The man Hopkinsville Police call the “Southside Prowler” was indicted by the Christian County Grand Jury today on charges unrelated to recent incidents.
The Grand Jury indicted 33-year old Michael McLendon of Hopkinsville on charges of being a persistent felony offender after jurors decided there was enough evidence to send him to trial for a felony theft from two years ago.
McLendon is accused of being the man who broke into the Hunting Creek Road home of former Hopkinsville City Councilman Dave Fernandez on June 23rd of 2010 and who ransacked several rooms before stealing his 2004 Ford Thunderbird.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor explains what the persistent felony offender charge means.
She says McLendon won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon, if he’s convicted.
Ms. Pryor says the PFO indictment is reserved for criminals who show a propensity to violate the law after several “second chances” and says McLendon fits that description.
McLendon wasn’t arrested on the theft charge until March of this year—about 21 months after the crime—and Ms. Pryor says the time it took to process DNA evidence found at the crime scene and in the car is the reason in the delay.
She says Kentucky’s one crime lab processes evidence from homicides first and that delays processing in other cases.
McLendon appeared in Christian District Court on attempted burglary charges early in the day and pled not guilty and will have a court trial Wednesday morning at 10. That was after Hopkinsville Police served him with two arrest warrants at the jail around 3:15pm Thursday for charges of probation violation.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says those warrants mark 16 times McLendon has been arrested by HPD since 1994. McLendon will appear in the Christian Circuit Courtroom of Judge Andrew Self Wednesday afternoon at 1 for arraignment on the probation violation charges.
A White Plains man was critically injured in a vehicle versus pedestrian wreck late last night.
A news release from Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Bailey says 18-year old Isaac Wilkerson of Trabue Road, White Plains was walking in the middle of White Plains Road about a half mile from the White City Road intersection just before 11:30 when he was struck by an SUV driven by a man only identified as Caleb Driver.
Wilkerson was taken by ambulance to a local hospital before being transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville, where he is listed in critical condition.
Two homes were complete losses due to fire in Clarksville Thursday evening and overnight, with weather possibly a factor in at least one of the incidents.
Clarksville Police Public Information Officer Jim Knoll says residents at 299 Ellsworth Court heard a lightning strike and smelled something burning during a storm, but couldn’t find any fire initially.
The family decided to evacuate anyway and their home went up in flames soon after. Officer Knoll doesn’t give the address of a second fire, but says that structure was under construction. The cause of that early morning blaze is undetermined.
Washington, D.C.– U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement today regarding the shootings in Aurora, Colorado:
“Elaine and I are heartbroken by the shootings in Aurora. This senseless massacre of so many innocent people gathered with friends and family in a movie theater reminds us not only of the great evil that exists in the hearts of some, but of the great and precious gift of life. I join all Americans today in prayer for the victims, their families and friends, and the wider Aurora community, and in heartfelt thanks to all the first responders who quickly responded at great risk to themselves. It is in moments like this that Americans have always drawn closer together and shown their great compassion and generosity to those touched by tragedy and loss. We hope that in the midst of the horror in Aurora, these qualities shine through once again and reach those who are suffering most. America is at prayer today for all who are affected by this tragedy.”
One of the two women accused of making up a story about being sexually assaulted at Wal-Mart last week was arrested yesterday.
Arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident charges Thursday afternoon was 29-year old Kristy Lynn Bohling of Hopkinsville.
Bohling and another woman told police on July 14th that a male suspect pressed them against the shelves in the hair color isle and breathed on their neck while touching them in a sexual way.
The arrest warrant says the other woman admitted to police that she made up the story at the request of Bohling. The warrant also says video surveillance shows the incident never happened. An arrest of the other woman is pending.