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Court/Criminal

  • 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.
     

  • METH: Seven charged as officers act on citizens' tips

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office and constables have been busy following up on tips about methamphetamine labs. In a two-day period, seven people have been charged with manufacturing or trafficking in the illegal drug.
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    A Bardstown man, already declared a fugitive by the Nelson County Circuit Court, is now facing charges of manufacturing and trafficking in methamphetamine.

  • Couple charged with burglary, officers recover property

    A complaint about a stinky burn pile and gunfire led to a break in a burglary case.
    LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst made contact with residents at 2070 Dan Dunn Road in the Roanoke area on Aug. 26 after neighbors complained about “outdoor fires burning at all hours” and the sound of gunshots at the property.
    Darst said he spoke to Michael Allen Baker and Paula Jean Baker, both 38, about the complaints and asked to search the home. Michael Allen Baker, as a convicted felon, is not permitted to own firearms, Darst said.

  • Man charged with unlawful access of computer

    A Buffalo man was charged Aug. 24 with seven counts of unlawful access to a computer after he allegedly took lottery tickets from his employer for his own use.
    According to Hodgenville City Police Chief Steve Johnson, Adam C. Packard, 31, was caught on surveillance video “taking scratch-off lottery tickets, scratching off the bottom part and scanning them to see if they were winners.” If they weren’t winners, he “threw them away without paying for them.”
    He had been working at IGA Express for about two weeks, Johnson said.