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April 24, 2014

London police chief suspended

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Editor

The London police chief has been suspended in the wake of the issuance of an emergency protective order by the Madison Family Court.

Chief Stewart O. Walker was suspended with pay effective Monday, according to London Mayor Troy Rudder. It isn’t known at this time how long the suspension will last.

During Walker’s suspension, Major Derrick House will lead the city’s police department.

The EPO was obtained from Madison Family Court by a woman who moved to Berea in February 2013 after a live-in relationship with Walker.

The order was sworn at 8:15 p.m. Friday to a Berea police officer, and a family court hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The EPO was served on Walker by Kentucky State Police, according to the London Sentinel-Echo newspaper.

Rudder said pending the outcome of Wednesday’s hearing, “there may be some other action” taken by the city concerning Walker.

Walker, who has served as police chief for about four years, began with the department as a patrolman in 1996, Rudder said. House has been with the department since 1995.

The protective order prohibits Walker from having contact with the woman and from coming within 500 feet of a Berea address, a Richmond address and a Jellico, Tenn., address.

According to the petitioner’s narrative, the woman resided with Walker at a London address from August 2012 until late February 2013, when she moved to Madison County.

For most of the past year, Walker has “terrorized and stalked” her, including an incident when a KSP trooper found him in her drive way, the narrative stated.

Walker has been physically violent with her in the past, the petitioner wrote, and she fears what he may do in the future.

On April 11, she informed the London mayor of the situation, and he ordered Walker to stay away from her, according to the narrative. But he stalked her that evening and again Thursday evening, the petitioner wrote, and she filed for an EPO the next day.

(The Richmond Register contributed to this story.)

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