HICKMAN — The mayor of a small western Kentucky town was fatally shot early Monday morning in his home, and a suspect turned himself in shortly afterward.
Hickman Police Chief Tony Grogan said Thomas Joseph Lattus, 30, walked into the police department around 1 a.m. local time and told an officer he had just shot Mayor Charles Murphy. An officer went to Mr. Murphy’s home and found the mayor’s body in the bedroom.
Mr. Lattus has been charged with murder and is being held at the Fulton County Jail.
Chief Grogan did not say anything about a motive.
The mayor had dated the suspect’s stepmother on and off for years, said Gerald Harris, whose niece is married to the mayor’s son. Mr. Harris said there were no arguments between Mr. Lattus and any of Mr. Murphy’s family.
Judge: Federal law trumps state’s medical pot law
HELENA — A judge has ruled that Montana’s medical marijuana law doesn’t shield providers of the drug from federal prosecution, delivering a new blow to an industry reeling from a state and federal crackdown.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy on Friday dismissed a civil lawsuit filed by 14 individuals and businesses that were among more than two dozen medical marijuana providers raided by federal agents last year across Montana.
The providers claimed the raids violated their constitutional rights in part because state law passed by voter initiative in 2004 allows them to grow and produce the drug for medical consumption.
Judge Molloy wrote in his order that the providers can be prosecuted under the federal Controlled Substances Act even if they are following state law. He cited a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision that said the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause applies in medical marijuana cases.
The Supremacy Clause says that federal law prevails if there is any conflict between state and federal statutes.
Longshore union settles Longview dispute
OLYMPIA — A longshore union says it has reached a temporary settlement to end a months-long labor dispute at the Port of Longview, Wash.