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Court/Criminal

  • CAPTURED: Inmate who escaped from Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women

     Inmate Laura Chase was apprehended at around 12:40 p.m. Sunday by Hart County Deputy Sheriff Chris Edwards.  Edwards was assisted by Kentucky State Police Trooper Joel Huff from Kentucky State Police Post 3.  

  • Charges mount in human trafficking case

    A LaRue County grand jury indicted two Hodgenville residents on several felony charges including first-degree sexual abuse and human trafficking.

    Preliminary hearings for Rhonda J. Brown, 54, and James M. Curtsinger, 63, were scheduled for Dec. 22 in LaRue District Court. However, District Judge C. Derek Reed said the evidence was presented in LaRue Circuit Court Monday and the grand jury opted to indict both.

    “I have no more jurisdiction in this,” Reed said.

  • Man pleads guilty to trafficking

    A Hodgenville man may serve up to 10 years after pleading guilty to trafficking charges.

    Brett Alan Decker, 25, of Fairview Drive, was arrested July 1 after he fled from officers serving a search warrant at his residence. He was charged with numerous counts.

  • Nelson County man indicted for murder

     The suspect in the stabbing death of a New Haven man has been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury for murder and second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Texting while driving? Prepare to be fined

     Kentucky State Police is preparing for Jan. 1 when they will begin issuing citations for violations of the texting law that went into effect July 15, 2010. The law (KRS 189.292) prohibits drivers from texting while their vehicle is in motion. For drivers who are under 18, the law goes a step further by prohibiting both texting and cell phone use for this age group.

    KSP Public Affairs Branch Commander Lt. David Jude said the new law was designed to place the drivers' focus back on the road instead of an electronic device.

  • Driver charged with reckless homicide

    The driver of a truck involved in a fatal collision last week has been charged with reckless homicide.

    LaRue County Deputy Russell McCoy said Brian Christopher Smith, 27, of River Road, knew the brakes on his pickup were faulty before the Nov. 22 crash occurred – but continued to drive it. The wreck resulted in three injuries and one death.

    Smith was also charged with driving on a revoked or suspended license and failure of non-owner to provide insurance, according to McCoy. Warrants for contempt of court and theft by deception were served also.

  • Judge denies bond reduction request in human trafficking case

    Two Hodgenville residents arrested last week on the rarely used charges of human trafficking and promotion of human trafficking entered not guilty pleas in LaRue County's 10th District Court Dec. 15.

    Court records show Rhonda J. Brown, 54, is accused of trading the sexual services of a 15-year-old girl under her care to James M. Curtsinger, 63, in exchange for his paying some of her monthly bills.

    Curtsinger was charged Dec. 8 with first-degree sexual abuse, third-degree rape, third-degree sodomy and human trafficking, victim under 18.

  • Youth minister charged with custodial interference

    A Hodgenville man is facing charges of custodial interference.

    Gabriel D. Kazee, 34, is accused of picking up a 16-year-old boy at the parking lot of a fast food restaurant, without the permission of the boy's grandparents. The boy rode the bus to LaRue County High School, then walked across the road to McDonald's where Kazee was waiting for him, according to court records.

    The boy's grandparents, who have custody of him, were not informed of his whereabouts for some time, according to their attorney.

  • 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.