Local News

  • Murder trial pushed back to December

    The three men charged with killing Donald Marshall last fall had their trial continued to December at a pre-trial hearing last week.

    The original suspect, Kenneth C. Mattingly, and two others charged later, Stephen Austin Howard and Maurice Greenwell, will now go to court on murder charges Dec. 8. The trial has been pushed back several times since the death in November 2009. 

  • Rolling Fork Festival begins Friday

    “Our 20th Celebration-Equine Excitement” is the theme for New Haven’s premier festival — The Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival.

    The event, Sept. 10 and 11, will feature arts, crafts, children’s activities, old-time demonstrations, food, fun gospel and concert bands, and, of course, train rides.

    Friday is youth and family night at New Haven City Park, organized by Rolling Fork Baptist Church. There will be bouncers, concessions, demonstrations, games, shows and face painting 6-9 p.m. All events are free, except concessions.

  • Father faces 10 years for abuse of infant

    A jury last week found a 26-year-old father of three guilty of first-degree criminal abuse.

    After deliberation, the jury recommended that David Richard Reynolds of New Haven spend 10 years in prison for allegedly injuring his youngest child last year.

    A forensic pediatrician testified that the infant suffered 20 fractures to ribs, wrist and shin and a brain injury by the time he was 3-months-old.

  • Three charged in wire thefts

    Three New Haven residents face burglary charges after allegedly taking items from a vacant house last week in Lyons Station.

    Bradley Joe Newsome, 39, Sharon K. Newsome (also known as Sharon Branham, Sharon Potter and Sharon Burton), 48, and Robert Joseph Harris, 45, were charged with second-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking by the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office.

    They are accused of entering the vacant house and removing wiring and copper tubing. Three bags of wire and tubing were recovered.

  • Detention Center employees now certified to use pepper spray

    Several employees of the LaRue County Detention Center submitted Monday to a painful, eye-watering experience. They took a direct hit in the face with pepper spray.

    Afterwards, some stood stoically, waiting for the burn to go away. Others stuck their heads in a bucket of cool water, placed there by course instructors.

  • Public defender will be assigned in business deception case

    A Hodgenville man facing a misdemeanor charge of deceptive business practice will be represented by a court-appointed attorney.

    Andre B. Petrick, 37, pleaded not guilty Aug. 18 to the charge in LaRue District Court. He told Judge C. Derek Reed that he is not employed, has no property and his business has been “dissolved.” Those conditions qualified him to be represented by a public defender.

    Petrick was transferred Tuesday to the LaRue County Detention Center from the Bullitt County Detention Center.

  • Sheriff, County Clerk offices audited

    State Auditor Crit Luallen released the audit of the 2009 financial statements of LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter and LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner. State law requires the auditor to conduct annual audits of the county clerks and sheriffs.


    The auditor issues two sheriff’s reports each year – one on the audit of the sheriff’s tax account and the other of the fee account used to operate the office.

  • State furlough days affect county offices

    State-mandated furloughs will affect closures of state and local government offices.

    At the Aug. 24 session of LaRue County Fiscal Court, LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner said all state offices will be closed Sept. 3, Nov. 12 and May 27, 2010.

    The LaRue County Clerk’s office will be open half day Sept. 1, all day Friday and closed Saturday and Monday.

    Turner expected more office closures as the other dates approach, saying circuit court, property valuation and other offices likely will shut down during those days as well as other county offices.

  • Reimbursement is condition of felony dismissal

    A felony charge against a Hodgenville man was dismissed Aug. 13 in LaRue Circuit Court – if he reimburses the complainant.

    Raymond Fancher, 40, was indicted of theft by unlawful taking in May based on accusations of a neighbor, Steve Druen. He was charged with junking Druen’s pulling tractor, valued at $950, without permission.

  • Laptop fees may be paid through fall break

    LaRue County High School students will register for classes July 22.

    At that time, textbook and laptop fees will be taken 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the media center.

    The textbook fees are $60; laptop fees are $20. Lower fees apply for students on reduced pay or free lunch.

    Laptop fees for students can be paid through the day the computers are handed out, according to LCHS Principal Paul Mullins. Student will receive laptops after fall break.