Police and Fire

  • Newton to be interim sheriff

    Nelson County’s next sheriff will need no on-the-job training.

    Mike Newton, who served two terms as the county’s sheriff, will serve as interim sheriff when Sheriff Ed Mattingly’s retirement becomes official Jan. 1.

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts made the announcement in a press release Wednesday morning, two days after Mattingly let it be known that he was retiring.

    “It’s important to put somebody in place who’s had some experience there and somebody who’s neutral,” he said.

  • Sheriff Mattingly's full statement about his retirement

    December 18, 2017
    To: Local Media
    From: Ed Mattingly, Nelson County Sheriff

  • Jail logs, Dec. 18-19

    Susan Michelle Browning, 48, public intoxication by a controlled substance excluding alcohol, shoplifting, illegal possession of a legend drug.

    Emilio Chavez Garcia, 45, failure to appear.

    Travis Earl Greenwell, 40, theft by deception including cold checks.

    Wayne Forrest Ferguson, 44, shoplifting (2017).

    Stephen Joseph Weatherbee, 24, careless driving, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc.

  • State police still investigating fatal August crash

    Four months after a crash on Ky. 245 claimed the lives of two young women, the collision is still under investigation by Kentucky State Police. No criminal charges have been filed against Tayseer Lewis, the driver of a Ford pickup truck, who police say caused the crash on Aug. 11 when he crossed into the eastbound lanes, struck one vehicle in the rear and then struck a Mustang head on, but documents indicate Lewis was at fault.

  • EMT arrested for cocaine resigns

    Jerry Lynne Hurst, the Nelson County EMS employee who was arrested for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in Washington County in September is no longer employed by the county government.

    EMS Director Joe Prewitt said Tuesday Hurst resigned Oct. 10 even though his court case is still pending. He left on his own, said Prewitt and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts.

    “He saw the writing on the wall. We were going to do a drug screening on him,” Watts said.

  • Jail logs, Dec. 7-8, 2017

    Chad Alan Chesser, 38, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth) (2017).

    Christy Ellen Lax, 42, receiving stolen property under $10,000, illegal possession of a legend drug, prescription controlled substance not in proper container, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (opiates), trafficking in marijuana less than eight ounces, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth), first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (heroin) (all 2017).

  • Jail logs, Dec. 5-7, 2017

    Thomas Leon Cothern, 29, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, receiving stolen property under $10,000 (both 2017).

    James Robert Montgomery, 64, first-degree criminal mischief, receiving stolen property $10,000 or more (both 2017).

    Jacob Kenneth Mattingly, 30, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth), possession of marijuana (all 2017), no tail lamps, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

  • Fentanyl infiltration: Potent drug being mixed with more than heroin, adds danger for first responders  

    In addition to addressing a rise in overdose deaths, law enforcement in Nelson County and surrounding areas could be seeing a trend in fentanyl trafficking and an increased risk to first responders, as arrests and indictments on the charge are coming in.

  • Downs files to run for sheriff again

    Kenny Downs can’t remember how many times he has run for sheriff, but he’s going again.

    “I think this makes four or five times, I’m not sure,” he said in an interview Tuesday with PLG TV-13 and The Kentucky Standard. “I don’t remember how many, but that should tell the public how much I want this job.”

  • Three in custody for vehicle thefts

    Two young women and a juvenile were arrested over the weekend in relation to vehicle thefts in the Cormans Crossing neighborhood.

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, the break-ins were reported about 6:30 Sunday morning and at least five vehicles had been gone through. Among the property taken from the vehicles were two firearms.