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Police

  • Murder suspect indicted

    By Molly Haynes, Landmark News Service

    Two Owen County men were indicted by a Franklin County grand jury May 9 after allegedly strangling a Frankfort man to death and dumping his body on the side of Interstate 64 in Franklin County.

    Joshua Hammond, 31, and David Bruce II, 44, both of Owen County were indicted in Franklin Circuit Court on the charges of murder, assault, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

    A third man from Grant County, James Simons, 35, was also indicted on the same charges.

  • Crittenden gas station employee clobbers robber

    A would-be robber was subdued by an employee and a customer after he attempted to rob a Crittenden gas station on May 6.

    The incident occurred at 3:01 p.m. at the Crittenden Marathon HOP (Harper Oil Product) Shop when police say Scott O. Freeman, pulled to the gas pumps in an SUV.

    Freeman, 41, of Louisville, grabbed a windshield washer squeegee and entered the store where he smacked a customer in the face before demanding money from the cash register.

  • CORINTH MAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER

    A Corinth man and two Owen County men have been arrested for the murder of a Frankfort man who was found along Interstate 64 in Franklin County on May 6.

    James Simons, 35, of Corinth, was taken into custody at 5 p.m. after the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office asked the Grant County Sheriff’s Office for assistance in locating Simons in connection with the murder of Charles Monroe.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills sent an unmarked police cruiser to Corinth where Simons was located outside an apartment he shares with a girlfriend.

  • Williamstown man dies when pickup crashes

    Walter H. Hyden, 36, of Williamstown, died after his 2004 Dodge pickup truck wrecked around 11 p.m. on April 30 on Cordova Road.

    Hyden was pronounced dead at the scene by Grant County Coroner Robert McDaniel.

    Police believe Hyden was headed to work at DHL and lost control of the truck, possibly due to the heavy rains in the area or a medical condition.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said Hyden ran off the left side of the roadway, traveled 100 feet in a ditch before going airborne and crashing through the side of a barn.

  • Dry Ridge man puts heart, soul into serving community

    Charlie Conley has been a volunteer firefighter for the Dry Ridge Fire Department for 33 years and this year was recognized as the Grant County Volunteer of the Year at the Grant Chamber of Commerce annual banquet April 21.

    “It made me proud,” Conley said. “It made me appreciate everything I have done here.”

    Conley, who has also worked as a truck driver and welder, came to the DRFD in 1979 and currently is the safety chief for the department. He was drawn into joining after a neighbor of his introduced him to it.

  • FIRE FIGHT

    What’s next?

    After several proposals, countless meetings and endless debate, the future of funding for fire and ambulance service in Grant County is still cloudy.

    However, things may get a little clearer next week.

    The Grant County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a first reading April 16 of an ordinance for subscriber fees for fire departments.

    A final reading will be voted on during the May 7 meeting at the Grant County Courthouse.

  • POLICE NEED HELP TO IDENTIFY HIT/RUN DRIVER

    Police need the public’s help in identifying the driver of a vehicle that drove the wrong way on Taft Highway, struck two other vehicles, ran off the road and left the scene before police arrived.

    The incident occurred at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 20 at the intersection of Taft Highway and Warsaw Road.

    Dry Ridge Police Chief Rick Kells said witnesses described the car as a maroon Pontiac.

    “The suspect was driving south in the north bound lane,” Kells said.

  • DISASTER DEADLINE IS MAY 7

    Some survivors of the severe storms and tornadoes that struck Kentucky Feb. 29 through March 3 may not have registered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance because they don’t understand the process.

    May 7 is the deadline to register for federal assistance. FEMA officials say it’s important that all tornado victims who suffered damage register as soon as possible.

    There are some common myths surrounding registration.

    FEMA has attempted to address the most common misconceptions including the following:

  • ‘Flaming’ fowl feces causes fire

    Laura Webster sat on a white wooden kitchen chair across the road from her Corinth home.

    She watched firefighters from Corinth, Williamstown and Dry Ridge, climb the roof and peel back the blackened tin roof to shoot streams of water inside.

    Williamstown Fire Chief Les Whalen ran in and out of the frame home grabbing personal items, including a motorized wheelchair, a metal cane and family photos, laying them on the grass in Webster’s front yard.

  • JUMP NAMED CHIEF

    Tom Jump is returning to his roots after being named the new chief of the Dry Ridge Fire Department.

    He was unanimously approved for the position during the March 19 Dry Ridge City Council meeting.

    Jump began his duties April 1.