More than three years after an incident in which Barren County Sheriff Chris Eaton and several other county law enforcement officers were accused of using excessive force on a handcuffed prisoner, a federal jury found Eaton guilty of witness tampering in May.
Eaton resigned as sheriff on July 31 and was sentenced to an 18-month prison sentence at the beginning of August, which is currently under appeal.
Barren County Judge-Executive Davie Greer appointed sheriff’s deputy and retired Glasgow Police Department Lt. Col. Kent Keen to replace Eaton as sheriff on Aug. 5.
• T.J. Samson Community Hospital
The local hospital had an eventful year with the opening of the TJ Health Pavilion in Barren River Plaza in May, CEO Bill Kindred announcing his retirement in December and a judge ruling in favor of the hospital in December against a group of individuals who claimed to be the legitimate board of the hospital.
The group has since appealed the judge’s ruling.
• Barren Fiscal Court jail report
In another story that took the better part of a year to resolve, the Glasgow Daily Times won a lawsuit against Barren Fiscal Court to force the release of a private investigator’s report made on the Barren County Detention Center and paid for by taxpayer
dollars. According to rulings by Kentucky’s Attorney General and Barren Circuit Court, the report was a public record and should have been provided to the GDT when an open records requested was filed for it.
• Brandon Crain death
Hart County teen Brandon Crain went missing in late January 2012. His body was recovered from the Green River in Butler County in May. Almost a year went by before another teenager, Daniel J. Hostetler, came forward and accepted responsibility for the young man’s death. Hostetler pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree manslaughter and tampering with physical evidence in August and was sentenced to 13 years.