Police and Fire

  • Head-on crash kills Bardstown man

    A Bardstown man was killed early Sunday morning in a head-on wreck on KY 55 several miles south of Bloomfield.

    According to an accident report from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, Matthew Hamilton, 34, Bardstown, suffered fatal injuries when the front of his car struck the front of a truck traveling the opposite direction.

  • Man hit while crossing West Stephen Foster

    A man suffered injuries to his arm, hip and head Friday morning when a car struck him as he tried to cross West Stephen Foster Avenue.

    Bardstown Police officer Tim Simpson identified the individual as Jerry Peake, 43.

    Peake was taken by ambulance to Flaget Memorial Hospital and later transferred to University of Louisville Hospital.

    The incident occurred around 7 a.m. when it was still relatively dark outside.

  • Local police departments awarded grant for mobile data communications

    The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) has awarded $265,300 in State Homeland Security Grants to Lincoln Trail Area Development District for the purchase of interoperable communications, Gov. Steve Beshear announced.

    Among the grants awarded included a $169,000 grant to purchase mobile data computers for fire departments in Elizabethtown, Vine Grove as well as Nelson, Meade, Hardin and Marion counties, Nelson County Sheriff’s office and emergency services in Nelson and Marion counties.

  • Police continue search for suspects in armed robbery Thursday

    Bardstown police were still searching for suspects Thursday in an armed robbery at Advance American Cash Advance in Kentucky Home Square shopping center. In a 911 call from the store at 12:47 p.m. Thursday, the store manager reported that a white male, approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall with a slim build, dressed in black clothing, a dark hat and a black ski mask, had made off with about $120.

    “He had a gun and he demanded money. Once he got the money he told her to go to the back of the store,” Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury said.

  • Victim of shooting gets jail time for growing pot

    The victim of a shooting in May has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading guilty to charges that he was involved in growing marijuana.

    Michael Chad Greenwell, 26, New Haven, was sentenced Nov. 4 for committing complicity to cultivating marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. He received a sentence of one year in jail on the first two charges and 12 months in prison on the third.

  • Minor fire damages restaurant

    A fire, possibly started by a cigarette, caused minor damage to the kitchen area of a Bardstown restaurant Sunday afternoon.

    At about 1:30 p.m., firefighters responded to Stephen Foster Restaurant for reports of smoke coming out of a wall. According to Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department Chief Anthony Mattingly, someone extinguishing cigarettes in a crack in the restaurant’s exterior wall may have started the fire. Embers from the discarded butts may have caused the insulation to catch fire.

  • Police chase ends with DUI arrest

    An Estill County man led Bardstown Police officers on a 30-minute chase through Nelson and Marion counties Friday night.

    The pursuit, which never reached high speeds, ended when David McIntosh, 27, Irvine, crashed his vehicle near St. Francis, according to Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury. McIntosh was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol (third offense), fleeing and evading, wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

  • 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.