Police and Fire

  • The importance of identification

    Following the 1996 abduction of Amber Hagerman, namesake of the AMBER Alert, child identification kits gained popularity. Kenny Hansmire, with the National Child Identification Program, said that in the late 1990s, about 800,000 children were reported missing and only about 2 percent of parents had readily available information to provide officers.

    “Can you imagine as a parent, your child missing, and you’re at home trying to find information to give police?” Hansmire said.

  • Woman indicted on Kroger robbery charges, accused of biting employee

    A Bardstown woman was indicted July 1 on charges of first-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault after allegedly attempting to rob Kroger.

    Angela L. Wilmoski, 40, of Bardstown, is accused of trying to leave Kroger June 8 with $50 worth of steaks. When confronted by a loss prevention officer, Wilmoski reportedly entered a physical altercation with the employee by biting the employee’s finger and pulling out some of her hair, resulting in minor injury.

  • Jail logs July 2-3

    Joseph W. Morrison Jr., 39, theft by unlawful taking or disposition/shoplifting.

    Robert L. Snider, 41, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, persistent felony offender.

    Anthony Dale Thomas, 36, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, theft by unlawful taking or disposition/shoplifting.

    Brittany N. Johnson, 26, contempt of court.

    James Daniel Donahue, 29, second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication.

  • Fire department split could affect insurance rates

    One of the talking points for those who want a full-time City of Bardstown Fire Department has been that it could lower homeowner insurance rates.

    Two City Council members, however, are not convinced. At the June 23 meeting, Councilman Francis Lydian said he isn’t sure adding seven firefighters would reduce premiums or that the city’s ISO rating would improve or even stay the same. In fact, he said, it could worsen if the Bardstown Fire Department separates from the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department — which occurred July 1.

  • Jail Logs: July 1-2

    Jonathan M. Spalding, 29, probation violation.

    Chelsey L. Sherrell, 21, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree possession of controlled substance, buy/possess drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

    Evelyn D. Garretson, 28, contempt of court.

    Gary Joe Meriweather, 40, first-degree possession of controlled substance, buy/possess drug paraphernalia, operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol/drugs.

    Jimmie L. Pennington, 34, fourth-degree assault.

    Faron Edward Griffin, 38, two counts non-payment of fines.

  • Jail Logs: June 30-July1

    Nathan Alexander Collazo, 24, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    Adam Platt Clements, 31, cultivation of marijuana, trafficking in controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school, possession of marijuana, buy/possess drug paraphernalia.

    Shawn Patrick Kelly, 43, theft of motor vehicle registration plate/decal, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, license to be in possession, no/expired registration plates.




  • Call to laundromat shows quick response from firefighters

    Firefighters responded to North Fourth Street this evening on report of smoke coming from Mr. Tubs Coin Laundry.

    Upon inspection, it was discovered that one of the business’s dryers had shorted out, charring two wall studs.
    J.T. Bass, who will serve as fire chief of the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department effective tomorrow, said it was fortunate that an employee alerted firefighters of the smoke.

    “It was lucky that she was here,” Bass said. “A quick call, quick response. Everything went well.”

  • BNCVFD board approves purchase of digital radios

    Firefighters for the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department will be getting new hand-held digital radios, and all of the trucks also will be equipped with digital communications.

    Stacy Faulkner, chairman, said the board approved the purchases at a special called meeting Thursday to discuss plans for separating from the City of Bardstown Fire Department effective June 30, the date the contract was to expire.

    Faulkner said the 45 portable radios and truck radios together will cost about $18,000.

  • Jail Logs: Jun 29-30

    Joseph Garrett Dugan, 28, parole violation.

    Jennifer Renee Miles, 21, first-degree possession of controlled substance, complicity to buy/possess drug paraphernalia.

    Christopher T. Yates, 33, failure to appear.




  • Jail Logs: June 26-29

    Montez M. Garred, 40, flagrant non-support, second-degree persistent felony offender.

    Ashley Estelle Boone, 31, non-payment of fines.

    Karisha Lewis, 35, fraud use of credit card, two counts first-degree unlawful access to computer, knowingly abuse/neglect of adult by person, contempt of court.

    Stacey Lynn Hert, 24, second-degree assault.

    Simon P. Willett, 22, reckless driving, license to be in possession, speeding.

    Ashley D. Durbin, 29, theft of property lost/mislaid/delivered by mistake.