• Superintendent enters Alford plea

    LaRue County School Superintendent Sam Sanders entered an Alford plea Monday in LaRue District Court to a charge of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

    Through the Alford plea, Sanders maintains his innocence, but admits the prosecution has enough evidence to prove that he is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

    Special Judge Lisa P. Jones signed off on the plea agreement. The case will be reviewed July 27, as Sanders is appealing the court’s decision in circuit court.

  • Upton man sentenced to four years

    Matthew Ray Gordon, 34, Upton, was sentenced to four years in prison for complicity to receiving stolen property under $500. He was granted probation for a period of four years following set conditions, including obtaining and retaining employment and obtaining and retaining health insurance. On Oct. 11, 2013, Gordon received, retained or disposed of antiques and various household goods belonging to the estate of Martha Wells and Glen Howerton.

    The sentencing took place March 19 in Nelson Circuit Court.

  • Man charged with abuse to be extradited

    A Sonora man was arrested April 2 in Pennsylvania for the alleged sexual abuse of three children.
    Abe L. Hershberger, 41, was located by Pennsylvania State Police last week after they were contacted by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department.
    According to Sheriff Russell McCoy, Hershberger is being charged with three counts each of unlawful transaction with a minor and first-degree sexual abuse, and one count of indecent exposure.

  • Sanders files suit against City, Chief

     A Hodgenville woman has filed a civil suit against city officials, alleging they caused her “great humiliation, embarrassment, mental anguish, mental and emotional pain and suffering, and damage to her reputation and character.”

    DeeAnne Sanders is seeking damages against the City of Hodgenville, Steven R. Johnson and unknown defendants.

  • Judge dismisses Cruse/Hornback charges

     A final set of charges was dismissed Monday against former Hodgenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk/treasurer MaDonna Hornback.

    The two were indicted in February on charges of theft by unlawful taking and complicity for allegedly accepting raises to which they were not entitled.

    The dismissal was part of a plea agreement in which Cruse and Hornback admitted to misuse of the City’s fleet fuel card. They each spent 30 days in jail and agreed to reimburse the City several thousand dollars.

  • Court Briefs - April 1, 2015

      In contempt

    Lewis Ray Ireland Jr. was found in contempt March 16 in LaRue Circuit Court regarding a 2005 civil suit. He was ordered to serve 179 days in jail or pay $1,040.


  • Two charged with promoting contraband

    Two people were indicted on drug charges March 16 by a LaRue County grand jury.
    Timothy A. Rollin, 38, and Kayla M. Mitchell, 25, both of Hodgenville, were charged each with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams of methamphetamine), and complicity; and first-degree promoting contraband, and complicity.
    They are accused of possessing the illegal substance with the intent to sell – and in “introducing coffee filters soaked in methamphetamine residue into the LaRue County Detention Center.”

  • Final sentencing held

    Final sentencing was held March 19 for former Hodgenville mayor Terry L. Cruse and former city clerk/treasurer MaDonna Hornback.
    The pair pleaded guilty to numerous counts of abuse of public trust on Feb. 10, after maintaining their innocence for more than a year. They admitted to using the city’s fleet fuel card to gas up their personal vehicles. In addition, prosecutors said they accepted mileage reimbursement at a higher rate than allowed by ordinance, while having use of city vehicles.
    Kentucky State Police conducted the investigation.

  • Several indicted by grand jury

    Several people were indicted March 16 by a LaRue County grand jury.
    Matthew J. Skaggs (1979) of Buffalo, was charged with failure to comply with sex offender registry – first offense. He is accused of failing to complete the address verification form as required. The offense occurred between Dec. 15, 2014, and Jan. 26, 2015.
    Bond was set at $5,000 cash only on condition of dusk-to-dawn curfew and no violation of penal code, drug or traffic laws.
    Kentucky State Police investigated.

  • Sheriff's office investigates burned vehicle

    A family on Atilla Road in Taylor County reported this vehicle stolen early March 9. On March 10, it was discovered, burned, on Spring Loop Road off Ky. 210. The LaRue County Sheriff’s office is investigating. If you have information, call Deputy Robby Brownfield at 270-358-3120. The Taylor County Sheriff’s office investigated the initial theft as the residence is in Taylor County.