A man accused in a fatal shooting on Collegeview Drive has been indicted.
Michael Shawn Burgett, 45, address unknown, was formally charged by a Warren County grand jury with murder, first-degree wanton endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon and first-degree persistent felony offender in the death of Robert Cherry.
Burgett is accused of shooting Cherry, 43, of Bowling Green, on July 22.
Burgett is set to be arraigned Monday in Warren Circuit Court.
The shooting was investigated by the Bowling Green Police Department, which was called about the incident in the 1300 block of Collegeview Drive.
Cherry was found dead in the street by law enforcement from a gunshot wound.
Burgett was named as the shooter by Kellie Fisher, a witness who reported that Burgett and Cherry had been in a verbal argument just before the shooting, according to testimony from BGPD Detective Kyle Scharlow at a preliminary hearing in July.
The argument reportedly took place in front of Cherry’s home on Audubon Drive.
Fisher reported hearing a gunshot while inside the home, and when she went out she saw Burgett walking away and Cherry beginning to walk after him, Scharlow said.
Cherry and Fisher then got into a vehicle together and left the residence, driving around until Cherry reportedly saw Burgett walking along Collegeview Drive and got out of the vehicle.
Police received information that Burgett dropped a firearm as Cherry exited the vehicle, and as Cherry advanced toward Burgett, Burgett picked up the firearm and fired two rounds, at least one of which struck Cherry, Scharlow testified.
About 30 minutes after police were dispatched to the scene, officers found a shirtless Burgett in the 1300 block of South Lee Drive and took him into custody.
Scharlow said another witness attempted to follow Burgett as he left the scene of the shooting and provided information to help police locate him.
Burgett declined to give a statement to police after he was taken into custody, but he made incriminating statements while “talking to himself” after police stopped attempting to interview him, Scharlow testified.
Fisher is named as the victim in the wanton endangerment count against Burgett.
Atlanta-based RaceTrac Petroleum plans to replace the vacant Days Inn property at 4617 Scottsville Road in Bowling Green with a RaceTrac-branded gas station and convenience store.
“RaceTrac recently purchased this property and intends to demolish the hotel in the near future to build a new RaceTrac location,” RaceTrac Communications Manager Megan Shannon confirmed in an email.
Warren County clerk’s office records show the Georgia corporation Pepperwood Inc. purchased the 5.39-acre property from the Shree Ganesh BG Inc. Kentucky corporation in January for $2.5 million.
Shree Ganesh BG Inc., whose president is Dharmesh Patel, had owned the property since Nov. 4, 2013, when it was purchased from South Central Hospitality Group.
Pepperwood has the same Atlanta address as the corporate headquarters for RaceTrac, which has filed both a demolition permit and a building permit for the property that is next door to Waffle House on Mel Browning Street.
The demolition permit calls for demolishing the hotel, pool and any accessory structures at a cost of $251,388. It lists the demolition size as 21,760 square feet.
One building permit on file with the city of Bowling Green indicates that RaceTrac plans to build two fueling canopies, one of 2,030 square feet and one of 6,534 square feet, at a total cost of about $200,000.
A separate building permit calls for construction of a 5,411-square-foot convenience store costing about $1 million.
While confirming those plans, Shannon said: “We do not have a set construction timeline at this moment.”
Shannon said a RaceTrac-branded gas station and convenience store being built in Elizabethtown will be the first RaceTrac location in Kentucky. RaceTrac is also the parent company for the RaceWay brand of gas stations.
According to the company’s website, RaceTrac operates more than 650 retail stores in 12 southeastern states under the RaceTrac and RaceWay brands.
Most RaceTracs feature 20 to 24 fueling stations and a convenience store of at least 5,000 square feet.
Shannon said new RaceTrac locations offer a wide selection of on-the-go food and beverage items, including Swirl World frozen-dessert stations.
The RaceTrac will be replacing a hotel property that once had more than 60 guest rooms. According to the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Scottsville Road Days Inn has been closed since January.
The former Econolodge on Cumberland Trace Road was awarded the Days Inn & Suites flag in May.
Adults will have an opportunity to celebrate Halloween this year away from children thanks to Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky and the Historic RailPark & Train Museum’s inaugural Boo Bash fundraiser.
