Council Votes to Oust Hodgenville Mayor

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HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A City Council in central Kentucky has ousted the mayor following his indictment on charges of theft and abusing public trust.

The News-Enterprise reports Hodgenville City Council members voted unanimously Thursday night to remove Mayor Terry L. Cruse from office after a daylong hearing.

The decision stemmed in part from a state police investigation of Cruse and City Clerk MaDonna Hornback that led to criminal charges.

A grand jury indictment issued in December accuses both of using a city-issued fuel credit card to make personal purchases and taking money from the city. Cruse and Hornback have denied the allegations.

After removing Cruse, the officials appointed Councilman Kenny DeVore as interim mayor.

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