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Court/Criminal

  • Embry plead not guilty

    A local woman who was recently arrested for animal cruelty appeared in LaRue County District Court last Wednesday.

    Jane Embry, 57, of Magnolia was arraigned in LaRue County District Court last Wednesday with District Judge C. Derek Reed presiding. Embry was appointed a public defender and she entered a not-guilty plea to 60 charges of cruelty to animals.

  • Road sign thefts on the rise

    Road sign thefts have recently increased in LaRue County.

    According to LaRue County Assistant Road Supervisor David Wood, his department has replaced 31 road signs across LaRue County since October. He said the road signs are being taken from Airline Road, Hawkins Road, U.S. 31E, Hwy 470 and Cissal Hill Road.

    “It’s like they are making a big circle. Some of them have been yanked completely out of the ground, post and all,” Wood said. “In some cases we have replaced the road signs and they are gone again the next day.”

  • Man sentenced for sexual abuse

    A local man who was charged for sexually abusing three children was sentenced in LaRue County Circuit Court on Monday, December 7.

    Abe L. Hershberger, 41, of Sonora was originally charged with three counts of an unlawful transaction with a minor, three counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of indecent exposure. According to police reports, the alleged acts occurred in LaRue County between January 1, 2013 and March 5, 2015.

  • Kolley sentenced for connection in homicide

    A woman was sentenced in LaRue County Circuit Court on Monday, December 7 for her connection to a 2011 homicide in Buffalo.

  • Benningfield sentenced

    The mother of a missing Magnolia teenager was recently sentenced in court.

    Jessica R. Benningfield, 34, of Hodgenville was sentenced to 12 months in jail in LaRue County District Court on Wednesday, September 9. The sentence is a result of an incident involving Benningfield’s 16-year-old daughter, Chamberlyn Benningfield, who was originally reported as a missing person on August 20. The juvenile was later found by police at Benningfield’s residence on August 27.

  • Hershberger in court

    A Sonora man who is charged with sexually abusing three children appeared in LaRue County Circuit Court on Monday.

    Abe Hershberger, 41, is charged with three counts of unlawful transaction with a minor, three counts of first degree sexual abuse and one count of indecent exposure. According to police reports, the charges stem from allegations made through social services. The alleged acts occurred between January 1, 2013, and March 3, 2015, in LaRue County.

  • Johnson not guilty

    Former Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson was found not guilty of official misconduct during his jury trial July 27 in LaRue County District Court.

    The charge was related to an incident involving a police cruiser “dash-cam” video of the March 29, 2014, arrest of LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders, who was charged that night with driving while intoxicated. The video had been released by Johnson the next day, March 30.

  • Sanders appeal denied

    The previous ruling on the DUI case for LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders was upheld July 27 by the LaRue County Circuit Court.

    Sanders’ attorney, Doug Hubbard, originally filed an appeal in LaRue Circuit Court in an attempt to suppress evidence gained through a police “dash-cam” video of his March 29, 2014, DUI arrest. The Circuit Court affirmed that the matter remanded for the trial court for proceedings was consistent with the opinion and order for Sanders.

  • BREAKING NEWS - Not guilty

    Former Hodgenville City Police Chief Steve Johnson was found NOT GUILTY of official misconduct relating to the dashcam footage released following the March 2014 DUI arrest of LaRue County Schools superintendent Sam Sanders.  - Read more about the jury's verdict in this week's LaRue County Herald News.

  • News of Record July 22, 2015

    Property Transfers

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

    West Family Living Trust, to Wanda West, parcels of Horsestead Section, FMV, $215.000.

    West Family Living Trust, to Wanda West, lot 1, Orrender Subdivision, $ FMV, $55,125.

    Wanda West to Stephanie West Koening, lot 1, Orrender Subdivision, FMV, $55,125.

    West Family Living Trust to Wanda West, parcel 1 of Akins Subdivision, FMV, $47,500.