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October 9, 2019

An Eastview man has been arrested due to charges stemming from a March complaint warrant. According to arrest citations, Kentucky State Police received a call from the mother of the victim, claiming her daughter was being assaulted by Joey Hawkins. Allegedly, Hawkins committed several acts of violence against the victim, then hindered her ability to call 911, pinning her to the ground and attempting to get her phone out of her pocket. Hawkins has been charged with assault, unlawful imprisonment, and intimidating a participant in the legal process. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

The Elizabethtown Police Department will be holding their open house this Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM. The event will feature tours and vehicle displays, as well as food, giveaways, and a chance to talk with officers with EPD. Those interested in applying for a position within the department are encouraged to attend to learn more about the hiring process. There is no cost to attend and the event is open to the public.

The Kentucky Department of Highway Safety is encouraging drivers to put down their phones and buckle their seatbelts in order to save lives. The Buckle Up Phone Down campaign began yesterday. This campaign will hope to help cut down on the more than 50,000 crashes in Kentucky as a result of distracted driving. More information about the campaign can be found at

October 8, 2019

A Kentucky State Police trooper was struck on I-65 South near mile marker 79 yesterday morning. Trooper Elliott Young was on patrol searching for a reckless driver that was reported to be traveling in the wrong direction. Trooper Elliott’s vehicle collided with another vehicle driven by Shaina Reed of Sunman, Indiana. Both were taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital by Hardin County EMS with non-life threatening injuries. The incident is being investigated by the KSP Critical Incident Response Team.

Another donation has been made towards the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College University Center project. Fischbach USA has announced a donation of $15,000 to support the project’s development. ECTC recently announced partnerships with several Kentucky universities to expand offerings at the college. For more information about the University Center or to donate to the project, visit

October 7, 2019

A Golden Alert issued on Friday by the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department has been cancelled. 79-year-old Donald Heady, who previously had disappeared from his residence Friday morning, was found driving on I-65 near the Bullitt and Jefferson County line. The Sheriff’s Office thanks those who assisted in locating Mr. Heady, and notes that he is now home safe.

A collision took the lives of two people in Nelson County over the weekend. The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office responded to New Haven Road near Balltown Road Saturday afternoon. According to reports, Mark Phelps of Radcliff was travelling south when he attempted to make a left turn into a driveway. Phelps turned into the path of another vehicle driven by Rhonda Johnson of New Hope. Two of Phelps’ passengers were declared deceased at the scene. Phelps and another passenger were taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment, while Johnson and her two passengers were transported by private vehicle. The collision is under investigation.

Fort Knox Federal Credit Union won three major awards last week, The institution took home the Alphonse Desjardins Financial Education Award, the Louise Herring Philosophy in Action Member Service Award, and the Dora Maxwell Social Responsibility Community Service Award. These are statewide awards given out by the Kentucky Credit Union League and Credit Union National Association. More information about the credit union can be found at

Reminder that today is the last day to register to vote in the upcoming November elections. Go online to to register. Those interested in absentee voting should inquire to the County Clerk’s Office. Voting locations can be found at

October 4, 2019

A Leitchfield staple will close its doors next year. According to WHAS, MTD Products will cease operations, and plans to shut the facility down by June of 2020. A job at MTD has come to be a family tradition to some living in the town with a population of only 7000. MTD is offering severance benefits, outplacement services, and potential jobs at other locations within the company. No other information is available at this time.

This Sunday marks the beginning of Fire Prevention Week, and some officials are making the rounds to local schools to teach the basics of fire safety. Radcliff Deputy Fire Marshal Tommy Crane says the Radcliff FD will be going to schools and talking to the kids, letting them see firefighters in their equipment and take a look at the fire trucks. The theme of this year’s week revolves around plotting escape plans in the case of a home fire. Crane reminds residents to make sure all escape routes are unobstructed and as easy to open as possible.

The Breckinridge County Sheriff is facing new charges stemming from a 2019 DUI crash. According to WDRB, Todd Pate is now charged with operating under the influence, wanton endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident, as well as assault and criminal mischief, which are new charges. Pate is scheduled for arraignment on November 15th in Hardinsburg. Pate remains on the job as Sheriff of Breckenridge County, a position which he has held since 2003, but bond restrictions do not allow him to drive or carry a firearm. There is a petition from residents of Breckinridge County calling for Pate to resign.

Continuing the trend of banning open burning in the drought conditions, Larue County has issued a burn ban of its own. The announcement was made by Judge Executive Tommy Turner yesterday afternoon. The ban is in effect until further notice, and encompasses all forms of recreational burning.

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November elections is Monday the 7th at 4 PM, and the Hardin County Clerk’s Office is reminding citizens of how to register. Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly advises to go online to in order to register. Those interested in absentee voting should inquire to the Hardin County Clerk’s office. Voting locations can be found at

October 3, 2019

The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch succeeded in making an arrest earlier this week. Billy Joe Chesser was charged for his alleged crimes against minors. Chesser was arrested as a result of an undercover online crimes against children investigation, and faces ten counts for use of a minor in a sexual performance. The charges facing Chesser could result in ten to twenty years in prison if he is convicted. He is lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Two Elizabethtown men have been arrested for their roles in a Radcliff shooting. According to arrest citations, Jordan Morgan and one other assailant were allegedly threatening the use of handguns to commit a robbery. However, the other suspect was shot several times by Paris Bell, who later admitted to discharging the firearm. Projectiles from the weapon were also found to have entered a residence located on Hamilton Street. Morgan is charged with robbery, and Bell is being charged with assault and wanton endangerment. The third party was flown to U of L Hospital with critical injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

Kentucky State Police launched a campaign earlier this week that will crack down on aggressive drivers in high crash areas. The Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign began on Tuesday. Targeted corridors for this campaign include US-41 in Henderson County, I-75 in Laurel and Kenton Counties, US-23 in Floyd County, and I-65 in Hardin County.

At a meeting of the Elizabethtown City Council, a municipal order was passed to allow for improvements to the sidewalks of an Elizabethtown street. The council received and accepted a bid from Triumph Landscape Construction for sidewalk improvements in the amount of $178,588. The bid came in under the $200,000 appropriated for the project.

The 48th Annual Lincoln Days Festival will be taking place in Downtown Hodgenville this weekend. The festivities start on Friday evening with the Lincoln Days Festival Pageant. More information can be found at