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Pipe bursts at LMPD near 'packaged evidence'

Phillip M. Bailey - Courier~Journal
Pipe bursts at LMPD near 'packaged evidence'

A pipe burst at Louisville Metro Police headquarters last week, causing a water leak that impacted "packaged evidence" stored in the department's crime lab.

In an email, Cathy Duncan, the city's fleet and facilities manager, confirmed her agency received a report about a water leak in the basement of police headquarters on Jan. 13. She said a facilities manager and plumber were immediately sent to the site, traced the leak and had a contractor make repairs.

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Widow of officer killed by alleged drunken driver shares story

Jennifer Baileys - WLKY 32
Widow of officer killed by alleged drunken driver shares story

It's been nearly three months since Louisville Metro Police Detective Jason Schweitzer was hit and killed by a woman police said was driving drunk.

His widow, Jessica Schweitzer, looked back on her husband's life as she sat down with WLKY's Jennifer Baileys.

"The night we met, I remember he just had such a huge personality. I was instantly drawn to him," Jessica said.

Jason and Jessica Schweitzer's love story has a common theme: Police work. They were introduced by a fellow LMPD officer. Years later they were married and started a family.

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Rick McCubbin named new chief of Shepherdsville Police Department

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Rick McCubbin named new chief of Shepherdsville Police Department

The former Bardstown police chief has been chosen to lead the Shepherdsville Police Department.

Rick McCubbin was named as the chief on Tuesday following a vote of 6-0 by the Shepherdsville City Council.

McCubbin will replace Doug Puckett who gave a written notice he would retire on Jan. 31.

McCubbin left the Bardstown force in May of 2016 and cited interference from Bardstown Mayor John Royalty as a major reason for his departure.

Rick McCubbin is the new chief of the Shepherdsville Police Department.

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Fischer: Police union vote a 'distraction'

Phillip M. Bailey - Courier~Journal
Fischer: Police union vote a 'distraction'

Mayor Greg Fischer dismissed suggestions that a vote by Louisville's police union that found fewer than 2 percent of members have confidence in Chief Steve Conrad's leadership is a sign of low morale.

"When I talk to our police officers what they say is, 'I just want to do my job.' And that's what I'm focusing on right now," Fischer said Thursday during an hour-long discussion on 89.3 WFPL. "These other things are a distraction to what's the most concerning to our citizens and that's to make our streets safer."

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Louisville FOP overwhelmingly votes no confidence in LMPD and Chief Conrad

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Louisville FOP overwhelmingly votes no confidence in LMPD and Chief Conrad

The Louisville Fraternal Order of Police has made a no confidence vote of LMPD leadership.

Out of seven questions, all exceeded 90 percent in the "no" category. For example, 99.3 percent of voters said they don't "believe that the LMPD has enough officers to function effectively."

On the ballot were several questions to members including confidence in leadership, communication and manpower, despite the addition of a SWAT team and expansion of the narcotics units.

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Louisville Police Adopt Seattle Safe Harbor Initiative For LGBTQ Protection

Jacob Ryan - WFPL
Louisville Police Adopt Seattle Safe Harbor Initiative For LGBTQ Protection

Victims of anti-LGBTQ crime in Louisville can now go to Starbucks' coffee shops to seek safety and await police assistance.

The newly announced Safe Harbor initiative is a collaboration between Starbucks and the Louisville Metro Police Department. Local police officials adopted the concept from the Seattle Police Department.

In Seattle, the program is administered by Officer Jim Ritter. He said Louisville is the first American police department outside of Seattle to fully adopt the program. About 30 other police agencies across the country are in the process of rolling out similar programs, Ritter said.

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'National shame' follows fatal park shootings

Phillip M. Bailey - Courier~Journal
'National shame' follows fatal park shootings

Gunmen exchanged about 20 shots at a Thanksgiving Day youth football event, thrusting Louisville past its homicide record and into the national spotlight.

Two men were killed and four more people were wounded during the brazen violence, which broke out about 200 yards away from Mayor Greg Fischer, who was among the hundreds of children, men and women attending the annual Juice Bowl at Shawnee Park.

"This is the worst Thanksgiving ever," said Charlotte Waddell, a cousin of the late boxing legend Muhammad Ali.

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