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  • Hodgenville resident indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse

    Pedro Damien Mejia was indicted on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse by a LaRue County grand jury Jan. 11.

    Mejia, 35, of Hodgenville allegedly engaged in sexual contact through forcible compulsion with a minor on Nov. 14.

    Hodgenville City Police investigated the case.

    Bail is set at $9,500 cash only on condition he stay away from the alleged victim, dusk to dawn curfew except for employment and remain drug and alcohol free.

    He will be arraigned Feb. 1.

  • IGA burglary suspect back in custody

    A man charged with burglary of Hometown IGA three years ago is back in custody after being declared a fugitive months after his arrest.

    Steven Earl McWilliams, 32, was charged with third-degree burglary and complicity; theft by unlawful taking and complicity; two counts of criminal mischief and complicity; and possession of burglary tools and complicity in March 2007.

  • Woman pleads to amended charge in shooting death of Magnolia man

    A married Howevalley mother of four indicted last year on a murder charge for a boyfriend’s shooting death pleaded guilty to lesser charges last week in Hardin Circuit Court as part of a plea deal.

    Angie T. Ricketts, 32, agreed to a deal that gives her three more years to serve on a four-year sentence in exchange for her plea of guilt to a reckless homicide charge, a Class D felony.

    Kentucky State Police detectives did not arrest Ricketts after she admitted to fatally shooting 37-year-old Eric West of Magnolia around lunchtime on Sept. 29, 2008.

  • Community considered for National Heritage Area

    National Park Service representatives met with community members interested in a National Heritage Area proposed for this area because of its Abraham Lincoln ties.

    The meeting, held Jan. 5 in the Lincoln Museum Community Room, was attended by about 30 people.

    LaRue County, birthplace of Abraham Lincoln 200 years ago, is one of 17 Kentucky sites that Congress has identified in a directive for the NPS to study the feasibility of such a designation.

  • Case to be heard by grand jury

    The case of a 30-year-old Hodgenville man charged with first-degree rape of a young teen will be heard by a LaRue County grand jury.

    Troy Eugene Tarter was arrested Jan. 2 at a relative’s house following an extended investigation, according to LaRue County Deputy Matt Darst.

    Tarter was charged also with first-degree sodomy, first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful transaction with a minor.

    In LaRue District Court last week, Tarter waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The charges will be heard by a grand jury.

  • Extension Leadership Banquet to be held Monday

    It’s not too late to sign up to attend the annual Extension Leadership Banquet. The banquet will be 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, at the Extension Service office and is open to anyone wishing to attend.

    Call the Extension Service office at 358-3401 to reserve your tickets. You may pay the $6 ticket fee at the door the evening of the banquet. 

    The meal will be prepared by the Crosstown Homemakers.

  • Historic District expansion celebrated at luncheon today

    The Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance Association plans to celebrate approval for the enlargement of Hodgenville’s commercial historic district in a ceremony today.

    The luncheon begins at noon in the Lincoln Museum Community Room on the square.

  • LaRue under weather advisory

    A winter weather advisory issued this morning by the National Weather Service includes LaRue County. Residents are encouraged to take special precautions early today because of a light band of snow. Accumulations will be one inch or less, according to the weather service statement.

    The advisory — issued just after 5 a.m. — is in effect until noon today. Hardin, Meade and Nelson counties also are covered by the alert as is much of southern Indiana and Kentucky counties in and around Louisville. Areas south of LaRue are not part of the 30-county advisory zone.

  • Grants to provide CPR and block watch training

    Thanks to a state grant, LaRue Countians have the opportunity to learn basic lifesaving skills – free of charge.

    Instruction and certification will be provided in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and basic first aid, according to Chris Jackson of LaRue County Emergency Management.

    CPR is used to restore breathing or heartbeat through chest compression and mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing.

    A paramedic from LaRue County EMS will provide the free training to residents in various locations – Hodgenville, Magnolia, Roanoke and Rolling Fork.

  • Boxer Nick Rupa charged in traffic stop

    A boxer who went 10 rounds with the Light Middleweight Champion of the World appeared in LaRue District Court Jan. 13.

    Nick Rupa, 44, of Nashville, Tenn., was arraigned on a charge of operating on a suspended license.

    According to court documents, Rupa was driving a 1993 Chevrolet three miles east of White City about 10 p.m. Dec. 31 when he was stopped by Constable Tim Ford.

    His bond was set at $500 on condition of no driving.

    In court, LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed recognized Rupa’s name and asked about his fights.