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News for September 24

1 officer charged, but in the death of Breonna Taylor

The Jefferson County Grand Jury announced charges against a fired LMPD officer yesterday in the Breonna Taylor case, but not for her death.

Former detective Brett Hankison was handed 3 counts of 1st degree wanton endangerment for actions during the events of March 13th. Ballistic tests revealed that bullet’s from Hankison’s gun ended up in the neighboring apartment’s, not Taylor’s. Hankison was booked and briefly jailed last night before his $15,000 cash bond was secured. The other two officers at the center of the case face no criminal charges.

As expected, the announcement sparked protests last night, not only in Louisville, but across the country. Cities such as New York, Portland, and Atlanta, all saw crowds gathering, protesting the decision that no charges were announced for Taylor’s death. In Louisville, LMPD announced that 2 officers had been shot, with one stable and the other requiring surgery.

1 month in, Hardin County Schools reports under 30 in-person cases

Today marks one month since some Hardin County Students and teachers returned to the classroom. Spokesperson John Wright says the district has been able to return safely thanks to the efforts of both students and staff alike.

The district, as of yesterday afternoon, has only seen 28 cases from in-person students and staff.

2 men arrested after alleging they were police officers during traffic stop

Kentucky State Police arrested two Mississippi brothers after one attempted to impersonate a police officer.

Troopers made a routine traffic stop on Eddie and Terry Franklin of Macon, Mississippi. When stopped, Terry franklin produced a police badge from Noxubee county, Mississippi. Eddie Franklin, the passenger and brother of the driver, stated that he was a law enforcement officer in the county, and asked for professional courtesy. A call was made to Noxubee county dispatch, where it was discovered that Eddie Franklin was no longer an officer of the department, and that the badge was supposed to have been turned in with the rest of his equipment. Both men were charged with impersonating a peace officer, and were lodged in the Hardin County Detention Center.

Authorities still searching for two escaped inmates

Two Hardin County inmates escaped late Tuesday night, and authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating them. Kentucky State Police say that Carl Stevens Brooks and John Thomas Tinsley Jr., escaped from the Hardin County Detention Center’s substance abuse annex earlier this week.

Trooper Scotty Sharp says anyone with information on the whereabouts of either man is asked to contact law enforcement.

With safety guidelines in place, Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival to begin today

The 21st year of the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival begins today.

Festival President Jason Basham says the festival has put health and safety guidelines in place to protect those who attend.

The festivals begins with the band scramble today.

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