• 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.


    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.


    A 27-year-old Williamstown man has been arrested for allegedly robbing three banks in less than two weeks.
    Matthew Grant was arrested by the Cincinnati Police Department on May 9 after he is believed to have robbed Heritage Bank in Crescent Springs, Ky., earlier in the day.

    The Hamilton County (Ohio) Sheriff’s Office also has charged Grant with aggravated robbery of the Guardian Savings Bank on April 26.


    Seven Northern Kentucky men were indicted by a federal grand jury May 12 for conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine in Grant County.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Kentucky State Police jointly announced the charges May 16.

    Four of the seven men indicted also lived in Grant County.

  • Police Beat 5.12.11

    (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 Police

  • 2010 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award

    Mayor Skinner presents Officer David Osborne with the Wiliamstown Police Department 2010 Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Award.

    Osborne lead the department in DUI arrests in 2010.