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  • Fiscal court funds sheriff’s vehicles, warning sirens

    The News-Democrat

    Public safety purchases totaling $114,000 won Carroll County Fiscal Court’s approval Tuesday, March 24.

    Fiscal court agreed to buy two new vehicles for the sheriff’s department and four new emergency warning sirens to replace aging units.

    The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department won approval for its request to purchase two Chevrolet Tahoes and fiscal court will look into having a surplus sale to re-coup some of the expense.

  • Conversation focuses on prescription drug abuse

    The News-Democrat

    Arming a community with information about prescription drug abuse and how to treat the problem was a goal of the Community Conversation held Monday night.

    About 140 people attended the meeting at the National Guard Armory spearheaded by Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County.  Those attending had a chance to listen to experts explain what prescription drug abuse is, how to identify it and what to do about it as well as ask questions.

  • Biker dies in Milton wreck

    A biker died Sunday night when his motorcycle careened into a guardrail on North  U.S. 412 near Milton. 

    According to reports from Kentucky State Police, Ryan M. Schwartfigure, was found shortly after 7:30 p.m. next on the right shoulder of the highway near a guardrail. He was transported by Trimble County EMS to Kings Daughters Hospital in Madison, Ind., where he was pronounced dead. An investigation into the death is ongoing by KSP trooper M. Soto.

     

  • Family tragedy led to advocacy work

    The News-Democrat

    A trip to the family farm on Bucks Run Road 28 years ago changed the lives of many people, and continues to affect lives even today.

    Jackie Hughes, then 25, was headed to the Ghent farm home of his mother, Clara Hughes, on March 10, 1981, to get a truck that belonged to his deceased father.

    The roads were icy and his vehicle slid on cinders that had been spread, ironically, to help with traction.

  • 5 Carroll Co. residents arrested in drug sting

    The News-Democrat

    Local law enforcement had their own version of spring cleaning Friday morning, March 20, rounding up 17 of 26 individuals indicted recently by a Carroll County grand jury for drug trafficking.

    Five Carroll residents, Patricia Wilburn, 43; Howard Taylor, 38; Tina Meece, 41; Carolyn Holliday, 69; and James Burgin, 72, all were arrested; each was lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center on $20,000 full cash bonds, jail officials said.

  • 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.