The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge is back in the news again, but for all of the right reasons this time.
The state Highway Department says traffic will be reduced to one lane on the bridge from about 8am until noon as crews do work on electrical wiring on the now functioning navigational lights. The purpose is to send barge traffic through span “C” of the bridge while crews do geo-technical drilling near the main channel span “B” in preparation for building a whole new bridge.
That work is expected to take about a month. The Eggner’s Ferry Bridge became famous in January when a cargo vessel went under the wrong span and knocked it completely out, rendering the busy structure closed until Memorial Day weekend.
A Murray woman was injured in a single-vehicle wreck in Calloway County Saturday morning.
The report from Kentucky State Police says 22-year old Krystyn Koch of Murray was southbound on Parker Road when she failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the road. Her vehicle hit an embankment and overturned in a creek.
In what could have turned out much worse, Ms. Koch was taken to Murray-Calloway County Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
A vehicle versus pedestrian incident on West 7th street near the Dodge Store just before 12:30 this morning sent a 17 year old boy to Jennie Stuart Medical Center.
City police officer Ron Ingram says the youth was walking ''with traffic'' when he was struck from the rear by a vehicle driven by 55-year old Steven McCuiston of Murray.
The teenager was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. His name will be available with the release of the official report.
Units with the 101st Airborne Division will once again be deploying to Afghanistan in the Fall, but military officials say before that happens, soldiers will have to undergo training in Fort Polk, Louisiana.
WHOP’s Marie Fainter will be spending the weekend at Fort Polk to follow the 1-32nd Cavalry Regiment.
The man Hopkinsville Police call the “Southside Prowler” was indicted by the Christian County Grand Jury today on charges unrelated to recent incidents.
The Grand Jury indicted 33-year old Michael McLendon of Hopkinsville on charges of being a persistent felony offender after jurors decided there was enough evidence to send him to trial for a felony theft from two years ago.
McLendon is accused of being the man who broke into the Hunting Creek Road home of former Hopkinsville City Councilman Dave Fernandez on June 23rd of 2010 and who ransacked several rooms before stealing his 2004 Ford Thunderbird.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor explains what the persistent felony offender charge means.
She says McLendon won’t be getting out of jail anytime soon, if he’s convicted.
Ms. Pryor says the PFO indictment is reserved for criminals who show a propensity to violate the law after several “second chances” and says McLendon fits that description.
McLendon wasn’t arrested on the theft charge until March of this year—about 21 months after the crime—and Ms. Pryor says the time it took to process DNA evidence found at the crime scene and in the car is the reason in the delay.
She says Kentucky’s one crime lab processes evidence from homicides first and that delays processing in other cases.
McLendon appeared in Christian District Court on attempted burglary charges early in the day and pled not guilty and will have a court trial Wednesday morning at 10. That was after Hopkinsville Police served him with two arrest warrants at the jail around 3:15pm Thursday for charges of probation violation.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray says those warrants mark 16 times McLendon has been arrested by HPD since 1994. McLendon will appear in the Christian Circuit Courtroom of Judge Andrew Self Wednesday afternoon at 1 for arraignment on the probation violation charges.