The Circuit Judge injured in a plane crash in Todd County Tuesday afternoon was treated and released from the hospital the same evening.
A spokesperson for Gateway Medical Center says Judge Tyler Gill only spent a few hours at the Clarksville hospital before being sent home to Todd County. Gill was injured when his 1946 Stinson model 108 aircraft went down shortly after takeoff from the grass airstrip near the Todd County Airport.
The plane landed upside down in a field near Davis Mill Road. Judge Gill complained of neck and back pain and some minor cuts and bruises according to Todd County Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley, who said a passenger didn't require a trip to the hospital.
The Federal Aviation Administration was in Elkton Wednesday to investigate.
Three local police agencies are getting some new equipment, thanks to grant money obtained by the Pennyrile Area Development District.
Governor Steve Beshear announced earlier this week that 40 agencies across Kentucky a had received a little under $201,000 in Law Enforcement Protection Program grants.
Among those is the Todd County Sheriff's Office, which received $15,000 for duty weapons, patrol rifles and ammunition. The Guthrie Police Department received $1,100 for body armor vests and the Trigg County Sheriff's Office got $3,400 for patrol rifles and ammunition.
A Circuit Judge sustained minor injuries in a plane crash in Todd County Tuesday afternoon, with his passenger going unhurt.
Todd County Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley says Judge Tyler Gill of Elkton, who presides in Todd and Logan counties, was taking off in a small plane from the grass airstrip at the Todd County Airport when problems ensued and the plane went down in a field next to Davis Mill Road.
Judge Gill was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center for treatment of neck and back pain, according to Pulley. A passenger, Jerry Hudnell of Russellville, did not have injuries severe enough to require a trip to the hospital.
The FAA was en route to Elkton to investigate and Kentucky State Police was staying overnight to guard the scene.
Todd Fiscal Court unanimously passed first reading of its budget for the upcoming fiscal year in a special-called meeting Tuesday evening.
The new spending plan is for a little over 6.4 million dollars—about 200 thousand dollars less than the current fiscal year's budget. The ambulance service line item is where the biggest reduction is seen—dropping from about $717,000 this year to a little over $359,000 in the coming year. Todd Fiscal Court voted last month to contractually privatize the ambulance service through Comm-Care—which already does the service in Logan County.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin praised the Budget Committee for their hard work and believes it's a fiscally sound plan.
Fiscal Court will consider second reading at a regular meeting later this month.
The father of Congressman Ed Whitfield passed away Tuesday at the age of 89.
An email from the Congressman’s office says E.O. Whitfield was a Hopkins County native who served in the State Senate from 1937 until 1940. He also served as President of Kentucky Farm Bureau in 1935.
The elder Whitfield worked in the railroad industry for 44 years and was a Master Mason.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years—Mary—a sister, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren in addition to Congressman Whitfield. Funeral Services are set for Friday morning at 11 at St. John United Methodist Church, with burial to follow in Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5 until 7 Thursday at Hughart and Beard Funeral Home.