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Court/Criminal

  • 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.

  • Trial dates set in sex abuse cases

    A trial date has been set for two people who face numerous sex crimes against a young teen.
    James M. Curtsinger, 64, of Hodgenville, was charged in 2010 with first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and human trafficking, victim under 18. He is accused of having relations with a 15-year-old girl, according to Kentucky State Police.
    If convicted as charged, he could be sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

  • A year after house fire, Fisher continues to deal with fallout

    Eighteen months ago, Roy Fisher lost his home to an early morning fire.
    The Bedford stone house on West Skaggs Road, near the LaRue/Taylor County line, burned to the ground.
    At the time, Skaggs was angry because Taylor County firefighters were dispatched from 20-miles away to the scene before the much closer Buffalo Fire Department was called out. He felt that some of his household items may have been saved if they had gotten there sooner.

  • Driver charged after fleeing from police

    A Louisville man is facing five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment after allegedly driving recklessly and attempting to elude police at speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
    Jesse Aaron Martin, 26, was driving a van toward Hodgenville on Ky. 210 about 4:30 p.m. on July 5, according to an arrest citation by Deputy Matt Darst. Other motorists had phoned in complaints that the van was running at a high rate of speed and running other cars off the road.

  • Man charged with DUI after collision

    A Hodgenville man was charged with DUI June 28 after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in Hardin County.
    Jacob Daniel Barnes, 26, was involved in a collision on Hawkins Drive in Elizabethtown, according to Officer Virgil Willoughby of Elizabethtown City Police. The Dodge van he was driving allegedly struck another vehicle, causing minor damage. Barnes continued driving into LaRue County where he was spotted by Constable Jeff Metcalf near the Leafdale community. Metcalf followed the vehicle to Buffalo where he was joined by Deputies Russell McCoy and Matt Darst.