Todd Fiscal Court held its first meeting of the fiscal year this morning and received a good report on its financial standing.
Treasurer Tammy Robertson said there is 1.4 million dollars in all of the county’s accounts and said all departments came in under budget at the end of the fiscal year.
The Todd County Jail finished 20-thousand dollars under budget—which was remarkable considering the state inmate count got low at times before rebounding.
Jailer Greg Allen says he has found different ways to save money over the last few months and weathered some difficult times.
County jails depend heavily on state inmate population for funding and the Todd County Jail has seen spikes in the inmate count in recent weeks. There are currently 95 state inmates and 24 county inmates, with the state number a high for the last couple of years. Allen says he doesn’t have a perfect explanation for the spike.
Todd County Clerk Kim Chapman says tax bills will be sold to a third party next month and urges anyone who hasn’t made good or set up a payment plan to get with the county attorney as soon as possible.
Clarksville Police are asking for the public’s help in locating suspects wanted in connection with a commercial burglary that took place early this morning.
Police say around 3:45 a.m. officers were called to the Kangaroo Market located at 18-74 Memorial Drive concerning a business that was burglarized.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found the front glass doors torn down and the ATM machine lying outside of the store.
The responding officers reported cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of money was stolen.
Police say a review of the surveillance footage showed multiple suspects involved in the burglary, with a white flatbed truck with stake sides and a two tone white and gold Ford Explorer involved in the theft.
Police say they believe the suspects used metal chains to pull the ATM machine out of the store.
Anyone with information about this commercial burglary are urged to contact TIPSLINE at 931-645-8477.
Officials with the Pennyroyal Arts Council want to remind area residents to attend their first annual Mash Bash that’s scheduled to take place this weekend in Pembroke.
Executive Director Carol Barta says the Mash Bash is going to be a lot of fun and residents will be missing out on a good time if they don’t attend the event.
Ms. Barta says she is hoping for a large turn out and for residents to enjoy themselves while listening to a live band.
The Mash Bash is scheduled to take place Saturday at the MB Roland Distillery in Pembroke from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. admission is free, but donations will be accepted and all proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the arts council.
The internet is becoming a powerful tool for law enforcement and that’s why the Hopkinsville Police Department is encouraging residents to continue to like the department’s official Facebook page.
Public Information Officer Paul Ray says the popular social networking site is a great source of information for residents.
Officer Ray says residents will be in the know about upcoming traffic and DUI check-points and will have an opportunity to ask questions, just as long as it doesn’t pertain to a specific case.
The Hopkinsville Police Department currently has 259 likes and Officer Ray hopes to see that number grow to ensure residents are informed about what’s happening in their community.
Gloria Ross and Candida Belt Duncan
Kentucky State Police arrested a former Oak Grove Police Officer Thursday in connection with one of the most well-known murder cold cases in Christian County.
On September 20th, 1994, the bodies of 22-year old Candida Belt and 18-year old Gloria Ross were discovered at the New Life Massage Parlor in Oak Grove, which also served as a brothel. Multiple people had been questioned in connection with the crime in the months and years following the double-murder, but the investigation always came back to two men. The two victims had been shot and stabbed several times.
A brief news release from Kentucky State Police says Sgt. Jason Newby had been investigating the incident again and arrested former Oak Grove officer 49-year old Leslie Duncan of Central City on tampering with evidence charges. Duncan was lodged in the Christian County Jail on 50-thousand dollars bond.
Duncan and former officer Ed Carter were the main suspects from the beginning of the investigation. Palor owner Tammy Papler told Oak Grove City Council in 1997 that police knew she was operating a house of prostitution and that she paid Carter to keep it covered up. He contended he worked nights there as a janitor.
Duncan was a detective at the time with Oak Grove Police. It should be reiterated that Duncan is only charged with tampering with evidence and not with the actual murder that was once featured on the national television program "Unsolved Mysteries."