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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Several charged during Redneck Rave in Edmonson County

The Edmonson County Sheriff's Department released information Monday related to criminal activity and medical response following the Redneck Rave on June 16th. According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, there were 48 people charged with various offenses, including 14 arrested, 30 involving drugs or alcohol-related offenses and 63 traffic-related offense charges. Two arrest warrants were served on a fugitive and 6 felony charges, including assault, strangulation and wanton endangerment were also charged. ECSO also responded to theft and assault complaints within the park. The Sheriff's Office was also assisted by Mammoth Cave National Park Rangers and Kentucky Fish & Wildlife on various traffic stops and calls for service.

 

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Hart County Large item Drop-off

Hart County Solid Waste will be accepting large items dropped off at no cost on Saturday, July 3rd. No garbage will be accepted, only large items for 8:00 a.m. to noon.

 

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Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

22nd Annual Ky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention

The 22nd Annual Kentucky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention will be held Friday, June 25th, at 5:00 p.m. and Saturday, June 26th, at the Cave City Convention Center. Admission is free.

 

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Monday, June 21st, 2021

Hart County Chamber Awards Banquet

The annual Hart County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet will be held Thursday night, June 24th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Hart County Agriculture Center at Rowletts. The evening will include a delicious meal, door prizes and a silent auction. Registration will being at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person. For reservation, call the Hart County Chamber of Commerce at 270-524-2892.

 

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Monday, June 21st, 2021

Visitor statistics at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace Nation Historic Park

A report from the National Park Service shows just under a quarter of a million visitors stopped by Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in 2020, despite the pandemic. The report estimates visitors directly injected $13 million in the economies of LaRue and surrounding counties. Those dollars spent support 202 jobs in the local area and carry a cumulative economic benefit of $18.4 million. The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by economists with the park service and the U.S. Geological Survey. The report encompasses impacts by visitors in communities within 60 miles of the park. Expanding the report beyond Kentucky, national park revenues support 234,000 jobs with a cumulative benefit to the overall U.S. economy of $28.6 billion.  Breaking down the report even further, the lodging sector is the largest direct beneficiary of national park visitor revenues, with a $5 billion infusion, nation-wide. The restaurant sector sees the second highest revenues with $3 billion. To learn more about national parks in Kentucky, visit  nps.gov/kentucky.

 

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Monday, June 21st, 2021

Drivers testing will move to Elizabethtown

Kentucky State Police will soon administer Hart County drivers testing in Elizabethtown.  The location is one of two new testing branches from around the state set to open June 28th in a transition away from testing in each individual county.  License applicants will need to make appointments for a driver's test by visiting the Kentucky State Police website. In addition to serving Hart County residents, the Elizabethtown office will also provide testing for Breckenridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Hardin, Larue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington counties.

 

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Monday, June 21st, 2021

Cecilia man arrested after firing handgun

A 44-year-old Cecilia man is facing several charges following an altercation Friday morning where shots were fired inside a residence. Brandon Scott Kerr is charged with seven counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison, if convicted. According to an arrest citation, Kerr was arrested by a Hardin County Sheriff's Office deputy after entering a home under the influence of alcohol and began an altercation with another man. Kerr went into a bedroom and returned with a 9mm handgun and fired two shots. There were four children around the age of 10 in the home when the shots were fired. Kerr also was charged with misdemeanor third-degree terroristic threatening. He was released Friday afternoon from the Hardin County Detention Center on a $10,000 unsecured bond. He is scheduled to appear July 2nd in Hardin District Court.

 

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Monday, June 21st, 2021

Large fire at Barren County Landfill

Officials begin battling a large fire Sunday at the Barren County Landfill. Glasgow Police posted a photo on their Facebook page asking people to use caution in the area. According to the post, the fire was put out around 4:00 p.m.

 

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Friday, June 11th, 2021

Glasgow man arrested after parking lot collision

A Glasgow man is facing charges related to a parking lot collision along Cleveland Avenue on Wednesday. Glasgow Police say they received a complaint and arrived to find Joshua Sexton standing in the parking lot of Spine Stop and determined he was operating a vehicle that was involved in an accident where his vehicle had struck a parked vehicle and fence. After further investigation, Officers determined that Sexton had a suspended operator’s license and was impaired.  Joshua Sexton is charged with Operating On Suspended Or Revoked Operator License, Operating Motor Vehicle Under Influence Substance 2nd Offense, Wanton Endangerment 1st Degree, Terroristic Threatening 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.

 

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Friday, June 11th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court Meeting

Hart County Government will be part of a pilot project to streamline tax collections by the sheriff's department, county clerk's office and property valuation office.  The announcement was made by Sheriff Jeff Wilson at Thursday's Hart County Fiscal Court meeting. Wilson says the pilot involves all these offices using the same tax program, which will be more efficient for the county.  Full implementation is expected to take just over a year.

In other court news, Barren River Area District Health Department Director Matt Hunt addressed the court, updating COVID-19 statistics to-date for the county.  Mirroring a story we aired earlier this week, Hunt told the court there have been a total of 1,977 cases since tracking began early last year.  The county has experienced a total of  41 virus related deaths in that same time period.

In the jail report, Hart County Jailer Israel Bergenson announced there are currently 135 inmates at the facility and presented the court with $45,469.

The court accepted a $65,098 bid by ERS Wireless for continuing improvements of the 911 System.

Approval was given to accept the clerk's 2019 audit.

There was a 1st reading to establish a 25mph speed limit for Chaney Lane Road.

Danny Logsdon was appointed to the Assessment of Appeals Board for a term ending in 2023.

Carolyn Short and Andrew Houk were appointed to the Library Board for a four-year term to begin in October.

The court's next meeting will be this coming Thursday (June 17th) at 9am.

 

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Friday, June 11th, 2021

Arrests made after children left unattended

Two unattended children were discovered Tuesday night at Pilot Travel Center in Sonora, resulting in charges against a man and woman. Upon arrival, Kentucky State Police found 38-year-old Christi Fryer and 37-year-old Migel Munenton, both of Madison, Tennessee after receiving a call from employees who observed the children. A citation narrative indicates Muneton was at a gas pump around 10pm while Fryer was inside with the children, ages 5 and 8.  Fyer went to a restroom for approximately 15 minutes, leaving the children alone. When she returned witnesses say she had slurred speech and dilated pupils. Employees called police and tried to stall the couple from leaving. Muneton had passed out in the front seat of a 2001 Honda Odyssey van. Fryer was found with Xanax and several cut-off straws in her purse. Christi Fryer is charged with two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, possession of a controlled substance, prescriptions not in a proper container, possession of drug paraphernalia, harassment, disorderly conduct and public intoxication from a controlled substance.

Migel Muneton, faces two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, public intoxication from a controlled substance, driving on a suspended or revoked license, forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft of identity and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Muneton is being held on a $10,000 bond and Fryer is being held on a $5,000 bond.  Both are in Hardin County Detention Center and are scheduled to appear July 2nd in Hardin District Court.

 

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Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Missing juvenile from Green County

Authorities in Green County are trying to locate a missing juvenile.  Police say 17-year-old Alexander Jewell was last seen around 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday at his residence near Greensburg on Columbia Highway. He is possibly in a Green Chevrolet which has a hood with the appearance of burn marks.  Police also believe he may be accompanied by a male subject named Austin. Anyone with information on Alexander Jewell's whereabouts is asked to contact the Green County Sheriff's department at 270-932-5641 or call 911.

 

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Thursday, June 10th, 2021

Two Edmonson County drug arrests

Two people reported as passed out in a vehicle have been arrested in Edmonson County on drug charges. Officers with the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Department responded to Alford Road in Brownsville on Wednesday morning and identified 39-year-old Phildon D. Wooden of Big Clifty and 38-year-old Katrina S. Holderman of Caneyville. Suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and cash were found.  Wooden and Holderman face possession and trafficking charges. Wooden is additionally charged with wanton endangerment of a police officer due to the observed syringe not being capped.  Wooden is in Hart County Jail with a $5,000 cash bond and a court date of June 22nd.  Holderman is not currently listed as an inmate at Hart County Jail.

 

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Investigation underway concerning fire department
Additional details are emerging from the ongoing state attorney general's office investigation of the Horse Cave Fire Department.  As we reported last week, the fire chief is suspended without pay following an audit by the state fire commission.  Details were turned over to the attorney general's office for further investigation.  Attention is centered on a bank account titled "Friends of Horse Cave Fire Department".  The fire commission audit reveals payments have been made out of the account for various items and services.  A legal source speaking on a condition of anonymity tells WLOC the investigation will determine the scope of use of the account and what is -and is not - allowed from such an account tied to or belonging to an agency such as the fire department.

 

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Latest coronavirus reports in Kentucky

On Tuesday, state-wide reports include 614 new coronavirus cases and six virus-related deaths, continuing the trend of lower case numbers. Over 2 million Kentuckians have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the governor's office.  Kentucky is set to lift coronavirus-related capacity restrictions, as well as the state’s mask mandate, on Friday. The state’s test positivity rate is 2.12%. In Hart County, the Barren River Area District Health Department reports 126 currently active or unaccounted for cases of the virus.  There have been 1,977 cases reported and 41 deaths reported througout the county since tracking began early last year.

 

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Feeding America releases data on food needs

Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland has released data showing household budgets and food needs. Their study provides local-level estimates of food insecurity and food costs across the United States. Food insecurity is a measure defined by the USDA as lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. In the Kentucky Heartland service area, the rate of households in an insecure food situation is just under 15%.  Broken down further in Hart County, 16.6 percent of the population is food insecure. Childhood food insecurity rate is 19.7 percent.  In the state of Kentucky, 14.4 percent of the population is food insecure. Childhood food insecurity rate is 17.9 percent. This year’s study, which provides data for 2019, shows a widening gap for households struggling to get by even before pandemic. In Hart County, a person who is food insecure is estimated to need an additional $38.93 per month to buy just enough food to meet their needs. The study finds that 31 percent of Kentucky residents who live in food-insecure households are likely ineligible for SNAP and other federal nutrition programs, further underscoring the importance of food banks like Feeding America. Monthly food bank programs in Cave City and Munfordville are outreaches made possible by Feeding America.

 

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting will be held Thursday, June 10th, at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the courthouse. New business will include: approve 1st reading of ordinance lowering speed limit to 25 mph on Chaney Lane Road, approve appointing Danny Logsdon, from Cub Run, to the Assessment of Appeals Board for a term ending 2023 and approve appointing Carolyn Short and Andrew Houk to the Library Board for a four year term starting October 1st, 2021. The next fiscal court meeting will be held June 24th, 2021 at 9:00 a.m.

 

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Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Green County man faces sexual abuse charges

A Green County man faces sexual abuse charges after being indicted by Adair County's Grand Jury. Police arrested 19-year-old Jordan Hilty, of Greensburg, last week. Investigation details from the Adair County Sheriff's Department were presented following an investigation of alleged contact with a victim under the age of 12. In addition to the charge of 1st degree sexual abuse, Hilty is also charged with video voyeurism related to the case. Jordan Hilty is lodged in the Adair County Regional Jail.

 

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Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

If you've noticed all of the construction signs along West Main Street in Glasgow you might be curious as to when the project will begin. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 3 office out of Bowling Green has announced the rehabilitation work is under way. Crews will begin by working nights from 8pm to 6am on base failure repairs between US 31E to the square. The roadway will be resurfaced when the repair portion of the project is finished.

Motorists should expect lane closures and delays during the project. The rehabilitation and resurfacing is expected to be finished by the end of June.

 

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Tuesday, June 8th, 2021

Bowling Green man enters guilty plea

A Bowling Green man entered a guilty plea Monday in connection to a fatal shooting outside O'Charley's back in January of 2020.  The plea received from 45-year-old Terry Stice is for 1st degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and for being a persistent felony offender. Original charges included attempted murder.  In lieu of a maximum penalty of life in prison, the plea agreement calls for a 15-year prison sentence. Two men, 21-year-old Elijsha Taylor and 40-year-old Michael Russell, died as a result of that altercation.

 

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Monday, June 7th, 2021

Spring high school sports season ending

Even though school is out, spring high school sports continue wrapping up.  Hart County's track team is sending Jaxson Shoulders, Dea Bradley, Emma Smith, Kiley Adcock and Kennedy Reynolds to the KHSAA State Track Meet.  Jaxson qualified in discus throw competition.  Dea, Emma, Kiley and Kennedy placed for the 4x100 sprint relay.  After sweeping the Cardinals over the weekend, the Cincinnatti Reds are off today.  They begin a series with the Brewers Tuesday night at 6:10.  Radio network coverage begins at 5:40 here on Studio 101 Sports.

 

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Monday, June 7th, 2021

Grayson County 10-year-old boy dies

A 10-year-old has died after becoming unresponsive in a residential pool near Leitchfield.  Just after two on Friday afternoon, emergency responders arrived at the home on Clifty Church Road in Grayson County.  It is unclear why the boy became unresponsive.  An adult was outside with the boy at the time of the incident.  CPR was administered immediately and continued as the boy was transported to Twin Lakes Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.  An autopsy is being performed by the state medical examiner’s office.

 

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Monday, June 7th, 2021

Road Rage lands teen in jail 

Road rage on the Western Kentucky Parkway in Hardin County has landed a Christian County teen in jail.  Officers with the Hardin County Sheriff's Department responded Saturday night after 18-year-old Lucas Justice allegedly pointed a shotgun and an assault rifle at drives near White Mills, which is between Leitchfield and Elizabethtown. Police say Justice drove beside another vehicle while traveling east on the parkway and displayed the barrel of a shotgun. When the other vehicle fell behind, Justice exited the parkway at the White Mills/Eastview exit and after the other vehicle drove past got back on the parkway and pointed an AR-15 out of his driver's window.   After the incident was reported, police were able to locate Justice and was in possession of a loaded shotgun and an unloaded AR-15.  Lucas Justice faces a charge of first-degree wanton endangerment.  He is jailed at Hardin County Detention Center on a $1500 cash bond.

 

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Friday, June 4th, 2021

Area sports action

As district runner-up, the Hart County Raider baseball team plays Saturday in the KHSAA 5th Region Tournament at Bardstown. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m. as they take on Campbellsville. Region tournament semi-finals will be played Sunday and the championship game is set for Monday.

Thursday night, the Reds won the opening game of a 4-game series with the Cardinals 4-2. Tonight's game is set for 7:15 p.m. central. Radio network coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. on Studio 101 Sports.

 

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Friday, June 4th, 2021

Man with knife arrested at laundromat

Police responded to Glasgow Laundry Mat on Wednesday after receiving a complaint of a man with a knife. Officers arrived to find 45-year-old Ronnie Elmore standing outside the facility making threats. Elmore attempted to charge officers with the knife raised but then dropped the weapon. He was arrested and faces charges of public intoxication of a controlled substance, attempted assault, wanton endangerment, menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, terroristic threatening and attempted escape. Elmore is jailed at Barren County Detention Center with a $20,000 cash bond.

 

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Friday, June 4th, 2021

Hart County Inmate Escapes From Work Detail

A Hart County Jail inmate worker has eascaped and public assistance is being reqeusted by law enforcenent. Jail administration contacted Kentucky State Police for assitance Friday morning in reference to 49-year-old Christopher Lee Mazur of Michigan who walked away from a work detail operation at 100 Bluegrass Avenue in Horse Cave. Mazur is described as a white man with brown hair, brown eyes, 5′9″ and weiging approximately 155 pounds. He was jailed after being arrested on April 19th in Hardin County on a bench warrant for violating his felony probation.

 

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Friday, June 4th, 2021

Bonnieville School improvement grant

Bonnieville Elementary School is set to receive a sizeable improvement grant.  Governor Andy Beshear announced $127 million in funding which will go to 13 Kentucky school districts, including Hart County. Bonnieville Elementary will receive $2.7 million. The funding is part of the Governor’s Better Kentucky Plan, which directs $1.3 billion to schools, expanding internet access, and delivering clean drinking water and quality sewer systems across Kentucky.

 

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Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Recent Hart Circuit Court Indictments

* Terry Johnson, 29, of Magnolia, for receiving stolen property under $10,000 and persistent felony offender, 1st degree.

* Samuel Beck, 33, of Canmer, for wanton endangerment, 1st degree, terroristic threatening, 2nd degree, receiving stolen property under $10,000 and disorderly conduct, 2nd degree.

* Christopher Thompson, 39, of Canmer, for receiving stolen property under $10,000.

* Summer Kennedy, 32, of Hardyville, for fraud use of credit card $500<$10,000.

* James Richardson, of Hardyville, for fraud use of credit card $100<$10,000.

