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Housekeeper charged for theft of pain pillsA Crestwood woman is charged with theft of pain pills while working as a housekeeper in La Grange.Police arrested Star Lopez, 46, of Crestwood, May 28 and charged her with two counts theft of controlled substances and theft by unlawful taking.Police say while employed as a housekeeper and babysitter at a residence in the 1900 block of Prestwick Drive, Lopez allegedly took prescription pain pills and money from the home. Ramey makes final six on ‘The Bachelorette’A Crestwood man touted his “Bluegrass connection” to the star of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” Monday after she revealed she lived in Campbellsville for six years.Sean Ramey earned a rose from DeAnna Pappas during the show after driving 141 mph in a stock car time trial against other men.Ramey, 33, has survived four elimination rounds on the show in a field narrowed from 25 men. He is now one of six competing for Pappas’ affection.Ramey owns Kentucky Tae Kwon Do and Fitness Academy on Ky. 146 in Crestwood.Resident finds man in her dining roomA La Grange man is charged with burglary for allegedly entering a home on Ky. 53 while the resident slept.Police arrested Austin Monroe, 18, of La Grange, and a male juvenile, also of La Grange, on May 27. Both are charged with first-degree burglary.According to police, the pair allegedly forced entry to a home about 1:30 a.m. May 27 in the 900 block of South Ky. 53 while the resident was home in bed.Monroe and the juvenile allegedly forced open a patio door and tossed aside a table blocking the door.Noise of the pair’s entry awakened the resident, who told police she discovered Monroe standing her her dining room and the juvenile in the doorway. Both fled the scene.Police later found Monroe and the juvenile at Waffle House in La Grange, where Monroe was allegedly armed with two folding razor blades and a 3-inch throwing knife.Police believe Monroe and the male juvenile are involved in other residential burglaries and numerous thefts from vehicles.Anyone with information is asked to call La Grange Police at 225-0444.Insight Communications to host DTV forumA town hall forum to quell residents’ fears about a transition to digital television in February is scheduled Wednesday.Michael Willner, CEO of Insight Communications, will host a forum at 7 p.m. at the John W. Black Community Center. The meeting is intended to provide all residents with accurate information about the transition.Woman charged with drug trafficking to teens receives probationA La Grange woman charged with providing illegal and prescription drugs to teenagers in her home entered an Alford plea and received probation.Police arrested Dana Rose Elkhitib, 33, 1519 Daverman Drive, La Grange, on a warrant April 10 for charges of first- and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, trafficking a controlled substance and trafficking marijuana.She originally pleaded not guilty to the charges.According to Elkhitib’s arrest warrant, she allegedly furnished drugs to two teenage girls, ages 16 and 17.Elkhitib entered an Alford plea June 5, a plea which the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence, but admits sufficient evidence exists to prove the defendant guilty.Elkhitib received two years probation for her charges. She is ordered to avoid injurious or vicious habits and persons of disreputable character and is prohibited from hosting children younger than 8 years old in her home without the accompaniment of the child’s parent or guardian.Elkhitib faces 12 months in jail for violating terms of her probation, which includes no new offenses.According to police, Elkhitib provided Adderall, hydrocodone and marijuana between June and Dec. 31.OCSD earmarked for nearly $500K in grants

The Oldham County Sewer District has been earmarked for a federal grant in the amount of $499,000. The grant would go to the Ohio River Wastewater Treatment Plant.OCSD Executive Director Vince Bowlin said they don’t have the grant yet, as there are a number of guidelines and procedures that must be followed beforehand.“It’s a lengthy process,” Bowlin said.Celebrity run-insfeatured in The Oldham Era’s June 26 editionSomeone in Oldham County once met Loretta Lynn, while others have photographs with Adam Sandler and Muhammed Ali.If you’ve ever met a celebrity and taken a photograph with him or her, now is your chance to be in the spotlight, free of charge.The Oldham Era will feature residents photographed with celebrities in the June 26 edition.Send your name, photo and 100 words or less describing your celebrity encounter, including when you met him or her, how you met and what type of conversation (if any) you had to jstoess@oldhamera.com.

Water district completes annual reportIn 1996, Congress amended the Safe Drinking Water Act to add a provision requiring all community water systems deliver to their customers a brief annual water quality report. The Consumer Confidence Report includes information on source water, the levels of any detected contaminants and compliance with drinking water rules, plus educational material.The Oldham County Water District has completed the 2007 Consumer Confidence Report, and posted it during the 2008 year. State regulations require a good faith effort on the water district’s behalf.Copies are available at the water district office, 3797 W. Ky. 146, Buckner, online at www.oldhamcountywater.com or by calling 222-1690 to obtain a fax.

Yew Dell Gardens plans relief sculpture workshop for kidsYew Dell will offer a relief sculpture workshop with local sculptor, John McCarthy on June 28. This workshop is designed for children ages 6-12.The group will tour the gardens and sculptures already in place and learn about relief sculpture. They will then sketch out their ideas and make a sculpture of their own to take home.McCarthy’s workshop will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. and a second session from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Registration deadline for this workshop is June 20 – space is limited. Cost is $35 for Yew Dell members and $45 for nonmembers.

June 28 music festival to support Edge OutreachThe Ohio River will come alive June 28 with some of the best live music in the region with Riverfest 2008, hosted by the Shady Glen Club of Prospect. Proceeds from Riverfest will support Edge Outreach, a Louisville based charity.Live music begins at 4 p.m. and runs through midnight at the Shady Glen Club on Riverside Drive, off Rose Island Road in Prospect. The event is accessible by boat or by land.Gates open at noon. Admission is $10 per person with children under 12 free. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets and food can be purchased at the event.Opening Riverfest is Girl Talk, one of Louisville’s youngest bands. Other musicians include SLYK Band, JMB, The Remedy, The Unlimited, Wayne Young and the Louisville Legends.Riverfest chair Jimmy Howell said, “It is great to have this line-up of outstanding performers for the event. We have music for all ages and there is no better spot to enjoy good family fun than on the banks of the Ohio River.”The Shady Glen Club is proud to host the event for Edge Outreach. Their focus is to provide safe drinking water and improved sanitation where needed throughout the world, as well as Kentucky and Indiana. For information, visit www.2ghf.com/Riverfest.html or at www.edgeoutreach.com.