State News in Brief

Kentucky gay rights group seeks additional security measures

LOUISVILLE (AP) — The leader of a gay rights group in Kentucky has asked officials in Louisville to consider providing more security at places that cater to the gay community after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

The Courier-Journal reports Fairness Campaign Director Chris Hartman says that it would be prudent to take extra precautions. His request came in response to the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, early Sunday that left 49 victims dead. The shooter was gunned down by police.

A spokesman for Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s office said officials aren’t aware of any increased threats locally, but would take any needed action to provide safety.

Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley says additional law enforcement protection will be discussed with business owners who express concerns.


Police: Deputy fatally shoots suspect in domestic dispute

HISEVILLE (AP) — Kentucky State Police say they are investigating after a deputy fatally shot a suspect in a domestic dispute.

Police said in a statement the Barren County Sheriff’s Department responded Sunday evening to the dispute at a home in Hiseville, where a woman reported that her husband had shot her.

The woman was able to get to a neighbor’s home. Police say when deputies caught up to her husband, 61-year-old John Williams, he fired at them multiple times. Police say Deputy Dean Harbaugh returned fire, striking Williams.

Williams was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled Monday in Louisville.

The woman, who was not identified, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say Williams was black. The deputy’s race wasn’t immediately released.


Officials: Man dies after jumping into Licking River

CYNTHIANA (AP) — Officials in Harrison County say a 57-year-old man has died after jumping into the Licking River.

Local news agencies report Harrison County Search and Rescue officials confirmed the body of Steven Bell was recovered from the water Sunday afternoon.

Officials were called in Saturday night for a possible drowning after witnesses saw a man jump from Robinson Dam and never resurface.

County search and rescue chief Rejeana Craft says Bell was swimming with friends when he jumped off the dam.

Crews spent several hours looking for Bell that night. The search resumed Sunday morning.

His body is being taken to the state medical examiner’s office in Frankfort for an autopsy.


Grants allow Kentucky students to visit state parks

FRANKFORT (AP) — Seven Kentucky schools have received transportation grants in the latest round, allowing more than 2,000 students to visit a state park.

The Kentucky Parks Department says in a news release the grant program is sponsored by the Kentucky State Park Foundation. The program allows schools to seek grants to allow students to learn about the environment, history or culture at a state park.

The release says the program has allowed 2,076 Kentucky students to visit a state park in the last two years.

The seven schools that received grants are Livingston Central High School, Mill Creek Leadership Academy in Jefferson County, Leestown Middle School in Fayette County, George Rogers Clark High School in Clark County, Boston School in Nelson County, Sayre School Summer Safari in Fayette County and Pleasant View Elementary in Whitley County.


Fort Campbell honoring late advocate of army, soldiers

FORT CAMPBELL (AP) — Fort Campbell will hold a ceremony honoring a longtime advocate for the Army, especially Fort Campbell soldiers and their families.

The post said Clarissa Ann Jackson “T.C.” Freeman died May 19 at the age of 83 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Fort Campbell says she grew up in Killeen, Texas, near where her grandfather helped to secure the land to build Fort Hood.

Freeman met her husband there, retired Col. Bobby H. Freeman, a Hopkinsville native. She was an Army spouse for 25 years and raised three children.

She became a civilian aide to the secretary of the Army for central Kentucky in 2008, promoting good relations between the Army and the public.

The post said it plans to hold a memorialization ceremony June 28, renaming and dedicating Gate 4 to Freeman.


2 get probation for stealing from Toys for Tots

FRANKFORT (AP) — A father and son have been sentenced to probation for stealing thousands of dollars from a Marine Corps Toys for Tots program in central Kentucky.

Media outlets report 52-year-old Rusty Gaines and his 32-year-old son, Josh Gaines, were sentenced Friday in Franklin County Circuit Court for their guilty pleas to theft by unlawful taking.

Marine Corps League Frankfort Commandant Joel Jennings says $40,000 was taken. He called the sentencings “a joke and waste of time.”

Defense attorney Andrew Bowker says Rusty Gaines has paid more than $14,000 in restitution.

A judge told prosecutors and Bowker to submit a final restitution proposal within 60 days.

The elder Gaines was the Frankfort League’s treasurer until being replaced in 2014. Rusty and Josh Gaines were removed as Marine Corps League members.


Kentucky pedestrian killed near Bonnaroo music festival

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A 22-year-old Louisville man has been killed after being struck by two vehicles on Interstate 24 near the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the victim as Casey J. Young.

A preliminary THP investigative report says Young was in the median of the Interstate around 1 a.m. Saturday and, for unknown reasons, ran into the eastbound lanes of I-24. The report said he ran into the side of a tractor- trailer, fell to the ground and was then struck by an SUV. The victim died at the scene.

Young appeared to have attended the music festival. THP Lt. John Harmon said he had a Bonnaroo bracelet.

The report said Young was under the influence of alcohol and drugs but gave no explanation for how that conclusion was drawn. Toxicology tests have been requested.


Kentucky Supreme Court considers jury diversity case

FRANKFORT (AP) — The Kentucky Supreme Court is considering a case that could determine what power, if any, judges have to dismiss a jury because it lacks diversity.

The case stems from a decision by Jefferson County Circuit Judge Olu Stevens to dismiss a jury panel because only one perspective juror was black.

The Courier-Journal reports that Supreme Court justices spent nearly an hour grilling Jefferson County lawyers Thursday.

A lawyer with the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office argued that Stevens erred in dismissing the jury because there was no proof of “systematic exclusion” of any group because jurors are selected randomly.

However, an attorney with the Louisville public defender’s office said it’s impossible to prove systematic bias in jury selection because the state does not keep data on race of jurors.

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