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  • Making a traffic stop can be tricky

    A News-Enterprise reporter and photographer recently had the opportunity to ride with Officer John Thomas and Officer Reggie Latham. That night, Thomas assisted Latham on a traffic stop off South Wilson Road.

    Latham found a half-smoked marijuana joint and rolling papers in the driver’s vehicle and the officers conducted a field sobriety test.

    The driver told the officers the joint belonged to someone who wasn’t in the car, Thomas said, but was displaying physical signs of smoking marijuana.

  • Citizens on patrol

    The officer spots a vehicle headed northbound on West Dixie Avenue with a headlight out. He pulls a U-turn and speeds up to the vehicle, turning on his overhead lights. As he climbs out of his cruiser and walks toward the vehicle in the darkness of night, one hand hovers near his weapon while the other pulls out a flashlight.

    The driver rolls down the window. Sitting in the passenger seat of the white Ford Interceptor, you listen to the officer ask a slew of questions over the buzz of the police radio.

  • Ordinance targets post-construction stormwater treatment

    Rules concerning stormwater runoff and water quality protection continue to change, and Elizabethtown City Council on Monday approved a water quality ordinance placing additional requirements on new developments or redevelopments.

    The ordinance was approved as an emergency measure to have it in place by April 15 and requires developers to design intensive post-construction plans and treatment methods to curb stormwater runoff, said Robert Bush, director of stormwater management.

  • Louisville teen leads police on 27-mile pursuit

    A 17-year-old from Louisville was arrested Monday in Meade County after he led police on a 27-mile pursuit through Jefferson, Meade and Hardin counties.

    Around 12:38 p.m. Monday, Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown received a request to assist Louisville Metro Police Department in pursuit of a stolen 1991 Jeep Cherokee, according to a news release from the post.

    The pursuit began on Gene Snyder Freeway and was approaching West Point on U.S. 31W when KSP was contacted, police said.

  • Two charged after Radcliff stabbing

    Two Radcliff women were arrested Sunday afternoon after one allegedly stabbed a former boyfriend twice in the leg at their South Wilson Road apartment.

    Jieruanna Laporte, 18, is charged with attempted murder in connection to the stabbing. Joilyn Palacios, 19, faces a charge of tampering with physical evidence for allegedly hiding a machete.

    Bryce Shumate, public information officer at Radcliff Police Department, said the women were engaged in an argument with a male roommate when Laporte stabbed him twice in the upper right leg around 11 a.m. Sunday.

  • E’town designated a Purple Heart city

    Elizabethtown on Monday joined Vine Grove in becoming a Purple Heart city.

    Mayor Tim Walker read a proclamation making the designation official Monday during Elizabethtown City Council’s voting meeting.

  • Two women arrested in connection to Radcliff stabbing

    Two Radcliff women were arrested Sunday afternoon following a stabbing that sent a man to University Hospital in Louisville.

    Jieruanna Laporte, 18, is charged with attempted murder while Joilyn Palacios is facing a charge of tampering with physical evidence.

    According to police, Laporte and Palacios were engaged in an argument with a male roommate, a former boyfriend of Laporte's, when Laporte allegedly stabbed the man twice in the upper right leg.

  • Horse killed in wreck on St. John Road

    One horse was killed and another injured Saturday night in a wreck in the 1700 block of St. John Road in Elizabethtown.

    Greg Lowe, spokesman for the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, said Brandon Whittaker, 20, and Dennis Polensky, 28, were riding horses around 8:30 p.m. Saturday on St. John Road.

    “It was almost totally dark,” Lowe said.

    Because it was dark, an approaching driver, Roger Obenson, failed to see the riders and ended up knocking both men off the horses, he said.

  • Wreck shuts down I-65 lanes while crews clean egg mess

    Two southbound lanes on Interstate 65 were shut down Monday as cleanup crews worked a wreck scene involving a passenger car and semi truck carrying a load of eggs.

    Doug Finlay, deputy director of Hardin County Emergency Management, said the car and truck collided around 2:40 a.m. near the 98-mile marker. The truck flipped and rolled into a creek.

    The car’s driver was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville while the truck driver was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital and later released, Finlay said.

  • March brought return of Purple Martins

    For some, March means basketball and St. Patrick’s Day.

    The month had others turning their eyes toward the sky for the return of Purple Martins.

    The birds are the largest of the swallows in North America and are totally dependent on man-made housing east of the Rocky Mountains.

    Males have a full dark-purple color. Females have a grey breast.

    Russell Sallee of Elizabethtown saw in 2007 the first pair of Purple Martins to settle overnight in the area he set up for them.