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Louisville man exchanged gunfire with off-duty LMPD officer

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PHOTO: Louisville man exchanged gunfire with off-duty LMPD officer

Police arrested a Louisville man authorities say is accused of exchanging gunfire with an off-duty LMPD officer.

Herschel Brown was arrested Monday in the 6000 block of West Pages Lane, near Terry Road.

According to a police report, the officer called 911 and said her neighbor had shot at her at an apartment complex where they both live.

Police say in the recorded call, the officer identified Brown as the person who had shot at her. Officials say the officer also claimed that Brown had been stalking her.

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LMPD cuts training time for new officers by 8 weeks

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PHOTO: LMPD cuts training time for new officers by 8 weeks

The Louisville Metro Police Department has reduced the amount of probationary training for new officers before they are released on their own.

After a cadet graduates from the academy, he or she must complete a training phase with a veteran officer.

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Richard Dotson, former Louisville police chief, dies

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PHOTO: Richard Dotson, former Louisville police chief, dies

The former head of the Louisville Division of Police in the 1980s has died.

Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad expressed his condolences to Dotson's family Wednesday evening in a Facebook post.

"During his eight years as Chief, he was admired and respected by many," Conrad wrote. "I have the fond memory of Chief Dotson presiding over my own promotion to sergeant, a moment which will long live in my mind. As assistant chief, I had the honor of sitting across from then-Captain Dotson as he represented the Fraternal Order of Police - as President - during collective bargaining negotiations."

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Female LMPD officer claims police, city ignored sexual harassment

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PHOTO: Female LMPD officer claims police, city ignored sexual harassment

A Louisville Metro Police lieutenant has filed a lawsuit against the department and Metro Government, claiming she was sexually harassed by another officer and the department tried to cover it up.

The officer, who is not being named by WDRB News because she is an alleged victim of sexual harassment, filed the lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court on Tuesday through attorneys Thomas Clay and Pete Lay.

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Louisville reaches 100 homicides after man found shot in vacant home in Shelby Park

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PHOTO: Louisville reaches 100 homicides after man found shot in vacant home in Shelby Park

Louisville reached 100 criminal homicides Tuesday after a man was found shot in a vacant home in Shelby Park.

Officers were called to the 700 block of Camp Street around 4 p.m. Tuesday with reports of a man down inside a residence, according to a news release from Louisville Metro Police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley.

As of Wednesday morning, Louisville Metro Police Department has investigated 100 criminal homicides, according to a Courier Journal count.

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21-hour days and $320,000 of overtime highlight 'shocking' extra pay to 7 LMPD officers

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PHOTO: 21-hour days and $320,000 of overtime highlight 'shocking' extra pay to 7 LMPD officers

Louisville Metro Police Officer Todd Roadhouse worked more than 200 hours during the first two weeks of January, including back-to-back 17-hour days.

He followed that with a 21-hour day, according to his time slips. In all, his workload during that time yielded about 120 hours of overtime.

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Louisville immigration law jeopardizes funding

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PHOTO: Louisville immigration law jeopardizes funding

The Trump administration is questioning whether Louisville is out of step with federal law after approving a measure that prohibits police and other city employees from enforcing immigration statutes - and implying the city could lose more than half a million dollars as a result.

Mayor Greg Fischer's office is pushing back against the threat, saying it is confident that the city remains in full compliance with federal law.

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Prosecutor tells judge LMPD did not push assault case against Metro Council President David Yates

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PHOTO: Prosecutor tells judge LMPD did not push assault case against Metro Council President David Yates

A special prosecutor told a judge Wednesday that Louisville Metro Police did not push him to ask a grand jury to reconsider a felony assault charge against Metro Council President David Yates.

Nelson County Commonwealth's Attorney Terry Geoghegan told Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Audra Eckerle that he could "assure everyone" LMPD did not influence his decision to pursue the case against Yates.

Yates' lawyers had argued Monday that LMPD should be recused from the case because of an "outrageous conflict of interest" -- and not allowed to present evidence against him.

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