The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is gearing up for a winter weather event.
While this storm isn’t expected to be a “huge deal,” Highway Department spokesman Keith Todd says salt crews are watching the situation and will be ready to respond if and when any frozen precipitation falls.
The Highway Department asks motorists to also do their part by allowing themselves some extra time for any commute this evening or early tomorrow morning just in case conditions do become hazardous.
Once again, residents are reminded that a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from noon today until 6pm tomorrow, though the bad weather likely won’t arrive in the Hopkinsville-Cadiz-Elkton area until the evening hours.
There are no watches, warnings or advisories yet, but the National Weather Service says wintry precipitation is expected across western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee tomorrow night.
A special weather statement issued by the weather bureau says one to two inches is the “safe” prediction for the entire area, but amounts could be higher in some areas depending on what the temperature is at the onset.
Areas Owensboro and south are expected to have the highest potential for higher amounts, but a mitigating factor is that there is potential for mixed precipitation in the same area which would diminish accumulations.
In any event, travel problems are possible for the Tuesday morning commute and the weather service could issue some type of watch, warning or advisory in the next 24 hours. It would be only the second winter weather event of the season. Christian County Schools have only been closed for one day this year for snow after well over a dozen last winter.
It is still possible the temperature could stay high enough this time to avoid any significant snowfall, but that of course remains to be seen. Stay tuned to the WHOP family of stations and to our websites and Facebook page for all of the latest information on this developing weather situation.
A Hopkinsville man saw what would have been a minor shoplifting offense turn into much more yesterday afternoon when he allegedly used physical force to get away from store employees and then tried to hide drugs from the jail.
The arrest card for 28-year old Rayshawn Lamont Anderson of Hopkinsville says police were first called to the W. 7th St. Dollar General Store to the report of a shoplifter placing merchandise in his clothes.
When the employees confronted him, he allegedly shoved them out of the way on his way out the door and fled to Caycee’s Pharmacy where Hopkinsville Police would later find him.
When he got to the jail, Anderson was allegedly found to be hiding a baggie of marijuana and a ten dollar bill between his buttocks. Anderson was charged with 2nd degree robbery, possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and promoting contraband.
A Madisonville man was arrested on DUI charges after a Thursday afternoon wreck and allegedly assaulted a police officer at the hospital.
The report from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year old Reuben Lee Gibson ran off the road near Bean Cemetery in the community of Pleasant View around 3:30. His vehicle reportedly went partially over a guard rail Gibson backed into a tree in an attempt to get it dislodged.
Sheriff’s deputies charged Gibson with DUI, but the jail turned him down until he was medically evaluated due to his level of intoxication. Police say Gibson became combative at the hospital and assaulted a deputy and a medical technician.
Only minor injuries resulted from the confrontations, but they resulted in two assault charges tacked on for Gibson in addition to DUI.
The man who was shot by State Police while allegedly attempting to run over a trooper in December has been indicted by the Christian Grand Jury.
Indicted on attempted murder, wanton endangerment, fleeing from police and DUI charges was 29-year old Michael Aaron Burgess of 213 Gritton Avenue, Oak Grove.
Burgess was approached by police on December 3rd after someone called in a suspicious vehicle report on Champion Road. Police attempted to pull Burgess over, but he allegedly fled and eventually spun his vehicle out on Rosetown Road.
That’s when he allegedly “gassed” his vehicle and sped toward Trooper James McArthur in an apparent attempt to run him over. Trooper McArthur fired at least one shot into Burgess’ vehicle, wounding him with non-life-threatening injuries.
Burgess would eventually be pulled over and arrested in Todd County.
The Grand Jury also returned an indictment against 41-year old Christian County Constable Mark Graham on knowingly receiving stolen property charges. Police allege that a golf cart stolen from the Country Club was found at his 3500 Bahama Drive residence November 21st.
The cart reportedly had the exterior serial number scratched off, but the number found on the inside of the cart matched the one reported stolen months earlier. Police also write they found five flags and a rake belonging to the country club on Graham’s property.
Receiving a true bill on first degree burglary charges was 22-year old Kyle Lee Reigel of Frog Hop Road, who allegedly stole a tractor and two trucks from a family member on Bell Chapel Road near Pembroke. Reigel allegedly took the items to sell as scrap metal.