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  • Feds: E’town doctor, wife ‘harbored’ illegal immigrant

    A federal indictment claims an Elizabethtown doctor and his former wife kept a Bolivian national as a servant in their homes for nearly 15 years and never paid her.

    Javier Arce, 58, and Christina Mier Arce, 55, were charged Thursday with conspiracy and harboring an illegal immigrant for financial gain, based on an FBI probe.

    The Arces used a Bolivian woman as a live-in domestic worker between June 1994 and January 2006 at their residence on Freeman Lake Road in Elizabethtown, according to the grand jury indictment.

  • Church changes VBS format to draw more kids

    Throughout the area, many local churches are sponsoring a vacation Bible school at one point in the summer. But one Elizabethtown church decided to change gears and try a sports format.

    First Christian Church of Elizabethtown adopted Sports Camp to replace VBS. Melanie Presta, children’s minister, said the change was made because enrollment had been down in VBS and she had first-hand experience with similar sports camps at other churches that were successful.

  • Hodgenville man charged with sexual abuse of a minor

    A 67-year-old Hodgenville man was arrested Thursday on indictments by a LaRue County grand jury.

    The four-count indictment alleges James Jeffries sexually abused a juvenile younger than 12, according to a Kentucky State Police news release.

    Jeffries is lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center. The case is being investigated by Kentucky State Police.
     

  • Additional charges filed against Meadows

    A new victim has come forward during the investigation of a Flaherty man who briefly worked as a Hardin County Schools teacher.

    Chad Meadows, 36, was arrested June 6 and charged with computer solicitation of a minor after a 13-year-old girl told her parents Meadows made sexual advances toward her via Facebook chat.

    Additional charges were filed Wednesday after another 13-year-old girl came forward, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Former bank employee pleads guilty to fraud

    A Radcliff man formerly employed by PNC Investments has pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of bank fraud. The maximum sentence for the crime is 60 years in prison.

    According to the indictment, William Hernandez, 41, knowingly withdrew money from two PNC Bank customers’ accounts with intent to defraud. After withdrawing money, he deposited it into PNC Bank accounts and issued cashier’s checks, according to the indictment.

  • BBB challenges door-to-door sales pitch

    Better Business Bureau officials are warning area residents about two door-to-door salesmen reportedly making false claims in Hardin County.

    Two men are trying to sell what they claim are books from Sylvan Learning Center in the county. The books were being sold for $130 with the promise of being hand-delivered in August, said Cathy Williamson, Lincoln Trail Area branch manager for the Better Business Bureau.

    The situation was reported to Sylvan’s operation in Elizabethtown.

  • Hodgenville police officer recovering

    The Hodgenville police officer who was struck by a car in January is recovering well, a city official says.

    Officer Dennis Wells was signaling traffic on northbound Ky. 1618 when Jimmy Murphy failed to obey Wells' hand signal.

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse said Wells has undergone surgery on his shoulder and is still on medical leave. He has yet to be released for duty by his doctor.

    According to Cruse, Wells has not determined if he will return to work.

  • Freakley: Knox has healthy future

    Although U.S. Army Accessions Command will deactivate Aug. 12, Fort Knox’s commanding general is encouraged about the post’s future.
    “Fort Knox doesn’t look tired,” Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley said during lunch with The News-Enterprise editorial board Wednesday at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex.

  • Alert system will help protect cadets off post

    To keep cadets safe during the Leaders Training Course at Fort Knox, an emergency weather system has been placed near West Point to notify cadets in the field of any impending dangerous weather.

    Because part of the training involves sending cadets off-post, officials decided to add an extra layer of safety during the approximately five days of training that takes place near West Point, said Jeff Markle, a training division representative. A siren will sound to alert cadets and instructors of incoming lightning or tornadoes.

  • Educators support Great by 8 plan

    A local education leader joined others across the state Wednesday to show that children who are “great by 8” can be great at any age.

    Al Rider, president and chief executive officer of the North Central Education Foundation, spoke at a statewide summit for the Great by 8 initiative. The effort’s aim is to educate communities on how early childhood education influences economic growth.

    Rider presented information on how businesses can be involved in early childhood education.