Police and Fire

  • Teen indicted for Wickland arson

    A 17-year-old accused of setting fire to a historic house on the Wickland property in July was indicted on arson, theft and mischief charges Wednesday.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings from Jan. 18, 2018

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

  • Man indicted for stealing hemp plants

    A Bardstown man was indicted Wednesday by a Nelson County Grand Jury for allegedly stealing hemp plants.
    According to the indictment, Joshua Sean Ballinger, 27, is accused of unlawfully entering a man’s barn on Oct. 9, and taking over $11,000 in hemp plants from a hemp farm.
    Ballinger’s bail was set at $9,500 cash only, plus conditions, and his arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court is scheduled for Feb. 22.


  • Man indicted for assault second in beating of woman

    A Bardstown man was indicted Feb. 7 by a Nelson County Grand Jury on a charge of second-degree assault from a 2017 incident. According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 2 to 5, 2017, Joseph Bernard Bryant, 47, struck and hit a woman in the had, face, neck, arm and back area with a broom and a chair. The alleged assault caused serious physical injury to the victim.

    Bryant’s bail was set at $25,000 cash only, plus conditions. His arraignment in court is scheduled for Feb. 22.

  • Two charged with drug trafficking

    A pair of Bardstown men face numerous drug trafficking charges after they were arrested Wednesday by the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force.

    Robert Maddox Jr., 37, and Kenny Kincaid, 37, were arrested by agents from the task force and Bardstown Police after officers executed a search warrant at 135 and 144 Fern Lea Circle in Bardstown.

    Police seized about eight ounces of cocaine, nine ounces of marijuana, anabolic steroids, numerous narcotic pills, three handguns, a shotgun and over $7,000 in cash, according to a press release from the GHCNTF.

  • Jail logs, Feb. 6-8

    Travis Lee King, 27, contempt of court (2012 juvenile case), warrant served for other police agency, fugitive.

    Don Jay Erholm, 43, failure to appear (2017 misdemeanor case).

    Daniel Corey Glass, 27, first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, fourth-degree assault.

    Christopher Dean Wilburn, 21, alcohol intoxication in a public place, shoplifting, possession of marijuana.

    Wallace Owen Brady, 45, shoplifting, possession of drug paraphernalia.

    John Kristopher Hutchins, 30, parole violation.

  • Jail logs, Feb. 2-6, 2018

    Brandon Jay Dellinger, 31, probation violation.

    Jessie Tyler Nethery, 26, fourth-degree assault.

    Nicholas Edward Belliveau, 30, third-degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

    Bradley Leo Spalding, 25, speeding 17 mph over limit, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc.

    Albert JR Lewis, 41, public intoxication by a controlled substance excluding alcohol.

    Mark Thomas Williams II, 21, failure to appear (2017 misdemeanor case).

  • Police response has evolved as school shootings persist

    It has been almost 19 years since perhaps the most infamous school shooting at Columbine High School, where 12 students and one teacher were killed.

    That tragedy raised the nation’s awareness of the vulnerability of students massed together in a school. It changed how schools approached student safety, and active-shooter lockdowns are now mandated by law in Kentucky schools.

    But schools are not the only agencies that have changed their approach to active shooter situations. Over the past two decades, the response by police has evolved.

  • Man arrested for stealing tools

    A man was arrested early Sunday morning for theft in the Woodlawn area.

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, deputies received a call around 3:47 a.m. of a man pushing a large trash can down Woodlawn Road. The can appeared to be full of tools. The caller stopped to check on the man — identified as Justin Brown — who then ran off.

    Brown, 32, was later arrested and charged with receiving stolen property. The stolen items were returned to the victims. According to the release, additional charges are expected.

  • Stepmother wants police to revive body cams

    Beverly Lewis had never seen the body camera footage of her stepson’s suicide until his widow sued the police and the video was on TV.

    Now she believes the interim police chief at the time, McKenzie Mattingly, wasn’t candid, and she’s on a mission to have the Bardstown Police Department reinstate the use of body cameras for its officers.