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February 15, 2019

ELIZABETHTOWN POLICE CHIEF JAMIE LAND HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT. A STATEMENT FROM THE CITY SAYS THAT LAND’S RETIREMENT WILL BE EFFECTIVE JUNE 1ST. LAND HAS BEEN WITH THE DEPARTMENT IN MULTIPLE CAPACITIES SINCE 1998. HE WAS SWORN IN AS CHIEF IN 2017 AFTER TRACY SCHILLER RETIRED FROM THE DEPARTMENT. NO OTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

AN ELIZABETHTOWN  MAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER BREAKING INTO A HOME WEDNESDAY, CAUSING ELIZABETHTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BE ON A SOFT LOCKDOWN. OFFICER CHRIS DENHAM SAYS KEITH FACES 3 COUNTS OF BURGLARY FROM BOTH INCIDENTS.

WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY’S, FELLOWSHIP FOR CHRISTIAN ATHLETES WILL BE HONORING A FORMER ELIZABETHTOWN HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE. HENRY PASSED AWAY FROM LEUKEMIA IN JUNE OF 2017.

AN ELIZABETHTOWN WOMAN HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH HAVING SEX WITH A MINOR. MEDIA SOURCES SAY 34 YEAR OLD MARY MARLMAN WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY YESTERDAY AFTER ALLEGEDLY HAVING TWO INTERACTIONS WITH A 16 YEAR OLD. MARLMAN FACES THIRD DEGREE RAPE CHARGES AND WAS HELD IN THE HARDIN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER.

A RADCLIFF CHURCH WILL HELP THOSE IN COMMUNITY THIS SUMMER. STITHTON BAPTIST CHURCH IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO HELP PROVIDE SUPPLIES FOR THEIR WORLD CHANGERS PROGRAM. PASTOR DENVER COPELAND. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BY CONTACTING THE CHURCH.

February 14, 2019

ELIZABETHTOWN INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS WERE ON A SOFT LOCKDOWN YESTERDAY. OFFICIALS SENT OUT A ONE CALL BEFORE 9AM WEDNESDAY SAYING THAT A HOME NEAR THE SCHOOL HAD BEEN BROKEN INTO AND THAT THE SUSPECT HAD NOT BEEN APPREHENDED. THE LOCKDOWN WAS IN PLACE UNTIL JUST BEFORE 3PM YESTERDAY. NO OTHER INFORMATION HAS BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.

HARDIN MEMORIAL HEALTH IS CELEBRATING 65 YEARS. MAYOR JEFF GREGORY RECOGNIZED THE ORGANIZATION BY PROCLAIMING TODAY HARDIN MEMORIAL HEALTH DAY.  THE HOSPITAL FIRST OPENED FEBRUARY 14, 1954.

THE CENTRAL KENTUCKY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION WILL HOST A SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION WORKSHOP IN THE COMING WEEKS. THE ORGANIZATION LAUNCHED SCHOLARSHIP CENTRAL EARLIER THIS YEAR. HE EVENT TAKES PLACE MARCH 25TH. SCHOLARSHIPS CAN BE APPLIED FOR ON THE ORGANIZATION’S WEBSITE.

THE KENTUCKY STATE POLICE IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE UPCOMING CITIZEN’S POLICE ACADEMY. THE ACADEMY BEGINS MARCH 12.

A RADCLIFF MAN HAS BEEN CHARGED AFTER ALLEGEDLY ASSAULTING HIS GIRLFRIEND. AUTHORITIES SAY 18 YEAR OLD KENTREL CROMWELL WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY ON TUESDAY AFTER POLICE SAY HE DRUG THE WOMAN TO THE GROUND BEFORE CHOKING HER TO THE POINT OF UNCONSCIOUSNESS AND STOMPING ON HER FACE MULTIPLE TIMES. IN ADDITION, POLICE SAY CROMWELL WAS IN POSSESSION OF KEYS TO A STOLEN VEHICLE. HE FACES MULTIPLE CHARGES INCLUDING WANTON ENDANGERMENT AND WAS HELD IN THE HARDIN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER ON A 15 THOUSAND DOLLAR BOND.

February 13, 2019

OFFICIALS RESPONDED TO A SWIFT WATER RESCUE YESTERDAY. OFFICIALS SAY THE INCIDENT HAPPENED IN THE 400 BLOCK OF BOONE ROAD EARLY TUESDAY MORNING. NO INJURIES WERE REPORTED.

JUST A MONTH AFTER TAKING THE ROLE AS DIRECTOR OF THE ELIZABETHTOWN HERITAGE COUNCIL, STACY REYNOLDS SHARES HIS VISION FOR THE ORGANIZATION AND DOWNTOWN ELIZABETHTOWN. REYNOLDS REPLACED KRISTA LEVEE WHO LEFT THE ROLE LAST YEAR.

LARUE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WILL SOON PROVIDE PRODUCE TO THE SCHOOL.AG TEACHER CHRIS THOMAS SAID STUDENTS HOPE TO HAVE PRODUCE IN THE LARUE COUNTY FARMERS MARKET NEXT YEAR.

TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN THE OVERDOSE DEATH OF A SHEPHERDSVILLE MAN. THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ANNOUNCED YESTERDAY THAT 27 YEAR OLD AARON SHELTON AND 18 YEAR OLD TAJUAN MCDOWELL WERE INDICTED WITH POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE. IN ADDITION, SHELTON FACES A CHARGE OF CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE HEROIN CAUSING DEATH. AUTHORITIES SAY POLICE RESPONDED TO A HOME IN SHEPHERDSVILLE ON FEBRUARY 2 WHERE THE VICTIM WHO HAS NOT BEEN IDENTIFIED WAS FOUND DECEASED ALONG WITH SUSPECTED HEROIN. THROUGH INVESTIGATION, POLICE IDENTIFIED SHELTON AND MCDOWELL. BOTH FACE A MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCE OF 20 YEARS IN PRISON. THEY WERE HELD IN FEDERAL CUSTODY.

February 12, 2019

OFFICIALS WITH THE HARDIN COUNTY SCHOOLS PLANNING COMMITTEE HELD A MEETING LAST NIGHT. THE MEETING DISCUSSED POSSIBLE IMPACTS TO LAKEWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS. SEVERAL PLANS ARE BEING CONSIDERED BY THE COMMITTEE INCLUDING TURNING THE CURRENT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO A NEW WEST HARDIN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND REDISTRIBUTING STUDENTS TO OTHER SCHOOLS. ANOTHER OPEN FORUM WILL BE HELD BY THE DISTRICT TO GATHER COMMUNITY INPUT.

A FLOOD ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT ACROSS THE AREA AFTER HEAVY RAINFALL OVERNIGHT. MORE RAIN IS EXPECTED THROUGHOUT THE DAY TODAY. THE RED CROSS IS IN WEST POINT TO HELP RESIDENTS AND BUSINESSES AS WATER CONTINUES TO RISE IN THE AREA. THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SAYS NEW PRECIPITATION TOTALS OF NEARLY AN INCH ARE POSSIBLE BY THIS EVENING.

A FORMER MEADE COUNTY TEACHER IS ACCUSED OF HAVING AN INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP WITH A FORMER STUDENT.  MEDIA SOURCES ARE REPORTING THAT AMY HAMILTON ALLEGEDLY HAD A 15 YEAR OLD AT HER HOME IN CORYDON, IN MARCH OF 2018.  POLICE SAY HAMILTON GAVE THE CHILD SEVERAL BEERS BEFORE THEY HAD SEX. SHE IS BELIEVED TO HAVE MET THE JUVENILE WHILE SHE WAS HIS TEACHER AT STUART PEPPER MIDDLE SCHOOL.  SHE FACES SEXUAL MISCONDUCT WITH A MINOR AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE DELINQUENCY OF A MINOR CHARGES.

THE ELIZABETHTOWN SPORTS PARK IS NOW HIRING SEASONAL EVENT STAFF FOR THE 2019 SEASON. PARK MANAGER JASON DAILY. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BY CONTACTING THE SPORTSPARK.

TWO MURDER SUSPECTS ARE SET TO APPEAR IN COURT TODAY. RICK FISHER AND LISA HARVEY ARE SCHEDULED TO APPEAR FOR A PRETRIAL CONFERENCE AFTER BEING INDICTED ON CHARGES LAST YEAR. AS PREVIOUSLY REPORTED, THE TWO ARE ACCUSED OF THE DEATH OF ANDREW FOLENA WHO WAS FOUND IN A SHALLOW GRAVE IN HARDIN COUNTY IN JUNE OF LAST YEAR. BOTH ARE HELD IN THE HARDIN COUNTY DETENTION CENTER ON 500 THOUSAND DOLLAR BONDS.

February 8, 2019

FIVE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED AFTER A MISSING JUVENILE WAS FOUND SAFE IN GRAYSON COUNTY. THE LEITCHFIELD POLICE DEPARTMENT REPORTS THAT 14 YEAR OLD SHAUNTAY SANDLIN WAS LOCATED ON JANUARY 20 AFTER SHE HAD BEEN REPORTED MISSING THE DAY BEFORE. GREGORY COTTRELL, JUSTIN VIGIL, MICHAEL HALL, AND TWO JUVENILES HAVE BEEN CHARGED IN THE CASE. NO OTHER DETAILS HAVE BEEN RELEASED AT THIS TIME.

HARDIN COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN ON PRESIDENTS DAY. THE CHANGE IS TO MAKE UP A SNOW DAY. THE LAST DAY FOR SCHOOL CURRENTLY IS JUNE 3.

THE PENGUIN PLUNGE TAKES PLACE IN ELIZABETHTOWN IN THE COMING WEEKS. THE EVENT IS MARCH 2ND AT NOON AT THE RING ROAD LOCATION OF BLUEGRASS CELLULAR. MORE DETAILS CAN BE FOUND AT WQXE.COM

THE KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET IS ADVISING MOTORISTS OF WORK THAT IS SET TO TAKE PLACE THIS MORNING. OFFICIALS SAY UTILITY WORK WILL TAKE PLACE ON 31W BEGINNING AT 9AM THIS MORNING. TRAFFIC BETWEEN SUNSET ROAD AND NORTH MANTLE AVENUE WILL BE AFFECTED. TRAFFIC MAY BE SLOW MOVING OR STOPPED DURING THE PROCESS.