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Verst company reaching out to help Eilers family; Erlanger home was ravaged by explosions, fire

The Eilers family of Erlanger escaped with serious injuries after explosions and a fire ravaged their Locust Street home on the evening of March 3. More than a dozen emergency vehicles responded, and Fire Chief Todd Whitakers said it took an hour and a half to gain control of the fire and to put it out. The family was taken to the hospital with burns and shrapnel wounds. Fellow workers of family member...

Defense witness in Dooley retrial disputes claim Michelle Mockbee was killed with a tape gun

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor A defense expert Monday disputed the manner by which the prosecution claims a Ft. Mitchell mother of two was killed in 2012. Medical examiner Dr. Gregory Wanger testified on Feb. 25 that he believes an industrial tape gun was used to kill Michelle Mockbee. A defense expert disputed that testimony Monday (photo by Mark Hansel). The prosecution has maintained...

Obituary for Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown, with visitation and funeral information

Kenny Ray Brown, 53, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 8. Kenny was born on June 11, 1965, to his late parents, Chester Brown and Geneva Isaacs Brown. Kenny is survived by his sisters, Judy Black and Janet Setters (Dewey); his brothers Larry Brown (Pam) and Jack Brown; eight nieces and nephews; and five great-nieces and great-nephews. Kenny has held the office of Boone County Clerk since his...

News Briefs: BB&T free tax bus, Beef Expo sales, Gov. appoints Miller, First Financial shred event

BB&T free tax prep BB&T has partnered with The Center for Great Neighborhoods to bring the BB&T tax bus to offer free tax preparation in their state-of-the-art mobile tax center to tax clients in our region on March 19. The bus will be at the following location: Tuesday, March 19 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Center for Great Neighborhoods, 321 W. MLK Boulevard, Covington. The bus...

Somelikeithotbrown takes Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway; Naughty Joker captures Bourbonette

NKyTribune staff and Turfway Park Somelikeithotbrown set a brisk pace and then turned the corner into a 20 mph headwind but had plenty left to win the $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park Saturday, pocketing 20 points toward a spot in the Kentucky Derby gate in the process. Final time for the 1 1/8-mile race was 1:52.05. Somelikeithotbrown is well ahead of the field nearing the wire in the...

Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown, who brought a customer-service focus to the office, has died

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Boone County Clerk Kenny Brown has died. Brown (file photo). Brown was found dead in his home Friday evening by first responders answering a call for a welfare check. He had been speaking with a friend on the phone and it disconnected when Brown suffered an apparent medical problem. Boone County Coroner Missy Rittinger determined Brown, 53, died as a result...

Commonwealth rests its case in Dooley retrial; Judge Schrand denies motion for a directed verdict

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Commonwealth rested its case in the David Dooley retrial Thursday, but not before the “random dude” made another video appearance. The Commonwealth rested its case in the retrial of David Dooley (left) Thursday. Dooley is accused of killing Michelle Mockbee at the Thermo Fisher Scientific facility in Boone County, where both worked, in 2012 (pool photo). Dooley...

McVay cross-examined in Dooley retrial; evidence of time card tampering presented as motive for killing

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor One of the most highly anticipated moments in the David Dooley retrial did not deliver the drama that many expected Wednesday. David Dooley, right, is partially obscured by the many folders containing documents that are expected to be used in his defense. Dooley is charged with murder and tampering with physical evidence in the 2012 killing of Michelle Mockbee...

Post positions drawn, line set for Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway, KY Derby points up for grabs

Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable’s Somelikeithotbrown has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite among a field of 11 entered for Saturday’s $200,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) at Turfway Park. Somelikeithotbrown, winner of the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, has been installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park in Florence. Credit: Coady...

Former lead investigator Bruce McVay takes the stand in Dooley retrial, witness mentions first trial

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor Another key element in the decision to grant David Dooley a new trial was seen in the courtroom Tuesday, in the person of former Boone County Sheriff’s Det. Bruce McVay. Former Boone County Sheriff’s Det. Bruce McVay prepares to testify Tuesday in the David Dooley retrial. Dooley is charged with murder in the killing of Michelle Mockbee at Thermo Fisher...

SD1 director Chaney explains what extension of consent decree means short-term, over the long haul

By David Holthaus NKyTribune reporter The operator of Northern Kentucky’s wastewater utility system has negotiated an extra 15 years to comply with federal law on sewer overflows. Chaney That extra time, its leaders say, will allow it to spread the huge costs of the project over a longer period and allow it to prioritize parts of the project that will have the most impact. Northern Kentucky Sanitation...

‘Random dude’ video that led to new trial for David Dooley shown in the courtroom Monday

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The evidence that allowed David Dooley to receive a new trial was played in court Monday, but did not appear to have much of an impact, yet. Boone County Sheriff’s Det. Brian Cochran, right, views a video showing a “random dude” on the grounds of Thermo Fisher Scientific hours before Michelle Mockbee was killed at the facility in May, 2012....

St. Elizabeth Business Health and ESNKY partner to provide access to healthcare for the homeless

As we have been experiencing four seasons in one week and what feels like non-stop rain, the dramatic change in temperatures is playing havoc on everyone’s health. Left to right,Kim Webb, ESNKY Executive Director, Nurse Practitioner Brian Lawson, and Brittney Kane, Operations Manager in the ESNKY Nurse Practitioner Room (provided photo). We all have felt it, that cold coming on, it may be a tickle...

Blanchard indicted for murder in December killing at Pike and Main streets in Covington

NKyTribune staff Patrick Orlando Blanchard has been indicted for murder in the Dec. 30 killing of Natasha Dawn Henderson. Blanchard Henderson was found dead in the street by police, at the intersection of Pike and Main streets early on that Sunday morning. The Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office released the following statement regarding the indictment. On December 30, 2018 Covington...

Southbank Bridge Co. launches GoFundMe campaign for repainting, maintaining Purple People Bridge

The Newport Southbank Bridge Company (NSBC), the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that owns and operates the Purple People Bridge, has launched a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds for capital improvements the pedestrian-only bridge between Cincinnati and Newport. The GoFundMe campaign seeks to obtain financial support from the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky community in connection with NSBC’s...