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Court/Criminal

  • '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.

  • Man may serve 10 years for rape

    A Hodgenville man may spend 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges that he raped and sodomized a 13-year-old girl.

    Troy E. Tarter, 32, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy and first-degree sexual abuse Feb. 11 in LaRue Circuit Court.

    According to court records, Tarter categorized his relationship with the young girl as a “lover” and “older brother.” He admitted that he knew her age at the time the charges were made in 2010.

  • DUI charges dropped after witnesses deploy overseas

    Several charges against a Hodgenville were dismissed because the arresting officer was deployed overseas.
    Bryan Nicholas Robbins, 25, was charged Sept. 5 with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, second-degree wanton endangerment, endangering the welfare of a minor, third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, reckless driving and possession of open alcoholic container in motor vehicle.
    The charges were dismissed in January in LaRue District Court, according to court records.

  • Judge denies Decker's attempt to withdraw guilty plea

    A Hodgenville man will serve 10 years after pleading guilty to trafficking charges in LaRue Circuit Court.
    Brett Alan Decker, 25, of Fairview Drive, was arrested July 1 after he fled from officers serving a search warrant at his residence. Officers said they found “a large amount of marijuana and cash,” pills, “white residue,” scales and a pair of firearms during the search of Decker’s home, according to court records.

  • Hardin County pair plead not guilty to sex charges

    Two Hardin County residents arrested on sex charges involving a minor pleaded not guilty Tuesday and will remain free on bail.
    Jeffrey Mark Farmer, 46, of Elizabethtown, and Christin Nicole Dague, 26, of Radcliff, entered separate pleas Tuesday morning when they were arraigned in Circuit Court.
    Both defendants were arrested Feb. 8 at their residences and charged with Class B felonies of complicity to commit use of a minor in a sexual performance and complicity to commit promoting a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Flags taken from American Legion

    Last week, two new flags – the American flag and P.O.W. flag – were cut down and taken from the pole outside American Legion Post 87 in Hodgenville. A section of rope was cut and left on the ground.
    Long-time Legion member Tom Brett said the flags were valued at about $75. Total replacement cost will run about $125.
    Volunteer firefighters used a ladder truck to hang the original flags. Brett said the Legion would need assistance from someone with a boom truck to hang the replacements.

  • McWilliams sentenced to six years

    Steven Earl McWilliams, 33, of Louisville, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree escape Feb. 7 in LaRue Circuit Court.

    McWilliams was serving a four-year sentence for complicity to burglary of Hometown IGA when he walked away from the LaRue County Detention Center last July. He was captured a couple of weeks later in Shepherdsville.

    McWilliams was sentenced to five years to be enhanced to six years as a persistent felony offender. He was also fined $385.

  • Two arrested on sex charges