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Court/Criminal

  • 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.

  • Recycling Center employee pleads guilty to drug charges

    James Thomas Snyder, 37, of Hodgenville; William Earl Meredith, 40, of Hart County; and Jason Christopher Wood, 29, of Walton, were each charged Dec. 20, 2010, in LaRue Circuit Court with possession of precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine and complicity.

    The three were investigated after officers found four one-step methamphetamine labs – made from plastic soda bottles – in a dumpster outside the recycling center Sept. 13.

  • Man pleads guilty to wanton endangerment

    A Hodgenville man faces a year in jail after pleading guilty to numerous charges May 2 in LaRue Circuit Court.

    Officers said David Christopher Young, 47, was driving recklessly on Howardstown Road on Oct. 21, 2010, when he approached 11 workers paving the road. According to Deputy Matt Darst, Young drove through the ditch to go around the flagger and “popped both passenger side tires.” The flagger instructed him to stop, however, Young ignored him.

  • Indictments

    A LaRue County grand jury handed down these indictments:

  • Court preceedings

    Probable cause found
    Jonathon Ray Am­brose, 31, of Hodgen­ville, was charged with first-degree possession of controlled substance (cocaine) and buy or possession of drug paraphernalia April 1 by Hodgenville City Police.
    A preliminary hearing was held April 13 in LaRue District Court. District Judge C. Derek Reed found probable cause and sent the case to the grand jury.
    Ambrose was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center under $9,500 full cash bond.

    Bond modified

  • Men sentenced for church break-ins

    Two men, accused of break-ins of several churches last summer, received diverted sentences in LaRue Circuit Court.

    In each instance, a small amount of cash was taken and damage to the building reported.

    Cullen Thomas Logsdon, 19, of Hodgenville, Logsdon pleaded guilty to several counts of third-degree burglary and complicity. He was sentenced to six months, diverted for five years, and fined $555. He was credited with seven days served.

  • Buffalo woman charged with sexual abuse of child

    A Buffalo woman is facing several felony charges, including three counts of second-degree rape (no force), first-degree sexual abuse and four first-degree counts of unlawful transaction with a minor under 16.
    Annabelle Carlen Hatcher, 27, of Greensburg Road, was arrested April 15 by LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy and was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.
    According to an arrest report by Deputy Matt Darst, Hatcher is accused of having sexual relations with a 13-year old male between April 9 and 11.

  • County Attorney files civil suit against Sunrise Board of Directors

    County Attorney Dale Morris has filed a small claims case in LaRue District Court against the Board of Directors of Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.
    Morris claims the Board – consisting of Jim Whitlow, Carl Howell Jr., Rondal Wright, James D. LaRue Jr., Linda Carter, Dale Keith and David Ragland – refused to pay his legal fees after he represented the nursing home in a 2009 civil suit.
    The suit was a payment dispute between the nursing home and a patient’s estate.

  • Captured fugitive faces meth charges

    A Hart County man, who has eluded police for almost a year, was apprehended Sunday at a residence on Upton Talley Road.
    Spurgeon Napper III, 39, was sitting in a SUV beside Magnolia Elementary School last May and drove away when an officer questioned him. He led officers on a high-speed chase through the Wonderland section, eventually fleeing on foot when his vehicle bogged down in a muddy area.

  • Mother of deceased inmate files federal suit against jail

    The mother of a former LaRue County Detention Center inmate who died while in custody has filed a federal lawsuit against the Detention Center, individual county employees and the nurse who was treating her daughter.
    Named in the suit are Southern Health Partners, the company responsible for providing medical care to inmates; LaRue County; LaRue County Detention Center; former jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo; Brandi Howson, a licensed practical nurse; John Adams II, M.D., a doctor who treated inmates; and deputy jailer Marie Flewwellin.