Magnolia, Ky. (January 7th, 2023) – On Friday January 7, 2023 at approximately 4:00 pm, the Kentucky State Police, Post 3 in Bowling Green, was notified of a two vehicle collision involving a Hart County school bus near the 7000 block of North Jackson Highway (US31-E).
The initial investigation indicates that Robin L. Rutledge, 22, of Magnolia, was operating a 2013 Dodge Avenger northbound on North Jackson Highway. Rutledge’s vehicle crossed the center dividing line and struck a Hart County School bus being operated southbound by Jennifer Gravil, 42, of Canmer. Robin L. Rutledge was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Hart County Coroner’s Office. The Hart County School bus was occupied only by the operator and her 16 year old daughter who sustained minor injuries.
The investigation is being led by Trooper Michael Wathen. He was assisted on the scene by Hart County Sheriff’s Office, Horse Cave Police Department, Hart County EMS, Hart County Coroner and Linwood Fire Department.
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Russellville, Ky. (January 5, 2023) – On Thursday, January 5, 2023, the Kentucky State Police, Bowling Green Post was contacted about allegations of a teacher at Logan County High School who was having an inappropriate relationship with a student.
As a result of the initial investigation, Benjamin A. Adams, 26 years old of Bowling Green, KY, has been arrested and lodged in the Logan County Jail. He is charged with Sodomy 3rd Degree and Sexual Abuse 1st Degree.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by KSP Post 3 Detectives.
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Kentucky State Police Charge Juvenile for Assault on Police Officer at McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center
PADUCAH, Ky. (January 5, 2023) – Kentucky State Police (KSP), Post 1 received a call on Jan. 4 at approximately 5:00pm CT, reporting that a juvenile detained at the McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center had assaulted a detective with the Hopkinsville Police Department.
Troopers determined that Detective Robert Stucki of the Hopkinsville Police Department was at the McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center attempting to execute a court order signed by a Christian County Circuit Court Judge pertaining to a juvenile detained at the facility. Upon Detective Stucki’s explanation to and execution of the court order to the juvenile, the juvenile became combative toward Detective Stucki, placing his arms around Detective Stucki, lifting him up and slamming him to the floor. In the course of the juvenile’s assault against Detective Stucki, the juvenile also damaged personal property of Detective Stucki.
As a result of the investigation, KSP charged one juvenile with one (1) count of assault, 3rd degree – police officer, and one (1) count of criminal mischief, 3rd degree. The juvenile remains detained at the McCracken Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
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Bowling Green, KY (January 4, 2023) – The Kentucky State Police would like to offer periodic reminders to drivers who travel our roadways. Our agency strives daily to ensure the safety of the motoring public. Some of these proactive measures include various traffic safety checkpoints and saturating known problematic areas in the district through general patrol tactics.
The Kentucky State Police utilizes traffic safety checkpoints to promote safety for motorists using the public roadways and to provide a deterrent for those who violate laws contained in the Kentucky Revised Statutes.
The intent of a traffic safety checkpoint is to provide for a high visibility, public safety service, focusing on operator impairment, vehicular equipment deficiencies (confirming appropriate registration and insurance of vehicles) and the valid licensing of drivers. Other violations of law and/or other public safety issues that arise will be addressed.
These checkpoints will allow the Kentucky State Police the opportunity to periodically concentrate its efforts in checking for violations of Kentucky traffic and regulatory laws that will ultimately increase the safety of the citizens within the Commonwealth.
Post 3 serves the following counties: Allen, Barren, Butler, Edmonson, Hart, Logan, Simpson and Warren County.
Traffic Safety checkpoint locations in the Post 3 District may be located at our web site: http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post3checkpoints/
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Bowling Green, Ky. (December 20th, 2022) – Kentuckians are being dealt with a wintery forecast through the weekend. KSP is asking motorists to be aware that weather conditions may change rapidly over the next few days.
“With possible inclement weather approaching our area, we are asking motorist to reduce speeds and allow extra time to arrive at their destinations safely. Troopers will be patrolling the heavily traveled interstates and highways this holiday weekend to check for stranded motorist during the extreme cold temperatures.” Trooper Daniel Priddy
Drivers need to be prepared to meet the challenges of driving in the adverse weather conditions. Plan ahead; make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained and ensure your vehicle is maintained to handle not only the road conditions but the frigid temperatures as well.
The best advice is to avoid unnecessary travel when winter weather is in your area. However, if you do have to venture out, here are a few reminders:
- Refrain from calling 911 for road or weather conditions due to high call volume. Telecommunicators need the lines open to assist callers who have emergencies.
- Reduce speed in wintery conditions.
- Leave early – allow more travel time; expect delays.
- Increase distance between vehicles – the ability to stop is significantly affected on snow covered or icy roadways
- Clear all windows on your vehicle prior to travel – having unobstructed vision is vital to avoid running off of the road or having a collision.
- Ensure your windshield washer fluid is full and that you use an anti-ice solution.
- Turn on your vehicle’s headlamps. Remove any dirt, mud or snow from all vehicle lights.
- Use caution on bridges and overpasses as they are susceptible to freezing before roadways.
- Avoid using cruise control which can cause a vehicle’s wheels to continue turning on a slippery surface when speed needs to be decreased.
- Ensure your vehicle has a full tank of gas in the event you are stranded for an extended period of time.
- Charge your cellular phone prior to departure.
- Always dress warmly and keep a blanket in the vehicle.
- Carry a winter survival kit that includes items such as blankets, a first-aid kit, a can and waterproof matches (to melt snow for water), windshield scraper, booster cables, road maps, tool kit, bag of sand or cat litter (to pour on ice or snow for added traction), collapsible shovel, flashlight and extra batteries.
KSP is also requesting travelers to observe for stranded motorists. If you see or suspect that someone is stranded, contact KSP at 1-800-222-5555.
If you get stranded, staying in your vehicle is often the safest choice, says Gregory, who offers these added tips:
- Tie a brightly colored cloth to the antenna as a signal to rescuers.
- Move anything you need from the trunk into the passenger area.
- Wrap your entire body, including your head, in blankets, or extra clothing.
- Stay awake. You will be less vulnerable to cold-related health problems.
- Run the motor (and heater) for about 10 minutes per hour, opening one window slightly to let air in. Make sure that snow is not blocking the exhaust pipe as this will reduce the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- As you sit, keep moving your arms and legs to improve your circulation and stay warmer.
- Do not eat un-melted snow. It will lower your body temperature.
KSP will use Facebook, Twitter and their website to share winter weather updates. We encourage drivers to check road and weather conditions before traveling by visiting https://transportation.ky.gov/sites/snowky , an online traffic, roadway information and weather portal operated by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.
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