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  • Officials investigate Thursday night drowning

    The Harrison County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate a drowning which occurred on Thursday night.

    The name of the 25-year-old victim is not being released. However, according to a statement from the sheriff's department, the victim was from Honduras.

    Sheriff Bruce Hampton said in his release that four Hispanic males were fishing at the farm lake off Peak Lane. One of the men stripped off most of his clothes, went around the lake and jumped in to swim. He did not make it across the lake.

  • Cynthiana couple arrested for allegedly selling cocaine

    A Cynthiana couple was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of allegedly selling cocaine.

    Carl Wayne and Rita Hitch of Sycamore Drive in White Oak Estates were arrested after police executed a search warrant at their home around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    The Hitches are lodged in the Bourbon County Detention Center and each is charged with first degree trafficking a controlled substance (cocaine).

  • Police nab Henson at First Stop last week

    A Cynthiana man who was arrested Wednesday, March 19, is facing state and federal drug charges.

    Robert Henson, 34, Cynthiana, was arrested at First Stop about 9 p.m. Wednesday.

    Sgt. Mark Burden of the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement special investigations task force said Henson is charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and trafficking in a controlled substance (fiber cocaine).

  • Benefit concert Friday for new mother/cancer victim

    George and Leah Rowell had very little time to celebrate the birth of their first child before they were delivered life-altering news.

    Leah, who had suffered pain in her right hip and back throughout her pregnancy, was told the day after the birth of her son that she had cancer. It was in her pelvic bone and treatment would be radical.

    The 28-year-old new mother was transferred to Nortons Hospital in Louisville.

    On March 19, Leahs right leg was amputated.

    Shes doing good, said husband George in a telephone interview Tuesday from Louisville.

  • Copper telephone wiring taken from rural AT&T sites

    Residents in several areas across Harrison County were without phones last week after copper thieves struck AT&T lines.

    Harrison County Sheriffs Dep. Chris Shields said main lines were cut in four areas across the county sometime early Thursday morning.

    They were: U.S. 27 North at Northside Drive, U.S. 62 West at Ky. 353 (Russell Cave Road), U.S. 62 East at Salem Pike and Ky. 392 (Republican Pike) at Shaw Lane. AT&T reported about 200 outages related to the thefts.

    Most of the thefts were from where the lines entered switch boxes close to ground level.

  • Vance begins federal sentence

    A Harrison County man arrested last summer in a multi-agency drug sting has started serving time in federal prison.

    Michael Clayton Vance was sentenced to 31 months in prison on Jan. 25 as part of a guilty plea entered in United States District Court.

    Vance reported to prison on March 10.

    He was arrested at Wal-Mart on July 18, 2007, after he allegedly took $18,000 from a Crown Royal bag to purchase 20 gallons of paint, which translated to 20 pounds of marijuana.

  • Additional burglary charges issued, property recovered

    A sizeable amount of jewelry and a laptop computer believed to have been stolen in the March 9 burglaries on Old Lair have been recovered.

    Det. Paul Olin of the Harrison County Sheriffs Department said the items were recovered Monday night in a culvert off Peacock Road in Bourbon County.

    Debbie Landrum, one of the victims of the burglary spree, said her late mothers jewelry was not among the items recovered.

  • Cynthiana Police Department receives tasers

    The Cynthiana Police Department has purchased tasers to be used by on-duty officers.

    Chief Steve Muntz said each of the officers have been through training, which included being tazed themselves.

    Its another tool we can use with less than lethal force, Muntz said, comparing the tasers to that of OC spray used to subdue suspects.

  • Court approves tax on rental property

    The Harrison County Fiscal Court approved second reading of the ordinance standardizing the occupational and net profits tax ordinance.

    In a 5-3 vote, magistrates approved the state-mandated ordinance which added a tax on rental properties with gross receipts over $15,000 annually.

    The measure passed without opposition from local citizens, but District 8 Magistrate Bradley Copes questioned how the rental property tax would be implemented three months into the year.

  • Downtown bank robbed Monday

    The man who robbed Harrison Deposit Bank Monday morning dropped the majority of his cache when he fell after being shoved by the banks president.

    According to Ptl. Scott Loechel of the Cynthiana Police Department, a man entered the main bank at the corner of Pike and Walnut streets, jumped over the counter and began going through the cash drawers grabbing money. He jumped back over the counter and lost his footing as Barry Hall rounded the counter and shoved the suspect.