• I-75 crash injures seven; two seriously

    By Mike Boyer, Kentucky Enquirer

    Seven people were injured - two seriously - in a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 Sunday afternoon about 2:30 which closed the northbound late in Kenton County for more than two hours.

    Kenton County Police said a 12-year-old boy in a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Beverly Bates, 40, of Dry Ridge, was flown to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital with multiple injuries. Police said he wasn’t wearing a seat belt.

  • Corinth man dies in tractor accident

    A Corinth man died following an accident over the weekend.

    Mike Howe, 44, died when a tree  that he was moving with his tractor snapped and hit him in the head.

    The accident occurred around 6:15 p.m.

    Howe had been cutting trees, dragging them to the rear of his property and splitting them for firewood.

    Grant County Sheriff Chuck Dills said Howe was using the bucket on his tractor to raise and move the trees.

    “It looked like the tree slipped, snapped and then flew back and hit him,” Dills said.

  • Four arrested in Dry Ridge break ins

    Two adults and two juveniles have been arrested in connection with a string of robberies in Dry Ridge that occurred within the last several weeks.

    Justin Mallott and Dillon Lewis, both 18 and residents of Dry Ridge, have been charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500. They were lodged in the Grant County Detention Center.

    Two juveniles, one 16 and one 17, were also charged. One of the teens was lodged in the Campbell County Detention Center.


    Firefighters from seven departments battled a blaze, which leveled a Cordova business last week.

    A Corinth firefighter received minor injuries after he was knocked down by an explosion inside the wood  frame structure.

    The fire broke out around 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21 at Mike’s Auto Salvage on KY 330.

    The cause of the fire is not known but a deputy fire marshal was scheduled to visit the site on Oct. 26 to see if a cause could be determined.


    What began as a few isolated incidents of items being removed from unlocked cars has turned into dozens of thefts from all over the county.

    Williamstown Assistant Police Chief Chris Hankins received several complaints a couple of weeks ago of items being removed from cars parked on residential streets in Williamstown.

    “We’ve seen both vehicles hit that were locked and unlocked,” Hankins said.

    Windows were smashed on the vehicles that were locked.


    If you’ve got copper and scrap metal that you want to keep, police are advising you to lock it up or it may disappear.

    Local police agencies have been inundated with complaints about missing wire and metal from construction sites, houses in foreclosure, churches and businesses.

    “We are taking complaints nearly every day of stolen copper and scrap from people’s property,” said Williamstown Police Chief Al Rich.

  • Grant using new eWarrant system

    A new system will allow Grant County law enforcement to issue and arrest people on warrants quicker than ever before.

    Attorney General Jack Conway recently announced the implementation of an electronic warrant management system (eWarrants) in the 15th Judicial Circuit, which includes Grant, Carroll and Owen counties.

    There are now 101 Kentucky counties utilizing eWarrants, which facilitates the sharing of information among all law enforcement concerning active warrants in jurisdictions throughout the state.


    Law enforcement agencies in Grant County can practice their shooting without much of a drive thanks to an agreement with the Florence Police Department.

    Florence Police recently built an outdoor shooting range with enclosures for classrooms for trainings on a nine-acre plot of land in Grant County donated by Republic Services, owner of CSI Waste Services.

    The range, located on the Epperson Waste Disposal Landfill property in Williamstown, also will feature a canine training course and military-style obstacle course.


    A Verona man was seriously injured when his 2004 Nissan pickup truck apparently hydroplaned after Monday’s pouring rain.

    Robert “Shawn” Padgett, 39, had to be extricated from the pickup after the vehicle slid sideways into the guardrail before going airborne and possibly rolling over.

    The accident occurred at 7 a.m. on Sept. 26 near the 148 mile marker at Corinth.

  • Does $1,000,000 make us safer?

    More than $1 million in grants benefiting local fire departments and law enforcement agencies have been awarded since the Sept. 11 tragedy.

    While the grants may not necessarily be used to thwart terrorism, many have allowed departments to be better equipped and able to communication with each other better.

    The largest grant came in 2009 when Grant County fire departments received $655,000 in federal funds to help purchase digital radios and equipment.