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Court/Criminal

  • Hodgenville man charged with murder after wreck

     A Hodgenville man charged with two counts of murder after he struck and killed an Elizabethtown couple last August appeared Tuesday in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Heather Stroutman, public defender for Earl D. Richardson, 46, made a motion to receive medical records of Richardson and copies of the accident, reconstruction and autopsy reports from the prosecution.

    Judge Ken Howard sustained the motion and ordered the documents be submitted by May 20.

  • Sonora man pleads guilty to unlawful imprisonment

     A Sonora man accused of kidnapping a woman and her 3-year-old son pleaded guilty and was formally sentenced Tuesday to amended charges in Hardin Circuit Court.

    Allen W. Riggs, 25, pleaded guilty in three cases to two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, theft by unlawful taking – automobile, second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and complicity to promote contraband.

    Riggs was sentenced to 10 years to run concurrently. He will serve five years. Five years of the sentence is probated.

  • Significance of unsealed documents disputed by mayor

    TV reporters descended on the LaRue County Circuit Clerk’s office last week after learning information had been released in a criminal case involving Hodgenville City Hall.

  • Ohio man ordered to repay storm victims

     A roofing contractor accused of failing to perform repair services for Kentucky residents, despite being paid to do so, has pleaded guilty to one count of theft by deception under $10,000, a class D felony. 

    James M. Twaddle, 41, entered the plea on March 18 in Bullitt Circuit Court. His two-year prison sentence is suspended for five years on the condition that he repays $7,389.96 to the victims. He must pay the restitution in full by June 30 or he will be taken into custody.

  • Files in City Hall case are unsealed

     The discovery - or evidence - in the criminal cases against Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback was unsealed Thursday morning by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    There are five large notebooks of documents, along with photos and recordings, to  go through. Continue to check back online and in next week's print edition for more information.

  • News of Record - March 19, 2014

     DUI

  • Upton man claims search was illegal

     An Upton man who was charged with several counts last June claims the search of his home was unreasonable and illegal.

  • Court Briefs - March 19, 2014

     Guilty plea

  • State offers to 'redact' non-business communications in City Hall's case

     The battle over sealed City Hall documents continued last week as the Commonwealth Attorney offered to redact – or keep private – any “purely private non-business communications” between Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse and City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback.

  • Man charged with DUI after wreck

     A Hodgenville man was charged with driving under the influence after he was involved in a single vehicle crash on Old E’town Road.

    Emmett M. Locke, 43, was driving a 1994 Chevrolet passenger car north on Ky. 210 about 4:30 p.m. March 8. The vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and Locke overcorrected after crossing the center of the roadway, according to LaRue County Deputy Robby Brownfield. The vehicle ran off the right side of the road, overturned and came to rest in the ditchline.

    Locke was uninjured; the vehicle sustained severe damage.