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News- March 3, 2020

The Louisville Metro Police Department conducted a human trafficking detail that resulted in seven arrests over the weekend. Detective Kris Pedigo and the Louisville Metro Police Department held a press conference to discuss the details of the case yesterday afternoon. All in all, seven men were captured, with two of them being from Hodgenville and Eastview. All seven men were fathers, and some were fathers to girls. The Metro Police Department used an online decoy to coax the men to meet, where they were then met by officers and SWAT team members, interviewed, and sent to jail.

Deputies with the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence on Spurrier Road in Big Clifty in an attempt to serve an arrest warrant on Tracy McCandless. According to a press release from Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins, upon officer’s arrival, McCandless gave false identifying information, claiming to be her sister, Robin. However, the Sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office recognized her, and also noticed drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view. Another suspect in the residence, later identified as Brian Thompson, 44, of Leitchfield, had a large chunk of suspected crystal meth in his pocket. A third suspect, Amber Christine Esters, identified herself as a fifteen-year-old juvenile, but according to her date of birth was actually 28 years old, and had multiple warrants on her. All three were arrested on various drug-related and non-drug-related offenses, and were lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to Skaggs RV on Sunday in reference to two stolen travel trailers. According to Officer Chris Denham, surveillance video captured a light-colored, one-ton Dodge pickup truck and light-colored, one-ton Ford pickup truck hitching up to two brand new travel trailers, and driving off with them. The trailers are believed to be worth around $34,000 a piece. A criminal case has been opened for theft, but as of right now, there is no suspect information. Anyone who may be able to provide useful information is asked to contact the Elizabethtown Police Department, or Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

The Elizabethtown City Council voted last night to reappoint two members to the Elizabethtown Civil Services Commission. Rick Horn and former Elizabethtown mayor Edna Berger were reappointed to the commission for a term to end March 2, 2023. The discussion regarding the topic was brief, and the votes in favor of reappointment were unanimous. The role of a civil service commission is to impartially implement the policies and laws of a government, as well as to oversee hirings and promotions and promote the values of public service.

At a meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council held last night, an ordinance that will change the name of a portion of an Elizabethtown street was read for the second time. The unanimously approved ordinance would change the name of the southernmost section of Woodland Drive to Craddock Court. This section connects to Cardinal Drive. The first reading of this ordinance took place in early February.