• Court Brief - September 25, 2013

    Pleaded guilty
    Darin James Wright (1975) pleaded guilty Sept. 16 in LaRue Circuit Court to first-degree possession of controlled substance; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine); second-degree possession of controlled substance; and giving officer a false name or address.

    The commonwealth attorney recommended three years, three years, 12 months and 90 days, respectively, and a $50 fine each for having one headlight and failing to illuminate rear license. Presentencing investigation ordered.

  • Fiscal court: Roadwork discussed

    Roadwork was the topic of discussion for LaRue County fiscal court magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Sept. 10.

    Tony Stewart, first district magistrate, reported receiving complaints of Castleman Road being too narrow, especially for large equipment.

    Ricky Whitlock, second district, reported grass and weeds blocking drivers’ view on Blanton Road.      

  • Louisville man pleads guilty to promoting contraband

    A Louisville man compounded his problems Aug. 18 after he was charged with public intoxication.

    Cecil L. Smith, 21, was “disoriented in the parking lot of Circle K” in Hodgenville, according to Hodgenville City Police. Smith believed he was still in Jefferson County, some 50 miles away, and admitted he was “high on marijuana.”

    Smith denied having illegal substances on his person when questioned by officers.

  • Contractor asks for new trial

    A civil suit filed by a contractor against the LaRue County Community Fair and Livestock Exhibition was settled last month. However, Calvin Hornback, the man who built the “Morrison-Phelps” building at the fairgrounds, has requested a new trial.

    Hornback was contracted by the fair board in 2010 to construct a 40x72-feet building on the grounds on Greensburg Street. The building was paid for in part by a grant for $82,100 from the Kentucky Agriculture Commission.

  • Woman charged with assaulting clerk

    A Hodgenville woman has been charged with fourth-degree assault of Hodgenville City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    Donna J. Rodehaver, 61, allegedly struck Hornback Aug. 28, on the back above the left shoulder, “leaving a red mark,” according to the citation. The incident allegedly occurred about 8 p.m. at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home, 717 N. Lincoln Blvd., Hodgenville.

  • Court Briefs - September 18, 2013

    Final sentencing
    Michael Paul Stallings (1975) pleaded guilty July 15 in LaRue Circuit Court to one count of theft by unlawful taking or disposition. He was fined $210. Recommended sentence was five years, pre-trial diverted. Final sentencing was Aug. 19.

    Cultivation of marijuana

  • Indictment

    Dale Louis Brown, 54, of New Haven, was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury on a charge of second-degree assault, second-degree persistent felony offender. On or about July 2, Brown allegedly punched Tim Kennedy in the head and face. Brown is a persistent felony offender having previously been convicted of capital murder and first-degree arson.

    Bail was set at $200,000 cash, plus conditions.

    He was arraigned Sept. 5 in Nelson Circuit Court.

  • ‘Thug’ charged with shoplifting

    A Hodgenville man faces charges after allegedly accosting another customer in a local store.

    William M. Thornton, 47, of S. Walters Avenue, visited the Hodgenville Shopko just before 8 p.m. Sept. 12. According to a police report, he approached a customer inside the store, “talking about being a ‘thug’” and pulled out a lockblade knife. The other man walked away.

  • Court Briefs -September 11, 2013

    Guilty plea
    Christopher Zacharia Metcalf (1988) pleaded guilty to amended counts of criminal mischief, second degree; and assault, fourth degree, Sept. 3 in LaRue Circuit Court. Original charges were assault, third degree, police or probation officer; and first-degree criminal mischief. Recommended sentence was 12 months on each count to run concurrently. He was ordered to serve 90 days, which is already satisfied, conditionally discharged for two years. Final sentencing was held.

    In contempt

  • Woman Tasered after traffic stop

    A Hodgenville woman was Tasered Saturday night after allegedly running from police and persistently failing to show officers her hands.

    Annabelle Rae Carlen, 29, was a passenger in a 2003 Toyota Land Rover when it was stopped about 10 p.m. on Lincoln Parkway by Hodgenville Officer Eddie Dockery.

    Dockery’s report indicated Carlen threw a needle out of the Rover’s window as it was stopping. When it stopped, she allegedly got out of the vehicle and ran toward a ditch line, hiding in tall grass beside Ky. 1618.