Police and Fire

  • Fentanyl infiltration: Potent drug being mixed with more than heroin, adds danger for first responders  

    In addition to addressing a rise in overdose deaths, law enforcement in Nelson County and surrounding areas could be seeing a trend in fentanyl trafficking and an increased risk to first responders, as arrests and indictments on the charge are coming in.

  • Downs files to run for sheriff again

    Kenny Downs can’t remember how many times he has run for sheriff, but he’s going again.

    “I think this makes four or five times, I’m not sure,” he said in an interview Tuesday with PLG TV-13 and The Kentucky Standard. “I don’t remember how many, but that should tell the public how much I want this job.”

  • Three in custody for vehicle thefts

    Two young women and a juvenile were arrested over the weekend in relation to vehicle thefts in the Cormans Crossing neighborhood.

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the break-ins were reported about 6:30 Sunday morning and at least five vehicles had been gone through. Among the property taken from the vehicles were two firearms.

  • Jail logs, Nov. 24-28

    Joey R. Tungate, 47, failure to appear, theft by unlawful taking or disposition from coin machine under $500.

    John Wesley Scott Monin, 34, shoplifting under $500.

    Ruben Jordan Warr, 29, contempt of court (2016).

    Brandon Wayne Vermillion, 31, third-degree terroristic threatening, fourth-degree assault, violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO, intimidating a participant in a legal process.

    William Andrew Wathen, 38, failure to appear (2013).

    Ricky Dwayne Strickland, 20, failure to appear (2017).

  • Jail logs, Nov. 22-24, 2017

    Jamie Lynn Bolen, 27, contempt of court (2015 and 2017).

    Patrick Michael Dean, 31, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc.

    Tyler Austin Rowland, 20, failure to appear (2017).

    Larry Dean Calhoun, 36, menacing, resisting arrest, non-payment of fines (2017).

    Robert Conner Coleman, 19, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, person under 21 years of age operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

  • NBC documentary probing Rogers, other cases

    The bulk of filming wrapped up Monday on a planned six-hour documentary to air nationally about recent unsolved crimes in Bardstown and Nelson County.

    A crew from NBC News/Peacock Productions interviewed Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly for about an hour in his office as part of its coverage of the disappearance of Crystal Rogers and the shooting death of her father, Tommy Ballard.

  • Jail logs, Nov. 17-20, 2017

    Matthew Aaron Vittitow, 19, probation violation.

    Thomas Dwayne Hutchins, 45, second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), failure to appear, resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth).

    Roth Michael Taylor, 32, no registration receipt, no registration plates, failure of owner to maintain required insurance/security, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth).

    Joseph Brian Linton, 23, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc.

  • Driver injured in Saturday crash on Quarry Lane

    A Bardstown man, Michael Hite, 41, was injured early Saturday morning when the vehicle he was driving ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree in the 400 block of Quarry Lane.

    Nelson County Dispatch received the call about 5:48 a.m., according the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office.

    Hite was entrapped, and firefighters had to use mechanical means to remove him.

    He was taken by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital.

    Deputy Sheriff A.J. Lewis is the investigating officer on the case.

  • At least four cited for DUI in weekend wrecks and complaints

    First responders were called to several single-vehicle accidents or traffic issues Saturday and Sunday, and four resulted in citations or arrests for drunk driving.

    The calls began before 6 a.m. Saturday when Nelson County Dispatch received a call about an injury accident in the 400 block of Quarry Lane.

  • One year later, Tommy Ballard’s killing still unsolved

    Going into another holiday with two empty seats at the table is difficult. As families around Nelson County prepare for a season of togetherness, Sherry Ballard is faced with holding together the family she has left, a heavy task for even the bravest and strongest of women. It seems like yesterday she was learning of her husband’s death, but it seems like an eternity, she said, since she saw his face.