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La Grange girl reports attempted abduction

Police are investigating the report of an attempted abduction in an Oldham County neighborhood.

According to the La Grange Police Department, the incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. Nov. 6.

A 12-year-old female riding her bicycle in Majestic Woods subdivision off Ky. 146 in La Grange told police she rode past a parked blue Dodge Caravan and spotted a white male sitting in the driver’s seat.

After she rode past the van, the man drove down the street, made a U-turn and approached the girl. The girl told police the man reached outside the van and attempted to grab her. The girl jumped off her bicycle, ran to a neighbor’s house for safety and called police.

Police believe the suspect is a middle-aged white male with dark hair and what the victim describes as a “stubbly and fat face.”

Anyone who has witnessed unusual activity in their neighborhood should Oldham County Dispatch at 222-0111.

Magistrate fighting for La Grange officials to reveal anonymous donor’s name

In early 2008, the City of La Grange accepted a $100,000 anonymous donation. Now, an Oldham County magistrate has launched a battle to make the donor’s name public. 

Magistrate Scott Davis recently filed a lawsuit in Oldham Circuit Court regarding the matter of the donation and the request for the records relating to the donation, which the city denied him. 

According to the suit, on Oct. 23, Davis requested the name of the donor, copy of the check and bank deposit ticket, as well as information identifying the project for which the money was donated, pursuant to open records laws.

He alleges City Clerk Stephanie Cooper, named in the suit along with La Grange Mayor Elsie Carter, denied his request and said the donor’s name will remain anonymous. 

In the suit, Davis alleges the City of La Grange is a public agency, according to the Kentucky Open Records Act. He cites the case of Cape Publications Inc. vs. the University of Louisville Foundation Inc. in which “the Supreme Court of Kentucky considered the balancing test of anonymous donors’ privacy interest vs. the public’s interest in disclosure.”

Since La Grange is “an open and obvious public entity,” Davis alleges, the identity of the donor should be disclosed. 

Davis asks that a judgment be entered that the City of La Grange is a public agency as defined in the Kentucky Open Records Act; a judgment that the defendants violated a Kentucky statute in failing to provide access to the records requested by Davis; an order that the defendants make the records available and comply with the open records act in the future; and statutory damages of $25 each day the defendants denied him the right to inspect or copy each record he requested.

Davis also filed a lawsuit recently against Oldham County Fiscal Court requesting the name of the person who anonymously donated $100,000 to the county.