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Court/Criminal

  • Four charged in drug bust

    Four Hodgenville residents are facing drug charges after the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force executed a search warrant June 19 on Beechtree Drive.

    LaRue County Sheriff Merle Edlin said officers recovered more than 3 ounces of cocaine, along with scales, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    “It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it is,” said Edlin. He estimated the street value of the illegal drug at several thousand dollars.

  • UPDATE: Couple bonded out on Tuesday

     A story in last week’s Herald News is being clarified.

    The story said officers were searching for James M. Maggard, 61 (age was incorrectly reported last week) and Linda Maggard, 58, after an indoor marijuana grow was found on their property on Peak Hollow Road.

    The Maggards turned themselves in Tuesday, June 19, and were released on bond. James Maggard, who is facing two indictments, posted 10 percent/$25,000 and 10 percent/$9,500. Linda Maggard’s bond was $9,500 unsecured.

  • Fiscal Court: Magistrate questions cost of dispatch chairs

    LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville June 10, authorized a renewal of county employees’ health insurance with Anthem that Judge-executive Tommy Turner said will probably show a rate increase between 6 and 7 percent.

    “I’m hoping our rates will go down next year as a result of a Community Rating Law that puts us with all county employees in the state instead of just our employees,” Turner explained.

  • Court ruling could impact local murder case

    When a U.S. Supreme Court ruling was announced in late May, it opened the door for a possible defense in a local murder case.

    Defense attorneys for Abdullah White, who is charged with murder in the death of Kristie L. Allen, 28, were granted a continuance Monday in LaRue Circuit Court. With the trial now set for Oct. 27, the defense has time to research whether the Supreme Court ruling in Hall v. Florida is relevant.

  • 200 pot plants found near Athertonville

    UPDATE: James and Linda Maggard turned themselves in Tuesday, June 17, to the court, and have bonded out of jail. The story (which was written Monday) in Wednesday's Herald News stated they were sought by police.

  • Former mayor wants job back

    Former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse wants his job back.
    Cruse, who was removed from office on May 15 by a unanimous vote by City Council, filed an appeal Friday, June 13, seeking to reverse the council’s action.
    The suit, prepared by Cruse’s attorney, Ron Mather, states the council did not have the right to hear claims of ethics violations against Cruse. The duty should have fallen to an ethics board, which had not been appointed for some time. Cruse attempted to appoint a board on May 1 – however, the council did not go along with his request.

  • Court Briefs: June 18, 2014

    Failed to appear
    Jordan L. Canter (1990) failed to appear May 5 in LaRue Circuit Court. Restitution of $4,877.71 has not been repaid in 2008 case. Bench warrant was issued. The case will be reviewed in October.

    Bench warrant issued
    A bench warrant was issued May 5 for Justin Crane. According to court documents, he has not made his financial obligations in a 2008 case.

    Sentenced to 10 years

  • E-town man seeks state investigation of Hardin EMS

    An Elizabethtown man who previously challenged Hardin County EMS has asked a state board to investigate the department’s former director, Ira Dyer, and former assistant shift supervisor, James Miller.
    Richard Leal has filed complaints against both men with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, asking the board to launch an independent investigation. The two men were suspended from their positions before resigning in early May.

  • Family files civil suit against local nursing home

    The family of a deceased nursing home resident has filed a civil suit against her former caretakers.
    Don Gardner, the son and executor of the estate of Dorothy A. Gardner, filed the suit in LaRue Circuit Court against Signature Healthcare, LLC of Frankfort; LP Hodgenville LLC DBA Sunrise Manor; Signature Consulting Services LLC; LP Manager LLC; LPMM, Inc.; LP O Holdings, LLC; Mark Henderson in his capacity as administrator of Signature Healthcare of Sunrise Manor; and Crystal Hamilton in her capacity as administrator of Signature Healthcare of Sunrise Manor.

  • Man involved in fatal crash indicted for murder

     A Hardin County man was indicted on a murder charge Thursday for his involvement in a crash on Ky. 313 that killed a Radcliff woman and injured three children, ejecting a 7-month-old from the vehicle.

    Kyle David Thompson, 24, also has been indicted on charges of first-degree fleeing and evading police – motor vehicle and three counts of first-degree assault, terroristic threatening and second-degree persistent felony offender. All charges are for his involvement in a crash June 3 that left Ashlee Nicole Berry, 22, dead and three children hospitalized.