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  • Seven indicted in gang case

     

    Seven individuals have been indicted on charges they participated in organized crime activity, stemming from an October arrest by La Grange Police.

    But other serious charges of conspiracy to commit murder and possession of cocaine were dismissed by an Oldham County Grand Jury.

    The seven individuals are allegedly part of the Southside Crips gang and were arrested in a raid by La Grange Police.

  • Residents express concerns over new Walmart

    A proposed Walmart Supercenter in Crestwood is drawing mixed reactions from residents closest to the new development.

    The national retailer has proposed building a new supercenter at 6701 Highway 329 in Crestwood. The location is behind the Baptist Crestwood Medical Center on what’s also known as the 329 Bypass or Veterans Memorial Parkway.

    At an informal meeting Monday for Crestwood residents, Deborah Bilitski, an attorney for Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs, who is representing Walmart, shed some light on the proposed store.

  • Study: Oldham ranks first for kids

     

    A first-ever ranking of child well-being at the county level in Kentucky has named Oldham County as the best.

    Advocacy group Kentucky Youth Advocates annually releases the Kids Count data book to gauge the well-being of Kentucky’s kids, but this year is the first time they ranked counties from 1 to 120.

    In the rankings, Oldham County scored first overall, as well as first in three main categories: education, health and family and community.

  • Election 2014 filings Dec. 19

    Several candidates for local offices have filed their paperwork to run in the 2014 election. If you would like to see a photo printed in the Era of a candidate filing for office, please send a photo and a brief description to news@oldhamera.com.

  • Public Records Dec. 19

    Grand Jury Indictments

    December

    John R. Burkhart, seven counts burglary in the third degree, seven counts criminal mischief in the third degree, one count persistent felony offender in the first degree.

    David L. Ford, seven counts burglary in the third degree, one count persistent felony offender in the first degree.

    William D. Dial, four counts criminal possession of forged instrument, second degree, one count persistent felony offender in the first degree.

  • Walmart exploring return to Crestwood

    National retail chain Walmart is “rolling back” into Crestwood.

    The retailer has sent out notices to Crestwood residents about its intent to build a Walmart Supercenter at 6701 Highway 329 in Crestwood. The location is behind the Baptist Crestwood Medical Center on what’s also known as the 329 Bypass or Veterans Memorial Parkway.

  • Tentative trial date set for Mosley case

     

    The case of a former Oldham County Police officer accused of official misconduct and tampering with evidence has a tentative court date sent.

    Former officer Harry “Shane” Mosley was charged with official misconduct for sending sexually explicit text messages to a teenager. His charges also include tampering with physical evidence, tampering with public records and official misconduct for his involvement in the arrest of a U.S. Marshal on DUI charges.

  • Paul talks economic zones, health care during La Grange visit

     

    Standing in one of the wealthiest counties in Kentucky, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul pitched his latest policy initiative last week that aims to help impoverished areas pull themselves up by their bootstraps.

    Paul, a Republican who has expressed an interest in running for president in 2016, is promoting the idea of economic freedom zones for struggling cities and counties across the U.S.

    It’s an idea first proposed by former Congressman Jack Kemp, who also ran for president and vice president as a Republican, but slightly modified by Paul.

  • Winter Woes

    Snow, sleet and ice blanketed the region from Friday morning to Tuesday, canceling school twice and causing multiple wrecks on Interstate 71 and elsewhere.

    Because of the weather, Oldham County Schools will be in session Feb. 17 and May 27 for snow make-up days.

  • Johnson asks for house arrest in abuse case

     

    Richard Wayne Johnson, a former Oldham County EMS employee, pleaded not guilty to charges of possession of crime pornography and other sex crimes at his first court appearance after being indicted on those charges.

    Johnson, 35, of La Grange was indicted on the following charges: one count of incest, one count of second degree sodomy, eight counts of first degree sexual abuse, one count of distribution of obscene matter to a minor, two counts of distribution of child pornography and twelve counts of possession of child pornography.