The man who was shot by State Police while allegedly attempting to run over a trooper in December has been indicted by the Christian Grand Jury.
Indicted on attempted murder, wanton endangerment, fleeing from police and DUI charges was 29-year old Michael Aaron Burgess of 213 Gritton Avenue, Oak Grove.
Burgess was approached by police on December 3rd after someone called in a suspicious vehicle report on Champion Road. Police attempted to pull Burgess over, but he allegedly fled and eventually spun his vehicle out on Rosetown Road.
That’s when he allegedly “gassed” his vehicle and sped toward Trooper James McArthur in an apparent attempt to run him over. Trooper McArthur fired at least one shot into Burgess’ vehicle, wounding him with non-life-threatening injuries.
Burgess would eventually be pulled over and arrested in Todd County.
The Grand Jury also returned an indictment against 41-year old Christian County Constable Mark Graham on knowingly receiving stolen property charges. Police allege that a golf cart stolen from the Country Club was found at his 3500 Bahama Drive residence November 21st.
The cart reportedly had the exterior serial number scratched off, but the number found on the inside of the cart matched the one reported stolen months earlier. Police also write they found five flags and a rake belonging to the country club on Graham’s property.
Receiving a true bill on first degree burglary charges was 22-year old Kyle Lee Reigel of Frog Hop Road, who allegedly stole a tractor and two trucks from a family member on Bell Chapel Road near Pembroke. Reigel allegedly took the items to sell as scrap metal.
Final reading of an ordinance requiring inspections on construction of commercial properties to be done was approved at this morning’s meeting.
Second reading was amended from the first time the ordinance passed, as residential homes are not included in the measure. The state has an “all or nothing” template when it comes to home construction inspection ordinances, meaning such a law would require a homeowner to pay for a pricy inspection to just build on a porch.
Squire Brent Spurlin said he and the other four magistrates agreed the commercial ordinance was the way to go.
The ordinance also makes it official that Pat Rhodes is the county-designated inspector.
In other business, court gave Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield approval to place an ad in the Todd County Standard reminding business owners and self-employed individuals that county government has a one percent payroll tax. The percentage also applies to net profits for business owners and farmers, though there is a 500 dollar maximum payment per year.
Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a rear-end collision that took place on Palmyra Road yesterday.
20-year old Sarah Duggan of Hietts Lane, Clarksville reportedly rear-ended the vehicle of 54-year old Pamela Roberson of Darnell Road, Herndon.
Roberson told deputies she was stopped on Palmyra Road waiting for the traffic light to turn green, when Duggan’s vehicle struck her vehicle.
Duggan was sent by ambulance to Blanchfield Army Community Hospital for treatment of her non-life threatening injuries.
Roberson and Duggan’s passenger were not injured in the wreck.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a robbery and assault that allegedly took place yesterday in the area of Davenport Lane.
According to the report, deputies were dispatched to General Truck Parts located on 460 Davenport Lane for an apparent robbery and assault claim.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they spoke to Robert Griffey who told deputies an unknown male assaulted him with an unknown object after he opened the door.
According to Griffey, before he answered the door, the unknown male knocked on the door several times and was told to leave, but was persistent.
After he regained consciousness following the assault, Griffey told deputies he heard a female’s voice and then saw the male suspect carrying a heater, which he dropped when he got into the car with the female.
Griffey also told deputies he waited until Troy Cannon, the owner of the building to arrive on the scene because he had no other way to contact anyone.
EMS was called to the scene, but Griffey refused to be treated and deputies advised both Cannon and Griffey to the talk with the County Attorney’s Office in regards to the assault charges.
No arrests have been made at this time concerning the case, but deputies say the investigation is ongoing.