Officials with the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety is reminding area drivers to not to get behind the wheel if they’ve been drinking, especially after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day.
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th and officials want to ensure drivers are well aware of the consequences of drinking and driving.
According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, since 2007, at least 270 people were killed across the U.S. in crashes involving drunk drivers during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also reports on average, one person was killed every 51 minutes in a drunken-driving crash in the United States in 2012.
In order to prevent tragedies from occurring, the organization recommends residents to have a sober, designated driver when alcoholic beverages will be consumed during celebrations.
The Murray Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a male suspect in a shoplifting case.
Police say around 10:00 a.m. Friday, a white or Hispanic male approximately 5’10” tall, 160 pounds, with a receding hairline was seen on video camera concealing merchandise in the Dollar General Store on North 12th street in Murray.
Police say the suspect stole children’s hats with images of cartoon characters on them.
Anyone with information regarding this individual’s identity are asked to call the Murray Police Department at (270) 753-1621.
Elkton Mayor Nancy Camp says she will seek a third term in this year's election.
Mayor Camp says the city is working on major projects she wants to see get done while she is still in office.
The Mayor says there are some tough times, but she mostly enjoys her duties and working with the public.
The mayoral race is non-partisan in Elkton and no other candidates have formally announced an intention to run.
A Hopkinsville woman was arrested on drug and shoplifting charges at an East 7th Street business Saturday afternoon.
Hopkinsville Police were dispatched to the East 7th Street Dollar General Store around 3:45 regarding a woman who attempted to walk out the door with unpaid for merchandise. When Officer Jerry Marcum arrived, he found 28-year old Sunshine Austin of Hopkinsville at the counter.
A search of her person allegedly turned up four syringes, a folding razor blade knife, a zip lock baggie of 24 prescription pills and several other prescription pills. Five packs of lithium batteries were allegedly found concealed in her coat sleeve.
Austin reportedly told police she was going to to trade the pills for methamphetamine. She was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and theft by unlawful taking.
It appears there will be no statewide public smoking ban passed by the Kentucky General Assembly this session, as local lawmakers say there was not enough support to get it passed this time around.
State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville says some members were tentative about going forward with the legislation not knowing if there would be enough support to pass it in the House, or if the Senate would even take the bill up for a vote.
Senator Whitney Westerfield of Hopkinsville says he remains conflicted about the smoking ban, but the hesitance he has is centered around property owner rights.
While the bill is dead this year, it will almost certainly resurface again in 2015.