Hopkinsville Police are investigating a shooting incident from downtown early this morning.
The incident happened around 1am in the area of 11th and Liberty when officers working an unrelated call a few streets over heard shots fired, but didn’t immediately find anything suspicious. Officer Joseph Garcia said that minutes later, the ECC got a call from Jennie Stuart Medical Center saying a male had come in with a gunshot wound to the leg.
The injuries to the victim, identified as 26-year old Travis Thomas, were not thought to be life-threatening. Officer Garcia says the investigation is ongoing and that no suspects had been immediately identified.
It’s been a busy night for Hopkinsville Police, who are on the scene of what they believe to be an active methamphetamine lab this morning.
Officer Joseph Garcia says police got a call of possible drug activity at a home in the 1800 block of Dawson Springs Road around 4am. When the first officers arrived, they smelled what they thought to be ether.
Police believed they found an active methamphetamine lab and began the process of obtaining a search warrant. Officer Garcia said at least three people had been detained in connection with the incident as of 6am. We’ll have more information on this story as it becomes available.
The Christian County School Board discussed graduation requirements and plans for the Hoptown Hoppers and took time to swear in two new members in a special-called meeting Thursday night.
New members Sarah Shepherd and Teresa Moss were sworn in by Circuit Judge Andrew Self, as was returning member Linda Keller. Chairman Barry Cornelius was selected for another year in that capacity, while Ms. Keller will serve as Vice Chair.
Chief of Operations Officer Kathy Hancock gave a report on facilities and said improvements at Hopkinsville High should make that field suitable to host the Hoptown Hoppers this summer.
Ms. Keller said the understanding has been that both high schools would get to host seasons and that's what she wants to see happen.
Hopkinsville City Council met tonight for the first time during the New Year and welcomed two new council members and elected a new Committee of the Whole Chairman.
Mayor Dan Kemp officially welcomed Ward 1 Councilman Thomas Grant and Ward 7 Councilman Buddy Oglesby to the council.
Shortly after being elected as Committee of the Whole Chairman, Councilman Don Ahart stated he was shocked, but honored to be elected to the position that was previously held by Ward 12 Councilman Phillip Brooks.
A Hopkinsville native and former WHOP employee will be in the area tomorrow morning to speak with local children about his career in broadcasting.
Mitch Faulkner will be in Hopkinsville and will be meeting with Christian County Middle School students tomorrow morning.
Faulkner also plans to share his story of a Christian County High School teacher who made a difference in his life and helped to realize what he wanted for a career.
Faulker now works in Atlanta and specializes in radio and audio production, engineering, Audio production and event and marketing promotion, among other talents.
The Hopkinsville native began is career in broadcasting locally and was employed with WHOP from January 1974 to January 1975.