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Louisville agrees to $12 million payout, policing changes in deal with family of Breonna Taylor, killed in police raid

Louisville, Kentucky, announced on Tuesday a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor and a number of changes in how local officers obtain and execute search warrants, among the largest payouts for a police killing in the nation’s history, according to a Taylor family attorney.

Louisville police killed Breonna Taylor, 26, while executing a “no-knock” search warrant at her apartment during a drug raid in March that uncovered no illegal substances. The incident has become a driving symbol in the Black Lives Matter movement.

The settlement, which follows a wrongful-death lawsuit that Taylor’s family filed in May, requires police commanders to approve all search warrant applications that are submitted to a judge, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, a Democrat, said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. Louisville police will also have to conduct extensive risk assessments before applying for a warrant, and when those warrants are issued, the city will require that an EMT or paramedic be there. The city also agreed to hire more mental health experts and pair them with officers who respond to calls.

“This is probably the largest settlement for police misconduct in the history of Louisville and includes substantial police reform as well,” said Sam Aguiar, a Taylor family attorney.

The settlement will not affect the ongoing investigation by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, a Republican, of whether the officers who raided Taylor’s apartment should face criminal charges stemming from her death. The Justice Department also is investigating the case.

Taylor was killed March 13, when plainclothes police officers carried out a “no-knock” search warrant at her home shortly after midnight as part of a drug investigation. Taylor was asleep at the time, according to the family’s lawsuit.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, 27, who was also at the apartment, fired a shot with a gun he legally owned and later said he thought the officers were intruders. The officers shot back, and Taylor was struck five times.

The officers said they identified themselves before forcing in the door to Taylor’s apartment with a battering ram, but Taylor’s family disputes that claim in the lawsuit. Police did not find drugs at the home.

Although Walker was initially charged with the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer, the charges were dropped. Louisville has since banned the use of no-knock warrants.

Brenda Lucas: Community news for Wednesday, Sept. 16

Community News

AWARDS: Paramount Players offers the 10th annual Joe Awards at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, at Paramount Arts Center, Ashland. Hors d’oeuvres and entertainment are also available. Shows up for awards include “Freaky Friday,” “Guys and Dolls” and “Frozen Jr.”

FRIEND: Charles Orval Rader Jr. was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during the Korean War, lifetime member of Huntington Detachment 340 of Marine Corps League, member of Westmoreland United Methodist Church, past president and charter member of Huntington West End Lions Club and a Kentucky Colonel. He also was a retired promotion sales manager for The Herald-Dispatch. Above all these, he was a kind and true friend. As known to many, Charlie passed away Sept. 18, 2019, at age 89, but is remembered today for serving his community, family and country.

CRUISIN’: In conjunction with the Family Fun Day Community Carnival, a cruise-in is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot, West Virginia. The event featuring cars, trucks and bikes is co-hosted by Jeffrey Gillenwater. Entry is $15 per vehicle. Peoples Choice prizes are awarded for top three vehicles per popular vote. Door prizes are also available. Alternating live music and DJ may also be enjoyed. Inflatables, games, food and beverages are featured, as well as a children’s clothing giveaway.

GRANDKIDS: Six grandchildren of Paul and Joyce Dillon recently spent the weekend at Camp Crown City. Maggie Stewart, Lily Stewart, Madelyn Pflieger, Jackson Dillon, Austin Pflieger and Gracie Dillon had a fun and enjoyable time swimming, riding go-karts, golf carts and four-wheelers and participating in scavenger hunts.

KAYAKING: A weekly kayaking trip hosted by Marshall University Recreation Center continues from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 14 at Beech Fork State Park. The cost is $10 rec center members and $20 nonmembers. Equipment is provided and cleaned before and after each use. Visit the welcome desk or More information is available by contacting Kayla Dodd, assistant director, marketing and membership, 304-696-3633 or

YOUNG: LaDonna Jean Adkins was still a young lady when she left this world for her new heavenly home Sept. 18, 2013, after fighting cancer for several years. Donna, only child of Hollis and Emma Adkins, of Barboursville, and mother of one daughter, Kira, was age 53. This Christian lady is being remembered for what she stood for and keeping the faith in her fight.

KINDHEARTED: All knowing Charles Michael “Bub” Grieco III would have to agree that he was the guy with the big heart. The 43-year-old father of 10 passed away Sept. 18, 2015. Always giving a hug and words of love before departing, Bub was kindhearted and hardworking. He lost his brother, Scott Marion, on Sept. 18, 2013. These young men continue to be missed by their family and friends.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Sunny Patton, Brendi Nibert, Chuck Hanshaw, Doug Wilson, Pat Pinkerton, Ricky Gunnell, Joyce Mannon, Arch Phlegar, Tracy Komorowski, Mark Chaffins, Brynleigh Mosley, Barb Melvin, Jesse Simmons, Norma Scarberry holds at 39, Amber McDearis, Betty Bailey, Carol Profitt, Cindy Rouse, Ricarda Dillon leaves the 50s behind to try No. 60.

THURSDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Ashley Duncan, Taylor Davis, Allan Chamberlain, Norma Carroll, Harriet Hutchinson, Brooks Boso, Sue Subik, Nathan Brown, Sarah Harless, Lesley Shumaker, Nikolas Maynard leaves the teens for No. 20, while his first cousin, Kennedy Faith Persinger, begins the teens at 13, Brittany Davis, Kevin Lawhon, Rosalie Spiker, Wilma Fetty.

