Round-Up: Saturday February 2
Groundhog predicts early spring; Holmes beats Highlands and improves to 24-0; A Kenton Co. Sheriff K-9 busts up a Florida drug house; Cincinnati's most expensive condos are in Covington & Newport; Take a look at what's making news around Covington and around the Commonwealth:
HOW 'BOUT THOSE BULLDOGS?!
The Holmes Bulldogs shot out to an early lead over Highlands Friday night and never looked back en route to a 67-36 rout of the Bluebirds. The Bulldogs are now 24-0, remaining Kentucky's only undefeated team. The crowd was livelier than last week, which is good. Get out and support your team!
It was also a special occasion as a documentary film crew was at the game to shoot footage for its upcoming release Impact: After the Crash which chronicles the tragic Carrollton bus crash in 1988. Three survivors of the fatal accident were at the game, including Holmes head coach Jason Booher.
SEE ALSO: Covington Catholic downed Holy Cross Friday night Cincinnati Enquirer
SHOULD HEROIN DEALERS FACE HOMICIDE CHARGES?
As the heroin epidemic in Northern Kentucky becomes more widespread across the Commonwealth, legislators are starting to look at remedies to this plague. After twenty people were indicted on one day this week on heroin-related charges in Kenton County Circuit Court, WKRC filed this report:
It's a regional problem. Remember those 20 indictments? That was just a week's worth in Kenton County. "We're seeing what we used to see in 2-3 years we're now seeing in a day...in a week."
Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders says a couple of years ago Kentucky reduced penalties for trafficking and it started attracting heroin dealers from Cincinnati. He thinks Senator Stine may be on to something. "This might be a change. This might make heroin dealers think twice and say I don't want to come to Kentucky and deal because if someone od's on the heroin I sell I could go to prison for a long long time."
Senate Bill 6 would require coroners to report overdose deaths to the prosecutor. It's a tough approach to the problem, but it's a problem that is growing and spreading to other parts of the state.
SEE ALSO: Police warn that arrests and amounts of heroin are going up in Louisville WDRB
SEE ALSO: A Bellevue dad's attempt to sell daughter's precription drugs is caught on voicemail, leads to his arrest WKRC
KENTON SHERIFF K-9 FINDS POT GROW HOUSE DURING TRAINING EXERCISE
A K-9 within the Kenton Co. Sheriff's Office was part of a training exercise in Florida when he sniffed out the real thing:
Santo, a police dog in training, stumbled on a bust so rare that his handler calls it one-in-a-million.
"He has been doing drug detection now for about four weeks," said Migul Rodriguez of the Kenton County Kentucky Sheriff's Department.
The 19-month-old K-9-in-training has been working in Florida for six weeks to become the newest member of the Kenton County, Ky., Sheriff's Department.
Wednesday's lesson took him to a woods near S.R. 44 and S.R. 415 in the New Smyrna Beach area, according to investigators.
"They just go out, lay a track or hide in the woods or a house or whatever the case may be, and then your dog tracks him. That's what we were doing that day," said Rodriguez.
But instead of following that scent, Santo picked up on something else in the brush, Rodriguez said.
Full story: WFTV
SEN. MCCONNELL ADMITS STRIFE WITH TEA PARTY, EXPECTS PRIMARY CHALLENGE WFPL
BUSINESS LEADERS URGE PASSAGE OF HEMP LEGISLATION KY Forward
CANNABIS FARMING HAS KY REPUBLICANS SEEING ECONOMIC BOOST Business Week
USER FEES ARE NOT COVERING ROADWAY COSTS Urban Cincy
CONGRATULATIONS TO COVINGTON NATIVE TODD DUESING ON BEING RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE "FORTY UNDER FORTY" BY THE CINCINNATI BUSINESS COURIER! DUESING IS OPERATIONS MANAGER AT THE ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS IN CINCINNATI. Business Courier
WHERE ARE CINCINNATI'S MOST EXPENSIVE CONDOS?
In Covington and Newport, of course. Business Courier
Compiled by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News
Photo: Pre-game at Holmes vs. Highlands Friday night/RCN