An arrest has been made in connection with a shooting incident in Hopkinsville from last weekend.
Charged with first degree wanton endangerment is 21-year old Roberto Mitchell Rivas of Hopkinsville. The arrest warrant says Rivas fired a high-powered rifle toward a residential area between 1:20 and 2:30 am Saturday morning.
One of the bullets went into the kitchen area of the 1909 Bark Ridge Court residence of Charles McKnight. No one was injured in the incident and Rivas was lodged in the Christian County Jail on $5,000 bond.
Hopkinsville Police conducted another successful warrants blitz Thursday.
Warrants Officer John Bracey and four other officers made 13 arrests on a total of 24 warrants served. HPD says statistics show those wanted on other outstanding charges are more likely to commit new crimes until they are apprehended.
It was the second warrants blitz conducted by HPD in the last few weeks.
A single-vehicle accident on Woodmill Road Thursday morning injured the driver.
The Hopkinsville Police Report from Officer Joseph Rios says 21-year old Deonte Weston of Hopkinsville had been southbound on Woodmill around 7:30 when he heard a loud pop before losing control of his vehicle.
The car ran off road and hit an electric pole, causing very severe damage to rear axle and left side. Weston sustained a cut above his eye and was taken by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
The report says Weston was not wearing a seat belt.
An abandoned church building near Pembroke burned Thursday evening.
The Pembroke Volunteer Fire Department responded to the Cedar Grove Church, more recently known as the Cedar Grove Family Center on Howard Dickerson Road just before 6 p.m.
Lieutenant Robert Luttrull says the building was fully involved in flames when he arrived and it was a complete loss. Lieutenant Luttrull said the cause of the blaze wasn’t immediately known, but he didn’t believe the building located between the Anderson Road and Barkers Mill Road intersections had electricity. Local residents say the church hadn’t been used in over two decades.
The Oak Grove Fire Department and Christian County Sheriff’s Department also responded to the scene, with crews leaving around 8 p.m.
Momentum continues to build ahead of Saturday’s All American Soap Box Derby in Hopkinsville.
A banquet was held at the James E. Bruce Convention Center tonight to recognize all the young racers participating in this year’s race who have put in a lot of hours and hard-work over the past several weeks to make their dreams of becoming a derby racer a reality.
Soap Box Co-Director Chuck Cummins says the banquet is important because racers are honored for their efforts and it also helps pump them up for the derby.
Cummins says he expects a record turn-out for the derby with all the money raised during the event to benefit the club’s youth programs.
Last year’s race raised about $19,000 and officials hope to surpass their goal for the 2013 derby, which is scheduled to take place this Saturday on Bethel Street and will once again feature an adult oil can race.