Elkton Police recently arrested a Russellville man on methamphetamine charges.
A news release from Public Information Officer Rocky Barr says 24-year old Daniel Stokes was pulled over on Streets Avenue for not using a turn signal. Officers noticed the smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle and Stokes allegedly surrendered a small amount of the illegal weed to police.
Police say they found a large sum of cash on Stokes' person, and a search of the vehicle turned up a large amount of methamphetamine and digital scales. A small safe was also located, which contained a stolen handgun Stokes said he purchased off the streets in Logan County.
Stokes was arrested and charged with trafficking in methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed weapon, unlawful distribution of a methamphetamine precursor and failure to use a turn signal.
He was booked into the Todd County Jail Sunday evening on a $50,000 bond.
Todd Fiscal Court met in special session this morning and tabled a discussion on what to do with the future of residential trash pick-up and postponed signing a contract with an architect for the Todd Career Path Institute.
Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield said there were still some minor language issues to be worked out in drawing up an architect contract for the tech center project, but that should come at the next meeting.
A majority of the discussion centered around residential trash pickup in the county. Madisonville Disposal is the current franchise holder and charges $12 monthly, but their new bid would raise their rate to $25. Rates for commercial customers would increase from $4 to $6.50 per cubic yard.
Madisonville Disposal's bid was the only one received and the only other option would be having an open system where companies could compete in an open market for customers, but would not be required to service customers in isolated areas.
District 1 Magistrate Alfred Blake said he's already heard complaints about Madisonville Disposal's service and he wasn't ready to give them a new agreement with higher rates.
District 2 Squire Rex Johnson said many of his constituents use the service, but he also couldn't justify a higher rate.
Ultimately, Magistrate Brent Spurlin motioned to table the issue until the county could gather information on potential interest from other companies if they went to an open system. Judge Greenfield says 513 customers currently do business with Madisonville Disposal in Todd County and many others use the convenience centers to dump their own trash at a cost of $36 annually.
In other action, Fiscal Court accepted a bid of about $90,000 to purchase a new tandem axle truck from Truck Center in Calvert City.
Todd County Fiscal Court will meet in special session Tuesday morning and will likely choose an architect to design the Todd Career Path Institute project.
Pennyrile Area Development District Director of Community Development Amy Frogue says the five-member Architect Selection Committee met Monday and prepared its recommendation.
Todd Fiscal Court will make the ultimate decision, as it was the agency to obtain most of the grant money to fund the 2.5 million dollar project.
JKS Architect and Engineering has been the architect for several local major projects, including the new Christian County Middle School, Christian County Jail and Todd County Board of Education.
The Todd Career Path Institute will allow Todd Central High School students to take dual credit classes administered by Hopkinsville Community College and will also provide technical training to adults.
The selection committee consists of Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield, one magistrate, Todd County School System Superintendent Wayne Benningfield and a representative of Hopkinsville Community College.
A Logan County man once convicted of facilitation to murder in Todd County was indicted by a federal grand jury in Bowling Green this week on multiple charges of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The office of U.S. Attorney David Hale says 35-year old Kelly Dewayne Morris of Russellville was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, ammunition, possession of body armor, and three counts of possession and distribution of crack cocaine.
According to the indictment, between August 1 and October 18, 2013, in Logan County, Morris is alleged to have possessed the firearm and body armor, and distributed crack cocaine to a confidential informant.
Morris was convicted of robbery and facilitation to murder in Todd County Circuit Court on January 21, 2009. Morris was arrested in January 2007 after a grand jury charged him with murder and first-degree robbery in connection with the death of 32-year old Tommie Curtis Pridgen of Clarksville. Pridgen was shot dead July 9, 2006, and his bullet-riddled body was found in a Todd County cornfield the following day by a man spraying for weeds.
Morris pled guilty to facilitation to commit murder and facilitation to commit first-degree robbery, and he was sentenced in 2009 to 10 years in prison.
Further, Morris was convicted of promoting contraband in Warren County Circuit Court on July 5, 2001, and trafficking in cocaine in Logan Circuit Court on February 15, 1999.
If convicted at trial, Morris faces a term of 133 years in prison, a fine of $4.5 million, and a 30 year term of supervised release.