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  • Drug court offers prison alternative

    Those facing drug-related charges now have another alternative to paying their debt to society behind prison bars.

    Taylor, Green, Marion and Washington counties now offer a court program designed specifically to address drug addiction.

    A new Drug Court to serve adults in the four-county area began in mid-January with two participants, according to a press release from the Administrative Office of the Courts, the operational arm of the Kentucky Court of Justice.

  • Smoking committee holds off on recommendation

    The City's smoking ban committee has opted to hold off on recommending a smoking ban until after the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health considers the issue.

    Committee Member David Nunery told the Committee on Monday that he heard that the health department could make a decision on the issue soon.

    "Support for a smoke-free policy" is on the agenda for Taylor County Board of Health's regular meeting tomorrow. The meeting is at noon in the health department's conference room.

  • Man charged with third DUI after collision

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with DUI after he was involved in a motor vehicle collision.

    Anthony H. Gillespie, 58, of 121 London Drive was arrested at 8:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

    According to Gillespie's arrest citation, he was involved in a motor vehicle collision and appeared under the influence of intoxicants. Records state results of Gillespie's blood test are still pending.

    The citation states the arrest was Gillespie's third DUI offense.

    Campbellsville Police Officer Ben Riggs investigated.

  • Five injured in KY 55 collision

    Five people were injured Tuesday afternoon in a two-vehicle collision.

    According to a report filed by Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Robert VanCleave, April A. Helm, 32, of Broadway Street in Corydon, Ky., was attempting to turn her 2005 Mazda left onto Lone Valley Road from KY 55 south at about 5 p.m.

    The report states Mark A. Jones, 39, of Underwood Street in Campbellsville was traveling north on KY 55 south when Helm turned into his path and caused him to strike Helm's passenger side door.

  • Jail won't open until August

    Taylor County's jail likely won't open until August, nearly three months later than originally planned.

    At last week's regular Fiscal Court meeting, Magistrate James Jones told the Court that rain and other winter weather has slowed construction.

    On behalf of the Court's Detention Center Committee, the Committee overseeing construction, Jones told magistrates that the completion date of the center is now expected to be Aug. 11.

  • Campbellsville man charged with selling cocaine

    A Campbellsville man has been arrested and charged with selling cocaine after he was stopped by the police.

    Travis Owens, 28, of 404 Clem Haskins Blvd. was arrested at 2:47 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

    According to Owens' arrest citation, he was pulled over for failing to stop at a stop sign.

    Records state Owens gave Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Mark Dickens permission to search him and his vehicle.

    After searching Owens, Dickens found crack cocaine and marijuana.

  • One charged in sealed indictment

    A Campbellsville woman has been charged with selling cocaine in an indictment recently unsealed by a Taylor Circuit Court judge.

    A grand jury may seal an indictment if there is a possibility that the accused will try to evade police.

    Amanda Shively, 25, of 801 Gidget Trail was indicted on a charge of first-degree selling cocaine.

    Bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000 cash. If convicted, Shively could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

    - An indictment is a legal accusation only. It does not establish guilt.

  • Local businessman arrested on fugitive warrant

    A local businessman has been arrested on an out-of-state fugitive warrant and charged with writing a nearly $200,000 cold check to an automobile dealer in Michigan.

    James R. Rattliff, 42, of 122 Cambridge Way was arrested by Campbellsville Police Officer Bart Gilpin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at Ratliff Motors.

    Court records pertaining to Rattliff's arrest, however, were not filed at the Taylor Circuit Clerk's office until Thursday, Feb. 7.

  • Man pleads guilty to lesser charges in agreement

    A Michigan man accused of attempting to rape a Campbellsville woman has pleaded guilty to amended charges against him.

    Anthony "Tony" Michael Politi, 35, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Allan Bertram on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

    Politi was charged with first-degree attempted rape and being a second-degree persistent felony offender.

    According to Politi's arrest warrant, he is accused of attempting to force a Campbellsville woman to have sex with him last year.

  • Ten illegal dumps will be cleaned up

    Taylor County could be a lot cleaner by the end of the year.

    Officials have identified 10 illegal dumps in the community and, with $75,750 in state funding, Solid Waste Coordinator Debbie McNear believes those dumps could be gone by year's end.

    "We still have to match the grant 25 percent," McNear said.

    However, the match can be cash or in-kind work.

    Last month, Gov. Steve Beshear announced that more than $2.9 million in illegal open dump grants would be distributed from the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 293 illegal dumps in 52 counties, including Taylor.