* Idris Akeeb, 34, of IL, for fleeing and evading police, 1st degree (motor vehicle), wanton endangerment, 1st degree - police officer, operating on a suspended or revoked operator's license, speeding 26 mph or >speed limit and reckless driving.

* Marty Catron, 37, of Bonnieville, for sexual abuse, 1st degree (4 counts).

* Paul Logsdon, 40, of Horse Cave, for receiving stolen property under $10,000.

* Christopher Metcalfe, 22, of Horse Cave, for receiving stolen property under $10,000.

* Charles Wease, 60, of Horse Cave, for receiving stolen property under $10,000 and persistent felony offender, first degree.

* Rebecca Renick, 32, of Horse Cave, for wanton endangerment, 1st degree, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, 2nd offense, leaving the scene of an accident - failure to render aid or assistance, driving on DUI suspended license, failure to notify address change to Department of Transportation and display or possession of canceled or fictitious operator's license.

 

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Thursday, June 3rd, 2021

Area sports action

As district runner-up, the Hart County Raider baseball team plays Saturday in the KHSAA 5th Region Tournament at Bardstown. Game time is set for 3pm Central as they take on Campbellsville. Region tournament semi-finals will be played Sunday and the championship game is set for Monday.

The Reds are back in action tonight after being rained out Wednesday.  They travel to St. Louis to open a 4-game weekend series.  First pitch tonight is set for 7:15 Central. Radio network coverage begins at 6:45 here on Studio 101 Sports.

 

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Horse Cave's Fire Chief suspended

The Horse Cave Fire Chief has been suspended and an investigation is underway by the State Attorney General's Office. Horse Cave Mayor Randall Curry told Studio 101 news that he was notified last week by the State Fire

Commission that some discrepancies had been found with the Horse Cave Fire Department and has now been turned over to the State Attorney General's Office.  Mayor Curry said he wanted to thank Munfordville Mayor

John Johnson and the Munfordville Fire Department, along with Cave City Mayor Dewayne Hatcher and the Cave City Fire Department lending their available services to Horse Cave's Fire Department. The Horse Cave Fire Department is still in full operation. No other details have been released. The investigation is continuing by the State Attorney General's Office.

 

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

E-town woman charged with arson

A 41-yearold Elizabethtown woman was arrested early Saturday morning for reportedly being complicit in the arson of an apartment building. According to an arrest citation, Amanda House said she was instructed to set paper towels and trash on fire. The citation said trash was set up against the wall, which caused a larger fire with smoke. The Elizabethtown Fire Department was dispatched at around 2:00 a.m. and evacuated 24 residents from the building with the fire contained and extinguished in House's apartment. EFD Capt. David Walters said the fire is under investigation by the city's police and fire department. He said no injuries were reported. House is being held at the Hardin County Detention Center. First-degree arson is a Class A felony punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison, if convicted.

 

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Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

Glasgow man arrested on numerous drug charges

Mr. James Dylan Lacy, 23 of Glasgow, was arrested Thursday night on a Barren River Drug Task Force indictment warrant for Trafficking in Marijuana 8 oz to < 5 pounds 1st offence, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation led to Mr. Lacy after a parcel was intercepted by the Drug Task Force that contained $9,000.00 in cash that was being shipped to California in July 2019. Mr. Lacy was having marijuana and THC products shipped to Glasgow from California. After the parcel was discovered, Detectives went to Mr. Lacy’s residence and interviewed Mr. Lacy, who admitted that he was sending the cash to California to purchase Marijuana Wax and THC Vapes and was selling1 them. Mr. Lacy owns a vape store in Glasgow but stated that he did not sell marijuana or THC items out of his store but did have people who sold for him (though evidence showed that marijuana/THC products were being sold out of the store.) Mr. Lacy gave consent to search his residence where numerous marijuana, THC wax and THC vape products were located along with over $18,000 in cash and items of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Lacy was transported and lodged in the Barren County Jail.  Additional charges may be pending from items that were discovered after the

arrest. The DTF executed three search warrants on Mr. Lacy’s business and residence on the May 28th where Detectives found a large amount of additional illegal THC products and a large amount of cash. The Barren River Drug Task Force was assisted by the Glasgow Police Department and the Barren County Sheriff’s Dept.

 

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Kentucky Down Under Zoo search for missing dog

According to a Facebook post, Stetson is a Border Collie and went missing on May 19th around 5:00 a.m. from the zoo. The dog does not have a collar on but does have one blue eye and a brown one. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Stetson could be eligible for a $3,000 reward. Please contact zoo owner David Gray at 270-474-7461.

 

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Clydesdales coming to Cave City

The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the south central Kentucky areas starting at the end of June. The famous horses will be in Bowling Green June 29th through July 5th. Also, the Clydesdales are coming to Cave City July 3rd There they will be starting at noon downtown and will make their way to the Cave City Convention Center.

 

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

MCNP closing portion of Green River Ferry

Mammoth Cave National Park will temporarily close a portion of the Green River Ferry Road from Maple Springs Campground to the junction of Mammoth Cave Parkway and suspend ferry service between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2nd, and Friday, June 4th. There will be no river access or exit options for paddlers and boaters and the Echo River Springs Accessible Trail will be inaccessible. During the closure period the project, the project contractor will install, and then later remove, a barge needed to continue work on the lower section of the canoe and kayak launch. The canoe and kayak ramp will reduce congestion around the Green River Ferry as well as address potential safety concerns for paddlers and vehicles at the popular water access point. Full completion of the project is dependent on weather but is expected to occur before the end of the 2021 summer season.

 

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Police find and identify body found off Highway 259

Kentucky State Police and the Breckinridge County Sheriff's Office say they are working a death investigation on a missing Illinois woman. On May 27th, KSP detectives and Breckinridge County Sheriff's Office deputies located a deceased female at 7863 South Highway 259 in Breckinridge County. The3 female is believed to be Dwan Atwell, of Illinois. Atwell had been reported missing by her family in March. An autopsy was performed on Friday at the Kentucky Medical Examiner's Office in Louisville and the medical examiner was able to give positive identification. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

ATV fatality in Warren County

The Warren County Sheriff's Office found a missing person Sunday morning, who appears to have died in an ATV accident. Sunday night, WCSO responded to White Avenue in reference to the missing person and shortly after arrival, requested the assistance of the Richardsville Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Management to help search the farm property. Early Monday morning, Deputies found 56-year-old Jeff Halter, of Bowling Green. According to WCSO, it appeared Halter was operating his ATV on the farm, when he struck a piece of farm equipment resulting in a rollover accident.

 

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Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Radcliff man shoots and kills wife

A long-running dispute between a Radcliff man and a stepson led to the shooting death early Sunday morning of a Radcliff woman. 67-year-old Gregory Cunningham is charged with murder-domestic violence, after he fired a shot at his wife, Victoria, striking her outside of their home as she stood there with her son. Radcliff Police Capt. Willie Wells said Gregory Cunningham and a stepson had been involved in an argument before the shooting and had been separated. Cunningham then retrieved a firearm and fired the gun while his wife and a son were outside. Wells said Cunningham called police about what had happened. According to an arrest citation, the shooting happened about 1:00 a.m. and one gunshot struck the woman. Cunningham was arrested at 4:18 a.m. He faces between 20 and 50 years or life in prison if convicted. The investigation is ongoing. Cunningham is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, May 28th, 2021

Kentucky requiring prison visitors be vaccinated

Kentucky will reopen prisons to visitors starting the week of June 20th at Department of Corrections and Juvenile Justice facilities. Governor Andy Beshear said Tuesday that more than 75% of adult inmates in state custody have been vaccinated. Visitors must be vaccinated and will be expected to wear as face covering and remain distanced.

 

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Friday, May 28th, 2021

More Circuit Court Clerk's transitioning

Ten more counties will make the transition in June to a new, secure driver-licensing model, administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC), that gives customers more choices and modern services. The traditional system of licenses and permits being issued by the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each county is being phased out. It is being replaced by a network of KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Offices intentionally located across the state Making the transition in June will be Elliott, Fleming, Hancock, Hart, Knott, Lee, Owen, Owsley, Rockcastle and Wolfe counties. The Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of those counties will cease nearly all in-person driver licensing services on June 28th, 2021, and licensing services will instead be performed at KYTC's regional offices. It will bring to 30 the number of counties to have made the transfer of services. KYTC regional offices - the only place to get a REAL ID are currently operating in Paducah, Madisonville, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Louisville/Hurstbourne, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Lexington, Burlington, Richmond, Columbia, Somerset, Jackson, Morehead, Catlettsburg and Prestonsburg with more offices planned.

 

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Friday, May 28th, 2021

Two indicted in murder for hire

A federal grand jury returned an indictment against Freddy Gonzalez and Xavior Posey for the murder of Brian Russell on December 30th, 2020 in Franklin. Authorities said over the course of 2020, Freddy Manuel Gonzalez and Brian Russell, both dated Russell's ex-wife. She ultimately broke up with Gonzalez in mid-December 2020.  Russell told co-workers that Gonzalez had once threatened him with a gun. According to the criminal complaint, on the morning of December 30th 2020, Franklin Police responded to a shots fired call at Russell's home and found that Russell had been shot three times. Russell died later that day. Gonzalez and Posey were co-workers. The Criminal Complaint alleges that December 20th and December 30th text messages between Gonzalez and Posey discuss the murder, and that Gonzalez offered to pay Posey to commit murder. The federal grand jury sitting in Bowling Green returned a one count indictment against both Gonzalez and Posey on May 20th, 2021, charging them with murder for hire. Gonzalez and Posey are both now in federal custody. If convicted at trial, the4 maximum sentence is death and the minimum sentence is life in prison, and there is a maximum $250,000 fine. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Madison Sewell and David Weiser.

 

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Friday, May 28th, 2021

Leitchfield man dies in fatal crash

One person is dead after a single car accident Thursday morning on the Western Kentucky Parkway in Harding County. Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to the crash near the 120 mile marker. According to authorities, 26-year-old Jacob Wisdom, of Leitchfield, was driving westbound on the Western Kentucky Parkway in a Toyota Camry, and for unknown reasons Wisdom lost control of his vehicle and entered the median before overturning several times, that caused Wisdom to be ejected from the vehicle. The Hardin County Coroner's Office pronounced Wisdom dead at the scene.

 

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Friday, May 28th, 2021

Glasgow home burglarized and vandalized

A home was burglarized and vandalized Monday in Glasgow.  Police were called to Bryan Street to follow up on a report of a broken out window. Upon arrival, officers discovered Bredin Vondbrandt, of Glasgow, inside the residence destroying property and pouring paint throughout.  Damages are estimated at approximately $2,000. Vonbrandt is charged with burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, menacing and criminal mischief. He is currently lodged in the Barren County Detention Center with a $7,500 cash bond with court appearance held Thursday. Vonbrandt has now been arrested each of the past three months. On March 31st, he was charged with public intoxication and methamphetamine possession and on April 27th, he was charged with methamphetamine possession and contempt of court.

 

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Attack near Park City leads to arrests

A physical altercation Monday afternoon at a residence on US 31W just south of Park City prompted a response from Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputies. When they arrived, officers determined 20-year-old Angel Dimmett, of Smiths Grove, had attacked 47-year-old Loretta Goodpasture, who lived at the location. Goodpasture told police three men were also there during the incident and one of them fired a gun. These men are identified as 23-year-old Easton Rector, of Oakland, 22-year-old Jason Temples, of Smiths Grove and 49-year-old Michael Vance. Vance is a resident of the location and admitted to firing a gun into the ground. Consent was given to search the residence and property. Officials located drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine, cash and several firearms. Law enforcement said they also located a white powdery substance believed to be a controlled substance.

All of these individuals were arrested and face multiple drug or assault related charges. The Department of Social Services was called to assist with the placement of two children at the residence during the incident. Dimmett, Goodpasture, Rector, and Vance were all lodged in Hart County Jail. Temples was taken ti Warren County Regional Jail.

 

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Woman arrested on stalking charges

A woman in Glasgow was arrested Monday on several charges, including stalking.  According to an arrest citation, 38-year-old Kayla Perez had been harassing a man and his family over the past several months. The harassment, which includes allegations of multiple threats, is a violation of an existing protective order. Charges against Perez include stalking 1st degree, terroristic threatening, falsely reporting an incident and violation of an IPO.  After her arrest by Glasgow Police, she was taken to Barren County Detention Center.  She remains jailed with a $5,000 cash bond and has a court date set for Thursday.

 

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Larue County active arrest warrant

Authorities in LaRue County are asking for help from the public in finding a man with an active arrest warrant. A statement from Hodgenville Police indicates Carroll Corbin, Jr. is wanted for flagrant non-support. They ask anyone with knowledge of Corbin's whereabouts to please contact law enforcement.

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Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

Woman rescued at Green River Lake

An off-duty firefighter helped rescue a woman in danger of drowning Monday evening at Green River Lake. The woman was having trouble staying above water several yards out from a designated swimming area where a steep drop in the lake bottom occurs. Campbellsville-Taylor County firefighter Cody Wood was boating with his wife and observed the woman screaming and struggling in the water. Wood quickly responded, tossed a float to her and then pulled her aboard his boat. The identity of the woman was not made public, though she was described as in her 50s and resides in Hardin County. She refused medical treatment. Officials say the incident is a reminder to make safety the highest priority when out on the lake, especially with the busy Memorial Holiday Weekend ahead.

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Utility line falls across I-65

A utility line fell across I-65 Monday morning causing a brief disruption in traffic for both directions.  Around 8am, motorists reported what they believed to be a power line down across the interstate between the rest areas location and Munfordville.  A utility crew was dispatched and determined the downed line was an uncharged communications line. Kentucky State Police momentarily blocked traffic as a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet maintenance crew pulled the line off the interstate onto right of way.  There were no significant delays and there was no further disruption of traffic.

 

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Mammoth Cave runaway juvenile located

A runaway juvenile from the Cave City area was located after a brief search Monday afternoon. The 15-year-old boy left his home on Mammoth Cave Park Road on foot around noon.  Authorities were notified and local emergency service agencies began a search.  The boy was found around 6pm by a Mammoth Cave Park Ranger and taken back to his residence by the sheriff's department.

 

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Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Motel drug arrest in Cave City

There has been another motel drug arrest in Cave City. Officers responded Friday evening to a room at Countryside Inn. They detected an odor of marijuana and observed 41-year-old Billy Joe Johnson of Cave City attempting to hide several baggies of suspected methamphetamine and other items in a drawer. Officers were granted permission to search the room and found crystal meth weighing just over 30 grams along with a bag of marijuana, pills and cash. Johnson was taken into custody and is now charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was in court for a preliminary hearing Monday. He remains lodged at Barren County Detention Center with a $7,500 cash bond.

 

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Monday, May 24th, 2021

18-year-old accused of murder

Kentucky State Police have arrested an 18-year-old and charged him with murder in Meade County. Tyler J. Perry, of Vine Grove, is accused of killing 65-year-old Cris Blehar, whose body was found inside a home on Woodland Road in the Flaherty area. At 9:21 a.m. Friday, Kentucky State Police Post 4 was called to the residence regarding a dead woman found inside the home. Blehar was identified and pronounced dead by the Meade County Coroner's Office. KSP said in a statement Saturday, it's investigation discovered Blehar was a victim of homicide. Perry, whose address is listed as Vine Grove, was interviewed and charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Perry is lodged in the Meade County Detention Center The homicide remains under investigation.

 

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Monday, May 24th, 2021

House fire in Glasgow

The Glasgow Fire Department responded to a house fire early Friday morning. Officials were dispatched at 2:08 a.m. to Humble Avenue for a possible structure fire. Upon arrival, fire personnel extinguished the flames, completed a search of the house and determined that it was unoccupied at the time. The fire department used 2,500 gallons of water to put out the fire and was on scene for approximately two hours, with assistance from Glasgow Police Department and Barren-Metcalfe EMS. The house sustained significant damage to the rear area of the structure, but no injuries were reported at the scene. The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time.

 

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Monday, May 24th, 2021

Motorcyclist dies on Morgantown road

Kentucky State Police say a man driving a motorcycle was killed after a crash on Morgantown Road near the intersection of Midcrest Drive in Warren County. The Warren County Sheriff's Office asked Kentucky State Police to investigate the crash that occurred just before 7:00 p.m. Friday. The preliminary investigation states that a 2021 Honda Accord driven by 19-year-old Paul Dunia, of Bowling Green, turned on Morgantown Road from Midcrest Drive. Police say Dunia turned in front of a motorcycle driven by 60-year-old Bobby Austin, Jr., who was on Morgantown Road. Austin was unable to stop and hit the rear of the Accord. The crash caused Austin to be ejected from the motorcycle and into the road. Police say a Ford Taurus driven by 51-year-old Robert Jones, of Rochester, was unable to avoid hitting Austin. Austin, Jr., was pronounced dead on the scene.

