One of the K-9 officers working with the Christian County Sheriff’s department is now wearing a high-dollar piece of protective equipment.
Timo is a seven-year-old Dutch Shepard who’s now sporting a $3,500 bulletproof, stab-resistant vest. Deputy Sean Head has been Timo’s handler for the last year.
“It’s no different from me going to a call and having no vest on – I kind of feel bare,” said Deputy Head. “It does give me added protection knowing that if I have to place him in danger like that, he has protection as well as I would.”
The vest came from a company called Vested Interest, which received $335,000 in donations to produce the protective gear. Several law enforcement agencies around the country were selected to receive the special vests.
Head says he’s trying to encourage other K-9 handlers to apply as well.
Four people between the ages of 17-20 have been arrested in Christian County, in connection with the videotaped sexual assault of a minor Sunday morning.
The Christian County Sheriff’s Office says the victim remains hospitalized and is being treated for life-threatening injuries.
Twenty-year-old Dayton Ross Jones and 19-year-old Tyler R. Perry were in the Christian County Jail as of Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say they both face multiple charges including first-degree sodomy.
Two 17-year-olds, both of whom life in Hopkinsville, are also in custody. Their names are being withheld because they're minors.
One is charged with first-degree sodomy, the other is facing charges in connection with possessing the video of the incident.
Christian County is trying a unique approach to combat growing domestic violence issues. The Christian County attorney's office has a subdivision solely focused on working domestic violence cases. Attorney Tonya Fleming began her new job August first. Fleming says she hopes to help break the cycle of abuse.
"The biggest issue that I think we have in domestic violence is victims not realizing they are victims,” said Fleming. “It's the cycle of abuse and they keep going back to it. My biggest goal is to try to educate people and to know they can do better for themselves and they don't have to be in that environment."
Fleming is one of about 600 prosecutors meeting this week in Lexington for the annual Kentucky Prosecutors Conference.
Metcalfe County Attorney Barry Gilley says he's been practicing some form of law for 37 years. During his time in the legal profession, Gilley says he's also represented offenders. He says a lack of patience makes his job tougher today.
"It makes practicing law a lot more difficult, cause you're dealing with people who are on an emotional ride one way or the other anyway and then they have less patience and they're not taught patience anymore. You know we as a society don't teach patience," said Gilley.
Thursday's agenda includes a meeting of the Legislative Interim Committee on Judiciary.
The Army has analyzed the impact of cutting 16,000 personnel from Fort Campbell, which would be about half of its current population.
This analysis was part of the Army’s Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment 2020 Force Structure Realignment,(SPEA) which studied the impacts of reducing the force from around 500,000 to between 440,000 to 450,000. The draft study found there would be no significant impact from the Army’s force reductions, though there are many factors to be assessed before reduction numbers are finalized for the 30 individual locations, including Fort Campbell.
The assessment indicates Fort Campbell is a major economic influence in Christian County, Kentucky, and Montgomery County, Tennessee, where the Armed Forces accounts for 23 percent and 14 percent of the workforce respectively. Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp says the SPEA is only a study and has not affected Hopkinsville’s planning. He says there was no impact on Fort Campbell after a similar evaluation was done two years ago.
“We don’t know if anything will happen but we expect that there would not be a significant reduction at Fort Campbell because Fort Campbell is one of the most strategic military posts in the country,” Kemp said. “We’ve been briefed at Fort Campbell by the command down there and we’ve endeavored to obtain as much information as we can.”
A Fairview woman faces a Class D Felony charge after authorities say she threw a bag of kittens out of the window of a car Monday afternoon. The Christian County Sheriff’s office says 48-year-old Jennifer Lynn Fowler was arrested Tuesday.
An arrest warrant for Fowler says a witness saw her throw a bag out of a vehicle on Russellville Road Monday. The witness reportedly stopped, picked up the bag and discovered the kittens. He or she then called police. It is not known whether the cats survived.
Survey crews from the National Weather Service spent Thursday fanned out across Kentucky checking out damage from Wednesday's severe storms.
In Christian County, five miles northeast of Hopkinsville, the NWS says it found evident of 125 mile per hour winds in an EF-2 tornado that formed just after 4:30 Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured by the fierce winds damaged at least six homes, two banrs and knocked over several trees.
Several minutes later, meteorologists say the area experience downburst winds.
Meantime in Bullitt County three hours earlier, a weaker, EF-0 tornado with winds topping out at 80 miles an hour did minor structural damage to homes southeast of Shepherdsville.
A company that aims to manufacture steel tubes for the energy industry is expanding its operations and employment in Hopkinsville.
PTC Seemless Tube Corporation announced Thursday that it plans to create nearly 300 jobs and invest over $100 million in a new manufacturing facility. It’s a return to the Hopkinsville area for the company, which previously closed its Christian County facility in order to move closer to its customer base.
PTC Seemless now says it wants to return to the region by retrofitting and expanding its former facility. The new manufacturing operation will involve 256,000 square feet of building area.
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has given preliminary approval for $12 million in tax incentives for the project.
A longtime western Kentucky senator has conceded his loss in the race for the 3rd District seat. Democratic Sen. Joey Pendleton told the Kentucky New Era that he congratulates Republican Whitney Westerfield, a Hopkinsville attorney, on his win and wishes him "the best of luck" during his service in the legislature.
Smoking will be barred citywide in Hopkinsville come January after the city council passed a ban on lighting up. The Kentucky New Era reported that Mayor Dan Kemp broke a 6-6 tie on the council at a meeting Thursday night.
Officials in another western Kentucky city have taken a preliminary vote to ban smoking. The Kentucky New Era reports the Hopkinsville City Council narrowly passed a first reading of the measure during a meeting Tuesday night in which the mayor cast the deciding vote. A second reading must be approved before the law takes effect.