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Court/Criminal

  • 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.

  • Jail log - Aug 5

    Bookings at the LaRue County Detention Center from Monday, July 27 to Monday, August 3

    Matthew R. Compton, 25, of Elizabethtown was charged with speeding 19 MPH over the speed limit and disorderly conduct, second degree. He was later released from LCDC on bond.

    Chasity Lynn Hodgens, 39, of Bardstown was charged with failure to appear and she remains lodged in LCDC on bond.

    Kimberly I Latondress, 29, of New Haven was charged with theft by deception-including cold checks under $500. She was later released from LCDC on bond.

  • 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.

  • Fiscal Court OKs order of succession discuss cleanup

    LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville July 14, approved an order of succession in the event the county judge-executive becomes incapacitated.

    Those approved, in order, are Tony Stewart (first district), Ricky Whitlock(second district), Larry Howell(fourth district) and Ronald Dale Nunn(third district).

    County Judge Executive Tommy Turner explained why it was important to have this order in place.

  • 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.

  • Two plead guilty to trafficking charges

    By BOBBIE LANHAM

    Co-defendants Amy Nicole Loyall and Cassidy Merrick Loyall both pleaded guilty to several charges June 30 in LaRue County Circuit Court.

    Amy N. Loyall (1986) of New Haven was sentenced to one year, diverted, for first degree trafficking in a controlled substance, Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit disorders and narcolepsy. Thirteen other charges were dismissed.

  • Kolley trial moved to Oct. 12

    By BOBBIE LANHAM

    Samantha J. Kolley appeared in LaRue Circuit Court on Monday. Kolley (1992) was indicted Jan. 2012 by a LaRue County grand jury on a charge of theft by unlawful taking - auto, and complicity. She is accused of taking a 2007 Toyota Camry owned by 28-year-old Kristie Lynne Allen.

    Kolley, according to a witness, was accompanied by Abdullah White, 35, of Radcliff, as she drove away from a Buffalo residence in Allen’s vehicle. White was sentenced to 45 years June 1 for the murder of Allen. Her body was found inside the residence Dec. 30, 2011.