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  • Woman dies after cigarette lighter explodes

    A Hodgenville woman died Saturday evening after a butane cigarette lighter blew up in her hand.

    Helen Fields, 76, who lives in Landmark Apartments, was attempting to light a cigarette - and apparently tapped the lighter on a table. The lighter exploded, according to Deputy Coroner Brad Turner.

    Fields' daughter, who was in an adjoining room, heard her mother striking the table and the explosion. She attempted to put out the flames, but was unsuccessful.

    Fields was pronounced dead at the scene.

    An autopsy is planned.

  • Raywick's former fire chief required to reimburse $20,000

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.

    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing.

    Bertram also ordered Helm to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • Two injured in wreck on Ky. 210

    Two people were injured about 7 a.m. Dec. 17 in a two-car crash on Campbellsville Road (Ky. 210).

    Janice K. Weaver, 53, of Hodgenville, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu west on Campbellsville Road when a deer crossed in front of her vehicle. Weaver stopped in the roadway to avoid striking the deer, according to a report filed by LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

  • Man injured in Saturday crash

    A Hodgenville man was injured about 8 p.m. Dec. 20 in a single-vehicle crash

    Donald E. McCoy, 58, was driving a 2001 Ford Focus south on North L&N Turnpike. The right side tires dropped off the roadway and the vehicle struck a culvert. The Focus crossed the centerline and struck a fence and several posts before coming to a rest.

    McCoy was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital the following morning and admitted for treatment, according to LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

  • Bardstown Road closed Friday after semi rolls

    Bardstown Road was shut down about four hours Friday night after a semi trailer overturned.

    LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield responded to a 911 call about 11:38 p.m. after hearing a report that the truck was on fire and the driver was trapped inside. Multiple rescue units were dispatched. However, first responders discovered the truck was not on fire and the driver was not trapped.

  • Guardsman killed in crash

    A New Haven man died early Thursday in a single-vehicle crash on the Bluegrass Parkway.

    Glenn Edward Stratton III, 21, a sergeant in the Kentucky National Guard, was driving a 2000 Chrysler 300M east on the Parkway about 1:04 a.m., according to Trooper Jeff Gregory, spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4. For unknown reasons, the vehicle left the roadway and struck a guardrail.

    Stratton was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office.

  • Two injured in crash

    Two people were injured about 7 a.m. Dec. 17 in a two-car crash on Campbellsville Road (Ky. 210).
    Janice K. Weaver, 53, of Hodgenville, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu west on Campbellsville Road when a deer crossed in front of her vehicle. Weaver stopped in the roadway to avoid striking the deer, according to a report filed by LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

  • Family provides Vietnam veteran's photo

    A family member supplied The LaRue County Herald News with a photo of U.S. Army serviceman Lonnie Dale Fields, after reading an article in November about the search.
    Tammie Fields, who is married to Lonnie’s younger brother, Rickie, brought in a service photo of Fields to be supplied to the Vietnam Veterans Wall of Faces memorial.
    Two LaRue County men, Fields and Carl Cooper, both died in Vietnam in November 1970. Cooper’s photo has already been supplied to the Wall of Faces.

  • New Haven man dies in crash

    Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown is investigating a single vehicle fatality accident that occurred Thursday morning on the Bluegrass Parkway.

    At 1:04 a.m., Glenn Edward Stratton III, 21, of New Haven, was traveling east on the Parkway at the two-mile marker.

    For unknown reasons, Stratton’s 2000 Chrysler 300M left the roadway and struck a guardrail. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Hardin County Coroner’s Office. 

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