A Madisonville man was arrested by Hopkinsville Police yesterday morning for allegedly using a professional stock car driver’s name to charge items to a local construction company’s account.
The report says 42-year old Steven Johnson of Madisonville allegedly charged nearly 39-hundred dollars worth of electrical components to the account of Boyd Construction at Cayce Mill Supply by identifying himself as “Mark Martin” and signing that name to the receipt.
Johnson allegedly got away with the crime three times before, but Caycee Mill called John Boyd of Hopkinsville yesterday morning around 11am after another order was called in under the Mark Martin name. Boyd told employees the transaction was not authorized.
Johnson was arrested around 11:40 yesterday morning and charged with two counts of theft by deception and one count of forgery and was lodged in the Christian County Jail.
Even after warning the public about when and where it would be held, Friday afternoon’s “Red Light Blitz” resulted in over two dozen citations Friday afternoon at a busy intersection.
Hopkinsville Police issued a news release broadcast and published by multiple media outlets that they would be placing four extra officers at North Drive and West 7th between 3 and 6pm Friday afternoon looking for any one violating traffic laws.
Most motorists must have forgot or never heard, because no fewer than 27 citations resulted from the operation. Most of the tickets were for seat belt violations, though there were several for children not being properly restrained. At least two drivers were cited for having their windows tinted too dark. A few of the drivers cited could also not provide proof of insurance.
Police have placed an extra focus on West 7th over the last year or so after studies showed it has a inordinate amount of wrecks and wrecks with injury.
Clarksville Police made an arrest Friday after a woman allegedly made up a story about being held hostage.
A news release says a 911 call came in around 10:50 Friday morning that 22-year old Sheila Faye Sied of Power Street was being held hostage at Lincoln Homes in Clarksville.
Sied reportedly told dispatchers the story of being tied up for two weeks in addition to telling family members. Her sister had reported her missing as of June 2nd. Through investigations, police found Sied at a trailer on Power Street and say they needed a calculator to count up the number of times she changed her story.
Ultimately, Sied told officers she had gone to Lincoln Homes to purchase cocaine and was never held hostage. Police arrested and charged her with filing a false report. Officers across the city had to be reassigned districts and emergency responders were on standby after her initial calls.
The Seventh Annual Hopkinsville Kiwanis Soap Box Derby wrapped up just before 5 o’clock Saturday afternoon after nine hours of racing and hot but mostly sunny weather.
A news release says a total of 46 stock cars raced down the hill with drivers competing for the top spot and a shot at the international title in Akron, Ohio. Lacy Patterson in the Model Cleaners car took top honors followed by Trinity-Ann Ouellette in the Patriot Chevrolet car and Abby Moss in the Cayce Mill Supply/Cayce Pharmacy car.
48 super stock cars competed for the chance to race in Akron with Taylor Lynn Blakeley taking first place in the 4th and Main Auto Sales car. Second place went to Rachel Cravens in the Planters Bank car and third place went to Brittany Ouellette in Patriot Chevrolet car.
Seven masters’ cars competed in a double elimination battle for the top spot in Hopkinsville’s race. Jordan Moores, in the Patriot Chevrolet car, took the crown. Kelly McGill, in the Toyota of Hopkinsville “Soapbox is for girls” car, took 2nd place, while Kelly Barrios, in the Royal Oaks Chevrolet car, took third.
Patterson, Blakeley and Moores will head to Akron to compete July 21st.
With 101 racers, the Seventh Annual Hopkinsville Kiwanis Soap Box Derby is the fourth largest in the nation.
A new aspect of this year's event was the addition of the Super Kids Classic, a division open to children with special needs. The inaugural Super Kids trophy went to Gavin Duiguid, who will have a chance to represent the community at the National Super Kids Classic in Akron, Ohio July 20th. Caleb Lancaster took second place and Scott Garr took third.
The Christian County Grand Jury indicted five people today including two people for fleeing or evading police and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance fourth offense.
37-year old Rickey Lemont Wimberly of Hopkinsville was indicted by the Grand Jury for one count of 1st degree fleeing or evading police for allegedly disobeying a police officer’s command to stop and sending officers on a foot pursuit through multiple yards and busy streets on May 8th .
34-year old Henry Martin of Olmstead, Kentucky was indicted for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance-4th offense with aggravator, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, careless driving, failure to maintain insurance-2nd offense following his arrest on May 12th.
The Grand Jury also indicted 29-year old Michael Christopher Croney of Hopkinsville for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance with aggravator-1st offense, no operator’s license and speeding following his arrest on May 4th.