Kentucky State Police responded to a fatal wreck that occurred early this morning in Muhlenberg County.
According to state police, the wreck occurred approximately at 8:25 a.m. on U.S. 4-31 about half a mile south of Central City.
Police identified the fatal victim as 32-year old David Blake of Belton, Kentucky who at the time of the two vehicle wreck was not wearing a seat belt.
According to police, 45-year old Marty Garrett of Greenville was driving a coal truck northbound on U.S. 4-31 when the vehicle driven by Blake veered into the northbound lane and hit the coal truck head-on.
As a result of the wreck, police say Blake’s vehicle hit a guardrail and came to rest in the northbound lane facing west, while the coal truck caught fire and came to rest in the roadway blocking both lanes of traffic.
Blake was pronounced dead at the scene by Muhlenberg County Coroner Tony Armour and Garrett was transported by a privately owned vehicle to the Muhlenberg Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Congressman Ed Whitfield says he will seek a tenth term in office and made it official at a news conference this morning at the Bruce Convention Center.
The Hopkinsville Republican focused much of his speech on the policies of President Barack Obama, which he says are detrimental to the middle class.
Specifically, Congressman Whitfield spoke on the coal industry and said new Environmental Protection Agency regulations will make electricity prices go up if something isn’t done.
He also talked about President Obama’s stimulus packages and explained why he voted ‘no.”
The Congressman thanked first district voters for electing him nine times before and asked for their votes again in 2012.
Whitfield is currently unopposed, with the filing deadline currently set at January 31st.
A Todd County constable has resigned from his position to serve his community in another capacity.
Todd Judge Executive Darryl Greenfield says 3rd District Constable Jonathan Stahl resigned this week and will be sworn in as the next chief of the Trenton Volunteer Fire Department.
Judge Greenfield said Stahl described Stahl as a “good man” who did a good job as constable and will continue to do well in his new capacity.
It wasn’t immediately known if that open seat will be on this year’s ballot or if a replacement will be chosen in some other way.
A house fire on Mosley Drive yesterday afternoon did significant damage to the residence and contents.
Seven trucks and 16 fire-fighters responded to 1709 Mosley just before 4pm, where crews found heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.
No one was injured in the incident, though the blaze would do $45,000 in damages to the structure and $10,000 to contents. The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.
The residence is owned by Cathy Carpenter of Hopkinsville and Margaret Radford rents the home, according to the report.
The structure was valued at $60,000 before the fire.
Someone recently stole expensive equipment out of a federal government owned vehicle in Hopkinsville.
The report from the Sheriff’s Office says Josh Richardson with the United States Department of Agriculture told deputies someone took a surveying level, aluminum tripod and other surveying tools from a vehicle belonging to the agency between December 20th and Monday.
The vehicle had been parked at the USDA office on the bypass and no suspects are listed on the report.