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  • Hood Lane, Sterk Avenue residents indicted for assault, robbery

    Samantha J. Rigdon, 25, of 289 Hood Lane in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree assault, first-degree criminal attempt to commit robbery and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about June 5, Rigdon caused serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or she aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act.

  • Holly Hill resident pleads guilty to sex abuse

    Ricardo Sunun-Gomez, 34, of 118 Holly Hill Inn in Lebanon pled guilty to six counts of first-degree sex abuse in Marion Circuit Court recently. The victim was under 12 years old.
    Sunun-Gomez, a.k.a. Miguiael Gonzales, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 18.
    The court has ordered that he must undergo an evaluation by the sexual offender treatment program operated or approved by the Department of Corrections and the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services.

    In other circuit court matters:

  • POWR program provides unique way to lose weight

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Rita Rawlings has been going to KORT for more than eight weeks. First, it was for her knee – she was there for physical therapy.
    Dr. Melanie Brewer came to Rawlings and told her about the Personalized Orthopedic Weight Reduction (POWR) program, and Rawlings signed on the day after her physical therapy ended.
    Brewer said the program is more comprehensive than other programs and offers a full-body approach, instead of targeting just knee pain or back pain.

  • Bethel Star Apostolic Church ‘building bridges’ in community

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    One church in Lebanon is hoping to build a positive environment on the city streets.
    Michael Johnson, the pastor at Bethel Star Apostolic Church, said that he wants to give something back to the community that has given him so much.
    “We want people to sense that we can relate to what they are going through,” Johnson said. “We may not agree with their lifestyle choices, but we believe in the person inside.”

  • School lawsuit could be heading to mediation

    Marion County Public Schools have more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by parents who have accused district employees of abusing special needs children.
    But the case might be resolved through mediation.
    The complaint was filed June 12 in Marion Circuit Court on behalf of Paul and Virginia Boone of Lebanon, Elizabeth J. Johnson of St. Francis and Stacey Hall of Lebanon. They are all parents of special needs children who attend or have attended Marion County High School. Hall is also the former principal of the high school.

  • Tomato pasted

    A group of about 20 people participated in the inaugural Marion County Tomato Conflict, and many of them hope to do it again.
    “It was the most unusual, awesome day,” said Genesis Blair, 16, of Louisville, who spent much of the fight tossing tomatoes at her parents and brother.
    Her parents, James and Connie Blair, didn’t even mind that the start of the fight was delayed (the fight was scheduled for 4 p.m., but didn’t officially get going until around 5:45). James Blair said they would definitely come back if they had the chance to do it again.

  • Main Street will be partially closed to clean up collapsed sewer

     Lebanon city employees dug into the city's storm sewer system Monday morning only to discover that they'll need to do even more digging.

    City Administrator John O. Thomas estimated they will be digging another 12-15 feet, and that will mean temporarily closing at least one lane of eastbound traffic on Main Street near the Spalding Avenue intersection.

    City employees dug up a portion of South Spalding Avenue near the intersection with Main Street Monday morning. This was an area where they knew a section of the sewer had collapsed.

  • Cocanougher withdraws from judge’s race

    By Leslie Moore
    Landmark News Service

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

  • Barnett tells a unique story in ‘Between the Rows’

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Phyllis Ann Spalding Barnett says she is a storyteller, not a writer.
    Her book, "Between the Rows," reads like a story, not like the usual 500-page novel.
    In fact, Barnett’s book is just 180 pages long. It offers a fictional account of growing marijuana in Kentucky and the trouble it brought to a small community.

  • City seeks to condemn Boldrick Avenue house

    The City of Lebanon is seeking to condemn 200 Boldrick Avenue.
    According to a petition filed June 30 in Marion Circuit Court, the city considers that property to be "a vacant, abandoned and neglected property.”
    The petition names Rhonda Molden, any unknown spouse of Rhonda Molden, and the occupant (if any) of 200 Boldrick Avenue and Marion County government as defendants.