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  • Defense, prosecution make final pitch to jury in closings

    Rob Riley for Ron Dickow

    Riley began his closing argument the same way he began his opening statement: What did Ron know and when did he know it?

    And he ended his defense with one question: Why? Why would they have done this? What did they gain by doing this? Both Mike Willhoite and Dickow are lifelong, career police officers, and a slew of local officials have testified that neither would do “this awful thing,” he said.

  • Testimony shows activity after Horine was put on bus

    What happened next?

    Later that Thursday morning, April 23, Willhoite passed Carroll County Attorney legal assistant Billie Johnson in the hallway. Johnson testified she told Willhoite that Judge Chandler was upset because Horine was still in the jail and asked him if one of his officers would transport. She saw him on JailTracker, a website showing what inmates are lodged in the Carroll County Detention Center.

  • Willhoite, Dickow not guilty

    After six days of testimony, a Carroll County jury took just more than an hour to return a not guilty verdict on all charges for Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow.

    A jury of six women and six men found the officers not guilty of complicity to commit kidnapping, complicity to commit custodial interference and official misconduct.

  • Willhoite, Dickow take the stand

    Defendants Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow took the stand Monday, March 7, on day five of their trial. The officers face felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference and a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct.

  • Commonwealth rests, defense begins on day four in Willhoite, Dickow trial

    The Commonwealth rested its case and the defense attorneys began theirs in day four of the Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow trial Friday, March 4.

    The officers are facing felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.

  • Prosecutor presents more evidence in day three of Willhoite, Dickow trial

    The Commonwealth continued to build its case against Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow on the third day of the trial Thursday, March 3, calling 11 witnesses to testify.

    Willhoite and Dickow are charged with felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.

  • Jury hears arguments in Willhoite, Dickow trial

    Jury selection and opening statements kicked off the trial Tuesday, March 1, of Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow. The pair face felony charges of complicity to commit kidnapping and complicity to commit custodial interference, as well as a misdemeanor charge of official misconduct. The charges stem from an incident April 23, 2015, involving Adam Horine, an inmate at Carroll County Detention Center, who was driven to Louisville and sent to Florida by bus.

  • Prosecution call witnesses in day two of Willhoite, Dickow trial

    By KRISTIN BECK

    The News-Democrat

    The Commonwealth called nine witnesses on day two of the trial Wednesday, March 2, for Carrollton Police Chief Mike Willhoite and Officer Ron Dickow.

  • Lawsuits filed against school district due seeking payments for middle school work

    Two subcontractors working on the Carroll County Middle School renovation and addition filed lawsuits against the Carroll County Board of Education in February.

    The lawsuits are demanding relief from non-payment for labor, services, goods and equipment totaling more than $300,000.

    Technicrete Corporation and Equipment Concepts, Inc. initially filed statements of liens on public funds and mechanic and materialsman’s lien against the board of education and Marrillia Design and Construction.

  • Kinman may win hearing in lieu of trial

    Special Circuit Judge Fred A. Stine will hold a hearing to determine whether to have an evidentiary hearing in the case of Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman on questions raised by the defense about the grand jury. A date and location had not been set as of Monday, Feb. 29.