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7:29 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Louisville Metro Police: VIPER Unit Has Helped Reduce Violent Crime in First Year

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  Louisville Metro Police's VIPER Unit has helped reduce violent crime in nine out of 10 areas they've targeted, and they've also helped with the confiscation of 270 illegal guns—half of which were in the hands of convicted felons, officials said.

Police officials updated the Louisville Metro Council's Public Safety Committee on Tuesday as the VIPER UNIT approaches the one-year-anniversary of its creation.

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6:39 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

City Reaches Contract Deal with Police, Firefighters Union

Louisville Metro Government has reached a five-year deal with the city’s police and fire unions that provides raises while making significant changes to the overtime and health plan systems.

The contracts with the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Firefighters were recently ratified by their membership, and both contracts will be presented to the Metro Council next week for consideration.

Mayor Greg Fischer says the new labor agreement helps the city align projected revenues with rising costs.

"I applaud both sides for taking a fair and affordable approach to these contracts," he says. "Our employees are among the best in class and we are on a constant journey of improvement. These new contracts take a big step toward matching revenue growth with personnel costs."

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6:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Louisville Traffic Deaths Up Significantly From 2012

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A Pontiac Bonneville on Tuesday night was heading northbound on Taylor Boulevard behind a truck. The truck turned left, and so did the Bonneville—right into a motorcycle heading south on Taylor.

Louisville Metro Police believe the truck obstructed the view of the Bonneville's driver.

The motorcycle driver suffered a serious head injury, police said.

A passenger on the motorcycle died at University Hospital.

That woman is the latest traffic death in Louisville—and traffic deaths in the county have dramatically spiked since 2012.

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4:58 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Police: Suspect in Gardiner Lane Shootings Appears to be Among the 3 Dead

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Update 8:30: The person suspected in the fatal shootings in an apartment on Gardiner Lane on Wednesday afternoon appears to be among the three dead, Louisville Metro Police say.

Three people died in the shooting; one was at University Hospital in critical condition, police say.

The dead are a juvenile girl, a 38-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, says Dwight Mitchell, an LMPD spokesman. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

The injured person is a woman in her 60s.

Police believe it's a "domestic-related shooting," Mitchell says.

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5:09 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Louisville Metro Police Officer Accused of Ordering Woman to Expose Herself

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A Louisville Metro Police officer is facing misconduct charges after he allegedly asked a woman to expose herself and later touched her improperly.

Officer Joe Burden is accused of asking the women to partially strip her clothes in October, after detaining her during a call to service and falsely telling her she had a warrant—and that other officers wanted her arrested, according to a criminal complaint summons. She complied.

Soon after, the woman filed a complaint with LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit.

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4:21 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Shootings on Sunday Give Louisville its 7th, 8th and 9th Homicide of 2013

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Three men died Sunday afternoon outside an apartment complex near Berry Boulevard, bringing Louisville's number of criminal homicides to nine as we near the end of the first quarter of 2013.

The shooting appears to have followed a drug deal, said Lt. Barry Wilkerson, the Louisville Metro Police Homicide Unit commander.

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4:15 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

New Albany Gun Buyback Ends Six Hours Early After Funds Run Out

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That didn't take long.

A New Albany gun buyback program ended in less than two hours Friday after police accepted about 250 firearms and ran out of money.

"We had a big turnout," said Maj. Keith Whitlow, a New Albany Police spokesman.

"If we do it again in the future, we can learn from our mistakes ... and try to get more people involved."

People were lined up hours before the buyback began, he said.

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1:03 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Authorities: Laser Pointers Can Blind Pilots, Cause Disaster

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Louisville Metro Police and the FBI are warning people of the consequences of aiming laser pointers at aircraft.

Officials say a series of recent local incidents, often intended as pranks, has raised new concerns about the risks to commercial and police aircraft.

Officer Carey Hirtzell was circling an LMPD helicopter above an investigation scene last weekend when someone pointed a green laser at the aircraft.

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8:45 am
Wed October 24, 2012

LMPD, FBI to Discuss Dangers of Laser Pointers and Aircraft

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Louisville Metro Police and other authorities will discuss the "growing problem" of people using laser pointers on aircraft, which LMPD says can lead to "catastrophic results."

LMPD pilots will be joined at a news conference Wednesday by representatives from the FBI and the University of Louisville Police, a news release said. Authorities will urge people to be aware of the dangers laser pointers pose to aircraft, and they'll also discuss a recent arrest.

7:48 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Metro Police to Conduct Racial Profiling Study

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The Louisville Metro Police Department will conduct a study to determine if officers are racially profiling residents when making traffic stops.

During the Metro Council budget hearings, Police Chief Steve Conrad testified that since being sworn-in he has been asked at several community meetings if officers pull over African-Americans more than whites.

Before city and county governments merged, the old city collected data on the race of individuals who were pulled over or detained, but quit analyzing the data after a few years.

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