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Court/Criminal

  • Court Briefs: April 2, 2014

    Sentenced to five years
    A Buffalo man was sentenced to five years March 17 in LaRue Circuit Court on several counts.
    John Howard Aubrey, 50, was found guilty on two counts of possession of handgun by convicted felon; possession of firearm by convicted felon; two counts of receiving stolen property and complicity; and obscuring the identity of a machine and complicity.
    He was also fined $415.
    Aubrey was accused of receiving stolen property after LaRue County deputies found several lawnmowers and trailers at his residence.

  • Superintendent charged with DUI

    LaRue County Schools Superintendent Samuel D. Sanders was charged early Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.
    Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson said Sanders was on his way home after watching the televised University of Kentucky/University of Louisville basketball game at another residence in Hodgenville.
    The arrest occurred about 40 minutes after midnight.

  • Superintendent charged with DUI, speeding

    Hodgenville police arrested LaRue County Schools Superintendent Sam Sanders on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol shortly after midnight Saturday.

    Sanders, who also was charged with speeding, was driving a school-owned car, according to Hodgenville Police Chief Steve Johnson. The arrest occurred about 40 minutes after midnight Saturday.

    Bardstown attorney Doug Hubbard spoke on behalf of Sanders, saying he was asked to represent the superintendent.

    “Our families go back a long way,” Hubbard said.

  • Hodgenville man charged with murder after wreck

     A Hodgenville man charged with two counts of murder after he struck and killed an Elizabethtown couple last August appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Heather Stroutman, public defender for Earl D. Richardson, 46, made a motion to receive medical records of Richardson and copies of the accident, reconstruction and autopsy reports from the prosecution.

    Judge Ken Howard sustained the motion and ordered the documents be submitted by May 20.

  • Sonora man pleads guilty to unlawful imprisonment

     A Sonora man accused of kidnapping a woman and her 3-year-old son pleaded guilty and was formally sentenced Tuesday to amended charges in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Allen W. Riggs, 25, pleaded guilty in three cases to two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, theft by unlawful taking – automobile, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and complicity to promote contraband.

    Riggs was sentenced to 10 years to run concurrently. He will serve five years. Five years of the sentence is probated.

  • Significance of unsealed documents disputed by mayor

    TV reporters descended on the LaRue County Circuit Clerk’s office last week after learning information had been released in a criminal case involving Hodgenville City Hall.

  • Ohio man ordered to repay storm victims

     A roofing contractor accused of failing to perform repair services for Kentucky residents, despite being paid to do so, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception under $10,000, a class D felony. 

    James M. Twaddle, 41, entered the plea on March 18 in Bullitt Circuit Court. His two-year prison sentence is suspended for five years on the condition that he repays $7,389.96 to the victims. He must pay the restitution in full by June 30 or he will be taken into custody.

  • Files in City Hall case are unsealed

     The discovery - or evidence - in the criminal cases against Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback was unsealed Thursday morning by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    There are five large notebooks of documents, along with photos and recordings, to  go through. Continue to check back online and in next week's print edition for more information.

  • News of Record - March 19, 2014

     DUI

  • Upton man claims search was illegal

     An Upton man who was charged with several counts last June claims the search of his home was unreasonable and illegal.