One person was killed and four were injured in a wreck in Calloway County yesterday morning.
The report from Kentucky State Police says 27-year old James Sasse of Murray was attempting to pass a vehicle driven by 66-year old Danny Pittman of New Concord around 11:15am on State Route 121 South.
Sasse then noticed an oncoming vehicle and attempted to get back into the right lane. Police say he then struck the rear of Pittman’s vehicle, sending it off the road and into a tree.
Pittman’s vehicle continued back onto the roadway and struck a vehicle driven by 42-year old Gerald Cowley of New Concord head-on.
Pittman was pronounced dead on the scene, while his passenger—62-year old Patsy Pittman—was taken by ambulance to Murray-Calloway Hospital. Sasse and his passenger were also taken to the local hospital, as was Cowley.
The wreck remains under investigation by Trooper Michael Bennett.
The long-awaited re-trial of a man accused of murder and arson in Marshall County will be held in Trigg County.
WPSD TV reports the trial of George Luna will be held in Trigg after a jury couldn’t be seated in Marshall. Luna is accused of murdering Debbie Hendrickson in 2007, with a jury convicting and sentencing him to life in prison in 2008.
The Supreme Court overturned that decision in 2010 and ordered a new trial on the grounds that jury selection wasn’t done properly the first time around. Judge Dennis Foust attempted to seat another jury last month out of a pool of 82, but had to give up and order a change of location when most candidates admitted they had prior knowledge of the case.
A Hopkinsville man was arrested in Trigg County yesterday for alleged illegal activity on a beach near Canton.
A news release from Sheriff Ray Burnam says an anonymous tip led Deputy Mark Nichols to 44-year old Brian Gilkey of Hopkinsville, who was allegedly intoxicated and burning an illegal camp fire.
Police say Gilkey also possessed two homemade “Drano coke bottle bombs”.
Gilkey was arrested and charged with being drunk in public, criminal littering and the sheriff says additional criminal charges are pending.
The man accused of killing the mother of his child on East 17th Street yesterday afternoon apparently took his own life shortly after.
As previously reported, 24-year old Autumn Rollings of Hopkinsville was found dead around 5pm yesterday at 208 East 18th Street, Apartment #2 of multiple stab wounds. About three and a half hours later, police said they were looking for 28-year old T’Marcus Hall of Hopkinsville as a suspect.
Detective Tony Sierra said police had reason to believe Hall was suicidal last night and that there were Facebook postings by Hall that he may take his own life at a rock quarry.
Officers were checking the area of quarries and an officer noticed a damaged gate at Rogers Group near the 1000 block of North Main Street.
Officials from the Area 2 Dive Team and Christian County Rescue Squad were able to determine a vehicle was below the water and crews worked through the overnight and early morning hours to finally pull the 2006 Dodge Charger to the surface around 6:45.
Christian County Coroner Dorris Lamb was on the scene and identified the person inside the vechicle as Hall.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says they have no other suspects in the murder case.
The last of the original WHOP staffers is dead, with Leo Wilson passing away Sunday in Bowling Green, where his daughter Molly lived and he and his wife Mary had lived in recent months.
Leo came to work at WHOP in late 1939 and liked to tell the story about how bitterly cold it was when the station took to the airwaves January, 8th 1940.
He had only recently returned from the west coast where he had earned a first class radio operator's license, and expected to have to move away from his family in his native Trigg County until the Lackey brothers obtained a license to put WHOP on the air.
He was immediately hired, but it wasn't long before he joined the millions of other Americans who joined together to fight the Japanese and German aggression in World War Two.
Leo’s technical expertise was put to use by the U.S. Navy and he was recalled to service during the Korean War, but in between and after Korea he was a mainstay at WHOP through the 40', 50's, 60's, and into the 70's, though he also operated a radio and TV repair service and put the radio service on the air for the Land Between the Lakes recreation area.
While Leo’s technical skills were much in demand, he was also a skilled announcer, and worked the ''Early Bird Show'' with the late Colonel Dink Embry and also hosted a popular birthday program, which attracted volumes of mail each week.
He is also well-remembered by older residents of the Pennyrile for his play-by-play of high school sports and his work with the Hoptown Hoppers of the Kitty League.
Leo passed along much of that information during our extended broadcast in 2010 when WHOP AM celebrated its 70th anniversary.
Leo Wilson died at the age of 92 Sunday in Bowling Green, though his broadcast legacy is carried on by his little brother Willie, who also had a notable career as an announcer and play-by-play man in the Pennyrile and west Tennessee.