicle, and Kinman caught up with them near the county line, close to Hwy. 55.

  • Cable resigns, sheriff looking to hire

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office is looking to hire a new deputy with previous police experience.

    Clay Cable resigned as deputy Nov. 15.

    “I resigned because of political reasons,” he said, referring to his bid for Carroll County judge-executive. “I need to spend more time on my campaign and visit the people. I’ve got a lot of work to do between now and May.”

    Sheriff Jamie Kinman confirmed Cable’s resignation.

  • James Burgin appointed as new Prestonville City Commissioner

    After two failed attempts last month, Prestonville City Commission appointed James Burgin as its member during a Nov. 18 meeting.

    During the Oct. 21 meeting, Mayor Billy Walker read a resignation letter from Commissioner Rae Stevens. Nominations were made at this meeting and a special meeting called a week later. Both times commission votes on Gail Collins and James McArter ended in a tie and no one was appointed.

    Another vote Nov. 18 also ended with a stalemate when the same two were nominated.

  • Thomas arrested for child pornography

    A Carrollton man was arrested Monday, Nov. 25, for possession of child pornography.

    According to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 5, Cody Allen Thomas, 23, was charged with one count of possession of matter portraying sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution of said matter. Both are Class D felonies.

    The release said KSP obtained a warrant to search Thomas’s home on Seventh Street, which led investigators to the discovery of a computer with more than 100 videos allegedly depicting child pornography.

  • Audit shows district cash balance increases

    Carroll County Schools cash revenue was up about $1 million during fiscal year 2013, according to a recent audit performed by Raisor, Zapp and Woods, P.S.C. 

    Jerilyn Zapp presented the results of the audit for the year ending June 30, 2013, to the Board of Education at its meeting Thursday, Nov. 21. 

  • Council OKs 911 ordinance on committee membership

    Carrollton City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to change the membership of the E-911 dispatch commission at its meeting Monday night.

    Mayor Gene McMurry said the E-911 dispatch commission met Wednesday, Nov. 20, and Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson made a motion to change the membership of the commission.