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Court/Criminal

  • Five charged with vandalism at Salem Lake

    Four adults and a juvenile were charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief after driving all-terrain vehicles at Salem Lake.
    Emily Petty of Sonora; Travis Puryear of Hodgenville; Cassandra D. Sherman of Elizabethtown; and Brandon Dawson of Elizabethtown, all 18, allegedly drove the ATVs around the lake area about 10 p.m., leaving ruts in “an area the size of a football field.” They were lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center.
    The juvenile was released to his mother.

  • Alleged 'skillet-tosser' indicted by grand jury

    A Greensburg man, accused of entering a White City home and throwing an iron skillet at the homeowner, was indicted on one count of second-degree burglary Feb. 21 by a LaRue County grand jury.
    According to LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy, Hobart Darren Cruse, 41, of Hodgenville Road, “came at” the homeowner with a knife before throwing the heavy skillet. After a brief confrontation with the homeowner, Cruse fled, according to McCoy.

  • Couple charged with trafficking in marijuana

    Two people were charged March 2 with trafficking in marijuana while a third was charged with tampering with physical evidence.
    According to court records, Hodgenville City Police received an anonymous tip about a large quantity of marijuana in a Shawnee Drive apartment. The tenant gave permission for police to search the residence.
    Officer Robby Brownfield reported finding a green leafy substance on a dresser and two pill bottles of marijuana seeds. He found a set of electronic scales in a top dresser drawer, hidden in a Conway Twitty CD case.

  • Grand jury hands down several indictments

    Several people were indicted Feb. 21 by a LaRue County grand jury.
    They include:
    Mychal Alexander Clairmont, 20, of Hodgenville, was charged with third-degree burglary; operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and or drugs, under 21 years of age; failure to illuminate head lamps and possession of alcoholic beverage by a minor.
    He is accused of entering Affordable Tires & Batteries in Hodgenville with intent to commit a crime and driving under the influence.
    The alleged crimes occurred Oct. 18, 2010.

  • New Hope man faces multiple sex charges

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    Pascal “Pat” Jones, 50, of 130 Willow Spring Road in New Hope was indicted in Marion Circuit Court last week for first-degree rape (three counts), first-degree sodomy (three counts), first-degree sex abuse (43 counts), first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 (21 counts), unlawful transaction with a minor under 18 (40 counts), and intimidating a witness in a legal process (two counts).

  • Civil suit filed against The Life Connection

    Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company has filed a civil suit against a Sonora company and its insurance company in LaRue Circuit Court.

    According to the suit, Farm Bureau paid $11,900 on the claim of an Elizabethtown man who was involved in a two-vehicle traffic collision on April 11, 2009. Farm Bureau claims the driver and two passengers of the other vehicle were juveniles staying at The Life Connection, a group home on Bud’s Lake Road.

  • Chiropractor sentenced in federal court

    Richard Gilbert, of Hodgenville, was sentenced to 37-months imprisonment Monday for one count of tax evasion and one count of impeding and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service.

    According to U.S. Attorney David J. Hale of the Western District of Kentucky, Gilbert was convicted after a five-day jury trial on May 15 on both counts of an indictment that charged him with one count of tax evasion and one count of impeding and obstructing the Internal Revenue Service in violations of Title 26, United States Code, Sections 7201 and 7212(a). 

  • 'Skillet tosser' eludes police

    Police are searching for a suspect who allegedly broke into a house near White City Nov. 18 and threw a skillet at the homeowner.

    The alleged victim told officers that he had left his home for a short time Thursday afternoon. When he returned home, he heard “some noise” and encountered a white male standing in his kitchen. The suspect “came at” the homeowner with a knife, according to Deputy Russell McCoy. The suspect also threw a cast iron skillet at him with enough force that it broke when it hit the wall.

  • 300 plants confiscated from indoor marijuana grow

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office charged four people Feb. 23 in connection with an indoor marijuana growing operation.
    The grow – containing about 300 plants – was found in a mobile home on Greensburg Road just outside Mount Sherman, according to Deputy Russell McCoy.

  • Former deputy jailers booked in different jails

    LaRue County made national headlines last week with the news that two former deputy jailers were charged with bringing banned items into the jail and providing them to female inmates in exchange for sexual favors.
    Travis Strader, 39, of Sonora, and Harold Marcum, 66, of Magnolia, were indicted Feb. 21 by a grand jury on charges of sexual abuse and promoting contraband.
    Strader is accused of bringing prescription pain medicine, cell phones, marijuana, alcoholic beverages and tobacco into the jail.
    Marcum is accused of bringing tobacco into the jail.