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December 13, 2019

Two wanted individuals have been taken into custody. Michael Bayne and Kayla Boone, also known as Kayla Reynolds, who were recently featured on Hardin County Crime Stoppers, are now in custody. Boone was arrested by the Elizabethtown Police Department for receiving stolen property, assault, and fleeing or evading police, while Bayne was arrested by the Radcliff Police Department for trafficking methamphetamine. Anyone with tips regarding any current or new crimes should contact Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information after a convenience store was robbed at gunpoint. According to a press release from Sheriff Norman Chaffins, the clerk at the Smitty City Convenience Store advised that a male subject entered the store on Tuesday night wearing a dark ski mask and demanded money from the register. The clerk complied, but was still struck in the back with the weapon the suspect was carrying. The suspect fled the store with the cash in an unknown direction. Anyone with information regarding the crime is encouraged to contact the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Elizabethtown Lions Club will be hosting their annual spaghetti dinner, one of their biggest fundraisers, tonight at Central Hardin High School from 5 PM- 8 PM. Tickets are $6.50 for adults, $5.50 for students, and kids five and under are free. The meal comes with spaghetti, garlic toast, salad, and a drink. Funds from the event will go towards eyesight preservation efforts in the community.

Saint James Catholic School in Elizabethtown announced their first tuition scholarship, established by Brian and Lindsey Alicna. The scholarship is in honor of Brian’s sister Amy, who passed away as a sixth-grader at Saint James in 1986. Conditions for the scholarship are membership at Saint James Catholic Church, and a real financial need for the assistance. More information can be found by contacting Saint James, or applying for the scholarship at ceflou.org. The applications open on December 15th.

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will begin offering commercial driver’s licensing classes next year. There is already a waiting list to get into the class. The program had a tractor and trailer donated to them by Nall’s Specialized Hauling, and also will make use of a CDL simulator. More information can be found under the Workforce Solutions tab at elizabethtown.kctcs.edu.

The seventh annual Christmas with Kory Caudill and Friends concert will be held at First Christian Church in Elizabethtown this Saturday. The show begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets range from $13-$15 and can be purchased at the door or online at fccetown.com.

December 12, 2019

More information has come forward regarding the shoplifters at Kroger on Dolphin Drive. According to the Elizabethtown Police Department, the five suspects have been identified as Kimberly Coffer of Nevada, and Antoinette Avant, Jocelyn Jackson, Elena Rios, and Kanisha Price, all of Illinois. The total value of items stolen by the crew is over $25,000. During the investigation, officers learned that some of the individuals had used multiple aliases during previous court appearances. Officer Chris Denham had one simple message for the suspects, and any others who may try their hand at shoplifting, stating, “If you come to Elizabethtown and steal from our business or our citizens, we will arrest you and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

The Elizabethtown Planning Commission met on Tuesday and discussed several potential building projects for the future. There were preliminary plans set in place for a truck stop owned by RaceTrac Petroleum to be put at East Dixie and Lincoln Parkway. The facility will include spots for trucks to park overnight, but will not include repair facilities for the trucks or showers for drivers. Also discussed were plans for the future of the former McDonalds building at 900 North Mulberry Street, which will become a Dollar General, replacing the location already in existence on North Mulberry.

The Radcliff Veterans Center has been working on an artistic project with some of the residents. The residents, as well as staff and musical professionals, have written and recorded twelve songs. A record was made of the songs, and the album launch concert is scheduled for February 22nd, 2020.

Nolin RECC is now accepting applications for the Washington Youth Tour. Five high school juniors whose parents receive electrical service through Nolin will spend June 19th through the 25th touring various landmarks in Washington D.C. The five youth that are selected this year will join more than 1,500 students and over 250 chaperones from cooperatives around the country. More details can be found by calling the Nolin office.  