 

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Monday, May 24th, 2021

Smith Grove woman arrested at Rural King

A Smiths Grove woman is behind bars at the Barren County Detention Center after a shoplifting complaint at Rural King. Glasgow Police say they made contact with Mary Cummings who had three active warrants out for her arrest. Officers determined that she had recently been involved with multiple theft investigations for shoplifting at Rural King. They located a large amount of merchandise inside her vehicle that had been reported stolen. Police also located a large amount of cash, hydrocodone and heroin inside her purse. Cummings was arrested and charged with: shoplifting under $500, possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (heroin), possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (drug unspecified), trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st offense. She was also served the active warrants. She was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Monday, May 24th, 2021

One dead in Glasgow shooting

An unidentified person has died after a shooting in Glasgow Sunday. The name and gender of the victim have not been released. Glasgow Police say they responded to Ann Avenue in reference to a victim that had been shot and the suspect had left the scene. The victim was taken to T. J. Samson Hospital where they were pronounced dead. Police say the suspect is described as a white man and left the scene as a passenger in a white four-door sedan with tinted windows and chrome trim. The vehicle had a white female driver and left in an unknown direction of travel. If you have any information or may have seen this vehicle in the area, please call Glasgow Police Department at 270--651-6165 or 270-651-5151.

 

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Friday, May 21st, 2021

Fourth body found in Ohio County home

Authorities say a fourth body has been found at a home in Ohio County where police were called in response to a shooting. A statement from Kentucky State Police says officers responded Wednesday afternoon to that home near Beaver Dam to find three victims outside the residence with apparent gunshot wounds. A detached structure near the home was ablaze and a body was found inside it Thursday morning. Autopsies are being performed. Police are not actively looking for any particular suspect at this point.

 

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Friday, May 21st, 2021

Criminal mischief investigation by Hodgenville Police

Hodgenville Police are currently investigating a rash of criminal mischief in the downtown area. Multiple business windows have been broken and graffiti has been written on walls. These incidents have occurred since last Friday. Police are looking for a person of interest who may be missing a skateboard, which is being held as evidence.  A social media post states if you are missing a skateboard, or know someone that is, Hodgenville Police would like to speak to you.

 

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Friday, May 21st, 2021

US 68 alternating passing sections project

A project to add alternating passing sections along US 68 between Campbellsville and Lebanon begins next week. As part of the Heartland Parkway Corridor, the 2+1 configuration will be familiar to motorists who travel KY 55 between Columbia and Campbellsville. Work starts Monday, May 24, on the Lebanon end of the project along the westbound lane side. Construction will move toward Campbellsville and be under way through the entire corridor by mid-summer. Work will be phased to minimize impacts to traffic and maximize safety and efficiency. The project was awarded to Haydon Materials, LLC earlier this month in a $17.8 million contract with a specified completion date of August 1, 2022.

 

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Friday, May 21st, 2021

MCMS has a new principal

Metcalfe County Middle School will have a new principal on July 1st.  An announcement was made Thursday that Jenny Stotts-Lundy will take over for Allen Trotter, who recently was named the district’s new director of pupil personnel. Stotts-Lundy started her teaching career 21 years ago at Metcalfe County Elementary School, where she currently teaches Kindergarten.

 

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Friday, May 21st, 2021

AG asks Supreme Court's reconsideration in DUI case

Kentucky’s attorney general is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its recent ruling in a DUI case. Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office says the ruling will “stand as a barrier” to prosecuting many DUI cases and thereby make the roads less safe. The petition came on the same day the ruling came into play in a Kentucky lawmaker’s case. Republican State Rep. Derek Lewis was acquitted Wednesday of operating a vehicle under the influence. The state Supreme Court ruling was cited in a defense motion that prevented the prosecutor from presenting Lewis’ blood-test refusal to the jury.

 

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Friday, May 21st, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

Among highlights from Hart County Fiscal Court’s Thursday meeting, members took the final step in establishing an animal shelter in Hart County.  A second reading was passed, paving the way for a local facility. As part of departmental reports, the sheriff stated 90 dogs have recently been removed from Hart County and taken to the Warren County Shelter. The jail report says 137 inmates are currently being held at the facility.  Two checks were presented to the court on behalf of the jail, totaling just under $27 thousand dollars. Approval was given to purchase a new backhoe for the county at the state bid price.  Second readings were passed for the 2021-22 budget and to set a speed limit of 25 on Alan Pottinger Road. The court decided to request bids for the next phase of upgrades for the county’s 911 system and they approved to purchase the land near Bonnieville where the 911 tower stands. The next Hart County Fiscal Court meeting is set for Thursday, June 10th.

 

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Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Ky taxpayers affected by storms could delay filing

Kentucky taxpayers affected by storms in late February may be able to delay filing and paying their income taxes until the end of June. The Kentucky Department of Revenue says it will honor the Internal Revenue Service special tax relief for taxpayers in an area designated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as qualifying for individual assistance. The Finance and Administration Cabinet says the extension doesn’t apply to sales tax or other types of taxes, but taxpayers may contact the Department of Revenue to seek an extension or waiver of penalties.

 

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Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Changes in Driver Licensing service

Drivers' licensing services in some of our adjacent counties change next week.  Beginning Monday, Green, Hardin and Metcalfe County residents must visit a regional Real ID office instead of their Circuit Court Clerk's Office.  Five other counties across the state will also make the transition next week. The closest regional offices to our area are Columbia, Bowling Green and Elizabethtown. Twelve counties have already made the switch and the statewide transition is expected to be completed June 2022.  The official date for Hart County has not been announced. Citizens can visit drive.ky.gov to schedule an appointment at a regional office.  The website also contains information regarding required documentation needed to process a license applications and the various license options available.

 

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Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Larue County Schools Board of Ed

LaRue County is the latest local district to make a decision regarding a supplemental year for applying students. LaRue County Schools Board of Education approved the usage of Senate Bill 128 at their meeting on Monday.

Board President Farah Pruitt broke the 2-2 tie to approve all supplemental year applications. The bill, which was signed by the governor in March, is emergency legislation allowing a supplemental year for students after this school year in which the COVID-19 pandemic caused a disruption to regular in-person instruction. The district received a total of 15 applications.

 

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Thursday, May 20th, 2021

Larue County Schools ending school year early

LaRue County Schools will be ending their school year a week ahead of schedule partly because of a shortage of bus drivers. The last day of school is Friday. It had been set for May 28th. An announcement from the district says if the board had not voted to amend the calendar, their option would have been NTI for the remainder of the year, which would have involved creation of paper packets due to laptop pickup occurring this week. Because testing has already taken place, the district’s statement says forgiving the final four days of school would result in a minimal loss of instruction.  Graduation for LaRue County High School seniors remains scheduled for May 28th.

 

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

Hart County Fiscal Court will meet Thursday, May 20th, at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the courthouse. New business will include: approving payment to Scotty's Contracting, approve advertise for bids phase #2 upgrading the 911 system and approval to cancel regular scheduled June 3rd and 17th fiscal court meetings, while approving June 10th and 24th as the next two fiscal court meeting dates.

 

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Update on COVID-19 in Kentucky

Governor Beshear reported 645 new cases Tuesday in the commonwealth, bringing the state total to 453,460 cases. 11 new deaths were reported along with no new audit deaths, making the state total 6,673 deaths. Kentucky's positivity rate is 2.79%

 

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Columbia woman charged with child neglect

According to Columbia Police Department, employees of an area library called Adair County's 911 after a child was found walking their parking lot naked Monday afternoon. Officers with Columbia Police Department say library employees stayed with the child until they got there. They believe the child wandered away from an apartment complex on South High Street in Columbia. Police said the child's grandmother had been watching the child inside the home and had taken medication and fallen asleep. Contesa Abbott, of Columbia, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a minor.

 

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Upton man indicted for rape of child

A 41-year-old Upton man has been indicted by a Larue County Grand Jury for reportedly raping and sexually assaulting a girl younger than 12. 41-year-old Temmy Wise faces Class A felony charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy - punishable by 20 to 50 years, or life in prison, if convicted. He also was indicted for first-degree sexual abuse, a victim younger than 12, a Class C felony punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted. According to Wise's indictment, the acts occurred between 2017 and 2020. He's been held in the Larue County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Governor gives update on COVID-19

Gov. Andy Beshear gave the latest update on COVID-19 and vaccination efforts in Kentucky. Gov Beshear announced 1,927,168 people had received at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Kentucky. The Governor said "Overall, 54% of all Kentucky adults and 80% of Kentuckians 65 and older now have at least their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine". Gov. Beshear reported 285 new cases of the virus and six new deaths. On May 28th, all indoor and outdoor events of any size and businesses of any capacity can increase to 75% capacity. Final Capacity restrictions related to COVID-19 end Friday, June 11th. The same day, the state will also eliminate the mask mandate for all Kentuckians with the exceptions of places where people are the most vulnerable.

 

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Complaint leads to arrest of Glasgow man

The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office responded to a reckless driving complaint Monday. According to the Edmonson County Sheriff, they were notified of a semi-truck and trailer traveling in a reckless manner, weaving in and out of the emergency lanes before it came to a stop. The driver, Phillip W. Myers, of Glasgow, was found on the passenger side of the vehicle standing between the truck and trailer with a red towel in his hand. Authorities found a knife in Myers' right front pocket, and drug paraphernalia containing suspected methamphetamine in the red towel. Myers was placed under arrest and charged with: possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine), prescription controlled substance not in proper container, 1st offense, drug paraphernalia - buy/possess and no registration plates Myers was taken to the Hart County Jail.

 

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Man recovering after shooting

A man is recovering in the hospital following a Sunday evening shooting in Bowling Green. According to the Bowling Green Police Department, they were called to a home Sunday evening where the caller said a man had been shot multiple times. Upon arrival, the officer discovered the victim with gunshot wounds to his stomach and legs. The officer administered first aid and spoke with the female witness. The female witness stated there had been an altercation before the shooting in Franklin and when they returned to the home on Beauty Avenue in Bowling Green, an unknown person began shooting at her and the victim. The victim was taken by EMS and was advised to stay in the hospital for at least 24 hours.

 

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Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

Transition of Driver Licensing Services

A new era of driver licensing services, offering an array of options and conveniences for obtaining or renewing driver’s licenses and state identification cards, will soon begin in eight more Kentucky counties this month.

The traditional trip to the local Office of Circuit Court Clerk is being replaced in those counties with a visit to a secure, specialized Driver Licensing Regional Office operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).

“To make a better Kentucky, we have to strive for constant improvement in our public services and the manner in which they’re delivered,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The transition to licensing through a network of Driver Licensing Regional Offices, with modern services and more choices for cardholders, takes this essential service to the next level.”  Making the transition this month will be Caldwell, Casey, Green, Hardin, Menifee, Metcalfe, McCreary and Webster counties.

The Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each of those counties will cease nearly all in-person driver licensing services on Monday, May 24th.

The lone exception is that the circuit court clerk in each county will continue the temporary processing of remotely submitted applications for renewal or replacement of standard-issue licenses and IDs until June 30, 2021. That was an emergency measure to limit person-to-person contact and safeguard public health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The remote renewal option – by mail or by leaving applications in drop boxes – is not available to anyone whose name or address has changed or who requires testing by the Kentucky State Police. Get more information at drive.ky.gov | COVID-19 Driver Licensing Changes and Updates.

 

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Monday, May 17th, 2021

From the Abundance of The Hart Food Bank

From the Abundance of the Hart Food bank, a certified member agency of feeding America, will be distributing food outside the gymnasium of the Munfordville Baptist Church to those who qualify, Friday, May 21st, from 10:30 a.m. until the food is gone or 3:00 p.m. To qualify for Senior CSFP program must have the following: Meet Income eligibility guidelines, show proof you are 60 and older, provide income info for all members of household. To qualify if under 60, you must provide: ID, Proof of Hart county residency, Income information for all household members and meet eligibility guidelines. There will be a "Drive through pick-up", someone will be in the parking lot to assist you with getting in line. Listen to WLOC radio 1150AM or 101.7 FM, for last minute changes in food bank distribution. Volunteers will need to arrive by 9:00 a.m.

 

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Monday, May 17th, 2021

Munfordville City Council meeting

The Munfordville City Council will hold a special called meeting Monday night at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Monday, May 17th, 2021

Governor gives update on COVID-19

Governor Andy Beshear gave the latest update Sunday on COVID-19 cases Sunday, bringing the state's total case number to 452,537. The positivity rate decreased to 2.79%. The state reported 8 new deaths.

 

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Monday, May 17th, 2021

One person killed in Columbia collision

Kentucky State Police Post 15 troopers responded to a two-vehicle collision on KY 92 around eight miles east of Columbia. According to KSP, 26-year-old Michael Scott of Columbia, was driving west on KY 92 in a 1995 GMC Sierra truck.  Mimi Bairstow, 87, of Glens Fork, was driving east on KY 92 in a 2006 Ford Explorer.  Scott's vehicle and Bairstow's vehicle collided head on at the centerline of the roadway. Bairstow was pronounced dead at the scene by the Adair County Coroner's Office. Scott was airlifted to University of Kentucky Hospital in Lexington with life-threatening injuries. A portion of KY& 92 was closed for several hours to allow troopers to reconstruct the collision.

 

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Monday, May 17th, 2021

Bowling Green man arrested on drug charges

A Bowling Green man was arrested in Hart County on drug charges. Hart County Sheriff's K9 Unit conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 218 in Horse Cave. A positive K9 alert lead to 26-year-old Christopher Page, of Bowling Green, being arrested for: trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (Cocaine) (Enhanced by a firearm), drug paraphernalia - buy/possess (Enhanced by a firearm), speeding 12 mph over the limit, excessive windshield/window tinting, failure to produce insurance card and failure to wear seatbelts. Page was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail. Assisting on scene was the Horse Cave Police Department, Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force and Kentucky State Police.

 

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Monday, May 17th, 2021

Illinois man arrested after pursuit

Hart County Sheriff and K9 Unit initiated in a motor vehicle pursuit Wednesday when a 2021 Dodge Durango fled from a traffic stop on I-65 beginning around the4 62mm. The vehicle continued into Hardin County where the vehicle exited at Sonora. KSP Post 4 Troopers and Hardin County Sheriff's Office joined in the pursuit that shortly ended near US 31-W. 35-year-old Idris Akeeb of Chicago, Ill, was arrested and charged with: speeding 26 or > speed limit, fleeing or evading police, 1st degree (motor vehicle), reckless driving, wanton endangerment, 1st degree (police officer) and operating on a suspended/revoked license. Akeeb was transported and lodged in the Hart County Jail.

 

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Friday, May 14th, 2021

Hart County Board of Ed meeting

Sheryl Shirley, Chairman of Hart County Board of Education, is calling a special meeting of the Hart County Board to be held Sunday, May 16th, at 2:30 p.m. at Hart County High School in Munfordville. The agenda will include appointing a board member to serve on the Pipeline to Workforce Screening Committee.

 

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Friday, May 14th, 2021

E-town man charged with incest

A 65-year-old Elizabethtown man is being held on a $5,000 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center following his arrest Wednesday on multiple sex offenses, reportedly against a female family member. Mickey Hatfield was arrested Wednesday at 4:25 p.m. by Elizabethtown Police. He is charged with incest, first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and third-degree sodomy - all felonies. The reported abuse began in 2003 against a minor when the reported sexual abuse occurred. Hatfield was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, May 14th, 2021

Woman arrested in Butler County murder

Kentucky State Police arrested a woman Thursday in connection with the death of a man in Butler County. According to authorities, 43-year-old Samantha J. Stewart was arrested Thursday in connection to the death of Michael Embry, who was found Wednesday inside a home on Caneyville Road Stewart is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence. Stewart was lodged in the Butler County Jail.

 

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Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Upton man arrested for DUI

An Upton man was arrested on DUI related charges Tuesday. Kentucky State Police charged 65-year-old Odell Williams, Sr. with driving under the influence of intoxicants, having an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, disregarding a stop sign, careless driving and failure to wear a seat belt. He was taken to Hardin County Detention Center and was released later in the day.

