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  • 19-year-old Prospect resident identified in overnight crash

    A 19-year old Prospect resident has been identified as the lone victim in an overnight crash on Veterans Memorial Parkway.

    According to Oldham County Police, Cody McHenry, a graduate of South Oldham High School, veered off the road at 1:22 a.m. Thursday and struck a rock embankment, causing his vehicle to overturn and eject McHenry.

    OCPD said McHenry was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    McHenry was driving a 2005 Ford SVU, police said, and was traveling northbound at the time of the accident.

  • Sheriff’s office warns about new Green Dot credit card scam

    A new scam has Oldham County residents worried about going to jail.

    The Oldham County Sheriff’s Office and the Better Business Bureau are warning residents of the scam, which involves someone identifying themselves as a sheriff’s deputy.

    The scammer tells the caller they missed federal grand jury duty and must buy a Green Dot Visa Card, load it with $500 and give the card’s information to the caller to avoid being put in jail on a bench warrant.

  • Appeals Court returns to hear cases in Oldham

    Oldham Countains were recently able to view one part of Kentucky’s judicial system they don’t often see.

    Three judges on the Kentucky Court of Appeals heard oral arguments at the Oldham County Courthouse last week, relating to appeals on cases from Jefferson County.

    It was the first time the Court of Appeals has heard a case in Oldham County in years, using the county’s circuit courtroom for roughly three hours.

  • Former teacher takes plea in DUI case

    The case of a former elementary school teacher accused of driving under the influence on school property has been resolved.

    Laura Munson, 52, a former teacher at Locust Grove Elementary, entered an Alford plea last week on one DUI charge.

    By submitting an Alford plea, Munson maintained her innocence in the case, but admitted prosecutors had enough evidence to likely convict her of DUI. An Alford plea is technically a guilty plea.

  • County man sentenced to 18 months in prison for bank, wire fraud

     

    An Oldham County man will serve more than a year in jail and repay thousands of dollars in restitution for defrauding five banks located in the county.

    James Distler, 45, was sentenced to 18 months in prison and ordered to repay $144,936 by U.S. District Judge John Heyburn II, after pleading guilty to three charges of bank fraud and two counts of wire fraud in September.

  • La Grange commission looking at historical guidelines

     

    After 10 years with no changes, La Grange’s Historic Commission is updating its guidelines.

    At a special meeting on Wednesday, the commission reviewed part of the guidelines, changing some wording to make the guidelines easier to use. The review also serves as a way to update or omit guidelines that are unclear, unfeasible or obsolete.

    “They are guidelines, it’s not a one size fits all,” commissioner Tom Clemons said.

  • Work approved for I- 71 bridge

    The Oldham County Fiscal Court has been working with the Kentucky Department of Transportation to begin construction on a new four lane bridge over I-71 which will link Commerce Parkway with New Moody Lane. The bridge is intended to help alleviate traffic congestion related to Oldham Reserve. Recently, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet gave permission to Gohmann Construction Company to begin work as soon as possible. The bridge is expected to open in 2016.

    Several companies submitted bids to the bridge work. Gohmann Construction’s winning bid was $9,129,000.

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  • La Grange mayor Lammlein won’t run for re-election after one term

    The City of La Grange is once again searching for a new mayor.

    Mayor Bill Lammlein, who took office four years ago, recently told the Oldham Era he is sticking to a pledge to only serve one term as mayor. That leaves an opening for chief executive of Oldham County’s largest city.

    So far, no one has filed to replace Lammlein with roughly three weeks until the filing deadline, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. But Lammlein said there are qualified people to take his spot.

  • 2014 elections could mean change in leadership

    With less than three weeks until the filing deadline, the majority of the county’s top elected officials could see an easy re-election.

    Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4 p.m. is the filing deadline for anyone seeking a federal, state or local office in Kentucky, according to County Clerk Julie Barr.

    But as of Monday, it was mostly those who currently hold elected office who had already filed to run in 2014.