Last year was a deadly one on Kentucky roadways and experts say many of those tragedies were preventable.
Kentucky State Police say a total of 737 people were killed on commonwealth roads, which was an increase of 17 from the previous year. KSP Sgt. Rick Saint-Blancard says what makes that number even more tragic is how many were not buckled up.
Sgt. Saint-Blancard says distracted driving also contributed to several of the wrecks that claimed lives last year.
KSP says 140 people lost their lives in wrecks involving the suspected used of alcohol and that 321 of the 586 people killed in motor vehicles were not wearing a seat belt.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office has joined forces with the Pennyroyal Regional Prevention Center to offer a prescription drug drop box.
Anyone with expired or unused prescription pills can safely dispose of those medications at the Sheriff’s Office on West 7th Street between 8am and 4:30pm in the drop box that’s similar to the one offered at the Hopkinsville Police Department.
The boxes are meant to increase public safety by getting unwanted medications out of people’s homes, where they have the potential to be abused or accidentally wind up in children’s hands.
Sheriff Livy Leavell says he sincerely hopes the citizens of Christian County will take advantage of the opportunity to help create an environment that protects children.
Someone broke into an elderly Greenville Road woman’s home while she was gone for Christmas, stealing nearly 17-hundred dollars worth of property.
The report from the Christian County Sheriff’s Office says 74-year old Betty Davis of Greenville Road was gone Christmas week and returned home to find her house ransacked.
The perpetrator had taken two televisions, clothing, a safe, jewelry and cash with a total value of $1,675.
Police believe someone forced open a window to get inside and left with the property out the back door. The investigation continues and no suspects are listed on the report.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office arrested a South Virginia Street man early Tuesday morning on wanton endangerment charges.
The report from Deputy Eddie Frye says he was dispatched to Taco Bell on Fort Campbell Boulevard to the report of a truck hitting other vehicles in the parking lot. At least 10 witnesses reportedly said 23-year old Kevon Osborne of South Virginia Street had begun yelling at a vehicle in front of him in line and then hit it with his vehicle.
Osborne then allegedly backed out of line and got stuck in the mud, before backing up again at a high rate of speed at another vehicle which was able to get out of the way. No one was injured and Osborne was charged with first degree wanton endangerment.
No one was injured, but a car received damage when someone apparently fired a bullet into the air over the New Years holiday in Clarksville.
Clarksville Police believe someone may have fired a shot during a holiday celebration near 1065 Glenhurst Way, where 40-year old Tammy Nolan’s vehicle was found with a shattered windshield.
An officer found a bullet about eight feet from the vehicle and writes the damage was consistent with a gunshot. Approximately 400 dollars worth of damage was done to the vehicle and the case is being investigated as vandalism.
Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says the case is a reminder that a bullet has to come down somewhere when fired into the air.