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  • 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.

  • S. Skyline residents concerned about opening of pathway

        HILLVIEW - The relocation of the city hall and police department to the old St. Mary’s Catholic Church facility has raised concerns from residents along South Skyline Drive.

        But mayor Jim Eadens said they shouldn’t be worried.

        Even before the July meeting of the Hillview City Council began, Eadens was speaking with concerned residents who feared the opening of a current path from the church to South Skyline would open up more traffic.

  • Mount Washington finances solid; carryover big

        MOUNT WASHINGTON - While many communities across the county have experienced difficulty keeping local budgets in the black, city records show Mount Washington with an estimated $1.7 million budget surplus for the last fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

        During the last regular meeting of the City Council, city treasurer Peggy Brinkman read the final treasurer’s report of the 2009-2010 fiscal year, making it the twelfth consecutive monthly report showing city coffers with a positive flow.

  • BULLITT COUNTY ROADWORK: Week of Aug. 9

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Highway District 5 reports the following roadwork scheduled in Bullitt County for the week of August 9:

    Bullitt County:

    Interstate 65: Lane closures and delays are possible in both directions between the KY 61 underpass and the Bullitt/Jefferson County line (mile points 118.5 and 123.1) for concrete pavement repairs. The roadway may be reduced to one lane weeknights from 9 p.m. until 5:00 a.m.