police with mugUPDATE: CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (7/14/14) — The woman KSP charged in the shooting death of her ex-husband has been incarcerated after being hospitalized for ingesting a large quantity of prescription medications.

According to a Kentucky State Police report released Monday, July 14, Brenda M. Hardin was released from Muhlenberg Community Hospital Saturday, July 12 and lodged in the Muhlenberg Detention Center at about 9:41 a.m., Saturday, July 12.

The original and follow up story are below.

Rita Dukes Smith

SurfKY News Director

UPDATE: CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (7/8/14) — An arrest warrant for the person allegedly responsible for the death of a Central City man Monday night has been issued.

According to a Kentucky State Police report Tuesday afternoon, KSP Det. Lonnie Kavanaugh's investigation resulted in an arrest warrant for Brenda M. Hardin, 61, Central City, in the death of her ex-husband, Ronnie E. Hardin, 64, Central City.

An autopsy was performed at the State Medical Examiner's Office Tuesday in Madisonville, which revealed that Ronnie E. Hardin died from a single gunshot.

Brenda M. Hardin was charged with murder-domestic violence, a Class A Felony, and tampering with physical evidence, a Class D Felony. She is in the intensive care unit at Muhlenberg Community Hospital due to the ingestion of multiple prescription medications.

Rita Dukes Smith

SurfKY News Director



CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (7/8/2014) ― A Central City man was found dead in a building next to his residence at 904 W. Whitmer St., Central City, around 7:38 p.m. Monday, July 7.

In addressing the press at the scene, Kentucky State Police spokesman Stu Recke said the name would not be officially released until all proper notification was made. At 1:57 a.m., Recke released the victim's name.

Muhlenberg County Deputy Coroner Ricky King pronounced Ronnie Hardin, 64, dead at the scene.

Recke told SurfKY News that the death is under investigation. He would not reveal the manner of death nor if suspects have been identified.

"I cannot confirm anything right now except it is a death investigation,” said Recke. “Investigators are on the scene now, and that's where it stands."  

An autopsy is scheduled with the State Medical Examiner in Madisonville for today, July 8.

The investigation is being handled by Detective Lonnie Kavanaugh of the Kentucky State Police.  The Central City Police Department, the Muhlenberg County Sheriff's Department and the Muhlenberg County Coroner's Office assisted at the scene.

This story will be updated with further details, when they are released.

Charles Riley
SurfKY News Reporter
SurfKY News Photos/Charles Riley

Front of residence where crime occured

Police units on location

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Weather Sponsored by

1 DOW 17,084.49
+33.74 (0.20%)    
2 S&P 2,014.89
+1.46 (0.07%)    
3 NASDAQ 4,830.47
+19.68 (0.41%)    

Stock Report Sponsored by

In Other News...

One Injured in Roll-Over Accident

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, Ky. (10/10/15) At approximately 4:07 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, McCracken County Deputies and EMS personnel… Read More

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (10/10/15) ― The following happenings and meetings are scheduled for next week: • The 10th Annual… Read More

Most Read This Week

October 06, 2015 4873

County Passes Occupational Tax Ordinance

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 4786

Alleged Attempt to Hide Meth in Doughnuts Results…

by SurfKY News
October 05, 2015 4117

Four Charged with Drug Offenses after Motel…

by SurfKY News
October 06, 2015 3804

Dawson Man Charged with Cultivating Marijuana,…

by SurfKY News
October 07, 2015 3277

Vehicle Overturns during Two-Car Collision

by Rita Dukes Smith, SurfKY News Director

Most Read This Month

September 16, 2015 13437

Mining Accident Fatality - Update

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
September 30, 2015 11499

Dawson Woman Dead After Princeton Factory…

by SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

October 09, 2015 847

Travis Ipox Appointed as New Agency Manager of…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 837

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 737

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports Released -…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 620

OPINION: No Simple Answer to Violent Attacks

by Ron Sanders
October 10, 2015 609

25-Mile Car Chase on Pennyrile Ends in Two Arrests

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 597

2016 Kynect Open Enrollment Period Begins Nov. 1

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 531

Rider Killed in Motorcycle Collision with Bucket…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 490

LG&E, KU Utility-Scale Solar Facility…

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 435

McConnell Comments on Court Decision Halting WOTUS

by SurfKY News
October 09, 2015 419

A.G. Conway Issues Statement Regarding Sixth…

by SurfKY News