An Oak Grove woman is being charged with cruelty to animals in connection with a situation at a Clarksville residence.
The Clarksville Police report says 24-year old Victoria Stover-Lancaster of Mace Lane, Oak Grove had been asked by a friend to care for pets at a Justin Doublas Court residence while he was out of town and his wife was deployed to Afghanistan.
The deployed soldier, Stephanie Clark, had called another friend to check on the animals, which led to the investigation. One dog was found deceased, while three other dogs were found emaciated and without food or water in the back yard. A cat was also found inside emaciated without food or water.
Ms. Stover-Lancaster reportedly told police she had been taking care of the animals every day since November 15th with a few exceptions and said she had reported the deceased dog as stolen. Police issued an arrest warrant on aggravated animal cruelty charges against Stover-Lancaster and she had reportedly made arrangements to turn herself in to authorities.
While more and more Americans have transitioned to an artificial Christmas tree over time, some safety tips are being offered to those who continue to put up a real tree.
Hopkinsville Fire Department Inspector Cecelia Cloos says one major difference when using a real tree is that it shouldn’t be left up for more than two weeks as it will become dry.
Inspector Cloos urges residents to be sure they keep their tree watered while it’s up to prevent a fire hazard.
National fire prevention officials estimate about 240 homes burn each year and 13 people die in fires started by real Christmas trees.
A Hopkinsville Police officer has been promoted to sergeant.
A news release from Public Information Officer Paul Ray says 35-year old Officer Chris Aldridge has been with the department for over 11 years and has most recently served in the Special Investigations Unit.
The Hopkinsville native is currently being trained to be a sergeant and will soon begin those duties in the patrol division.
A local woman was injured late last week after she ran off the road in an attempt to miss a deer.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office report from Deputy Brandon Hawkins says 40-year old Donna Blankenship of Quisenberry Lane was northbound on Quisenberry when a deer ran out in front of her.
Ms. Blankenship swerved and lost control of her vehicle, causing it to run off the road and into a ditch. She was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
It seems to happen somewhere in Hopkinsville in the weeks before Christmas each year and it happened again over the weekend—someone’s Christmas decorations were destroyed by vandals.
Hopkinsville Police were called to the Calvin Manor Apartments on Calvin Drive Sunday afternoon after Pam Neely said someone took a sharp instrument and slashed holes in an inflatable Christmas tree, snowman and Santa Claus.
The decorations were valued at 200 dollars and a suspect is listed on the report. The crime happened some time between 5:30pm Saturday and 5pm Sunday.