A 2-year old child was found wandering alone near a city street yesterday morning, with the mother located and cited into court.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Jerry Marcum responded to the Canton-West 15th Street intersection a little after 9:30 when a call was received by the ECC that the child was walking around in only a diaper.
Officer Marcum soon found the toddler, with a citizen saying the child had been chasing a dog. Police went door to door looking for a parent and found the home on West 13th Street.
Officer Marcum knocked and announced himself multiple times to no response before going into the unlocked home, according to the arrest card, which says 27-year old Melissa Davidson of Hopkinsville came out of a back room stumbling and rubbing her eyes. Davidson said the child was hers and social services was called. They released custody back to the mother, saying there was no active state investigation against her.
Davidson was cited into court on one count of endangering the welfare of a minor.
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Clarksville Police say a local man with a lengthy criminal history is behind bars once again.
29-year old William Brian Rittenberry, who is on three years probation for theft is now charged with three counts of vehicle burglary.
Police say around 6:30 a.m. today, officers were dispatched to the Bennett Drive area for suspicious activity after a man now identified as Rittenberry, was allegedly seen entering several vehicles.
The witness was able to provide responding officers with a physical description of the suspect and police were able to locate Rittenberry a short time later in the same area.
Police say Rittenberry was found with various items including a checkbook, check card, and other property which did not belong to him. The stolen items were later returned to the property owners.
Police say the investigation into the vehicle burglaries remain ongoing and more charges will likely be filed against Rittenberry, who was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
A Clarksville mother is accused of leaving her three small children home alone for nearly half an hour.
Clarksville Police charged 28-year old Annette Denis Drayton with one count of child abuse/ neglect after police, EMS and Clarksville Fire Rescue responded to a medical panic alarm at 1136 Peachers Mill Road this morning.
Police say around 8 a.m. an officer arrived on the scene and found the front door unlocked and a child turning the knob on the open door and after he entered the residence, he found two other children inside home alone.
The children ranged in age from 9 months old to 3 years old and after 13 minutes of when police initially responded, Drayton arrived at the residence and admitted to police that she left her children home alone for about 30 minutes.
Police were able to determine that one of the children activated the panic alarm.
Drayton was booked into the Montgomery County without incident on a $5,000 bond with her children released into the custody of a family member.
For nearly 30 years, the Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers organization has helped put away criminals, and now the non-profit organization needs the community’s support to ensure criminals remain behind bars.
The local Crime Stoppers organization is always in need of monetary donations and due to the tough economic times, the situation has become dire for the organization.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says the economy has had a tremendous impact on Crime Stoppers.
Officer Ray says donations are the driving force behind the organization and spoke candidly about the ongoing funding problem.
Thanks to anonymous tipsters that call into Crime Stoppers, local law enforcement agencies, like Hopkinsville Police are able to apprehend at least two criminals a week.
The Hopkinsville-Christian County Crime Stoppers was established in 1984.