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After Butler County Sheriff Scottie Ward's budget was tabled until December 28 by the county's fiscal court Monday night, Ward said all his deputies will be on strike until a budget is approved. In a Facebook posting after the meeting, Ward wrote, "I'm truly sorry but I can't force my guys to put their life on the line for no money."

Ward said he gave each court member a copy of his budget to look over November 10th. But after an hour of questioning, a motion was made by court member David Whittinghill to table the document. Sheriff Ward called the meeting "a circus".

The sheriff's office will remain open to collect taxes and for court security.

Ward said he cut his budget five thousand dollars from last year and, still, no one in his department got a raise while all other Butler County employees got a 2% raise.

The sheriff, in a separate posting, also listed the home phone numbers for all fiscal court members and urged residents to call them to support the sheriff's department.

Lisa Autry

A Scottsville man charged with raping and killing a young girl was indicted Friday by a special grand jury in Allen County. 

Timothy Madden was formally charged with kidnapping, rape, sodomy, and murder in the death of seven-year-old Gabriella Doolin. Madden is scheduled to appear in Allen Circuit Court for arraignment on January 13.

Doolin’s body was found November 14 in a creek behind Allen County-Scottsville High School.  The cause of death was determined to be strangulation and drowning.  According to an arrest warrant, Madden’s DNA matched evidence recovered from Doolin’s body. 

Madden and the girl’s parents were acquaintances.

Police: Suspect Fatally Shot by Kentucky County Sheriff

Dec 10, 2015

Kentucky State Police have identified the law enforcement officer who fatally shot a suspect as a county sheriff.

In a statement on Thursday, state police said Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins shot 66-year-old Chris E. Higdon, who was advancing toward him and another officer with a firearm. The statement says Chaffins fired his weapon at Higdon three times.

Police said Chaffins and Maj. Corey Knochel responded to the home in Leitchfield on Wednesday afternoon after a domestic disturbance with a shot fired was reported.

Kentucky State Police say the shooting remains under investigation.

Arrest Made for Glasgow Car Dealership Thefts

Dec 9, 2015
Glasgow Police Department photo

A Cave City man, described as a "person of interest" in connection with seven car thefts from a Glasgow dealership, has been taken into custody in Allen County. Glasgow police say in a news release that 34 year old Kyle Joseph Mize is lodged in the Allen County Detention Center.

Glasgow police were originally called to Signature Motors on Happy Valley Road in Glasgow Tuesday morning to investigate a Monday night break-in and burglary there. An employee noticed one of the glass doors to the office had been broken out and the office had been ransacked.

Besides missing computers, printers, a fax machine, an air conditioner and a small amount of cash, an inventory showed seven vehicles missing from the lot. Three have now been recovered.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department received a call of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Scottsville Tuesday evening. Mize was the driver. An information check showed the 2008 Infiniti G35 was one of the missing vehicles from Glasgow.

Mize was charged with receiving stolen property over $10,000. He'll be extradited back to Barren County for prosecution.

Science Hill Police Chief Robbie Gossett has been suspended from his position following a state indictment against him.

City commissioners voted three to two in favor of the suspension Saturday morning.

Gossett turned himself in to authorities Thursday after being indicted on two counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property and two counts of abuse of public trust.

The indictment says Gossett obtained funds and property belonging to the city and failed to make the required disposition of them. The charges stem from incidents in 2008 and 2009 and involve totals of at least $10,000.

Gossett's attorney, Scott Foster, says the charges against his client don't make sense, calling him an honest man and the "pillar" of the Science Hill community in Pulaski County.

The Army is grounding all aircraft in active-duty units across the country for the next five days in order to review safety and training procedures in the wake of two deadly helicopter crashes over the past two weeks.

Gen. Robert Abrams, head of U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., ordered the safety stand-down Thursday. He said soldiers will review flight planning, operations standards, aircraft maintenance training and supervisory responsibilities in order to avoid any future accidents.

Two Army pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed near Fort Campbell in rural Tennessee Wednesday evening. And four soldiers were killed early last week when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a routine training exercise at Fort Hood in Texas.

The cause has not been determined in either crash.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he's asking a Roman Catholic archdiocese to not bring a Syrian refugee family to the state.

Pence met for about an hour Wednesday at his Statehouse office with Indianapolis Archbishop Joseph Tobin amid a dispute over the Republican governor's order blocking state agencies from assisting Syrian refugees bound for the state.

The archdiocese says it has a Syrian refugee family expected to arrive in Indiana later this month after a two-year vetting process.

Pence said after the meeting that in wake of the Paris attacks he can't justify the making an exception for the family. He pointed out that refugees from other countries have continued arriving in Indiana.

Tobin said he'll be considering what steps to take next.

Fort Campbell

The Army says two pilots were killed when their helicopter crashed near Fort Campbell in rural Tennessee.

A news release from the Army's 101st Airborne Division says the two crewmembers were flying a two-seat AH-64D Apache during a routine training mission when the helicopter went down around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Montgomery County Emergency Management Agency Director Jerry Buchanan told The Tennessean the helicopter was found in a river bottom and was on fire when first responders arrived.

The Army news release says the cause of the crash hasn't been determined and is being investigated. The names of the pilots haven't been released, pending notification of next of kin.

Lisa Autry

A Scottsville man charged with killing a seven-year-old girl last month will return to court later this month for a preliminary hearing. 

Timothy Madden’s hearing in Allen District Court Wednesday was postponed after his attorney, Travis Lock, requested more time to review a new report on DNA evidence.  A judge re-scheduled the hearing for December 14, although a grand jury could indict Madden in the meantime. 

