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Court/Criminal

  • Women recants tale of assault, imprisonment during hearing

    A woman who accused her boyfriend of assault and unlawful imprisonment in May, recanted her story Wednesday during a preliminary hearing in LaRue District Court.

    James Franklin, 27, was arrested and booked in the LaRue County Detention Center on June 4 on charges of second-degree assault, first-degree unlawful imprisonment and third-degree terroristic threatening, after Janelle Bass reported an attack to Kentucky State Police and the LaRue County Attorney.

  • Police Chief charged with misconduct

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson was served Saturday evening with a summons to court. He is accused of first-degree criminal misconduct and hindering prosecution, both misdemeanors.
    A fellow city officer told prosecutors that Johnson warned then-Mayor Terry Cruse that Kentucky State Police were looking for him and advised him to "lay low."
    Cruse was indicted in December on charges of abuse of public trust.
    The accusations against Johnson first surfaced immediately after Cruse's indictment, resulting in KSP seizing the Chief's phone.

  • UPDATE Hodgenville man arrested in connection with killing, home invasion

    The three other suspects wanted in connection with the death of a Morehead man after a home invasion are in custody.

    The Morehead News reported Jaque Abrams, 19, has been charged with murder. He is lodged in the Rowan County Detention Center.

    Julius ‘Jubee’ Kolowitz, 20, turned himself in. Anthony ‘Rell’ Paysen, 19, was arrested in his hometown of Hodgenville.

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    Kentucky State Police in Morehead have arrested an Elizabethtown teenager in a Sunday killing of a 20-year-old man in Morehead.

  • Court briefs - June 25

    Final sentencing conducted

    Joshua Jason Logsdon (1984) pleaded guilty May 19 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count of possession of controlled substance, third or greater offense. Recommended sentence is one year. A count of first-degree persistent felony offender was dismissed. Pre-sentencing investigation was waived by defendant. Probation denied. Final sentencing conducted.

    Guilty plea entered

  • New Haven man idicted

    A New Haven man was indicted last week by a Nelson County grand jury.

    Justin Michael Browning, 23, was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree disorderly conduct.

    On or about May 15, Browning was in a physical altercation with Deputy Greenwell and Deputy Cecil at the Nelson County Jail. Browning also jammed the lock mechanism of the food chase flap at the jail and made unreasonable noise by kicking and rattling a door. Bail was set at $9,500 cash, plus conditions.

  • New Haven man idicted

    A New Haven man was indicted last week by a Nelson County grand jury.

    Justin Michael Browning, 23, was charged with third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree disorderly conduct.

    On or about May 15, Browning was in a physical altercation with Deputy Greenwell and Deputy Cecil at the Nelson County Jail. Browning also jammed the lock mechanism of the food chase flap at the jail and made unreasonable noise by kicking and rattling a door. Bail was set at $9,500 cash, plus conditions.

  • 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.