Friday, September 30, 2011

Marion woman involved in crash

A two-vehicle collision today in Lyon County involved a Marion driver and left the operator of the other car with only slight injuries.

According to Kentucky State Police, Virginia "Dollie" Murphy, 84, of Confederate, Ky., in Lyon County collided with a 2002 Ford F-250  driven by Loretta Kauffman, 23, of Marion, when she pulled into the path of Kauffman's southbound truck on Ky. 93. Murphy, reportedly, was stopped on Ky. 274 in her 2002 Chevy Impala and turned onto Ky. 93 as Kauffman approached.

Kauffman attempted to break and steer to avoid the collision, but was unable to avoid Murphy's car, police report. After striking the the automobile, Kauffman's truck ran up and earthen embankment and came to a final rest on the lawn of a private residence. Murphy's car came to a stop on Ky. 93. The accident blocked traffic for about an hour.

Murphy was slightly injured, complaining of leg pain, but refused medical treatment. Kauffman and a passenger — her sister, Twila Kauffman — had no apparent injuries.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jury acquits Tinsley on all counts

Pat Tinsley is embraced by one of his sisters after
the jury returned a not guilty verdict on both counts.
A Crittenden County Circuit Court jury has acquitted Pat Tinsley on all charges.

The jury deliberated about two hours before returning the verdict at 10:25 p.m., Thursday.

Tinsley, 50, faced charges of facilitation to second-degree arson and reckless homicide in connection with an Aug. 1, 2010 fire at his home on Wilson Farm Road. His wife, Glenda, died in the fire.

In the courtroom when the verdict was read were family members of the victim and defendant, plus a half dozen EMS workers. Glenda and Pat Tinsley both worked as EMTs at the local ambulance service.

The Crittenden Press printed edition will next week have a complete wrap up of the final day's testimony from the three-day trial.

U.S. 60 delays in Union County possible

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reports a traffic accident on U.S. 60 in Union County at the intersection of Ky. 3393 that could cause delays.

According to Union County Emergency Management, a commercial vehicle with a saddle tank and personal vehicle collided causing injuries and a rupture of the tank that spilled about 200 gallons of fuel. The local highway department is on the scene cleaning up the spill.

The severity of the injuries are unknown at this time, but state authorities are on the scene working the accident. Motorists should use caution in the area.

Jury begins deliberations in Tinsley trial

A Crittenden Circuit Court jury received the case against 50-year-old Pat Tinsley at 8:30 p.m., Thursday. It began deliberations in a small, closed room on the main floor of the courthouse, underneath the third-floor courtroom where jurors had heard more than three days of testimony.

During instructions to the jury, it was announced that the charge of arson by complicity – the most serious crime for which Tinsley faced – had been amended to facilitation to second-degree arson. It was a major breakthrough for the defense.

Facilitation to arson is a Class D felony, punishable by 1-5 years in prison. The original charge of complicity to arson is a Class B felony, punishable by 10-20 years in prison.

Tinsley is also charged with a second Class D felony, reckless homicide.

The court is in recess until the jury comes to a decision.

Trial recessed until after dinner

The arson and reckless homicide trial of Pat Tinsley has recessed until 6 p.m.

While it's not official, it appears the defense has finished calling all of its witnesses. Some witnesses who had been subpoenaed and were waiting outside the courtroom to testify have now been released by the court. Based on that, it's likely that closing arguments will begin when the jury convenes after dinner.

The jury could get the case during the early evening hours, following closings and jury instructions.

PHI expands membership program

PHI Air Medical today announced plans to continue expansion of the company’s membership program, PHI Cares, across the state of Kentucky. The program provides members with 24/7 coverage for medical emergencies that require air ambulance transport from PHI’s five aircraft located in Kentucky, or any of their transport programs nationwide.

PHI Cares Membership Program protects members financially, in the case a portion of a patient’s bill is not paid by their respective insurance company for medically necessary transports. PHI will accept the insurance payment as “payment in full” and members will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses related to their air transport to the hospital.

“The PHI Cares Membership Program is about having some peace-of-mind for you or your loved ones in the case they need to be transported by one of our aircraft,” explains Erik Rohde, Regional Director for PHI Air Medical. “No one ever knows when a major accident or sudden medical event may occur and the last thing patients or families should be concerned with is the cost of transport. In addition, fees collected through our membership program help to support our local community initiatives, including medical education classes for the public and local EMS responders, and our participation in public service events throughout the year.”

Offering a discounted annual fee of just $40 per household at this event, PHI Cares is available to all local residents. Representatives will be available to answer questions and accept applications at the upcoming football game between the Crittenden County Rockets and the Marshall County Marshals on Sept. 30. A limited number of free drink coupons will be provided to interested parties who stop by and meet with us. In addition, fleece blankets or a PHI Air Medical baseball cap will be provided to parties who purchase a membership on site. For more information on the PHI Cares Membership Program, go to

Trial breaks for lunch with Tinsley on stand

The Crittenden Circuit Court trial of Pat Tinsley recessed for lunch at noon today. The trial, in its third day of testimony, is scheduled to continue this afternoon. Jurors will be back at 1 p.m.

The prosecution rested this morning following more testimony from Kentucky State Police Det. Scott Smith, who was lead investigator into the alleged arson and reckless homicide charges. Tinsley, 50, is accused of conspiring along with his wife to burn their home on Aug. 1, 2010 in order to collect the insurance money. Tinsley's wife, 47-year-old Glenda Tinsley, died in that fire at their two-story home on Wilson Farm Road.

Attorney Don Thomas started presenting the defendant's side of the case around 11 a.m. Tinsley himself was called to the stand first and spent about an hour testifying before lunch break. Tinsley told the jury he was not broke as alleged by the prosecution's case. He said he was confused and made some inaccurate statements during a three-and-one-half-hour taped interview with state police on Oct. 7, 2010. Those statements are the central evidence in the state's case. He said detectives conducting the interview never read him his Miranda rights before the questioning. He testified that they threatened to charge him with murder and arson if he didn't cooperate and tell them what they wanted to hear.

The defense has about 10 witnesses to call this afternoon. There is a chance the jury could get the case this evening. If it goes longer than today, the trial will resume next Friday, Oct. 7.

Animal shelter gets new phone number

Getting in touch with a new pet from the county's animal has just been made a little easier.

No, the dogs and cats won't be answering the phone, but a dedicated, wireless phone system has now been installed at the shelter behind the county's road department on U.S. 60 just east of Marion. Previously, to reach the Crittenden County Animal Shelter, a receptionist at the road department answered and transferred the call up the hill to the holding facility.

The new number is 969-1054.

Judge-Executive Perry Newcom got the go-ahead from magistrates at last week's Crittenden Fiscal Court meeting to install a dedicated line. Now, when a call is placed to the shelter, someone at the facility will answer or a message can be left if no one is available. Also, if no one is there to speak with during business hours, the new system allows a converter to be put in animal control officer's vehicle to permit the phone to act as a mobile system.

Animals held at the shelter can also be viewed at

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Area death

Roger Morris, 64, of Carrsville died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011, at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors, with burial to follow in Carrsville Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon and continue until the memorial service hour.

