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  • Fire watch: Weather Service issues warning for Saturday

    A fire weather watch issued by the National Weather Service covers Hardin, Meade, LaRue and several adjacent counties in Kentucky.

    It will be in effect from Saturday afternoon through Saturday evening because of gusty winds and a forecast of low relative humidity, which could trigger fire outbreaks.

    The Kentucky area covered generally is north of the Blue Grass and Western Kentucky parkways and stretches into southern Indiana. Grayson, Bullitt, Breckinridge and Nelson also are covered by the alert.

  • Fort Knox releases name of shooting victim

    Fort Knox officials have identified Wednesday's shooting victim as Lloyd R. Gibert, 51, of Elizabethtown.

    Gibert was a human resources specialist with the U.S. Army Human Resource's Command Field Artillery Branch Officer Personnel Management Directorate on Fort Knox, according to a news release. He had been assigned to that command since January 2004.

    Officials also confirmed Sgt. Marquinta E. Jacobs, 36, of Radcliff as the shooting suspect. He will be charged with murder, according to federal court documents.

  • Tarafa found competent to stand trial

    Despite a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder, an Elizabethtown man charged in a fatal shooting at Memorial Apartments last June was found competent to stand trial.

    Robert J. Tarafa, 26, was arrested June 9 in connection to the shooting death of Frank Knapp, 32. According to Elizabethtown Police, the two men were involved in an argument that ended when Tarafa shot Knapp multiple times.

  • Health department to sell home health branch

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department is looking to relinquish its home health services to an outside entity.

    Director Linda Sims said the health department’s board has approved a request for proposals to find a buyer for the department’s service branch, which has become unsustainable as reimbursements shrink and costs surge.

    “It’s a decision we felt we had to make,” she said.

  • Fort Knox shooting suspect charged

    A soldier in the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division wanted for questioning in the shooting death of a Fort Knox civilian employee was charged with murder Thursday after he was apprehended in a town 5 miles south of the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

    Chris Grey, spokesman for the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, said the soldier was located in Portland, Tenn., where he was apprehended by Portland Police Department and CID agents.

  • Dollar General to relocate Sycamore Street store to West Dixie

    Dollar General intends to close its Sycamore Street location in Elizabethtown, relocating it this summer to a new store on West Dixie Avenue offering more space.

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  • State to close New Glendale bridge overpass for rail removal

    The New Glendale Road bridge overpass above the Western Kentucky Parkway in Elizabethtown will face temporary closures next week as the state removes railing on the bridge.

    The work requires closures from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. These times are chosen to reduce the impact on peak traffic during the morning and afternoon hours and allows for the passage of bus traffic, said Chris Jessie, public information officer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, in an email.

  • EPD set to hire four officers

    Elizabethtown Police Department is preparing to fill four patrol officer positions following recent resignations and retirements.

    Chief Tracy Schiller said EPD is back filling existing positions, not creating new ones. The Elizabethtown department’s force remains at 49 officers.

    “We’re like many other departments,” Schiller said. “You simply don’t have a lot of movement for a while, and at some point, you have a workforce with 20 or 25 years on.”

  • Soldier apprehended for questioning in Fort Knox shooting

    A soldier assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division has been apprehended for questioning in the shooting death of a U.S. Army civilian employee Wednesday afternoon on Fort Knox.

    According to a news release from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, the soldier was apprehended in Tennessee by the Portland Police Department and CID agents.

    The Portland Leader in Portland, Tenn. is reporting that the soldier's name is Marquinta Jacobs.