A motorcycle wreck in Hopkins County Sunday afternoon sent the driver to an Evansville hospital.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says 40-year old John Hardin of Slaughters was northbound on his motorcycle on Stagecoach Road around 2:30 when the rear tire lost traction. The bike ran off the shoulder of the road and overturned, ejecting Hardin.
Hardin was flown by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville for treatment of his injuries. Police say he was not wearing a helmet.
Organizers with country music singer/song writer Brice Long’s annual Back to Back Foundation concert fundraiser say this year’s attendance surpassed previous years.
The annual concert was held Saturday night at the Bruce Center with Back to bBack Foundation Chair Brent Gilkey talking about how many families have been helped over the years through the foundation.
Gilkey says he thinks its great that long has never forgot his roots and has made it his mission to give back to his hometown.
The money that is raised during the annual concert and silent auction goes toward purchasing hundreds of Christmas presents for local families that would otherwise perhaps not have as merry of a Christmas.
A vehicle versus bicycle wreck in the West 7th Street Dollar General Store parking lot last night injured a local teen.
The incident happened around 8:20, according to the report from Hopkinsville Police, which says 16-year old Marcus Cook was westbound on 7th on a bicycle with no lights or reflectors.
Attempting to pull out of the Dollar Store parking lot was 23-year old Cierra Whitney of Hopkinsville, who said she never saw Cook’s bike. Ms. Whitney’s vehicle hit Cook’s bike in the parking lot exit when she went to make a right turn, causing injuries to his legs. Cook was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
A Hopkinsville woman was cited into court on endangering the welfare of a minor charges Friday night.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Robert Sibal was called to the area of Braden and Sara Streets around 7:15pm after a resident spotted a five year old girl walking alone on the roadway.
The resident said she had seen the same girl alone earlier in the day and stayed with the child until police arrived. The little girl was able to give police her name and the name of her mother—28-year old Jessany Coleman—with officers finding her at a Means Avenue residence.
Ms. Coleman said she had left her daughter in the care of her 9-year old son and she had believed the girl had been playing next door. Police charged Ms. Coleman with endangering the welfare of a minor and she will appear in Christian District Court next month.
The Western Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville may soon be re-opening if a potential candidate decides to accept the position of chief examiner for the region.
The office was closed after the previous examiner resigned due to medical reasons a few months ago and some in the state had planned to make the closure permanent. Local governments and state legislators in western Kentucky have petitioned to keep the center open and it appears that is a distinct possibility.
One of the reasons given for the closure was the lack of a qualified candidate who wanted the job, but a recent letter sent out to coroners says former Regional Armed Forces Medical Examiner at Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth Virginia Doctor Mark Shelley interviewed for the job July 2nd.
It isn’t a done deal yet, but Todd County Deputy Coroner Mark Smith says officials in this part of the commonwealth are hoping for the best.
Coroners in western Kentucky have had to take bodies all the way to Louisville for autopsies since the closure and that becomes extremely expensive to county governments.