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Police and Fire

  • City HR director says BPD officers were demoted in lawsuit deposition

    Their rank changed from captain and lieutenant to patrolman, and they were booted from the command staff of the Bardstown Police Department, despite having done nothing wrong, but it was not a demotion.

  • City HR director cites Ellis murder in concerns about shredded BPD documents

    Public perception of the Bardstown Police Department and conspiracy theories about the murder of one of its own officers were two justifications offered for pursuing criminal charges against a demoted captain.

    Bardstown Human Resources Director Larry Green said he was concerned former Bardstown Police Capt. Tom Roby might have destroyed files that could implicate other officers in the May 2013 murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.

  • City thwarted in several attempts to criminally charge former BPD captain

    Special report
    These stories are the first of a two-part special report detailing some of the deposition testimony given under oath by Bardstown Mayor John Royalty and Human Resources Director Larry Green as part of a wrongful termination and defamation suit brought against them and the city by former Bardstown Police Capt. Tom Roby.

  • Man wanted out of Louisville arrested after car chase

    An Elizabethtown man faces several charges after leading state police on a chase Saturday between Nelson and LaRue counties.

    According to an arrest citation from KSP, Robert D. Tucker, 26, was wanted for escape after leaving Dismas Charities in Louisville. Officers located Tucker leaving a residence on New Haven Road. When Tucker saw the officers, he allegedly drove through the back yard and through a field before entering Nat Rogers Road.

  • Jail logs, Feb. 3-7, 2017

    Jeffery L. Groves, 33, two counts non-payment of fines.
    Rodney S. Richardson, 26, failure to appear.
    Robert Dalton Tucker, 26, two counts second-degree escape, first-degree fleeing or evading police (motor vehicle), first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, resisting arrest, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), buy/possess drug paraphernalia, first-degree criminal mischief, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license.

  • 'It's never going to get any easier'

    Dariyel Cyleigh Maddox would have turned 14 on Tuesday. A birthday balloon brought to the girl’s gravesite commemorated the date. But 10 years ago, Maddox, four adults and five other children perished it what would become Bardstown’s deadliest fire.

    “It’s never going to get any easier” said Janet Tonge as she stood by the grave of her sister, Sherry Lynn Maddox. “My sister, she laughed a lot. She smiled a lot. She was a character.”

    Sherry loved the cold, cooking, dancing and never met a stranger, Tonge said.

  • Trailer theft leaves local archery kids without equipment

    With the National Archery in Schools Program Kentucky Region 5 Tournament less than two weeks away, the All Saints Archery Club has been working hard to prepare, but a recent theft has left them without their equipment.

    The group’s trailer, which stored the equipment when it wasn’t being used during Monday practice, was stolen from the St. Gregory parking lot on Friday.

    “We didn’t realize it had been stolen until we received a phone call from the sheriff’s office,” said archery coach Jennifer Lyvers.

  • Motel room double overdose leads to child endangerment charges

    A man and woman are charged with endangering the welfare of minors after overdosing on drugs while in the presence of their children.

    According to arrest citations from the Bardstown Police Department, John (36) and Michelle (40) Lowery, overdosed on heroin in a room of the Wilson Motel on North Third Street Friday afternoon.

    Inside the room at the time of the overdoses were four children, one of whom was a child with special needs.

    The parents were revived with Narcan, an opiate antidote, and taken to Flaget Memorial Hospital for further treatment.

  • Jail logs, Feb. 2-3

    Daniel Lee Marshall, 40, non-payment of fines.

    Anthony Tyler Sparrow, 19, contempt of court.

    Elizabeth M. Wright, 32, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., possession of marijuana, failure to or improper signal, second-degree disorderly conduct, two counts failure to appear.

    Anthony McAbee, 45, operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license.

  • Jail Logs: Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2017

    Ronnie James King, 40, Fugitive (warrant not required).

    James Dillon Barnes, 22, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc., failure to wear seat belts.

    Keith M. Daffron, 47, fourth-degree assault.

    Joshua Matthew Hall, 38, parole violation.

    Joseph M. Sepulvado, 34, probation violation, non-support, non-payment of fines.

    Trista Renee Bartley, 23, non-payment of fines.

    Steven Allen Ballard, 21, two counts non-payment of fines.

    James M. Vittitoe, 42, contempt of court.