A Clarksville man who claimed to be suicidal was arrested this morning after allegedly firing a shot into the air with police outside of his home.
Clarksville Police responded to the East Street home of 28-year old Jonathan Lamon around 1am after he called 911 and said he was going to hurt himself and that he had several loaded guns inside his residence.
Dispatchers told Lamon that police were outside his home and that’s when he turned off his porch and living room lights. Police say Lamon went outside in the dark and discharged a rifle round into the air.
Officers were able to see the muzzle blast, but could not get a good view of Lamon because of darkness. A news release says Lamon then went back inside, put his gun away and then came back out.
That’s when he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and lodged in the Montgomery County Jail on 5-thousand dollars bond.
Annie Wheeler speaks to Todd school board Thursday evening/photo by Adam May
The first ever Todd County Central High School student to graduate from the prestigious Gatton Academy in Bowling Green says she had opportunities there most students could only dream about.
The Gatton Academy is on the campus of Western Kentucky University and allows the very elite of Kentucky high school students to take college courses while specializing in a specific area of math or science.
Speaking to the Todd County School Board last night, Annie Wheeler said she specialized in bio-medical research and had the opportunity to do some of her learning outside of the country free of charge.
The school board helped Ms. Wheeler with the cost of her books and she said that helped a great deal. She also asked the board to continue urging students to apply for admission to Gatton.
Students who graduate from the Gatton Academy finish with their high school diploma and usually finish as college juniors.
Parrish Faulkner Hufford Soglin
Several arrests were made after a burglary investigation on Crestview Drive and resulting search warrant on Nelson Drive yesterday.
The initial investigation began just before 7:30 at 408 Crestview, where several items were stolen from the residence. Police soon found one of the men they thought to be responsible for the crime near the scene.
The investigation resulted in the arrests of 23-year old Carl Soglin of Hopkinsville on theft and burglary charges, 19-year old Michelle Hufford of Oak Grove on four counts of receiving stolen property charges and 25-year old Jeanie Parrish of Hopkinsville on theft, receiving stolen property and tampering with evidence charges.
Parrish is also accused of assisting 30-year old Sidney Faulkner of Hopkinsville in stealing a vehicle from a Hopkinsville residence, which was later found in Pembroke.
A search warrant of a 2611 Nelson Drive residence also allegedly turned up methamphetamine and items relating to the sale of the drug—with Parrish and Faulkner now facing drug trafficking and possession charges.
All four suspects were lodged in the Christian County Jail.
A Calloway County Jail inmate escaped custody last night, only to be arrested again in his nearby hometown a short time later.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 21-year old Bradley Watkins of Mayfield walked away from the jail around 10:30pm. About the same time, a van belonging to Bad Bob’s Barbecue in Murray was reported stolen to the Murray Police Department.
About 20 minutes later, a patrol officer with the Mayfield Police Department checked a suspicious person walking on a city street. It was determined the man was the escaped inmate and he was arrested and turned over to KSP.
Police soon found the stolen van at Wal-Mart in Mayfield and the keys to the van were found on Watkins’ person. Watkins had been serving time for convictions relating to auto theft, burglary, theft, criminal mischief and receiving stolen property.
He now faces escape charges and more charges are pending.
Retiring Superintendent Mike Kenner presents newly hired Superintendnet Wayne Benningfield with Todd Central apparel upon his hiring Thursday evening/photo by Adam May
Less than 24 hours after Christian County’s school board appointed a new superintendent, the Todd County Board of Education officially hired a new leader for the district Thursday evening.
Fulton County Instructional Supervisor Wayne Benningfield was hired on a unanimous decision by the board and signed a three-year contract at a salary of 95-thousand dollars annually. Benningfield was chosen out of four candidates who interviewed and 12 who applied.
Interviewed after the special-called meeting, Benningfield said he spent time in the southern Pennyrile in the 1980’s, including a tenure working with John Burman at Christian County Farm Bureau.
He says his goal is to prepare every student who graduates from Todd County Central High school for whatever path they choose—to make them as equipped for the next step as any student in Kentucky.
It was also the final meeting for retiring Superintendent Mike Kenner, who is ending a 33-year career in education. He was also interviewed by WHOP News and a story on his final days with the district will air in the coming days. Benningfield will begin his duties July 1st.