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  • Coronor says drug abuse cause of O’Connor death

    A second Carrollton death has been linked to drug abuse by the Carroll County coroner.

    David Wilhoite said Keith O’Connor, 23, died Oct. 23 as the result of “multiple substance intoxication.”

    According to the report, the state medical examiner’s office and an independent laboratory found oxymorphone, amphetamines, marijuana, hydrocodone and hydromorphone in O’Connor’s system at the time of his death.

    Wilhoite said the type of amphetamine was unknown, and said it could have come from an over-the-counter sinus medication.

  • Theives make off with 1,501 catalytic converters

    Local authorities are on the lookout for burglars who hauled 1,501 new catalytic converters out of a local warehouse last week.

    Carroll County Sheriff Ben Smith said the burglary was reported Friday at Hunters Heights LLC Warehousing, formerly Ameriform Plant on Hunters Heights Road off of State Hwy. 36 West. He said it is unclear when the theft took place.

    Oak Properties LLC and M&M Inc. own the building, according to Bob Parker, one of the partners. Arvin Sango, a plant in Madison, Ind., rents a portion of the facility for storage.

  • Easton, 29,surrenders to police

    Chad Easton, 29, of Carrollton turned himself in to the Carrollton Police Department on Friday, Dec. 5.

    He was the last of the 68 people indicted on drug-trafficking charges in a sting last month to be taken into custody. Operation Round-Up, a five-county drug raid on Nov. 13, netted all of those indicted.

    Easton contacted Officer Jamie Kinman about noon Friday, according to Police Chief Mike Willhoite.

    “He told Officer Kinman that he wanted to turn himself in, and he met Kinman here [at the station] and [Kinman] took him to jail.”

  • Three Rivers health department to issue restaurant ratings

    If you are wondering how clean that restaurant you ate in last night, the answer soon will be at your fingertips.

    The Three Rivers District Health Department is introducing a system to let customers know immediately if a restaurant has passed its most recent inspection.

  • KSP, sheriff search for man indicted on drug charges

    Police are still looking for one of 68 individuals indicted last month on charges of drug trafficking in a five-county undercover operation.

    Officials say Chad Easton of Carrollton remains at-large. Easton’s last-known address is 806 Sycamore Street, Carrollton, according to Kentucky State Police records. Easton was indicted on one count of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

  • Grant to provide first responders with new technology

    By LORRIE KINKADE

    The Trimble Banner

    The Department of Homeland Security, not Santa Claus, is granting wishes from the lists of Trimble County’s emergency responders.

  • Relay team sponsors 2008 Home Tour

    Need some holiday decorating ideas? You might want to check out the 2008 Christmas Home Tour this weekend, featuring seven local homes and businesses decked out for Christmas.

    The holiday event is 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7. Tickets are $5 each, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society through the Carroll County Middle School Relay for Life team. Participants must present their tickets for admittance into each location.

  • County health insurance premiums up 2%

    Fiscal Court gave United Healthcare the nod to provide insurance for Carroll County employees, and employees will still have a choice between two coverage options.

    The county has been considering a number of options provided by Scott Brown of Phil Brown Insurance Agency, Louisville, for the past month. The United Healthcare plan was selected because it is most cost-effective for the coverage it provides.

  • 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.