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Man charged with imprisoning, injuring woman

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By Linda Ireland

 A Hodgenville man was charged with five counts early Sunday after a woman reported she had been held against her will inside his home.

George Blanton, 51, was charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment, a felony; alcohol intoxication in a public place; fourth-degree assault (domestic violence); resisting arrest; and terroristic threatening, by Hodgenville City Officer Brandon Casey.

In his report, Casey said he was on routine patrol, driving east on West Main Street about 5 a.m., when he saw Blanton walking in the roadway. Moments later, a woman – with “visible injuries” to her face and a bloody nose – ran toward the officer.

The woman claimed Blanton had “kept her inside his home against her will” for several hours and had threatened to hit her in the head with a beer bottle and “beat her up” if she left.

At one point, Blanton went to the bathroom and the woman escaped, running toward Lincoln Square. Blanton allegedly followed her and caught up to her on the Square – striking her in the head and face.

Blanton has several other charges pending from an earlier case that have not been resolved in LaRue District Court, including operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; and driving on a DUI suspended license.

Blanton was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $9,500 cash bond upon condition of no contact with the alleged victim. He will be arraigned Wednesday in LaRue District Court.