http://www.caseynews.net/todaysnews/rss.xml en Sweeney announces end to political career http://www.caseynews.net/content/sweeney-announces-end-political-career <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/_steve_sweeney.jpg" alt="“I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks and I guess if I could sum it all up with one word it’s ‘grandchildren.’” Mayor Steve Sweeney on not seeking re-election" title="“I’ve been thinking about it for a few weeks and I guess if I could sum it all up with one word it’s ‘grandchildren.’” Mayor Steve Sweeney on not seeking re-election" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> After 16 years as mayor of Liberty, Steve Sweeney is calling it quits, withdrawing from the race in November.<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been thinking about it for a few weeks and I guess if I could sum it all up with one word it&rsquo;s &lsquo;grandchildren.&rsquo;&rdquo; I&rsquo;ve got six and we&rsquo;re really close and I&rsquo;m an old man now and I just want to spend time with them,&rdquo; Sweeney said.<br /> The four term mayor made the announcement on Thursday at the end of a special called city council meeting at noon.<br /> Vandalism, theft over weekend of city, county property http://www.caseynews.net/content/vandalism-theft-over-weekend-city-county-property <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/_vandalism_theft-story.jpg" alt="This photo from the Liberty Police Department shows the inside of the city’s leaf truck where vandals emptied the contents of a fire extinguisher sometime over the weekend. The vandals also stole keys to the garbage truck and a microscope from the city sewer building. Anyone with information about these thefts and vandalism is asked to call the Liberty Police Department at 606-787-6371. " title="This photo from the Liberty Police Department shows the inside of the city’s leaf truck where vandals emptied the contents of a fire extinguisher sometime over the weekend. The vandals also stole keys to the garbage truck and a microscope from the city sewer building. Anyone with information about these thefts and vandalism is asked to call the Liberty Police Department at 606-787-6371. " align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Liberty police officers are searching for persons who broke into the city&rsquo;s sewer building and vandalized a truck. In a second incident, three vehicles were captured on videotape at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center stealing gas from a county gas tank.<br /> Chief Steven Garrett said that someone broke a window and entered a small building at the city&rsquo;s sewer department sometime during the weekend ― and it could have ended with deadly consequences.<br /> Liberty man indicted for murder, DUI in car crash http://www.caseynews.net/content/liberty-man-indicted-murder-dui-car-crash <img src="http://www.caseynews.net/sites/www.caseynews.net/files/imagecache/thumb85/marvin-jeff-lee.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="73" height="85" /><p> A Liberty man will face prosecutors in court for his alleged role in the death of another man in a car crash the end of January.<br /> Marvin Jeff Lee, 50, of 1621 Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard, was indicted by a Casey County grand jury on July 14 on a charge of murder and first offense DUI.<br /> A Kentucky State Police press release from Jan. 31 states that Lee was headed southbound on U.S. 127 about three miles north of Liberty in a 1989 Toyota pickup.<br /> EDA considers downtown incentive program http://www.caseynews.net/content/eda-considers-downtown-incentive-program <p> Entrepreneurs who dream of starting and owning a small business in Casey County might get a helping hand in the near future.<br /> Members of the Liberty Casey County Economic Development Authority considered ― but took no action ― on a draft proposal on Monday from EDA Director Blaine Staat.<br /> Discussion in past EDA meetings has largely centered on ways to revitalize downtown Liberty and attract new businesses.<br /> With the absence of long-time businesses in downtown such as King&rsquo;s Dept. Store which closed recently, more and more vacant buildings are available.<br /> Commonwealth recommends two years on burglary charge http://www.caseynews.net/content/commonwealth-recommends-two-years-burglary-charge <p> A Casey County man may spend two years in prison for his role in a burglary.<br /> Appearing before Casey County Circuit Court Judge Judy D. Vance on July 14, Michael Keith Tilyou pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking $500 or more but under $10,000, public intoxication of a controlled substance, menacing, first-degree first offense possession of a controlled substance, meth; possession of synthetic drugs, a class B misdemeanor; and possession of marijuana. Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 25.<br /> Police News 7-23-14 http://www.caseynews.net/content/police-news-7-23-14 <p> Man charged with<br /> livestock violation<br /> <br /> Blake Olenick, of 2560 Upper Brush Creek Road, Hustonville, was cited on July 15 on Upper Brush Creek Road by Sheriff Jerry Coffman and charged with cattle not to run at large. A citation states that Olenick&rsquo;s cattle were on neighbors&rsquo; property, in tobacco fields, and in yards. A second complaint was registered on July 16 that his cows were out on Chelf Ridge Road.<br /> <br /> Man charged<br /> with trespassing<br /> <br /> Street Beat 7-23-14 http://www.caseynews.net/content/street-beat-7-23-14 <p> Taken from the Casey County E911 records, Street Beat represents a history of the initial calls and the information used by the dispatcher to send officers to investigate complaints. It is not an indication of what the officers found upon arrival at the scene or how police may have dealt with the complaint.<br /> <br /> July 14<br /> 8:22 a.m., officer out of car at ag center.<br /> 9:58 a.m., escort at 752 Campbellsville St.<br /> 11:06 a.m., out of control juvenile at 6464 Ky. 1547.<br /> 4:14 p.m. reckless driver on Ky. 49.<br /> Election filings update http://www.caseynews.net/content/election-filings-update <p> The last day for city residents to file to run for mayor or Liberty City Council is Aug. 12. The non-partisan race is for six, two-year seats on the council and a four year term for mayor. As of Tuesday morning, current City Councilman Brian Beeler has filed to run for mayor. Doug Johnson, owner of Liberty Electronics and the Bedford Inn, has filed to run for city council.<br />