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  • KSP give Hotel Donald fire second look

    Nineteen years ago, two children, both students at Mason-Corinth Elementary, died in a blaze at Hotel Donald in Williamstown.
    While investigators quickly determined the fire was arson, no one was ever charged and the case became a cold case.
    That’s where Bryant Hunger comes in. Hunger started his career with the Kentucky State Police in January.
    “Arson is difficult to investigate,” Hunger said. “That’s why we are putting it out to the public to try and get any information that we can.”

  • Alcohol proponents start wet petition

    A group of Dry Ridge residents would like to see alcohol sales all over Grant County so they’ve begun a petition drive to put the issue on the ballot.
    Darren Spahr, along with his wife, Kellee, is leading the petition drive.
    “We are putting this in the hands of the voters of Grant County,” said Spahr, a Dry Ridge resident. “The people should decide the issue and we believe they will support it.”
    Grant County businessman Bob Wallace is also involved in the effort and said alcohol sales will boost the local economy.

  • Two charged in Bluegrass Tobacco burglary

    After a month-long investigation, a Williamstown couple faces charges in the June 18 break-in at Bluegrass Tobacco.

    Lauren Taylor, 26, and Miguel Hony, 25, were charged July 17with third-degree burglary and theft by unlawful taking over $10,000.

    The two suspects broke into the tobacco store around 3:20 a.m. through the back door and took thousands of dollars in merchandise.
    Williamstown Police posted several photos of the suspects taken from the store’s surveillance cameras.

  • Dry Ridge to host block party, concert/movie at park

    A movie, music and more will be coming to Piddle Park in Dry Ridge.
    Dry Ridge Mayor Jim Wells hopes two upcoming events will entice people to come out to the park to have fun.
    “The more that we can do to get people out to the park, the more they’ll enjoy the park for its features,” he said.
    An inaugural summer concert series and movie night will be held July 25.
    Inflatables will be available for children starting at 6 p.m., followed by the concert beginning at 7:15 p.m.


    No breathing and a faint pulse.
    That’s what Sgt. Brian Maines of the Grant County Sheriff’s Office encountered about month ago when he responded to a possible drug overdose.

    A female driver called 911 when a male passenger she had just picked up appeared to be overdosing in her backseat.
    The male had just got out of rehab for heroin addiction.

  • Celebrating the best worst thing

    The other day I thought of the phrase, “the best worst thing.”
    Is it even possible to have a best worst thing? Isn’t that an oxymoron, like jumbo shrimp or pretty ugly?
    For one of my daughters, the past year has been the worst of her life, and she’s still asking why. “If Jesus loves me, why did he let this happen?” she asks.


    Zhou named to Clarkson
     University Dean’s list
    Hanson  Zhou of Dry Ridge, a freshman majoring in biology and psychology, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2015 semester at Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.
      Dean’s List students must achieve a minimum 3.25 grade-point average and also carry at least 14 credit hours.
    Colson named to
     president’s list


    (Editor’s Note: The Grant County News publishes all items in police beat that are submitted from each individual police agency. The News does not omit names from police reports.)
    Officer David Osborne cited Brian Van Cleave, 38, of Corinth, with expired out-of-state license, operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license and failure of owner to maintain required insurance, at 5:15 p.m. July 13 on Broadway Street.
    Officer K.J. Little cited Robert D. Fitterer, 18, of Corinth, with failure to produce insurance card, at 3:39 p.m. July 14 on Broadway Street.

  • Grand jury indicts Propes on attempted murder charges

    A 22-year-old Crittenden man was indicted by a Grant County grand jury on charges of attempting to murder a police officer.
    The indictment, filed July 8, is in connection with a June 15 shootout between Shane Propes and a Grant County Sheriff’s deputy in the Indian Hills Drive neighborhood.
    Along with attempted murder, Propes was indicted on charges of theft by unlawful taking (firearm), first-degree burglary and first-degree wanton endangerment.
    Propes was allegedly walking down the street carrying a gun when police were called to the scene.