Edward Everett Jones, 96, of Henshaw, Ky., died Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011 at Morganfield Nursing and Rehab. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Friday at Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield, with burial in Odd Fellow Cemetery in Morganfield. Visitation will be tonight from 4 to 8 p.m., and 10 a.m., until service time on Friday.

Lady Rockets take command with win at LCHS

Taylor Keister on a push shot

Taylor Keister (pictured) and the Lady Rocket volleyball team secured a Second Region playoff berth and took over sole possession of first place in the Fifth District with a hard-fought, three-set victory at Livingston Central Tuesday night.

See this week's printed edition of The Crittenden Press for Sports Writer Derek McCree's account of the match.

Click here to see all of the Lady Rocket volleyball results this season.

641, water main on track; trial continues

It looks as if the building of an alternate U.S. 641 could begin this fall with the process of finalizing the construction contract already in progress. Meantime, Marion's new water main should be installed and connected to homes before the end of the year.

Aside from updates on municipal construction projects in this week's issue of The Crittenden Press, find a recap of the first two days of the circuit court trial of Pat Tinsley, accused of arson by complicity and reckless homicide related to the Aug. 1, 2010 fatal house fire in which his wife, Glenda, was killed.

The trial continues Thursday with testimony scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. The prosecution has a few more witnesses to call before the defense will present its side.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Prom 2012 held in Morganfield

It appears Crittenden County's prom will take place out of town next year, with Crittenden County Board of Education approving a request at Tuesday's board meeting to host the annual dance in Morganfield. Prom 2012 will be held at the James D. Veatch Camp Breckinridge Museum and Arts Center.

The center features a ballroom in an old officer's club on the site of the former military base built in 1942. In 1943-46, it was the site of a German prisoner of war camp, hosting 3,000 members of the Nazi war effort. The military installment was also once home to the famed 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army before taking up permanent residence at Fort Campbell.

Crittenden property tax bills en route

Crittenden County property tax bills will be payable beginning next week, with a two percent discount given on face value of the bill if paid before Nov. 2. The sheriff’s office reports notices are already on their way to mailboxes, but if not received in the next few days, taxpayers should contact the sheriff at 965-3400.

Those mailing in their 2011 tax payment should include a copy of the bill or note the tax bill number on the check. For a receipt, a copy of the bill should be included along with payment and a self-addressed stamped envelope for paid confirmation to be returned.

Those paying in person at the sheriff’s courthouse office are asked to bring their tax bill to ensure proper credit. Credit and debit cards are accepted, but a transaction fee will be charged to cover the cost incurred by the sheriff for such electronic transactions.

If not paid by Nov. 1, face value of the tax bill will be due through the end of the year. Beginning Jan. 1, 2012, a penalty of five percent will be added to the total if taxes are paid before February. Afterward, the penalty increases to 10 percent plus an additional fee. If not paid by April 16, 2012, the tax bill will be considered delinquent.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Area deaths

James Riley Hollis, 76, of Marion died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Crittenden Health Systems. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday at Myers Funeral Home with Rev. Harold Grace officiating. Burial will follow in Green Grove Cemetery in Webster County. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday.

Loma Hodges, 84, of Marion died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday at Gilbert Funeral Home with burial in Frances Cemetery. Visitation will from 5 to 9 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

Carl A. Ray, 82, of Morganfield died Friday, Sept. 23, 2011, at Lucy Smith King Care Center in Henderson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday at Whitsell Funeral Home in Morganfield. Burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery in Crittenden County.

Morris B. Hubbard, 91, of New Albany, Ind., formerly of Kuttawa, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 in Mercy Providence Retirement Home in New Albany. He was a veteran of World War II. Services are at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Lakeland Funeral Home Chapel in Eddyville with burial  in Shady Grove Cemetery with graveside military rites. Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Storm damages Marion Feed Mill

A storm that blew through Marion at about 6:35 p.m., Sunday night damaged Marion Feed Mill, knocked down trees and created power outages.

The dust collector on the roof of the feed mill above the mixers was blown down, leaving a gaping hole the roof. Heavy rains continued following the wind storm, perhaps creating water damage inside the rear area of the mill.

Owner Charlie Hunt said there will be no feed mixing at the mill on Monday. He hopes to make enough repairs to begin limited grinding by the end of the day Monday. It could be several days before the mill is fully operational again. The front part of the mill – the retail store area – was not damaged and will be open for business on a normal schedule.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Trial recesses following long videotape

Crittenden Circuit Judge Rene Williams recessed the trial of Pat Tinsley until 9 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 29 following two full days of testimony this week. The court recessed at 5:15 p.m., Friday. It will not reconvene for another six days due to the judge's prior obligations.
Defendant Pat Tinsley, showing emotion during
his trial this week in circuit court.

Tinsley, 50, is accused of conspiring along with his wife to burn their home on Aug. 1, 2010 in order to collect the insurance money. Tinsley's wife, 47-year-old Glenda Tinsley, died in that fire at their two-story Wilson Farm Road home. He is charged with second-degree arson by complicity, a Class B felony, and reckless homicide, a Class D felony.

The jury has heard testimony from 14 prosecutorial witnesses and been exposed to a variety of evidence, including the playing of an audio recording that lasted almost an hour and a video recording that lasted about three-and-a-half hours. Both were interviews of Pat Tinsley, which were conducted and recorded by state police detectives. The defendant provided a series of statements near the end of the videotape taken on Oct. 7, 2010 that have become a central part of the state's evidence. Those statements regarding a conversation he had with his wife minutes before the house caught fire has thus far been the most damaging evidence to the defense. Tinsley admitted to knowing that his wife planned to burn their home, but said he left sometime around 3:15 p.m., the day of the fire. The fire was reported by Glenda Tinsley around 4 p.m. The defendant denied having a hand in the preparation or setting of the fire.

The commonwealth will continue calling witnesses next week. Once the prosecution completes its presentation, defense attorney Don Thomas of Benton will lay out the Tinsley's side of the case.

Having such a long break in this type of trial is very unusual, and the judge pointed that out as she strongly admonished the jury to avoid talking about the case over the coming week. She told jurors to contact the sheriff if anyone approaches one of them to discuss the trial. She also told jurors to avoid reading about the trial in the media and to avoid any Facebook discussions or other Internet sites that might be discussing it. The court also took the notes that had been kept by jurors. Those notes will be returned to them when the trial resumes next week.

The Crittenden Press printed edition will have a complete wrap up of the first two days of the trial when it's published next week. The newspaper is available on newsstands after 3 p.m., Wednesday.

Crittenden eligible for FSA emergency loans

Crittenden County is among five Kentucky counties eligible for FSA emergency loans thanks to an Illinois disaster declaration.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack declared 46 Illinois counties as disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by excessive rain, flooding and flash flooding that occurred on April 1, 2011, through July 31, 2011.

As a result of the declaration, five Kentucky counties were named as contiguous counties where eligible family farmers may qualify for FSA EM loan assistance pursuant to the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act. Those counties are: Ballard, Crittenden, Livingston, McCracken and Union.

EM loan applications for physical and production losses will be received through May 21, 2012, and applications pending on that date may be processed and completed.

Farmers interested in applying for assistance should contact their local FSA county office.