The Halloween-themed party will offer attractions to individuals age 21 and older including a liquor ring toss (sponsored by Heaven Hill Brands), costume contests, a silent auction, food trucks (Atomic Burger & Empanadas BG), cornhole and other outdoor games.
The party will kick off at the RailPark at 6 p.m. and last until 11 p.m. Oct. 15.
All proceeds will be split between Down Syndrome of South Central Kentucky and the RailPark.
“We have wanted to work together on some type of event,” RailPark Executive Director Jamie Johnson said. “Both of our organizations do a lot of fundraisers, and we thought why don’t we throw an event and cater to those people who want to stay out late and have a good time? We thought it would be great to have something for adults without kids. We are having it a bit earlier so they can get it out of the way beforehand so they can spend Halloween with their kids.”
Johnson said an axe throw presented by Flip’n Axe will also be available for participants.
Advance tickets to the bash are $45 per person and can be purchased through Sept. 30. Purchase includes entry into the event along with two drink tickets and access to all attractions.
From Oct. 1-13, tickets will be $55 per person, and they will be $60 per person at the door on the night of the fundraiser.
A table for eight can also be purchased for $450 through Sept. 30.
Tickets can be bought online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/boo-bash-bg-2021-tickets-164421706751.
Johnson said the groups estimate 150 people will be at the party, but capacity is well over 300 with the event being held both inside and outside the RailPark.
“The most important thing is everyone getting dressed in their costumes,” she said. “We are expecting to see some outrageous costumes. We have five or six different costume contest categories with prizes. We want people to come and bring their friends.”
She said several signature cocktails created by Vette City Catering will be available, and the party will be DJ’d by Andy Morgan of All Hit WUHU 107.1.
Other sponsors for the event include the Bowling Green Hot Rods, Graves Gilbert Clinic, Azzip Pizza and VIP Bowling Green Magazine.
Only open since 2018, the Bluegrass Supply Chain distribution center in Franklin’s Sanders Interstate Industrial Park is expanding to meet growing demand for its logistics services.
The Bowling Green-based company announced last week it is adding 48,000 square feet to its 105,000-square-foot warehouse in Franklin.
Work on the expansion has been started by Scott, Murphy and Daniel Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
The expansion isn’t expected to add more than a dozen or so new jobs, but it will allow the company to better serve southcentral Kentucky’s growing industrial base and its customers throughout the Southeast.
“Our company continues to grow, and customer needs are evolving,” Bluegrass Supply Chain President John Higgins said in a news release. “Franklin has proven to be an excellent location for our company. It is strategically located on Interstate 65, giving us easy access to Nashville, Louisville and other regional markets. We look forward to continue growing in Franklin.”
The Bluegrass Supply Chain expansion is welcomed by Gary Broady, chairman of the Franklin-Simpson Industrial Authority.
“We created the Sanders Industrial Park some 20 years ago and, because of companies like Bluegrass Supply Chain, hundreds of jobs are available to people in this area,” Broady said. “Bluegrass Supply Chain is creating a dozen new jobs and investing several million dollars with this expansion.”
Such expansions can also contribute to the momentum Franklin and Simpson County have built.
According to U.S. Census Bureau figures, Simpson County is among the fastest-growing counties in Kentucky. Its population grew from 17,327 in 2010 to 19,594 in 2020, a 13.1% hike.
Growth has been almost routine for Bluegrass Supply Chain since its founding in 2002.
The company provides warehousing, e-commerce fulfillment, light assembly, engineering and quality support services in a six-state region and has 2.5 million square feet of warehouse space across that region.
Its trucking subsidiary, Bluegrass Dedicated, is going through a growth spurt of its own. The Bowling Green company announced in July plans to invest $3 million to purchase 25 new tractor-trailers and add to its current fleet of 72 trucks.
Bluegrass Dedicated has trucking hubs in Shepherdsville, Anderson, S.C., Memphis and Portland, Tenn., but its headquarters and the bulk of its drivers and equipment are in Bowling Green.
Growth in the local industrial base prompted the purchase of the trucks, according to Bluegrass Dedicated Director of Business Development Rodney Smith.
“There’s a big capacity gap between what businesses need and what trucking companies are able to provide,” Smith said in July. “We’re trying to fill that.”