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Court/Criminal

  • 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.

  • 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