A former Fort Campbell soldier who reportedly admitted to police that he fondled the private parts of a child took a plea deal in Christian Circuit Court yesterday and will be on unsupervised probation, as long as he stays out of Kentucky.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Oak Grove Police Department worked together in an investigation that led to the arrest of 24-year old Kyle Shelton in July of last year. A girl under the age of 12 said Shelton touched her privates in a residence and in a vehicle as he drove her home from a friend’s home.
The arrest warrant says Shelton admitted to the crime and he was charged with sexual abuse. The plea deal amended the charges down to wanton endangerment and Shelton remains in the Army at another post on probation.
He will not have to register as a sex offender and his probation will only be supervised if he comes back to Kentucky. He was also forced to make a 200 dollar donation to the Pennyrile Children’s Advocacy Center and is not allowed to make contact with the victim or her family.
The Republican nominee for the 16th District State Representative seat says he’s fighting an uphill battle in funding, but that the campaign is going well.
Russellville native Chris Hightower says he’s met with many residents of Todd and Logan County this year on the campaign trail and most have voiced as much concern about what’s going on in Washington as they do about happenings in Frankfort.
Hightower, who was a leader in Senator Rand Paul’s campaign, vows to not take part in the state pension system if elected.
Hightower recently received the endorsement of the Kentucky Right to Life Foundation. He faces incumbent Democrat Martha Jane King in the November General Election.
A Todd County woman was injured in a single-vehicle wreck in Caldwell County from over the weekend.
The Princeton Times-Leader quotes Sheriff Stan Hudson as saying 68-year old Aline Baxter of Elkton was traveling on Kentucky 91 South around 2:20pm Saturday when she ran off the road and hit the railroad underpass.
Ms. Baxter’s van overturned and landed on its top on the roadway. She was taken by ambulance to Caldwell County Medical Center.
One of the more popular lawmakers in the Kentucky General Assembly won’t be in Frankfort come January, as he has dropped his re-election bid.
Republican State Senator and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Tom Jensen of London says he will instead run for a circuit judgeship in Laurel and Knox counties, which came open when Judge John Mills abruptly announced his resignation with two years left in his term.
Senator Jensen has gained the respect of his peers in both chambers and across party lines for his ability to work with almost anyone to get work done in a culture that often bogs legislation down. Jensen says he’s been in the majority and in the minority and knows how both feel.
Senator Jensen says he had a tough decision to make and decided to go with his heart and run for the judge seat.
The senator worked with House Judiciary Chairman John Tilley of Hopkinsville to get major penal code reform and the so-called “Pill Mill Bill” through both chambers in the last couple years.