Round-Up: Friday March 8
Brothers plead guilty to trying to steal copper from Covington business; Covington man guilty of sex plot in Illinois; Kentucky student accused of having child porn on his school-issued iPad;
Take a look at what's making headlines around Covington and around Kentucky:
BROTHERS PLEAD GUILTY TO TRYING TO STEAL COPPER FROM COVINGTON BUSINESS
Two Northern Kentucky brothers face ten years in prison after pleading guilty to crimes after they were caught in the act of trying to steal copper from Donna Salyers' Fabulous Furs in Covington:
Mark Ball and Daniel Ball entered a plea deal in Kenton County Court Thursday. They'll get 10 years in prison for pleading guilty to first degree criminal mischief and first degree persistent felony offender.
Last summer, the brothers were spotted on the roof of Donna Salyer's Fabulous Furs in Covington where authorities say they were ripping copper out of the HVAC units. A resident of a neighboring apartment building called police.
Covington police responded to the scene. The brothers ignored officer's orders to stop and jumped off the roof of the building in an attempt to escape, but they landed in the arms of officers.
Full story: WCPO
COVINGTON MAN GUILTY OF SEX PLOT IN ILLINOIS
Nathan Gibbs, 34, of Covington, pleaded guilty this week in an Illinois court to driving to meet a minor for sex:
During his hearing Monday, Gibbs was wearing a suit and appeared calm, politely asking Judge Paul Mangieri about the possible terms of his sentencing, which also could include a fine of up to $25,000.
Gibbs was arrested Oct. 26, 2012, after officers were dispatched to Rotary Park in reference to a juvenile meeting an adult.
When officers located the pair sitting on a park bench, Gibbs said nothing was going on between the two and they were just talking.
The girl told police she had met Gibbs through an online game a couple months prior and knew how old he was. Their conversations progressed to include the possibility of their meeting and discussing sexual activities, prosecutors said.
Full story: The Register-Mail
OLD DRUG HAS NEW AND DEADLY GRIP ON KENTUCKY
The new heroin epidemic that seemingly started in Covington and Northern Kentucky is finally getting consistent attention across the Commonwealth:
At 18, Annie was hooked on a deadly drug.
She came from a middle class family, never wanted for anything, but she lost it when she traded prescription pills for a much more dangerous drug in heroin.
Living in Northern Kentucky she was venturing into a seedy area of Cincinnati to find her next fix.
Annie soon forgot about college, family and the life she once knew.
"The drugs were so powerful that I just had to have it and I was willing to do whatever it took to have that."
"Let me tell you something we are seeing a surge in the amount of heroin that has come into this community," said Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson.
Larson says a look at the number of heroin overdose deaths in Fayette County in the last year signifies its deadly comeback.
In 2012 there were 63 drug overdoses, 22 of them from heroin, in 2011 there were only five reported heroin related deaths.
"We are told the heroin is coming from Cincinnati, coming from Detroit and Atlanta, coming from Mexico," said Larson.
Full story: WKYT
PROPOSED REDISTRICTING MAP WOULD GIVE ONE MORE REP. TO KENTON, BOONE COUNTIES Cincinnati Enquirer
LAWMAKERS CHANGE SCHEDULE IN HOPES OF AVOIDING SPECIAL SESSION WFPL
GOV. BESHEAR MEETS WITH HOUSE, SENATE LEADS TO DISCUSS PENSIONS Bluegrass Politics
ATTORNEY GENERAL SAYS KY WOULD HAVE TO ADOPT ANY FEDERAL HEMP REGULATIONS Courier-Journal
AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER "THRILLED" WITH ATTORNEY GENERAL'S HEMP OPINION cn|2
SENATE ALTERS "SPECIAL TAXING DISTRICTS" LEGISLATION Herald-Leader
LAWMAKER ACCUSE AT&T OF HEAVY-HANDEDNESS IN TRYING TO PASS LAND LINE BILL Herald-Leader
HUMAN TRAFFICKING BILL CLEARS HURDLE IN LEGISLATURE Herald-Leader
POLL: 72% OF LIKELY KY VOTERS SUPPORT CHARTER SCHOOL BILL WFPL
BILL TO SAVE CHRISTIAN HEALTH CARE REVIVED WPSD
CONSOLIDATED DISPATCH SAVINGS IN KENTON CO. COULD BE LOST Cincinnati Enquirer
SECOND NKY BUSINESS ACCUSED OF FRAUDULENT MARKETING Cincinnati Enquirer
DOZENS OF HIKERS RESCUED FROM PINE MOUNTAIN WKYT
KY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ACCUSED OF HAVING CHILD PORN ON SCHOOL-ISSUED I-PAD
From the Kentucky State Police:
A Hancock County man has been arrested on charges relating to child pornography Thursday after the Kentucky State Police received a complaint from Hancock County School officials.
Trevor Kade Wilcox, 18, is charged with 10 counts of Promoting a Minor under 16 in Sex Performance, a Class B Felony and 75 counts of Possession of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor, Class D Felony. He is lodged in the Breckenridge County Jail on no bond.
Wilcox, who is a Hancock County High School student, was arrested without incident at his Hawesville residence after the Kentucky State Police performed a forensic exam of his ipad.
The Kentucky State Police ICAC Task Force launched an investigation into the possession and promoting of images of child sexual exploitation from Wilcox's school assigned ipad. The investigation began when officials from Hancock County High School confiscated his ipad. The ipad, which belonged to Hancock County High School, was held because of suspected illegal activity. School authorities then notified the Kentucky State Police ICAC Task Force and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. Detectives seized evidence that was being used to distribute child pornography and taken to the Kentucky State Police forensic laboratory for further examination.
DRUNK DRIVER GOES WRONG WAY ON I-64 FOR EIGHT MILES
Danny Hollingsworth, 32, of Versailles, is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a vehicle and four other traffic offenses.
Hollingsworth allegedly drove westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-64 starting near mile marker 65 in Woodford County shortly after midnight.
Full story: State-Journal
SENIOR SERVICES OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY NEEDS TO REPLENISH FOOD BANK
The SSNK Food Pantry is getting bare. Can you help?
All shelf stable food items and personal care items are accepted but currently the greatest need is for: Canned soup and baked beans, Peanut butter, Jelly, Rice, Ramen noodles, Dry pasta (spaghetti and macaroni), Pasta sauce, Canned meat (Vienna sausage, Spam, tuna), Dry cereal, Oatmeal, Saltine crackers as well as toilet paper, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
Compiled by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News