This weekend marked the 150th anniversary of the surrender of Clarksville during the Civil War.
Hundreds of people reportedly flocked to the city’s Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center Sunday and commemorated the occasion.
According to local historians, the surrender of the city was a momentous occasion in the war, which they believe protected the city from being ravaged, unlike other Southern cities.
Historical Interpreter William Parker says Sunday’s commemoration was very important.
And educating the public about the nation’s bloodiest battle is the main theme at the interpretive center.
Confederate troops built Fort Defiance to reportedly defend the river approach to Clarksville, but in February 1862, the fort was captured by Union forces and was renamed and occupied for the rest of the war.
One of the victims allegedly shot by local men in a Graves County home invasion has died.
Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon told WPSD TV in Paducah that Richard Jett of Mayfield died in an area hospital from his wounds.
Arrested shortly after the incident and charged with attempted murder were 24-year old James Kirby and 40-year old Richard Phipps of Hopkinsville and 29-year old Edwin Russell of Elkton.
Police say two of the suspects knocked on the door and shot Richard Jett when he answered. A suspect then allegedly struck Jett with a weapon before shooting his wife Sharon Jett in the back.
Ms. Jett took several more shots to the legs and body, but still managed to shoot Phipps in the side and hand. Russell was the driver who took Kirby and Phipps to the residence, but reportedly drove away when he heard shots fire.
The Elkton man was the connection to the Jett family, as he reportedly once dated their daughter. It is likely charges against the suspects could be amended to murder now that one of the victims has died.
Photo by Cadiz Police
A Cadiz business sustained damage to the roof Saturday when a tractor trailer struck it while backing up.
A news release from the Cadiz Police Department says the incident happened a little after 3:15pm at Cadiz Eye Clinic at 304 Main St. Police say a witness saw a tractor-trailer back into the building and cause the damage and that a vehicle matching the description was found nearby.
The driver of the rig, 25-year old John Pepper of Cadiz, first denied having done the damage, but officers found pieces of the rear on top of the trailer. Pepper was not cited for any crime, but police say charges could be added later.
A 16-year old Clarksville boy is in stable condition after being shot Saturday morning, though details of the incident are sketchy.
The young man was dropped off at Gateway Medical Center in a silver Mitsubishi Galant with a gunshot wound to the lower back. The victim was transported by helicopter to a Nashville hospital, where he is listed as stable.
Police say the victim claimed he had spent the night with some friends and was talking down Old Ashland City Highway when he was shot. He said he didn’t know who shot him and couldn’t give an exact location of the incident. He also could not identify the men who brought him to the hospital. Anyone who may have information on the incident is asked to call Clarksville Police.
Kentucky State Police investigated shots fired in Calloway County Saturday and would arrest a Farmington man on attempted murder charges.
A news release says troopers were called to Jones Road, where 29-year old Jamie Forrester of Farmington had allegedly fired shots into an out building in an apparent attempt to kill someone inside. Police would later find Forrester at his residence on Mark Duncan Lane, where he allegedly barricaded himself inside for several hours and refused to come out.
Troopers eventually negotiated him outside and arrested Forrester on charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.