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  • Crestwood doctor charged with sodomy faces civil suit from alleged victim

    Crestwood doctor is subject of civil suit
    Three tracts of land and a visit to Goodwill are points of contention in a lawsuit accusing a Crestwood doctor of sexual assault.
    Tammy Simmons, 38, of Bedford, has filed a civil suit alleging she’s a victim of unwanted sexual contact that allegedly took place in Dr. Ashok Alur’s Crestwood office.

  • BREAKING NEWS: Bedford man charged for attempting to mow down Oldham cyclists

    A Bedford man is charged with second-degree wanton endangerment after authorities say he attempted to mow down cyclists earlier this summer with his pick-up truck.

    Following a two month-investigation, Oldham County Police on Tuesday arrested Robert James Wagner, 22, of Bedford, after he reportedly confessed that he attempted to run a cyclist off an Oldham County roadway, shortly after August's Ironman event.


    A Crestwood doctor accused of sexually assaulting a female patient will return to court after the first of the year.

    A small group of supporters gathered in the Oldham Circuit Court Thursday as Dr. Ashok Alur, 56, of Louisville, was arraigned by Judge Diane Wheeler on a charge of first-degree sodomy.

    Wheeler left bond at $50,000 cash, which Alur posted the day after his arrest. He spent one night in the Oldham County Jail.


    After nearly six years and several lawsuits, appeals and hearings, the proposed Brentwood subdivision is again at a standstill.

    Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad recently ruled in favor of 11 neighboring residents of the Crestwood site in overturning the Oldham Planning Commission’s approval of the 345-home planned community.


    A single strand of hair found on the shorts of a murder victim will delay the trial of one man charged with the crime — and may soon delay another.

    Jason Parr, one of the men charged in connection with the burglary and shooting death of James E. Bailey, 33, in La Grange on Feb. 1, 2009, appeared Thursday in Oldham District Court.

    Parr’s trial is currently set to begin in March, but prosecutors have requested a DNA test of a hair recently found on the murder victim’s shorts.


    A 280-pound pig that’s likely far from home has found a temporary one since a crew of animal control workers, police and firefighters captured it roaming more than two weeks ago near Ky. 53 and Old Moody Lane.

    Around 11 p.m. on Oct. 25, members of the Ballardsville Fire Department were forced to detain the hefty black and white sow, after spotting it about a mile from that community.

  • Record Turnout

    More than 22,000 of the almost 41,000 registered voters in Oldham County made their voices heard in Tuesday’s general election. They chose seven new magistrates, a new judge-executive, constables and in the case of the city of La Grange, a new mayor.

    Oldham County Clerk Julie Klosterman Barr said the turnout of about 55 percent of the county’s voters is a higher one than she’s seen in a while. With all those votes – including those for six write-in candidates - Barr said the day went smoothly.

  • Teen hit by car near school

    A 13-year-old Buckner girl is recovering from injuries she suffered Friday afternoon while crossing Ky. 146 near South Oldham Middle School in Crestwood.

    A vehicle struck SOMS student Kasey Wernert as she ran across Ky. 146 with a group of students on her way to McDonald’s about 3:40 p.m. Friday.

    Wernert’s father, Tom, is one of dozens of drivers traveling through Crestwood at the time and diverted to the Ky. 329 bypass.

  • Six escape Briar Hill fire

    An early morning house fire in Briar Hill subdivision gutted a home in the 7700 block of Cambridge Court. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but firefighters say residents are lucky to have escaped without injury.

    Firefighters from South Oldham, Pewee Valley, Worthington and Middletown fire departments battled the fire.

    SOFD spokesperson Capt. Kevin Parker said when crews arrived at the scene about 3 a.m., they saw flames sweeping the rear of the house and immediately called for a second alarm.

  • Oldham County awarded $63,900 for computers, hazmat equipment

    The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has awarded $63,900 in State Homeland Security Grants to Oldham County for the  purchase of mobile data computers and hazmat equipment, Gov. Steve Beshear recently announced.

    “Homeland Security grants are a vital component in helping keep the Commonwealth safe and secure,” Gov. Beshear said. “They provide funds that enable our first responders to have the latest and best tools needed in their critical missions.”