- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Woman jailed in Kentucky after recanting abuse claims

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Jasmine Stone entered a Kentucky courtroom as the prosecution’s named victim in a domestic violence case. She left in handcuffs under arrest after recanting her assault claims against her boyfriend.

Jefferson County District Judge Sheila Collins ordered the 21-year-old woman jailed last week on a charge of filing a false report. The charge didn’t stick for long - another judge dismissed and expunged it the next day, calling it “outrageous.”

Collins’ actions drew complaints Tuesday from advocates for domestic violence victims. They said it isn’t uncommon for abuse victims to backtrack on allegations, and said one judge’s harsh treatment of a woman who recants could have a chilling effect on other women pressing allegations in court.

“I worry about the effect this could have on other victims who have been told ‘don’t make this public. Because if you make it public, you’re the one that’s going to be suffering.’ This case is kind of a living example of what can happen,” said Marcia Roth, executive director of the Mary Byron Project in Louisville, which promotes efforts to end domestic violence.

Stone was brought forward during a hearing for Lomac Jeter, who is charged with fourth-degree assault. Standing near Jeter in the courtroom, Stone backtracked from the account she had given Louisville police.

“I made up all that stuff,” Stone said during her videotaped back-and-forth with the judge. Stone didn’t have an attorney with her.


Beshear appoints work group to study teacher pensions

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Steve Beshear has appointed a work group to study the financially struggling Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System.

Beshear appointed 19 people to the group Tuesday. Four lawmakers are to be added by legislative leaders.

Lawmakers failed to reach an agreement this year on what to do with the retirement fund, which is projected to run out of money by 2036 if it isn’t stabilized. House Democrats passed a bill to borrow $3.3 billion to prop up the system for another eight years, but Senate Republicans balked at the prospect of going into debt to pay off a debt.

Democratic House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Republican Senate President Robert Stivers praised the appointment of the heavily Democratic work group in a news release from Beshear’s office. But House Republican Floor Leader Jeff Hoover said in a separate news release that he was disappointed the group was not more independent and nonpartisan.


Kentucky State Police: Deputy shot man who fired at him

CRITTENDEN, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky State Police say they are investigating a shooting in which a northern Kentucky man was shot by a sheriff’s deputy after police say he fired at the deputy.

The man, 22-year-old Shane D. Propes of Crittenden, was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center after the shooting around 8:30 p.m. EDT Monday. Police said he is in stable condition.

Police said the Grant County deputy, who hasn’t been identified, and a state trooper responded to a report of a suspicious person possibly carrying a gun and the deputy located the man, who began to run and started shooting at the deputy.

Police said the deputy returned fire, and the man was hit. The deputy wasn’t injured.


Fayette County coroner investigating body found on roof

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Authorities are investigating after a body was found on the roof of a building on the University of Kentucky’s campus in Lexington.

Multiple news outlets report a woman notified authorities about 3:30 p.m. Monday after she looked up and saw a man on the roof of the former Lexington Theological Seminary. That building is now owned by UK.

Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn identified the man as 51-year-old Kurt A. Bouren of Richmond.

Ginn said the cause and manner of death are pending toxicology results, but there does not appear to be any foul play. Authorities don’t know why the man was on the roof.

Lexington fire officials say they used ropes and ladders to remove the body.

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