Police and Fire

  • Bardstown man may have information on Loretto man's murder

    Kentucky State Police are investigating the shooting death of a Marion County man who has ties to Nelson County.

    Brandon Lashaun Stone, 22, of 1255 Holy Cross Road in Loretto, was discovered lying on the back porch of his neighbor’s residence about 8:42 a.m. April 13, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound. The neighbor told Marion County Dispatch she believed he was dead.

    State police troopers, detectives and officers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office found Stone deceased when they arrived on the scene.

  • Elizabethtown shooting victim originally from Bardstown




    ELIZABETHTOWN — She was a woman who loved her family, loved her friends and loved her dog.

    Toni Michelle Ballard, the victim of a Thursday shooting on Bardstown Road, is remembered by friends as someone with an upbeat attitude, even when circumstances weren’t positive.

  • Dispatch board to hire consultant, advertise for new director

    The Nelson County Dispatch office has been suffering from a lack of structure and poor work environment, Milt Spalding told the Nelson County Dispatch Board Wednesday.

    “We’ve not had a whole lot of structure, no chain of command — hasn’t been for a long time,” said Spalding, who is overseeing the center’s operations after the resignation of Jim Pat Rogers from the director’s position. He added a lack of teamwork was one of the center’s “huge, huge issues.”

  • Man arrested for meth trafficking, other offenses

    Police arrested William Joseph Coulter, 33, at his Bardstown residence Tuesday, where they seized methamphetamine, handguns and marijuana, according to a press release from the Bardstown Police Department.

  • Flood advisory for Nelson lifted

    A flood advisory for Nelson County expired about 6:15 p.m. April 4.

    A hazardous weather outlook warned of possible gusts of wind up to 45 mph into the evening. 

    According to the website of the National Weather Service in Louisville, one inch of rain had fallen in areas of central Kentucky as of 4:12 p.m., with an additional 1-2 inches possible in Bardstown, Springfield and Liberty. The result may be minor street flooding in larger towns and low-lying areas. 

  • Fire destroys 45 acres of forest

    A fire destroyed about 45 acres of forest between Wheeler, Barnes and Lutheran Church Roads in west-central Nelson County Sunday afternoon and into the evening.

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department responded to a 3:53 p.m. call to the 1800 block of Lutheran Church Road, and labored until about

    12:30 a.m. to set up fire lines to contain the blaze, the cause for which is still unknown, Bardstown-Nelson Fire Chief Anthony Mattingly said.

  • Cox's Creek Baptist Church Old Parsonage House suffers 'very extensive fire damage'

    The Old Parsonage House at Cox’s Creek Baptist Church suffered extensive damage after a Saturday afternoon fire consumed much of the structure.

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department responded to a fire the afternoon of April 2 at 600 Fairfield Road. The fire was heavily involved when firefighters arrived shortly after the 4:39 p.m. call.

    “We had heavy fire at the rear of the house, heavy smoke conditions. The fire was starting to vent out the roof,” Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Chief Anthony Mattingly said.

  • Bardstown names new police chief

    After a little more than a month as interim chief, Rick McCubbin was appointed Bardstown Police chief Wednesday by Mayor Bill Sheckles. Sheckles made the announcement at the police department, and he and McCubbin then promoted three other officers.

    “Rick has done an admirable job as interim chief,” Sheckles said.

    McCubbin has the ability to lead the police department into a new era, Sheckles said, adding that McCubbin has restructured some of the department and hopes to add more staff later to meet Bardstown’s growing population.

  • Man arrested on additional theft charges

    A week after being indicted in Nelson County Circuit Court for theft and second-degree burglary, Darrian D. Ellery, 18, Bardstown, was arrested early Thursday morning on charges of receiving stolen property under $500, giving a police officer false information and alcohol intoxication.

  • Man convicted of ’82 slaying arrested again

    A man convicted of the 1982 murder of a Bardstown woman was arrested recently in Bullitt County on charges of threatening to kill his wife and her son and torturing and killing her cat.

    Anthony R. Gowin, 47, Mount Washington, was arrested March 18 by the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department and charged with torturing of a cat or a dog and third-degree terroristic threatening.