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  • RULZ 4 DRVRS: NO TXTNG?

    Sierra Courtney, 17, says she doesn’t talk or text on her cell phone when she’s driving.

    A senior at Harrison County High School, Courtney said her parents have forbidden cell phone chatting on the road.

    Kentucky lawmakers may soon echo Courtney’s parents.

    A new bill banning text messaging while driving and any cell phone use for drivers under 18 years old passed in an 80-16 vote in the Kentucky House of Representatives last Thursday.

    House Bill 43 now stands in a Senate judiciary committee.

  • Recovered body may be linked to Harrison murder case

    Sabrina Vaughn has been missing from Montgomery County since December 2003. Officials are waiting for confirmation that the body they unearthed last week in Powell County is that of Bass Webb’s former girlfriend.

    According to Montgomery County Sheriff Fred Shortridge, his department has continued to investigate Vaughn’s  mysterious disappearance  since she left her family’s home before Christmas 2003.

    “We got a break that led us to some people and they led us to the gravesite,” Shortridge said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

  • Academic Briefs

    BRADFORD

    Ashley Bradford of Cynthiana, has been named to the Morehead State University Dean’s List.

    She is the daughter of Troy and Mary Ware Bradford.

    GASSER

    Sarina Gasser of Cynthiana, has been named to the Midway College Dean’s List for the 2009 fall semester, with a 4.0 GPA.

    She is the daughter of Adam and Sheila Gasser.

  • Charges stem from laser beam incident

    A Cynthiana man found himself in the spotlight after he was accused of shining a laser into the cockpit of a police helicopter.

    Lexington Police tracked down Jonathan Maybrier, 21, after the pilot and crew of a police helicopter were able to identify the car from which the laser beam originated, said Lt. Chris VanBrackel,  duty commander for the Lexington-Fayette County Police Department.

    For more on this story, see this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Dawson to run for fourth term on court

    Jerry Thomas Dawson has filed for re-election for magistrate of District 4. He will be seeking his fourth term.

    Dawson is the son of the late John Thomas and Thelma Dawson. He is married to the former Charlene McCauley.

    See his entire announcement in this week's Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Stolen wheelchair returned

    A wheelchair stolen on Jan. 6 has been recovered and returned to its owner.

    Ptl. Alan Judy said the chair was turned in to Sgt. Tim Wells of the Cynthiana Police Department as found property.

    On Tuesday morning, Judy contacted Robert Case to identify the recovered wheelchair.

    “He was very, very happy to get it back,” Judy said.

    Case, 38, whose legs were amputated in an accident at his work in August 1995, recently received the wheelchair through a Workers’ Compensation settlement.

  • 20-year sentence recommended for Gabbard

    A Pendleton County jury has recommended a 20-year prison sentence for convicted murderer Daniel Keith Gabbard.

    Gabbard was found guilty last week of wanton murder in a three-day trial that ended on Thursday.

    Gabbard was charged following the June 8 traffic death of Commonwealth Attorney Doug  Wright. Gabbard was driving while intoxicated and  was also convicted on two counts of DUI -- one was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants and the other was operating a commercial vehicle while under the influence.

  • Lutz will be on ballot for state Senate seat

    Bryan Lutz, a Republican from Cynthiana, has filed the necessary paperwork to declare his candidacy for the 2010 Kentucky State Senate race in the 28th Senatorial District which includes Harrison, Bourbon, Nicholas, Clark, Montgomery, and Bath counties.

     

    See this week's Cynthiana Democrat for his full announcement.

  • Grand jury issues arson indictment

    William Keith Lea, 30, is one of five individuals indicted by the Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday.

    Lea is charged with second degree arson for allegedly starting a fire the day after Christmas at the home of Mary Epperson, 50 Spruce Drive, in White Oak Subdivision.

    At the time of the fire, Chief Jay Sanders of the Cynthiana Fire Department, termed the fire “very suspicious.”

    Kentucky State Police Det. Curtis Combs served as a witness in the Commonwealth’s presentation to the grand jury.

  • Clifford announces for District 6 constable

    Dwight “Keith” Clifford has filed the required forms to run for constable in the sixth district. The district is composed of the 11th and 12th precincts (Westside and Connersville). He is married to Leslie Patterson Clifford and has one son, C.J., 27. Keith has been a resident of Harrison County for over 35 years and lives in Connersville.