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  • UPDATE: One dead in wreck of mobile meth lab

    One person is dead and two others were critically injured and a mobile methamphetamine lab was discovered Tuesday after a red 1991 Honda Accord collided with a tree off Boone Road north of Elizabethtown.

    The vehicle was northbound on Boone Road when it left the road for unknown reasons and struck a tree on the right shoulder. None of the car's three occupants were wearing a seatbelt, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Babysitter pleads not guilty to murder charge

     Former babysitter Ashley N. Chapman pleaded not guilty to killing a child in her care during an arraignment Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The 28-year-old from Vine Grove is charged in the fatal beating of Layla M. Johnson, 2, who died Jan. 29 after spending four days in critical condition in a Louisville hospital.

    Chapman appeared in court for the first time after being indicted in March on charges of murder and second-degree persistent felony offender. She is being represented by public defender Melanie Foote.

  • Grand jury returns arson indictment

    A 22-year-old Irvington man has been indicted for second-degree arson by a Breckinridge County grand jury.

    The indictment was served on Robert J. Felker at the Hardin County Detention Center, where he was being held on unrelated charges, Kentucky State Police reported.

    Monday’s indictment stems from a Jan. 28 structure fire at 700 Whitworth Lockard Lane in Breckinridge County.

    Felker’s bond was set at $10,000 cash.

    The investigation by KSP Arson Detective Terry Scott in ongoing.

  • Former lawn care operator, BBB ‘Bad Guy,' sentenced to seven years in prison

    Donald Simoneit Jr., former owner of Hardin County Lawn Care and one of the Better Business Bureau’s “Bad Guys 2011,” was sentenced tuesday to seven years in prison in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Simoneit, 44, was the subject of three circuit court cases, all of which were related to his lawn care service. In March, he pleaded guilty to five counts of theft-related felony charges and an amended charge of second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Attorney requests trial date change in Ferguson case

    The public defender representing Kelly C. Ferguson, an Elizabethtown man accused of forcible rape, requested a trial date change Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The jury trial is scheduled to begin June 11, but defense counsel Carolyn Brown is attached to another case also scheduled for trial that day.

    Circuit Judge Ken Howard decided to continue the motion until a May 25 suppression hearing.

    Ferguson, 35, a registered sex offender, faces new charges of first-degree rape, sodomy and persistent felony offender.

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  • E’town police considering canine unit

    The Elizabethtown Police Department soon may have a four-legged ally in its battle to sift out drugs.

    EPD Police Chief Tracy Schiller proposed creation of a canine unit in the department to assist in drug enforcement.

    Schiller said the program’s benefits include access to an effective tracking asset because of a dog’s extraordinary sense of smell, which can help locate drugs or missing persons, Schiller added.

  • Munfordville doctor honored for planting trees

    A Munfordville resident is the recipient of a 2012 Arbor Day Award in honor of his contribution to tree planting, conservation and stewardship, the Arbor Day Foundation announced.

    Dr. James Middleton is one of 16 individuals and organizations being recognized by the foundation at its annual Arbor Day Awards. The ceremony is Saturday in Nebraska City, Neb.

    Middleton will receive the Good Steward Award in recognition of stewardship and conservation on private land. In 2011, the Good Steward Award winner was Charles D. Williams, also of Munfordville.

  • Deputy, trooper crash while pursuing speeder

    A state trooper and a Nelson County sheriff's deputy, both pursuing the same speeding vehicle, collided Monday afternoon near New Haven.

    Trooper C.G. Perry was headed north on U.S. 31E in Nelson County just after 2 p.m. Monday when he clocked a speeder headed in the opposite direction, a Kentucky State Police news release said. Perry pulled off the road and gave chase with sirens and lights engaged.

  • Rally promotes abortion alternatives

    Area resident Andria Monahan found herself young and pregnant. She found out her baby had Down Syndrome and a heart defect that would need surgery immediately after delivery.

    Monahan said her family and medical professionals pressured her to have an abortion. She was considering it.

    She said she was mad at herself for having sex before marriage and mad with God for allowing the negative things to happen to her.