Jordan Seth Peveler, former band director at Hopkinsville High School, was arrested Wednesday on three felony charges from Christian County. Peveler was charged with one count of unlawful transaction with a minor (second degree), sodomy (third degree) and rape (third degree).
The New Era originally reported the arrest of 30-year-old Peveler from Christian County Jail records. Later, Hopkinsville Police Department released the official police report and warrant.
According to the police report, Peveler was arrested on the strength of a warrant signed by Judge Foster Cottoff on Wednesday.
The warrant states that during June 2017 Peveler "knowingly provided" marijuana to a 16-year-old female HHS student at his home. After the student was "under the influence of marijuana," Peveler asked her to "perform oral sex on him, which she did."
According to the warrant, Peveler was in a "position of authority or special trust" to the victim at the time of the incident. Peveler was -- at the time -- the student's teacher and band director at HHS and "had come into contact with her as a result of that position."
In August 2017 -- after the student turned 17 years old -- Peveler allegedly had sexual intercourse with the student at his home in Hopkinsville. The warrant states that Peveler was "at the time still in a position of authority or special trust" to the student. He was still her band director.
The warrant ended by stating that the commonwealth would extradite Peveler if necessary.
According to New Era archives, in February, Peveler received a citation of excellence at the Kentucky Music Educator's Association conference.
His plaque read: "Through professional leadership you have inspired and motivated excellence in musical performance. Your record of service to our profession is one of which you may be justifiably proud, and it will serve as a model to others."
He served as the band director at HHS for five years. He told the New Era in February that he "was basically raised in the Muhlenberg-North Hopkins band room."
CCPS could only speak on the employment status of Peveler when asked for comment.
"Mr. Peveler is no longer employed by Christian County Public Schools," said John Rittenhouse, director of public relations at Christian County Public Schools.
According to the HHS website, Peveler directed the marching band, concert band and pep band at HHS as well as the sixth grade bands at Martin Luther King Jr. and South Christian elementary schools.
Peveler is currently being held at Christian County Jail. No court dates have been set.
Juvenile charged in Whitesville double homicide
By James Mayse
The Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer
The juvenile wanted by police for allegedly killing two people and wounding a third during a party in Whitesville over the weekend has been taken into custody.
The juvenile was arrested just after noon Thursday in Graystone Estates in Owensboro. The 17-year-old was arrested without incident.
The 17-year-old was wanted in connection with Saturday's fatal shooting in Whitesville that killed Amarius Winstead, 16, and Jasper Brown, 18. Brown and Winstead were shot at a party in the 8200 block of Crisp Road.
A third person, Tyler Glover, 19, was also shot and underwent surgery at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital.
The sheriff's department obtained a warrant on the juvenile for two counts of murder and one count of second-degree assault on Wednesday afternoon. That triggered a manhunt that involved deputies and Owensboro Police Department officers for much of Wednesday night.
The juvenile's name is being withheld under a state law that protects juvenile records from public view. The name could become public if the juvenile is charged as an adult and after he makes his first appearance in Circuit Court.
"This individual will be charged as an adult," Daviess County Sheriff Keith Cain said.
At a press conference Thursday at the Daviess County Courthouse, Cain said investigators obtained information the juvenile was staying at a home in the 4700 block of Wembley Way and set up surveillance. At 12:20 p.m., investigators saw the juvenile get into a vehicle driven by another person. The vehicle was stopped a short distance away by sheriff's deputies, members of the Kentucky State Police's special response team and the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force.
The investigation is continuing, Cain said.
"Numerous persons still need to be located and interviewed, and there is a possibility others will be charged," Cain said.
Department officials said previously Brown is believed to have been the intended target and Winstead and Glover were shot because they were close by when the juvenile opened fire.
"We are aware of an altercation that took place some weeks prior," Cain said.
That altercation was between the juvenile and Brown, said Major Barry Smith, the department's chief deputy.
The juvenile was taken to the Owensboro Police Department for questioning. Cain said the juvenile immediately requested an attorney.
A weapon has not been located, Cain said.
