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Alleging wrongful arrest, a sixth person has joined the lawsuit against former Louisville police detective Crystal Marlowe and current Chief Robert White.

from the C-J:

Vaughn Carter alleges he was charged Feb. 5, 2008 with a robbery he did not commit, was in jail for three days and had to spend time and money expunging his record after the charges were eventually dismissed.

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On Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Officer Paul Pegram was hit by an SUV and killed while riding his bicycle in Spencer County.

From Broken Sidewalk:

Pegram was off duty at the time and was stopped on the shoulder of Briar Ridge Road.  Both Pegram and the driver lived within two miles of the crash site.  According to LMPD, Pegram enjoyed cycling and would ride several times a week.  The driver told police he didn’t see Pegram on his bike before the collision.

Briar Ridge Road, also known as State Highway 248, is a winding rural two-lane undivided road with a posted speed limit of 55 mph.  Even at only 40 mph, the chances of surviving a collision with a car are only 15 percent, so an impact at 55 mph would be even worse.

On Friday, Police Chief Robert White was asked about Officer Pegram, the accident and cycling. Here is the full audio of his remarks. (MP3)

Over at WFPL I reported on the impending politicization of Police Chief Robert White‘s job, which some mayoral candidates warned about and said they weren’t comfortable with in the primary. Police chiefs are often part of a mayor’s legacy, and the choice can say a lot about a candidate’s priorities when it comes to not only crime control, but also the relationship between law enforcement and citizens.

Louisville Police Chief Robert White’s job status could soon become an issue in the mayor’s race.

Mayor Jerry Abramson hired White in 2003, and the mayor sees White as part of his legacy. But with Abramson leaving office at the end of the year, White has applied for jobs in other cities. He was passed over this week for a job in Atlanta, and now he says he will stay in Louisville at least through the fall election.

Democratic candidate Greg Fischer says, if elected, he will keep White on staff. Abramson supports Fischer in the mayor’s race, and Friday said White could be an asset in the campaign.

“I think he’s very well respected in the community as chief, I think he’s done an outstanding job and I think it’s part of the confidence this community can have in electing Fischer as the next mayor that they’ll also get Chief White as a part of that team,” he says.

Republican candidate Hal Heiner says it’s irresponsible to make personnel decisions during the campaign, and if elected, he will review White’s performance before making any choices.

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