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Court/Criminal

  • Synthetic marijuana crops up in county

    A synthetic form of marijuana that is banned in a handful of states has found its way to LaRue County.
    Two men, one from Upton, the other from Louisville, have been charged with possession of synthetic cannabinoids this year.
    Cannabinoid, also called spice or K2, is in high demand and can be purchased online, according to Kentucky State Police. It’s sold in brightly colored bags by some cigarette shops, gas stations and convenience stores. It does not look harmful and is designed to emulate the sensations produced by illicit substances.

  • KSP investigating burglary in Sonora

    Kentucky State Police are investigating a break-in that occurred between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 21 at the 700 block of Nolin Road in Sonora.

    According to KSP, someone forced their way into the residence and took several thousand dollars worth of belongings while the homeowner was away. Items taken included several firearms, prescription medication, several hundred bi-fold knives, 30 to 40 gold pocket watches, numerous old coins and paper money and numerous pieces of jewelry.

  • Inmate appeals escape conviction

    A Ludlow man, convicted of escaping from the LaRue County Detention Center in 2010 has appealed his conviction to the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

    George Richard Gaunt III, now 23, was serving a three-year sentence at the LCDC on burglary and theft charges, according to court documents. On Feb. 9, 2010, he walked out an unlocked door at the jail and drove away in the jail’s 1999 Crown Victoria, using the key that was left in the ashtray.

    He was arrested by Kentucky State Troopers at a rest area off Interstate 71.

  • Southern Health Partners named in Taylor lawsuit

    A Taylor County man who claims he wasn't given necessary medical treatment while an inmate has filed suit against the company that provides medical care at the Taylor County Detention Center.

    Jamestown Attorney Derrick Helm filed a complaint on behalf of James Johnson in Taylor Circuit Court on March 31, 2010.

    Johnson originally listed former Taylor County Jailer Rick Benningfield, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers and Taylor County as defendants. However, last Wednesday, Southern Health Partners Inc. was added as a defendant.

  • Injured officer files civil suit against driver

     A former Hodgenville City Officer has filed a civil suit against a driver who was convicted of striking him with a truck.

  • Four indicted by grand jury

    Several people were indicted March 19 by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Jimmy D. Underwood(1965) of Campbellsville was charged with first-degree assault; first-degree wanton endangerment; operating motor vehicle while license suspended for DUI, first offense; operating motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second offense; reckless driving; and possession of open container in vehicle.

  • Oil well operators in Hart County indicted

    A federal grand jury in Bowling Green returned a six count indictment last week, against Charles L. Stinson of Horse Cave, and Ralph Dowell of Edmonton, on charges of conspiracy to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act and violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to David J. Hale U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.  

  • Hart County indictments

    The Hart County Grand Jury handed down several indictments in February:
    Denise E. Horn, 56, of Lone Star Road, Upton, was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine and complicity; trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and complicity; possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and complicity; possession of drug paraphernalia and complicity; and possession of marijuana and complicity.

  • Former employee files suit against Signature HealthCare

    A former employee of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home has filed a civil suit in LaRue Circuit Court against Signature HealthCare.
    Diane Roberts, who was employed at the facility for 34 years, according to the suit, claims she was promised that she would be retained as director of nursing after the nursing home was leased to Signature HealthCare. She claims she worked as director of nursing since 2005, and further, that she was terminated without prior notice.

  • Police investigated alleged threat at Nationwide

    Hodgenville City Police investigated a report of a threat by an employee at Nationwide Uniform last week.
    Police Chief Steve Johnson said no charges were brought against the person who allegedly made the threat and Nationwide managers were advised to contact the County Attorney’s office.
    As of Monday, no charges had been filed.