Kentucky State Police http://wfpl.org en Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit http://wfpl.org/post/questions-remain-state-police-investigation-louisville-police-settle-whistleblower-lawsuit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Louisville Metro Police Department has settled a whistleblower lawsuit from an officer who alleged he was retaliated against for helping a woman whose conviction followed a Kentucky State Police investigation that's been called into question.</span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:44:52 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey & Jonathan Meador 9152 at http://wfpl.org Questions Remain in State Police Investigation as Louisville Police Settle Whistleblower Lawsuit Kentucky State Trooper Commissioner: Budget Cuts Have Led to Staff Shortage http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-trooper-commissioner-budget-cuts-have-led-staff-shortage <p>FRANKFORT — Kentucky's top state trooper says his agency is suffering from a shortage in staff.</p><p>Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer told a state House committee that years of flatlining budgets and a proposed 2.5 percent cut under Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest spending plan have put a squeeze on the agency.</p><p>Brewer says expenses in employee retirement, healthcare costs and fleet maintenance have led to layoffs.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 00:30:28 +0000 Jonathan Meador 8562 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Trooper Commissioner: Budget Cuts Have Led to Staff Shortage Nine Dead in Muhlenberg Co. House Fire; Cause Ruled Accidental http://wfpl.org/post/nine-dead-muhlenberg-co-house-fire-cause-ruled-accidental <p>Investigators say a malfunctioning electric baseboard heater caused an early morning fire in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky early today that claimed the lives of nine family members, eight of them children.</p><p>The blaze broke out around 2:00am at a home in the small town of Depoy, just outside of Greenville.</p><p>It claimed the lives of 36 year old LaRae Watson and eight of her nine children, ages four to fifteen.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:25:46 +0000 Kevin Willis and Lisa Autry | Kentucky Public Radio 8424 at http://wfpl.org Nine Dead in Muhlenberg Co. House Fire; Cause Ruled Accidental Kentucky State Police's 'Black Friday' Drug Operation Falls Short of Goal http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-polices-black-friday-drug-operation-falls-short-goal <p>A Kentucky State Police operation to apprehend a record number of drug traffickers has fallen short of its goal.</p><p>Touted in a press release as having arrested 479 targeted drug traffickers, news outlets across Kentucky ran with the numbers even though<a href="/post/kentucky-aclu-criticizes-large-scale-police-targeting-low-level-drug-suspects"> “Operation Black Friday” </a>has arrested just 339 suspects.</p><p>Trooper Paul Blanton explains the miscommunication.</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:07:25 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7740 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Police's 'Black Friday' Drug Operation Falls Short of Goal Kentucky ACLU Criticizes Large-Scale Police Targeting of 'Low Level' Drug Suspects http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-aclu-criticizes-large-scale-police-targeting-low-level-drug-suspects <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Kentucky State Police embarked Friday on what officials are calling “the largest one-day drug round-up in agency history"—but the state ACLU suggests that the busts are misguided.</span></p><p>Dubbed “Operation Black Friday,” state police were targeting nearly 500 people were being &nbsp;targeted for arrest across the state on charges mostly related to drug trafficking,&nbsp;KSP spokesman Sgt. Richard Saint-Blancard said.</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 17:55:07 +0000 Jonathan Meador 7408 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky ACLU Criticizes Large-Scale Police Targeting of 'Low Level' Drug Suspects Stumbo Refers LRC Chief Robert Sherman's Doc Shredding to Kentucky State Police http://wfpl.org/post/stumbo-refers-lrc-chief-robert-shermans-doc-shredding-kentucky-state-police <p>A Republican Kentucky House leader is calling for Kentucky State Police to be brought in to investigate document<a href="/post/ex-kentucky-legislative-research-commission-director-says-he-shredded-documents"> shredding by Robert Sherman</a>&nbsp;following his resignation Friday as director of the Legislative Research Commission.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 18:13:55 +0000 Joseph Lord 6971 at http://wfpl.org Stumbo Refers LRC Chief Robert Sherman's Doc Shredding to Kentucky State Police Months After Fatal Ambush, Resolve Still Strong to Find Bardstown Officer's Killer http://wfpl.org/post/months-after-fatal-ambush-resolve-still-strong-find-bardstown-officers-killer <p>It’s been just over three months since the ambush shooting death of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.&nbsp;</p><p>The 33-year-old lawman was attacked while on his way home from work on the Memorial Day weekend.</p><p>Police say they have not identified any suspects but continue to follow up on leads.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>As the days pass without an arrest, many are working to keep the case fresh in people’s minds.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 19:44:38 +0000 Rick Howlett 6726 at http://wfpl.org Months After Fatal Ambush, Resolve Still Strong to Find Bardstown Officer's Killer Investigators of Bardstown Officer Slaying Seek Information on Tree Work http://wfpl.org/post/investigators-bardstown-officer-slaying-seek-information-tree-work <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Investigators looking for the killer of a Bardstown police officer are asking Nelson County-area residents to contact them if they had tree work done around the time of the ambush.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officer Jason&nbsp;Ellis was shot to death during the early morning hours of May 25 after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on a highway exit ramp in Nelson County.</span></p><p>Police won't describe the debris on the ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 19:54:09 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 5651 at http://wfpl.org Investigators of Bardstown Officer Slaying Seek Information on Tree Work Funeral for Slain Bardstown Officer is Thursday; Investigation Continues http://wfpl.org/post/funeral-slain-bardstown-officer-thursday-investigation-continues <p>The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting death of a Bardstown Police officer has grown to&nbsp;more than $30,000.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thirty-three year old Officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times early Saturday after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp in Nelson County.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ellis was on his way home from work and investigators now believe the officer was specifically targeted. </span></p> Tue, 28 May 2013 19:07:07 +0000 Rick Howlett & Associated Press 5574 at http://wfpl.org Funeral for Slain Bardstown Officer is Thursday; Investigation Continues Kentucky State Police: Slain Bardstown Police Officer Was Ambushed http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-state-police-slain-bardstown-police-officer-was-ambushed <p>Kentucky State Police say the fatal roadside shooting of a Bardstown Police officer was premeditated and are asking for the public's help in finding suspects.</p><p>Authorities say 33-year-old Officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times with a shotgun after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Exit 34 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. Ellis was in uniform and was driving home.</p> Mon, 27 May 2013 04:50:09 +0000 Associated Press & Rick Howlett 5556 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky State Police: Slain Bardstown Police Officer Was Ambushed