Master Trooper Norman Chaffins
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Kentucky State Police
Post 4, Elizabethtown
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Larue County Grand Jury Returns True Bill For Former Deputy Sheriff
Date of News Release: 05/22/2012
(HODGENVILLE, KY) -– On Monday, May 21, 2012 former Larue County Deputy Sheriff, Joshua M. Darst, was indicted by the Larue County Grand Jury for Theft By Unlawful Taking/Disposition $500< $10,000.00, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Official Misconduct 1st. Darst is currently out on a $5,000.00 cash bond. Darst is to be arraigned on June 4, 2012.
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Former Larue County Deputy Sheriff Arrested For Theft
Date of News Release: 04/19/2012
(Elizabethtown, KY.) –- On Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at approximately 2:34 pm ET, Detective Terry Whittaker arrested 31-year-old Joshua Matthew Darst from Clarkson, KY. Darst was a 6 year veteran deputy with the Larue County Sheriff's Department. Darst has been charged by the Kentucky State Police for Official Misconduct 1st Degree (Class A Misdemeanor), Theft By Unlawful Taking-Auto (Class D Felony), and Tampering With Physical Evidence (Class D Felony) and lodged in the Larue County Detention Center.
The complaint was received by KSP from the Larue County Sheriff, Bobby Shoffner. The investigation began in March and it was discovered that Darst had recovered a stolen motorcycle with the intent to deprive the owner of its use by keeping it himself. Darst altered the appearance of the motorcycle in an attempt to mask its identity by the owner. All of these alleged offenses occurred while he was employed as a Larue County Deputy Sheriff. The investigation is ongoing by Detective Terry Whittaker.