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By The Staff

Shooting incident occurs at Cardinal Den

A Bardstown man was arrested May 9 for his involvement in a shooting incident that took place at The Cardinal Den.

According to Kentucky State Police, at 1:18 a.m., KSP Trooper Brian Coyt responded to The Cardinal Den after receiving a complaint of shots being fired. The Lebanon Police Department and Marion County Sheriff's Department also responded.

When officers arrived, they found a large crowd in the immediate area of The Cardinal Den. Additional KSP units arrived and controlled the scene. According to KSP, suspects were developed through witness statements. Spent shell casings were located and a weapon related to the shooting was also seized. The windshield of a bystander's vehicle was struck by a projectile but no injuries or other damages were found.

Trooper Coyt arrested Charles T. Poynter, 27, of Bardstown for two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and alcohol intoxication in a public place.  Poynter was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center. The investigation is continuing by Trooper Coyt.

St. Francis man arrested on drug charges after shooting incident

A 26-year-old Nelson County man is listed in stable condition following a shooting incident May 10 in St. Francis, according to the Kentucky State Police.

Around 4 p.m. May 10, the state police received a report of shots fired in the 1100 block of St. Francis Road (KY 527).

Michael Chad Greenwell later called Nelson County dispatch to report that he was at his home in New Hope and that he had been shot. Greenwell was transported to the New Hope Fire Department where he was airlifted to U of L, according to KSP Trooper Gregory.

The Marion County and Nelson County Sheriff's Offices also responded Monday evening.

After the Enterprise went to press last week, the state police released further information.

Douglas J. Hutchins, 47, of St. Francis has been described by the state police as a suspect in the shooting investigation. During the investigation, the police found miscellaneous drugs and paraphernalia on Hutchins' property.

Hutchins has been arrested on charges of second-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance first offense, prescription drugs not in a proper container, cultivating marijuana over five plants, trafficking in marijuana over eight ounces and first-degree possession of drug paraphernalia.

During the course of the shooting investigation, miscellaneous drugs and paraphernalia were discovered at Hutchins residence, which led to his arrest.  Hutchins is a suspect in the shooting that will be presented to the Marion County Grand Jury at a later date.

The Nelson County Sheriff's Office told The Kentucky Standard that marijuana was also found at Greenwell's residence.

County officials want more discussion about lobbyist

During the May 6 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court, the magistrates voted 4-1 to pay the bill for lobbyist Karen Thomas-Lentz for the second quarter of 2010.

Magistrate John Arthur Elder III cast the opposing vote.

According to an agreement approved earlier this year, the county agreed to pay Thomas-Lentz $5,000 for the first three months of the year. The City of Lebanon agreed to reimburse the county for half of that fee.

The magistrates agreed in the first quarter and again with this bill to allow Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly to use his general welfare fund to pay the county's portion of Thomas-Lentz's fee.

Mattingly said hiring Thomas-Lentz has been worth the information she has provided to the county. Elder agreed that she has done a good job, but he would  like the county to either cancel the contract or ride it out for the full year.

Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers added that the county also needs to be able to show the taxpayers that the money they are paying Thomas-Lentz is coming back to the community.

City approves modified contract with SCC

The Lebanon City Council approved a modified contract with St. Catharine College May 10.

The contract originally specified that the city would receive a percentage of the net profits from tickets and concessions for events held at Centre Square by the college. The modified contract reads that that city will receive 25 percent of gross sales of tickets and concessions from those events.

St. Catharine officials have approved the contract as well.

Under the contract, St. Catharine will gain exclusive use of much of Centre Square starting July 1. The college is expected to begin offering classes at Centre Square in the fall.

Tech center, Jobs Consortium move forward on building project

The City of Lebanon agreed May 10 to serve as the guarantor for a joint project between the Marion County Area Technology Center and the Marion County Jobs Consortium.

Councilman Kenny Marrett reported to the council that John G. and Janet Mattingly and Joe F. Mattingly had agreed to allow some of their property to be used for the project.

Under the project, tech center construction students would build the house, and the jobs consortium would sell the house. After the house was sold, those who had contributed land and material would be reimbursed and the profits would go toward funding the next construction project.