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Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman arrested, charged with burglary, theft of a controlled substance

NKyTribune staff Kentucky State Police, Drug Enforcement/Special Investigations – West (DE/SI West), have arrested the Sheriff of Carroll County, Jamie Kinman. Sheriff Kinman Kinman turned himself in at the Grant County Courthouse Wednesday, where he was reportedly processed and released. He has been charged with 2 counts of Burglary and 2 counts of Theft of a Controlled Substance. Kinman was acquitted...

Young Ludlow artist Savannah Vagedes to hold her first art show Saturday at Wynners Cup

Staff report Young Ludlow artist Savannah Vagedes will hold her first art show Saturday at Wynners Cup in Ludlow. Mayor Ken Wynn, proprietor of the cafe, often hosts area artists and is particularly proud to be featuring the work of Vagedes, an 18-year-old graduate of Ludlow High School. Vagedes says her passion for art was sparked at a young age and carried her through moving around the country and...

Union man suffers life-threatening injuries in Tuesday accident involving car and motorcycle on U.S. 42

NKyTribune staff report A Union man was serious injured in a two-vehicle accident Tuesday evening on U.S. 42 . The Boone County Sheriff’s Department says Chandler Steed, 21, was transported to St. Elizabeth, Florence after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle on U.S. 42 at Arbor Springs Boulevard in Union at 5:12 p.m. Steed was later transported by Air Care to University Medical...

Pres. Trump nominates Amul Thapar to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; now on district court

President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate Amul R. Thapar of Kentucky to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. The nomination goes to the U.S. Senate for confirmation.   Thapar, son of Indian-American immigrants, serves on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.  With his 2008 appointment by President George W. Bush and subsequent confirmation, Judge...

Testimony completed in Dooley hearing; families must wait several weeks to see if new trial is granted

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor It will be several weeks before convicted killer David Wayne Dooley knows if he is granted a new trial. Testimony ended Monday and Dooley’s defense team saved what may be its most compelling witness testimony for last. David Wayne Dooley is lead into the courtroom for day five of a hearing to determine if he will get a new trial. In 2014, Dooley was convicted...

People in News: Mocker to tourism; Andrews at Rotary; Rittinger joins NKU; Salzman award

John Anthony Mocker, Jr. has been appointed by Gov. Matt Bevin to the Tourism Development Finance Authority. Mocker, of Union, is vice president and partner of LB Industries, a major processor and distributor of steel pipe serving national and international markets. Mocker shall serve for a term expiring April 21, 2020. The Tourism Development Finance Authority consists of nine gubernatorial appointees....

Office of the Attorney General issues opinion: NKU violated Open Meetings Act at WNKU meeting

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has determined that the Northern Kentucky University Board of Regents (BOR) violated the Open Meetings act at the Special Meeting conducted February 14. Photo credit: Alec Reynolds, The Northerner It was at that meeting that the BOR voted to approve entering into negotiations with Bible Broadcasting Corporation...

Boone Commonwealth’s Attorney Tally Smith admits to affair, says she did not withhold evidence

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Boone Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Tally Smith admitted to having a sexual relationship with the lead detective in a high-profile murder case, but said it did not begin until after the trial concluded. Boone Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Tally Smith (far left) waits to testify Friday. Tally Smith admitted to an affair with Bruce McVay, who was the...

Former detective McVay admits to affair with Boone Commonwealth’s Att’y; another video is revealed

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A very private matter that has been rumored of for months in Boone County was revealed in a most public forum Thursday. Former Boone County Sheriff’s Department investigator Bruce McVay admitted to engaging in a sexual relationship with Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Tally Smith. Tally Smith was at that time, and remains, married to District Court Judge...

Bill recognizing horses as livestock goes to Governor, ‘an important step’ for Kentucky’s horses

The Kentucky House of Representatives today unanimously passed Senate Bill 139, which would amend the definition of livestock in Kentucky to include horses and equines. The bill now moves to Governor Matt Bevin for his signature. Securing livestock classification has been among the top policy priorities of the Kentucky Equine Education Project since its 2004 creation. “SB 139 is an important step...

Defense hammers home argument that withholding of video evidence warrants new trial for Dooley

By Mark Hansel NKytribune managing editor For the second straight day, attorneys seeking a new trial for convicted killer David Wayne Dooley focused on video evidence that they say could have aided in his defense, but was not provided by the prosecution. Convicted killer David Wayne Dooley is led into the courtroom in shackles Tuesday. A hearing is underway to determine if Dooley will be granted a...

CVG gets top awards — including Best Regional Airport in North America — at World Airport Awards

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) has secured top awards after being voted the World’s Best Airport Serving 5 – 10 Million Passengers and the Best Regional Airport in North America by air travelers in the World Airport Awards, held at the Passenger Terminal EXPO in Amsterdam, Netherlands today.   Among these top recognitions, CVG also ranked highest U.S. Airport among the...

‘Random dude’ key to first day of testimony in Dooley new trial hearing; judge denies motion to recuse

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The first day of a hearing to determine if David Wayne Dooley will get a new trial began Monday with the consideration of several motions, testimony from Dooley’s former attorney and a truck driver, and discussion of a “random dude.” David Wayne Dooley appeared in a Boone County courtroom Monday for a CR 60.02 hearing, to determine if he will be granted...

NKY Chamber issues proclamation, declaring this week to be Black & Gold Week, honoring Norse men

News briefs: Let It Go consignment store, Florence Hooters remodeled, Robin Givens at YWCA luncheon

MaryBeth McGarr has opened a Let It Go Consignment store at 7926 Alexandria Pike in Alexandria. “We all have material things in our lives that may no longer bring us joy,” said McGarr. “But that doesn’t mean someone else won’t enjoy having it. So, instead of throwing it out, I wanted to provide a place where you bring those items and maybe give them a new life somewhere else.” The shop...