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  • Man enters not-guilty plea in sex case

    A Radcliff man indicted on multiple sex crime charges involving a teenager over an 18-month period was arraigned Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    James R. Ogg, 31, who was indicted on three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, 12 counts of third-degree rape and one count of third-degree sodomy last week, entered a not-guilty plea.

    All charges are Class D felonies and Ogg faces up to 5 years in prison on each count if convicted, up to 20 years total.

  • EPD to crack down on solicitors

    A wave of complaints from residents tired of door-to-door solicitation has caused Elizabethtown Police Department to review its policies on the practice.

    Police Chief Tracy Schiller and Sgt. Merle Young said the department is confident in the process set up to manage door-to-door solicitors, but it will be more diligent in enforcing those policies going forward.

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  • E'town approves real estate option for Ring Road acreage

    Following a closed session Monday evening, Elizabethtown City Council approved a real estate option with Aulbach Pence LLC on nearly 6 acres of property on Ring Road.

    The purchase price for the land, which sits near Heartland Elementary School and First Federal Savings Bank, is $1,197,000.

  • Speaker addresses pipeline at Rotary Club meeting

    Tom FitzGerald said Bluegrass Pipeline officials would have a tough fight on their hands if they tried to condemn a landowner’s property through eminent domain to attain easement rights.

    FitzGerald, director of the nonprofit Kentucky Resources Council, addressed the pipeline as a speaker Tuesday at an Elizabethtown Rotary Club meeting at Stone Hearth restaurant.

  • Rineyville man accused of rape gets new trial date

    The trial date for Reiner Legaspi, a Rineyville man accused of first-degree rape, has been moved a week after his attorney requested a postponement.

    Hardin Circuit Court Judge Ken Howard granted the postponement and set a new trial date for Aug. 25 after Commonwealth Attorney Shane Young made no argument against the postponement.

    In an interview, Young said the defense missed some procedural deadlines, but he felt the postponement was in the best interest for all parties in order for all evidence to be presented.

  • Attorney requests counseling records in sex abuse case

    A Vine Grove man indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse appeared Tuesday afternoon in Hardin Circuit Court.
    An attorney for David B. Duckworth, 39, requested counseling records of Duckworth’s family be provided for his defense.
    Duckworth’s trial date is Oct. 8.
    He was arrested in November by the Vine Grove Police Department after police said he allegedly forced a girl younger than 16 to touch his genitals. The incidents reportedly occurred in September and October of 2012.

  • Animal Control sees rise in dog adoptions

    With the opening of a new animal shelter on Peterson Drive in Elizabethtown, Hardin County Animal Control is seeing a rise in dog adoptions and a decrease in euthanizations.

    Director Gerald Foley told Hardin Fiscal Court Tuesday afternoon that the shelter adopted 120 dogs in March compared to 63 dogs in March 2013.

    Coupled with that, only 13 dogs were euthanized last month compared to 29 in March 2013, Foley said. The dogs that were euthanized either had some type of animal control behavior problem or were sick, he said.

  • Child abuse case postponed to October

    A pair of Elizabethtown residents who were indicted on criminal abuse charges against a juvenile will face a trial date that has been tentatively moved to Oct. 15.

    An attorney for Justin F. Badgett, 27, appeared on his behalf Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to motion for the new date.

    Judge Ken Howard refrained from setting a permanent date until an attorney for Heather Shipley, 35, is notified of the date change.

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