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Court/Criminal

  • New Haven man apprehended after a year's search

     A New Haven man who has eluded officers for nearly a year was located last week in Jackson County.

    John Curtis Stapleton (1988) was indicted last year on trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine), complicity; first-degree trafficking in controlled substance; possession of marijuana; and use or possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity.

    According to court records, Stapleton, along with Lonnie Frye (1978) and Crystal Richards (1989) were charged after officers found drugs inside a River Road home.

  • Preliminary hearing set for Natalie Gentry

    A preliminary hearing for Natalie Gentry was scheduled for 9 a.m. March 12 during her court appearance Friday in front of Hardin District Judge Kimberly Shumate.

    Gentry, 33, an Elizabethtown resident and a former teacher at LaRue County Schools, has been charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of second-degree official misconduct for alleged sexual contact with two male students.

    The encounters allegedly occurred in Hardin County where Gentry lives.

  • Martin hearing postponed

    A preliminary hearing for a woman charged with receiving stolen property from a residence where a woman was found dead has been rescheduled for Feb. 6.

    Belinda Rae Martin, 26, of Elizabethtown, was scheduled to appear in Hardin District Court Monday.

    She was charged with receiving stolen property taken from the Buffalo residence where Kristie Lynne Allen, 28, was found dead of what police call an apparent homicide last month.

  • Buffalo woman charged with theft

     A Buffalo woman has been charged with taking items from homes of home health care clients.

  • Court Briefs

    Sentenced to five years
    Michael Baker (1973) was sentenced to five years and fined $385 Jan. 9 in LaRue Circuit Court. He was found guilty of receiving stolen property (firearm); receiving stolen property under $10,000; complicity of possession of drug paraphernalia; and complicity of possession of marijuana. He was credited for 137 days served. Probation denied. A restitution hearing is set for Feb. 6.

    Conditional discharge

  • COURT BRIEFS - JAN. 2012

     Trial, acquitted

    Dominique M. Tisher and Heather A. Tisher of Hodgenville were acquitted by trial on charges of owner permitting vicious dog to run at large and violation of local county ordinance Jan. 20 in LaRue District Court.

     

    Trial, acquitted

    Keith W. Roark and Shannon S. Roark of Hodgenville were acquitted by trial of charges of fourth-degree assault Jan. 20 in LaRue District Court. The case will be resolved in juvenile court.

     

  • Fugitive located on Shepherdsville Road

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 arrested Timothy Gibson Jr., 25, over the weekend.

    Gibson had escaped from a half-way house in South Dakota, according to Trooper Norman Chaffins. He then stole a vehicle and fled to Illinois. 

    Gibson stole a Pontiac Grand Am in Illinois and drove it to his mother's residence on Shepherdsville Road in Hardin County. 

    After KSP located the vehicle, Gibson turned himself in a short time later.

  • Kolley out on bond, White says he will hire private attorney

     Samantha JoDale Kolley, the Elizabethtown woman who was seen fleeing the scene of an apparent  homicide in Buffalo on Dec. 30, is out on bail.

  • E'town woman charged with DUI following crash

     An Elizabethtown woman was charged with driving under the influence after being involved in a single-vehicle crash Sunday, Jan. 22.

    Jacquelyn Burckley, 43, was driving a 2000 Toyota Camry on Ky. 84 about 11 a.m. when she ran off the road and struck a mailbox, according to Deputy Matt Darst.

    The vehicle came to rest in a yard at 976 Tanner Road.

    Burckley was charged with DUI, first, aggravator, possession of open alcoholic beverage container; and no insurance.

  • Rust sentenced to 10 years

     James Michael Rust, 33, of River Road, New Haven, was sentenced to 10 years and fined $385 on multiple drug charges.