The man who will take over as Todd County School System Superintendent July 1st says that is the job he wanted more than any other.
Appointed as the district’s next leader last Thursday was Fulton County Instructional Supervisor Wayne Benningfield, who says he has a lot of positives to build on when he arrives in Elkton.
Benningfield’s Hopkinsville ties have been well-documented and he says he and his wife were able to use their time here to make their lives better for the future.
Benningfield was offered the superintendent’s position in Elliott County, but turned that position down last month.
A Clarksville woman who was nine months pregnant was injured in a single-vehicle wreck on Ashland City Road this morning.
The incident happened around 3am when the 21-year old woman was westbound and ran off the roadway. Her vehicle went approximately 150 feet before hitting a culvert and coming to rest near Seven Mile Ferry Road.
She was first taken to Gateway Medical Center for facial injuries, before being transferred to Vanderbilt University Medical Center by helicopter. Her baby was delivered at Vanderbilt shortly after her arrival.
Police say the woman was not wearing a seat belt and that the extent of her injuries is unknown. The woman’s identity is not being released at this time and police say charges are pending.
A recent state audit of Todd County Clerk Kim Chapman’s office came back clean.
The report from State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office says financial statements present fairly the revenues, expenditures and excess fees of the Todd County Clerk.
As is always the case with audits of offices in small counties, Edelen says jobs need to be better segregated for duties regarding receipts, disbursements, payroll and reconciliations.
He recommends the clerk have a deputy to document review of the monthly tax reports and that a co-signature should be required on all checks. He also says receipts and disbursement ledgers should be checked and approved by someone other than the preparer.
Lack of segregation of duties is especially difficult for offices in smaller counties, which often do not have enough employees to disperse jobs in a way satisfactory to the state.
A local man was arrested Monday afternoon after he allegedly flagged down a passing motorist on the Pennyrile Parkway while trying to evade police.
The investigation began at Wal Mart just before 3pm, when store Loss Prevention employees attempted to confront 22-year old Quinten Bussell of Hopkinsville for allegedly trying to walk out of the store with 235 dollars worth of merchandise he didn’t pay for—including several items to furnish a bathroom, soap and bug spray.
Bussell allegedly ran from the store when approached by a security guard and stopped a motorist on the parkway to get a ride. The motorist stopped when police began a pursuit and Bussell was arrested a short distance later on foot.
He was charged with theft and fleeing from police.
Alayna Adair Amy Dye
A bench warrant has been issued for the arrest of the former local social worker accused of mishandling the case of 3-year old Alayna Adair—who would ultimately die from alleged abuse from her father.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has issued a news release saying a warrant has been issued against 41-year old Donna Monroe Currey of Elkton, with a 10-thousand dollar cash only bond for tampering with public records charge.
Attorney General Conway says the case was looked into by his Department of Criminal Investigations and that Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor will prosecute on the Class D felony charge punishable by up to five years in prison.
He says Ms. Currey was the on-call social worker June 13th of last year when the initial allegations of abuse against the young girl came in to the Cabinet’s Abuse Hot Line. As previously reported, Conway says Currey is accused of making false reports of her activity in the “Continuous Quality Assessment” she was to have kept up with.
It’s been widely reported that Ms. Currey logged a visit with the child and father that she never made.
Attorney General Conway says he got involved after being referred the case by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in November of last year.
Ms. Currey was also the social worker assigned to the case of 9-year old Amy Dye of Todd County when she worked at the Elkton office, though she has never been charged with any legal wrongdoing in that case. State files show allegations of abuse against Amy’s other older brother and adopted parents—some of which were substantiated—with all three family members also never facing charges.
18-year old Garrett Dye—Amy’s youngest brother—is in prison after pleading guilty to murdering her last year. He is appealing that conviction on the premise that his confession should have not been allowable in court.