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Court/Criminal

  • New Haven murder trial delayed a second time

    The trial for David Jerome Willett, suspected in the stabbing death of Eric Douglas Stallard in New Haven last December, has been delayed a second time.

    Willett, 27, New Hope, stands accused of stabbing 39-year-old Stallard, New Haven, in an apartment at 107 Locust St. in New Haven the evening of Dec. 2, 2010. At the time, police reported that an argument about who Stallard was dating escalated into violence. Stallard was reportedly killed with a 7-inch lockblade.

  • Liberty man may serve 7 years on numerous counts

    A Liberty man who led police officers on a high speed chase through Taylor and LaRue Counties in March pleaded guilty to several counts in LaRue Circuit Court.

  • Court briefs - September 2011

    Diversion extended
    Stephanie Brown (1981) agreed to extend her diversion Sept. 19 in LaRue Circuit Court until restitution is paid. She was charged with failure to report change in order to receive benefits. The case will be reviewed Feb. 6.
     
    Pay or stay

  • Grand jury indicts 17

    Seventeen people were indicted Sept. 19 by a LaRue grand jury. All were arraigned Oct. 3 in LaRue Circuit Court.
    Drug-related offenses
    Matthew A. Dickerson (1973) of Cissal Hill Road, Hodgenville was indicted on one count of manufacturing methamphetamine and complicity; first-degree trafficking in controlled substances and complicity; first-degree possession of a controlled substance and complicity; and six counts of possession of firearm while committing an offense.

  • Court of Appeals affirms decision for Koetter Woodworking

    The Kentucky Court of Appeals concurred with a judgment set down by LaRue Circuit Court in a Sept. 23 decision.

    The case Donahue vs. Koetter Woodworking, Inc., was filed in 2010.

    Koetter Woodworking filed a complaint to quiet its land title against abutting property owners, Joseph L. Donahue and Dianne E. Donahue, Kenneth R. Simpson and Bonnie Simpson, Williams Marks III, Thomas Watson Fenwick and Robert Lee Simpson and Carole J. Simpson.

    Koetter alleged the appellants were wrongfully claiming ownership of about 20 acres near the shared boundary.

  • Couple charged with sexual abuse of child

    A Hodgenville couple is facing charges of sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl.
    According to arrest citations, Anthony Wayne Fitts, 35, was charged Oct. 4 with first-degree sexual abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor for allegedly touching a juvenile in an inappropriate manner.
    His wife, Sharon Ann Fitts, 34, is charged with complicity, first-degree sexual abuse; complicity, unlawful transaction with a minor; and endangering the welfare of a minor. The arrest citation claims she was aware of the alleged abuse.

  • Civil suits filed against LaRue deputies

    Two LaRue County deputies and the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office are facing civil suits in separate cases.
    Two women are alleging false imprisonment and false arrest against the department
    The cases were filed in September in LaRue Circuit Court. The defendants’ attorneys have already filed responses.
    Pamela Dugan, 57, of Buffalo, claims she was pulled from her residence on April 25 by Deputy Brian Smith. She claims she was placed in a cruiser and transported to LaRue County Detention Center where she was processed and jailed for 13 hours.

  • Woman charged on 121 outstanding warrants

    A LaRue County woman, wanted in at least three counties for outstanding warrants, was arrested Oct. 9 at her home in Vine Grove.

    Penny Lou Emerson, 49, formerly of Saint Joachim Road, Hodgenville, was wanted on 112 outstanding LaRue County warrants and nine from other counties, on charges ranging from forgery to theft by unlawful taking to parole violations, according to Deputy Eric Williamson.

    “She’s been on the run since 2005,” Williamson said, “There are 67 felony warrants and 45 misdemeanors (in LaRue County alone).”

  • Brown furloughed until final sentencing

    A Hodgenville woman, charged in 2010 with human trafficking of a child under her care, has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.
    Rhonda Brown, 54, originally faced numerous other counts including first-degree sexual abuse and complicity; and third-degree rape and sodomy and complicity after a teenager accused her of making an arrangement with James Merritt Curtsinger, 64, of Hodgenville.
    According to allegations made in court records, Curtsinger paid Brown’s expenses in return for sexual favors from the teen.

  • LaRue District Court canceled

    LaRue District Court on Oct. 19-20 is canceled as the judge will be attending a conference.
    Any cases scheduled for those days are continued to Oct. 26 or Nov. 3.