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Police and Fire

  • Heaton names new fire chief

    Billy Mattingly has been named Bardstown’s new fire chief, but it’s not the Billy Mattingly who is chief of Nelson County Fire and Rescue.

    Mayor Dick Heaton announced his appointment of the retired battalion chief of the Okolona Fire Department in a press release Wednesday.

  • Video, interviews shed light on police reaction to 2016 suicide call

    Three days after her husband had committed suicide, Kourtney Wahl Lewis was still convinced the military had responded to her mother’s home during a standoff that ended with a pepper spray bomb tossed into a vehicle.

    “This might sound crazy, but I thought they were going to snipe him or something,” Lewis told Bardstown Police Detective Lynn Davis in a recorded interview July 29, 2016.

  • Artwork on Bardstown fire truck honors heroes

    Employees of the Bardstown Fire Department, representatives of American Legion Post 42 and The Bardstown Bourbon Company came together in front of BBCo’s distillery Tuesday to celebrate a new look of one of the city’s ladder trucks.

    The decal wrap, designed by Nimlok Kentucky based on a concept suggested by the interim fire chief, Chuck Montgomery, honors first responders, military servicemen and especially, fallen heroes.

  • KSP Foundation donates to Trooper Teddy Project
  • E'Town man arrested for high speed

    An Elizabethtown man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after allegedly traveling more than 100 miles per hour on U.S. 62.

    According to a post-arrest citation completed by the Kentucky State Police, Zachary Underwood, 26, was clocked on radar traveling 106 mph in a 55 mph zone. He was traveling on U.S. 62 headed westbound toward Elizabethtown.

  • Bloomfield man killed in Monday morning crash

    Treacherous roads from freezing rain Monday morning resulted in numerous accidents in Nelson County, including a fatality on Ky. 1066 near the Spencer County line around mile marker 5.

    The victim of the fatal crash was William Douglas Cook Jr., 37, who lived on Ky. 1066.

    “He had just left home” when the crash occurred, Coroner Field Houghlin said after talking with the victim’s family.

  • Jail Logs: Jan. 5-9, 2018

    Brandon Paul Hutchins, 32, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree criminal trespassing, third-degree burglary, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth).

    Robert Chase Linton, 27, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc.

    Michael Wayne Underwood, 37, shoplifting.

    Phillip Jacob Tingle, 34, failure to appear, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana.

    Aaron Blake Reames, 24, holding for another county, contempt of court (2017 criminal case).

  • Numerous wrecks, fatality reported Monday

    Treacherous roads from freezing rain Monday morning resulted in numerous accidents in Nelson County, including a fatality on Ky. 1066 near the Spencer County line around mile marker 5.

    The victim of the fatal crash was William Douglas Cook, 37.

    “He had just left home” when the crash occurred, Coroner Field Houghlin said after talking with the victim’s family.

    Houghlin said Cook died of blunt force trauma to the head.

    The time of death in the Kentucky State Police’s report is listed as 5:50 a.m.

  • BFD responds to Barton for Friday night fire

    Firefighters were called to Barton 1792 Distillery on Barton Road around 8:30 Friday night after a mash dryer caught fire.

    According to a press release from the Bardstown Fire Department, heavy smoke was showing and fire was venting out of a pipe on the roof when firefighters arrived on scene. Plant personnel had tried extinguishing the fire using three ABC extinguishers but notified 911 when they were unsuccessful.

  • Jail logs, Jan. 4-5, 2018

    Joseph Ryan Bassel, 29, contempt of court.

    Stephanie Blanco, 27, second-degree criminal abuse of child 12 or under (2017 criminal case).

    Timothy James Hicks, 38, violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO.

    Justin Lee Foss, 27, two counts of failure to appear and non-payment of fines (2011 and 2012 misdemeanor cases), possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth).

    Donald Dewayne Hughes, 31, contempt of court.

    Christopher John Edgell, 44, failure to appear.