Kentucky State Police

Wife of Slain Bardstown Police Officer to Speak Publicly

May 28, 2013

The widow of an ambushed Bardstown Police officer is making her first public comments since her husband was gunned down Saturday.

Amy Ellis is expected to address the media Tuesday morning at law enforcement offices. Kentucky State Police say 33-year-old officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.

Ellis' death has triggered an outpouring of grief in the town of about 12,000 about 40 miles southeast of Louisville.

More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the police station.

A stream of mourners has covered a police car with flowers, flags, balloons and baseballs on a police cruiser that's become a makeshift memorial in front of the police station.

A Bardstown police officer was shot and killed early Saturday while driving home from work. Kentucky State Police say they don't have any suspects as of late Saturday.

The original call came is as a traffic crash on Exit 34 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. When troopers arrived they found that 33 year old Jason Ellis had been fatally shot. KSP says Ellis was in uniform and had been driving his cruiser home. Spokesman Norman Chaffins said the officer was found inside his vehicle but he did not know how many times he had been shot. The exit was shut down as troopers investigated the shooting near Bardstown.

Police Hit the Roads for Memorial Day

May 20, 2013

Kentucky law enforcement officers are beginning a week of traffic patrols for the Memorial Day holiday focusing on making sure motorists are wearing seat belts. The 2013 "Click It or Ticket" campaign begins Monday and runs through June 2nd.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety says Kentucky has an 83% seat belt usage rate. The national rate is 86%. The office says fatalities on Kentucky roadways last year totaled 746, up from 721 in 2011. It says more than half of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

State Trooper Arrested in Barren County on DUI Charges

Mar 5, 2013

A Kentucky State Police trooper has been charged with drunken driving.

The Glasgow Daily Times cited a citation from the Cave City Police Department in reporting that 27-year-old Casey Joseph Wethington of Columbia was arrested Sunday on the charge. According to the report, Wethington was "all over the roadway" while traveling north on Dixie Highway and an officer pulled him over.

The police report said a breathalyzer test showed Wethington's blood alcohol content to be 0.2, which is higher than the legal limit of .08.

It was unclear whether Wethington had an attorney.

Forty new troopers received diplomas today at ceremonies held in Frankfort, Kentucky. The new troopers are part of the third Law Enforcement Accelerated Program.  They bring the agency's total strength to a total of 948 troopers serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Searchers have resumed looking for a mother last seen July 4 in Otter Creek Park near Brandenburg. Kentucky State Police say 37-year-old Carrie Ruffra entered the park around 1 a.m. EDT Wednesday and the park director found her vehicle parked near a boat ramp leading to the Ohio River around 11:30 a.m. EDT that same day.

The fourth national "Take Back"initiative is collecting unwanted prescription medications today at State Police Posts across Kentucky. The Kentucky State Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency are working together on the effort, which is designed to help reduce prescription abuse .

A new rider skills test will soon be required for those applying for motorcycle operator’s licenses in Kentucky. The  new test was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.