A grand jury has cleared Madisonville police in the shooting death of a 35-year-old man who pulled a weapon last month.
Kentucky State Police said a Hopkins County grand jury heard evidence in the case Tuesday and declined to indict in the death of Douglas M. Seaton of Madisonville.
State police said Seaton was stopped by local police June 21 but fled, with officers pursuing him for about a mile. State police said Seaton got out of his vehicle, brandished a firearm and wouldn't comply with police commands as he approached officers. According to state police, Madisonville police fired shots, hitting Seaton, and he died at the scene.
State police said the two Madisonville officers, who weren't identified, were placed on paid administrative leave, which is agency policy.
State Representative Ben Waide was indicted Tuesday by a Franklin County grand jury for allegedly violating campaign finance laws.
According to a news release from the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, the grand jury returned a two-count felony indictment against Waide, who is a Republican from Hopkins County. The charges relate to his 2010 campaign for state representative.
The investigation began when a complaint was filed in January with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance by shareholders of Liberty Rehabilitation, PSC. Waide is accused of illegally accepting about $10,000 in campaign contributions from Liberty, a Madisonville company where he was a partner. He also alleged submitted some $6,000 in receipts to his campaign fund for reimbursement of expenses he did not incur.
Waide is scheduled for arraignment August 29 Franklin Circuit Court. His attorney, so far, has not returned a call for comment.
Records show a memorial for veterans in the western Kentucky city of Madisonville ended up costing more than three times the original estimate.
The Messenger reports records show the final price for the memorial was $358,000, which includes the use of city equipment and work done by city employees.
Mayor David Jackson disagreed with the newspaper's calculation, saying indirect expenses such as using city equipment shouldn't count for the total cost which would bring the total down to about $275,000. He said he would "vehemently disagree" with anyone who said the project cost too much.
A Kentucky man who bought a beat up metal detector on a whim at a yard sale used his new toy to rediscover a lost anniversary gift. David Tincher of Madisonville paid $10 for the detector on Monday, and started poking around the yard. Tincher told The Messenger the initial search went slowly--a few nails and some old tools at the house built in 1792.