More details are now known about the vehicle versus pedestrian wreck on Fort Campbell Boulevard Saturday afternoon that started with a traffic stop by police.
Kentucky State Police Public Information Officer Trooper Stu Recke says 28-year old Laquita Smith of Clarksville was allegedly clocked going 21 miles per hour over the speed limit just before 1pm Saturday and that’s when Trooper Michael Dennis attempted to pull her over.
Trooper Dennis pursued Ms. Smith for a quarter of a mile before she stopped on the southbound shoulder near the Wal Mart Distribution Center. Ms. Smith allegedly got out of her car and fled on foot, with Trooper Dennis behind yelling for her to stop.
Ms. Smith was struck by a northbound vehicle as she tried to cross and was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Trooper Recke says Smith was cited into court and not arrested on fleeing and evading and speeding charges due to her injuries.
She was also served with a warrant from another agency.
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Two of the three suspects wanted for questioning in connection with last week’s drive-by shooting on Durrett Avenue were arrested over the weekend on unrelated charges.
19-year old Mitchell Wallace of Hopkinsville turned himself in at the Christian County Jail yesterday morning and was served with a warrant for failure to pay fines related to gun and littering charges. HPD arrested 23-year old Zachary Lane of Crofton Friday afternoon and served him with a warrant on probation violation charges.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray says the two men were questioned about the incident, but have not yet been charged. A third suspect wanted for questioning, Malcom Rashaad Wright, is still being sought. Anyone knowing his whereabouts should call the Crime Stoppers Tips Line at 887-TIPS.
The eight-year old girl shot in the abdomen Wednesday night while in a Durrett Avenue home was released from Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital late last week.
After months of discussion, votes and debate, Hopkinsville City Council could approve a public smoking ban during tomorrow night’s meeting.
First reading of Mayor Dan Kemp’s ordinance without amendments passed on a 6-to-6 tie two weeks ago when the mayor broke the gridlock with a “yes” vote.
Second reading is on the agenda for the meeting tomorrow night at 6 and Mayor Kemp says he’s hopeful it will pass again and hopes the General Assembly will do the same thing at some point.
Mayor Kemp says if approved, the ordinance would take effect at the beginning of the year.
Supporters of the ordinance say it will benefit the overall health of the community by reducing exposure to second-hand smoke, while critics say it impedes on a business owner’s right to operates as he or she sees fit.
Our ongoing coverage of this November’s General Election resumes this morning with the candidates for 3rd District State Senator.
Incumbent Senator Joey Pendleton debated former Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Whitney Westerfield at the Bradford Square Mall last week, where the candidates went back and forth on several issues for about 45 minutes.
Hopkinsville City Council could have a smoking ban ordinance soon and several other larger cities already do—but the two candidates were asked about a possible statewide public smoking ban.
Westerfield says giving government the authority to ban smoking in businesses could start a slippery slope.
Senator Pendleton said he does support a statewide smoking ban because of the proven ill-effects smoking and second hand smoke has on people’s health.
Asked about some of the important issues facing Kentucky over the next four years, Pendleton cited the need to create jobs and Westerfield elaborated on the Commonwealth’s sinking state employee pension system.
The two men are running in Christian, Todd and Logan Counties.
First responders are on the scene of a wreck near Pembroke this morning.
Few details are known, but the crash happened around 7 near the 2100 block of Pembroke-Oak Grove Road—which is just south of the Long Pond Road intersection.
Two people were reportedly injured, though the severity of their injuries isn’t immediately known. Motorists should slow down and use caution when traveling in that area this morning.