An election season tradition is renewed tonight (Monday) when the League of Women Voters Political Forums get underway at the Bradford Square Mall.
There will be three debates this evening—beginning at 6 with the three candidates running for Hopkinsville City Council in Ward 1. They are Carolsue Daigre, Wendell Green and Thomas Grant and would replace Cornelia Belle, who chose not to run.
Incumbent Ward 5 City Councilman Charlie Henderson will debate Republican challenger Jason McCraw at 6:45.
The nightcap will pit incumbent 8th District State Representative John Tilley against Republican challenger Max Sturdivant, Jr., with that forum scheduled to begin around 7:15.
Debates will continue tomorrow night and Thursday night, with the final three debates to take place October 22nd at the mall.
Trenton Post Office
Two area post offices are in danger of having their operating hours changed or of even being closed and public meetings are scheduled this month in both communities.
A meeting regarding the Trenton Post Office is set for 4:30pm on October 17th at the Trenton Community Center, while there will be a 1pm meeting on October 31st at the Herndon Volunteer Fire Department regarding that community’s post office.
Congressman Ed Whitfield represents Todd and Christian Counties in Washington and says he’s had considerable discussions with the U.S. Postal Service about offices in his large district.
Congressman Whitfield says he’s also heard from concerned citizens who want to keep their post office operating as-is.
The Clifty Post Office was saved a few years ago, while residents of Lafayette didn’t turn out so lucky a few months ago.
What would have been a fairly normal traffic stop turned into an arrest last night when the driver of a vehicle allegedly tried to evade Hopkinsville Police.
The pursuit began on East 21st Street around 11:30 Saturday night when Officer Rogers Stephens clocked 31-year old Gary Douthitt of Hopkinsville driving 45 miles per hour in a 25 miles per hour zone.
Officer Stephens activated his lights behind McDonalds, but writes on the citation that Douthitt drove into the housing area of James Village and then over a high curbing and down a steep hill into a field.
The suspect allegedly abandoned his vehicle and ran into some woods, later telling police he tried to hide under the water in a creek. Officer Stephens would eventually arrest Douthitt and charge him with speeding, failure to maintain insurance and fleeing from police. Douthitt reportedly said he ran because he knew he didn’t have insurance and that police scare him.
City police investigated a traffic incident which left a mother and daughter injured Friday night.
The crash occurred at the terminus of the Martin Luther King Bypass at a quarter to 8 when the driver of the vehicle, 34-year old Sarah Harper of Bowling Green, turned around to give the passenger, 8-year old Riley Harper of Cadiz, a cookie, and failed to observe the stop sign at the Russellville Road end of the bypass.
The vehicle continued across U.S. 68-East and went into a field.
Officer Tommy Hoffman says both occupants were wearing seat belts and were taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Police in McCracken County had to gun down a suicidal man who brandished a weapon to police yesterday morning.
A news release from KSP says the McCracken County Sheriff’s Office received the call of a suicidal man on Oriole Lane around 11am and found 50-year old Michael Lakin brandishing a handgun in a window when they arrived.
Deputy Jared Rivera backed his cruiser out of the man’s driveway and took cover behind it. Police say Lakin then came to the front door of the residence showing a gun and a sword.
Lakin was reportedly given orders to drop the weapons, but instead advanced toward Deputy Rivera’s position. The deputy fired one shot into Lakin’s torso, causing him to retreat back to the home. Lakin was taken by ambulance to a Paducah hospital and waas listed in serious condition.
Kentucky State Police have charged Lakin with third degree assault of a police officer.