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Police

  • Burton named Crittenden fire chief

    Crittenden and Community Fire Department Chief Lee Burton's passion for his job may be as consuming as the fires he fights.

    “I actually started when I was 15, made my first run three days after my 16th birthday,” Burton said. “I've been hooked on this ever since.”

    Burton, who took over as interim chief at Crittenden on April 12 following the resignation of Chief Dave Owens, became Crittenden's official chief on April 24. Although the Crittenden department is staffed with all volunteers,

  • KSP AWARDS

    Two officers assigned to Kentucky State Police Post 6 in Dry Ridge received honors at the agency’s annual awards ceremony.

    Sr. Trooper Timothy A. Vinal, left, was named Trooper of the Year for the post and Det. Anthony Gibson, right, was named Detective of the Year. Photo submitted

  • Federal inmates to return to jail?

    Grant County Detention Center Jailer Terry Peeples looked for ways to cut costs and raise revenues for the 2011-12 budget.

    However, one thing that is not in the budget is revenue from federal prisoners.

    Peeples said he hopes a change in medical contracts will eventually lead to discussion with U.S. Marshals about bringing back needed dollars from housing and transporting federal prisoners.

    The jail currently contracts medical services with Southern Health Partners during the day.

  • Pa. woman dies in I-75 wreck

    A Pennsylvania woman died following a crash on Interstate-75 on Friday, June 10.

    The accident occurred at 4:45 p.m. in the northbound lanes near the 162-mile marker between Dry Ridge and Crittenden.

    Amber Elizabeth Colvin, 32, of Carlisle, Pa. was pronounced dead at the scene by Grant County Coroner Robert McDaniel.

    McDaniel said Colvin was wearing a seat belt and her vehicle’s air bag did deploy, but the majority of the damage to her 2002 Ford SUV was on the driver’s side causing multiple trauma.

  • Weather causes road problems

    Drivers should beware when traveling some Grant County roads as the spring’s rainy weather has caused some problems to the road surface.

    In southern Grant County, a section each of Delaney and Keefer Roads are down to one lane.  

    Keefer Road (Ky. 2936) will be closed through June 10 and again on June 13 through June 15 to through traffic to allow the state highway department to repair the slide. The work and closure will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m..

  • Jailer gets creative with 2011-12 budget

    In his first year, Grant County Jailer said he has “a good budget” as he tries to reduce costs and increase revenues.

    “Everybody wants to hammer the jail and say ‘The jail costs money,’” Peeples said during a recent fiscal court caucus meeting. “Well, we’re trying to fix that and be creative.”

  • Jail walkaway caught quickly

    Jeff Courtney, a Class D inmate, who was working outside the grant County Detention Center on Barnes Road in Williamstown, climbed into a waiting car and drove off June 5.

    Grant County Jailer Terry Peeples said that Courtney was being supervised while he was working in a garden outside the jail.

    “The deputy saw him get in a car and take off,” Peeples said.

    Peeples said the jail staff notified the Kentucky State Police, per the jail’s protocol and began an investigation.

  • Electrical fire temporarily closes Country Grill

    The Country Grill in Dry Ridge will be closed for at least two weeks, maybe longer, after an electrical fire broke out on Monday, June 6.

    “I’m hoping we’re only closed for two weeks,” said Mike Hare, owner. “My goal is to be up and running before the NASCAR race at Kentucky Speedway.”

    The race is set for the first weekend in July.

    Hare said the employees smelled smoke and then noticed a haze in the dining room just after lunch.

  • Trooper, prisoner receive minor injuries in wreck

    A state trooper crashed his cruiser on May 19 while transporting a prisoner to jail.

    The wreck occurred at 1:22 a.m. on Ky. 22 when the cruiser driven by Trooper Ron Gilbert slid off the road in a curve and struck a tree.

    Gilbert and the prisoner, Justin Malott, 19, were taken to St. Elizabeth Hosptial Grant County were they were treated and released.

    Malott, of Williamstown, was then lodged in the Grant County Detention Center. He had been arrested on a felony warrant. State police are investigating the crash.

  • POLICE WARN OF SUMMER SCAM ARTISTS IN AREA

    The Kentucky State Police in Dry Ridge want to inform citizens of criminal activity that is occurring in the Morehead and Dry Ridge Post areas.

    Two white males are going to residences of elderly people and approaching the occupants about giving them an estimate for a new heating and air conditioning unit. Once inside the residence, one of the male subjects will distract the victim while the other male subject goes around measuring the residence. While pretending to take the measurements, that male subject is taking jewelry and any other valuable items.