Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police reveals that 10 people died in 10 separate crashes on Kentucky roadways from Tuesday, September 4th through Sunday.
State Police say seven of the victims were traveling in passenger vehicles and that six of the victims were not wearing seat belts.
One single fatality crash occurred in each of the following counties: Adair, Christian, Clay, Hardin, Logan, McCracken and Spencer with State Police saying the crashes in Adair County and Clay Counties involved the suspected use of alcohol.
State police say two fatalities were the result of motorcycle wrecks and took place in Carter and Warren Counties with police also reporting that a pedestrian was killed in Pike County.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 498 people have died on Kentucky roadways during 2012, which is the same as reported for this time period last year.
Kentucky State Police in the Post-2 Madisonville District is now accepting applications for the 2012 Citizens Police Academy.
Anyone 18 years of age or older living within the Post 2 District area are eligible to apply.
State Police say the 10-week academy will take place October 17th and conclude December 19th and will be held every Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Students will learn about the many facets of KSP including patrol, criminal and drug investigations and will also take part in simulated traffic stops and evidence collection.
The academy will be held at the Madisonville Community College and interested applicants are encouraged to call 270-676-3313 for more information.
The Old Palmyra Road murder suspect appeared in District Court for arraignment this afternoon.
District Judge Jim Adams entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 29-year old Micah Holland of Pembroke, who appeared via video monitor from the Christian County Jail.
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.
It will be a few days before the official numbers are tabulated, but this year’s Trail of Tears Native American Pow-Wow was a success by all accounts.
Organizer Peg Hays says great weather combined with community support to equate to a successful event in a 25th landmark year.
Ms. Hays says she can’t thank the community and community agencies enough for partnering to make this year’s Pow-Wow another success.
Even the Friday night free concert was a success, despite the threat for severe weather that didn’t materialize until late in the evening.