SUV stolen from Salem

UPDATE: The vehicle, according to Livingston County Sheriff's Department, has now been located.

Livingston County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of a 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee stolen from 221 Evelyn Dr., in Salem.  The vehicle was stolen Thursday, sometime between 4 and 5 a.m.

The sheriff's department is requesting the public's assistance with this investigation. If anyone should have information regarding this investigation, they are asked to contact the department at 928-2122.

Tinsley trial will continue late next week

There will be no verdict in the Pat Tinsley trial today. Although testimony will continue after lunch, Circuit Judge Rene Williams has already told witnesses to clear their schedules for next Thursday, Sept. 29.

Witnesses were told they could leave for the day because this afternoon's testimony will be solely from a state police detective on the stand when the court recessed for lunch just before noon.

The trial has taken longer than anticipated, Judge Williams said. This afternoon, the jury is scheduled to watch a three-and-a-half-hour video from a state police interview with Tinsley. That interview was conducted at Post 2 headquarters last October.

Tinsley, 50, is accused of conspiring along with his wife to burn their home on Aug. 1, 2010 in order to collect the insurance money. Tinsley's wife, 47-year-old Glenda Tinsley, died in that fire at their two-story Wilson Farm Road home.

Judge Williams said other commitments of her own prevent the trial from continuing early next week. There's some indication that testimony will end today around 5 p.m.

Most of the evidence presented this morning was photographs and an audio recording taken by state police. Those were entered into evidence along with the testimony from Det. Scott Smith of the state police, who took most of the pictures and the audio recording of an interview he and another detective had with the defendant on Aug. 12, 2010, less than two weeks after the fire.

The only other witness this morning was Kenny Templeton, son-in-law of Glenda Tinsley. He testified about a conversation he had with his mother-in-law more than a year prior to the fire. He said she tried to hire him to set fire to the house.

The Crittenden Press Online will continue to post updates on the trial. Next week's printed edition will include a detailed wrap up of evidence and testimony from the first two days of the trial.

Testimony resumes this morning at courthouse

Testimony is expected to resume at 8 a.m., this morning in the Pat Tinsley arson trial.

Judge Rene Williams is expected to have ruled on an unanticipated legal matter by the scheduled start time. She surprisingly recessed the court and sent the jury home after dinner break Thursday night. Testimony was expected well into the evening.

Tinsley, 50, is accused of conspiring along with his wife to burn their home on Aug. 1, 2010 in order to collect the insurance money. Tinsley's wife, 47-year-old Glenda Tinsley, died in that fire at their two-story Wilson Farm Road home. He is charged with second-degree arson by complicity, a Class B felony, and reckless homicide, a Class D felony.

Testimony on Thursday included 14 witnesses called by prosecutor Zac Greenwell, the commonwealth's attorney for Crittenden, Union and Webster counties. Most of those called to the stand were investigators, both from state and local law enforcement agencies and responding firemen. One off-duty lawman told the jury he'd seen Pat Tinsley drive through town about 15 minutes before the fire was reported. Tinsley's sister testified that her brother was in Tolu when their mother's home police scanner alerted them of the fire.

Testimony also revealed that a Zippo lighter and cell phone were found next to the fire victim's body when it was recovered by the coroner and state police from the charred remains of the home. A medical examiner testified that Glenda Tinsley died of smoke inhalation.

The Press Online will periodically post updates on this trial at the Crittenden County Courthouse.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Trial recessed until Friday morning

Circuit Judge Rene Williams unexpectedly sent jurors in the Pat Tinsley trial home after their dinner break Thursday night.

Tinsley, 50, is accused of conspiring along with his wife to burn their home on Aug. 1, 2010 in order to collect the insurance money. Tinsley's wife, 47-year-old Glenda Tinsley, died in that fire at their two-story Wilson Farm Road home. He is charged with second-degree arson by complicity, a Class B felony, and reckless homicide, a Class D felony.

The jury was sent to dinner just before 5 p.m. The judge stopped the trial at that opportune time because the homecoming parade was getting started outside the courthouse on Main Street. She asked the jury to eat dinner across the street then return for more testimony at 6 p.m.

However, when jurors came back to the courtroom, Judge Williams told them the court would recess until 8 a.m., Friday morning. The judge said some legal issues had arisen that must be considered before the trial can resume.

Owners of Eastern Livestock indicted

Owners of Eastern Livestock Co., LLC were indicted today by a Metcalfe County Grand Jury in connection with a check-kiting scheme that resulted in a loss of more than $840,000 by 172 Kentucky cattle producers and others in late 2010. The list of victims includes at least one local cattleman.

The indictments allege Tommy Gibson, Steve McDonald, Darren Brangers and Grant Gibson engaged in organized crime between 2009 and 2010 by collaborating on a continuing basis in a criminal syndicate, the purpose of which was to commit theft. The charges were brought by Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions.

All four defendants were involved in directing the operations of Eastern Livestock Co. More than 280 victims have been identified by the attorney general's office in the case against the defendants with one victim thus far having been identified as residing in Marion, according to Shelley Johnson with the attorney general's office. Johnson said the Marion cattleman was not among those who had brought forward charges as of yet, but the case is ongoing.

The indictment charges all four defendants by complicity with 17 counts of theft by deception over $10,000, 144 counts of theft by deception over $500 and under $10,000 and 11 counts of theft by deception under $500.

Tommy Gibson was also owner the Western Kentucky Livestock Market in Marion, which stopped operating last October after Eastern's financial problems began to surface. Eastern and Gibson have each filed bankruptcy.

I-24 work on bridge cancelled

Due to an equipment issue, the work zone on the westbound Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge originally scheduled for Friday morning has been cancelled. The work was expected to reduce traffic to one lane along that portion of the interstate.

Arrest made in Salem after pursuit, crash

A Grand Rivers man's luck ran out today after leading state police on a chase through Livingston County that ended in Salem with multiple charges filed against him and possible additional charges to follow.

Lucky Hampton, 29, was arrested this morning on at least nine charges, according to Trooper Dean Patterson, Kentucky State Police public affairs office for Post 1 in Mayfield. Patterson said Hampton was eastbound on U.S. 60 around 8 a.m., when he led Trooper T.J. Williams on a high-speed pursuit that ended with Hampton's sport utility vehicle in a ditch. He then attempted to flee capture on foot before being taken into custody.

During an examination of the wreckage, troopers discovered several pieces of copper wire which were suspected to have been stolen. The investigation into the copper wire is ongoing.

Hampton was lodged in the McCracken County Detention Center.

Jury breaks for lunch in arson trial

The jury in the trial of Pat Tinsley recessed for lunch shortly after noon today. Testimony and presentation of evidence was scheduled to resume at 1:05 p.m.

Tinsley, 50, is accused of conspiring along with his wife to burn their home on Aug. 1, 2010 in order to collect the insurance money. Tinsley's wife, 47-year-old Glenda Tinsley, died in that fire at their two-story Wilson Farm Road home.

Testimony was heard from various witnesses for four hours this morning. An audio recording of Glenda Tinsley's phone call to Marion Police Department to report an intruder and fire at her home was played for the jury. Tinsley talked to a police dispatcher and police officer for more than seven minutes before the line went dead. Testimony indicated that she later called a friend, Rayford Burklow. He and his wife had two different phone conversations with Tinsley before the line went dead and attempts to call her back failed. Burklow and his wife, Carla, both testified this morning.

