The Christian County Grand Jury indicted 21 people today including four Fort Campbell soldiers for robbery and burglary, a Hopkinsville Couple for criminal abuse of a child and a local man for having child pornography on his computer.
The True Bill against Robert Myers of Cansler Subdivision Road, who is charged with 100 counts of possessing matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor after authorities on March 24th and July 5th allegedly found 100 pictures and videos of child porn on his personal computer.
Troy Heidel and Suzanne Heidel of Sivley Road, Hopkinsville were both indicted for 1st degree criminal abuse of a minor after Hopkinsville Police say his 5-year old son was returned to his mother with excessive bruising on his lower back and buttocks.
Fort Campbell soldiers, Lamont Ballard, Christopher Castillo, Kevin Bryant and David Mercado were all indicted on 1st degree robbery and burglary charges after Oak Grove Police say they used physical force on John Brogden and unlawfully entered his residence on Meadow Lane with the intent to commit a theft from him.
The Grand Jury also indicted Shannon Rose and Derek Bailey both of Magnolia Drive for 1st degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana after they allegedly were found with illegal drugs.
Monique Babb of Pennyrile Apartments was indicted for 1st degree burglary after she allegedly broke into the East 7th Street residence of Jerome Bussell with the intent to commit a crime.
A Madisonville man was arrested on child porn charges Thursday.
Kentucky State Police and the Madisonville Police Department combined to execute a search warrant at the home of 25-year old Mark Melton of Madisonville. The search resulted in Melton’s arrest on one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
The arrest came as a result of an ongoing undercover investigation into internet crimes against children that began in June. Police seized computer equipment that contained child porn during the search, according to the KSP news release.
One of the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance’s top priorities is getting closer to becoming a reality.
Among the goals of the group of leaders from Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties was building a technical training center in Todd County.
Representatives of Hopkinsville Community College and the Todd County School System were at this morning’s Todd Fiscal Court meeting, where magistrates gave Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield authority to sign a matching grant application that would require 500-thousand dollars from county government, if approved.
The Todd County Career Path Institute would be on the campus of Todd County Central High School and would be staffed and equipped by Hopkinsville Community College.
High School students and adults could utilize the center to prepare themselves for a vocation such as welding or industrial maintenance. School system Superintendent Wayne Benningfield said it’s a unique opportunity that he will support in every way possible.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin supported the project, saying he hears more from his constituents about Todd County needing more jobs than anything else.
It’s not a given that Todd County will receive the grant, but Judge Greenfield says he is optimistic. He also hopes to get help from state government for the half million dollars in matching funds, but says the county will finance the match if that’s what’s necessary.
Some Todd County Students are currently being bussed to Russellville each day for vocational training, costing the school system in transportation funds and taking a full period of instructional time away from students each day in travel time.
All four magistrates in attendance voted in favor of applying for the 2-million dollar grant, with Squire Jimmy Turner absent.
A wreck involving a motorcycle in Todd County Thursday afternoon injured the biker.
Todd County Deputy Sheriff Drew DeGhetto says 53-year old George Gill of Guthrie Road was slowing down on his bike just before 2pm preparing to turn into his driveway near South Todd Elementary School. He used a hand-signal to tell traffic behind him that he was turning, but 21-year old Kyler Webb of Utah interpreted it as being waved around to make a pass.
Webb’s vehicle side-swiped the motorcycle, throwing Gill and his motorcycle to the pavement. Deputy DeGhetto says Gill was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville for treatment of some road rash. Webb went uninjured.
A significant burglary on Lafayette Road is under investigation by Hopkinsville Police.
Six thousand dollars worth of copper piping was stolen from Doyenne Constructors at 4200 Lafayette, according to the police report, which says the theft happened between 5pm Wednesday and 6am Thursday.
Jeffrey Kerby of the construction company told police that someone pried open a window at the structure and cut pipe off the walls and ceiling. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.