Purses are stolen out of shopping carts every day across the country and Clarksville Police were able to arrest a woman allegedly responsible for two such thefts yesterday.
Officers were called to a Fort Campbell Boulevard business around 11am after a 30-year old woman said her purse was stolen. Security footage showed a female pushing a shopping cart through the store, who allegedly stopped and took the purse.
The suspect was seen getting into a red pickup with a black front tag holder in the parking lot and the vehicle was located later in the day at another business. Officers asked the suspect, 27-year old Jennifer Bouknight of Sunset Court, Clarksville; to get out of the vehicle. She then allegedly put her truck in reverse and tried to get away—though officers were able to turn the vehicle off.
Police found two purses inside that were not hers and determined Ms. Bouknight allegedly used one of the victim’s credit cards. One of the purses belonged to the woman from the initial report and the other from a second incident.
The search also allegedly turned up prescription pills and cocaine. She said she owed a man 250 dollars and stole the purses to repay the debt.
Two men were arrested after a shooting on Walnut Street last night that sent the victim to a Nashville hospital.
Charged with first degree robbery are 20-year old Jay Carner and 50-year old Ronnie Forte of Hopkinsville. Forte is also charged with tampering with evidence.
The citations say Forte drove Carner and two other suspects to 1200 Walnut around 8:30, where the men forced their way inside and brandished handguns.
The suspects demanded money from a man identified as Antonio Greene and also allegedly stole another gun. During the course of the robbery, Tyrone Bailey was shot in the head and was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center before being transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Police say Forte drove the suspects to another location after the shooting and left the stolen property at another residence in an attempt to conceal it.
Carner and Forte were arrested early this morning at the Hopkinsville Police Department and the other suspects were still being sought.
Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Grimes says there is a record number of Kentuckians registered to vote in Tuesday’s general election and she expects a big turnout.
Secretary Grimes says just over three million Kentuckians are on the voter roll this time around.
Based on 73-thousand absentee votes having already been cast, Ms. Grimes is projecting a voter turnout between 62 and 64-percent Tuesday.
Asked if she’d support joining 31 other states that allow early voting, Secretary Grimes said she would favor that action that would have to be taken up by the General Assembly.
Absentee voting continues through Monday in Christian County.
Murray State University is celebrating an increase in enrollment.
A news release from the school says increases in first-time freshmen and international students combined to raise Murray State University’s overall enrollment to an estimated 10,832 students—a growth of two percent.
Combined with last year’s increase, enrollment at Murray State has increased by 7.5 percent since the 2009-2010 school year.
MSU President Doctor Randy Dunn says it’s obviously great news and says it validates the work the school has invested in growing over the last three years.
Fall enrollment figures show a 6.5 percent increase in the number of first-time freshmen and an 18-percent increase in the number of international students.
A Madisonville man was arrested yesterday for an alleged assault in Muhlenberg County.
Kentucky State Police received a call just before noon yesterday of an assault in a parking lot on Main Street in Bremen. Troopers met 45-year old Michael Vaught of Bremen driving himself to the hospital and followed him there.
The suspect was identified as 42-year old Joseph Farr, Jr. of Madisonville—who would be arrested later in the day by KSP in Hopkins County. Farr was charged with second degree assault and was lodged in the Muhlenberg County Jail.
Vaught was treated at Muhlenberg County Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.