Neither Bartleson or Nevils have returned phone messages left at their houses.
Troubles began five years ago
Nevils' troubles with the courts began five years ago in Louisville.
According to Jefferson Circuit Court documents, Nevils was supposed to build a house for a Jefferson County man, Terry Beard. After Beard gave him three checks for a total $28,458 to pay subcontractors, Beard did not hear from Nevils. Beard had sold the house he was living in to get the equity to pay for the new house. He had to finish construction without the money.
Nevils was convicted in 2000 of theft by failure to make required disposition of property, a felony. The court sentenced him to five years of supervised probation.
There have been two criminal complaints filed, and later dismissed, against Nevils since he has been on probation.
In June 2001, a criminal complaint was filed against Nevils after he allegedly did not return a Ford F-350 truck, a Plymouth Prowler and three all-terrain vehicles. Mozell Young told the court that Nevils was teaching her how to run a construction business. She said that Nevils was supposed to be paying the notes on the truck and the Prowler, but he had not, and the bank wanted to repossess them.
Nevils appeared in court and the charges were dismissed after he promised to return the vehicles.
In October 2001, a criminal complaint was filed against Nevils by Matthew Johnson, who said that Nevils failed to deliver a hot tub to a customer of a building company. Nevils' probation officer saw the hot tub at Nevils' Louisville house. Johnson's complaint noted that the probation officer told him that Nevils was ordered by the court not to do any contractual work. The charge was later dismissed.
Most recent arrest came in Danville
Most recently, Nevils was arrested by Danville police in August on a probation violation. As a condition of his probation, Nevils was required to remain in the area of Jefferson County. Nevils had moved from his Louisville home to Nicholasville. The arrest warrant called for him to be delivered to the Jefferson County jailer and said he could be released on a $35,000 cash bond. Bartleson posted that bond, according to the Jefferson County circuit clerk's office.
Bartleson, a respected member of the minority community in Danville and president of the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, has been working for months to develop property on Duncan Hill.
His first attempt involved an effort to acquire property from the city of Danville. He approached the city with a petition under the letterhead of the NAACP asking that the city consider selling roughly three acres across the street from Hilldale Cemetery.
The proposition met with opposition from some residents who said the property was meant for expansion of the cemetery.
Others claimed they were misled into believing the NAACP was endorsing the project.
The city never took action on the proposal.