Christian County Judge Executive Steve Tribble unveiled his proposed $24.5 million dollar budget for the upcoming fiscal year this morning.
During today’s Christian Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Tribble described his proposed budget as balanced during a time of economic uncertainty and that the county was not immune from cuts.
The proposed budget includes a 2.9 percent cost of living pay increase for all county employees, with the exception of magistrates.
Judge Tribble says the proposed budget also includes no increases in health benefits.
Magistrates unanimously approved the first reading of the proposed budget and will likely vote on it next month.
A Hopkinsville man wanted for probation violation turned himself in the custody of authorities today.
23-year old Keedron Demarr Coleman,who was featured as the Fugitive of the Week for February 22nd,was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Christian County Jail.
Hopkinsville Police say Coleman has a lengthy criminal record that includes charges of resisting arrest, identity theft, fleeing or evading police, trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Local law enforcement officials say there is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to illegal drugs and that includes synthetic drug use.
Christian County Attorney Mike Foster says he has seen first hand what synthetic drugs can do to a body, especially to young adults.
One way to fight the epidemic that officials say seem to have hit the community, is to support initiatives like the Christian County Juvenile Drug Court program,which helps local teens kick the habit.
Christian County Sheriff’s Detective Steve Tucker says officials have seen an increased number of juveniles enrolled in the program, who have used synthetic drugs.
Detective Tucker says the program is already financially struggling to help teens stay drug free and officials now have to pay more money to test for the illegal substance.
About 10 to 14 local teens are typically enrolled in the program, which costs about $60,000 to operate each year and that’s not counting the unexpected added costs of testing for synthetic drugs.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the assault and robbery of a Crofton man that allegedly took place Monday.
19-year old Robert Geralds of Greenville Road, Crofton told deputies that $75 in cash, his bank card and drivers license were all stolen by three unknown males who assaulted him.
Geralds told deputies that he was walking south on KY 1-89 when a silver Ford F-150
pulled up with three suspects in it, who asked him if he needed a ride and if he had any money.
After telling the suspects he had money, two passengers got out of the truck and threw him on the ground and attacked him.
Geralds was transported by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
A Fort Campbell soldier is accused of fleeing from a Christian County sheriff’s deputy today.
26-year old Patrick Shawn Loteckie is charged with one count of fleeing or evading police after a Christian County sheriff’s deputy allegedly saw him sitting on the ledge of the Carter road by-pass above 1-24.
The deputy reports that after he asked Loteckie to stop, he got up and walked away and got onto a motorcycle and drove off.
Shortly thereafter, Loteckie sped past another deputy, who later found the local soldier hiding in a field behind the Oak Grove Walmart and is now booked into the Christian County Jail.