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News for March 8

KSP: 1 person shot after confrontation over stolen vehicle

One person is dead after a confrontation at an Upton grocery store led to a shooting over the weekend. Kentucky State Police say they were contacted Friday night about a shooting in the Crossroads IGA parking lot in Upton. 

Trooper Scotty Sharp

Smith was pronounced deceased at the scene by Hardin County Coroners. Sharp says the investigation is ongoing. The case will be turned over to the Hardin County Grand Jury once investigation is completed.

FL man arrested after high-speed pursuit from Hardin to Jefferson Co.

A Florida man arrested last week after leading police on a high speed pursuit from Elizabethtown to Jefferson County. According to arrest citations, police received a call of a reckless driver from another motorist on I-65 who said they believed the passenger of the vehicle might be in distress. Police tried to intercept the vehicle as it exited onto Elizabethtown, but the driver fled, driving into oncoming traffic and traveling northbound on I-65. Police pursued the vehicle, which they say traveled in excess of 120 miles per hour at times. Tire deflation devices were used, with the vehicle coming to a stop on the interstate in Louisville near the fairgrounds. The violator, Dana Ashbrook, was taken by ambulance for treatment at UofL, where he admitted to officers of being intoxicated, as well as consuming methamphetamines. The passenger, his girlfriend, told police he had refused to let her out of the vehicle, taking her phone from her. Ashbrook was arrested and charged with Fleeing or Evading police, several counts of Wanton endangerment, and Unlawful imprisonment, among other charges.

Radcliff Blessing Box unveiled Friday

The mission of eliminating hunger for residents of Radcliff has begun. Resident Maria Bell was joined by community leaders Friday for the ribbon cutting of the community’s first “Blessing Box.” Bell says the idea of helping those who face food insecurity has been something she has wanted to do for a while, only realizing it now. 

Bell has started a non-profit, Be The Change, to support her mission. The box is located in Radcliff at 661 S. Wilson Road.

EIS latest school district to release expanded in-person plans

Slowly but surely, local school districts are releasing their plans for expanding in-person instruction. Friday, Elizabethtown Independent announced that students who opted to would return to in-person instruction 4 days a week starting March 15th. Students will attend Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an off day. Earlier this month, LaRue County Schools announced a 5-day a week return beginning March 22nd, as will Grayson County Schools . Breckinridge County students 9th-12th grade will begin 4 days a week beginning today. Hardin County Schools have not yet released any such plans. 

Greenspace film part of national film festival tour

The story of Elizabethtown’s GreenSpace organization is being presented to audiences nationwide. The film has been picked up by the Wild and Scenic film fest for a nationwide tour. 

Special events coordinator Matt Deneen says the film will continue it’s nationwide tour until next year, when he says a premiere will be held in Elizabethtown.

HCS announces events for graduating seniors

As close to a traditional graduation as Hardin County School seniors will receive. The district released graduation plans Friday, including an event for seniors leading up to the big day. Seniors will be treated to a special dinner near the end of the year, in addition to having a cap-and-gown ceremony in the respective schools during a school day. That ceremony will be students and staff only. Families will have an opportunity to watch graduating seniors during a reserved time event similar to last year. Graduation dates have yet to be determined.

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