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  • Oxygen tank, cigarette blamed for house fire on South Wilson Road

    Two Hardin County residents were hurt Friday morning in a house fire which officials believe started when a woman lit a cigarette while an oxygen tank was on.

    Rineyville, Radcliff and Vine Grove firefighters responded around 11:13 a.m. to 5504 S. Wilson Road. Rineyville Assistant Chief Tim Wiseman said flames were visible when the first officials arrived at 11:23 a.m.

    Homeowners Gale and Roberta Johnson were in the single-story residence with a caregiver when the fire started, Wiseman said. All the occupants were outside when firefighters arrived.

  • State police arrest 84-year-old suspect in Clarkson shooting

    Kentucky State Police have arrested an 84-year-old man in connection to a Thursday night shooting in Grayson County that left one dead and another injured.

    Alva Gussler of Clarkson is charged with murder and first-degree assault.

    State police received a call at 8:37 p.m. Thursday from Grayson County Dispatch requesting assistance on a shooting at a residence on Tara Lane in Clarkson, according to a news release from Post 4.

  • Civil suit vs. Hodgenville dismissed

    A civil suit against the city of Hodgenville was dismissed with prejudice last month in LaRue Circuit Court. It may not be re-filed.

    The suit was filed by a Hodgenville couple in August 2010 following a drug bust on Fairview Drive. 

    Mitchell Wayne Embree and Kayla Suzanne Vermillion claimed they were detained and searched unlawfully by Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse, who had accompanied officers to the scene. The evening culminated with Cruse chasing and tackling a suspected drug dealer who was running from police.

  • Lincoln Birthplace celebrates Emancipation Proclamation's 150th anniversary

    The Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park hosts an “Emancipation Proclamation 150th Anniversary Observance” next weekend. All activities are free to the public.

    Over the course of the weekend, children can participate in the newly developed “Park Quest” that will lead them in a scavenger-hunt activity to find various landmarks around the park. Once they have successfully completed the quest, kids will receive a “special surprise,” according to a news release.

  • 84-year-old charged in Clarkson shootings

    A 84-year-old man has been identified as the suspect in Grayson County shootings that killed one woman Thursday night and injured a second person.

    Kentucky State Police charged Alva Gussler, 84, of Clarkson with murder and assault first degree. He's been lodged in the Grayson County Detention Center.

    During an argument Thursday night, police say Gussler pulled a gun and shot 59-year-old Laura L. Ford who lived in the same residence with Alva Gussler and his son, 48-year-old Michael C. Gussler.

  • E'town police report increase in thefts from unlocked cars

    Elizabethtown police are reporting a spike of unlocked vehicle break-ins in neighborhoods throughout the city.

    EPD spokesman Virgil Willoughby said officers have responded to 24 vehicle break-ins since last Friday with four of those occurring Thursday.

    Of those 24, Willoughby said just one case involved forced entry.

    “(There was) just one where somebody broke a window to get the property,” he said.

    Possessions reported stolen include credit cards and electronic items, such as GPS systems and iPads, Willoughby said.

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  • Reforms, redistricting could define ’13 legislative session

    When the Kentucky General Assembly reconvenes Tuesday for the start of its 30-day session, legislators will be met with a retirement system and tax code in need of reform and a redistricting process left unresolved from last year.

    Local legislators said all three issues are complex and had mixed feelings about Frankfort’s ability to make comprehensive changes in such a small window of time.

    “I think it’s going to be a crackerjack of a session,” said Rep. Jimmie Lee, D-Elizabethtown.

  • Former State Rep. Straney remembered for generosity

    Radcliff businessman Jay Duvall remembers Martin Louis Straney as a generous man who would always help out a friend.

    Straney, a former Hardin County farmer, business owner, real estate developer and state representative for the 26th District, passed away Jan. 1 at Richmond Place in Lexington. He was 86.

    Duvall, who had lost contact with Straney, said he was saddened to read about the death of a man he considered a longtime friend.