A Clarksville man was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Sunday night after his young daughter allegedly shot off a round from a handgun inside an apartment.
26-year old Vernon Gress of Greenwood Avenue is charged with one count of child abuse and neglect after Clarksville Police responded to a call that a firearm was discharged inside an apartment where a child was staying.
Responding officers reported that Gress admitted that his daughter got ahold of his loaded handgun that was left in the living room, while he took out the trash.
Police reported that the round struck the exterior wall of the building, and that an infant was sleeping in an adjacent room.
The firearm was seized and was placed into evidence, while the children were picked up by their mothers at the scene.
Gress was taken into custody without incident.
A top official from Murray State University Breathitt Veterinary Center was today’s keynote speaker for the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Director’s meeting.
Dr. Wade Northington spoke about the center, which has been in operation since 1969 under the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Northington spoke about the purpose and mission of the Hopkinsville based center.
About 45 people are employed at the center, who either hold a doctoral, masters or bachelors degree and are responsible for handling 24,000 diagnostic cases per year.
Dr. Northington also spoke about the importance of the local center on a national scale.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police indicate that 16 people died in 14 separate crashes on state roadways from Monday, July 2nd through Sunday.
State Police say 13 victims were traveling in motor vehicles, 7 victims were not wearing seat belts and two of the fatalities were the result of wrecks involving alcohol.
State Police say two of the fatalities also involved motorcycles where both victims were not wearing a helmet and alcohol is believed to have played a factor in the wrecks, while another fatality involved a pedestrian and alcohol was also believed to be a contributing factor in the collision.
Trigg County was among 12 other Kentucky counties where fatalities occurred.
KSP reports through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 386 people died on state roadways since January, which is 36 more than what was reported for this time period last year.
Some residents of southern Hopkinsville received a “Code Red” phone call over the weekend regarding a burglar who displayed disturbing conduct.
Both incidents happened early Sunday morning, with the first coming around 2:50 at 129 Keeton Drive. Nancy Childers told police that guests at her home were sleeping when they awoke to find the suspect lying on the floor of the bedroom.
The burglar sprung to his feet and fled the home when the guest woke up, taking with him nearly 3-thousand dollars worth of jewelry and cash. A little more than an hour later at 202 Dover Place, Vicci Clodfelter looked out a window after hearing a noise and found a male meeting the same description exposing himself to her. The perpetrator got away with a 350 dollar GPS system in that incident.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says the Code Red call was to notify residents of the area about the activity.
Officer Ray says anyone seeing anything suspicious, especially in the Cox Mill Estates area, should contact police immediately.
Police are also urging residents to lock their homes and vehicles to keep the creeper out.
State Representative Myron Dossett of Pembroke continues to beat the drum for Kentucky to “opt out” of President Barack Obama’s health care reform bill.
Representative Dossett has joined state house minority leadership in making the plea to Governor Steve Beshear to join other states in saying Kentucky won’t participate. Representative Dossett says issues such as the Commonwealth’s pension fund would be put in greater danger with the increased cost of adding thousands to the Medicaid rolls.
He says Kentucky should be more focused on how to create and retain jobs at this point in time.
As reported last week, Dossett doesn’t believe it’s likely the Governor will choose to break party lines and opt out, but that isn’t stopping him and other Republicans and some Democrats from trying.