Kentucky State Police arrested and charged a McCracken County man this week for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography.
31-year old Winston Louis Hale is charged with 31 counts of distribution of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor and 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.
State police say Hale was arrested on Monday following an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation that began in January.
A search warrant was executed at Hale’s west Paducah residence on Monday by the KSP Electronic Crime branch and personnel from KSP Post 1 in Mayfield with equipment allegedly used to distribute and possess child pornography seized and taken to the state forensic laboratory for processing.
Hale is accused of sharing images of child sexual exploitation online and state police say most of the images depicted the sexual abuse of children who were less than 12 years of age.
Hale remains lodged in the McCracken County Jail.
A Todd County infant is dead after a tragic accident on Bells Chapel Road this morning.
Todd County Deputy Sheriff Gerald Barnett says it appeared the one-year old Mennonite child crawled out a door and into a swimming pool at 2730 Bells Chapel—which is not the same road as Bell Chapel in Christian County.
An Air-Evac helicopter was called to the scene to take the infant to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, but the child succumbed to the injuries at the home. It was the second instance of a child drowning in a pool in western Kentucky this week, as a similar incident happened in Webster County Monday.
An autopsy is pending in the Todd County incident.
Todd Fiscal Court approved final reading of an ordinance this morning giving raises to all county employees.
It was already agreed upon in principle for full-time employees to receive a 75 cent raise beginning July 1st and for part-time employees to receive a 50-cent raise.
Court also approved allowing long-time employees who have accrued at least 200 sick hours to have a one-time opportunity to sell those off. Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield said he felt it was the only fair thing to do to encourage employees to stick around.
Magistrate Alfred Blake didn’t oppose the measure, but said he didn’t like the idea of capping sick time accrual at 240 hours, which is also part of the administrative code.
In other action, court took no action on a proposal to build a carport for the Rescue Squad’s incident command center vehicle, deciding instead to look at consolidating three projects from the jail, sheriff’s office and rescue squad which are all looking at building some type of structure.
Kentucky State Police investigated a two-vehicle wreck with injuries in Lyon County, just east of the U.S. 62 Cumberland River Bridge yesterday.
State Police say the bridge was shut-down for about two hours yesterday morning as a result of the wreck.
51-year old Michael McLeod of Kuttawa was driving a Chevrolet SUV that was pulling a trailer, when the trailer began to fishtail, causing McLeod to lose control of his vehicle, strike a guardrail and then collide with a Buick driven by 58-year old Thomas Jennings of Eddyville.
State Police say after the collision, a load of lumber spilled onto the roadway from McLeod’s SUV causing traffic on both lanes of the highway to be blocked.
Thomas Jennings and his passenger, Barbara Jennings were transported by ambulance to Caldwell County Hospital for treatment of minor injuries, while Michael McLeod, and his passenger, Mitchell McLeod sustained no injuries.
There will be no Independence Day celebration in Elkton this year to the increased danger for fire.
There was already a burn ban in effect for Todd County that didn’t include fireworks, but Judge-Executive Darryl Greenfield enhanced the ban to include all fireworks—including the annual display at the school that was scheduled for July 3rd.
There are several homes and buildings surrounding the school and officials believed the danger was simply too great to risk.