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  • Thefts keep MW police very busy

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — A rash of burglaries has kept the Mount Washington police busy recently.

    The most recent was on March 25, when a residence at 191 Abels Way #10 was burglarized. Det. Buddy Stump said approximately $1,500 of property was stolen, including a large, flat-screen television.

    Stump said the perpetrators entered by kicking in the door.

    Warrants have been issued for the three suspects, Leonard Waddell, 21, Nathaniel Scarborough, 22 and Christopher Ohlmann, 22. All three suspects are Louisville residents, Stump said.

  • Fatality in I-65 crossover accident

    LEBANON JUNCTION - A Louisville man was killed in a crossover accident on Interstate 65 Wednesday morning.

    Kentucky State Police reported that Paul Waddle was parked in the right shoulder of southbound I-65 near mile 106 when his Toyota was struck.

    A Waste Management dumptruck driven by Steven Barnes of Lebanon Junction was traveling northbound. Police said the dumptruck crossed the median for unknown reasons.

    Waddle was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bullitt County Coroner's office.

  • 155 years: Jury recommendation may be largest ever in sexual abuse case

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – It didn’t take a Bullitt County Grand Jury long Wednesday to hand down a guilty verdict for convicted sex offender Perry Bennington.

    And it took even less time for the 12 jurors to sentence Bennington to 155 years in prison – the maximum sentence – for 14 separate sexual abuse-related charges.

    It was a decision about which Bennington showed no emotion.

    Bennington, 59, was found guilty in Bullitt Circuit Court on charges of first and third degree sodomy, first and third degree rape, first degree sexual abuse and incest.

  • Grant would help prepare for next 'one'

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – What natural disaster has Bullitt County not suffered in the past 20 years?

    How about a break of the Taylorsville dam?

    That could be the next exercise conducted by the Bullitt County Emergency Management Agency.

    Director Mike Phillips is looking toward the federal government to provide some assistance in making that mock disaster happen.

  • Hatfield believes civil service ordinance needs change

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – City officials are moving closer to deciding whether a much-discussed civil service ordinance needs to be altered.

    Councilman Larry Hatfield has made it known that he is not pleased with the current provisions.

    Currently, the mayor does not have the right to terminate or demote any employee, including supervisors, without being subject to a hearing before the civil service board.

    Hatfield said he had talked with all but one supervisor and they seemed to be OK with his proposal.

  • Saying Goodbye

    MOSUL, IRAQ – Fighting in Iraq claimed a third man with ties to Lebanon Junction Friday with the death of 24-year-old Army Staff Sgt. Gary Lee Woods, Jr.

    Woods, a Bullitt Central High School graduate and former ROTC cadet who completed basic training at Fort Knox five years ago, was inside one of two Humvees hit by the blast from a truck loaded with explosives, his father, Gary Woods Sr., said.

  • BREAKING NEWS: RED FLAG FIRE WARNING

    The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a red flag warning for Bullitt County through 6 p.m. Monday.

    The combination of windy conditions along with low humidity and high temperatures could result in dangerous fire situations.

    At 3:40 p.m. Nichols Fire units responded to the Fort Knox area near Mt. Eden to assist with a field fire. Southeast Bullitt Fire units were called on standby.

    A large amount of Kentucky has been placed under the red flag warning.

    Check www.pioneernews.net for further updates.

  • Shepherdsville police arrest man allegedly involved in auto thefts

    SHEPHERDSVILLE – An individual connected with a recent rash of vehicle break-ins has been arrested by city police.

    Shepherdsville resident Joseph A. Hauber, 18, was arrested April 1 and charged with four felony counts of theft by unlawful taking from automobiles.

    He was released from the Bullitt County Detention Center April 2 on a $5,000 surety bond.

    Shepherdsville Police Capt. Kenneth Bernardi said Hauber is believed to have stolen between $17,000 and $18,000 in goods from vehicles parked in various areas of Shepherdsville.

  • More officers may be on streets thanks to stimulus

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - While there aren’t a lot of definite answers on how Bullitt County might be affected by the federal stimulus dollars sent from Washington, it appears there will be a law enforcement program revived to put more officers on the streets.

    The Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program is to receive $1 billion to provide another 5,500 officers across the country.

    Several Bullitt County agencies are currently working to apply for those funds.

  • Hillview honors Burton; city, Fox Chase, host cleanup days

    HIILVIEW - While work continues to clean up limbs left by the storm, Hillview residents have an opportunity to get rid of their junk on Saturday.

    The annual cleanup day will be held on Saturday, April 4.

    From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., extra dumpsters will be in place at the works department garage at the end of Prairie Drive.

    Works foreman Jim Bohannon said that no hazardous materials would be accepted, as well as household garbage.

    The county cleanup weekends will not be held in the spring. The project could be held later this summer or fall.