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Kathy Witt’s ‘Secret Cincinnati’: A regional scavenger hunt for the ‘weird, wonderful and obscure’

By Vicki Prichard NKyTribune reporter If there are secret treasures and places in the region, odds are that author and travel writer Kathy Witt already knows about them. So, it’s no surprise that when the editors at Reedy Press wanted a writer for their “Secret” cities series, they went to Witt and asked her to flesh out the “weird, wonderful, and obscure” in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Secret...

Dooley jury is seated as attorneys hint at strategy during questioning; opening statements this morning

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A tragic saga that began almost seven years ago may now be entering its final chapter. After two days of questioning a jury has been seated in the David Dooley retrial. Dooley is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee. Mockbee, a Fort Mitchell mother of two, was bludgeoned to death shortly after arriving...

Jury selection in David Dooley murder trial moves into second day; pretrial publicity a concern

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Jury selection will continue into a second day in the David Dooley retrial. David Dooley at a pretrial conference (archive photo). Dooley is charged with murder in the killing of Michelle Mockbee at the Thermo Fisher Scientific facility in Boone County in 2012. Mockbee worked for Thermo Fisher Scientific, while Dooley was employed by an outside contractor as...

Dooley retrial in 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee scheduled to begin today with jury selection

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Jury selection in the David Dooley retrial is scheduled to begin today in a Boone County courtroom. David Dooley at the final pretrial conference Friday. Dooley has pleaded not guilty in the killing of Michelle Mockbee at the Fisher Thermo Scientific Plant, where they both worked in 2012. He was convicted n 2014, but received a new trial because evidence that...

New Frankfort office building awaits name and move-in dates but occupants have been named

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The name for the new state office building nearing completion in Frankfort has not been chosen, but most of the agencies that will occupy it have been revealed. 
A letter sent to Gov. Matt Bevin earlier this month by Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum said while move-in dates have not been announced, the agencies and the number of employees have...

Students should take FAFSA verification seriously; process is crucial to financial aid approval

The federal government requires many students who submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to verify the information on the FAFSA. The students are chosen by the U.S. Department of Education. Used to apply for most federal and many state student aid programs, the FAFSA asks detailed questions about the income and resources of students. Parents are required to provide their information...

Somelikeithotbrown returns a winner in John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park

A smart, measured ride by jockey Rafael Hernandez put Somelikeithotbrown in the winner’s circle of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (listed) Friday at Turfway Park. The race was the colt’s first stakes victory and his first start since he finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) November 2. Jockey Rafael Hernandez brought Somelikeithotbrown up the rail for a decisive win in the...

Lawrenceburg, IN man killed in overnight accident on Burlington Pike at Aero Parkway in Florence

NKyTribune staff A Lawrenceburg, Indiana man was killed in an overnight accident on Burlington Pike (KY 18) at Aero Parkway in Florence. Joseph Sohmer, 36, was killed when the 2008 Jaguar S Type he was driving struck semi-tractor trailer broadside at 2:21 a.m., according to the Boone County Sheriff’s office.  A police report indicates Sohmer appears to have disregarded a red traffic signal and...

Judge Bertlesman denies ‘qualified immunity’ to social workers in Holly and David Schulkers’ lawsuit

By Judy Clabes NKyTribune Editor U.S. District Senior Judge William O. Bertelsman issued a rare ruling in a local lawsuit when he denied “qualified immunity” for two social workers employed by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. “Qualified immunity” is rarely – if ever – set aside for social workers in Kentucky, growing as it does from “sovereign immunity” of the state....

Investigation into incident involving Covington Catholic HS students at Lincoln Memorial completed

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor An investigation from a Taylor Mill firm retained by Dressman, Benzinger, Lavelle (DBL LAW) on behalf of the Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School has been completed. Greater Cincinnati Investigation, Inc., issued a report indicating it has interviewed chaperones, including faculty, and 43 students, regarding the Jan. 18 incident at the Lincoln...

General Fund receipts decline 3.4 percent in January, while Road Fund receipts rise 2.5 percent

State Budget Director John Chilton reported Monday that General Fund receipts fell 3.4 percent in January with revenues of $924.6 million. January’s receipts declined modestly compared to the $956.8 million collected in January 2018. Through the first half of FY19, the General Fund has grown 2.6 percent. The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent compared...

Details announced for Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Conference & Festival, a signature NKY event

NKyTribune staff When people think of Kentucky, things like horses, bluegrass, and – of course – bourbon come to mind. Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Brent Cooper announced the Kentucky’s Edge Bourbon Conference & Festival at the Grand Banquet Hall in Covington Tuesday (photo by Mark Hansel). Soon, a new festival, planned for the fall will be added to that list. Today...

Covington attempted car-jacker gets cut by intended victim, faces up to 20 years in prison after guilty plea

NKyTribune staff A Cincinnati man who attempted to hijack a car from the Radisson Hotel in Covington got more than he bargained for. Kelly Bayliss Trevor Kelly faces 20 years in prison after entering a guilty plea to Robbery 2nd Degree and Persistent Felony Offender 2nd Degree Monday. According to a release from the Kenton Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office, Kelly approached an Indianapolis man who...

ORSANCO expected to vote this week on future of pollution standards impacting Kentucky waterways

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A long-awaited vote is expected this week on the future of water-quality standards that impact nearly two-thirds of Kentucky’s waterways. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is reconsidering its role in setting limits on pollution discharges in the river. The agency has been around for nearly 60 years and is comprised of commissioners from eight...

How high’s the water, Mama? 51 feet and rising (quickly); Covington to install floodgate early Monday

Traffic at the foot of Madison Avenue will be cut to one lane in the morning as crews from the Covington Public Works Department prepare to install the gate in the floodwall holding back the rising Ohio River. The parking lot in front of Riverside Drive, where the Mike Fink restaurant used to be moored, was totally under water Sunday night (provide photo). Public Works Director Rick Davis said a large...