During opening arguments, Commonwealth Attorney Zac Greenwell told the jury that it would also watch a three-hour taped interview between a state police investigator and the defendant.

Others who testified today were Marion Police Lt. Marty Hodge; Deputy Sheriff Don Perry, who was the first person the scene of the fire; Crittenden County Fire Chief Gary Armstrong; Assistant Chief Billy Arflack; Kentucky State Police officer Matt Foster; and state police Detective Lloyd Ray, who interviewed the defendant a few hours after the fire. A 20-minute audio recording of that interview was played for jurors.

The trial is scheduled to go well into Friday afternoon, if not longer.

Pipeline enters downtown Marion

As a reminder, a pipeline contractor for the City of Marion is continuing work along U.S. 60, or Main Street, in the downtown area of Marion.

This week a new water line is being installed along the parking spaces of the westbound lane between Carlisle Street and Depot Street. On street parking has been restricted in this area.

While much of the work has been completed out of traffic flow and with minimal traffic disruptions, a crew is expected to be doing clean-up work along the pipeline route from the downtown area to the south side of Marion over the next few weeks.
Equipment and construction personnel will continue working along the sidewalk and will be in close proximity to traffic flow. Appropriate caution is required.

Traffic on I-24 bridge restricted

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet plans to restrict westbound traffic to one lane on the Interstate 24 Tennessee River Bridge on Friday.

This lane restriction at the Marshall-Livingston County line is to allow a detailed inspection of the bridge substructure. The westbound lane restriction is expected to be in place from approximately 8:30 a.m., to approximately noon Friday.

All traffic in this work zone will move to the left-hand, or passing lane, on the bridge deck. Westbound motorists should be alert for slowing and merging traffic as they approach the Grand Rivers exit.  Appropriate caution is required where equipment, flaggers and inspection personnel are on the bridge deck in close proximity to traffic flow.

This work zone will include a 55 mph speed limit.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Native promoted to KSP lieutenant

Lt. Sean L. McKinney
The Kentucky State Police announced the promotion of 29 officers throughout the state at a special ceremony held in Louisville Monday. Among the promotions to lieutenant was a Marion native and two sergeants from other districts who were transferred to Post 2 in Madisonville, which covers Crittenden County.
  • Sgt. Sean L. McKinney, 40, was promoted to lieutenant and will remain assigned to Post 16 in Henderson. A native of Marion and a resident of Henderson, McKinney is a 10-year KSP veteran.
  • Sgt. Lonnie Bell was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 16 in Henderson to Post 2 in Madisonville. A native of Owensboro and a resident of Henderson, Bell is a 15-year KSP veteran.
  • Sgt. Anthony B. Taulbee was promoted to lieutenant and transferred from Post 9 in Pikeville to Post 2 in Madisonville. A native of Salyersville and a resident of Virgie, Taulbee is a 12-year KSP veteran.

Jury is seated in local arson case

A jury of four men and 10 women has been seated to hear evidence in the trial of Pat Tinsley, who is accused of conspiring along with his wife to burn their home on Aug. 1, 2010 in order to collect the insurance money. Tinsley's wife, 47-year-old Glenda Tinsley, died in that fire at their two-story Wilson Farm Road home.
Defense attorney Don Thomas addresses potential jurors during
Wednesday's jury selection process. Observing from behind Thomas
is Circuit Judge Rene Williams. Thomas, a native of Crittenden
County, has a law practice in Benton.

The court and attorneys started the jury selection process at 2 p.m., Wednesday in Crittenden Circuit Court. It was completed in about five hours and jurors were dismissed for the evening. 

A pool of 99 potential jurors reported and half of them, 49 to be exact, were excused for various reasons during what's called the voir dire segment of the trial. That is when the prosecutor, attorneys and judge question potential jurors to see if they've formed an opinion about the case or have other reasons that might prevent them from rendering a fair verdict. Some were eliminated based on what they'd heard about the case. Others were excused because they are related to the suspect, victim, their families or court officials.

From the remaining set of potential jurors, the court picked 14 to hear evidence in the case. Two of them will be alternates, and a dozen will be left to determine Tinsley's fate at the end of the trial. All 12 must agree in order to render a verdict. When jurors cannot agree on a verdict of guilt or innocence, the trial ends in a hung jury.

Testimony and evidence will be presented in the case starting at 8 a.m., Thursday morning. The trial is scheduled for at least two days. If it goes past Friday, the trial will resume on either Sept. 29 or Oct. 7 because Judge Rene Williams has other obligations beyond Friday evening and into early next week. Judge Williams told jurors to expect for the trial to go beyond dinner time Thursday evening and at least into the afternoon on Friday.

Tinsley, 50, was indicted in October of 2010 on charges of second-degree arson by complicity, a Class B felony, and reckless homicide, a Class D felony. His attorney is Don Thomas, a native of Crittenden County, who practices law out of his Benton office.

During the jury selection process, Thomas told potential jurors there would be "horrible" photographs of the victim's body and a 911 audio tape "just as horrible." Thomas teared up while talking about those photographs, and the defendant wept, too.

Prosecutor Zac Greenwell will present evidence for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Kentucky State Police handled the investigation.

During jury selection, Greenwell asked potential jurors if they had read anything about the case on Facebook. If so, he asked, did that cause them to form an opinion about the case. Some admitted reading about it, but none had formed an opinion. Most of the prospective jurors said they'd read about the case in The Crittenden Press. Thirteen were excused because they told the judge they'd already formed an opinion based on news accounts or talk on the streets or at work.

Tinsley has been free on bond since last fall.

The Crittenden Press Online will periodically update this developing story from the Crittenden County Courthouse.

Homecoming events set up Friday's game

This week is homecoming in  Crittenden County, with events scheduled Thursday and Friday to celebrate the annual happening.

The homecoming parade will march down Main Street beginning at 5 p.m., Thursday. A regular precursor to the big game, the parade has forced contractors working on replacing the city’s new water main to take a time out.

Marion Utilities Director Brian Thomas said the contractor has been working until at least 6 p.m., in recent days in order to meet the 90-day projection for completion. As of this week, they entered the heart of the downtown district with their backhoe, in the direct path of the regular parade route.
However, at Marion Police Chief Ray O’Neal’s request, the contractor has agreed to take to the sidelines a few hours early, at 3 p.m., so as not to interfere with the parade.

After this evening’s parade, traditions continue with the powderpuff football game at Rocket Stadium. The girls are set to kick-off at 6:30 p.m. Entry to the contest is $2.

Homecoming week culminates when the Rockets host district rival Reidland, with the game beginning at 7 p.m. Before the game, at 6:30 p.m., the homecoming king and queen  will be crowned.

A school dance follows the game.

Jury selection under way in Marion

Almost 100 potential jurors were summoned to the Crittenden County Courthouse at 1 pm today as Crittenden Circuit Court begins the process of seating a jury in the Pat Tinsley arson and reckless homicide case.

Tinsley is charged with conspiring with his wife, Glenda, to burn their home on Wilson Farm Road on Aug. 1, 2010. His wife died in the fire.

