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Court/Criminal

  • Fiscal Court: Magistrate questions cost of dispatch chairs

    LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville June 10, authorized a renewal of county employees’ health insurance with Anthem that Judge-executive Tommy Turner said will probably show a rate increase between 6 and 7 percent.

    “I’m hoping our rates will go down next year as a result of a Community Rating Law that puts us with all county employees in the state instead of just our employees,” Turner explained.

  • Court ruling could impact local murder case

    When a U.S. Supreme Court ruling was announced in late May, it opened the door for a possible defense in a local murder case.

    Defense attorneys for Abdullah White, who is charged with murder in the death of Kristie L. Allen, 28, were granted a continuance Monday in LaRue Circuit Court. With the trial now set for Oct. 27, the defense has time to research whether the Supreme Court ruling in Hall v. Florida is relevant.

  • 200 pot plants found near Athertonville

    UPDATE: James and Linda Maggard turned themselves in Tuesday, June 17, to the court, and have bonded out of jail. The story (which was written Monday) in Wednesday's Herald News stated they were sought by police.

  • Former mayor wants job back

    Former Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse wants his job back.
    Cruse, who was removed from office on May 15 by a unanimous vote by City Council, filed an appeal Friday, June 13, seeking to reverse the council’s action.
    The suit, prepared by Cruse’s attorney, Ron Mather, states the council did not have the right to hear claims of ethics violations against Cruse. The duty should have fallen to an ethics board, which had not been appointed for some time. Cruse attempted to appoint a board on May 1 – however, the council did not go along with his request.

  • Court Briefs: June 18, 2014

    Failed to appear
    Jordan L. Canter (1990) failed to appear May 5 in LaRue Circuit Court. Restitution of $4,877.71 has not been repaid in 2008 case. Bench warrant was issued. The case will be reviewed in October.

    Bench warrant issued
    A bench warrant was issued May 5 for Justin Crane. According to court documents, he has not made his financial obligations in a 2008 case.

    Sentenced to 10 years

  • E-town man seeks state investigation of Hardin EMS

    An Elizabethtown man who previously challenged Hardin County EMS has asked a state board to investigate the department’s former director, Ira Dyer, and former assistant shift supervisor, James Miller.
    Richard Leal has filed complaints against both men with the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services, asking the board to launch an independent investigation. The two men were suspended from their positions before resigning in early May.

  • Family files civil suit against local nursing home

    The family of a deceased nursing home resident has filed a civil suit against her former caretakers.
    Don Gardner, the son and executor of the estate of Dorothy A. Gardner, filed the suit in LaRue Circuit Court against Signature Healthcare, LLC of Frankfort; LP Hodgenville LLC DBA Sunrise Manor; Signature Consulting Services LLC; LP Manager LLC; LPMM, Inc.; LP O Holdings, LLC; Mark Henderson in his capacity as administrator of Signature Healthcare of Sunrise Manor; and Crystal Hamilton in her capacity as administrator of Signature Healthcare of Sunrise Manor.

  • Man involved in fatal crash indicted for murder

     A Hardin County man was indicted on a murder charge Thursday for his involvement in a crash on Ky. 313 that killed a Radcliff woman and injured three children, ejecting a 7-month-old from the vehicle.

    Kyle David Thompson, 24, also has been indicted on charges of first-degree fleeing and evading police – motor vehicle and three counts of first-degree assault, terroristic threatening and second-degree persistent felony offender. All charges are for his involvement in a crash June 3 that left Ashlee Nicole Berry, 22, dead and three children hospitalized.

  • Police chief under investigation

     Another LaRue County official is under investigation.

  • Burglary charge to be heard by grand jury

    Joshua Ray Perkins, 34, of Buffalo, was charged May 25 with one count of second-degree burglary.

    According to court records, the alleged victims returned from a trip and noticed their garage door was open. During the investigation, officers spoke with Perkins. A black safe was found in the house that matched the description of one taken from the victims’ home. Xanax was also taken from the house.