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  • Defibrillator, school staff help save OCHS student's life

    A defibrillator and the quick work of Oldham County High School faculty saved a student’s life last week when 16-year-old Cole Gibson went into cardiac arrest.

    Principal Brent Deaves said Gibson, a junior, was in class when the incident occurred.

    Teacher Joan Thompson immediately called the office and reported a medical issue and Assistant Principal Stan Torzewski rushed to the classroom.

  • Autism Center serves adults in a child-centered industry

    A new project by Apple Patch is providing unique opportunities for adults with autism.

    The Autism Center at Apple Patch opened in early January in Crestwood Station and is at 50 percent capacity already, said Joe Spoelker, director of development and marketing.

  • Ethics panel reviews Oldham property assessor’s family hire

    An ethics hearing for Oldham County’s property assessor continued last week in Frankfort.

    Ron Winters is one of 11 property valuation administrators across the state accused of nepotism in a case that began in 2008. If found guilty, penalties can range up to $5,000.

    The county PVA is elected to assess the value of property for property taxes.

  • 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.