Kentucky State Police is launching another holiday initiative to keep the roadways safe this holiday season.
State Police launched a nighttime holiday enforcement campaign called Operation Holiday Lights: All Night. Every Night and will run through January 1st to reduce traffic fatalities on Kentucky roadways.
KSP spokesman Sergeant Michael Webb says the statewide effort will utilize collision analysis data to determine which counties have the highest instance of injury and fatal crashes.
State Police say last year, nearly 53 percent of drivers who were killed in traffic crashes on Kentucky roadways were not wearing seat belts.
Twenty-year old Garrett Dye appeared in Todd Circuit Court for a hearing Wednesday morning with an attorney hired by his parents.
Dye is accused in the February 4, 2011 beating death of his adopted sister, nine-year old Amy Dye near their Dogwood Road home near Trenton. He had a previous conviction overturned when the State Supreme Court ruled his confession to police had been coerced.
Dye's new attorney is Stephanie Ritchie of Clarksville, who was hired by his parents. Circuit Judge Tyler Gill said there could potentially be a conflict in Dye's parents paying for his representation and asked for reassurance from Ms. Ritchie that everyone involved is aware and is proceeding on their own free will.
Judge Gill also asked Dye directly if he was okay with the arrangement and he said he was.
The Garrett Dye case became statewide news in the fall of 2011 after a judge released Kentucky Health and Family Services records on the family, showing a pattern of alleged abuse against Amy Dye by her adopted siblings and parents in the months and years before her death. South Todd Elementary School teachers and administrators testified before the Kentucky General Assembly that they reported alleged abuse against the girl multiple times before she was murdered.
Judge Gill scheduled a January 7 hearing on motions by Commonwelath's Attorney Gail Guiling regarding what evidence will or will not be admissible and Ms. Ritchie said she will ask for a change of venue for the trial.
A family pet was killed, but no residents were injured in an apartment structure fire early Wednesday morning.
Hopkinsville Fire Department Chief Fagan Pace says the fire at 1812 South Virginia Street was a house turned into three apartments. Chief Pace says it appears the blaze began in the attic area, but the exact cause is still not known. It is not thought to be suspicious.
The initial call came out just after 3 o'clock and fire-fighters from all four stations responded. Chief Pace says the structure was severely damaged and a cat perished in the blaze.
A former Hopkinsville Wal-mart employee is accused of stealing thousands of dollars over the course of two months and is now facing criminal charges.
Hopkinsville Police charged 18-year old Jasmine Moore of the city with one count of theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.
According to police, Moore gave a written confession that stated she stole $15,000 from Wal-mart since the beginning of October.
Moore was booked into the Christian County Jail Tuesday afternoon without incident.
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Three Dawson Springs residents were arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly selling synthetic drugs.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says troopers joined Dawson Springs Police in executing a search warrant at a East Walnut Street residence in that town. Police say they found suspected synthetic drugs, digital scales and material used to package drugs.
Arrested and charged with trafficking in synthetic drugs, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia were 29-year old Lawrence Tossi, 19-year old Emily Hammons and 26-year old Elizabeth Massey of Dawson Springs.
Police say Tossi was located in an attic crawl space and also had two active warrants out of Hopkins County.