A vehicle sustained significant damage from fire on Loftus Street yesterday afternoon.
Three trucks and ten fire-fighters responded to 105 Loftus around 2:30 to the report of a vehicle on fire between two residences.
When crews arrived, they found the vehicle’s engine compartment on fire and quickly put it out. The owner of the vehicle, Holly Odoms of Loftus St., told fire fighters that she was unable to shut off the ignition before the fire.
That same electrical issue likely also caused the fire. There is no dollar amount listed for a damage estimate on the report.
For the second time in 48 hours, a Hopkinsville woman has been arrested for allegedly leaving her small child unattended and unsupervised.
Taken into custody just before 10 last night was 22-year old Jasmine Nicole Walton of Hopkinsville.
Hopkinsville Police responded to the report of a 2-year old child being found outside alone and crying at a 102 Charlie Court residence.
A neighbor found the girl and took her inside her apartment, as it was sleeting and 35 degrees at the time. Officers searched her home for more children and reportedly found a sleeping infant inside.
Police say Walton returned to her residence 20 minutes later and said she had been called away by a friend who was having trouble breathing. She said both children were sleeping when she left, so she felt it would be alright.
The arrest card says Walton couldn’t give an estimate on the total time she was gone. Officer Brian Smith writes that Walton never appeared to fully accept the gravity of the situation and stated she intends to sign her children over to her mother in order to join the Air Force.
She was charged with wanton endangerment and endangering the welfare of a minor and lodged in the Christian County Jail.
Hopkinsville Police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for the robbery of the Kangaroo Mart on Russellville Road early yesterday morning.
Arrested around 7:15am after questioning at the Police Station yesterday was 35-year old Rico Lamont Cavanaugh of Cadiz. Cavanaugh is accused of entering the business around 2am and demanding cash and cigarettes while brandishing a handgun.
Officers chased a vehicle shortly after the robbery, but lost sight of the car. Later in the morning, they found Cavanaugh still wearing most of the same clothes seen in the surveillance footage. His vehicle was later found wrecked.
In addition to the local charges, police also served a warrant on robbery charges for a November 18th incident in Trigg County when he allegedly robbed a victim of a cell phone.
Cavanaugh is lodged in the Christian County Jail.
photo courtesy of CPD
A passing motorist on Riverside Drive in Clarksville spotted a vehicle overturned on the riverbank Sunday, with the situation still shrouded in mystery.
A news release from Clarksville Police says the dispatch center received a 911 call around 11am stating there was a vehicle on its top on the bank of theCumberland River. When officers arrived, they found a 1999 Dodge Durango upside down with no one inside.
Police were able to identify the owner of the vehicle as Ryan Truett of Milan, Tennessee, who told them he thought it had been repossessed and he hadn’t seen it since Friday.
It had not been reported stolen and Clarksville Police are still not sure how it ended up where it did. It took three hours for crews to turn the vehicle back upright to remove it from the scene.
The former Hopkinsville Police officer arrested nearly two weeks ago on DUI charges is back in jail.
35-year old Timothy Leyenaar has been served with a warrant for wanton endangerment for allegedly having his two children in the vehicle with him November 15th when a Christian County Sheriff’s deputy pulled him over on the Eagle Way Bypass for allegedly driving impaired. Leyenaar was also charged with reckless driving and reportedly blew over twice the legal limit on the breath test.
The initial arrest card didn’t include that Leyenaar had his two children in the vehicle, but those details came out later in the week. Leyenaar has been in the Christian County Jail since Thanksgiving Day on $10,000 bond, according to the jail website.
Leyenaar resigned his badge last week, allowing HPD to avoid an internal investigation. He will appear in court later this week.