Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp released an official statement this morning concerning an ethics complaint that was filed against him by local resident, Mathew Milutin on Monday.
Milutin alleges that the consideration of new legislation by Hopkinsville City Council which would require local pawn brokers to provide electronic information about pawned merchandise to Hopkinsville Police Department constitutes a violation of Hopkinsville’s Code of Ethics.
Mayor Kemp was quoted as saying he categorically denies any ethical breach whatsoever and that the complaint is nothing more than an attempt to frustrate the adoption of new legislation affecting pawn brokers which Hopkinsville Police Chief Guy Howie has recommended as a way to strengthen law enforcement in Hopkinsville.
Mayor Kemp also says he is confident that this frivolous and baseless complaint will be dismissed.
110 Kentucky cities and counties, including the Christian County Sheriff’s Office contracts with Leadsonline and so does Kentucky State Police and Fort Campbell Police in providing electronic data on pawned merchandise.
Hopkinsville Police were able to locate a stolen vehicle from out of the state this week.
Officers were dispatched to the area of Croft Street and East 21st Street yesterday in reference to a parked vehicle blocking the roadway.
The reporting officers say that after running the license plate number, it came back stolen.
The stolen vehicle is described as a white freightliner truck worth about $15,000.
Police say the investigation remains ongoing and a suspect description was not provided in the report.
Kentucky State Police responded to a fatal wreck that occurred on the Pennyrile Parkway in Hopkins County early Tuesday morning.
State Police say 25-year old Germain Rojas of Knoxville was driving northbound on the Pennyrile Parkway near the 33 mile marker when the right rear tire of vehicle blew, causing Rojas to lose control of his vehicle.
State police say his right side passenger, 34-year old Salvador Alvarez of Knoxville who had his seat belt on at the time, took off his seat belt to help Rojas get control of the vehicle and the back passenger, 23-year old Santiago Ocadiz of Knoxville, also came to the front of the vehicle to help Rojas gain control of the vehicle.
Police say Rojas over corrected, went off the right side shoulder and struck the guardrail and came back onto the roadway and flipped in the median where it came to final rest facing south bound.
Alvarez was pronounced dead at the scene, while Rojas and Ocadiz were transported by Hopkins County EMS to the Madisonville Regional Medical Center.
A rash of bicycle thefts have been reported in recent days to the Hopkinsville Police Department.
Hopkinsville Police say bicycle thefts have increased over the past few weeks within city limits.
Police are encouraging bike owners to keep bikes indoors if possible and secured when not in use.
Police are also urging residents to invest in a bicycle locking device to deter criminals from taking it.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office says residents can sleep a little better tonight after two alleged burglars are now behind bars.
30-year old Carla Taylor of Greenville Road is charged with receiving stolen property and possession of marijuana and 20-year old Bobby Hoskins of Harmony Grove Road is charged with 1st Degree Burglary and 2nd Degree Burglary.
Sheriff’s Deputies say the two arrests stemmed from four burglaries that occurred in the Harmony Grove Road area over the past couple of months.
Taylor and Hoskins are accused of being involved in the thefts and transfer of the stolen property from four homes on Harmony Grove Road.
Sheriff’s Detective Kacy Green says both suspects will likely have more charges brought against them as further information is obtained regarding additional burglaries.