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Court/Criminal

  • Former recycling center employee pleads guilty to theft

    A former employee of Renaissance Recycling Center in Hodgenville has pleaded guilty to theft from the center.
    James Thomas Snyder, 37, of Sonora, pleaded guilty to a count of theft by unlawful taking in LaRue District Court last month. A second count was merged with the first.
    Snyder admitted to taking a file cabinet from the LaRue County Detention Center and selling it at a recycling center in Hardin County in August. According to court documents, he kept the money from the sale instead of turning it over to the recycling center.

  • KSP investigate Buffalo stabbing

    Kentucky State Police are investigating a stabbing that occurred in Buffalo about 2 a.m. Dec. 5.
    The LaRue County Ambulance Service transported the male victim from Hardee’s in Hodgenville to Hardin Memorial Hospital. The victim, who identified himself as Doug Heath, was driven to the restaurant from Buffalo, according to 911 records.
    Trooper Bruce Reeves said the victim was “uncooperative” and the investigation is in preliminary stages. An Elizabethtown man was charged with assault Tuesday afternoon. Further information is unavailable.

  • Charges to be heard by grand jury

    Charges against Jeremia Jay Thurman, 22, of Hodgenville, will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Thurman was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, third-degree terroristic threatening and violation of EPO/DVO by the LaRue County Sheriff's Office.

    Deputy Matt Darst testified in a preliminary hearing Wednesday that Thurman entered a residence on Campbellsville Road, had a "verbal exchange" with the alleged victim and struck her in the face.

  • New Haven man dies from stab wounds

    David Jerome Willett is accused of fatally wounding Eric Douglas Stallard, 39, New Haven, Thursday evening after a quarrel between the two men escalated into violence.

    The search that began Friday evening when an arrest warrant was issued for Willett ended Monday in the office of attorney Steven Mirkin. According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff's Department, Willett has retained Mirkin to represent him in court. He is in the process of being transported back to Nelson County by Kentucky State Police.

  • Five indicted by grand jury

    Five people were indicted by a LaRue County grand jury Nov. 15.

    Ronald W. Skaggs(1989) of Buffalo was indicted on a charge of first-degree rape. The alleged offense occurred May 2008.

    Bail was set at $50,000 cash only

    Kentucky State Police investigated.

    Edward James “Homer” Joiner(1971) of Hodgenville was indicted on two counts of first-degree trafficking in controlled substance and second-degree persistent felony offender. The alleged offenses occurred in May and July.

  • Arson case ends in mistrial

    The trial of a Hodgenville man charged with arson ended in mistrial last week.

    Phillip Dale Despain, 31, was accused of causing a fire Dec. 30, 2007 that destroyed a Hawkins Road barn. He was indicted for the act by a LaRue County grand jury March 15. Circuit Judge Charles Simms III declared the mistrial after deciding that certain testimony was inadmissible in Despain’s case.