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December 22, 2003

Water main break forces detour,

loss of service

A water main break closed East Main Street for several hours Saturday afternoon, forcing motorists to detour to avoid slick spots.

The water main break occurred at approximately 11:30 a.m. Several people called 911 to report water on the street, and freezing temperatures threatened to turn it to ice.

Water department workers were sent to the break on the corner of Main and Alta.

"Typically, this time of year we have a lot of water breaks, because of the ground moving as it freezes and thaws," said Jim Adkins, water plant operator at the Danville drinking water plant. "We see this a lot when the temperatures change."


Water service to several streets was shut down for several hours Saturday afternoon.

"We did have to shut the water off to some of our customers, mostly in the Alta, East Main and Kentucky Avenue area," said Adkins.

Adkins said workers were able to fix the pipe under pressure, eliminating the need for a boil advisory.

Officers preparing warrants for couple

The Mercer County Sheriff's Office is not releasing the names of two burglary suspects caught on video trying to enter a residence Dec. 8, but deputies are preparing warrants for their arrest.

According to Deputy Erick Barksman, the man and woman are wanted in four or five other counties on similar burglary charges. In Mercer County, Barksman said the pair would be charged with second-degree burglary.

"I think he's probably already on the run," said Barksman. "... We're getting a lot of calls from Winchester, Garrard County, and other places about burglaries with the same (method of operation)."

The charges stem from the theft of more than $1,400 worth of electronics and antique jewelry from a residence on Sexton Lane. The suspects also took all the presents from under the family's Christmas tree.

Anyone with information may call (859) 733-9115, a confidential line. Callers may remain anonymous.|None***

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