The Christian County Grand Jury indicted 13 people today, including the individual Hopkinsville Police dubbed the steak-knife robber.
The True Bill against 40-year old Jimmy Leon Yokely jr. of Hopkinsville includes 3 counts of 1st degree robbery and one count of fleeing or evading police.
Yokely is accused of robbing three local businesses from April 15th through April 18th and was arrested without incident in the 200 block of Country Club Lane, following a brief vehicle pursuit with Hopkinsville and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.
Yokely was booked into the Christian County Jail on a 35,000 cash only bond.
Clarksville Police seized about 70 pounds of marijuana yesterday afternoon thanks to an anonymous tipster.
Police say around 3:30 p.m. CPD’s Special Operations Unit received information that 60-year old Ernesto Galindo Mata of Edgehill Drive, Clarksville was in possession of a large quantity of marijuana.
After a traffic stop was conducted on Mata’s 2003 Chevrolet Astro van, police allegedly found multiple boxes of marijuana in his vehicle.
Police say the illegal drugs were smuggled from Mexico and Mata was in possession of drug paraphernalia.
Mata, who police say has a criminal history involving drugs is charged with possession for manufacture, sale or delivery and unlawful drug paraphernalia and was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a bond worth over $25,000.
Congressman Ed Whitfield of Hopkinsville has released a statement on bleak national unemployment numbers released today.
The latest figures show the current national jobless rate at 8.3 percent, which is up for 8.1 percent in April.
Congressman Whitfield says the unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent under President Barack Obama since February of 2009 and says that is unacceptable.
He says it's not just the President's economic policies that are failing, it's also what he calls over-regulation and anti-growth policies that are having a negative impact on an already struggling economy.
As an example, Congressman Whitfield says the Enviornmental Protection Agency's increased regulations on coal will likely take moer coal plants offline and cause more increases in energy costs.
He says the President could help create 20,000 jobs by allowing the Keystone XL Pipeline project to go forward.
One of the kittens looking for a home at local shelter
The Christian County Animal Shelter is busting at the seems with cats and kittens and officials are asking for the public’s help.
Director Irene Grace says she has reduced adoption fees for the felines after an influx of cats over the last couple weeks.
If you can’t commit to adopting a cat or kitten, Ms. Grace says you can still help a great deal by just fostering until the shelter’s population is reduced to a more reasonable number.
One can look at photos of some of the cats and kittens up for adoption by going to the shelter’s Facebook page. For more information, call the shelter at 887-4175.
A motorcycle wreck on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Hopkinsville early Thursday afternoon injured a Fort Campbell man.
The incident happened around 12:15, when 22-year old Kareem Butler of Fort Campbell reportedly attempted to turn left out of the Max Fuel Express parking lot on the south side of the Boulevard.
A tractor-trailer was stopped in the right lane and Butler said that kept him from seeing the oncoming vehicle driven by 18-year old McKenzie Barbee in the left lane. Ms. Barbie was unable to avoid hitting Butler’s bike, though he was able to escape with relatively minor injuries to the legs.
Police say Butler was wearing a helmet.