Police and Fire

  • Fleeing drivers sentenced, accept pleas

    Local law enforcement officers were involved in several police pursuits in early 2017, and sentences have recently been issued or recommended for most of those drivers.

    Elizabeth Wright, of Bardstown, was sentenced in late August to a total of five years in prison for charges including nine counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree fleeing police, driving on a suspended license and no insurance. Wright was denied probation.

    She entered a guilty plea in June, and prosecutors recommended the maximum sentence for each charge.

  • Four injured in multi-vehicle crash on Springfield Road

    At least four people were hurt in an accident on Springfield Road northwest of Botland Sunday that involved four vehicles, one of them a Lowe’s tractor-trailer rig.

    At least two Nelson County EMS ambulances were on the scene to transport patients.

    “Everyone was out of the vehicles and conscious and talking” when first responders and law enforcement officers arrived, Sgt. Jason Allison of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office said. “No one was extricated.”

  • E-town man involved in Monday morning crash

    A 20-year-old man was transferred to Hardin Memorial Hospital early Monday morning after single-vehicle collision.   

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, Chrysler Crain of Elizabethtown was driving southbound on Lebanon Junction Road just before 8 a.m. Monday when he left the roadway, traveled several hundred feet, crossed Mt. Moriah Road and struck a tree.

  • Panel suggests three for police chief

    And then there were three.

    Bardstown’s Police Chief Selection Committee finished its work Wednesday by making its recommendations to the mayor.

    Greg Ashworth, the city’s human resources manager, said Thursday the panel interviewed eight candidates for police chief Wednesday and submitted its top three choices to Mayor Dick Heaton, as instructed.

    Ashworth said he doesn’t know when Heaton will make his choice from among those three.

    “He has not given me any kind of time frame,” he said.

  • Deputy honored for seat belt enforcement

    Jerry Hardin may be a nice guy, but he won’t win any popularity awards from motorists because he’s often the one writing them tickets for not wearing their seat belts.

    He did, however, win an award for that this week.

    The Office of Highway Safety presented him a framed Louisville Slugger baseball bat for being a division winner among “Highway Safety All Stars” for having issued 241 citations in a one-year span, from July 1 of last year through the end of this June.

  • Crash claims life on Louisville Road

    Update: Aug. 22, 2017 — The victim in Monday's fatal crash has been identified as 74-year-old Norma Lee Thompson. Thompson was traveling north on the new section of road that was closed for construction when she struck the driver's side of a vehicle driven by Kelly Holsclaw, who was traveling west on Louisville Road, according to an investigation from Kentucky State Police. The crash occurred where the old section and new section of road meet.


  • Louisville man charged with DUI, hit and run Monday morning


  • Victim of Friday crash identified

    The man killed Friday when his truck struck a tree on Stiles Road has been identified as Sammie Chesser of Springfield.

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched at 1:14 p.m. to the 600 block of Stiles Road. It was there they found a white pickup truck against a tree and a second, red truck with front-end damage.

  • Three escape crash, fire with minor injury

    A driver and two passengers escaped an early morning collision on the Bluegrass Parkway Sunday with only minor injuries.

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff's Office, dispatch was advised of an injury accident around the 13 mile marker at around 4:36 a.m.

    An investigation determined the vehicle was westbound when it over corrected to miss a deer, overturned and caught fire.

    All three occupants escaped the vehicle and were transported to the hospital for minor injuries.

  • Jail logs, Aug. 17-18

    Catherine D. Borders, 53, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, drug paraphernalia, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (four counts).

    Kendall Kash Green, 30, second-degree assault, third-degree sexual abuse, persistent felony offender.

    Kara Wheeler-Nalley, 42, non-payment of fines.

    Phillip Wayne Young, 40, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance (two counts), drug paraphernalia.

    Owen Lee Maddox, 39, failure to appear (three counts).