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Nolin Aids in Power Outages As Result of Winter Storm

Nolin RECC sent crews out early Monday morning in response to power outages caused by the winter storm over the weekend.

“Our guys were able to get on the road this morning to Gray, Kentucky around the Corbin area where they’re going to be helping. We’re unsure at this point how long they’re going to be there, but we’ll definitely know more as the progress continues on restoration there,” stated Nolin RECC Communications Manager Sarah Fellows. Crews will be aiding the Cumberland Valley Electric Cooperative, located in Gray, Kentucky.

Former E’town City Councilman Fired From JCPS

A long time Hardin County resident has been fired from the Jefferson County Public Schools system. 

William Bennett was fired from Moore High School after security footage showed a physical altercation between Bennett and a student on August 23rd, 2021. While it appears the student initiated the fight, Bennett engaged in the fight by pulling the student’s hair. 

Bennett was temporarily reassigned to non-instructional duties during the investigation, and was terminated in December. 

Bennett previously served two terms as an Elizabethtown city councilman. He ran unsuccessfully in 2020.

Details Released in 2nd Elizabethtown Police Department Officer-Involved Shooting

Details have been released in a December 11th fatal shooting involving an Elizabethtown Police Department Officer.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team were called to the scene and handled all investigation procedures.

Preliminary results of their investigation were released Thursday morning, and revealed that EPD Officer Detrick Cooper was assisting on a service call around the area of Wingfield Court. Afterwards, Cooper investigated a suspicious vehicle with one individual inside. That person has been identified as 29-year-old Christopher Sterusky of Radcliff. Officer Cooper attempted to verify Sterusky’s identity outside of the vehicle, when the suspect became uncooperative and attempted to get back in his vehicle. Sterusky then pulled out a knife and attempted to stab the officer. Cooper then fired his gun and Sterusky was hit.

Sterusky was pronounced dead at the scene, and Cooper was taken to Baptist Health Hardin with non-life threatening injuries.

Elizabethtown Police Officer Chris Denham said any questions about the incident should be referred to the Kentucky State Police, as it is the investigating agency.

New Details Released in E’town Police Officer-Involved Shooting

New details have been released in an Elizabethtown Police Department Officer-involved fatal shooting.

The Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team responded to the scene of the incident December 7th. They handled all investigation procedures.

The KSP released preliminary results of their investigation Monday afternoon. The incident began when EPD Sgt. Chris Lewis was assisting with a domestic violence investigation. He transported several juvenile witnesses along with the victim to their residence on Pleasant View Drive. When Lewis and those in his cruiser arrived, the alleged suspect, 34-year-old Gary McCormick, of Elizabethtown was there.

Sgt Lewis left his vehicle to speak with McCormick and an altercation ensued. Lewis deployed his agency issued taser on McCormick. The suspect then disarmed Lewis and attempted to use the taser on the officer. Lewis then fired his agency issued firearm striking McCormick.

Lewis attempted to render medical aid to McCormick, but he was ultimately pronounced deceased at the scene.

Elizabethtown Police Officer Chris Denham said any questions about the incident should be referred to the Kentucky State Police, as it is the investigating agency.

Investigation into Fatal Collision in Nelson County

Kentucky State Police are investigating a fatal collision that occurred in Nelson County on Sunday.

The preliminary investigation revealed that 39-year-old Joseph Curstinger, of Bardstown, was traveling north on New Shepherdsville Road, when a car being operated by 70-year-old Jacqueline Houston, of Coxs Creek, turned onto New Shepherdsville Road and into the path of Curtsinger’s truck.

Houston and a 15-year-old passenger were pronounced deceased at the scene. No one in Curtsinger’s vehicle was seriously injured. The investigation is still ongoing.