Daily News from Bowling Green. April 27, 2021.
Editorial: Public Deserves Details of Grand Jury Decision in Deadly Rockfield Shooting
Russell Heard’s fatal shooting on his property in February was nothing short of a tragedy. Heard, 74, a farmer from the Rockfield community, was a respected citizen who will be sadly missed by his many friends and family.
The news last week that a Warren County grand jury failed to indict the shooter who was charged with first degree manslaughter in Heard’s death is nothing short of a mystery.
Here’s what we know from media accounts of police reports and court proceedings.
Daniel W. Moore arrived at the Heard property on Galloway Mill Road looking for Bradley Heard, son of Russell Heard, who lived on the property. Moore later told police he attended the scene to retrieve a gun that had been taken from him.
Witnesses at the scene said Moore was holding a gun pointed at the ground in front of his belt buckle.
Russell Heard asked his son to come out to try and get his son and Moore to resolve the issue they were having.
At one point, Bradley Heard walked out of the house with a knife in each hand. Moore fired a warning shot into the ground.
In the ensuing altercation, Moore, who was stabbed with a knife, fired multiple times. Several hit Bradley Heard and one hit his father, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
Moore was charged with first degree manslaughter. Bradley Heard has recovered from his injuries and is charged with first degree assault. We have not seen any report indicating that the weapon which was allegedly taken has been found.
When Moore showed up at the Heard property with a loaded gun in his hand, his decision risked causing tragedy, which was the result. A good man, who was not involved in any issue between Moore and his son, was killed.
If Moore had simply let law enforcement deal with the issue of the weapon taken from him, Russell Heard would be alive today.
Russell Heard’s family and friends are understandably bewildered, upset and angry at the non-real bill referred by the grand jury. They want to know why the grand jury didn’t indict.
They wonder if the grand jury heard from witnesses to the shooting and law enforcement officials who conducted the investigation.
The grand jury process is shrouded in secrecy, so we do not know who may have testified or what information, if any, the grand jury may have known that was not known to the general public.
In conclusion, we believe that the family and the general public should know what this decision motivated. We are asking Warren County Attorney Chris Cohron to provide public information on this matter.
It would not be without precedent. We recall that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who was the special prosecutor in the tragic death of Breonna Taylor, made public statements after the grand jury completed its work and several jurors from that panel were also cited. in the media.
If this information is not available, we urge a future grand jury to reconsider this case.
Ashland Indepedent. April 23, 2021.
Editorial: Treat the Earth with Care
Kudos to those who observed Earth Day this week, including downtown Ashland, who hosted KidX: To-Go Earth Day, teaching kids about material reuse and waste reduction. The mall also planted a tree, dedicated to local employees “who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic.”
Also on Earth Day, which was Thursday, the Daily Independent reported that Beam Suntory, bourbon producer Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark, plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions and consumption in half. company-wide water supply by 2030 and remove more carbon than its emissions and from its supplier base by 2040. It also aims to plant 500,000 trees per year by 2030 .
Man-made climate change is a fact. Earth’s response to the change in human behavior in the wake of COVID-19 shows it to be true.
Because many people have reduced their driving time due to stay-at-home orders and work-at-home orders, deforestation in some areas has slowed, air pollution has decreased, water quality has decreased. has improved and the snow has become more reflective, which means cleaner. This is based on preliminary research conducted by NASA, the US Geological Survey and the European Space Agency using Earth observation satellites.
Science.org even reported that the decrease in pollution was first detected in Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated. Then the decline spread across China. It appears to have followed the path of COVID-19, which gives us yet another reason to believe that our lifestyle changes have led to improvements in the environment.
While more studies are needed to confirm these results, it’s pretty clear that humans can make changes that affect Earth. Morally correct changes are those that make our home planet healthier. It also makes good sense to take care of where we live.
Frankort State Journal. April 22, 2021.
Editorial: Jersey projects link athletics, history
It’s not every day that students get the chance to carry the story, but that’s exactly what the Kentucky State University baseball players planned to do on Wednesday until Mother Nature intervenes with it. a rare measurable snowfall at the end of April.
Brothers Michael and Darnell Carter, of Dayton, Ohio, arranged to loan their collection of over 50 authentic replica Negro League baseball jerseys to the Thorobreds during their game against Georgetown College in the Jackie Robinson / Negro Leagues game. When the Tigers pulled out, KSU decided to make it an intrasquad melee, but that was also canceled due to the weather.
While the game didn’t materialize, the idea of celebrating and honoring players of the past for their contributions is a great way to introduce student-athletes – especially those at historically black universities and colleges (HBCUs) – to the story behind the game. It fits perfectly with the philosophy of K-State coach Rob Henry.
“In our program, we talk a lot about who came before you. We have nameplates on our lockers so they can see the names of the players who were here before, ”he told the State Journal.
“This is a much more global scale of players who have come before and made a difference, people who sacrificed themselves all these years ago to be able to play this great game that we love.”
The Negro League jersey project reminds us of when the Frankfurt High School boys’ basketball team graced the city’s former African-American high school Mayo-Underwood in 2019 by wearing their jerseys. FHS scheduled the event for the first game in February to kick off Black History Month. Mayo-Underwood was opened in the late 1920s and closed in 1956.
In this game, then FHS player DaJuan Davis wore the number of his great-grandfather Henry Davis (Mayo-Underwood class of 1953), and the elder Davis and Frederick Green (MU class of 1954) have been recognized.
Both projects, which link history to athletics, remind us of the importance of embracing our heritage and never forgetting where we came from.
“Not to be acclaimed with praise, not to be grieved by blame, but knowing your own virtues or powers inside out are the characteristics of an excellent man,” said Satchel Paige, considered one of the greatest players. of the Negro League of all time. .