Hopkinsville Police are investigating one of the more bizarre chain of events one will ever see as a man was reportedly stabbed before wrecking into the front of a Fort Campbell Boulevard business—with DUI charges also levied against him.
The stabbing incident happened first, but was known about last. The first degree assault report says that happened at 883 Honeysuckle Drive, where 25-year old Jeffrey Bess of Fort Campbell had been beaten up and stabbed by multiple suspects between 3 and 9pm.
Bess was able to get away, but had medical complications from the incident and wrecked into the front of Bluegrass Finance at 2512 Fort Campbell Boulevard around 8:30pm. Police found him unresponsive with difficulty breathing and allegedly smelling of alcohol.
Officers did not yet know that he had also been stabbed and the citation for DUI says he became belligerent at the Jennie Stuart Medical Center Emergency Room. He reportedly admitted to being drunk at the hospital.
Medical personnel at Jennie Stuart soon discovered his stab wound and the assault investigation then began. Sgt. Mike Platero said there are currently no suspects known to police. Bess would later be taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
Tilley Dossett Westerfield
A Kentucky House committee passed a public smoking ban ordinance last week and local lawmakers are divided on where they stand on the issue.
Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville says a majority of the people he hears from are in favor of a ban in places such as restaurants and says the bill must be constructed to make good common sense.
State Senator Whitney Westerfield says he didn’t go to restaurants where smoking was allowed before the ban was instituted in Hopkinsville, but fears a ban on smoking puts Kentucky on a slippery slope on telling businesses what they can and can’t do.
Representative Myron Dossett echoed many of Westerfield’s thoughts and said the current version of the law could possibly make it illegal for a farmer to smoke in a barn—something he sees as nonsensical.
The measure’s next stop is a vote in the full house, though it will likely find more opposition in the state senate.
The Todd County Board of Education will consider hiring a Resource Officer at its monthly meeting tonight at Todd Central High School.
Superintendent Wayne Benningfield says the resource officer would rotate between the county’s schools and would be responsible to make the buildings a safer place.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin approached Benningfield with the idea recently after funds became available that could only be used for school safety measures. Benningfield says it’s something that’s been needed for some time.
The Elkton Police Department would provide uniforms and equipment for the resource officer, while the school system would pay an hourly rate to the department for his or her presence.
The Trigg County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating a missing teen.
An email from Sheriff Ray Burnam says 17-year old Richard Le Compton was last seen Saturday afternoon in the Rockcastle area of Trigg County. Compton was last seen wearing a dark blue or black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. If you have seen Mr. Compton or know where he is, contact the Trigg County Sheriff’s Office at 270-522-6014 or Sheriff Burnam direct at 270-350-3815.
One of the two people injured in a wreck on I-24 in Christian County Saturday is fighting for her life at a Nashville hospital.
Officials at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say year 24-year old Stacey Gonzelman of Knoxville, Tennessee is in critical condition. The man who was driving the vehicle—25-year old Andrew Fleming of Overland Park, Kansas—has been treated and released. Both were flown there by helicopter following the single-vehicle incident around 12:30pm Saturday a couple miles west of the Pennyrile Parkway interchange.
Kentucky State Police say Fleming was westbound when he crossed the left hand lane and went into the median. The vehicle went nearly 400 feet before it became airborne and flipped end over end several times before coming to rest upright.