Jury panels from both Circuit and District courts were summoned, from which a jury of 12 plus 2 alternates will be seated.

Five Star owners purchase city lot

Gassing up the car may have a whole new look by the end of next year if land deals adjacent to two of the county’s three filling stations are any indication. Expansion of Five Star Food Mart and Ideal gas station are already at the center of discussion around town, but official city action on Monday gives at least one of the two some room to grow.

With an agreement to purchase the city’s gravel parking lot neighboring Five Star, the store’s parent company – Newcomb Oil Co., of Bardstown, Ky. – now has access to expand the 24-hour convenience mart, though no one is on record as saying that is the plan.

Read more on the subject in the week's print and complete online editions of The Crittenden Press.

Also in this week's issue, get ready for homecoming with a preview of the Crittenden-Reidland game this Friday, discover how the economy has forced changes with in the 37th year of Community Christmas and tally your 2011 tax bill with a chart of all the current rates.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Area deaths

Roger Morris, 64, of Carrsville died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. Boyd Funeral Directors are handling arrangements, which are incomplete at this time.

Pauline Rudd, 92 of Smithland died Monday, Sept. 19, 2011 at the Calvert City Convalescent Center. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday in the chapel of Boyd Funeral Directors with  Rev. Brad Shuck officiating. Burial will follow at Smithland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m., to 1 p.m., at the funeral home.

Author Mike Freeland in Princeton

Author Mike Freeland will be at the Princeton George Coon Public Library at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22 signing his books, including Blood River to Berlin and Time and the River.

Local mail processing could be moved

Paducah’s processing center and eights others in Kentucky could be shut down and hundreds of local jobs lost as the U.S. Postal Service looks for ways to cut costs and restore its fiscal health. Out-of-town mail from Marion, Crayne, Dycusburg, Salem and other post offices in Livingston County are initially taken to the Paducah center for sorting.

Paducah is among 250 centers nationwide being studied over the next three to four months as the Postal Service looks for ways to save money. Evansville, which is not on the list of those being studied for closing, is the nearest processing center to Marion.

Faced with a massive nationwide infrastructure that is no longer financially sustainable, the U.S. Postal Service has proposed sweeping changes designed to save the organization up to $3 billion a year by cutting its network of processing facilities by over half and adjusting service standards. Other cost-cutting proposals are reducing mail processing equipment by as much as 50 percent, dramatically decreasing the nationwide transportation network, adjusting the workforce size by as many as 35,000 positions, and revising service standards for First-Class Mail.

Mail volume has declined by more than 43 billion pieces in the past 5 years and is continuing to decline. First-Class Mail has dropped 25 percent and single piece First-Class Mail — letters bearing postage stamps — has declined 36 percent in the same timeframe, and nearly 50 percent in the past ten years. The decline has created substantial excess capacity within the postal processing network.

We are forced to face a new reality today,” said Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe. “First-Class Mail supports the organization and drives network requirements. With the dramatic decline in mail volume and the resulting excess capacity, maintaining a vast national infrastructure is no longer realistic. Since 2006, we have closed 186 facilities, removed more than 1,500 pieces of mail processing equipment, decreased employee complement by more than 110,000 through attrition and reduced costs by $12 billion.”

Monday, September 19, 2011

KU customer service lacking, per audit

A Kentucky Public Service Commission Audit audit has found deteriorating customer service at the state's two largest utilities—Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas and Electric—in recent years and recommends changes for improvements.

The audit was requested by the PSC after an increasing number of customer complaints. The audit found problems like long phone waits, unwarranted power disconnects and a backlog of unresolved billing questions.

KU serves more than 515,000 customers in 77 Kentucky counties, including Crittenden County where Marion and a portion of the southern part of the county are serviced.

The audit by The Liberty Consulting Group of Quentin, Pa., said many problems stemmed from a new billing system, but also cited understaffed call centers and "an overriding corporate focus on the bottom line."'

PPL Corp., which purchased the two utilities last year, made a commitment to maintain superior customer service, but the audit said that risks missing the point.

"Superior service has been lost; it therefore cannot be maintained," the report said. "Instead it needs to be 'regained.' "
—The Associated Press contributed to this article

Sunday, September 18, 2011

'Tales of Kentucky' writer in town for book-signing

William Montell, noted Kentucky author of tales from across the commonwealth, will be in Marion Sept. 24 for a book-signing at the Crittenden County Historical Museum.

Montell has written several books compiling tales from Ashland to Wickliffe and all points in between. A number of his books have included stories from Crittenden County. His latest work, "Tales from Kentucky Sheriffs," includes stories from Sheriff Wayne Agent. Dr. Gary James is featured in "Tales from Kentucky Doctors." Dorothy Booker, Myrle Dunning and Ana Collins, all former classroom instructors, can be found in "Tales from One-Room School Teachers."

Brenda Underdown's book, "Forgotten Passages," and other books will also be available for purchase.

In addition, Crittenden County Historical Society will be taking orders for 8x10 reprints of old schoolhouses in Crittenden County. A book containing the images of the schools will be available to thumb through.

Montell will have a variety of offered during the signing, which lasts from 10:30 a.m., to 2 p.m. He will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the day to the historical museum located at 124 E. Bellville St., in Marion.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Area death

Charles Edward "Eddy" Collins, 61, of Marion died Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011 at his home. He was a Vietnam veteran and served as a police officer for 15 years. Funeral services will be 1 p.m., Monday at Whitsell Funeral Home in Sturgis with Rev. Don Collins officiating. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home. Burial is at Old Bethel Cemetery in Union County.

Livingston, Union counties seeking game wardens

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be advertising for 28 conservation officer recruit positions beginning at midnight tonight.
    Applicants must create an account online through the Kentucky Personnel Cabinet website and apply to the posting, which will be open for 10 days.
    The size of the recruit class depends on the vacancies at the time, said Capt. Myra Minton, acting assistant director of the Law Enforcement Division of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. By the time we hire this class, it will be almost two years since the last hiring.
    To be eligible to apply, prospective recruits must meet one of the following requirements: an associate degree or 54 semester hours from a college or university; two years of sworn law enforcement service; two years of military service or four years of fish and wildlife related experience.
    Candidates will be required to pass a written exam, a physical fitness test, drug testing, psychological testing and an oral interview process. The target date for this hiring is Jan. 16, 2012, said Minton. Recruits are graded, and the top recruits get their choice of counties.
    Counties where conservation officers may be assigned include: Bath, Boyd, Breckinridge, Butler, Carroll, Clinton, Estill, Fulton, Grant, Hardin, Pulaski, Lewis, Livingston, Magoffin, McCracken, Meade, Ohio, Oldham, Pike, Rockcastle, Russell, Taylor, Trimble, Union, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wolfe.
    Conservation officers patrol Kentuckys woods, fields and waterways, enforcing hunting, fishing and boating laws. Officers help preserve and protect Kentuckys outdoor tradition and heritage.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Movement reported on new U.S. 641

Crittenden County Judge-Executive Perry Newcom, in Hopkinsville for a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KyTC) meeting, reports work on construction of the alternate U.S. 641 from Marion to Fredonia is near. According to Newcom, Jim LeFevre, chief engineer for KyTC District 1, announced today that the contract for construction of the corridor will be advertised for bid beginning next Friday.

