Congressman Ed Whitfield, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power voted in favor of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which was passed by the House of Representatives.
The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is a comprehensive energy bill that reflects an all-of-the-above approach to energy production that will help reduce energy costs and spur job creation.
Congressman Ed Whitfield was quoted as saying he was very pleased to support the act, which also included legislation he sponsored, the Gasoline Regulations Act, which he says is very important and will help strengthen the economy, create jobs and lower gas prices.
Gas prices are still almost double what they were when President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
The Hopkinsville Police Department will be conducting another red light blitz to look for traffic violators.
Last week, the police department conducted a blitz at the intersection of North Drive and West 7th Street.
Hopkinsville Police say this Friday officers will be at the Fort Campbell Boulevard and Clinic Drive intersection between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Four additional patrol officers will coordinate their efforts to enforce violations that they see being committed by drivers at this busy intersection.
The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a conviction against a man partly responsible for the murder of a young woman on Carter Road near Oak Grove
A jury convicted Kenneth Hudson of Clarksville on complicity to murder charges in November of 2010 for being the man who lured 18-year old Shyara Olavarria to Carter Road in May of 2008 and waited for two fellow gang members to arrive to shoot her to death.
Hudson was reportedly acting at the will of gang member James Young who was angry at the young woman for telling police about a crime that was committed. Hudson was sentenced to 25 years in prison and will be eligible for parole in 2028.
James and Jordan Young are accused of being the men who fired the shots that killed the victim. Their trials had been delayed until the Supreme Court could rule on certain aspects of the trial.
The court’s opinion says Judge John Atkins was correct in how he instructed the jury and that he was correct in allowing evidence of gang activity and of a prior shooting in Tennessee as evidence. The justices concluded it was relevant and not highly prejudicial under the facts of the case.
The man accused of murdering his father near his Oak Grove home late last year appeared in court for the second time this week this morning.
A bond hearing was held for 56-year old Darrell Tidwell, with the defense asking Judge John Atkins to reduce his bail from 250-thousand to 50-thousand dollars. An interview with pre-trial services concluded with officials deeming him a minimal flight risk, but the Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor brought alternative evidence.
Ms. Pryor entered letters from three family members of Tidwell, including his son that said they would be in fear for their well-being if he were let out on bond. The defense argued Tidwell would be closely monitored and the writing family members were in other states.
Ms. Pryor also said the autopsy results had come back on 86-year old Kenneth Tidwell of Carter Road, which she says show that the victim was shot by someone firing at a downward angle. Ms. Pryor says she believes that’s evidence Darrell Tidwell was an aggressor and not acting in self-defense.
Ultimately, Judge Atkins denied the motion to reduce bond due to Tidwell being a risk to the public and to his self. Tidwell has been in the Christian County Jail since November.
One of the two men accused of using their leadership positions at a local volunteer fire department to steal the public’s money will avoid jail time after court action yesterday.
Court documents show former West Side Fire Department Deputy Chief Jerry Douglas was sentenced to one year of probation in Judge Andrew Self’s courtroom.
Douglass, who was represented by Rick Bowling, will be forced to pay a little over 21-hundred dollars in restitution and can have no affiliation with any volunteer fire department.
The case against his brother, former Chief James Douglas, remains in the court system.