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  • 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.

  • Lake expansion project gets $540,000 boost

    Vince Gabbert, deputy chief of staff for Gov. Steve Beshear, recently returned home to Grant County bearing an expensive gift.

    The 1994 Williamstown Senior High graduate and son of Rosie and Eddie Gabbert announced a $540,000 state grant that will help inch closer the planned expansion of Lake Williamstown.

    The announcement came in front of a standing-room only crowd at a town hall meeting hosted by the Williamstown Woman’s Club at Williamstown Baptist Church.

  • Deputy charfed with bribery

    A Grant County deputy jailer found himself behind bars.

    Eric Bay Ashcraft, 23, of Dry Ridge, was charged on March 10 with accepting a bribe from an inmate and allowing contraband into the jail.

    Ashcraft had been employed at the jail since June 2008. He resigned before his arrest.

    Ashcraft also was the Grant County High School girls’ soccer coach for the 2008 season. “He has completed his contract and met his duties for this year,” said Grant County Superintendent Michael Hibbett.

  • Legislators put teeth in cyber safety law

    A House bill strengthening and updating laws protecting children from Internet predators moved quickly through the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly.

    House Bill 315, which had 21 cosponsors, including Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, prohibits registered sex offenders from using social-networking Web sites like MySpace and Facebook that are frequented by minors.

    Passage of this bill allows Kentucky prosecutors to criminally charge sex offenders removed from the sites.

    Since May of 2007, MySpace has removed the profiles of 90,000 sex offenders.

  • No injuries in bus crash

    No one was injured when a Grant County school bus struck a vehicle just as school let out on March 17.

    The bus, driven by Daniel P. Collins Jr., 52, of Corinth, was leaving Grant County Middle School, and pulled in front of a 2000 Ford Escape driven by Mary P. Smith, 71, of Williamstown.

    There were 22 passengers on the bus at the time of the accident but there were no injuries.

    Grant County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Maines is investigating the accident.

  • Grant board approves 2009-2010 calendar

    On March 12, the Grant County Board of Education approved next year’s school calendar.

    School will begin on Aug. 12 and tentatively end on May 18.

    Something new to this year’s calendar is that the students will have six early release days which the students will get out at 12:30 p.m. and the teachers will have mandatory professional development days where they will get out at 3:30 p.m.

  • Mother of four dies in Scott crash

    Sunny Harper was just that – a mother with a sunny personality and a bright smile.

    “She was pretty happy and bubbly,” said Sheila Norman, Sunny’s friend and landlord. “She loved her family and friends.”

    The Dry Ridge mother was traveling with her husband and three of her four children to pick up her new glasses in Georgetown when the Harper’s 1991 Toyota Tercel was struck by a van pulling out of a driveway.

  • City vehicle swiped in Crittenden

    Juveniles out for a joy ride are believed to be the culprits behind a city vehicle being removed from the city garage and found on a nearby street.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said the pickup truck was taken fromthe city’s maintenance building between Friday, March 13 and Sunday, March 15. The pickup was found near the Dalton Plaza Apartments and had no damage. “We believe that juveniles were responsible and are hoping someone will step forward and accept responsbility,” Dills said.