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February 6, 2019

LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES SAY PENSIONS ARE A TOPIC OF DISCUSSION IN FRANKFORT. A PUBLIC PENSION WORKING GROUP WAS FORMED LAST MONTH. AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, A PENSION BILL PASSED IN THE LAST SESSION WAS OVERTURNED BY THE STATE SUPREME COURT LATE LAST YEAR.

AFTER THE PURCHASE OF THE COBBLERS CAFE IN DOWNTOWN ELIZABETHTOWN, CITY OFFICIALS SAY THE ACQUISITION WILL BRING MORE REVITALIZATION TO THE AREA. THE CITY COUNCIL VOTED ON THE MEASURE MONDAY NIGHT.

KENTUCKY STATE POLICE ARE WELCOMING A NEW TROOPER. MORE DETAILS ON BECOMING A TROOPER CAN BE FOUND ON THE KENTUCKY STATE POLICE WEBSITE.

THE HARDIN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE IS INVESTIGATING AN ACT OF VANDALISM IN RINEYVILLE. AUTHORITIES SAY THE PARK WAS VANDALIZED BY SPRAY PAINT. ANYONE WITH INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT.

February 5, 2019

THE ELIZABETHTOWN CITY COUNCIL VOTED TO PURCHASE A LOCAL BUSINESS THIS WEEK. THE COUNCIL APPROVED A MOTION TO ACQUIRE THE COBBLER’S CAFE DURING YESTERDAY’S MEETING. ACCORDING TO THE ORDINANCE, THE SALE IS FOR THE ECONOMIC REVITALIZATION AND REDEVELOPMENT OF DOWNTOWN ELIZABETHTOWN. IN ADDITION, THE PURCHASE OF THE PROPERTY IS NOT TO EXCEED 212 THOUSAND DOLLARS. MORE DETAILS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELEASED THIS MORNING.

A MURDER TRIAL SET TO BEGIN YESTERDAY ENDED IN A PLEA DEAL. CHARLES ROBERSON JR PLEAD GUILTY IN THE SHOOTING DEATH OF XEDRIC (ZEE-DRICK) MCNEIL LATE YESTERDAY AFTERNOON. ROBERSON TOOK AN AMENDED PLEA OF FIRST DEGREE MANSLAUGHTER AND RECEIVED AN 18 YEAR SENTENCE. THE SHOOTING TOOK PLACE ON DIECKS DRIVE LAST FEBRUARY BEFORE ROBERSON FLED THE SCENE AND WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY SEVERAL DAYS LATER. NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.

A FUNDRAISER WILL TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND FOR THE CENTRAL HARDIN LADY BRUINS SOFTBALL TEAM. TICKETS FOR THE SATURDAY EVENT ARE $12 PER PERSON. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT WQXE.COM

AN ELIZABETHTOWN MAN WAS CHARGED AFTER AN INCIDENT OVER THE WEEKEND. ACCORDING TO ARREST RECORDS, CHRISTINO COLON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER OFFICIALS RESPONDED TO A HOME ON REPORTS OF SHOTS FIRED. UPON THEIR ARRIVAL OFFICERS SAY COLON HAD FIRED AN ENTIRE MAGAZINE OF BULLETS NEAR NUMEROUS INDIVIDUALS AT THE HOME. COLON WAS CHARGED WITH WANTON ENDANGERMENT AND HELD IN THE HARDIN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

THE CITY OF ELIZABETHTOWN HAS ANNOUNCED MORE CONCERTS SET TO TAKE PLACE AT THE HISTORIC STATE THEATER LATER THIS YEAR. TICKETS FOR THE MAY 10TH SHOW WILL GO ON SALE MARCH 1ST. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON THE CITY’S WEBSITE.

February 4, 2019

A MURDER TRIAL IS SET TO BEGIN IN HARDIN COUNTY TODAY (MONDAY). CHARLES ROBERSON JR IS SET TO GO BEFORE A JURY THIS MORNING. AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, ROBERSON WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY FOR THE SHOOTING DEATH OF XEDRIC MCNEIL IN FEBRUARY OF LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO ARREST RECORDS, ROBERSON AND MCNEIL GOT INTO A VERBAL ALTERCATION AT A RESIDENCE ON DIECKS DRIVE. OFFICIALS SAY THE TWO WENT OUTSIDE WHERE THE ARGUMENT CONTINUED. ROBERSON ALLEGEDLY PULLED OUT A GUN SHOOTING MCNEIL AT LEAST ONCE IN THE CHEST. POLICE SAY ROBERSON THEN CONTINUED FIRING THE WEAPON AS MCNEIL ATTEMPTED TO RUN. ROBERSON FACES MURDER AND WANTON ENDANGERMENT CHARGES.  

THE KENTUCKY PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION WILL HOLD SEVERAL MEETINGS FOR THE PUBLIC TO PRESENT INFORMATION AND GET FEEDBACK ON REQUESTS FOR RATE INCREASES BY KU AND LG&E THE FIRST MEETING WILL BE IN LOUISVILLE ON FEBRUARY 21ST 5:30PM.

