A vehicle versus bicycle wreck in the West 7th Street Dollar General Store parking lot last night injured a local teen.
The incident happened around 8:20, according to the report from Hopkinsville Police, which says 16-year old Marcus Cook was westbound on 7th on a bicycle with no lights or reflectors.
Attempting to pull out of the Dollar Store parking lot was 23-year old Cierra Whitney of Hopkinsville, who said she never saw Cook’s bike. Ms. Whitney’s vehicle hit Cook’s bike in the parking lot exit when she went to make a right turn, causing injuries to his legs. Cook was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
A Hopkinsville woman was cited into court on endangering the welfare of a minor charges Friday night.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Robert Sibal was called to the area of Braden and Sara Streets around 7:15pm after a resident spotted a five year old girl walking alone on the roadway.
The resident said she had seen the same girl alone earlier in the day and stayed with the child until police arrived. The little girl was able to give police her name and the name of her mother—28-year old Jessany Coleman—with officers finding her at a Means Avenue residence.
Ms. Coleman said she had left her daughter in the care of her 9-year old son and she had believed the girl had been playing next door. Police charged Ms. Coleman with endangering the welfare of a minor and she will appear in Christian District Court next month.
The Western Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville may soon be re-opening if a potential candidate decides to accept the position of chief examiner for the region.
The office was closed after the previous examiner resigned due to medical reasons a few months ago and some in the state had planned to make the closure permanent. Local governments and state legislators in western Kentucky have petitioned to keep the center open and it appears that is a distinct possibility.
One of the reasons given for the closure was the lack of a qualified candidate who wanted the job, but a recent letter sent out to coroners says former Regional Armed Forces Medical Examiner at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth Virginia Doctor Mark Shelley interviewed for the job July 2nd.
It isn’t a done deal yet, but Todd County Deputy Coroner Mark Smith says officials in this part of the commonwealth are hoping for the best.
Coroners in western Kentucky have had to take bodies all the way to Louisville for autopsies since the closure and that becomes extremely expensive to county governments.
The house fire on Walnut Street from last night is being investigated as arson.
The blaze at 1803 Walnut began around 8:15, with 23 fire-fighters and seven vehicles responding to the scene to find it fully engulfed in flames, according to the report.
The two-story duplex sustained 50-thousand dollars worth of damage, which was nearly a complete loss. The cause of the fire is listed as undetermined on the Fire Department report, but Hopkinsville Police collected evidence and took an arson report that lists two suspects. Both reports say evidence was collected on the scene by HPD.
No one was inside at the time of the fire, with 50-year old Mary Kennedy listed as the resident and Jennifer Fielder as the owner.
A Dawson Springs Road man was hospitalized after an accidental shooting incident at his home Thursday afternoon.
Christian County Sheriff Livy Leavell says Granville “Butch” Thompson was pulling a rifle out of his safe just before 4:30 when something happened to cause another rifle inside to discharge several times.
Sheriff Leavell says it appears a fragment from one of the bullets lodged in Thompson’s temple, but did not enter his skull. Leavell says Thompson was talking with responders and that his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
Thompson was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.