A rear-end collision on West 7th Street Thursday evening sent two people to the hospital.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 49-year old Patricia Lantrip of Hopkinsville was eastbound around 6:30 when she stopped at the Westwood Drive intersection to make a left turn. Approaching her from behind was 43-year old Ashley Joiner of Hopkinsville, who failed to stop and ran in to the back of Ms. Lantrip’s car.
Passengers of Lantrip—11-year old James Lantrip and 40-year old Anthony Johnson of Hopkinsville—were taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of back and neck pain. Ms. Joiner complained of pain, but refused medical treatment according to the report. Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt.
Murray Police say they caught a man in the act of burglarizing a business early Thursday morning and were able to link him to additional recent break-ins.
A news release says officers were called to Baldy’s Grill at 817 Coldwater Road in response to a burglary in progress. They found 26-year old Brent Stalls of Murray inside the business, with police saying he apparently made entry through the roof and ventilation system.
Stalls was arrested outside after he fled through a side door. He was taken to the Calloway County Jail on third degree burglary and resisting arrest charges.
A second news release says that after determining what Stalls had been wearing, they noticed he had shoes on that were similar to prints documented at a burglary at Renfroes Burger Restaurant on Monday.
A search warrant on Stalls’ home turned up item stolen from another restaurant and from Upper Cuts Salon. Two more counts of third degree burglary and one of first degree burglary were tacked on and he remains in the Calloway County Jail.
The Back to Back Foundation, founded by Christian County native and singer/songwriter Brice Long, is having a very busy weekend.
The charity focuses its efforts each year on providing underprivileged families in Christian and Trigg Counties with a better Christmas and this is the weekend they deliver the gifts to those homes.
Long appeared on the Lite 98.7 Early Bird Show along with Brent Gilkey Friday morning and said the annual Christmas campaign wouldn’t be possible without the help of the community which attends the yearly concert and makes cash donations.
Unlike many charities that only provide gifts to children, Long says the Back to Back Foundation also makes it a merrier Christmas for the adults living in the home.
Long said a total of 21 families were being assisted by the Back to Back Foundation this year.
The upcoming “short session” of the Kentucky General Assembly will present many large challenges in tax reform, pension reform and redistricting—and Governor Steve Beshear says he’ll once again throw casino gambling into that mix.
Governor Beshear says he has pushed hard for putting expanded gaming on the ballot before and he intends to do it again next year with new leadership in the senate.
The legislation failed in the upper chamber last year and has failed to make much headway in Frankfort since Governor Beshear was elected in 2007 running as a pro-expanded gaming candidate.
Another hot topic is state pension system reform and Governor Beshear says most of the changes will likely impact new hires.
Legislators will also have to grapple with re-districting again after last year’s version was deemed unconstitutional by the Kentucky Supreme Court. Those bills had a state senator from Henderson representing Lexington and placed Ninth District State Representative Myron Dossett’s Pembroke mailbox in 15th District Representative Brent Yont’s boundary.
The General Assembly will also likely attempt to pass some type of tax reform bill, though in what capacity remains to be scene.
Hopkinsville Police have determined the shooting incident outside of a gun show at the fairgrounds Saturday was, indeed, an accident.
The incident happened around 1:15pm in the fairgrounds parking lot, according to the report, which says 20-year old Kyle Lauritson of Hopkinsville was attempting to load a handgun in a vehicle when it fired.
The bullet hit Lauritson in the hand, went through the seat and hit 27-year old Rory Benson of Hopkinsville in the buttocks. The men were treated at Jennie Stuart Medical Center and Lauritson’s name had been redacted on the report pending further investigation.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray now says police determined it to be purely accidental and that no charges will be filed in connection with the incident.