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Police and Fire

  • Deputy sheriff raising money for law enforcement memorial

    Five law enforcement officers in Nelson County have died in the line of duty since 1926, and a deputy sheriff is leading an effort to make sure they are honored for their sacrifice.

    The black polished stone monument on a white stone base will be at least five feet tall and be located in front of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office and the Bardstown Police Department.

  • Man hit by car, driver charged with assault

    A Bardstown man has been arrested on an assault charge after allegedly hitting a man with a car at a local gas station.

    According to a citation from the Bardstown Police Department, officers were dispatched to Thompson Food Mart on W. Stephen Foster Avenue just after 1 a.m. Wednesday on report of a hit and run accident.

    The victim told police he was struck by a blue car in the parking lot and identified the driver as 47-year-old Terry Hillard. The victim told police Hillard had allegedly been trying to fight him regarding a personal issue.

  • Jail logs, Oct. 26-27, 2017

    Jonathan L. Fulkerson, 34, two counts failure to appear (2017).

    Kevin Bryan Wade, 40, third-degree criminal trespassing, second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot).

    Ezekiel T. Satllings, 22, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Note: The information above is a compiled list of daily booking logs from the Nelson County Jail. These are only a record of arrests. All individuals arrested are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise in a court of law.

  • Jail logs, Oct. 24-26, 2017

    Joshua M. Mauldin, 26, failure to appear.

    Kevin Duane Rayburn, 51, failure to appear (2008).

    Martin Luther Keels, 25, contempt of court (2015).

    John Evan Hall, 28, fourth-degree assault.

    Vickie Stacy, 42, endangering the welfare of a minor.

  • Jail logs, Oct. 19-24

    Brett W. Griffeth, 31, failure to appear (two counts)

    Elizabeth N. Donahue, 29, tampering with physical evidence.

    James A. Willett, 38, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance, trafficking in marijuana, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana (two counts).

    David A. Aldridge, 33, failure to appear.

    Randall Ray Clark Jr., 39, contempt of court.

    Bonnie Jean Wheeler, 41, failure to appear (four counts).

    Stephen A. Caldwell, 21, first-degree burglary.

  • First-response chaplains called to service

    Sometimes, just being there is the key to an effective ministry. First-responder chaplains know that well.

    Nelson County has four chaplains assigned to its fire and police departments as well as emergency medical services. They are trained ministers who go immediately to the scene of any number of tragic events — a wreck, a murder, or even a natural death — to help the victims in the best way they can. Sometimes they help them navigate through the process that follows the death of a loved one, sometimes they simply pray with them.

  • BFD Chief Walker quits with no explanation

    Bardstown Fire Chief Charles “Randy” Walker has tendered his resignation to Mayor Dick Heaton, effective immediately.

    City officials are puzzled over why he did so.

    According to a press release issued by City Hall Tuesday, Walker’s resignation happened that morning.

  • Jail logs, Oct. 19-20

    Laron Tonge, 28, contempt of court.

    David Shane Helm, 24, first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle without a license, careless or reckless driving, drug paraphernalia, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree arson, third-degree burglary, first-degree wanton endangerment, theft by unlawful taking or disposition/shoplifting.

  • Social media played key role in arrest of suspect

    Social media and participation of the public helped the Bardstown Police Department find and arrest a local man accused of causing havoc overnight and into Wednesday morning by damaging and stealing from people’s cars while they were sleeping or getting ready for work.

    Shane David Helm, 24, of Bardstown, was arrested after he was caught on security camera video entering an SUV and setting fire to it in the parking lot behind Court Row and adjacent to The Gallery and The Kentucky Standard.

  • Arrest made in Wednesday vehicle theft and vandalism

    UPDATE: Nov. 1, 2017

    Shane David Helm was indicted Nov. 1. His bail was set at $50,000 cash only. He is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 16.

    Bardstown Police have arrested a local man for the theft of a van and vandalism of vehicles Wednesday.

    “I got him,” Detective Lynn Davis said late Thursday morning.

    Shane D. Helm, 24, of Bardstown, was being questioned at the police station around 11:30 Thursday morning.