Remember last summer when we told you about some families that were robbed while they were away attending funerals? Now there’s a group in Grayson County that’s doing something to fight back. WDRB TV says about 20 people have gotten together, calling themselves Looking Out For Each Other. He volunteers go through background checks, then when requested, they’ll sit in your driveway while you’re at a funeral and watch your house. All the funeral homes in Grayson County are letting grieving families know the service is available. Three men were arrested in connection with burglaries that happened while families were away. One family was from Grayson County, the other was in Hardin County.
The state Court of Appeals is expected to decide soon if the Bullitt County health department had the right to ban smoking last year in public places. The department made the move over the objections of eight Bullitt cities, which successfully sued the department to end the ban last year. The Courier Journal says the health department had been operating on a law from 1954. That law says they have the authority to protect the health of the people. The cities say the department overstepped its bounds.
A new study is being done to figure out what kind and how much office space is needed for a new county government building. The News Enterprise says Hardin Fiscal Court has hired ICON Engineering & Inspection Services of Elizabethtown for the job. The company is getting paid $19,800 and should be finished with the study in four weeks. They’re expected to do a survey of county employees to find out what they need for office, equipment and storage space. ICON is also going to produce some sketch layouts of the proposal. County officials haven’t said yet where the new building would be, but there’s been talk of using property near Ring and Rineyville Roads.
Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles has another title now. He’s been elected to serve as second vice president of the Kentucky League of Cities. The League is working to bring cities together on challenges of maintaining public services, especially in light of all the belt tightening they’ve been through since the recession hit.
The case of an Elizabethtown man accused of hitting his wife with a tower fan and a handgun goes to the Hardin County Grand Jury. 43 year old Michael Odom is reported to be a former police officer who hadn’t been living in the area very long. He was arrested after police responded to reports of a domestic dispute and they found his wife suffering from multiple head injuries. The News Enterprise says Odom’s attorney, public defender David Stewart, requested the judge not find probable cause in the case as there was no substantial risk of death or serious physical injury. His bond has been set at $50,000.
An Elizabethtown mother is charged with second-degree criminal child abuse. The News Enterprise says police charge she swung at her boyfriend during a domestic dispute but accidentally hit her child. 20 year old Karyssa Foutch and Aaron Pogue of Radcliff were both arrested. Police charge Pogue was holding the child when Foutch attempted to strike him in the head. The child suffered a bruise.
A Buffalo man is facing more than 20 charges after he alleged led police on a wild ride. 34 year old Jeffrey Purdum was reported to be driving at a high rate of speed on Ky. 61. The LaRue County Herald says the truck was weaving in and out of traffic and crossing the center line when police spotted him. One cruiser threw on the lights and siren and started to chase him when Purdum wouldn’t stop. That officer radioed ahead to police in Mount Sherman for back up. Purdum’s truck is reported to have gotten up to 110 miles an hour. Constable Tim Ford tried to maneuver in front of the truck, but that’s when Purdum hit the police car. Purdum’s pickup continued into Green County. After traveling on Hwy. 88 for four miles, the truck apparently ran out of gas. That’s when he took off on foot. A civilian called police then got into a struggle with Purdum. Police showed up and finally subdued him. He’s now in the LaRue County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $50,000 cash.
Things may be getting a little messy this weekend at the Brown Pusey House in downtown Elizabethtown. They’re inviting all the kids to come by and carve and paint pumpkins, and some very brave volunteers are available to help the kids with the carving. It costs $3 a person, and that price gets you a pumpkin, games, face painting, goodie bags and snacks. They’ve been doing this for about a ten years now, and each year usually sees about 100 pumpkins getting turned into jack-o-lanterns. For more information, head to:
Elizabethtown is preparing to be haunted this weekend, with the Nightmare on the Square. It starts off with a scavenger hunt Saturday at 6p.m. Then they’ll have the Ghost Walk, Coffin Race, Pumpkin Drop and much more. For details, head to:
A Bullitt County veterinarian has been arrested. Wave 3 TV says Dr. Pamela Johnsen is accused of taking $170,000 from her mother’s bank account, then giving it to a man she met online. Detectives and co-workers of Dr. Pamela Johnsen believe she got caught up in an international scam, wire transferring money overseas to the man. Police say she didn’t actually think she was stealing, just borrowing the money from her mother. She was taken into custody at her office at Johnsen Veterinary Services. That’s a clinic she owns in Mount Washington. Her office manager says the man had told Johnsen that he owned a business, but it was in trouble and he needed help. He had also promised to marry her. But the two reportedly never actually talked on the phone. It was all text and facebook messages. The website where they met? Marrymesugardaddy.com.