• Prosecutors file notice to dismiss rape charge against Quisenberry

    Prosecutors have requested to dismiss the third-degree rape charge against Scott Quisenberry.

    The Nelson County Commonwealth’s Attorney filed a notice last week notifying Nelson Circuit Judge John David Seay that prosecutors want to hold a hearing at 1 p.m. Thursday to dismiss the case without prejudice so Quisenberry’s Jefferson County case can proceed to trial.

  • Allen pleads guilty to stabbing

    The day before his case was set to go to jury trial, Jackie E. Allen pleaded guilty to stabbing a man earlier this year.

    Allen accepted a plea agreement in which he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of assault under extreme emotional disturbance, a class D felony, before his case was scheduled to go to jury trial Monday.

    Allen was originally charged with second-degree assault, a class C felony.

    Prosecutors recommended Allen serve four years in prison.

  • Woman pleads guilty to lying about son’s cancer

    Nancye Avis accepted a plea agreement Friday, in which she pleaded guilty to lying about her son’s cancer diagnosis from which she received charitable contributions from the community.

    During court Friday, Avis pleaded guilty to theft by deception and was granted a five-year, supervised pretrial diversion.

    As part of the plea agreement, the charge of endangering the welfare of a minor was dismissed.

    Conditions of the diversion include paying a yet-to-be-determined amount of restitution and remain ing drug- and alcohol-free.

  • Former accountant pleads guilty to embezzling from monastery

    The former accountant for the Abbey of Gethsemani admitted to embezzling more than $1 million from the monastery and agreed to serve a 20-year prison sentence Friday.

    John Hutchins entered into a plea agreement, in which he pleaded guilty to more than 100 embezzlement charges stemming from a months-long investigation that revealed that Hutchins and his wife, Carrie, used the monastery’s funds to purchase cars, trips, televisions and several other items during a timeframe that spanned more than five years.

  • Increased heroin use takes a toll on health, others

    With the increase of heroin abuse in the area, health officials said they have seen a staggering influx of patients in the emergency room with complications — and in some cases overdoses .

    “There is definitely an increase,” said Stacie Bush, owner and drug and alcohol counselor with the R.E.A.C.H. program in Nelson County. “It’s definitely an epidemic.”

    Officials have also become aware of the lengths people go to hide their heroin addiction, such as injecting the drug between their toes, and more people are carrying syringes.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings for Oct. 16



    The following people were sentenced in Nelson Circuit Court Oct. 16. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

  • Drug dealer agrees to 15 years in prison

    A widely-known drug dealer in the area has agreed to a 15-year prison sentence as a result of two plea agreements reached with prosecutors last week.

    In addition to his prison sentence, Craig Yolando Montgomery, 38, of Cox’s Creek, will also have to turn over his house, six cars, several guns and cash to the police.

    Montgomery, also known as “Big Craig,” agreed Thursday in Nelson County Circuit Court to plead guilty to charges stemming from an assault on Atlantic Court in March and a drug bust at his home in June 2013.

  • Trial date pushed back for accused rapist

    The trial date for a Jefferson County teacher accused of rape in Nelson County has been pushed back.

    A motion for continuance for the trial against Scott Stephen Quisenberry was granted last week.

    A pretrial date has been re-scheduled for Feb. 13, 2015 and a trial date has been re-scheduled for March 19, 2015. Quisenberry’s trial was originally scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments for Oct. 15

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court November 6.

    • Robert A. Wathen, 44, of Bardstown, receiving stolen property. Sometime between April 1 and Aug. 15, Wathen received, retained or disposed of tools belonging to James V. Barber. Bail was set at $5,000 cash, plus conditions.

  • Jury finds New Haven man guilty of assault

    Following a two-day trial last week, a jury found that a convicted murderer out on parole was guilty of assaulting another man last year.

    A jury of eight men and four women decided Thursday that Dale Brown, 55, of New Haven, was guilty of misdemeanor fourth-degree assault, instead of felony second-degree assault, after hearing testimony from the defense, prosecution and witnesses, as well as reviewing surveillance video of the assault, photos of the victim’s injuries and the victim’s medical records.