• Darst indicted on theft charge

    Former Larue County Deputy Sheriff Joshua Matthew “Matt” Darst, 31, was indicted by a LaRue County grand jury Monday, May 21, on one count each of theft by unlawful taking, tampering with physical evidence and first-degree official misconduct.
    Darst is accused with recovering a stolen motorcycle “with the intent to deprive the owner of its use by keeping it himself. Darst altered the appearance of the motorcycle in an attempt to mask its identity by the owner,” according to a news release by Kentucky State Police.

  • COURT BRIEFS - May 23, 2012


    Brandon Maddox (1990) received a diverted sentence May 7 after pleading guilty to complicity, theft by unlawful taking/disposition auto in LaRue Circuit Court. He was ordered to pay $656.90 costs.


    Five-year suspended sentence

  • Hart County grand jury indicts three

     The Hart County grand jury indicted three local people in May.

    Albert T. Speed, 32, Civils Loop, Hodgenville, was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance less than two grams, meth, and complicity.

    Jana D. Collins, 39, Bales Raod, Magnolia, was charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, less than two grams, meth, and complicity.

  • Two charged with possession of controlled substance

     Two people were charged with drug offenses May 13.

    Mark T. Tungate Jr., 30, and Christy A. Burton, 32, both of White City Road, Hodgenville, were each charged with possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana after officers allegedly found marijuana, seeds, grow lights, pieces of foil, straws and white residue at the residence and a garage.

    LaRue County Deputy Eric Williamson said more charges could be forthcoming. Kentucky State Trooper Chris Berry also investigated.

  • Inmate injured during altercation

     Hodgenville City Police is assisting the LaRue County Detention Center with an investigation revolving around the alleged assault of a female inmate.

  • Former deputy jailer enters Alford plea to sexual misconduct

     A former LaRue County deputy jailer entered a plea May 7 to one amended count of sexual misconduct and second-degree promoting contraband.

  • New Haven teen charged with teacher abuse

     A Nelson County High School student was charged with abuse of a teacher and harassment after a physical encounter at school May 8.

    Justin Derek Downs, 19, New Haven, was booked at the Nelson County Jail at 10:48 a.m.

    "There was an incident between a couple of students and the teacher stepped in to deal with it," Nelson County Schools Communication Director Tom Dekle said. "The incident basically involved inappropriate physical contact."

  • Alleged killer to be tried in September

    The trial for a man accused of stabbing a New Haven man to death has been delayed again after the defense requested a psychiatric evaluation of the alleged killer.

    David Jerome Willett, 28, New Hope, was indicted for murder after allegedly stabbing Eric Douglas Stallard, 39, multiple times Dec. 2, 2010.

  • Two charged with drug possession

    Two people were charged May 8 with possession of methamphetamine and the investigating officer says more charges are pending.

    Deputy Eric Williamson said the sheriff’s office had received a complaint of drug activity occurring in a room in an Upton motel. Williamson and Deputy Robby Brownfield investigated and found several items of drug paraphernalia in a room occupied by Nicholas Saladino, 24, and Caitlyn Veirs, 18.

    Williamson said scales, pipes, foils and “a couple of grams of methamphetamine” were found in the room.

  • Sheriff's office investigates Craigslist scam

    The LaRue County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Craigslist scam.

    According to Chief Deputy Russell McCoy, a LaRue County woman reported listing a purse for $150 on the Internet shopping site.

    “A guy sent her $2,000, wanting her to cash the check, keep part of the money for her trouble and wire the remaining money to another address,” said McCoy.

    McCoy said the LCSO has investigated other variations of the scam but the result is the same: