Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton, a deputy sheriff, and a detective go on trial Monday on charges of civil rights violations and lying to federal investigators. The case stems from a 2010 arrest in which the three officers were accused of using excessive force.
Jury selection begins Monday at 9:00am in U.S. District Court in Bowling Green for Sheriff Chris Eaton, Deputy Aaron Bennett, and Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force Detective Eric Guffey.
According to the federal indictment, a 13-year old girl was at a Glasgow church on the night of February 24, 2010, when she looked out the window and saw suspect Billy Randall Stinnett struggling with the local sheriff and several deputies.
In testimony to the FBI, the girl and four other teenagers present say they saw Eaton and the deputies beating Stinnett to the point where they thought he was being murdered.
Environmental attorney Tom FitzGerald says he may seek the Democratic nomination to run for U.S. Senate next year but perhaps not if Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes gets in the race.
FitzGerald said he's not sure a costly Democratic primary would be a good idea considering the huge amount of money that the Republican incumbent, Mitch McConnell, has raised.
McConnell has banked $13 million.
The Courier-Journal first reported FitzGerald's plans.
FitzGerald said if he runs, he will give up his job as executive director of the non-profit Kentucky Resources Council, which has put him at the center of environmental debates for nearly three decades.
The 58-year-old said he will talk with Grimes before he decides in the next couple of weeks. Grimes said Tuesday she still hasn't decided.
The Jefferson County Board of Education has voted in favor of a resolution calling for an increase in the dropout age.
The Courier-Journal reports the board voted on the measure that supports raising the dropout age to 18 despite concerns from member Linda Duncan that it wouldn't "cure out-of-control kids and keep them in school."
A formal vote on the issue won't come until July, and the policy wouldn't go into effect until the 2015-16 school year.
Duncan says she hopes that is enough time to address her concerns.
According to district officials, 768 JCPS students dropped out of this school year as of January, including 188 who were 17.
Police say an 11-year-old southern Kentucky boy has been charged after he told his teacher he accidently brought a loaded gun to school.
The Commonwealth Journal reports police decided to charge the child even though they believe he had no intent to harm anyone.
Police say the boy told a teacher at Southern Elementary School that he had the gun in his pants pocket soon after he arrived at school on Monday morning. Police say the boy and his father said they had been sport shooting on Sunday and the boy apparently left the gun in his pants and wore them to school the next day.
A district official says the boy has been removed from the school. Police continue to investigate.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he believes the federal justice system is ‘‘fully capable of prosecuting’’ a 19-year-old man suspected of detonating deadly bombs at the Boston Marathon.
The Obama administration has indicated it plans to build a criminal case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who remains in serious condition in a hospital.
Some of Paul’s congressional Republican colleagues have said Tsarnaev’s rights should be more restricted than the administration intends.
Paul said after an appearance at a Louisville power plant Monday that he hopes Tsarnaev is ‘‘prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and I hope he’s ashamed and (is) punished for killing innocents.’’
The most serious charge available to prosecutors would be the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill, which carries a possible death sentence.