Both northbound and southbound lanes of I-65 in Simpson County were closed between about 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 18 after numerous traffic accidents on the Exit 6 overpass due to the overpass being covered with ice. The interstate was closed by the Simpson County Sheriff's Office and Franklin Police with assistance by Franklin Simpson Fire Rescue, Kentucky State Police, Franklin-Simpson Ambulance Service and the Kentucky Dept of Transportation.
The sheriff's office said at least two of the accidents involved personal injury.
Simpson County Sheriff Jere Hopson said speed was also a contributing factor in the traffic accidents.
A Russellville man was injured when the car he was driving left U.S. 31-W north and struck a tree near the Warren County line on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
James R. Reding, 60, was taken by F-S Ambulance Service to The Medical Center at Bowling Green after the accident that happened at about 4:20 p.m.
Simpson County Deputy Sheriff Bart Blythe's report said Reding was driving south bound in a 2006 Ford Taurus when he swerved to avoid striking a deer. Reding then lost control of the car and struck a tree.
A Franklin woman was arrested on three charges by Franklin Police on Tuesday, Dec. 16.
Ranndom Prochaska, 19, was arrested on charges of theft by unlawful taking — shoplifting under $500, possession of a controlled substance and promoting contraband.
Sgt. Kevin Williams made the arrest.
The arrest report said Ms. Prochaska was originally arrested on the theft charge stemming from the alleged theft of medication and margarita salt, with a total value of $31, from Walmart. The report said after the arrest she was allegedly found in possession of suspected cocaine after arriving at the Simpson County Jail by jail staff.
Franklin Police are investigating the theft of a cast iron flower pot valued at $300 from a residence in the 600 block of West Cedar Street.
Officer Serhiy Varyvoda's report said at about noon on Thursday, Dec. 11 a man, described as about a 30-year-old white male, knocked on the back door of the residence and after knocking dumped soil and flowers out of the flower pot. The report said the man put the flower pot inside a two-door green passenger vehicle and drove away from the residence. The vehicle was also occupied by a female.
Franklin Police are investigating an attempt to shoplift $1,500 worth of computers and electronics from Walmart on Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Detective Larry Schultz Jr.'s report said the items were observed taken from the store and put inside a vehicle in the parking lot; however, a WalMart employee was able to remove the property from the vehicle.
Schultz's report said two heavy set white males were in the vehicle and drove away. It said the vehicle was a maroon Chevrolet Lumina with a Robertson County, Tennessee license plate. The police report said there was heavy damage to the driver side rear of the vehicle. It also said the man who attempted to take the merchandise from the store was wearing a two tone, white and black or blue baseball cap and a National Guard Nascar jacket.
Police were called to investigate the incident at 12:20 p.m.