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  • Assault suspect turns in family members

    What started off as an alleged domestic dispute in the early hours of the morning Tuesday led to the arrest of three men, two of them convicted felons.
    Owenton Police Officer Tony Stigers said the Owen County Sheriff’s Office was called to 376 Divided Ridge Road at about 1:17 a.m. for a domestic dispute in progress.
    The suspect, Joseph Lamonte Richardson, 25, allegedly had a pistol and knife in his possession.
    “Anytime there’s a situation like that all available units head in that direction for officer safety,” Stigers said.
    Stigers was requested for backup.

  • Students fight to save the prom in ‘Promedy’

    Owen County High School seniors will present this year’s senior play, “Promedy,” at 8 p.m. April 22, 23, 29 and 30 in the OCHS auditorium.

  • Keith proclaims child abuse prevention month

    Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn H. Keith recently signed a proclamation declaring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month during a brief ceremony. She was joined by Kevin Richardson, the regional advancement director for northern Kentucky of Sunrise Children’s Services, a nonprofit agency that has served abused and neglected children across Kentucky since 1869.

  • Heart problem may have led to accident

    A Jonesville man died April 15 after an apparent cardiac-related episode is believed to have caused him to wreck the vehicle he was driving.
    Kentucky State Police Post Five Public Affairs Officer Michael B. Webb said despite running off the road, over an embankment and into a wooded area, the cause of death came from the cardiac condition.
    Webb said Charlie Webster, 70, of Jonesville was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, which happened at the 2000 block of Ky. 36/Jonesville Road.
    State police received the call at 10:12 p.m.

  • County urges landowners to check new flood maps

    Following the addition of new areas to the county’s flood plain maps, Owen County Judge-executive Carolyn Keith and Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan are encouraging those who could be affected to see where their property stands.
    The Owen County Fiscal Court approved a second reading of a flood-damage prevention ordinance during its April 12 meeting.
    Morgan said FEMA has updated maps throughout Kentucky, but Owen County was one of the last to see updates.

  • Board members balk at some staffing changes

    An Owen County Elementary School media specialist position will stay intact following Monday’s Owen County Board of Education meeting.
    The board discussed budget considerations for the 2012 fiscal year and voted to keep the media specialist position at the elementary school, despite a recommendation from Owen County Superintendent David Raleigh to eliminate the position.
    A group of district leaders, which included all the principals, worked on a list of reductions for the 2012 budget.
    Raleigh said the group began working in October.

  • Accident leads to 'rockslide'

    Owen County Sheriff’s Deputy Marvin Goodrich takes a look at an overturned gravel truck at 2905 Gratz Road. The incident took place around 10:30 a.m. Friday. The road was expected to be closed for about two hours for cleanup. The driver was not seriously injured.

  • Wild weather whips across county

    Although the county has been pelted with high winds and plenty of rain the past few days, no significant injuries or major property damage has been reported.

  • More Owenton streets to get repairs this year

    The City of Owenton recently entered into a statewide emergency management mutual aid and assistance agreement.
    The council approved the agreement at its April 5 meeting.
    The agreement authorizes Owenton Mayor Doug West and Emergency Management Director Rick Morgan to request, offer or provide aid and assistance on behalf of the City of Owenton.
    The city was also approved to create an account for the state fire aid.
    The money saved will go toward the purchase of a new fire truck for the city.

  • Grand jury indicts three in burglaries

    hree northern Kentucky men were recently indicted following two alleged Owen County burglaries.
    Each of the three men, Ryan Landis Baker, 19, Joshua D. Baker, 24 and Christopher D. Parsons, 24, are charged with first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, receiving stolen property,  a firearm, and receiving stolen property under $300.
    Joshua D. Baker and Parsons are also charged with first-degree persistent felony offender.