No one was injured in an early morning house fire that is being investigated as a possible arson.
The blaze was called into the ECC shortly after 3:20 of a home on fire at 112 Sycamore Street. No one was home at the time of the fire and there were no injuries.
Units with the Hopkinsville Fire Department remained on the scene well into the morning putting the blaze out and investigating. We’ll have more details with the release of the Fire Department and Police reports.
A small Clarksville child is in the hospital after allegedly shooting himself in the hand with a gun yesterday afternoon.
It’s no less than the fourth time this year that a child found a parent’s gun and fired it in Clarksville, with yesterday’s incident happening at a Terminal Road apartment.
Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says the one-year old boy found the gun on a coffee table around 3:15. The boy grabbed it and shot himself in the hand. Charges are pending and the child is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Gateway Medical Center.
A fight between two Tennessee men who worked together on South Main Street Saturday morning resulted in an arrest on assault charges.
The incident happened at 121 South Main around 10:30, when 47-year old Jeffery Palmer of Mount Juliet and 32-year old James Morrissey of Madison, Tennessee got into a verbal argument that turned physical.
The Hopkinsville Police report says Morrissey was Palmer’s employer and that Palmer struck Morrissey in the head with some type of tool, causing a severe laceration. Palmer was arrested and charged with second degree assault. A female at the scene—46-year old Christie Ford of Mount Juliet—was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance after police allegedly found pills not prescribed to her in her possession.
A Hopkinsville man was arrested twice in a period of six and a half hours Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Robert Stokes was called to the Salvation Army on East Seventh Street the first time Friday when 52-year old Cleveland Joseph Chavis of Hopkinsville was allegedly in violation of a criminal trespass warning.
Officer Stokes reminded Chavis that he wasn’t supposed to be there and Chavis reportedly left. Twenty minutes later, HPD was called back to the scene when Chavis returned and Officer Stokes charged him with criminal trespass and took him to the Christian County Jail.
Chavis was out of jail by 4:30 when he was scene for a third time at the Salvation Army—this time allegedly walking on East Seventh completely nude. Officer Stokes writes on the report that he told Chavis to put his clothes on several times before his request was met.
Chavis was arrested again and charged with indecent exposure and remains in the Christian County Jail.
Duncan Gloria Ross and Candida Belt
The former Oak Grove Police detective accused of tampering with evidence at the scene of a double murder 18 years ago has been indicted by the Christian County Grand Jury.
Indicted on tampering with evidence charges was 49-year old Leslie Duncan of Central City.
Duncan was one of the first officers on the scene September 20th, 1994, when 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.
Multiple people had been questioned in connection with the crime in the months and years following the double-murder, but the investigation always came back to Duncan and former Oak Grove Officer Ed Carter.
Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jason Newby had been investigating the incident again this summer and arrested Duncan in July.
Parlor owner Tammy Papler told Oak Grove City Council in 1997 that police knew she was operating a house of prostitution and that she paid Officer Carter to keep it covered up. He contended he worked nights there as a janitor.
The case was once featured on the national TV program “Unsolved Mysteries.”
In other action, the Grand Jury indicted 20-year old Karoneka Leavell of North Fowler Avenue on theft charges for allegedly allowing two females to walk through her checkout line at K-Mart without paying for merchandise.
The total value of the stolen merchandise came to 94-hundred dollars over a period of time, according to the arrest card from June 24th.