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Metro Council votes down plan for tax increases, must now go through budget to find millions to cut

John Wise - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Metro Council votes down plan for tax increases, must now go through budget to find millions to cut

After weeks of debate, the Louisville Metro Council voted against a plan designed to fix the city's $65 million budget shortfall.

The plan presented to the council Thursday combined budget cuts with new tax revenue in the form of raised insurance premiums.

It failed, with 15 members voting against it and only 11 voting for it.

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Louisville officer who shot man was to be fired, now being suspended

Matthew Glowicki - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Louisville officer who shot man was to be fired, now being suspended

A Louisville Metro Police officer who shot a man in an abandoned home in March 2017, later explaining she meant to turn on her gun's flashlight and not fire, has been suspended for 10 days.

Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad suspended Officer Sarah Stumler for 10 days last week, according to disciplinary records obtained by the Courier Journal.

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Old Cardinal Stadium reopens for LMPD sniper training

Phylicia Ashley - WAVE 3
PHOTO: Old Cardinal Stadium reopens for LMPD sniper training

Old Cardinal Stadium opened its gate one last time, but it wasn't for a game or concert. The LMPD sniper division practiced venue security and safety Tuesday morning.

LMPD snipers got a rare opportunity to practice lifesaving skills at the stadium before it gets torn down. Lt Paul Humphrey with LMPD said training six of the departments shooters at the stadium was important.

"To be able to be the last ones to quote on quote perform in this venue is a pretty unique opportunity," said Humphrey.

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LMPD officer dies in crash on I-64; MSD driver charged with murder, DUI

Chris Chandler - WLKY 32
PHOTO: LMPD officer dies in crash on I-64; MSD driver charged with murder, DUI

A police officer is dead after a fiery crash on I-64 reportedly involving a semi and an LMPD cruiser.

Officials identified the deceased as LMPD Det. Deidre Mengedoht, 32. Police chief Steve Conrad said Mengedoht had served seven-plus years with the force.

Mengedoht was reportedly conducting a traffic stop on a truck with four passengers inside when an MSD truck crashed into her cruiser. The officer's cruiser then struck the truck that had pulled over and caught fire. Investigators said the officer had her emergency lights on and was in the right-hand lane.

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LMPD chief launches internal investigation after video of violent confrontation surfaces

Lexie Ratterman - WDRB 41
PHOTO: LMPD chief launches internal investigation after video of violent confrontation surfaces

Louisville's police chief is launching an investigation into the arrest of a man left swollen and in a neck brace after an altercation with an officer with the Louisville Metro Police Department Sunday afternoon.

After reviewing body camera footage, LMPD Police Chief Steve Conrad has launched an investigation led by LMPD's Professional Standards Unit. The investigation will attempt to determine if any departmental policies were violated.

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Fischer, Leet offer starkly different pictures of Louisville at debate

Darcy Costello - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Fischer, Leet offer starkly different pictures of Louisville at debate

Greg Fischer and Angela Leet both live and work in Louisville, but the two painted drastically different pictures of the city in their second and final debate Tuesday night, three weeks out from Election Day.

Fischer, the incumbent Democrat seeking a third four-year term, pledged in his closing remarks to build on the successes of his tenure, highlighting accomplishments in his description of Louisville's "renaissance."

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Rev. Kevin Cosby addresses his traffic stop: 'I just want consistency'

Darcy Costello - Courier~Journal
PHOTO: Rev. Kevin Cosby addresses his traffic stop: 'I just want consistency'

The Rev. Kevin Cosby doesn't believe he's above the law. But he does want consistency in its enforcement.

"I am entitled, like all people in West Louisville and in urban communities, to equal protection under the law," Cosby told University of Louisville professor Ricky Jones in a recorded interview. "I just want consistency."

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Judge denies request to reinstate rank of LMPD lieutenant who sued city

Jason Riley - WDRB 41
PHOTO: Judge denies request to reinstate rank of LMPD lieutenant who sued city

A Jefferson Circuit Court judge has denied Louisville Metro Police Lieutenant Jimmy Harper's request to be reinstated to his position as major, in part because of the hostility between Harper and Chief Steve Conrad.

A jury trial earlier this month ended with Harper winning a $300,000 verdict. He sued claiming he was demoted from the rank of major in retaliation for speaking out to Mayor Greg Fischer about how the department was being managed by Conrad.

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