Two homes were complete losses due to fire in Clarksville Thursday evening and overnight, with weather possibly a factor in at least one of the incidents.
Clarksville Police Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says residents at 299 Ellsworth Court heard a lightning strike and smelled something burning during a storm, but couldn’t find any fire initially.
The family decided to evacuate anyway and their home went up in flames soon after. Officer Knoll doesn’t give the address of a second fire, but says that structure was under construction. The cause of that early morning blaze is undetermined.
Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the shootings in Aurora, Colorado:
“Elaine and I are heartbroken by the shootings in Aurora. This senseless massacre of so many innocent people gathered with friends and family in a movie theater reminds us not only of the great evil that exists in the hearts of some, but of the great and precious gift of life. I join all Americans today in prayer for the victims, their families and friends, and the wider Aurora community, and in heartfelt thanks to all the first responders who quickly responded at great risk to themselves. It is in moments like this that Americans have always drawn closer together and shown their great compassion and generosity to those touched by tragedy and loss. We hope that in the midst of the horror in Aurora, these qualities shine through once again and reach those who are suffering most. America is at prayer today for all who are affected by this tragedy.”
One of the two women accused of making up a story about being sexually assaulted at Wal-Mart last week was arrested yesterday.
Arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident charges Thursday afternoon was 29-year old Kristy Lynn Bohling of Hopkinsville.
Bohling and another woman told police on July 14th that a male suspect pressed them against the shelves in the hair color isle and breathed on their neck while touching them in a sexual way.
The arrest warrant says the other woman admitted to police that she made up the story at the request of Bohling. The warrant also says video surveillance shows the incident never happened. An arrest of the other woman is pending.
Todd County Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield has lifted the burn ban that had been in place for a few weeks.
The proclamation says recent rainfall allowed him to lift the order, though the judge still reminds residents to use extreme care and good judgment in any burning activity.
He says local conditions will continue to be monitored and a burn ban could be instituted again if it becomes necessary.
The death toll in the overnight theater massacre in the Denver area is being reduced to 12.
The "Denver Post" reports ten people died on the scene in the suburb of Aurora and two other died at area hospitals. The gunman has been identified as 24-year-old James Holmes. He is in police custody.
The theater was packed with people for a midnight showing of the new "Batman" movie "The Dark Knight Rises." Witnesses say the victims appeared to have been shot at random, and many of them are children. Dozens of injured theater-goers have been taken to area hospitals.