Police and Fire

  • Portrait of Ellis’ retired K-9 to benefit Supporting Heroes

    Local artist Bettye Brookfield unveiled her latest painting Friday afternoon at the Bardstown Police Department. The work is a portrait of Figo, slain Officer Jason Ellis’ retired K-9.

    Brookfield, who teaches art at St. Catharine College, created the painting to be donated to a benefit auction for the Supporting Heroes organization, which works to honor the service and sacrifice of public safety heroes and care for the families they’ve left behind.

  • Bardstown man indicted for sexually abusing juvenile

    A Nelson County grand jury indicted a Bardstown man Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused a juvenile for several years.

    The five-page indictment against James-Arnold Thomas Karr, 36, was released Wednesday afternoon. The document detailed the 20 felony counts the Bardstown resident is facing, including rape, sodomy, incest, sexual abuse and use of a minor in a sexual performance.

    The abuse allegedly occurred over a period of six years.

  • Man sentenced to eight years for drug charges

    A judge formally sentenced a New Haven man to eight years in prison last month after police said that he was growing marijuana plants and manufacturing methamphetamine.

    William L. Davis, 39, was sentenced to five years in prison for unlawful distribution of a meth precursor, five years for complicity to cultivation of marijuana five or more plants, three years for complicity to possession of a controlled substance, five years for tampering with physical evidence and 12 months in jail for complicity to possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • State Fire Marshal: Change the batteries this weekend

    The Kentucky State Fire Marshal is reminding Kentuckians to change the batteries in each of their home’s smoke alarms when you spring your clocks forward this weekend to daylight saving time.

    Smoke detectors should be on every floor of your home, including the basement and in each sleeping area.

    And pay particular attention to family members with disabilities to ensure everyone escapes a home fire successfully. Have a fire escape plan that includes two ways out for everyone.”

  • Jail logs: March 5-6, 2015

    William Cody Smith, 24, third-degree burglary, first-degree persistent felony offender, third-degree criminal mischief, theft by unlawful taking from automobile, first-degree promoting contraband, tampering with physical evidence, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

    Robert W. Murphy, 23, third-degree rape, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • First responders ask community to be cautious during winter weather

    With more than 20 inches of snow accumulated in Nelson County by mid-morning Thursday, road conditions affected response from emergency personnel.

    “Most all secondary roads are impassable,” said Joe Prewitt, Nelson County emergency management director, Thursday.

    Prewitt said that, due to the road conditions, EMS teams were only responding to “life or death emergency calls.”

    “We haven’t had to do that for many years,” he said. “The nonessential calls, we put off until roads are cleared.”

  • High water, snow could cause flooding

    As of Thursday morning, no widespread flooding or emergencies due to flooding had been reported in Nelson County. But high water levels near the Rolling Fork River in Boston raised concern among several county officials.

    “They flood if it rains hard,” said Joe Prewitt, emergency management director for Nelson County, noting that the area is used to high water levels during severe weather.

    “It’s not uncommon for them,” he said. “The secondary roads, like Shady Lane, out of Boston, have some water over the roads.”

  • Jail Logs: March 4-5

    Jason S. Wimpsett, 40, terroristic threatening.

    Dewey A. Burnett, 30, contempt of court.

    William J. Bond, 26, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating on suspended/revoked operators license, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, two counts of failure to appear.

  • Jail logs: March 3-4

    Tiffany Marie Bishop, 28, contempt of court.

    James Turner Patrick, 52, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle (first offense), fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

    Phillip Edward Martin, 36, contempt of court.

    Ladawna E. Buster, 46, theft by unlawful taking or disposition (parts from vehicle), contempt of court.

    Merri Leigh Nelson, 48, theft by unlawful taking or disposition (parts from vehicle).

    Margaret Forewright, 68, theft by unlawful taking or disposition (parts from vehicle).

  • Felon charged with possession of illegal firearm, meth

    A previously convicted felon is behind bars after being charged with possession of methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm.

    According to a Bardstown Police Department report, two officers responded to an attempt-to-locate request by Nelson County Deputy Sheriff A.J. Lewis regarding a black Hyundai in the Circle K parking lot at 1085 Bloomfield Road around 7:40 p.m. Tuesday.

    Police had received a tip that the driver of the Hyundai might have a gun hidden in the vehicle’s engine compartment.