 

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Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Man identified after standoff in Glasgow

Glasgow Police arrested a man after a lengthy standoff Wednesday night. Police fired tear gas into the home on Humble Avenue around 8:00 p.m.  Police were on the scene for hours in Glasgow trying to negotiate with the man to come outside. The man was identified Thursday morning as 31-year-old Cannon C. Pendergrass, of Glasgow. Pendergrass had apparently pointed a gun at a child earlier. He entered the home where police could see a handgun in his waistband. The handgun was found inside the home with an extended magazine. Pendergrass was arrested and charged with three counts of first degree wanton endangerment, se3cond degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), menacing, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, resisting arrest, second degree disorderly conduct, tampering with physical evidence and first degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

 

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Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Cave City Police make two drug arrests

Sgt. Reynolds with the Cave City Police Department observed a 2016 white Impala traveling south bound on I-65 Tuesday running 80 mph in a 70 mph zone. Sgt Reynolds made a traffic stop around the Park City area. The Sergeant made contact with the driver, Terrell Johnson, and smelled the odor of marijuana. K-9 Jax was deployed and gave a positive indication on the driver's side door. After a search of the vehicle, Sgt. Reynolds located over three pounds of packaged marijuana. Terrell Johnson was charged with speeding 10mph over the limit and trafficking in marijuana. The passenger of the vehicle, Darin Johnson, was charged with trafficking in marijuana. Both were arrested and lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Thursday, May 13th, 2021

Murder investigation in Butler County

Kentucky State Police Post 3 is investigating a murder in Butler County. According to officials, KSP was called Wednesday to investigate a deceased male found inside a home on Caneyville Road. Troopers and detectives found Michael Embry, 57, of Morgantown, dead at the home. The Butler County Coroner's Office pronounced Embry deceased at the scene. An autopsy has been scheduled at the State Medical Examiner's Office in Madisonville Authorities say the investigation is ongoing and foul play is suspected. Kentucky State Police request anyone with information regarding the death of Michael Embry, to call 270-782-2010.

 

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Two suspects located in E-town

An alert and determined Elizabethtown resident helped law enforcement Tuesday morning locate a Louisville pair wanted in two county cases. According to an arrest citation, 36 year-old Jessica Baker and 40 year-old Cory Murphy were seen ransacking a broken down van by the vehicle’s owner, who had returned to jump-start it around 4:00 a.m.  When Baker and Murphy saw the person approaching, they fled in their vehicle. The local resident followed them and contacted police. A Kentucky State Police trooper stopped the vehicle when he saw it run another vehicle off the road. The trooper reportedly found approximately $1,000 worth of the van owner’s belongings in the truck and, upon further investigation, determined that Baker and Murphy had entered the van by breaking out a window. According to the citation, the trooper then contacted the Elizabethtown Police Department after furniture was found in the truck that had been reported taken from a storage building of Rent-A-Center in Elizabethtown. Baker and Murphy are each being held in lieu of a $2,500 cash bond in the Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Wednesday, May 12th, 2021

Bowman chose for Chamber Director

Hart County's Chamber of Commerce has new leadership.  Sherman Bowman was introduced as the new executive director earlier this week. He takes over following the retirement of Virginia Davis. As one of the first items of business under Bowman's leadership, a ribbon cutting will be held Saturday at Dutch Country Safari Park on L&N Turnpike.  The event begins at 10:00 a.m

 

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Man located after Golden Alert

John Edberg has been located.  A golden alert was issued midday Monday as police solicited public assistance in locating the Glasgow man. Edberg could not be located after leaving the Barren County Family YMCA earlier in the morning.

 

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Authorities are asking for help in locating a woman missing from Glasgow. A release from Glasgow Police says 31-year-old Sarah Whitcraft was last seen Thursday evening on Hillcrest Drive getting into a grey car. She was wearing blue jeans, black tennis shoes and a white back pack with a flower print. Whitcraft is described as 5' 1" and approximately 115 pounds. She was expected back at the location where she was last seen later in the evening but has not returned. Anyone with information is asked to contact Glasgow Police at 270-651-5151.

 

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Louisville men arrested in Glasgow

Two Louisville men were arrested in Glasgow over the weekend after an incident at T. J. Samson Community Hospital. Police were called to the hospital Saturday after security officers said 36-year-old Daniel Jack Taylor and 31-year-old Edward Frank Kiper became belligerent with staff. Arrest citations indicate Taylor had abandoned four children that were with him at the hospital while he and Kiper stole a hospital vehicle. Police found the stolen vehicle, abandoned, on West Main Street. Taylor was located hiding in a creek bed where he was taken into custody. Kiper was found on West Liberty Street and taken into custody. Police say those juveniles were not harmed and were released to a family member. Both men have suspended licenses and after further investigation it was determined they arrived at the hospital in a vehicle pulling a stolen trailer which was reported missing from Green County. Daniel Taylor is charged with receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, fleeing or evading police (on foot), four counts of abandonment of minor, disorderly conduct, assault of a peace officer and terroristic threatening. Edward Kiper is charged receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and fleeing or evading police (On Foot).

 

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Governor's Scholars Program

With summer approaching, many high school juniors across the state have a distinct honor heading into their senior year by attending the Governor's Scholars Program. With its inception in 1983, GSP now invites around 1,000 students across the state to participate each year. Hart County has two students recognized for qualifying. Easton Sturgeon will be participating and Aislinn Wilson is an alternate and will get to attend if a spot opens. GSP provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong arts and humanities program, along with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge.  The program is conducted on the campuses of Center College, Bellermanie College and Morehead State University. Just days ago, Kentucky officials announced an infusion of federal funding, enabling 30 additional students to attend the Governor’s Scholars Program this year and in each of the next two years.  Officials say the goal is to expand opportunities for students from historically underserved backgrounds and areas.

 

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Cave City man arrested on multiple charges

Sergeant Reynolds with the Cave City Police Department received a complaint of a suspicious person in the area of Eastland court. Sergeant Reynolds made contact with Christopher Johnson of Cave City. Sergeant Reynolds placed Mr. Johnson under arrest for public intoxication. Mr. Johnson then struck sergeant Reynolds and the fled the scene, Sergeant Reynolds apprehended Christopher Johnson.

Christopher Johnson was arrested and charged with

1) Public intoxication

2) Possession controlled sub 1st degree, 1st off (Methamphetamine)

3) Resisting arrest

4) Fleeing or evading police 2nd degree (on foot)

5) Assault 3rd degree- police

6) Tampering with physical evidence

7) Drug paraphernalia

Johnson was transported to T. J. Sampson hospital and was medically cleared, then transported to the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday, May 11th, 2021

Woman arrested by Cave City Police

Cave City Police were dispatched to 308 N. Dixie Hwy Sunday in reference to a complaint on a wanted subject. Upon arrival, Officer Childress observed a yellow Ford Escape that had just been reported stolen to the Barren County Sheriff’s Office. A female was rummaging in the back of the vehicle. Officer Childress identified her as Jennifer Jones. It was confirmed Jones had four active warrants for her arrest. Jones admitted to taking the vehicle. While on Scene, Officer Childress spoke with a resident at 308 N Dixie, They stated at some time throughout the day, Jones had been in their residence without consent. The resident also stated Jones returned later on and attempted to enter the apartment again, causing damage to the storm door. Jennifer Jones was placed under arrest for the four warrants for her arrest and also charged with Burglary 2nd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Receiving Stolen Property U/$10,000. Jones was transported and lodged in the Barren County Detention Center. Officer Childress was assisted on scene by Officer Stoney Phillips and Barren County Sheriff’s deputies Tyler Maxey and James Duff.

 

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Monday, May 10th, 2021

Help requested in hit and run

The Edmonson County Sheriff's Office is requesting information in regards to a hit and run collision at Cove Hollow Cemetery. Police say the investigation shows this occurred after midnight Sunday morning, and police say the vehicle involved is suspected to be a dark green 1992 Ford Ranger. Edmonson County Sheriff's Office says, "Our agency takes damage to religious property very seriously". Anyone with information regarding the case, is urged to call Edmonson County Dispatch at 270-597-2729.

 

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Monday, May 10th, 2021

Edmonton man arrested for robbery

The Metcalfe County Sheriff's Office responded to a disturbance on Tug Clark Road. According to Metcalfe County Sheriff, authorities found Darrell Wilson, of Edmonton, putting a small ax in the home owner's vehicle Wilson was also found to be in possession of the home owner's keys, cell phone and methamphetamine. The home owner said Wilson was armed with a small ax and threatened to kill the home owner with the ax, then took the homeowner's keys and attempted to take the home owner's vehicle. Wilson was arrested and charged with robbery, 1st degree, burglary, 1st degree, possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree (methamphetamine), assault, 4th degree (no visible injury), menacing and criminal mischief, 3rd degree. Wilson was lodged in Barren County Jail.

 

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Monday, May 10th, 2021

Woman killed at gas station

A woman was killed after a man crashed his truck into a Leitchfield gas station. The incident occurred at the Shell Station on South Main Street. According to officials, a truck driven by 59-year-old Garry Jaeggers, of Mammoth Cave, crashed his truck into the front of the gas station. During the crash, 54-year-old Brenda L. Brown, of Ashland, was hit and killed. According to Deputy Grayson County Coroner Larry Holeman, Brown had been picked up by her boyfriend, who leaves in Beaver Dam, and was traveling to Ohio County to meet his parents. She went into Shell gas station to buy a pack of gum when the truck crashed through the front of the store. Holeman pronounced Brown dead at the scene. No charges have been filed. Jaeggers was transported to Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center for a blood draw, which is Leitchfield Police Department standard operating procedure in cases such as this. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Friday, May 7th, 2021

Gov Beshear gives latest update

Gov. Andy Beshear announced the easing of some capacity restrictions starting May 28th All businesses and events indoors and outdoors that cater to 1000 or fewer people can increase capacity to 75%. That includes businesses such as hair salons, restaurants, gyms, etc. Also on May 28th, all businesses and events indoors and outdoors that cater to 1,000 people or more can increase capacity to 60%. The Governor also clarified that small groups of individuals are no longer mandated to wear facial coverings indoors in private businesses or homes if all individuals present have received the final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior. Gov. Beshear reported 655 new cases of the virus, five new deaths and one from audit. The positivity rate is now at 3.51%.

 

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Friday, May 7th, 2021

Cave City man arrested on multiple charges

The Bowling Green-Warren County Drug Task Force assisted Glasgow Police Department Street Crime Unit and ATF, with apprehending a Cave City man Thursday. The task force was contacted to assist Glasgow Police Department's Street Crime Unit in arresting 40 year-old Eric Sturgeon, of 119 Broadway Street, Cave City. Sturgeon was believed to be in the area of Greenwood Mall. He was wanted on a parole violation and bench warrant from Barren County. Sturgeon had been released from custody with an "ankle monitor" which he removed and has been wanted since January 26th. Detectives initiated a surveillance and located Sturgeon , who was on foot, in the Mall Parking Lot. He was taken into custody. After locating Sturgeon's vehicle parked at 2500 Scottsville Road, detectives requested assistance from KSP K-9 for a search of the vehicle. The search revealed a semi-automatic handgun, over 6 ounces of crystal meth, over 3 ounces of marijuana, digital scales, multiple baggies and cash. Sturgeon was charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree (meth), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, trafficking in marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail pending arraignment in Warren District Court. The case will also be presented to the US Attorney's Office for potential federal prosecution.

 

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Friday, May 7th, 2021

Simpson County man arrested for rape

Kentucky State Police have arrested a Simpson County man on allegations of rape. On Monday, police were called by the Simpson County Sheriff's Office to investigate an incident where a woman reported she had been raped at her home. According to authorities, 65-year-old John Ellis, of Franklin, was identified as a possible suspect. Detectives found Ellis and arrested him on charges of burglary, kidnapping (adult) and rape. He was lodged in the Simpson County Jail.

 

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Friday, May 7th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

HART COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET THURSDAY MORNING IN THE COURTROOM. AFTER JUDGE JOE CHOATE CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER, BROTHER GREG ROSE PASTOR OF MT. BEULAH AND MUNFORDVILLE METHODIST CHURCH OPENED THE MEETING WITH PRAYER. DEPARTMENT REPORTS WERE GIVEN. JAILER BERGENSEN STATED THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 155 IN THE COUNTY JAIL AND PRESENTED THE COURT WITH CHECKS TOTALING JUST OVER $58,331. THE COURT RECOGNIZED FIRST RESPONDERS AND EMS WITH A PROCLAMATION DECLARING MAY 16-22 AS EMS WEEK. RON GONTERMAN OF ARK REPORTED THAT THE NEW DOG SHELTER WAS 99% COMPLETE.

THE COURT APPROVED ACCEPTED BID OF $10,750 FOR NEW AIR CONDITIONERS FOR SHERIFFS OFFICE TO ACCEPT HIGH BIDS FROM SULLIVAN AUTO FOR 2 FORD TRUCKS AT $41,500 FOR EACH, ACCEPTED BID FROM TIMMY WILKERSON FOR $30,555 FOR KUBOTA TRACTOR AND FROM BEN KILLMAN FOR $29,000 FOR ANOTHER KUBOTA TRACTOR, AND STANDING ORDERS, 1ST READING.
ALSO ESTABLISHING HART COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER, HART COUNTY CHAMBER BUDGET, PURCHASE FROM WRIGHTS IMPLEMENT NEW JOHN DEERE TRACTOR, LOADER, AND SNOW PLOW AT STATE BID, 1ST READING TO DISCONTINUANCE OF TIMBERLAKE CEMETERY SPUR, PARTICIPATE IN THE HART COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL PIPELINE TO THE WORKFORCE, HART COUNTY JAIL 21/22 JAIL POLICIES WITH NO CHANGES FROM PREVIOUS YEAR, ADVERTISE FOR REPAIR TO CORONERS OFFICE ROOF, AND ELIMINATED THE OFFICE OF DEPUTY EMERGENCY MANAGER DIRECTOR.
THE COURT'S NEXT MEETING WILL THURSDAY, MAY 20th, AT 9:00 AM IN THE COURTROOM.

 

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Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Cost will likely increase at WKU

The cost of attending Western Kentucky University will likely increase this fall. The school is proposing a tuition hike expected to be around 2%. University President Timothy Carboni says the proposed hike is being devoted to efforts of increasing salaries of faculty and staff. Several budget cuts are also in the proposal to help offset a nearly $8 million budget shortfall. The university's board of regents is set to review the proposal Friday.

 

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Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Two arrested on theft and drug charges

Two men are being held in Hart County Jail after being arrested for theft and drug charges in Edmonson County. Smith's Grove Police Chief Jason Franks made a traffic stop on Chalybeate Road regarding a possible stolen vehicle and called for assistance from the Edmonson County Sheriff's Department. The vehicle was confirmed as stolen from Southern Recycling. The VIN plate had been removed.  A search also turned up suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. As a result, 28-year-old Harley Jessie of Bowling Green and 25-year-old Tyler Stith of Smiths Grove were taken into custody and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), receiving stolen property (more than $10,000), theft by unlawful taking, obscuring the identity of a machine ($10,000 or more) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Stith also has a bench warrant from Hart County for a probation violation in connection to theft by unlawful taking of a firearm. The stolen vehicle is also suspected to be involved with the theft of two trailers from Edmonson County. One trailer had already been recovered and the other was recovered in Barren County. VIN numbers had also been removed from the trailers. Additional charges may be coming against Jessie and Stith.

 

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Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Man in vehicle arrested on drug charges

A man found either asleep or passed out inside a running vehicle on Richland Road in Grayson County faces several drug charges. Officers with the Grayson County Sherriff's Department made contact with 37-year-old Daron Fentress of Caneyville around 4pm Saturday sitting in the drivers seat of a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. Once Fentress was coherent enough to respond, his actions were described in a citation as slow and sluggish. He was arresed and charged with possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating on a suspended and/or revoked license and failure to maintain insurance, along with other non-moving violations. He was taken to Grayson County Detention Center.

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

Hart County Fiscal Court will meet Thursday, May 6th, at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the courthouse.

 

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Man and horse rescued from water

A horse and buggy were swept off a road by flooding in Barren County Tuesday The incident happened on Red Cross Road Emergency responders were able to rescue the man and horse. No injuries were reported.

 

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Tennessee man convicted of robbery and murder

A federal jury has convicted a Tennessee man in a robbery and killing at a grocery store in southern Kentucky. Jurors spent about 90 minutes deliberating Monday in U. S. District Court before returning a guilty verdict on all charges against 36-year-old Jorge Santos Caballero-Melgar orchestrated robberies at businesses in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. Prosecutors say that included the robbery of La Placita Market in Bowling Green where 31-year-old Jose Cruz was fatally shot while attempting to intervene. Caballero-Melgar faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced on August 2nd.

