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  • Heater use leads to garage fire

    HILLVIEW - No injuries and no charges were filed following a garage fire at a Hillview residence caused by an electric heater.

    Zoneton and Okolona Fire units responded to the initial call at the 100 block of Keebler Drive Thursday afternoon.

    ZFD Battalion Chief Garry Key found the resident, a white male, inside the garage with a garden hose. Key said the resident was attempting to put the fire out himself while smoke exited through aluminum siding above the garage door.

  • County 'energized' with $300,000 federal grant

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Bullitt County facilities will be a bit more energy efficient thanks to a grant of nearly $300,000 from the federal government.

        Bryan Kirby, a grantwriter working for the county, presented Bullitt Fiscal Court members with the good news that the grant had been approved by the Department of Energy.

        The major benefactor of the grant will be the occupants of the Nina Mooney Courthouse Annex.

  • Woman pleads guilty of sexual contact with teenager

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - A woman entered a guilty plea to an amended charge of having an unlawful transaction with a minor.

        Jessica Darcy Smith, 28, of Louisville, entered a guilty plea Thursday in Bullitt Circuit Court.

        Originally charged with rape and sodomy, prosecutors agreed to amend the rape charge to unlawful transaction with a minor. The sodomy charge was dismissed.

        Smith was indicted last February after an investigation was conducted by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Men indicted on separate sex-related allegations

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Two men have been indicted on sex-related charges that could land them in prison for 20 years to life.

        The Bullitt County Grand Jury recently indicted John Preston Moorhatch, 56.

        According to the indictment, Moorhatch, 56, of Shepherdsville, was charged with sodomy and sexual abuse.

        The most serious crime is a Class A felony punishable by 20 years to life in prison.

  • County officials warn that dog, cat problems will only get worse in time

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - The problem was clear but the solution is becoming more troubling for county officials.

        Deputy county judge Billy Roy Shepherd said a call was made to the office. It was a trend that is becoming more popular - stray dogs and cats.

        However, when Shepherd and county judge Melanie Roberts joined animal control officials, the problem at this particular mobile home was worse than expected.

  • LJ looks to run sidewalks from school to library

        LEBANON JUNCTION - There may be a way for walkers to navigate the route along Highway 61 from the Lebanon Junction Elementary to the new library.

        The Lebanon Junction City Council  voted unanimously to authorize Jason Sams of Louisville engineering firm Suburban Design Group to put together a cost estimate on the proposed project.

        “We’ve got to start somewhere,” said councilman Larry Dangerfield. “We need this sidewalk.”

  • Man acquitted by jury on sex charge

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Bullitt Circuit Court jury panel recently acquitted Earnest Sparks.

        Sparks had been indicted in December 2009 on the charge of sexual abuse, a Class C felony punishable by 5-10 years in prison.

        During the recent trial, the alleged victim told the jurors that Sparks asked her to touch his private parts.

        The next day, she said she told her mother what had happened on Aug. 1, 2009.

  • Police investigating lady's death after jail stay

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - An investigation has been requested after a woman who served seven days in the Bullitt County Jail passed away Tuesday morning.

        And her family is looking for answers.

        Melissa Jean Czaja, 34, was picked up on July 26 on a warrant from Jefferson County. By her release on Aug. 3, she was taken to Jewish Hospital Medical Center South and later transported to a Louisville hospital.

  • Rear end collision causes Bardstown Road to temporarily close

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - Bardstown Road near Fairlane Drive was temporarily blocked off earlier this afternoon following a rear end collision in the north bound lane.

        Mount Washington police closed the north and south bound lanes for only a few minutes.

        The south bound lane was opened around 2:10 p.m. allowing traffic to flow and a wrecker service to respond to the scene.

        MWPD was on hand to direct traffic. 

  • Man questioned on disappearance

        SHEPHERDSVILLE - Roy Vernon Elwell Jr. is in custody and the investigation continues on whether he will face any charges in the disappearance for nearly two weeks of a Bullitt County teenager.

        According to Bullitt County Sheriff Donnie Tinnell, the U.S. Marshal’s office had gotten some good tips that Elwell may be in the Mount Elmira Road area on Wednesday evening.