Contractors will have 30 days to bid on the contract before it is awarded. This fits the general time frame reported a few weeks ago by state Rep. Mike Cherry (D-Princeton). At that time, he said dirt could be turned on the project before winter.

Judge issues bench warrant

Crittenden District Judge Daniel Heady has issued a bench warrant for Torey Tidwell, 29, whose last known address was Marion.

Yesterday, the judge had ordered Tidwell to make a child support payment of $300. She appeared in Crittenden District Court Wednesday and told the judge she'd have it paid by the end of the day. Court records indicate that she failed to do that; therefore, the judge ordered her arrest.

A case worker told the court last week that Tidwell has three children, two of whom live with her mother and another with the child's father. Brenda Croft, the case worker for County Attorney Rebecca Johnson's Child Support Services division, said Tidwell is in arrears by more than $3,800 in child support in once case.

Tidwell was jailed last year for not paying child support, but released in October after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor. She was ordered by the court in 2009 to make monthly payments of $188 on one of her two active child support cases. She also owes $167 month on another case, which is also in arrears on.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Tidwell should notify the Crittenden County Sheriff's Department.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Democratic Secretary of State candidate to visit

Allison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic nominee for Kentucky Secretary of State, will visit Marion Thursday morning. Grimes will arrive in town around 10 a.m., and will be making visits to the courthouse and Just-A-Burg'r restaurant on North Main Street.

Grand Rivers man killed in I-24 crash

A three-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 24 has claimed the life of a Grand Rivers man.

According to Kentucky State Police, 56-year-old Rickey W. Walker was killed after colliding head-on with a vehicle that had crossed the median into his lane. Walker was pronounced dead at the scene by the McCracken County Coroner’s Office

That accident occurred around 3:45 p.m.

Police say Walker's 2008 Chevy Malibu, eastbound on I-24, was struck by a 2008 Nissan Altima driven by Richard Toon, 47, of Bardwell, Ky., after Toon's vehicle crossed the median following an initial collision with a dump truck. Apparently, a tire blow-out on the westbound 1992 GMC dump truck driven by Ricky L. Morris, 51, of Benton forced him into the passing lane, colliding with Toon's Altima. Both vehicles crossed the median, but only Toon's vehicle was involved in the head-on.

One of Mr. Toon’s passengers, 10 year-old Taylor Toon, and Morris were taken to Western Baptist Hospital by Mercy Regional Ambulance Service. Toon and his other passenger, 8-year old Garrett Toon, were both transported to Lourdes Hospital. Both children were later air-lifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Disaster relief tools stolen in Salem

The Livingston County Sheriff's Department is investigating the theft of several thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment belonging to the Ohio River Baptist Association's Disaster Relief Team. The tools were stolen from the Association's property on Main Street in Salem.

The majority of the tools and equipment were donated to the association, which is instrumental in assisting communities with storm cleanup and rebuilding during times of disaster such as ice storms and recent flooding.

The tools include chain saws, an air compressor, tarps, pruners, tool boxes, a power washer and various other items.

If you have any information regarding this theft, contact the Livingston County Sheriff's Department at 928-2122 or the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

Authorities close Love Cemetery Road

UPDATE 2: The road has been reopened. Authorities confirm that an Illinois man took his own life in a rural area off Love Cemetery Road. The man's identity is not being released.

Due to a police emergency, Love Cemetery Road near Sheridan has been closed to all traffic, including school buses.

Law enforcement is currently on the scene and the road is closed at both ends.

Stay tuned for details.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Police investigating alleged 7H sales

Lt. Marty Hodge, Police Chief Ray O'Neal and Officer Bobby
West inventory items seized from the smoke shop.
Local authorities executed a search warrant at 1 p.m., today at the tobacco shop on Sturgis Road in Marion after an informant purchased 7H, an alleged synthetic marijuana, this morning.

Officers seized numerous items and served a criminal summons on the owner of the business and the clerk who allegedly sold the 7H, which is marketed as potpourri not for human consumption. Despite its labeling, police throughout Kentucky are finding people who have smoked the product, which some police have likened to LSD.

This week's Crittenden Press printed edition will have a complete wrap-up of the undercover operation that was conducted Monday on the Marion business.

Homecoming festivities planned

Though football homecoming is two weeks away, next Monday starts are week of Homecoming 2011 festivities. This year's homecoming theme is "Paint the Town Blue," and nightly homecoming events will be as follows:
  • Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.: Banana split eating contest at Dairy Queen
  • Sept. 22, 5 p.m.: Homecoming parade, 5 p.m.; 
  • Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m.: Powderpuff football at Rocket Stadium, $2 entry
  • Sept. 23, 7 p.m.: Homecoming coronation during Crittenden-Riedland contest
  • Sept. 23, after game until midnight.: Homecoming dance
Anyone interested in having a float in the homecoming parade should call the high school at 965-2248 and leave a message for Kim Vince.

The school will be offering to paint windows of businesses on or near Main Street that would like to participate.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Remembering 9/11

The Crittenden Press recently asked our readers to submit their memories of 9/11. We are sharing those with you as sent to us by the readers themselves on our Facebook page.

Area death

Paul E. Binkley, 82, of Salem died Friday, Sept. 9 at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem with burial in Mapleview Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 6 p.m., Sunday.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Area death

Betty Jean Alsobrook Mitchell, 82, of Burna died Thursday, Sept. 8 at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Funeral services will be at 2 a.m., Sunday at Boyd Funeral Directors in Salem, with Bro. Randy Beals and Rev. John East officiating.
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Bill would let counties decide gambling issue

Crittenden County voters could be choosing in November 2012 whether to allow expanded gambling.

If Mike Nemes, a Louisville Republican, has his way, all counties in the commonwealth would be doing just that in 14 months. He has filed two bills for the 2012 session that if approved would allow the vote on expanded gambling.

“This issue has been debated for years in the commonwealth on whether to allow gaming in Kentucky, even whether it needs voter approval or not,” said Rep. Nemes. “While the commonwealth drags its feet on this issue, other states like Indiana and Ohio have approved legislation on expanded gaming.  t’s time for the voters of Kentucky to end debate and decide whether Kentucky needs to legalize expanded gaming.”

BR 189 would place a constitutional amendment on the ballot for the 2012 general election for voters to come to a decision on whether expanded gaming should be legal. BR 246 would establish a new section of KRS Chapter 239 for implementation of expanding gaming. Rep. Nemes says BR 246 is different that past proposals for expanding gaming for various reasons:
  • It allows counties to vote on whether or not to allow expanded gaming in their community.
  • Allows horse racing facilities in counties that approve expanded gaming an option for a limited gaming license.
  • Allows counties with horse racing facilities to vote on whether to allow only a limited gaming license or both full and limited licenses.
  • Opens bidding for a full casino license to all entities including but not limited to horse racing facilities in counties that approve expanded gaming.
  • Gives horse racing facilities the option to take the winning bid with all amenities and add eight percent to obtain the full license in that county that approves expanded gaming.
  • Gives counties a fee of $1 per admission from those entering a casino.
  • Gives counties a say to restricting and the minimum requirements for acceptable facilities.
  • Gives counties a say as to which bid is accepted for expanding gaming facilities in their community.
In addition Rep. Nemes’ bills also sets up a statewide program to provide counseling and assistance for compulsive gamblers.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

School board leaves tax rates unchanged

Recognizing the strain of the poor economy on the households of Crittenden Countians despite ongoing state and federal education cuts, the board of education voted this evening to keep tax rates the same as last year. It marks the first time in four years that the rates have not been raised by the school board. The rates per $100 of assessment are as follows:
  • Real estate - 45.6 cents
  • Personal property - 45.6 cents
  • Motor vehicles - 54.1 cents
  • Utilities - 3.0 cents
The rates were passed a special public meeting. No one was in attendance to oppose the measure.

