Governor Steve Beshear signed emergency regulations this morning placing newly discovered synthetic drug substances under “Schedule 1” of the Kentucky Controlled Substances Act—making them illegal for businesses to sell.
House Bill 481, which was sponsored by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville, gave the governor authority to place any new synthetic drugs that popped up into the category of controlled substances. The action was needed because the “basement chemists” making the chemically based narcotics were changing some of the ingredients to gain the same results as the banned substances and the General Assembly wasn’t able to pass new regulations until they were back in session sometimes several months later.
Representative Tilley says it became clear Kentucky needed a quicker mechanism of taking new synthetic drugs off the shelf and the new process will save lives and give law enforcement the tools they need.
It was the first time the new process was used and it takes effect immediately.
A reception will be held before Thursday night’s Christian County School Board meeting to honor two departing members.
A notice received in the mail says outgoing members Shelia Cottrell and Betsy Glover will be honored at the 5:30pm reception at the central office on Glass Avenue.
Ms. Cottrell chose not to run for re-election this year and will be replaced by Sarah Shepherd next month. Ms. Shepherd, who has served on the board before, defeated Clayton Boyd for the seat.
Ms. Glover lost by about 400 votes to Teresa Moss in the general election after filling out the unexpired term of Darryl Lynch who stepped down from the board in 2010.
The regular monthly meeting of the board will be at 6pm, with a Pilot Rock Road woman scheduled to comment on the future of Lacy Elementary School. The board will also hear an update on the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan from Director of Personnel Vicky Myers.
A three-vehicle accident yesterday afternoon in Hopkinsville sent a Tennessee woman to the hospital.
The Hopkinsville Police report says 42-year old Joy Stewart of Clarksville was headed south on Millbrooke Drive around 4:30pm. 33-year old Patrick Wells of Hopkinsville was eastbound on Pyle Lane and 49-year old Jacqueline Stack of Hopkinsville was northbound on Pin Oak Drive.
Ms. Stewart reportedly drove into the intersection of Millbrooke and Pyle Lane and into the path of Wells. The collision caused Ms. Stewart’s vehicle to spin into Ms. Stack’s.
Wells and Ms. Stack went uninjured, while Ms. Stewart was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
Hopkinsville Police are investigating the armed robbery of an East 9th Street gas station from late last night.
The report from Officer Jason Brent says the incident happened just after 11pm at the 1411 East Ninth Shell Station when 70-year old Gopalbhai Patel of Hopkinsville was outside waiting for his son—19-year old Yogi Patel—to close the store.
The younger Patel was approached inside by a black male yielding an assault-type rifle demanding cash and the report says another suspect attempted to rob the older Patel outside, with the father sustaining a minor injury.
The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and the investigation continues.
Kentucky State Police recently executed 13 search warrants across the state with the large scale operation centered around internet related child exploitation investigations and the arrests of seven individuals on Possession and Distribution of Matter Portraying the Sexual Performance by a Minor.
The Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch over the last several months has opened up several investigations into the possession and distribution of images involving child sexual exploitation.
This week, the Electronic Crime Branch, in conjunction with state troopers and detectives from seven KSP post areas, served search warrants covering nearly half the Commonwealth.
State Police say to date, seven suspects have been arrested and additional charges are expected upon complete examination of all the evidence obtained during execution of the search warrants.
The KSP Electronic Crime Branch is part the Kentucky Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, consists of dozens of officers throughout the Commonwealth who investigate the crime of child sexual exploitation.
Arrests during the operation include the following Kentucky residents: 42-year old Robbie Criswell of Richmond, 63-year old William R. Helton of Stony Fork, 25-year old John M. Phillips of Kenvir, 63-year old Harold Givens of London, 40-year old James Baker of Nancy, 20-year old Jose Garcia of Versailles and 47-year old Thomas Whitehead of Greensburg.