The Christian County Justice Center and judicial centers across Kentucky will be closed Monday and one local official doesn’t understand the reasoning.
Christian Circuit Court Clerk Gary Haddock says the state has tried furloughing employees before to balance its departmental budgets and that didn’t seem to work.
With the passage of House Bill 269 this year, the Kentucky General Assembly reduced the total funds available to the Judicial Branch by 25.2 million dollars for this fiscal year. That includes a permanent reduction to the annual base operating budget of 16.2 million dollars and a one-time transfer of 9 million dollars in payroll to the state’s general fund.
In response, court system employees will be furloughed at least three days this fiscal year and maybe as many as six. Haddock says a very busy court system will be closed Monday and that residents won’t even be able to renew their drivers license.
The state says the furloughs will keep the judicial system in sound financial shape, but Haddock says he’ll believe it when he sees it.
Someone recently went into an Amish business in North Christian County and stole nearly three-thousand dollars worth of tools.
The theft happened sometime over the weekend at Pennyrile Pallets at 13860 Castleberry-Crofton Road, Crofton according to the report, which says someone entered an unlocked door.
The perpetrator took a plaza cutter, four nail guns, three staplers and a tool bag full of tools. Total value of the items is listed as 29-hundred-80 dollars and no suspects are listed on the report.
Hay is going to be harder to get this year due to drought conditions and there has already been one report of a major theft this summer.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office was called to 5230 Dawson Springs Road, Crofton recently after 30 bales of hay were discovered missing. The owner of the building where the hay was kept recently passed away.
Witnesses to the theft were able to give deputies a description of the vehicle used to steal the hay and three suspects are listed on the report.
A suspect accused of robbing a pizza deliveryman at gunpoint late last month was arrested by Clarksville Police.
A news release from Clarksville Police says 21-year old Brian Miller of Clarksville was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery. The report from the incident says Miller and another male suspect are accused of holding up a Pizza Hut deliveryman at gunpoint July 25th on Needmore Road.
The victim said he was getting back in his car when a suspect used his foot to keep his door open and pressed a handgun against his neck. The suspects got away with 85 dollars.
Christian County District Court Judge Jim Adams was among the first people to testify Tuesday at the inaugural meeting of the Unified Juvenile Code Task Force meeting in Frankfort.
The Task Force board was chaired by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville and was formed in light of such tragedies as the murder of Amy Dye.
During Judge Adams’ remarks he said laws concerning juvenile offenders need to be modernized, citing the Amy Dye case as an example of the need for more oversight and tighter regulations. The Dye case is even more tragic because of the numerous times school administrators reported alleged abuse against Amy to the state Health and Family Services Cabinet before her brother beat her to death early last year.
Her brother, now 18-year old Garrett Dye, had run-ins with the law as a juvenile before the incident and spent time in the court system in Todd County.
Representative Tilley says the Task Force will continue hearing from people like Judge Adams and other experts on children’s issues to hopefully make a recommendation to the General Assembly next years about what kind of changes could be made to better protect and rehabilitate the state’s most vulnerable.