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Court/Criminal

  • Two arrested on sex charges

  • Inmate charged with assault of deputy jailer

    A Hodgenville woman, already facing a misdemeanor charge of third-degree assault, compounded her problems when she allegedly assaulted a corrections officer at the LaRue County Detention Center.
    Rachel McConnell, 28, was arrested Jan. 27 on the original assault charge. She became combative inside the jail and bit a jail employee’s arm, according to court records.
    Assaulting a corrections officer is a felony.
    Her bond was set at $9,500 full cash.

  • Ten indicted by LaRue grand jury

    Ten people were indicted Jan. 13 by a LaRue County grand jury. Charges ranged from drug trafficking to burglary to manslaughter.
    Brian Christopher Smith, 27, of River Road, was charged with second-degree manslaughter, operating motor vehicle while license suspended and failure of non-owner operator to maintain required insurance.
    Smith was the driver of a pickup truck that crashed head-on into a fertilizer truck Nov. 22, according to the LaRue County Sheriff’s Department. One of his passengers, Kevin D. House, died of injuries sustained in the crash.

  • Former bookkeeper sentenced to 30 days

    Jennifer Rose Priddy, 30, of Elizabethtown, a former employee of Dr. Douglas L. Baumgardner, was sentenced to 30 days in county jail and ordered to reimburse the practice $18,069.04.
    Priddy pleaded guilty to one count each of theft by unlawful taking and theft by deception over $300.
    The Commonwealth Attorney recommended five years incarceration. The sentence was diverted and final sentencing was conducted Jan. 3 in LaRue Circuit Court.
    The case will be reviewed July 18.

  • Civil suit challenges woman's final will

    A Hodgenville man has filed a civil suit against the woman who served as executor of his mother’s estate.
    Bobby Junior Morris claims that Shirley Childress of Mount Sherman took his mother’s assets “for her own use and enjoyment and against the right and interest” of the “rightful heir.”

  • UPTON: Five charged with drug manufacturing

    Five people were arrested Jan. 26 when officers found a meth lab in an Upton home.
    Paul Anthony LaGrega Jr., 36; Althea Hope Blan, 41; and Jonathan Louis Blan, 18, all of Cedar Street, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense; unlawful possession of meth precursor; possession of controlled substance; trafficking in controlled substance; possession of marijuana; buy or possession of drug paraphernalia; possession or use of radio that sends and receives police transmissions; and first-degree cruelty to animals.

  • Simpson charged with assault

    An early morning fight in Buffalo that ended with a LaRue County man being stabbed three times in the back has spurred an Elizabethtown man's prosecution in Hodgenville on a charge of first-degree assault.

    According to Kentucky State Police Post 4 detective Jon Vaughn, more than a half-dozen people were at a Greensburg Road residence Dec. 5 when an argument erupted between two men.

    It escalated into a brawl when one man, Elizabethtown resident Adam Casey Simpson, 24, punched the other man, Douglas Ray Heath, 31, in the face, Vaughn said.

  • Man's claim of domestic violence may shorten jail sentence

    A man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of his stepdaughter will return to court in February.
    David McFarland, 47, of Magnolia, claims he was the victim of domestic abuse and should be exempt from the requirement that he serve 85 percent of his 18-year sentence, according to court records. He is incarcerated at Northpoint Training Center.

  • Man charged with promoting contraband in jail

    A Hodgenville man faces multiple charges after a Jan. 8 traffic stop near his home.
    Jason D. Kozlow, 30, of Landmark, was charged with changing drivers – car in motion; rear license not illuminated; operating on suspended/revoked license; and failure of owner to maintain required insurance about 6:30 p.m. by Hodgenville Officer Robby Brownfield.

  • Woman to serve seven months for DUI

    Lisa Marie Puckett, 39, of Sonora, will serve seven months in the county jail and was fined $1,260 after pleading guilty to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, first offense and three counts of third-degree criminal mischief.

    According to court records, a small child was in the vehicle when the alleged offenses occurred Aug. 22.