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News- February 12, 2020

Due to urging from government officials, Fort Knox has been selected to be the home of the new corps headquarters for the department of the Army. Senator Rand Paul, Congressman Brett Guthrie, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell led the representatives in urging Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy and Chief of Staff of the Army General James McConville to choose Fort Knox for the headquarters location. The post will be the fourth headquarters location, and will be called Fifth Corps. This new location will bring approximately 635 additional soldiers to Kentucky. The Army plans to activate Fifth Corps by fall of 2020.

An Elizabethtown man was arrested over the weekend after calls of a suspicious person. The Vine Grove Police Department responded to 109 Highland Avenue and found Raymond Russell carrying an open vodka bottle. Russell was clearly under the influence and was belligerent with officers when he was asked how much he had to drink. Russell refused to get into the police cruiser and had to be escorted. While on the way to the detention center, Russell made several threats against the lives of the officers in the vehicle, as well as other inmates. Russell was verbally non-compliant and unbuckled his seat belt twice on the way to the detention center. He faces charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place as well as terroristic threatening. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

An Elizabethtown man was arrested over the weekend by the Elizabethtown Police Department after a domestic argument. The victim stated that after an altercation over the location of a cell phone, Aaron Kissel became abusive. Kissel accused the victim of sitting on the phone and pulled the cover from under her. After not finding the device, the argument started and Kissel allegedly slapped the victim in the face two separate times and punched her in the throat. He then grabbed her by the throat and choked her until she could not breathe. The victim left the room and went to a neighbor’s house for help and called the police. When officers arrived, Kissel denied he had ever hit or made contact with the victim. He was arrested for strangulation and assault, and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

At a meeting of Hardin County Fiscal Court held last night, the budget for the Hardin County Road Aid Cooperative Program Agreement was unanimously approved. Judge Executive Harry Berry approved the $1,900,085 budget for this fiscal year. This agreement is between Hardin County, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Transportation Cabinet, and the Department of Rural and Municipal Aid.