Five people were arrested at the emergency room last night after allegedly attempting to continue an altercation that began with a fight and shots fired earlier in the day.
The fight happened around 4:30 at the intersection of East 1st Street and Sycamore, where at least two people were injured after being hit in the head with some type of blunt object.
Shots were also fired during the altercation into a nearby house, where Hopkinsville Police say three children were sitting on the porch, though no one was hit by the bullets.
Officer Adam Robertson was with a victim at the Jennie Stuart Medical Center Emergency Room around 8:45 last night when five people allegedly came in to assault the injured person again.
Officer Robertson says 21-year old Shanae McNeal of Hopkinsville rushed at the male victim with a baseball bat and that she had 20-year old Antonio Donald of Hopkinsville and 20-year old Shadarion Hill, 19-year old Janoreon McNeal and 19-year old Gonte Hill of Oak Grove with her. Officer Robertson was able to stop the assault before it happened and arrested all five on retaliating against a witness charges.
The arrest card for Donald says he also had a concealed gun in his car and bullets in his shorts. He was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a concealed deadly weapon.
Tonight’s Christian County School Board meeting marks the first time board members have met during the new school year.
Christian County Public Schools Superintendent gave a positive report concerning the first week of school and publicly thanked school officials for making sure everything went off smoothly.
School board members took no time when discussing and approving important issues concerning the district, like unanimously approving changing the name of the old Christian County Middle School to the Christian County Learning Center.
Chief Operations Officer Kathy Hancock also spoke about the preschool policy entrance age requirements.
The Hopkinsville Police Department held its monthly crime meeting this afternoon and released crime trends police are currently addressing.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie says violent crimes are down, but property crimes are up.
Sergeant Erik Pacheco spoke about crime trends between July 27th through August 2nd from 2011 and this year.
Lieutenant Michael Felts talked about how the start of the school year has impacted area traffic.
The Hopkinsville City Council Committee of the Whole sent an amended smoking in public places ordinance on to Council Thursday evening, but the matter is far from any type of resolution.
After considerable discussion about other options, Councilman Paul Henson proposed an amended ordinance which would not ban smoking in any business. Instead it would require each establishment to put signage on all public entrances stating whether smoking is allowed or not in that building.
Restaurants would not be allowed to have smoking and non-smoking sections as they do now—they would have to decide. Councilwoman Kimberly McCarley said that would require non-smokers wanting to eat at smoking restaurants to be closer to second-hand smoke than they are now. Councilman Henson said non-smokers could simply not patronize those places.
Henson’s version of the ordinance passed on a 6-5 vote, with Council members McCarley, Charlie Henderson, Peggy Everett, Don Ahart and Cornelia Belle voting “no” and Philip Brooks absent.
Mayor Dan Kemp said he was not pleased after the meeting, but believes the result could be different when smoking ban supporter Councilman Brooks is there to vote September 18th.
If Councilman Brooks votes the way the Mayor expects on September 18th, the current ordinance would likely come up with a 6-to-6 tie, meaning the Mayor could cast the deciding vote against it. Council could then go back to the original ordinance or make different amendments.
Each week Hopkinsville Kiwanians invite public officials to discuss issues that may be of importance to the community and this week was no exception.
Lisa Selbe with Pennyroyal Hospice spoke to fellow Kiwanians about why she enjoyed her job.
Ms. Selbe also explained some of the common misconceptions people may have of the kinds of treatments and services a hospice provides.
Hopkinsville Community College President, Dr. Jim Selbe will be the keynote speaker at next week’s Kiwanis Club meeting.