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The two local former volunteer fire fighters accused of embezzling money for personal use had indictments returned against them today by the Christian County Grand Jury.
Former West Side Chief 30-year old James Douglass of 13495 Dawson Springs Road, Crofton and his brother—former Deputy Chief 28-year old Jerry G. Douglass, Jr. of 13255 Dawson Springs Road Hopkinsville—are both charged with theft.
James Douglass is also charged with abuse of the public trust in addition to theft over 10 thousand dollars, while Jerry is charged only with theft under 10 thousand dollars.
The pair is accused of using funds collected by the department to make personal purchases and of writing checks to themselves to collect cash. Numerous instances are noted in the court file, including one time when James allegedly purchased a vehicle for himself with department money.
In other action, the grand jury returned an indictment against 36-year old Rico Cavanaugh of Cerulean Rd., Cadiz on 1st degree robbery charges for allegedly holding up a local Kangaroo Mart on November 27th.
23-year old Richard Brown of the Pennyrile Apartments was indicted on theft charges for allegedly embezzling $2,900 from a Hopkinsville McDonalds while an employee there.
A former Fort Campbell EMT convicted of having sexual contact with a minor was given probation in Christian Circuit Court this week.
40-year old Edward Carr of Crofton accepted a plea deal which amended his sodomy charge down to 4th degree Assault. Carr allegedly admitted to making a 14-year old girl perform a sex act on him last year.
The plea deal also requires Carr to follow through on a plan to work in Iraq and to pay $250 to the Pennyrile Child Abuse Council.
Fort Campbell officials have announced the court martial hearing for accused murderer Brent Burke has been postponed.
The General Court Martial for Sergeant Brent Burke was scheduled for Monday, but his defense team asked it be delayed.
That motion was granted and officials say a new court martial date must now be set. Burke is accused of killing his estranged wife and former mother-in-law in Hardin County in September of 2007.
He has faced four civilian court trials and those resulted in two hung juries and two mis-trials. Court martials are much different from civilian trials in that it does not require a unanimous verdict among the jury pool to reach a conviction.
The Hopkinsville Police Department responded to a report of a burglary that took place this morning in the area of 2nd Street.
According to Police, 18-year old Chante Moore claims her room-mate’s boyfriend knocked on the front door of her residence located at 7-36 2nd Street and when she refused to let him in, he went to the back door, kicked it in and once inside he allegedly broke a kitchen table and threw a pot of cold oil against a wall.
Moore also claims her room-mate’s boyfriend also punched a hole in the wall near the bathroom.
No arrests have been made in this case, but police say the case remains open.
An early morning wreck on Madison Street in Clarksville claimed the life of a man and injured several other people.
The wreck reportedly occurred in front of 15-17 Madison Street and was reported to
9-1-1 dispatchers around 7:40 a.m.
According to Clarksville Police Public Information Officer Jim Knoll the fatal wreck involved two vehicles; a dark colored Durango and a red Chevy.
Knoll says the Durango was traveling eastbound and for an unknown reason, crossed into the center line and crashed head-on into the path of the Chevy, which was traveling westbound.
Officer Knoll also stated two other people were life-flighted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and another person was sent by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.
As a result of the wreck, Madison Street was closed down from Liberty Parkway to Crossland Avenue while the police department’s fatal accident crash team investigated the wreck.
Police say its too early into the investigation to say whether or not alcohol played a factor in the fatal wreck.
The man's name has not been released, pending family notification and no further information was provided.