Barren County

A Western Kentucky University student attending the Glasgow campus was found dead at the campus early Friday afternoon. Glasgow Police, emergency medical personnel and the Barren County Coroner’s office responded and are on the scene. The cause of death is under investigation. The name of the student will be released by the coroner’s office pending notification of kin. Classes have been canceled for the remainder of the day at the Glasgow campus.

A construction worker has been killed and three others injured when a retaining wall collapsed as they were working on a road project on Kentucky 90 in Glasgow. The Glasgow Daily Times reports 63-year-old Kenneth E. Decker of Bee Springs died and three others suffered non-life-threatening injuries on Tuesday when the nearly completed wall fell.

Glasgow Paper Continues Fight for Jail Report

Oct 4, 2012

A newspaper in Barren County is continuing its fight for records of a jail investigation. The Glasgow Daily Times reports that its latest legal filing argues local officials willfully withheld the records and the county should pay the newspaper's legal fees.

Barren County officials are appealing a judge's order to release an investigative report on the local jail to The Glasgow Daily Times. The newspaper, meanwhile, has asked a judge to hold county officials in contempt for not releasing the document.

A veteran of the National Park Service who grew up in Kentucky's cave country has been chosen as the new superintendent of Mammoth Cave National Park. Sarah Craighead, who started her career with the National Park Service at Mammoth Cave in the 1970s, will begin her new post Nov. 4.

A judge in southern Kentucky has ordered Barren County to release an investigative report on the local jail to The Glasgow Daily Times, but information may be edited out as allowed by law.

A judge is expected to decide soon whether all notes and recordings taken during an investigation into the Barren County Detention Center are public records and if any of the files will be edited before release.

Kevin Willis

The drought that has impacted so many parts of region is also presenting major challenges to livestock producers. The lack of corn crop this year has led to higher feed prices for cattle, and that is forcing livestock producers into a difficult decision: do they sell their cattle now at a loss, or hold on to those animals in hopes of getting better prices down the road?

Julian Goodman, a Glasgow, Kentucky native and former NBC president who helped establish Chet Huntley and David Brinkley as a well-known news team and led the network from 1966 to 1974, has died. He was 90.

Jury duty: some people like it, a lot of people hate it. Regardless of their thoughts on the issue, many of those who are called for jury duty won’t ever take part in a trial. That’s at least partly because—for better or worse—so many cases result in plea bargains that are arranged by the prosecutors and defense attorneys ahead of time.

A pre-civil war house in Barren County is being recommended for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The 1855 property has been known as the Bybee House for its builder, Barren County native William Bybee. He was a farmer, livestock trader, and land speculator.

Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and three deputies have entered not guilty pleas Wednesday in U.S District Court. The four are accused of civil rights violations and obstruction of justice. The Glasgow Daily Times reports Sheriff Eaton and deputies Adam Minor, Eric Guffey, and Aaron Bennett were arraigned in federal court in Bowling Green. The charges against them stem from an incident on February 22, 2011. 

Lexington police are allowing access to the murder weapon used by former Barren County lawmaker Steve Nunn, who is serving a life sentence in prison for shooting to death his ex-fiance, Amanda Ross.

More details are emerging in the federal indictment against Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton. He’s accused of beating a suspect in custody, filing false reports, and making false statements as part of a cover-up.

According to the indictment, a 13-year old girl was at a Glasgow church on the night of February 22, 2011, when she looked out the window and saw suspect Billy Randall Stinnett struggling with the local sheriff and several deputies.

The attorney for Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton says a federal indictment is "unjustified" and no one used physical force on 30 year old Billy Stinnett after deputies handcuffed him.

Lawyer Guthrie True of Frankfort is representing Eaton. True told the Associated Press Thursday that the US Justice Department appeared to be "headstrong" about charging his client with a crime related to Stinnett's arrest on February 24, 2010.

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