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Police and Fire

  • Firefighters battle car, combine fires in county

    A Ford Probe caught fire on U.S. 31E south at Helsinki Hill about 6 a.m. Monday.

    The fire started in the engine compartment, Bardstown-Nelson County Dep. Fire Chief Robbie Blanford said.

    “It was all the way through the engine compartment into the interior pretty bad” when firefighters arrived, he said.

    A man was driving the car, which he had recently purchased, when it caught fire, said Sgt. Paul Vance of the Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department.

  • Horse-drawn carriage struck by car

    A Bardstown man was injured when a car struck his horse-drawn carriage, closing traffic for 54 minutes late Saturday. The wreck happened 11:32 p.m. on East Stephen Foster Avenue between Old Bloomfield Pike and North First Street.

  • Photo: 911 Memorial Service at People’s Church
  • E-911 Dispatch board approves first purchase on Fiscal Court loan

    Two days after Nelson Fiscal Court approved a maximum $250,000 line of credit for upgrades at the Nelson County Dispatch Center, the E-911 Dispatch Board voted Wednesday to make its first purchase with Fiscal Court’s help: an $11,981 system for recording 911 calls.

    Meanwhile, Dispatch Center Director Debbie Carter said the purchase of a $228,466 replacement to the center’s computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system was “off the table.” Instead, she said, the center will focus on an upgrade to its current system at an estimated cost of $66,326.

  • Domestic violence threat puts students on lockdown at local elementary school

    Foster Heights Elementary School students were never in immediate danger despite a 30-minute lockdown of the school Wednesday morning, according to Principal Donna Paulin.

    Paulin e-mailed a letter to parents about 11 a.m. Wednesday informing them someone had called that morning to warn “a domestic violence issue might be brought to the school.”

  • Chief: Gas leak quickly contained, no residual danger to citizens

    Citizens are safe after a natural gas leak about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday was quickly contained, according to Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Chief Anthony Mattingly.

    A private company installing a sewer line for the City of Bardstown in the 900 block of Bloomfield Road struck a 1-inch line, Mattingly said.

    “They broke it in half so it was just flowing natural gas out,” he said.

    Firefighters stood by while an LG&E crew repaired the line — a process that was completed no more than half an hour after the line break, Mattingly estimated.

  • Two drivers helicoptered to U of L after New Haven Rd. wreck

    Two people were transported by helicopter to University of Louisville Hospital after their vehicles collided on New Haven Road near the Nelson County Fairgrounds Wednesday morning.

    Cassandra T. Jones, 60, Bardstown, attempted to make a left turn into the fairgrounds about 8:07 a.m. and turned in front of a Volkwagon Jetta driven by Luke Carrick, 24, New Haven, according to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department.

    Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, however both suffered a broken leg, the release states.

  • Woman sentenced for aiding husband in sex abuse

    A Bardstown woman has been sentenced to five years in prison for reportedly permitting her husband to sexually abuse a child younger than 12.

    Joy Quinn Michael, 28, was denied probation and sentenced to five years in prison for facilitation to sodomy first-degree and 12 months in jail for facilitation to sexual abuse first-degree. The sentences will be served concurrently.

    Michael entered an Alford plea of guilty, meaning she asserts her innocence while admitting sufficient evidence exists to likely convict her.

  • Man arrested after stand-off with police

    After a stand-off with a reportedly armed man in a Bartley Avenue residence, the Nelson County Special Response Team arrested Dan Edward Atwell Jr., 37, Bardstown, suspected of sexual abuse, assault and marijuana possession.

  • 7-year-old Willisburg boy found alive

    A 7-year-old Willisburg boy who had been missing since Saturday has been found alive.

    Randall Leon Chesser was found by a Mercer County ground search team at 2:45 p.m. Monday next to a creek about three miles from his home. According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, Chesser was conscious and responsive. He was being transported to an undisclosed medical facility for observation.

    Chesser went missing about 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Saturday. He was last seen at his residence at 4482 Lawrenceburg road in Willisburg, Ky.