A Elkton man was taken into custody over the weekend and charged with multiple drug charges.
Elkton Police charged Jonathan D. Hurt with two counts of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance, 2 counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance, one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance within 1000 feet of a school, two counts of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and two counts of being a Persistent Felony Offender.
Police say Hurt was arrested on Saturday after officers allegedly saw Hurt driving southbound on North Main Street without headlights and a background check revealed he had two arrest warrants in Logan County.
Police say Hurt resisted arrest and led officers on a brief foot chase and kicked an officer in the face and chin before being placed into the patrol car and had to be tased.
After Hurt was taken into custody, officers allegedly found several baggies of Methamphetamine and Marijuana in the vehicle and on Hurt.
County governments across the nation will have to make tough scheduling decisions at the start of next year with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Todd County is in the process of hiring at least two and maybe three part-time emergency dispatchers. During this morning's Fiscal Court meeting, Treasurer Tammy Robertson told Dispatch Director Karen Stratton her part time employees will no longer be able to work more than 25 hours a week under any circumstances after the start of the year. She says once you allow an employee to cross that threshold, they will forever be eligible for health insurance benefits through the county.
The end result will mean more overtime for full-time employees in multiple departments, according to Ms. Robertson, who says it will be imperative the department heads keep up with work hours going forward.
In other business, magistrates unanimously approved a three year maintenance contract with Computer Information Systems for the dispatch center's new Computer Aided Dispatch system. The cost will be $10,000 annually the first three years and could go up five percent after that, if the county chose to renew the contract.
Director Stratton says the new CAD system necessitates a contract and that particular system is necessary to maintain interoperability with Christian County. The Christian and Todd County dispatch centers serve as backups for each other in the case of a disaster.
Elkton Police arrested a man on a weapons charge Thursday afternoon after a routine traffic stop.
A news release from the Public Information Officer Rocky Barr says the license plate of a northbound vehicle on Streets Avenue was partially covered by spray paint and the driver was not wearing his seat belt.
When police approached the driver, 32-year old Jason Whitaker of Elkton, they smelled an odor of marijuana and obtained permission to search the vehicle. While they didn't find any marijuana or any other illegal drugs, police say they did find a sawed off shotgun under the seat. Whitaker denied having knowledge of the gun, but was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and traffic offenses.
He remains lodged in the Todd County Jail.
There will be soon be an upgrade to warning signals at the KY 102 railroad crossing in Allensville, thanks to grant money from the state and railroad company.
A news release from Governor Steve Beshear's office says the total cost of the project will be about $103,000 and half of that money comes from R.J. Corman Railroad and the other half comes from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
Governor Steve Beshear says, “many accidents involving trains, motor vehicles and pedestrians can be avoided with improved signaling equipment, lighting and railroad crossing conditions.”
Todd is just one of several counties in Kentucky to receive the grants. Improvements are scheduled for no less than a dozen crossings in Logan County.
Kentucky is one of four states where most convicted felons won't be allowed to vote in next year's elections, but there are some asking for a new process to restore those rights.
A group of advocates called Kentuckians for the Commonwealth spoke at an interim Senate State Government Committee meeting Tuesday and asked lawmakers for legislation to allow most non-violent felons to have their voting rights restored once they have completed their sentence.
Interviewed Wednesday, Third District State Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he would have to see the exact language in any proposal before considering a commitment to support restoring rights.
State law bans felons from voting, but Senator Westerfield says there's already a process in place to petition the Governor's Office to have those rights restored.
Senator Westerfield says it's too early to say if the bill will gain momentum in next year's session.
Republican State Senator Joe Bowen of Owensboro chairs the State Government Committee and told the Courier Journal he isn’t sure he will give the legislation a hearing next year. He says he supports the legislation, but he'll just see how things play out.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul has been one of the leading advocates for restoring voting rights to non-violent felons.