|Birth: ||Oct. 10, 1979|
|Death: ||Sep. 11, 2009|
Amanda Ceaberry Lee Ross
ROSS Amanda Ceaberry Lee, 29, of Lexington, KY was tragically taken from us on Sep 11, 2009. Amanda was the beloved daughter of Diana Ross and the late Terrell Ross. She was born Oct 10, 1979, in Fleming County and moved with her family to Lexington at the age of eight. Amanda was a member of the 1998 graduating class of Sayre School. In 2002 she went on to graduate from Boston University with a degree in business administration and finance. Amanda was the director of financial standards and examination for the Kentucky Department of Insurance and was recently elected to the board of the Lexington Humane Society. Amanda worked for a brief time with her father at Ross, Sinclair and Associates in Frankfort, KY. A love of politics and a desire to work in the public sector, motivated her decision to pursue a position with the State of Kentucky. Amanda was particularly devoted to the culture and community of downtown Lexington, joining in many civic activities. A lover of art and fashion, history and pop culture and deeply dedicated to her family, her city, and her state, Amanda was a modern woman in every sense. Amanda's family will always cherish her wit, charm, and humor. She had an infectious laugh that could fill the room. In addition to her mother, Amanda is survived by her sister Carrie Ross of Lexington; nephews, Cody and Ross Alexander Reid of Lexington; grandmothers, Virginia McIntyre of Ewing, KY, Edith Ross of Flemingsburg, KY; uncle, Brooks McIntyre and his wife Melanie; aunts, Linda Donovan and her husband Stephen, Sandra Pelfrey and her husband Vernon all of Ewing, KY; cousins, Brent Donovan, Heather McGinnis and her husband Jason, Josh Peck and his wife Amber, Nick Peck and his wife Candace, Corey Peck, and Haley McIntyre. In addition to her father Amanda was preceded in death by her grandfathers Cecil B. McIntyre and Alexander "Doc" Ross. Visitation will be held Tue, Sep 15 at the Carrick House from 5-8pm. The funeral will be held Wed, Sep 16 at the Carrick House at 2pm with burial in Lexington Cemetery. Arrangements by Milward-Broadway. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Amanda Ross to the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program at P.O. Box 55190, Lexington, KY 40555. Donations can also be made through the website www.beyondtheviolence.com
Published in Lexington Herald-Leader on September 14, 2009
January 12, 2010
‘Ross Bill' passes 97-0 in House
GPS monitoring measure heads to Senate
By Deborah Yetter
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A bill aimed at better protecting victims of domestic violence won unanimous approval in the House on Tuesday and now goes to the Senate, where supporters hope for another swift passage.
"I would hope that this will end the deaths, the tragic deaths, that so often occur in these situations," said House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg. He's the sponsor of House Bill 1, named the "Amanda Ross Bill" after a Lexington woman fatally shot last year.
Ross' ex-fiancé, former state Rep. Steve Nunn, is charged with her murder.
The House members rose in a standing ovation for Stumbo after the 97-0 vote to approve HB 1, which would require some people accused of domestic violence to wear a global-positioning device.
Stumbo embraced the slain woman's mother, Diana Ross, who was seated at the front of the chamber. Lawmakers gathered around to congratulate her and express condolences.
Diana Ross quickly left afterward and declined to comment.
Last week before the House Judiciary Committee, Diana Ross testified that she believes GPS monitoring might have saved her daughter's life by affording her extra protection.
The protective order Amanda Ross took out against Nunn wasn't enough, she said.
"Seeking protection prior to her death, Amanda used our laws and our courts," Ross said. "Despite those efforts, we still lost Amanda. Our state can do better, and I ask that you help us do so."
The bill contains an emergency clause that would make it effective immediately once the Senate passes it and the governor signs it.
Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, said Tuesday the Senate will assign the bill to a committee and consider it. Williams didn't say how quickly the Senate might act but called Ross' murder "atrocious."
"Some things can't be prevented, but you can certainly make them more difficult," he said.
HB 1 would allow judges to order people accused of domestic violence to wear GPS devices if they are considered dangerous or likely to violate a protective order. The device would alert police and the victims if the person wearing the device comes too near and also allow authorities to track movements of a suspected abuser.
Each county would decide whether to invest in the GPS equipment, with offenders being charged for the cost.
The Kentucky Domestic Violence Association supports the measure, said Sherry Currens, executive director. But she said she hopes lawmakers also approve House Bill 30, which extends protective orders to people alleging dating violence. That bill been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee and is awaiting a hearing.
"We really need it,"" Currens said, adding that current law only allows people who have lived together or have a child in common to obtain protective orders. "We have young women who are sitting ducks and can't get anything done."
As for HB 1, Stumbo said it would allow Kentucky to join 15 states that use GPS devices in domestic-violence cases. He said they are highly effective in the about 10 to 15 percent of domestic-violence cases where judges order them.
Stumbo noted that Fayette County and a few other counties already use GPS devices for some offenders on pre-trial release and it would be simple and inexpensive for a judge to extend the use to domestic-violence cases. The offender pays the $7 to $10 a day cost of the device.
"The technology was right there under our noses, and we didn't even realize it," he said.
Stumbo said last week he believes the law already allows judges to order GPS devices in domestic-violence cases, but HB 1 would clarify that ability and better define when the technology should be used.
In comments on the House floor Tuesday, no one used Nunn's name. He is a Glasgow Republican and son of former Gov. Louie Nunn who served in the House for 16 years. But Rep. Tom Riner, D-Louisville, described the charge against the former lawmaker as "shameful."
Stumbo, a personal friend of the Ross family, described Amanda Ross as "well educated" and "vibrant," a "person we never believed this would have happened to." Nor, he said, did lawmakers suspect a former colleague would be charged.
But he said none of that is relevant to HB 1.
"This is about protection," he said.
Reporter Deborah Yetter can be reached at (502) 582-4228.
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I just saw this terrible story today. My heart goes out to the Ross family. This is so very sad. Amanda's promising future was taken from her.|
K. Ned Beasley
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