• Royalty hires new legal representation

    Bardstown’s former mayor has new attorneys in three cases in the Nelson County court system.

    On Thursday, Thomas Clay, a Louisville lawyer who has litigated several high-profile employment lawsuits in the state, filed his notice of appearance on behalf of John Royalty.

    An article in The Kentucky Standard published Sunday reported that Clay had not filed the official paperwork in two lawsuits as of Friday.

  • Judge denies city’s request to dismiss Royalty lawsuit

    The cloud that is the former mayor’s lawsuit against Bardstown for removing him from office will likely hang around for at least a little bit longer.

    The city was hoping to clear it last week after its attorney filed to have the lawsuit dismissed because the plaintiff and his attorneys had missed two deadlines to file briefs in the case.

    Circuit Judge David Seay denied the city’s motion Friday.

    On Wednesday, Scott Crosbie appeared before Seay seeking a ruling on his motion to dismiss John Royalty’s case against the city.

  • Lawsuit filed in 2016 raceway accident

    A personal injury lawsuit has been filed against a local raceway and its operators following a 2016 incident that left a young teen paralyzed.

    According to a complaint filed Jan. 30 in Nelson Circuit Court, Jacqueline and Scott Ritchie and Valene Spalding Auberry, on behalf of David Ritchie, are suing for damages related to an incident that occurred at the Nelson County Fairgrounds on the Bourbon City Raceway. The suit names Bourbon City Raceway, Bobby and Pauline Settles, the Nelson County Fair Board and Western World Insurance Company as defendants.

  • Public Record-Citations- Feb. 9, 2018

    Dates on citations indicate when the offense was adjudicated, not when it was issued.

    Michael Wheatley, 1970, DUI, $718 plus alcohol and drug education (10/24/17).

    Justin Brown, 1986, DUI, no operator’s/moped license, $718 plus 30 days/30 days suspended, alcohol and drug education (10/10/17).

    Mason McMahan, 1997, speeding, $143 plus state traffic school (10/11/17).

    Amanda Broaddus, 1991, disregarding stop sign, $168 (10/12/17).

    Tiana Graves, 1994, no insurance, $1,773 (10/18/17).

  • Public Record-Property transfers-FEB. 9, 2018


    Marian Sims to Amanda Smith, both of Bardstown, Lot 70E Springhill Subdivision, Section 9, Phase 1, $99,000.

    Joyce and Sean Bassel to Justin Culver, all of Bardstown, real estate in Nelson County, $128,500.

    Derby City Tank Wash Inc., of Louisville, to Kevin Douglas Construction LLC, of New Haven, real estate in Nelson County, real estate in Nelson County, $30,000.

    Donald and Judy Colvin, of Bloomfield, to Donald and Judy Colvin, et al, real estate in Nelson County, $1.

  • Jury acquits defendant of manslaughter

    A Nelson County jury acquitted a man Monday of all criminal charges related to a fatal crash on Taylorsville Road in January 2017.

    The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a not-guilty verdict for Jerico Bentley, of Campbellsville, on second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Emily Outlaw, of Jeffersontown.

    The trial ended Monday after five days of testimony where Bentley’s attorney argued that prosecutors had no proof that he was driving the car when it crashed.

  • Public Record-Property transfers-Jan. 26, 2018


    PCH Properties Inc., of Bardstown, to BW Construction Inc., of New Haven, et al, Lot 108M Miller Springs Estates, $28,000.

    BC Ventures LLC, of Richmond, to Emerson Properties Inc., of Louisville, Lot 5-B Stephen Foster Industrial Park, Phase I, $515,000.

    Melanie and Jason Caple to Melanie and Jason Caple, of Bardstown, Lot 31 Hunters Ridge, Phase II, $191.

    Joseph Olive and Jeremy Jenkins, of Bardstown, to Joseph Olive and Jeremy Jenkins, of Bardstown, real estate in Nelson County, $25.

  • Public Record-Citations-Jan. 26, 2017

    Dates on citations indicate when the offense was adjudicated, not when it was issued

    Nicholas Carpenter, 1974, following another vehicle too closely, speeding, $171 plus state traffic school (9/1/17).

    Michael Newton, 1989, no seat belt, $25 (9/13/17).

    Anthony Williams, 1984, no insurance, $643 (9/1/17).

    David Newton, 1977, part 393, federal safety regulations, $168 (9/14/17).

    Gilberto Sandoval Cruz, 1970, speeding, $185 (9/1/17).

  • Public Record-Zoning permits-Jan. 26, 2018

    Zoning permits for Jan 1-19

    Thomas Caldwell, 639 Icetown Road, 40’x60’ barn with restroom and office area.

    Danny Suratt, 101 Church St., 8’x20’ storage container.

    Josh Hatfield, 290 Deatsville Loop, conventional detached single-family dwelling.

    Ty and Mandy Puyear, 141 Laurel Drive, conventional detached single-family dwelling.

    Whiskey Springs Land Company LLC, 130 Peabody Loop, conventional detached single-family dwelling.

  • McCoy’s bill would prohibit copying child porn in courts

    A proposal that would secure child porn held in court proceedings passed the state House Friday morning a day after the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved it.

    State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, the bill’s chief sponsor, said it would prohibit the duplication of pornographic images of children or materials involving the sexual performances of minors, even as part of the discovery process.