A Hopkinsville man was arrested twice in a period of six and a half hours Friday night and early Saturday morning.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Robert Stokes was called to the Salvation Army on East Seventh Street the first time Friday when 52-year old Cleveland Joseph Chavis of Hopkinsville was allegedly in violation of a criminal trespass warning.
Officer Stokes reminded Chavis that he wasn’t supposed to be there and Chavis reportedly left. Twenty minutes later, HPD was called back to the scene when Chavis returned and Officer Stokes charged him with criminal trespass and took him to the Christian County Jail.
Chavis was out of jail by 4:30 when he was scene for a third time at the Salvation Army—this time allegedly walking on East Seventh completely nude. Officer Stokes writes on the report that he told Chavis to put his clothes on several times before his request was met.
Chavis was arrested again and charged with indecent exposure and remains in the Christian County Jail.
Duncan Gloria Ross and Candida Belt
The former Oak Grove Police detective accused of tampering with evidence at the scene of a double murder 18 years ago has been indicted by the Christian County Grand Jury.
Indicted on tampering with evidence charges was 49-year old Leslie Duncan of Central City.
Duncan was one of the first officers on the scene September 20th, 1994, when the bodies of 22-year old Candida Belt and 18-year old Gloria Ross were discovered at the New Life Massage Parlor in Oak Grove, which also served as a brothel. The two victims had been shot and stabbed several times.
Multiple people had been questioned in connection with the crime in the months and years following the double-murder, but the investigation always came back to Duncan and former Oak Grove Officer Ed Carter.
Kentucky State Police Sgt. Jason Newby had been investigating the incident again this summer and arrested Duncan in July.
Parlor owner Tammy Papler told Oak Grove City Council in 1997 that police knew she was operating a house of prostitution and that she paid Officer Carter to keep it covered up. He contended he worked nights there as a janitor.
The case was once featured on the national TV program “Unsolved Mysteries.”
In other action, the Grand Jury indicted 20-year old Karoneka Leavell of North Fowler Avenue on theft charges for allegedly allowing two females to walk through her checkout line at K-Mart without paying for merchandise.
The total value of the stolen merchandise came to 94-hundred dollars over a period of time, according to the arrest card from June 24th.
The weather is certainly feeling more fall-like with the change of seasons, but it will be another month before we feel freezing temperatures if the average holds true.
The National Weather Service says the first 32 degree temperature in western Kentucky is between October 21st and 31st on average—using data from 1981 to 2010.
The first hard freeze, quantified as a temperature of 28 degrees or less—doesn’t usually happen until sometime between November 1st and 10th.
The Pennyrile has certainly seen freezing temperatures much sooner and later than those dates in the past, so “stay tuned” as always.
The president of the University of Louisville will be in Christian County Tuesday and will visit a Fort Campbell school.
A news release from the college says Doctor James Ramsey and other officials will visit with students at Fort Campbell High School at 8:45 Tuesday morning. The visit is part of a statewide Presidential Outreach tour.
There are currently 99 students from Christian County attending the University of Louisville.
Doctor Ramsey will also make an appearance in Hopkinsville Tuesday, when he will speak at the Hopkinsville Rotary Club at noon.
The Tobacco War Pilgrimage continues through this weekend in Hopkinsville, remembering one of the most turbulent periods in the history of western Kentucky and middle Tennessee.
Local residents have become accustomed to the Night Rider Raid and reenactment, but new events were added this year including a Saturday afternoon tour of historic homes and a reenactment of the Night Rider trial.
One of the homes being toured is that of Hopkinsville Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin, who says it’s important to look at the not so pleasant times when studying history.
Martin says like so many other movements in history, the motive of the Night Riders started out positive, but unfortunately turned violent.
The weekend will conclude Sunday with a free “Sounds of the Time” tour of historic churches in downtown Hopkinsville. One can find more information on the weekend’s events by going to www.tobaccowarpilgrimage.com.