The 38-year-old Madden is charged with raping and murdering Gabriella Doolin who disappeared November 14 while watching a football game with her family at Allen County-Scottsville High School.  Lock said he has subpoenaed surveillance video from "local establishments."

"Obviously any time there are audio or video recordings that are made in close proximity to the time of the alleged crime, then those recordings are going to be critical pieces of evidence, one way or the other," Lock told WKU Public Radio.

In a related case, Madden’s son Bradley also remains in jail.  He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process.  He allegedly made obscene comments and threats to police regarding his father’s arrest. 

A group of central Kentucky residents is planning a tribute for veterans at a center under construction near Fort Knox.

Clint Meshew, Gary Broadway, Jerry Howard and Greg Barnes formed a nonprofit to raise money and create a tribute outside the Radcliff Veterans Center, which is expected to open next year.

Two displays on either side of the center's administrative building are planned. One will depict an elderly veteran with a shadow background of him as a soldier. The other will depict the family of a soldier welcoming him home.

Howard said the tribute is meant to show veterans that they are honored and respected.

The center is expected to begin accepting veterans in March 2016. Barnes said they hope to unveil the tribute later in the year.

Those who are homeless in the Bowling Green area have the promise of more warm places to sleep with the re-opening of Room in the Inn this month.  

The program that coordinates area churches to offer overnight lodging to the homeless is in its second season in Bowling Green.

Room in the Inn is sponsored by the housing and Homeless Coalition of South Central Kentucky.

Rodney Goodman is a member of the coalition.    

“Sometimes during those coldest months of the year, it’s just difficult for people to find shelter, and we just wanted to make sure there was enough shelter in the area that nobody had to go at risk of life to sleep at night," said Goodman. "And our congregations are a great resource for that, because they have these buildings and they have a compassionate heart.”

People who need a place to sleep sign up at a local church in the afternoon. Then they’re picked up and driven to the host church for the night. 

“If you’re going to be a guest at Room in the Inn, you would come out to State Street United Methodist Church to a place where we have signups there at the church,"said Goodman. "And you’d come there between 3 and 4. Then you’d come back to be picked up around 5 o’clock and you’d be taken to one of our host congregations.”

Room in the Inn currently has 18 churches participating. Each night, two host churches can house up to 24 men, women and children.

The Kentucky fire marshal's office is offering some tips to prevent home fires while making Thanksgiving dinner.

The office says the National Fire Protection Association reports Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.

State Fire Marshal William Swope and the national organization have this advice:

—Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stovetop.

—Stay home when cooking a turkey, and check it frequently.

—Keep children away from the stove, make sure they stay away from hot foods and liquids and keep knives out of children's reach.

—Make sure electric cords aren't dangling, keep matches and lighters high in a locked cabinet and don't leave children alone in a room with a lit candle.

—Make sure smoke alarms are working.

Simpson County Jail

The son of an Allen County man charged with killing a young girl is now behind bars himself. 

Bradley Madden is the son of Timothy Madden who is charged with raping and killing seven-year-old Gabriella Doolin of Scottsville. 

Since his father’s arrest, Madden has allegedly sent the Scottsville Police Department several messages on Facebook.  Police accuse Madden of making obscene comments and threats toward officers, including the statement “I am coming for you.” 

The 20-year-old Madden is charged with terroristic threatening and intimidating a participant in the legal process. 

Bradley Madden is being held in the Simpson County jail. His father remains in the Barren County Detention Center under $1 million bond.

Vicky Carson-Mammoth Cave National Park

The search continues for a missing Bowling Green man whose car was found abandoned last week at Mammoth Cave National Park. 

The family of Randy Rascoe reported him missing to Bowling Green Police in May.  Last Thursday, he car was found in the parking lot of the visitor’s center at Mammoth Cave.  Park Spokeswoman Vicky Carson says Rascoe knew the area well.

"The family said he comes to the park every fall, but he would come out pretty often to walk the trails," Carson stated.  "He was an outdoorsman.  He and one of his brothers would go fishing and camping together."

The foot search has expanded to an aerial search.  The Civil Air Patrol has been asked to conduct a fly-over of the park. 

His family says Rascoe was traveling and had not communicated with them in several months.

Anyone with information that could help find Rascoe is asked to call the Park Watch telephone line at (888) 219-1599.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is being sued over his decision to block Syrian refugees from resettling in the state.

The lawsuit was filed Monday night by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana on behalf of Indianapolis-based nonprofit Exodus Refugee Immigration. It accuses Pence of violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act by accepting refugees from other countries but not those from Syria.

The lawsuit comes about a week after Pence objected to plans for refugees to arrive in Indiana following the deadly attacks in Paris. A family that fled war-torn Syria was diverted from Indianapolis to Connecticut on Nov. 18 when Pence ordered state agencies to halt resettlement activities.

Gov. Bill Haslam says fears about terrorists settling in Tennessee while posing as refugees from the fighting in Syria have reached new heights following the attacks in Paris.

In the Republican governor's words: "People in Tennessee are scared — maybe as scared as anything I've seen."

Haslam last week called on the federal government to halt the settlement of Syrian refugees in Tennessee unless state agencies can become involved in the vetting process. But the governor said there's been no indication so far that President Barack Obama's administration has any interest in giving states a role in background checks.

Haslam said conversations with the White House and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have allayed some of his concerns about the vetting process that can take two years to complete.

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