Police and Fire

  • Police: No foul play suspected after woman found dead


    Bardstown Police do not suspect foul play after a woman was found dead in a home early Saturday morning.

    According to a press release from the BPD, police, fire and EMS were dispatched to Edgewood Drive just before 4 a.m. 

    Upon arrival, police found an unresponsive woman on the garage floor. The woman, identified as 26-year-old Deanna Michelle Riggs, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • The chief’s last ‘off duty’

    Friday morning, Chief Rick McCubbin was at the police academy in Richmond for the graduation of his last recruit, Jarren Culver. That afternoon, he was spending his last day in the office tying up loose ends. That night, he was with family, friends and fellow officers at his farewell party.

    And the day after?

    “I don’t know yet. I really don’t,” he said. “I’ve never been in a position where I don’t know my next step.”

  • Firefighter scolds council members

    The president of the union that represents Bardstown firefighters took two City Council members to task Tuesday for not being supportive enough of those who risk their lives for others.

    Lt. Justin Brown of the Bardstown Fire Department spoke for more than seven minutes, questioning the commitment of Councilman Francis Lydian and Councilwoman Kecia Copeland to the safety of the firefighters and city residents.

    Recently, both members voted against the purchase of a new $746,000 ladder truck to replace a 1988 truck.

  • KSP dispatch proposal could save Bardstown $133,000 each year

    Having the Kentucky State Police dispatch for the Bardstown Police Department and Fire Department would cost $133,000 less annually than staying with the Bardstown-Nelson County E-911 Dispatch Center, according to Assistant City Administrator Larry Green’s latest figures.

    Green went over numbers with the Bardstown City Council Tuesday, making the same presentation he had made in more detail Monday to its Safety Committee.

    “It really boils down to a question for the council of two options,” he said.

  • ‘Please help us’

    Thirty-nine police officers have given their lives in the line of duty this year, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers’ Memorial Fund.

    One-thirty-nine is the badge number of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who was gunned down three years ago on this day as he was on his way home.

    The killer has never been brought to justice, and that has hindered his family’s healing.

  • Barn destroyed in fire Monday

    Smoke from a barn fire north of Bardstown Monday could be seen as far away as Boston and Balltown as firefighters battled the flames for several hours.

    Capt. Chris Kurtz of Nelson County Fire and Rescue, one of the first to arrive on scene, said the barn was already fully involved when crews arrived at the 200 block of North Charity Heights just after 1:30 p.m.

    “With that type of structure, being wood and with an open area, it really burnt through,” Kurtz said.

  • Green makes case for KSP 911 proposal

    During a meeting Monday of the Bardstown City Council’s Public Safety Committee, Asst. City Administrator Larry Green presented the argument for city officials to accept the Kentucky State Police’s 911 dispatching proposal rather than approve a new interlocal agreement with the Nelson County Fiscal Court to continue the current joint service.

    The committee, however, did not vote to make a recommendation.

  • Man arrested Sunday for stealing vehicle

    A 30-year-old Bardstown man was arrested Sunday after reportedly stealing a vehicle.
    According to a press release from the Bardstown Police Department, K-9 Officer Kyler Wright was parked in his cruiser at a car wash on West John Rowan Boulevard around 5 p.m. when he observed a black Dodge driving through the grassy area between the car wash and a barbershop.
    The vehicle was later identified as stolen.
    Wright spoke with several witnesses and confirmed the truck was taken from Desa Avis. He then located the truck at 108 Payne St. in Bardstown.

  • Fire reported at North Charity Heights

    The remains of a large barn continued burning for hours Monday afternoon after firefighters were called to the 200 block of North Charity Heights in Nelson County. Crews were dispatched around 1:20 p.m. and the barn became fully involved.

  • Jail Logs: May 20-23

    Ashley N. Shofner, 29, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    Martin Alan Beltz, 52, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    Scott Ryan Johnson, 33, three counts failure to appear.

    Dana Carl Kays, 44, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle.

    Miguel Angel Gaytan, 18, first-degree criminal trespassing.

    Janna Marie Borders, 21, second-degree disorderly conduct.