A head-on collision involving a Franklin, Ky. police officer yesterday claimed the life of a Simpson County woman.
Kentucky State Police say the incident happened around 2:30 on State Highway 100 east in the city limits of Franklin. State Trooper Terry Alexander says 30-year old LaDonna Southard of Franklin was eastbound, when she crossed the center line for an unknown reason and struck a marked police cruiser driven by 36-year old Officer Kelly Mayfield of Bowling Green head-on.
Another car was in front of Officer Mayfield and that driver swerved in an attempt to avoid a wreck, but Mayfield didn’t have time get out of the way before Ms. Southard hit him.
Ms. Southard was pronounced dead on the scene by Simpson County Coroner Patrick Crafton, while Officer Mayfield had to be cut from his cruiser and was taken to Bowling Green Medical Center.
He was initially treated for several broken bones, and has since been transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he is listed in stable condition.
Officer Mayfield was on duty at the time of the wreck and was responding to a non-emergency complaint. He did not have his “blue lights” on and was traveling along with traffic.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts and police say they do not suspect alcohol as a factor in the wreck.
Officer Mayfield has been employed by the Franklin Police Department since February of 2003.
Human remains were found yesterday along Highway 2171 in Hopkins County, along with personal possessions of a man missing since June 20th.
Madisonville Police say the items belonged to 35-year old Jeremy Goodwin, who was last seen leaving a sports bar with 48-year old Arthur Deramo of Nevada. Deramo would later be charged with Unlawful Imprisonment for his alleged role in Goodwin’s disappearance, as the last anyone heard from Goodwin was a 911 call when he reportedly asked Deramo to drop him off.
Goodwin’s mother tells WFIE TV in Evansville that she hopes the remains are not that of her son, but that it will at least provide some closure if it is him. Dozens of police officers, federal officials and detectives cordoned off the area and scoured the land and Madisonville Police reportedly said they found new evidence.
Hernandez Manning Trump
The January-February Christian County Grand Jury returned indictments against two men accused of sexually molesting children Friday.
The indictment for 22-year old Hilario Hernandez of 5446 Binns Mill Road, Herndon includes eight counts of Sodomy against a juvenile under the age of 12. It also includes three counts of sexual abuse.
Indicted on two counts of Sodomy and Sexual Abuse was 56-year old Jewell Manning of 929 East 1st Street.
A true bill was also returned against 29-year old Timothy Trump of 541 West 4th St., who allegedly violated terms of the sex offender registry by not telling Probation and Parole when he changed addresses.
Trump was convicted of Sexual Abuse against an 11-year old.
A Madisonville woman was injured on a wreck on the Pennyrile Parkway last night in Hopkins County.
State Police say 32-year old Chersie Johnson of Madisonville was southbound just after 7pm and was attempting to make a right turn on to exit 42.
35-year old Michael Smith of Cadiz was also southbound and reportedly rear-ended Ms. Johnson. Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, with Ms. Johnson taken to Regional Medical Center and Smith going uninjured.
Over two-thousand dollars worth of possessions were allegedly stolen from a Dawson Springs home earlier this week.
54-year old Mark Hamby told Christian County Sheriff’s Deputies Wednesday that unknown suspects forced their way into his Dawson Road residence and stole two lap tops and a 42 inch flat screen tv.
According to Hamby, the stolen items were taken from the living room and the suspects then fled the scene.
A suspect description was not provided in the report, but sheriff’s deputies say the case remains open.