About 160 staffers at NSU in Sonora had to be evacuated after a bomb threat yesterday. A caller told Hardin County dispatch that a pipe bomb was inside the building. The Larue County Herald says a bomb sniffing dog was brought in while sheriff’s deputies, fire officials and emergency medical teams stood by. The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office says nothing was found.
A traffic note for you if you’ll be traveling on I-65. Crews today are expected to start work on installing median cable barriers in a six-mile stretch from the Hart-LaRue County Line, and for six miles north. The barriers will be installed along a two-lane section. Watch out for the inside shoulders to be closed in both directions, and there might be some lane closures in the area. Also… keep an eye out for workers in the area.
An Elizabethtown man is charged with second-degree rape. 47-year-old Vincent Mason was arrested on Friday. A girl who is younger than 16 told police she had intercourse with Mason three times over the last year… there are no allegations of forcible contact. The girl mentioned a sexual encounter when she was being treated for an unrelated illness at Hardin Memorial Hospital. Police talked to Mason, who said he had been “messing around” with the teen for about a year and a half, according to the News-Enterprise. He also mentioned an encounter that matched a similar event that the girl had described. Bond had been set at $25,000 when Mason was arraigned on Friday. A citation said the girl is “slightly lower functioning.”
The annual Law Enforcement Torch Run is today. The first leg starts with the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Kentucky State Police… they run from West Hardin Middle School in Stephensburg along U.S. 62 to Central High School… Elizabethtown Police Department Officers pick it up there… and pass it off to officers from the Radcliff Police Department, who will pick it up on W.A. Jenkins Road. The whole event is to raise money, and awareness, for Special Olympics… you can give donations directly to officers on the run, or give them to law enforcement agencies. Torch Runs across the U.S. raised more than $42 million for Special Olympics last year.
A former LaRue County deputy sheriff has been indicted. 31-year-old Matthew Darst has been indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking, tampering with physical evidence, and first-degree official misconduct. Darst was first charged with the crimes on April 18th. He was put on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation and has since been relieved of his duties, according to the Herald News. Darst is accused of recovering a stolen motorcycle intending to keep it himself, and he allegedly altered the appearance of the motorcycle to try to hide its identity from its owner.
The Memorial Day parade hosted by the Hardin County American Legion Post 113 will start at 10 a.m. Monday, and it’ll include a ceremony at American Legion Park. The parade ends at the park… it’ll start at Pritchard Community Center, and go along Mulberry Street, Dixie Avenue, and Miles Street along the way. The ceremony will include the calling of the names of Hardin County veterans who have been lost in the past year… also, taps will be played, and there will be a firing squad there.
A fund set up at a local bank will help pay funeral and medical expenses for a the family of a Radcliff firefighter, after the man’s child was killed in a crash this week. Leroy Lewis has worked for the Radcliff fire department for about five years, and also volunteers for the Meade County Fire Department. His 9-year-old son Joseph was killed in a crash on Kentucky 228 this week, and the man’s wife and daughter were injured. During that crash, the boy’s mother, driving a Chevy Blazer, left the side of the road. The News Enterprise says the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation of New York has offered to pay for the funeral of Joseph, and that funeral is set for this afternoon. Donations also are being accepted at the Huddle House and Snap Fitness in Radcliff.
The board for Elizabethtown Independent Schools has unanimously approved its tentative budget. The latest version shows an increase of about $1.8 million from the draft budget, in all funds. The district is dealing with a drop in the main source of state money for public schools. The district is budgeting about $8.9 million in Support Education Excellence Kentucky funds, according to the News Enterprise, which is a slight dip from the draft budget. The only raises in the budget are step salary increases based on experience.
Several people were injured in a crash in Radcliff yesterday. This happened at the intersection of South Boundary Road and Kentucky 313. Police say the crash occurred after a driver ignored a stop sign at the intersection. The driver of a Mitsubishi going south on Boundary Road blew through the intersection, and collided with a Saturn that was going east on 313 at the time. A total of five people were hurt.
Hardin County leaders are considering new restrictions on alcohol sales and other items related to liquor for unincorporated areas. The Hardin Fiscal Court this week had a first reading of an ordinance that places time restrictions on alcohol sales, sets fees for alcohol licenses, and lays out guidelines for licensing establishments. Alcohol would not be sold between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. Monday through Saturday and could only be sold between 1 p.m. and midnight on Sunday. The consideration of the new regulations comes as the country club precinct voted to allow alcohol sales by the drink on behalf of the Elizabethtown Country Club, which lies in the unincorporated portion of the county. The ordinance for Hardin County also comes amidst a possible comprehensive wet vote for Hardin County.