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Court/Criminal

  • Cruse, Hornback plead guilty

    Hodgenville’s former mayor and former city clerk will serve 30 days in the Nelson County Detention Center.

    Terry L. Cruse and MaDonna Hornback pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to numerous felony counts after defense attorneys and prosecutors worked out an agreement.

    The two were charged with abuse of public trust after allegedly misusing the city’s fleet gas card. Cruse, who was in his second term, was removed from office in May; Hornback also lost her job.

    Read the full story in Wednesday's Herald News.

  • Judge won’t budge

    A case that has been dragging on for more than a year should be concluded by the end of the month, if Circuit Judge Charles Simms III has his way.

    Despite a defense attorney’s request for more time, the judge intends to begin the trial for former Hodgenville city clerk MaDonna Hornback on Feb. 23.

  • Court Briefs

    Guilty plea

    Corey T. Brooks (1993) pleaded guilty Jan. 16 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count of possession of controlled substance, first degree, first offense (methamphetamine), recommended sentence of three years; and buy or possession of drug paraphernalia, recommended sentence of 12 months, with all time to run concurrently for three years. A count of complicity was dismissed. Pretrial diversion is recommended. Final sentencing is Feb.16.

     

    Guilty plea

  • Man indicted Feb. 2

    Timothy A. Rollin (1977) of Hodgenville was indicted Feb. 2 by a LaRue County grand jury on several counts.

    He was charged with prohibited use of electronic means to procure a minor of sexual offenses; failure to comply with sex offender registry, second or greater offense; distribution of obscene matter; and sex offender using social network. The alleged offenses occurred Oct. 27, 2014.

    Kentucky State Police investigated.

    He will be arraigned Feb. 16 in LaRue Circuit Court. Bail was set at $25,000 cash only.

  • Former mayor, clerk to be tried separately

    The trials for former Hodgenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback will be held later this month.

    Circuit Judge Charles Simms III decided at Thursday's hearing in Nelson Circuit Court they will be tried separately. Hornback will be tried first, with proceedings beginning Feb. 23. At the conclusion of her trial, Cruse will be tried.

  • Former officials face more felonies

    More than a year after the original charges were filed – and only three weeks before their trial date – former Hodgenville mayor Terry L. Cruse, 57, and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback, 53, have been indicted on additional felonies.

    Cruse and Hornback were indicted Monday on one count each of theft by unlawful taking and complicity, more than $10,000 but less than $1 million, by a LaRue County grand jury. The charge is a class C felony.

  • Missouri suspect apprehended in Kentucky

    Robert Caldwell, 25, formerly of Danville, and a FBI fugitive was charged Wednesday by Kentucky State Police with fleeing and evading, first degree; criminal mischief, first degree; kidnapping; robbery; and theft by unlawfu taking/auto.

  • Man faces federal drug charges

    A Buffalo man is facing federal drug charges after Drug Enforcement Administration officers served a warrant at a Greensburg Road business.

    Bryan Barber, 36, was charged Jan. 22 with possession with the intent to distribute controlled substances, and distribution of a controlled substance.

    According to an affidavit by Special Agent Michael A. Cates, the DEA, in conjunction with Kentucky State Police, received information that Barber was distributing cocaine and marijuana in the Buffalo area.

  • Court Briefs

    Declared a fugitive

    Rhiannon M. Mott (1978) was declared a fugitive Jan. 5 in LaRue Circuit Court. Mott was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree assault and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in 2014.

    Declared a fugitive

    Daniel R. Seidler (1974) was declared a fugitive Jan. 5 in LaRue Circuit Court. His 2014 charges include burglary, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

    Final sentencing

  • Hodgenville man to serve 15 years

    After being charged with murder for the deaths of an Elizabethtown couple following a wreck in August 2013, a Hodgenville man accepted a plea deal just moments before jury selection was to begin.

    Earl Dale Richardson, 47, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to reduced charges of reckless homicide, one count for each of the two victims Johnie and Luevenia Dennis, in Hardin Circuit Court. The recommended sentence was a total of 15 years.