Two people were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after wrecks in the southern Pennyrile over the weekend, with one already sent home.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say 34-year old Thomas Bowles of Bowling Green was released Sunday. He was severely injured in a wreck Saturday morning in Todd County on U.S. 68-80.
78-year old Hershel Word of Hopkinsville was killed when he pulled directly into Bowles’ path and was struck in the drivers’ side. Bowles’ two passengers were treated at Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
Elsewhere, 78-year old Greta Harralson of Cadiz remains in Vanderbilt in critical but stable condition after a Sunday morning wreck at the intersection of U.S. 68 and Main Street in Trigg County.
Ms. Harralson reportedly drove into the path of an oncoming vehicle and was also struck in the drivers’ side. Her two passengers were treated for minor injuries at Trigg County Hospital.
One person was killed and four were injured in a wreck in Calloway County yesterday morning.
The report from Kentucky State Police says 27-year old James Sasse of Murray was attempting to pass a vehicle driven by 66-year old Danny Pittman of New Concord around 11:15am on State Route 121 South.
Sasse then noticed an oncoming vehicle and attempted to get back into the right lane. Police say he then struck the rear of Pittman’s vehicle, sending it off the road and into a tree.
Pittman’s vehicle continued back onto the roadway and struck a vehicle driven by 42-year old Gerald Cowley of New Concord head-on.
Pittman was pronounced dead on the scene, while his passenger—62-year old Patsy Pittman—was taken by ambulance to Murray-Calloway Hospital. Sasse and his passenger were also taken to the local hospital, as was Cowley.
The wreck remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Bennett.
The long-awaited re-trial of a man accused of murder and arson in Marshall County will be held in Trigg County.
WPSD TV reports the trial of George Luna will be held in Trigg after a jury couldn’t be seated in Marshall. Luna is accused of murdering Debbie Hendrickson in 2007, with a jury convicting and sentencing him to life in prison in 2008.
The Supreme Court overturned that decision in 2010 and ordered a new trial on the grounds that jury selection wasn’t done properly the first time around. Judge Dennis Foust attempted to seat another jury last month out of a pool of 82, but had to give up and order a change of location when most candidates admitted they had prior knowledge of the case.
A Hopkinsville man was arrested in Trigg County yesterday for alleged illegal activity on a beach near Canton.
A news release from Sheriff Ray Burnam says an anonymous tip led Deputy Mark Nichols to 44-year old Brian Gilkey of Hopkinsville, who was allegedly intoxicated and burning an illegal camp fire.
Police say Gilkey also possessed two homemade “Drano coke bottle bombs”.
Gilkey was arrested and charged with being drunk in public, criminal littering and the sheriff says additional criminal charges are pending.
The man accused of killing the mother of his child on East 17th Street yesterday afternoon apparently took his own life shortly after.
As previously reported, 24-year old Autumn Rollings of Hopkinsville was found dead around 5pm yesterday at 208 East 18th Street, Apartment #2 of multiple stab wounds. About three and a half hours later, police said they were looking for 28-year old T’Marcus Hall of Hopkinsville as a suspect.
Detective Tony Sierra said police had reason to believe Hall was suicidal last night and that there were Facebook postings by Hall that he may take his own life at a rock quarry.
Officers were checking the area of quarries and an officer noticed a damaged gate at Rogers Group near the 1000 block of North Main Street.
Officials from the Area 2 Dive Team and Christian County Rescue Squad were able to determine a vehicle was below the water and crews worked through the overnight and early morning hours to finally pull the 2006 Dodge Charger to the surface around 6:45.
Christian County Coroner Dorris Lamb was on the scene and identified the person inside the vechicle as Hall.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says they have no other suspects in the murder case.