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  • Finley man arrested for attempted murder

    Manuel Pittman, 50, of Finley was arrested Thursday evening, July 16, and charged with attempted murder and six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment after he allegedly tried to shoot his daughter's boyfriend.

    According to Kentucky State Police, at 11:52 p.m., Post 15 received information of a domestic related shooting that occurred on Paul Shewmaker Road. KSP Trooper Brian Coyt and deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene and discovered that a firearm had been discharged in the direction of Richard Price, 22, of Lebanon.

  • Is the county next?

    The day after the City of Lebanon approved the second reading of an amended alcohol ordinance, a similar request was presented to the Marion County Fiscal Court.

    The city's ordinance allows Sunday alcohol sales by the drink as well as packaged sales, and it extends the sales hours until 1 a.m. (although state laws end packaged sales hours at midnight).

  • Lebanon council approves revised alcohol ordinance

    Rev. Darren Gillespie voiced concerns about the amended alcohol ordinance during the July 17 special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council.

    But he was also concerned that the council was holding its second reading of the ordinance two days after its first reading was approved.

    "We, as citizens, need some time to look at this," Gillespie told the council.

  • Four arrested on arson charges

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested four firefighters, including one Marion County man, on charges of arson.

    Stephen E. Orberson, 19, of Gravel Switch, Melinda Orberson, 22, and James R. Tate, 24, both of Perryville, and Frederick E. Tate, 21, of Harrodsburg were arrested July 19 as a result of an investigation into multiple fires in Boyle and Marion counties.

    The four people arrested were volunteer firefighters with the Boyle County and Gravel Switch (Marion County) Fire Departments, according to the state police.

  • Sheperson worked behind the scenes to improve his community

    John "Jack" Sheperson may have preferred to stay out of the limelight, but he was still working throughout his life for his community, according to his friends. "John was very unique," Gene Lanham said.

  • Taking flight

    Terry "El Conquistador" Jacobs of Loveland, Ohio, made his first visit to the Jets over Kentucky model jet show this year at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

  • Former KSP sergeant and police chief dies

    John Sheperson, a retired Kentucky State Police sergeant and a former Lebanon Police Chief, died Sunday, July 5, after a battle with cancer. Sheperson, 64, of Gravel Switch was a United States Air Force Veteran with a 26-year career in law enforcement. He retired from the Kentucky State Police on July 31, 1988, as a sergeant from Post 15. He left KSP and went to work for the Lebanon Police Department. He was hired as a patrol officer in Lebanon in 1989, and promoted to sergeant in 1991.

  • Lebanon police investigating string of burglaries and criminal mischief

    Tuesday, June 30, appears to have been a busy day for a criminal or two in Marion County. Several businesses were victims of burglary and criminal mischief that particular day, and Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young doesn't think the string of crimes were a coincidence. "I think there is a strong probability that it was all connected to the same person or group of persons," Young said. "There is a common thread there.

  • Boyle County firefighters being investigated for arson

    Three members of the Boyle County Fire Department and one former department member confessed to involvement in setting 12-14 fire during the last 18 months, Boyle County Fire Chief Donnie Sexton announced during a press conference July 8 in Danville. Sexton said eight fires are being investigated in Boyle County and five are under investigation in Marion County, according to The Danville Advocate-Messenger. The names of the firefighters have not been released, but evidence will be presented to the Boyle County Grand Jury.

  • Meth lab found on Country Club Drive

    Kentucky State Police Drug Task Force members cleaned up a meth lab found July 2 at 529 Country Club Drive. William Jordan Mattingly, 25, of 529 Country Club Drive was arrested on a charge of first-degree manufacturing methamphetamines, which is a Class B felony. Mattingly and a woman, Carrie Mitchell, 33, of Brookhaven were taken to Spring View Hospital for treatment. Probation and parole officers Samuel Clements and Tammy Kimbler dropped by the house Thursday morning.