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  • Amputee overcomes physical obstacles to earn coveted Expert Infantry Badge

    By SGT. 1ST CLASS 

    JOSEPH ARMAS

    Special to The News-Enterprise

     

    FORT BRAGG, N.C. — 1st Lt. Joshua Pitcher, a paratrooper assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, was conducting a routine combat patrol in southern Afghanistan last year when he was injured by an improvised explosive device that took his right leg.

  • Judge approves consolidation of trials in child rape case

    A prosecutor’s motion was granted to consolidate jury trials of three defendants charged in connection to the alleged rape of child last July in Elizabethtown.

    Todd H. Livingston, 50, of Rineyville, Dean M. Tinsley, 44, of Elizabethtown, and Camilla D. Clark, 31, of Radcliff, each face charges and now will appear in a single jury trial Sept. 30. Circuit Judge Ken Howard approved consolidation of the trials, which means testimony only will have to be taken once.

  • Big Clifty man indicted on sexual abuse charge

    Kenneth Lee Dutschke, 62, faces a charge of first-degree sexual abuse. A Hardin County grand jury returned the indictment Friday.
    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt. The defendant is innocent until proven guilty.

    Dutschke was arrested Aug. 18 after the girl’s mother reported a neighbor sexually abused her daughter, according to the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Local economy climbs in GDP ranking

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area climbed 16 spots in national gross domestic product figures released Tuesday.

    The area was ranked 243rd out of 381 for GDP in 2012, up from 259th the previous year, according to data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.

    Real GDP increased in all but 76 of those 381 metropolitan areas across the nation in 2012, lead by growth in durable-goods manufacturing, trade and financial activities, according to the bureau.

  • Altercation leaves one hospitalized

    An early morning altercation Tuesday at a Bardstown Road home left one man in stable condition at University Hospital in Louisville after police say he was struck in the head with a tool.

    Jeromey Sandlin, 27, of Elizabethtown was listed as a patient Tuesday. Police say Sandlin showed up intoxicated at the Elizabethtown home of a cousin, Ryannel Braxton, 23, and a fight ensued around 3 a.m.

  • Traffic stop leads to charges for Rineyville woman

    A Rineyville woman faces seven charges after police say she resisted arrest during a traffic stop Monday night on Ky. 220.

    Sarah K. Peak, 31, is charged with first-degree possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, alcohol intoxication in public and giving an officer a false name.

  • Governor to visit for veterans center groundbreaking

    The state will turn dirt today on its latest veterans nursing center just north of Radcliff.

    The Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs and the Office of Kentucky Veterans Centers is hosting a traditional groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the site of the Radcliff Veterans Center nursing facility, which will be built off Logsdon Parkway on property donated by the Department of Defense.

  • HMH approves incentives-laden health plan

    Hardin Memorial Health employees now have a few hundred reasons to improve their health.

    HMH’s Board of Trustees approved the 2014 employee health benefits plan Tuesday that is heavy on incentives and could reduce an employee’s premiums by as much as $400 throughout the year.

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  • Pastor finds father after 38 years

    Jimmy Squires was about 18 years old when his father headed to his truck and said he was going to make an insurance payment.

    In the 38 years that followed, the man never returned to his Louisville home.

    “We didn’t know anything,” he said.

    The disappearance was devastating, and law enforcement couldn’t find him, Jimmy Squires said.

    “We thought something might have happened or somebody might have mugged him,” he said. “We didn’t know what happened because he and my mother never fought.”