Anyone near downtown Hopkinsville this morning shortly after 8:30 likely heard an extremely loud clap of thunder and wondered where and what lightning struck.
The word quickly spread that the bolt had actually hit the flag pole in front of the Christian County Justice Center. The lightning came well before the first raindrop ever fell and Bailiff Tracey Cooksey was working the front door of the building when it happened.
Bailiff Cooksey says a man had been sitting on the bench next to the pole a couple minutes before the strike, but no one was close enough to be injured when it hit.
The lightning set off the alarm systems in the justice center, which were still noisy inside the building as of 11:30am. A new jury was going through orientation and could be seen and heard recounting their account of the event as they adjourned for lunch.
A tractor-trailer delivered a piece of equipment to the Hopkinsville Fire Department this morning that will change the way they train for life and death situations.
The Advanced Fire Training Simulator looks like a trailer when it’s not in use, but opens up to form any number of options that fire-fighters can use to prepare for what they could face the next time their pager goes off.
Lieutenant Troy Beech says the simulator allows the trainees to actually experience a situation.
Lieutenant Beech says the new piece of equipment gives the department options for
The department used a federal grant to purchase the 265-thousand dollar simulator, which Beech says will be used as soon as next week.
Clarksville Police arrested a woman Saturday accused of locking her child in car while she mowed the yard, which resulted in serious illness.
A news release says 32-year old Carla Maynard of Clarksville allegedly placed the six-year old in the vehicle, which also contained the woman’s purse. The child got into the purse and took some prescription pills, which required her to be taken to Vanderbilt Children’s hospital.
Maynard was arrested and charged with Child Neglect.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office found the motorcycle which had been reported stolen on Wayne Drive last week.
The report says the 2008 Yamaha was found in the woods with tree limbs and leaves covering it up near the 400 block of South Buntin Lake Road. Police say it appears the bike had been wrecked and had some damage.
It was reported stolen by Ashraf Yasin at 300 Wayne Drive last Sunday. No suspects are listed on the report and no arrests have been made.
A Marshall County man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly sexually abusing a child.
A news release from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year old Bradley J. Butler of Benton allegedly admitted to having sexual contact with a female under the age of 12.
He was arrested, charged with first degree sexual abuse against a juvenile and lodged in the Marshall County Detention Center.