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Court/Criminal

  • 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.  

  • Court Briefs -August 14, 2013

    Attorney status reviewed
    Jeffery Purdum AKA Purdam appeared July 19 in LaRue Circuit Court without counsel, as his attorney had been suspended from practice for 120 days. His case was removed from the jury trial docket and will be reviewed in August to set new trial date. Purdum (1977) faces seven counts of wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading, first-degree criminal mischief, resisting arrest, no operator license, reckless driving and speeding.

    Pleaded guilty

  • Sonora man charged with kidnapping

     A Sonora man accused of kidnapping a woman and her 3-year-old child was arrested in Morgantown and now faces six felony charges.

    Allen W. Riggs, 24, is charged with two counts of kidnapping, theft by unlawful taking-automobile, second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief and second-degree assault.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 4, the charges stem from separate incidents which occurred between June 25 and June 27.

  • Court Brief -August 7, 2013

    Pleaded guilty
    Cory Ray Schmitz (1989) pleaded guilty July 19 in LaRue Circuit Court to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. He was ordered to serve 30 days on 15 consecutive weekends and fined $185.

    He received a diverted sentence on other charges.
     

  • Man sentenced to life for killing stepson

    A Louisville man was sentenced to life for killing his stepson.

    Josh Gouker admitted to beating 14-year-old Trey Zwicker to death with a pipe in May 2011.

    Gouker’s son, Josh Young, now 17, is charged with complicity in the crime, although Gouker has said he acted alone.

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

    Young’s trial began last Monday. Gouker originally claimed Young struck Zwicker with a baseball bat. His story has changed several times since then.