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20 pages, 2 sections | Volume 125, Number 106 | Hopkinsville, Ky. Est. 1869
Sheriff’s office settles injury lawsuit
Woman said deputy pushed her,
causing her to break her wrist
BY BENJAMIN JOUBERT
NEW ERA STAFF WRITER
The Christian County Sheriff ’s
epartment recently settled a law-
suit filed by a woman who claimed
a deputy broke her wrist during
an arrest in November 2008.
Through an open records request, the New Era received a
copy of the agreement.
The department paid Trina
Jones, of Greenville Road, a
$35,000 settlement on March 6 to
dismiss the case. In the agreement, the department was not
required to admit any wrongdoing and still refutes the allegations in Jones’ lawsuit.
“The County has denied and
continues to deny any wrongdoing and expressly denies any li-
ability or responsibility or any
impropriety associated with the
matter,” according to court
The money will be used by
Jones, in part, to pay her
Clarksville, Tenn., attorney
Stephanie Ritchie, according to
In 2008, the sheriff ’s department received a call from a 15year-old boy who said he was
drunk and wanted someone to
pick him up. After a dispatcher
traced the call to Jones’
Greenville Road home, Deputy
Robert A. Schneider, 40, was
sent to check on the teenager.
When Schneider arrived at the
house, the teen, wearing only a
pair of shorts, ran outside and
told him to get off the property
SEE LAWSUIT, PAGE A4
3 with local
Hall of Fame
Common ground found
BY JARED NELSON
THE TIMES LEADER
TOM KANE | KENTUCKY NEW ERA
Three men with local connections joined the ranks of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame
Wednesday in Lexington.
Times Leader Publisher Chip
Hutcheson, Ham Broadcasting
Company President D.J. Everett
III and retired Murray State University professor Bob McGaughey
joined the Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony and luncheon
They joined Woodford Sun Publisher Albert B. Chandler Jr., retired Louisville Courier-Journal
photojournalist Bill Luster, who
won Pulitzer Prizes in 1976 and
1989, and former Lexington Herald-Leader and Washington Post
reporter Michael York, who won a
Pulitzer Prize in 1986, in the 2012
Hall of Fame class.
“This year’s class of inductees
certainly reflects well of our Commonwealth,” said Duane Bonifer,
president of the University of
An Amish farmer returns to his house Wednesday after a day of work on Green Acres Organic Farm, south of Hopkinsville. The Amish no longer have to worry about facing jail
time for refusing to put orange reflective triangles on their buggies.
Amish, government compromise over buggy triangles
BY ROGER ALFORD
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FRANKFORT, Ky — The
mish will no longer face jail
ime in Kentucky for refusing to
ark their horse-drawn buggies
ith slow-moving-vehicle emlems that they object to on reliious grounds.
Gov. Steve Beshear signed a bill
nto law Wednesday that allows
he Amish to use reflective silver
r white tape on their buggies
ather than the traditional fluoescent orange signs that makes
he buggies more visible to aproaching motorists.
Atlee Miller, an Amish farmer
rom Franklin, said he apprecites the help from the state’s poitically powerful to provide an
exemption, but he said the credit
really goes to a higher power.
“The man above has got control,” Miller said. “We thank him
most of all.”
Several Amish farmers in western Kentucky had served jail time
for refusing to use the emblems.
They said the triangular shape
represents the Trinity which they
are not allowed to display and that
the fluorescent orange calls
undue attention to them against
the norms of their religion.
“I think we were able to fashion
a solution that helped folks with
their religious issues but at the
same time still maintained the
standard of safety that we have to
MONICA K. SMITH | KENTUCKY NEW ERA
have on our highways,” Beshear
A new bill signed into law no longer requires the Amish to mark their buggies with flusaid.
orescent orange signs like the one above. The new bill allows them the Amish to use
SEE BUGGY, PAGE A4 silver or white reflective tape instead.
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WHO WE ARE: Joan Saturley, Hopkinsville
Joan Saturley is a resident
at Austin Acres, and she has
lived in Hopkinsville her
whole life. The oldest of 11
children, she has seen and
experienced a lot.
One of the more interesting events she witnessed
was the flood of 1959. She
remembered the floodwaters in the downtown area
came as high as 3 feet. Saturley’s mother was preg-
sister at the
floodwaters when she went into labor.
“They put her in a row
boat, and they rowed her to
an ambulance to take her to
the hospital,” Saturley said.
In her spare time, Saturley volunteers as a librarian
at the Church of Jesus
Christ Latter-Day Saints.
She also makes quilts and
loves to embroider.
Is there someone you know who deserves
attention? We’d like to know. Contact us at
270-887-3238 or visit kentuckynewera.com.
We’ll take it from there.
SEE FAME, PAGE A4
“I’m blessed to work
with the people I
work with. I’m
blessed to live in the
community I live in,
and I’m blessed to
have a family who
thinks much more
highly of me than I
Times Leader publisher
Joining the team
New economic development
director announced for city.
Two more bills
Lawmakers have much to
do on final day of session.