Local News

  • Motion to reduce bail in abuse case denied

    An Elizabethtown man accused of spanking his step-children with a paddle appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Donald Lee Begley, 46, is indicted on three counts of second-degree criminal abuse of a child 12 years old or younger and is being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

    Begley’s attorney, public defender David Stewart, made a motion in court Tuesday to reduce the bond. The motion was denied by Judge Ken Howard, citing other felony convictions and failure to comply with previous court orders.

  • Kroger-crash case continued to March 18

    A woman indicted on nine charges, including attempted murder, after police say she crashed her car into an Elizabethtown Kroger, appeared Tuesday morning in Hardin Circuit Court.

    June Blocker, 52, requested representation by a public defender, if she qualified.

    After reviewing her request, Judge Ken Howard said Blocker did not qualify, citing her financial assets. He continued the case until March 18 to allow her time to hire a private attorney.

    An indictment is an allegation, not proof of guilt.

  • Motion made in murder case

    A Radcliff man accused in the 2013 death of his 1-month old son appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    A motion was made on behalf of Jarrod D. Davis, 24, to continue his trial — set for March 19 — to a later date.

    A pretrial conference already was scheduled for Davis on March 4 and Judge Ken Howard said he would address the motion then.

  • Sturgill headed to second trial

    The second of three cases expected to go to trial against a former West Point man begins Thursday.

    Jimmie Sturgill, 66, who was found guilty in June of 12 of 16 charges of sending explicit Facebook messages to two teenage girls, goes on trial on a charge of first-degree sodomy involving a teen. If found guilty, he faces up to 20 years in prison on the Class B felony.

  • Wave of 3/1 soldiers return

    More than 120 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division soldiers returned Monday night from a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and were welcomed home during a ceremony at Natcher Physical Fitness Center on post.

  • Child rape case trial begins

    On opening day of testimony in a rape case against a Nicholasville man who prosecutors say fathered a teenage girl’s child, the jury heard testimony from a Kentucky State Police detective, the girl and her mother.

    Alfred Ivey Jr., 49, is charged with two counts of first-degree rape, with one occurring when the girl was younger than 12.

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  • Helping Hand of Hope on the move

    A move more than two years in the making began Monday for Helping Hand of Hope.

    Staff for the organization began moving from the temporary location at 141 E. Dixie Ave. to its new facility at 6796 S. Wilson Road in Elizabethtown, which is expected to open March 3. Ground for the facility was broken in June.

    The move is a consolidation of the Elizabethtown and Radcliff facilities which is expected to save the organization $75,000 a year, according to its website.

  • House candidate opposes new cockfighting rule

    A Leitchfield Republican running for the state House of Representatives said the federal government is overstepping its bounds in a new provision that makes viewing animal fights a federal crime.

    The provision outlined in the U.S. farm bill makes it illegal to attend a cockfight or other display of animal fighting. Being caught at a cockfight could lead to a year in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.

  • Supporters of local option sales tax make case locally

    Proponents of a local option sales tax process in Kentucky argued the merits of the initiative in increasing revenue for local governments to Elizabethtown City Council Monday.

    Eileen Pickett, acting CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., said having access to a local option sales tax would be an economic tool in the quiver of Kentucky and help the commonwealth be more competitive with the 37 other states that already allow this option.

    “We’re not plowing new ground (here),” she said. “We’re really trying to catch up.”