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Court/Criminal

  • Man charged with theft of steaks

    Loretto Foodland is known for its low meat prices, but apparently they weren’t low enough for a Raywick man who was caught stuffing steaks down his pants last week.

  • Superintendent enters Alford plea

    LaRue County School Superintendent Samuel D. Sanders entered an Alford plea Monday in LaRue District Court to a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    Through the Alford plea, Sanders maintains his innocence, but admits the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
    However, the case is far from over. An appeal is being filed in a higher court.

  • Couple files suit against City, officer

     A Hodgenville couple has filed a civil suit against a city officer, the police department and the City itself.

    Alex M. Garvin and Brittany Gibson Wright, in the suit filed in LaRue Circuit Court, claim their rights were violated by Officer Eddie Dockery during an incident on May 25, 2014.

  • Sanders' civil suit moved to federal court

     A civil suit filed in LaRue Circuit Court has been transferred to federal court.

    DeeAnne Sanders of Hodgenville filed the suit against city officials last month, alleging they caused her “great humiliation, embarrassment, mental anguish, mental and emotional pain and suffering, and damage to her reputation and character.”

    Sanders is seeking damages against the City of Hodgenville, Steven R. Johnson and unknown defendants. 

  • Court Briefs - April 22, 2015

     Failed to appear

    Robert G. Skaggs Jr. failed to appear March 30 in LaRue Circuit Court. A bench warrant was issued; bond was set at $5,000 cash only.

     

    Guilty plea

  • Chief's trial date set for July

     A trial date has been set in the case of suspended Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson.

    Johnson was charged last year with official misconduct by Kentucky State Police after he allegedly permitted TV news crews to watch and record dash-cam footage of a traffic stop on March 29, 2014. The video, which showed Superintendent Sam Sanders taking a field sobriety test and the arrival of his wife at the scene, was broadcast on several stations. 

  • Bronston man charged with River Road burglary

    A Bronston man has been charged with the Sept. 23, 2014, burglary of a River Road residence.

    Brian Lawrence Lawson, 41, was charged with first-degree burglary after officers located him in Wayne County. Bond was set at $50,000 cash. He is scheduled to appear April 15 in LaRue District Court.

    Lawson allegedly entered the residence with another man and a woman. The three are accused of taking two loaded handguns and a large amount of money.

  • Superintendent enters Alford plea

    LaRue County School Superintendent Sam Sanders entered an Alford plea Monday in LaRue District Court to a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Through the Alford plea, Sanders maintains his innocence, but admits the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Special Judge Lisa P. Jones signed off on the plea agreement. The case will be reviewed July 27, as Sanders is appealing the court’s decision in circuit court.

  • Upton man sentenced to four years

    Matthew Ray Gordon, 34, Upton, was sentenced to four years in prison for complicity to receiving stolen property under $500. He was granted probation for a period of four years following set conditions, including obtaining and retaining employment and obtaining and retaining health insurance. On Oct. 11, 2013, Gordon received, retained or disposed of antiques and various household goods belonging to the estate of Martha Wells and Glen Howerton.

    The sentencing took place March 19 in Nelson Circuit Court.

  • Man charged with abuse to be extradited

    A Sonora man was arrested April 2 in Pennsylvania for the alleged sexual abuse of three children.
    Abe L. Hershberger, 41, was located by Pennsylvania State Police last week after they were contacted by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department.
    According to Sheriff Russell McCoy, Hershberger is being charged with three counts each of unlawful transaction with a minor and first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of indecent exposure.