The Hopkins County Grand Jury this week indicted a man on robbery, burglary and sodomy charges.
42-year old Timothy Britton was indicted Thursday on those charges after the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Kentucky State Police and other local law enforcement agencies began investigating a series of three home invasion style robberies with one of the victims being sexually assaulted in the Hanson area.
The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office in partnership with KSP began their investigation into the incidents in February with the Madisonville Police Department also investigating similar calls.
In July, the Madisonville Police Department arrested Britton in reference to one of their cases and while working together with the sheriff’s office and KSP, Britton was connected to other crimes after the two agencies reviewed similarities in their criminal cases.
He was indicted on 4 counts of robbery, 1 count of burglary, and 1 count of sodomy.
(Raymond Romero) (John Abraham) (Dakota Ebel)
Clarksville Police say a man’s quick thinking landed three robbery suspects behind bars early this morning.
Police say around 12:30 am, two 18 year old men went to 7-63 Needmore Road to visit a friend and when they got out of the vehicle, they were approached by three men, now identified as 21-year old Raymond Romero, 18-year old John Abraham and 18-year old Dakota Ebel, who then forced the two 18-year old men to go to the Needmore Road residence to determine if their friend was home.
The individual the suspects were looking for was not at the residence, but his father answered the door and that’s when police say Romero, Abraham and Ebel entered the home and held a knife to the father’s head and told him to call his son.
Police say instead of calling his son, the father dialed 9-11 and acted as though he was explaining the situation to his son while one of the robbers searched through the house for valuables.
At some point, police say the suspects realized he called 9-11 and fled the home in a red hatchback vehicle.
A short time later, officers located suspects in the Needmore Road area and during questioning all three suspects admitted to their involvement in the robbery.
The three suspects were all charged with aggravated robbery and were booked into the Montgomery County Jail with each of their bond’s set at $50,000.
While the nation is set to honor the victims of the 9-11 attacks next week, Governor Steve Beshear is encouraging individuals, businesses, organizations and government agencies to remember a Fort Campbell soldier who was killed in action last month.
Governor Beshear has directed that flags at all state office buildings to be lowered to half-staff on Saturday in honor of 20-year old Private First Class Patricia Horne of Greenwood, Mississippi.
Private First Class Horne died August 24th in Bagram, Afghanistan while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, she was assigned to the 96th Aviation Support Battalion, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.
A Hopkinsville non-profit organization is among 100 winners of the Toyota 100 Cars for Good program, a national philanthropic initiative that awards 100 cars to 100 charitable organizations over the course of 100 days.
Sanctuary, Inc was among the winners that were selected through public voting after being featured on Facebook each day with the four runners-up receiving a $1,000 cash grant from Toyota.
The car giveaway program ended late last month and officials say in total, 100 new Toyota vehicles and $400,000 in cash grants were awarded to non-profit organizations across the country.
Over the past two years, the program has awarded over $7 million in vehicles and cash grants to local non-profit organizations across the nation.
The development of an Interstate 69 corridor in western Kentucky took another step forward today with the opening of an extended and widened ramp connecting I-69 southbound lanes to I-24 westbound lanes in Lyon County.
Kentucky Highway Department Spokesman Keith Todd says the new ramp is among 9.9 million dollars worth of improvements scheduled under an agreement between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Federal Highway Administration by which 38 miles of the former Western Kentucky Parkway was elevated to interstate status.
The ramp had been closed since June, with drivers wanting to get on I-24 having to detour through Eddyville. There will still be some electrical work ongoing along the highway’s shoulder, but Todd says the detour is no longer necessary.
Department officials say they are also on track to have reconstruction of the KY 109 interchange at Dawson Springs listed for bidding next month. That project is separate from the 9.9 million dollars worth of upgrades, but is part of the overall goal.