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  • Canine spots suspicious substance

    Deputy Russell McCoy and K-9 Andy assisted with a Greater Hardin County Drug Task Force arrest Dec. 16. Andy “hit on” a tractor trailer at a traffic stop on Bardstown Road, north of Elizabethtown.

    Officers found a substance believed to be crystal meth inside.

    The driver, Benjamin Hugh Roberts, 53, of New Glendale Road, Elizabethtown, was charged with possession of controlled substance and convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

  • Four face drug charges

    An Upton man was charged with manufacturing methamphetamine by Kentucky State Police on Dec. 20. Three others face related charges.

    Methamphetamine or meth is an addictive stimulant that affects the central nervous system. It can be produced in small, illegal laboratories with common chemicals such as drain cleaner and matches.

    Trooper Pete Binkley found the components of a lab while making a welfare check on a child, according to KSP spokesperson Steve Pavey.

  • 18-year-old girl gets break after supplying meth cooks

    A Hodgenville teen, facing more than a decade imprisonment if convicted as charged in October with aiding a Motel 6 methamphetamine cook, broke into tears of joy Wednesday after a sentencing deal offered her a break from jail.

    Jessica Miller, 18, was arrested with three people in their 20s on Oct. 10 after Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force agents say someone tipped them off to an active meth lab inside a first floor bathroom of an Elizabethtown Motel 6.

  • Jobs scarce as economy hits home

    Got work?

    If so, count your blessings, because, according to the latest unemployment rates, about 1.2 million jobs have disappeared across the nation.

    The nation’s unemployment rate hit a 14-year high in October at 6.5 percent and set a new high in November at 6.7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Kentucky’s unemployment rate hit 6.8 percent in October, then jumped to 7 percent in November.

  • Jobs scarce as economy hits home

    Got work?

    If so, count your blessings, because, according to the latest unemployment rates, about 1.2 million jobs have disappeared across the nation.

    The nation’s unemployment rate hit a 14-year high in October at 6.5 percent and set a new high in November at 6.7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Kentucky’s unemployment rate hit 6.8 percent in October, then jumped to 7 percent in November.

  • Jobs scarce as economy hits home

    Got work?

    If so, count your blessings, because, according to the latest unemployment rates, about 1.2 million jobs have disappeared across the nation.

    The nation’s unemployment rate hit a 14-year high in October at 6.5 percent and set a new high in November at 6.7 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Kentucky’s unemployment rate hit 6.8 percent in October, then jumped to 7 percent in November.

  • Escapee pleads to amended charge

    A LaRue County man, charged with escaping from the custody of Jailer Mac Trumbo, pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to an amended charge in LaRue District Court.

    James Walter Hoback III, 23, of River Road, New Haven, was charged with escape, second degree, after running from the courtroom during proceedings. Hoback was called to court for non-payment of funds. Records indicate he failed to make restitution in a criminal mischief case from two years ago.

    Hoback turned himself in to the sheriff’s office Nov. 10. He pleaded guilty to escape, third degree.

  • Plea entered in drug-possession case

    A last-minute plea agreement negated the need for a trial by jury Dec. 10.

    Mickey S. Tedder, 56, entered an Alford plea to one count each of complicity, trafficking in controlled substance (cocaine), possession of marijuana, use or possession of drug paraphernalia, second, and complicity trafficking of controlled substance (methamphetamine) in LaRue Circuit Court.

    In an Alford Plea, the defendant does not admit the act, but admits that the prosecution likely could prove the charge.

  • Unemployment benefits extension available

    More than 10,500 Kentuckians who have exhausted their 26 weeks of regular unemployment insurance (UI) benefits and their 13 weeks of extended benefits may be eligible for an additional seven weeks of assistance, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency in the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

  • LaRue elections will turn to paper ballots

    LaRue Fiscal Court approved the acquisition of paper ballot voting machines from Harp Enterprises to be placed in each precinct in future elections.

    Voters will mark their choices on paper ballots, much like taking a standardized test in school or filling out a lottery ticket. Then the ballots are place into a scanner where the votes will be recorded electronically and the ballot dropped into a bin.

    “In the event of the balloting being questioned, we’ll have the actual documents to check,” Judge-Executive Tommy Turner said at Tuesday's meeting.