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Court/Criminal

  • Health department burglarized

    Hodgenville City Police are investigating a break-in that occurred over the weekend at LaRue County Health Department.

    Police Chief Steve Johnson said two doors were broken and an unspecified amount of cash was taken.

    Officer Brandon Casey is assisting with the investigation.

    If you have information about the break-in, call HCP at 270-358-3013.

  • Bar owner denies responsibility for death in civil lawsuit; Murder case is still pending

    The owner of the Raywick Bar and Grill has denied responsibility for the death of David Litsey Jr. in his answer to a civil lawsuit filed by Litsey’s father.

    Litsey Jr., 22, died Nov. 9, 2012, after he was shot outside of the bar.

    Christopher Gribbins, 46, of 821 Dangerfield Road in Hodgenville was indicted for murder in connection with Litsey Jr.’s death. According to court records, Gribbins was identified as discharging a firearm that resulted in Litsey Jr’s death.

    Gribbins has entered a plea of not guilty to the murder charge.

  • Court Briefs -August 21, 2013

    Failed to appear
    Tammy Skaggs (1974) failed to appear Aug. 5 in LaRue Circuit Court. A bench warrant was issued. Bond was applied to financial conditions. She was declared a fugitive.

    In contempt
    Maryleah Gibson was found in contempt Aug. 5 in LaRue Circuit Court during a hearing in the case Aaron L. Gibson vs. Maryleah Gibson. Child support arrearage is $1,768.96. She was ordered to serve 90 days or pay $1,000 on child support by Aug. 19.

    In contempt

  • Driver charged with murder

    A Hodgenville man faces two counts of murder after a collision that left two people dead Sunday.

    Earl Dale Richardson, 46, was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer south on Lincoln Parkway (Ky. 61) about 6:30 p.m., according to Kentucky State Police. The Blazer struck a 2004 Nissan Sentra in the passenger side as it traveled west on Roundtop Road (Ky. 1135) in an attempt to cross Ky. 61.

    The impact caused both vehicles to exit the southwest corner of the roadway.

  • Munfordville woman faces numerous charges after fleeing from police

    A Munfordville woman initially suspected of complicity in shoplifting faces multiple felony charges after police say she led officers on a high-speed pursuit Aug. 13 for 37 miles through Hardin, LaRue and Hart counties.

    Jamie N. Daugherty, 29, is charged with six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, three counts of first-degree fleeing or evading police, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of controlled substance, complicity to shoplift and multiple traffic violations.

  • Craigslist scam reported

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s office is investigating a scam being propagated on Craigslist.

    A local man received a check through “Priority Overnight Federal Express” asking him to cash it and wire a portion to someone else, according to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy.  The form of delivery made it appear to be legitimate. He turned over the contents of the envelope to the sheriff’s office.

  • Lyons man charged with beating pup

    A Lyons Station man faces numerous counts after allegedly injuring a pup that had wandered into his yard.

    A white labrador puppy – about 2  months old – ended up with a broken jaw and several teeth knocked out after it ran afoul of William Clay Ford Jr., 49.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy, the dog apparently followed a riding lawn mower down the road and ended up in Ford’s yard about noon on Aug. 6.

  • Legal Aid Clinics -August 14, 2013

    The Legal Aid Society, 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., Louisville, will hold free legal clinics in August and September. Each session will be held at that location unless otherwise stated.

    A reservation for each clinic is required. Contact the Legal Aid Society at (502) 584-1254 to make your reservation.

    • Foreclosure Clinic – 4 p.m. Aug. 15; 11 a.m. Aug. 20; 4 p.m. Aug. 22; 11 a.m. Aug. 27; 4 p.m. Aug. 29; 11 a.m. Sept. 3; 4 p.m.

  • Young found not guilty

    A Jefferson County jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the Josh Young murder trial.

    The six-day trial ended Friday with Young, 17, being acquitted on charges of murder and tampering with physical evidence.

    Young was accused of beating his stepbrother, 14-year-old Trey Zwicker, to death, in 2011.

    Young’s father Joshua Gouker pleaded guilty to the murder and was sentenced to life in prison.

    Zwicker’s body was found in a ditch near Liberty High School, not far from his home.

  • Fiscal Court: Tax rate set, Education Center ‘embarrassing’

    LaRue County magistrates, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 12, set a 2013-14 tax rate of 18.65 cents per $100 real property assessment.

    Tommy Turner, judge-executive, said the rate fell below the state recommendation of 20.1 cents and also below the 19.4 compensating rate. He explained to the court that the compensating tax produces an amount of revenue approximately equal to that produced in the preceding year from real property.