As the state uses early release programs to save money on housing inmates in county jails, local communities are losing much-needed manpower.
Todd County Jailer Greg Allen addressed the issue in his report to Todd Fiscal Court last week, saying the state has taking the stand that if an inmate is safe enough to go out into the community during the day for jobs such as mowing and painting—he's more often than not okay to be released.
Allen says places like Todd County are certainly feeling the impact.
It's not just smaller communities lacking jail inmates who can do community service work, Allen says some of Kentucky's largest cities are also complaining.
Allen says it's important to note that not just any inmate can do community service work—they have to be non-violent and a vast majority of those eligible are state inmates being housed in the local jail.
Jailer Allen says the state inmate count will likely rise again in the near future, as the number of county inmates across Kentucky is up significantly and those trends usually run in cycles.
Local police are investigating after someone broke into several storage units in Pembroke and stole over ten thousand dollars worth of property.
The report from Pembroke Police Chief William Sparks' says the perpetrator cut the locks off about 20 storage units sometime between Saturday evening and Monday morning. Pembroke Mini-Storage is located at 142 North Main and items ranging from three vehicle transmissions to fishing poles and hand tools were taken.
Initial estimates had the total value of the items known about at $10,5000. The owner of the storage units, Brandon Garnett, said everything looked fine when he left last Friday around 6 pm. It wasn't until Monday morning at 9 when a renter came to her unit that the thefts were found.
Anyone with information on who may be responsible for the crime should call the Crime Stoppers Tips Line at 887-TIPS.
The Pennyrile Area Development District will feature music and comedy at its 44th Annual Dinner Meeting next month.
A news release from PADD says this year's dinner is sponsored by Planters Bank and will be Tuesday, June 10th at the Bruce Convention Center at 6 pm. Local officials, legislators, business and civic leaders and others from the nine county area attend the annual event to celebrate the accomplishments of the previous year.
One highlight is always the presentation of the Bill Bryan Memorial Award to someone who has made a longtime contribution to the PADD area. Pianist Ron Creager will provide musical entertainment for the evening and comedian Mark Klein will be the keynote speaker.
Klein has entertained audiences for over 25 years with what's described as “clean, witty humor.” He has appeared on cable television and on the CBS production “48 Hours.”
The military has made it tougher for soldiers to get away with using synthetic drugs.
Officials at Fort Campbell say commanders now have police powers during investigations for bath salts and other substances. The new policy is granted by Army Secretary John McHugh. Soldiers using the drugs can be ordered to take urine tests, a power previously restricted to civilian police.
The boy who went missing on a Lyon County beach yesterday evening was found deceased late last night by a dive team.
State Police says the body of 9-year old Warren Patterson was recovered by a Marshall County Rescue Squad dive team around 11:30 around the beach area of Kuttawa Harbor of Lake Barkley. The boy had apparently drowned in about four feet of water, according to a story on WPSD TV, which quotes a KSP spokesman as saying they don’t know exactly caused the child to go into distress.
He had been missing since approximately 4:30 and multiple police and rescue agencies had searched land and water looking for him in the following hours.