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News for November 17

LTDHD: Cases presenting strain on system

Cases of COVID-19 continue to rise, and health departments are finding their systems are becoming overwhelmed as the new cases the continue to pour in. As reported Monday, departments such as Lincoln Trail Health are reworking contact tracing systems as a result.

Lincoln Trail spokesperson Terrie Burgan

Officials will still contact new cases, but will defer contacting tracing to the individuals to ease the stress on their system.

2 local men arrested after a statewide undercover investigation

An undercover operation resulted in the arrest of several potential child predators. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman, along with other state and federal agencies conducted the operation in and around Louisville and Elizabethtown. The action, named “Operation Gabbi Doolin” resulted in the arrest of 7 individuals, 2 of which were local. Melvin Dowell of Rineyville and Travis Puckett of Elizabethtown were arrested and charged with attempted enticement of a minor, as well as attempted transfer of obscene material. Both face a minimum of 10 years if convicted. The operation was named for Doolin, who was abducted and murdered during a football game in Scottsville in 2015.

Breckinridge Co. explains in-person decision

With many switching to online learning, Breckinridge County Schools made the decision yesterday to continue with an A/B schedule format for their in-person instruction until Christmas break. This decision comes after Breckinridge county found itself in the red in terms of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks.

Superintendent Nick Carter also says that the staff of Breckinridge County Schools have worked with the precautions and steps they’ve had to take to adapt to the pandemic. Meade county officials announced yesterday that they would remain on NTI for the rest of the week.

EPD: Juveniles hit with 31 counts of criminal mischief

The Elizabethtown Police Department was able to close a large number of criminal mischief cases yesterday. These cases, which occurred between September 13th and November 11th, were all in the area of the Winchester Park subdivision.

Officer Chris Denham

Any information on crimes should be reported to law enforcement, and anonymous tips can be given by contacting Hardin County Crimestoppers.

Glendale man arrested after drawing gun on father

A Glendale man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly tried to shoot his father. On Friday, the suspect, Aaron Florian, was at his home with his father when he became very agitated. He stated that his father was not acting right, and grabbed a rifle on several occasions, pointing it at his father and making numerous threats against his life. On one such occasion, he allegedly placed the rifle on the back of his father’s head and pulled the trigger. However, the weapon malfunctioned and did not fire. Florian also reportedly told his father that he would not live to see saturday. Florian, however, was apprehended on the 14th. He faces charges of attempted murder, terroristic threatening, and wanton endangerment, and was lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

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