 

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Shelter animals moved after flooding

Several animals were displaced at the Barren County Animal Shelter due to flooding Tuesday morning as severe weather passed through the region. Social media posts began popping up shortly after water entered the building showing volunteers helping staff carry animals from the facility. The former4 Barren County Correctional building is being used as a temporary shelter. Management says they are in need of items such as: water, bleach and dog-type pads. There is no running water at the temporary facility. They say animals are placed in lit areas but conditions are extreme.

 

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Jewelry store theft; two suspects sought

A jewelry store theft Monday in Elizabethtown has police looking for two suspects.  Around 4:00 p.m., two black males entered Clark Jewelers on West Poplar Street and began looking at merchandise. The men distracted employees and grabbed various jewelry items valued at several thousands of dollars, then ran out of the store. Police say the incident is not classified as a robbery due to no weapon or force being involved. When caught, suspects will face charges of theft by unlawful taking and shoplifting. The degree of charges will be determined once the value of items taken is fully determined.

 

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Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Daycare worker charged with abuse

A daycare worker in Bardstown captured on video yelling and spraying a liquid at a child being watched at the center has been charged with abuse. Heather Jent was arrested Tuesday in connection with the April 26 encounter at Little Angel’s Primary House. A police warrant also indicates Jent grabbed the toddler by the arm and dragged him. The center is owned by former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty, who says Jent has been terminated.

 

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Road signs and mowing season

Mowing cycles are under way and illegally placed items along state maintained right of way areas are being removed. Residents, business operators and property owners along US and KY routes are reminded no signage is allowed on right of way other than official highway signs and items approved through a permit process.

Particularly, with yard sales and property sales commonly taking place in spring, related signs must be placed beyond right of way limits. Crews will not mow around illegally placed items. Items placed on right of way areas create significant delays for mowing crews and are potential hazards for mowing operators and passing motorists. They can create additional hazards by blocking sight distance or distracting drivers, particularly at intersections. All sale activities including parking should be off right of way limits.

It is also illegal to attach items such as flyers, posters, balloons or streamers to stop signs, highway markers or any other road sign or utility pole. Illegal placement on utility poles presents additional obstacles and potential dangers for utility crew workers.

Removed items will be taken to each county’s KYTC maintenance facility and held for a short period of time. Unclaimed materials will be trashed or recycled.

If you have questions related to legal/illegal sign placement, please get in touch with KYTC District 4 in Elizabethtown at 270.766.5066.

KYTC District 4 serves Breckinridge, Grayson, Green, Hardin, Hart, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties. With nearly 3,000 miles of roadway to maintain, we greatly appreciate cooperation within each community regarding illegally placed items along right of way areas.

 

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Nation Day of Prayer Thursday

National Day of Prayer will be observed on Thursday, May 6th, from 12 noon til 1:00 p.m. at the Hart County Courthouse in Munfordville. WLOC/Studio 101 will broadcast the service live.

 

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Governor gives update on COVID-19

Gov. Beshear gave the latest update Monday on the spread of COVID-19 in Kentucky. Gov. Beshear reported 313 new cases of the virus, five new deaths and 3 deaths from audits. Among the new deaths was a 78-year-old man from Hart County. The governor said the positivity rate was 3.45%.

 

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Three arrested in drug investigation

The Barren River Drug Task Force along with Scottsville Police Department and the Allen County Sheriff's Department, went to 518 E. Poplar Street in Scottsville in reference to a drug investigation and active warrants. Detectives were allowed inside where they noticed a suspected meth lab in plain view. Law enforcement was granted consent to search the residence. Detectives found chemicals and equipment used to manufacture meth and loaded syringes with suspected meth inside. Officers also recovered several items of stolen property in the residence. 29-year-old Amanda Farris, of Scottsville, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Methamphetamine, 1st offense. 19-year-old Matthew Olson, of Scottsville, was arrested and charged with Manufacturing Meth, 1st offense, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st (drug unspecified). 41-year-old Laure A. Whitney, of Scottsville, was charged with Manufacturing Meth, 1st offense, Receiving Stolen Property under $10,000, Criminal Possession of a Forced Instrument, 3rd degree, Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (drug unspecified) and active warrants. Farris and Olson were lodged in the Allen County Jail and Whitney was cited to court and released due to Covid restriction.

 

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Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Tornado leaves damage in Tompkinsville

After an EF-1 tornado was confirmed to have swept through the city of Tompkinsville Monday morning. Workers and volunteers spent all afternoon cleaning up the damage. 30 homes were damaged and ten of the homes were severely damaged. There were no injuries reported after the tornado hit. Several businesses were damaged also including the local funeral home. The National Weather Service rated the tornado an EF-1 with estimated winds up to 90 mph.

 

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Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Governor gives update on COVID-19

Governor Andy Beshear gave an update on COVID-19 cases Sunday, reporting 368 new cases and a 3.4% positivity rate. There were four reported COVID-19 related deaths Sunday and one new death reported from the ongoing audit. That brings the state total to 6,517.

 

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Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Lane closures on I-65 rescheduled

Monday, May 3rd

    * I-65 southbound will be reduced to one lane in the area between the 27 mile marker and the 13 mile marker from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Lane switching will also take place for motorists within this section. Crews will be working close to the roadway and with a one-lane road, traffic is expected to be backed up. Motorists should use extra caution, watch the road at all times and avoid distracted driving. Slowed and stopped traffic is expected.

 

Tuesday, May 4th

   * I-65 southbound will be reduced to one lane in the area between the 27 mile marker and the 13 mile marker from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Crews will be working close to the roadway and with a one-lane road, traffic is expected to be backed up. Motorists should use extra caution, watch the road at all times and avoid distracted driving. Slowed and stopped traffic is expected.

 

Wednesday, May 5th

    * I-65 southbound will be reduced to one lane in the area between the 27 mile marker and the 13 mile marker from 7:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.  Crews will be working close to the roadway and with a one-lane road, traffic is expected to be backed up. Motorists should use extra caution, watch the road at all times and avoid distracted driving. Slowed and stopped traffic is expected.

 

Interstate165

    * A project to upgrade the Interstate 165 interchange with U.S. 231 Morgantown Road at Exit 7 in Bowling Green has started. The old ramps will be removed once construction of the new ramps are complete.

 

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Monday, May 3rd, 2021

Radcliff man arrested on assault charges

A Radcliff man was arrested Friday morning by Kentucky State Police after he reportedly struck his mother and then kicked a table into a trooper. 40-year-old Robert Anthony Stewart was arrested on several charges, including third degree assault of a police or probation officer. According to an arrest citation, a woman was brought Thursday night by ambulance to Baptist Health Hardin because of injuries sustained after being struck in the head by Stewart. She reportedly smelled drugs being smoked in his bedroom and confronted Stewart he could not do that in her house, he struck her in the left eye. When troopers entered the room, a large knife was found on the floor. As troopers tried to place Stewart in handcuffs, he kicked a hospital-type bed table that struck one officer in the abdomen. Stewart also has been charged with fourth-degree assault - domestic violence3 with minor injury; possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and first-offense possession of synthetic drugs. Stewart was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, April 30th, 2021

Arrests made after welfare check

An employee at Five Star on Doyle Avenue in Cave City, requested a welfare check Thursday on a vehicle in their parking lot due to it sitting there for multiple hours. Officer Childress with the Cave City Police checked on the vehicle and made contact with a female, identified as Michelle Brewer and a male, identified as Scott Lemons. Lemons was confirmed to have an active warrant for his arrest. Brewer gave verbal consent to search the vehicle. Officer Childress located Methamphetamine, Marijuana, Gabapentin, and multiple items considered to be Paraphernalia.  Michelle Brewer was placed under arrest and charged with Possession Control Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia Buy-Possess Scott Lemons was placed under arrest for the active warrant and charged with Possession Control Substance 1st Degree, 1st Offense Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession Control Substance 3rd Degree, Drug Paraphernalia Buy-Possess. Both Brewer and Lemons were lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Friday, April 30th, 2021

Corvette museum announces plans for expansion

Leaders of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, have announced plans for an expansion. The board of directors said they plan to build a 30,000-square-foot addition after raising enough money for the project. It's estimated to cost around $12 million. A campaign to raise money is under way. The expansion will help the museum better tell the story of the evolving sports car. Last year, a mid-engine Corvette was introduced. Museum Board Chairman Glenn Johnson says more room is needed and they hope to start construction on the addition within five years.

 

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Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Crash injures woman and three children

A crash on KY 259 (Rocky Hill Road) in Edmonson County injured a woman and three children Wednesday morning. According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Department, 27-year-old Melita Simpson was northbound in an SUV. She exited the right shoulder and struck a tree. All four of the vehicle occupants were transported from the scene by ambulance for serious injuries. None of the children, ages seven, seven and eight, were properly restrained. The Edmonson County Attorney's Office is being handed the case for consideration of any potential for prosecution.

 

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Thursday, April 29th, 2021

Search warrant leads to arrest

Glasgow Police arrested a man Tuesday after executing a search warrant at a residence on Newman Street.  Officers were able to locate three grams of Methamphetamine and cash money, resulting in charges against 40-year-old Tony Ray Keen.  The list includes possession of drug paraphernalia and trafficking in a control substance.  He is additionally charged with a technical probation violation.  Keen is lodged in Barren County Detention Center with court dates set for today and May 3rd.

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Census Bureau releases figures

Figures released by the Census Bureau show Kentucky will maintain its six congressional seats.  It put Kentucky’s population at 4.5 million. That's up from the approximately 4.3 million people counted in the 2010 Census. Republicans hold five of the state’s congressional districts. The lone Democrat-held seat is the 3rd District, spanning almost all of Louisville Metro.

 

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Changes in country circuit court clerk's office

All Kentucky residents will eventually no longer go to a county circuit court clerk's office to obtain drivers licenses and IDs. For Green, Hardin and Metcalfe Counties, that date is coming in just a few weeks. 

These adjacent counties are among the next round of transitions to regional licensing offices set for May 24th.

Governor Andy Beshear says circuit court clerks have done great work to get Kentuckians properly licensed over the years but times demand a modernized system that offers convenience and choices to the customer, plus greater security for personal information and the credentials themselves. Beshear says Driver Licensing Regional Offices are uniquely equipped for that.

Security upgrades in licensing are a result of federal requirements passed in 2005 as part of an overhaul of national security measures following the terrorists attacks of September 11th, 2001. States were mandated to issue citizens federally compliant IDs, providing a consistent standard across the country. These standards enable law enforcement officials at local, federal and international levels to provide higher levels of protection, in addition to better protecting each individual's identity.

While Green, Hardin and Metcalfe Countians MUST visit a regional office beginning May 24th, any Kentucky resident may visit a regional location to renew or apply for a REAL ID or new standard card version of driver licenses, permits, commercial driver licenses (CDLs) and ID cards.

There is a total of 16 driver licensing regional offices around the state, and the network will continue to grow. Nearest locations for Green, Hardin and Metcalfe Counties include Bowling Green, Elizabethtown and Columbia.

Kentucky State Police will continue to oversee all permit and license testing. Appointments for written or road testing can be made online at kentuckystatepolice.org/driver-testing. Until further notice, testing will continue in currently utilized locations. Once testing is successfully completed, residents will visit a KYTC Driver Licensing Regional Office to apply for their permit or license.

Kentuckians should know that a REAL ID or another form of federally approved identification, such as a passport or military ID, will be needed in passing through airport security checkpoints to board a U.S. commercial flight; visiting a military base; or accessing a federal building or facility that requires identification once federal enforcement starts.  That date had been set for October 1st of this year, but was extended by the US Secretary of Homeland Security on Tuesday.  The new date is now May 3rd of 2023 due to complications from the pandemic.

Obtaining a REAL ID for the first time requires applicants to apply in-person at a Driver Licensing Regional office and present specific, required documentation. A list of acceptable documentation and a link to take an interactive quiz that populates a personalized list of documents is available at drive.ky.gov.

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Police awaiting autopsy results concerning inmate's death

We're still waiting for autopsy results of 36-year-old Sara D. McDaniel, the Barren County Detention Center inmate found dead Saturday.  In our report earlier this week, we told you she had been jailed on assault and drug related charges. Additional details are now public regarding her arrest, which stems from an altercation at her home on Old Scottsville Loop with 53-year-old Jefferey Guffey, who is also facing charges related to the incident.

Officers from the Barren County sheriff's department responded.  While being interviewed, Guffey told police McDaniel was his girlfriend and said she threw an ashtray at his head. He claimed to hit her back three times.

Suspected methamphetamine and marijuana were located in a shed on the property. Guffey claims he and McDaniel both used methamphetamine and marijuana. He faces possession charges, paraphernalia charges and fourth degree assault with no visible injury.  He has a court date set for May 27th.

 

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Ky man dead after boating incident

A Kentucky man is dead following a boating incident near the Smokies in Tennessee.  Wildlife officers are investigating the incident which happened Saturday morning on Lake Douglas, just outside of Sevierville.

Two bass fishing boats collided on Douglas Lake, killing 65-year-old Billy Ray Martin of Pikeville. Another occupant of his boat is being treated for serious injuries.  Two occupants of the other boat were not injured.

Authorities say one of the boats was involved in a bass fishing tournament.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

 

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Man attacked in Hodgenville

A man walking home from work Thursday night was attacked in Hodgenville. Police arrived at the restaurant, Little Mexico on South Lincoln Boulevard and determined the victim (who is the restaurant the owner) was approached by an unknown male armed with a knife.  Following a brief struggle, the suspect took an undisclosed amount of money and fled in an unspecified vehicle being driven by a female accomplice. The victim was picked up a passerby and then contacted police.  The assisting passerby is not known but police would like to interview them. Hodgenville Police ask anyone with knowledge of who helped the victim or has additional information regarding the incident to contact law enforcement.

 

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Update on river drowning

Updating our story from Monday, two bodies have been pulled from Ohio River and authorities say pending official identification, they believe both are victims from that pleasure boat collision with a barge following Thunder Over Louisville weekend before last.  The body of the woman has been located and retrieved near the mouth of Salt River. Her identity has not been officially made. The body of 25-year-old Zachary Martin, of Louisville, was located and retrieved near Brandenburg. As we mentioned Monday, 20-year-old Hayden Spencer of Louisville, died at University of Louisville Hospital not long after the incident and four others were injured.

Location of the two bodies now accounts for all occupants of the boat.

 

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Monday, April 26th, 2021

Kentucky unemployment data released

Last week, Kentucky's state-wide annual unemployment data was released for 2020, giving us a broader look at how the pandemic affected the state's work force.

On a more focused level, numbers from March have just been released. The Kentucky Center for Statistics says unemployment rates fell in 81 of the state’s 120 counties.

Hart County's March unemployment number is nearly the lowest of all surrounding counties at 4.5%.  That's down from 4.8% in February and 6.4% a year ago.  Only Green County has a lower March rate among surrounding counties at 4%. Hardin and LaRue Counties both come in at 4.9%, followed by Edmonson County at 5.3%, Metcalfe County at 5.5%, Barren County at 5.7% and Grayson County at 6% which is the highest March unemployment rate among surrounding counties.

Kentucky’s state-wide seasonally adjusted unemployment rate last month is estimated at 5%. The state’s lowest jobless rates are in Oldham, Todd and Woodford counties at 3.8% each. Magoffin County has the state’s highest unemployment rate at 13.6%, followed by Harlan County at 9.4%.

 

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Monday, April 26th, 2021

Two arrests after shoplifting at Target

Police in Elizabethtown responded to Target Friday afternoon following reports of shoplifting. Two Louisville residents were arrested. 33-year-old Nathan Porter Dean and 31-year-old Brittany Nicole Bennett now face felony charges of theft by unlawful taking of more than $500. Both suspects also face charges of fleeing and evading police. Dean is additionally charged with third-degree assault of a police officer. When police arrived, Bennett fled and Dean also attempted to leave, but became involved in an altercation with an Elizabethtown Police Officer and was tased. The two are lodged at Hardin County Detention Center.  Bennett has a May 17th court date.  Dean has a April 26th court date.

 

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Monday, April 26th, 2021

Autopsy conducted after inmate's death

An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death after an inmate died over the weekend at Barren County Detention Center. Around four, Saturday afternoon, Kentucky State Police received notification from detention center staff that a female was found unresponsive and had died. The deceased inmate is identified as 36-year-old Sara D. McDaniel. She was arrested Saturday on assault charges along with methamphetamine and marijuana possession charges. The autopsy is being conducted by the State Medical Examiner's Office.

