Victims of crime no longer have to suffer alone as they have many organizations to turn to in their time of strife.
Attorney General Jack Conway announced today that his Office of Victims Advocacy received a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to promote community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during National Crime Victims’ Rights Week April 21st through April 27th.
The Attorney General Office was awarded the grant after consideration of nearly 170 Community Awareness Project applications from across the nation.
Officials say the grant will be used for the annual Kentucky Crime Victims Assistance Conference April 22nd and April 23rd and a Crime Victims’ Rights Day rally on May 13th.
National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is an annual observance to raise the awareness of the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.
The theme for 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is New Challenges.
General Conway’s Office of Victims Advocacy provided resource referrals to approximately 4,300 victims, victim advocates, service providers and the community last year.
Motorists in Hopkinsville will likely see new way-finding signs around town, as the first eight are being placed around town this week.
An unveiling ceremony was held at City Hall where Mayor Dan Kemp and officials with the Chamber of Commerce marked the occasion. The Mayor says the green, red and gold signs featuring a depiction of the old fire house clock at the top will beautify the city and make finding popular destinations easier for tourists.
Mayor Kemp says the signs are an indication that Hopkinsville is growing and says the city joins other progressive cities that have already installed similar signage.
The first eight signs are being installed this week and another eight are on order.
Sometimes a personal story of triumph or tragedy is the best way to make a point and an agency in desperate need of funding in Elkton used a positive story that could have turned out so much worse to make a request Monday night.
Todd County Senior Citizens Center Director Tammy Sears approached Elkton City Council to ask for a donation to the center, which has been hindered by budget cuts over the last several years.
Ms. Sears says the number of people served by the meals on wheels program has dropped and it’s harder to fund other programs the elderly depend on.
One example given was a woman in her 70’s whom Ms. Sears heard about from a neighbor concerned about her safety a few years ago. The woman was found in a bad emotional and physical state without any close family.
Ms. Sears says the Senior Center was able to build a relationship with the woman and she is now doing well and is active at the Senior Center in Elkton.
The Senior Center board accompanied Ms. Sears to the meeting where they asked for any monetary donation the city could afford to give. She also said the public is welcome to donate to their cause and said several residents already have.
Elkton City Council will make its decision at its next meeting.
One of last week’s Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers Fugitives of the Week was arrested Wednesday afternoon.
The arrest card for 28-year old Michael Reeves of Hopkinsville says he was arrested at 522 West 17th Street, thanks to the help of an anonymous tipster. That person will receive a cash reward, according to Crime Stoppers Coordinator Officer Paul Ray.
Reeves had been sought on probation violation charges related to a prior drug arrest.
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Five Hopkinsville men were arrested on drug trafficking charges last Friday night.
The Hopkinsville Police report says Officer Edward Eastman responded to a loud music call at 905 Younglove Street and noticed a strong odor of marijuana. The men inside the home could be seen through the window allegedly running from room to room in an attempt to hide something after officers announced their presence.
Police kicked in the front door and obtained consent to search the residence. Few other details are given, but the investigation resulted in trafficking in cocaine and trafficking in marijuana charges against 20-year old Kenron Prince, 31-year old Eric Greene, 27-year old William Palmer, 28-year old Antonio Artis and 26-year old Veairrus Leavell of Hopkinsville.
The men were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and have all since been released from the Christian County Jail.