Local News

  • Inmate escapes, again

    Not for the first time, police are looking for Jeffrey Pratt after an apparent escape while in custody.

    About 12:45 p.m. Monday, Pratt, 30, who was expected to enter a plea in Robertson Circuit Court on a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300 in connection with a Mt. Olivet bank robbery, overpowered a deputy jailer and escaped.

  • Suspected shoplifting ring busted

    Police believe they have broken up a shoplifting ring that has plagued Wal-Marts and K-Mart in Harrison, Bourbon and Scott counties.

    Cpl. Walter Tapp of the Cynthiana Police Department arrested one of four women who are suspects in the theft ring.

    According to Tapp, the first complaint came from Cynthianas Wal-Mart on Sunday when a manager reported finding over $500 worth of empty DVD and video game boxes.

    The shelf was completely empty and they knew they hadnt sold any, Tapp said.

    In all, 26 items were discovered stolen on Sunday.

  • Just a kid: New business has been long time in making

    A Harrison County native has blazed new agricultural ground in the dairy market.

    After much research and work, Todd Harp - a former Harrison County High School Agriculture teacher - shipped his first load of goats milk on Monday, July 7, making him the first commercial dairy goat farmer in the state of Kentucky.

    It was an exciting time, he said. Now my goal for [the goats] is to pay their own meal ticket.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Pratt escapes from Robertson County courthouse

    Jeffrey Pratt, who was expected to make a court appearance in Robertson County Circuit Court Monday, escaped just minutes before his scheduled court appearance.

    Pratt, 30, was expected to enter a plea for a charge of theft by unlawful taking over $300 in connection with a Mt. Olivet bank robbery.

    According to Sheriff Randy Insko, about 12:45 p.m., Pratt was being led to the courthouse in shackles by Marvin Mulligan, deputy jailer, when Pratt allegedly shoved the deputy into the car and fled.

  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: Finding justice often difficult

    Editors note: This is the second story in a series about domestic violence.

    Its emotionally difficult to press charges, but youre not doing them any favors by not pressing charges, said a 56-year-old single mother, whose son hit her in the face when he was just 12 years old.

    She didnt press charges the first time.

    The boy was angry because she refused to let him go to a ball game.

    The next time, he hit her in the arm.

    It wasnt a decision she wanted to make, but she knew her son had to realize there were consequences for his actions.

  • Dog sniffs out suspect cash

    The Harrison County Sheriffs Office seized thousands of dollars in suspected drug money last weekend thanks to the skills of the departments K-9 unit, Szem.

    Det. Paul Olin said he and another deputy were on a separate investigation last Friday night when they noticed the driver of a vehicle make several traffic violations.

    Dep. Nathan Gasser was called in to observe the vehicle, and Olin said he also saw the alleged violations. After stopping the car, Gasser asked the driver for consent to search.

    The driver denied Gassers request.

  • Picnic planned for military families next weekend

    Cornerstone Christian Church is sponsoring a military picnic with the families of those fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The event is planned for Saturday, July 26 at Little Switzerland Park, located at 1720 Old Lair Road, Cynthiana.

    This is going to be a special event with games for the kids starting at 3 p.m. Hot dogs, hamburgers and sides will be served at 5 or 6 p.m.

    Dinner will be followed with special recognition for the military and drawings for prizes given by local businesses (including boys and girls bikes)

  • Dump cleaned at new stadium site

    The Harrison County Board of Education approved a $66,528 expenditure for clean up of an apparent illegal dump site found during construction of the new Harrison County High School Athletic complex.

    John Gilbert, of architectural firm Ross Tarrant, said 3,360 cubic yards of what he called unsuitable soils had to be removed from the site, which is adjacent to Harrison County Middle School.

    Generally speaking, Gilbert explained, this means any type of ground that cannot be used for new construction.

  • Contract negotiation not acceptable for closed meeting

    Cynthiana Mayor Jim Brown anticipated negotiating the city's contract with Harrison County Water Association in a closed session at the conclusion of Tuesday's city commission meeting.

    However, John Lair, city attorney, advised the mayor and commissioners that a contract negotiation was not accepted for closed session under the Open Meetings Act.

    The Kentucky Open Meetings act is designed to keep the public's business open to public scrutiny.

    Harrison County Water Association purchases its water from the city.

  • Local group readies disaster-relief trailer for possible emergencies

    His pastoral duties aside, First United Methodist Church minister Jimmy Owens has been pretty busy lately.

    Owens, his wife Gail and Covington UMC district coordinators Jim and Barb Harris spent last Wednesday unloading, inventorying, troubleshooting and reloading the UMC disaster relief trailer at the church.

    "We're getting it ready in case we get a call, an emergency call in the state of Kentucky or surrounding states," Owens said. "So we can go for disaster relief."

    This all falls into the new role he has taken.