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Police and Fire

  • 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.

  • Man charged with burglarizing four businesses

    A Bardstown man has been indicted on 22 counts of auto theft, third-degree burglary, and criminal mischief in connection with a string of break-ins on Pennebaker Avenue in Bardstown around June 22.

  • Man indicted for theft, fleeing

    A Bardstown man has been indicted for allegedly stealing a car, then fleeing police on foot.

    Brandon Board, 21, was charged with theft by unlawful taking, first-degree fleeing and evading police and second-degree persistent felony offender.

    The indictment states that on or about July 6, Board allegedly stole a 1992 Toyota Camry, and later disobeyed a police officer’s direction to stop by fleeing on foot.

  • E-town man charged with sodomy

    An Elizabethtown man was charged with first-degree sodomy of a victim younger than 12 in Nelson Circuit Court Wednesday.

    On or about Aug. 24, Robert E. Taylor Jr., 25, allegedly used forcible compulsion to engage in sexual intercourse with a person who was younger than 12.

    Taylor’s bail was set at $200,000 cash only, plus conditions. Arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 6.

    The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

  • Three suspected of concealing stolen revolver

    Three Bardstown residents were indicted in Nelson Circuit Court Wednesday for allegedly trying to hide a stolen gun from police after it was discharged in the Springhill subdivision in May.

    David Jerome “Da Da” Lydian Jr., 30, was indicted in Nelson Circuit Court Wednesday for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, tampering with physical evidence, complicity to tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property (firearm), complicity to receiving stolen property (firearm) and first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Driver, unhurt, leaves scene after truck turnover

    After flipping his truck over the guard rail of a bridge Friday morning, police report that Steven N. Wright, 23, Bloomfield, left the scene and went home.

    Wright was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to produce insurance card, expired Kentucky registration plate and expired registration receipt when Nelson County Sheriff’s Dep. Dennis Wells followed up with Wright at his home on Murphy Lane.