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August 20th, 2019

Officials in Bardstown are investigating a possible arson. Wave 3 is reporting that a home being built by Brooks Houck burned down over the weekend. The fire was reported on Wheeling Avenue Saturday night. Houck is a suspect in the disappearance of Crystal Rogers who was last seen July 3, 2015. Anyone with any information should contact Bardstown police.

The President of the United States will make a trip to the Commonwealth tomorrow. Donald Trump is scheduled to appear at a veteran’s conference at the Galt House Wednesday at noon. The President will also appear at a fundraising event for Governor Matt Bevin. The President’s trip is expected to disrupt traffic, though no details have been released.

A Larue County woman has been arrested after leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase. According to arrest records, Hodgenville Police were pursuing Kelsi Walling last Thursday night when she decided to flee officers towards Hardin County. Officers with the Larue County Sheriff and Elizabethtown Police joined in the pursuit, which eventually ended up on East Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown. Walling continued to flee police on Dixie, allegedly reaching high rates of speed and weaving in and out of traffic. The pursuit continued onto Nicholas Street and South Mulberry, where officers terminated the pursuit. Walling was arrested the following afternoon and charged with wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police, and reckless driving. She is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

A Hardin County man has been formally charged after leading police on another high speed chase last month. As previously reported, James Ladnier fled Radcliff Police in July, eventually leading multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit in which he allegedly exceeded speeds of 90 miles per hour. Ladnier was charged with fleeing and evading police, wanton endangerment, and reckless driving, in addition to several burglary charges.

United Way of Central Kentucky’s Power of the Purse event exceeded fundraising goals this year. United Way spokesperson Katie Kurtz says that the event raised over $23,000. The event was sold out of tickets. The money raised will go towards child literacy programs around the area.

The West Point Independent School District will have its regular scheduled board meeting tonight. This will be the district’s first regular meeting since the resignation of former superintendent Mickey Brangers. As was previously reported, Brangers left his position at West Point to accept a teaching position at Ballard High School in Louisville. The district was recently audited by the Kentucky Department of Education.

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