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Court/Criminal

  • 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.

  • Sonora man charged with trafficking in marijuana

    A Sonora man was charged Aug. 1 with cultivation of marijuana, five or more plants; drug paraphernalia, buy or possession; possession of marijuana; and trafficking in marijuana, 8 ounces to 5 pounds.

    Lenin Wieman Jr., 50, of Murrieltown Road, was allegedly growing 10 marijuana plants beside a cornfield, according to an arrest report by the LaRue County Sheriff’s office.

    He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.

    His bond was set at $25,000 cash. He will be arraigned Aug. 7 in LaRue District Court.

  • Two charged with theft of barn lumber

    Two Bonnieville residents have been charged with the theft of lumber from an old barn.

    Constable Tim Ford received a report of damage to two cornfields and lumber being removed from a 150-year-old barn in the Airline Road area. He tracked down a suspect who had once worked on a neighboring farm.

    “I went into Hart County and got close to the residence,” said Ford. “They were in the front yard taking nails out of the boards.”

  • Legal Aid Clinics -July 31, 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.

  • Property Transfers -July 31, 2013

    The following property transfers are listed as given on deeds at the LaRue County Clerk’s Office in Hodgenville.

    Parwood Enterprises LLC to Wood Realty LLC, lots 13A-B, 16A-B and 17A-B of Woodpark Subdivision, Section 1, no monetary consideration, FMV $67,500

    Heather Cline NKA Heather Sutherland and Marty Sutherland to Cora E. Whitlock, lot 29 of KC Estates Subdivision, Hodgenville, $135,000

    Mitchell W. Cruse and Sandra Cruse and Monica Underwood to Rebecca Winchester, property on South Fork and Orrendersburg Roads, $86,500

  • New Haven woman indicted for welfare fraud

    Julie Gail Vatter, 48, of New Haven, was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury on one charge of welfare fraud (over $100).

    From May 1, 2011, through Aug. 20, 2012, Vatter allegedly failed to advise the Department for Community Based Services of her correct household circumstances and received $4,688 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP) benefits. Bail was set at $2,500 cash, plus conditions.

    She will be arraigned in Nelson Circuit Court.
     

  • Text-A-Tip

    The Kentucky State Police program, “Text a Tip,” is designed to report criminal activity, assist with neighborhood watch and serve as an additional resource for schools and college campuses.

    “Text a Tip” is completely confidential and easy to use. Anyone with texting capabilities from personal electronic devices can simply text 67283 in the address field, then type KSPTIP in the message field, leave a space and then enter information about a crime. If your tip went through successfully, you will receive an instant confirmation text on your phone.

  • 2011 Lawsuit 'Hell is Real'

     HARSTON v. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET

    Jimmy HARSTON; Norman Cottrell; and Bill Sullivan, Appellants v. COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY TRANSPORTATION CABINET, Department of highways Appellee.

    Jimmy Harston; Donnie Kimbro; and Brenda Kimbro, Appellants v. Commonwealth of Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Department of Highways, Appellee.

    Nos. 2010-CA-000615-MR, 2010-CA-001124-MR.

  • Police Log -July 24, 2013

    Terroristic threatening
    A Hodgenville man was charged with alcohol intoxication, third-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree burglary after allegedly entering a home and threatening the residents with a knife.

    William Ken Lewis, 66, was charged July 18 by Hodgenville City Police. He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $25,000 cash bond.