The exact intentions of a man in a Clarksville neighborhood from yesterday afternoon are unknown, but police are urging caution to parents of small children to keep their eyes open.
A news release from Clarksville police says officers responded to a call from a resident near the 400 block of Newman Street around 2:30 Monday afternoon after the man believed someone tried to abduct his nine-year old daughter.
The young girl was playing in her front yard when a man stopped in a white car and asked her if she knew where an address was. When the girl walked toward the stranger’s car, he opened his drivers’ side door.
A neighbor then came out of his house to tell the girl to be careful about being in the road and the stranger immediately took off. The 9-year old said the stranger never attempted to talk her into getting into the car or touch her, but police are urging the public to call 911 immediately if anyone witnesses any sort of suspicious activity.
The stranger is described as a white male with short hair or balding, wearing glasses, a gray shirt and blue jeans.
For the second time this year, a local high school had to be placed on lockdown this morning after startling information was received by police.
Hopkinsville High School was already on an unrelated lockdown around 9:20am, according to Sheriff Livy Leavell, who said lockdowns are used from time to time to check the building for any dangers such as weapons.
In accordance with that practice, students were being “wanded,” to find any possible weapons. While that was going on, a female student reportedly text messaged her mother reporting that shots had been fired in the building.
The mother called 911 and dispatchers relayed the message to the Christian County Sheriff’s Office and Hopkinsville Police. Sheriff Leavell said School Resource Officer Chris Williams was in the building and indicated he did not hear any shots, but all agencies responded as if there was an active shooter.
Thankfully, the report proved to be untrue and it was perhaps as much of a misunderstanding as anything. The sheriff says the student was being interviewed, but that she will almost certainly not be charged with any crime.
School system spokesperson Heather Aubin said all safety precautions were followed in the moments following the initial response and no weapons were found and everyone was safe.
Christian County High School was locked down for a few hours February 2nd when a female student there allegedly emailed in a bomb threat that proved to be a hoax.
Police in Clarksville are investigating a shooting that sent a young man to a Nashville hospital, though few details are known.
A news release from Officer Jim Knoll says the incident took place in the area of Cobalt Drive around 8:45 last night.
The 911 center received multiple calls of shots fired and a vehicle crash near the 2800 block of Cobalt. Another call said a man had been shot and was behind an apartment building near the 200 block of Terminal Road.
When officers arrived, they found a 26-year old male with multiple gunshot wounds on an apartment’s porch. Police also found an unoccupied Ford Mustang which had crashed on Cobalt.
The preliminary investigation determined the victim was shot while in the car and that he fled the vehicle on foot to the apartments. The victim was taken to Gateway Medical Center and later transferred to an undisclosed Nashville hospital, where he’s in critical but stable condition.
No suspects were located and the investigation continues. The victim’s name has not been released. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Clarksville Police.
A Hopkinsville woman returned home last night to find an intruder in her home.
The report from city police says 41-year old Jacqueline Stephenson came home to 3301 Southgate Drive just after 8pm. She realized the door was unlocked when she put her key in the knob and entered the residence through the back.
Once inside, Ms. Stephenson encountered a while male, screamed and ran back outside. She ran to a neighbor’s home and called 911. While waiting for police, the victim saw the suspect run from behind her home, through the front yard and across Gateway Drive toward the railroad tracks.
Nothing appeared to be missing from the residence and Ms. Stephenson said she may have left her door unlocked when she left home. A named suspect is listed on the report.
The Hopkinsville Police Department wants to inform the public about an alleged real estate scam that recently occurred in the area.
Hopkinsville Police Public Information Officer Paul Ray is urging residents to always work with a trusted real estate professional, who has ties to the community, instead of responding to an on-line advertisement.
Officer Ray also wants to remind residents to never give out their personal information to unknown individuals, especially over the phone.
Residents who believe they have been a victim of a real-estate scam are urged to call Hopkinsville Police at 270-890-1500.