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Traffic Stop Leads To Discovery Of 120 Pounds of Marijuana

A traffic stop on I-65 led to the discovery of more than 100 pounds of marijuana.

Early on Sunday morning, February 7th, Kentucky State Police Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Kia Sorento driving the wrong way on the I-65 southbound exit ramp at the 91 mile-marker. During the vehicle search, approximately 120 pounds of suspected marijuana was located. The operator of the vehicle, 47-year-old Jose Mariano Garcia of Lawrenceville, Georgia was arrested. He is being lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing.

E’town Mayor Honors Bobby Jack Murphy

Yesterday, Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory proclaimed February 7th, 2022 as Bobby Jack Murphy Day. Murphy has served the community through Crusade with Children, Saint Jude and Hardin County Crime Stoppers.

To honor him, Mayor Gregory honored Murphy with a plaque and a key to the city of Elizabethtown. “The measure of a man is how you make others feel. I think everybody here will agree with me when they think of you. You’re always the same. You always have the same attitude and it’s always positive and you always make everybody feel good,” he stated.

Murphy is retiring from the radio business which he has been a part of since 1978.

Bardstown Man Charged with Murder

A Bardstown man has been arrested and charged with murder.

On Friday evening, Bardstown Police officers were dispatched to a residence on Robin Drive for a welfare check. Upon arrival, officers located a deceased female. Detectives later identified the deceased as the girlfriend of Richard Gray, who had fled the scene with his four male children to Mount Vernon, Illinois. Gray and all the children were located late on Friday night. Gray has been taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.

Baptist Health Hardin Announces Parking and Entry Change

Beginning today, Baptist Health Hardin has announced the relocation of the Radiology reception waiting area. The previous Radiology entrance at the rear of the hospital has closed due to construction of the new outpatient medical pavilion. Parking is located in the parking garage or along the front of the hospital, and patients should enter through the main entrance and process to Patient Registration. Once the registration process is complete, patients will be directed to the correct department to check-in.

Second Suspect Arrested in Bullitt County Homicide

On February 2nd, the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office arrested the other suspect in the murder of Kevin Watts. “Bullitt County Sheriff’s Detectives developed viable information that the other suspect in the murder of Kevin Watts; Bradlee Simmons, 22 years old, was in Louisville in the vicinity of Southside Court and Southside Drive. 

While en route to the Southside Drive area, Detective Chris Hill, our lead investigator, was contacted by the Detectives of the Louisville Metro Police Department 3rd Division. He was advised that 3rd Division officers responded to a reported shooting at a parking lot at 6629 Southside Drive. Upon arrival, they found Bradlee Simmons, our murder suspect had apparently been shot. 

Due to previous communication between our two agencies, the officers and Detectives of LMPD’s 3rd Division recognized Simmons as our other murder suspect in the Kevin Watts murder,” stated Sheriff Walt Sholar. Simmons suffered non-life threatening injuries. He is now in the custody of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office, and is charged with murder and robbery of Kevin Watts.

Suspect Arrested in Bullitt County Homocide

One suspect has been arrested in a Bullitt County homicide that occurred last month.

On Saturday morning, January 22,2022, the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the 1600 Block of Woodsdale Road reporting a theft.

Upon arrival, deputies observed a lone victim, Kevin Watts, who had been fatally shot. Mr. Watts was the only person at the scene. 

The investigation into the shooting has led to the arrest of a viable suspect. 38-year-old Richard K. Reno, of Louisville, was taken into custody on Monday, January 31, 2022. He is being held in the Bullitt County Detention Center. The investigation is still ongoing. 

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Office on the Crime Tip Line: (502) 543-1262.

Hardin District Court Issues Bench Warrant Amnesty

The Hardin District Court has issued a bench warrant “amnesty”.

When someone charged with a criminal offense fails to show up for their court date for a jailable charge, a bench warrant is issued by the Judge for their arrest.

“That warrant typically then is served by the police, and you go into jail. You have to post a bond, and so we’re trying to prevent some of that. We had just an extraordinary number of those from the pandemic. So, we’re trying not to have law enforcement have to make those arrests and not have to put those through our jail, and instead just give those a court date,” stated Hardin County Attorney Jenny Oldham. During the months of February and March, someone with an outstanding bench warrant issued from the Hardin County District Court may call the Hardin County Clerk’s Office and set up a court date themselves. The warrant will not be recalled until the person shows up in court. 

An alphabetical bench warrant list can be found by searching “bench warrant list” on the Hardin County Government page,

Police Searching For Elizabethtown Man

Police are investigating and requesting public assistance in the escape of an Elizabethtown man.

According to a press release by the Prestonsburg Police Department, 31-year-old Jesse Karr was in custody of the Floyd County Jail seeking medical treatment at the Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg. Karr immediately fled the hospital after restraints were removed.

According to leads, Karr was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt.

He is believed to be in the greater Louisville Metro/Elizabethtown area.

For more information, visit the City of Prestonsburg, Kentucky Police Department Facebook page.