A Thursday night house fire on Locust Grove Road in Hopkinsville only did minimal damage.
The report from Lieutenant Charles Henderson says six trucks and nine personnel responded around 5:30 to 131 Locust Grove. Smoke was coming from the house owned by Jack Rittenberry when the first units arrived.
They determined a rear bedroom was on fire and that it possibly began with a portable space heater placed close to a small table. Crews limited the damage to the one room and no one was injured in the incident.
Approximately five thousand dollars worth of damage was done to the structure and contents.
A 61-year old Clarksville woman caught two people trying to steal her dogs and property Thursday morning and was able to stop the crime.
The Clarksville Police report says 61-year old Lori Kunesh of Autumn Drive was just getting out of the shower when she heard her dogs barking in an unusual way. She looked out the window to find two suspects wearing hoodies in her back yard.
They each had one of her expensive dogs under their arm and were attempting to leave with a gas grill and wheel barrow. Ms. Kunesh went outside and yelled at them, causing them to drop the grill and wheel barrow.
She followed them into a field behind her house until they dropped the dogs. One of the dogs had an injured tail and was going to be treated at a local vet office. Ms. Kunesh couldn’t tell the gender or race of the suspects, but believed them to be teenagers.
Todd Fiscal Court passed final reading of the Sheriff’s Department budget this morning during its final meeting of the calendar year.
Magistrates approved the 311-thousand dollars budget unanimously and Treasurer Tammy Robertson says it’s not much different than last year with only a few exceptions.
Ms. Robertson says the fee-pooling system the county went to two years ago has worked well and that Sheriff Joey Johnson has done a good job with his office finances.
Court also approved the County Clerk’s budget and approved the Emergency Operations Plan as submitted by Emergency Management Director Tim Pulley. Dispatch Director Donna Ruby says work continues to use grant money to install a new radio tower to better serve first responders in the south end of the county.
Kentucky’s two U.S. Senators remain frustrated about the ongoing fiscal cliff debacle in Washington.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans are willing to take a look at whatever new proposals President Obama has to offer to avert the fiscal cliff.
Senator McConnell says more than anything, now is the time for action.
Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul says he's frustrated by the lack of progress with regard to avoiding the fiscal cliff.
Senator Paul says if Washington is serious about spending cuts there are plenty of unnecessary programs out there.
Nearly everyone will see an income tax increase and there will be automatic cuts to the federal budget if the country falls off the fiscal cliff next week.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating a burglary that happened Thursday night on Gray Street.
The report says someone went into 46-year old David Bussel’s 800 Gray Street residence between 6:30 and 8:30pm Thursday and took a 60 inch plasma television and a 40 inch television with a combined value of about 18-hundred dollars. The perpetrator also took other electronics valued at 129 dollars.
No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.