Perhaps a greater awareness of thefts and burglaries in the region has spurred a greater interest in crime prevention, with officials saying membership in local neighborhood watch programs is growing by the day.
Christian County Sheriff’s Captain Chris Miller has been instrumental in helping to organize neighborhood watch groups in communities such as Crofton and Trenton and recently spoke about those endeavors at the Pennyrile Regional Citizens Corps Council meeting.
Captain Miller says the groundwork couldn’t have been laid locally without the help of that organization, which is made up of emergency managers and volunteers with a vested interest in having safer communities.
Captain Miller says the same people volunteering for Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are often the same ones interested in being part of a neighborhood watch.
Other communities have recently shown interest in training for their own watch programs, including Dawson Springs and parts of Trigg County.
A recent audit of Christian County government showed no major problems.
The official audit report released by Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen says the county’s financial statements fairly present the county’s assets, liabilities and assets.
The only non-compliance issue the audit cites is 15 invoices for food purchases at the jail which weren’t paid for within the required 30 days. State law requires such purchases to be paid in full within that time frame, unless there is a dispute between the county and vendor.
The official county response says invoices are paid from the jail fund as cash flows permit, and that every effort possible will be made in the future to see the county is in compliance.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a major burglary on Bryan Street from Thursday.
The incident happened at 311 Bryan Street, where 32-year old Leigh Simpson of Hopkinsville told Officer Edward Eastman that someone broke into the house and took 17-hundred dollars worth of property.
The items included a television, a computer, video game system and several other electronic items. No suspects are listed on the report.
A theft of three thousand dollars from a Clay Street home is under investigation by Hopkinsville Police.
33-year old Jeneen Riley of Hopkinsville told police that the incident happened February 16th, though she didn’t report it until Thursday.
She says someone used a key to get into 19-19 South Clay and took three thousand dollars cash.
A named suspect is listed on the report.
The trailer involved in the incident can be seen from the north side of the tracks/photo provided by John Waldrop
No one was injured when a CSX train collided with a tractor-trailer in Pembroke Thursday afternoon.
The incident happened around 5:20 at the Main St. crossing, with Christian County Emergency Management Director Randy Graham saying the rig was a flatbed hauling heavy equipment including a “bobcat.”
Graham said it wasn’t immediately clear why the rig was hit and that the driver of the tractor likely avoided injury because most of the trailer had crossed the tracks. The crossing gates were destroyed and it the trailer was hit hard enough to wrap it around all the way to the cab.
The train engine sustained some damage in the incident, though the conductor was unhurt. A small diesel leak was dealt with in the moments following the wreck. Kentucky Commercial Vehicle Enforcement was called to the scene to complete the investigation after the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and the Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department responded initially.
The truck was licensed out of Pennsylvania, according to Graham.
An emergency responder assesses the scene along with bystanders on KY115 in Pembroke/photo by John Waldrop