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  • Fugitive picked up in Louisville 6 months later

    After he fled La Grange in February, police recently arrested a wanted fugitive found in Louisville.

    Officers from probation and parole acted on a tip that Ronnell E. Trice, 39, was living in a Louisville hotel.

    Trice was wanted for three counts of trafficking a controlled substance, first degree, and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

  • Bourbon bigwig scoops ice cream warehouse for a new distillery

    The locally-produced, artisan-quality trend is taking hold in another industry — and one Pewee Valley man hopes to be ahead of the curve.

    First it was cheese, wine, bread and beer — all products seeing a rise in “craft” production focused on small batches and special ingredients.

    Now, it’s spirits. Bourbon, vodka and other spirits are being produced by micro-distillers across the country.

  • Unexpected art: Sweet cheeks are Goshen mom’s canvas

    People are surprised to hear what one Goshen woman does for a living — and quite frankly, she’s just as surprised to say it.

    Amy Parks is a professional face painter. 

    But she’s not a clown, or a magician, or a balloon artist. Just a face painter.

    “I’m still adjusting my own idea of what a face painter is,” she said.

  • Non-profit's founder charged with theft, mail fraud

    The founder of a charity focused on feeding needy families is charged with money laundering, filing false tax returns and theft of more than $183,000 in donations. 

    USA Harvest founder Hugh “Stan” Curtis faces seven criminal charges, including mail fraud, theft, money laundering and tax fraud. The non-profit moves food from those who have too much to those who have too little.

    Curtis founded Kentucky Harvest in 1987, which led to the founding of USA Harvest, a national organization, just two years later.

  • Liquor is headed to retail stores in La Grange

    Liquor is making its way to La Grange store shelves after city council members passed revised alcohol laws Sept. 4.

    Now individuals can apply for licenses — but it could be a while before they’re approved, as the state faces a backlog of applications after several cities passed “wet” votes earlier this year.

    In July, La Grange voters overwhelmingly supported making the city wet by a nearly 2-to-1 margin.

  • Grower had pot in Radio Flyer wagon

    La Grange Police officers seized more than 35 marijuana plants last week after discovering them being grown in a resident’s backyard.

    Adam Behling, 31, is charged with cultivating and trafficking marijuana. 

    Behling lives at the home on McQuire Court where the plants were found on Sept. 4.

    According to police, the plants were found growing along the backyard privacy fence and in several containers.

  • Another close call at Crestwood crossing

    A near-collision between a train and semi-truck in Crestwood Friday has county officials urging CSX to make changes.

    On Friday afternoon, around 3 p.m., a semi-truck became stuck on Railroad Avenue — a frequently-occurring event, despite posted “no truck” signs.

    According to witness accounts, within minutes of the truck becoming stranded on the track, crossing gates lowered and bells warned of an oncoming train.

  • City calls special meeting to discuss revenue

    With the debt repayment for Oldham Reserve looming large, La Grange Mayor Bill Lammlein has called a special city council meeting to address the situation Sept. 17.

    Lammlein said the meeting will focus on ways the city can generate revenue to pay the $8.2 million debt.

    In 2005, the city and county governments issued $10 million bonds to purchase Oldham Reserve, a 1,000-acre business park in La Grange.

    The debt includes interest and payments already made.

  • Property dispute turns deadly in Smithfield; bus driver remembered

    Police believe a property dispute led to the fatal shooting of a Henry County man on Saturday afternoon.

    Detectives from Kentucky State Police Post 5 are investigating the the death of Joseph Bibelhauser, 61.

    A 911 call alerted KSP to an altercation and possible shooting in the 7600 block of Ballardsville Road in Smithfield.

    According to police, Bibelhauser died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head.

  • Crestwood business is blanketed in tradition

    Six months before Valentine’s Day, the staff of Minish & Potts Florist in Crestwood is up to their noses in roses.

    Since mid-August, they’ve snipped and glued more than 13,500 roses and carnations for garlands they create for the World’s Championship Horse Show at Freedom Hall during the Kentucky State Fair.