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News- March 4, 2020

Breckinridge County has a new interim Sheriff after the retirement of controversial former Sheriff Todd Pate. Judge Executive Maurice Lucas appointed Billy Richardson in the role on Monday. Judge Lucas says he believes Richardson will bring a youthful energy to the position, and will be a good role model for children in the community. Richardson ran against Pate for the Sheriff position last election losing by only a few votes. Richardson will be on the ballot for the position in the elections this November.

The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force and the Kentucky State Police Drug Enforcement West assisted the United States Postal Service execute a search warrant at 50 Tumbo Road in Hodgenville. According to a press release from the task force, during the execution of the warrant, Harley Spalding, 26, and Zachariah Davis, 25, arrived at the location to claim ownership of a package containing approximately 23 pounds of high-grade marijuana shipped from California. The two were detained, and detectives then went to the residence of Davis, where they found an additional pound of high-grade marijuana, approximately 470 THC vape cartridges, THC vape packaging, and evidence of manufacturing. Davis and Spalding were both arrested and charged with trafficking in marijuana over five pounds and possession of drug paraphernalia. The investigation is ongoing, with additional charges and arrests pending.

As more details come in, the names of the local offenders in the Louisville Metro Police Department human trafficking detail have been released. Amos Brown of Hodgenville and Jeffery Stutts of Eastview were among the seven fathers that separately agreed to meet with a minor in Louisville for illicit activity. The detail, called Operation Bright Light, saw fake ads posted on several escort sites, which the men replied to and made plans. All offenders believed their escort to be sixteen years of age. All seven men are lodged in a Jefferson County jail.

Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation will be partnering with Abound Credit Union to host a financial literacy course this Thursday. The event will start at 6, and will cover credit scores and credit scoring basics. This is the first of four upcoming classes. There is no cost to attend, and the event is open to the public. The event is part of Abound’s new plan to bring widespread financial literacy to the Hardin County community.

Central Hardin High School will be bringing a literary classic to life this weekend with their production of Little Women. The show will be Friday night at 7 and Saturday afternoon at 4. The show will take place at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center, and tickets are only five dollars.