- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014
Louisville man charged with murdering girlfriend

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a 26-year-old Louisville man has been charged with killing his girlfriend.

According to WHAS-TV (https://bit.ly/1zaj5BD), Deshon Dorsey was charged with one count of murder in the death of 24-year-old Porcia Mills. Officials say Dorsey was the live-in boyfriend of Mills.

Authorities discovered Mills’ body at her apartment on Friday after friends requested a welfare check. A coroner said Mills died from multiple stab wounds.

Dorsey was being held in the Jefferson County Jail.

Court records do not show if he has an attorney.

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Black churches pray in protest of police slayings

NEW YORK (AP) - Congregants in African-American churches across the country wore black to Sunday services and prayed over the men in attendance in a symbolic stand against fatal police shootings of unarmed black men.

Bishop T.D. Jakes told worshippers at The Potter’s House Church in Dallas that black men should not be “tried on the sidewalk.” At Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland, choir members sang “We Shall Overcome” for worshippers wearing T-shirts that read “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe.” Men at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ in Los Angeles stood more than four rows deep around the altar for a special blessing and message from the pastor, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake.

“Police forces are charged with protecting all our citizens,” said Blake, leader of the national Church of God in Christ, the largest black Pentecostal group in the U.S. “In a very special way, they are to abide by the laws they are called to enforce. They should not bring fear to our citizens, but rather confidence.”

The churches were responding to a call from several historically African-American denominations for what they called “Black Lives Matter” Sunday, in response to the recent police slayings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York. The church actions came a day after marches and demonstrations by civil rights and other groups around the country pressing for changes to the criminal justice system.

“It is a time to hear God calling us to be relevant and responsive to the needs of people with us and around us,” wrote Senior Bishop Lawrence Reddick of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, an organizer of Sunday’s church action.

At morning services, the Rev. Lee P. Washington, pastor at Reid Temple AME Church in Glenn Dale, Maryland, called black clothing “serious dress for serious times.” He said those who contend that the black men who were killed by officers “deserve what they got” for disobeying police, or whose deaths were nothing more than an “unfortunate tragedy,” should think about the impact of the deaths on grieving families.

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McCreary County man found stabbed to death

HAZARD, Ky. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the murder of a McCreary County man who was found with stab wounds inside his burned home.

According to WYMT-TV (https://bit.ly/1A98Pb9), the body of 66-year-old Johnny G. Taylor was discovered in his home in the Pine Knot community around midnight on Friday.

An autopsy is being performed on his body. No arrests have been made.

Authorities are also investigating the cause of the fire.

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Harrison County teen killed in crash

SADIEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a Harrison County teenager on his way to take a college entrance exam was killed when his vehicle flipped over an embankment.

According to WKYT-TV (https://bit.ly/1DsXHM7), the incident happened near Sadieville around 7:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Harrison County coroner Tom Ware said 17-year-old Colton Lane Burus was on his way to take the ACT when he apparently lost control of his truck.

Authorities don’t suspect drugs or alcohol was involved.

Ware said Burus was an honor student, a flight commander in Junior ROTC, and a two-time state athlete.

Burus’ mother, Brendi Haynes, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday: “The light of my world was snuffed out day. He was an amazing son, grandson, nephew, cousin, and friend.”

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