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Fight Complaint At The Muhlenberg Career Development Center

Date of News Release: 09/25/2007

(Muhlenberg County) - On Monday, September 24, 2007 at approximately 7:42 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Post 2-Madisonville received a complaint of a fight involving 30 to 40 students at the Muhlenberg Career Development Center located 3875 KY 181 North in Greenville, KY. The call came from Muhlenberg County Central Dispatch who advised that the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department was in route and was requesting assistance from the Kentucky State Police.

Upon arriving, some officers began to disperse the crowd and direct the students to their dorm rooms while other officers interviewed the persons involved in the fight. As the crowd was dispersing, several students not involved in the original fight became disorderly and acted aggressively toward the staff and other personnel. Those students were located in a dorm and officers responded. The students were directed into their dorm rooms. Most of the students complied, but the occupants of one of the rooms continued to act belligerent and resisted orders. One of the students, Jonathan L. Jackson, was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Another student, Chad A. Williams, attempted to interfere with the arrest and became aggressive towards the officers. Mr. Williams was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, menacing and assault 3rd degree-police officer. The Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department arrested a juvenile. In light of the arrests made by responding law enforcement, the other students returned to their dorm rooms.

Further investigation of the initial fight complaint revealed that during the fight, there were two separate incidents in which staff members were assaulted. After conducting interviews with the victims from the staff, the students that committed the assaults were located and arrested. Kandice L. Smith was charged with assault 3rd degree-school employee/volunteer and a juvenile was charged with assault 3rd degree-school employee/volunteer.

There were no injuries to any law enforcement officers from any of the agencies that responded.

The investigation is continuing by Tpr. Brandon McPherson and the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department in conjunction with the Muhlenberg Career Development Center staff.

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