Republicans in the state senate will meet tomorrow to choose their leaders for the upcoming session and State Senator-Elect Whitney Westerfield says he believes all of the candidates have the best interest of Kentucky in mind.
The recently elected Westerfield wouldn’t say who he is voting for when the Republican Caucus meets, but did say he’s met with all of the major players seeking a spot in leadership.
The session will begin without longtime Senate President David Williams, who accepted an appointment by Governor Steve Beshear to a judgeship in his district. Senator Robert Stivers of Manchester and Senator Bob Leeper of Paducah are two of the primary candidates to replace him.
Westerfield says Williams’ reputation across the state—deserved or not—may have sometimes been an obstacle to progress that won’t be there any longer.
Senate Republicans will also choose a floor leader and Senate president pro-tem. Incumbent president pro-tem Katie Stine is expected to keep that position unopposed.
A Cadiz woman was charged with growing marijuana over the weekend after the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office acted on a tip from the public.
Sheriff Ray Burnam says Deputy Mark Nichols responded to a Rockcastle Rd. residence and located several marijuana plants, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Charged with cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia was 32-year old Heather Pelton of Cadiz.
City police investigated after two men allegedly stole a vehicle from an East 2nd Street residence and then wrecked it a few minutes later Saturday evening in Hopkinsville.
The report from Officer Spencer Loftus says two black males wearing black clothing stole a black 2000 GMC Yukon from 41-year old Mitchell Moore at 1011 East 2nd Street around 5:15 Saturday evening.
The suspects wrecked the vehicle at the intersection of East 2nd and Brown Streets, running over two street signs. The identity of the suspects is not known and the investigation continues.
Hopkinsville Police investigated shots fired on East 12th Street last night, with no one injured in the incident.
Officers were called to 927 East 12th around 8:15 and found 10 bullet holes in the house and one bullet hole in the windshield of a vehicle in a driveway.
The property owners are listed as 50-year old Victor Watkins and 22-year old Antwon Crayton of Hopkinsville. No one was hit by the bullets and no suspects are listed on the report from Officer Jerry Marcum.
A Bowling Green woman was killed in a wreck in Clarksville Saturday afternoon.
A news release from Clarksville Police says 86-year old Evelyn Ray of Bowling Green was northbound on Old Farmers Road around 4pm when she failed to yield the right of way to a vehicle on U.S. Highway 76 driven by 26-year old Maurice Pitts of Clarksville, who didn’t have time to stop and the vehicles collided in the intersection
Ms. Ray was taken by Life Flight helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she would die from her injuries.
Pitts was taken to Gateway Medical Center and later transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt for treatment of multiple leg fractures. The incident marked the 15th traffic fatality in Clarksville this year.