Police hope for leads in Gratz bank robbery

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By Molly Haines

Kentucky State Police are still investigating a robbery that took place March 27 at the First Farmers Bank in Gratz.

Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Officer Michael Webb said as of Thursday investigators had a few leads that had taken them nowhere.

“We’ve had a few things here and there but nothing credible,” Webb said.

According to a press release, the Kentucky State Police received a call at approximately 11:46 a.m. March 27 reporting that two male subjects with hand guns had entered the bank demanding cash.

The men left with an undisclosed amount of money.

Webb said one of the men wore a ski mask and hoodie, the other a blond wig with a bandana tied around it.

The two left in a green Dodge pickup truck traveling toward Lockport.

First Farmers Bank security officer Debbie Hamilton declined to comment on any possible changes in security.

“I can’t comment on any security procedures as far as the bank goes,” Hamilton said.

Owen fire officials announce ‘no burn’ season


Staff Report

The Kentucky Division of Forestry has entered the fire-hazard season, where it shall be unlawful for any person to set fire to, or to procure another to set fire to, any flammable material capable of spreading fire, located in or within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., from Feb. 15 through April 30, according to the Owenton City Fire Chief David Lilly and Owen County Fire Chief Larry Karsner.,

The regulation strictly prohibits the burning of tires, garbage, construction debris, demolition debris, appliances, cars, buses, trailers, and all other materials, which are not specifically exempted by this regulation.

A lot of things go up in smoke when you burn a trash pile, things that can cause serious health problems and damage to the environment.

Instead of burning leaves, newspapers and other degradable junk, grind it up and put it in a compost pile.  

All other fires shall be attended until extinguished to prevent the spread of such fire to any other land. To prevent the spread of the fire, the owner or lessee shall take precautions, by having all flammable material cut or piled or carefully cleared around the same, to prevent the spread of the fire.