 

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Monday, April 26th, 2021

Body found in Ohio River

Authorities in Kentucky say a body has been found in Ohio River which could be connected to an incident two weekends ago when a boat collided with a barge. Louisville Metropolitan Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says the body found Saturday about 30 miles from the Louisville shore and has not been identified. Seven people were on the pleasure craft when the collision occurred April 17 near a boat dock in Louisville. Twenty-year-old Hayden Spencer of Louisville was killed and four others were injured. With a finding of the sixth person, a seventh remains missing. A cause of death for Spencer has not been released. The incident, which remains under investigation, occurred at the end of Thunder Over Louisville.

 

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Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Hart County's FBLA places 1st in state competition

Hart County High School's Future Business Leaders of America has a history of success in its Parliamentary Procedure Team... And the tradition continues with the group placing 1st in state competition.  FBLA Parliamentary Procedure Team members include:

Emily Avery
Jason Hatfield
Joshua Matteson
Jazmin MacDonald
and Carlee Wilson

Individually, Wilson had the highest parliamentary procedure test score out of all participating schools across the state and Jason Hatfield will serve as State FBLA Parliamentarian for the 21-22 school year.

With the accomplishment of 1st in the state, the team advances to national competition. The team is under the direction Wesley Waddle.

 

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Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Gov. Andy Beshear thoughts on pandemic

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear believes there are lessons to be drawn from the pandemic. He says one result is a greater sense of shared responsibility. He says another lesson is the role social media plays to amplify small groups. The Democrat governor spoke to The Associated Press Wednesday, claiming Kentucky's post-pandemic economy is “set to take off.” The first-term Democrat who intends to run for reelection in 2023 in a state dominated recently by Republicans has downplayed questions about the political consequences of his virus-fighting restrictions.  If the pandemic isn’t on voters’ minds in 2023 when he's running for reelection, Beshear says he's done his job.

 

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Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Vaccination poll in Kentucky

About half of Kentucky adults who are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccination say they'd be open to changing their minds if they had more information, according to a new poll by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky.

The poll highlights several demographic groups – one in three men, four in ten Republicans, and one-third of people living in suburban or rural communities – who reported they would "probably or definitely not" roll up their sleeves for the vaccine.

Of those reluctant to get the vaccine, the groups who say they're open to changing their minds with additional information include 47-percent of Republicans, 53-percent of people in rural counties, and 53-percent of high school graduates.

The poll also found Kentuckians are nearly split on whether they believe getting a COVID-19 vaccine is a personal choice or part of a public health responsibility.

According to the survey, older Kentuckians are more likely to have already received or still intend to get the shot, along with college graduates.

 

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Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Bowling Green man arrested in Glasgow

Drug and related charges are filed against a Bowling Green man following a Thursday traffic stop along Burkesville Road. Glasgow Police stopped 42-year-old Ernest Johnson and detected an odor of marijuana coming from inside his vehicle. Officers searched the vehicle and located marijuana, methamphetamine, scales, drug paraphernalia and Diazepam. Johnson was arrested and charged with failure to use - or improper use of - a signal, marijuana possession, trafficking in controlled substances and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was lodged in Barren County Detention Center and has a court date Thursday (4-15).

 

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Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Human remains identified as Berea man

Additional information regarding human remains found just over a year ago here in Hart County has been released. State police say dental records were used in confirming the identity of Jacob Tipton of Berea.  He was reported missing in May of 2016. The cause of death remains undetermined.  Tipton's remains were found in field off of North Nelson Road in February of 2020.

 

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

Hart County Fiscal Court will meet Thursday at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse.

 

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

KYTC announces nighttime lane reduction

KYTC announced on I-65 south between mile markers 27 and 13 in Warren County will remain 2 lanes until early winter. According to a tweet from KYTC district 3, there will be nights where it will be reduced to one lane. This is due to a pavement rehab and resurfacing project. The speed limit has also been reduced to 55 mph.

 

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Arrest made while warrant served

Serving of a warrant turned into a drug arrest in Glasgow on Sunday. Glasgow Police arrived at a home on Columbia Avenue and located 62-year-old Penny Marie Coffey who they found in possession of methamphetamine. Coffey attempted to destroy the evidence before being taken into custody.  She was taken to Barren County Detention Center and booked on charges of tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, possession of a control substance and possession of drug Paraphernalia. She was released Monday on a $1500 bond. Coffey was also arrested for drug related charges back on December 29th.

 

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Wednesday, April 14th, 2021

Former deputy jailer charged with animal cruelty

Kentucky State Police say James Kersey was charged with 2nd-degree animal cruelty on February 26th following a complaint. Animal cruelty is the 2nd-degree is a Class A misdemeanor in Kentucky and can be punishable with a fine up to $500 or up to a year in jail. Kersey is a former deputy jailer and K9 handler who is accused of mistreating the jail's K9 Ragnar. The K9 was purchased and trained from Tactical Performance K-9 in Tennessee in 2019. The dog was used at the jail to locate illegal drugs on inmates. The Kentucky State Police were unable to provide any further details regarding the animal cruelty investigation involving Kersey.

 

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Hart County Grand Jury recent indictments

29 year-old Terry Johnson, of Magnolia, for Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disp. all others $500 or more but under $10,000, and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree.

54 year-old Walter Gaulke, of Buffalo, was indicted for Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disp. all others, $500 or more but under $10,000.

20 year-old Antonio Smith, of Louisville, for Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree, Assault 4th degree (domestic violence), Violation of EPO/DVO, Assault 3rd degree- peace officer, and Criminal Mischief, 3rd degree.

20 year-old Jonathan Dice, of Horse Cave, for Strangulation, 1st degree, and Assault, 4th degree (Domestic Violence).

21 year-old Alexander Gardner, of Cub Run, was indicted for 2 counts of Assault, 1st degree.

27 year-old Samuel Bradley, of Bowling Green, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree - 2nd Offense (Methamphetamine), possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd degree - drug unspecified, Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possess and Rear License Not Illuminated.

57 year-old Thomas Atwell, of Hardyville, was indicted for Possession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree - 1st offense (Drug Unspecified), 3 counts of Possession of firearm while committing an offense, trafficking in Marijuana (less than 8 oz), drug paraphernalia - Buy/Possess.

28 year-old Leslie Atwell, of Rowletts, for possession of Controlled Substance, 1st degree - 1st offense (Methamphetamine), possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the influence of Alcohol and/or Drugs, 1st offense, Operating on  Suspended or Revoked License and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.

34 year-old Ashley Barnes, of Horse Cave, was indicted for Wanton Endangerment, 1st degree, 3 counts, and endangering the welfare of a minor, 2 counts.

20 year-old Stephen Abston, of TN, for Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or more and Drug Paraphernalia - Buy/Possess.

40 year-old Marsha Mangrum, of TN, for Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or more and Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess.

52 year-old Christie Drury, of TN, for Receiving Stolen Property $10,000 or more, Drug Paraphernalia-Buy/Possess and Possession of Controlled Substance, 3rd degree - drug unspecified.

37 year-old David Lucas, of Bardstown, was indicted for Burglary, 2nd degree, Assault, 3rd degree - police officer, Promoting Contraband, 1st degree, Disorderly Conduct, 1st degree, Resisting Arrest and Persistent Felony Offender, 1st degree.

25 year-old Stara Jackson, of Louisville, for Burglary, 2nd degree, and Public Intoxication.

34 year-old John Toler, of Munfordville, for Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree - 1st offense (drug unspecified).

26 year-old Isiah Williams, of IN, was indicted for Acquiring property from income from trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 oz), wanton endangerment, 1st degree – police officer, fleeing and evading police, 1st degree (on foot), operating on a suspended or revoked operator’s license, speeding 26 mph or > speed limit and reckless driving.

26 year-old Davonte Blair, of IN, for acquiring property from income from trafficking in a controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana (less than 8 oz), fleeing and evading police, 2nd degree and possession of marijuana.

33 year-old Kattie Yantz, of IN, was indicted for receiving stolen property under $10,000.

34 year-old Nathaniel Webb, of Bonnieville, for strangulation, 1st degree and assault, 4th degree (domestic violence).

37 year-old Shane Moran, of Horse Cave, for sodomy, 1st degree (victim under 12), rape, 1st degree, victim under 12 and incest – victim under 12.

25 year-old Keisha Hack, of Louisville, was indicted for trafficking in controlled substances, 1st degree, 2nd offense, drug paraphernalia – buy/possess and possession of marijuana.

25 year-old Dylan Marr, of Louisville, for receiving stolen property $10,000 or more, drug paraphernalia – buy possess, speeding 26 mph or > speed limit, reckless driving, improper passing, failure to wear seatbelt, failure to or improper signal and persistent felony offender, 2nd degree.

36 year-old Jay Ochoa, of Cave City, was indicted for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of controlled substance, 4th offense or more, license to be in possession, driving DUI suspended license, 1st offense, failure to wear seatbelt, disregarding stop sign and persistent felony offender, 1st degree.

And, 53 year-old Lori Griffin, of Munfordville, was indicted for wanton endangerment, 1st degree, theft by unlawful taking or Disp, Shoplifting under $500, and no operators/moped license.

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Drug arrest made while warrant served

Serving of a warrant turned into a drug arrest in Glasgow on Sunday. Glasgow Police arrived at a home on Columbia Avenue and located 62-year-old Penny Marie Coffey who they found in possession of methamphetamine.

Coffey attempted to destroy the evidence before being taken into custody. He was taken to Barren County Detention Center and booked on charges of tampering with physical evidence, resisting arrest, possession of a control substance and possession of drug Paraphernalia. She was released Monday on a $1500 bond.  Coffey was also arrested for drug related charges back on December 29th.

 

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Tuesday, April 13th, 2021

Fountain Run man returns to jail

A Fountain Run man is back in jail after not reporting back from a furlough.  Glasgow Police arrested 33-year-old Jonathan Antonio Kirk Saturday after a short foot pursuit at New Salem Road and Columbia Avenue.

During the arrest, officers found Kirk to be in possession of methamphetamine and confirmed he had cut off his ankle monitor. He was booked for burglary and stolen property related charges in December.

Kirk was taken back to the Barren County Detention Center and faces additional charges of fleeing or evading police, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, bail jumping, and tampering with a prisoner monitoring device. Kirk has a long history of jail records.  He has been incarcerated at Barren County County Detention Center 14 times since 2006.  He is currently being held under a 10,000 bond and a court date of Monday, April 19th.

 

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

Monday area Council meetings

Caverna High School Decision Based Council Meeting will be held Monday, April 12th, in the high school library at 3:30 p.m.

City of Cave City will hold their regular council meeting at council chamber at City Hall Monday, April 12th, at 5:00 p.m.

Horse Cave City Council will meet Monday night, April 12th, at City Hall at 121 Woodlawn Avenue at 6:00 p.m. New business will include Resolution for Transportation Cabinet Notice of Proposed Acquisition.

 

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

Sacred Heart earns Sweet 16 Championship title

In the 2021 Mingua Beef Jerky Girls' Sweet 16 State Basketball Tournament over the weekend, Sacred Heart defeated Anderson County 63 to 53, while Marshall County defeated Henderson 50 to 33. Sacred Heart then played for the championship against Marshall County and won with a final score of 49 to 47.

 

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

National Jr. Ranger Day Saturday

National Jr. Ranger Day will be celebrated Saturday at the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in Hodgenville. The park will conduct Jr. Ranger Day activities based on the theme "Park Prescription: Get Outside!" Children will be able to participate in the event at the Birthplace picnic area from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Children can earn their Jr. Ranger badge and learn about the park. Children and their families also get a sneak peek at the park's new TRACK Trails Program, which will debut this year. Jr. Ranger Day is free and open to the public.

 

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

From the Abundance of The Hart Food Bank

From the Abundance of the Hart Food bank, a certified member agency of feeding America, will be distributing food outside the gymnasium of the Munfordville Baptist Church to those who qualify, Friday, April 169th, from 10:30 a.m. until the food is gone or 3:00 p.m. To qualify for Senior CSFP program must have the following: Meet Income eligibility guidelines, show proof you are 60 and older, provide income info for all members of household. To qualify if under 60, you must provide: ID, Proof of Hart county residency, Income information for all household members and meet eligibility guidelines. There will be a "Drive through pick-up", someone will be in the parking lot to assist you with getting in line. Listen to WLOC radio 1150AM or 101.7 FM, for last minute changes in food bank distribution. Volunteers will need to arrive by 9:00 a.m.

 

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

Snap Benefits Program extra funding

Kentucky will soon receive an extra $12.8 million dollars per month for the SNAP benefits program. The increase will especially help feed more children. Katrina Thompson of the group Feeding Kentucky says since March of last year, the state has relied on loosened federal restrictions to provide extra SNAP benefits and expand food access to households with children who normally rely on school meals. She explains the U-S-D-A will give states additional funding through the end of September.

Groups like Feeding America say they expect food insecurity to increase locally in every county and state this year – a combination of prolonged unemployment and permanent income loss from the pandemic.

She adds in the coming weeks, Kentucky households that have not received at least 95-dollars per month in SNAP benefits – because they were already or nearly receiving the current maximum benefit – will now qualify to receive extra money for food.

 

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

High Speed Chase in Western Kentucky

Two people were taken to the hospital after a chase in Western Kentucky Friday. Police say they saw a vehicle speeding on the Western Kentucky Parkway near Central City. KSP say the driver, 20-year-old Michael Blalock, refused to stop. The chase continued into McLean County, where the vehicle overturned. Blalock and a passenger both have non-life-threatening injuries. Police say charges are still pending at this time.

 

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Monday, April 12th, 2021

Rineyville man sentenced 10 years for sex crimes

A 55-year-old Rineyville man, who previously pled guilty on federal charges of attempted online enticement and transfer of obscene material to a minor, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Thursday followed by a 10-year term of supervised release. 55 year-old Melvin Dowell was also ordered to make a $5,000 payment of a special penalty assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and imposed a $12,000 fine. He also will be required to register as a sex offender. There is no parole in the federal prison system. The joint investigation was conducted by the U.S. Secret Service and Kentucky Attorney General's Office with assistance frok the Elizabethtown Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service and bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms & Explosives.

 

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Victims identified in fatal crash

Kentucky State Police have released the names of the victims in a fatal crash on I-65 South in Warren County. According to a press release, Donald Kabwenge, 36 of Georgia, was driving a Freightliner box truck Monday when he hit 22 year-old Alyssa Aldrete, and her passenger, Alexis Coker, 21, both of Auburn.  Aldrete had slowed her Nissan Altima on the interstate due to merging traffic for road construction at the 26 mile marker.

Kabwenge hit the Altima in the rear bumper, causing it to strike the back of another Freightliner tractor-trailer that was also slowed in traffic. Kabwenge’s box truck then struck the tractor-trailer as well. Kabwenge, Aldrete and Coker were all pronounced deceased on scene by the Warren County Coroner’s Office. The crash remains under investigation.
 

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Smiths Grove man arrested after fleeing

A Smiths Grove man has been arrested on numerous charges after fleeing police. According to the Edmonson County Sheriff’s Office, Saturday morning at approximately 1:30, Deputy Austin Meredith observed a Ford Ranger cross the center line traveling east on New Grove Road. The deputy attempted a traffic stop when the vehicle, being driven by 44-year-old Lester D. Adams, fled for about three miles as Adam ran at least one stop sign. Adams eventually pulled into a driveway in the 900 block of Pig Road, about seven miles northwest of Smiths Grove, and was detained.  An investigation led to finding Adams was driving on a DUI suspended license.

During a search of the truck, police found a handgun in the center console along with a bag of marijuana. Adams was arrested and charged with fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), possession of marijuana, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, careless driving, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a DUI suspended license, and disregarding a stop sign. All the drug charges were enhanced due to the presence of a firearm. He was lodged in the Hart County Jail on a $5,000 cash bond.

 

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Wednesday, April 7th, 2021

Phone scam in Barren County

Barren County Sheriff Kent Keen is warning citizens of a scam that uses the department’s name in trying to defraud citizens.  A caller identifying himself as Lieutenant David Gilmore is calling persons stating that the individuals have outstanding warrants with the Sheriff’s department and something needs to be done about these outstanding warrants.  Sheriff Keen emphasizes that his department never talks about warrants with anyone over the phone.  He presumes this scammer will eventually try to solicit money from the victims.  Keen advises all citizens to hang up immediately and not engage in any conversation.

 

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Monday, April 5th, 2021

Boys Sweet 16 Champions

In Friday night's games of the Boys Sweet Sixteen; Ashland Blazer defeated Boyle County 80 to 44; Highlands over McCracken County 63 to 53; E-town defeated George Rogers Clark 65 to 44, Ballard over Bowling Green 61 to 53. In Saturday's games; E-town defeated Louisville Ballard 69 to 53, while Highland defeated Ashland 66 to 50. In the Championship game, Highland defeated E-town 79 to 60 and are the new Boys Ky High School Basketball Champions.

