ARREST WITH COMPAS­SION. It’s not often that a traffic stop and arrest ends in a hug between suspect and police. But a recent one in LaRue County had that ending.

A chase through Green County and into La­Rue County ended with La­trece Curry, 41, of Le­ba­non, hugging Hod­­genville Police Chief James Rich­ard­son. She reportedly was fleeing a domestic situation and when Rich­ardson opened her car door, she was frightened and later embraced him.

“The look on her face was of sheer terror,” Richardson said. “She was shaking and it was obvious she was scared. I talked to her to calm her down and then she hugged me. That has never happened to me after a pursuit.”

In this day and time, interactions between police and suspects often draws national attention. So did this one, in a positive way, as the police chief displayed compassion for Curry.

She faces a pair of felony charges stemming from the chase.

HELPING THE WARDS. The Ward family of Sonora is getting help from near, and around the country as two of their children, Tenley, 5, and Adley, 3, battle cancer.

As part of the 5th annual Spin for Steven fundraiser March 27, the sisters will be spotlighted as participants traditionally raise money through stationary cycling at the University of Louisville.

The event is organized by U of L’s Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity and all proceeds benefit the Steven Van­over Founda­tion, which supports cancer research at the Norton Cancer Institute and Mem­­orial Sloan Kettering Can­­cer Center.

Elizabethtown High School graduate Shivang Patel serves as director of operations for this year’s event and, after he learned of their story, felt compelled to help.

This year’s Spin for Steven event will take place outside U of L’s Lynn Family Stadium. Health safety precautions include spacing of stationary bikes, a mask requirement and sanitation of all bikes. Participants also can engage with the event virtually by riding on a stationary bike, taking a traditional bike ride, walking on a treadmill or taking part in any other physical activity, Patel said.

To register for the event or make a donation, go to

CLIMBING THE CAREER LADDER. Former Rineyville Fire Chief Shane Crutcher never expected to make firefighting his career.

It’s been quite a career for the Hardin County native.

He started in 1996 as a volunteer firefighter in Rineyville and now has been named the new structural fire chief of National Park Services.

Crutcher and his family moved in April 2016 to Stuttgart, Germany, where he worked as the deputy director of emergency services for the U.S. Army Garrison. He then decided to move to Manassas, Virginia, in April 2018 to work at Fort Belvoir as the fire chief before taking his new position.

In the future, he and his wife and two children may return to their roots.

“One day we’ll maybe find our way back there. That’s definitely the roots of where everything began,” Crutcher said about Hardin County.

For now, the former fire volunteer continues to excel in the field.

This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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