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Independence man pleads guilty to soliciting sex from a minor in on-line sting operation

Taeylor L. Enzweiler, 23, of Independence, pleaded guilty on January 9 to one count of Unlawful Use of an Electronic Device to Procure a Minor for Sexual Offenses. Enzweiler Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Emily Arnzen declined to make a plea offer in the case meaning Enzweiler faces 1-to-5 years in prison when he goes before Kenton Circuit Judge Gregory Bartlett for formal, final sentencing...

Ohio River Foundation taking its Mussels in the Classroom program to schools throughout region

Ohio River Foundation’s (ORF’s) Mussels in the Classroom (MIC) is sharing knowledge of an overlooked species to classrooms throughout the region. Established in 2017, it’s the first program of its kind in the country. The program was presented at Boone County Public Library this week to children and their families. And the mussels will remain on public view at the Hebron branch until February...

This Week in the State Capitol: SB 1, immigration; HB 1, pro-worker legislation, yet undefined; 350 bills filed

Legislative Research Commission There’s always a guessing game among Capitol observers in the early days of a Kentucky General Assembly session over which issues will be designated as Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1 – honorifics reserved for matters considered to be among top priorities by legislative leaders.   Part of that answer was unveiled last week when legislation on immigration was filed...

Senate oks Chris McDaniel’s bill to move election for governor, constitutional officers; goes to House

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A proposed constitutional amendment to move Kentucky’s election for governor and other constitutional officers is the first bill to clear a chamber during the 2020 session. Sen. Christian McDaniel, R-Taylor Mill, is the sponsor of the bill, which he has presented for eight years in a row, and says lawmakers have missed the opportunity to save money. “The Commonwealth...

St. Henry HS student charged with terroristic threatening; messages posted to social media

On Thursday at approximately 9:30 a.m., Boone County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to St. Henry High School after school administrators were made aware of two (2) threatening messages that were posted to social media by a student. The male student, 15, was present at school when deputies arrived. Deputies learned that the student had posted the threatening messages to his Snapchat Story...

‘Making Darts Fun Again,’ MADA brings inaugural championship event to NKY; free to public

A major dart association event starts today at the Erlanger Holiday Inn Airport and runs through Sunday, with some events open to the public. The Mid America Dart Association (MADA) was created in 2018 with a goal of “Making Darts Fun Again.” MADA brings the Mid America Championships to the Holiday Inn Airport for this inaugural event. MADA will host League Finals and Side Events for Fall 2019...

FEAM Aero opens $19M cargo maintenance hangar at CVG, adds 100 jobs, grows global logistics network

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor FEAM Aero opened its new 103,000-square-foot $19 million hangar at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) Wednesday with a ribbon-cutting event. The facility opening creates the need for more than 100 high-paying aircraft mechanic jobs and supports the growing global logistics network at the airport. The ribbon-cutting event to celebrate...

State of Commonwealth: Gov. Beshear says state’s future depends on Kentuckians working together

In his first State of the Commonwealth address on Tuesday, Gov. Andy Beshear said Kentucky’s future depends on leaving divisive politics in the past and focusing on providing opportunity for every Kentucky family.   Gov. Beshear said the transformational and positive change Kentucky families count on occurs when we break the cycles of poverty, abuse and addiction, and obtain a good-paying career,...

Jon David Reinhardt, 76, dies; represented Campbell County in KY House of Representatives for 22 years

Jon David Reinhardt, 76, who represented Campbell County in the Kentucky House of Representatives from 1984-2006, died January 9. At the time of his retirement, he was one of the House’s longest-serving representatives. He worked for Cincinnati Bell for 32 years, starting as a splicer and moving into management. He was also a Realtor for 23 years and owned several small businesses. Jon David...

The Kitchen by Butler’s Pantry now open in Covington RiverCenter, led by Chef Kyle Roberts

Covington’s riverfront is ringing in the new year with a new restaurant. The Kitchen by Butler’s Pantry is now open in the space formerly occupied by Biscuits to Burgers in RiverCenter Towers. The concept brings fresh southern-inspired food for breakfast, lunch and brunch, with plans to open for dinner early this year. Led by chef Kyle Roberts, the menu features locally sourced ingredients for...

Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers to begin major new study of Kentucky’s elk population

Researchers will use a helicopter to locate and capture elk this month as part of a major research study on elk reproduction and population growth. The research will be conducted throughout Kentucky’s elk zone and will launch this month. “Netting by helicopter is the best way to live-capture elk for this important study on reproduction and survival,” said Kyle Sams, acting deer and elk program...

Gov. Beshear releases undisclosed documents related to state’s investment in Braidy Industries

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear has released documents related to Kentucky’s investment in Braidy Industries. 
The documents include a letter of intent regarding Kentucky’s $15 million investment, stock purchase agreement, voting agreement and investors’ rights agreement. Kentucky Today file photo The documents also reveal the names of those invested in Braidy Industries. 
“In...

Attorney McMurtry to challenge Massie in 4th Congressional District Republican primary election

NKyTribune staff Northern Kentucky attorney Todd McMurtry has announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 4th District U.S. Congressional seat currently held by U.S. Rep.Thomas Massie, R-KY. McMurtry posted the following statement on Twitter: McMurtry “Just filed in Frankfort to seek the Republican nomination to represent Kentucky’s 4th congressional district. We need someone who is...

Kentucky State Police charge former Graves Commonwealth’s Attorney with misuse of public funds.

In January of 2019, Kentucky State Police were asked by newly elected Graves Commonwealth’s Attorney, Richie Kemp, to investigate Mr. David L. Hargrove for allegations that he used public funds for personal expenses.   Hargrove served as the Graves County Commonwealth’s Attorney until January 1st of 2019. The investigation focused on the use of court ordered forfeiture funds and how they were...

Covington man indicted for sodomy and sexual abuse of child under the age of twelve

The Kenton County Grand Jury returned an Indictment Thursday against Keith Edward West, 42, charging him with three counts of 1st Degree Sodomy and two counts of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse, all of a child under the age of twelve. West West is scheduled for arraignment on the charges January 13 at 9 a.m. before Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe in Courtroom 6A of the Kenton County Justice Center. West,...