 

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Monday, April 5th, 2021

Three E-town men indicted on strangulation charges

Three Elizabethtown men have been indicted by at Hardin County Grand Jury for three separate incidents of first-degree strangulation earlier this year. Brian Napier, 38, James Webb, 18, and Adam Webb, 34, face Class C felony charges punishable by five to 10 years in prison, if convicted. Napier was also indicted for fourth-degree assault - domestic violence with minor injury and first-degree persistent felony offender. Adam Webb was also indicted on a fourth-degree assault charge.

 

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Monday, April 5th, 2021

Fatal collision in Edmonson County

KSP are investigating a fatal collision that occurred over the weekend on Denham Road near the intersection of Noah Bledsoe Road in Edmonson County. A preliminary investigation revealed 91-year-old Wilmon N. Linger, of Smiths Grove, was operating a 2005 Pontiac van on Noah Bledsoe Road. Linger veered onto Denham Road where his vehicle exited the right side of the roadway, striking a tree and causing the vehicle to overturn. A passenger in the vehicle, 88-year-old Mary C. Linger, of Smiths Grove, was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Edmonson County Coroner's Office. Police say Wilmon Linger was transported by Air Methods to the U of L Hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition. The investigation is being led by Trooper Bo Hubbard. He was assisted on the scene by KSP personnel, Edmonson County Coroner's Office, Edmonson County EMS, Chalybeate Fire Department, Edmonson County Sheriff's Office and Air Methods.

 

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Monday, April 5th, 2021

Former Cave City Mayor passes away

A former Cave City Mayor and funeral director has died. 79-year-old Bobby Young Hunt died Sunday morning, April 4th, at NHC Healthcare in Glasgow. Bob served in many different capacities around the Cave City area.

 

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Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Federal enforcement of REAL ID Act

On October 1st, 2021, federal enforcement of the REAL ID is scheduled to begin. One of the most important changes will occur at airports, where an ordinary driver's license or identification card for persons 18 and older will no longer by accepted for boarding a U. S. commercial flight.  It also will not be accepted for entry to restricted federal installations, such as military bases, nuclear plants and the White House.

 

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Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Grayson County Health Department vaccinations

Grayson County Health Department, under the guidance of the federal and state government, will open vaccinations to all Grayson County residents/employees ages 18 and older beginning April 14th. Health Department officials said at this time only appointments for those in phases 1A-2 are being accepted. Appointments for this additional population will start to be accepted on April 14th. Officials said other vaccination sites may not be in this phase and to contact those particular sites for additional information.

 

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Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Glasgow man charged with fleeing police

A Glasgow man was arrested after a traffic stop on Simmons Street in Glasgow. According to police, John C. Franklin accelerated his vehicle and failed to stop before ultimately stopping. Glasgow Police confirmed that his driver's license was suspended. Franklin was arrested and charged with the suspended license infraction, fleeing or evading police and wanton endangerment. Franklin was lodged in the Barren County Jail.

 

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Girls 5th Region Semifinals

In Monday night's Girls 5th Region Semifinals, Bethlehem defeated Green County 64 to 31, Central Hardin won against Bardstown 61 to 59 and Bethlehem will meet Central Hardin Tuesday night for the Girl's 5th Region Championship.

Studio 101 WLOC will broadcast all the Boys and Girls Sweet 16 games beginning Wednesday morning at 9:45 a.m.

 

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Governor gives update on COVID-19

Governor Andy Beshear says more than 1.3 million Kentuckians or 40% of the adult population have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Governor Beshear also said 41 cases of the COVID-19 were reported Monday and 11 new deaths. The state has a 2.89% positivity rate.

 

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Woman arrested; stolen vehicle found

Glasgow Police discovered that a Scottsville woman was operating a stolen vehicle after a complaint on Old Bowling Green Road. Officers made contact with Amanda Glaab after she showed up to a residence for someone that did not live there. The vehicle she was driving was found to be stolen. The owner said that his vehicle had been stolen from his job on Industrial Drive. Glaab was arrested on auto theft charges and public intoxication and lodged in the Barren County Jail.

 

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Two arrested on felony drug charges

An Edmonson County Sheriff's Deputy made a traffic stop Friday on Ky. Hwy 259N that led to a felony drug arrest. According to the deputy, the smell of marijuana was coming from the vehicle and he also saw drug paraphernalia in plain sight. A search of the vehicle turned up various forms of drug paraphernalia, suspected marijuana and suspected methamphetamine, along with a firearm and ammunition. The driver, 33 year-old Douglas Sanders, of Cub Run, and his passenger, 41-year-old Jenny Durbin, of Bee Spring, were both arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, 1st degree, 1st offense (methamphetamine-firearm enhanced), possession of marijuana (firearm enhanced), drug paraphernalia - buy/possess (firearm enhanced). Sanders was additionally charged with rear license plate not illuminated. Both were taken to the Hart County Jail.

 

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Woman arrested for impersonating FBI agent

The Glasgow Police Department responded to Rural King Friday on a complaint of a woman who was harassing customers. According to police, 21-year-old Sarah Bradley, of Glasgow, was impersonating an FBI Agent, taking customers receipts from their hands causing a disturbance and refusing to leave the store. Bradley was arrested and charged with Criminal Trespassing-3rd degree, Disorderly Conduct - 2nd degree, Impersonating a Peace Officer and resisting arrest. She was taken to the Barren County Jail.

 

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

One person dead in crash

One person was killed in a fatal accident in Edmonson County Monday afternoon. Kentucky State Police say a northbound vehicle and a southbound vehicle collided on Hwy 259 in Bee Spring around 2:00 p.m. Monday. Troopers say it occurred in front of Bee Spring Lumber and Supply. According to police, three people were involved in the wreck and Julia Broderick, of Louisville, was pronounced dead at the scene. Stanley K. Bragg and Stanley V. Braggs, both of Smiths Grove, were taken to the Bowling Green Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

 

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Tuesday, March 30th, 2021

Governor announces funding to improve parks

Gov. Andy Beshear announced Tuesday his selection of 41 projects totaling more than $4.3 million to receive funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). All selected projects will upgrade parks and recreation spaces across Kentucky.

Horse Cave
Horse Cave will use $49,206 to construct a new city park over Sunset Dome. The new park will include a walking path and trails, 10 parking spaces, nine wooden benches, trail signage, two picnic tables, five trash receptacles, two gazebos and planting 30 native trees and various shrubbery.

Edmonton
Edmonton will use $66,852 to purchase eight trash receptacles, 16 bleacher shade structures and a concrete pad to attach the shade structures and make the bleachers Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible.

Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown will use $250,000 for a nearly full replacement and renovation of the Funtopia playground. They plan to replace a wood structure with a modern metal or plastic composite structure, add new playground equipment and construct ADA accessible paths, ramps and platforms.

Munfordville
Munfordville will use $40,000 to add two play sets in the playground, updated benches and waste receptacles, loose fill rubber and to purchase and install new grills.


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Monday, March 29th, 2021

Area high school basketball

In the Boys 5th Region Championship game Saturday night, E-5town defeated John Hardin 72 to 63.

The Girls' 5th Region Tournament resumes Monday night, as Bardstown takes on Central Hardin, and Green County faces Bethlehem. The championship game will take place Tuesday night at Nelson County. Studio 101 WLOC will broadcast all the boys and girls Sweet Sixteen games beginning Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. Game times will be at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

 

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Monday, March 29th, 2021

Clothes for Kids Radio Auction

The Spring Annual Clothes for Kids Radio Auction was held recently. Please come by and pick up your items by the end of business on Tuesday. The total is just over $3700 for the auction, along with monetary donations. A big thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make this year's radio auction a success.

 

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Monday, March 29th, 2021

Governor gives update Sunday on COVID-19

Governor Andy Beshear announced 361 new cases of COVID-19 Sunday as the Commonwealth saw its eleventh straight week of declining cases. There were eight new deaths. The state's death toll now stands at 6,031. The positivity rate jumped up slightly and currently sits at 2.88%.

 

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Monday, March 29th, 2021

Magnolia Bank gives donation to EPD

Magnolia Baqnk announced a $250,000 donation to the Elizabethtown Police Department to help purchase and maintain body cameras. Described as the largest single donation in the bank's history, the money will allow EPD to equip its 50 patrol officers and all EPD patrol cars with cameras. According to the release, courts are relying more heavily on body camera footage that documents and provides evidence of a crime scene and interactions with suspects. Magnolia Bank is an independent, community bank established in 1919.

 

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Friday, March 26th, 2021

Boys Regional Tournament Action Friday night

 

John Hardin        -vs. Washington County (at Central Hardin)          -              6:00 PM 5th Region

Bardstown          -vs. Elizabethtown (at Central Hardin)     -              8:30 PM 5th Region

 

The championship game is set for Saturday night.

 

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Friday, March 26th, 2021

Girls Regional Tournament Action from Thursday Night

 

3rd region...

Owensboro Catholic       59           vs. Grayson County          19

 

4th region 1st round games...

Barren County     58         vs. Russellville   49          

Bowling Green    47         vs. Russell County            35          

Franklin-Simpson             43           vs. Glasgow        41          

Greenwood       59           at Metcalfe County         58   in overtime

 

5th region 1st round games...

Bethlehem         63           vs. Elizabethtown             41        

Green County   48           vs.  Taylor County              43         

 

5th region girls semi finals are Monday night and the Championship game is Tuesday night, all from Nelson County High School.

 

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Friday, March 26th, 2021

Hart County Board of Ed meeting

At this week's Hart County Board of Education Meeting, dates were finalized in wrapping up the 2020-2021 school year.  The final day for students is scheduled for Friday, May 14th. Graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 16th at 3:00 p.m.  School officials say at this point, graduation ceremonies are expected to take place in the high school gym.  With COVID guidance being an evolving condition, they will decide on how to administer attendance and the overall process closer to the May 14th date.

 

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Friday, March 26th, 2021

Suspect in custody in vehicle thefts

A suspect is in custody following a chain of vehicle thefts Thursday morning in Hardin and LaRue Counties.  Around 6:00 a.m., Hodgenville Police discovered an abandoned car in the road along College Street. Officers impounded the vehicle. They say it is owned by a Vine Grove resident.  A short time later, an abandoned, running vehicle was located on West Water Street.  No one was in the vehicle's vicinity. It was also impounded for investigation. Police later received a call informing them a vehicle belonging to Hodgenville Southern States Co-op had been located by police in Elizabethtown. Owners were unaware these vehicles had been stolen. A suspect is in custody and no other suspects are believed to be involved. The identity of the suspect has not been released and there are no current inmates listed in Hardin or Hart County matching descriptions of Thursday's thefts.

 

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Bardstown defeats Lady Raiders in tournament

The Lady Raiders basketball season ended on Wednesday night with a loss in the 5th Region Tournament to Bardstown, 60-51.  Haley Sturgeon scored 26 and was named to the all-tournament team.

 

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Two Owensboro residents arrested in Cave City

On Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021 at approximately 2:14 a.m. the Barren River Drug Task Force along with the Cave City Police Department stopped a 1999 gold Chevrolet pickup at the intersection of Hwy 90 & 31W in Cave City. The driver, 35-year-old Benjamin Payne, of Owensboro, was asked for consent to search and consent was denied. K-9 Jax was deployed and the K-9 Jax gave a positive alert to the odor of narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed a magnetic box on the bed of the vehicle which contained approximately two ounces of crystal meth. Mr. Payne first denied ownership but later admitted to owning the meth. A female passenger would not provide Officers with her name. She was later identified as 38-year-old Summer Dawn Payne, of Owensboro, who had an active warrant for a parole violation. Both subjects were arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance 1st degree >/= 2 grams of meth and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mr. Payne was also charged with the traffic violations of disregarding a stop sign and failure to produce an insurance card. Both were lodged in the Barren County Jail.

 

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Two arrested on sex-related charges

Two people from Glasgow face sex-related criminal charges following a two month investigation led by the Barren County Sheriff’s Department. Charges were handed down last week by the Barren County Grand Jury against 37-year-old Micah A. Manthe and 38-year-old Danielle C. Cordes. Manthe is charged with sexual abuse, sodomy and human trafficking of a victim under the age of 18 along with six counts of possession and/or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. Cordes is charged with six complicity counts of possession and/or viewing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and human trafficking of a victim under the age of 18. Both are lodged at Barren County Detention Center under a 50-thousand dollar cash bond with a May 10th court date.

 

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Governor vetoes private school tax credits

Governor Andy Beshear has vetoed a measure that would allow limited use of scholarship tax credits for private school tuition. He calls it an unconstitutional attack on public education. Public education advocates denounced the proposal leading up to the veto Wednesday. But the embattled bill could still become law if the Republican-led legislature overrides the veto next week. The bill's advocates say opponents are using ‘scare tactics.’ The measure would create new accounts to pay for education expenses, including private school tuition in highly populated counties. The accounts would be backed by private donors who would receive tax credits.

 

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Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Governor gives coronavirus update

Wednesday's state-wide report includes 695 newly confirmed virus cases along with 24 virus-related deaths.  The positivity rate of administered tests has dropped to 2.85%. The state says everyone 50 and older became eligible this week to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Those 16 and older will be eligible by April 12.

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Boys 5th Region Basketball

In Tuesday night's game, Elizabethtown defeated Hart County with a final score of 87 to 50. Hart County's Devon Roten scored 17 points and was named for All Tournament Team. In game two, Bardstown defeated Marion County 68 to 53. Boys semi-finals are Friday night and the championship game is Saturday night at Central Hardin High School.

In the 4th Region from Tuesday night, in boys action, Greenwood ended Barren County's season by defeating the Trojans 63 to 39.

 

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Governor signs legislation concerning pension

The governor has signed legislation into law meant to provide relief for frontline community social services agencies that have struggled with rising pension costs. Beshear says by changing the pension formula, the bill aims to safeguard essential services. Some services were at risk of cutbacks because the agencies had faced surging pension contribution rates. Beshear said Tuesday the bill gives more time for these agencies to pay their pension obligation, which in turn means more services are available. The bill garnered bipartisan support in the legislature.

 

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Governor vetoes open record's bill

Governor Beshear has vetoed a bill he says would weaken the state's open records law. In his justification, he focused criticism on a provision intended to remove the right for court appeals when requests to review legislative records are denied. The governor labeled the legislation a “recipe for secrecy.”

The measure generated backlash from open-records advocates, but it passed the legislature by comfortable margins — more than enough to override a veto.

 

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Additional vetoes by Gov. Beshear

The Governor announced additional vetoes Tuesday for bills seeking to shift authority from his office.  Beshear called the bills an attempt at “playing switcheroo with executive powers.”  House Speaker David Osborne says Kentuckians elected officials in part to serve as a check on the governor’s authority. Two vetoed bills would shift authority to Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles.  Another would give more power over state money to Treasurer Alison Ball.

Another vetoed bill would allow the state fish and wildlife board to appoint its own commissioner and set the salary. Lawmakers will consider veto overrides as they wrap up the current session in a few days.

 

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Federal lawsuit filed over death of man

A federal lawsuit is now filed over the death of a man arrested last April after a confrontation with Glasgow Police. The estate of 35-year-old Jeremy Marr, consisting of his widow and daughter, filed the wrongful death suit Monday in U.S. District Court against the city of Glasgow, its police department and three officers. Marr allegedly entered a home unlawfully with a knife April 14th on Cleveland Avenue and police responded. After being handcuffed, he had (what is described in reports as) a "medical episode," then transported to TJ Samson Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Following Marr’s death, Kentucky State Police investigated and provided findings to the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office, which are not yet public.

Members of his family later said Marr was not breaking into the residence but was trying to get help from the elderly woman in the house.

The federal suit filed this week says Marr was forcibly subdued by Glasgow Police Officers and physical force used during the arrest resulted in his death. The suit claims these actions are unconstitutional and are considered an assault causing wrongful death. The city's representing attorney claims evidence will show responding Glasgow police officers acted appropriately in response to Marr’s actions. Both Kentucky State Police and the Special Prosecutor in the case found no wrongdoing by officers.

