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Court/Criminal

  • Inmate indicted for escape from detention center

    An inmate who allegedly escaped last May from the LaRue County Detention Center has been indicted by a grand jury.
    Jorge Ivan Vegan-Caban, 25, was charged with second-degree escape and second-degree persistent felony offender May 16.
    He was serving a three-year sentence in the jail after being found guilty of first-degree possession of controlled substance in Kenton County. He had been at the jail less than two months when he climbed over the fence. It was three days before employees noticed his absence.

  • Man charged with auto theft two weeks after serving time for same offense

    A Hodgenville man is accused of stealing a vehicle from a Louisville dealership just two weeks after being released from jail where he was serving time on a similar charge.
    Anthony Tennill Scherer, 41, was charged last week with receiving stolen property valued at more than $10,000 and fleeing/evading police on foot.
    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office had set up surveillance of Scherer’s residence after receiving a tip that he was in possession of a stolen vehicle, according to Chief Deputy Russell McCoy.

  • Ohio man extradited from LaRue on murder charge

    An Ohio man, accused of murdering his neighbor, was extradited from Kentucky June 1 to stand trial.

    Shawn Kortz, 39, of Moraine, Ohio, was housed in the LaRue County Detention Center in March awaiting extradition. Kortz, according to the Dayton Daily News, is accused of beating and strangling to death Michael Hollon, 48, on Sept. 19, then attempting to elude police in a high speed chase before his arrest near Georgetown, Ky.

    Before the extradition, Kortz was serving a three-year prison term for fleeing and eluding, and reckless endangerment in Kentucky.

  • COURT BRIEFS: May 2011

    Recommended five-year sentence
    Christopher R. Logsdon, 35, of Hodgenville, pleaded guilty to one count of cultivating marijuana, trafficking in marijuana, possession of controlled substance and use or possession of drug paraphernalia May 13 in LaRue Circuit Court. Recommended sentence is five years on the first two counts and 12 months on the remaining charges for a total of five years. Pre-trial diversion is recommended with defendant to serve 120 days in jail. Pre-sentencing investigation ordered.
    Final sentencing is June 20.

  • Attempted murder charge amended to wanton endangerment

    A Buffalo man charged with the attempted murder of his wife in June 2010 has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in LaRue Circuit Court.
    Gary Wayne Graham, 57, allegedly pulled a .38 pistol on the woman and fired a round “directly at her head” hitting the wall behind her, according to court documents.
    Graham pleaded guilty to a count of first-degree wanton endangerment. The Commonwealth Attorney recommends five years, probated for three years.

  • New Haven man charged with sexual abuse of child

  • Court briefs

    Shock probation denied
    Shock probation was denied to Tabatha Gibson, 38, of Magnolia, May 2 in LaRue Circuit Court.
    In March, Gibson pleaded guilty to facilitation, manufacturing methamphetamine; two counts of complicity, possession of controlled substance; and complicity, possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Man pleads guilty to manslaughter

    The driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision in November pleaded guilty in LaRue Circuit Court May 13 to second-degree manslaughter.

    Brian Christopher Smith, 27, of River Road, was charged with reckless homicide, driving on a revoked or suspended license and failure of non-owner to provide insurance.

  • Five plead guilty to criminal syndicate activity

    Five people allegedly involved in a criminal syndicate to distribute drugs were sentenced earlier this month in Green County Circuit Court.

    Last September, 13 people were charged with engaging in organized crime in distribution of methamphetamine in the Green, Hart and LaRue County area.

  • Two New Haven residents indicted

    • Stephanie A. Fields, 41, New Haven, 24 counts possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, 24 counts complicity to possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, theft by deception $500 or more, complicity to theft by deception $500 or more. In March, either acting alone or in concert with Daniel Marshall, Fields allegedly passed forged checks at Wal-Mart, Five Star and other area businesses. Bail was set at $9,500 cash only, plus conditions.