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  • West Point postpones trick or treating to Saturday

    West Point postponed trick or treating in the city to Saturday because of ongoing cleanup at the site of Monday’s train derailment in southwest Jefferson County.

    According to city hall, West Point has rescheduled trick or treating for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday.

    Thirteen cars on a Paducah & Louisville Railway train went off the tracks Monday. Eight of those cars were carrying chemicals.

    Because of the ongoing cleanup at the derailment site, U.S. 31W is closed in West Point at Ky. 835.

  • Former area resident charged with filming minor

    Landmark News Service

    An Adair County dispatcher was charged last week with promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

    James Orley Absher, 49, of Columbia and formerly of Hodgenville, is accused of videotaping an underage girl at his LaRue County home between June 1 and Dec. 1, 2011.

    According to court records, Absher moved to Elizabethtown in December 2011.

    On Oct. 10, 2012, another person in the home allegedly found a hidden camera in the bathroom. The camera was turned over to Kentucky State Police.

  • West Point evacuated after fire at derailment site

    A fire occurred at the train derailment site north of West Point today causing injuries and forcing an evacuation of the town.

    Residents are being sent to Muldraugh Elementary School. Colvin Community Center in Radcliff will serve as a backup shelter.

  • Suspect shot by trooper remains in serious condition

    A burglary suspect shot Saturday morning by a Kentucky State Police trooper remains under state police guard at University Hospital in Louisville, where he’s listed in serious condition.

    Joshua S. Blough, 25, of Big Clifty, was shot in the neck Saturday after police said he turned a weapon toward Trooper Dewan Kelly.

    Kelly, a 12-year-veteran with KSP assigned to Post 4, responded at 6:33 a.m. Saturday to the 6000 block of South Wilson Road to investigate a complaint of a burglary in progress, according to a news release.

  • Competency evaluation ordered for suspect in E'town shooting

    A Hardin Circuit Court judge approved a motion Tuesday requesting a competency evaluation for an Elizabethtown man facing a murder charge.

    Robert J. Tarafa, 26, is accused in the shooting death of Frank Knapp. Elizabethtown police said Tarafa fired nine shots at Knapp using two weapons June 8 at Memorial Apartments.

    A grand jury indicted Tarafa on charges of murder, two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, two counts of receiving a stolen firearm and second-degree persistent felony offense.

  • Man sentenced to 15 years for rape, incest

    A registered sex offender from Michigan was sentenced Tuesday to 15 years in prison on charges of forcible rape and incest in Hardin County.

    David B. Dunnivant, 46, pleaded guilty in July to charges of first-degree rape, incest and tampering with a witness.

    A sentencing originally was scheduled for Sept. 25 but later was continued to Tuesday.

    Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard said the sex offender evaluation found Dunnivant to be a “medium or moderate risk” for future offenses.

  • Suspect arraigned in Big Spring shooting, robberies

    A Cecilia man facing charges in connection to a shooting and robberies near the Hardin-Meade County border was arraigned Tuesday via video feed in Hardin District Court.

    Steven C. Goodman, 21, was arrested Monday morning at Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

  • Trial set for woman accused of receiving stolen property

    A February jury trial is scheduled for a woman accused of receiving stolen property police say was taken from a home where a LaRue County woman was killed.

    Belinda R. Martin faces a felony charge of receiving stolen property less than $10,000.

    A jury trial in the case was scheduled for Nov. 7, but Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard approved Tuesday a motion to continue the trial to Feb. 18.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Martin received property taken from a Buffalo residence where Kristie L. Allen was found killed Dec. 30.

  • March trial date set in elderly abuse, exploitation case

    A March jury trial is scheduled for an Elizabethtown man accused of abuse and financial exploitation of a parental figure.

    Joseph A. Starks, 38, was arrested May 14, 2011, after Elizabethtown police found his Adams Road in “extremely poor condition,” according to a citation.

    Inside the residence, officers found a bedridden woman who was unable to eat, according to the citation. She was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital where she was diagnosed with “several serious sores.”

  • Amendment would guarantee hunting, fishing protections

    An amendment to the state constitution on Tuesday’s ballot would protect the right to hunt and fish.

    Officials say the amendment, if approved, wouldn’t likely change anything related to current hunting and fishing regulations and practices. It is meant to protect residents’ ability to participate in the sports, even if organizations one day challenge the idea that Kentuckians should do so.

    If passed, the amendment would immediately take effect.