Lieutenant Governor Jerry Abramson was in Hopkinsville this morning, where he spoke on updating Kentucky’s tax codes at a Chamber Eye Opener Breakfast.
The discussion was more broad than just taxes, but Lieutenant Governor Abramson did spend a great deal of time explaining why the code must be modernized to bring in sufficient revenues for state services while also being fair to residents and businesses.
Lieutenant Governor Abramson says a diverse committee set up to make a comprehensive proposal to Governor Steve Beshear is considering things like competition from adjoining states on border counties such as Christian, Todd and Trigg.
Abramson also praised the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance for working together for the greater good, saying that is the best way to get things accomplished in Frankfort.
A single-vehicle wreck involving a motorcycle on the Pennyrile Parkway Saturday afternoon injured an Oak Grove man.
The incident happened around 1:15 on the northbound side near the 19 mile-marker, according to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office report, which says 29-year old Daniel Stone of Oak Grove lost control of his bike. The motorcycle began to wobble and turned over on its side, sending Stone into a skid.
An Air-Evac helicopter was called to the scene and took Stone to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville for treatment of leg and wrist pain. Stone was wearing a helmet at the time of the wreck.
The arrest warrant issued for the man accused of murder on Old Palmyra Road early Sunday morning tells a bizarre story that ended with tragedy.
Arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with murder was 29-year old Micah Holland of Champion Highway, Pembroke. Holland is accused of shooting his cousin, 30-year old Joey Weatherwax of Cox Mill Road, in front of 7875 Old Palmyra just after 3am and then running him over with a vehicle.
A witness told Detective Bobby Nichols that he heard Weatherwax and Holland arguing over the phone sometime before the incident while at the Old Palmyra Road address.
The same witness said he later saw Weatherwax standing in front of a vehicle, heard a loud pop and then saw him fall to the ground before being run over.
The suspect’s father told police Micah had called him before the shooting saying he was looking for Weatherwax. The man said his son sounded as if he had been drinking alcohol.
The father said Micah Holland was angry because he believed Weatherwax and another man had loosened the lug nuts on his vehicle. Holland’s father said he received another phone call from his son after the shooting, saying he had shot Weatherwax. The warrant quotes Holland as saying quote—“I think I messed up, I shot Joey.”
Holland reportedly changed his story between two separate phone calls with his father, going from saying it was self defense to saying Weatherwax never had a gun.
The suspect told his father he might commit suicide or drive to Louisiana, but was instead booked in the Christian County Jail within nine and a half hours of the shooting after being arrested on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Oak Grove by Deputy Ed Stokes.
A wreck involving a motorcycle at 9th and Bethel Street last evening injured the biker.
The Hopkinsville Police report by Edward Eastman says 61-year old Ursula Ellis of Hopkinsville attempted to turn her vehicle left onto Bethel just after 6pm and drove into the path of a motorcycle driven by 36-year old Christopher Thornsberry of Hopkinsville.
Thornsberry didn’t have time to avoid a wreck and drove into the right rear of the Ellis vehicle. Thornsberry, who was not wearing a helmet, was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center. His passenger and Ellis went uninjured.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a burglary at an East 12th Street residence from over the weekend.
Officers believe at least two suspects forced their way into 927 East 12th between noon and 2pm Saturday and took two video game systems, several games and 450 dollars in cash.
Two suspects are listed on the report and police believe they forced their way into the front door and broke a kitchen window to leave. Total value of stolen property is listed at 12-hundred dollars.