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  • Synthetic drug ban passes Senate committee

    A House bill proposing a statewide ban on synthetic drugs passed the State Judiciary Committee earlier this week.

    House Bill 481 aims to control sale, production and consumption of drugs designed to mimic the effects of marijuana and other illicit substances. Synthetic drugs are sold in smoke shops and gas stations but commonly are labeled “not for human consumption.”

  • Fiscal Court approves Hayden School Road agreement

    Hardin Fiscal Court approved an interlocal agreement Tuesday with Elizabethtown and a second agreement with Silver Gate Properties to green light widening Hayden School Road.

    Elizabethtown City Council already approved the agreement, which identifies needed improvements to the road as part of developing Ashton Park Subdivision by Silver Gate Properties.

    The county agreed to make improvements to Hayden School Road between St. John Road and the corporate limits of Elizabethtown, including drainage and paving upgrades.

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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.