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  • Shipp’s request to withdraw guilty plea denied

    Dewayne Shipp’s request to withdraw his guilty plea to the shooting and murder of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes was denied by Marion Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding on Thursday, Dec. 8.
    Judge Spalding also denied Shipp’s request for an evidentiary hearing.
    However, Judge Spalding did grant Shipp’s motion for appointment of new counsel.

  • Investigation leads to firing 2 jail employees

    The Marion County Detention Center is currently conducting an investigation, which has led to the termination of two of its staff members. These terminations were due to a breach in security policies, which resulted in prohibited contact between male and female inmates, according to a press release from Jailer Barry Brady.

  • Uphill battle

    It’s getting dark outside. Suddenly, your chest hurts like never before. You know it’s a heart attack, so you quickly reach for your phone only to realize you have no signal. You’re miles from civilization and your truck is on the other side of the field.
    That’s what happened to Ted Kozak on Nov. 18.
    The heart attack came without warning. Kozak had been hunting since six in the morning and it was five o’clock in the evening when it started.

  • Officer’s best friend

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has a new tool to fight the war on drugs.
    Her name is Gracie, she’s a two-year-old Labrador retriever and she’s the sheriff’s office’s first K9 drug sniffing dog. She’s been working with her handler, Sheriff’s Deputy Tristan Hayden, since October.

  • School district is using less energy, saving more money

    Marion County Public Schools has managed to reduce energy costs by approximately $600,000 within the past six years, and is one of 16 school districts out of 173 in the state that has been recognized as an Energy Star District.

  • ‘It’s been a good run’

    The Marion County Board of Education said goodbye to three of its board members at its regular meeting Thursday, Dec. 8.
    Board Chairman Mike Cecil and Board Members Jeroyd F. “Jerry” Evans and DeLane Pinkston were all defeated during the November General Election.
    In District 1, Carrie Gribbins Truitt defeated Pinkston who has served on the board since January of 1981.
    In District 4, Peggy Downs defeated Cecil, who has served since January of 2011.
    In District 5, Brad Cox defeated Evans, who has served on the board since October of 2014.

  • Gravel Switch man and woman indicted for robbery

    Andrew S. Lanham, 30, and Vikki L. Lanham, 43, of 179 Lanham Road in Gravel Switch were indicted for first-degree robbery and theft by unlawful taking of $500 or more in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 6, the two of them committed a theft and used or threatened immediate use of physical force upon another person with intent to accomplish the theft.
    Their bonds were set at $100,000, and they were ordered to have no contact with the complaining witness.

    In other indictments:

  • Blood drive at St. A Dec. 21

    The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give the lifesaving gift of a blood donation in December, a time when donations decline but the needs of patients remain steady.  
    Donors of all blood types are needed this holiday season to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.
    There will be a blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 21, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St. Augustine.
    To encourage donations, all those who come to donate Dec. 22, 2016, through Jan. 8, 2017, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • Fiscal Court Briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Dec. 1, and magistrates:
    • Approved the reappointment of Barbara May and Jeff Preston to the Marion County Water District Board of Commissioners.
    • Approved appointing Rebecca Streeval to a full-time deputy position that was recently vacated at the Marion County Detention Center.
    • Approved Jason Garrett’s cell phone bill of $45 per month.
    • Approved a budget transfer to the Marion County Road Department ($130,000).

  • Shipp wants to take back guilty plea

    Two years after Dewayne Shipp pled guilty to the shooting and murder of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes, he wants to withdraw his guilty plea.
    Shipp, who is currently serving a life sentence without parole at the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange, recently filed a hand-written motion in Marion Circuit Court. He filed his motion pursuant to RCr 11.42 on Nov. 20, stating his wishes to withdraw his guilty plea based on “ineffective counsel.”