State News in Brief

Man threatening suicide fires gun at Laurel Co. deputies

LONDON (AP) — Police in eastern Kentucky say a man with a gun fired at two officers after threatening to kill himself and anyone who tried to stop him.

A release from the Laurel Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Terry Collier ran from his home Thursday night when officers arrived. He fired two shots at the sheriff’s deputies, and later put the gun down but continued to fight the officers until he was subdued.

Police say Collier had sent an electronic message to another person saying “he was going out in a blaze of glory.”

Sheriff John Root says Collier is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, wanton endangerment, fleeing police and resisting arrest.

The two deputies were not hurt during the arrest. Collier was jailed in the Laurel County Detention Center.


Official: Ky. schools can’t use Aikido to restrain students

LOUISVILLE (AP) — Kentucky’s education commissioner has ordered public schools to stop using a form of Aikido training to physically restrain students.

The Courier-Journal reports that Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt sent a cease-and-desist letter to school districts on Tuesday, prohibiting staff from using the martial-art technique.

Dr. Melissa Currie is the University of Louisville’s head of Pediatric Forensic Medicine. The newspaper quotes her as saying that her office encountered several cases of injuries, primarily broken bones, resulting from the use of Aikido Control Training in Jefferson County schools.

County schools spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin says the district voluntarily phased out the use of Aikido before Pruitt’s letter.

Only five districts in the state have had staff members trained in Aikido, but Pruitt sent the letter to all school districts as a precaution.


Warrant: Man followed child into restaurant bathroom stall

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A Louisville man is facing charges after being accused of following a child into a restroom stall at a restaurant.

WAVE-TV reports records show 49-year-old David Joseph Gladstone was taken into custody on charges of voyeurism and menacing in connection with the June 27 incident at Ditto’s Grill.

An arrest warrant says a 7-year-old boy told police that he went into a restroom stall and saw Gladstone staring at him through a crack between the door and the stall wall.

The child told officers that Gladstone then entered the stall while continuing to stare at him before walking out, leaving the restaurant.

The boy told his father who informed employees. Louisville Metro police were called and identified Gladstone as a suspect.

It isn’t clear if he has an attorney.


Police: Child, 3, left in van at day care for over 9 hours

LEXINGTON (AP) — A 3-year-old boy, forgotten by his day care center’s driver, was left strapped in his car seat alone in a van in a parking lot for more than nine hours overnight.

Lexington Police spokeswoman Brenna Angel said the child was not in distress when he was found about 2 a.m. Thursday. Paramedics examined him and released him to his family.

The police department is investigating the 23-year-old woman who was driving the van, she said. No charges have been filed.

The child’s mother called police to her apartment when she arrived home from work about midnight Wednesday to say her son was not dropped off from his day care, Precious Jewels School of Excellence.

She said the day care center is supposed to bring the child home about 5 p.m. and his 16-year-old sister was at the apartment waiting for him, Angel said.

The mother’s employer does not allow her to have a phone while at work, and her daughter had no way to contact her to let her know the child never arrived home, Angel said. The family is not under investigation.

The day care center had closed hours earlier, at 6 p.m.

Police officers reached the owners of the day care, who went to the center and found the boy still strapped into his car seat in the van parked in the lot outside.

Angel said he is believed to have been in the van from about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to 2 a.m. Thursday.

The National Weather Service reports that the temperature in Lexington was 84 degrees at 4:30 p.m. It cooled down overnight to about 72 degrees at 2 a.m.

“I don’t think he was crying when the day care owner got him out of the van,” Angel said. “It’s very fortunate that the child was found safely.”

A woman who answered the phone at the day care center Friday declined to comment.

In Louisville, a child died during a similar incident in April.

An investigation by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services showed the owner of Lil Kings and Queens Learning Academy picked up 2-year-old Lavontae Swain, her great-nephew, at his home about 9:30 a.m. She forgot to deliver him to the center and the boy remained in the van for six hours as the temperature topped 80 degrees. She went to an elementary school about 3:45 p.m. to pick up other children, who discovered the boy unresponsive in the backseat. The coroner ruled that the child died from hyperthermia, an extremely elevated body temperature.

The owner, 70-year-old Jacquelin Thomas, was charged with manslaughter.

Angel said a detective in the police department’s Special Victims Unit is investigating whether criminal charges should be filed in the Lexington case.

Beth Fischer, a Cabinet spokeswoman, said the agency also has opened an investigation into the day care center.


Clay Co. officials indicted on public corruption charges

MANCHESTER (AP) — Clay County Judge-Executive Joe Lewis Asher and county road foreman Buford Jarvis have been indicted on charges related to public corruption.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a grand jury issued an indictment Thursday alleging that Asher and Buford in September charged some property owners a few hundred dollars apiece for improvements to private land using public resources.

The indictment alleges the men installed tile and concrete barriers and that purchase orders later found in their possession had been altered.

The men are charged with abuse of public trust, bribery of a public servant and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

The newspaper said calls to Asher and Jarvis were not immediately returned.


Judge orders cemetery owner to finish work or offer refunds

LEXINGTON (AP) — A state judge has ordered the owner of a Scott County cemetery to either install headstones and other items or give customers a full refund.

Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear sued Dale Shackleford and Crestlawn Cemetery in May for not installing the headstones and grave markers despite accepting thousands of dollars from grieving family members. Beshear said in a news release that Scott County Circuit Judge Paul F. Isaacs ordered Shackelford to complete the work or refund the money.

Shackelford did not respond to the lawsuit and did not appear in court on Thursday. A message on his cellphone said his voice mail system was full and could not receive messages.

Beshear said his office will monitor the cemetery and “take appropriate steps” if Shackelford does not comply.


KSP use YouTube to seek tips in slaying

HENDERSON (AP) — Kentucky State Police have produced a YouTube video in hopes of gathering new leads in a slaying in Henderson.

Rewards totaling $15,000 have been offered for information leading to arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the death of 20-year-old Blake G. Crews of Henderson. Crews died of multiple gunshot wounds to the face on Jan. 17, 2015.

Crews was found inside a home where state police were called to a burglary.

Police say in the video they have received numerous tips but all have been exhausted.

Information can be reported to police at 270-826-3312 or anonymously at 800-222-5555 or by downloading the KSP App.


Black judge drops suit stemming from racially charged feud

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A black judge embroiled in a racially charged feud with a white prosecutor is withdrawing a federal lawsuit against the commission investigating him on judicial misconduct charges.

Jefferson County Circuit Judge Olu Stevens filed the lawsuit this spring in U.S. District Court in Louisville, alleging that the Judicial Conduct Commission was trying to silence him from speaking out “on topics of vital public concern.” The commission announced in April it was charging Stevens with several counts of misconduct, mostly stemming from social media posts and other statements criticizing a prosecutor and others on the topic of jury diversity.

News media reported that one of Stevens’ lawyers, Ian A. Mance of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, asked Thursday for the federal suit to be dismissed.

A hearing is scheduled Monday on the misconduct charges.

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