Area death

James Carter, 90, of Marion died Wednesday at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah after a long illness. He was veteran of World War II and longtime educator. Services will be at Myers Funeral Home at 2 p.m., with burial to follow at Mapleview Cemetery. Visitation starts at 11 a.m.

Paving, milling work starts on rural highways

Milling and  paving work in Crittenden County starts today and will continue for about a week along several stretched or state highways.

This milling and paving work will be along the following routes and locations:
  • Ky. 135 from mile point 12.04 near Flannery Road to mile point 12.692 near the Ky. 91 intersections
  • Ky. 295 from the Crittenden-Lyon County line at mile point 0.0 to Ky. 70 at mile point 1.803
  • Ky. 855 from Ky. 902 at mile point 0.0 to Ky. 70 at mile point 3.209
The tentative work schedule is as follows:
  • Today – Place construction signs on Ky. 135, Ky. 295 and Ky 855 and cut back shoulders.
  • Saturday  – Mill on Ky. 135, Ky. 295 and Ky. 855 and start paving operations on Ky. 855.
  • Monday – Complete paving operations on Ky. 855 and start paving operations on Ky. 295.
  • Wednesday — Complete paving operations on Ky. 295 and start and complete paving operations on Ky. 135.
  • Next Thursday – Place shoulders and complete project.
All schedules are tentative and on a weather permitting basis.

Motorists traveling these routes are asked to slow down and use appropriate caution where equipment, flaggers, and construction personnel are on the roadway in close proximity to traffic flow. Motorists can expect to encounter one lane traffic with alternating flow controlled by flaggers. Minor delays are possible in these work zones during the movement and placement of equipment as crews go about their work.

Rogers Group is the prime contractor on this $417,542 Kentucky Transportation Cabinet(KyTC) highway improvement project.

Timely traffic advisories for the 12 counties of KyTC  District 1 are available by going to You do not have to be a Facebook member to access this page.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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Area death

Philip Giltz, 76, of Marion died today at Livingston Hospital and Healthcare Services in Salem. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Friday at Myers Funeral Home in Marion with Rev. Tim Burdon officiating. Masonic services will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday. Burial will be at Mexico Cemetery.

Capitol Cinemas movie times

Due to a production error, Capitol Cinema's movie listings were inadvertently left out of this week's print edition of The Crittenden Press. However, the movie listings and their starting times for the coming week are as follows:
  • Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World (PG): Friday 7, 9 • Saturday 2, 4:15, 7, 9 • Sunday 2, 4:15, 7 • Monday through Thursday, 6:30.
  • Crazy Stupid Love (PG-13): Friday, 6:45, 9 • Saturday 2, 6:45, 9 • Sunday 2, 7 • Monday through Thursday 6:30
  • Fright Night (R): Friday 9 • Saturday 4:15, 7, 9 • Sunday 4:15, 7 • Monday and Wednesday 6:30
  • Winnie the Pooh (G): Friday 7 • Saturday and Sunday 2, 4:15, • Tuesday and Thursday 6:30
  • The Help (PG-13): Coming soon!
Show information: (270) 365-7900
203 S. Main St., Princeton, Ky.

The Press regrets any inconvenience this may have caused.

Marion man accused of rape, assault in Paducah

Josh Cozart
A Marion man faces multiple felony charges in Paducah, including rape and assault, for allegedly kicking open the door to a woman's home Monday night, tying her up and sexually assaulting her.

The 48-year-old woman, who is not being identified, had an active Domestic Violence Order against Josh L. Cozart, 30, which prohibited him from contacting her.

According to Paducah Police Department reports, Cozart kicked open the door to the home on Pines Road. The report said Cozart and the victim were acquainted. The incident happened about 9 p.m., Monday.

Police allege that Cozart bound the woman and physically assaulted her before raping her. She was treated at Lourdes Hospital for fractured bones in her face and elsewhere, and released from the hospital.

Through their investigation, Paducah police learned that Cozart was at a home on Rochester Street in Marion on Tuesday afternoon. They called Marion Police Department and officers were dispatched to take Cozart into custody, which was done without incident. However, after arriving at the Marion Police Department and being put into an unlocked interrogation room, Cozart fled out the back door of city hall when no one was looking. He had not been officially arrested at that time.

Police and deputies responded immediately and caught him behind a home on South Main Street. He was cuffed and taken back to the police station to await Paducah authorities. Cozart was later picked up by Paducah detectives Michael Wentworth and Justin Crowell and lodged in the McCracken County Jail.

Cozart is charged with kidnapping, first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, second-degree assault and violation of an EPO/DVO.

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Press hits newsstands today as usual

The Crittenden Press will be on its regular schedule this week despite Monday's holiday, meaning the paper will hit the newsstands this afternoon as usual.

Inside, this week's edition, we offer a look at the local job market, how a newly-designated segment of Interstate 69 might affect the local alternate U.S. 641 project and insight into former Rocket football coach Steve Pardue's new job as running backs coach for UK. Also, with the 10th anniversary of  9/11 just days away, The Press, in our ongoing 9/11 series, offers a final look back at that day, how it affected our community and local reaction to how Sept. 11, 2001, changed our lives.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Ambulance on fiscal court's agenda

Crittenden Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet 8:30 a.m., Wednesday in special session to discuss funding options for the county’s ambulance service. Representatives from both the hospital and ambulance service were expected to attend. The meeting will be held in the judge-executive's office at the courthouse.

Marion paving starts Wedensday

Drivers in Marion should be aware of several blocks of street paving Wednesday, according to City Administrator Mark Bryant. Bryant said paving will be taking place along the following stretches:
  • Moore Street from West Gum to West Depot
  • Blackburn Street from West Gum to West Elm
  • Travis Street from North Maple to North Weldon

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Friday, September 2, 2011

Area deaths

Virginia R. Morton, 85, of Louisville died Sept. 2, 2011 at her residence. Her Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday 2 p.m., at Gilbert's Funeral Home in Marion with burial to follow at Mapleview Cemetery.

Dewey Heaton, 92, of Princeton, died Monday, Aug. 22, at Caldwell Medical Center. He was a World War II Army veteran and survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor military installations on Dec. 7, 1941. Funeral services were Saturday at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton with burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Tonight's football games delayed for heat

Games at tonight's Toyota Bowl at Trigg County have been delayed at least one hour due to heat.

The Hopkinsville vs. Greenweel game was set to begin at 5:30. Kickoff is now set for no sooner than 6:30.

