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  • Two stabbed in robbery, one arrested

    One man is in jail, charges are pending against three individuals and two men are recovering after a Wednesday night stabbing.

    “Both the victims had driven out to Sugar Hill Lane and were assaulted after their arrival...” said Harrison County Sheriff’s Det. Paul Olin. “One subject was struck with a blunt object and stabbed. The other victim was stabbed numerous times.”

  • Here’s the 411

    It’s been a over a month since the 411 service was launched and Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson said it has yet to be used.

    “Nobody’s using it,” Johnson said Monday afternoon. “I don’t think people really know how to use it.”

    The 411 system allows the dispatch center to receive anonymous internet and text messages.

    The dispatch center then relays the message to the appropriate authorities.

    “It’s just nice to have more eyes and ears to benefit the community,” Johnson said.

  • Suspect confession

    Looking back, Carol Banks said she can now see where something was building to a tragic end.

    Banks was a childhood friend of Bryia Runiewicz, 31, who was murdered Friday in her home on New Lair Road.

    Banks, who lives down the hill from Runiewicz in the Suburban Trailer Park, woke to find police and media vehicles all around her friend’s home. She ran the short distance between their homes to be met by police in Runiewicz’s driveway inside the yellow crime scene tape.

    They confirmed her fears.

  • Helton faces more charges

    Charles Helton, 53, who was last week arrested on multiple charges was released, then arrested again, and now, released again.

    According to Cpl. Walter Tapp, Helton was first charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000 in connection with allegations of over $500,000 of property taken from TI Automotive/Bundy Tubing.

    Helton, a 25-year employee of  TI/Bundy, was also charged Friday with another count of receiving stolen property over $10,000 after police located a storage building at Brannock Acres on Oddville Avenue.

  • H1N1 on the rise

    Flu season usually begins in November.

    This year, with the outbreak of the H1N1 virus, flu season has come months earlier.

    “We have 15 people a day coming through the emergency room with flu-like symptoms...” said Harrison Memorial Hospital director Sheila Currans.

    Currans said 25 individuals have tested positive for H1N1 this month.

  • Ballpark property vandalized

    Charges are pending against three juveniles and one adult, who were allegedly involved in the recent defacing of property at River Road Park.

    Cynthiana Ptl. David Powers said a black permanent marker was used to write profanities and draw illicit pictures on picnic and scorers’ tables, benches, trash cans, playground equipment and the concrete walks last Wednesday night.

    He said he is still trying to get a true assessment of the damages because of the work that has to go into making repairs.

  • A Grand Stand

    Harrison County School District opened its new $2.8 million Athletic Complex Friday night to a crowd of 1,184 ticket holders.

    The Harrison County Thorobreds did not disappoint, routing the Paris Greyhounds, 35-14. Quarterback Joe Korona laid claim to the first touchdown scored on the new Hilltop soil.

    The stadium has a seating capacity of 3,000. Additional parking was recently added and talks are underway for possibly more.

  • Guilty plea entered to sex crimes charges

    James Bandy who was indicted on sex-related crimes in February changed his plea to guilty on June 23.

    Bandy was scheduled to go to trial on July 16.

     Bandy’s guilty plea was the result of amending three of the nine charges and dismissing one.

    The amended charges were first degree sodomy and first degree rape (two counts). Those were amended to the criminal intent charges in each of the three counts.

  • $2.5 million of city budget goes to pay employees

    The City of Cynthiana spent $2.5 million on salaries for fiscal year 2008-09 and $262,424.80 was in overtime pay.

    According to records released last week through an open records request from The Cynthiana Democrat, Police Chief Ray Johnson was the highest paid city employee. He earned $60,142.06. However, over $10,000 of that was in overtime with another $3,000 attributed to training incentives for which the city is reimbursed.

  • Two behind bars after Friday arrest

    Two men are behind bars after Friday afternoon arrests by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

    Steeve Alexis, 27, from West Palm Beach, Fla. and Reese Garrison, 22, of Harrison County, pulled into the driveway of a North Church Street residence around 4 p.m., where they were both arrested, Harrison County Sheriff’s Detective Paul Olin said Tuesday.

    “They had actually stopped the truck and we pulled up behind them,” Olin said.