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    Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis killed
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    Year of the Cardinal
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    Ground broken for new Ohio River bridges
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2013: A look back

Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department) Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
Jessica Dishon (Source: WAVE 3 Archives) Jessica Dishon (Source: WAVE 3 Archives)
David Camm leaves the courthouse a free man after his acquittal. David Camm leaves the courthouse a free man after his acquittal.
Jennifer Lawrence Jennifer Lawrence

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – In order to move forward, you have to know where you've come from so as we head into 2014, here's a look back at the big stories in 2013:

Bardstown Officer ambushed & killed
Six months after Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot, we still don't know who killed him.

The seven-year veteran was on his way home from work on May 25th, when he was ambushed on the Bluegrass Parkway.    

At Officer Ellis' funeral, Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said, "You are now our hero and you must know that your chief will not stand down."

Ellis left behind a wife and two children as well as a whole community wanting to find justice for his death.

Arrest made in Dishon murder 
The family of Jessica Dishon finally saw justice come their way when in October, Bullitt County deputies made an arrest in the teenager's death.

Fourteen years after she disappeared from the driveway of her home, police arrested her uncle.

Three years after Jessica's 1999 sexual assault and death, Stanley Dishon was charged for another sex-related crime against children, but he didn't become a suspect in the murder until 2013. That was long after the mistrial of Dishon neighbor David "Bucky" Brooks, who was charged with killing the teen.

Stanley Dishon now faces charges for Jessica's murder and two other, unrelated sex abuse cases.

David Camm acquitted 
Another case that has gripped Kentuckiana for more than a decade came to a close in 2013 when David Camm was found not guilty in the shooting deaths of his wife and children.

"This is complete vindication after 13 horrific years," said Camm's attorney Richard Kammen.

"Today the kids lost and Kim lost," said Nick Stein, attorney for Kim Camm's parents.

Camm had twice been convicted of killing Kim, Brad and Jill Camm in 2000 but each time those convictions were thrown out because of improper evidence presented at his trials.

At this trial, the man who's been convicted in the murders, Charles Boney, testified.

David Camm returned to Floyd County a free man. He has thanked his supporters and started a new job. 

Jennifer Lawrence wins Academy Award
The year 2013 was a banner year for a Louisville native who is taking Hollywood by storm.

Jennifer Lawrence won her first Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook and provided a memorable Academy Awards moment when she tripped on the way up to accept her award.

"You guys are just standing up because you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing but thank you," said Lawrence when she made it to the microphone.

The Hunger Games star is nominated for a Golden Globe again for her new movie American Hustle.

Year of the Cardinal
For many around the Derby City, 2013 will always be remembered as the "Year of the Cardinal."

It started three days into January with a Sugar Bowl victory over Florida. 

"This game ball goes to those fans right there," for making the trip in droves, Coach Charlie Strong said after the game.

In April, UofL added to its glory with the party-crasher women's basketball team playing their way into the national championship game and the UofL men bringing home a national title.

Cards Coach Rick Pitino said he won his second national title because he had coached great players, adding, "I'm so proud of this team for what they accomplished. Don't think I'll forget these moments as long as I live."

In a celebration at the KFC Yum! Center days later, then-junior guard Russ Smith said, "I want to say thank you to all the fans who didn't give up on us last year and we went on that amazing Final Four run."

The Cards baseball team made an appearance in the College World Series. 

UofL will join the ACC in 2014. 

One fan said, "next year is going to be even better but this year, wow, couldn't ask for anything better for 2013." 

Ground broken for new Ohio River bridges
After years of discussions and planning, in 2013 Kentuckiana finally saw progress on a project that will change driving patterns: two new Ohio River bridges. 

In June, with much fanfare, ground was broken at Waterfront Park for the downtown crossing.  The month before work started in Indiana on one of the first parts of the East End crossing.

Which of these stories is the biggest of 2013? Vote in our web poll now or add your favorite 2013 story on our Facebook page. 

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