December 11, 2019

The man responsible for the deaths of two local teens and seriously injuring two others was formally sentenced yesterday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court. According to Hardin County Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young, Shawn Welsh was sentenced to multiple life sentences for the deaths of Jacob Barber and Katarina Peters, as well as the serious injury of Macie McMillen and Cameron Brown. These sentences will run concurrently. Young says it was the Commonwealth’s recommendation that Welsh spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Elizabethtown Police Department responded to the Kroger on Dolphin Drive Tuesday morning after reports of heavy shoplifting. According to arrest warrants, Kimberly Coffer entered the store with another female and selected over $1500 in merchandise. Upon being stopped by loss prevention, the two fled on foot and jumped into a van, which then drove away. When a traffic stop was made at North Mulberry and Ring Road, officers found approximately eight large trash bags filled with stolen merchandise, as well as logs of locations thefts had occurred with addresses ranging from Illinois to Georgia, and logs detailing total items stolen by person by date. Coffer and her associates are charged with engaging in organized crime, receiving stolen property, and shoplifting.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 is asking for the public’s assistance in gathering information on a suspect in an act of vandalism. Needham Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Smith Chapel United Methodist Church, both on Laruel Ridge Road in Eastview, reported someone breaking in and causing severe property damage. It was discovered that a storage shed next to Needham had been set on fire, and several items had been stolen from both locations. Anyone with information is asked to call KSP Post 4.

Kentucky State Police Post 4 is moving into and operating out of their new location at 820 New Glendale Road today. Calls for service will not be interrupted during this transition. More information about KSP Post 4 can be found at kentuckystatepolice.org.

New Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear was inaugurated yesterday in Frankfort, officially taking the position from former Governor Matt Bevin. Beshear defeated Bevin in the November 5th election, but the results were subjected to a recanvass, which showed no change.

December 9, 2019

Kentucky State Police Post 4 responded to a two-vehicle injury accident on Thursday night around 7:15 PM on Southbound 1-65 near Exit 94. For unknown reasons a driver crossed all three lanes of travel, and was stricken by a vehicle driven by Amy Kerrick of Indiana. The first driver was transferred to University of Louisville Hospital with life-threatening injuries. The wreck caused I-65 South to be shut down from Exit 102 to 94. Traffic was diverted to Exit 102 until the interstate was reopened around 10 PM.

A Radcliff man was arrested and charged with multiple offences early Friday morning after Hardin County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a reported domestic call. According to an arrest report, 37-year-old Marcus Albritton attempted to strangle his girlfriend and threatened to beat her. He also went after the victim’s son as he was trying to call police. When officers arrived, Albritton attempted to flee in the victim’s truck and struck a tree. Officers reported smelling alcohol on Albritton as he exited the vehicle. He is charged with fleeing or evading police, operating a vehicle under the influence, assault, attempted escape, and terroristic threatening. He is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Hardin County Farm Bureau received the 2019 Gold Star Award of Excellence for their achievements in their women’s program. The award was presented to them at the Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville. This award honors the women’s committee’s participation in leadership development programs and agricultural promotion.

December 6, 2019

A collision on Interstate 65 left lanes closed for multiple hours last night. According to a post on the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Facebook page, all southbound lanes near Exit 94 were closed while the accident was reconstructed and cleaned up. It was confirmed that there were injuries in the accident, but no further details are available at this time.

The identity of a man killed in a three vehicle collision on Deckard School Road Wednesday morning has been revealed. According to a release from the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, Drew Brandt, 73, of Vine Grove was killed due to blunt force injuries sustained from the accident that shut Deckard School Road down for almost two hours around 9 AM Wednesday morning. The identities of the other two drivers have still not been released.

Helping Hand of Hope is asking for assistance in providing Christmas gifts for teens with a need for the season. Suggested gifts are gift cards for local businesses. Donations can be made by visiting or contacting the Helping Hand of Hope office, or going online to helpinghandofhope.com.

The Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Classic will be taking place this weekend. The Boys teams will be playing at Central Hardin High School while the girls teams will be playing at North Hardin High School. Games in both locations will be starting at 2 PM. Cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for students. The tickets will cover both locations.

The city of Radcliff will begin its Christmas celebrations tomorrow with a pancake breakfast with Santa hosted by the Optimist Club of Radcliff. Following that, there will be a craft fair from 10 AM to 4 PM, including an opportunity to do crafts with Mrs. Claus. Then at 6 PM, the Festival of Trees will take place at Colvin Community Center, followed by the lighting of the city Christmas tree.

The heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus and special guests Linkin Bridge will be performing this Saturday, December 7th at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center. The show will begin at 7 PM, and tickets can be purchased online at thepac.net. Tickets range from $10- $20.

The 6th Grade Showcase, which will allow classes from various Hardin County Schools to compete against one another, will be taking place this weekend. At least seven schools will be competing in quick recall, mathematics, and other various subjects. The event will be taking place at Saint James Catholic School in Elizabethtown. Registration will start at 9 AM, and the quick recall competition begins at noon.