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Court/Criminal

  • 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.

  • Boy Lincoln Statue struck by car; sculptor to assess damage

    The Boy Lincoln Statue, not yet 3-years-old, and the century-old seated Lincoln statue were damaged early Sunday when an alleged drunken driver tore through Hodgenville’s Lincoln Square traffic island.
    Boy Lincoln, a depiction of Abraham Lincoln at age 7 standing with his dog Honey, was dedicated to the city in May 2008 as part of the Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration. The small bronze sculpture was knocked from its base by a 2001 Ford Taurus driven by Jeremy Scott Veatch, 23, of Austin.

  • Female inmates file civil suit against jailer and employees

    Five women who allegedly suffered rape and abuse at the hands of two former LaRue County deputy jailers, filed a civil suit Monday in LaRue Circuit Court.
    Alleasha Knox Butler, Brandi Dennis, Stephanie Mason, Jennifer Nichols and Betty Cox were former inmates at the jail, according to the suit filed by Elizabethtown attorney Ronald Hines.
    The women claim they were “mistreated, harassed, assaulted, forcibly raped and forced to perform sexual acts” while incarcerated.

  • Boy Lincoln Statue slammed by alleged drunken driver

    Police say a Barren County man drove a Ford Taurus through the center of Hodgenville’s Lincoln Square early Sunday, striking both statues of Abraham Lincoln.

    The Boy Lincoln Statue, dedicated in May 2008 as part of the Lincoln Bicentennial Celebration, was knocked from its base and dragged as the car entered the traffic island from U.S. 31-E (East Main Street). The base was dented and the statue, which depicted Lincoln as a child standing with his dog Honey, was severely scratched and scraped.

  • Three sentenced in Nelson Circuit Court

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial. Unless otherwise stated, all jail sentences are served concurrently.