• Chief's trial date set for July

     A trial date has been set in the case of suspended Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson.

    Johnson was charged last year with official misconduct by Kentucky State Police after he allegedly permitted TV news crews to watch and record dash-cam footage of a traffic stop on March 29, 2014. The video, which showed Superintendent Sam Sanders taking a field sobriety test and the arrival of his wife at the scene, was broadcast on several stations. 

  • Bronston man charged with River Road burglary

    A Bronston man has been charged with the Sept. 23, 2014, burglary of a River Road residence.

    Brian Lawrence Lawson, 41, was charged with first-degree burglary after officers located him in Wayne County. Bond was set at $50,000 cash. He is scheduled to appear April 15 in LaRue District Court.

    Lawson allegedly entered the residence with another man and a woman. The three are accused of taking two loaded handguns and a large amount of money.

  • 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.