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  • Durham to use mental defense in murder trial

     

    Jesse Durham has filed notice that he will use a mental health defense in his murder case.

    Durham, 22, is accused of killing his great-grandmother, Elizabeth Arinsmier, with a hammer. He has pleaded not guilty to murder, which carries a sentence of as much as life in prison.

    Earlier this month, Durham's attorney, C.B. Bates of the Department of Public Advocacy in Columbia, announced that the case is prepared for trial.

  • Cocanougher withdraws from circuit judge's race

     

    Tim Cocanougher of Springfield, candidate for the Circuit Court Judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit, District 1, withdrew his candidacy on Monday, citing a recent opportunity to continue his work conducting sexual assault investigations for the United States military.

    A former Commonwealth's attorney, Cocanougher said his view of the judge's seat as a very respectable and highly esteemed position influenced his decision to file.

  • Tim Cocanougher withdraws from judge's race

     

    Tim Cocanougher of Springfield, candidate for the Circuit Court Judge 11th Circuit, district 1, withdrew his candidacy today, citing a recent opportunity to continue his work conducting sexual assault investigations for the U.S. Military. 

    Cocanougher's opponent, attorney Samuel Todd Spalding of Lebanon, now runs unopposed for the position. Spalding is now set to be sworn in as  Circuit Court Judge 11th Circuit, district 1 in January.

    Cocanougher posted about his decision to withdraw on Facebook.

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  • After 14 years, hospital employee becomes U.S. citizen

     

    For 14 years, Ticiane "Tici" Lucas has considered Kentucky her home. On June 6, she sealed the deal by taking the Oath of Allegiance at her naturalization ceremony in Louisville.

    Through a partnership between her high school in Fortaleza, Brazil and Campbellsville University, Lucas came to the United States in June 2000.

  • Campbellsville native to release movie

     

    A book deal. A movie. A television series. Companies to run.

    Campbellsville native Deronte' Smith is a busy man. His credits include writer, director, entrepreneur, educator, mentor and father.

    Smith's first feature film, a horror movie called "Prosper," is slated to be in stores this year. And, his children's book, "The Fantastical Adventures of Sleepy Steve: Reuniting the Stone," has been re-written for an older audience and might become a television series.

  • Man charged with breaking into fitness center

     

    A man has been arrested and charged with breaking into a local fitness center.

    Nicholas Galarza, 30, whose address is unknown, was arrested last Tuesday at 10:06 a.m.

    According to Galarza's arrest citation, the owner of Xtreme Fitness reported that a man, who isn't a member at the center, entered the business on Friday, July 11, at about 9:30 a.m. and damaged the property.

  • Man charged with stealing from employer

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with stealing from his employer.

    According to a Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, William E. Hicks, 53, of 86 Vintage Lane, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with theft by unlawful taking less than $500, a misdemeanor offense.

  • Pastor accused of raping, sodomizing local elderly woman

     

    An Albany man who serves as pastor of a local church has been arrested and charged with raping and sodomizing an elderly woman for whom he provided care.

    Campbellsville Police officers began an investigation on Thursday at about 4 p.m. after receiving a call from an elderly female reporting that she had been raped and sodomized.

    According to a Campbellsville Police report, the department doesn't release the name of sexual assault victims.

  • Schools plan open houses, orientations

     

    It's about time for students to once again get up early and head to school.

    But before the school bell rings on the first day, local schools will have open houses and orientation nights to make sure students and parents have information they need to make sure the year is a success.

    Local school officials say having such events is a way to ensure parents get any questions they have answered and students ease any anxiety they might have about heading back to the classroom.