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December 11, 2019

The man responsible for the deaths of two local teens and seriously injuring two others was formally sentenced yesterday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court. According to Hardin County Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young, Shawn Welsh was sentenced to multiple life sentences for the deaths of Jacob Barber and Katarina Peeters, as well as the serious injury of Macie McMillen and Cameron Brown. These sentences will run concurrently. Young says it was the Commonwealth’s recommendation that Welsh spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the Kroger on Dolphin Drive Tuesday morning after reports of heavy shoplifting. According to arrest warrants, Kimberly Coffer entered the store with another female and selected over $1500 in merchandise. Upon being stopped by loss prevention, the two fled on foot and jumped into a van, which then drove away. When a traffic stop was made at North Mulberry and Ring Road, officers found approximately eight large trash bags filled with stolen merchandise, as well as logs of locations thefts had occurred with addresses ranging from Illinois to Georgia, and logs detailing total items stolen by person by date. Coffer and her associates are charged with engaging in organized crime, receiving stolen property, and shoplifting.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering information on a suspect in an act of vandalism. Needham Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, both on Laruel Ridge Road in Eastview, reported someone breaking in and causing severe property damage. It was discovered that a storage shed next to Needham had been set on fire, and several items had been stolen from both locations. Anyone with information is asked to call KSP Post 4.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 is moving into and operating out of their new location at 820 New Glendale Road today. Calls for service will not be interrupted during this transition. More information about KSP Post 4 can be found at

New Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear was inaugurated yesterday in Frankfort, officially taking the position from former Governor Matt Bevin. Beshear defeated Bevin in the November 5th election, but the results were subjected to a recanvass, which showed no change.

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