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Police and Fire

  • Magistrates discuss 911 compromise

    Nelson County Fiscal Court members are considering County Judge-Executive Dean Watts’ proposed changes to the 911 agreement and Bardstown Mayor John Royalty’s concerns about it.

    At the end of their meeting Tuesday, the magistrates discussed the draft proposal Watts had sent them and The Kentucky Standard last Friday.

    Watts said he hadn’t read the story on the front page of Sunday’s paper, but apparently he had been informed about what Royalty had said.

  • Dispatchers to get raises

    Nelson County’s emergency radio dispatchers will get 30 cents more an hour starting with their first paycheck in July.

    At its meeting Wednesday afternoon, the E-911 Dispatch Board unanimously approved the across-the-board raise for dispatch employees.

    Dispatch Center Director Debbie Carter said she came up with the figure by taking the center’s median wage of $15.39 an hour, applying a 2 percent raise to that figure, and dividing the resulting number equally among all employees regardless of what their hourly rate is.

  • Crowded jail makes money for county

    Last Thursday, Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg had 130 inmates in a jail built for 102.

    Not all of them had committed local crimes. Some were state inmates who were there because there’s no room for them in the prisons.

    Since the 1980s, the Department of Corrections has been contracting with counties to hold its lower-risk prisoners to ease the crowding in its own facilities. But now it’s the county lockups throughout Kentucky that are overcrowded, and the state is considering temporarily reopening private prisons to ease the burden.

  • Search for missing woman marks one year with few answers

    Hiking through the wooded area along the Bluegrass Parkway on a hazy Monday afternoon, one thing was going through everyone’s mind: She wouldn’t just leave.

    This was the scene one year ago after Bardstown mother Crystal Rogers was reported missing. Shortly after discovering her car abandoned and disabled on the side of the road, friends and family began the desperate search for a sign of what happened.

  • Two injured in rollover on Old Bloomfield Road

    Two people suffered minor injuries Friday morning after a rollover accident on Old Bloomfield Road near Dugan Lane. 

    According to deputies on scene, 55-year-old Nancy Morrell of Bardstown was driving a 1999 Oldsmobile east on the roadway when she overcorrected around a curve and went into a skid, causing the vehicle to overturn onto its roof in the westbound lane.

  • Jail Logs: June 24-27, 2016

    Chevarian Q. Tonge, 25, non-payment of fines.

    Bryan W. Montgomery, 32, non-payment of fines (three counts).

    Bryce A. Stateman, 35, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    Donshais L. Calbert, 21, contempt of court, libel/slander, resistance to order.

    William Jacob Linton, 31, operating motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc. (aggravating circumstances, first offense), careless driving, possession of open alcohol beverage container in motor vehicle prohibited.

  • Jail logs: June 23-24, 2016

    Kathy Renee Brown, 39, tampering with physical evidence.

    Brenda Michael Godlett, 39, two counts contempt of court, non-payment of fines.

    William Brandon Hall, 38, first-degree assault, tampering with physical evidence.

    Donald N. Harlow, 19, fourth-degree assault.

    Stephanie R. Wright, 33, unauthorized use of an automobile.

  • Number of fatal overdoses increasing locally, statewide

    Medical and state officials have described the surge in heroin sweeping through Kentucky as an epidemic that is still growing, and its body count climbs year after year. 

    The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy released its annual Overdose Fatality Report last week. According to the report, 1,248 people died from drug overdoses in 2015, and heroin was involved in 28 percent of them. 

  • Heroin overdoses on the rise in Nelson County

    Opiate overdoses this year could double last year’s number if they remain on their current pace in Nelson County.

    Obtaining current numbers can be problematic, given the many agencies that deal with drug overdoses. But Nelson County EMS tracks opiate overdoses by the number of times first-responders administer the drug Narcan, a fast-acting opiate antidote used to counteract the effects of an opiate overdose. And those numbers are skyrocketing.

  • UPDATED: Bardstown man arrested for sex charges involving minor

    UPDATE: Michael Scott was indicted by a Nelson County Grand Jury July 20 on sex charges involving a minor. The charges listed on the indictment are first-degree sexual abuse (defendent over 21, victim under 16), possesison of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor, and tampering with physical evidence. Those charges differ slightly from what he was orginally charged with after his arrest. Scott's bail was set at $100,000 cash, plus conditions. He is scheduled to be arraigned in court Aug. 4.