A woman was reportedly raped in Christian County Saturday evening and an Elkton man has been charged with the crime.
The 23-year old victim had been walking on Main Street in Hopkinsville Saturday evening between 7 and 7:30 when she was approached by a man in a vehicle who asked if she needed a ride. The victim told police she turned it down at first, but then decided to accept the ride because it was raining.
The man then allegedly drove her to a rural area on Antioch Church Road and raped her.
Further investigation by the Christian County Sheriff's Office resulted in a traffic stop just across the Todd County line a few hours later, and 55-year old Tony Lanier of Elkton was brought back to Hopkinsville for questioning.
The arrest citation says Lanier admitted to having sex with the woman. Christian County Sheriff's Captain Chris Miller says a search warrant was also executed at Lanier's home and on his vehicle. Lanier was arrested after being interviewed at the Sheriff's Department and was charged with first degree rape.
The first ever Todd County Women's Show is coming up early next month.
The event will be Saturday, June 1 at Todd County Central High School from 8:30 am until noon, according to Todd County Health Department Director Jen Harris. Ms. Harris says all sorts of health screenings will be available at the session.
In addition to the health screenings, Ms. Harris says there will also be a motivational speaker on the agenda.
Once again, the Todd County Women's Show will be June 1 at Todd County Central High School from 8:30 until noon.
The office of Governor Steve Beshear has confirmed he will visit Elkton Monday afternoon.
An email says Governor Beshear will be at 701 West Main Street for an economic development announcement at 1:30. As reported by WHOP News last Wednesday, he is expected to announce future plans for Glass Door Solutions to open for business in the old Ardco Building near Dairy Queen.
Officials say the plant will bring between 15 and 20 jobs to Elkton at start-up and up to 80 by the end of 12 months. Governor Beshear will be joined by State Senator Whitney Westerfield, State Representative Martha Jane King, Todd Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield, Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp, South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council Chairman Eston Glover and John Walton of the Todd County Industrial Foundation.
The Todd County Ambulance Service could soon be privatized after Fiscal Court decided to bid out the service to interested companies this morning.
The county has been advertising a full-time EMS Director position in the Todd County Standard for a couple weeks and Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield says interviews have already been conducted with interested candidates. Current Director Locky Beasley fills that position on a part-time basis.
Judge Greenfield and Magistrates Brent Spurlin and John Camp have recently been looking at the county's options and studied Logan County's procedures. Logan contracts with Com-Care, which is a private ambulance service. Com-Care also provides full services to Ohio County and does the billing for Hancock County.
Com-Care President Jim Duke took questions for nearly an hour from county officials and explained what they do in Logan.
Judge Greenfield asked if he would try to have as many Todd County residence on the force as possible and Duke says he has a record of a strong local presence in all of his communities.
There would be positive and negative impacts for employees. Wages would likely be increased for employees, based on the figures Duke gave, though they would lose their county employment benefit package. Duke said Com-Care does offer health insurance, time off and a 401k program.
The cost to patients could also be reduced, at least for some services, though those figures were not given in detail by anyone. Fiscal court unanimously voted to bid the service out to look at what options are available for privatization, should they decide to go that route. Judge Greenfield was quick to point out the county could still decide to operate the ambulance service as an entity of Todd County Government, though more full-time employees will have to be hired soon and that will take a larger portion of the budget.
Governor Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky will become the 21st state to join the Obamacare plan to expand Medicaid.
The program already provides medical coverage to some 800,000 low-income residents. The Affordable Care Act allows Kentucky to expand coverage to an estimated 300,000 additional people.
The expected move drew praise and criticism even before Beshear made the announcement during an afternoon news conference. AARP Kentucky says expanded Medicaid coverage can make a real difference in the lives of thousands of people. A Tea Party activist predicted the move will result in additional government waste.
Expanded Medicaid will be available starting January 1st, and uninsured people can start signing up this fall.
Washington will pick up the entire cost of the expansion for the first three years, and 90 percent over the longer haul. It's estimated that less than $100 billion in state spending could trigger nearly $1 trillion in federal dollars over a decade.