• Fire leaves Dry Ridge family homeless

    Kimberly Greene was cooking French fries on Dec. 9 and left the kitchen of her family’s Stewartsville Road home for just a second. When she returned, the hot grease had caught fire and spread quickly up the wall.

    “There was smoke and fire,” she said. “We tried to put it out but it just happened so damned quick.”

    She said she grabbed the pan of grease and tried to move it off the stove, but some of the grease splashed on the stove and the fire spread.

  • Police Reports -December 15, 2011


    (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.)

    Dry Ridge

  • Deputies play St. Nick

    Tim Slone was tired on Saturday, Dec. 3, but he didn’t let a little lost snoozing keep him away from the annual Grant County Shop With A Cop trip.

    “I love to see the kids eyeing the toys,” Slone, a deputy with the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, said. “I think this event is good for the community and it gives these kids a chance to get things they might not have gotten.”

  • Fire damages machines

    Two machines caught fire Nov. 23 at a Williamstown automotive parts manufacturer.

    The Dry Ridge Fire Department responded shortly after 8 a.m. to Gotec Plus Sun on Industrial Road in Williamstown after furnace filters ignited inside a machine outside of the factory, according to Assistant Chief Jeff Nantz.

    Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire, which was contained inside the machine, within 10 minutes of arriving.

    However, fire also was discovered in part of the duct work on the roof as well.

  • Crittenden house fire ruled ‘suspicious’

    Officials are calling a fire that nearly destroyed a house on Main Street in Crittenden as ‘suspicious.”

    The fire, at a white frame house on the corner of Center and Main, started around 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 12.
    Crittenden Fire Chief Lee Burton said the fire was called in by a passing motorist.

    “When we arrived there was heavy fire and smoke billowing from the front two rooms as well as the covered porch,” Burton said. “The fire was traveling up into the eaves of the house.”

  • Fire damages exterior of Dana building

    Automobile parts manufacturer Dana shut down for more than three hours Nov. 8 after part of the exterior of the Dry Ridge building caught fire.

    The Dry Ridge Fire Department was dispatched to “smoke in the area” at 12:23 p.m. Nov. 8 after black pads that tractor trailers back into when pulling into Dana’s loading dock ignited.

  • Jail suspends prisoner work program

    A second walkaway this year has led Jailer Terry Peeples to make changes to the Class D inmate work program.

    Kenneth Forrester III of Crittenden was arrested 24 hours after leaving his work duty Nov. 4 at the Grant County Animal Shelter.

    Peeples is hoping new policies and procedures will ensure that no inmates escape in the future.

    With the exception of two state crews and the 109 Crew that cleans roads and cemeteries, the Grant County Detention Center has suspended its Class D program.

  • Police need help with robbery, ‘smash and grabs’

    Police are looking for a man who walked into Affordable Tanning, near Gold Star Chili in Dry Ridge, on Monday and demanded cash.

    According to Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells,  the man, whom clerks describe as a black male, entered the business around noon and demanded all the cash from the cash drawer.

    Kells said he threatened the clerk with a weapon. She told police she believes she saw the outline of a handgun in jacket pocket.

    The man fled on foot. The clerk did not see which direction he went in.

  • Two die in three-vehicle crash on I-75

    Two men were killed early Sunday morning in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate-75 south of the Crittenden exit.
    Robert Roaden, 33, of Williamstown and Jerry Martin, 89, of Centerville, Ohio died at the scene.

    Police said the wreck occurred when Roaden’s vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway, traveling several hundred feet before it came back on the road and then overturned multiple times.

    Roaden was thrown from the wreckage. Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

  • Grant jail escapee captured

    A Corinth man tasted freedom for just 24 hours before he was arrested and returned to the Grant County Detention Center.

    Kenneth Forrester walked away from the Grant County Animal Shelter around 1 p.m. on Nov. 4.

    According to Jailer Terry Peeples, Forrester had been working at the shelter for about nine months as part of the Class D program. Shelter staff noticed he wasn’t at his work assignment and they alerted the detention center.