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  • Wreck on I-71 delays traffic Friday afternoon

    A two-car wreck on I-71 southbound slowed traffic Friday afternoon just past the La Grange exit.

    A maroon Ford Explorer attempted to merge after getting on I-71 at exit 20 and rear-ended a brown van. The van went into the emergency lane and came to a stop, according to La Grange Fire Department Major Keith Smith. 

    The Explorer left the roadway and spun around in the median, ending up facing north. 

    The van's two occupants and the driver of the Explorer all refused transport. 

    The wreck has been cleared and I-71 is open.

  • Area police arrest 30 Carroll County residents in drug roundup

    Jeff Moore,
    The News-Democrat

    An early morning round-up put 30 Carroll County residents behind bars Wednesday for allegedly selling drugs to undercover officers.  

    Carroll County Sheriff's Department, Carrollton Police Department and Kentucky State Police joined forces, with 25 officers teaming up to serve warrants on 36 people who were indicted by a grand jury Monday.

  • Crestwood doctor’s trial postponed

    A jury trial for the Crestwood doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient has been postponed.

    Police arrested Dr. Ashok Alur, 57, in September 2010 for allegedly assaulting a female patient during a gynecological exam. He is charged with first-degree sodomy.

    Alur told police he was “tempted and distracted” during the incident, according to the police report.

  • More tea cups, please

    Unused tea cups rattling around in your cabinet or attic can help benefit women with ovarian cancer.

    The tea cups are needed for the fifth annual Blue Hydrangea Tea sponsored by downtown La Grange merchants.

    The tea benefits Ovarian Awareness of Kentucky, a Louisville-based group which educates individuals and healthcare professionals about the subtle signs of the cancer. 

  • These are your neighbors on drugs

    The statewide fight against prescription drugs hit close to home on Monday. 

    Just days after Attorney General Jack Conway spoke to North Oldham High School students about the dangers of prescription drugs, police raided a La Grange home suspected of trafficking.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said the number of prescription drug-related crimes has dramatically increased in the past five years.

  • Park’s limited infrastructure is a hurdle in tough economy

    Despite seven years of standing nearly empty and no I-71 exit in the near future, Oldham Reserve officials believe its time to move the park forward.

    Deana Epperly Karem, Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development executive director, said infrastructure is key to bringing businesses to Oldham Reserve.

  • Police searching for third suspect after drug raid yields two arrests

    Police raided a house Monday in La Grange and made two arrests on drug charges. 

    The raid follows a joint investigation by La Grange Police, Oldham County Police, the Oldham County Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. 

    Information investigators obtained about narcotics trafficking kept leading to a house on Monroe Street, said La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett.

    Police found two people in the house, but did not locate the a third resident, Ronnell Trice. 

  • Judge-exec under fire for 911 calls

    (Audio files for this story are linked in the story and at the bottom. When you click on the link, you'll be taken to a Google Documents screen with a "Download File" button in the top-right corner.)

    The county judge-executive is drawing fire this week after several 911 calls he made to the county’s dispatch center in 2011 became public. 

  • La Grange teen found dead at friend's house

    Police are investigating the death of a La Grange teenager this weekend.

    La Grange Police Chief Kevin Collett said a 16-year-old La Grange girl died Sunday while sleeping at a friend's house.

    Emergency crews were called to a home at 502 Monroe St. in La Grange on Sunday morning after a resident found Summer Leigh Williams unresponsive and not breathing.

    A coroner pronounced Williams dead at the scene. Police are awaiting a medical examiner's report to determine the cause of death. 

  • SOMS students possibly exposed to whooping cough

    According to a public health advisory sent out Friday, students at South Oldham Middle School may have been exposed to Bordetella pertussis — whooping cough — by a sixth-grade student at the school.

    Most children are protected from severe sickness by the tetnus/diptheria/pertussis, or TDAP, shot. However, the shot does not protect them from catching them germ and spreading it to others.

    Children who are behind on the TDAP series are at a higher risk for severe illness.