ICY ROAD CONDITIONS LAST WEEK CONTRIBUTED TO A FATAL CRASH IN HARDIN COUNTY.  KENTUCKY STATE POLICE SAY A PICKUP TRUCK DRIVEN BY 64 YEAR OLD DEBRA STEPHENS OF LEITCHFIELD CROSSED INTO THE MEDIAN OF THE WESTERN KENTUCKY PARKWAY AND INTO THE PATH OF A SEMI TRACTOR TRAILER ABOUT 8:45 FRIDAY MORNING.  STEPHENS WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE. THE DRIVER OF THE OF THE TRUCK WAS NOT INJURED. THE ROADWAY WAS SHUT DOWN DURING THE INVESTIGATION.

AN EVENT TO HELP THOSE IN THE COMMUNITY TAKES PLACE TOMORROW. FEAT IS A RESOURCE FOR FAMILIES IMPACTED BY AUTISM. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON WQXE.COM

THE HISTORIC STATE THEATER HAS ANNOUNCED A MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KELSIE HALL SAID THEY HAVE THREE TYPES OF MEMBERSHIPS: SILVER, GOLD, AND PLATINUM. MEMBERS CAN ALSO ATTEND THE THEATER’S VIP EXCLUSIVE EVENTS.

February 2, 2019

A FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WILL BE IN HARDIN COUNTY TONIGHT. ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE WILL SPEAK AT THE PAC AT JOHN HARDIN HIGH SCHOOL ON FEBRUARY 2ND. CHAIR WOMEN OF THE HARDIN COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY. HUCKABEE RAN IN THE 2008 AND 2016 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES AND IS THE FATHER OF WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SARAH HUCKABEE SANDERS. TICKETS BEGIN AT $40 AND CAN BE PURCHASED ON THE PACS WEBSITE.

A LOUISVILLE WOMAN PLEADED GUILTY TO CHARGES AFTER BEING ARRESTED IN HARDIN COUNTY LAST YEAR.  THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS 28 YEAR OLD ASHLYNN MARCUM WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY IN AUGUST OF 2018 AFTER INVESTIGATORS FOUND NEARLY 40 STOLEN GUNS IN HER POSSESSION AT A MOTEL IN MULDRAUGH.  MARCUM WAS CHARGED WITH UNLAWFUL POSSESSION OF 37 FIREARMS.  SHE WAS PREVIOUSLY CONVICTED OF THREE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENSES IN JEFFERSON COUNTY.  SHE FACES A MAXIMUM SENTENCE OF 10 YEARS IN PRISON

A NELSON COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER, BARKTOWN RESCUE, WILL BE PARTICIPATING  IN THIS YEARS PUPPY BOWL WITH SIBLING PUPPIES ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY AT 3 PM. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO BARKTOWNRESCUE.ORG.

SPRING HAVEN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTER IS HOSTING AN EVENT TODAY TO HELP VICTIMS OF ABUSE. OFFICIALS ARE ASKING SHOPPERS TO PICK UP ONE EXTRA ITEM TO BENEFIT THE SHELTER AS PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S SHOP AND SHARE PROGRAM. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT WQXE.COM

February 1, 2019

SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED IN HARDIN COUNTY THIS MORNING. OFFICIALS SAY ROADS ARE HAZARDOUS AS WEATHER CONDITIONS WORSEN. A COMPLETE LIST OF CLOSINGS AND DELAYS CAN BE FOUND AT WQXE.COM

A WOMAN KIDNAPPED IN TENNESSEE WAS FOUND IN GRAYSON COUNTY.  THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS BYRON CONLEY LURED THE FEMALE AND SOUGHT RANSOM FROM HER PARENTS.  CONLEY IS ACCUSED OF SENDING A PROOF OF LIFE PHOTO OF THE VICTIM AND DEMANDING MONEY OR HE WOULD SELL, RAPE AND KILL HER.  AGENTS LOCATED CONLEY AS HE PICKED UP THE RANSOM IN OAK GROVE, KENTUCKY. INVESTIGATORS FOLLOWED HIM UNTIL HE STOPPED AT A GAS STATION IN LEITCHFIELD.  THE VICTIM WAS LOCATED INSIDE OF CONLEY’S CAR. CONLEY WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH THREATENING INTERSTATE COMMUNICATION. A PRELIMINARY HEARING IS SCHEDULED TODAY IN OWENSBORO.

THE VINE GROVE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ASKING FOR HELP LOCATING A WANTED PERSON. OFFICIALS POSTED INFORMATION ABOUT JOSEPH BURCH ON THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA PAGE YESTERDAY. ANYONE WITH ANY INFORMATION IS ASKED TO CONTACT LAW ENFORCEMENT.

MORE DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED AFTER A GRAYSON COUNTY MAN WAS FOUND DEAD LAST WEEK. SHERIFF NORMAN CHAFFIN SAYS 57 YEAR OLD MICHAEL WILLIAMS DIED AS A RESULT OF FALLING OFF A CLIFF NEAR HIS HOME. AUTOPSY RESULTS ALSO INDICATED THAT WILLIAMS WAS SUFFERING FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HYPOTHERMIA. FOUL PLAY HAS NOT BEEN RULED OUT AND THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING.