Hopkinsville Police have arrested a second suspect accused of making up a sexual assault story at Wal-Mart earlier this month.
Charged with falsely reporting an incident is 30-year old Becky Ballard of Hopkinsville. Police say Ballard and a friend, 29-year old Kristy Bohling, told officers on July 14th that a male physically restrained them against a shelf and touched them in a sexual manner while breathing down their necks.
Wal-Mart surveillance footage reportedly showed the incident never happened and now both women have been arrested. The warrant says Ballard told police she lied at the request of her friend. Ballard was released on bond Wednesday evening, shortly after her arrest.
Funding the state pension programs has been a major and extremely difficult task for the Kentucky General Assembly over the last several years and a group of 10 legislators has been formed to find a long-term solution.
One member of the Task Force on Pensions is State Representative Brent Yonts, who represents Muhlenberg and portions of Hopkins and Christian Counties. Representative Yonts says a number of factors have led to the current system structure failure.
The Task Force isn’t working on the problem alone, as agencies with expertise in the national problem have been called in for advice.
Representative Yonts says the group is supposed to have a recommendation by the end of the year and before next year’s short session of the General Assembly when re-districting will also have to be dealt with again.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office says it stands by Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp and city Police Department regarding a proposed ordinance that would require local pawn shops to subscribe to electronic information sharing.
A news release says 110 Kentucky cities and counties, including the Christian County Sheriff’s Office, already contract with LeadsonLine—which is part of the National Electronic Data Reporting Service.
Sheriff’s officials say the program is respected by law enforcement because it provides immediate data relative to pawned merchandise, a significant portion of which is stolen property.
An ethics complaint was recently filed against city officials and the sheriff’s department says it cannot condone unfounded allegations, gross misrepresentations of the facts and distorted versions of statements by local officials.
A burglary at the Indian Hills Bowling Alley is under investigation by Hopkinsville Police.
The incident happened sometime between Tuesday night at 9:30 and yesterday morning at 11:30, according to the report, which says the perpetrator may have used a crow bar to get in a door.
Once inside, the burglar took 19-hundred dollars worth of property including electronic equipment. No suspects are listed on the report and the investigation continues.