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Court/Criminal

  • Nelson County indictments

     The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court May 17.

    • Jonathan Andrew Jeffires, 24, New Haven, second-degree arson (attempted), first-degree fleeing and evading police (on foot), first-degree wanton endangerment and third-degree terroristic threatening. On or about April 10, Jeffires allegedly poured kerosene on a house in New Haven, threatened and chased after a woman with a knife and razor blade, and fled police. Bail was set at $50,000 cash only, plus conditions.

  • Constable charged with theft by deception, fleeing from officers

     A LaRue County Constable was charged Monday afternoon with theft by deception and first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot.

    Kentucky State Police attempted to serve a Hardin County warrant for cold checks on Jeffery W. Metcalf, 40, at his White City Road residence in Hodgenville about 1 p.m.

  • Man pleads guilty to unlawful transaction with a minor

     A Hodgenville man pleaded guilty to an amended charge last week in LaRue Circuit Court, yet continued to assert his innocence.

    James E. Jeffries, 68, of Hodgenville, was charged last year with sexual abuse of a 10-year-old child.

    Through a plea agreement, Jeffries pleaded guilty via an Alford plea to one count of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, a class A misdemeanor. Through an Alford plea, he maintains his innocence but agrees that the prosecution could likely prove the charge.

  • Couple charged with burglary

    A Fairdale man and woman were charged April 24 with one count each of second-degree burglary, according to court records.

    Robert Daniel McStoots, 28, and Hope Renee Shelburne, 25, are accused of making forced entry into a residence through a basement door and taking a safe that contained a coin collection valued at $12,000, an arrowhead collection and blank checks.

  • Sonora man leads police on chase

    A Sonora man faces more than 20 felony charges after he led police on a 40-minute pursuit Wednesday night in Elizabethtown, reaching speeds of more than 100 mph.

    Tyler-Ray Fairthorne, 20, is charged with 18 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, first-degree fleeing or evading police, under-21 driving under the influence, possession of alcohol by a minor, open container in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, six counts of disregarding a stop sign and license plate not legible.

  • Woman charged after allegedly biting deputy

     A New Hope woman bit and tried to stab a sheriff's deputy as she was placed under arrest in New Haven Sunday.

    Rachel Lee McConnell, a.k.a. Rachel Lee Kemp, 29, had bench warrants from LaRue and Nelson counties issued against her when deputies arrived at 353 Center Street shortly before 8 p.m.

    Deputies were called to the address on a report McConnell had locked herself inside and that there was possible drug activity, according to a report from the Nelson County Sheriff's Department.

  • Court Briefs - May 2, 2012

     Theft by unlawful taking

  • New Haven woman joins suit against Maker's Mark

    Five women have filed a civil lawsuit accusing Maker’s Mark Distillery for being a sexually hostile workplace, discriminating against women, interfering with their rights under state and federal laws, and retaliating against them in violation of federal and state laws.

  • Louisville man charged with cashing forged check

    A Louisville man has been charged with second-degree forgery, second-degree criminal possession of forged instrument and theft by unlawful taking or disposition.
    Derrick (AKA Derek) Saunders, 27, allegedly attempted to cash a forged payroll check on the account of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home last September.
    According to Chief Deputy Russell McCoy, Saunders showed his driver’s license as proof of identity when he cashed the forged check at a local convenience store in the amount of $384.12.

  • Numerous sex abuse cases winding down in court

     Several sex abuse and rape cases have been plea bargained in LaRue Circuit Court and are awaiting final disposition.