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Lexington Police Department to participate in ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ event this Friday night

The Lexington Police Department will conduct a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement event this Friday (Aug. 23) from 9 p.m. until midnight at the intersection of Versailles Road and Red Mile Road. Officers will be working to spot impaired drivers and vehicle occupants who are not wearing a seat belt, as well as children who are not properly restrained. Officers will be standing by to initiate...

Police remind residents to always lock vehicles; rate of firearms stolen from vehicles is increasing

The Lexington Police Department has a message for residents, especially gun owners: Never leave valuables in your car or truck, and always make sure that vehicle is locked. So far this year, 132 guns have been reported stolen from vehicles in Lexington. In the vast majority of those cases, the vehicle was left unlocked. Lawrence Weathers “We are on pace to have the highest number of guns stolen from...

Court of Appeals sends open records fight over Lexington surveillance cameras back to lower court

The Court of Appeals on Friday required a lower court to again review the case involving Lexington Fayette Urban-County Government’s (“LFUCG”) refusal to release documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). Community activist Michael Maharrey was sued two years ago by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain the documents....

Lexington Police Department to participate in ‘Click It or Ticket’ enforcement event Friday

The Lexington Police Department will be conducting a Click-it or Ticket enforcement event this Friday, May 31 from 9 p.m. to midnight at the intersection of Main Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. Officers will be working to spot drivers and passengers that are not wearing a seat belt as well as children who are not properly restrained. Officers will be standing by to initiate traffic stops on...

Lexington Police Department personnel permitted to have approved tattoos visible while in uniform

Employees of the Lexington Police Department are now permitted to have approved tattoos visible while in a work uniform. Chief Lawrence Weathers has announced changes in the personal appearance policies for both sworn officers and civilian personnel, which took effect last week. “These policy changes have been considered for quite some time as societal views on tattoos have changed over the years,”...

Lexington Police Department now has new on-site NIBIN computer system to analyze ballistics

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Lexington Police Department now has its own high-tech way to solve violent crimes through the use of ballistics.

 Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and Police Chief Lawrence Weathers joined representatives from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in announcing the launch of an on-site computer system called NIBIN for analyzing shell casings. 

The computer...

First Combat Challenge Fundraiser to raise money for Lexington fire, police families battling cancer

Proof Fitness partners with White, Greer and Maggard Orthodontics to present the inaugural Proof Fitness Combat Challenge, a fitness and endurance competition between two teams representing Lexington’s Fire and Police departments with the mission of supporting Lexington Fire and Police families who have a child fighting against cancer. “We are excited about this community event hosted by Proof,”...

Lawrence Weathers named police chief of Lexington Police Department, takes office March 5

Mayor Jim Gray has announced that Lawrence Weathers, a former assistant Chief of the Lexington Police Department, will be Lexington’s next police chief. Weathers, 54, is currently Director of Law Enforcement for Fayette County Public Schools. He retired from the Lexington Police Department in 2016, after 27 years of service to the City. During his career, Weathers held a variety of assignments within...

City of Lexington implements Nextdoor social network to better connect citizens to services

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government has started using Nextdoor, the private social network for neighborhoods, to improve city and county-wide communications by connecting with residents on a hyper-local level. The City joins the Lexington Police Department and Lexington Emergency Management on Nextdoor, both of whom are celebrating one year on the platform. “Using Nextdoor, we can send...

ACLU says it will defend Maharrey in fight against City of Lexington over security camera documents

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky today announced that it would represent community activist Michael Maharrey, who was sued by the City of Lexington after he attempted to obtain documents relating to 29 surveillance cameras owned and operated by the Lexington Police Department (“LPD”). LPD denied Maharrey’s request citing a statute that exempts certain documents relating to homeland...

Kentucky American Water taking unwanted drugs as part of county’s Med Toss event Saturday

Kentucky American Water supports Fayette County’s annual fall Med Toss drug take-back event on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At MedToss, residents may drop off unwanted, unused or outdated prescription drugs without even having to get out of their vehicles. They may simply drive into Kentucky American Water’s customer parking lot located at 2300 Richmond Road in Lexington and provide...

‘A Terrific Partner:’ K9 Lux retires after exceptional career with Lexington Police Department

Congratulations are in order for K9 Lux, who recently retired after an exceptional career with the Lexington Police Department. K9 Lux was an active member of the Canine Unit beginning Jan. 1, 2011 as a dual-purpose patrol and narcotics dog. Working alongside his handler, Officer Chad Karsner, Lux was responsible for countless violent criminal suspects being located and apprehended either by tracking...

Kentucky DOI fraud investigation results in more than $2 million in restitution for 16 victims

Sixteen victims will receive a combined $2 million in court-ordered restitution as a result of an investigation completed by the Kentucky Department of Insurance (DOI) Division of Insurance Fraud Investigation in conjunction with the Lexington Police Department. Robert Lincoln Williamson II was indicted in late 2014 and pleaded guilty to 13 counts of theft in May 2017, after almost three years of...

Four-day multi-agency roundup results in 47 arrests of individuals with felony, misdemeanor warrants

A four-day roundup of criminal suspects in Lexington resulted in 47 arrests of individuals with felony or misdemeanor warrants. The Lexington Police Department today announced the results of the crime reduction effort in collaboration with multiple local, state and federal partners.   Beginning Thursday, July 27 and running through Tuesday, August 2, multi-agency teams fanned out across Lexington...

Lexington Police Department using high-tech K9 in effort to keep people safer at major public events

A new four-legged officer is helping the Lexington Police Department sniff out explosives and possible threats to public safety. Residents and visitors will now see Tilly, a Vapor Wake K9, working major community events around Lexington. “Today it is necessary for cities and communities to prepare for every situation,” Mayor Jim Gray said. “Having Tilly at events and venues attracting major...

Click It or Ticket: Police to be on the alert, out in force during the Memorial Day holiday weekend

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Highway deaths in Kentucky may be on the decline this year, but that doesn’t mean police won’t be ramping up for the anticipated increase in traffic during this long Memorial Day holiday weekend. The “Click It or Ticket” campaign is now underway across the country, coinciding with what is considered the traditional start to the summer driving season. So far this...

New Catholic Action Center invites community to open house Sunday to view Industry Road facility

Ginny Ramsey, co-director of the new Catholic Action Center, invited the community to an open house this Sunday. The facility officially begins operations on April 28. “We want the opportunity to let everyone see the beauty, dignity and safe space that has been created for our brothers and sisters in Lexington who are experiencing homelessness,” Ramsey said. The open house will be held from 1-4...

UK student develops program to to help encourage communication between police, autism community

By Amanda Nelson and Beth Goins Special to KyForward A University of Kentucky student is teaming with local police to provide education about interacting with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Abbey Love is an educational psychology doctoral student in the UK College of Education. With a research focus on teaching and ASD, Love is involved with Central Kentucky autism groups such as...

Lexington road crews continue to clear streets as cold temperatures move in for weekend

Snow moved out of our area Thursday night but frigid temperatures are in the forecast for the weekend. The Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention emergency weather plan is in effect. This plan is activated anytime temperatures are expected to be consistently below freezing and relaxes access to emergency shelters. Anyone in need of transportation to a shelter can ride for free on Lextran....

Keven Moore: Social media site Nextdoor helps local police departments connect with neighborhoods

A little over a month ago, the Lexington Police Department announced that it was partnering with the social media networking website Nextdoor, with the hopes of improving communications between the department and Lexington neighborhoods. The police department said they will be using the website to help share neighborhood-specific information, including safety tips, crime alerts and notifications about...