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Court/Criminal

  • Man charged with trafficking in crack cocaine

     While Hodgenville City Officer Eddie Dockery was patrolling Nov. 5, he spotted a vehicle parked on a dead-end street in front of an empty house.

    He knew the house on Thurman-Henley Hill was being remodeled and the 2000 black Pontiac Sunfire looked out of place.

    The person inside the car spotted the policeman, jumped out of the car and “took off running,” according to Police Chief Steve Johnson.

  • Teens charged after altercation at school

     A pair of teens face alcohol and weapons charges after an altercation that occurred Oct. 30.

  • Former deputy pleads guilty to misdemeanors

     A former LaRue County Deputy Sheriff pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors Monday in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Joshua Matthew Darst, 32, of Hodgenville, a six-year veteran of the department, was charged in April with first-degree official misconduct, a misdemeanor; and theft by unlawful taking – auto, and tampering with physical evidence, both Class D felonies.

    Darst was accused with recovering a stolen motorcycle “with the intent to deprive the owner of its use by keeping it himself,” according to a press release by Kentucky State Police.

  • Dye sentenced to 30 years for attempted rape, murder

     A Hodgenville man pleaded guilty Monday to the attempted murder, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree attempted rape of a 10-year-old girl. He could serve up to 30 years for the crimes.

    Jetto Dye, 29, admitted in LaRue Circuit Court to taking a sleeping child from his residence into a wooded area behind his house on River Road and attempting to rape her. Dye admitted also to attempting to choke her when she resisted the sexual assault.

  • Changes made in pre-trial services

     A recent change in pretrial guidelines may have defendants sitting behind bars for a longer period of time.

    Under the new guideline, which was announced last week, pretrial officers will have 24 hours to interview defendants, rather than a 12-hour limit that has been in place since 1976.

    When asked for a comment, Jessica Downs, pretrial supervisor for Nelson, Hart and LaRue counties, directed it to the state’s pretrial department in the Administrative Office of the Courts, who couldn’t be reached by press time.

  • Several indicted by Nelson grand jury

     The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They were arraigned in Nelson Circuit Court.

  • KSP begins Operation RAID

     The Kentucky State Police will initiate a six-month fall, holiday and new year enforcement campaign called Operation R.A.I.D (Remove Aggressive, Impaired and Distracted Drivers from Kentucky's Roadways).

    The campaign began Nov. 1 and will conclude April 30, 2013. The high visibility campaign will focus enforcement efforts toward aggressive, impaired and distracted driving behavior, in order to save lives by reducing the number of fatal and incapacitating crashes, on all roadways within the Commonwealth.

  • Dispatcher charged with filming teen

     An Adair County dispatcher was charged last week with promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Three indicted in burglary case

     Three men charged in connection with a July burglary in Glendale are making their way through Hardin Circuit Court.

    John J. Stamper, 22, of Elizabethtown, David H. Spalding, 18, and Kassidy L. Spencer, 19, both of Hodgenville, were indicted last month on charges of complicity to commit first-degree burglary.

    Stamper also faces two counts of possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and second-degree persistent felony offense.

  • Sex offender registry keeps tabs on offenders, serves as public information

     Sex offender registries allow public viewing of sex offenders’ names, faces, addresses and crimes, which let people know if the polite man across the street or the sweet lady next door actually committed a sex crime.

    Pursuant to KRS 17.580, the Kentucky State Police provides sex offender registration information to the public through the SOR website, said Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard, public affairs commander for Kentucky State Police.