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Court/Criminal

  • Man indicted on sexual abuse charges

    James Jeffries, 67, of Hodgenville, was arrested June 23 on indictments by a LaRue County grand jury.  The four-count indictment alleges that between Aug. 1, 2009 and Oct. 06, 2010 in LaRue County, Jeffries committed the offense of sexual abuse in the first degree by subjecting a juvenile who is incapable of consent because the juvenile is less than 12 years old to sexual contact. 

    Jeffries was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.

    The case was investigated by Det. Jason Propes of the Kentucky State Police.

  • Two indicted on charges of conspiracy and harboring of undocumented worker

    WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced June 23 that Javier Arce, 58, and Cristina Mier Arce, 55, of Hardin County were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy and harboring of an undocumented Bolivian national for their financial gain.

  • Trial delayed in stabbing case

    The trial has been delayed for a man suspected in the stabbing death of a New Haven man Dec. 2, 2010.

    David Jerome Willett, 27, was indicted for murder and second-degree persistent felony offender charges in December for allegedly stabbing Eric Douglas Stallard, 39, after a quarrel.

    Willett's pretrial conference was set for June 17 but was delayed until Oct. 14 to allow the defense attorney, Stephen Wright of Bullitt County, more time to prepare for the trial, according to Commonwealth's Attorney Terry Geoghegan.

  • Welfare fraud and meth: Sonora woman pleads guilty

    A Sonora woman received a suspended five-year sentence after being found guilty of welfare fraud in LaRue Circuit Court.

  • Attorney charged with promoting contraband

    At the request of the Bullitt County Detention Center the Kentucky State Police was asked to investigate an alleged promoting contraband violation. The jail staff recovered a syringe that had allegedly been smuggled into the jail by way of an inmate's attorney.

    While interviews were being conducted, the suspect, Michael S. Wade, 31, of Louisville, arrived at the jail to meet with his client.

  • Shanklin indicted for tobacco store burglary

    A man accused of a string of burglaries of tobacco retail stores has been indicted by a LaRue County grand jury.
    Tracy Shanklin, 44, was charged with third-degree burglary and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.
    Shanklin is accused of breaking into Smoketown II on South Lincoln Boulevard Dec. 23, 2009, and cleaning out the stock of Marlboro cigarettes.
    Shanklin and an accomplice were implicated in similar burglaries in Louisville. The crime wave began in November 2009 at the Cox’s Smoker’s Outlet on Hubbards Lane in Louisville.

  • Inmate indicted for escape from detention center

    An inmate who allegedly escaped last May from the LaRue County Detention Center has been indicted by a grand jury.
    Jorge Ivan Vegan-Caban, 25, was charged with second-degree escape and second-degree persistent felony offender May 16.
    He was serving a three-year sentence in the jail after being found guilty of first-degree possession of controlled substance in Kenton County. He had been at the jail less than two months when he climbed over the fence. It was three days before employees noticed his absence.

  • Man charged with auto theft two weeks after serving time for same offense

    A Hodgenville man is accused of stealing a vehicle from a Louisville dealership just two weeks after being released from jail where he was serving time on a similar charge.
    Anthony Tennill Scherer, 41, was charged last week with receiving stolen property valued at more than $10,000 and fleeing/evading police on foot.
    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office had set up surveillance of Scherer’s residence after receiving a tip that he was in possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Russell McCoy.

  • Ohio man extradited from LaRue on murder charge

    An Ohio man, accused of murdering his neighbor, was extradited from Kentucky June 1 to stand trial.

    Shawn Kortz, 39, of Moraine, Ohio, was housed in the LaRue County Detention Center in March awaiting extradition. Kortz, according to the Dayton Daily News, is accused of beating and strangling to death Michael Hollon, 48, on Sept. 19, then attempting to elude police in a high speed chase before his arrest near Georgetown, Ky.

    Before the extradition, Kortz was serving a three-year prison term for fleeing and eluding, and reckless endangerment in Kentucky.

  • COURT BRIEFS: May 2011

    Recommended five-year sentence
    Christopher R. Logsdon, 35, of Hodgenville, pleaded guilty to one count of cultivating marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, possession of controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is five years on the first two counts and 12 months on the remaining charges for a total of five years. Pre-trial diversion is recommended with defendant to serve 120 days in jail. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered.
    Final sentencing is June 20.