Local News

  • Man gets 15 years in another’s death

    A man charged with the New Year’s Day murder of another man will serve 15 years in prison.

    Casey Circuit Court Judge James G. Weddle sentenced Isidro Perez Santiso, 26, on Monday for the Jan. 1, 2009 shooting death of Ramon Carillo.

    Santiso — who was originally charged with murder and indicted as Isidro Perez — took a plea agreement July 30, which reduced the murder charge to first-degree manslaughter.

  • Road proposed between bypass, Wolford Ave.

    The Casey County Hospital District is hoping to buy a piece of property on Wolford Avenue in Liberty with plans to build a road there which will connect Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard with the city street that borders the new hospital.

    However, Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney isn’t too happy with the hospital’s plans, saying the hospital district is robbing the city of even more of its tax base.


    Rainy skies didn’t put a damper on the official dedication and opening ceremony of the new Casey County Hospital on Friday.

    While the hospital actually opened a year ago this month, officials had postponed an official ceremony until U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield, who represents Casey County, could be available to attend.

    Whitfield served as master of ceremonies on Friday, telling the approximately 200 people on hand that it was a proud day.

  • John Lane III, 52

    John Keith Lane III of Louisville died Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 at the Baptist East Hospital in Louisville. He was 52.

    Born on Jan. 20, 1957 in Casey County, he was a son of the late John Keith Jr. and Nellie Clayborn Lane.

    He was a minister of the Church of the First Born.

  • Diana Lemmon, 58

    Diana Elizabeth Adams Lemmon of Columbia died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at Baptist Hospital East in Louisville. She was 58.

    She was a daughter of the late Jessie Wilmer and Elizabeth Shaw Adams.

    She was a member of Barnett’s Creek United Methodist Church and a homemaker.

  • Kid’s Fishing Derby, Country Day, Great Outhouse Blowout is Saturday

    For those bemoaning the end of summer, three activities are coming up Saturday that will allow families to stretch out summer events just a little longer.

    The 6th Annual Kids’ Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Liberty Police Department, will kick off with registration at 8:30 a.m. at Lake Liberty, Chief Steven Garrett said.

    Anglers, ages 3-15, will fish from 9 to 11a.m. and then enjoy a hamburger lunch provided by the Casey County Bank.

  • County updating hazard mitigation report

    In the case of a catastrophic event such as a tornado or flood, Casey County officials, in conjunction with representatives from the Lake Cumberland Area Development District, are updating a critical response plan.

    The 1,100-page Hazard Mitigation Report, originally completed in 2004, has to be updated by June 2011, according to Clarissa Hart, Community Development Specialist with LCADD in Russell Springs.

  • Teen pleads guilty to stealing car, other offenses

    A teenager who led police on a high-speed chase through two counties in June has pleaded guilty to stealing a vehicle and numerous other charges.

    Jordan Alexander Lynn, 18, of 8434 Ky. 49, Liberty, was in Casey Circuit Court on Aug. 17 where he entered a guilty plea to theft by unlawful taking (automobile), first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, DUI, speeding, no operator’s license, and disregarding a stop sign.

  • James B. Luttrell, 69

    James Brinkley Luttrell of Dunnville died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009 at U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. He was 69.

    Born on April 7, 1940 in Casey County, he was a son of the late Perry Leslie and Mossie Owens Luttrell.

    He was a gate salesman and the widower of Dorothy Patterson Luttrell.

  • Betty Casey, 52

    Betty Sue Casey of Liberty died Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 at her family home in Stopover, Ky.

    Born on Nov. 18, 1956 in Mingo County, W.Va., she was a daugher of Mary Jane Hunt Rife of Stopover, Ky. and the late Walter Jr. Rife.

    She formerly owned and operated Casey’s Grocery on Ky. 78 and was a cook at Child Haven Early Childhood Development Center.