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  • Grand jury indicts five, including alleged sexual abuser

    A Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against five people, including one charged with the sexual abuse of a child under 12 years old.

    Justin Murray, 30, of Maplewood Avenue in Springfield, is charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 12, a Class C felony, and one count of being a persistent felony offender.

     According to the indictment, the offenses allegedly took place between February and May of 2010 in Washington County.

  • No change for county tax rates

    During Monday’s meeting of the Washington County Fiscal Court, the court voted to keep county tax rates the same for the coming year. The current rate for real estate and personal property is 7.5 cents per $100 of the assessed value. For automobiles, watercraft and aircraft, the rate will remain at eight cents per $100 of the assessed value.

    For real estate and personal property, the court had the option to go with a 7.8 percent compensating rate, but elected to keep the current rate. The county could see a drop in revenue from personal property taxes.

  • Burglars nabbed in E-Z Stop break-in

    An Elizabethtown man and a Washington County woman have been charged in the latest burglary at E-Z Stop convenience store near the Blue Grass Parkway.

    Theodore Charles Lewis, 20, of Elizabethtown, and Jennifer White, 19, of Gordon Ford Lane in Willisburg, have been charged with their alleged roles in a break-in at E-Z Stop store on Thursday, Aug. 5.

  • WC football scrimmage will start at 7:30 p.m.

    The Washington County High School football scrimmage game against North Oldham High School will start at 7:30 p.m., rather than the original start time of 7 p.m. Follow the Commanders each week in The Springfield Sun!

  • SCC celebrity event celebrates 20 years

    Golfers participating in the 20th annual St. Catharine College Celebrity Golf Tournament on Saturday will unwind at the 19th Hole after playing a round of 18. But even though there are a lot of unique items offered at both the golf tournament and the auction gala on Friday night, the real prizes are the numerous scholarships provided by the annual fund raiser. Nobody knows that better than the event’s chairperson, Robbie Polin.

  • Springfield man arrested in Lexington;allegedly sent nude photos to minor

    A Springfield man is in jail after allegedly sending text messages containing photos of himself in the nude to a Gravel Switch juvenile.

    Charles Lee Hardesty, 35, of Springfield, was arrested Wednesday, July 28, by the Lexington Division of Police on charges of unlawful electronic communication with a minor.

    For complete details on the case, see the print edition of this week's Springfield Sun!

  • Coleman sentenced to 53 years in Tennessee murder case

    A Knox County, Tennessee judge on Friday rejected the notion that the lone female suspect in a January 2007 torture slaying was a young innocent under the domination of brutal killers.

    Instead, Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner deemed Vanessa Coleman, 22, a street-savvy woman in firm command of her actions and callously indifferent to the consequences.

  • Election filing deadline is Aug. 10

    When election day rolls around this fall, at least one incumbent says his name will be on the ballot.

    Springfield Mayor John W. Cecconi said last week that although he has not filed his paperwork, he does plan to run for re-election for the office he has held since 2006, and has served a total of 17 years.

  • School bus routes affected by road slides

    Slides along several roads in Washington County are not only giving members of the Washington County Fiscal Court some headaches, but once the school year starts later this week, parents and students along one road will also have to deal with re-routing school buses to avoid danger.

  • Motorcycle crash kills two

    A Washington County man and an Illinois woman were both killed as a result of a motorcycle accident.

    Roy J. Hood, 63, of 2799 Brush Grove Road, of Willisburg, was riding a 2004 AMF XL motorcycle Sunday evening on Lawrenceburg Road in Nelson County. According to a report by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, Hood was traveling east when the motorcycle left the road and struck a culvert, sending the motorcycle into the air. Hood and a passenger, Connie L. Johnson, 57, of Sycamore, Ill., were thrown from the bike and landed in a ditch.