Hopkinsville Police are investigating a strong-armed robbery on North McPherson Avenue from last night.
Officers say the incident happened around 7:30 near the 100 block of North McPherson, when the male victim was assaulted by approximately 10 men who got away with cash and a cell phone.
Sgt. Mike Marszalek says some of the victim’s property was recovered after it was found lying on the ground nearby.
The investigation into the incident continues.
A Hopkinsville Police Sergeant has been suspended after being arrested on DUI charges—only three weeks after being lauded for helping pull a man from a burning car.
A news release from HPD says 39-year old Sgt. John Thompson was arrested by Hopkinsville Police around 11:45 last night and charged with DUI.
Sgt. Thompson has been suspended with pay.
Thompson and three other officers were featured in local and regional news in the days following a November 3rd incident on North Drive at the bridge in front of BB&T. 33-year old Martez Nelson of Hopkinsville was southbound when he ran off the side of the road, hit a sign and over-corrected before slamming into the bridge—which caused his vehicle to catch fire.
Sgt. Thompson used a fire extinguisher to knock the flames down, while Officer Federico Rodriguez pulled Nelson from the car. Sgt. Thompson was interviewed the following morning and talked about the experience.
Sgt. Thompson was booked into the Christian County Jail on $773 bond. Thompson has been with the Hopkinsville Police Department since 1996.
Crews from the Pembroke and Fairview Volunteer Fire Departments responded to a barn fire Saturday evening.
The initial call came out around 5:40 of a barn fire near the 800 block of Little River Church Road, which is near the intersection with 68-80. The structure was already fully involved when fire-fighters arrived on the scene.
The barn belongs to local farmer Roy Jenkins.
Kentucky State Police believe a fire that claimed the life of a man in Muhlenberg County Friday night was accidental.
A news release says 70-year old Charles William Smith of Drakesboro was inside and older travel trailer when it caught on fire at 4861 State Route 70 East in Drakesboro around 8:30 Friday night.
The person who called 911 to report the fire believed someone may have been inside and responders found Smith inside and deceased after crews got the blaze put out. State Police say the fire originated from inside the trailer and that it’s believed to have been accidental.
The news release says the investigation into the incident continues.
A single-vehicle wreck near Fairview Saturday morning sent a Cadiz woman to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Todd County Deputy Sheriff Patrick Turner says 34-year old Christy Poteete was southbound near the 1700 block of Britmart Road around 6:45 when the right side of her vehicle dropped off the shoulder of the road in a curve.
Ms. Poteete over-corrected and crossed the northbound lane before striking a tree. Deputy Turner says she wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was taken by ambulance to the Jennie Stuart Medical Center helipad, where Life Flight then transported her to Vanderbilt for head trauma. Police don’t believe her injuries are life-threatening.