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Police and Fire

  • Three charged with sex crimes against a minor

    Three Kentucky residents were indicted Thursday in Nelson Circuit Court for a series of sex crimes against a victim younger than 12.

    One set of indictments charges Charles Frank Michael, 28, Louisville, and Joy Quinn Michael, 27, Bardstown, with two counts of first-degree sodomy and complicity to the same, incest and complicity to the same, first-degree sexual abuse and complicity, and one count of first-degree criminal abuse.

  • Theft of vacuum cleaner sucks two men into jail

    Two alleged thieves have been swept up in the Nelson Circuit Court indictments for attempting to steal a vacuum cleaner from Wal-Mart.

    According to Bardstown Police Department Detective Lynn Davis, John Wesley Jackson, 40, Bardstown and Michael R. Price, 42, Bardstown, were working together Oct. 7 to steal a vacuum cleaner from the retailer when they were discovered by store security.

    They had successfully removed the household cleaning item from its box when Wal-Mart staff confronted them — but the pair had no intention of being caught. 

  • Trial on drug charges nets man 20-year sentence

    Despite efforts by the defendant to question the validity of a search warrant, a jury has sentenced a Bardstown man to 20 years behind bars after finding him guilty on drug trafficking charges.

    According to the Nelson Circuit Court final judgment of conviction, William Louis Rogers Jr., 34, was found guilty Sept. 23 and sentenced Oct. 21 on two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine, second offense) and one count each of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury.  They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court Nov. 18.

  • New Haven man involved in fatal crash

    A New Haven man was involved in an accident Monday morning on KY 55 near the Washington/Marion County line that claimed the life of a Springfield woman.

    According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Melanie A. Mattingly, 24, was pronounced dead at the scene after she was hit head-on by Marion T. Greathouse, 31. Mattingly was traveling south on KY 55 when the van driven by Greathouse heading the opposite direction crossed the centerline and struck her vehicle.

  • Suspect arrested in weekend stabbing

    An arrest has been made in one of two unrelated stabbings that occurred about the same time Saturday night.

    According to Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury, officers were alerted to the first incident about midnight after receiving a report about a fight in the roadway on Beechwood Avenue. Upon arriving, the fight had broken up and officers were told, “Nothing happened.”

  • New Haven’s decision to fire police chief upheld

    The Court of Appeals of Kentucky has found in favor of the City of New Haven in a case brought by former New Haven Police chief Larry Moore.

    New Haven Mayor Tessie Cecil and the city commissioners terminated Moore for insubordination in an Aug. 21, 2008, meeting.

    After he was fired, Moore filed suit in Nelson Circuit Court, claiming the termination violated KRS 15.520, also known as the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights.

  • Campbell wins sheriff race

    When long-time Nelson County Sheriff Mike Newton retires at the end of the year, it will be Democrat Stephen Campbell who steps in to replace him.

    Campbell secured the position in Tuesday’s general election by defeating Republican Rick McCubbin. Campbell earned 54.77 percent of the vote (7,830) while McCubbin had 45.23 percent (6,466).