If recent severe weather has taught us anything, it is that we should always be prepared in case disaster strikes.
Officials with the Pennyrile Citizens Corps Council say creating disaster kits are a great way to prepare for any situation.
Regional Operations Officer Frank Brown says having a disaster kit may one day save your life, especially during an emergency situation and encourages local citizens to create several kits to be placed inside their home and car
Brown also suggests using a waterproof container to store essential items like extra food, water, clothing, medication, a battery operated radio, a flash light.
For more disaster preparedness tips, contact Brown directly at 270-885-1530
State Representative John Tilley held a news conference at the Christian County Justice Center this morning regarding proposed legislation which would ban synthetic drugs and create harsh penalties for businesses who sell them.
Previous laws were ineffective because the chemists who create the drugs that mimic the effects of common narcotics would just change a molecule or two in the recipe and skirt around the legislation.
Representative Tilley says this year’s bill is more broad and wide-sweeping, though it is expected to hold up against legal challenges.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie named several instances when his officers have dealt with the problem and said it is growing as an issue in Hopkinsville and across the country.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor says synthetic drugs are a problem in every race, age group and part of society, so this legislation is very much needed.
The bill is expected to pass both chambers and to be signed by the governor, though Mayor Dan Kemp and Christian County Attorney Mike Foster asked residents to contact their state senator to encourage him to support the legislation. Representative Tilley thanked Representative Myron Dossett and State Senator Joey Pendelton for their help and support in the fight against synthetic drugs, with Dossett in attendance.
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An incident at the Princess Theater Saturday morning led to the arrests of three Fort Campbell soldiers.
The report from Hopkinsville Police Officer Edward Eastman says he was on foot patrol at 9th and Main just after midnight and heard what seemed to be a disturbance next to the Princess Theater.
He writes that he found 27-year old Patrick Hazel of North Charleston, South Carolina being told by a bouncer that he needed to leave the area. When told by police that he should leave to avoid going to jail, Hazel reportedly said “yes sir,” but that’s also when 22-year old Sharon Pascoe of White Cloud, Michigan allegedly ran and pushed Officer Eastman, saying “get off of him.”
Officer Eastman attempted to physically subdue Pascoe, but she allegedly kicked and punched him while a third suspect—26-year old Tiffany Smith of Capitol Heights, Maryland also allegedly became physically involved in the altercation.
Sgt. Mike Felts showed up for backup and police had to use a taser on Hazel after he allegedly used physical force on Felts. More officers showed up and police were eventually able to subdue all three and arrest them on assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and being drunk in public charges.
A man riding a motorcycle was killed late Saturday night in Clarksville when he hit a rock wall.
A news release from Clarksville Police says the incident happened around 11pm at the Red River Bridge on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, when 34-year old Charles Edward Banks, Jr. was northbound at a high rate of speed and crossed into southbound traffic for an unknown reason and hit a curb.
Police say Banks was thrown from his motorcycle into a rock wall and that he would die from his injuries at Gateway Medical Center.
Clarksville Police have identified the woman murdered on Nolen Road early Saturday morning.
The victim is identified in a news release as 23-year old Shardae Wright of Clarksville. A man believed to have been her boyfriend, 21-year old Nicholas Rico Durant of Clarksville, was arrested in North Carolina in the hours following Wright’s shooting death.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots just after midnight and called 911, with Durant allegedly driving to a friend’s home and telling what he had done. He reportedly said he and the victim had been in an argument.
Police found Ms. Wright dead from several gunshot wounds in her home in the bathtub. Durant is awaiting extradition back to Clarksville on criminal homicide charges.