A recently hired Hopkinsville Police Officer has graduated from the police academy.
A news release says Officer Spencer Loftus graduated from the Department of Criminal Justice Training Friday. The training was on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and provides instruction to all officers in the commonwealth.
The course is 18 weeks long and deals with all aspects of being a police officer. Officer Loftus will now be assigned to a training officer for the next few months until he becomes comfortable in transitioning his academy knowledge to the streets.
The first fireworks injury of the year in Hopkinsville is being investigated as an assault and the suspect is a juvenile.
Hopkinsville Police were called to the Pennyrile Apartments on Means Avenue around 9 last night to investigate after a 10-year old male was injured by a bottle rocket. Witnesses told officers that a 11-year old male suspect had a female light a bottle rocket for him and that he then held the firework about three feet from the victim’s face.
The rocket made impact with the victim about an inch from his eye, causing bruising and burns to his face. The suspect got away on a blue and white bicycle and police were unable to locate him last night.
The incident is being investigated as a second degree assault.
A medical condition led to a wreck with injury on Central Avenue Saturday afternoon.
The report from Hopkinsville Police says 48-year old Debra Alexander of Hopkinsville blacked out while driving on Central due to being a diabetic around 12:30 and that she ran into a parked vehicle on the side of the roadway.
She hit the parked vehicle going between 25 and 30 miles per hour and was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, according to the report. Police say she was wearing her seat belt.
The unoccupied parked vehicle belonged to 34-year old Amyia Polite of Hopkinsville. Police say her SUV sustained moderate damage.
Retiring Todd County School system Superintendent Mike Kenner says he leaves with mixed emotions, but is excited to see what the future holds.
Interviewed after his final board meeting in that position Thursday night, Kenner said anyone would feel some sadness after retiring from a lifetime in education.
Kenner described his mood as more excited than anything and said he was thankful to have worked in nearly every aspect of education over the last three decades— including the last five as superintendent.
Kenner’s final day on the job will be June 30th and he will be replaced by Fulton County Instructional Supervisor Wayne Benningfield. We’ll have more from our interviews with Kenner and Benningfield in the coming days.
Kentucky State Police has released details on a motorcycle wreck in Trigg County from Saturday afternoon.
The report from KSP says the incident happened around 4pm on Military Road near Roaring Springs. 48-year old Sonja Hess of Clarksville was south on military road when she failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road into a ditch.
Ms. Hess was flown by helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville for treatment of several broken bones. Police say she was wearing a helmet. The Trigg County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the scene.