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  • Department investigated following barn blaze

    By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    A fire department training exercise has led to an investigation by the state department of environmental protection.

    Milton Fire Department is under investigation following a training exercise Nov. 21 that included setting fire to two barns on Liberty Road in Milton. The barns, which according to Fire Chief Ronnie Barnes contained only tobacco, were destroyed in the windstorm that struck the county last September.

  • Carrollton council considers plan to reduce insurance costs

    Carrollton City Council will vote today on a proposed change to health insurance benefits for city employees.

    Council will hold a special meeting in City Hall at noon to make up for the regular meeting, which had been scheduled for Monday. That meeting was cancelled due to lack of quorum.

    During its Nov. 24 meeting, Mayor Dwight Louden asked council to revisit a policy established in 2007, in which city employees were encouraged to switch from the city’s health plan to plans offered by their spouses’ employers.

  • Busted

    In the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning, troopers from the Kentucky State Police and law-enforcement officers from Carroll and four surrounding counties converged to take 68 people – all indicted for alleged drug trafficking – off the streets.

    Known as Operation Round-Up, the sting netted 49 arrests by the end of the day. Of those arrested, 19 are from Carroll County. The alleged offenders included men and women, ranging in age from 18-54: there were father-son duos, father-daughter duos and a brother-and-sister duo among them.

  • KSP provides list of those arrested and charges they face

    The following is a list of everyone indicted on drug-trafficking and related charges during Operation Round-Up. The information was provided by Post 5 of the Kentucky State Police in Campbellsburg.

    Nolan T. Baker, 18, Sparta, Ky., trafficking in controlled substance, first degree

    Keegan S. Berry, 19, Campbellsburg, Ky., trafficking in controlled substance, first degree

    Kara Bray, Carrollton, Ky., three counts trafficking in controlled substance, first degree

  • Trimble County sheriff assists in five-county drug bust

    Dozens of suspected drug dealers had their sleep abruptly interrupted Thursday morning when they were nabbed in Operation Roundup.

    The procedure varied little for officers out on the streets before 6 a.m. Nov. 13, approaching darkened houses looking for 68 people recently indicted for trafficking drugs. Teams of four surrounded each house, with one cautiously knocking on the door as the others watched for movement inside the residence. In most cases, suspects opened doors willingly, helping ensure the arrests went as smoothly as possible for all involved.

  • Voters to decide on proposed Bedford winery

    By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    Are you in favor of the sale of wine at the Little Kentucky River Winery, LLC?

    That is the question voters in the East Bedford precinct will face when they head to the polls Dec. 16.

    David and Teresa Schnell Weyler, owners of Little Kentucky River Winery, LLC, petitioned the county’s fiscal court last month to give voters the opportunity to allow sales at a winery to be located in the 3200 block of U.S. 421 South.

  • Ohio couple charged in alleged Carrollton check-fraud scheme

    Carroll County Sheriff’s Department arrested two people involved in an alleged check-fraud scam.

    Constance Marie Pikaart, 23, and Timothy Ray Perkins, 31, were arrested Nov. 10; both were lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center and later released on $5,000 full-cash bonds each.

    According to court records, Pikaart allegedly attempted to cash a forged check at the Quick Money pawn shop, 1417 Highland Ave., Carrollton.  Deputy Jim Hamilton said Pikaart also allegedly opened an account at US Bank at 416 Highland Ave., using another forged check.

  • City prepares for visit from Old St. Nick

    By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    Santa Claus is coming to town – in just nine more days.

    Thanks to the awesome connections Rita Davis has with the jolly ole elf, Santa will again make a guest appearance at Light Up Bedford.

    The town’s annual kick-off to Christmas celebration will take place Friday, Dec. 5 with food, gift shops and live entertainment leading up to Santa’s grand entrance at 6 p.m. at the courthouse square.

  • Prescription medications top list of illegal drugs bought in sting operation

    While cocaine and heroin allegedly were purchased from some of the 68 people indicted and eventually arrested during a five-county, 18-month investigation, officials say the illegal sale of prescription drugs is a huge problem.

    Prescription medications can easily fall into the wrong hands because most everyone knows someone who has a prescription for some sort of painkiller.

  • Milton man arrested for child abuse

    A Milton man was arrested last week, charged with sexually abusing a child.

    Randall Scott Kelley, 30, of Greenbriar Road, was arrested Nov. 20 and charged with first-degree sodomy following an investigation into complaints he abused a young child at his home. The crime is said to have occurred earlier this month.

    The victim, according to Kentucky State Police Detective Todd Harwood, is under the age of five years.

    Harwood declined to release details of the investigation, however did say Kelley confessed to the crime.