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Twenty-eight years ago, as a Daviess County sheriff’s deputy, David Osbourne went to the home of Darrell Perry to serve an eviction notice.  Perry had never been on the radar of local police, so Osbourne thought serving him with papers would be routine business.

“We didn’t get in an argument inside the house.  He didn’t even raise his voice.  He just said, ‘Why are they doing this to me,'" Osbourne recalled.  "We got back outside by the driveway.  My cruiser was parked behind his car.  I walked to my cruiser.  I didn’t watch him, and the next thing I knew I heard the first shot go off.”

Osbourne was struck four times, including in his back.  The bullet nicked his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the waist down.  The six-foot, 250-pound shooter then jumped on top of Osbourne.


Kentucky.com

 

State justice officials say a “turning point” has been reached in addressing the longstanding backlog of rape  evidence kits. 

At its peak, there were more than 3,300 DNA sample kits awaiting testing.  The legislation approved in 2016 supported spending $4.5 million toward reducing the backlog.  Kentucky Justice Secretary John Tilley said every policing agency certified through the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation Program has met new requirements on sexual assault policies.


Stu Johnson - WEKU

A group of new Lexington police officers will begin their street duties next week.  Family and friends filled the auditorium at the Blue Grass Community Technical College Thursday for the graduation ceremony.


Kentucky Department of Transportation

The heroin epidemic is increasing the number of impaired drivers on Kentucky roads and law enforcement officials are being trained this week to better cope with the problem.


Kentucky.com

    Lexington authorities are following up on a dozen or so cases of fake $100 bills or "prop" money. Police Sergeant Brad Williams said many of the bills recovered have the words "for motion picture use only' on them.  “Most people when they’re given a bills they don’t read the words on it,” Williams said. “They basically just see the amount of it, maybe see the picture of who’s on it and that’s about it.”


kentucky.com

Police on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University are investigating an attempted burglary on campus that caused a campus-wide alert.

EKU officials say the call came in around 2:30 yesterday (Sun) morning of a person trying to break into the Grand Campus apartments at the corner of Lancaster Ave and Barnes Mill Rd.

A safety alert was sent out telling students to stay in place and seek shelter.

A few minutes later, another alert was sent out saying a person tried to break into the apartments with a gun, then threatened to shoot through the door before leaving.

Richmond Police Department

Eastern Kentucky University officials issued two alerts Sunday morning, advising people on or near the campus in Richmond to “shelter in place.”  

The first of the alerts at 12:21 am referred to an area that was the subject of a similar alert last week, Wellington Court at Summit St. near the Madison County Middle School.

Richmond Police responded to a report of “shots fired” but found no active threat.

www.LexingtonKy.gov

Lexington is combining its public safety operations into one facility.  The move is expected to create more efficiency for day-to-day police and fire calls and disaster response.  The official ribbon cutting was Thursday. 

About a million calls annually come to emergency 9-1-1 and government assistance LexCall workers.  Staff at the new 15 million dollar Public Safety Operations Center will now handle all those calls.  Plus police, fire, and emergency management officials can be side by side.  

Lexington Police to Activate Body Cameras in August

Jul 28, 2016
wkyt.com

A few weeks later than originally anticipated, the first shipment of body cameras is now in the hands of Lexington police.   

 

Earlier this spring, police officials thought body cameras might be incorporated gradually in June.  

 

They say a high demand for this type of body camera pushed back the start-up.   Officers will now begin using the video technology in mid August.  Initially 75 officers will each be issued two body cameras.  

 

Lexington Police Honor Officers Killed in Dallas

Jul 8, 2016
Stu Johnson
WEKU News

The sniper attack that killed five police officers in Dallas has prompted public reaction in communities across the nation.  One such event occurred just before noon Friday in downtown Lexington.  The event took place just outside the police station door.  

Lexington police officers were advised to pull off the road at 11:45 and turn on emergency lights for one minute.  The mayor, police chief, and president of the NAACP bowed their heads for a moment of silence.

Police Body Cameras on Eastern Standard

Jun 8, 2016

We’ve seen “Cops” on TV as the cameras follow the officers. Now we are cutting out the middle man, and attaching the cameras to the officers right here in Kentucky. Berea has them and Lexington will soon.

On this week’s show, a discussion of police body cameras. 

Guests: Assistant Chief Dwayne Holman, Lexington Police; Dr. Thomas Reed, Doctor of Criminal Psychology/Identification, retired from EKU College of Justice & Safety; Lt. Jake Reed, Berea Police; Kate Miller, Program Director, ACLU of Kentucky 

Madison County Police

UPDATE:  (courtesy Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com)
 

Deputy Kevin Crutcher was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital in Lexington, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to the abdomen. According to the Lexington Herald-Leader, he was released last night. (Wednesday.)  

A spokesman for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office told the newspaper Crutcher is a nine-year veteran.

Lexington Lawmakers Question Drone Use in Fayette County

Oct 14, 2015
kentucky.com

    

The use of drones in and around Lexington is being discussed at City Hall.  Government officials say public use of unmanned aircraft is an evolving conversation.

Richard Turner

In recent decades, the distinctions between police and the military have increasingly clouded. On this week's program, we will meet Eastern Kentucky University's Dr. Peter Kraska, a leading scholar of policing and criminal justice as we discuss Expanded Police Militarization.


KARLA WARD / Lexington Herald-Leader

An exchange of gunfire in Richmond over the weekend left one man dead and a Lexington police officer with minor injuries.  The incident near the campus of Eastern Kentucky University caused officials to issue a “shelter in place” alert. 

Students, faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University received an alert by email, text and telephone Saturday at 9:54 pm.

(audio from alert)

www.LexingtonKy.gov

Lexington's mayor Friday issued an executive order that will reinstate a program allowing personal use of police cruisers.  The action by Mayor Jim Gray comes after the police union suspended a vote on a proposed 50 dollar monthly fee for personal use of vehicles. 

Lone Officer Honored at Police Memorial

May 9, 2011

The lone police officer killed last year in the Commonwealth was honored today.  His name was added to the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial in Richmond.  WEKU’s Charles Compton reports…