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  • Missing teens picked up in Jefferson County

    The two teen girls reported missing from their Elizabethtown homes Sunday morning were found Tuesday night in Shively.

    Virgil Willoughby, Elizabethtown Police Department’s public information officer, said Brianna T. Ray, 16, and Danielle M. Bouvier, 15, were not in danger when Shively Police Department picked them up.

    Shively is on U.S. 31W just south of Louisville.

    The girls were reported missing by their parents after families noticed their absence Sunday morning.

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  • Police serve more than 20 drug-related warrants

    Area law enforcement agencies combined efforts Wednesday to serve drug warrants on more than 20 suspects in Hardin County.

    The Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force obtained warrants for 29 individuals for a variety of drug charges. Of those warrants, 21 were executed Wednesday morning, Director Ron Eckart said. Ultimately, 18 were arrested and warrants were served on three individuals already in custody.

    In addition to the arrests, one meth lab was discovered and more than 8 ounces of marijuana was seized, Eckart said.

  • State warns of West Nile danger to horses

    State officials are warning equine owners that weather conditions are right for an outbreak of West Nile Virus.

    The warning came Wednesday from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

    Officials advise equine owners to consult veterinarians about vaccinating horses against the disease.

    Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said in a statement officials don’t want to cause unnecessary alarm. They are concerned about the particular vulnerability horses have to the potentially deadly disease, he said.

  • Commanding general’s residence open for tours Sunday

    An open house Sunday at the residence of Fort Knox’s commanding general is the first time it has been open to the public since its construction in 1939, as far as officials know.

    Since then, the colonial structure with revival architecture has been the residence of the commanding general at Fort Knox.

    Fort Knox spokesman Kyle Hodges said historians he has spoken with have found no other instances in which the building was open to the public, as it will be from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

  • Suspect arrested in E'town gas station thefts

    Police arrested a suspect Monday night wanted in connection to multiple thefts at Elizabethtown Five Star locations earlier this month.

    Jeffrey H. Atwell, 47, of Louisville, is accused of stealing university-themed gloves from Five Star gas station shelves and hiding them in his pants. The suspect then made a purchase at the register before leaving the scene in a red-and-tan Mercury Mountaineer.

    These thefts allegedly occurred March 2 at the 1600 N. Dixie Ave. and 1046 N. Mulberry St. locations in Elizabethtown, police said.

  • Attorney files motion to suppress statement in rape case

    A public defender representing Kelly C. Ferguson, an Elizabethtown man facing first-degree rape and sodomy charges, filed multiple motions Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court including a motion to suppress a statement by the defendant.

    Ferguson, 35, is a registered sex offender. He was found guilty in 1997 of first-degree sexual abuse. In August, he was arrested by Kentucky State Police after an alleged sexual encounter with a female younger than 16.

  • Fiscal Court weighs jail safety and right to faith

    The Elizabethtown Church of Christ sees a ban on baptisms at the Hardin County Detention Center as an infringement on the American right of free religious expression.

    Joe Brothers, a congregation member, said the church quietly has advocated a repeal of the ban for years. As believers, Brothers said, the church is compelled to stand publicly for what it believes in, including the right of all Americans, including inmates, to participate in baptism as an affirmation of belief in Jesus Christ.

  • Warm weather could mean early corn planting

    Area farmers might take advantage of unseasonably warm weather to plant corn early this spring, depending on potential rainfall over the next several days.

    Matt Adams, a Hardin County extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, said farmers in the county could begin planting corn this week or by the second week of April if rain predicted for today and later this week does not make soil too wet and temperatures do not dip too low next month. The traditional earliest time for planting is between April 10 and April 15.