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Court/Criminal

  • 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.

  • Man pleads guilty to reduced charge of menacing

    A Hodgenville man, charged with endangering students on a LaRue County school bus in April, pleaded guilty to an amended charge Sept. 14 in LaRue District Court.
    According to Constable Jeff Metcalf’s citation, Larry Steven Williams, 60, saw a school bus turn around in his driveway on White City Road on April 29 and began following it in his vehicle.
     Williams allegedly began honking his horn and drove around the bus “appearing to be in a very mad rage,” Metcalf said in an earlier interview.

  • Burglary charge dropped against couple

    The case against a Roanoke couple will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.
    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed found probable cause Sept. 14 to send several, but not all charges, against Michael Allen Baker and Paula Jean Baker, both 38, to the grand jury.

  • Three charged with drug manufacturing

    Three more people were charged last week with manufacturing methamphetamine. The arrests came on the heels of similar charges against seven other people in a two-day period.
    Mark E. Matthews, 54, of Buffalo; Deborah Ann Salsman, 49, of Elizabethtown; and Alysha Dawn Metcalf, 21, of Elizabethtown, were each charged Sept. 12 with manufacturing meth; first-degree possession of controlled substance; possession of marijuana; and buy or possession of drug paraphernalia.
    Metcalf was also charged with failure to appear.

  • First Baptist Church burglarized, vandalized

    First Baptist Church was burglarized and vandalized last week, according to officers.
    Sometime during the evening of Sept. 2, someone cut the copper pipes between five air conditioners and the building, according to Constable Ira Bloyd Jr., who works as a part-time deputy. They also cut some of the wiring to gain entry to the interior of the units.
    Bloyd said the vandals probably took the copper to sell and while they didn’t make a lot of money in the process, it was very costly in terms of repairs to the church.

  • Hodgenville man charged with trafficking in cocaine

    Clifford Eugene Aubrey, 48, of Buffalo, was charged Sept. 2 with first-degree trafficking in controlled substance - cocaine and first-degree possession of controlled substance - cocaine. He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $25,000 unsecured bond. He will be arraigned in LaRue District Court. Constable Tim Ford investigated.