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Independence man found with 509 photos, 58 videos, pleads guilty to child porn charges, faces 10 years

NKyTribune staff The Kenton County Commonwealth’s office is recommending a sentence of 10 years in prison after an Independence man pleaded guilty to child pornography charges. Donnelly Mark James Donnelly, 68, was arrested on July 2, after police executed a search warrant on his residence. He entered the plea January 22, after investigators produced evidence that included 509 photographs and 58...

Filings briefs: Stumbo is first Democrat to file for AG; Heather French Henry files for Secretary of State

Greg Stumbo only democrat for Attorney General Greg Stumbo, a former Kentucky attorney general and House speaker, filed with the secretary of state’s office on Friday seeking to return as attorney general. Greg Stumbo Stumbo said he plans to continue the message he held while in the office before. “We’re going to talk about opioids. We’re going to talk about protecting people’s rights. We’re...

Gov. Bevin to run again — with new running mate Dr. Ralph Alvarado, state senator, Winchester physician

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has chosen a new running mate for his re-election bid, replacing the woman who made history nearly four years ago as the first African-American elected to a statewide office in Kentucky.

 Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton Bevin introduced state Sen. Ralph Alvarado, a Winchester physician, as his replacement for Bowling Green businesswoman Jenean Hampton...

Bishop Roger Foys sends letter to CovCath parents — expresses apologies, says report will be public

Bishop Roger Foys has sent a letter to Covington Catholic High School parents taking full responsibility for his early statement about the incident involving students and Native American Elder Nathan Phillps in Washington D.C. He also condemns threats of violence toward all involved and the disruption caused to so many lives. He asks for patience as a third-party investigative team does its work and...

Rep. Rocky Adkins officially files paperwork to run for governor; has raised $600k in less than two months

State Rep. Rocky Adkins filed paperwork Thursday to run for Kentucky governor. “I am running because Kentuckians deserve a governor who will stand up for them,” Rocky Adkins said. Rocky Adkins at his announcement in Frankfort. “People are hungry to have someone in the governor’s office who’s like them – someone they can connect to – someone who will bring decency and respect back...

Feds investigating suspicious packages sent to the offices of the Diocese of Covington

Suspicious packages sent to the Covington offices of the Diocese of Covington have been turned over to the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for investigation, Covington Fire Chief Mark Pierce said. But that wasn’t until the services of the Cincinnati Fire Department’s Explosive Ordinance Device Unit (i.e. bomb squad) were used to make sure the packages weren’t dangerous,...

Convicted child molester sentenced to life in prison; man brutalized very young girl ‘numerous times’

Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe followed the recommendation of Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders Tuesday and sentenced Christopher Michael Charles, 39, to Life In Prison for three counts of 1st Degree Sodomy of a child under the age of 12 years old. Charles Citing the offensive nature of the crimes and the overwhelming proof of Charles’ guilt Sanders declined to make a plea agreement...

Cincinnati’s Asian Food Fest moving to The Banks; restaurant and vendor applications now open

Asian Food Fest is moving to The Banks in Cincinnati for the May 11-12 event. The festival, produced by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in partnership with the Asian American Cultural Association of Cincinnati, will happen on Freedom Way between Elm and Walnut Streets. The event is free and open to the public. A record crowd of 40,000 attended Asian Food Fest in 2018. “The regional Cincinnati...

Messages of unity delivered at NKY Branch NAACP MLK Community Outreach Luncheon

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor The Northern Kentucky region, and the nation, are embroiled in controversy over an incident in Washington D.C. that involved students from Covington Catholic High School, Native Americans and a group identified as Black Hebrew Israelites. Jerome Bowles, president of the Northern Kentucky Branch NAACP said the messages of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr....

Statement from the Covington Catholic High School junior in the viral video at Lincoln Memorial

Statement of Nick Sandmann, Covington Catholic High School Junior, Regarding Incident at the Lincoln Memorial: I am providing this factual account of what happened on Friday afternoon at the Lincoln Memorial to correct misinformation and outright lies being spread about my family and me. I am the student in the video who was confronted by the Native American protestor. I arrived at the Lincoln Memorial...

Covington Catholic High School students go to March for Life, but end up in disrespectful viral video

Staff report Covington Catholic High School students were in Washington, D.C. to participate in the 46th annual March for Life, billed as the largest human rights demonstration in the world. Their visit turned into a black eye for the school, for Northern Kentucky and for Kentucky as a video of the students taunting elderly Native Americans has gone viral on social media. (function(d, s, id) { var...

Midnight Pleasure goes last to first, earns first black-type win, in Forego Stakes at Turfway Park

Midnight Pleasure charged from last to first in the $50,000 Forego Stakes Friday at Turfway Park, gobbling up the last half-furlong to win by a neck in a four-way rush to the wire. Mr Ashley, off at 67-1, was second, a nose better than third-place Torazo, who finished a neck ahead of Lanier in fourth. Midnight Pleasure (5) and jockey John McKee power to the lead in the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park....

Duke Energy preparing for winter storm in the tri-state, urges customers to do the same

 Duke Energy is preparing for:   • A predicted mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain and low temperatures could cause power outages in southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky,   • Having more than 500 line technicians and other power restoration workers ready to respond.   Like many Midwesterners, Duke Energy continues to monitor and prepare for a winter storm that has the potential to cause power...

Long-time Kentucky journalist, political commentator Al Cross joins NKyTribune as regular columnist

Al Cross, a Kentucky journalist with a long, distinguished career, has joined the NKyTribune as a regular columnist. His column will appear at least twice-monthly at the NKyTribune and its sister publication, KyForward.com., and is offered to publications throughout the Commonwealth, free of charge with attribution. “We greatly value Al Cross’ experience,” said Judy Clabes, editor...

Open house kicks off Covington IRS site study; City seeks public input in development of prime parcel

For established cities, opportunities like this come along maybe once in their existence: 23 undeveloped acres, one block from a major river, near the heart of downtown. The City of Covington will soon have that opportunity, and it wants the public’s help. Next Thursday night, the City and its consultants are kicking off the public conversation on figuring out the future of a major chunk of...