Tinsley (second from the right), reportedly saved a man from a burning car Friday morning.
A Hopkinsville Police Officer saved the life of a man in Muhlenberg County this morning who would have likely died in one of the worst ways imaginable.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Shannan White-Tinsley was on her way to work on KY 189 when she witnessed a head-on collision and told HPD Sgt. Scott Mayes that the victim was passed out in a burning car when she stopped.
Scanner traffic indicated the vehicle was fully involved in flames when local first responders arrived, but Sgt. Mayes says Officer Tinsley had already pulled the victim from the wreckage.
One of the injured in the wreck was taken by helicopter to an area hospital, while at least one other was taken to Muhlenberg Community Hospital. Kentucky State Police will be releasing details.
Several recent incidents in the area of police officers being shot or shot at has seemed to renew a public awareness of just how dangerous that profession can be.
Officers have been shot at and wounded this year in Hopkins and Montgomery Counties and have been shot at in Oak Grove and Todd County. The Muhlenberg County Sheriff and a deputy had a gun pointed at them and were forced to shoot and kill the suspect only a few weeks ago. Thankfully, all of the injured lived and are expected to recover.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie cites an elevated level of violence against police in the last couple of years—saying a struggling economy may have something to do with a change in some people’s mindsets.
Chief Howie also says the growing prescription and illegal drug epidemic and alcohol abuse play a large role in his opinion.
Elkton Police Chief Bruce Marklin addressed recent area and local incidents at a Monday evening City Council meeting and asked the community to pray for officers—that this sort of thing would become less common.
National statistics show that 26 officers have died on duty across the country this year, down from 45 at the same point last year, but still above average.
An alleged case of sexual misconduct at a local elementary school is under investigation by Hopkinsville Police.
The incident reportedly happened between November 1st and March 8th, with the 11-year old female victim telling police that a listed suspect touched her private areas both above and below her clothes while at Martin Luther King Elementary School.
No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.
A three year old girl was reportedly shot with a BB gun on Gale Lane recently, with the incident under investigation by police.
The alleged incident happened on February 28th or 29th, according to the police report, which says the victim was shot in the buttocks—allegedly by another juvenile acquainted with the family.
The girl’s injuries are listed as “minor.”
Christmas came early to many Elkton residents Thursday when AT&T turned on 3G cell phone service, allowing customers to quickly surf the web on their mobile devices.
A formal announcement on what the company calls “mobile internet service” will be made at the old courthouse in Elkton Monday morning at 9:30, but the switch was flipped well ahead of an “end of the month” timeline that had been spoken of previously.
A spokesperson for AT&T says the company is pleased to provide the much-needed service to Elkton and that many high-ranking officials will join state lawmakers and local officials in celebrating the occasion Monday morning.
Todd County residents have yearned for technology that most larger communities take for granted over the last several years—most notably cell phone service and access to high speed internet service.