A Clarksville man is behind bars after he allegedly impersonated a police officer.
Clarksville Police say 40-year old Danny Coleman of White Oak Road is charged with Criminal Impersonation after officials with Clarksville Parks and Recreation Department received a strange post on Facebook from a woman from Louisiana seeking help after texting someone she believed to be her cousin and found out later that it was not.
Police say when the woman demanded to know who she was corresponding with Coleman stated he was a Clarksville Police Detective.
Police determined through investigation that Coleman used the name of a detective who had solved his residential burglary case in March 2012.
Coleman remains lodged in the Montgomery County Jail.
A Hopkinsville Police officer was among other law enforcement officers from 19 different agencies across the Commonwealth to graduate from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.
Hopkinsville Police Officer, Christopher Madley was among 25 other officers, who completed 18 weeks of training, which consisted of nearly 770 hours of recruit-level-officer academy instruction.
The officers were also trained in homeland security, law offenses and procedures, vehicle operations, firearms, investigations, patrol procedures, mechanics of arrest, restraint and control.
Basic training is mandatory for Kentucky law enforcement officers who are required to comply with the state’s Peace Officer Professional Standards Act of 1998.
Governor Steve Beshear has directed that state flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes, who was fatally shot during a routine traffic stop in Marion County.
Governor Beshear stated he knew Lebanon is a tightly knit community and that he sends his deepest sympathies and prayers to the friends and family of Deputy Rakes.
Governor Beshear added that this tragedy reminds Kentuckians of the sacrifice our peace officers make every day to protect citizens and he expressed his sincere gratitude for those who have passed while in the line of duty and those who continue to serve.Deputy Rakes was a six-year veteran of the Marion County Sheriff's Department and had previously served two years with the Lebanon Police Department.
Funeral services for Deputy Rakes will be held Sunday afternoon at Marion County High School in Lebanon.
The Pennyroyal Arts Council has announced the hiring of a new director.
A news release says Hopkinsville resident Margaret Prim has been appointed as the next Executive Director and she will begin her duties December 3rd. Ms. Primm will work with current director Carol Barta until the end of the year when Ms. Barta is set to retire.
Ms. Prim served on the Board of Directors from 2008 until 2011 and has experience in marketing, finance, customer relations and fund raising. The board says its confident her knowledge and interaction with the community in past projects will be beneficial to Ms. Prim in her new position.
Ms. Prim is quoted as saying the position is her dream job and that she is really looking forward to getting started.
Three of the people who served locally with State Senator Joey Pendleton are praising his work for the three counties over the last two decades.
State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke has served three terms and says Senator Pendleton has been more than willing to help him on key issues—despite being on different sides of the political aisle.
Representative John Tilley praised Senator Pendleton for his hard work for the area—noting his willingness to make frequent trips back and forth between Hopkinsville and Frankfort.
State Representative Martha Jane King says she’s also enjoyed serving with Senator Pendleton for her entire tenure in the State House and wished him well in future endeavors.
Senator Pendleton defeated then-incumbent Democrat Pat McCuiston to win the seat in 1992.