Crittenden vs. Trigg will begin afterwards, probably somewhere around 9 p.m., or later.

KSP steps up Post 1-area enforcement

With the last summer holiday approaching, Kentucky State Police in Madisonville urge motorists in Crittenden County and the remainder of the Post 1 area to drive safely while traveling to and from their destination. Motorists are reminded to pay attention while driving by putting down their cell phone or other device which can be a distraction.

Motorists are also reminded to wear a safety restraint and refrain from drinking and driving. There have been a total of 32 lives lost on Post 1 roadways this year. Seventeen individuals killed were not wearing a seatbelt.

During this Labor Day holiday period, troopers will be utilizing traffic safety checkpoints and speed enforcement details near high collision areas in an attempt to reduce injury and fatal collisions. There will be zero tolerance for drunk drivers and unrestrained occupants.

Kentucky State Police urge motorists to drive with their headlights on to increase visibility and to report suspected drunk drivers by calling 1-800-222-5555.

Kentucky farms exceed $4.4 billion in receipts

Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer congratulated Kentucky farmers for again exceeding $4 billion in farm cash receipts in 2010 and surpassing total receipts from the previous year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) reported that Kentucky farm cash receipts totaled more than $4.44 billion in 2010, a 2.2 percent increase over the adjusted 2009 total of $4.34 billion and the third-highest total on record.

“Kentucky farmers continued to excel in 2010 despite a late-summer drought and a sluggish national economy,” Commissioner Farmer said. “This is the sixth time in the past seven years that Kentucky farm cash receipts have crossed the $4 billion mark. That says a lot about the skill, determination, and work ethic of Kentucky’s farmers. It also says the Kentucky Proud program is increasing Kentucky farm income.”

Sales of livestock and livestock products accounted for nearly $2.6 billion, 6.85 percent higher than the previous year. Cash receipts for crops totaled more than $1.84 billion, a decline of nearly 3.7 percent from the 2009 figure. The record for farm cash receipts in Kentucky is more than $4.7 billion, set in 2008.

Sales of poultry and eggs topped the list for the second consecutive year at more than $953.3 million, an increase of 4.6 percent from the previous year. Horses were next at $700 million (down 10.3 percent), and sales of cattle and calves totaled $615.5 million (up 27 percent). Corn was the leading crop with cash receipts of $603.5 million (up 4.2 percent). Soybeans brought $583 million (up 4.1 percent), followed by tobacco at $331 million (down 13.5 percent), dairy products at $204 million (up 23 percent), and hogs at $107.2 million (up 46.9 percent).

U.S. farm cash receipts totaled $314.4 billion in 2010, an 8.9 percent increase over the 2009 total, according to the ERS.

For state and national farm cash receipts by year and by commodity, go to

KSP cadet application deadline nears

The Kentucky State Police will hold nearby testing for its cadet class at both Bowling Green and Murray over the next couple of months. The application deadline for, each, however is nearing. The next cadet class is scheduled to begin in May of 2012.

Nearby cadet training classes will be held as follows, each beginning at 9 a.m.:
  • Sept. 27 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. Application deadline is Sept. 20.

  • Oct. 22 at Murray State University. Application deadline is Oct. 14.
Several other testing opportunities are provided across the state through the end of October.
Interested applicants should visit the KSP Web site at www.kentuckystate, click on the Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home and How To Become A Kentucky State Trooper links. Information at the site includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, a downloadable application form with a list of supporting documents required and a downloadable study guide for the written test.

If more information is needed after visiting the Web site, applicants can call toll-free 1-866-360-3165 for assistance.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Kentucky officially an I-69 corridor

A 38-mile segment of the Western Kentucky Parkway has been given official approval as part of the commonwealth's I-69 corridor. Gov. Steve Beshear made the announcement today that federal approval will this fall designate the stretch of parkway as I-69, a new north-south corridor from Canada to Mexico.

It is the first segment of what eventually will become an I-69 corridor from Henderson to Fulton, incorporating the Purchase Parkway, Pennyrile Parkway and a portion of Interstate 24 in addition to the Western Kentucky Parkway.

“This is a breakthrough for the people of Kentucky – and especially for folks in the Pennyrile region,” Beshear said. “The addition of a second designated interstate highway in the region will open doors for economic development. This is truly a landmark achievement.”

“But we are not finished,” the governor said. “Now we turn to the work still ahead of us to complete an entire I-69 corridor from the Ohio River at Henderson to the Tennessee border at Fulton.”

The agreement, which Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez approved on Aug. 25, covers the Western Kentucky Parkway from its interchange with I-24 near Eddyville to its interchange with the Pennyrile Parkway near Nortonville in Hopkins County.

The agreement spells out improvements the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will undertake to bring parts of the parkway up to interstate standards. It also identifies design features that are at less than interstate standard but which the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has deemed acceptable.

Once the agreed improvements have been advertised to construction contractors, the designated section of the Western Kentucky Parkway will be eligible for the distinctive red, white and blue shield signs that identify interstate routes. In addition, about 17 miles of I-24, from Eddyville to the Purchase Parkway interchange, will also bear I-69 signs, making the total, initial I-69 designation 55 miles long.

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock said the projects should be advertised by Sept. 30, for inclusion in a construction contract letting that is scheduled Oct. 21. The work will include upgrading bridge rails and guardrails, improving exit and entrance ramps to meet interstate standards, and raising some overpass bridges to increase clearance.

Future agreed improvements will include widening paved shoulders and reconstructing the Ky. 109 interchange at Dawson Springs.

When the initial concept for an alternate U.S. 641 began being pushed in 1999, then Judge-Executive Victor "Pippi" Hardin had pitched the roadway as an alternative for the I-69 corridor.

KSP has zero-tolerance DUI policy for weekend

This weekend, state and local police will be targeting drivers under the influence with a zero-tolerance policy in order to reduce fatalities and accidents over Labor Day weekend. Patrols and enforcement of the policy along the commonwealth's highways will be increased during the holiday period which runs from 6 p.m., Friday through Monday.

In 2010 for same period, Kentucky State Police reported 1,213 crashes with eight fatalities. Fifty-three of the crashes involved alcohol, resulting in 35 injuries and two deaths.

New hunting seasons, new licenses

Hunters gearing up for today's dove season and this weekend's archery deer and turkey hunting must remember to renew their hunting licenses and tags. Hodge's Outdoors Sports in Marion is just one of the area vendors for hunting and fishing licenses.

You can also register for the Big Buck Contest at Hodge's.

BBB lauches new iPhone app

Consumers can now access Better Business Bureau reports on businesses and non-profit organizations through a new iPhone application. The new app is free and features the following:
  • Search for local businesses by name, phone, URL, or category type.
  • Search via your current location or specify a city, state or ZIP code.
  • Display search results in list or map views.
  • History menu provides convenient access to your previous searches.
  • View the BBB Reliability Report for every business listing, complete with BBB Rating, contact info, BBB Accreditation status, consumer complaint history, and more!
  • Save a listed company's info to your Favorites or your iPhone contacts.
  • Share a company's BBB listing via Email, Twitter, or Facebook.
  • Read the latest BBB Consumer News on your iPhone.

BBB is rolling out the new app across the country. It can be found in the iTunes App Store.