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Two weekend deaths in Lexington, occurring within 12 hours of each other, are being investigated by police. 

David Godbold, 56,  was found dead Saturday night in his Elm Tree Lane home, suffering from sharp trauma injuries.  Sunday morning police found Carroll Martin, 51, lying in the 700 block of Florence with multiple gunshot wounds.  He later died at the hospital.   Witnesses described the possible suspect as a black man with a beard, seen running toward Douglas Avenue.   


Police continue their investigation into a three-car crash with multi-fatalities Wednesday night along Interstate 75 in Fayette County. 

Three people, 35 -year -old Debbie Lynn Bevins, 26 -year -old Taylor Blevins, and 20 -year -old Caitlyn Bailey died at the scene.   Lexington police say they were alerted a vehicle was fleeing Winchester police westbound on Interstate 64. 

Veteran Lexington Police Officer On Shootings

Sep 5, 2019

Lexington police are continually called upon to investigate shootings in the central Kentucky community.  One man suffered a gunshot wound in an apartment off Reynolds Road Tuesday evening while the Lexington Herald Leader reports two vehicles were hit by gunfire in separate incidents near a north Lexington grocery store Tuesday.


Pedestrian safety will take on new meaning  Wednesday as Lexington students head back into the classroom. 


An effort to crack down on shoplifting at popular Lexington retailers resulted in 28 arrests and recovery of more than $12,000 in stolen property. 

Lexington Detective Gene Haynes says the operation focused on a number of businesses along Nicholasville Road including the Brannon Crossing Center. “The people that are out shoplifting are the same guys that are breaking in cars.  They are the same people that are stealing checkbooks.  They are the same people that are stealing credit cards,” said Haynes.  “So, it kind of encompasses all of that.”


Lexington police continue their investigation into five separate robberies or attempted robberies at area gas stations.  Authorities have reason to believe the crimes may be connected.

Lexington Police Advertising Recruiting Efforts

Aug 14, 2017
Stu Johnson

Lexington police are working to grow the force to 600-plus officers over the next few years. 

The recruiting coordinator says the process is moving along well.

Stu Johnson

Lexington police are using a new four-legged officer to enhance public safety while playing a homeland security role as well. 

Tilly, a two-year-old Labrado mix, is a Vapor Wake

Such dogs can detect small amounts of explosives on stationary and moving objects, including persons.


Lexington police are conducting ongoing and frequent investigations of car break-ins. A significant number of the crimes this year have occurred in residential neighborhoods.   The holiday season, law officers say, only tends to increase opportunities for this crime.

Lexington police officer Bige Towery says, in addition to residential areas, an equal threat can be found in shopping center parking lots, “The opportunity is there many times during the holidays because you have an abundance of cars in one location.”

Lexington Council Discusses Diversity Recruitment

Sep 13, 2016

Lexington public safety officials are working to increase the number of minorities in policing, fire protection, corrections, emergency management and emergency 911.  A number of barriers to increasing diversity were discussed during a council committee meeting Tuesday.

Public Safety Commissioner Ronnie Bastin told members of the General Government, Social Service Committee that agencies are reaching inside and outside the community to recruit employees. 

UK, City Police Offer Game-Day Traffic, Security Suggestions

Aug 30, 2016
Stu Johnson WEKU News

The start of the college football season in Lexington brings traffic and security suggestions from area law enforcement.  Officials with the University of Kentucky and the city of Lexington held a briefing Tuesday at Commonwealth Stadium.   UK Police Chief Joe Monroe urged fans to tailgate responsibly. He says that includes picking up trash in the lot. “Don’t engage in excessive drinking or behavior that is risky or offensive to the neighbors around you or small child who may be in the parking lots as well,” warnedMonroe.


Violent and deadly outbursts in this country and others around the world are causing new law enforcement strategies at large public events.  An increased police presence was in place for Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival and the Pride Festival in late June.

Collective Bargaining Agreement Comes Earlier in Lexington

Jul 6, 2016

    The city of Lexington and its police union have reached agreement on a ‘collective bargaining’ document.  It provides for pay raises for some 500 officers in each of the next four years.


Lexington Council To Vote on $2.5 Million for Police Body Cameras

May 11, 2016

Lexington police are planning to roll out body cameras to some 400 officers this summer.  The $2.5 million dollar purchase must still win approval by the council. Members of the council’s planning and public safety committee got an update Tuesday. 

Assistant Police Chief Dwayne Holman says the money would go for 800 cameras, two for each user.  “We want officers to record from the initial contact throughout the conclusion of that encounter, whatever that law enforcement contact is, we want to record the start and end,” said Holman.

New Year Marks Spike In Gun Violence In Lexington

Jan 5, 2016

Lexington Police are investigating two fatal shootings and three other gun related incidents.  All of the cases occurred between January 1 and 3.  Police Spokeswoman Sergeant Ann Welch says some states are seeing an increase in violent crime.  “And while nationally that might be true, we are seeing more consistent statistics here in Lexington,” Welch said.  “But what we have seen is an increase in our shootings.”

Lexington Council Moving on ‘Safety Officer’ Program

Dec 2, 2015


Lexington police are proposing to bring back a “safety officer” program.  The matter got a hearing Tuesday before the Urban County Council.

Lexington Police Could Wear Body Cams By Next Summer

Nov 11, 2015

The city of Lexington is working toward a plan that would equip all police officers with body cameras next year. The council’s planning and public safety committee got an update Tuesday.

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Children and adults alike will be schooled this weekend in Lexington on a variety of safety issues.  Officials with the inaugural Summer Safety Fair aim to provide positive interaction between police and children.

Lexington Police Investigating Weekend Shooting at Douglas Park

Jun 22, 2015

Lexington police are continuing their investigation into a shooting incident Sunday at Douglas Park.

Lexington Police Consider Fee for Personal Use of Cruisers

Jul 9, 2014

Lexington police officers may be asked to pay a monthly fee to use their cruisers for personal reasons.  The issue came before Tuesday’s meeting of the Urban County Council's Public Safety Committee.  Mayoral Senior Advisor Scott Shapiro says the aim is to increase police presence throughout the community.  He says officers would pay a fee of $50 per month for personal use of police vehicles.  “That helps police officers convenience, but it certainly helps the city to have a greater police presence out driving around," said Shapiro.