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  • Gifford sentenced to nine years on forgery charges

    Nine years in jail is the sentence handed to Shawn Gifford who was convicted on multiple charges Aug. 18 in Harrison Circuit Court.

    Gifford was charged with 18 counts of criminal possession of a forged instrument. Sentencing for those charges was five years on Count 1 and four years on Count 2 to run consecutively. All other criminal possession of forged instrument counts were combined.

    He also received a five-year sentence for third degree burglary and a 12-month sentence for theft by unlawful taking. That sentence is also to run concurrent.

  • Webb in Bourbon County courtroom Wednesday

    Charges have yet to be filed in Harrison County against Bass Webb, 30, Harrison County Circuit Clerk Kathy Kearns said Monday morning.

    Webb allegedly confessed to police that he murdered Bryia Runiewicz, 31, at her home on New Lair Road on Friday, July 31.

    Webb was arraigned in Bourbon County Circuit Court last Wednesday, where he faces two charges of attempted murder after trying to run over two Bourbon County deputies.

    For more information, see this week’s edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Webb in court Wednesday

    Charges have yet to be filed in Harrison County against Bass Webb, 30, Harrison County Circuit Clerk Kathy Kearns said Monday morning.

    Webb allegedly confessed to police that he murdered Bryia Runiewicz, 31, at her home on New Lair Road on Friday, July 31.

    Webb was arraigned in Bourbon County District Court last Wednesday, where he faces two charges of attempted murder after trying to run over Ryan Barkley, a Bourbon County deputy jailer, and  Josh Mason, a pre-trial officer.

  • Residents not in favor of propane neighbor

    From the sunroom of their Connersville Pike home, Bobby and Glenda Short said they have a perfect view.

    “This is where we always sit,” Glenda said last Friday morning.

    But the Short’s perfect view, they’re afraid, may soon change.

    Tabled from July’s Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission meeting, commissioners will vote at Monday’s meeting whether or not to allow a zone change that could finalize the location of United Propane Gas, Inc. at the Connersville Pike entrance of the Business Park.

  • Harrison Little League team wins district

    Harrison County’s 9 and 10 year olds won the District 3 Little League baseball tournament over the weekend at River Road Ball Park.

    According to Rick Chasteen, recreation director, the team, which is coached by B.J. Sizemore, will head to Richmond, Ky., this weekend for the state tournament.

    The district tournament included teams from seven counties and ended Sunday.

    See this week’s print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat for a complete story.

  • Local officials discuss KACo, KLC investigations

    By Becky Barnes

    and Kate Darnell

    Two state organizations funded by county and city government money will face an investigation by Kentucky state auditor Crit Luallen’s office. The Lexington Herald-Leader recently reported findings of excessive spending by the organizations’ top officials, which has spurred audits.

    Luallen announced on Wednesday, July 1, that her office will begin a complete investigation on the spending by the Kentucky Association of Counties and the Kentucky League of Cities.

  • Library’s community room moving across the street

    The Cynthiana Public Library is bursting at the seams.

    To help with the overcrowding, there will be some moving and shaking going on in the coming months.

    According to Teresa Davis, library board chairperson, the Cynthiana-Harrison County Library will be leasing the building between the Shell Mart and Biancke’s Restaurant on Pleasant Street.

    “We are at maximum occupancy,” Davis said, adding that the community room will be moved across the street to the new branch and the children’s library section will be moved into the Charles Feix room.

  • Webb charged with murder

    Charges have been filed against Bass Webb, 30, for the murder of Bryia Runiewicz, according to a Kentucky State Police press release issued Wednesday afternoon.

    “The murder of Runiewicz has been under investigation by State Police detectives,” the press release says. “Murder is a capital offense and prosecutors are evaluating the case, and have not made a decision on whether or not they will see seek the death penalty.”

  • Murder victim's friend felt tension building

    Childhood friend and neighbor to murdered Bryia Runiewicz said she felt that tensions had been building in recent weeks.

    Carol Banks said the father of Runiewicz’s children died in early July and the grief that the Runiewicz expressed seemed to agitate her boyfriend Bass Webb.

    Webb has since confessed to killing Runiewicz in her New Lair Road home on Friday morning, according to police.

    For more of this story, please see this week’s Cynthiana Democrat.

  • Webb indicted, victim’s mother coping, relieved

    Charged with Bryia Runiewicz’s murder, Bass Webb, 30, was indicted Tuesday for murder and first degree persistent felony offender.

    The indictment from Harrison Circuit Court reads that Webb murdered Runiewicz and “was not acting under the influence of extreme emotional disturbance for which there was a reasonable explanation or excuse.”

    The indictment also states that Webb previously committed and served a sentence for two felony charges.

    Webb will be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Sept. 15.

    His bail has been set at $250,000.