It’s time to Cram the Cruiser for the Kentucky State Police at Post 4 in Elizabethtown. They’re hoping you’ll donate canned and non-perishable food items for the second annual “Cram The Cruiser” food drive through Dec. 12. The troopers want to collect a state police cruiser full of food at the Post on North Mulberry near I-65. The food will go to local shelters, churches or other organizations serving those in need this holiday season. They’re especially asking for donations of canned fruit and vegetables, macaroni and cheese, cereal, peanut butter, canned soups, chili, spaghetti sauce, powdered milk and juices.
Fort Knox’s 113th Dragoons are getting ready for their upcoming holiday concert. It’s a free show that’s coming up this Friday at 7. They’re playing at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center in Elizabethtown. The Dragoons saying that location is more accessible for the public, rather than playing at the base. The music is going to be a mix of traditional, symphonic, and pop songs. They’ll be spotlighting the rock band, the jazz combo, and other specialized groups.
Hardin County says it’s ready to deal with whatever winter may dish out this year. Hardin County Judge and Executive Harry Berry says they’ve got two crews, with ten drivers and eleven trucks to plow 576 miles of county roads. The county has over two-thousand tons of salt standing by…and crews have developed a salt and water mix– a brine spray-that’s going to be used to treat roads ahead of storms. Berry says the mix is going to save a lot of money on salt.
There may be a change of venue for the trial of Steven Gray. He’s the former Central Hardin High School social studies teacher, accused of having sex with some of his students. The News Enterprise says the judge in the case is considering the move, but not until some effort is made to seat a jury. The judge heard from three witnesses yesterday. They all said they believe Gray could not receive a fair trial in Hardin County because of extensive media coverage and the widely held belief in the community that he is guilty. Gray’s trial is supposed to start tomorrow morning.
An alleged burglar who dropped his wallet in a Bardstown home is in jail. Police accuse 33 year old Owen Lee Maddox of breaking into a woman’s home, then climbing into bed with her. When she got up to get a knife from the kitchen, he took off, and left his wallet behind. He was picked up by police soon after.
Police aren’t done with their investigation into the three gunshot deaths last week in Larue County, but they are saying a fourth victim is out of the hospital. April Roberts of Elizabethtown, daughter of two of the dead, had been shot in both legs. Somehow, she managed to drive away from the scene on Haying Road to get help. Investigators are still waiting on toxicology and forensics results, but they do say it looks like April’s father. David Walker, shot his wife Barbara and Steve Bottoms, then took his own life at the scene.
A Loretto man who was a member of the so called Cornbread Mafia in the 80’s has gotten out of prison, thanks to a pardon from President Obama. Les Berry Junior went to jail in 1988– busted for his role in one of the the largest domestic marijuana syndicates in the country. No reason known yet for the pardon. Berry was one of 70 people in Kentucky arrested and jailed for growing 182 tons of pot.
Some kids in LaRue county could use your help. The school district says they need volunteers to help tutor children in reading. They’re hoping you’ll be willing to take a short training class this Thursday at the Board of Education.Training will last about one hour. For more information or to register for the training, call Sarah Hornback at 358‑8334 or 358‑4111.
The National Weather Service has a flood warning out for the Rolling Fork River near Boston. Flood stage is 35 feet. They’re saying the river is going to hit at least 39 feet by Wednesday night, and that affects people living near the river in Hardin and Nelson Counties. Forecasters say they think the river will drop below flood stage by Thursday. We’ve got several flooded out roads in the area, and police are asking you to NOT go on roads that are barricaded. Some barricades may seem kind of small-but they’re there for a reason-high water. And on top of all the rain, some snow and freezing rain are in the mix for parts of the region. So please be careful.
More and more tournaments are coming to the Elizabethtown Sports Park. The News Enterprise says even though the park is still being built and won’t be open till July, the park is beginning to land tournament agreements. D&B Sporting Events, based in Owensboro, will host two youth baseball and two softball tournaments this year with hopes of adding more the following season. The park will also host the Ohio Valley Regional Tournament for 12-year-olds July 26–31. That event is expected to draw 12 teams from seven states.