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  • Prosecutors dismiss charges against E'town man accused of neglect, exploitation

    The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office dismissed charges Tuesday against an Elizabethtown man accused of neglect and financial exploitation of a parental figure.

    Joseph A. Starks, 38, was arrested in May 2011 after Elizabethtown police found the Adams Road home in “extremely poor condition,” according to a citation.

    Four months later, he was indicted into Hardin Circuit Court and was set to proceed to trial last June. However, because of a scheduling conflict with another felony case, Starks’ trial was pushed back.

  • Barron receives Boy Scouts service award

    A longtime local leader of the Boy Scouts has been recognized for his service to the organization.

    Retired Maj. Gen. Bill Barron received the Silver Beaver Award, a distinguished service award that recognizes leaders within the Boy Scouts of America, this past weekend. The award was presented to Barron by the Lincoln Heritage Council.

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  • Meade County men plead guilty to arson, insurance fraud

    Two Guston men pleaded guilty to charges of arson and insurance fraud for their involvement in a staged vehicle wreck.

    Joseph D. Ross, 51, and Joshua D. Fuqua, 31, pleaded guilty Thursday, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 4. Prosecutors offered Ross 10 years and Fuqua seven, police said.

    According to the release, Ross hired Fuqua in June 2011 to drive a pick-up truck into his motor home parked on Charlie Pyle Road. Police said the two intended to collect money from the motor home’s insurance policy.

  • Grayson County men sentenced in 2010 arson

    Two Grayson County men have received 10-year sentences for their roles in a November 2010 arson case.

    Russell Mercer, 64, was sentenced Jan. 22 while Tom Lashley, 46, was sentenced Thursday in Grayson Circuit Court. Both men were found guilty of second-degree arson.

    Mercer hired Lashley, his former brother-in-law, to burn some property Nov. 10, 2010, according to a news release from Kentucky State Police Post 4.

  • Vine Grove man arraigned on child porn charges

    A Vine Grove man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court to child pornography-related charges.

  • Feeding America conducting hunger study

    A local food bank and its agencies are preparing to participate in the largest nationwide study on hunger.

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland representatives are seeking volunteers to help with interviews for the Hunger in America 2014 study.

    The study is conducted by Feeding America’s national organization and a statistical firm to determine:

  • HMH outlines opposition to birth center

    Hardin Memorial Health officials on Monday defended their opposition to an alternative birthing center in Elizabethtown, saying the center’s presence could place hospital obstetricians in uncomfortable positions of unfamiliarity.

    Dennis Johnson, president and CEO of HMH, said he is “very strongly opposed” to the thought of a new center in the city because HMH would be responsible for emergencies arising with the center’s patients.

  • Woman arrested after altercation at West Point Police Department

    A 24-year-old mother faces six charges following an altercation Sunday at the West Point Police Department during which police say she was holding her 5-month-old baby and was under the influence of alcohol.

    Christina A. Vickers of West Point is charged with third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, resisting arrest and alcohol intoxication in public.

    According to a citation, Vickers went to a West Point officer’s home and stated she was involved in a domestic violence incident.

  • E'town approves resolution calling for state pension reforms

    Elizabethtown has joined cities around the state in calling on the Kentucky General Assembly to reform the County Employees Retirement System, which could make it sustainable and secure for current and future employees.

    Elizabethtown City Council approved a resolution supporting reforms during a special called meeting Monday after tweaking a resolution drafted by the Kentucky League of Cities. Vine Grove City Council approved a similar resolution last week.