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Court/Criminal

  • Three indicted by Nelson grand jury

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They were arraigned in Nelson Circuit Court Aug. 4.

  • Plea agreement accepted in human trafficking case

    A local court case that drew statewide attention is drawing to a close.
    James Merritt Curtsinger, 64, the Hodgenville man who was charged with promotion of human trafficking, pleaded guilty to lesser charges Aug. 1 in LaRue Circuit Court. His trial-by-jury was scheduled for Aug. 8.
    In December, Kentucky State Trooper Bruce Reeves said it is the first human trafficking case opened by state police working from the Elizabethtown post.

  • Former Pamida manager to serve one year

    A former retail store manager was sentenced to one year in jail after being found guilty of theft by unlawful taking.
    Bill Woodrow Willis, 30, of Radcliff was accused of making illegal transactions on cash registers without items being purchased at Pamida in Hodgenville. According to court records, Willis falsely entered transactions into the store’s computer, claiming they were returns and taking the cash for himself.

  • Former teacher pleads guilty to unlawful transaction with minor

    Jeremy Todd Blair, a former LaRue County High School teacher and coach, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.

    Blair, 33, was charged with the Class A misdemeanor after being “told to stay away” from a 16-year-old girl, a LCHS student, by her parents earlier this year, according to Deputy Eric Williamson.

  • Burglary suspect apprehended in Hodgenville

    Hodgenville City Police apprehended early Tuesday a man suspected of breaking in Sammy’s Market in Sonora.
    According to Police Chief Steve Johnson, Jacob Ritchie, 18, address unknown, allegedly broke in the market between 3 and 4 a.m. Ritchie began walking on Ky. 84 and was picked up by a motorist.
    “According to the story we got, when he was in the vehicle, he told them he broke in and tried to get money out of the ATM,” Johnson said.

  • Man charged with 21 counts of unlawful transaction with minor

    A Hodgenville man was charged last week with 21 counts of third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
    Matthew Melton, 26, allegedly hosted a party where alcohol was served to minors, according to Deputy Eric Williamson.
    Twenty-one people under age 18 were either drinking or intoxicated at the party, Williamson wrote in a criminal summons.
    Williamson, Constable Tim Ford, and Kentucky State Police responded to the Tanner Road residence after receiving a report of loud music, according to the summons.
    Melton will appear July 27 in LaRue District Court.

  • Firefighter charged with taking breathing apparatus from 2010 fire scene

    A LaRue County firefighter has been charged with theft by unlawful taking after he allegedly took a breathing apparatus from a fire scene and pawned it.
    According to an arrest warrant filed by Deputy Brian Smith on July 22, Larry Michael Morgan, 26, of Hodgenville, took a MSA M7 Firehawk self-contained breathing apparatus valued at $4,500 from the scene of a LaRue County fire on Feb. 1, 2010. He is accused of pawning it at Dixie Pawn and Gun in Hardin County.
    Morgan was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center and released on his own recognizance.

  • Teacher charged with unlawful transaction

    A former LaRue County High School teacher has been charged with third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
    Jeremy Todd Blair, 33, formerly of Hodgenville and now living in Leitchfield, according to court records, is accused of assisting or causing a minor age 16 or under to disobey parents. According to a criminal complaint served by Deputy Eric Williamson, Blair had been “told to stay away” from the minor by her parents earlier this year.

  • Estate of former patient files civil suit against nursing home

    The estate of a former Sunrise Manor Nursing Home resident has filed a wrongful death suit against the facility.
    In the civil suit, filed last month in LaRue Circuit Court, the estate of Dewey Underwood and Mary Underwood claim the nursing home failed to provide adequate medical, nursing and custodial care to Dewey Underwood and that injuries ultimately led to his death. The contract between the Underwoods and Sunrise began January 2010, according to records.

  • Couple charged with criminal trespass

    Two people were charged with first-degree criminal trespass after allegedly spending the night without permission in a Buffalo house.
    Mitchell Owen Lineske, 29, of Sonora, and Jessica Renae Shofner, 20, of Buffalo, face several other charges connected to the incident, according to court records.
    Lineske allegedly became involved in an altercation with a man who was court-appointed to oversee the property, according to an arrest citation. He allegedly assaulted the man, “running over” him with a vehicle.