Barren County

A Barren County felon and nine co-defendants have been sentenced for running a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation. 

Considered the ring-leader of the operation, 70-year-old Dallas Norris of Glasgow, was sentenced this week to nearly 20 years in prison. He was charged with manufacturing and distributing the marijuana, money laundering, and possession of firearms by a convicted felon. 

A tip led Kentucky State Police to Norris’ home in November 2011, where they discovered more than 1,200 marijuana plants. Police learned the indoor grow began in 2008 and had been producing seven to ten pounds of weed every two weeks. Norris was selling it for around $3,000 per pound. 

State Trooper Arrested in Barren County on DUI Charges

Mar 5, 2013

A Kentucky State Police trooper has been charged with drunken driving.

The Glasgow Daily Times cited a citation from the Cave City Police Department in reporting that 27-year-old Casey Joseph Wethington of Columbia was arrested Sunday on the charge. According to the report, Wethington was "all over the roadway" while traveling north on Dixie Highway and an officer pulled him over.

The police report said a breathalyzer test showed Wethington's blood alcohol content to be 0.2, which is higher than the legal limit of .08.

It was unclear whether Wethington had an attorney.

Farmers in south-central Kentucky are discussing a partnership with a state park that would lead to more farm-fresh foods being served at the location.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports farmers around Barren River Lake State Resort Park met recently with chef Rick Lenoir to discuss a partnership in which he would purchase more local goods to serve at the park's Driftwood Restaurant.

Lenoir, who started working at Barren River Lake State Resort Park last summer, said his preference is to use locally produced food.

"I want folks to be more aware of what we have around here," Lenoir said.

Barren County School District Facing Big Budget Cuts

Feb 5, 2013

Education officials in south-central Kentucky say cuts are likely as the school district faces a budget shortfall of nearly $1 million.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports Barren County school district Superintendent Bo Matthews told the Board of Education during a special-called meeting on Monday night that a $900,000 shortfall is expected from the 2012-13 to the 2013-2014 budget.

Matthews said cuts are likely due to the shortfall.

District Finance Director John Stith said one reason for the shortfall is unexpected costs, including a portion of the $50-$60 million Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust deficit which has to be paid off by school districts across the state.

A judge has declined to dismiss a gated residential community in Lexington from a lawsuit over the death of Amanda Ross, who was gunned down outside her home by former Barren County lawmaker Steve Nunn.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Judge James Ishmael determined that "there are issues of fact that preclude summary judgment."

Ross' mother, Diana M. Ross, sued Opera House Square Townhouse Association, claiming it allowed Nunn access after her daughter told board members she had taken out an emergency protective order against Nunn.

Opera House Square argued that it wasn't negligent and took reasonable action to accommodate a request from Ross for more security.

Nunn pleaded guilty to murder in 2011 for fatally shooting Ross after she ended their engagement.

Two men associated with a cattle brokerage company have pleaded guilty to a federal charge in connection with a scheme that cost 172 farmers more than $840,000.

The Glasgow Daily Times reports that Thomas P. Gibson and Michael Steven McDonald each entered a plea in U.S. District Court in Kentucky to one count of mail fraud.

They previously pleaded guilty in Metcalfe Circuit Court to charges related to the scheme and agreed to fully repay farmers who sold cattle to Eastern Livestock.

The plea on the federal charge was entered last month. Brian Butler, Gibson's attorney, told the newspaper that his client never meant to hurt anyone, but has taken responsibility for what happened.

Western Kentucky University's Glasgow campus will hold a memorial service Thursday afternoon for a student who died last week. The service for Trina M. Lawson, 36, will be at 2 p.m. in the WKU-Glasgow library. The campus is also collecting donations for her family.

The student who died at the WKU-Glasgow campus Friday was a 36-year-old mother of three. Glasgow resident Trina Marie Lawson was found dead inside a bathroom at the Barren County campus early Friday afternoon.

A WKU student who was found dead at the Glasgow campus Friday afternoon has been identified as Trina Lawson. She was discovered inside a bathroom around 1 p.m. and was later pronounced dead by the Barren County coroner.

No New Details Known on WKU-Glasgow Student Death

Oct 21, 2012

The Barren County coroner has not released the name of the WKU student who was found dead at the school's Glasgow campus Friday.

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