7:43 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Owensboro Police Clearance Rate Above National Average

Owensboro police reported clearing 77.1% of violent crimes and nearly 39% of property crimes in 2012. Those figures put them above the national averages of 48% for violent crime and 19% for property crimes.

Police chief Art Ealum says the clearance rate comes from the department's efforts to build close ties with the community. Ealum says the city's relatively small size allows patrol officers to interact with the public in a way an officer in a large metro area can't.

In 2012, the department had 101 full-time officers and five reserve officers. 

7:23 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Police Hit the Roads for Memorial Day

Kentucky law enforcement officers are beginning a week of traffic patrols for the Memorial Day holiday focusing on making sure motorists are wearing seat belts. The 2013 "Click It or Ticket" campaign begins Monday and runs through June 2nd.

The Kentucky Office of Highway Safety says Kentucky has an 83% seat belt usage rate. The national rate is 86%. The office says fatalities on Kentucky roadways last year totaled 746, up from 721 in 2011. It says more than half of those killed were not wearing a seat belt.

6:53 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Drug Task Force Close to Expanding

A drug task force in south-central Kentucky is on the verge of expanding into a third county.

The Bowling Green daily News reports the Barren-Edmonson County Drug Task Force is poised to add Allen County as a partner. The task force is based in Glasgow and investigates drug crimes in Barren and Edmonson counties.

Task force director Jeff Scruggs says the partnership has received approval from city and county governments in Allen County. The final steps are filing and registering paperwork to officially add the third county to the agency.

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6:42 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Dalai Lama Begins His Visit to Louisville

The Dalai Lama spoke to about 15,000 people at the KFC Yum Center as the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists began his visit.

He spoke for about 40 minutes Sunday and then took questions from the crowd. A line started forming around the arena hours before the speech.

The Dalai Lama started his visit earlier in the day by blessing a temple in suburban Louisville. He handed out prayer scarves at the event and told the crowd there that the temple should be known more as a place of learning than of chanting.

3:42 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Grand Jury Will Hear Case of Warren County Volleyball Coach Accused of Sex with Minor

Brian Gifford
Credit Warren County Regional Jail

The case against a Bowling Green volleyball coach accused of having sex with an underage girl is headed to a grand jury. 

Twenty-eight-year-old Brian Gifford was in Warren District Court Friday and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. 

A Kentucky State Police investigation found that Gifford had sex on multiple occasions with a 15-year-old player that he met while coaching for the Barren River Area Volleyball Organization.  Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron says the investigation is ongoing.

"Our main concern is to make sure that any children affected by this individual come forward, and if anybody does have information we would ask them to contact Kentucky State Police or the Commonwealth's Attorneys Office," urges Cohron.

Gifford remains in the Warren County Regional Jail.  His attorney Alan Simpson declined to comment Friday.