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  • 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.

  • Park development timeline questioned

    With the final payments for Flat Run Veterans’ Park behind the Harrison County Fiscal Court, a contingent of recreation enthusiasts want to know when development progress can be expected.

    Recreation director Rick Chasteen, who also sat on the committee to develop the master plan for the park, asked Harrison County Fiscal Court members if it is ever going to be developed.

  • Florence indicted for Eastside burglary

    Five indictments were returned by the Harrison County grand jury on Tuesday.

    Tony Florence, 46, was indicted for his alleged involvement in the June 20 break-in of Eastside Pharmacy.

    According to the three-count indictment, Florence is charged with first degree burglary for entering the pharmacy and threatening the use of a dangerous instrument against a person who was not a participant of the crime.

    He is also charged with second degree criminal mischief for allegedly damaging property belonging to Eastside Pharmacy.

  • Murder victim’s home robbed

    The mother of Bryia Runiewicz said the month after her daughter’s murder has been ‘a living hell.’

    Runiewicz, 31, was murdered in her New Lair Road residence on Friday, July 31.

    “They lost their whole way of life,” Dora Clair said about her two granddaughters and Runiewicz’s children.

    While Clair said the residence, turned murder scene, has been cleared for the family to enter, many of Runiewicz’s possessions have been taken - a result of what Clair claims was four separate robberies.

  • Webb pleads not guilty to murder

    Accused murderer Bass Webb was led into the courtroom Tuesday to answer to the Harrison County charges of first degree murder and persistent felony offender.

    Webb, who was chained around his midriff and handcuffed to the chain, stared at the family of Bryia Runiewicz, as he walked toward the judge’s bench.

    He entered not guilty pleas to the charges. His attorneys, Dennis Shepherd and Tom Griffiths, asked that the judge intercede at the Fayette County Detention Center and allow Webb’s handcuffs to be removed while meeting with his public defenders.

  • City to ponder industrial park zoning issue

    The Cynthiana City Commission will soon hear arguments for and against a proposed zone change in the industrial park.

    Approved by the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission at its meeting on Aug. 17, the request is to change the corner lot on Sea Biscuit Way from light industrial to heavy industrial.

    If passed by the city commission, the lot will be sold to United Propane Gas Inc.

  • Horse killed in Antioch fire

    A horse was killed in a barn fire of unknown origin last week.

    Firefighters were called to Antioch in northern Harrison County on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 5:50 p.m.

    According to Chief Charles Carson, Brian Kembell pulled a vehicle into the barn about 30 minutes before the fire broke out at 6504 Snake Lick.

    “We have no idea how it started,” Carson said.

    The barn and vehicle were a total loss.

    Thirteen fire personnel were on the scene until 8:30 p.m.

  • Phone scam being reported

    Late Monday afternoon, The Cynthiana Democrat was made aware of an attempted phone scam targeting the newspaper’s classified advertising customers. As of noon Tuesday, two classified customers reported being contacted by telephone by individuals falsely identifying themselves as employees of the advertising department. Customers were informed by the callers that a payment problem had occurred with their advertisement appearing in the newspaper. The callers then asked for the customers’ credit card number or checking account transaction routing number.

  • Artist is living his dream

    Jarrod  Biddle has waited over half of his life for his big break into the entertainment world.

    Last week, before going on the road with Scarekrow and after wrapping up a CD recording, Biddle said he thinks that break has come.

    Bo Allen and Scarekrow is a 4-year-old band that is represented by acclaimed producer Elliot Mazer, who has also done albums for Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan, The Who and Santana.

    “It’s crazy,” said a thrilled Biddle. “It’s surreal.”