Black Carter Duncan
All three men indicted in connection with the double-murder at an Oak Grove brothel 19 years ago have been arrested.
As previously reported, the Christian County Grand Jury indicted 39-year old Frank Black, Jr. of Gadsden, Alabama and 43-year old Edward Carter of Somerset on two counts of murder and 50-year old Leslie Duncan of Central City on two counts of complicity to murder.
Duncan was already in the Christian County Jail, serving a three year sentence after pleading guilty to tampering with evidence in the case. Duncan and Carter are former Oak Grove Police officers.
Black was arrested by police in Alabama and Carter was taken into custody at a hotel in Ohio.
On September 20th, 1994, the bodies of 22-year old Candida Belt and 18-year old Gloria Ross were discovered at the New Life Massage Parlor in Oak Grove, which also served as a brothel. The two victims had been shot and stabbed several times.
The case gained national notoriety in the 1990’s, when it was featured on the television program, Unsolved Mysteries.
KSP says Detective Jason Newby was the investigator in the cold case.
Gloria Ross and Candida Belt
(Photo submitted by attendee) (Phot submitted by attendee)
2008 Vice-Presidential Candidate and former Governor of Alaska, Sarah Palin was at Fort Campbell this morning to sign copies of her latest book entitled Good Tidings and Great Joy: Protecting the Heart of Christmas.
The media was not allowed to attend, but hundreds of people were lined up this morning to get their book signed and to briefly meet with Ms. Palin, according to witness accounts.
Ms. Palin’s visit at Fort Campbell this morning is part of her nation-wide book signing tour, with her next stop in Texas.
The 101st Airborne Division will be conducting an Eagle Remembrance ceremony Wednesday afternoon to honor Fort Campbell soldiers, who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
Military officials say remembrance ceremonies are held monthly, as needed, to honor fallen soldiers who were deployed in support of Operations New Dawn and Enduring Freedom.
This month ceremony is scheduled to take place at 4 p.m. at McAuliffe Hall on post and will honor 32-year old Staff Sergeant Thomas Baysore, Jr. of Milton, Pennsylvania, who died on September 26th as a result of combat-related injuries he sustained in Afghanistan.
Baysore was assigned to Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
A Fort Campbell man was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on the south side of Hopkinsville Monday night.
The incident happened just before 9 o'clock, according to the Hopkinsville Police report from Officer Robert Sibal, which says 30-year old William Fitzpatrick of Fort Campbell was southbound near Fidelio Road when he ran off the road and into a wood line.
Fitzpatrick told police a vehicle had approached him from behind without its lights on and tried to pass him. The driver of that vehicle then reportedly attempted to make a quick lane change, causing Fizpatrick to swerve and wreck.
Fitzpatrick was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for back pain and the report says he was wearing his seat belt.
Two new plaques were unveiled at the War Memorial Building Monday morning—honoring Christian County residents killed in World War I and in the War on Terror.
Corporal Windell Jeryd Simmons of Hopkinsville was killed in Iraq in 2006 and his name will forever be memorialized on a plaque in the front lobby of the War Memorial Building on South Virginia Street.
His mother, Betty Simmons of Hopkinsville, joined two of her children on stage to help unveil the plaque in a Veterans Day morning ceremony.
Ms. Simmons says it meant a lot to her for the community to remember her son's sacrifice.
She says Veterans Day has always been special to her because she is also a veteran and military service is a tradition in her family.
The War Memorial Commission, chaired by VFW Post 1913 Commander John Brame, obtained $7,000 in grant money to buy the plaques. Two names of local African-American casualties from World War I were unintentionally omitted from that plaque, but Mayor Dan Kemp apologized and says that mistake will be fixed soon.
World War II veteran and VFW Post 1913 charter member Tag Mabry helped Brame and Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble unveil that plaque.