A police chase that began in Todd County ended in Hopkinsville early Saturday morning with the arrest of an Elkton man.
The Hopkinsville Police arrest citation for 32-year old Daniel Tucker of Elkton says the Todd County Sheriff’s Office began a pursuit that continued until officers used spike strips to stop his vehicle on Russellville Road.
Tucker had allegedly reached speeds of up to 75 miles per hour in a 45 zone. The report from Officer Spencer Loftus says Tucker told police he was on his way to Jennie Stuart Medical Center to have his lip checked out and to be checked out for methamphetamine use.
Police also say a search turned up a folding razor blade in Tucker’s front pocket. He was arrested and charged with fleeing from police, DUI and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.
He remains in the Christian County Jail on $5,000 bond.
Congressman Ed Whitfield will be making a stop in Elkton Monday.
Following two stops in Muhlenberg County, Congressman will meet with economic development officials at the Todd County Courthouse from 4 until 5 p.m. Monday.
It’s likely the proposed Todd Career Path Institute technology training center will be one of the topics discussed at the occasion. Local officials are still awaiting final word on a two million dollar federal grant that would make the project a reality.
Unemployment was up in all nine Pennyrile counties in January and went back into double-digits in Christian and Trigg Counties.
Trigg County had the highest jobless rate in the nine counties at 10.8 percent, up from 9.3 in December. Christian had the second highest number at 10.7 percent, up by 1.7 percent from December.
The Christian County number equates to 2,833 people who were looking for work, but were unable to find it.
Todd County unemployment went up by an even one percent to 8.8, equating to 487 people out of work. Caldwell County continued to boast the lowest jobless rate at 7.8 percent and Hopkins County is second lowest at 8 percent even. Muhlenberg County was the one of three in the Pennyrile in double-digits at 10.4 percent.
Woodford County had Kentucky’s lowest unemployment rate at 5.9 percent and Magoffin County had the highest with 18.8 percent. Fulton County was fifth highest at 15.2 percent.
The national jobless rate was 8.5 percent and the statewide number 8.7.
The state’s independent panel tasked to examine child deaths resulting from abuse or neglect recently reviewed the case of three year old Alayna Adair of Oak Grove, who was allegedly murdered by her father in July of 2011.
The Lexington Herald Leader reports State Community Based Services Commissioner Teresa James said she believed the state may have had the opportunity to ensure the safety of the child, had they intervened according to the policies and practices of the department.
Governor Steve Beshear appointed the panel last summer to review deaths and critical injuries from child abuse or neglect cases in Kentucky and to make recommendations on how to improve Kentucky's child-protection system.
Ms. James called the circumstances leading up to Adair’s death “egregious” and said she doesn’t believe the case to be indicative of the state as a whole.
Former social worker Donna Currey of Elkton was indicted on charges of tampering with public records following Adair’s death. Currey is accused of lying about a visit with Alayna and her father after hospital officials in Clarksville called the state about possible abuse. Currey allegedly only talked to accused killer Charles Morris on the phone according to state records, but made inaccurate notes that she had seen what type of cast the girl was wearing and wrote in her file she believed Alayna to not be in any danger.
Three weeks later, an ambulance was called to Morris’ home and took Adair to the hospital for head trauma which claimed her life.
Currey was also the social worker for nine-year old Amy Dye of Trenton, who was killed by her adopted brother in February of 2011 after a history of alleged abuse, but she has never been charged with any wrongdoing in that case.
Glass Doors Solutions is one step closer to bringing much-needed jobs to Todd County after the Pennyrile Area Development District Board of Directors approved a loan for the industry Monday afternoon.
The industry could open up in Elkton with approximately 70 new jobs at startup within the next few months. South Western Kentucky Economic Development Council Director Mitch Robinson says the $250,000 loan made by PADD is just another step toward bringing Glass Door Solutions to Todd County.
Director of Community Development Amy Frogue says Glass Door Solutions could hire as many as 110 employees over the next few years.
The money was borrowed at a four percent interest rate over a 10 year term. It will reportedly be used to purchase equipment. Employees are expected to earn an average of $16 per hour at Glass Door Solutions, if all goes as planned.