Elkton Police have arrested a high school student accused of shooting a bullet into his girlfriend’s vehicle in the Dairy Queen parking lot Sunday night.
The incident happened between 11:30 and midnight, according to Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin, who says 18-year old Justin Higgins of 1766 Davis Mill Road, Trenton was in a dispute with his girlfriend when he fired the shot at her vehicle.
Elkton Police Officer Monte Strode writes on the arrest warrant that Higgins used another person to lure the female to the parking lot. He then allegedly got in the vehicle and pressed the handgun against her neck, saying he had “wanted to do this.”
Higgins then exited the vehicle and fired the shot at the vehicle as the victim drove away.
Chief Marklin says police searched the home where Higgins lives and he is fairly certain they found the gun involved in the incident.
There’s no way to know whether Higgins intended to shoot the victim or if he just wanted to scare her, but Chief Marklin says police are taking the situation very seriously.
Higgins was charged with 1st degree wanton endangerment and 3rd degree terroristic threatening and was lodged in the Todd County Jail.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul held an economic development roundtable discussion at the Todd County Board of Education this afternoon and covered a wide variety of topics.
Todd County Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield, Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp, Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall, Trenton Mayor JoAnn Holder and schools superintendent Mike Kenner were among those in attendance.
Mayor Camp said Elkton and Todd County is very much needful for new industries and the jobs they would bring and asked what the federal government can do to bring back jobs lost to other countries.
Senator Paul agreed that too many of the nation’s resources are going elsewhere and said the government has to reassess where it’s sending foreign aid and other dollars.
The senator also brought up the wars in the middle-east and said he has encouraged the president to continue bringing the troops home from Afghanistan.
Todd County education officials got their own separate opportunity to speak with the senator after the economic development event, in the midst of the school system facing painful cuts that will cost some their jobs during this economic recession.
Murder charges have been added to the list faced by local men accused in a home invasion in Graves County last week.
Graves County Sheriff Dewayne Redmon told WPSD TV that 24-year old James Kirby and 40-year old Richard Phipps of Hopkinsville are facing one count of murder in addition to attempted murder and two counts of wanton endangerment. 29-year old Edwin Russell of Elkton is charged with complicity to murder.
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. Richard died Sunday in an area hospital.
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.
Distinguished guests from state, local and federal government attended this morning’s ribbon cutting of a multi-bed facility to help local veterans get back on their feet.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul told attendees that veterans deserve our help in their time of need, especially after they served our country with honor.
Congressman Ed Whitfield could not attend today’s event, but Michael Pape spoke on his behalf about how veterans suffered so that others would be safe and that they deserve a place to call home.
The Pennyroyal Veterans facility features 55-spacious rooms and officials say while they are living at the center, they will be able to receive mental and substance abuse counseling to help further their road to recovery.
According to a recent survey, it’s estimated that 28-hundred veterans are homeless in Kentucky and Tennessee.
A prominent longtime local businessman and Pennyrile Rural Electric Board member has passed away.
Funeral services for 88-year old William “Bill” Claxton of Newstead Rd. will be Tuesday afternoon at 2 at First Baptist Church, Hopkinsville, with visitation to be from 10am until the funeral hour.
Claxton was the manager of Southern States Petroleum Cooperative in Hopkinsville for 38 years and was the supervisor of t he Christian County Conservation District for 40 years.
He served as a director of the Pennyrile Rural Electric Board for 18 years and on the Christian County Water District Board for 12 years.
He was a deacon at First Baptist for 63 years.
Claxton is survived by his wife of 59 years—Nancy—in addition to one son, a brother and sister.