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Police and Fire

  • Man sentenced for New Hope burglaries

    A New Haven man was sentenced to 15 years in prison after three burglaries in the New Hope area in July and September 2010.

    Steven A. Vicario, 21, New Haven, pleaded guilty in three separate cases and was denied probation in Nelson Circuit Court April 21.

    According to court records, a homeowner on Tollgate Road north of New Haven reported that between July 11-13, 2010, her home had been burglarized while she was on vacation. A lock box, several thousand dollars worth of jewelry and a bucket of rolled coins were missing.

  • Man sentenced for forging nonprofit’s checks

    A Bardstown man was sentenced to five years in prison after passing more than $3,000 in forged checks on the account of the Bardstown All Stars, a nonprofit cheerleading and gymnastics club.

    David W. Phelps, 32, Bardstown, was sentenced in five separate cases in Nelson Circuit Court April 21, mostly on theft by deception charges.

    According to court records, Phelps passed five $400 checks to himself and five to Handy Food Mart and Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Bardstown between September and November 2010.

  • One person injured in KY 245 accident

    A Cox’s Creek woman was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital after a car accident on KY 245 shortly after 6 p.m. Monday.

    According to a report from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, Nicole L. Sweazy, 35, slowed in traffic while driving south on KY 245 in the Rooster Run area. The vehicle behind her, which was being driven by Michael C. Gaffney, 25, of New Haven, struck the rear of her car.

    Neither Gaffney nor the passenger in his car was injured, according to police.

  • April likely to be one of Nelson’s rainiest on record

    Although water levels are beginning to fall near Boston, a flood warning for the Rolling Fork River in that area will continue through 5 a.m. May 2. The river was at 42.3 feet and falling at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, down from 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, when the river was at 43 feet, according to the National Weather Service in Louisville.

    Water was expected fall below the 35-foot flood stage by Sunday before midnight. At 42 feet a few homes and trailers outside Boston flood.

  • Nelson County School District on two-hour delay

    Due to a power outage in northern Nelson County, the Nelson County School District will be operating on a two-hour delay. Morning preschool classes are cancelled. Afternoon classes will be held as usual.

  • Cell phone revenues expected in 2012 dispatch budget

    Nelson County Dispatch may be able to apply for cell phone revenues earlier than expected, board member and Nelson County EMS director Joe Prewitt reported to the E-911 Dispatch Board April 20.

    A dispatch center is required to be Phase II compliant — meaning it must have updated mapping and GPS systems — before the statewide Commercial Radio Service Emergency Telecommunications Board will grant it permission to collect cell phone revenues which already appear on cell phone users’ monthly bills. Those revenues currently go to Kentucky State Police.

  • Photo: Vacant home destroyed by fire
  • Dispatch consultant hired; director search continues

    The Nelson County E-911 Dispatch Board Wednesday approved the hire of Joe Mattingly as a consultant for a four-week period beginning April 18. Mattingly, who worked with Louisville’s dispatch service, Metro Safe, for 13 years, will be paid the same rate as former director Jim Pat Rogers at $27.77 per hour for a maximum of 160 hours.

    Board Chair Fred DeWitt emphasized it will be important that Mattingly observe the operation of the dispatch office at night as well as during the day.

  • Dispatchers highlighted for Public Safety Telecommunicator Week

    After 9/11, praise overflowed for the first responders, and rightfully so. But there was little mention of the dispatchers who got them where they needed to go, said Milt Spalding with the Nelson County Dispatch Center.

    During National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week, designated in the early 1990s by Congress as the second week in April, the role of dispatchers is highlighted.

  • Nelson Circuit Court Sentencings

    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. Unless otherwise stated, all jail sentences are served concurrently.