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Police

  • Health Department offering tetanus shots

    The Northern Kentucky Health Department is offering free tetanus vaccines, especially for victims of last week’s tornadoes, emergency workers and volunteers.

    Clinics were held earlier this week and the vaccine will also be distributed free on a walk-in basis from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the health department’s centers in Grant, Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties.

  • Inmates assist in clean up efforts

    When the tornado passed and the damage was evident in Crittenden, clean-up assistance came from more than just community volunteers and fire fighters.

    Jailer Terry Peeples received a call shortly after the storm from Grant County Emergency Management director Rick Willoby asking if inmates could help clearing debris in the ravaged neighborhood of the Harvesters Subdivision in Crittenden.

  • Four arrested for copper, metal thefts

    Four men have been arrested in connection with three separate incidents of copper and metal thefts in Grant County.

    A Dry Ridge resident is accused of removing copper from a store, a church and a firehouse last month.

    Jordan L. Richardson, 25, was charged on Feb. 21 for theft by unlawful taking.

    Richardson is accused of stealing copper wire from the Mt. Zion Country Store, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the Dry Ridge Fire Sub Station in Mt. Zion. The thefts occurred on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25.

  • 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.