Local News
8:06 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

How Did So Much Violence Happen Saturday in Downtown Louisville?

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Louisville Metro Police are increasing their visibility downtown after a string of violent incidents Saturday night, but community activists say there are underlying issues that should also be addressed.

The series of events, via police, plays out like this:

A group of young people, perhaps 200, were gathered at Waterfront Park on Saturday evening. Some began assaulting and robbing a 13-year-old near the Big Four Bridge; when a bystander intervened, they assaulted and robbed him. Officers responded and broke up the gathering—and that's when the real mayhem began.

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Local News
12:29 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

News Special at 1 p.m. Today: Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad

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Statistics point to a declining trend for crime in Metro Louisville, but concerns about violence endure.

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Local News
8:00 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Where Homicides Happened in Louisville So Far in 2013


Louisville Metro had fewer violent and property crimes committed in 2012 compared to 2011, but Police Chief Steve Conrad is still concerned.

One reason is an increase in homicides and aggravated assaults despite decreases in the other crime categories. Conrad told me earlier this week that trends from 2012 appear to be holding in 2013 through at least July.

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Local News
11:00 am
Sun August 18, 2013

Where Homicides Have Happened in Louisville in 2013


Last week, Louisville Metro Police officials gave the Metro Council an update on the the VIPER Unit, a new team created about a year ago to address the city's most violent persistent offenders.

Police officials told council members that the VIPER Unit has helped reduce violence. Murders are only one element of violence, but here's an update of how the city's homicide rate compares to last year.

In short: Things are about the same.

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Local News
7:29 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

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


  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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Local News
4:10 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Letter on School Violence Pits Paducah Sun Against McCracken Sheriff

A clearer picture has emerged of the standoff between the Paducah Sun and the McCracken County Sheriff's Office that prompted a school closure earlier this week.

Clearer, but not prettier.

Authorities now believe that a letter received by the Paducah Sun on Monday referenced an incident the previous week that had already been investigated. A couple of kids in Paducah's Reidland High School were talking about the video game Minecraft; their chatter about placing bombs—part of the game—was misinterpreted as a possible threat.

No harm, no foul.

Until Monday.

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2:21 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Steven Pinker: World is Actually Less Violent Today; Why?

Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker was the guest at the Kentucky Author Forum on Oct. 2, 2012, interviewed by NPR's Neal Conan.  Pinker is a Harvard College Professor and Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University.

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Local News
11:28 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Crisis Response Team Seeks Volunteers

Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt is co-chair of Louisville's violence prevention work group.


Volunteers are being asked to join the Kentucky Community Crisis Response Team as part of Louisville’s new violence prevention initiative.

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