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Court/Criminal

  • Judge rules in Sanders' case

    The special judge handling the DUI case of LaRue County Schools Superintendent Samuel D. Sanders has ruled against three motions brought by his attorney.
    The case will not be dismissed – the dash camera footage will not be suppressed – and Sanders’ statements on the night of his arrest will be admissible in court.

  • Court Brief: Aug. 27, 2014

    Final sentencing
    David A. Durham (1993) pleaded guilty July 18 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count of possession of controlled substance (methamphetamine). He was sentenced to three years to be pre-trial diverted. Final sentencing was Aug. 18.
     
    In contempt
    Jermaine Pierre Dyer (1984) failed to appear Aug. 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. A bench warrant was issued and bond set at $2,500 cash only. Dyer allegedly is not paying child support.
     
    Diverted sentence

  • Four charged by LCSO and Task Force

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s office and Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force combined for a total of four drug-related arrests last week in LaRue County.
    Lewis Ray “Jody” Ireland Jr., 44, of Magnolia, and Deela Dawn Chandler, 31, of Hodgenville, were each charged Aug. 21 with cultivating marijuana and trafficking.
    Several officers served a search warrant at Ireland’s residence on South L&N Turnpike.

  • Four plead guilty to drug charges

    Four people who were caught in drug sweep in July have pleaded guilty to charges.
    All four were charged with engaging in organized crime – but none have admitted to the charge. All four waived their rights to a presentencing investigation and final sentencing was held in three cases on Aug. 18 in LaRue Circuit Court.
    n Joey “Whoop” Sallee, 31, pleaded guilty to an amended count of trafficking in controlled substance, less than four grams; and two counts trafficking in a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school.

  • Five indicted by grand jury

     Five people were indicted Monday, Aug. 18, by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Victor Ross Cox (1965) of Hodgenville, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, receiving stolen property and first-degree persistent felony offender.

    The alleged offenses occurred July 24.

    Bail was set at $25,000 cash only, upon condition of dusk-to-dawn curfew and no contact with alleged victim.

    Kentucky State Police investigated.

  • Cruse's trial moved to Nelson

     Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the criminal case against former mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback agree that a change of venue is necessary for a fair trial. 

    Last week, after hearing pros and cons of several locations, LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III made his decision: The trial will take place in Nelson County.

    His decision means the proceedings will remain within the 10th Judicial Circuit (LaRue, Hart and Nelson Counties).

  • Subpoena denied in murder case

     

    A Hodgenville man charged with two counts of murder after he struck and killed an Elizabethtown couple last August appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    The hearing for Earl Dale Richardson, 47, was to address a motion to reject a subpoena for insurance records for victim Johnie M. Dennis entered by Richardson’s attorney, public defender Heather Stroutman.

  • Gribbins' case appealed

    Christopher Gribbins was convicted of wanton murder for the death of David Litsey Jr. on July 17.

    On July 22, Gribbins’ attorneys filed a motion for a new trial in Marion Circuit Court. Gribbins’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7 before Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly.

    The jury recommended a 20-year sentence at the end of the trial.

  • Court Briefs: Aug. 6, 2014

    Final sentencing
    Barry Martin (1991) was sentenced to five years July 21 in LaRue Circuit Court on one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition, auto, $10,000 or more; first-degree criminal mischief; and second-degree persistent felony offender. Fines were waived.

    Final sentencing

  • Woman charged with perjury

    A Hodgenville woman was charged last week with three counts of perjury by the LaRue County Attorney.

    Janelle Bass, 24, accused her boyfriend, James Franklin, 27, in May of assaulting her. She reported the incident to LCA Dale Morris and Kentucky State Police.

    She changed her story under oath at Franklin’s preliminary hearing in district court. She testified that Franklin had not struck or threatened her, or held her against her will. She said her injuries were caused during an altercation with a woman at a bar.