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Round-Up: Tuesday January 15

Here's what's making news around Covington and across the Commonwealth:

25 YEARS FOR WOMAN IN COVINGTON BEHEADING CASE

Tiffany Herrerra will spend 25 years in prison for one of Covington's most gruesome murders:

Sharon Brown recounted how her husband was nearly six feet tall but that, by the time Tiffany Herrera and her two co-defendants beheaded and dismembered Donnell Brown’s body, it fit in a box about half that length.

“I just hope there is not a day this miserable person sits in prison that she can’t see these images of my husband cut up,” Sharon Brown said as she held out her hand to illustrate the length of the box.

The widow, speaking at Herrera’s sentencing Monday in Kenton Circuit Court, said she wished Kentucky had even more stringent sentencing guidelines for people who are guilty of abuse of a corpse. It is punishable by up to a year in prison.

Full story: Cincinnati Enquirer/Jim Hannah

TEARS FLOW AT SENTENCING FOR ANOTHER COVINGTON MURDER

A busy Monday at the Kenton Co. Courthouse also included the sentencing of two men involved in the shooting death of Clayton Meyer on Patton Street in December 2011:

The sister of 22-year old murder victim Clayton Meyer tearfully explained to a judge the pain her brother's death has caused. Meyer, a former Marine, was shot and killed in Covington last January. He was going to buy marijuana but the two expected sellers turned out to be robbers and killers. They are Stacey Spencer, who was 17 years old at the time, and 22 year old Michael Rousseau. 

Although the two defendants intended to rob the victim ... after shooting him they ran away. The victim was found with a full wallet.

Rob Sanders is the Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney and says, "In this case I think Mr. Rousseau was actually the impetus of the robbery scheme although it was Mr. Spencer who fired the shot that killed Clayton Meyer. Both of them were very culpable to say the least."

Full story: WKRC

SEE ALSO: Images of murdered brother haunt sister Cincinnati Enquirer

SATURDAY SEARCH BROUGHT HOPE, DISAPPOINTMENT FOR FAMILY OF PAIGE JOHNSON

WKRC's Joe Webb spoke with Paige Johnson's family following another search for her remains:

Donna Johnson has been on a wild emotional ride since her daughter disappeared nearly 28 months ago. Each tip has brought hope followed by disappointment. But she's grateful Covington police are on the case. "I get a lot of hope that they keep looking. Every tip they get they take it serious and they give it their all." 

Last weekend's tip was a bit different than most. It had an air of credibility. Johnson knew the people who ran the pottery shop at 3506 Decoursey that was there when she vanished. Owner Lisa Little ran search operations and a website out of the place. A loose connection but a connection, nevertheless. Police knew that and when they first checked the cistern saw a bone. It turned out to be an animal bone and prompted the deeper search.

Full story: WKRC

COVINGTON BUSINESS COUNCIL STILL WORKING TOWARD CREATION OF SPECIAL DOWNTOWN DISTRICT

The CBC's executive director hopes it will have the proper number of signatures in favor of a business improvement district by July 4:

Supporters stress that this isn’t work that city tax dollars should be funding. Rather, the services encompass extras that will make Covington more appealing, saidDonna Salyers, founder of Donna Salyers’ Fabulous Furs. Her family’s Salyers Group owns a half dozen properties within the BID area and signed the group’s petition without hesitation, she said.

“You can’t expect cities or government to do everything,” she said. “We’ve got to step up to the plate, and we’re tickled to death to do it.”

So far, proponents have signatures from owners of 31 percent of the parcels in the proposed district, said Pat Frew, executive director of the Covington Business Council and Urban Partnership. And those signatures represent 36 percent of the proposed district’s total property value, he said.

Full story: Business Courier

FROM FRANKFORT:

SO FAR, 195 BILLS HAVE BEEN FILED IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY Herald-Leader

TWO TOP DEMOCRATS WON'T BATTLE EACH OTHER FOR GOVERNOR'S RACE Herald-Leader

HEMP EFFORT GATHERS STEAM Washington Post

COLUIMNIST NOT CONVINCED THAT BIPARTISANSHIP IS "HERE TO STAY" IN FRANKFORT Daily Independent

SPIRITS SELLERS: DON'T WAIT FOR APPEALS RULING FOR NEW LIQUOR LAWS WFPL

LAWMAKER: PENAL CODE REFORMS ARE WORKING WFPL

STATE LAWMAKER PROPOSES LOCAL SALES TAX OPTION WFPL

AROUND KENTUCKY:

KENTUCKY TO INVESTIGATE MYSTERIOUS EXPLOSIONS

What's blowing up in Nortonville?

Residents living just south of Nortonville blame a lead company, Donovan Commercial Industries, for an operation involving activities stretching from making plastic explosives to the disposal of old military ordnance.

Shane Cavanaugh, who lives near the plant, told The Messenger ( http://bit.ly/WG0Uwl) he's noticed dishes shaking and picture frames falling from his walls.

Cavanaugh, whose family builds homes, said he also has noticed cracks in some of his drywall.

"I know things happen to houses occasionally," he said. "But for cracks to be coming into your sheet rock - several cracks within a several-week period - something is wrong."


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/01/14/2475746/ky-to-investigate-mysterious-explosions.html#storylink=rss?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter#storylink=

Full story: Herald-Leader

ARK-THEMED AMUSEMENT PARK CLOSER TO FUNDRAISING GOALS Business Courier

PADUCAH MIDDLE SCHOOL GETS HIGH MARKS FOR ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS KY Equality Foundation

STUDENT CHARGED WITH THREATENING JUDGES WBKO

IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS ARREST 39 IN LEXINGTON Herald-Leader

COVINGTON'S CARNEGIE CENTER ISSUES CALL FOR ARTISTS

The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center is excited to announce that it has issued its Call to Artists for the 2014 exhibition season. More than 30 solo and group shows will be selected for the six galleries in the upcoming season. Any artist living in the U.S. may apply. All media and styles are eligible.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2013. Results will be mailed by May 30, 2013.

Click the image to the right to view the application for the 2014 exhibition season.

Questions can be directed to Bill Seitz, Gallery Director at (859) 957-1944 or by emailing [email protected].

From Cincinnati:

KINGS ISLAND TO HIRE 4,000 EMPLOYEES Journal-News

CINCINNATI STATE FIXES "EMBARRASSING" BILLBOARD WCPO

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