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  • Kudos to Santa’s Helpers

    Many thanks, once again, to that band of intrepid volunteers – Santa’s Helpers – who have braved the weather, the traffic and an aging Rudolf bus for the last 48 years to bring smiles to hundreds of local children.

    They have given up their own family’s Christmas Eve to make the holidays brighter for others. In fact, the Santa Run has turned into a family tradition for many of them. While they may get discouraged, they never give up. And the memories they make and receive are priceless.

  • KSP investigating Glendale bank robbery

     Kentucky State Police Post 4 is investigating the robbery of West Point Bank in Glendale.

    The suspect, described as a white male between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet, entered the bank at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 23 with a handgun. He demanded cash and exited the building a short time later with an undisclosed amount of money.

    The man was wearing a black ski mask, green hoodie, blue jeans and black shoes. He fled the scene in a white, late model minivan with an obscured license plate.

    No injuries were reported.

  • Man found dead on Viers Road

    A Hispanic male was found dead at a residence on Viers Road about 6 a.m.Saturday. Deputy Coroner Brad Turner said Freddie Martinez was staying with family at the home. He did not have identification but family believe he is 33 years old. His mother arrived from South Carolina to pick up his belongings.

    No foul play is expected. Turner said an autopsy will be done but the cause of death appears to be a “cardiac event.”

    LaRue Deputy Kevin Bennett is investigating. 

  • Dash-cam controversy: Police Chief charged in superintendent’s DUI case

    Hodgenville Police Chief Steven Johnson was served on Christmas Day with a summons to court. He is being charged with official misconduct by Kentucky State Police.

    Chief Johnson is accused of allowing TV news crews to watch and record dash cam footage of a traffic stop on March 29, 2014. The video, which showed Superintendent Sam Sanders taking a field sobriety test and the arrival of his wife at the scene, was broadcast on several stations. Sanders was charged with DUI. He has pleaded not guilty and the case will be tried in April.

  • Man charged with breaking in neighbor’s home

    A Hodgenville man was charged Saturday with breaking in a neighbor’s home, firing a gun inside and destroying two computers.

    Shane Jeramie Brewer, 39, of Carter Brothers Road, was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal mischief, following an investigation by LaRue Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

    Brewer’s neighbor, Steve Druen, said the situation began with a disagreement over goats running loose.

  • Woman’s death ruled accidental

    A Hodgenville woman died Saturday evening after her clothing caught fire.

    Early reports indicated that Helen Fields, 76, was attempting to light a cigarette when the lighter exploded. However, Deputy State Fire Marshal Todd Price said that information was incorrect.

    Price’s report states the fire was accidental and of “unknown origin.”

    “No one witnessed the fire,” he said. “There were rumors but I can’t base (the report) on rumors.”

  • Raywick's former fire chief required to reimburse $20,000

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.

    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing.

    Bertram also ordered Helm to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • Two injured in wreck on Ky. 210

    Two people were injured about 7 a.m. Dec. 17 in a two-car crash on Campbellsville Road (Ky. 210).

    Janice K. Weaver, 53, of Hodgenville, was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu west on Campbellsville Road when a deer crossed in front of her vehicle. Weaver stopped in the roadway to avoid striking the deer, according to a report filed by LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

  • Man injured in Saturday crash

    A Hodgenville man was injured about 8 p.m. Dec. 20 in a single-vehicle crash

    Donald E. McCoy, 58, was driving a 2001 Ford Focus south on North L&N Turnpike. The right side tires dropped off the roadway and the vehicle struck a culvert. The Focus crossed the centerline and struck a fence and several posts before coming to a rest.

    McCoy was taken to Hardin Memorial Hospital the following morning and admitted for treatment, according to LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield.

  • Bardstown Road closed Friday after semi rolls

    Bardstown Road was shut down about four hours Friday night after a semi trailer overturned.

    LaRue County Deputy Robbie Brownfield responded to a 911 call about 11:38 p.m. after hearing a report that the truck was on fire and the driver was trapped inside. Multiple rescue units were dispatched. However, first responders discovered the truck was not on fire and the driver was not trapped.