Hopkinsville City Council heard good news about payroll tax collections halfway through the fiscal year at its meeting Tuesday night.
With sirens of fire truck and police cars responding to accidents heard in the background throughout the 45 minute session, council plowed through a routine agenda.
Finance Director Robert Martin told Council the payroll tax collections are 354-thousand dollars ahead of last year’s pace after six months.
Property tax collections are about 165-thousand dollars ahead of last year’s pace and the city’s overall cash balance is almost 8.8 million dollars—a little less than a month ago but over 800-thousand more than one year ago.
In other action Mayor Dan Kemp appointed Councilman Don Ahart to serve as Mayor Pro-Tem this calendar year.
A few more details are now known about the single-vehicle wreck that claimed the life of a four-year old girl on the Bypass last night.
The Hopkinsville Police report says the crash happened about 6:05 near Martin Luther King Elementary School when 29-year old Amber Coleman of Velma Drive lost control of her vehicle on the icy bridge and struck the guardrail, causing her SUV to flip.
Her daughter, 4-year old Brooklyn Coleman, was not in a booster seat and was pronounced dead on the scene by Christian County Coroner Doris Lamb. Amber Coleman went to Jennie Stuart for leg injuries and another passenger—29-year old Brian Baker of Shelbyville, Kentucky; did not go to the hospital despite complaining of some minor injuries.
The report says Baker and Amber Coleman were wearing their seat belt.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Deputies this week arrested two people for drug related offenses in two separate incidents on Monday.
In the first incident, Deputy Steven Oakley obtained a search warrant at a Hilldale Lane apartment in Hardin County.
Deputy Oakley reported that the subject, identified as 34-year old Jamie C. Rosson of Hardin County, pulled into the parking lot of her apartment complex and tried to leave when she spotted deputies.
Deputy Oakley stated he was able to stop Rosson in her vehicle and was able to execute a search warrant at her apartment, where glass pipes that field tested positive for Methamphetamine were taken into evidence.
Rosson was charged with 1st Degree Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
In the second incident, Deputy Nathan Maxlow was dispatched to help Detective Don Tidwell on a routine traffic stop on south Main Street in Calvert City.
Upon arrival, Deputy Maxlow noticed the subject to show symptoms of being under the influence.
23-year old Rachel L. Twiggs of Ledbetter, was charged with Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence, Failure of Owner to Maintain Required Insurance and Failure to Produce Insurance Card.
The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office reports that both individuals were taken into custody without incident.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for Christian and Trigg Counties through 2am, while Todd has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning and Montgomery to an Ice Storm Warning.
The National Weather Service says one to two tenths of an inch of ice accumulation is expected in Christian and Trigg, a quarter of an inch of ice in Todd and up to a half inch of ice in Montgomery County by the time the freezing rain ends sometime early in the morning hours.
Roads could become slick tonight, especially on bridges and overpasses, while there is also the possibility of breaking branches as ice accumulates on trees. There was hope the precipitation would begin as rain this evening, but the temperature has never made it above the freezing mark under cloudy skies.
The Todd and Montgomery County school systems dismissed early today in advance of the storm system and Christian County has canceled all after-school activities for tonight.
A complete list of our closings and cancellations is available on our websites. Stay tuned to the WHOP family of stations for the latest on this developing weather situation.
Preliminary statistics released by Kentucky State Police today indicate that eight people died in eight separate crashes on Kentucky’s roadways from Monday, January 7th through Sunday.
State Police say single-fatality motor vehicle crashes occurred in Jefferson, Meade, Morgan and Webster Counties. The victim in Jefferson County was not wearing a seat belt and the suspected use of alcohol was involved in the Morgan County crash.
State Police reported that there were motorcycle crash fatalities in Fayette and Scott Counties and the Fayette County crash involved the suspected use of alcohol.
Police say a fatal wreck in Simpson County was the result of a crash that involved an animal and a pedestrian was killed in McCreary County.
There were no fatal wrecks reported in Christian, Trigg, Todd and Muhlenberg Counties during this time.
Through Sunday, preliminary statistics indicate that 15 people have lost their lives on Kentucky roadways during 2013, which is nine less than what was reported for this time period last year.