A murder trial is expected to conclude by the end of the week in Christian Circuit Court, while the two Oak Grove residents accused of killing their nephew have had their bond reduced.
On trial for murder and tampering with evidence charges is 21-year old Seth Wallen, who is accused in the shooting death of 38-year old Corey Trice on Oak Street in October of 2010.
Trice had coached youth sports locally for several years.
Meanwhile, Chris and Joni Leutwyler of Oak Grove appeared in Circuit Court Wednesday, where their bond amounts were reduced to 15-thousand dollars cash each according to court officials. The couple is charged with murder for allegedly killing their infant nephew, 9-month old Jack Stark, while he was in their custody back in the spring.
Christian County School System Superintendent Mary Ann Gemmill was the featured speaker for a Chamber of Commerce Eye Opener Breakfast this morning, where she gave her State of the Schools address.
Ms. Gemmill spoke to a large crowd at the Bruce Convention Center for about a half hour, focusing much of her time looking at recent testing data and putting it into context. She also focused on broader issues such as the dropout rate.
Ms. Gemmill says when students are truant from school as a child, it makes it more likely they’ll drop out when they get older.
Superintendent Gemmill talked about the need for more long-range planning by the school system, saying every bit of looking ahead must be done in the context of promoting student academic achievement.
State Representative John Tilley, State Senator-Elect Whitney Westerfield and Todd County School System Superintendent Wayne Benningfield were among those in attendance. You can hear Ms. Gemmill’s entire speech Sunday morning at 9am on our public affairs program “Don’t Be Afraid to Say It” on Lite 98.7.
The Hopkinsville Police Sergeant who was arrested on DUI charges Saturday night has resigned from his position.
Sgt. John Thopmson had been suspended with pay, pending an internal investigation into the arrest outside of the Eagles Club on Fort Campbell Boulevard Saturday night around 11:45, but Chief Guy Howie says Thompson resigned before that investigation ever began.
Sgt. Mike Marszalek is listed on the citation as the arresting officer, with the report saying Thompson was attempting to leave the parking lot of the Eagles Club when he ran over a barrier made of barrels, chains and poles. Thompson reportedly attempted to dislodge the barrels from his vehicle, but ran into grassy mound off the roadway.
Chief Howie says Thompson’s conduct wasn’t a reflection of his department, and commended the officers who were willing to arrest one of their own who they believed had committed a crime.
Thompson and his passenger went uninjured in Saturday night’s incident.
Several Todd County agencies and organizations will team up for an event tomorrow in Elkton, where health issues facing the county will be discussed in hopes of coming up with solutions.
Nena Francies of the Todd County School System and Shelbie Stokes of the Todd Health Department recently spoke to Todd Fiscal Court, where Ms. Francies gave a rundown on what exactly the Todd County Community Assessment Forum will be.
Ms. Francies says the more input gained from the forum, the better, as it can only enhance the joint-efforts to improve the overall health of Todd Countians.
The forum will run from 9am until 1pm at Elkton Baptist Church on East Main Street, with breakfast and lunch to be provided.
A Caldwell County man was killed in a head-on collision near Marion yesterday, while two others were flown to Evansville hospitals.
Kentucky State Police says the incident happened just before 3pm on US Highway 641 just south of Marion. The preliminary investigation determined 23-year old Thomas Sanders of Marion was northbound in a pickup when he crossed the center line as he rounded a curve.
Sanders struck a sedan driven by 76-year old Kenneth Guess of Fredonia head-on in the southbound lane. The Crittenden County coroner pronounced Guess dead on the scene while his wife—75-year old Hazel Guess of Fredonia—was flown by helicopter to Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Both Mr. and Mrs. Guess were wearing their seatbelts.
Sanders was not wearing his seat belt and was flown to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville. Trooper Darron Holliman continues the investigation into the incident.