Despite some rainy weather, the 20th Annual Turkey Trot went off on Thursday morning in downtown Hopkinsville.
The free 5K walk/run started at 8 a.m. with plenty of folks taking part in some exercise before heading home for a big Thanksgiving meal.
Because of weather we will have an unofficial make up race tomorrow, Saturday, Nov 26 at the Pardue Lane Dog Park at 10 am.
“We’re extremely thankful to all of those families and friends that braved the rain to attend the 20th Annual Hopkinsville Turkey Trot,” said Taylor Duke, Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation Marketing and Events Coordinator. “We were also glad the rain held off until the majority of participants had finished. For those who were unable to attend or need to pick up their race shirts, we will be hosting an informal makeup starting at the Pardue Lane Dog Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 26. This event continues to be embraced by the Hopkinsville community and their extended families and we cannot wait to see you again next year.”
While the event was free, participants had an opportunity to purchase a race shirt and a finisher’s medal for $25. Proceeds went to the Hopkinsville Greenway Rail Trail, which is heavily utilized along the Trot course and open all year for anyone to utilize. The family-oriented event is open for walkers, runners, joggers, skaters and bikers of all ages and paces.
One of the two men accused in the April shooting death that occurred at the Valero gas station on East Ninth Street was officially sentenced for his involvement in the murder in Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins’ courtroom Wednesday morning.
David Rashawn King, 27, was previously charged with complicity to murder, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and first-degree hindering prosecution.
However, King recently entered a guilty plea deal that included the dismissal of two of his charges contingent upon King agreeing to testify against his codefendant in the case, Dalton Hall, 21, should his case go to a jury trial.
King appeared in court via Zoom while at the Christian County Jail Wednesday morning while his defense attorney Stewart Wheeler, who is out of Russellville, appeared in person to request that the judge simply follow the plea deal King entered into.
“He is a candidate for probation, but I’ll just respectfully ask the court to approve the plea agreement that the commonwealth and the defendant made,” Wheeler said to Atkins.
King’s plea deal dismissed his charges of complicity to murder and tampering with physical evidence, but recommended that he be sentenced to five total years in prison on his felon handgun and hindering prosecution charges.
As part of the plea deal, the commonwealth remained opposed to probation in the case.
“We believe the crime that he was engaged in, involved in, was around in, probation would unduly depreciate the seriousness of that offense and therefore we believe probation would not be appropriate,” Boling said.
The commonwealth nor the defense made any additional arguments regarding King’s sentencing.
Atkins ultimately agreed to follow the plea agreement as the defense had requested.
“I have considered probation, but it is denied,” Atkins said. “I think to probate you would unduly depreciate the seriousness of your charges.”
Atkins added that King would receive credit for the time he has already served in custody.
King’s codefendant Hall is currently set for jury trial to begin on April 18. The trial is expected to last two days.
If the trial does take place in April, King would be required to testify against Hall should the commonwealth call him as a witness in the trial.
Hall is accused of the shooting death of Delmour Moncrief, 31, that occurred in front of the Valero gas station. He is charged with murder, convicted felon in possession of a handgun and tampering with physical evidence.
According to New Era archives, the shooting death of Moncrief occurred in front of the Valero gas station just before 9 a.m. on April 10.
King and Hall had been in an altercation with Moncrief just before Hall allegedly shot Moncrief in the stomach.
Moncrief was taken to Jennie Stuart Health for treatment, but died from his injuries a short time later.
King and Hall were both seen fleeing the gas station in a red Toyota Solara 2d convertible with a tan colored top.
King was reported to have been driving the vehicle while Hall had been in the passenger seat.
Hall was arrested in Alabama on April 13 and was later transported to the Christian County Jail, where he is currently being held on a $500,000 cash bond.
King was arrested by Elkton Police the night of July 16 and was served a Christian County warrant for his connection in the murder of Moncrief.
The Pennyrile RC&D Area Council., in cooperation with Jeffers Bend Steering Committee, Hopkinsville Water Environment Authority, Rogers Group, Inc., and Christian County Fiscal Court, will have a dedication ceremony to celebrate the construction of a new pavilion at Jeffers Bend Environmental Center at noon on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.
The new pavilion will be 30x40 feet and will be an addition to Jeffers Bend Environmental Center.
