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Koeberle’s coming to town

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New Jersey mom who helped prevent school shooting will ride in Christmas parade Dec. 1

By BEN CARLSON

Santa Claus is coming to town, and so is Koeberle Bull.

The New Jersey mom made famous for helping prevent a school shooting here will be in Lawrenceburg to ride in the city’s Christmas parade, scheduled for Dec. 1, Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton has confirmed.

“I’m real excited,” said Gritton, who worked with city officials for the past several weeks to bring Bull to town for the parade.

“I spoke with Ms. Bull this morning,” Gritton said Tuesday, “and it looks like it’s a go.

“I’m elated that we are going to be able to get her down here and have a celebration with her and trooper Josh Satterly. They both certainly deserve it.”

Contacted Tuesday morning, Bull said she’s excited to make her first trip to Kentucky.

“I can’t wait to finally be able to meet all of the people I’ve been talking to on Facebook,” said Bull, who said she’s also looking forward to being honored in the parade.

“I’m very excited about being there. I can’t wait.”

Bull and her three children are expected to arrive in Lawrenceburg on Nov. 30 and appear in the next day’s Christmas parade, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

Gritton said donations were made to purchase airfare for Bull and her family, along with providing lodging and meals while they’re in town.

Bull made national headlines in October when she alerted police here to a racist Facebook message allegedly sent by Lawrenceburg resident Dylan Jarrell, 21.

Trooper Satterly was dispatched to investigate and later found what he described as a “manifesto” in Jarrell’s phone, saying he planned to shoot up schools here and in Shelby County, where he once attended high school.

A joint investigation by the state police and FBI revealed that Jarrell was backing out of his driveway when Satterly arrived with the tools necessary to carry out that threat, including a rifle, Kevlar vest and 200 rounds of ammunition.

Jarrell was charged with second-degree terroristic threatening and harassing communications. He has since pleaded not guilty to those charges and is being held on $500,000 cash bail at the Shelby County Detention Center.