A Madisonville man was arrested on child porn charges Thursday.
Kentucky State Police and the Madisonville Police Department combined to execute a search warrant at the home of 25-year old Mark Melton of Madisonville. The search resulted in Melton’s arrest on one count of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.
The arrest came as a result of an ongoing undercover investigation into internet crimes against children that began in June. Police seized computer equipment that contained child porn during the search, according to the KSP news release.
One of the Southern Pennyrile Chamber Alliance’s top priorities is getting closer to becoming a reality.
Among the goals of the group of leaders from Christian, Todd and Trigg Counties was building a technical training center in Todd County.
Representatives of Hopkinsville Community College and the Todd County School System were at this morning’s Todd Fiscal Court meeting, where magistrates gave Judge-Executive Daryl Greenfield authority to sign a matching grant application that would require 500-thousand dollars from county government, if approved.
The Todd County Career Path Institute would be on the campus of Todd County Central High School and would be staffed and equipped by Hopkinsville Community College.
High School students and adults could utilize the center to prepare themselves for a vocation such as welding or industrial maintenance. School system Superintendent Wayne Benningfield said it’s a unique opportunity that he will support in every way possible.
Magistrate Brent Spurlin supported the project, saying he hears more from his constituents about Todd County needing more jobs than anything else.
It’s not a given that Todd County will receive the grant, but Judge Greenfield says he is optimistic. He also hopes to get help from state government for the half million dollars in matching funds, but says the county will finance the match if that’s what’s necessary.
Some Todd County Students are currently being bussed to Russellville each day for vocational training, costing the school system in transportation funds and taking a full period of instructional time away from students each day in travel time.
All four magistrates in attendance voted in favor of applying for the 2-million dollar grant, with Squire Jimmy Turner absent.
A wreck involving a motorcycle in Todd County Thursday afternoon injured the biker.
Todd County Deputy Sheriff Drew DeGhetto says 53-year old George Gill of Guthrie Road was slowing down on his bike just before 2pm preparing to turn into his driveway near South Todd Elementary School. He used a hand-signal to tell traffic behind him that he was turning, but 21-year old Kyler Webb of Utah interpreted it as being waved around to make a pass.
Webb’s vehicle side-swiped the motorcycle, throwing Gill and his motorcycle to the pavement. Deputy DeGhetto says Gill was taken by ambulance to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville for treatment of some road rash. Webb went uninjured.
A significant burglary on Lafayette Road is under investigation by Hopkinsville Police.
Six thousand dollars worth of copper piping was stolen from Doyenne Constructors at 4200 Lafayette, according to the police report, which says the theft happened between 5pm Wednesday and 6am Thursday.
Jeffrey Kerby of the construction company told police that someone pried open a window at the structure and cut pipe off the walls and ceiling. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.
A Clarksville man was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center after a wreck on Ashland City Road Thursday evening that allegedly involved the use of alcohol.
A news release from Clarksville Police says 42-year old David Edmonds of Clarksville was southbound on Ashland City Road around 5pm when he ran off the road and hit a mailbox.
The pickup flipped onto its roof, ejecting Edmonds, who was not wearing his seat belt. Edmonds was pinned between the truck’s top and the pavement and had to be cut from the wreckage.
He was flown to Vanderbilt, where he is listed in stable condition. Officer Jim Knoll says charges are pending against Edmonds, as police believe alcohol may have been a factor.