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Police and Fire

  • Police ask for public’s help to solve tombstone vandalism case

    Bardstown Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying who is responsible for vandalizing a tombstone in Bardstown Cemetery earlier this week.

    Connie and David Brown, whose son’s tombstone was vandalized with red spray paint, are now offering a $1,500 reward to anyone with tips leading to an arrest of those responsible.

    On Tuesday, police posted a photo of the defaced tombstone on Facebook. Police said they responded to the cemetery around 8 a.m. Monday and discovered the vandalism.

  • Officials break ground for Botland fire station

    Officials broke ground Tuesday at 4720 Springfield Road — the future location of a Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department in Botland.

    Building a fire department in the area, officials say, is a plan that has been in the works for quite some time.

    “This is an overdue project,” said Judge-Executive Dean Watts, noting that the Botland area has grown over the past 15 years. “I believe this will serve folks and provide their households with some extra protection.”

  • Man indicted for stalking McDonald’s employee

    Less than two weeks after his arrest, Johnny Dean Johnson was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury for stalking a female employee at McDonald’s.

    Johnson, 50, who is a registered sex offender, was indicted on first-degree stalking, a class D felony that carries a sentence of one to five years in prison, and first-degree persistent felony offender by a Nelson County grand jury.

  • Man indicted on 466 counts of child pornography

    A Bardstown man was indicted Wednesday on several hundred felony counts of possessing child pornography.

    A Nelson County grand jury indicted James David Leslie, 51, on 466 counts of possession of child pornography, a class D felony, which carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

    According to the indictment, sometime between Aug. 15, 2012, and Nov. 8, 2012, Leslie, who lives at 214 McGowan Avenue, knowingly had in his possession matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Police seize 50 pot plants from Loretto Road home

    Approximately 50 marijuana plants and 18 animals living in filth were seized from a home on Loretto Road Tuesday.

    Police conducted an investigation at 6785 Loretto Road, where James Kevin Muncy resides, according to a Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force press release.

    During the investigation, police located approximately 50 marijuana plants at the residence. Some of the plants were located inside and outside of the residence.

  • Woman accused of lying about her child’s cancer for profit

    A woman who allegedly lied that her son had cancer and received charitable contributions from the community was indicted Wednesday.

    Nancye Beth Avis, 39, was indicted on theft by deception $500 or more, a class D felony that carries a sentence of one to five years in prison, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a class A misdemeanor.

  • Jail Logs: Aug. 20-21

    Jessie Lee Newton, 37, probation violation.

    Joseph Garrett Dugan, 27, parole violation.

    Heather H. Beatty, 35, failure to appear.

  • Jail Logs: Aug. 19-20

    Joshua Robert Hall, 31, probation violation.

    Daniel Shane Janes, 26, probation violation, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Stephanie A. Hamilton, 41, probation violation.

  • Traffic stop leads to burglary arrest

    Late Friday evening, a routine traffic stop led to police arresting a New Haven man suspected of several crimes in the area.

    Bardstown Police Officer Jeremy Cauley stopped a white Ford truck operated by Russell Dewayne Jeffires, 29, around 8 p.m.

    Jeffires’ vehicle had a utility type vehicle attached, which police believe was stolen. Prior to the stop, Detectives Chris Smith and Lynn Davis had named Jeffires a suspect in a series of utility trailer and lawn mower thefts from an area near Joe Hill’s.

  • Man arrested on car theft charges

    A Louisville man was arrested Monday morning for stealing a vehicle in the area.

    Around 11 a.m., police responded to a complaint that a dark gray 2004 Chrysler Sebring Touring had been stolen.

    The victim told police that he observed a black male operating the vehicle as it traveled east on Flaget toward Second Street in Bardstown, according to a press release.

    Police then issued an attempt to locate on the vehicle.