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  • Reception held to honor Stephen Brown

    A reception was held last week at Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park in honor of Stephen Brown, education specialist at the park.

    Brown served four years at the park as education specialist, a position created to promote the Lincoln bicentennial.

    Brown and his wife, Annie, are moving to Louisville where he will continue to work on a book about the Underground Railroad.

  • 1983 murder charge expunged from record

    A Hodgenville woman has been successful in her petition to have court records expunged.

    The records that led to Veronica Sue LaFollette Knox being tried for murder in 1983 will be destroyed, according to a March 1 ruling by LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III.

    Knox, who was 27 at the time, was charged with murder after firing five shots from a .22-caliber rifle into her 29-year-old husband Glen Cleo LaFollette on Jan. 1, 1983.

    According to Herald News archives, Knox told officers the shooting followed an incident of domestic violence.

  • Bond reduced for shooting suspects

    At a bond hearing Feb. 23, Nelson Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms reduced the $1 million cash-only bail for two of the three men accused of murdering Donald C. Marshall of Hodgenville.

    Stephen Austin Howard and Maurice Greenwell had their bonds reduced to $300,000 cash or property. The amount represented a middle ground after lawyers for the defendants argued that they should be released on their own recognizance while the commonwealth said it should stay at $1 million.

  • Teenager enters guilty plea

     

  • Community bids farewell to hero

    Lance Cpl. Matthias “Matt” Hanson was laid to rest Saturday.

    About 1,000 people attended the young marine’s funeral in LaRue County High School’s gymnasium.

    Hanson, the 20-year-old son of Mary and Larry Huff of Hodgenville and Lowell R. and Cynthia Hanson Jr. of Buffalo, died Feb. 21 of combat-related injuries in Afghanistan. He was hit by enemy fire and died while being airlifted to a military medical facility.

    His deployment to Afghanistan was his first assignment outside the country. He had been overseas about 40 days.

  • Jail car used in escape

    A LaRue County inmate enjoyed about eight hours of freedom last week after escaping from the detention center in a car owned by the jail.

    George Richard Gaunt III, 21, of Ludlow in northern Kentucky was serving a three-year sentence at the facility on charges of third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

    According to Chief Deputy Travis Strader, Gaunt attended a religious service at the jail about 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and left through a back door sometime later.

  • Woman jailed after taking money for ill child's expenses

    A woman who admitted taking money intended for a sick child was sentenced to 10 days in county jail Wednesday.

    Theresa Ann Cox, 43, of Louisville was charged Feb. 16 with two counts of theft by unlawful taking by Hodgenville City Police. Court records indicate she entered two IGA Express stores, picked up several items and placed them in a bag from the store. Each time, she presented the items to the clerk and requested a refund, according to Lt. Steve Johnson. The items included cell phone accessories and snacks.

  • Boxer fined $453 for traffic stop

    Nick Rupa, 44, of Nashville, Tenn., was arraigned Jan. 13 on a charge of operating on a suspended license in LaRue District Court.

    The former boxer, who went 10 rounds with the Light Middleweight Champion of the World, was recognized by District Judge C. Derek Reed. Rupa, who is originally from Trinidad, told the judge he had lost to Terry Norris (career record of 47-9-0 with 31 knockouts) in 1997 for the middleweight championship.

    Reed set a new court date and bond at $500 on condition of no driving.

  • Couple enter guilty pleas in child abuse case

    Children who lived in terror were spared the trauma of testifying in court because a plea agreement approved Friday promises to put their mother behind bars for 10 years.

    Myra Rodriguez, 31, admitted guilt to 16 felony and 30 misdemeanor charges regarding what court documents called “torture and cruel punishment” inflicted upon four children – the youngest who was only 3 at the time.

  • Couple enter guilty pleas in child abuse case

    Children who lived in terror were spared the trauma of testifying in court because a plea agreement approved Friday promises to put their mother behind bars for 10 years.

    Myra Rodriguez, 31, admitted guilt to 16 felony and 30 misdemeanor charges regarding what court documents called “torture and cruel punishment” inflicted upon four children – the youngest who was only 3 at the time.