Governor Steve Beshear announced today that he has appointed a new chief of staff.
Larry Bond of Louisville has been appointed to the position after it was left vacant by Mike Haydon, who passed away suddenly earlier this month.
Bond previously served as the deputy chief of staff and also served as the chief administrative officer for the Jefferson County Government and as chief deputy and chief operating officer for the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk’s Office.
Governor Steve Beshear says Bond is the right person to step into this enormous role at a very difficult time and that he has demonstrated a keen understanding of state-wide issues.
Bond’s appointment is effective immediately and Governor Beshear says he will make another announcement concerning the hiring of a new deputy chief of staff.
Clarksville Police say a man is lucky to be alive this morning after he fell asleep at the wheel.
Police say around 4:45 a.m. Isidro Alberto Ontiveros was driving west on College Street when he fell asleep at the wheel, drifted off the right side of the roadway, onto the sidewalk and struck a light pole near 3rd Street.
As a result of the impact with the light pole, police say the vehicle flipped and came to rest upside down with the driver going uninjured and declined medical attention.
Responding officers reported that alcohol did not seem to play a factor in the wreck and cited Ontiveros for Driver to Exercise Use Due Care.
Clarksville Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying two alleged shoplifters.
Police say on Wednesday, August 23rd around 1:30 pm, two women entered a Wilma Rudolph Boulevard store and stole four laptops worth $2900 and were only in the store for about a minute.
Police say the female suspects arrived in a late model, four door, red Toyota Corolla and also matched the description of suspects that shoplifted at an electronics store in Brentwood.
Police say the suspects in the Brentwood incident also drove a Toyota and had a Louisiana license plate tag of N-320-327, which may be a rental vehicle.
Anyone with information about the shoplifting incidents can contact 931-645-8477.
Governor Steve Beshear announced this week that a Murray based chemical manufacturer plans to invest $13.5 million into the Commonwealth.
Governor Beshear announced R.T. Vanderbilt Company plans to expand its operations in Murray with an investment of $13.5 million in construction and new equipment and also plans to add seven new jobs as part of the project.
The company was preliminarily approved by the Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority to receive for tax benefits up to $300,000 through the Kentucky Enterprise Initiative Act to encourage the investment and job growth in Murray.
The company was founded in 1916 in Connecticut and currently sells over 800 products to about 80 countries and employs over 400 people, including 87 people at the Murray facility.
Ann Cherry (center) appears in court with her attorney Ben Fletcher (left)/photo by Adam May
Hopkinsville City Councilwoman Ann Cherry appeared in Circuit Court for arraignment this morning.
Ms. Cherry was accompanied to court by a group of supporters and appeared at Judge John Atkins bench with attorney Ben Fletcher. It only took 20 seconds for a not guilty plea to be entered on her behalf.
Councilwoman Cherry is charged with one count each of tampering with public records, tampering with a witness and second degree official misconduct. Officials have declined to publicly go into any detail over what the charges are regarding, but sources say the charges relate to the recent Hopkinsville Police investigation of multiple burglaries and attempted burglaries in the city that she allegedly hindered in some way.
She was served with a criminal summons by State Police on August 17th, the same day she was indicted.