Shanklin Overcomes Scandal to Win Primary

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin has won a chance for re-election despite a scandal involving her legislative aide being arrested and jailed dozens of times. A week before the election it was reported that Shanklin’s grandson, 28-year-old Gary Bohler, remained employed as her assistant despite multiple arrests for drug trafficking, robbery and domestic violence. It […]

Shanklin Regrets Hiring Legally-Troubled Grandson

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, regrets hiring her 28-year-old grandson to work in her office, but hopes voters won’t hold his legal problems against her in the upcoming Democratic primary. The former council president has been under heavy scrutiny since it was revealed that her legislative aide, Gary Bohler, was declared a fugitive after […]

Shanklin Suspends Fugitive Grandson from Legislative Aide Job

Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has suspended her grandson from his job as a legislative aide in her office after the 28-year-old was declared a fugitive for failing to show up for a court hearing. For the past four years Gary Bohler has worked part-time in the District 2 office and earns $34,000 annually. […]

Community Affairs Panel to Discuss Expunging Misdemeanors

The Louisville Metro Council’s Community Affairs Committee is looking into the process of expunging minor offenses from criminal records. The committee isn’t drafting an ordinance or resolution at this time, but members say that’s possible depending on what they find out. Council members stress they aren’t discussing expunging felony charges, but lower offenses such as […]

Property Owner Files Suit Against City Over Deadbeat Landlord List

A former real estate owner who spent decades rehabilitating houses in low-income areas is suing Louisville Metro Government for wrongfully putting him on a list of deadbeat landlords in an advertisement that ran in the Courier-Journal last fall. Approximately 260 names were listed in a September edition of the newspaper, including Warren Jackel, who was […]

Shanklin Launches “Mowing Blitz” to Combat Abandoned Properties

Continuing the fight against vacant homes and apartments, Louisville Metro Councilwoman Barbara Shanklin, D-2, has targeted 30 abandoned properties in the Newburg and Petersburg neighborhoods for a special “mowing blitz” over the next four days. The initiative is part of the ongoing plan to combat eyesores while Metro Government focuses on how to deal with […]

UPDATE: Council Moves to Impeach Green

After reviewing the findings of the Louisville Metro Ethics Commission, five members of the Metro Council have signed a petition calling for the removal of Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, from office. The five members are Tina Ward-Pugh, D-9, Barbara Shanklin, D-2, Kevin Kramer, R-11, Stuart Benson, R-20, and Madonna Flood, D-24, who met with legal […]

Local Ministers Rally for Green

Believing district residents should decide her fate, a group of demonstrators held a rally in front of City Hall Monday to support Louisville Metro Councilwoman Judy Green, D-1, who faces expulsion from office. Last Friday, the Metro Ethics Commission ruled that Green deliberately violated the city’s code of ethics and slapped the councilwoman with the […]