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Court/Criminal

  • Brandenburg Telephone settles suit through mediation

    A civil trial scheduled for April 28 was averted when the parties settled the case through mediation.

    Brandenburg Telephone Company filed a civil suit last year in an attempt to recoup expenses related to damage to a transformer.

    The suit named Timothy Yoder of Clarkson, Kevin Wilson of Falls of Rough and J.B. Hunt Transport.

    BTC claimed Yoder was operating Wilson’s log truck in a negligent manner on Nov. 7, 2011, near the intersection of Ky. 84 and U.S. 31-E.

  • Couple charged with taking money from monastery

    The former accountant for the Abbey of Gethsemani was indicted Wednesday for allegedly stealing more than $1 million from the monastery, according to Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Terry Geoghegan.

    A grand jury returned an indictment accusing John E. Hutchins and his wife, Carrie Lee Hutchins, of 87 counts of theft — 40 of them for allegedly taking over $10,000.

    The money was allegedly siphoned from the abbey's mail-order business from 2008 through February.

  • Several indicted in Nelson Circuit Court

     The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They were arraigned May 8 in Nelson Circuit Court May 8.

    •Bradley Humphrey, 24, of New Haven, theft by unlawful taking. Sometime between March 19 and 20, Humphrey took a utility trailer belonging to Cody Rogers. Bail was set at $9,500 cash, plus conditions.

  • Court Briefs – May 7, 2014

     Guilty plea

    Annabelle Carlen Hatcher (1984) pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence; fleeing or evading police; resisting arrest; and menacing April 18 in LaRue Circuit Court. A charge of persistent felony offender was dismissed. Recommended sentence is two years on the first count and 12 months on the remaining counts. Presentencing investigation ordered. Final sentencing is June 2.

     

    Failed to appear

  • News of Record – May 7, 2014

     Property Transfers

    The following property transfers are listed as given on deeds at the LaRue County Clerk’s Office in Hodgenville.

    Virgie Tedder to Julie Ireland, Mary Lou Strader, Vicki Brangers and Robert Tedder, property on waters of Middle Creek five miles north of Hodgenville, no monetary consideration, FMV $125,000

  • New Haven woman receives probated sentence

    Christa Lynn Centers, 41, of New Haven was sentenced April 17 in Nelson Circuit Court.

    Centers was sentenced to two years in prison for receiving stolen property and two years in prison for tampering with physical evidence. The sentences shall be served concurrently. Centers was granted probation for a period of five years following set conditions pay a yet to be determined amount of restitution. On Oct. 12, Centers received and disposed of various household items and jewelry belonging to the estate of Martha Wells.

  • Courtroom security increased after contraband found

     Security has been tightened in LaRue County courtrooms after an inmate was discovered with contraband – immediately after a court appearance – earlier this month.

    Jason Kitzero, 36, of Buffalo, was lodged at the LaRue County Detention Center following his arrest for manufacturing methamphetamine. Kitzero was present at an April 1 house fire believed to have been started by an exploding meth lab.

    Kitzero now faces a charge of promoting contraband after jail deputies found a large package of tobacco on his person during a search. 

  • Nine indicted by grand jury

     Nine people were indicted April 4 by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Cherry Sheppard (1985) of Hodgenville, was charged with trafficking in controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and complicity; trafficking in a controlled substance first degree, four or more grams of crack cocaine and complicity; and resisting arrest.

    The alleged offenses occurred Feb. 21. She is accused of acting alone or in concert with Horace Barbour.

    Bond was set in district court. She is ordered to have no communication with Barbour.

  • Men plead guilty after hit-and-run

     Two Magnolia men, facing several charges involving a hit-and-run collision, entered guilty pleas April 23 in LaRue District Court.

    Ino Bello, 48, pleaded guilty to one count each of fleeing and evading police (on foot); no operator license; and leaving the scene of an accident. Bello was driving a full-size pickup on Ky. 1079 (Upton Road) toward Magnolia on April 12, when the vehicle crossed the center line and struck a passenger car driven by Nobaliene Littlefield, 57, of Magnolia.

  • KSP identifies suspect black Impala

    Kentucky State Police have identified a suspect vehicle linked to the killing of two women in Botland Monday night.

    Investigators are searching for a black 2006-2013 Chevrolet Impala that was seen driving from Botland toward Bardstown around 8 p.m. Monday evening.

    Police said the car "appears to be black in color and the windows do not appear to be tinted."