It will be used for various events and activities at Jeffers Bend to include the following: water festival, fishing, field trips for schools, the highly anticipated nature fest each year, torchlight tales of the Bell Witch, the annual Christmas at the Bend, activities for HWEA employes, and outdoor events for churches, families, corporations, civic organizations and businesses.
As the pavilion has already been constructed, in the upcoming week the landscaping layout will begin.
Jeffers Bend sits on over 35 acres with a walking trail of 2.7 miles, and with a lake that stretches an acre itself. Jeffers Bend nature center provides open space for the community to enjoy. Environmental centers such as Jeffer Bend allow for many benefits such as relieving stress in a peaceful nature filled environment as well as calming the mind. Studies show that anxiety, depression, and anger are decreased after spending time outdoors. If you’ve not experienced a time at Jeffers Bend Environmental Center there’s no better time like the present. While it’s located in a secluded part of town, with the sunshine, fresh air and subtle breezes between the tress the center provides: Your body and mind will thank you for it.
Charles Turner, RC&D Coordinator said he is looking forward to the dedication on Wednesday.
“We encourage the community to come out to the dedication,” Turner said. “Jeffers Bend is for the community. Anytime we add on and extend the lands we always encourage everyone to join. We are hoping to get more Churches involved at Jeffers Bend. The lands provide for a great cookout.”
There will be a short ceremony that will take place on behalf of the pavilion. Those invited to speak at the dedication are as follows: Derrick Watson, President/CEO, HWEA, Lori Harper, Rogers Group, Inc, Steve Tribble: Christian County Judge Executive, Jeff Hurd: Manager of Hopkinsville Electric System, Mark Withers, Chair, Jeffers Bend Steering Committee, Mark Cansler, Magistrate and RC&D Treasurer, Pennyrile RC&D Area Council, Inc., and Charles Turner, RC&D Coordinator (Volunteer), Pennyrile RC&D Area Council, Inc.
For additional information regarding the dedication ceremony or other information call the Pennyrile RC&D office at (270) 885-5600 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffers Bend Environmental Center is located at 950 Metcalfe Ln, Hopkinsville, KY 42240.
Kachelle Isbell, 25, who is accused of the shooting death of Anthony Johnson on April 3 that occurred at a home on College Street, had her March trial date vacated following the unexpected passing of her defense attorney.
Isbell appeared in Circuit Judge Andrew Self’s court via Zoom while at her home Wednesday afternoon.
Self explained to the court that the purpose of her appearance in court Wednesday was to learn if Isbell intends to hire another private defense attorney or to have the public defender’s office appoint her a new lawyer.
“When we were last here, Ms. Isbell had made or was making arrangements to retain John Stewart to represent her in this matter,” Self said.
“Very sadly, Mr. Stewart very unexpectedly passed away. So, Ms. Isbell, I think one of the proposes of our hearing today is to determine whether or not you wish to retain private counsel or whether you wish to proceed with Mr. (Doug) Moore and the Department of Public Advocacy.”
Isbell shared with the court that she is still seeking a private attorney and that Stewart’s family would be in contact with her to share who her new private attorney would be. Isbell added that she expects to learn who that would be as soon as next week.
Despite that, Moore shared that he had been operating as if he would be reassigned to represent her, in the case that she did not intend to hire another attorney.
With that said, Moore shared that he had been in contact with the special prosecutor assigned to the case, Tim Cocanougher, and both parties agreed that Isbell’s March trial date would be too soon in light of her receiving a new attorney.
Self also shared that he believed Stewart had also filed a motion to postpone the trial prior to his passing and ultimately agreed to vacate her Mar. 7 trial date.
Self chose not to reschedule the trial date at this time, but scheduled a status hearing for Isbell to determine whether or not Isbell has retained a private attorney and if so, who that would be.
Her status hearing was set for Dec. 22.
Isbell is currently charged with murder.
According to New Era archives, Hopkinsville Police Detective Randall Green previously testified that Isbell told police that she and Johnson had been in an argument in front of a home in the 1500 block of College Street when he continued to approach her despite her telling him not to.
Johnson allegedly brushed up against her or pushed her causing her to fall backwards onto the steps of the home. It was at that time that she allegedly shot and killed Johnson, she allegedly told police.
Isbell also allegedly admitted to police to shooting Johnson and was found with a gun kneeling over Johnson’s body.