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Kerosene at Local Food Mart Possibly Contaminated with Gasoline

Earlier this week, the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office encouraged residents to check recently purchased kerosene. Deputies have discovered that kerosene purchased from Three T Food Mart in Cecilia could possibly be contaminated with gasoline. 

Therefore, any kerosene purchased from this location in the last month can be returned to the store for a full refund. The kerosene is being tested at this time, and residents are discouraged from using this fuel.

Police Searching for Suspect in Bardstown Shooting

The Bardstown Police Department is currently searching for a suspect in a shooting that occurred in Bardstown last night. Yesterday, officers responded to South 4th Street at the Woodson-Rogers Park in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, the victim, of Bardstown, was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Officers are searching for the suspect, a young black male last seen wearing a black hoodie. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bardstown Police Department at 502-348-6811.

Prospect Solar Project to Host Open House March 22nd

Hardin County has another prospect solar project in the works.

Telesto Energy Project LLC is proposing a solar farm, consisting of a 110 megawatt solar facility that would sit on over 600 acres of privately owned land. The project will host an open house tomorrow night to educate the community on the solar farm. The open house will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Back Home Catering located at 444 South Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown

New Last Day of Classes Set for Hardin County Schools

A new last day of school for the 2021-22 school year has been approved for Hardin County Schools.

In previous years, the law has stated a specific number of instructional days, but this year the only requirement specified is the completion of 1,062 hours of instruction. As a result, the new last day of school has been moved from May 31st to May 26th. 

Additionally, graduation dates have been set and approved. Those dates and times are available on the Hardin County Schools Facebook page.

A Bullitt Co. Man Charged with Child Sexual Exploitation Offenses

The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested 49-year-old Richard Metzroth as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children Investigation. After a search warrant was executed yesterday, Metzroth is being charged with twenty counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance under 12 years of age (Class-C felonies punishable by five to ten years in prison), twenty counts of possession of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance over 12 years of age and two counts of distribution of matter portraying a minor in a sexual performance (Class-D felonies punishable by one to five years in prison). 

He is currently being lodged in the Bullitt County Detention Center.

Kentucky State Police Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Bullitt County

At approximately 9 p.m. last night, Kentucky State Police were requested by the Lebanon Junction Police Department to investigate an officer-involved shooting in Bullitt County. Preliminary investigation reveals that officers were responding to a call of a shoplifting complaint at the Dollar General in Lebanon Junction. Upon arrival, an officer made contact with an armed individual outside of the store, who shot at the officers and then fled the scene by foot. The suspect was later located by a K-9 unit of the Shepherdsville Police Department. The individual shot the K-9, and in response, officers shot the suspect multiple times. 

The suspect is currently being treated for life-threatening injuries at the University of Louisville Hospital. The K-9 later died.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing by Kentucky State Police Post 4.

President Biden Announces Ban on Imported Russian Oil, Gas, and Energy

Today, President Joe Biden announced a ban against imported Russian oil, gas and energy. 

During the briefing, he notes this is possible as the United States produces more oil domestically than all European countries combined. While European Allies cannot join in the ban, Biden announced that a long term strategy is being created to help reduce dependency on Russian energy. Ultimately Biden stressed the goal and need to become energy independent. 

“To protect our economy over the long-term we need to become energy independent. It should motivate us to accelerate a transition to clean energy.”

Additionally, Biden has asked Congress to pass a $12 Billion Ukraine Assistance Package to provide Ukrainians with security, economic and humanitarian assistance.

Governor Beshear Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of KSP Telecommunicator

Governor Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half staff from sunrise to sunset today in honor of Kentucky State Police Telecommunicator Chuck Stewart Jr. 

Mr. Stewart passed away on February 27th, 2021 while on duty at Post 4. He served as a telecommunicator for 34 years, 19 of those were with Kentucky State Police. Funeral Services will be held at Southeast Christian Church in Elizabethtown today.

Elizabethtown Police Department Investigating Five Armed Robbery Incidents

Five separate armed robberies occurred in Elizabethtown on Friday, March 4th, 2022. All robberies took place between 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. as the victims were exiting their vehicle in parking lots at various locations including the Peddlers Mall and the Towne Mall. All victims stated that they were approached by a young black male wearing a face covering, dark clothes, and armed with a handgun.After the first four robberies, the suspect fled in a dark colored Cadillac SRX being driven by a second accomplice. At the conclusion of the fifth robbery, the suspect stole the victims light gray 2020 Dodge Challenger. At this time, the stolen vehicle has not been recovered.

At this time, the suspects have not been identified, but detectives are actively pursuing leads. Anyone with information on these crimes are asked to contact the Elizabethtown Police Department. Anonymous tips can be shared to Hardin County Crime Stoppers at p3tips.com.