• 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.

  • New trial date set for Cruse, Hornback

    A new trial date was set Monday for former mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    Pretrial conference is Oct. 31; the trial will be Nov. 10.

    Cruse and Hornback have hired new attorneys to represent them in their criminal cases. F. Todd Lewis, Jon Heck and Ryan Vantrease, all of Louisville, are now listed as counsel on record.

    They appeared Monday on behalf of their clients in LaRue Circuit Court. Cruse and Hornback did not appear.

  • GRIBBINS' MURDER TRIAL: Day-to-day coverage

    Shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, a jury of six men and six women found Christopher Gribbins guilty of wanton murder in the death of David Litsey Jr.

    After handing down their verdict, the jury went into a second deliberation to determine its recommended sentence. Mary Ann McClain Sapp of the probation and parole office testified that the jury could sentence Gribbins to 20-50 years or to life in prison. She added that he would have to serve 85 percent of his term or 20 years, whichever was less, before he would be eligible for parole.