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Rumor mill running wild in wake of Bardstown officer investigation

Bardstown and KSP say there is no truth to rumors that the investigation into Officer Tony Satterly and the Jason Ellis murder case are related.

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - In a town known for its history, this week it’s been the talk of the town that’s been the big news.

“It just got absolutely stupid,” Bardstown’s police chief, Rick McCubbin, told the city’s PLG 13 TV, to quell the wild rumors going around town.

“Word was out that I was going to be killed…that I was going to be taken into protective custody, “ Chief McCubbin told the local access station. The video was also posted on the Bardstown Police Department’s Facebook page.

It all started once an investigation into Officer Tony Satterly became public knowledge. A special division of Kentucky State Police based in Bowling Green is heading up that investigation.

A KSP spokesperson said there was very little that can be said about the investigation, only to say that much more will be revealed next week. Police say the investigation started after they received a complaint.

Chief McCubbin says the Satterly case is in no way related to the Jason Ellis murder investigation. The case remains unsolved 9 months after the murder.

“Really I’d like to get with the person who started that? Where did that come from?” Chief McCubbin asks of what he calls a false rumor linking the officer’s murder to the Satterly case.

The false rumors have become that talk of the town. Few people we spoke with wanted to publicly talk about it, but at Thompson’s Food Mart Angela Newton is quick to share her thoughts on the latest gossip.

“You know I haven’t really heard anything negative in here. Because I wouldn’t let anyone say anything bad in here, he’s always been a good cop. Anytime we’ve called him up here, he’s been up here. Even if he was off duty, he could come up here and help us out,” Newton said of Satterly.


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