 

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Wednesday, March 24th, 2021

Investigation leads to two arrests

Following a nearly two month investigation, the Barren County Sheriff’s Office charged Micah A. Manthe 37, and Danielle C. Cordes both of Glasgow with numerous sexual related charges involving a juvenile. The two were charged after Indictment warrants were issued through a Barren County Grand Jury. The warrants were executed on 03/20/2021. Charges for Manthe and Cordes are listed below.  Manthe was charged with Sexual Abuse 1st Degree; Sodomy 2nd degree; Human Trafficking- Commercial Sex Activity (victim under 18 years of age); and six counts of Possession/View Matter Portray Sexual Performance by Minor. Cordes was charged with Six counts of Possession/View Matter Portray Sexual Performance by Minor (complicity); and Human Trafficking- Commercial Sex Activity (victim under 18 years of age).

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Stolen vehicle recovered and arrest made

Cave City Police was notified of a suspicious white van at Cracker Barrel in Cave City. Upon arrival, Officer Stoney Phillips found the van gone. After a canvas of the area, the van was located on Sanders Street. Contact was made with the driver identified as Bradley A. Paris, of Louisville. Officers discovered that Paris's drivers license had been suspended and the van had been reported stolen out of Indiane. P)aris was charged with receiving stolen property $10,000 or more. He was lodged in the Barren County Jail.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Woman arrested in Cave City

Cave City Police Department was dispatched Sunday to a domestic all from the storage units on Estes Road. After arriving on the scene, the officers observed a female next to the storage units, identified as Crystall Powell. Powell had an active arrest warrant. While searching the property, an officer located suspected Methamphetamine in foil in Powell's property. She was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st degree, 1st offense Methamphetamine, Drug Paraphernalia Buy-Possess and was lodged in the Barren County Detention Center.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Medical Center at Caverna offering vaccine

The Medical Center at Caverna is offering the covid vaccination now for anyone 16 years old and older.  Please make an appointment by calling 270-786-2191.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Boys 5th Region Tournament

In the Boys 5th Region Tournament, John Hardin defeated Larue County 47 to 45 and Washington County defeated Campbellsville 73 to 60, which sets up Friday night's top bracket with John Hardin taking on Washington County.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Hart County School Board of Ed meeting

The Hart County Board of Education March Special Working Session will be held Tuesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. at the Central Office, followed by a Special March Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Missing Leitchfield teen

The Leitchfield Police Department is looking for a 17-year-old male juvenile runaway. Police say Jason O'Rafferty was last seen at his home in Leitchfield on Wednesday, March 17th, at 5:00 p.m. He's described as a white male, 5'6" tall, weighs 135 llbs with blue eyes. He has a teardrop tattoo on his face, multiple tattoos on his left wrist, right arm, left leg and chest. O'Rafferty has contacted family members to let them know he is safe. If anyone knows the whereabouts of Jason O'Rafferty, please call the Leitchfield Police Department at 270-259-3850 or any law enforcement agency.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Ky Gov. reports declining Covid-19 cases

Gov. Andy Beshear gave the latest update on COVID-19 Monday afternoon. The governor said Kentucky had seen ten straight weeks of declining cases. The governor reported 294 new cases of the virus Monday, 11 new deaths and 50 new audit deaths. The states positivity rate is now 2.93%.

 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Cave City man arrested for child abuse

A Cave City man has been arrested after police say he admitted to abusing three children. According to police, 32 year-old Bejamin Brown said that he had kicked and grabbed the children by the throat on several occasions. Reports say Brown also admitted to kicking the children in the stomach at least once a week, kicking one of the children while they were on the ground. Brown was arrested and charged with Criminal Abuse 1st degree - child 12 or under. He was taken and lodged into the Barren County Jail.

 

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Monday, March 22nd, 2021

High School District basketball

Over the weekend in the 18th District Boys Championship game, Larue County defeated Hart County 56 to 40. Hart County's Ethan Devore scored 11 points. All Tournament Team went to Hart County's Devon Roten, Ethan Chenoweth and Clark Rexroat and Larue County's Preston Self and Jaxson Thomas. All Season Team: Hart County's Devon Roten and Ethan Chenoweth and Larue County's Jeremiah Belton, Carson Childress and Cutter Boley.

In 18th District Girls Championship: Hart County defeated Green County 47 to 40. Hart County's received 1st District Champion since 2006 and Hart County's Dea Bradley scored 14 points. All season to Hart County's Kylie Adcock and Dea Bradley and All Tournament went to Hart County's Dea Bradley, Kinley Christie, Haley Sturgeon and Kylie Adcock.

 

The Boys 5th Region Tournament gets underway Monday night from Central Hardin High School where Larue County will face John Hardin at 5:00 p.m. followed with Campbellsville taking on Washington County.  The Girls 5th Region Tournament begins Wednesday night at Nelson County High School as Hart County will go up against E-town at 5:00 p.m. and Bardstown takes on Marion County at 7:30 p.m. Join WLOC for the pregame show beginning at 4:30 p.m.

 

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Monday, March 22nd, 2021

Three women help kidnapped woman

Three young women working at Horse Cave gas station are being hailed as heroes after they stepped in to help a pregnant woman who told police the man with her had kidnapped her. It was a normal day for Brandy West, Haley Silvers and Ashley Vincent working at the Shell gas station in Horse Cave when a customer came in scared and asked for help. According to police, Antonio Smith, of Louisville, and his girlfriend, who had a protective order against him, stopped at the gas station. While inside, the woman asked a worker for help and told them she was pregnant. West Silvers and Vincent began trying to get the pregnant woman to safety when a physical altercation began. Police showed up to witness a bystander and the young women trying to restrain Smith. Officer Derek Murphy said once Smith was in the police car, Smith assaulted him. The woman later told police Smith had kidnapped her. In jail, Smith agreed to talk about the incident. Smith denied that the video showed him hitting the pregnant woman, and said instead he grabbed her and pulled her. Both mother and baby are doing well. Smith is charged with fourth-degree assault domestic violence, third-degree assault of a police officer with communicable bodily fluids, second-degree criminal mischief, and two counts of wanton endangerment of the woman and her unborn baby. Smith may face additional charges once the case is presented to a grand jury. He is scheduled for a pretrial conference April 19th, at 8:30 a.m. As of March 19th, Judge Derek Reed set Smith'[s combined bond at $7,0000 prior to the two wanton endangerment charges being made against Smith. Smith was lodged in the Hart County Jail.

 

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Friday, March 19th, 2021

18th District basketball tournament

The 18th District High School Basketball Tournament at LaRue County High School in Hodgenville wraps up, with championship games over the next two nights. Tonight is the Boys final, featuring Hart County and LaRue County at 6:00 p.m. central.  The Hawks defeated the Raiders in their lone regular season match-up back in January, 62-46.

The Girls final is Saturday night, featuring the Hart County and Green County at 6pm central.  The Lady Dragons defeated the Lady Raiders in their lone regular season match-up earlier this month, 70-35.

The Boys 5th Region Tournament gets underway Monday night from Central Hardin High School, while the Girls 5th Region Tournament begins Wednesday night at Nelson County High School.

 

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Friday, March 19th, 2021

Curfew on bars and restaurants reduced

The coronavirus-related curfew on bars and restaurants has been reduced with the state’s rate of positive COVID-19 cases reaching its lowest level since early July.  On Thursday, Governor Andy Beshear announced bars and restaurants can serve food and drinks until midnight local time and stay open until 1am. He said capacity limits at bars and restaurants will remain at 60% and spaced-out seating directives still apply. Kentucky’s rate of positive cases fell to 3.23% Thursday. That's the lowest level since July 3rd. On Thursday the governor also announced all Kentuckians ages 16 and older will be able to sign up for vaccine appointments by April 12th. Thursday afternoon's statewide update included 785 newly confirmed cases.

 

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Friday, March 19th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

THE HART COUNTY FISCAL COURT MET THURSDAY MORNING IN THE COURTROOM. AFTER JUDGE JOE CHOATE CALLED THE MEETING TO ORDER, BRO. DANNY SALLEE, OPENED THE MEETING WITH PRAYER.  COMMITTEE REPORTS WERE GIVEN BY DEPARTMENT HEADS INCLUDING JAIL REPORT BY ISRAEL BERGENSON STATING THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 168 IN THE COUNTY JAIL.
AFTER ROUTINE BUSINESS, THE COURT APPROVED BUDGET TRANSFER  EXCHANGING OLD AMBULANCE FROM THE ROAD DEPARTMENT FOR A DODGE TRUCK TO THE RESCUE SQUAD, JUDGE EXECUTIVE TO SIGN DOCUMENTS WITH HOMELAND SECURITY GRANT FOR $223,500, HART COUNTY JAIL BUDGET FOR 2021-2022, 2021 RUBBERIZED ASPHALT GRANT, FLEX PROGRAM RECOMMENDATION, 1ST READING OF ORDINANCE FOR 911 FEES, ASSISTANCE TO HART COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOR REPAIR/SEALING OF THE MUSEUM NOT TO EXCEED $15,000,

REBID BIDS FOR GAS & OIL, APPROVED ALL BIDS FOR STONE, ASPHALT, CHIP-SEAL, BLACKTOP, AND CONCRETE, AND AUTHORIZE JUDGE EXECUTIVE TO SIGN RELEASE FOR T. MARZETTI WORK.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

18th District Tournament scores

In 18th District Tournament from Wednesday night: Green County Girls defeated Larue County 48 to 37, Hart County Boys defeated Green County 60-51. Devon Roten led the Raiders with 16 points.. The 18th District Tournament Games are being  played at Larue County High School. The Boys Championship Game is set for Friday night at 6:00 p.m. as Hart County vs. Larue County. The Girls Championship Game will be played Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. as Hart County Lady Raiders vs. Green County.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Hart County Board of Ed special meeting

A special meeting of the Hart County Board of Education will be held Tuesday, March 23rd, at Hart County Schools' Central Office beginning at 6:00 p.m. The regular March board meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 25th, has been cancelled. To view public board meetings, visit hart.kyschools.us and click on the "board" menu to find the meeting video link.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Hart County Extension District Board meeting

The Hart County Extension District Board will have a special called meeting Friday, March 19th, at noon at the Hart County Extension Office.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

From the Abundance of The Hart Food Bank

From the Abundance of the Hart Food bank, a certified member agency of feeding America, will be distributing food outside the gymnasium of the Munfordville Baptist Church to those who qualify, Friday, March 19th, from 10:30 a.m. until the food is gone or 3:00 p.m. To qualify for Senior CSFP program must have the following: Meet Income eligibility guidelines, show proof you are 60 and older, provide income info for all members of household. To qualify if under 60 you must provide: ID, Proof of Hart co residency Income information for all household members meet eligibility guidelines. There will be a :Drive through pick-up", someone will be in the parking lot to assist you with getting in line. Listen to WLOC radio 1150AM or 101.7 FM, for last minute changes in food bank distribution. Volunteers will need to arrive by 9:00 a.m.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Food distribution in Cave City

Feeding America Commodity Food Distribution for Barren County residents is set for Thursday, March 18th, in Cave City. Participants can come by "Cave City Convention Center" from 9:00 a.m. until noon and must bring proof of residency.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Statewide virus update by Governor

Wednesday's statewide virus update includes 963 newly confirmed cases.   Hardin County is among the highest reporting counties with 35. On current average, just under four out of every 100 tests are coming back positive. Virus related hospitalizations across the state continue trending down at 441. The Wednesday afternoon update included 27 virus related deaths, which includes a 65-year-old man from Hart County.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

No plane found after search

No plane was found Wednesday afternoon after multiple agencies responded to reports of a smoking aircraft flying low over I-65 near Lebanon Junction.  Fire Chief Joshua Coleman of Lebanon Junction told a state-wide news service that around 1:30 eastern time, callers indicated a crash location between the Joe Prather Highway interchange and the Lebanon Junction interchange. Personnel on foot, drones and a helicopter from Louisville Metro Police were all utilized. Emergency responders blocked a lane of traffic on the interstate to stage their search, which ended after about two hours. There is a conflicting report from the Lebanon Junction fire chief and an airport official. The fire chief told a Louisville news outlet that a twin-engine plane landing was confirmed at Addington Field in Elizabethtown with an engine fire, but Anne Lawson of the airport's management told the Elizabethtown News Enterprise no such plane landed there. Emergency officials are continuing to reach out to airports across the region to ensure there are no unaccounted aircraft.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Taylor County inmate dies, no foul play suspected

No foul play is suspected at this time in the death of a Taylor County Detention Center inmate. Tuesday morning, Kevin Rawlings was found unresponsive. Officials began CPR and transported him to Taylor Regional Hospital. Rawlings was pronounced dead at the hospital. Cause of death is unknown. An autopsy is scheduled and "Kentucky State Police" is investigating. Jail records related to Kevin Rawlings are no longer availalbe from the Taylor County Detention Center, so it is unclear when he was originally incarcerated.

 

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Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Barren County man faces assault charges

A Barren County man faces assault and drug related charges following a domestic dispute at an appartment between Glasgow and Eighty Eight on Hidden Lake Road. Tuesday, officers from the Barren County Sheriff’s Department arrived to find a woman standing outside the residence screaming for help. Citation records indicate 32-year-old Bryan Allen Perry caused injuries to a female subject's face and neck. He told officers the two were arguing and he pushed the victim into something in their bedroom. As Perry was arrested, a syringe and methamphetamine were located in his pocket. In addition to assault and drug possession charges, he also faces a probation violation. Bryan Allen Perry is currently in Barren County Detention Center with no bond set on at least one of the charges.

 

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Hart County Fiscal Court meeting

Hart County Fiscal Court will meet Thursday, March 18th, at 9:00 a.m. on the 2nd floor of the Courthouse. New business will include: approving the trading of vehicles with Rescue Squad, approve Judge/Executive to sign Grant Agreement and necessary documents for the 2020 State Homeland Security Grant Program and approve to assistance Hart County Historical Society for repair/sealing of the museum.

 

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Lawmakers close to making limited early voting reality

Lawmakers in Kentucky are closer to making limited early voting a fixture. Both parties are working in tandem on the measure... a sharp contrast to the bitter partisan battles being waged elsewhere over election laws. The Kentucky measure would give voters three days of no-excuse, early in-person voting before Election Day. But it backs off from the temporary, pandemic-related accommodations made last year that allowed widespread mail-in absentee balloting. The bill drew bipartisan support in winning Senate passage Tuesday. But supporters will have to wait until lawmakers reconvene in late March for a potential final vote in the House.

 

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Final approval for new teachers' retirement benefits

Kentucky lawmakers have given final approval to a bill to change retirement benefits for new teachers hired starting next year. Supporters say the measure would relieve some pressure on the troubled public pension plan for teachers without solving its massive unfunded liability. Opponents say the changes would become a deterrent in recruiting people into teaching. The House voted Tuesday night to send the bill to Gov. Andy Beshear. The bill would not affect teachers already enrolled in the retirement system. The bill calls for new Kentucky teachers hired starting in 2022 to be placed into a new “hybrid” pension tier.

 

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

18th District Tournament underway at LaRue County

Tuesday night, the Hart County Lady Raiders continued their season with a 62-38 win over the Lady Colonels of Caverna. Hayley Sturgeon had 17 points for Hart County and Kaliana Richardson had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Caverna.  The Lady Raiders advance to Saturday night's championship game and will play the winner of tonight's matchup between Green County and LaRue County. Caverna closes out their season with the loss.

In game two from Tuesday night's action, the LaRue County Hawks defeated the Caverna Colonels 74-40. Carson Childress scored 17 for the Hawks and Meek Ater scored 15 for the Colonels, who also close out their season with the loss.

Action continues Wednesday night with Larue County's Lady Hawks facing Green County's Lady Dragons at five central time followed by the Hart County Raiders and Green County Dragons in game two. We'll have the broadcast of Hart County and Green County game, with coverage beginning at 6:30. Again, all times reported here are central and all 18th District Tournament games are being played at LaRue County High School.

 

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Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

Grayson County woman will be laid to rest Thursday

A 27-year-old mother of two from Grayson County found shot to death last week in Radcliff will be laid to rest Thursday.  Angela Dawn Kerr was discovered outside the residence of 31-year-old Joseph Eugene Meredith.  He is charged with murder and made an initial court appearance Monday in Hardin District Court. He remains lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. Kerr's funeral is at noon Thursday at Rogers-Oller Funeral Home in Clarkson.

 

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Tuesday, March 16th, 2021

18th District Tournament action

The 18th District Tournament at Larue County High begins Tuesday night.  Caverna's Lady Colonels face Hart County Lady Raiders at 500 p.m. central time in game one followed by the Caverna Colonels and Larue County Hawks in game two.

Wednesday night, Larue County's Lady Hawks will face Green County's Lady Dragons at 5:00 p.m. ct, followed by Hart County Raiders and Green County Dragons in game two.

The boys championship game is set for Friday at 6:00 p.m. and the girls championship is set for Saturday at 6:00 p.m. All games are central time.