A young Todd County woman was killed in a single-vehicle wreck in Pembroke Friday morning, with weather not listed as a factor.
The preliminary Christian County Sheriff’s Office report says the incident happened just before 1am near 399 West Nashville Street when 21-year old Kimberly Johnson of Roger Q Mill Road, Fairview ran off the road. Her vehicle hit a mailbox and flipped several times before coming to rest after hitting a brick barrier.
Ms. Johnson was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle. She was pronounced dead on the scene by Christian County Deputy Coroner Mike Stokes.
The report says Ms. Johnson may have fallen asleep at the wheel. It also says the pavement was dry at the time of the crash.
Morris Chief Marklin
The Elkton Police Officer arrested for allegedly attempting to buy drugs while on duty Thursday night has been suspended without pay.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin and Mayor Nancy Camp held a news conference Friday morning at City Hall, where Chief Marklin said KSP called him at home about ten minutes after 11pm to tell him of the arrest.
The Chief said he immediately recommended 44-year old Officer Russell “Rusty” Morris be suspended, which the Mayor complied with.
Chief Marklin said Morris’ evaluation to come off probation was coming up soon and that there hadn’t been any previous discipline problems while employed in Elkton.
Chief Marklin said KSP first notified him of an allegation of possible drug activity about two weeks ago and he urged the agency to proceed with an investigation if they felt the claim to be credible.
Morris is in the Muhlenberg County Jail on charges of official misconduct, trafficking in a controlled substance and possession of synthetic drugs. The charges are enhanced because of the presence of his weapon.
A news release says KSP received a tip that Morris was attempting to purchase narcotics while on duty and performed a delivery to him as part of an undercover operation. He is in the Muhlenberg County Jail.
Morris is a former Hopkinsville Police Department officer who resigned after being charged with DUI in 2008.
Clarksville Police say a combination of hazardous road conditions and driver errors resulted in 23 crashes, with 13 of those wreck resulting in injuries from 7 a.m. through 10 a.m. today.
Police say the majority of the crashes happened on Interstate 24 between Exits 1 and 11 and that one of the more serious injury crashes occurred around 7:15 a.m. when a 32 year old woman, who was 19 weeks pregnant, lost control on the ice covered bridge near exit 4 and flipped several times until it came to rest in a ditch.
According to witnesses, the driver was partially ejected hanging out the driver’s door.
Police say the woman was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center and then transferred to Vanderbilt in stable condition with multiple fractures and head trauma.
Meanwhile, Hopkinsville Police say this morning was quiet on area roadways with Officer Paul Ray giving details about the activity from midnight to noon today.
Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet say crews were not injured when two salt trucks in Muhlenberg County slid off the road and into a ditch this morning.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Muhlenberg County Crew responded to a report of a slick spot on KY 25-51 in the Bremen area of the county.
Officials say as a truck was spreading salt on the slick spot, it slid off the road into a ditch and that another truck that attempted to salt the roadway to allow the first truck to be recovered also slid off in the ditch.
Officials say this is a testament to some of the hazards faced by highway crews out during the early morning hours while they were trying to improve driving conditions for everyone else.
The trucks were recovered and are being repaired so they can return to service.
Congressman Ed Whitfield today joined 70 other bipartisan Members of Congress in sending a letter to Acting Secretary of Labor, Seth Harris, to express their strong opposition to the department’s decision to eliminate 3,000 student slots and suspend student enrollment at Job Corps Centers across the nation.
The decision would affect roughly 650 student slots at the Earl C. Clements Job Corp facility Morganfield.
This is third time in the past 12 months that the Department of Labor has suspended or cut student enrollment in the Job Corps program due to budget constraints.
The Department of Labor has not provided Congressional offices with the amount of money that will be saved by implementing these policies.