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  • Former bookkeeper faces more charges in dental office theft

    A bookkeeper accused of taking more than $17,000 from a local dentist office faces additional charges.

    Jennifer Rose Priddy, 30, of Elizabethtown, a former employee of Dr. Douglas L. Baumgardner, was indicted by a LaRue County grand jury in January on one count of theft by unlawful taking.

  • Teen dies in single vehicle wreck

    Joseph David Ray Shoffner, 19, of New Haven died Tuesday afternoon after a single-vehicle crash on Bardstown Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson, Shoffner was driving near Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek when he lost control of the Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle rolled three or four times and Shoffner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

    LaRue County Fire Department responded also to the scene.

    Shoffner is survived by his mother, Angela Gail Ball; his father, Crazy Horse Shoffner; and two brothers.

  • Teen dies in single vehicle wreck

    Joseph David Ray Shoffner, 19, of New Haven died Tuesday afternoon after a single-vehicle crash on Bardstown Road.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson, Shoffner was driving near Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek when he lost control of the Chevrolet Blazer. The vehicle rolled three or four times and Shoffner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected.

    LaRue County Fire Department responded also to the scene.

    Shoffner is survived by his mother, Angela Gail Ball; his father, Crazy Horse Shoffner; and two brothers.

  • New Haven man charged with indoor marijuana grow

    A New Haven man has been charged with cultivating marijuana, five or more plants, at his River Road residence.

    James Larence Johnson, 48, was charged also with use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Deputies Russell McCoy and Matt Darst said they found 57 marijuana plants, grow lights and potting soil inside the home when they served a warrant July 22.

    He was lodged in the LaRue County Detention Center. He will be arraigned today in LaRue District Court.

     

  • Man charged with burglary of ice cream store

    A Hodgenville man was charged last week with the burglary of a Baskin Robbins store, according to a report in The Herald-Citizen in Cookeville, Tenn.

    Brian Neil Hammons, 37, is charged also with evading arrest in the case.

    It was around 3:15 a.m. July 26 when someone in a nearby building heard a hammering noise at the back of the ice cream shop. He called police and Cookeville officers responded.

    The officers found the back door of the business had been forced open, and they could hear “what sounded to be power tools being used inside.”

  • State grant provides for courthouse improvements

    LaRue County has been awarded one of 19 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to make improvements to the county courthouse.

    The state grant of $68,000 is part of $1,172,265 earmarked for energy advancements in each community. Improvements include retrofitting light fixtures to decrease energy costs, installing programmable thermostats to better regulate temperature and energy use, replacing doors and windows to enhance insulation and purchasing bins for recycled materials.

  • Mayor's presence at drug bust spurs civil suit

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse accompanied city officers to serve a search warrant July 1 at a Fairview Drive residence. The evening ended with Cruse tackling a suspected drug dealer who was running from police.

    A district judge found probable cause to send numerous charges, including trafficking, against Brett Alan Decker, 25, to a grand jury. 

    However, Cruse, along with the City of Hodgenville, is facing fallout from the incident.

    A Hodgenville couple has filed a civil suit in LaRue Circuit Court claiming they were detained and searched unlawfully by Cruse.

  • Rezoning approved for new Dollar General

    Dollar General officials aren’t saying much at this stage, but the first steps have been taken to bring the discount store to Magnolia.

    At a special called meeting of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, S.C. Development requested the rezoning of 4.1096 acres from agriculture to neighborhood business district for the purpose of opening a retail store.

    The Commission approved the request as well as a variance on the number of parking spaces required by ordinance.

  • Rezoning approved for new Dollar General

    Dollar General officials aren’t saying much at this stage, but the first steps have been taken to bring the discount store to Magnolia.

    At a special called meeting of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, S.C. Development requested the rezoning of 4.1096 acres from agriculture to neighborhood business district for the purpose of opening a retail store.

    The Commission approved the request as well as a variance on the number of parking spaces required by ordinance.

  • Rezoning approved for new Dollar General

    Dollar General officials aren’t saying much at this stage, but the first steps have been taken to bring the discount store to Magnolia.

    At a special called meeting of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday, S.C. Development requested the rezoning of 4.1096 acres from agriculture to neighborhood business district for the purpose of opening a retail store.

    The Commission approved the request as well as a variance on the number of parking spaces required by ordinance.