Kentuckians wanting a motorcycle operator's license will face a new rider skills test starting this week. The Kentucky State Police Driver Testing Branch will start using the new test tomorrow which was developed by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It's designed to better determine if operators possess sufficient safety skills for riding motorcycles in traffic. The new test expands Kentucky's current motorcycle skill test from two to four exercises. The changes apply to both two-wheel and three-wheel motorcycle tests.
Police are looking for a McCracken County jail inmate held on theft and drug charges after he escaped from a work detail yesterday. Kentucky State Police say 20-year-old William C. Murrell was last seen just after two Tuesday afternoon at his work detail in Paducah. He's believed to have left the area on foot. Police say his green jail jumpsuit was found nearby, and officers are unable to give a current clothing description. Murrell is described as black, 5-foot-10 and 152 pounds. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact state police.
With a 69% spike in motorcycle accidents so far this year, Kentucky State Police are turning to social media to counter the problem. KSP spokesman Trooper Michael Webb says the agency is launching a weeklong campaign urging both motorcyclists and drivers to be careful. He says,
“Our message for motorcycle safety is simply to be more proactive and vigilant in the upcoming months. Summer is closely upon us and we know that more motorcyclists will be on the roadway during that time.”
28 year old Tavon Burns of Evansville, Indiana was arrested last weekend in Hopkins County. Kentucky State Police stopped Burns without incident on the Pennyrile Parkway near White Plains. Burns was wanted for allegedly stabbing three people in Evansville last week. He is being held in Hopkins County Jail without bond.
Kentucky State Police posts across the commonwealth are accepting donations of nonperishable food and cleaning supplies for storm victims. Collection begins today at all KSP posts and will continue through the weekend. The agency says only food, cleaning supplies, personal hygiene items, bedding and the like should be brought to police posts. Monetary donations should be made to service organizations, such as the Red Cross.
A Madisonville church maintenance worker charged with 300 counts of possession of child pornography is in jail on a $10,000 dollar bond. Kentucky State Police executed a search warrant at 25-year-old Martin Clouse’s home Wednesday night. Police say the warrant was part of an investigation of online child pornography sharing that began in November. Pastor John Thomas of Christ the King Church, where Clouse was employed, says Clouse rarely had contact with children at the church. He also says they perform background checks on employees and attend training to protect children in the church.