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Investigation Underway of Shooting That Led to Vehicle Collision

The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating a shooting that led to a single vehicle collision early Friday morning at the 200 block of South Mulberry Street.

“Responding units discovered that a white Ford Explorer traveling eastbound on US 62, struck and severed a utility pole and then collided with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship building at South Mulberry Street,” stated Public Information Officer John Thomas. The two occupants of the vehicle had sustained gunshot wounds. According to Thomas, these gunshot wounds are believed to have occurred at another location. Both individuals were flown to the University of Louisville Hospital, and are now in stable condition. 

The church building suffered some damage, but Pastor Mike Smith noted that they were still able to hold their usual Sunday service.

“It didn’t break the supporting walls, it just broke that front part. They did condemn one area of our church, a drum room.”

The investigation into the collision, as well as the circumstances involving the shooting is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Elizabethtown Police Department.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Involved in Two-Vehicle Collision

A Kentucky State Police trooper was involved in a two vehicle collision in Hardin County on Sunday evening. 

At approximately 6:10 p.m., KSP Post 4 received information of a two vehicle collision at the intersection of Ring Road and Gaither Station Road. According to Trooper First Class Scotty Sharp, the preliminary investigation revealed that Trooper Cameron Wright was traveling east on Ring Road. A 2020 Chevrolet Camaro, being driven by 18 year-old Melissa Broadfoot, failed to yield and pulled out into the path of Trooper Wright. Both vehicles were damaged as a result of the collision. 

Trooper Wright was transported to Baptist Health Hardin for non life-threatening injuries and was later released. Broadfoot and her passenger were treated at the scene by Hardin County EMS. This investigation is ongoing by Sgt. Stephen Oughton. 

Elizabethtown’s Christmas in the Park Returns

Elizabethtown’s 31st Annual Christmas in the Park is now open. “We count over 40,000 cars. I do want to encourage local folks to go during the week, Monday through Thursday, especially to save on a little traffic. The weekends are pretty crazy and pretty packed. It is completely free, but we do welcome all donations that go to help the maintenance and the upgrades and the cost of the lights. So come on out to our 31st annual Christmas in the Park,” stated City Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn.

The park is open daily from 6 to 11 p.m. nightly until January 1st.

Fatal Collision in Hodgenville

A vehicle collision in Hodgenville last week left one dead.

On Thursday afternoon, the Larue County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the area of Bardstown Road (US-31E) and Howardstown Road. The preliminary investigation indicates that James Hayes Jr. of Hodgenville was operating a Ford Fusion and was heading southbound on Bardstown Road. Hayes Jr. crossed into the opposite lane and into the pathway of Jerry Willis of Cox’s Creek, who was operating a Chevrolet Silverado. Both were transported to Baptist Health Hardin. Willis was treated for non life-threatening injuries. Hayes Jr. was pronounced deceased at the hospital.

The investigation is still ongoing.

E’town Family Made Complete Through Adoption

One Elizabethtown family is giving thanks today for the special gift of adoption.

November is National Adoption Month, and Bethany and Travis Vaughan have adopted both internationally, and domestically. 

“I’ve always felt a call in my life to adopt, it’s been something I’ve wanted to do since I was 15 years old. I am so thankful for the way adoption has completed our family. Our children are just a blessing from God,” Bethany stated. They now have three children: Lydia, Isaac, and Anna. The adoption process was long for both Isaac and Lydia, but through prayer and support from friends and family, they knew they were doing the right thing. 

“God chose Isaac and Lydia for us. Isaac was in South Korea, and we had to go get him. Lydia was in Arkansas, and we had to go get her,” Travis noted.

The Vaughans are grateful that through adoption, they have found their complete forever family. 

Radcliff Missing Juveniles

Radcliff Police are searching for 17 year-old Kaylee Walton, who was last seen in Radcliff on October 12, 2021.

“We’d like to remind the community that we are also looking for Rosalyn Velazquez, 15 years old and Kamari Johnson, 16 years old.

At this time, we don’t have any reason to believe that the minors missing cases are tied together. If anyone has any information, please contact the Radcliff Police Department.

Hardin County Schools Mourn Loss of Denise Emberton

Hardin County Schools has learned of the passing of Hardin County Schools Special Education Consultant Denise Emberton. Ms. Emberton has helped special needs students, from across the district, meet and exceed educational goals for nearly thirty years. She developed relationships with students, families and staff that will always be cherished. She was student-centered and gave all she had to ensure each student’s goals were achieved.

Single Vehicle Collision in Hodgenville

Last night, Hodgenville Police responded to the Square on a report of a single vehicle collision.

The investigation revealed a 2000 Chevy Blazer, operated by Marcus Maulden of Magnolia, was traveling around the Square. As the vehicle started up the hill on South Lincoln Boulevard, the driver lost control, cross the northbound lane, and struck the west side of the B.R. Young Masonic Lodge. 

No injuries were reported, and no charges are expected. The investigation is ongoing. 

The Eric And Joe Show Recap

The Eric and Joe Show wrapped up 3 nights of shows at the State Theater in Elizabethtown over the weekend. Proceeds from the sketch comedy are going to Helping Hand of Hope’s Affordable Christmas Program.

Immediately following last night’s show, crew member and photographer Andrew Johnson was struck by a vehicle.

“Shortly after 7 p.m.on Sunday evening, we were called to the area of West Dixie in reference to a serious motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian. The pedestrian, who was an adult male, was transported from the scene by Hardin County EMS to the University of Louisville hospital with critical, but non life-threatening injuries,” stated Public Information Officer Chris Denham. Denham noted the driver involved in the accident was not charged.