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  • Woman accused of rape now in custody

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - A Hikes Point woman turned herself in Friday morning after being accused of improper sexual misconduct with a minor.

    Bullitt County Sheriff's Department Det. Scotty McGaha said Jessica Darcy Smith, 25, agreed to meet officials at the Louisville office of her attorney, Ken McCardwell.

    Smith has been charged with three counts of rape and one count of sodomy.

    According to McGaha, the woman was placed into the role of caretaker for a 15-year-old male in Bullitt County.

  • Detective says no evidence of stolen money by fire chief

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — The questions still seem to outweigh the answers in the Mount Washington Fire Protection District Board’s hearing of accused Mount Washington Fire Chief Michael Dooley.

    Dooley is charged by the board for poorly supervising and mismanaging funds in the department’s fire board Crusade committee and firemen’s fund accounts.

    Dooley was also recently indicted in Bullitt Circuit Court on misdemeanor charges of second-degree official misconduct.

    He is not charged criminally or by the fire board with stealing any funds.

  • Police believe solution may be near

    HEBRON ESTATES -- Police officers Mike Cook and Tim Waters are aware of a situation that has concerned residents in one northern Bullitt County city for several years.

    And, a solution may be near.

    But Cook said he was not able to discuss the work being conducted at the present time.

    That seemed good enough to appease the residents in the Horse Run Court area of Hebron Estates.

  • MW fire board votes to reinstate Dooley

    MOUNT WASHINGTON -- Applause erupted from friends and family of suspended fire chief Michael Dooley Thursday evening after the fire protection district's board of trustees reinstated Dooley to his full duties.

    Board chair Melvin Davis broke a tie vote to reinstate Dooley to his position as chief, although it was unclear as to when Dooley would resume his job.

  • Woman charged in bus accident

    HILLVIEW - No one was injured Thursday afternoon as a school bus carrying students from Maryville Elementary was struck by a car.

    According to Det. Scotty McGaha, sheriff's deputy Brandon Gwynn responded to a call around 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in the vicinity of North Triangle Lane.

    A car struck the back of the bus and then fled.

    Hillview officer Mike Murdoch later located the fleeing driver.

    Cynthia Denise Elmore, 41, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and possession of an open alcoholic container.

  • Two arrested in record 44th meth lab bust in county

    HILLVIEW - The Bullitt County Drug Task Force busted its 44th meth lab of 2008.

    Task Force director Kenny Hardin said officers uncovered the lab Wednesday night around 8 p.m. while issuing an arrest warrant on a suspect at 198 Briarwood Lane.

    Officers reported a strong chemical smell from the front doorway and asked the homeowner. Hardin said the owner eventually admitted that  meth was being manufactured in the house.

    Officers located an active meth lab in a back bedroom. Hardin said officers cleaned the area and neutralized the ingredients,

  • Kentucky 4-A State Championship: BE's offense set to challenge Bell's defense

    MOUNT WASHINGTON - It will be Bullitt East’s sledgehammer offense against Bell County’s stonewall defense on Saturday in the Class 4-A Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl.

    Over the past five weeks, the Chargers’ new ‘wishbone’ offense has been almost unstoppable behind the running of seniors Zach McCarthy and Curtis Logsdon.

  • STATE FOOTBALL FINALS: Bullitt East defeated by two points

    CLASS 4-A STATE FINALS: Results for December 13

    BELL COUNTY, 15, Bullitt East 13

    See Monday's edition of The Pioneer News and www.pioneernews.net for a full story on the Bullitt East/Bell County game.

  • Mount Washington looks to save funds on utilities by use of consulting firm

    MOUNT WASHINGTON — For Mayor Joetta Calhoun, a penny saved here and there makes for big savings across the board.

    That’s what she and the Mount Washington City Council have discovered as the city is undergoing a telecommunications audit.

    The city recently hired Ecomtek out of Louisville to complete the audit which evaluates the city’s local and long distance phone services, internet and cellular phone plans. The company is also assessing the city’s street lights which are operated by both LG&E and Salt River Electric Cooperative.

  • Shepherdsville Christmas parade

    The second annual Christmas Parade was held on Friday as an opening event to the Light Up Shepherdsville ceremony at the First Street Park.

    Around 50 units participated in the parade sponsored by Liberty Tax Service. The American Red Cross received money from the parade entries.

    The lighted drive-thru display at the city park will remain open throughout the holiday season.