Owner Of Southern Indiana Zoo Arrested In New York Friday, Oct 9 2020 

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The owner of a Southern Indiana zoo has been brought into custody on a felony warrant.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that Tim Stark was arrested in Washington County, New York. Stark was wanted on charges that included felony intimidation against a law enforcement officer.

“This is just the beginning of a process that we hope will lead to Stark being held accountable for his wrongdoings,” said Attorney General Curtis Hill in a statement applauding Stark’s arrest. “We look forward to Stark’s extradition to Indiana so that he may have his day in court.”


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Metro Council Passes Scaled-Back Funding Request From Middletown Police Thursday, Oct 8 2020 

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The Middletown Police Department has secured $10,000 in funding from Louisvilles Metro Council, weeks after the legislative body sent the measure back to committee over concerns the request for riot gear and non-lethal munitions was tone deaf.

Council member Anthony Piagentini (R-19) sponsored the ordinance, which now allocates money from his districts $65,000 discretionary fund to reimburse spending on mobile radio upgrades and ballistic helmets with face shields.

He said during Thursdays meeting that Louisville Metro Police Department recently switched to encrypted radios, so Middletown needed to upgrade their technology to work with Louisvilles. Middletown police provide support to LMPDs 8th Division, he said.


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Court Hears Arguments Over Grand Juror’s Bid To Speak About Breonna Taylor Investigation Thursday, Oct 8 2020 

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A Jefferson County judge heard arguments Thursday in a motion by an anonymous grand juror who wants to be free to discuss the proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case.

Grand jurors are typically barred from discussing proceedings.

The grand jury did not indict any Louisville Metro Police Officers for Taylors death based on the presentation by Attorney General Daniel Camerons office. One officer, Brett Hankison, was charged with wanton endangerment for firing shots that entered the apartment of her neighbors.


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Louisville Officials, Police Union Agree To Short-Term Contract Tuesday, Oct 6 2020 

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After months of negotiation, Louisville Metro and the River City Fraternal Order of Police have agreed on a short-term contract that includes some changes that some hope will improve the police department.

The contract includes a pay increase and new health care benefits option, as well as a down payment assistance grant negotiated as part of the $12 million settlement the city entered with the family of Breonna Taylor, shot to death by police in March.

Metro Councils labor and economic development committee could discuss a resolution to ratify the new contract next week. That measure has bipartisan support.


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In First Unitarian Standoff, Some Saw Religious Liberty Under Siege Monday, Oct 5 2020 

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State Rep. Attica Scott was walking to church when she was stopped by police, ordered to the ground, and arrested.

It was Thursday night — the 120th night of protests for Breonna Taylor, who was killed by Louisville Metro Police at her home in March. Scott, the only Black woman in the Kentucky legislature, recorded the moments leading up to her arrest live on Instagram. “We are trying to get to sanctuary,” Scott explains on the video as Louisville Metro Police officers encircle her group, yell orders to “get down,” and begin handcuffing protesters.

The episode was the beginning of an extended standoff between Louisville Metro Police and protesters at First Unitarian. Church leaders had offered the church as a sanctuary for protesters seeking refuge from a citywide curfew, but for two hours, LMPD surrounded protesters gathered there. 


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Grand Jury Tapes Raise New Questions About No-Knock Warrant Execution Friday, Oct 2 2020 

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Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron presented the results of his office’s investigation into the police killing of Breonna Taylor. In laying out the evidence they had gathered over months of investigating, he answered one of the most persistent questions about what happened that night: 

“Evidence shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment,” Cameron said. “The officer’s statements about their announcement are corroborated by an independent witness who was near in a proximity to apartment four,” where Taylor lived.


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Brett Hankison Claimed He Knew Where ‘Threat Was’ When He Shot At Breonna Taylor’s Apartment Friday, Oct 2 2020 

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Former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison claimed in a March police interview that the shooter had an AR-15 rifle and he thought fellow officers were being executed during the deadly operation at Breonna Taylor’s apartment.


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Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recordings: What We Know So Far Friday, Oct 2 2020 

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office has made public more than 15 hours of audio recordings of grand jury proceedings related to the Breonna Taylor case.

The recordings offered little in the way of bombshells or answers to the biggest questions to follow the grand jurys indictment last week: did prosecutors recommended any charges beyond those the grand jury indicted on, and how did they summarized the case in statements to the grand jury?

Fifteen hours of tapes reviewed by WPFL reporters turned up few statements of any kind from prosecutors that would shed light on those questions. Only evidence was recorded, according to a press release from the Attorney Generals office announcing compliance with the order Friday.


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Louisville Mayor Signs Ban On LGBTQ Conversion Therapy Thursday, Oct 1 2020 

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has signed an ordinance banning conversion therapy for minors, an anti-LGBTQ practice that has been discredited by health professionals.

Louisville is the second Kentucky city to ban conversion therapy. Covington passed a similar ordinance earlier in the year.

Fischer said the measure will protect minors from serious physical and psychological harm.


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Yvette Gentry Sworn In As LMPD’s Second Interim Police Chief This Year Thursday, Oct 1 2020 

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The Louisville Metro Police Department has a new police chief. On Thursday, Mayor Greg Fischer swore in Yvette Gentry, who will be the interim chief for six months while the city seeks and installs a permanent chief.

A nationwide search is underway for someone to take on the permanent role, and Fischer said he plans to make a decision by the end of the year.

Gentry returns to the force after retiring in 2014. She is the first Black woman to lead LMPD.


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