Kentucky State Police in the Post 3 District welcomed a new commander recently.
Prior to his appointment, Captain Bobby Murray of Madisonsville, a 13-year veteran of the police force, was previously assigned to the Mayfield, Madisonville, Frankfort Posts and Drug Enforcement Special Investigations Branch and most recently served as the post commander in Morehead.
Captain Murray is also a 7-year Army veteran, who served with both the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and was quoted as saying he looked forward the challenges and accomplishments ahead and in maintaining and cultivating partnerships with other entities and agencies of the area.
Hopkinsville Community College officials announced today that over 100 students received rotary scholarships to attend classes at HCC at no cost for the next two years.
Officials say any student who graduated from Christian County High School, Hopkinsville High School, Heritage Christian Academy or University were eligible to apply and were awarded the scholarships if they met certain requirements.
Those requirements include each student enrolling and successfully completing a tuition-waived orientation to college courses at HCC, graduate with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher, have a 95 % attendance record, never been expelled from school and have applied for financial aid and registered for classes at HCC.
The 104 Rotary Scholars were recognized yesterday at the college’s Back2School Bash festivities and were able to meet and mingle with several members of the local Rotary Club.
Christian County Public School officials released latest ACT testing data this morning with School Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill saying she is pleased with the findings.
This year’s senior class took the ACT as juniors in March 2011 with students able to take the exam on scheduled Saturdays throughout the year.
District Assessment Coordinator Tracey Leath gave a brief overview of the average scores.
A Clarksville teen is accused of stalking and attempting to kidnap a 13-year old girl while she was walking on Peachers Mill Road last night.
Police say officers were dispatched to Marshall Drive around 7:15 p.m. to investigate an attempted kidnapping and were told by a 13-year old female that she had been followed by an unknown male driving a black vehicle on Peachers Mill.
The juvenile also told police that while she was waling down the roadway, the male pulled his vehicle over and demanded that she get inside the vehicle.
Police say the 13-year old female was able to cross the street and enter Chum’s Market on 811 Peachers Mill and told the two men inside that she was being followed and contacted her mother, while the other man was able to get the suspect’s vehicle description.
A short time later, officers were able to locate the vehicle on Peachers Mill Road and during questioning, the 17-year old male admitted to trying to pick up the 13-year old girl while he was on his way to pick-up his friend and during the investigation process, it was discovered that the 17-year old’s friend who took over driving, 30-year old Bakari Smith of Windriver had a revoked license and was found with cocaine.
Smith was booked into the Montgomery County Jail for driving on a revoked license, drugs for manufacture, sell or delivery, while the 17-year old was charged with stalking.
There is still plenty of reason for optimism that the Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville can remain open, as another candidate has stepped up and applied to be the Chief Examiner.
Coroners from across the Commonwealth have had to travel to Louisville to have autopsies performed since the retirement of the previous examiner and that gets very expensive for counties in western Kentucky.
Lawmakers have joined coroners in calling for that office to remain open after the state indicated it had intentions of closing the center. Todd County Coroner Bob Whittlesey says the candidate previously reported on that interviewed for the job withdrew his application.
Whittlesey says it would still be several months before the unnamed candidate could be in Madisonville and working, when and if he is hired.
Interviewed earlier in the week, State Senator Joey Pendleton says he fully expects the Madisonville center to remain open.