The occupants of the Wembley Way home and the driver of the car the juvenile was riding in when arrested are cooperating with detectives, said Major Bill Thompson, head of investigations for the sheriff's department.
Thompson said officials could provide no information on the juvenile, such as whether he has a criminal history, because of the state law that protects juvenile records.
Cain said the investigation was hampered at times by witnesses who were reluctant to talk out of fear or because they didn't want to provide information to law enforcement.
"We had a number of individuals that would not talk to us," Cain said. "We had others that, when they did talk to us (their statements) were less than true.
"Ultimately, the cooperation of the families led to the information that led us to this point," Cain said.
The people who hosted the party were not involved in the shooting, Cain said.
The juvenile is expected to appear in juvenile court on Friday, June 7. Cain said detectives worked continuously on the case.
"I think the thing that has been most frustrating to our officers, although they worked tremendously, is there were some ... on social media who were unwilling" to recognize the effort, Cain said.
Truck hauling explosives crashes south of Murray
By Dave Thompson
The Paducah Sun
MIDWAY -- A section of U.S. 641 south of Murray was closed for nearly 10 hours after a semi hauling explosives overturned Wednesday morning and struck an electrical pole.
Public safety officials said the explosives, produced by Accurate Energetic Systems, of McEwen, Tennessee, did not appear to be in danger of exploding. The company ships blasting caps separately from explosives.
Power companies shut off power to the lines early on, said William Call, Calloway County's emergency management director, in case there was any possibility the explosives could be set off by electricity.
Call said the truck overturned at about 5:40 a.m., after the driver apparently dropped off the barely-there shoulder coming out of a curve while heading north. Officials did not immediately provide the name of the driver.
Call called that portion of the highway "our most problematic stretch of road in the county."
Multiple miles of the road, about halfway between Hazel and Murray, were closed until 3:20 p.m., when Calloway officials cleared the scene.
Calloway Sheriff Sam Steger said the driver was not injured, there appeared to be no fuel leaks from the vehicle, and none of the casing on the explosives was broken open, though some of the boxes were damaged.
Steger said that section of road can be dangerous, especially for larger vehicles, considering the very thin shoulders giving way to steep ditches.
"The way the shoulders and everything are, you drop off this road especially in a rig … and it just sucks you right off."
Steger said a planned expansion of 641 into a four-lane highway would likely alleviate the problem, but until that road's completion, Steger said drivers should take particular care on the narrow roads throughout the area.
"When you have short shoulders like we have here … you've just got to watch your speed and oncoming traffic," he said.
Steger said he was told the explosives were "extremely stable" and not in danger of going off.
Toxic fire still burning at Auburn waste facility
By Caroline Eggers
Bowling Green Daily News
State officials and regional fire departments are monitoring an ongoing fire situation at a Scott Waste Services' transfer station in Auburn. As of Thursday morning, an official involved in the situation expects the fire to be extinguished within a day.
On Monday evening, the Auburn, Russellville Rural, Franklin-Simpson, Adairville Rural and Browning fire departments responded to a call of a fire at 6:28 p.m. at 55 Pleasant View Road.
When the fire departments arrived, a front-end loader inside the estimated 10,000-square-foot building was on fire along with some trash. It's expected that the tractor was the source of the fire, which soon spread across the top of the facility's extensive trash piles, according to Jeff Gregory, Auburn's fire chief.
"We put upwards of 60,000, 70,000 gallons of water and it didn't go out," Gregory said. "We had five or six tankers running back-and-forth to fill up and we didn't even put a dent in it."
The scene became blurry with black smoke. There were mattresses, paint cans and water bottles ablaze. Then, there were explosions.
"We had a lot of explosions during the time we were there. They can't regulate what's dumped there, so no telling what's in there," Gregory said.
"We decided it was too unsafe for the firefighters to fight it and decided to let it just burn out. … You can't risk people's lives for a bunch of trash."
Assisting with the monitoring effort, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet sent an emergency response team to the scene as well as Division of Water staff to monitor local streams.
"We're making sure that the water isn't impacted. At this time, it doesn't look like it," said Robin Hartman, spokesperson for the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.