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The Bossier Parish School Board voted Thursday afternoon to save the district $2 million, which will speed up their school building plan. The board voted to sell $25 million worth of bonds this afternoon,More >>
The Bossier Parish School Board voted Thursday afternoon to save the district $2 million, which will speed up their school building plan.More >>
FORT THOMAS, KY (FOX19) -
As Alisha Waters lay on the floor of the building where she worked, barely clinging to life Tuesday morning, she managed to tell the police chief that it was her estranged husband who had shot her five times. Three months and three weeks earlier, Waters had asked Kenton County Judge Lisa Bushelman for an order of protection against him. The judge denied her request.
"I'm in fear for the safety of myself and two dogs," she said in her own handwriting on the application.
She wrote that her estranged husband, Dennis Joseph Mathis II, was being "verbally abusive" and had called her "up to 186 times in a matter of 2 weeks." However, in the petition for the protective order, Waters didn't say that Mathis had ever directly threatened her life or threatened to hurt her.
"Typically with respect to domestic violence, there's got to be physical abuse or a credible threat of violence," said Theresa Singleton, the director of protection from abuse at YWCA Greater Cincinnati.
FOX19 has tried repeatedly to contact Judge Bushelman. On Thursday, we went to the Kenton County Courthouse and were told Bushelman wouldn't be commenting. Instead, we were given the name of a court spokesperson in Frankfort, Kentucky.
One Kentucky attorney says Bushelman was only following the law.
"Unfortunately, the evidence that the woman presented was simply insufficient under Kentucky law to grant a restraining order," attorney Lisa Wells told FOX19.
Under Kentucky law, a person applying for a restraining order must prove they fear for their lives and there is an imminent threat against them.
"Given the same set of facts, have to make the same decision again because under Kentucky law, there just wasn't enough evidence to grant it," Wells said.
In Kentucky, according to the city of Louisville, a victim must have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, or the threat of physical abuse in order to qualify for a protective order. However, had Waters lived on the Ohio side of the Tri-State, she may have been able to get an order of protection for stalking because of all the texts Mathis was sending her.
It's a law Kentucky State Representative Adam Koenig said needs another look.
"Any time something like this happens, it's a good opportunity to go back and review and make sure the laws we have fits society today," Koenig said.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you may call the YWCA's hotline at (513) 872-9259 or toll-free at (888) 872-9259. The YWCA operates a women's shelter at an undisclosed location in Hamilton County. If it is full, Singleton says that her staff contacts other shelters in nearby counties to find a place to keep domestic violence victims and their children safe.
The 113th Congress thus far has only signed 15 bills into law. If Congress maintains this level of productivity, it will become the most unproductive Congress since official records started being kept 64 years ago.More >>
The 113th Congress thus far has only signed 15 bills into law. If it maintains that level of productivity, it will become the most unproductive Congress since official records started being kept 64 years ago.More >>
Thursday, April 24 2014 2:50 PM EDT2014-04-24 18:50:03 GMT
A Marion County waste-to-power plant was reportedly converting medical waste, including human tissue and possibly aborted fetuses, into power.That report prompted Marion County commissioners to scheduleMore >>
A Marion County waste-to-power plant was reportedly converting medical waste, including human tissue and possibly aborted fetuses, into power.More >>
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Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:28 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:28:26 GMT
Pranks can be mean-spirited and cruel. Not this one. Parents of this youngster have decided to make his childhood just a little more magical. Take a look. Please feel free to try and trick your childrenMore >>
Click here to watch the adorable trick parents played on their little one, and to hear his jocular response.More >>
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