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Police and Fire

  • Bardstown man accused of impersonating an officer

    A 19-year-old Bardstown man was arrested early Monday morning and charged with impersonating a peace officer because of modifications made to his vehicle.

    According to an arrest report from the Bardstown Police Department, Tyler Boynton-Vannattan is accused of driving a black Hyundai Accent modified with flashing lights and a siren.

  • Northeast Nelson Fire to raise tax; budget increases $48,000

    The Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District is increasing its property tax to help pay for equipment and, eventually, a new fire station in Fairfield.

    The tax is going from 7 to 10 cents per $100 of assessed value — $10 for every $10,000 of real estate value.

  • Jail logs, June 8-12, 2018

    Justin Edward Gross, 33, parole violation for technical violation.

    Sarah Carolyn Marxen, 30, illegal possession of a legend drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified), possession of synthetic drugs, tampering with physical evidence (all 2018 criminal case, previously indicted).

  • Jail logs, June 7-8, 2018

    Amanda Lynn Blanford, 39, contempt of court (2016 civil case).

    Scotty D. Johnson, 52, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravated circumstance).

    Brittany Williams, 31, contempt of court.

    Kayondra Poynter, 30, contempt of court.

    Terrell Rayshun Conner, 30, two counts of failure to appear (2013 and 2017 traffic cases) and two counts of non-payment of fines (2015 traffic and 2016 misdemeanor cases).

  • Four face charges for trafficking 100 grams of heroin

    Four people face drug trafficking charges in what could be the county’s largest ever heroin trafficking case.

    Daniel Janes, 30; Julie Gonzalez, 63; Cedric Chesser, 37; and Rebecca Hutchins, 25, were charged with trafficking in over 100 grams of heroin by a Nelson County grand jury in an amended indictment returned Wednesday.

    “As far as I know, that’s the biggest heroin seizure in Nelson County,” said Ron Eckart, commander of the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force, which arrested three of them in March.

  • Police committed to return of body cameras

    The Bardstown Police Department is fully committed to having body cameras again.

    The administration has included funding in its proposed 2019 fiscal year budget, and Capt. Joe Seelye, assistant chief of police, said recently the department may purchase the cameras, software and hardware for storage around the end of this calendar year.

    “We’re committed to doing it,” he said.

    Chief Kim Kraeszig intends for her officers to have the cameras, both for their protection and the protection of others.

  • Jail logs, June 5-7, 2018

    Steven Morgan, 31, probation violation for felony offense.

    Joseph Clifford Gillmer, 43, contempt of court (2016 civil case).

    Conor Wayne Creekmore, 22, contempt of court.

    Christopher Todd Yates, 36, contempt of court.

    James William Pinkston, 43, possession of drug paraphernalia and cultivate in marijuana five plants or more.

    Cody Nathaniel Horn, 20, contempt of court by witness/juror officer (2017 criminal case).

    Fredrick Ralston, 38, failure to appear (2018 traffic case).

  • Bardstown Fire rescues kitten from tree Monday

    A neighborhood cat was rescued by Bardstown firefighters late Monday afternoon. The cat was reportedly a kitten and had been stuck in the tree for about five days.

    Billy Mattingly, chief of the Bardstown Fire Department, said that they had received the call before 4 p.m. and decided to respond to it at Cardinal Drive. Mattingly said Conner Noonan, a Bardstown fireman, stood on an aerial ladder about 50 feet from the ground and grabbed the cat from the tree.

  • Jail logs, June 1-5

    James Alan Greer, 57, driving on a DUI-suspended licenses (third offenses, 2017 criminal case).

    Casey Thomas Heath, 22, receiving stolen property under $10,000.

    Joseph Francis Downs, 57, second-degree terroristic threatening.

    Billie Jeanne Neal, 52, driving on a DUI-suspended license (second offense, aggravated circumstance, 2018 case).

    Anthony Frederick Willett, 49, careless driving and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravated circumstance).

    Terry Dewayne Taylor, 26, reckless driving.

  • Bardstown Fire no longer an all-male organization

    The Bardstown Fire Department has been a mostly male domain, but that’s about to change in a big way.

    Until recently, there were only men, but Chief Billy Mattingly’s teenage daughter has joined as a volunteer, and there are five other female recruits in training.

    “This is the largest single batch we’ve ever had at one time,” said Asst. Chief Chuck Montgomery, who has been with the department for about 30 years.