Police and Fire

  • City 911 proposal expected by Aug. 2

    City Attorney Tim Butler told the Bardstown City Council this week he expects to have a proposed 911 agreement with the Nelson County Fiscal Court for the council to consider at its Aug. 2 work session.

    Butler told the council last month he would work with County Attorney Matthew Hite on an agreement that would give the city greater representation on the 911 board and a more equitable approach to funding.

  • Unlawful searches

    Police body camera video has gotten plenty of attention in the past week as Bardstown city officials have considered suspension of the use of the cameras, at least until they can buy better equipment and software.

    However, the videos have been useful in recent decisions by Nelson Circuit Court in deciding to suppress evidence in two drug search cases.

    Both cases involve a Bardstown Police Department K-9 officer, Kyler Wright.


  • Bardstown Police Facebook page taken down

    Visitors to the Bardstown Police Department’s Facebook page since Wednesday afternoon have found only a blank screen and a message saying that its content “isn’t available right now.”

    The page was removed after its administrator, Officer Shannon Hall, posted a press release about a suicide and included the man’s name. The post prompted several comments, including some describing the press release as inappropriate and saying that it needed to be removed.

  • Chief says suicidal man wanted police to shoot him

    Update Saturday, July 30, 10:57 a.m.: Editor's note: The article previously posted by The Kentucky Standard Friday night has been held after additional details and possible discrepancies between official reports and witnesses' accounts came to the newspaper's attention regarding an incident Monday night in which a man died from a self-inflicted gunshot.

  • Event offers fun, break from the sun

    The sounds of high-pitched laughter coming from young children and the sounds of scolding parents filled Perry Street Tuesday night in Bloomfield during the Northeast Nelson Fire Department’s annual Kids Night.

    The fire department has hosted the annual event for about 33 years. The event focuses on bringing northeastern Nelson County together for food and games.

    After eating pizza in the firehouse, children were encouraged to jump in a bounce house, play tug-of-war or learn about fire safety in a mobile trailer.

  • Former police captain suing city, mayor

    Tom Roby, a former captain with the Bardstown Police Department, has filed a lawsuit after being fired from the department earlier this year.

    Roby announced his intention to file the lawsuit in June, for “wrongful demotion, discharge and the defamation of his character,” according to his attorney, Keith Sparks, after being accused of destroying records while cleaning out his office.

    On May 31, it was alleged that Roby had committed a felony by “tampering with public records.”

  • Police chief search process presented

    Assistant City Administrator Larry Green has outlined a process for hiring a new Bardstown police chief.

    He presented those recommendations Tuesday to the Bardstown City Council’s Safety Committee and later the same day to the full council.

    Green said the city will advertise the position in the Lexington Herald-Leader, The Courier-Journal, local media and several websites, including those of the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Association of Chiefs of Police and the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police.

  • City Council wants SWAT team agreement with county

    Bardstown City Councilman Bill Buckman wants a new agreement with the Nelson County government on how to handle the Police Department’s flex team calls outside city limits.

    The special response team, which is trained for high-risk situations, formerly included Nelson County deputy sheriffs and representatives of other agencies. But since Sheriff Ed Mattingly announced in April that he would no longer participate, it is now basically a Bardstown Police program, Buckman said.

  • Jail Logs: July 26-28, 2016

    July 26-28

    Michael G. Ramsey, 33, failure to appear.

    Brandon Lane Skaggs, 34, probation violation.

    Trevor Shane Ballard, 28, contempt of court/libel/slander/resistance to order.

    Jerry Lee Tinnell, 52, second-degree burglary, third-degree assault (police/probation officer), first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree stalking, resisting arrest, second-degree disorderly conduct, menacing, third-degree criminal mischief.

    Larry V. Curtsinger, 43, probation violation.

  • Police may stop using body cams

    In its haste to have its police department be among the first in the state to have body cams for its officers, Bardstown bought “a piece of junk,” Mayor John Royalty said Tuesday.

    Speaking during a meeting of the Bardstown City Council’s Safety Committee, Royalty asked the panel to recommend that police stop using the cameras until the city can buy better ones and better software. The panel did make that recommendation.