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  • Drugs stolen

    It was no joke when Total Care Pharmacy in Dry Ridge was burglarized on April 1.

    Thieves made off with more than 2,300 pills including Aderall, which is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and  Oxycodone/APAP, Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Vicodin, which are painkillers.

    “That’s a lot of pills on the street,” said Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells.

    The burglary occurred around 1:10 a.m. when a suspect entered the pharmacy by pulling the sheet metal siding away from the rear wall and knocking a hole in the drywall.

  • Fast & furious

    Customers bombarded Bluegrass Discount Tobacco Outlet in Williamstown on Tuesday, March 31, trying to buy up anything they could.

    “I came in to stock up on it,” said Jody Bush of Owenton. “Stuff was flying out the door. I’m hoping this lasts me a few months.”

    Smokers were lining up to purchase tobacco products before state and federal tax increases dramatically raised prices on April 1.

    Kentucky legislators doubled the state cigarette tax alone from 30 to 60 cents during the recent session.

  • Who will be the biggest winner?

    Dee Perry had described herself as a couch potato who did not exercise.

    That was before she registered last year for Grant County’s Biggest Winner Challenge and took home the overall prize.

    “It shocked me,” the 59-year-old Williamstown resident said. “I had been pretty sick and hadn’t moved that much. It gave me a chance to get out and do a few things and meet a lot of people. I had a lot of fun doing it. It gave me more strength. When you sit around, you really get in bad shape.”

  • School absences on rise due to flu

    Runny noses and high fevers are taking the place of textbooks and class attendance at some local schools.

    Illnesses have caused a noticeable increase in absences as flu activity picks up across the state.

    Through March 10, a total of 203 flu cases have been reported for all of Northern Kentucky with 43 of those in Grant County.

  • Fugitives nabbed in Nebraska

    Three fugitives from an Indiana prison are back behind bars after being apprehended in Nebraska almost a week after their escape.

    Jerry Sargent, a 59-year-old from Williamstown, fled the Branchville Correctional Facility near Tell City, Ind., on Friday, March 20, along with Bobby Cockerell III, 31, and Christopher Marshall, 49.

    Grant County authorities were on alert and local schools kept security tight after speculation Sargent might try to see family members living in the area.

  • Spears Lunch Kitchen fills gap for hungry

    Pat Holmquist had driven past the Free Lunch sign outside of 11 S. Main St. in Dry Ridge about 12 times before she decided to come in.

    She was not sure what to expect when she walked into the diner with UK Wildcat blue carpet, an inspirational verse on its menu board and home-cooked food ready to be eaten.

    “I had tears in my eyes,” Holmquist said. “I had never seen anything like this. I had to write to (Larry Spears) and tell him. It was just wonderful. I just thank the Lord for Mr. Spears.”

  • BREAKING NEWS: Three fugitives apprehended in Nebraska

    Three men who escaped Friday from Branchville Correctional Facility were recaptured Thursday in Nebraska. The Perry County News first heard of the details around 8 p.m. from County Prosecutor Robert Collins. Details were still sketchy but the capture of 49-year-old Christopher Marshall, 59-year-old Jerry Sargent and 31-year-old Bobby Cockerell apparently followed a pursuit that lasted more than 10 miles. It was not immediately clear where the men were captured.

  • Manhunt continues

    Local law enforcement are on high alert as a manhunt is on for three fugitives who escaped an Indiana prison on Friday, March 20.

    Authorities believe there is a possibility the escapees could be headed toward Grant County because one of the men, 59-year-old Jerry Sargent, is from Williamstown.

    Sargent, who has family in the area, was serving a 50-year sentence at Branchville Correctional Facility near Tell City, Ind., for robbery and criminal confinement.

    Sargent’s earliest possible release date was Jan. 7, 2023.

  • Prosecutor recalls felon as smart, dangerous

    Jerry Sargent is someone Jim Crawford knows well.

    Crawford, commonwealth attorney for Grant County, prosecuted Sargent 20 years ago in Grant County on numerous charges.

    Sargent, an escapee from a Tell City, Ind., prison, is believed to be one of three men who attacked and robbed three brothers on their Sanders farm Monday morning.

  • Three brothers beaten, left tied inside Carroll County home

    An Indiana prison break has led authorities into Kentucky, where three Carroll County men were beaten and tied up Monday, March 23, in a home on State Hwy. 36 East, just south of Interstate 71.

    Their attackers are believed to be the three men who escaped Friday morning from Branchville Correctional Facility in Tell City, Ind.