Hopkinsville Police Officers will be among those attending the funeral of a fallen officer in the Kentucky town of Hodgenville.
Forty-three year old Mark Taulbee was pursuing a suspect early Sunday when he lost control of his cruiser and crashed. Hundreds of people are expected to attend the funeral service in the city just east of Elizabethtown and Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse says the support from the Commonwealth is no surprise to him.
Mayor Cruse is scheduled to speak at the noon Friday funeral and says police are always in danger when protecting their community.
The mayor described Officer Taulbee as a very good man who took his job seriously.
There could be another significant groundbreaking ceremony this fall in Hopkinsville, as more work could get started on the Rails to Trails project.
Mayor Dan Kemp says he anticipates a ground-breaking for the sometimes controversial project in the coming weeks.
The Mayor says the city will be seeking donations from the public to complete the project in the future and he believes there is plenty of public support to get a good start in the near future.
The rail will be completed section by section, with portions opening to the public as they are completed until the entire project is complete. A date for a groundbreaking ceremony has not been announced.
One of this week’s Crime Stoppers Fugitives of the Week has been arrested, thanks to the help of an anonymous tipster.
Crime Stoppers Coordinator and Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says 31-year old Martha P’Pool was arrested at a home in the 9-thousand block of Princeton Road by Christian County Sheriff’s Deputy Eddie Frye.
P’Pool was wanted on second degree burglary charges and the tipster will receive a cash reward.
Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett says patients and doctors are being negatively impacted from additional regulations attached to the “Pill Mill Bill” that passed this year.
The legislation was meant to force doctors to use the CASPER prescription tracking system to cut down on “doctor shopping” and to stop pain clinics from profiting from their eagerness to prescribe addictive medications.
As previously reported, State Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville recently spoke up at an Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee meeting about elderly patients who have been forced to be drug tested due to new regulations added by the State Licensure Board without the approval of the General Assembly.
Representative Dossett has similar concerns about the new regulations and says the Licensure Board has taken the bill away from its original intent.
Senator Pendleton and Representative Dossett have both say the costs of the new regulations will likely filter down to patients—some who are having to take drug tests the General Assembly never included in the bill.
Representative Dossett says he believes the General Assembly can override the new regulations if that’s what it takes, but both lawmakers hope something can be done to alleviate the problems before next year’s session.
Clarksville Police are asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect they believe could be responsible for the shooting death of a man Tuesday night.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 38-year old Danyon Lydell Dowlen, whose last known address was on Gracey Avenue in Clarksville. The warrant is for one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
An eye witness said he saw 50-year old Charles Wilbert Sims and Dowlen involved in gun fight in the same area where Sims’ body was found, according to a news release from Clarksville Police.
While processing the crime scene, several shell casings were found and a gun was collected that corroborated the witness account. Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says police also seized a vehicle at the scene that was driven by Dowlen at the time of the incident.
Dowlen has an extensive criminal history and should be considered armed and dangerous. Police say the shooting likely stemmed from the fact that Sims was in a relationship with the mother of Danyon’s child.
Anyone knowing where police can find Dowlen should call 911 or the tips line at 931-645-8477.