Hopkinsville Community College held a ribbon cutting and open house ceremony this morning to officially recognize the completion of the college’s agriculture building.
HCC President Jim Selbe told a large crowd that included Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp, City Police Chief Guy Howie and Christian County Judge-Executive Steve Tribble that today’s events marked a happy chapter for the local college.
The holiday season is months away, but that’s not stopping the Hopkinsville Police Department from planning ahead to ensure residents are safe from criminals looking to spoil the holiday cheer.
During last week’s monthly crime statistics review, Captain Michael Seis says there is always a spike in thefts right before Christmas.
Captain Seis says before the residents begin their shopping spree this year, he wants to remind them to never leave their homes or vehicles unlocked.
Gay Htoo Pway Htoo
A high speed pursuit in Christian County early Sunday morning ended with the arrest of a Texas man.
A news release from Kentucky State Police says Trooper Jeff Ayres observed a vehicle on I-24 west traveling 100 miles per hour around 2:30am. Trooper Ayres activated his emergency equipment in an effort to stop the vehicle, but the driver allegedly kept going.
The pursuit continued into Trigg County and ended at the 68 mile-marker, when 20-year old Gay Htoo of Amarillo, Texas and passenger 33-year old Pway Htoo of Iowa were arrested without incident.
Gay Htoo was charged with DUI, fleeing from police, reckless driving, speeding and no insurance. Pway Htoo was charged with public intoxication. Both men were lodged in the Christian County Jail.
The Carter Road murder case began in Christian Circuit Court with jury selection this morning.
Circuit Judge John Atkins is presiding over the case and took one last “not guilty” plea from the attorneys of 23-year old Derrick James and 22-year old Jordan Young of Clarksville.
All jurors from both circuit court divisions were called in to form a larger jury pool to find the best potential group.
Young and James are charged in the shooting death of 18-year old Shyara Olavarria in May of 2008 on Carter Road near Oak Grove. A third defendant, Kenneth Hudson, was found guilty two years ago of complicity to murder. The trial is expected to last the entire week.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a burglary on Mount Zoar Road from last week.
Jeff Moore of Mount Zoar Road told deputies that a Puma dual tank air compressor was stolen out of his truck sometime around 9pm. An employee of Moore said he saw two white males in a white extended cab truck get out and take the air compressor, but he thought the men may have had permission to borrow it.
The air compressor is valued at 975 dollars.