Local News

  • County will operate without HR manager

    After closed session discussion during Tuesday’s fiscal court meeting, Oldham officials voted on the job status of the county’s human resources manager.

    Effective Oct. 8, Susan Ripperdan is no longer an employee of Oldham County Fiscal Court.

    Of the five magistrates in attendance – Magistrate Bob Deibel ran the meeting in Judge-Executive Duane Murner’s absence – all but one voted to approve the change. Magistrates Rick Rash, Bob Leslie, David Voegele and Steve Greenwell approved and Magistrate Scott Davis opposed the decision.

  • Mayor’s suit against the city council for lowering tax rate is affirmed

    Two fiscal years later, a court has ruled that city council members should not have voted to lower the tax rate in La Grange.

    The state’s court of appeals rendered a ruling Friday that affirmed a circuit court ruling in a case between the city council and Mayor Elsie Carter.

    Almost two years ago, the mayor filed suit against the city council, claiming the council members violated state law by voting to reduce the city’s tax rate for fiscal year 2008-09 from .22 cents per $100 to .20 cents.

  • OCHS, SOHS teachers report threats by students

    Police recently took two students into custody for their alleged threats against teachers.

    Oldham County Police arrested Kory D. Garr, 18, of La Grange, Oct. 11 for his alleged threats against a substitute teacher four days earlier.

    According to police, Garr threatened to strike the woman Oct. 7, and repeated the same threat to another female teacher.

    Police said Garr threatened to hit the substitute teacher if she didn’t walk away from him.

    Garr is charged with menacing and abuse of a teacher. Police arrested him Oct. 11 at the school.

  • News in brief

    Dilapidated structures eewill be discussed during eepublic hearing

    Owners of three local properties will face a public hearing after county officials approved allowing the county attorney to move forward with declaring the structures dilapidated.

    All three properties are vacant and Tim Tyree, county code enforcement officer, said all are in need of serious maintenance or removal.

  • Court upholds council’s decision to rescind attorney’s 2008 appointment

    A city attorney’s future handling city business may again be up to the council that voted to rescind his appointment two years ago.

    After being nominated by the mayor, approved – with a stipulation – by the city council and having his earnings investigated by two city councils, a state court of appeals recently ruled in favor of the La Grange city council regarding the appointment of City Attorney Graham Whatley.

    The council voted to approve Whatley as city attorney after Mayor Elsie Carter nominated him in September 2008. 

  • Davis, Waltz debate fourth district issues

    Jacob Alvey, 17, may not be able to vote in the Nov. 2 election, but age doesn’t keep him from campaigning for John Waltz, the Democrat challenger for Kentucky’s fourth congressional district. Alvey said he was attracted to Waltz’ determination to change the current political climate.

  • Public Records

     Sheriff’s reports

    Warrant arrests

    Cesar A. Aguillar, 33, Churchill Downs track, arrested by OCSO Sept. 27, failure to comply.

    Jason Randell Brackett, 29, county at large, arrested by OCSO Sept. 30, failure to appear.

    Kimberly A. Busch, 42, 8807 W. Ky. 22 No. 3, Crestwood, arrested by OCSO Oct. 3, failure to appear.

    James G. Byers Jr., 27, 9 Cassell Lane, Bedford, arrested by OCSO Sept. 24, harassing         communications.

  • Murder trial date hinges on hair

    A single hair found on the shorts of a murder victim is a key piece of evidence in determining whether a second man involved in the crime will have his trial delayed.

    Raymond Carrion II and Jason Parr are charged with burglary and the shooting death of James E. Bailey, 33, in La Grange on Feb. 1, 2009.

  • Double Trouble

    Two women, two weddings, two marriage licenses, two counties – that’s the combination that lead  an Indiana man to two years probation on a fairly uncommon felony charge.

    James E. House, 53, of Sellersburg, Ind., pleaded guilty to bigamy in Oldham circuit court Oct. 7.

    Indicted by an Oldham County grand jury in August, House received the charge after marrying two women just seven days apart.

  • A graffiti-free bridge? Officials hope design will keep it clean

    For the design elements of a bridge that will serve those who want to bike or walk across Interstate 71, local officials turned to those who will use it most – the residents.

    Located in Buckner, near exit 17 along I-71, a planned bicycle and pedestrian bridge will be built as a part of the planned Oldham County Greenway project.

    The project, when completed, will connect La Grange, Buckner, Crestwood and Pewee Valley.