Police and Fire

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments for July, 2017

    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 and had arraignments set for July 20.

  • Tree falls on car Friday morning

    Sheriff’s deputies said the driver of this car escaped with only a “bump on the head” and could have been killed after a tree that blew down in a Friday morning storm fell across the driver side of her car on Pottershop Road.

  • Keaton graduates with distinction
  • Jail logs, Aug. 30-31

    Crystal Jean Harnish, 36, attempt to obtain a controlled substance by fraud/false statement/forgery (Hardin County District).

    Zachery Levi Perkins, 27, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (heroin), operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Sarah Margaret Adams, 28, non-payment of fines (2017).

  • 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.