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Police and Fire

  • Chaplin man arrested for indoor grow operation

    Nelson County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a Chaplin man suspected of blasting a home in the same area with a shotgun after a search of his residence Feb. 8 uncovered five firearms and an indoor marijuana grow operation with more than 30 plants.

    Troy Collins, 39, was charged with cultivating marijuana and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to Nelson County Sheriff’s Department Detective Jon Snow. He has not yet been charged in connection with the shooting incident.

  • Accidents pile up after snowfall

    An inch of snow that fell Wednesday night was all it took to create peril for Nelson County drivers with 27 accidents reported in a 15-hour period, including one that seriously injured the president of a statewide political organization.

    Willee Cooper, Hopkinsville, was traveling in the westbound lane of the Blue Grass Parkway near exit 25 shortly after 4 p.m. when she lost control of her SUV and it overturned. She was trapped in the vehicle and extracted by the Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department.

  • Heart attack suspected as cause of death in accident

    A Marion County man who died after getting into a minor accident in Bardstown Thursday afternoon is suspected to have suffered a heart attack.

    Joseph Wayne Newton, 59, Loretto, was pronounced dead in the ER of Flaget Memorial Hospital after being transported there by Nelson County EMS, according to Nelson County Coroner Field Houghlin.

    Houghlin said an autopsy will be performed by the medical examiner to determine an exact cause of death but preliminary indications point to a heart attack.

  • Accident blocking Blue Grass Parkway westbound

    Police are still at the scene of a traffic accident that occurred at about 4:20 p.m. today on the Blue Grass parkway at the 25-mile marker.

    Both westbound lanes are still blocked at this time but traffic should be moving soon. A tow truck is on the site and fire crews have left the scene.

    Traffic is backed up, however, about two miles.

    Snow could have been the cause of the rollover accident.  Snow accumulation of up to 1-inch is expected this evening.

  • As statewide repeat offenders rate decreases, how does the county fare?

    The rate of repeat offenders is under 30 percent statewide for the first time since 2000, but Nelson County officials aren’t sure this spells fewer repeat offenses locally.

  • Former tutor indicted for stealing money from an elementary school

    A former AmeriCorps reading tutor and Bardstown resident has been accused of stealing more than $500 from a fundraiser for an organization dedicated to helping students, families and school staff.

    Megan Carlton, 20, Bardstown, was charged with theft by unlawful taking in Nelson County Circuit Court indictments released Feb. 3. Carlton was previously employed in a part-time capacity by Team Up! Family Resources Youth Center, which works closely with the Nelson County school system.

  • Suspects fired shotgun blasts at Chaplin home

    Investigators with the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department is searching for more information about the suspects responsible for peppering a Chaplin-area home with blasts from a shotgun Monday night.

    The Nelson County Dispatch received reports of shots at the home on 2600 Holt Ridge Road shortly after midnight, although sheriff’s department Det. Jason Allison said no one was in the house at the time.

  • Car discovered in local creek

    A car was discovered in a creak near Roberts Road of KY 49 Friday afternoon. The car, a 2003 Ford Mustang, had been reported stolen Sept. 5, 2010. No one was inside the vehicle when it was found and it appeared to have been in the water for “some time,” according to Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department Assistant Chief Robbie Blanford

  • Louisville man charged with sexual abuse and sodomy

    A Louisville man was charged Thursday with sodomy and sexual abuse in Nelson Circuit Court.

    Jeffrey Baunach, 38, Louisville, was indicted for first-degree sodomy (victim under 12) and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12). According to the indictment, Baunach allegedly engaged in deviate sexual intercourse with a minor by the use of forcible compulsion and subjected to separate victims who were incapable of consent to sexual contact.

  • 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.