Police and Fire

  • After a decade at the helm, Bardstown police chief retires

    Back when Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury was just beginning his career in law enforcement as an officer with the Nelson County Police Department in the mid-1980s, retired Sheriff Mike Newton would tag along during his overnight shifts.

    The two had met while working on the county police force and had both previously served in the Bloomfield Police Department. They become good friends and Newton, who was trying to get back into law enforcement at the time, recalled one particular shift when the pair staked out the residence of an alleged burglar.

  • Fatal accident claims life of local woman

    A Nelson County woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Highview Church Road late Wednesday morning.

    According to Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin, the victim was Pamela Chapman, 48. A press release from the Kentucky State Police stated the accident occurred at about 11 a.m. when a westbound Dodge Durango driven by Chapman dropped off the north shoulder of the road and over-corrected, entering a counter-clockwise spin.

  • KS Police to hold safety checks

    The Kentucky State Police will conduct traffic safety evaluations on roadways in all eight Post 4 counties during February. Troopers will conduct safety checkpoints on various roadways in Breckinridge, Bullitt, Grayson, Hardin, Jefferson, LaRue, Meade and Nelson Counties, most often during weekend nights when impaired driving traffic is at a maximum. Officers may also initiate checkpoints at other times during the week.

  • Nelson County woman killed in two-vehicle wreck

    A Nelson County woman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on Highview Church Road late Wednesday morning.

    According to Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin, the victim was Pamela Chapman, 48. The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. when a SUV driven by Chapman hit a pick-up truck traveling in the opposite direction. The driver of the pick-up truck was injured in the crash.

    The Kentucky State Police is investigating the accident.

  • Bardstown Police Chief announces retirement

    The face of law enforcement in Bardstown will soon change following the announcement by Police Chief Charles Marksbury that he will retire Feb. 28.

    Mayor Bill Sheckles told city council members Tuesday night at a work session that he had received a letter from Marksbury detailing his intention to retire. Sheckles said Assistant Police Chief Rick McCubbin has been appointed interim police chief while discussions are conducted concerning who will fill the position permanently.

  • Photo: House fire

    Two Bardstown Fire Department trucks parked in front of a residence at 104 Freeman Ave. while responding to a report of a structure fire at the property Sunday night. The blaze, which is believed to be electrical in nature, started in the attic and caused significant damage to the property but no injuries. Firefighters were back at the property again Monday afternoon when some of the insulation in the attic began smoldering again.

  • Steep, icy roads keep fire burning hot

    When an abandoned trailer on Timber Trails Lane went up in flames Tuesday morning, it stood little chance of getting doused by water from a fire truck.

    Emergency vehicles heading to the scene encountered a steep, unpaved roadway deeply rutted and covered in wet, slick ice and slippery mud. The Boston Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire. Assistant chief Brandon Cissell said the fire trucks were unable to navigate the privately owned road while a Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department vehicle slid into a ditch.

  • Robbery of Bardstown business linked to two-state crime spree

    Two men arrested for a robbery in Oldham County have been connected to the hold-up of a Bardstown business last November as well as at least 20 other robberies throughout Kentucky and southern Indiana.

    Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury said Solomon Evans Jr., 33, and Luke Hasty, 30, have been interviewed by an officer from the Bardstown Police Department. The pair allegedly admitted to the crime, and Marksbury said an indictment will be forthcoming.

  • Accident victim released from hospital, arrested for active warrant

    A Bardstown man injured in a single-vehicle accident Saturday received a ride home from the hospital in a police cruiser after officers discovered he had an active arrest warrant.

    James Bradley Groce, 40, was lodged in the Nelson County Jail Jan. 16 for one count of theft by deception. Nelson County Sheriff Stephen Campbell estimated the warrant was several years old and that deputies had been trying to serve it “for some time.”

  • Restaurant manager charged with stealing

    A former manager at Palms Restaurant is being charged with felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $17,000 from the restaurant over the course of several months.

    Justin M. Watkins, 26, Bloomfield, was indicted for theft by unlawful taking Jan. 6. According to the indictment, the alleged theft occurred sometime between Aug. 25 and Oct. 29.