Police and Fire

  • Chimney causes house fire
  • Jail Logs: Oct. 20-21

    Shawna R. Richardson, 27, contempt of court, non-payment of fines.

    Dustin Ray Goode, 25, contempt of court, failure of owner to maintain required insurance, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt.

    Joan F. Cunningham, 51, theft by deception.

    Tina Marie Gott, 46, failure to appear.

    Kevin Ray Barnes, 29, manufacturing methamphetamine first offense, complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine first offense, possession of drug paraphernalia, complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

  • Jail Logs: Oct. 17-20

    Thomas J. Chesseer, 39, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Laquay F. Williams, 26, fourth-degree assault.

    Toni Renee Fackler, 25, probation violation.

    Robert Allen Young, 47, driving on DUI suspended license third offense, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs third offense.

    Ethan Lee Allen, 23, contempt of court.

    John Dewayne Cecil, 45, fourth-degree assault.

    John Stuart Miles, 37, alcohol intoxication.

  • Vehicle catches fire Sunday night

    A woman was injured Sunday night after her vehicle caught on fire.

    According to a press release, Amanda L. Stratton, 23, of Bloomfield, was driving a 2007 Buick west on Springfield Road in Bloomfield around 8:30 p.m. when she lost control of her vehicle.

    Stratton drove through a wooden fence and stopped in a soybean field, where the vehicle caught fire.

    Stratton was transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries by Nelson County EMS.

    She was wearing her seatbelt. Her vehicle had severe damage.

  • Jail logs, Oct. 16-17

    Kimberly Ann Helton, 47, non-payment of fines.

    Alicia Gayle Browning, 28, violation of pre-trial release.

    Charlene R. Walter, 46, first-degree criminal abuse.

    William T. Keeling, 46, fourth-degree assault.

  • New Bardstown Police officer sworn in

    The newest officer for the Bardstown Police Department, James Eric Williamson, was administered the oath of office by Mayor Bill Sheckles at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Williamson, 26, who lives in Hodgenville with his wife, Melissa, and their baby daughter, Ava, is a LaRue County native with four years of experience in law enforcement. He was a deputy for the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office when he was hired as a patrolman for the Bardstown.

    The department is now fully staffed with 27 sworn officers.

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  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments for Oct. 15

    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. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court November 6.

    • Robert A. Wathen, 44, of Bardstown, receiving stolen property. Sometime between April 1 and Aug. 15, Wathen received, retained or disposed of tools belonging to James V. Barber. Bail was set at $5,000 cash, plus conditions.

  • Jail logs, Oct. 15-16

     Steven R. Russell, 47, operating motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    Heather D. Pereira, 23, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    William Smith III, 37, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.


  • Man dies after struck on North Jones Ave.

    A 45-year-old man was hit by a truck Tuesday night on North Jones Avenue and subsequently died from his injuries.

    According to the Bardstown Police, around 8:20 Monday evening Joseph Coy "Joey" Smith, Jr., of Bardstown, was struck by a 1999 Dodge Ram pick-up, operated by Charles H. Mattingly, 60, of Bardstown, who was traveling north in the vicinity of the tennis courts.

    Police said he was wearing dark clothing and the area was dimly lit and it appears he stepped out in front of the moving vehicle.

  • Jail Logs: Oct. 14-15

    Austin Lee Cravens, 18, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, driving without license, possession of marijuana, failure of owner to maintain required insurance.

    Chase A. Shelton, 31, failure to appear.

    Christian McCubbins, 20, disorderly conduct.

    John Eric Erickson, 39, operating on suspended/revoked operators license.