THURSDAY’S ANNIVERSARIES: Jason and Christie Robbins (2005), Scott and Beth Krall.

FRIDAY’S BIRTHDAYS: Luke Adkins, Gary Carr, Karen Fragale, Stacy Morgan, Rexall McClave, Carmen Boso, Jase Casto, Sophia Aya-ay, Lisa Dandalet, Mike Edwards, Kristin Hayes, Claire Shumaker, Sheila Andrews, Gary Beckett, Greg Mathis hits the mid-60 mark at 65, Sarah Logan, Edna Journell Palmer of Roanoke, Virginia, aunt of Carolyn Byrd Williamson, Larry Bias, Huntington East High School Class of 1965, turns 73.

FRIDAY’S ANNIVERSARY: Larry and Elaine Blackaby celebrate No. 10.

CHUCKLE: A marine biologist was telling his friends about some of his most recent research findings. “Some whales can communicate at a distance of 300 miles,” he said. “What in the world would one whale say to another 300 miles away?” asked his sarcastic friend. “I’m not absolutely sure,” the expert answered, “but it sounds something like ‘Can you hear me now?’”

Election candidate profile

The Herald-Dispatch is running profiles of candidates in contested races for the Nov. 3 general election. To view more responses from this and other candidates, visit Click on News, then Election 2020.

Joyce Clark

CANDIDATE FOR: Huntington City Council District 1 (includes Westmoreland and a small portion of West Huntington from West 29th to 17th streets)

PARTY: Democrat

AGE: 70

EDUCATION: Glenville State College, Indiana University School of Non Profit Managment, Brushy Fork Institute of Community Development at Berea College.


PERSONAL STATEMENT: “Serving on Huntington City Council since 2012, I have seen many challenges. Budget issues, police and firefighters pension projections, rising insurance premiums, dilapidated buildings, homelessness, property crime and of course the opioid crisis present many challenges for this administration. Effective leaders not only acknowledge challenges, but work in collaboration with others on the leadership team to bring innovative solutions to the issues. My experience on City Council, committees and other community development boards and commissions in Huntington and Wayne County proves a history of community engagement and public service.”

QUESTION: Do you support rehabilitation housing in your district? Why or why not?

“I do not support rehabilitation housing in Westmoreland. Our community is made up of mostly single family homes. The residents are primarily senior citizens and young families. Rehabilitation housing should be near conveniences as most residents of rehabilitation housing do not have vehicles or driver’s licenses and need close by conveniences.”

OPPONENTS: Clark faces Republican Tyler Bowen in the Nov. 3 general election.

CANDIDATES: To receive a questionnaire, send an email to Include your name, candidacy and phone number. There are new questions for all candidates in contested races.

Election candidate profile

The Herald-Dispatch is running profiles of candidates in contested races for the Nov. 3 general election. To view more responses from this and other candidates, visit Click on News, then Election 2020.

Erika Kolenich

CANDIDATE FOR: West Virginia governor

PARTY: Libertarian


BIOGRAPHY: Erika resides in Upshur County with her husband and daughter. She was raised in West Virginia and operates a law firm that focuses in litigation. She has devoted her career to representing West Virginians. Erika enjoys volunteering for a variety of community and civic organizations from theatre to Head Start and the Chamber of Commerce.

QUESTION: How would you prioritize using the funds provided to West Virginia by the CARES Act and other COVID-19 relief funds?

“I would consult with the Legislature and prioritize funds for public health, such as testing for all citizens who desire it. Secondly, I would allocate funds to the areas affected the most by COVID-19 such as education resources to minimize disruption to children’s learning and development and invest in childcare to minimize disruption to families and businesses during modified operations.”

OPPONENTS: Kolenich faces Republican incumbent Jim Justice, Democrat Ben Salango and Mountain Party candidate Danny Lutz in the Nov. 3 general election.

CANDIDATES: To receive a questionnaire, send an email to Include your name, candidacy and phone number. There are new questions for all candidates in contested races.

Early lesson in social graces helps overcome initial shyness

DEAR ABBY: When I was a young adult, I had difficulty speaking with strangers. I recall, some years later, attending a party in honor of someone I truly admired. Most of the people there didn’t know each other.

Someone had the bright idea for each of us to tell how we knew the honoree. We went around the circle describing our connection to the person. This not only kept the spotlight on the honoree, but it was a great icebreaker. I found myself interested in several of the folks there, and it gave me fodder to follow up with questions for them when we began to mingle.

I learned a valuable lesson that night. Curiosity is wonderful, and as you have pointed out, people like to talk about themselves. Now when I’m in a room full of strangers, I find it easier to smile and ask, “How do you know Susie?” or, “What brings you to this event?”

Abby, thank you for your column and for offering your booklet that teaches people how to be more comfortable in social situations. — MIXING AND MINGLING IN NAPA, CALIF.

DEAR M AND M: You’re welcome. No one is born knowing how to be social. Social adeptness is a skill like any other. Part of being social is the importance of showing an interest in other people. A smile is an excellent icebreaker.

Of course, you should cultivate your own interests so you will have something to add to a conversation. My booklet “How To Be Popular” contains many useful tips for polishing social skills for people of all ages. It can be ordered by sending your name and address, plus a check or money order for $8 (U.S. funds), to: Dear Abby Popularity Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. Shipping and handling are included. Good conversationalists prioritize what others have to say rather than feel pressured to fill the air with the sound of their own voices.