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Police

  • New trial granted in toddler death

    A 27-year-old Crittenden man has been granted a new trial in the 2009 death of his girlfriend’s 13-month-old daughter by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

    After more than two days of testimony, a Grant County jury took less than two hours on Jan. 22, 2010 to find Brandon Barnhill guilty of wanton murder of toddler Kiara Smith.

    The 27-year-old Crittenden man is serving life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange.

  • TRAGIC FIRE CLAIMS TWO

    Two little girls lying in a single casket holding hands is an image Ron Livingood will never forget.

    Livingood, superintendent of Grant County Schools, along with other administrative staff and nearly all of the teachers at Grant County Middle School,  traveled to Winchester for the funeral of Rachel and Jacquline Chesnut, children of Shelly Chesnut.

    Chesnut has been a sixth grade science teacher for the last eight years at GCMS.

  • Fire destroys Dry Ridge home

    Danielle Varner wasn’t home when her mobile home caught fire on Feb. 11 and for that she’s grateful.

    The fire, which broke out around 4:30 a.m. on Taylor Lane in Dry Ridge, engulfed Varner’s bedroom, which was reduced to blackened, charred wood.

    The siding from the mobile home dripped like warm cake icing from the frame of the trailer.

    Varner and her mother spent Feb. 13 salvaging what they could of her belongings from a spare bedroom that was not damaged in the blaze.

  • Deputy jailer indicted on bribery charge

    A part-time deputy jailer could find himself behind bars after being indicted Feb. 8 by a Grant County grand jury.
    Jason Stephens, 24, was indicted on charges of bribery of a public servant, a Class C felony with a penalty of five to 10 years and up to a $10,000 fine, and official misconduct in the first-degree, a Class A misdemeanor.

    Two Grant County Detention Center inmates, Joshua D. Sexton, 28, and Jason D. Angel, 31, also were indicted for bribery of a public servant and being persistent felony offenders.

  • POLICE REPORTS-Feb. 16

    (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.)
    Deputy Brian Maines and Probation and Parole executed a warrant for Jordan L. Richardson, 25, of Dry Ridge, at 12:21 p.m. Feb. 6 on Blair Road. Richardson was lodged at the Grant County Detention Center.

  • Chiefs propose Fire/EMS funding solution

    The Grant County Fire Chiefs’ Association hopes to establish a new emergency services taxing district to fund additional ambulances, replace expiring equipment and expand services.

    The group, which includes the chiefs from all five fire departments in the county, presented its proposal Feb. 6 to the Grant County Fiscal Court.

  • Police nab two suspects in home invasion

    Chris D. Wilson, 20, of Crittenden and Christopher R. Manning, 24, of Dry Ridge have been charged by police in connection with a home invasion on Jan. 29 at Hy-Ridge Mobile Home Park on U.S. 25 in Dry Ridge.

    Police said the pair entered a home around 1:56 p.m. and were surpised to find the owner at home. The suspects kicked in the door of the home, entered and then ran from the scene when they were confronted by the owner.

  • Fire dept. recognizes agencies for help during 78 car pileup on Interstate-75

    When Interstate 75 turned into a virtual ice rink for vehicles Jan. 2, area emergency workers jumped into duty.

    The Dry Ridge Fire Department has recognized three organizations for their assistance during the multiple accidents.

    Each received a framed certificate from the department.

    Williamstown Fire Department helped transport patients from the Interstate to the hospital using fire trucks and other first responder vehicles.

  • Grant fire chiefs propose funding solution

    With a proposed ambulance taxing district on the back burner, a new proposal will be heard by the Grant County Fiscal Court.

    The Grant County Fire Chiefs’ Association, which includes the chiefs from all five fire departments in the county, will be making a presentation concerning fire and EMS service throughout the county during the Feb. 6 meeting.

    The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Grant County Courthouse.

  • GCMS teacher arrested for cultivating marijuana

    A Grant County Middle School teacher has been arrested for cultivating marijuana.

    Kentucky State Police executed a warrant for Dr. Nicholas Catey, 63, of Berry, at his home on Jan. 20.

    Police said the charges stem from last fall’s marijuana eradication efforts when a fly-over of Grant and Scott counties revealed marijuana growing on Catey’s farm.

    Upon investigation, police said they found a “mowed path leading to a garden where they discovered marijuana growing in buckets.”